Ned approaches Susan and warns her menacingly, "There's
no one else here to help you..." Susan suddenly starts undoing
the top buttons of her blouse and suggests calmly, "In that
case, it would be better if I didn't fight you..."
Outside, Glen is heading up the driveway in his cab.
Inside, Susan tells Ned, "You could get twenty years for
this, you know?" Ned just growls, "I've done five already."
The cab pulls up outside and Glen climbs out.
Inside, Ned goes to kiss Susan. They suddenly hear a car door
bang, though, and Ned demands, "Who's that?" Susan gasps,
"How should I know?" There's suddenly a knock
on the front door. Susan tells Ned that she'll have to see who
it is; everyone knows she's home. She dashes out to the door as
Ned warns, "Watch what you say." She closes the lounge
room doors behind her and then opens the front door to find Glen
standing there. He explains, "I thought I'd check if Gordon
got back safely." Susan replies nervously, "Yes, he
did - but he's resting." Glen, heading towards the lounge
room doors, suggests, "Seems like a good chance for us to
have a serious talk, eh?" Susan, though, grabs his arm and
says quickly, "I don't think that would be a very good idea."
She then starts doing up the buttons on her blouse and adds, "Wayne
is here with me, too..." Glen, realising what she's implying,
snaps, "That says it all, doesn't it? I
won't bother you again." With that, he storms out.
Outside, Glen heads to his cab, climbs in, starts the engine
and drives off.
Inside, Susan returns to the lounge room and Ned tells her curtly,
"OK: back to where we were." Susan gasps, "It won't
only be me you're hurting. My husband won't
like it." Ned grabs her and snaps, "Tough." He
starts to try and kiss her, but Susan carries on quickly, "It's
just that, ever since he's been inside, I haven't been with another
man." Ned pulls away to look at her and she continues, "I
wanted to be faithful. It seems a bit sad, somehow, that it has
to happen with a man who's been inside too - like breaking faith,
Janice is sitting with Neville on the couch in the manager's
office at the mansion, crying, "I don't think Gordon's heart
will stand it. Neville tells her gently, "All we
can do is sit tight and--" He breaks off as Micky comes in
through the partition to May's room. Janice demands, "What
have you done to him?" Micky retorts, "He's lying down.
The old girl's with him. You two shut up." On the couch,
Neville tells Janice quietly, "I think you've been a real
trouper over the last two days; not many women would
have stood the pressure." Janice smiles, "You're rather
terrific yourself." Neville suddenly reaches into
his shirt pocket and takes out a small item. He tells Janice,
"My lucky charm. It was a gift from someone very close to
me." He pins it on Janice's lapel, adding, "While you're
wearing it, no harm can come to you." Janice stares at him
longingly. Micky suddenly calls over and snaps, "Hey. Quit
In the lounge room at Dural, Susan is tending to a still-unconscious
Wayne, who's half-lying on the couch. Ned hangs up the 'phone
on the bar and says to Susan curtly, "OK - you were telling
the truth. How long's he in for?" Susan replies, "At
least another five years." Ned asks, "What's
he in for?" Susan tells him, "Murder." Ned comments,
"Reckon he's worth waiting for, do you?" Susan replies,
"I've waited three years so far..." Ned murmurs,
"I reckon a woman should wait. Not all of them do."
Susan tells him, "It's not easy." Ned growls, "It's
not easy in there, either." Susan murmurs, "I
know." She then asks, "What were you in for?"
Ned replies, "Armed robbery." Susan asks, "Was
it worth it?" Ned retorts, "Was at the time." Wayne
suddenly starts groaning and Susan asks Ned if she can get some
bandages. Ned demands, "Where from?" Susan explains,
"There's a first-aid kit in the hall in the cupboard."
Ned warns her, "No tricks." With that, she dashes out
to the hallway. She pauses and then heads across to the study,
where she dials a number on the 'phone on the bookcase against
the wall. When it's answered, she says quietly, "Police,
please... yes, could you--" She breaks off as she becomes
aware of a gun pointed at her head. Wayne suddenly lurches into
the room and cries, "Susan..." Susan goes and grabs
him and helps him across to the bed in there, which is laid out
for Gordon." Ned snaps at Susan, "I thought
you couldn't be trusted." He goes to the small high window
in the study wall and checks it. Susan cries at him, "Please
- he needs attention." Ned just snaps, "Well give
it to him." He then yanks the telephone out of the wall,
runs back out into the hall and locks the study door behind him.
Susan sighs heavily.
In May's room at the mansion, Janice is soothing Gordon's brow
and telling him to relax, as he lies on May's bed. She then heads
through the partition into the manager's office and turns towards
the kitchen. Micky stops her, though, and demands, "Where
are you going?" Janice snaps, "To get some more water
for him." Micky, however, orders, "Stay where you are.
The old girl's in there. I don't want the two of you cooking anything
else up." Ned suddenly walks into the office from the hallway
and Micky demands, "What happened? Where's the guy? He didn't
get away?" Ned snarls, "He won't be going anywhere..."
Neville asks, "Did you bring the tablets?" Ned, though,
just retorts, "Why bother? He's probably better off without
them now." Looking furious, Janice starts walking towards
him and she yells, "You cold-blooded, evil man." Neville
quickly pulls her back. Janice suddenly notices a weak-looking
Gordon appear in the partition to May's room and she runs over
to him. Ned mutters, "Hang on. I suppose you'd better have
them." With that, he reaches into his jacket pocket and takes
out the pills. He hands them to Neville and he and Janice head
through to May's room. When they've gone, Micky demands of Ned,
"What the hell happened? Why'd you have to get rid of him?"
Ned, though, retorts, "I didn't get rid of him.
I had to thump him one - so I locked him and the nurse in one
of the rooms. They can't get out." Micky points out curtly,
"They could yell for help." Ned, though, snaps, "The
place is sitting in the middle of about five acres. The room I
locked them in's got bars on the windows. I ripped the 'phone
out, too. There's no way they can get help." Micky cries
agitatedly, "We're in trouble. We're in big trouble. Everything's
going wrong. We've got to get out of here." Ned, though,
snaps, "Cut it out. We're staying until I'm sure the cops
have cooled a bit."
At Dural, Susan is shouting out through the high study window.
She's yelling, "Hello. Is anyone there. Please?
Please... someone help." She eventually crumples to the floor,
crying weakly, "Please... someone..." Wayne lies on
the bed, unconscious.
It's dark outside. Doug is sitting at the kitchen table at the
country house as Andy tells him eagerly that he'll get his money
back in around three months. Doug insists, "I want to see
the proof of the pudding mate. You give one person a hundred bucks
and he'll double it in a week; you give it to someone else and
he'll blow it overnight." Andy protests loudly, "But
I know the business backwards." Doug retorts, "You
might - I just want to see some practical ideas."
Andy snaps, "I can give you plenty." Doug,
however, tells him, "Not about nightclubs. Something I
know - like the shopping mall: how about you coming up with some
ideas to bring in some more custom; see what you're like as an
ideas person, first?" Andy nods in acceptance. They suddenly
hear a sneeze outside. It's Caroline, and Doug mutters, "Not
before time." He goes and opens the back door. Rain is pouring
down and Caroline closes up her umbrella. She pushes Robert inside
and tells him that it's time to feed him. She then sneezes again
and Doug suggests to her that she go and take her clothes off
and have a hot shower. Andy adds that he and Doug will feed Robert.
Caroline heads off. When she's gone, Doug says quietly to Andy,
"Take a walk, mate." Andy protests, "In the rain?
But I wasn't going to go out tonight." Doug warns him, "If
you're want to work for me, you are." Andy picks
up an umbrella reluctantly and heads off, muttering as he does
so, "Have a nice night." When he's gone, Doug looks
at Robert and then heads over to try and find his food. After
a few seconds, he gives up, walks over to the back door, opens
it and calls, "Andrew..." There's no answer, though.
Doug looks back at Robert and sighs, "What a way to win a
woman..." He then suggests, "OK, kid: you're tired after
your long walk. How about a big feed and then a nice long sleep,
eh?" Robert looks at him as he picks up a jar of food, spoons
some out and spills it down himself!
In the study at Dural, Wayne begins to come round again. Susan
looks at him and then dashes over to a table by the door. She
picks up a letter opener and tries to use it on the lock, but
Caroline walks back into the kitchen at the country house, wearing
her dressing gown. Doug is sponging himself down and Caroline
asks here where Robert and Andy are. Doug explains that Robert's
asleep. He adds, "He's eaten - well, almost. Most of it got
on me!" Caroline smiles, "Why didn't you let
Andy feed him?" Doug tells her, "He had to
go out for a while." Caroline's face drops and she murmurs,
"Oh. Did he?" Doug suddenly goes and puts his arms around
her. Looking wary, Caroline warns, "Doug..." Doug, though,
tells her, "You can't dress like that and get away with it!"
Caroline warns him, "If we were in the office, I'd have you
up for harassment." Doug, however, points out, "We're
not in the office." Before he can get any further,
though, the back door opens, and to Caroline's obvious relief,
Craig walks in. She quickly pulls away from Doug and asks Craig
how his night out was. Craig smiles, "Great." He starts
taking off his wet clothes, enthusing as he does so, "My
night out was fantastic!" Looking annoyed, Doug suddenly
picks up his jacket and snaps, "I think I'll go." Caroline
just replies dismissively, "Drive carefully in the rain!"
Doug heads off, leaving Caroline to grin at Craig, "I think
he's a bit put-out." Craig offers, "I could have gone
to bed..." Caroline, however, insists, "You're perfectly
alright where you are." She starts to prepare some hot milk,
saying as she does so, "When I was in the shower, I had the
most wonderful idea: I thought of hinting to Doug that a fur coat
would be a beautiful present - but unfortunately he's gone, and
I missed my chance." She turns back to look at Craig - only
to find him slumped over the table, asleep. She smiles, "What
love can do...!"
The next morning, Caroline is feeding Robert in the kitchen.
Andy is sitting next to her at the table as she mutters, "All
I'm saying is: what a rotten thing to do to me."
Andy insists, "I didn't have much choice. You know
him as well as I do: when he said I was going for a walk, I wasn't
going to argue." Craig comes in from the hallway and asks
Andy, "You ready?" Andy nods, "I've got some great
ideas for Doug." With that, he and Craig head out. The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing and Caroline answers it. She listens and
then says, "Good morning. How are you?" In his hotel
room, Doug replies, "I'm fine." He then goes on, "Get
your act together - I've got a car on the way to bring you over
here." Caroline sighs, "I'm not at your beck and call,
you know." She listens again and then asks, "Surprise?
What sort of surprise?" She listens to the response
and then says, "Alright, you've convinced me. I'll have to
bring Robert along, though." Looking disappointed, Doug mutters,
"I'll have to put up with it, I suppose - as long as you
don't expect me to be dad all morning." With that, they hang
up. At the country house, Caroline turns to Robert and muses,
"What is he playing at...?"
Andy and Craig are walking across the grounds outside, Andy saying
curtly to Craig as they do so, "You're wrong." Craig
asks, "How am I wrong? You're not going to get people
in there by yelling at them." Andy asks him tersely,
"What sort of thing would you do?" Craig shrugs,
"I don't know." Andy retorts, "There you go: first
to criticise, and you haven't got any suggestions yourself."
Craig points out, "Yeah, well I'm not the one trying to think
of some, am I?" He pauses and then says, "There
might be one way, though, I reckon: Doug gets really ratty about
things that stay on the shelves too long." Andy mutters sarcastically,
"What, have a sale? Oh yeah, that's real original."
Craig suggests, "Make it a red-hot-special stall. Put all
the things on it that aren't selling, but add some stuff they
really want. People are stupid when it comes to a bargain; they'd
buy anything. Call it 'The Hot Spot', or something."
Andy comments that that would help the other places, too, like
the coffee shop. Craig agrees, "Of course it would. Doug
would be rapt to see that place doing better business." Andy
remarks0, "That seems to be doing pretty well OK now."
Craig, though, tells him, "Doug likes to see an increase
in the throughput of the place each week." Looking thoughtful,
Andy muses, "Yeah... that might be the answer!"
Caroline is sitting next to Doug on the couch in Doug's hotel
room as two models parade in front of her in fur coats. Doug asks,
"Which one?" Caroline sighs, "I don't know. They're
both beautiful." Doug says uncertainly, "You're
not having both..." Caroline laughs, "I didn't
mean that, stupid!" She then points to one coat and says,
"I think... that one."
Later that day, Andy is walking along the corridor outside. Doug
suddenly emerges from his room and Andy stops him and tells him,
"Mr. Fletcher, I've got a great idea." Doug mutters,
"You've got two minutes." Andy tells him, "You
have a special stall each day... call it something like 'The Red-Hot
Special'... You put the slow items on it, but to convince the
people they've got a real bargain, you put some good stuff in
there, too. They'll buy the lot. Why? Because they're stupid when
it comes to a bargain - and it'll bring other people into the
place, like the coffee shop, and all that." Doug just looks
at him and then says, "Great. Great. Go with it." He
goes to walk off but adds, "Make sure the artwork's good.
Real eye-catching stuff." He then adds, "You keep up
that sort of thinking, I might even reconsider your nightclub
idea. See you." With that he walks off, leaving Andy looking
pleased with himself.
Glen is walking up the path to the mansion. He knocks on the
closed front door, but there's no answer. He knocks again, but
there's still no response. He then turns and starts heading back
down the pathway. Round the back, a plain white door opens and
Janice and Micky emerge, Janice carrying a basket and snapping
as they do so, "That stupid boiler - it's taken twice
as long to get the washing out of the way." They walk over
to the washing line - and suddenly hear Glen's voice calling,
"Anyone around?" Micky tells Janice nervously, "Get
rid of him - quickly - and no tricks." She ducks out of sight
behind some washing hanging on the line. Janice walks across and
approaches Glen. She asks him bluntly what he wants. Looking surprised,
he explains, "I was just looking for May." He then asks,
"You alright?" Janice retorts, "I'm fine. May's
in bed. Virus. She can't be disturbed." Glen soothes, "Keep
your shirt on. I just wanted to ask May if a lady called Micky
Pratt has been here in the last few days." Janice mutters,
"I wouldn't know." Glen goes on, "I'm pretty sure
she would have: she was trying to check on who was doing
the radio calls for the cab company. I think she thought the woman
lived here and came to see May about it." Janice snaps, "I
said I have no idea." Glen suggests, "It wouldn't hurt
me to see May for just a minute, would it?" Janice retorts,
"I said she wasn't to see anyone. That includes
you." Glen sighs, "Alright. Don't get so excited."
He adds, "As soon as you can, will you get May to call Charlie
Bartlett? It's urgent." Behind the washing, a thoughtful
look crosses Micky's face. Janice just says to Glen, "I'll
do that. Excuse me - I have some work to do." Looking surprised,
Glen mutters, "Sorry to interrupt," and he walks off.
Janice watches him go and then returns to the washing line. Micky
immediately demands of her, "Who's he?" Janice
replies quietly, "Just a friend. I doubt you'd know what
that means." Micky snaps, "Shut your mouth."
On the bed in the study at Dural, Wayne is groaning as Susan
sits next to him and says, "Breath deeply." Wayne starts
to cry quietly and deliriously, "It's not fair..."
Susan tells him, "None of it's fair. We'll be alright,
though, Wayne." Wayne goes on breathlessly, "I shouldn't
have done it, dad. I shouldn't have done it. I should never have
let her go..." Looking surprised, Susan asks, "Who?"
Wayne pants, "I love her... I love her... Susan... Shouldn't
have let her go all those years ago... I love her, dad."
A look of shock crosses Susan's face.