Fiona laughs incredulously, "I think you've had a touch
of the sun, my girl!" Janice retorts, "I heard
Cheryl say she was anyone's - anyone who had the money,
right?" May suddenly walks into the room and says curtly,
"Janice, there are people still trying to sleep."
Janice, however, snaps, "You'd be upset, too, if
you were related to someone like her." She indicates
Fiona, who sighs, "All I did was try a little matchmaking
between Cheryl and Barry." Janice cries to May, "She's
trying to turn this place into a bordello." With
that, she runs out, looking upset. When she's gone, May laughs,
"She's a little out of date, isn't she? The place hasn't
been a bordello for years!" She adds with a chuckle,
"You know, Fiona, you never had the business sense to be
a madam - you'd have given credit to everyone!" She then
suggests that she'd better go and talk some sense into Janice.
Fiona, though, tells her, "Let her go."
Caroline is sitting reading the newspaper at the kitchen table
at the country house. Debbie offers her a piece of cake, but she
declines, saying, "If I get fat and ugly I'll never
find another job." Debbie points out a job in the newspaper
for someone wanted to sell takeaway chicken. Caroline, however,
tells her, "Forget it - millionaires don't drop by chicken
counters!" Debbie sighs, "Why do you always pretend
you're a gold-digger?" Caroline, though, replies, "It's
not an act - and I've got a mink to prove it." Debbie tells
her, "Look, I may not be an Einstein, but I can tell the
nasties from the goodies. You're a goody: that's why I like
you." Caroline sighs, "Then find me a Dudley Do-right
with money." Debbie points out, "You've already found
him." Caroline retorts, "Doug used to have
money. I've tried poor and I really do prefer rich. Anyway, if
I went back to him now, he'd think it was out of pity." Debbie
suggests, "Not if you proved you cared more about him than
about yourself." Caroline asks how she could do
that. Debbie tells her, "Give him back his mink."
Caroline, looking shocked, exclaims, "No thanks! I worked
too hard to get it. Anyway, now that Doug's broke I'll never get
another one." Debbie explains, "That's why my idea will
work: Doug will know what a big sacrifice you're making
for him and that'll prove it's him you want, not his money - and
you do want him, don't you...?"
Beryl knocks on the open door of Doug's hotel room and walks
in. Doug calls from the bedroom, "Give me another five minutes
before you start cleaning, OK?" Beryl calls back, "Actually,
I'm not in the cleaning business!" Doug emerges from his
room and smiles at her as he joins her. She hands him a box of
home-made biscuits and tells him that it's a freebie. Doug points
out, "If you're touting for business, you've left your run
too late - I'm broke." Beryl murmurs, "Yes, I know.
Rotten luck." Doug tells her, "My fault, really,
for being too greedy - but I'll get it back. I've got my contacts...
my brains... and my will to succeed. That's all I need."
Beryl smiles, "You're a born businessman, Doug. That's why
I was so anxious to have David... pick your brains." She
breaks off, hesitantly. Doug muses, "It was your
idea?" Beryl nods, "Yes, but I outsmarted myself that
time: I nearly died when he told me you had him hauling
nitroglycerine." Doug muses, "I should have known: there's
no such thing as a free lunch. Getting your own back at me with
poison cookies, huh?!" Beryl points out, "That would
be a bit of a waste of time now you don't have any say with what
he hauls." Doug grins, "And he won't be hauling nitro
either if you've got anything to do with it,
I bet." Beryl murmurs, "That's up to him. Still, I hope
he doesn't." She then adds, "By the way, do you have
any idea who might be taking over the loan for the truck?"
Doug, though, shrugs, "Search me. The creditors are arguing
over the remains at the moment. Still, you should hear something
Craig arrives back at the country house with a box of groceries.
Caroline walks into the kitchen from the hallway. She's all dressed
up and she asks how she looks. Craig asks her if she's going job-hunting.
Caroline explains, "Man-hunting - and if it doesn't work,
I'll have a bone to pick with Debbie!" Debbie, who's standing
by the sink, insists, "It'll work!" Caroline
opens a drawer under the sink and takes out a small jewellery
case. She tells Debbie, "Doug sent me the ring in this, so
I kept it for sentimental reasons, luckily. This is the way he's
going to get it back." Debbie hands her the mink, which is
hanging over the back of a chair, and Caroline sighs, "The
things I do for love..."
A while later, Caroline walks into Doug's hotel room, where a
cleaner is polishing the table. Caroline asks in surprise, "Mr.
Fletcher out?" The cleaner retorts, "No, he's
gone. Couldn't pay his bill any more. You've only just missed
him - he left not ten minutes ago." Caroline asks, "Did
he say where he was going?" The cleaner tells her, "Her
place, by the sounds of it," Caroline, a furious look appearing
on her face, queries, "Her place?" The cleaner
nods, "The woman he left with. The desk should have his new
address." Caroline, though, snaps angrily, "They can
keep it." She storms off.
Beryl - carrying Robert - and Doug walk into the lounge room
at Beryl's. As they do so, Beryl muses, "I've got a feeling
I might regret letting you talk me into this!" Doug
tells her, "Me too - I forgot you had a kid." Beryl
puts Robert in his highchair and tells Doug that she'll do his
room in a couple of minutes. Doug asks if he can make a couple
of calls. Beryl retorts, "As long as you pay for them."
She goes to walk out. Doug, though, says quickly, "You're
not going to leave the kid in here while I'm working,
are you?" Beryl just mutters, "There's always the public
'phone." With that, she heads out. Doug puts a pineapple
in front of Robert to keep him occupied!
Caroline marches back into the country house and Craig asks,
"How did it go?" Caroline snaps, "Great. I get
to keep the mink." Debbie, looking surprised at her tone,
asks what happened. Caroline snaps, "Doug's moved out with
his latest bit of fluff." Debbie asks, "Couldn't it
have been a relative or something?" Caroline snorts, "Doug's
relatives haven't come out of the trees yet." She
goes on angrily, "If I'd got there ten minutes earlier I
would've made an idiot of myself. I should never have let a kid
like you tell me what to do." Craig warns, "Don't take
it out on Debbie." Debbie just says, "I'm sure there's
a perfectly innocent explanation." Caroline glares at her
and mutters, "You're determined to see the world through
rose-coloured glasses, aren't you? The world is full
of men like Doug: they use you up and then throw you on the scrapheap."
Craig warns, "Don't judge everyone by Doug." Caroline,
though, goes on venomously, "When I was young, I used to
think that love lasted forever - but it doesn't." Indicating
Craig, she tells Debbie, "Make the most of your time with
him, because there are no happy endings." Looking upset,
Debbie cries, "If you're right, then there's not much point
to life, is there?" With that, she storms
out. Craig glares at Caroline and growls, "Thanks a lot."
Outside, Debbie is digging over some ground furiously. Craig
joins her and asks softly, "You OK?" Debbie just mutters,
"Yes." She then goes on, "My mum and dad have been
happy for twenty years. If they can do it..." Craig
smiles, "Just tell them to give us the formula, huh?!"
Debbie gives him a weak smile back. Craig then tells her that
he's got a few things to do. He walks off, leaving Debbie looking
Cheryl walks in through the front door of the mansion, holding
a tennis racket. Janice is following her, telling her tersely,
"I'm sorry for embarrassing you in front of all your friends,
Cheryl, but it was for your own good." Cheryl retorts, "If
you don't stop hassling me, you'll regret it." Janice tells
her, "I think it's time we made a new house rule." Cheryl,
though, walks to the stairs and snaps, "Don't bother - I'm
going." She starts heading upstairs, but bumps into
May. May asks her if she had a nice game. Cheryl, though, retorts,
"No, I didn't. Janice told all my friends I was a pro. She
wasn't talking about tennis."
Debbie is standing in the lounge room at the country house, crying,
when Caroline walks in. She goes and sits down and Caroline sits
next to her. She says gently, "I've done a real job on you,
haven't I? I'm sorry. You shouldn't take any notice of me when
I'm in such a foul mood." Debbie murmurs, "A lot of
what you said made sense." She goes on sadly, "For all
I know, Craig's probably got heaps of other girlfriends."
Caroline, though, insists, "No he hasn't. You're the one
and only for him." Debbie, however, sobs, "No I'm not
- I'm just one of his other girls. And that was fine before; the
problem is you've made me realise how I'd feel if I lost
In the lounge room at Beryl's, Doug asks Beryl where she's off
to. Beryl explains that she's going to try and drum up a bit more
business. Doug tells her, "You're not going to get rich touting
at the corner shop. Why don't you go into mass production; get
a loan... set up a factory... you know: think big?" Beryl
mutters, "And go broke?" She adds quickly, "Sorry."
Doug, though, assures her, "Nothing penetrates my
hide!" B goes to walk out. Looking suddenly nervous, Doug
says, "You're not going to leave the kid with me,
are you?" Beryl asks straight-faced, "Would it worry
you?" Doug explains, "I'm not used to kids.
What if he cries or something?" Beryl laughs that she's sure
he could handle it! Doug stares at her fearfully and she then
laughs, "No, when I go out, Muriel next door looks after
Robert." Doug tells her lightheartedly, "Just as well
- I'd probably end up giving him away or something if you left
him with me!" Beryl, though, glares at him and mutters sharply,
"Don't say that." Doug assures her, "It was only
a joke." Beryl murmurs, "I know. I'm sorry, but just
after he was born he was kidnapped; I didn't think I'd ever
get him back." Doug assures her quickly, "You're the
last person I'd want to hurt - if it wasn't for you
I'd be sleeping in some fleabag tonight." With that, Beryl
picks up Robert and adds, "Try and keep the place tidy!"
She heads out.
Craig walks into the kitchen at the country house from outside.
Charlie is with him and he thanks her for dropping over some photos
that he's holding. Debbie joins them from the hallway and Craig
introduces her and Charlie. Debbie just mutters, "Hi."
Craig tells her, "Fiona's just been on a cruise." He
adds, "Do you want to see the photos?" Debbie, though,
retorts, "Later. I'm right in the middle of something now."
Craig tells her, "Don't work too hard - we're going out tonight:
one of the checkout girls gave me a few tickets to a revue she's
in." Debbie, looking uncomfortable, replies, "Um, sorry,
Craig, but I've already got something planned for tonight.
If you want to with her, though, feel free." With
that, she walks off. Craig asks Charlie in surprise, "What
got into her? It's just a revue." Charlie
tells him, "You can't expect a girl to be reasonable when
she gets green-eyed about the competition." Looking taken-aback,
Craig gasps, "That's crazy - she knows I wouldn't
look at anyone else." Charlie sighs, "Why do you men
always expect us to be mindreaders? You have to show
a woman you care: send her flowers... champagne..." Craig,
looking suddenly thoughtful, muses, "I know what'll
please Debbie. Thanks for the advice, Charlie." With that,
he walks out, leaving Charlie with a smile on her face.
Charlie walks into the lounge room, where Caroline is lying back
on the couch. She tells a surprised-looking Caroline, "Craig
told me about Doug. I just can't believe he could be so fickle,
so if you need a shoulder to cry on..." Caroline thanks her.
She then asks, "What are you doing down here?"
Charlie explains, "Work and play: working out the
advertising for Lisa's new collection and I'm on my way to a party,
so I can't stay long." She adds, "Would you like to
come?" Caroline, though, tells her, "I'm more in the
mood for a four-hanky movie." She then goes on, "It's
crazy isn't it? Doug's everything I hate in a man: rude...
crude... uncultivated... but when I heard about the affair with
Alison, all I wanted to do was take a gun and shoot them both!"
A few minutes later, Charlie and Caroline head back into the
kitchen, where Charlie says, "Sorry I have to dash, but Bjorn's
waiting in the car." Caroline queries, "Bjorn?"
Charlie explains, "He's not mine; he's Alison's. She's away
on business so I'm keeping him on the leash for her." She
picks up one of the photos from Fiona's cruise and tells Caroline,
"This is him here." She continues, "I went weak
at the knees when I first saw him. Too had he's married."
Caroline mutters, "I don't suppose that stopped Alison..."
As she looks through the photos, Charlie warns her, "Don't
get any ideas; she'd skin you alive." Caroline grins mischievously,
"Ideas...? Me...?" She then announces, "I think
I will come to that party of yours. I could do
with a good dose of cheering up!"
May is standing by the road outside the mansion, calling for
Janice. Alison suddenly pulls up in a car. May comments that it's
a different car and Alison explains that she rented it for Bjorn
to say 'sorry' for leaving him all by himself. She goes to head
inside. May calls after her, "He isn't here any
more." Alison doesn't hear her, though.
A few moments later, Alison heads inside and goes to walk upstairs.
Janice is standing at the bottom of the stairs, though, next to
a sign which says 'No Visitors Beyond This Point'. As Alison heads
past it, Janice snaps, "Can't you read? It's a new house
rule and it'll be strictly enforced." Alison mutters, "I'm
just going up to see Bjorn." Janice, though, retorts, "You're
too late. He's gone to Melbourne." Alison looks at her in
surprise and asks, "What?" Janice tells her, "From
what I can gather, he's had his fun with you and now
he's gone south to re-cast his net." Alison stares at her
and mutters, "I don't find that amusing." Janice just
continues, "It must be embarrassing being cheated.
Imagine how his wife feels. I know how I'd feel. He'd
have cheated on you right under this roof if I hadn't kept an
eye on him." Alison asks, "Are you telling me that Bjorn
was after one of the girls here?" At that moment, Cheryl
marches past her - followed by Fiona. Janice indicates Cheryl
and nods, "Her - and she'd have been all for it. She's just
like you: morals of an alleycat." Alison glares at her and
spits, "How dare you." She then slaps Janice
round the face and storms off. Fiona claps her hands slowly before
saying to Janice, "You've been asking for that,
A short time later, in Fiona's room, Fiona tells Janice curtly,
"This has got to stop, Janice, before you drive all the rest
of the tenants away." Janice snaps, "At least that would
keep them safe from you." May suddenly walks in
and says, "Sorry to interrupt. Cheryl's father's here to
pick her up and he wants to see Janice. He's ropable." A
man walks in and, glaring at Janice, demands, "You spreading
all these lies about my daughter?" Janice protests, "They're
not lies." The man tells her, "Cheryl works
as a waitress in a hotel. She is a decent girl - and
if you keep up with your smear campaign, I'll sue you for defamation
of character." May chips in, "Mr. Harvey, I'm sure we
can work this out. Janice didn't mean any harm." Fiona, though,
retorts, "She can explain it herself, May." Mr. Harvey,
however, sighs, "It's OK. I said what I came to say."
May tells him that she'll see him out, and the two of them leave
the room. When they've gone, Janice says quietly to Fiona, "I
suppose I owe you an apology, too." Fiona, however,
replies, "I would rather you just packed your bags and left.
I'll organise a refund for the rest of the week's rent."
Janice, looking shocked, tells her, "I know you're upset
I lost you two tenants but I can replace them." Fiona mutters,
"That will make everything alright, will it?" Janice
insists, "It was an honest mistake." Fiona just sighs,
"I don't want to discuss it Janice." Janice, however,
goes on, "But we were getting on so well. It's silly to throw
in the towel now just because you're upset. And you can't really
blame me for not believing you - not after the life you've
led." May walks back in as Fiona sighs, "And I'll never
live it down, will I? You can't see the sort of person I am now
for the image you've built up in your mind." Janice insists,
"I'm trying." Fiona murmurs, "Yes, I know
- and it's not working. I'd rather you just left." May cries,
"Fiona, you can't mean that." Fiona, though,
replies, "It's the only solution, May. Janice and I will
never see eye-to-eye. I believe in live-and-let-live;
Janice believes in sitting in judgement on everyone. I think we
just should call it quits before we hurt each other any more."
Caroline walks into the country house and puts her handbag down
on the kitchen table. David is standing by the 'fridge, reading
a note on a piece of paper, and he comments, "You look like
you've lost a quid and found sixpence." Caroline mutters,
"Doug's on with someone else." David asks, "What
do you expect? You told him to get lost." Caroline
retorts, "He should have known I didn't mean it." Changing
the subject, David indicates the note in his hand and asks, "Why
didn't Beryl wait 'til I got back before she left?" Caroline
shrugs, "Search me." She then goes on, "I must
be getting old, you know: I had the man Alison's crazy about in
my sights today and I just couldn't be bothered doing anything
about it. Doug's the only man I want. We'd still be together
if it wasn't for Alison." David murmurs, "Not much you
can do about it now." He then announces, "I'm
going over to Beryl's," and he heads out. When he's gone,
Caroline, looking thoughtful, walks over to the 'phone and dials
a number. The 'phone rings at Charlie's. Alison is sitting on
the couch and she picks up the handset, which is lying on the
coffee table. She says, "Hello?" Caroline tells her,
"Just a call to say thanks for dropping Bjorn my way. We
just met at Charlie's party." Alison mutters disinterestedly,
"Really? Did you get smashed as usual?" Caroline smiles
to herself before replying, "Too busy flirting, darling.
Bjorn and I are having dinner tonight - and after that...
well, you know how one thing leads to another..." Alison
suddenly slams down the 'phone, looking furious. In Melbourne,
Caroline hangs up the 'phone looking slightly guilty.
In Albert Park, Beryl invites David in and tells him that she
was about to put Robert down for his nap. Doug suddenly calls
from the bathroom, "Beryl, there's no back-scrubber in here.
Would you care to do the honours?!" He joins her and David,
wearing his dressing gown. David looks at Beryl and demands, "What
in the hell's going on?"
In Sunbury, Craig joins Debbie in the grounds of the country
house and tells her that he's got something for her. She looks
at him uncertainly as he takes out a small box. He holds it out.
Debbie doesn't respond, though, and so he asks, "Aren't you
going to open it?" Debbie murmurs, "I've got dirty hands."
Craig shrugs, "Who cares?" He opens the box to reveal
a ring and tells her, "I hope you like it." A smile
appearing on Debbie's face, she beams, "It's a friendship
ring. Oh Craig, it's beautiful!" She puts it on
but then goes to take it off again, explaining that she's got
to work. Craig, however, tells her, "I want you to wear it
all the time. I want everyone to know that you're my girl. I love
you, Debbie." Debbie gazes into his eyes and then replies,
"I love you, too, Craig." They start kissing passionately.