Alison walks into Gordon's room and asks Maggie, "How much
do you want?" Maggie stares at her and demands, "Is
this some sort of a joke?" Alison assures her curtly, "No.
You name the figure and I'll write the cheque - the one condition
being that you never see Gordon again." Maggie demands, "What
are you talking about?" Alison tells her, "I think it's
perfectly obvious you're only after his money." She sits
down at the table as Maggie snaps, "What money?
Gordon doesn't have any money." She then adds, "Look,
who are you?" Alison retorts, "Do you expect me to believe
that you think the founding Director of Hamilton Industries is
broke? What sort of cretin do you think I am?" Maggie stares
at her. Alison goes on, "How does $5,000 sound?" Maggie
snaps, "I think you'd better go." Alison, however, just
continues, "It's a once-only offer. You can take it or leave
it. If I were you, I'd take it - because if you don't, you'll
end up with nothing. All I have to do is tell Gordon exactly the
sort of woman you are and that will be the end of it." Maggie
suddenly marches to the door and warns, "If you don't leave
now, I'm going to call the police." Alison picks up her cheque
book with a sigh and heads towards the door. As she does so, she
says, "Alison Carr's the name - and I can assure you it's
one you're going to remember. I'm sorry you didn't take the money
- you're going to regret it." Maggie snaps, "The only
thing I regret is opening the door."
In the lounge room at Dural, Andy is telling Ginny that all she's
got to do is go through Alison's stuff to see if there's anything
that can tell him where he can find a guy called Glen Young. Ginny
asks what Glen has done. Andy, though, retorts that she
doesn't have to worry about that. Ginny asks him why he
doesn't do it. Andy explains that he's going to have to get Charlie
and Alison out of the house and make sure he keeps them
out. Ginny tells him that she wants to stay out of jail. Andy
insists, "You won't end up in jail." Ginny, though,
says curtly, "I'm not doing it." Andy mutters, "You
suit yourself - but you're passing up a damn good opportunity."
Maggie is tidying-up her hair when Gordon arrives back at Seabreeze
Towers. He apologises for being late. Maggie, though, just demands,
"Gordon, why have you been lying to me?" Gordon asks
in surprise, "What about?" Maggie retorts, "Letting
me think you were working class when you're really the head of
Hamilton Industries. I'd just started to trust you. Well,
you can forget about taking me to the doctor; I can look after
myself. I don't need you or any other rich layabout."
Looking concerned, Gordon asks her how she found out. Maggie just
snaps, "It doesn't matter. When Cassie comes back, I'm going
home." Gordon says quickly, "I can explain." Maggie
mutters, "I don't want to know." Gordon pleads, "At
least give me a chance to tell my side of the story."
Maggie, though, snaps, "I gave you a chance. I trusted you,
and you let me down. Why couldn't you have been honest with me?"
Gordon cries, "Because I knew you wouldn't understand."
All-of-a-sudden, Maggie faints and collapses onto the floor. Gordon
bends down next to her to check that she's still breathing, and
then dashes over to the 'phone. He dials and asks for an ambulance.
He adds, "Seabreeze Towers, 31 Marine Parade, McMahon's Point.
Flat 37. Thankyou." Cassie suddenly runs in and, seeing her
mother lying on the floor, cries, "Mum! What happened?"
Gordon comforts, "It's alright - she fainted. Don't worry
- I've called an ambulance. Everything's going to be alright."
At Dural, Andy and Ginny head into the hallway. Andy tells Ginny
that he'll drive her home. As they stand in the hallway, Ginny
says, "I met a lot of guys who said they could get
me started as a singer, but they've all been full of hot air.
You're the first one I thought could actually do something
for me." Andy suggests, "Maybe I still can.
Let's talk at your place." He opens the door - and
Alison marches in. Without giving him a glance, she heads into
the lounge room and tells him curtly, "I've got some papers
for Wayne to sign. Would you make sure he gets them?" Andy
nods, "Sure." Ginny suddenly smiles at her, "Hello,
there!" Alison, noticing her for the first time, glares at
her and demands, "What are you doing here?"
Ginny replies sourly, "It's a free country." Alison
looks at Andy and asks, "Friend of yours?" Andy retorts,
"Yeah." Alison mutters, "I might have known you
two would get together." Andy asks, "Why's that?"
Alison tells him, "Two of a kind. No-hopers." She then
goes to walk out, but Ginny snaps, "It takes one to know
one, Alison." Alison looks at Andy and says curtly, "Would
you tell your girlfriend that when she grows out of nappies, she
might grow some wit? Until that time, she might be better off
keeping quiet." With that, she leaves. As the front door
closes, Ginny tells Andy tersely, "I've changed my mind -
on one condition: I do it my way. No housebreaking. Deal?"
Andy smiles, "Deal!"
Debbie and Craig are sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house, doing a quiz. As Craig fills in an answer, he smiles that
they're one step closer to winning a trip to Hollywood! The 'phone
suddenly rings and Craig gets up and answers it. Laura Banning
comes on and asks if David is there. Craig apologises that he's
on a trip. Laura says, "Could you pass on a message for me,
please? Would you tell him that I'm starting legal proceedings
in the morning? If his solicitor wants to contact me, he can either
get me at the supermarket or my hotel suite. It's the same one
Doug Fletcher had." Craig says hesitantly, "Oh, um,
alright. Yeah. Soon as he gets back." He hangs up and turns
back to Debbie. She asks what's happened. Craig tells her, "Laura
Banning's going to start suing in the morning." Debbie cries,
"Oh no... it was all my fault." Craig, though,
mutters, "I'm as much to blame. Instead of rushing
in like a bull at a gate, I should stop and think sometimes."
Debbie sighs, "We're a great pair, aren't we? We
caused the problem; we ought to fix it." Craig,
looking suddenly thoughtful, muses, "Yeah..."
A while later, Laura Banning opens the door of her hotel room
to find Debbie and Craig standing there. Craig tells her that
they were wondering if they could talk to her about what she's
doing to Dave. Laura lets them in, adding, "I can tell you
I have no intention of changing my mind." Debbie cries, "Everybody
knows it was a misunderstanding. Couldn't you please reconsider?"
Laura just snaps, "No." Craig pleads, "David is
just a battler. He couldn't afford an expensive court case. He
works harder than anyone I know just to try and get ahead - but
he never seems to get the breaks. Give him a chance." Laura
just stares at some papers on a table in front of her. Craig points
out curtly, "It's not as if I hurt you or anything.
I know I shouldn't have done it, but it was a genuine mistake."
Laura retorts, "I'm not dropping the charges." Craig
mutters, "And David's going to go broke." Laura nods,
"Yes - and that's what worries you, isn't it? If
the business goes under, you both lose your jobs. You don't really
care about David; you're more interested in yourselves."
Debbie, looking shocked, gasps, "You really are an awful
woman. Just because David won't do what you want, you make sure
that he loses everything. Craig and I can get a job anywhere,
but we choose to work for David because he's a great guy. We want
to see him succeed because he deserves it; he's a nice person,
and that's why we want to help him, but you just can't understand
that, can you?" She then turns to Craig and adds,
"Come on - we're wasting our time." The two of them
walk out, leaving Laura looking thoughtful...
It's nighttime, and Susan is sitting on the couch in the lounge
room at Dural when the front door opens and Gordon walks in with
Cassie. The two of them head into the lounge room and Gordon introduces
Cassie to Susan, explaining that she's the daughter of a friend
of his who's in hospital. Cassie looks round and smiles that it's
a lovely house. Gordon suggests that she go and have a look round,
and she runs off. Gordon and Susan sit down and Susan asks, "What's
wrong with her mother?" Gordon replies, "Diabetes. We
were having an argument and she collapsed. Scared the hell out
of me. However, it forced her into going to a doctor." Susan
asks him what they were arguing about. Gordon murmurs, "That's
a long story. I've known Maggie for a while, but I've never let
on that I was reasonably well-off - she's got some sort of bee
in her bonnet about people with money. Anyway, she found out and
really got stuck into me for not being honest with her. It's killed
the friendship - which is a pity, because I really like her; in
fact, I'm fond of them both. It's a pity she's so prejudiced."
Susan comments, "It's a bit like mum is about Wayne,
isn't it? Down on him for no reason at all..."
The next morning, Alison and another woman are working at the
soon-to-be-orphanage when Ginny walks in. She throws down a blue
matchbook in front of Alison and snaps, "You reckon I've
never been to Vincent's. Just proving I have."
The other woman asks in awe, "How did you pay for a meal
at Vincent's?" Ginny smiles, "I didn't
- the trick is to get someone else to pick up the bill."
As she says this, she suddenly kicks out her right foot at a tin
of paint on the floor in front of Alison. It spills all over Alison's
jeans. Ginny smiles, "Sorry!" Alison glares at her and
snaps, "You did that on purpose." Ginny just giggles
at her, but Alison snaps, "You think it's funny,
do you? Well, make the most of it; you won't be laughing for long."
She storms off. When she's gone, Ginny suggests to the other woman
that they'd better clean up the mess. The other woman leaves the
room to go and get some rags. Ginny immediately walks over to
where Alison's bag is hung on the wall. She starts rummaging through
it and then pulls out a small piece of paper. She looks at it
and comments to herself, "She bought a ticket to Bali...
God, I expected the French Riviera at least." She
takes out more papers from the bag and then, murmuring, "Oh
well," walks off with them.
Susan is going through some papers on the couch in the lounge
room at Dural. Cassie is looking around the room, standing by
some china plates. Susan tells her that she can pick one up if
she wants to. Cassie, however, replies, "I'd have to pay
for it if I broke it, though." Susan insists, "No you
wouldn't." Cassie then comments, "I don't know why Mr.
Hamilton doesn't live here himself." Susan looks
at her in surprise and asks, "What do you mean?" Cassie
goes on, "His son must be very rich to own a house like this."
Susan, looking puzzled, asks, "Cassie, what does your mother
do?" Cassie replies, "She's a cleaner." Susan asks,
"Where?" Cassie tells her, "At the block of flats
where Mr. Hamilton lives." Susan mouths in surprise, "Oh..."
Cassie adds, "She even taught him how to cook!" Susan
smiles, "I must get him to make me a meal sometime!"
She then goes on, "As I'm going to be Mrs. Wayne Hamilton
very soon, Cassie, I give you full permission to touch or use
anything you like in the house." With that, a delighted-looking
Cassie runs off to the games room. Gordon comes in from the hallway,
and Susan comments, "Cassie was telling me her mother's a
cleaner." Gordon just nods, "Yeah." He then adds,
"I see she's taken to you already. Obviously have a way with
children." Susan smiles, "Can't wait to have some of
my own." Gordon tells her, "I can't
wait to be a grandfather."
Alison walks back into the main room at the soon-to-be-orphanage.
Ginny and the other woman are busy working. Alison walks over
to her bag and suddenly notices it's been moved. She looks at
Ginny and demands, "Have you been in my bag again?"
Ginny retorts, "I didn't touch your stupid bag."
Alison mutters, "Someone has." Ginny asks if
anything's missing. Alison admits, "No." Ginny retorts,
"Shut up, then, OK?" Alison mutters, "It opened
by itself, did it?" Ginny suggests, "The handle
probably fell off, or something. Geez, you're touchy:
as soon as anything happens you point the finger straight at me.
I'm tired of getting accused of everything, Alison."
Alison glares at her.
Craig is looking at the newspaper in the kitchen at the country
house. Debbie puts some toast down in front of him and he starts
buttering it absentmindedly. Debbie sighs, "Craig... look
what you're doing." Craig glances at the toast and then smiles,
"So this is what all the fuss is about!" The
toast has a heart-shaped outline on it! Craig stands up and kisses
Debbie. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, though, and Craig
has to pull away to answer it. Laura Banning comes on from her
hotel room and tells him, "I've been thinking about what
you said yesterday and I've decided to give you both another chance.
Mind you, you'll be doing me a favour at the same time.
Are you interested?" She listens to the response and then
says, "Good." She continues, "I have a business
associate who's in town at the moment. He likes to have a drink
or two and so I thought I might get you to drive him around. If
you do a good job, I'll forget about taking David to court. Jeff
Dalton's his name." At the country house, Craig turns to
Debbie and smiles happily, "We've got another chance!"
Sometime later, Debbie is standing by a car parked at the side
of the road. She's wearing her chauffeur's outfit. Craig runs
over to her from a nearby building and she asks, "Did you
get on to him?" Craig replies, "Yeah - he just checked-in.
I told him you parked down the street; he'll be here in a couple
of secs. At that moment, a youngish businessman walks over to
them and comments, "'Home In Style', is it?" Debbie
smiles, "At your service." She introduces herself and
then Craig. Dalton comments, "This is going to be more fun
than driving myself around!" Debbie tells him, "It
makes sense if you don't know Melbourne." She opens the car
door and he climbs in. As she closes the door again, Craig warns
her, "We're going to have to watch this guy."
Debbie tells him, "Don't worry - we'll handle it. We have
In Sydney, Ginny emerges through the doors of her bus and walks
over to the nearby road. Andy pulls up in his car and Ginny comments
that she didn't expect him until later. Andy, climbing
out of his car, replies, "Time's running out and we're anxious.
Have you gone through Alison's things yet?" Ginny tells him,
"Yeah, I went through her bag at work. Just the usual bit
and pieces: make-up... notebook... comb... few receipts..."
Andy asks sharply, "Few receipts for what?"
Ginny takes them out of her bag and tells him, "Here, pinched
a couple. Don't think it's what you're after, though." Andy,
however, looks through them and smiles, "I wouldn't say that.
This airline receipt to Bali... just what I wanted. Bali is where
Maria is." Ginny queries, "Maria?" Andy
explains, "Long story." As he goes to climb back into
his car, he adds, "You've gone great. Just great." Ginny
asks, "So when am I going to get the intros you promised
me?" Andy just tells her, "Soon, OK? I can't set something
up overnight." With that, he starts his car engine and drives
off, leaving Ginny looking disappointed.
Maggie is standing in Gordon's room at Seabreeze Towers. Gordon
is sitting on the couch and he asks her anxiously, "Can't
we talk?" Maggie retorts, "I'm sorry, Gordon, I just
came to pick up my watch, that's all. Can you take us home now?"
Gordon insists, "Cassie won't mind playing outside with Rags
for a few more minutes." Maggie mutters, "I really would
like to be going." Gordon pleads, "A few minutes - please."
Maggie sighs and sits down. Gordon then continues, "Firstly,
I'd like to say how pleased I am that you're going to be alright
- Diabetes isn't a problem these days as long as you take your
tablets and stick to your diet." Maggie mutters, "So
I'm told." Gordon adds, "And certainly no more meals
like the one I cooked last night, when you collapsed - the dessert
was neat sugar!" Maggie doesn't respond. Gordon appeals,
"Maggie, please..." Maggie mutters, "What?"
Gordon tells her, "You're not making it easy for me."
He then goes on, "I was sick myself, recently -
in fact, that's why I ended up here: I had a chronic
heart condition that eventually needed surgery. After the operation,
I was as good as gold, but everybody treated me like an invalid,
so I decided to make a fresh start somewhere else. I rented this
flat where no one knows me and everybody treats me like a normal
human being. As we got to know each other I wanted to
tell you the truth, but I realised that if you found out that
I was 'one of the bosses' you'd end the friendship. I didn't want
that to happen because I value the friendship very much."
Maggie comments sourly, "Some sort of friendship when one
person's being honest and the other one isn't."
Gordon insists, "I wasn't being dishonest. I wasn't
trying to be someone I'm not." Maggie, however, retorts,
"Yes you were - and I can't forgive you for that." Gordon
glares at her and snaps, "What does it take to get through
to you? You won't even try to understand. Well, frankly,
if that's your attitude, I'm not interested in being friends with
you, either." Maggie stands up and snaps, "Good.
I'll leave, then. Cassie and I will get the bus home."
Gordon points out, "Friends give and take. All the time I've
put into us getting to know each other has been a complete waste
because, basically, you're not worth it." Maggie retorts,
"Basically, you're a liar. If
Alison Carr hadn't called round to see me, you'd never
have told me the truth, would you?" Gordon stares
at her in surprise. As Maggie storms out, Gordon mouths, "Alison...?"
Sometime later, in the lounge room at Charlie's, Alison is telling
Gordon, "I was just trying to make you see how she was using
you." Gordon demands, "What gave you that stupid
idea?" Alison replies, "Charlie." Gordon queries,
"Charlie?" Alison explains, "She found
a receipt for your apartment, went over there, had a run-in with
your Miss. Hunt and was convinced she was after your money. When
she told me, I thought it was time someone did something about
it. You know, Charlie's not the only one who cares what
happens to you." Gordon snaps, "For your information,
we are simply friends - or at least we were until you
started interfering. The last thing she was interested in was
money; in fact, finding out I had some was the
last straw that broke the camel's back. But even worse, because
of the way you upset her, she collapsed and had to be taken to
hospital." A look of shock crosses Alison's face. Gordon
goes on, "In a few short hours, you have managed to destroy
any attempt I've made to create a new life for myself, and you've
ruined a good friendship. Congratulations, Alison. Patricia would
have been proud of you." With that, he storms out,
leaving Alison sighing regretfully.
In Melbourne, Debbie pulls the car into the side of the road
and climbs out. Craig and Jeff Dalton climb out of the back seats,
but Dalton stumbles and laughs that he doesn't think he should
have had that last drink! He then says to Debbie, "Look,
I've got a couple of hours before dinner. Do you fancy coming
up to my room for a bit of a..." Debbie interrupts and says
quickly, "Actually, Craig and I have got to get the car back."
Dalton suggests, "Craig can take care of that for himself,
can't he?" Debbie tells him, "I've also promised to
meet a girlfriend. Sorry. Some other time?" Dalton accepts
this and heads off to his hotel. When he's gone, Craig shudders,
"What a creep." Debbie shrugs, "Who cares? Everything
went well. At least we got David off the hook."
A short time later, Laura Banning opens her hotel room door and
lets Craig and Debbie in. Debbie asks eagerly, "Have you
heard from Mr. Dalton?" Laura nods, "Yes." Debbie
asks, "What did he say?" Laura tells her, "According
to Jeff, the service was incredibly bad - and to try and stop
him saying so, Debbie came on very strong with him." Craig
gasps, "What?!" Laura goes on, "So much
for you trying to help your boss. I think I was right all along:
you are only interested in saving your jobs." Debbie
cries, "That wasn't what happened..." Laura, however,
retorts, "Save it. The bottom line is you blew it. And I'm
going ahead with the lawsuit." As she opens the door to let
them out, she adds, "And tell David I'm sick of dealing with
a couple of kids. If he doesn't like it, why isn't he man enough
to come and say so himself?"