Beryl cries, "Susie, you can't!" Wayne points
out that it's not as though Bill and Susan were still together.
Susan asks Beryl to please be happy for her. Beryl, though, tells
her, "I warn you, love: you marry him and you'll be ten times
unhappier than you ever were with Bill." Wayne comments,
"I guess that means you don't approve." Susan snaps
at Beryl to go. Beryl retorts that she's not going to let Susan
ruin her life a second time. Susan cries that she doesn't think
she's ruining her life. Beryl asks Susan if she loves
Wayne. Susan admits hesitantly, "In a way... It's not like
Bill, of course. Wayne knows that; we've talked about
it. I respect him... trust him..." She then declares, "Yes,
I love him." Beryl warns, "You go ahead with it and
I will not be at the wedding." Susan just repeats her request
for Beryl to go, adding that they'll talk about it tomorrow. Beryl
shakes her head and says sadly, "I never would have believed
it of you, Susie. Wayne, of all people..." She walks
out. Susan bursts into tears. Wayne holds her.
Andy is driving along in his car, looking laid-back. The radio
is on loudly. He suddenly spots a young woman standing at the
side of the road and he pulls up next to her. He asks her where
she's heading. She replies that she's going all the way to Sydney.
Andy smiles, "Me too!" She climbs in; she's wearing
just a skimpy top and shorts. Andy suggests, "Let's go all
the way together, eh?!"
David is in the kitchen at the country house, talking to Beryl
- who's in Charlie's lounge room - on the 'phone. He's saying
that if Susan was younger, he'd give her a damn good hiding. Beryl
tells him that she can handle it; she's calmed down. She adds
that, if he comes up there, she'll be furious. With that, she
tells David that she'll keep in touch and she hangs up. In Sunbury,
David turns to Glen - who's standing by the kitchen sink - and
asks if he got the gist of that. Glen replies that it sounds like
they've got trouble on their hands. He asks David if he's going
to stay in Melbourne. David, though, retorts, "No way."
Glen asks, "Mind if I come with you?" David replies,
"Love you to. Susan needs her head read."
Andy is driving the young woman along, telling her that he's
in no rush to get home. He suggests that they stop overnight somewhere
for dinner... wine.... The woman smiles, "Sounds good to
me!" The carphone suddenly rings and Andy answers
it. He listens and then says, "When did you get back from
Queensland?... You what?!... Congratulations! Who knows?"
He listens and then chuckles, "I bet your name's mud!"
At Dural, Wayne mutters, "You could say that again."
He then asks Andy where he is. He listens to the response before
ordering, "Turn around and go back. I want to know what's
going on at David's." He listens again and then growls, "You're
paid to do what I tell you to, so do it... I don't care; I want
to know what they're planning... Do you want the job or don't
you?... Toss her out, whoever she is, and get back to Melbourne.
And keep your ears open." With that, he hangs up.
A short time later, Andy brings the car to a halt and the woman
climbs out reluctantly. Andy starts to turn the car round.
David is driving himself and Glen along a road, but Glen warns
David that his speed is creeping up a bit. David sighs that thinking
of Wayne makes him mad. Glen suddenly spots Andy's car coming
towards them. David tells Glen to get down, and Glen hides as
Andy drives past. When the coast is clear, Glen sits up again.
David comments that he thought Andy was up in Sydney. Glen suggests
that he must have left something behind. David remarks, "At
least he's out of our hair in Melbourne."
Beryl opens the front door at Charlie's to find Wayne standing
on the step. He waves a white handkerchief at her and smiles,
"Truce?" Beryl just mutters, "You've got a lousy
sense of humour." She turns and heads back to the lounge
room. Wayne follows her. Beryl tells him curtly, "It's useless
talking, Wayne. I've watched you over the years: you hurt every
woman you touch." Wayne insists, "I won't hurt Susan."
Beryl snaps that, even if he's turned over a new leaf, it won't
be for long. Wayne asks, "Nothing I say will change your
mind?" Beryl retorts, "No." Wayne tells her, "I
think you're wrong, there." He then goes on, "I made
a business deal, recently: I bought some bad debts off a finance
company. It opened my eyes to a whole heap of allied projects
- such as buying loan packages off of financially-troubled creditors.
Doug Fletcher was one: David owed him $150,000 - so I gave Doug's
accountant a quick forty grand on the spot, and in return, David
owes me. He's in hock to me for his truck, Beryl. Now,
if some unfortunate accident prevented him from making a payment
on time, I'm legally in a position to ruin him." Beryl glares
at him and growls, "Get out." Wayne just smiles nastily,
"It's your choice: you don't make waves and he can keep his
business." Beryl mutters, "So much for changing. I'm
sure Susie would love to hear that little threat."
Wayne tells her, "I'd just deny it. I'd say you were making
up stories to get at me." Beryl orders him to get out. Wayne
says lightly, "I tried to do it the nice way. Think about
Sometime later, Beryl is sitting with Fiona in her room at the
mansion, telling her that she handled it all badly, first by getting
mad... Fiona sighs that she can't believe Susan fell
for it. Beryl explains that Susie's vulnerable: she's looking
for someone to lean on. Fiona remarks grimly, "Leaning on
Wayne is about as safe as dancing on rotten floorboards!"
Beryl explains, "I'm just worried that I might have ruined
Alison's plan by blowing my stack." Fiona, however, tells
her, "Alison's not the only one with brains. Let's
nut-out our own little plan. We've got to make quite
sure that you've got free-run of that house so you can plant the
evidence." Beryl sighs, "There's no hope of that now."
Fiona, though, muses, "I don't know... I think you'll buckle
under Wicked Wayne's threats. You'll have to go crawling back
on your hands and knees, begging for forgiveness..."
Debbie is fussing over Rupert just outside the kitchen door at
the country house. Andy joins her and Debbie comments that she
thought he'd be halfway back to Sydney by now. Andy tells her
that he got delayed in town. He then hands her a card and adds
that he thought he'd drop by and give her one of those. Debbie
reads, "Andrew Green, Executive Assistant, Hamilton Industries."
Andy says, "Give us a buzz if you're ever in Sydney."
Debbie thanks him. She then shows him her friendship ring. Andy
comments that Craig is a lucky fella. He adds, "The best
man won out." Changing the subject, he then asks 'innocently'
and wide-eyed, "Hey, listen, have you heard about Wayne and
Susan?" Debbie gasps, "Yes!" Andy asks, "What's
the reaction been down here?" Debbie tells him,
"They went through the roof. You'll never guess what they've
done." Andy prompts, "Tell me..."
Beryl is in the lounge room at Dural. Susan is giving her a hug
and thanking her for changing her mind. Beryl tells her, "I
still can't say I'm happy, but it's your decision. It's only fair
I should give Wayne a go." Susan assures her, "I'm not
stupid. I know all the things he's done, but the way he's been
looking after me he must have changed." With that,
she goes to dash out and give Wayne the good news. Beryl stops
her, though, and says, "I was wondering, love: it's very
difficult for me, being around Alison. Do you think I could move
in here until it's time to go back for the funeral?" Susan
smiles, "That would be great!" Beryl goes on, "The
way things have been with Wayne, I don't really feel I should
be the one to bring it up. Could you make it seem like your
idea? It would be easier for me." Susan nods, "Sure."
She adds, "It'll be fine, mum. You'll see." With that,
she heads out of the room. Beryl stands there looking worried.
It's nighttime, and Janice and May are laying the dinner table
in Fiona's room at the mansion as Fiona works at the desk. Janice
is saying, "I hardly said a thing over lunch. I
was hoping it would make his mother think I was stupid. All it
did was make her like me more: apparently, she hates
girls who talk too much." May then grumbles that she wishes
Owen would give her a second chance; she'll never
get to the ball now. Fiona, looking exasperated, calls over, "There
are a lot of people in this world with worse problems than yours.
I do wish you'd stop and listen to yourselves." She goes
on angrily, "I just can't take your problems seriously after
talking to Beryl. Now, she really is in trouble, but
she is not wasting her time whinging about it; she is doing
something about it. Now why don't you take a leaf out of her
book and do something about it or keep quiet?" With that,
she storms out to the kitchen to see if dinner's ready.
Andy is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, having
finished eating dinner. Debbie goes to clear away his and her
plates. Andy, though, asks whether, before she does that, he can
make a private call. He adds that there are a few things he wants
to tell Wayne about the business. Debbie nods, "Sure."
She leaves the room.
Susan, Wayne and Beryl are sitting at the dining table in the
living room at Dural. Wayne is saying, "You're more than
welcome to stay here any time you life, Beryl. It's just a pity
you're being dragged back to Melbourne for the funeral."
Beryl muses, "Oh, I wouldn't exactly describe it as being
dragged back..." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Wayne goes to get it. While he's talking, Susan tells Beryl,
"He's trying very hard, mum." Beryl insists, "So
am I." Susan warns her, "You're still a bit
snappy." Beryl sighs, "I know, I know. I can hear myself
doing it. I'm sorry. I'll try harder." Wayne suddenly turns
to the two women and tells them that it's business, so he'll take
it in the hall. He heads out there. He picks up and then says
tersely into the receiver, "You must have found out more
than that from her?" At the other end, Andy shrugs,
"Just that Glen and David are on their way up - and the mood
they're in, they're just as likely to deck you one."
Wayne comments, "Might be good if they did: Susan
wouldn't want to know either of them then." He then
adds, "Debbie must have said something about Beryl..."
Andy, though, tells him, "Just that she called." He
listens and then goes on, "No, nothing... Look, I asked as
much as I could; I'm not a miracle worker." Wayne sighs,
"Yeah, well, Beryl's moved in here claiming that everything's
OK and she's all in favour - which I don't believe for a second."
Andy agrees, "It does sound a bit suss." He then asks
Wayne what he wants him to do now. Wayne tells him, "Get
back up here. I'll need you around if David and Glen are going
to start getting heavy." He hangs up.
The next morning, David and Glen climb out of David's car, both
complaining about their stiff necks. David comments that some
cars weren't made to be slept in! They head into a service station:
it's Les Connor's place. David introduces Glen to Les - who's
behind the counter - and then asks for two of his breakfast specials.
He and Glen go and sit down, David adding as they do so, "Could
you be quick about it, Les? Got some urgent business in Sydney."
Les asks, "Same thing Beryl headed up for?" David nods,
"Yeah - but worse: stupid kid's got herself engaged to a
Beryl heads into the lounge room at Dural. She finds it empty.
There are some files lying on the bar, and she goes and opens
one and makes to place the receipt in there. She suddenly hears
Wayne and Susan's voices, and she stuffs the receipt back into
her pocket. Wayne and Susan walk into the room from the kitchen.
Susan looks upset and Beryl asks her if she's alright. Susan,
breaking down into tears, sobs, "No, not really..."
Beryl takes her and helps her onto the couch. She asks gently,
"What is it?" Susan cries, "Mrs. Todd called. She
doesn't want me to go to the funeral." Beryl asks sympathetically,
"Why?" Susan replies, "She says I caused
it. She said he changed after I left; if I'd stuck by him, none
of it would have happened. He started stirring up trouble with
a lot of the men like he just didn't care. She said I as good
as killed him." With that, she gets up and runs
out to the hallway. Beryl stands up to follow her, but Wayne grabs
her arm and tells her, "It's OK - I can give her
all the comfort she needs." Beryl glares at him and then
threatens, "If you ever come between me and my daughter..."
Wayne just tells her, "If you give me a fair go, you can
see your daughter as often as you like. Otherwise..." With
that, he heads out to the hallway, where Susan is standing, still
crying. He suggests to her that she needs some fresh air, and
he opens the front door. The two of them head out, leaving Beryl
alone in the lounge room. She immediately heads back over to the
files on the bar, places the receipt inside one and then stands
back, looking triumphant.
May is sitting out in the sun in the grounds of the mansion.
Janice walks past her and May calls over to her and tells her
about the poem she's reading about the pointlessness of pride
and material gain. She then tells her that Fiona is right:
it doesn't matter if she goes to the ball or not; she's a selfish
old woman who's put Janice in an awkward position with a man she
doesn't like. She goes on, "You tell him to get lost - and
don't worry about me."
Wayne and Susan are sitting on a wall by a beach. Wayne slips
an engagement ring onto the fourth finger of Susan's left hand
and then asks, "You sure?" Susan nods, "I'm sure."
The two of them start kissing passionately.
A while later, Susan and Wayne are walking hand-in-hand along
the beach. Wayne asks Susan what she's thinking. She tells him,
"I was just going over some old memories. It's not going
to be easy for me to forget Bill." Wayne assures
her, "I understand." He then suggests, "Let's get
married as soon as possible. What do you say?" Susan asks
in surprise, "Why the rush?" Wayne explains, "The
sooner we get married, the sooner everyone will stop trying to
break us up." Susan points out, "Mum's come
around." Wayne, though, reminds her, "There's still
your dad. And Fiona. And you can bet Alison will stick
her bib in it again." Susan tells him, "There's no need
to worry; there's nothing anyone can do. Besides, I don't
think it's right. Don't ask me why - I just don't think it is."
Wayne murmurs in disappointment, "Sure."
May is heading down the front path at the mansion when Owen comes
bounding up towards her. She says a blunt, "Good morning."
Owen just ignores her. May walks walks off. Janice emerges from
the house and Owen joins her. Holding out a copy of National
Geographic magazine, he smiles, "I brought that book
we were talking about last night--" Janice interrupts him,
though, and snaps, "I don't want your silly book.
I don't want to see you, either." With that, she
storms off back inside.
Fiona emerges from her room as Janice marches along the corridor
past her. Owen runs in and asks Janice in surprise, "What
did I do wrong?" Janice turns to him and snaps, "The
fact you don't know makes it even worse." Owen insists,
"All I did was ignore Mrs. Walters." Janice snaps, "That
was enough - and it's Miss. Walters." She goes to
walk off upstairs. Owen grabs the cuff of her blouse and tells
her, "I did it for you. After the way she spoke
to you yesterday, I--" Janice, interrupts him and retorts,
"I don't need you to stick up for me, thankyou; we've sorted
all that out. And May Walters is a lady, whatever
you think." Owen murmurs, "I didn't realise." Janice
snaps, "Well, you should've. As far as I'm concerned, you
can forget your silly ball." Owen protests, "But
you've got to go. I mean, mother is expecting you and--"
Janice interrupts and snaps, "That's too bad." She then
appears to have a thought and says more quietly, "Unless...
unless May goes too. You can apologise for the slight by inviting
her to the ball." Owen retorts, "I can't do that - it's
mother's ball." Janice tells him curtly, "Go
and ask if it's alright - 'cos I'm telling you now: no May, no
me." Owen turns and heads out through the front door. Fiona
grins at Janice, "Bravo!"
Andy pulls up in his car at Les Connor's service station. Les
is standing outside and Andy asks him if he's got a men's room.
Les replies that it's round the side. Andy heads round there,
calling back as he does so, "Fill her up, eh?" David
and Glen emerge from the café area, Glen asking as they
do so, "Is that who I thought it was?" David muses that
it looks like Wayne's called in the reinforcements. Glen suddenly
smiles and says, "Hey, I heard the loos around here have
a habit of locking on people..." David looks at
Les and asks, "Do you reckon you could ignore a bit of yelling
from the loo, Les?" Les muses, "Getting a bit deaf in
me old age, fellas!"
Beryl is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Dural, placing
the files from the bar carefully on the coffee table. Susan and
Wayne arrive home. They join Beryl and Susan shows her mother
the ring. Beryl comments that it looks very expensive. She adds,
"It's lovely, darling." She then offers the two of them
a cup of coffee. She adds that she'll clear up first. She goes
to pick up the files from the coffee table, but deliberately makes
a hash of it and drops some of the papers over the floor. She
sighs, "Oh, clumsy me!" Susan says she'll get them.
Beryl goes to get the coffee. As Susan starts clearing-up, Wayne
asks her if she needs a hand. She tells him to relax, though.
As she finishes putting the file back together, she picks up one
final piece of paper. It's the receipt, and she looks at it in
surprise. Noticing the expression on her face, Wayne asks, "What
is it?" Susan tells him, "This receipt. Why did you
hire a private detective in Manila?" Wayne grabs the receipt
from her as she goes on, "You said you went there on business.
What did you need a private detective for?" Wayne looks at