Craig storms off outside. Debbie follows him, demanding to know
what's wrong. Craig just climbs into David's ute and snaps that
he'll see her later. He roars away.
In the kitchen, Beryl suggests to Andy that Craig must have said
something. Andy explains that he just asked
Debbie out. Debbie walks in and, looking around at the mess, asks
in surprise what happened. Andy mutters, "Craig went ape."
He adds bitterly that he'll have to get his clothes dry-cleaned
now. Debbie asks Andy what he said to Craig. Andy, though,
retorts, "Why does everyone blame me?" Debbie
insists that Craig wouldn't do it for nothing. Andy mutters
that Craig has got a big head. He adds, "Someone ought to
teach him a lesson. I think it's about time he grew up. I think
it's about time someone told him to grow up..."
A man is standing outside a sex shop, enticing people to come
inside. Craig walks up to him and the man checks, "Eighteen?"
Craig nods, "Yeah, just." The man tells him, "Good
enough. In you go." Craig, though, explains that he doesn't
want to go inside. He then takes out his photo of Beryl
and says to the man, "I was just wondering if you'd seen
this lady: Ruby Hawkins - I'm trying to find her." The man
looks at the photo, but just says, "Sorry." He then
tries again to entice Craig inside. Craig, though, just walks
Alison is arranging a large bunch of flowers in the lounge room
at Charlie's. As she does so, she tells Charlie that she'd like
to give her something to thank her for all she's done. Charlie
points out, "Friends shouldn't have to buy each other presents."
Alison insists, "There must be something you'd like."
Charlie suggests to her that she buy something for Isabella. There's
suddenly a knock on the front door and Charlie calls to the visitor
to come in. It's Wayne. He walks in to the lounge room and, looking
at Alison, says, "I've got some news for you." Alison
muses disinterestedly, "Pray tell." Wayne says gleefully,
"Dad's remembered seeing you driving the other car in the
accident. He's given me back his Power of Attorney, too."
Alison, looking shocked momentarily, just muses, "Oh well...
c'est la vie, I suppose." She then turns to Charlie
and asks her lightly, "What do you think I should wear to
the trial?" Charlie smiles, "Clothes, darling!"
Wayne, looking astonished, comments, "'C'est la vie.'
Is that all you can say?" Alison snaps at him, "Oh,
for heaven's sake, Wayne. What do you expect me to say?
It's hardly the end of the world. After finally being cleared
of a murder charge, negligent driving's not about to upset me.
Give me the fine, I'll pay the cheque." Wayne, looking suddenly
thoughtful, reminds her, "Speaking of murder charges, we
have some private business to finalise, don't we..."
A short time later, Alison and Wayne walk into the lounge room
at Dural, Alison saying as she does so, "Gordon doesn't know
I'm Patricia?" Wayne tells her, "No. Medical opinions
vary as to whether it'll bring on a seizure or not. I don't want
to take the risk - and if you say anything--" Alison
interrupts him and snaps, "Relax. For heaven's sake, why
would I want to tell him?" Wayne points out, "He told
the police about the accident." Alison hesitates and then
says, "Listen, Wayne, I don't care about that - and I have
no reason in the world to hurt Gordon, so just put your little
mind at rest, huh? There's a good boy." Wayne glares at her.
Changing the subject, he asks what they're going to do about Glen.
Alison tells him he'll have to give her time to think - her brain
isn't on the right wavelength at the moment. Glen and Susan suddenly
emerge from the kitchen, Susan laughing as they do so. They join
Alison and Wayne and Glen asks Alison if Wayne told her that he'd
been rehired. Susan explains, "I insisted. We could hardly
turn our back on a national hero!" With that, the two of
them head off outside. When they've gone, Alison warns Wayne,
"This could be difficult." Wayne, however, retorts,
"I don't think so. In fact, I think it'll be a lot easier
than I thought it would be..."
A few minutes later, Alison is commenting to Wayne, "If
you ask me, it sounds a bit airy-fairy." Wayne,
though, retorts, "What could be simpler? If she falls for
heroes, OK, I'll be a hero. All we've got to do is organise a
trip away or something. Anything, as long as pin-up boy Glenny's
out of the way - then we can stage-manage some terrible calamity,
during which I leap to the rescue." Alison mutters reluctantly,
"Alright. If that's how you want to do it, I'll start thinking."
There's suddenly a knock at the front door. Wayne goes to answer
it and he finds Charlie standing there. She explains in concern
that Isabella is missing again and she's come to fetch her. Looking
thoughtful, Alison says to her suddenly, "Your holiday house,
in the Hawkesbury. Is anyone using it this weekend?" Charlie
replies in surprise, "I don't think so. What do you want
it for?" Alison just smiles at Wayne...
Outside, Susan is holding Isabella while Rags jumps around next
to her. Charlie, Wayne and Alison join them and Charlie takes
hold Isabella, teasing her as she does so that she's a flirt!
She then turns to Susan and asks her how she's feeling. Susan
murmurs, "You know..." Charlie goes on, "We've
been putting our heads together inside: we all think we need to
get away for a weekend - especially Wayne. I think a couple of
days in the country would do us all the world of good!" Susan
asks where they'd go. Charlie smiles, "My place in the Hawkesbury
- it's perfect: it's sunny, secluded, civilised..." Susan
beams, "It sounds great!" Charlie then turns to Glen
and asks, "What about you, Glen? Interested?" Wayne's
face drops. Alison looks at him as Glen replies, "I've love
to, Charlie - if I can get the weekend off." Charlie and
Susan look at Wayne and Charlie asks, "Well? Does
he have the weekend off?" Wayne mutters in annoyance, "Yeah.
Craig is standing in the kitchen at the country house with Debbie
and Beryl. Debbie is holding some flowers and she tells Craig
that they're lovely. She then heads off to put them in a vase.
When she's gone, Beryl asks Craig where he's been. He tells her,
"St. Kilda - asking around." Beryl asks, "And?"
Craig replies that one lady recognised the photo of Ruby,
but couldn't tell him exactly where she'd seen her. Changing the
subject, Beryl warns Craig that he doesn't own Debbie
- if someone else asks her out, he can't stop her going. Debbie
comes back in as Craig sighs that he let Andy get to him; it was
stupid. Beryl asks, "Because he asked Debbie to the movies?"
Craig replies, "That didn't help things - but I hit him because
he made a comment about mum." Beryl glances at Debbie and
remarks in surprise, "He didn't mention that."
She asks what he said. Craig, though, tells her that it's not
that important, and he asks if they can just forget it. Beryl
sighs, "Fair enough." With that, she heads off to check
on Robert. Left alone with Debbie, Craig comments, "I suppose
you think I'm a thug or something now, do you?" Debbie admits,
"I did wonder - but if someone bagged my mum, I'd
have a go at them, too." She then goes on, "I'm looking
forward to meeting her - and your dad: I bet they're
great people." Craig just stands there, looking worried.
Debbie asks, "What's up?" Craig sighs, "Let's go
for a walk, eh? I think it's time I told you a few things..."
A short time later, Craig and Debbie are walking in the grounds,
talking. The two of them eventually end up back outside the house
and Craig comments, "It's not your normal story,
is it?" Debbie remarks, "Not knowing your mum...
it would kill me." Craig admits, "I supposed
I should have told you before, but I've been putting it off."
Debbie asks in surprise, "Why? It's nothing to be
embarrassed about." Craig explains, "I didn't know how
you'd react - especially if mum turns out to be a bit rough."
Debbie insists, "Rough or not - that won't change the way
I think about you." There's silence for several
seconds before Craig asks nervously, "What do you
think about me?" Debbie tells him, "I like you. I like
you a lot."
May is standing in Fiona's room at the mansion, looking through
some holiday brochures. She then tells Fiona, "I wish you'd
get your photos developed so I could see exactly what I've missed
out on." Fiona muses, "As soon as I get some spare cash,
that's exactly what I'll do." There's suddenly a knock on
the door and Fiona calls, "Come on in!" The visitors
are Alison and Charlie. Looking at Alison slightly distastefully,
Fiona asks her and Charlie what brings them visiting. Alison tells
her, "Me, as a matter of fact: if Micky's statement hadn't
been found, I'd be facing jail by now, so I feel I owe everyone
a large debt. I'd like to do something for you all; show how grateful
I am." She adds, "It's quite a relief not having to
be in hiding all the time, watching everything I say." Fiona
looks at May and asks in surprise, "'In hiding'? What's she
talking about?" May replies hesitantly, "Oh, er--"
Alison gasps, "You haven't told her?" Fiona
asks, "Tell me what?" Alison explains, "I'm
Wayne is sitting with Gordon, who's lying in his bed at Hornsby
Hospital. Gordon asks in surprise, "She wasn't upset at all?"
Wayne replies, "Didn't seem to be. I said that you'd given
me the Power of Attorney and all she said was, despite that, she
hoped you could still see each other occasionally."
Gordon muses, "There you go, then: women can be totally unpredictable
sometimes!" There's suddenly a knock on the door and Glen
walks in. Gordon smiles, "Well hello! Here's our resident
lifesaver!" Glen asks Gordon how he is. Gordon replies that
he's coming along nicely. He adds, "I've even talked them
into letting me out for a few hours." Looking at Wayne, he
goes on, "I can go to the golf club presentations
on Saturday, if someone will drive me." Wayne, looking suddenly
disappointed, replies, "Of course..." Gordon notices
his expression and asks, "Problems?" Wayne insists,
"No, no. I'll be here." Glen, though, chips in, "Hang
on." Looking at Gordon, he explains, "Wayne, Charlie
and Susan had organised a couple of days away - give themselves
a chance to get over last week. How about if I take you?"
Gordon smiles that that's fine. He then tells Wayne to have a
holiday and relax. Wayne turns to Glen and smiles, "Thanks!"
In Fiona's room at the mansion, Fiona stands up and snaps at
Alison, "Well. That certainly explains a lot."
May comments in surprise, "I didn't know you knew
her." Fiona retorts, "Oh yes, indeed. We go way
back." Alison insists, "Fiona, I have changed."
Fiona, however, laughs bitterly, "If I had a cent for every
time I'd heard you say that I wouldn't have to be making
jam, let me tell you." Charlie points out, "She
could easily have told the police about Beryl and David, if she'd
wanted to hurt people." Alison adds, "At least give
me a chance to show I mean it." Fiona, though, snaps, "Oh,
I'm sure you mean it - every time, Patricia.
That's the sad thing, though: I honestly do believe you mean it.
The problem is you can't stick to it." Alison insists,
"Please, all I'm asking is a fair go--" Fiona interrupts
her and sighs, "Alright, alright. It would be stupid to say
'let's kiss and make up' - that would just be downright hypocritical.
But as far as I'm concerned, while there's a truce on you can
drop in here any time you like." Alison smiles at her and
says that she'd still like to show her appreciation in some way.
Fiona mutters, "Forget it." May, though, points out
to her quickly, "Just a minute: you weren't locked
in the storeroom all day." Looking at Alison, she
says, "I'd like a tin of Russian beluga caviar, please."
Alison nods, "Done." She then suggests to Fiona that
there must be something she'd like. Fiona muses, "There
was a gorgeous man on the cruise. He'd make a wonderful
Glen sits down with Susan and Wayne in the lounge room at Dural
and suggests to Susan that he could always come on the Sunday
afternoon. Looking disappointed, Susan murmurs, "It's just
a pity that the golf presentation couldn't be on the weekend after."
Wayne chips in, "I feel like a bit of a heel, making you
stay." Glen, however, insists, "You didn't make me.
I just figure you two need more of a holiday than I do, that's
all." Wayne, putting his arm round Susan, suggests to her,
"Guess we'll just have to cope without him, eh?" Susan
points out, "At least we've got Charlie and Alison."
Wayne nods grimly, "True. No one's ever alone when Charlie's
around..." With that, Glen stands up and heads back to work.
In Fiona's room at the mansion, Fiona is saying to May, "I'm
not telling you any more, May." May retorts, "You haven't
told me anything, yet." Fiona points out, "I've
told you that he was the purser and I met him on the Captain's
table on the first night out at sea." May reminds her, "You
haven't said what happened." Fiona, who's looking
for something on the desk, mutters, "Where have my rolls
of films gone?" May tells her, "Miss. Carr took them.
She's financing the developing costs. She's buying a dress for
Janice, too." Fiona mutters, "Something modern, I hope."
May assures her, "Naturally." She then demands again,
"What happened?" Fiona sighs, "I'm sorry to disappoint
you, May, but there was no great romance. We simply had some fun
times together, we swapped addresses and we promised to keep in
touch - which is highly unlikely: it's the sort of thing people
do say after three Margaritas on the last night at sea."
She suddenly notices a burning smell in the air and she and May
dash out to the kitchen!
Wayne is talking on the 'phone in the lounge room at Dural, saying,
"I didn't have to wangle anything. Glen volunteered."
Alison, at the other end, comments, "So Plan A's back on
the drawing board, is it?" Wayne replies, "Spot on.
Come over and figure out ways to make it work." Alison, though,
tells him, "I will - tonight. I want to go back to the mansion
now." Wayne orders, "Leave it." He listens and
then retorts, "I don't care. I love her, Alison.
I've got a golden chance of winning her back; I'll be damned if
I'll blow it because you want to play Santa Claus. Now start thinking
and get over here." With that, he slams down the 'phone.
Fiona and May emerge from the kitchen next to Fiona's room at
the mansion and Fiona sighs, "That was a glorious waste of
money. So much for paying off credit cards with jam sales."
May points out, "That will teach you: you won't
be so liberal on your next holiday, will you?"
Fiona glares at her and warns, "You are going to have jam-flavoured
hair in a minute..."
Alison is tying a bow to Rags' collar out by the pool at Dural.
Wayne joins her and comments, "Looks silly, if you ask me."
Alison explains that it's a present from Isabella: Charlie had
to dash out and asked her to bring it over. She finishes
tying the bow and Rags runs off. Wayne then asks Alison, "Any
ideas?" Alison replies, "No." Wayne tells her,
"I was thinking maybe some sort of fire: it would be alright
if it was me there to rescue her." Alison, however, retorts,
"That's far too dangerous. We need a situation where we know
you're going to be in control." Wayne demands, "Such
as?" Alison sighs, "I told you: I need time. At the
moment, I want to get back to the mansion. I'll have something
for you in the morning." Glen and Susan suddenly emerge from
the house, wearing their swimming costumes. Susan is laughing
and Glen explains to Wayne and Alison, "She was telling me
she can't swim. Can you believe it?!" Susan warns, "Glen..."
Glen, though, just smiles, "Come on - I'll give you a lesson!"
They dash off round to the other side of the pool. When they're
out of earshot, Wayne pulls Alison close to him and says quietly,
"This is where we say 'Eureka'!" Alison looks at him
and he tells her, "Imagine this: a boating accident. Susan
is left floating in the middle of a river. Wayne leaps to the
rescue." Alison warns warily him that that's just as risky
as a fire. Wayne, though, retorts, "No it's not. I can swim
- and it's only a river; there's no danger." He then declares,
"That's the go. It'll work like a charm!"
Alison is back in Fiona's room at the mansion. She's placed a
basket of goodies in front of May and May gasps in delight as
she removes the carton of caviar. Alison tells Fiona that the
photos will be ready tomorrow. May asks, "What about Janice's
dress?" Alison explains that Charlie is buying that;
she's going to bring it over. Fiona asks her, "What did you
buy Charlie?" Alison, though, sighs, "There's
a good question. Would you believe nothing? It's a bit
of a worry, really - it's just that I can't seem to think of anything
Out in the hallway, the front door bursts open and Charlie steps
inside, dropping a multitude of shopping bags as she does so.
A swarthy-looking man wearing a ship's purser's uniform suddenly
walks up behind her and says in an accent, "Need a hand?"
Charlie turns to him, and looking impressed, smiles, "Perhaps,
if er..." He picks up the bags and then tells Charlie, "I'm
looking for Mrs. Thompson."
A few moments later, the door to Fiona's room opens and as Fiona
looks round to see who's there, she exclaims, "Bjorn!"
She and the purser hug tightly! Charlie chips in, "Bjorn
was such a gentleman outside. There I was, a damsel in distress,
and he offered to help me straight away. I didn't even hint!"
Alison smiles, a plan clearly in her mind, as Charlie goes on,
"How often do you find that these days?!" May
suggests that they put some of Charlie's bags in her
room. Charlie nods, "Good idea." Bjorn offers quickly,
"I'll take some." Charlie accepts, "Alright,"
and she leads him out of the room! When she's gone, Alison muses
to Fiona, "Now that's what I call appropriate. I
think I've just found Charlie's present...!"