As Glen heads towards the warehouse, he doesn't notice a car
coming round the corner and stopping a short distance away from
him. The driver is Micky Pratt and there's a man in the passenger
seat who snaps at her, "I don't know what happened."
Micky demands, "What the hell were you doing?"
The man retorts, "Running, for God's sake. What
else do you do when you break out?" Micky asks angrily,
"Why didn't you stick to the plans?" The man snaps back,
"When there's guns going off all over the place, you don't
exactly stop to think." Micky growls, "Les
wasn't meant to get hit." She then looks at the
man closely and says, "He wasn't killed, was he?
He was just shot, that's all..." The man, though,
tells her, "He's gone, Micky. I'm sorry." He then asks,
"What do you mean he wasn't meant to get hit?"
Micky, beginning to look upset, tells him quickly, "No
one was." She goes on, "He said to me, 'Micky,
relax. It's going to work.'" She suddenly notices Glen peering
inside the warehouse. The man snaps, "I'll tell him to rack
off." He goes to climb out of the car, but Micky snaps at
him, "Stay here, you meat-head. It's got to be a cop."
The man retorts, "But all the food and gear's in there."
They suddenly hear a siren in the distance and the man demands,
"What are we going to do?" Micky, starting the car again,
tells him, "Find somewhere else," and she roars off.
May is wheeling Gordon towards the front door at the mansion,
commenting that it'll be nice to spend the afternoon outside.
Micky and the man suddenly appear in the doorway and Micky tells
May, "We need a room." May recalls that Micky was there
earlier. Micky explains quickly that she was looking for 'Isabella'
but got the addresses mixed up. She asks, "Do you have a
room?" May smiles, "Certainly. I'll show you what's
available." Micky looks at her partner.
A few minutes later, May, Micky and the man walk into the manager's
office and Micky tells May that they'll take it. Gordon is sitting
in his wheelchair as Micky then asks the man with her quietly
if he has any dough. The man replies sarcastically, "Oh yeah
- the last job paid really well." May asks, "Now,
then, what are the names?" Micky tells her, "Micky Pratt
and Ned." May queries, "Ned Pratt?" Micky
nods, "Yeah." Gordon chips in, "Married long?"
Micky, though, laughs, "No, he's my brother." Gordon
murmurs, "Sorry." Micky mutters bitterly, "Yeah,
me too..." She hands over some money as May tells her that
they can bring in their luggage. Micky tells her quickly that
it's in a locker at the station. With that, she and Ned make their
escape, leaving Gordon to comment to May, "Charming couple..."
Out in the corridor, Micky mutters at Ned to let her
do the talking from now on. Ned asks since when she's
been running things. Micky retorts, "Since I picked you up
and since I started paying the bills." She then continues,
"Look, I don't know you from a bar of soap, Ned. You were
Les's mate, not mine. If you don't like the arrangement, you can
just rack off." Ned snaps, "I helped your boyfriend
escape because he promised me part of that money he's been sitting
on." Micky retorts, "Now he's dead." Ned,
though, snaps, "Not my fault. A deal's a deal. And
the thing you've got to remember is that if I
don't get a bit of that cherry, nor do you. We need
each other, Micky. Don't cut me out." Micky, calming down,
sighs, "I didn't mean to snap. I've just got a lot on my
mind, that's all. Les getting killed... everything's going wrong."
Ned insists, "Nothing else is going to happen as long as
we keep our heads, right?" Micky nods, "Yeah. OK. I'll
go and get some clothes and stuff and you'd better stay in the
room." With that, she heads out.
In the manager's office, Gordon is commenting to May, "They
didn't act like brother and sister, that's all."
May asks why they should lie. Gordon suggests, "Maybe they
didn't. There was something, though. I don't
know. My brother and I were never close but there was always a
bond between us. I didn't feel it with them; they were
more like strangers." May muses, "I wonder what their
little secret is!"
Neville is fussing over Rags in the lounge room at Dural. By
the living room table, Wayne comments to Janice that the dog has
won another heart! Janice smiles that she's never met a person
with a better nature than Neville - anyone would be taken
with him. Wayne comments, "You have." Janice
retorts that Neville's not interested in her. Wayne suggests
that she push things along a bit. He adds that Neville looks lonely,
playing with Rags by himself. Janice asks nervously, "You
don't mind?" Wayne smiles that he doesn't! Janice walks over
to Neville and suggests that they go outside and teach Rags some
tricks. Neville just smiles at her!
A short time later, outside, Janice is trying to teach Rags to
sit, but he just runs off! Janice turns to Neville and asks him
if he thinks Rag is deaf. Neville laughs that he doubts it! He
then adds that what works with school children obviously doesn't
work with dogs! Janice demands, "How do you know?"
Neville explains, "I've watched my mother often. She's an
expert on training dogs - except it's at Crufts." Janice
asks, "What's that?" Wayne walks over to them
as Neville tells her, "Britain's top dog show." Wayne
joins them and asks, "Ready to take on Barbara Woodhouse?!"
Neville laughs, "Not this year!" He walks off with the
dog as Janice says to Wayne, "We're going to have to keep
an eye on May." Wayne looks at her blankly and tells her,
"You've lost me!" Janice explains, "This bonus
system for signing up tenants at the boarding house: she'll let
anyone move in if it means five dollars to her."
Wayne muses, "As long as they pay their rent..." Janice,
though, tells him curtly, "We can't have riff-raff moving
in, Wayne - it'll give the place a bad name."
Micky arrives back at the mansion with some grog and a pair of
jeans for Ned. She hands it over to him in the hallway and they
start to head to their room. As they do so, Ned asks, "Did
you ring Townsville?" Micky retorts, "No, I didn't."
Ned points out curtly, "They're expecting us to ring."
Micky snaps, "I'll do it, Ned; just get off my back, will
you?" She goes on, "I didn't want to hang round outside
any longer than I had to - the cops are bound to be on the lookout
for me, now, as well." She then hands over the rest
of the bags she's holding and tells Ned, "Take this lot upstairs
and I'll see if I can call now."
There's a knock on the door of the manager's office. May is in
there and she calls, "Yes?" Micky comes in. May shows
her a wrench she's found in a toolbox, explaining, "The boiler's
playing up - it needs a good talking-to!" Ignoring this,
Micky says, "Miss. Walters, I was wondering if I could make
an STD call. I'll pay for it; I just want to let my mother know
I've arrived safely." May smiles, "Of course, dear,"
and she leaves Micky to it. Micky picks up the 'phone and dials.
When the call's answered, she says, "G'day, it's Micky...
Yeah, I know, but it's all gone wrong... Les was killed... Some
idiot prison guard; who do you think?... Look, it wasn't my
fault; it just happened, OK?... Me and Ned: Oh, we're stuck in
some boarding house." She doesn't notice Gordon wheeling
himself into the room and staring at her as she goes on, "We
had to hide somewhere... Yeah, OK, just as soon as we
know what's going on... See you." She hangs up and then turns
to find Gordon staring at her.
A few moments later, Gordon comments to Micky, "We didn't
get round to introducing ourselves this morning. Gordon Hamilton."
Micky demands nervously, "How long you been sitting there?"
Gordon tells her, "You were hanging up. I was in the kitchen,
making a cuppa." He then asks, "How are you and Ned
settling in?" Micky just shrugs, "Getting there."
May comes back in and Micky thanks her for the 'phone. May asks,
"How was your mother?" Micky just mutters quickly, "Good,"
and she walks out. When she's gone, May smiles at Gordon, "What
a nice girl. She wanted to 'phone her mother to let her know she'd
arrived safely." Gordon, however, remarks, "It didn't
sound like she was talking to her mother and she wasn't telling
anyone she arrived safely, either..."
Beryl is holding Robert as she sits in the front garden at the
refuge with another woman and her child. The woman pours some
tea as Beryl asks her, "Why did you come to the
refuge?" The woman admits, "I've got a bit of a problem
with pills and alcohol. Wanted to see if I could battle it out."
She goes on, "See, me and Col - that's my husband: we got
divorced. Nothing wrong with that - I'm better off without him
- but his new wife, she wants his kids." Beryl asks in surprise,
"Why?" The woman cries, "Because she has
a good chance of hanging onto Col if he's got his kids with him."
Beryl comments, "She's not going to get them, though,
is she?" The woman insists, "No way. They've tried hard
enough - one court case after another; that's where my
problems started: all that pressure - it really gets to you after
a while." Beryl asks, "How long have you been here?"
The woman replies, "About six months." Beryl then asks,
"Would you have known a Ruby Hawkins?" The woman shakes
her head and murmurs, "It doesn't ring a bell." Beryl
goes on, "She's a friend of mine. She stayed here
for a while, actually. We're very much alike to look at; a lot
of people take us for sisters." The woman, though, just murmurs,
"No." Beryl muses, "She must have been here earlier."
Changing the subject, the woman asks, "What brings you
here, Beryl?" Beryl tells her, "Well... I'm divorced,
like you. For a moment there, I thought Robert's father and myself
would make another go of it, but..." The woman comments,
"Second time round can be just as bad as the first."
Beryl muses, "So I'm realising." She adds, "There's
another woman - one of several over the years, actually."
The woman tells her, "Don't let that get you down. If there's
been that many, he's not going to change. Don't let him
take Robert away from you, either." Beryl insists quickly,
"Oh no, he wouldn't do that. That's one thing I
can be grateful for."
Craig and David approach the back door at the country house,
Craig commenting, "Enough for one day, eh?" David nods,
"I reckon." As he takes off his boots, he then remarks,
"I can't figure out about Beryl taking off like that; she
could at least have said 'goodbye'. Even if she did have
a row with Caroline, she wouldn't just skedaddle; she must have
been pretty upset. I might give her a call and see if there's
anything I can do." Craig listens but then says quickly,
"She won't be there." David asks in surprise, "Why
not?" Craig tells him, "Um... I remember her saying
she was going out for a while." David asks, "Where to?"
Craig replies, "I can't... she didn't say." David warns
him, "You know anything, sport, you spit it out." Craig
tells him, "I don't. Honest." David stares at him suspiciously
and then demands, "Where is she?"
Beryl is walking in the front garden at the refuge, fussing over
Robert, when David walks up behind her and snaps, "Beryl."
Beryl turns to face him and smiles, "Oh, hello, David. Craig
tell you why I was here?" David, though, retorts angrily,
"I don't give two hoots why you're here. You go and pack
your bag: I'm taking you and Robert home. I'm not having
a son of mine hanging round a place like this."
Beryl tells him curtly, "The refuge is the only clear lead
we've got in tracking down Craig's mother." David points
out, "It's not your problem." Beryl, though, retorts,
"I told the boy I'd help him, and I'm not going back on my
word." David snaps, "That's a pretty weak excuse to
put our kid at risk." Beryl, though, growls, "He's no
more at risk than you are. Anyway, we're not leaving
and that's that." David mutters, "Have you taken leave
of your senses? You know what sort of crowd these places attract."
Beryl asks innocently, "Do I? Tell me." David snaps,
"Half of them are on drugs and most of them hate blokes."
Beryl glares at him furiously and growls, "The women who
come here are decent human beings who are looking for a breathing
space to sort their lives out - and it's ridiculous chauvinistic
attitudes like yours that drive them here in the first
place." The woman Beryl was talking to earlier appears in
the main doorway to the house as David retorts, "Just don't
forget that Robert's as much mine as he is yours." Beryl
demands, "What's that supposed to mean?" David
snaps, "It means that he's not going to spend his time growing
up with a bunch of no-hopers and misfits. Now, if you don't get
him out of there quick-smart, you're going to hear a hell of a
lot more from me." With that, he storms off. The
woman Beryl was talking to earlier wanders over and tells Beryl,
"That's how it started with Colin: thinking he knew what
was best for the kids. Next thing, you're in the family court
trying to hang on to them..."
Gordon is sitting with May in her room at the mansion, querying,
"An STD call?" May replies, "That's what she said."
Gordon comments, "Well at least we know their partner-in-crime
doesn't live next door." May asks, "Are you sure
they're criminals?" Gordon tells her, "No, I'm not
sure, but you don't use words like 'hideout' unless something
funny's going on." He then suggests that they call the police.
May, however, sighs, "I don't know. It would be terribly
embarrassing for us if there's some simple explanation for everything."
She pauses before suggesting, "I know: why don't I wait until
the coast is clear, I'll take Fiona's master key and search their
room?" Gordon points out, "If you get caught, you'll
be the one in trouble." May just shrugs, "Better to
be sure than sorry, I always say." There's suddenly a knock
on the door and May goes to answer it. She finds Ned standing
there and she invites him in. He tells her and Gordon that Micky
has gone out and he's run out of cigarettes; he was wondering
if he could borrow some from them. Gordon tells him, "I'm
sorry - neither of us smoke." May, though, says quickly,
"Oh yes we do. I mean I do - occasionally, when
I feel like it." Turning to Gordon, she says to him pointedly,
"I have to go out for a second..." Turning back to Ned,
she continues, "Mr. Hamilton will help you look for them.
They're on those shelves there, somewhere." She indicates
the shelves next to her and then heads out, saying, "I shan't
be long." Gordon looks at Ned and asks, "Where do we
Janice is trying to teach Rags to roll over in the grounds at
Dural. Neville is standing on the other side of the driveway,
looking at the country view. Rags suddenly rolls over, and Janice
calls to Neville, "Did you see that?!" Neville turns
to her and asks, "What?" Janice explains, "Rags
just rolled over when I told him to. Weren't you looking?"
Neville murmurs, "Sorry." He turns back to continue
admiring the view and says, "The Hamiltons really do have
a wonderful garden, don't they? I must find out what all these
native plants are called." Janice stands there looking disappointed
at his lack of interest and mutters quietly, "Yes, you must..."
Gordon is looking on the lower shelves in May's room, apologising
for taking so long. Ned suddenly spots the cigarettes on one of
the shelves and comments, "They're ancient. My old man used
to smoke these!" Micky appears in the doorway and Ned asks
her, "Did you get my cigarettes?" Micky nods, "Yeah."
Ned hands May's cigarettes back to Gordon, saying, "Thanks
all the same; I'm right now." He goes to walk off, but Gordon
calls after him quickly, "Just a moment! Try one
of these. Don't they say that cigarettes are like port: the older
they get, the better they are?" Ned, though, tells him, "No,
they'd just be stale." With that, he and Micky walk out.
Gordon wheels himself out of the room and watches them nervously
as they head upstairs...
A few moments later, Gordon is calling upstairs, "May? May?"
There's no answer, though, and so Gordon leans on the stair rail
and tries to lever himself up. May suddenly appears behind him
and asks, "What do you think you're doing? You could do yourself
an injury!" Gordon, looking relieved, sits himself back down
and asks, "Are you alright?" May retorts, "Of course
I am. Why shouldn't I be?" She wheels him back into
her room and then explains quietly, "I heard them put their
key in the lock, so I made a quick exit along the verandah."
She adds, "What do you think I found in their room?"
Gordon just looks at her and she tells him, "Two tickets
for Townsville, made out to Micky and Les Baker." Gordon
muses, "What happened to the 'Pratt' family?" May nods,
"And is Ned calling himself 'Les'? You're right, Gordon:
there's definitely something very fishy about those two..."
Wayne is sitting reading in the lounge room at Dural as Janice
cries that she made a real fool of herself in front of Neville.
Wayne comments to her, "You've got it bad, haven't
you!" Janice asks innocently, "What do you mean?"
Wayne smiles, "You know: Neville. You like
him." Janice retorts, "I like him, yes. That's all there
is to it." Wayne, though, admits, "I heard you talking
at the boarding house - when you were pouring your heart out to
him." Janice, looking shocked, snaps, "How dare
you." Wayne insists, "I wasn't eavesdropping on purpose."
Janice cries, "Those sort of things should be private.
No one likes parading their feelings around in front
of the whole world." Neville suddenly comes in, holding Rags,
and Wayne asks how he's behaving himself. Neville smiles, "Very
well." He then goes on, "I say: I saw some people out
riding horses. Are there stables nearby?" Wayne replies,
"About a mile down the road. We can all go down there if
you like; hire some horses and take a guided tour of Dural."
Janice mutters, "I can't. It's time I was heading
home." Neville says he might just go and wash his hands,
and he heads off. When he's gone, Janice cries at Wayne, "I
always thought you were a gentleman." Wayne insists, "I
am." Janice growls, "Gentlemen don't listen
in to other people's conversations." Wayne assures her, "I've
only been trying to help." Janice sighs, "Well
you've only made things worse."
Janice arrives back at the mansion as Ned runs downstairs. He
asks her if she can point out the little boys' room. Janice asks
him if he's just moved in. Ned nods, "Today." Janice
indicates the bathroom and Ned heads off there. Janice then knocks
on May's door and May calls to her to come in. Janice comments
that she sees they have a new tenant. May muses, "Rather
an odd couple, don't you think?" Janice tells her, "I've
only met the man. He seems nice enough." Gordon and May look
at each other.
As Ned emerges from the bathroom, Micky runs downstairs and demands,
"You been going through my bag?" Ned smiles, "Micky,
one thing I'm not into is lady's handbags and I haven't been near
yours." Micky growls, "Someone has." Ned
insists, "It wasn't me."
In May's room, May is asking Janice how Neville enjoyed himself.
Janice retorts that he was alright; there's nothing to report.
Gordon asks her what they did. Janice replies that they played
with Rags. May asks her if Neville came home with her. Janice
retorts, "He's gone riding - with Wayne. He'll be back later."
Changing the subject, Gordon suggests that he'd better think about
going home. There's suddenly a frantic knocking on May's door
and May goes and answers it. She finds Micky and Ned standing
there. Micky immediately demands, "OK, who's been going through
my room?" May asks in surprise, "Pardon?" Micky
snaps, "You heard. And when I find out who it is, they'd
better have a damn good story, or else..."