Ginny reminds Andy that they were talking about Alison. Andy
asks Ginny how she knows her. Ginny explains, "We work together.
Community Aid Programme." Andy grins, "I bet she doesn't
like that much." Ginny retorts, "None of us
like it." Andy clarifies, "What I mean was
she probably wouldn't fit in, would she? She might even make life
difficult for people around her. In fact, knowing Alison, I'd
say she's probably a real pain." Ginny nods, "She sure
is." Andy smiles, "I'll get us both a coffee. I think
we might have a lot to talk about..."
Fiona is dusting in the hallway at the mansion when Owen comes
downstairs, wearing just a towel round his lower half and carrying
a toothbrush. Fiona stares at him in surprise and demands, "What
on earth are you doing here?" Owen explains, "After
a most disconcerting incident at the ball, I couldn't spend another
night under my mother's roof, so Janice kindly gave me refuge
here." With that, he walks off, leaving Fiona looks puzzled.
She heads immediately into May's room and rouses her from bed.
She demands to know exactly what happened to Owen's mother. From
her bed, May comments, "Owen's mother...?" She bursts
out laughing! She then sits up and explains, "Mrs. Constance
Brooke turned out to be none other than rough old Connie Hogg!"
Fiona looks flabbergasted!
Out in the hallway, Owen is about to head back upstairs when
Janice comes down and asks him how he's feeling. He groans that
nothing's going right: he forgot the toothpaste. Janice takes
some out of the toilet bag she's holding and hands it over. As
Owen takes it, he asks how he's ever going to be able to look
people in the face again. Janice comments that she supposes he
didn't sleep very well. Owen nods that that ghastly scene at the
ball kept going round and round in his head. Janice insists that
it'll work out. Owen retorts bitterly that he doesn't see how.
Alison and Wayne emerge from the study at Dural, Alison complaining
that Wayne kept him waiting. Wayne retorts, "Tough. It was
a good sermon." He then mutters that he could have signed
the papers tomorrow, so what was the rush? Alison tells
him that it suited her - and besides, she had to do some shopping
for Charlie's luncheon party. Wayne suggests curtly, "In
future, don't bother me with trivial matters on Sunday."
Alison smiles slyly, "Poor Wayne - hasn't been your week,
has it? First you were talked out of eloping. Then there
was your pitiful attempt to hold Glen prisoner. Then you got packed
off on a wild-goose chase to the Rose View Motor Inn. Not an auspicious
week at all, really, was it?" Wayne mutters, "I'm
still engaged." Alison tells him, "Not for long."
She then adds gleefully, "I wonder what you'd pay to know
where Glen is at this very moment." Wayne looks at her, and
she adds quickly, "You don't really think I'm going to tell
you, do you?" With that, she heads out.
In the lounge room, Ginny is telling Andy, "Public embarrassment:
that's what I'd love to see. I'd buy a ringside seat to watch
someone really humiliate her." Andy assures her, "You
wouldn't be lonely. I'd be there like a shot. She puts me
down, too - always knocks me about doing this sort of work instead
of taking the real plunge and cracking into the rock scene. She
doesn't realise I've been in the music industry for years. I've
got the contacts, and sooner-or-later I'll do something about
it - but meanwhile, I get good money being an executive."
Ginny tells him, "I'm into rock, too. Actually, I'm a singer."
Andy asks her what she's done. She replies, "Pub and wine-bar
stuff mostly. I've had a few offers, but nothing really interesting
yet." Andy tells her, "I might be able to get you some
intros. What's your number?" Ginny replies quickly, "I'm
not on the 'phone; haven't had it connected yet." Andy tells
her that he'll give her his card. Ginny asks him if he can write
Alison's address on it. Andy, though, tells her, "No need
- she lives next door." The lounge room doors suddenly open,
and Wayne walks in, saying, "Andy, I've got a job--"
He breaks off as he sees Ginny sitting there, and he then mutters
at Andy, "If you want to entertain girlfriends, do it in
your own flat, OK? Get her out." Andy says quickly, "I
thought you were in a meeting with Alison." Wayne retorts,
"It's over. Now, if you could drag your attention back to
work for a minute, I'd appreciate it." Ginny stands up. Wayne
glares at her and growls, "Do us a favour, love: get lost."
Ginny, looking annoyed, goes as Andy tells Wayne, "Ginny
is not my girlfriend - I only just met her. The girl
you have just tossed out is on the same community work programme
as Alison and she hates Alison's guts. I thought someone with
that attitude might be useful." Wayne, looking thoughtful,
muses, "She hates Alison's guts, does she?" Andy nods,
"That's right." Wayne goes on, "She'd probably
enjoy going through Alison's things... Might even find some clue
to where Glen's hiding... Why don't you bring her back?"
Andy mutters, "I don't know where she went."
Wayne suggests curtly, "Find her." Andy looks
at him and then walks out.
Fiona is sitting with May in May's room at the mansion. May is
telling Fiona that there were quite a few shocked faces! Fiona
comments that Owen seemed very down in the dumps. May remarks,
"I'm not surprised at that: it isn't every
day that you find out - in public, and just before you announce
your engagement - that your mother's an old pro!" Fiona bursts
out laughing and comments, "The poor man - I almost feel
sorry for him." She adds, "It was a close shave
for Janice - she almost announced her engagement
to him. She won't have a bar of him now."
Out in the hallway, Owen is sitting on the stairs, looking glum
and groaning, "I feel so humiliated; I can't go on."
Janice, though, sits down with him and tells him, "Life marches
on. I'll help you - every step of the way." Owen
sighs, "I don't know what I'd do without you, Janice."
Janice smiles, "Don't worry - you'll never have to find out."
She gives him a kiss.
Maggie is sitting on the couch in Gordon's room at Seabreeze
Towers. Gordon is telling her that he's sorry: he was exaggerating
to make his point. Maggie, however, tells him, "You made
me think. I've been frightened for weeks that I'm sick and I'll
have to go to hospital. And then I think to myself 'what's going
to happen to Cassie?', so I just think 'well, get on with it,
live each day and maybe it'll go away'. Pretty silly, eh?"
Gordon nods, "Especially if it's something minor, which it
probably is." He adds that there's absolutely no need for
her to be afraid of hospitals. Maggie insists, "I'm not afraid
of hospitals, or having an operation; just what's going
to happen to my daughter." Gordon tells her, "If you
have to go into hospital, then I'll look after Cassie
for as long as necessary. You have my word." Maggie smiles,
"You know, Gordon, since my husband died, you're the only
man I've trusted - and respected. What say you ring and make an
appointment with the doctor?"
There's a knock on the front door at Charlie's. A waiter opens
it to find Ginny standing there. She comments cheerfully, "I
hope the party hasn't started yet." The waiter looks at her
in astonishment and replies, "No, it hasn't." Ginny
smiles, "Good. Hate to miss the nibblies." She steps
inside and heads into the lounge room. The waiter follows her
and asks, "Are you sure you have the right house?" Ginny
tells him, "Positive - and I have just as much right to be
here as you have." She then adds, "Of course,
you wouldn't have heard: Alison and I work together;
we're both doing community service to keep us out of jail."
At that moment, Charlie walks in from the hallway and, glaring
at Ginny, demands of the waiter, "Who's that?"
The waiter tells her, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Bartlett - she just
pushed her way in." Ginny tells Charlie, "You wouldn't
know me because you wouldn't have heard what happened to Alison.
I work with her. We're both doing community service to
keep us out of jail." Charlie laughs in pity, "You
silly girl. If you came here to embarrass Alison, you're going
to be rather disappointed. We all know about the sentence and
no one cares." Ginny looks deflated. The waiter tells her
that he'll see her out. Charlie, however, asks him to look at
the other things in the oven for her. He heads off. Charlie then
indicates the drinks cabinet and says to Ginny, "Help yourself."
As Ginny does so, Charlie comments, "That outfit's interesting."
Ginny is wearing a mixture of black leather, white cotton and
a headscarf. Charlie asks her where she bought it. Ginny retorts,
"All over the place. Jacket here, top there, pants
somewhere else. I don't know." Charlie asks in surprise,
"It didn't come as an outfit?" Ginny laughs, "You've
got to be kidding!" Alison suddenly appears in the
doorway and, glaring at Ginny, snaps, "Get out." Ginny
smiles at Charlie, "Think I'd better be going. Thanks ever
so much for inviting me!" With that, she walks off. Alison
immediately demands of Charlie, "What's the idea?" Charlie
smiles, "She gatecrashed. Did you see what she was wearing?
She's obviously got quite a knack of putting a few pieces of tat
together and making it look quite stylish." Alison just snaps,
"That's no reason to give her the run of the house."
Charlie retorts, "If you didn't want her to come here, why
did you tell her where we lived?" Alison snaps,
"I didn't. I've no idea how she found out."
Next door, Andy is standing at the bar, drinking from a bottle
of beer. Wayne is standing with him and he asks coolly but dangerously,
"Where is she?" Andy tells him, "Don't panic. It's
all under control." Wayne comments, "You've made a mess
of things again, haven't you..." The 'phone suddenly
rings and Andy answers it. Ginny comes on - from a public callbox
- and tells him, "I've been thinking over your idea of working
together to nail Alison. Maybe we could talk about it - over lunch?"
Andy nods, "OK - I'll book a table. What's your address?"
He listens and writes something down. Ginny then tells him, "It's
got to be Vincent's, alright, or it's no deal."
Andy tells her that he'll pick her up in half an hour. He hangs
up and then turns to Wayne and says, "All under control:
she's ours for the price of lunch at Vincent's."
Wayne sighs, "You didn't have a clue where she was,
did you? Your big plan was to sit back and wait for her
to call you." Andy points out, "It worked,
didn't it?" He goes to head out, but then adds, "Oh,
listen, your old man called last night; said he was staying overnight
with a friend." Wayne asks in surprise, "What
friend?" Andy replies, "I didn't ask. I didn't think
it was my place to."
Gordon, Maggie and Cassie finish lunch at the table in Gordon's
room at Seabreeze Towers. Cassie, though, has refused to eat her
sprouts! Gordon asks her what she'd like to be when she grows
up. Cassie smiles, "I'd like to be an inventor!" Gordon
tells her, "You'd make a fortune if you could invent vegetables
that kids would eat!" Cassie exclaims, "I'd be rich
and famous then!" Maggie mutters, "Money doesn't bring
happiness, Cassie." Gordon points out, "It helps."
Maggie just retorts, "Too much money makes people greedy
so they don't care about others. That's what the bosses
are like." Turning to Cassie, she goes on, "Your father
worked hard for the bosses, and when he got sick at the factory,
from the chemicals, they dumped him. No compo, nothing. The bosses
cheated. Working-man's dollar's the only honest dollar
about." Turning back to Gordon, she asks, "Did you
pay into a Super fund when you were working?" Gordon, looking
suddenly embarrassed, replies hesitantly, "Not exactly...
I worked out a scheme of my own." He then changes the subject
quickly and announces that he's heading off to see his son before
he takes Maggie to the doctor. He leaves.
Wayne is walking downstairs at Dural when Gordon comes in through
the front door. Wayne asks him if he had a nice night out. Gordon
explains that he had to look after a friend; she became ill. Wayne
smiles, "Do I know the lucky lady?" Gordon
just corrects, "Wayne, before you start jumping to conclusions,
let me explain that the lady in question happens to be a friend
I met through photography. While I was at her place, she happened
to become ill, and I stayed on to look after her and make sure
her child was alright." Wayne insists, "Fine, fine,
doesn't worry me!" Gordon, changing the subject, asks if
Susan is around. Wayne replies that she's out the back. Gordon
hands his son the open bag he's holding and heads out there. Wayne
takes out a packet of photos from the top of the bag and looks
at the picture lying on top. He raises his eyebrows.
Ginny closes the door to her bus and walks over to the road nearby.
Andy is just pulling up in his car, and he looks at the bus and
comments, "That's home-sweet-home, is it?" Ginny smiles,
"Sure is!" She goes and climbs in the car, continuing
as she does so, "I went over to Alison's place this morning."
Andy asks what happened. Ginny tells him, "She threw me out."
Andy muses, "What a surprise." He walks round to the
driver's side and, climbing in, smiles, "Where to, madam?"
Ginny tells him, "Vincent's, thankyou, driver."
Andy starts the car engine and they head off.
Wayne emerges from the study at Dural to hear Charlie laughing,
"Didn't she look simply gorgeous?" Gordon, Alison and
Charlie come downstairs and Gordon explains to Wayne, "The
wedding dress just arrived from Charlie's designer and your beautiful
bride-to-be is trying it on." Charlie smiles, "She looks
out-of-this-world!" She then goes on, "I wonder who
the next happy couple will be; wedding bells seem to
be in the air. It could be anyone - life's full
of surprises. Look at Wayne and Susan - fate seems to strike at
the most unexpected times." Gordon nods, "Yes, it does,
luckily." He then announces that he has a few calls to make,
and he heads into the lounge room. When he's out of earshot, Wayne
mutters, "Subtle, Charlie. Very subtle." Charlie asks
in surprise, "I beg your pardon?" Wayne tells her, "It's
not hard to guess who you hope the next happy couple
will be." Charlie retorts, "If you're referring to Gordon
and myself, you couldn't be more mistaken." Wayne tells her,
"You might be interested to know that he spent all of last
night out - with a 'friend', as he put it." He takes
out the packet of photos and, handing them over, adds, "Take
a look, if you don't believe me." With that, he heads into
the lounge room, leaving Alison to console, "Don't worry,
Charlie - he's lying, just to see you get upset." Charlie,
though, takes out a photo of Gordon, Maggie and Cassie, and asks,
"How do you explain this? They look pretty chummy."
Alison indicates Maggie and asks, "Is this the woman you
saw before?" Charlie nods, "That's her. She's awful.
Honestly, I wouldn't mind if Gordon finds someone nice,
but she's positively dreadful. I bet she's after
his money. That sneaky little gold-digger's going to trap Gordon
and he won't be able to do a thing about it. It's too much..."
Alison stands there, looking thoughtful.
May and Fiona are sitting at the table in Fiona's room at the
mansion, Fiona suggesting that May tell everything to Beryl when
she gets back, as it'll cheer her up. The door to the room suddenly
opens and Janice comes in. Fiona comments, "Here's the girl
who's been avoiding me all day." Janice protests, "I
haven't been avoiding you." Fiona sighs and then
asks, "Have you said 'thankyou' to May?" Janice asks
in surprise, "What for?" May replies, "For saving
you from Owen." Janice, though, cries in astonishment, "What
sort of person do you think I am? I'm not going to walk out on
someone just when they need me the most. Haven't you
noticed I'm wearing his ring?" She indicates her left hand.
Owen suddenly calls out to Janice and Janice calls back that she's
in Fiona's room. Owen walks in. Fiona shakes his hand and smiles,
"Congratulations to you both. I hope you'll be very happy
together." May looks at her in astonishment. Owen then escorts
Janice out of the room, saying they're going to talk, leaving
Fiona to explain to May, "New tactic for a new situation.
Janice thinks that Owen needs her. If we keep them apart,
she's only going to dig her heels in, so what we have to do is
throw them together. In next to no time at all, Janice will not
be able to bear the sight of Owen." May exclaims,
"That's brilliant - I think!"
Wayne is sitting in the lounge room at Dural when Andy and Ginny
come in through the front door, Ginny smiling that she couldn't
eat another thing. As they head into the lounge room,
Wayne apologises to Ginny for his rudeness earlier, explaining
that he had a lot of business problems on his mind. He invites
her to take a seat. Andy asks him if he's going to tell her about
the special job he wants done. Wayne, though, replies, "I'll
leave that up to you. I'm sure you can work out all the
details. I'll be in the study if you need me." He walks off
and Ginny asks Andy what the job is. Andy tells her,
"For a start, it's confidential - but I think you've got
the talent to handle it." Ginny says, "If I do it, what's
in it for me?" Andy replies, "Big bucks...
and a start in the rock scene. You interested?" Ginny smiles,
"Tell me what to do."
Cassie is sitting on the floor of Gordon's room at Seabreeze
Towers. She's saying to her sick-looking mother, who's sitting
on the couch, "Please, mum, there's nothing to do
here." Maggie suggests, "There must be something you
can do with the kite." Cassie, though, pleads, "Please
- the playground's just across the road." Maggie sighs, "Alright.
Don't stay longer than half an hour." Cassie stands up and
runs out. Maggie gets up from the couch and heads into the kitchen
area. There's suddenly a knock on the door and she goes to answer
it. Alison is standing in the corridor. Maggie looks at her blankly
and asks, "Yes?" Alison tells her curtly, "I'm
a friend of Mr. Hamilton's. I've been led to believe you think
you're on to a good thing with Gordon. I'm here to tell you you're
very much mistaken." Maggie stares at her in surprise.