Janice shows Bjorn the newspaper article that she's spotted.
It has the headline 'Crime Queen Wallops Witness'. It also includes
a photo of a young May. As Bjorn looks at it, Janice demands,
"How's that for a nice little secret? She kept it
to herself, didn't she? At least Aunt Fiona put her cards on the
table; not May - no, she had to pretend she was a lady of the
highest standards when all the time she nothing more than a retired--"
She breaks off before continuing, "Well she's lost my
respect. I'm going to tell her as much, too." She goes marching
out. Bjorn, though, goes after her and grabs her, warning, "No,
Janice. Just listen for a moment." Janice snaps, "I'm
not in the mood for a lecture on the ethics of prostitution, Bjorn.
It's wrong. That's that." Bjorn points out, "You like
May." Janice retorts, "I did like May."
Bjorn asks, "What has changed? She's still the same person.
It happened forty years ago." Janice corrects, "Thirty-eight."
Bjorn sighs, "Alright, alright. Thirty-eight. She has been
out of the business for 38 years; why condemn her now? An hour
ago, you were so worried about her; so was I. She's an old lady
who is frightened she might be thrown out of home. The last thing
she needs are friends turning on her just because they discovered
she was less than perfect in the 1940s." Janice turns away.
Bjorn goes on, "I know you care about her. Why don't you
forgive and forget? Isn't that the Christian thing to do?"
Charlie suddenly walks in and trills, "Hello, darlings! How's
it going?" Bjorn tells her quickly, "Almost done!"
Charlie suddenly notices a frilly garter on the floor and, picking
it up, smiles, "Oh dear. How did this get here?"
Janice snaps, "It wasn't left by the tooth fairy," and
she storms out. Bjorn goes after her.
May and Fiona are standing in the corridor downstairs, May smiling,
"Imagine it: the old house in a fashion catalogue. Who'd
have thought it?" Janice and Bjorn suddenly come downstairs
and Janice glares at May and snaps, "There you are."
May, though, nods, "Yes, but I'm off to take a nap."
She walks off. Janice goes to follow her, but Fiona stops her
quickly and tells her that she's going to have to get rid of her
'No Visitors Beyond This Point' sign.
It's nighttime, and Glen is sitting with Susan on the couch at
Dural, telling her about his plans for Charlie's fishing shack.
They start kissing passionately - not noticing as Wayne arrives
home and walks in. He coughs loudly, and Susan turns to him in
surprise and tells him that they weren't expecting him until the
morning. Wayne explains that he finished his business ahead of
schedule. He then opens a bag and takes out a framed carving.
Handing it to Susan, he tells her, "For you two." Susan
smiles, "It's beautiful. Thankyou." Wayne murmurs slyly,
The next morning, Janice escorts a photographer into the reception
room at the mansion and tells him that they've cleared it all
out. May joins the photographer as Fiona walks in, smiling broadly,
"Break out the streamers! Alison's just called and her plan
has worked and Wayne can do nothing at all about it." May
gasps in surprise, "We're really safe?" Fiona nods,
"Absolutely!" May asks, "And the house?" Fiona
beams, "And the house!" Looking ecstatic, May
exclaims, "Wonderful! Of course, I knew there was nothing
to worry about! This old house and I have been through too much
together to be separated now." Janice looks at her
Wayne is at Hornsby Hospital in Gordon's room. Gordon unwraps
a carving and comments, "Very nice. How much did it cost?"
Wayne replies, "I'm not telling!" Changing the subject,
Gordon goes on, "You'll be glad to know I didn't lie here
twiddling my thumbs - Alison rang me yesterday." Wayne asks
dubiously, "Oh yes?" Gordon tells him, "She thinks
you're working too hard." Wayne muses, "Does she?"
Gordon nods, "Mmm. On top of heading the company, you also
have to spend a lot of time at the mansion. Now, I know that you
like the place, but I also know that you're worried about running
costs. I hate to see you wearing yourself down." Wayne insists,
"I can handle it." Gordon, though, tells him, "Even
so, there's no point taking on more than you have to - and in
this case, you don't have to. Alison suggested that the
company buy the property - that way, the responsibility's
split three ways instead of one. We can afford to keep it on as
a slight loss and it's also a tax deduction. I had to admit that
it's an excellent idea. What do you think?" Wayne stares
at him but doesn't respond.
May and Fiona emerge from the storeroom at the mansion, May asking,
"What else could I give him?" Fiona replies,
"What: for the photographs?" May nods, "Yes."
Fiona tells her, "I'm sure if he wants anything else he'll
ask for it." There's suddenly a knock on the door and Wayne
walks in. Fiona and May stare at him, but he tells them quickly,
"Don't fret - I've seen dad. He's told me Alison wants the
company to buy the house. Suits me fine." May gloats, "Won't
be able to kick us out now." Wayne just sighs, "Oh,
May, I'd never have kicked you out." May retorts,
"Then why did you say you would?" Wayne tells her, "I'm
sorry. I was losing money and I let it get to me. I thought if
I yelled a bit Fiona might find a few ways of economising."
May suggests curtly, "Next time - if there is a
next time - I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know what
you're up to." Wayne nods, "I will." He then asks,
"How's it going, anyway?" May tells him, "We're
ready to start as soon as Charlie and the models arrive."
She heads back into the storeroom, leaving Fiona to explain to
a puzzled-looking Wayne, "Lisa's new collection. They're
doing the photographs in the hallway upstairs." Wayne tells
her, "I won't get in your way, then. I just popped over to
put your minds at rest." Fiona smiles, "Thankyou very
much, Wayne. That's very thoughtful of you." He heads off.
As May emerges from the storeroom again, Fiona growls, "He's
up to something. It was a very good act, but he's taking things
far too calmly for my liking..."
A while later, Wayne is standing behind the bar at Dural, pouring
himself a drink and talking on the 'phone, saying, "Why would
it bother me?... No, look, honestly, Alison, I think it's a great
idea. It's been giving me more headaches than it's worth as it
is... I only called up to say thanks..." He continues,
"Of course I'm serious. In fact, I'll show
you how grateful I am: why don't you have a holiday for a few
days? Run off into the sunset with Bjorn?... I can look after
the company... That's right. Have fun. I'll see you next week
sometime." With that, he hangs up, looking pleased with himself.
Bjorn is sitting with Fiona in her room at the mansion. She asks
in concern, "How much does she know?" Bjorn tells her,
"Everything - it was all there in the paper." He goes
on, "The point is, I don't trust Janice to forget it - and
if she does speak her mind, May will be very hurt. I
tried to talk sense into her, but nothing I say will help, I think.
If it came from you, though, she would listen to you." Fiona
shrugs, "Maybe, but I'm not going to say anything, though."
Bjorn starts to protest, "But Fiona..." Fiona, though,
retorts, "No, no, no, she is on her own. When she thought
I was running a bordello here, she said she'd learned her lesson;
that she was never ever again going to jump to conclusions about
people. Now, we'll see if she really meant it."
May is sitting in her room, reading a letter and sighing, "Oh
dear." There's suddenly a loud rapping on the door and Janice
marches in. May invites her to sit down. She then comments, "You
must feel terrible." Janice retorts, "Terrible only
begins to describe the way I feel at the moment."
May sighs, "I can imagine. There's not much one can say,
really - but if you'd like to talk about it..." Janice snaps,
"I would, yes. Bjorn's told you, has he?" May, looking
suddenly surprised, asks, "Who?" Janice goes on, "Or
has he told Fiona and she's told you?" May replies,
"No, no, he wrote me a letter." Janice asks, "Who:
Bjorn?" May tells her, "No, Neville. Why would
Bjorn write a letter"? Janice retorts, "Why
would Neville?" May explains, "To let me know
that he and Celia have set a date for the wedding. That is
what you came to see me about, isn't it?" Janice, looking
suddenly wrongfooted, turns away. May tells her gently, "I
know it's difficult to come to terms with, even when you expect
it, but what we have to do is find ways to cheer you up."
Janice, though, snaps, "May, please." May asks,
"How did Bjorn know?" Janice, looking upset,
murmurs, "He didn't." She then adds sadly, "He
was with me when..." She breaks off and runs out.
She almost bumps into Charlie, who's on the way into the room.
May asks her if the models have arrived yet. Charlie smiles, "Yes.
We're just about to start now!" The two of them leave the
The 'phone rings at Dural and Wayne answers it in the hallway.
After a few seconds, he gasps, "Maria - what are you doing?...
You're supposed to wait for me to call you..." He
goes on, "Yes, yes, alright - it's in the post. It'll just
take a few days to get there, that's all... It'll be the same
as the other cheque... Take it to the bank, that's right...
Now listen, have you got a pen? OK." He listens and then
tells her, "Call back six o'clock your time. Six o'clock,
alright? It'll be eight o'clock our time... Glen will be here
for dinner then, that's right... OK now, you remember what to
do?... Good. Now don't call back... OK? Yeah, thanks, Maria."
He suddenly becomes aware of Susan standing behind him, and he
says to Maria quickly, "Yeah, right, fine. Bye bye."
He hangs up and Susan smiles, "Maria, eh? Where does she
fit in to the scheme of things?" Wayne tells her, "She
doesn't, really. I met her overseas."
Glen is sitting with Gordon in his room at the hospital. Gordon
asks him, "Still no news from Barbara?" Glen replies,
"No. I'm sure we'll hear soon, though." Gordon comments,
"You never met her, did you?" Glen
nods, "I did once." Gordon asks, "Where?"
Glen tells him, "At your house - when I first started."
He then notices the carving on Gordon's bed and asks where it
came from. Gordon explains, "Wayne brought it back for me."
Glen comments in surprise, "It's Filipino." Gordon asks,
"Is it?" Glen looks at him, a puzzled expression on
A while later, back at Dural, Wayne is saying to Glen, "So?
I had a stopover in Manila. What of it?" Glen retorts, "First
we've heard of it." Wayne tells him, "I also
had a few days in Hong Kong and Singapore - I haven't talked much
about them, either." Glen demands, "What were
you doing in Manila?" Wayne retorts, "Trying
to gauge the business climate." Glen, though, snaps, "I
don't believe that for a minute. I mean, first you're throwing
Susan and me out of the house; then you find a letter from Maria;
next thing, everyone's pals again and you jet off to the Philippines."
Wayne tells him, "It was only a stopover." Glen, though,
growls, "You went there to buy off Maria, didn't
you? - so she could make Susan think we're on together
or something." Wayne laughs, "Do you know how ridiculous
that sounds?" Glen retorts, "Do you know how ridiculous
you're going to look when it backfires? You
don't know Maria as well as I do". Wayne mutters,
"Oh, God. Maria, Maria. I'm beginning to think you still
might have something going with her." Glen retorts,
"I never had anything going with her." Wayne
responds curtly, "No? She called here earlier; dying
to talk to you, she was. Hadn't heard from you for over a week.
Couldn't get you at your place this time. Thought she'd try here;
she remembered our name from one of the letters." Glen tells
Wayne, "She's never 'phoned me before." Wayne
just continues, "It's lucky I answered the 'phone, wasn't
it, and not Susan? I can't be here all the time, though..."
Glen glares at him and growls, "You weren't on any business
trip. I bet you can't show me one deal you discussed, let alone
finalised." Susan suddenly walks in from the hallway and
sighs, "You two aren't arguing again?" Wayne
replies lightly, "No, no." Glen explains, "I was
just wondering how successful his trip was." Susan smiles,
"I guess something must have gone right." Turning
to Wayne, she adds, "You seemed pretty happy when you got
back." Glen muses, "Yes, he did didn't he - presents
and everything. Can you tell us why or is it too secret?"
Wayne, going to his briefcase on the table, replies, "I did
want dad to check everything before I made any announcement,
but I don't suppose it'll hurt to let a few people know."
He then goes on, "A Hong Kong finance company has an Australian
branch which is owed $20m in bad debts. They need capital fast
so I borrowed $3m and bought the debts off of them." Taking
a folder out of his briefcase, he hands it to Glen and tells him,
"That's the contract - if you can follow it." Susan
murmurs, "I don't get it." Wayne explains, "People
owe our company now, you see - and the bank agreed to
a no-guarantee loan for an extra $1m bonus - which means that
if I can only collect $2m, the bank gets it all, but I don't have
to make up the rest of the loan. On the other hand, if I can collect
$10m - which is, after all, only half of the debts - I'll be a
multi-millionaire." Grabbing the contract back from Glen,
he smiles, "That's what I call a successful business trip..."
A model is sitting on a couch in the reception room at the mansion
as Charlie stands behind the photographer, guiding him. May and
Janice look on. Charlie suggests suddenly that the model needs
a bracelet. May tells her that there are a couple in her trunk
downstairs, and Charlie dashes off. When she's gone, the photographer
tells his models, "Relax, girls. We'd better wait for Queen
Dizzy and her bracelet." May chides, "There is no need
to be rude." The photographer retorts, "There's no need
for her to do my job either, Miss. Walters." May points out,
"She's only trying to help." The photographer tells
her curtly, "Darling, I don't need help." May
suggests, "If you can't respect your client - who is, after
all, paying you - I fail how to see how you stay in business."
The photographer, though, sighs, "I'm not in business.
I'm an artist." May muses, "At the moment,
you're a pain in the backside." She storms over to where
Bjorn is standing, and he comments, "Well done. I wouldn't
have thought you'd be so upset." May, though, tells him,
"I'm not going to let him get away with a comment like that.
So what if Charlie's a meddler? She's also a very good
friend, and I stand up for my friends through fair weather and
foul." Bjorn looks across at Janice...
Downstairs, Charlie emerges from May's room with the bracelets.
She heads back upstairs and doesn't notice as Andy walks in through
the front door, carrying a suitcase. He calls for Fiona, but there's
no answer. He then puts down his case and walks over to the stairs.
In the reception room, Charlie puts a bracelet on a model's arm
and the photographer then asks everyone to clear the shot. Andy
suddenly walks in and Charlie dashes over to him and gives him
a hug, exclaiming, "Andy! When did you get back?"
Andy smiles, "Just now!" Charlie asks, "How was
the cruise?" Andy tells her, "Excellent. Terrific. A
real riot." He acknowledges Janice and May, but May looks
at him blankly. Andy reminds her that they met briefly when he
and Janice first came there. He then goes on that he was after
Fiona, and he asks if anyone knows where she is. Janice tells
him, "She's in the manager's flat. I'll show you." They
head off. The photographer returns to his work as Charlie comments
that the bracelet really does look much better. The photographer
retorts, "Sure... it really brings out her wrist..."
Downstairs, Fiona gives Andy a hug, and then, indicating the
decor in her room, smiles, "You like?!" Andy nods, "Yeah!"
Janice comments to him sourly, "You still haven't had your
hair cut." Andy looks at her and remarks with a grin, "I
can see things around here haven't changed much!" Fiona tells
him, "No, but we are working on it!" Andy then comments,
"May's just as far off the planet as usual!" Janice,
though, protests, "She is not 'off the planet'."
Andy points out, "She didn't even know who the hell I was."
Janice, however, snaps at him, "Her memory of fleeting introductions
made over three months ago might not be infallible, but she is
in many ways a remarkably fair and generous lady who deserves
a considerably more affectionate term than 'off the planet' -
so I'll thank you not to refer to her in those terms again."
With that, she walks out. Andy chuckles, "I should have stayed
in Melbourne!" Fiona, though, an expression of amazement
on her face, exclaims, "I think we have just seen Janice
begin to grow up!"
Wayne is with Gordon in his room at Hornsby Hospital. Gordon
is looking at some papers and he asks, "Whose idea was the
no-guarantee loan?" Wayne replies, "Mine. I thought
it was too big a risk otherwise. The bank seemed happy enough
to take the gamble." Gordon murmurs, "I suppose it's
not such a huge amount to them." Wayne nods, "Exactly
- and they stand a reasonable chance of picking up a cool million
dollars on top of the interest. That must have seemed attractive."
Gordon smiles, "It's a good deal: neat... clever... all we
have to do now is find some way to collect the debts." There's
suddenly a knock on the door and Susan walks in. Gordon beams
at her, "Wayne's been showing me the fruits of his overseas
labours. I thought it was very impressive." Susan hands him
a letter in an airmail envelope and tells him, "For you.
It came this morning. It's from Barbara." Gordon starts to
open the envelope and comments, "I hope she's coming home
soon." He unwraps the letter and starts to read it. As he
does so, though, his face drops. Susan asks in concern, "Gordon?"
Wayne asks, "Dad? Dad? What is it?" Gordon murmurs,
"She's not coming. She met Roland - by chance - in Hong Kong
a month ago. She says that leaving him for me was the hardest
thing that she ever--" He breaks off before continuing, "Well
anyway, she says she can't go through it again and that they're
happy and... 'I'm very sorry'." Wayne puts a sympathetic
hand on his shoulder.
In the reception room at the mansion, Fiona and Janice are bringing
the original antiques and papers back in. May asks Janice what
she's got and Janice tells her, "Old newspapers. The top
one's January 3rd 1948." Looking suddenly shocked, May goes
to grab the papers, saying, "Why don't I take these?"
Janice, though, insists, "Don't worry - I've read it."
May looks at her in surprise as she goes on, "I know a Vice
Squad agent called Reggie Brittleton infiltrated this establishment
on New Year's Eve, and I know that you were fined for contempt
of court for giving him a black eye during the magistrate's hearing."
May asks warily, "And you don't mind that I was the--"
Janice interrupts and replies, "'Manageress' of the establishment?
Yes, I did for a while. But as Bjorn so logically pointed out,
that was 38 years ago." May tells her, "Thirty-eight
and a half." Janice smiles, "Thirty-eight and
a half! Anyway, the point is: who you are now is far
more important than what you were then - and you're a fine lady
and the best friend a girl could ask for." With that, she
gives May a warm hug. Fiona looks on, a relieved smile on her
It's evening time, and Glen, Susan and Wayne are sitting at the
living room table at Dural, having dinner. Glen comments, "He
must have been devastated." Susan replies, "He was.
He didn't say much, of course." Wayne takes a surreptitious
glance at his watch. It's spot on eight o'clock. He stands up
and says he'll see how dessert's going. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing and he adds, "Could you get that for me, please,
Susan? If it's anyone for me, can you ask them to wait on?"
He heads off to the kitchen as Susan takes the call. She listens
and then says, "Oh hi. You after Wayne?" She listens
again and then replies in surprise, "Glen? Yes,
he's here... You positive it's Glen you want?" She listens
and then murmurs, "No, I didn't know." Glen stands up
and walks over to her as she tells the caller to hang on a sec.
She then hands him the 'phone and tells him, "Maria."
He takes the 'phone from her as she walks back to the table, looking
upset. On the 'phone, Glen asks, "What's going on?... Uh
huh... Yes..." Wayne returns from the kitchen, looks at the
expression on Susan's face and asks 'innocently', "Who is
it?" Susan tells him, "Maria." She goes on, "You
didn't meet her on your trip, did you? Was she
asking for Glen the other time she called?" Wayne
just sighs heavily. Susan persists, "Wayne, what's going
on? Who is she?" Wayne goes and sits back down at the table.
Susan does likewise. Wayne then whispers, "It's really not
my place, Susie. She's Glen's friend. If you want to
know where she fits into things, you'll have to ask him.
I'm sorry." Susan looks across at Glen, still talking on
the 'phone. Glen looks back at her. Wayne sits at the table, a
smug expression on his face...