Charlie is standing in her lounge room, holding Isabella and
looking worried, when Alison dashes in and says, "I've got
my chance. Susan promised to hold off calling the police for an
hour." Charlie gasps, "I don't believe it." Alison
tells her, "She realises Ned will probably kill
everyone if the police have him cornered." Charlie asks in
concern, "What makes you think you can get anywhere
near him without being blown to bits?" Alison explains, "That's
where you come in: I need a decoy. All you have to do
is hold his attention on the front door while I sneak in the back
way." Charlie cries, "You're crazy!" Alison insists,
"It's the only way I can get at him to do a deal for Micky's
statement." Charlie asks, "What if he's the sort that
shoots first and asks questions later?" Alison just sighs
heavily and retorts, "All my worries will be over, won't
they?" Charlie suggests, "Why don't you wait until he's
locked up and then go and see him?" Alison, though,
tells her, "Ned sounds like the type who'll fight when he's
cornered. If he gets killed, I'll never find that statement.
I'd rather die trying than rot in jail for the rest of my life.
Now, are you going to help?" Charlie shrugs, "I want
to, but I'm a born coward." Alison accepts this and goes
to walk out. Charlie suddenly calls to her, "Wait!"
She then goes to the drawer of her sideboard and pulls out a gun.
She follows Alison out to the hall and says, "This should
even up the odds a bit." Alison comments in surprise, "I
thought you were terrified of guns." Charlie pulls
the gun's trigger and a little flame appears on top! Charlie explains,
"It's a relic from the days when I used to smoke!" Alison
grabs it, smiling, "If it fooled me, it'll fool
Ned." She goes to walk out. Charlie suddenly says, "If
you're game, so am I." Alison looks at her in surprise
and tells her, "Charlie, when this is over, I'll make it
up to you - and that is a promise." They head out.
Ned is tying May's wrists together in the boiler room at the
mansion. She cries that he's cutting her wrists. Gordon is tied
up in his wheelchair and Janice and Neville are sitting on the
floor, also with their hands tied. Gordon mutters at Ned, "Big
man, aren't you, picking on little old ladies? I pity you if you
ever cross someone who can fight back." Ned just
snarls, "Don't worry about me, grandpa. I'd be up
to it." He then starts placing a blanket over the small window
in the room and Neville says, "He's making sure we can't
cry out for help." Gordon murmurs, "There's no one home
to hear us, anyway." Ned suddenly hits the nut on
a pipe that runs through the room. He pulls a lever and a hissing
sound starts emanating from the pipe. It's gas. Gordon demands,
"Why kill us? We can't harm you." Ned snarls, "If
you're alive, I can't go near Townsville - and I want that money
Les stashed away." Janice cries, "God will punish you
for this." Ned ignores her, though, and walks out of the
room, leaving the hostages tied up and with gas filtering into
the room. Neville murmurs, "I think I'd prefer a fast
death." Janice, though, insists, "We're not going to
die." She then starts crying for help. May does likewise.
Ned limps downstairs. There's suddenly a knock on the front door
and he pauses. He can still hear May crying for help upstairs.
It's Charlie standing outside, and she calls, "Anybody home?
Janice, May, darlings. It's Charlie." She then reaches into
her handbag and takes out a pad and pencil. She says to herself
loudly, "Now, let's see..." Round the back of the building,
Alison is creeping towards the back door, looking around carefully
as she does so. She reaches into her handbag, takes out Charlie's
gun-shaped lighter and then heads off inside.
Janice is still crying for help in the junk room, but her voice
is croaky and she gasps that she's losing it. May notices that
Gordon has collapsed into unconsciousness and she yells at him.
He doesn't stir. She then curses the solid construction of the
building. Janice insists, "We'll get out." May retorts,
"Of course we will - but I'm afraid it'll be too late for
Alison is creeping along the hallway towards the manager's office,
the lighter held in front of her as if it's a real gun, when she
hears May yells, "Heeelllllllllppppppp.... We're locked in
the boiler room." Alison turns and mutters, "Damn."
She puts the lighter in her bag and looks as if she's about to
head off and help them. She then glances into the office, though,
and notices a handbag on the table. She heads in there and starts
rifling through it. All-of-a-sudden, though, a male voice snarls,
"Stay exactly where you are, lady." Alison turns to
find Ned pointing his gun at her.
A few moments later, Ned pushes Alison out into the hallway as
she cries, "Please give me a chance to explain." Ned,
though, snarls, "Sorry, lady. 'Fraid this isn't your lucky
day." Alison says quickly, "You're making a big mistake,
Ned. I came over here to put a proposition to you. I saw Micky
just before she was killed. I've known since then exactly where
you were, but I haven't called the police." Ned glares at
her and then snaps, "Good try, love." He gives her a
shove down the hallway, but Alison insists, "I'm telling
the truth. Do you want to know what she was wearing the day she
was killed? Blue jeans... black sweatshirt... sneakers. I came
over here because she died before we could complete our deal."
Ned asks in surprise, "What deal?" There's
suddenly a knock on front the door. Alison says quickly to Ned,
"It's OK. I'll handle it." Ned warns her, "One
wrong word..." He then ducks back into the office. Alison
goes and opens the front door to find two police officers standing
there. She smiles quickly, "Don't tell me I forgot to pay
my parking ticket?!" The first officer just replies, "We
wouldn't know about that. We're just knocking on doors to ask
if anyone's seen this bloke in the area?" He shows Alison
a photo of Ned and then one of Micky, but Alison tells them that
she hasn't seen them. The officers thank her and they go. Alison
turns back to Ned as he emerges from the office, and demands,
"Satisfied?" Ned mutters, "Let's talk." They
head into the office and Ned, putting a cigarette in his mouth,
comments, "Looks like they figured out Micky was hiding in
the area." Alison holds out her gun-shaped lighter and smiles,
"Allow me." She pulls the trigger and uses
the small flame that appears to light Ned's smoke. Ned remarks,
"Cute. Very cute!" He then asks suspiciously, "What's
the deal?" Alison tells him, "I'll pay you $20,000 if
you tell me where Micky put that statement." Ned stares at
her blankly and mutters, "Statement?" Alison
explains, "She had information I need to clear my name of
a murder charge. She promised to put it in writing. It must be
here somewhere." She starts rifling through Micky's
handbag again, but Ned tells her quickly, "It's not there.
I've been all through her stuff." Alison continues going
through the bag, but Ned insists, "You're wasting your time
- Micky conned you just like she conned everyone else."
He then points the gun at her head and snarls, "And as I
said: this isn't your lucky day." He starts pushing Alison
back across the room, warning, "If you try to run or yell
out, I'll kill you." Alison gasps quickly, "You
still want the money, right?" Ned, though, retorts, "I
don't want your money; just you. The police
are expecting me to by myself now, so I need you for camouflage.
Give them time to finish in this street and then you're going
to get me out of here." Alison asks, "And when
I do?" She then answers her own question, sighing, "I
know: it's not my lucky day..."
Charlie is standing in a public 'phone box, dialling a number.
It's engaged at the other end, though, and she cries, "Get
off the 'phone - please..."
Susan is talking on the 'phone on the bar at Dural, saying, "I'm
enquiring about Wayne Hamilton. I'd like to know how he is, please."
She listens and then cries, "That's a relief." She hangs
up as she hears Glen calling, "Susan..." He walks into
the room and goes on, "One of the neighbours told me that
Gordon was taken away in an ambulance." Susan, though, replies
hesitantly, "It wasn't Gordon; it was Wayne - he's
in hospital with concussion." Glen asks in shock, "What
happened?" Susan tells him nervously, "There
was a man... he escaped from prison. He was here when you turned
up; that's why I had to make you think that Wayne was here with
me - to make sure that you got away." Glen, looking annoyed
with himself, gasps, "I should have been able to tell."
Susan murmurs, "He locked us in the study. If Charlie hadn't
turned up, we'd still be in there." Glen cries,
"Oh God..." He puts his hands on Susan's shoulders,
but she pulls away. She turns to walk across the room, but then
suddenly collapses. Glen catches her as she falls.
Beryl is sitting knitting in the kitchen at the country house
as Debbie and Craig walk in, Debbie testing Craig on road rules.
He gives a perfect answer and Debbie beams that he's a real know-it-all!
David then walks in as Beryl comments that the flowers Debbie
is carrying are lovely. Debbie tells her, "I picked them
to cheer you up. Craig told me about the bad fall you had at home."
Beryl - who's still sporting a bruise on her face - murmurs, "Oh."
Debbie asks how it happened. David says quickly, "Got off-side
with the postman!" He then asks Craig, "Ready for your
test?" Debbie comments in surprise, "You didn't say
it was today!" Craig points out, "You didn't ask."
Beryl asks, "When did you turn 18?" Craig hesitates
and then says, "Today." Beryl gasps, "You should've
told us!" With that, David and Craig head out, leaving
Debbie to comment to Beryl, "Isn't he funny keeping it to
himself like that?" Beryl suggests that they should make
a cake. Debbie smiles, "I'll do it. Shouldn't be
too hard to cook a sponge." Beryl says nervously, "They
can be a bit tricky, Debbie. I wouldn't mind cooking
it up for you." Debbie, though, insists, "It wouldn't
be the same as cooking it myself." She starts taking
some ingredients out of the cupboards as Beryl watches her warily.
Craig and David are walking towards David's car, accompanied
by a female tester. She comments, "Eighteen today, huh?"
Craig smiles, "You can't fail a guy on his birthday, can
you?" The woman just replies, "Want a bet?" They
reach the car and she and a downcast Craig climb in.
At the country house, Debbie is trying to scrape a sponge out
of a baking tin, commenting, "Gee, they don't look a bit
like the cake in the book." Beryl says hesitantly,
"I think it may be because you used the wrong flower, love."
Debbie asks in surprise, "Is there more than one
kind?" Beryl laughs, "Yes!" Debbie sighs, "Darn!
I guess we'll have to forget the cake!"
Craig pulls up in David's car in the middle of a quiet street
and starts to parallel park it. He ends up several feet from the
kerb, though! Smiling at the tester, he asks, "Is that OK?"
The tester opens the door, looks out and replies grimly, "Great
- if we had a shuttle to take us from here to the kerb..."
Craig sighs heavily.
Debbie is looking out of the kitchen window at the country house.
She suddenly calls to Beryl, "They're home! Is it ready?"
Beryl is putting the finishing touches to the icing on a cake
and she replies, "Only just." As the two men walk in,
Beryl stands in front of the cake, to hide it, and asks, "How
did you go?" David tells her glumly, "No good. The old
bat that he got was just dying to fail him." Debbie consoles
Craig, "Oh no.... Never mind - you'll get it next time."
Craig, however, tells her, "There won't be a next
time." He then produces his 'P' plates with a broad grin
and Debbie smiles, "That's wonderful!" She
and Beryl then show him the cake and Beryl tells him, "It
was Debbie's idea - and she cooked it for you." Craig smiles
at Debbie, "You went to all that trouble for me?"
Debbie grins, "It was fun." She then hugs him as everyone
wishes him a happy birthday.
Glen and Susan are sitting at the table in the living room at
Dural. Glen is feeding Susan some soup and he tells her that he's
going to get her to a doctor for a check-up. Susan, though, gasps
suddenly as she looks at her watch and cries, "Oh my God
- I can't. I have to make a statement to the police about Ned
Parker." Glen stares at her as she adds, "I'll see the
doctor afterwards." Glen asks in surprise, "Ned
Parker was the guy?" Susan retorts, "I told
you." Glen tells her, "Not the name."
He then asks, "What was he doing here? Do you think he's
at Charlie's place?" Susan replies quickly, "No - why
should he?" Glen points out, "She's always in the social
columns. If he needed money or something..." Susan tells
him quietly, "Money's not what he was after. He'd've
raped me if I hadn't talked my way out of it..."
Glen mutters furiously, "So he left you here to die,
instead?" Susan cries, "Please - I just want to forget
about it." Glen growls, "He'll wish he'd never been
born if I catch up with him." Susan points
out, "He's probably in another State by now." Glen,
however, says, "I can't see him trying to make a move just
yet. They'll circulate his description and he wouldn't risk catching
a train or 'plane... and the Highway Patrol will be on the lookout
for him, too." He then pauses and gasps, "I'm stupid.
That's what's been bugging me: the car."
Susan asks, "What are you talking about?" Glen just
stands up and tells her, "Back soon."
In the boiler room at the mansion, Gordon is sitting in his wheelchair,
unconscious. May is beginning to slip off as the gas takes effect.
Neville tries to cajole Janice into staying awake, talking to
her about her faith. Janice cries, "I don't want to die without
seeing my family... and now I'll never get a chance to tell Fiona
how much I love her..." Neville insists, "I'm
sure she knows." Janice sobs, "It's not the same as
saying it." Neville hesitates and then says, "I
wish I hadn't left things unsaid, too." Janice looks
at him hopefully and smiles weakly, "It's now or never."
Neville murmurs, "I'm so hopeless at expressing myself."
Janice tells him quickly, "I'm the same - but when you really
love someone, it's silly not to admit it - especially when the
girl loves you, too." Neville assures her, "Celia
knows I love her. We've been engaged three years now
- and it was always taken for granted that we'd marry." Janice
bursts into tears, looking devastated, as he goes on, "She
knows I care - but not how much. And now... I'll never
have the chance to tell her." Janice sits there, sobbing,
as Neville then asks, "Would it help if we prayed together?"
Janice nods and Neville begins, "Oh merciful Jesus..."
Outside, Glen is walking over to the garage at the side of the
mansion. There's a green car parked in it - Micky's - and he looks
at it carefully.
Inside, in the office, Ned is looking out of the window. He then
turns to Alison and, pointing his gun at her, snaps, "OK.
Time to move." Alison retorts, "My car is parked two
blocks from here. The police will still be knocking on doors there."
Ned growls, "I'll risk it." Alison insists, "What
difference will half an hour make?" Ned, though, snarls,
"Why do I get the feeling you want me to hang around here?
You got someone tipping off the police if you don't get back?"
Alison cries quickly, "No." Ned just shoves her out
into the hallway and snarls, "Come on. Move it."
Glen is checking in the garage outside when Ned pushes Alison
out through the mansion's front door. Ned suddenly notices him
and points the gun at him. Alison quickly grabs his arm and pushes
it away so that it's facing up into the air. A shot ring out.
Glen runs towards Ned and starts laying into him, punching him
down to the ground. Alison quickly picks up Ned's gun, which has
fallen down, and points it at him.
A short time later, a policeman, Charlie and Glen run into the
boiler room. They start coughing as the gas hits them. Glen throws
something through the window to let in some air. All the hostages
are unconscious, but Glen and Charlie and the officer start untying
Sometime later, Alison emerges from the manager's office and
tells Charlie in the corridor, "Your turn in the hotseat
- and please watch what you say: any mention of that statement
to the police and I'll be sharing a paddy-wagon with Ned."
Charlie is just standing there with tears in her eyes, and Alison
asks what's wrong. Charlie cries, "Ned tried to gas
them all." Alison murmurs in shock, "My God..."
She then asks, "What about Gordon?" Charlie replies,
"They think he'll make it." Alison comments, "If
he makes it, so will the others." She then pleads,
"Charlie, you cannot go to pieces on me now."
Charlie asks, "What do you want me to say?" Alison tells
her, "Tell them it was all over when you got here - you know
nothing about Ned... Micky... anything. Just play dumb."
Charlie muses, "In other words, be myself." She heads
into the office, leaving Alison looking worried.
Outside, Gordon, Janice, Neville and May are lying on the grass.
Susan and Glen are tending to them. Alison walks out and joins
them and Alison asks Susan how Gordon is. Susan replies,
"His heartbeat's erratic, but he's getting there." Alison
says, "Thanks for sending in the cavalry." Susan remarks,
"From what I heard, you and Glen had things under control
by the time they got here." Glen, though, insists, "I'd
be history if Alison hadn't grabbed Ned's gun." They suddenly
hear the sound of an ambulance siren, and Susan cries, "Thank
God. The sooner we get them to hospital, the better." Alison
then asks Glen, "How did you know Ned was here?"
Glen explains, "Janice was in the backyard when I came to
see May. While we were talking, I noticed Micky's car in the garage.
Didn't realise what I'd seen then; only hit me today." Alison
stands up and says she'd better go and direct the ambulance. She
walks off. Alone with Susan, Glen asks softly, "How are you
feeling?" Susan smiles weakly, "I'm fine." Glen
just stares at her and she goes on, "I'm glad you
weren't hurt." Glen asks earnestly, "Are you?"
Alison suddenly calls, "They're sending round the stretchers."
Susan looks at Glen and then stands up and walks off. Glen sits
on the grass looking rueful.
Inside, Alison is walking along the corridor as Charlie emerges
from the office. Alison demands, "How did it go?" Charlie
just nods at her positively, and Alison mutters, "That's
one hurdle over." Charlie asks if they should be
helping with the ambulance. Alison, though, retorts that they'll
only be in the way. She then cries, "I'm the one
who needs help now." Charlie warns her, "I shouldn't
pin all your hopes on finding Micky's statement..." Alison
sighs, "I just watched them taking Ned away in the paddy-wagon.
I couldn't help thinking 'There but for the grace of God go I...'
Charlie, I'm not going to have any peace of mind 'til I've cleared
It's dark outside. Alison is back in the office at the mansion,
rifling through Micky's handbag and other belongings. There's
suddenly a knock on the front door and Charlie calls, "I'll
get it." Alison continues going through Micky's papers, frantically.
The office door suddenly opens and Charlie comes in accompanied
by two men wearing suits. Charlie tells Alison, "These gentlemen
want a word with you, Alison." Alison spins round to look
at them and says quickly, "Oh. Fine. Did the sergeant forget
to ask me something?" One of the detectives says to her,
"In your statement, you said you grabbed the gun from Ned
Parker." Alison nods, "Yes, yes, that's correct. Why?"
The other detective tells her, "A routine fingerprint check
showed that the gun had two sets of prints on it: Parker's...
and Patricia Palmer's - who was charged with the murder of Luke
Andrew Carlyle. We're placing you under arrest." With that,
he slaps a pair of handcuffs on Alison's wrists. The other detective
starts reading Alison her rights as she bursts into tears and
cries, "But I didn't do it..." The two detectives
start leading her away. Alison turns to Charlie and, with a distraught
look on her face, cries, "You've got to help me. You've got
to find that statement. Help me..."