It's evening time, and David is in the kitchen at the country
house, preparing himself some toast. The back door suddenly opens
and Craig and Debbie come in, looking grim. David smiles at them
and comments that he thought he'd been deserted! Craig tells him,
"We've just been over to see Mrs. Banning; trying to straighten
things out. She got us to look after this bloke who was pretty
important for her business and we thought we did a good job."
Debbie chips in, "We did." Craig goes on, "This
guy was a real letch, and he tried it on with Debbie. Then he
turned round and told Mrs. Banning that Debbie tried it on with
him." David mutters, "That's ridiculous
- anyone can see Deb's not that kind of girl." Craig
adds, "There's more: she reckoned that you sent
us there because you weren't man enough to go yourself."
David raises his eyebrows and muses, "Did she, now?
We'll show her who's man enough." With that, he
picks up his car keys and heads out.
A short time later, David is standing in Laura's hotel room,
ranting, "I don't know how bright you think you
are, but you mustn't be too bright if you can't see what
a genuine young kid Debbie is. And as for me using the kids because
I wasn't man enough..." Laura smiles, "I know
they were telling the truth - but if I'd accepted that, I would
have had to tear up the summons, wouldn't I? - and then
I wouldn't see you again. All I was doing was making
sure I'd see you again in person." With that, she tears up
a piece of paper that she's holding in her hands. David stares
at it. Laura tells him, "You've got a lot to thank those
kids for. When I saw the lengths they were prepared to go to,
I realised their loyalty had to have some foundation." She
then adds, "Now, how about you staying for dinner?"
David stands there, looking uncomfortable.
Wayne and Susan are sitting on the couch at Dural. Wayne is looking
miles away, and Susan asks what's wrong. Wayne tells her, "Nothing."
Susan sighs, "It's your father, isn't it?"
Wayne denies, "No." Susan, though, tells him, "I
think it's right that he makes some new friends. He doesn't
want to be living in our pockets." Wayne sighs, "It
makes sense, but I still feel a bit funny about it. He
usually tells me everything; it's the first time he's
tried to keep something from me. I thought we were really close,
you know?" Susan replies, "It's a bit like mum
and me. I've been thinking a lot about how I'll feel if she doesn't
come to the wedding. I spoke to your dad about it - and of course,
being the person he is he doesn't have any objection, even though
he is upset about the way she's been carrying on." Wayne
comments, "You want her to come, don't you?"
Susan tells him, "It's really up to you, now, but
I'd like to go and see her; try and smooth things over a bit -
and ask her, yeah." Wayne suggests with a smile, "No
time like the present!" Susan gives him a hug and tells him,
"You're wonderful!" She then dashes out. As soon as
she's gone, Wayne removes a piece of paper from his pocket and
heads over to the 'phone on the bar.
Beryl is talking on the 'phone in Fiona's room at the mansion,
saying, "That's wonderful, Glen!" Fiona, standing next
to her, asks what he's saying. Beryl replies "He's got all
he needs on Wayne." She hands over the 'phone and Fiona says
to Glen, "Tell me what happened, exactly." From a hotel
lobby in Bali, Glen says, "I've seen Maria and I've managed
to get a tape of her telling the whole story. She admitted she
lied and that Wayne paid her to do it." Fiona exclaims, "That's
just what you need!" There's a knock on the door of Fiona's
room and Beryl goes to answer it. Glen goes on, "I felt a
bit sorry for her when I left - she was quite a mess. I didn't
realise how she felt about me. Anyway, I'm coming back tomorrow
on flight PR-211." As Beryl opens the door, Fiona says down
the 'phone, "I've got all that, Glen." Susan stops in
her tracks, looking shocked.
David is sitting on the couch in Laura's hotel room as Laura
paces the floor, talking on the phone, saying, "I promise
I'll make it up to both of you, Craig. Oh - and don't expect David
home for a while: he's staying for dinner." With that, she
hangs up and sits down. She then tells David, "I'm so glad
you decided to give me another go. I tend to forget that
I appear a little too tough at times. Regardless of what people
say, business is still a man's world and I have to compete. That
makes me appear a little pushy at times." David tells her,
"I can understand that." Laura goes on, "The trouble
is I started ignoring my personal life. I think meeting you
has changed that." David smiles, "Thankyou!" He
adds, "It's no good for you to concentrate on work alone.
No good for anyone." Laura comments, "I take
it you include yourself in that?" David nods, "Yes,
I do - but at the moment I've got enough on my mind of a personal
nature." Laura asks, "Can I include myself in that?"
David muses, "Yes, I guess you can - now..."
Craig is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen at the country
house, telling Beryl that David is out at a business dinner. In
Fiona's room at the mansion, Beryl says, "Just tell him that
Glen's coming home tomorrow, and would he call me when he gets
back?" Craig nods, "Will do."
In Laura's hotel room, David is remarking, "That must have
been quite a decision to make." Laura is at the bar, pouring
some drinks, and she replies, "It was, at the time - but
when the marriage wasn't working..." David asks, "Do
you blame him for that?" Laura admits, "Not
entirely, no." She then changes the subject and goes on,
"I'm interested in something the two kids told me about you."
David murmurs, "Oh yeah?" Laura tells him, "They
said something 'personal' was behind your wanting to set up a
business." David sighs, "They don't know what they're
talking about." Laura comments, "I can't imagine a man
like you wanting to set up a vast corporation!" David chuckles,
"You're not wrong there! I am a truckie, plain and
simple. All I want out of life is someone I care enough about
to come home to, a few mates and a nice cold beer!" Laura,
sitting down next to him, comments, "There's nothing wrong
with that." David muses, "I know. It's just
that lately I've been forced into a situation where I've got to
start pushing myself, and, as you can see, it doesn't come easy."
Laura suggests, "You mightn't have the talent, yet, for business
- but you certainly make up for it with good old-fashioned personality."
David smiles, "It's nice to know I've got something
that appeals to you!" Laura tells him flirtatiously, "Oh,
that's not all, I'm sure..." She starts
stroking his hand. David then leans in and they kiss passionately...
Wayne is talking on the 'phone on the bar at Dural, saying curtly,
"Is it out of order?" He listens and then says, "I
know it's difficult from overseas." He listens again
and says, "It's off the hook? Are you sure?
Damn." Susan comes in and he hangs up quickly. Susan
asks him who it was on the 'phone. Wayne, though, just comments,
"You're back early. Didn't go as well as you thought, huh?"
Susan, however, tells him, "Far from it. Both she and Fiona
are coming. I didn't stay too long because it was a bit awkward."
Wayne, putting his arms round her, says, "The main thing
is we have each other. When it comes down to it, we don't need
anybody else." They start kissing. Wayne then begins to slide
his mouth down to Susan's neck, and he appeals, "Do we really
have to wait? It's only a few hours before we're married."
Susan, though, sighs, "That's not the point, Wayne - I'm
not quite ready. You've been very patient with me; I just need
time." She moves away from him and then says, "I was
a bit surprised when I got to Fiona's - she was talking to Glen.
It threw me a bit." Wayne, looking suddenly very
interested, murmurs, "Yeah, I suppose it would."
The two of them sit down and Wayne asks casually, "Ringing
from out of town, was he?" Susan replies, "No, I don't
think so - not from the way they were talking."
The next morning, Fiona is sitting in her room at the mansion
as Beryl - holding Robert - paces the floor and sighs, "It's
like waiting for the results of a lottery. I know it sounds awful
but I can hardly wait for Susan to be confronted with the truth."
Fiona smiles, "You're going to miss all the intrigue,
aren't you, when it's all sorted out! Life down in Melbourne
is going to be as dull as all get-out!" Beryl, though, hugs
Robert and laughs, "No it won't - not with this
little fellow around to keep me on my toes!" She then tells
Fiona, "We might go for a walk or something in the park -
just until it's time to go to the Hamiltons'." With that,
she and Robert head out.
Sometime later, Beryl has laid out a rug in a nearby park and
she's sitting on it, playing with Robert. A few yards away, a
woman walks up to the perimeter fence and then nods at another
woman standing nearby. The second woman starts walking towards,
and then past, Beryl. As she does so, she suddenly slips and falls
over on the ground. Beryl looks over at her in concern and then
gets up and runs across to her, leaving Robert on the rug. Beryl
helps the woman up, her back turned to Robert. As she does so,
the first woman runs over to Robert, picks him up and carries
him away. Beryl asks the second woman if she'd like her to see
her home. The woman, though, insists that she'll be alright. The
first woman drives away in a car as the second woman starts hobbling
off. Beryl watches her go and then turns back to the picnic rug.
Finding Robert missing, and looking suddenly worried, she calls
out, "Robert... where are you, darling? Robert..." Looking
increasingly panicky, she yells, "ROBERT..."
The 'phone is ringing in the corridor at the mansion when Beryl
arrives back there. She dashes to answer it, panting heavily.
She listens to the caller and then demands, "Where is he?"
From a public callbox, the woman who took Robert tells her, "Listen
carefully: if you want to see your boy again, do exactly as I
tell you." Beryl pants, "If it's money you want, I'll
give you what you like." The woman, though, says curtly,
"Listen to me: if you want to see him again, go
straight back to the park and wait. Don't call the police. Don't
call or tell anyone. Just go straight back to the park."
With that, she hangs up. At the mansion, Beryl does likewise and
dashes out again.
The back door opens at the country house and David walks in,
looking around sheepishly as he does so. The kitchen is empty.
He wanders over to the telephone, where he looks at Craig's note
telling him to call Beryl. He picks up the 'phone and starts to
dial. Craig suddenly appears in the hall doorway, having evidently
just got up. Looking at David, he murmurs, "Sorry - slept
in." He then adds, "Mrs. Banning must have kept you
talking late - I didn't hear you come in." David tells him
quickly, "Everything's fine, though - we got on really good,
actually. She's going to do the publicity for me - and even offered
to give me a few tips." He then adds that he's got to 'phone
Beryl, and he returns to making the call. Craig heads off to have
a shower. David finishes dialling and, in Sydney, the 'phone rings
in Fiona's room at the mansion. She answers and, hearing that
it's David, she smiles, "Hi!" She listens and then says,
"I'm sorry - Beryl's gone out with young Robert." She
adds, "It took you long enough to call back. Have you been
out on the tiles or something?" David says quickly, "No!
Business, sort of!" Fiona accepts this and then tells him,
"The reason Beryl called was to tell you that Glen's on his
way back here, with enough evidence to have Wayne kicked well
and truly in the pants, so you can relax finally: there won't
be any wedding today." David exclaims happily, "That's
great news! I bet Beryl's pleased!" Fiona
tells him, "Beryl is beside herself!"
Beryl is sitting on a bench at the park, looking worried. A male
voice next to her says suddenly, "Hello, Beryl." She
turns to look at the man standing there. It's Wayne. He tells
her coolly, "I've got a proposition for you." Beryl
demands, "Where is he?" Wayne assures her, "He's
perfectly alright." He then goes on, "You tell me where
I can find Glen, and you get him back." Beryl gasps, "Do
you realise what you've done? You've kidnapped a little boy. You
could end up in jail for the rest of your life. You've gone too
far this time, Wayne." Wayne just retorts, "I don't
care. I want Susan as my wife - and I'll take any risk I have
to. You might think I'm joking, but even if I end up in jail for
life, you still won't have your kid back. I don't see you have
any choice." Beryl stares at him and cries, "My
God, you're serious. There's something wrong
with you. You're mad." Wayne just tells her calmly,
"Make the decision, Beryl. It's a very simple choice - your
son: do you want him back?" Beryl demands, "Who's got
him?" Wayne just says, "Two or three words and he's
yours." Beryl pleads, "Wayne... please, where
is he?" Wayne smiles, "That's funny, Beryl; that's my
question: where is he?"
A short time later, Beryl and Wayne are walking slowly through
the park, Beryl saying, "I can't understand how one human
being could do this to another human being. You wait
until you're a father, Wayne - God forbid. You wait and
see what it's like when your child is threatened."
Wayne shrugs, "Just tell me where he is." Beryl persists,
"Try and imagine how I feel. I'm sure you know what
I went through last time Robert was taken from me. I can't believe
that even you would do that to me again." Wayne
tells her calmly, "It didn't worry me one little bit. In
fact, I'm sorry I hadn't thought of it earlier. Out of
the whole lot of you, you're the easiest one to get at. Alison...
Fiona... Charlie... and you - with child. Now, stop wasting our
time. Where is Glen?" Beryl mutters, "Bali." Wayne
nods, "Yeah, right." Beryl asks in surprise, "You
knew?" Wayne replies, "Pretty much." He then adds,
"OK - so what else?" Beryl demands, "What do you
mean 'what else'? You asked me where he was and I've told
you." Wayne laughs, "But it was no surprise - so there
must be something else. He's over there getting information
from Maria. He's got to be coming back, doesn't he? When's he
coming back?" Beryl snaps, "I don't know." Wayne,
though, sighs, "Oh, Beryl, don't try and kid me." As
they reach his car and stop walking, he adds, "Nothing's
changed. I need information that I can use. Come on, Beryl. Spit
it out." Beryl stands there and then murmurs hesitantly,
"Flight 211. Philippine Airlines." Wayne smiles at her
and then reaches into his car. He takes out a little black book
and looks up a number. He then picks up his car 'phone. Beryl
asks quickly, "What are you doing?" Wayne smiles nastily,
"You don't seriously think I'd take your word, do
you?" Beryl tells him, "They're not going to tell you
if anyone's on the 'plane." Wayne just dials the number in
his book and, when it's answered, says, "Hello. Can you tell
me what time Philippine Airlines flight 211 arrives?" He
listens and then says, "Thankyou very much." He hangs
up and, turning back to Beryl, tells her, "Alright, Beryl,
you've earnt yourself a gold star." Beryl snaps, "That's
all I know. Now, where's Robert?" Wayne, however, tells her,
"Hold your horses: there's one more condition." Beryl
demands, "What?" Wayne replies, "You don't breathe
a word of this until the 'plane's landed and I've got Glen safely
tucked away - and I've married Susan. Alright?" Beryl looks
at him fearfully. Wayne warns her, "I'm not joking, Beryl:
one word out of place and you've lost your son for ever."
A short time later, a man is sitting on the couch in the lounge
room at Dural. Wayne hands him an envelope and tells him, "There's
a photo of Glen Young inside, and the flight details. The minute
he gets through Customs, you get your mates to grab him. He's
not to talk to anyone; I don't care how they do it."
The man asks, "What if there's someone there to meet him?"
Wayne replies, "My bet is there won't be
- but even if there is, you've simply got to act quickly."
The man says, "We'll do our best." Wayne growls, "You'd
better." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Wayne goes
and answers it at the bar. He listens and then says, "Yeah,
I'll accept the call. Thanks." He listens again and then
grunts, "Maria. At least you sound sober. What's happened?"
He listens and gasps, "What? Which one?" He listens
before slamming down the 'phone. He then snaps at the man with
him, "Damn. He got an earlier flight." The man asks,
"Can we make it?" Wayne mutters, "I doubt it."
He adds angrily, "Damn. He'll be through Customs by now.
Get your boys out there." The man asks, "What's the
point, if he's landed?" Wayne just retorts, "Don't argue.
I'll think of something. Just get them there."
Beryl rushes into Fiona's room at the mansion. Fiona has Robert
on her lap, and Beryl picks him up, crying, "Darling..."
Fiona sympathises, "I know what you felt. You must have been
feeling it was all going to happen again." Beryl
asks who brought him back. She sits down as Fiona replies, "The
woman who took him... you only just missed her. She was all rather
sad, really: she can't have any children of her own. She just
saw Robert and she picked him up." Beryl asks anxiously,
"Did you call the police?" Fiona tells her, "There
wasn't any time, really - and when I thought about it, she did
bring him back, and it just seemed all wrong. Why, did you
want to call the police?" Beryl replies quickly, "No,
no, you're probably right. As long as he's safe." Fiona comments,
"I'm surprised that you didn't come straight back here."
Beryl tells her, "I thought he'd just wandered off. I was
searching all over the park." Fiona sympathises, "You
poor darling. Anyway, it's alright. Everything's alright
Susan is talking on the 'phone in the hallway at Dural as Wayne
stands hidden just inside the lounge room, listening. Susan sighs,
"That's terrible. I am sorry. What are you going
to do?" She listens and then says, "OK. Thankyou. Bye."
She hangs up and Wayne quickly steps behind the bar in the lounge
room and pretends to be looking at the newspaper." Susan
walks in and sighs, "I don't know. I doubt there's
ever a wedding without a hitch: my girlfriend in LA...
Marian? She's got the measles. She was so looking forward to being
bridesmaid, too." A look of disappointment crosses Wayne's
face. He then suggests, though, "Why don't you ask Janice?
She'd be about the same size, wouldn't she?" Susan accepting
this, smiles appreciatively, "I might go and look at the
dress; see if it needs altering." She then adds, "At
least I won't have to stand around ages at the airport waiting
for Marian to go through all that stuff with Immigration and Customs."
With that, she heads out of the room, leaving Wayne looking suddenly
thoughtful. He picks up the telephone directory and looks up a
number. He then moves across to the 'phone and dials it. When
it's answered, he says, "Hello. Customs, right? Listen, I've
got some information for you. It's to do with someone flying in
on flight... um... QF20. His name's Glen Young. I think you might
be interested in what he's got in his suitcase." He listens
and then says, "No, I don't think my name's necessary."
He listens again and then, with a nasty grin on his face, tells
the person from Customs, "Let's just say it's someone who
thinks he should finally get what he deserves..."