Micky and Janice are walking down the corridor at the mansion,
heading for the manager's office. Micky is still demanding to
know who Glen was. Janice retorts that he's a friend. Micky then
asks who Charlie Bartlett is. Janice retorts, "Charlie is
also a friend and lives near Gordon." They head into the
office, where Ned is sitting on the couch. Janice slumps down
at the table with Neville and cries, "I'm so stupid.
I should have managed to convey something to Glen. I should have
told him. I lied, Neville; I've never lied before in
my life." Neville points out that it was under duress
- and people's lives are at stake. Janice cries bitterly, "We
probably won't survive anyway - they've already killed Wayne."
Micky suddenly announces that she's going upstairs. She heads
Out in the corridor, Micky picks up the 'phone book next to the
telephone and starts looking for a number.
In the office, Janice cries at Neville that she can't take
too much more; she's got to do something. Neville suggests
calmly, "Hold on to my lucky charm - and please, try to stay
calm." Janice, though, pulls the charm out of her lapel and
yells, "Don't be so childish. What good is it? It hasn't
helped Gordon or May. I've had enough. If I'm going to die, I'm
going to give them something to remember me by."
A short time later, Micky runs downstairs, out in the corridor.
She's wearing a headscarf and dark glasses so that she won't be
recognised. She heads out through the front door and looks round.
There's a woman sitting outside and Micky approaches her and says,
"Excuse me. My name's Lyn James. I've just moved in here
and I've lost my car keys. I need to get to the hospital - my
mother's really sick. It's going to take forever to get a cab.
I know it's a bit much to ask, but you don't happen to have a
car I can borrow, do you?" The woman warns her, "It's
only an old bomb." Micky tells her, "I don't care, as
long as it gets me there." She then offers the woman $10,
adding, "I've got to see my mother." The woman
takes out her keys and replies, "OK. It's the green Mini
by the front gate."
Inside, May is sitting with Neville and Janice at the table in
the office. They're playing cards, but come to the end of their
game. May says she'll go and see how Gordon is. Ned, though, stops
her in her tracks and, looking through the partition, growls,
"No need - I can see him from here. Dead to the world. That
stuff you gave him did the trick alright." From the table,
Janice mutters, "Pity you didn't have any."
Ned glares at her and snaps, "Get me something to eat."
Janice retorts, "Get it yourself." Ned, picking up his
gun, points it at Janice and repeats curtly and slowly, "Get
me something to eat." Janice, though, snaps, "No - I've
had enough of you." Ned shouts, "Get it."
Janice snaps again, "No." Ned walks right up to her
and, aiming the gun at her head, warns, "If you're not out
in the kitchen by the time I count to ten..." Janice just
mutters lightly, "Alright - if you're going to make such
a fuss about it..." With that, she stands up and heads off.
At Charlie's, Glen is telling Alison that he thought Micky might
have gone to the mansion looking for Charlie and left a contact
number with someone, but Janice didn't know anything about it
and May was in bed, sick. Alison sighs, "Thanks, but I thought
you'd be wasting your time." Glen adds, "There was something
about the place. Can't remember what, now."
Changing the subject, he asks where Charlie is. Alison explains,
"She's gone to see her friend at the taxi office; thinks
she might have an idea where Micky is. Bit of a wild-goose chase,
if you ask me." Glen comments, "Seems like we've reached
a dead end." Alison, though, tells him, "Not quite."
Glen looks at her in surprise and says, "Let's have it."
Alison explains, "I hired a private detective to help me
locate Micky. He told me that Les Baker - the one who died in
the jail break - was connected with criminals in Townsville."
Glen asks where that gets her. Alison tells him, "Even
though he was killed, the others could have gone up there to hide
out." Glen suggests that it's a bit of a long-shot. Alison
retorts, "It's the only shot I've got left. Anyway,
I'm going up to Townsville this afternoon." Glen asks her
if she'd like him to come with her. Alison asks, "What about
your job?" Glen replies, "I'm only a casual on the taxis
- I can always pick it up later. There's nothing to keep me here."
Alison suggests, "Susan?" Glen mutters, "Hardly."
Alison raises her eyebrows and asks, "What happened?"
Glen shrugs, "She found someone else." Alison comments
sourly, "Didn't take her long..." Glen just retorts,
"Book me a seat to Townsville. I'll go home and pack. I'll
see you later." With that, he heads off, leaving Alison with
a smile on her face.
Neville and May are playing cards again at the table in the manager's
office at the mansion. Janice carries a tray of food into the
room from the kitchen and puts it down on the coffee table in
front of Ned. He smiles sarcastically, "Look at this. You
really shouldn't have bothered!" Janice smiles, "No
trouble!" All-of-a-sudden, she picks up the pepper pot and
throws pepper into Ned's face. He recoils back and his gun flies
off the couch and onto the floor. Janice goes to reach for it,
but Ned is immediately on top of her, also trying to grab it.
They start struggling. Neville leaps up from the table to help,
but May pulls him back. Janice eventually manages to grab the
gun and she pushes Ned away from her. As he recovers his composure,
he finds himself looking down its barrel. He glares at Janice
and snarls, "You haven't got the guts." He stands up
and Janice snaps, "Get over there." She indicates the
corner of the room. Ned, though, lunges at Neville. As he does
so, Janice pulls the gun's trigger. A shot fires and it hits Ned.
As he falls onto the floor, he pulls Neville down with him. Janice
drops the gun on the floor in horror at what she's done. Ned immediately
grabs it. He yells at Neville to get back. Neville climbs back
onto his seat at the table. A look of fear crosses Janice's face
as Ned aims the gun straight at her...
There's a knock on the front door at Charlie's and Alison opens
it. Micky is standing there, still wearing her headscarf and dark
glasses. Alison looks at her and Micky asks, "Does Charlie
Bartlett live here?" Alison nods, "Yes, she does. What
do you want?" Micky explains, "I heard she was looking
for a friend of mine: Micky Pratt." Alison replies, "That's
right. Better come in." She closes the door, looking thoughtful.
A short time later, in the lounge room, Alison invites Micky
to sit down. Micky remains standing, though, as she asks, "Where's
Charlie?" Alison replies that she's not home at the moment.
Micky demands, "Who are you?" Alison tells
her, "I'm Alison Carr. It's me who wants to speak
to Micky, not Charlie." Micky mutters, "Yeah?"
Alison goes on, "I willing to pay, as well." Micky asks
suspiciously, "How do I know you're not fronting for the
cops?" Alison assures her, "I have my own reasons
for avoiding them." Micky comments, "You said you're
willing to pay..." Alison nods, "That's right - if you're
prepared to take off your shades and tell me what I want to know."
Micky takes off her glasses and mutters, "I didn't want to
take any chances out there." She then asks, "What's
it about?" Alison suggests that they sit down. They do so
and Alison then says, "You drove taxis in Melbourne a couple
of years ago, didn't you?" Micky mutters, "I might've."
Alison asks, "Do you remember picking up a boy from outside
a hospital one night? He was probably wearing pyjamas; maybe jeans.
You took him to a block of flats and waited. Twenty minutes later,
he came out and you drove him back to the hospital." Micky
muses, "Yeah - sounds a bit familiar... don't know: it's
hard to remember that far back." Alison retorts, "We'll
talk about money later." She then says, "Tell me about
the boy." Micky recalls, "He was strange - he was real
nervous when I picked him up outside the flats; he shook like
a leaf all the way back to the hospital." Alison mutters,
"He had good reason to: he'd just killed
a man - and I was blamed for it. I'm on the
run, just like you." Micky realises, "So you think my
story's going to get you off?" Alison tells her, "I
know it will." Micky warns, "There's no way
I'm going to go to court." Alison assures her, "You
don't have to. All you have to do is write a statement saying
that you picked up a boy called Jeff O'Brien from outside the
hospital that night, fill in the whole story and stress his mental
condition when he came out of the block of flats." Micky
asks, "What's the fee?" Alison tells her, "I'll
pay you $10,000 if I think your statement's good enough to get
me off." Micky looks at her and replies, "For twenty,
I'll state that Jeff paid me $50 to forget I ever picked him up."
Alison smiles, "It's a deal. If you write out your statement
now, I'll write you out a cheque for $20,000." Micky, though,
laughs bitterly, "I'm not that stupid - I know you'll
cancel the cheque just as soon as I get out of the house. No,
I want the twenty grand in cash - and then you get the
statement." Alison warns her, "It'll take a while to
arrange." Micky retorts, "You've got four hours - and
I'll ring and make a place and time for the pick-up." She
adds, "If you change your mind and call the cops, I'll just
say you bribed me to make a statement." Alison assures her,
"No police, I promise. I just want that statement."
Micky nods, "OK. Four hours, then." With that, she heads
off, leaving Alison looking relieved.
Ned is sitting in an armchair in the manager's office at the
mansion, a towel wrapped over the shotgun wound to his leg. Neville
is sitting with Janice on the couch, asking her in concern if
she's alright. She murmurs, "I feel dizzy." Neville
asks Ned, "Can I get her a glass of water?" Ned, though,
snaps, "No - she can go thirsty." He then adds, "The
old girl should've got Micky by now." At that moment, though,
May comes in and announces, "She's not in her room."
Ned asks, "Did you check the rest of the house?" May
retorts, "Yes, and I can't find her anywhere." Ned growls,
"You'd better not be lying." May adds, "Her bag's
not there, either. Maybe she's gone?" Ned snaps,
"Micky wouldn't run out on me." May points out, "If
she has, you're in a real fix." Neville chips in,
"That's right. You really ought to think about giving yourself
up and having that leg attended to." May adds, "It could
become infectious." Ned, though, yells at them, "Shut
up. I'm not giving in - and I'll tell you something: if Micky
isn't back in half an hour, you three are going to be sorry. I'll
be better off without you anyway."
In Melbourne, Andy has set up his Red-Hot Specials stall at the
shopping mall. He tries to entice a passing customer into buying
something, but the guy just walks on by. Craig joins him and Andy
mutters, "So much for your stall idea; Doug's going to be
real rapt." Another customer walks up and looks at the table.
Andy smiles, "Hello, sir. Lots of bargains here." The
man just glances at the table and then walks off, muttering, "Crap."
When he's gone, Craig tells Andy, "You're handling it all
wrong. What you need is a gimmick; something that'll attract attention."
Andy retorts, "I've done everything except stand on my head."
Craig tells him, "I've got an hour to kill before Debbie
gets here for my driving lesson. I bet I could sell half
this stuff by then." Andy demands, "How?" Craig
replies, "Watch. Back in a minute." With that, he walks
off, leaving Andy looking puzzled.
In the office at the mansion, Janice tells Ned, "You really
should get that leg seen to." Ned, though, just yells, "Shut
up!" Janice insists, "It needs to be re-dressed. I'll
do it for you, if you like." Ned growls, "Like hell
you will." May suggests, "You can't wait for Micky to
come back." Neville comments, "It hurts?" Ned yells,
"Course it hurts, you stupid drongo!" Neville
asks in surprise, "'Drongo'? Sorry?" Ned just snaps,
"Micky will be back." May suggests, "It could be
hours, though, couldn't it?" Ned glares at her and then says,
"Alright, grandma: get the keys to the storeroom." May
stands up carefully and walks over to the desk.
Debbie is walking along in the shopping mall, a smile on her
face, watching Craig dressed up as a pirate as he sells the items
on Andy's stall. She joins Andy and asks him if he thinks Craig
will be very long, as she's starving. Andy comments, "I reckon
he'll be a while - but we can have lunch; I'm
a bit hungry, too." Debbie smiles, "OK!" With that,
Andy wanders over to Craig and tells him, "I'm just going
to take Debbie for a bite to eat, OK?" He then rejoins Debbie
and they head off, leaving Craig looking put-out.
Micky walks into the manager's office at the mansion to find
it empty. She calls, "Ned?" There's no answer. She checks
the kitchen but finds that empty as well. She then heads out into
the corridor to find May helping a limping Ned to walk along it.
She demands, "What the hell's going on?" They head back
into the office and Micky asks Ned, "What's wrong with your
leg?" May tells her, "Janice shot him." Ned adds,
"She got hold of the gun. There was a bit of a scuffle. It
went off." Micky asks, "Is it OK?" Ned retorts,
"It's not too bad." Micky asks, "Where are the
others?" Ned indicates the storeroom and retorts, "In
there - 'cos you weren't around to keep an eye on them while I
got my leg cleaned up." He then demands, "Where the
hell did you get to?" Micky tells him quickly, "I needed
some fresh air, so I went for a walk." She adds, "Don't
worry, nobody saw me. And I got a paper." Ned asks, "Anything
in it about us?" Micky, however, retorts, "I
haven't looked yet." She picks it up, but Ned snaps, "Forget
it. We've got to talk." He then orders May to get into the
kitchen. May heads out there. When she's gone, Ned says to Micky
quietly, "I want to get out of here - now. Things
are getting too hot and there's too many people around."
Micky, however, tells him, "Stay cool, Ned. If we wait a
couple of days, the cops will think we've left town and then we've
got less chance of getting caught." Ned retorts, "No.
The longer we wait--" In the kitchen, May listens, a smile
on her face as Ned and Micky start arguing.
Alison is pouring drinks for herself and Glen in the lounge room
at Charlie's. Glen comments, "Lucky break, eh, her walking
in on you out of the blue?" Alison smiles, "I think
the tide's beginning to turn my way at last." She then adds,
"I don't trust Micky, though - I wouldn't be surprised if
she just took the cash and forgot about the statement." Glen
offers, "I'll come with you, if you like. Make sure
she doesn't." Alison warns, "As long as she
doesn't see you..." Glen smiles, "I'll be Mr.
Invisible!" Alison says, "Thanks." She then adds,
"Listen, you couldn't pick the money up for me, too? I'd
like to wait here for her to ring back." Glen nods, "No
trouble." Alison adds, "I've already rung the bank and
arranged it all. All we have to do now is wait for her to ring
back. There's nothing more I can do." Glen suggests, "Take
it easy." Alison, though, sighs, "I've waited so long."
She adds, "Thanks for helping." Glen assures her, "It's
the least I can do. I know how much I'd hate to be accused
of something I hadn't done." Alison murmurs, "I just
couldn't bear it if anything went wrong now." Putting his
arm round her, Glen assures her, "It won't - I'll
make sure of that."
Craig is clearing up the remainder of the items on the stall
at the mall. Andy and Debbie join him and Andy comments, "There's
hardly anything left. That'll put a smile on Doug's face!"
Craig hands Andy the money and Andy tells him, "You've done
wonders." With that, he walks off. When he's gone, Debbie
asks Craig, "Could you handle a driving lesson now?"
Craig replies, "Easy!" He adds, "I'll have to take
my costume back first. See you in the car park." With that,
he walks off, leaving Debbie with a smile on her face.
A short time later, Craig joins Debbie in the car park. She hands
him a sandwich to eat for his lunch and then tells him, "I
thought we'd take the car out to the main road for a bit, and
then go into a side street for some parking practice." Craig,
looking miles away, nods, "Uh huh." Debbie asks what
the matter is. Craig explains, "I don't think it's safe
to take a driving lesson today." Debbie asks why not. Craig
tells her, "Everything's gone wrong. I should've never got
out of bed this morning." Debbie asks in surprise, "Why?"
Craig replies, "First of all, Andy skips out on me at the
stall and takes you to lunch; then all those mad bargain-hunters
nearly trampled me to death; and to top it off, when I take my
costume back, I have to fork out ten bucks for repairs!"
Debbie smiles at him and, giving him a kiss on the cheek, tells
him, "Don't be sad. Things will get better; they always do.
And you're going to get that driver's licence. Come on!"
At the mansion, Micky is standing in the hallway, talking on
the 'phone and holding a piece of paper in her hand. She's saying,
"Yeah, I wrote it down exactly the way you wanted. You got
the money?" At Charlie's, Alison - who has Glen standing
next to her - replies, "Yes, it's all here. Where do we meet?"
Micky tells her, "There's a park about ten minutes from your
In the manager's office, Janice, Neville and Ned are sitting
at the table. May walks in through the partition from her room
and Ned asks how Gordon is. She replies that he's alright. Ned
then puts a cigarette in his mouth and starts looking for his
lighter. Unable to find it, he says to May, "Give us Micky's
handbag, will you?" May picks it up from the couch and hands
it to him. He opens it. As he does so, May asks, "How much
longer are you planning to stay here?" Ned retorts, "I
haven't decided yet - but it's not indefinite: probably just for
a couple of days--" He breaks off as he comes across two
airline tickets in the bag. He looks at them carefully for several
seconds and then shouts, "Micky... MICKY!"
Out in the hallway, Micky says down the 'phone, "Wait on
the bench, OK? I've got to go." She hangs up and stuffs the
piece of paper containing her confession in between the pages
of a magazine she picks up. Ned emerges from the office, tickets
in hand, and snaps, "I just found these. So much
for throwing them away, eh? Two tickets for you and Les. What
about me? I never had one, did I?" Micky
tries to push past him, growling, "I'll explain in the flat."
Ned, though, pushes her back and retorts, "You just stay
here. We're going to have this out. I was right before, wasn't
I? I was going to get dumped as soon as we made the break. But
then Les got killed and you had to stick with me. That's what
happened, isn't it? Well?" Micky sighs agitatedly,
"OK, so I lied about the tickets - but that's because Les
thought it would be safer if you travelled up to Townsville separately."
Ned demands, "How was I meant to get there: walk?"
Micky tells him, "I don't know; Les didn't say. Look, just
calm down - it's all over and done with. If you and I don't stick
together now, we're finished."
In the office, May is looking at the newspaper as Neville comments,
"I'd say our friends are getting near breaking point."
May agrees, "The stress is getting to them well and truly,
and if we can keep them arguing I don't think they'll stay much
longer." Neville muses, "The trick is how to do it without
getting hurt ourselves." May, still looking at the
newspaper, declares suddenly, "I think I've found a way..."
Micky and Ned are sitting on the stairs out in the corridor,
Micky saying, "So we both know where we stand now, OK?"
Ned growls, "As long as you tell me exactly what's happening
from now on." Micky replies, "I promise. Now, we'd better
get back in there before those three get up to something."
The two of them stand up and head into the office, where Janice
asks, "Calmed down, have we?" Ned snaps, "Keep
your trap shut." Micky suggests to Ned that he go and see
what Gordon's up to. Ned heads across to the partition. When he's
gone, May indicates the newspaper and says to Micky, "I think
there's something here that might interest you."
Micky grabs the paper and reads the headline May that indicates:
'Prison Escapee's Funeral Today'. She's still staring at it when
Ned returns and demands, "What's up?" Looking upset,
Micky murmurs, "I've got to go out for a while." Ned
asks, "What for?" Micky just mutters, "I won't
be long." Ned reminds her curtly, "You said you were
going to tell me exactly what's happening from now on."
Micky mutters, "Yeah, well it's Les's funeral, OK? I'm going
to get some flowers." She picks up her headscarf and dark
glasses as Ned snaps, "The cops will trace them in a minute."
Micky retorts, "I'll buy them off the street and I'll put
them in a cab." She heads for the door. Ned grabs her and
snaps, "It's still too risky." Micky, though, yells,
"I'm going to do it whether you like it or not." With
that, she storms out. Ned shuts the door behind her. May sits
at the table, a smile on her face...
Sometime later, Micky is standing at the side of a road as cars
flash past. She's wearing her headscarf and dark glasses and holding
a bunch of flowers. She suddenly notices a taxi approaching and
she holds out her hand. The car stops next to her. She opens the
door and, putting the flowers on the front seat, says to the driver,
"Hi. Can you take these flowers to this address?" She
shows him a card and he nods, "Sure." Micky closes the
door again and he drives off. Micky watches him go, an expression
of anguish on her face. As tears well in her eyes, she begins
to cross the road - and doesn't notice a car heading straight
for her. It hits her and she yells out as she's knocked down.
The driver climbs out of his car, sees Micky lying there and then
quickly climbs back into his car and drives off. Micky is left
lying on the road, not moving...