In the grounds at the country house, Craig is teaching Debbie
how to use a pickaxe and a hoe. Debbie isn't really concentrating,
though: instead, her attention is focused on a nearby wheelbarrow,
and she suggests to Craig that it's time he showed her round the
garden! She runs over to it, climbs in and Craig starts pushing
her along! David wanders over and starts watching them, a look
of resigned disbelief on his face. Caroline joins him and tells
him that there's a 'phone call for him from the women's refuge:
the manager wants to talk to him. She adds, "You'd better
hurry. It doesn't sound too good." David turns and dashes
off inside as Debbie eventually falls out of the wheelbarrow,
A few minutes later, in the kitchen, David barks down the 'phone,
"Don't give me excuses - and you'd better keep that woman
away from me when I come over." He slams the receiver down
and Caroline asks him what's happened. David retorts, "Exactly
what you'd expect in a place like that. Beryl should
have listened to me." He goes to head out, adding,
"Jump in the car and I'll explain on the way."
Sometime later, David is holding Robert as he and Caroline stand
in the grounds of the refuge. A woman tells him, "It was
an accident, Mr. Palmer. Shirl didn't mean it."
David points out curtly, "You don't belt someone black-and-blue
and say it was an accident." The woman insists, "She
thought Beryl was someone else - fair dinkum - a woman who used
to live here, called Ruby." David mutters sarcastically,
"Great. I'm sure Beryl felt a lot better after that."
The woman insists, "Shirl felt real bad when she found out."
David snaps, "She'll feel a damn sight worse if I
lay eyes on her." With that, he and Caroline walk off, David
muttering as they do so, "I told Beryl she shouldn't
have stayed here. I knew there'd be trouble; you could
smell it." Caroline tells him, "Don't blame
yourself." David murmurs, "I suppose it's no use complaining
about it now. I'll get over the hospital." Caroline suggests,
"Why don't I take Robert home? You'll want to see Beryl alone."
David thanks her.
A while later, David approaches Beryl's hospital bed, which is
in an open ward. Beryl turns away from him and cries, "Don't
look at me, David. I know what you're going to say." David
sits down next to the bed and insists, "You shouldn't feel
bad." Beryl murmurs, "I should've listened to you. If
Robert had been hurt I don't know what I would have done.
I'm sorry." David points out, "You're both OK. That's
all that matters." Beryl goes on, "The stupid thing
is, I think one of the reasons I did it was to see if we did
matter." David soothes, "Of course you do."
Sometime later, David is back at the country house, and in the
kitchen, Caroline asks him in surprise, "She's not going
to let that Shirley woman get off scot-free, is she?" David
explains, "If you could have seen the state Beryl was in,
you'd probably understand. All she wants to do is forget it -
and I can't blame her." He then offers Caroline another cuppa.
She declines, though, before asking if anybody else knows what
happened. David replies, "I don't think so." Caroline
comments, "Craig's not going to take it too well.
He'll probably blame himself for asking her to go to the refuge
in the first place." David muses, "Better keep
it quiet." Caroline smiles, "That won't be
too hard - at the moment, he doesn't even know if the world exists!"
David grins, "Oh yes he does: just that it's smaller and
its name is 'Debbie'!"
Outside, Craig is teaching Debbie about packing tomatoes in a
box. Debbie looks across at the compost heap and comments that
there's a flower growing in it. Craig explains that it's really
fertile soil. A male voice suddenly says behind them, "G'day!"
It's Andy - and he's wearing expensive new clothes! Craig and
Debbie turn to face him and Craig asks, "You looking for
someone?" Andy explains, "I'm a friend of Caroline Morrell's."
He then introduces himself, saying, "Andy Green. Her daughter
told me she was staying here." Craig shakes his hand and
tells him, "Yeah - in the house now." Andy explains,
"I just wanted to say 'hi' to her while I was in Melbourne."
Craig asks, "You know her from Sydney?" Andy nods, "Yeah,
but I haven't seen her for a while. I've been working on a cruise
ship - the job just finished yesterday." Looking impressed,
Debbie comments, "A cruise ship? That must have been fun!"
Andy smiles, "It was tremendous! I got paid for having a
good time!" Craig, looking put-out at Debbie's interest,
says quickly to Andy, "I'll take you to see Caroline, if
you like." The three of them start heading towards the house,
Debbie asking Andy eagerly as they do so, "What was your
job?" Andy explains, "Running the disco. It was meant
to be about five hours, but the way everyone raged, it ended up
being about ten! I swear the whole ship turned into wombats: sleep
all day and went crazy at night!" Craig looks at him in annoyance.
It's evening-time, and at the mansion, the TV is on in the manager's
office as Janice puts a tray of food in front of Wayne and Neville
at the table. She tells Micky - who's still holding a gun - that
May should have something some dinner, too. Micky, though, retorts
that she's asleep - and Ned won't be eating, either, as he's keeping
an eye on her. She walks over to the couch. At the table, Wayne
says quietly to Janice, "Keep her occupied. I want to talk
to Neville and figure out a way of getting out of here."
Janice turns and looks at Micky and then goes and sits down on
the couch in front of her. She starts lecturing her on the dangers
of junk food as Wayne whispers to Neville, "What do you reckon
I should do?" Neville retorts quietly, "We.
I'm going to help." Wayne, though, tells him, "No way
- you'll be useless because of your arm." He then asks, "Do
you think I should suggest helping her to escape to Queensland?"
Neville replies, "She'd never believe you." On the couch,
Micky lights a cigarette and Janice snaps at her, "Do you
mind?" She stands up to go and pick up an ash tray. As she
does so, she trips over a jacket that's lying on the floor. She
puts her hands out in front of her to get her balance, and as
she does so , she hits the wall that separates the manager's office
from May's room. Wayne watches and notices that the panel she
hits swings slightly. Janice doesn't notice, though, and she just
picks up the ash tray and returns to the couch. Wayne gasps at
Neville, "Of course! May said there were other secret
panels around. I'll just wait until she goes to the bathroom and
then I'll rush in and jump Ned." With that, he turns and
stands up, saying to Micky that he's just going to get a glass
of water. As Janice keeps on lecturing Micky, Micky doesn't notice
Wayne straightening the panel.
Susan is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, with Gordon and
Rags. She's fussing over Rags, but Gordon comments that she thinks
the dog is taking advantage of her sympathy! Susan coos at the
dog, "That's not true, Rags, is it?!" Gordon warns her,
"You want to watch out: when you have children, they'll do
the same thing. I hate to tell you how many times I've been taken
for a ride!" Susan smiles, "It wouldn't bother me -
I'd probably like it!" Gordon asks, "Do I detect a note
of cluckiness?" Susan just grins, "Maybe!" Gordon,
looking more serious, muses, "I know what you mean: I'd rather
like a few more children myself." Susan looks at
him in surprise and remarks, "I thought you would have had
enough of them!" Gordon clarifies quickly, "Grandchildren!
You only see them when they're at their best - and I have no desire
to change any more nappies!" He pauses and then says, "I
keep hoping that Wayne will start thinking about starting
a family soon. I know he'd like to." He looks at Susan keenly,
but she just glances down at Rags and laughs, "How about
you? Thinking of putting another room on the kennel?!"
Micky is still watching TV in the manager's office at the mansion.
Janice tries to engage Wayne and Neville in a game of cards, but
neither of them are interested. Micky suddenly stands up and announces
that she's going to leave the room for a couple of minutes. She
adds threateningly, "Remember: Ned's still got May. Any problems,
she collects a bullet - and that means anything at all."
With that, she leaves the room. Wayne immediately stands up and
heads over to the wall adjoining May's room. He pushes on the
panel, which starts rotating. Janice whispers, "Wayne! Don't!"
Wayne, though, keeps pushing until the gap is wide enough for
him to leap into May's room. He finds it empty. Micky suddenly
walks back into the manager's office and snarls at him, "OK,
A few moments later, Wayne is back in the manager's office. Micky
snaps at him, "I ought to blow your damn head off right now.
Geez, you're a bunch of losers. I knew you were up to
something; that's why I left the room - to find out. You didn't
really think I'd leave the old girl next door, did you?"
Janice cries, "Where is she?" Micky retorts, "She's
upstairs - where Ned can get a good view of the whole street."
She goes on, "If you've got any more smart ideas like calling
the cops, you'd better forget it - because the minute someone
comes through that door, you're gone." Janice cries, "This
is a boarding house. People live here. They come and
go all the time." Wayne adds, "You're not going
to get away with keeping us here. My father's expecting me home."
Micky suggests curtly, "You'd better call him - now."
She picks up the 'phone as Wayne demands, "What am I going
to tell him?" Micky retorts, "I don't care - just so
long as he doesn't expect you until the end of the week."
At Dural, Susan is telling Gordon that they should take Rags
to the vet for a tetanus shot. Gordon takes Rags from her and
starts stroking him absentmindedly. As he does so, Susan asks,
"What's wrong? You've been a bit down." Gordon sighs,
"Oh nothing. I just can't stop myself thinking, sometimes.
I still haven't come to terms with Patricia's death." Susan
comments, "It must be hard for you." Gordon explains,
"Sometimes, I think I'm improving: you know, I go half a
day without even thinking of her. Then..." He goes on, "I
was talking to Micky at that party." Susan asks, "What's
the connection?" Gordon explains, "She lost
someone, too. I realised that I'm not even coming close
to forgetting her." Susan suggests, "Maybe you should
do things to distract you - like invite some old friends around,
or something. I'd organise you a dinner party, if you want to."
Gordon, though, laughs, "It would be too embarrassing - I'd
probably not even remember them!" Susan insists,
"Yes you would!" She then suggests, "How about
Barbara?" Gordon muses, "Oh yes, I remember her,
but she's just a neighbour; hardly an 'old friend'."
A look of disappointment crosses Susan's face. The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing and Gordon answers it. Wayne comes on and says,
"Listen: a few things have come up and I've decided to stay
at the mansion for a couple of days." In the office at the
mansion, he listens as Gordon replies, but then insists, "No...
no, nothing's wrong... just there's heaps to fix around the place,
and if I'm going to be working late, I may as well sleep here,
too. Besides, May's come down with a cold and I want to keep an
eye on her." He listens again and then assures his father,
"No. There's really no--" He breaks off and asks, "Can
you hang on a minute?" Turning to Micky, he says quietly,
"He wants to bring some clothes over." Micky mutters,
"OK - in a cab. No one with him." Wayne returns to the
'phone and tells Gordon, "That would be great. Can you put
them in a cab tomorrow morning? Great. See you." He hangs
up and Micky asks, "Did he buy it?" Wayne nods. At Dural,
Gordon tells Susan, "You needn't worry about Wayne's dinner
- he's staying at the mansion for a few days." Susan asks,
"Problems?" Gordon muses, "He says there isn't,
but I'm not sure; he sounded a bit odd..."
Debbie, Andy, David, Craig and Caroline are sitting around the
kitchen table at the country house as Andy tells stories about
the cruise. Caroline then asks him what his plans are now.
Andy tells her, "I want to open up my own nightclub. I'm
sure I could; I only need someone to back me." David
suggests, "You should have a talk to some of Caroline's
friends. Doug can afford to throw some money around." Caroline,
looking annoyed, mutters, "Doug and I aren't friends.
I simply work for him; that's as far as it goes. But
I think the disco's a good idea." Andy corrects, "Nightclub
- yeah, and I'm pretty keen." Changing the subject, Caroline
asks, "What about that girl who went off on the cruise with
you... your friend, Kelly? Is she going to be part of
it?" Andy just mutters, "Oh... she's signed up on another
cruise. I won't be seeing her much, anymore." He then stands
up and announces that he'd better be going. David asks him where
he's staying. Andy replies, "On-board, for a couple of days.
Don't know, after that." David tells him, "You're welcome
to camp here, if you like." Andy thanks him. Debbie suddenly
stands up and says, "Andy, can normal people go on the ship
as well - just for a look around?" A look of annoyance crosses
Craig's face as Andy asks Debbie, "When do you want to come?"
David points out to her that she's supposed to be working in the
garden. Craig, though, chips in that he could give her a hand
and they'll be finished by lunchtime. David shrugs, "Fair
enough." Andy tells Debbie that he'll pick her up tomorrow,
and he heads off.
Craig and Debbie are working in the market garden the next day.
Debbie tells Craig that it's really good of him. Andy joins them,
dressed in another new outfit, and smiles, "Morning!"
Debbie comments to him, "Gee, you've got some nice clothes."
Andy thanks her. He then suggests that they get going. Debbie
gives Craig a kiss and smiles, "You're terrific." She
and Andy then walk off. Craig slams a hoe into the ground in annoyance.
Inside, in the kitchen, Caroline is holding Robert's hands as
he takes some tentative steps across the floor. She then lifts
him up and smiles that he's a good boy. David, who's wearing a
suit, announces that he's off. Caroline asks where he's going.
He explains, "To see my bank manager. Try and sweet-talk
him into giving me a loan." Caroline laughs that she wondered
what the tie was all about! David grins, "I feel like a strangled
chook! Still, if it helps me get my mate's truck, I won't be complaining."
Caroline comments in surprise, "I thought you were finished
with trucking." David, though, explains, "Nah, I couldn't
shake it. Once I started driving them again in Adelaide, I thought:
I just have to give it another shot." Caroline asks, "What
about the market garden?" David replies, "I did my sums,
and with the right help I can make a go of both of them."
Caroline remarks dubiously, "So the first person you hire
is Debbie. I call that a sharp executive decision!"
David grins, "Put the boot in. I don't mind!"
Caroline suddenly remembers that she's got to call Doug and tell
him that she's babysitting Robert. There's a knock at the door
and David opens it to find a delivery man standing there. He hands
David a package and explains, "For Caroline Morrell, from
Mr. Fletcher." David signs for the package and then, handing
it to Caroline, smiles, "Speak of the devil!" Caroline
opens the package to find a diamond bracelet inside. She snaps,
"The cheek of the man." David muses, "For
someone you don't like, he doesn't seem to have the message."
Caroline retorts, "No. But he's going to get it
- again and in person..."
Doug is working at the desk in his hotel room when there's a
knock on his door. He calls, "Come in." Caroline walks
in - holding Robert - and Doug smiles, "Did you get my peace
offering?" Caroline snaps, "I certainly did
- and you've got a damn nerve--" Doug suddenly interrupts
and demands, "What's with the baby?" Caroline explains,
"I'm minding him. His mother's in hospital." Doug warns
her, "You're not having him here." Caroline
retorts, "I wasn't going to. I called to say that
I won't be here for a couple of days." Doug snaps, "I've
got paperwork coming out of my ears." Caroline growls,
"I'm sorry. I made a promise. I'll stay and help you if he
can stay with me." Doug snaps, "I'm not running a nursery.
Someone else can take care of him." Caroline glares
at him and retorts, "I'm not handing him out to a perfect
stranger. It would be cruel." Doug snaps, "Rubbish.
There are qualified babysitters. Hire one. I'll pay for it."
Caroline retorts, "That's not the point." Doug
growls, "The point is I'm responsible for a multi-million
dollar corporation here, and I won't have my concentration broken
by a baby crawling around the office. With that, he hands her
a cheque and adds, "Here. Find someone." Caroline glares
an him and shouts, "Like hell I will. I'm not handing
him around like a bowl of peanuts. You think you can get anything
you want with a cheque - including me." Throwing
the bracelet at him, she goes on, "Well, go and buy someone
else." With that, she storms out.
Susan is walking up the pathway to the mansion, holding a packed
bag. Inside, in the manager's office, Micky grabs Wayne and pulls
him to the window, demanding, "Who's she?"
Wayne sighs, "My father's nurse. She must have brought the
clothes." Micky snaps, "Take the bag and get rid of
her." Wayne heads over to the office door and opens it. He
heads out to the hallway and goes to close the door behind him.
Micky, though, snaps quickly, "No you don't, pal. I'm not
stupid. I want a nice view of the back of your head." She
hides behind the door as Wayne goes and opens the mansion's front
door, calmly. Susan steps inside and smiles, "I've brought
your clothes." Wayne says quickly, "Sorry I can't offer
you a coffee, but I'm flat-out." Susan assures him, "That's
OK. I'll check on May and go. I heard she was sick." She
takes another step inside, but Wayne blusters, "She's sleeping.
It's best not to disturb her." Susan insists, "It's
worth waking her up. I want to check if it's only a virus."
She suddenly spots Janice and Neville in the manager's office,
and she heads in there, smiling, "Hi! I didn't see you in
there. How's the arm?" Neville nods nervously, "Fine.
Thanks." Wayne goes and stands in front of Micky, keeping
her hidden behind the door. He tells Susan, "Honestly - don't
worry about May. I'm keeping an eye on her." Susan insists,
"It won't take a minute." Wayne persists, "She
needs the sleep. She didn't get any last night." Susan finally
accepts, "OK. If she gets any worse, give us a call straight
away." With that, Wayne guides her back to the front door
and thanks her for bringing the clothes. Susan replies, "No
problems - but don't work too hard, OK? You look like you need
the rest more than May." She leaves and Wayne heads
back into the office. Micky emerges from behind the door and growls,
"Not bad. You saved yourself."
David is sitting with Beryl at the hospital, telling her, "She's
even decided to take a few days off to look after me." Beryl
mutters, "That's very good of her." David insists, "It's
OK - Caroline's had a lot of experience with kiddies. She's treating
him like a prince." Changing the subject, Beryl asks him
how he went at the bank. David sighs, "No good. They reckon
it was too big a risk." Beryl comments, "That's bad
luck." David tells her, "I've still got one other chance,
though: I'm seeing Doug Fletcher this afternoon." Beryl remarks
in surprise, "I didn't know you knew him." David nods,
"We get on pretty well, actually. He's not a bad sort of
a bloke - and he's not short of a bob." Beryl comments in
amazement, "I don't believe that's David Palmer talking.
You wouldn't let me lend you anything - when I had something
to lend..." David laughs, "Well if you still had it,
I'd probably take it. I'm not so proud anymore!" Caroline
suddenly joins them and tells David that she thought Beryl would
like to see Robert. David announces that he'd better get going
and he heads off. Caroline tells Beryl that Robert has got something
to show her. She places him on the floor and then helps him as
he makes some tentative steps across the tiles. Beryl stares at
him, but then, after a few seconds, mutters, "That's enough,
Caroline." Caroline, picking Robert up again, tells her,
"I'm sorry. I thought you'd be pleased." Beryl,
looking upset, murmurs, "Do you remember the first time Samantha
walked?" Caroline smiles, "Of course. It was wonderful."
Beryl goes on, "Then you can imagine how you would have felt
if you'd missed it." A look of horror crosses Caroline's
face as she realises her mistake.
David is sitting with Doug in his hotel room as Doug looks at
some pages of figures. He comments, "I don't know, Dave.
It's an awful lot of money." David points out, "It's
a good truck, though, Doug - and the business will be a goer."
Doug asks, "What if it's not? My money goes down
the gurgler." David insists, "I'm not a fly-by-nighter.
I've been trucking for years." David tells him,
"You've got to look at it from my side of the fence:
there's not much guarantee." David suggests, "What if
I put my house up as collateral? I wasn't going to take the money
off you blind. You can come over any time you like to look at
the books - and if I'm on the road, Caroline can give
them to you." Doug looks at David and then comments, "That
sounds more reasonable." David adds, "If you don't like
the way things are going, then I'll sell up and pay you back."
Doug remarks, "That's fair enough." He pauses and then
declares, "In fact, you've got yourself a truck!" David
shakes his hand, a broad grin on his face.
Caroline is feeding Robert in the kitchen at the country house
when David bursts in through the front door, a cheque in his hand,
and announces, "I got it! You little beauty!" Caroline
asks, "What?" David tells her, "The cheque - for
$150,000." Caroline smiles, "Congratulations. That's--"
She breaks off as David shows her the cheque and enthuses, "My
mate's wife is going to be so pleased. She sure can use the money."
Caroline comments sourly, "David, this cheque is written
out by Fletcher Industries." David nods, "Yeah. No wonder
he's so successful: he's got more nous than two bank managers
put together!" Caroline gasps, "Don't be ridiculous:
he's just using this as a means of getting to me. He
knows I live here; it's a good excuse." David asks in surprise,
"What are you talking about? It's got nothing to do
with you. I made him a proposition and he liked it." Caroline
insists, "You don't understand. I don't mean to be disrespectful
but Doug couldn't give two hoots for your trucking company."
David snaps, "What's going on between you and Doug is your
own affair. As far as I'm concerned, I've got
my truck on my own initiative and I'm glad. Simple as that."
With that, he snatches back the cheque and heads out through the
hallway door. Caroline sits down at the kitchen table and, looking
at Robert, muses, "Alright. If Doug wants to get at me by
throwing money away, I'm going to start getting at him
by taking it..."