A short time later, David and Laura head out through the kitchen
door, David sighing, "Why on earth I never thought
of it I'll never know: of course if she's going
to drive for me she'll need a licence." Laura points out
that he can hardly blame himself. David, though, insists,
"There's got to be some way of being able to save face for
her - she's been through enough as it is." With
that, he closes the back door and he and Laura head off.
Sometime later, David knocks on the front door at Beryl's and
is surprised when Charlie opens it. She invites him in and explains
that she's minding the fort while Beryl's out. David asks where
she's gone. Charlie explains that she's bought some airline tickets
for herself and Robert - to go to London. David gasps, "You're
kidding?!" Charlie explains that she's going over
to see Kevin for a few weeks. David asks in surprise when she
decided that - and how can she afford it. Charlie tells
him, "I thought she needed a boost after all the trauma of
the wedding, and I couldn't think of a better one."
David smiles warmly, "There's no doubt about you, is there?"
He then goes on, "Perhaps you can solve a problem for me."
Charlie nods, "I'll do my best." David explains, "It's
Caroline: to keep working for me, she has to keep her Class C
licence. With her record, I think she's going to find
that hard. I've been trying to think of a way out without hurting
her feelings. She has mentioned to me that she'd be interested
in dresses... fashion... that sort of thing. Would you be able
to help?" Charlie assures him, "I'll do whatever I can."
She adds, "The poor darling - she deserves a break."
David muses, "Laura doesn't quite see it that way."
Charlie queries, "Laura?" David nods, "She's
right in a way, of course: Caroline's not necessarily
the best person for the job." Charlie asks him carefully,
"Darling, you don't think you're being 'got at' just a little?"
David asks her how she means. Charlie replies, "I don't mean
to be nasty, but Laura's a very strong-minded woman. I think it's
right for you to keep on-side with her to find out all you can,
but at the same time I'd be a little cautious." David, though,
snaps suddenly, "I didn't get mixed up with her to pick her
brains, Charlie. You should know me better than that."
Charlie sighs, "It's just that, having met her, she strikes
me as the sort of woman who likes a strong man around. You certainly
qualify on that score. Be careful - Laura's the type
of lady who likes to take over - believe me." David just
mutters, "I think you're getting carried away, Charlie. All
she wants to do is help me." Charlie, however, sighs,
"You're forgetting how well I know you David - and
your tastes. Laura reminds me too much of Patricia - and we all
know how that turned out." David gives her a look.
Charlie warns, "Just take care, that's all."
In Fiona's room at the mansion, Alison is telling Fiona that
she found out where Ginny lived and searched the place, all to
no avail, which can only mean that Ginny is carrying the tape
on her. She adds, "So what I want you to
do is, if she comes here again, hold her here for as long as possible
and let me know straight away." Fiona laughs, "What
are you planning to do: give her a body search?!" Alison
replies seriously, "Precisely. It's the only way." Fiona
retorts, "What if she doesn't have it?" Alison,
however, insists, "Oh, she has it. All we have to do is work
out a way to get it from her." Fiona says, "I'll
go along with the idea in principle, but I won't guarantee that
I'll actually participate." Alison, insists, "You will
on the day." She then adds, "See you later," and
heads out, leaving Fiona looking worried.
A while later, back at Charlie's, Alison is standing in the lounge
room, pouring herself a drink, when she suddenly spots Ginny's
reflection in the mirror: Ginny is standing at the patio doors,
out in the garden. Alison goes and opens them and Ginny steps
inside and says curtly, "Thought I'd call in to say hello;
see if you've heard any good tapes lately." Alison
sighs, "You think you're being pretty clever, don't you?
I'd be very careful, if I were you: you're making quite a mistake."
Ginny retorts, "I don't think so." Alison warns,
"I wouldn't take Andy's promises too seriously -
he simply doesn't have the money to set you up with what
you want." Ginny retorts, "I've done pretty well so
far - I've already put down a track. They're mixing it now, then
it goes to the producer." She adds, "That's where I'm
heading, as a matter of fact: to tea with Andy and the
producer." Alison glares at her and threatens, "You
are not going to leave this house until you hand over that tape."
Ginny, however, retorts, "You think I'm stupid enough to
carry it around with me? Andy's got it locked away where
nobody can get it - including you." She then adds
lightly, "I'd better get going - I don't want to keep my
producer waiting. And don't worry: I'll see myself out."
With that, she heads out through the front, leaving Alison glaring
Glen is saddling up a horse at the stud farm when the owner walks
towards him and calls, "Want some good news?" Glen muses
that he could always do with that. The owner tells him, "That
horse of yours came in: you've won yourself a packet, mate."
Glen gasps in astonishment, "It won?!" The
stud owner nods, "Romped in." Glen then murmurs
to himself, "That ought to be enough..." He then tells
the owner, "Sorry to say, but in that case I'll be moving
on tomorrow." Looking disappointed, the owner says, "If
it's about money or wages, we can talk about it. I don't like
to lose a good worker." Glen, however, tells him, "I'm
just not in a settling-down mood at the moment." With that,
he mounts the horse and adds, "Besides, I want to get back
to Sydney and repay a debt..." With that, he rides off.
It's nighttime, and in her room at the mansion, Fiona is snapping
at Alison, "And you let her walk out of the house?"
Alison retorts, "If Andy's got the tape there's really no
point in pursuing it, is there?" Fiona snaps, "If
he's got it. But don't forget: Ginny has been duped by Andy before
and I would say that there's no way she's going to hand over that
tape until she's managed to get every single thing she can out
of him." Alison, however, retorts, "There is no way
she was carrying that tape." Fiona, though, sighs, "I
think you've underestimated her - and now she's warned, there
is no way she's going to carry it around with her again. We're
right back to square one." Alison curses in anger, "Damn.
There must be some way we can get our hands on that blasted
Out in the corridor, Owen is coming downstairs. Janice suddenly
walks up to him and demands, "Where are you off
to?" Owen replies, "Nowhere in particular." Janice
sighs, "You're not still worried about the curator's job,
surely?" Owen replies, "What else is there
to do?" At that moment, Gordon comes in through the front
door and tells Owen, "You're just the man I want to see:
I just heard about Andy's idea of making you curator of the Woombai
nature reserve." Janice comments, "Natural choice, isn't
he?" Gordon tells Owen, "I had no idea that Wayne was
planning anything." Janice remarks, "It's a
good idea, though, don't you think?" Gordon nods, "Yes
it is." He then tells Owen, "I was wondering if it mightn't
be a bad idea if you went up for a few days: have a look at the
place... see how you like it; maybe come up with a few ideas first
and we can take it from there." Owen just looks blankly at
Janice, who tells Gordon, "That would be wonderful."
The next day, Laura pulls up in her car in the grounds of the
country house. David walks over to her and comments that she's
early. As they go to head towards the house, Laura asks, "Did
you talk to Caroline?" David replies, "No, but I have
organised a couple of casuals to work for me until the kids get
back." Laura warns him, "Don't leave it too long - it
wouldn't be fair on her." David insists, "I won't. As
a matter of fact, I spoke to a friend: I hope she's going to offer
her a job, which would at least soften the blow." Laura comments,
"You are organised." David shrugs, "Better
that she doesn't know I'm behind it, though - a person's pride
is important." A man suddenly appears behind them. David
tells Laura that he'll see her inside, when he's seen the guy
about the interview.
Caroline is sitting inside in the kitchen, sewing, when Laura
walks in and remarks curtly, "Being domestic, I see. It's
not going to keep you here, though: David says quite
a few things during our more intimate moments and I have a feeling
he listens to my advice - but I wouldn't worry too much: there's
a little plan in mind for you." Caroline just continues sewing,
ignoring her. David walks in suddenly and comments, "That
didn't take too long: the bloke's ready to go." Caroline
stands up and announces, "I might go visiting." David
smiles, "What a good idea: get some fresh air. Why don't
you go to Beryl's? Charlie's over there - she's always
good for a chat." Caroline mutters, "Yes - it might
be nice to chat with a... 'friend'..." She glances at Laura
and then heads out. When she's gone, David comments to Laura,
"Let's hope Charlie makes her an offer she can't refuse..."
At Beryl's, Charlie is dressing Isabella in clothes matching
those from the advertising sketches that she showed Beryl! There's
suddenly a knock on the door and Charlie goes to get it. She finds
Caroline standing there and invites her in. They head into the
lounge room and Charlie tells Caroline that she was going to ring
her. Caroline spots the sketches on the table and comments, "They
look good." Charlie picks up Isabella and smiles, "Isn't
my little girl going to look gorgeous?!" Caroline
stands there, looking dubious, and then asks, "Do you think
you're quite right for the product?" Charlie insists,
"I'm sure I can sell biscuits as well as the next
person." Caroline comments, "It's not really your image,
is it? If it was some terribly chic brand of Swiss chocolates
or perfume or something like that..." Charlie asks if Caroline
means the biscuits are a bit too downmarket for her.
Caroline nods, "Yes." Charlie suggests, "I could
always make myself fit the image: put an apron on...
slaving over a hot stove..." Caroline comments, "I think
they'd see through it, Charlie." Charlie asks, "Do you
think?" Caroline murmurs, "I'm sorry." Charlie
sighs, "Oh dear... I wonder who I can get to do it..."
Caroline says quietly, "Well... I don't look too
bad in an apron - and I could do with the work. I'm feeling a
bit useless at the moment, and the sooner I get a job, the sooner
I might get some of my confidence back." Charlie smiles,
"Is that all that's worrying you? Well say no more.
Actually, I was going to talk to you about doing some work for
me anyway: modelling." Caroline gasps, "Really?!"
Charlie smiles, "You'd be ideal!" Caroline tells her,
"I'd love that - but I've got to wait until Craig
and Debbie get back; I don't want to leave David in the lurch."
Charlie, however, replies, "Oh, I wouldn't worry about that:
it was David who put the idea into my head in the first
place." Caroline murmurs longingly, "Isn't that typical
of him..." Charlie insists quickly, "He didn't mean
to interfere or anything." Caroline assures her, "I
know, Charlie, it's alright. It's just David being himself: thoughtful
and sweet..." Charlie, however, tells her, "It wasn't
actually David; it was more Laura's idea." Caroline
glares at her.
Laura is standing by the kitchen sink at the country house when
Caroline storms in and snaps, "Had it all planned, didn't
you? Charlie's told me the lot." Laura retorts,
"That's only part of it, the job. It won't take
David long to realise it's not good for him to be seen with an
ex-crim; in fact, he's working on a way to get rid of you right
now, as a matter of fact - and I'd say once you start
your modelling we'll be seeing less and less of you." Caroline
spits, "You hope." Laura nods, "Yes, I
do - and you know what influence I can have over him." She
adds, "Mind you, it was easy having you as the target. David
might be a bit rough around the edges, but he knows where to draw
the line - and he's not really into tarts." Caroline glares
at her and snarls, "Funny how he chose you, then,
isn't it?" She suddenly grabs the lapels of Laura's
top and pushes her up against the sink, going on furiously, "I
learnt a lot about women like you in prison." Hearing
the commotion, David dashes in from the hallway and demands, "What's
going on here?" He pulls the two women apart. Caroline snarls
at Laura, "It should be you he's throwing out, not
me." She then turns to David and cries, "It's
about time you realised what she's like, David." With that,
she runs out. David looks at Laura and snaps, "You knew damn
well I didn't want to hurt Caroline." Laura retorts,
"Someone had to tell her what was going on."
David snaps, "I don't need your help to handle my friends
and I especially don't need you to tell me lies. I had no intentions
of kicking her out of the house." Laura retorts, "If
you don't you're a damned fool. What do you think this is going
to do to you professionally, having her hanging around? You want
to be a success, then you better start making a few hard changes
- and the first is to send her packing." David stands there,
A short time later, David is marching Laura back to her car.
Laura is snapping, "Without me around you haven't
got a hope of being a success." David snaps back,
"That's fine by me." Laura tells him, "You're crazy
to let the chance go." David snaps, "I'll work and I'll
work damn hard, but I'm not going to step over people in the process."
They reach Laura's car and David opens the driver's side door.
He pushes Laura towards it. She turns to look at him and snarls,
"No guts: that's your basic problem. If I go now I won't
be coming back." David snaps, "You said it." He
then pushes Laura into her car and walks off. Laura starts the
Inside, Caroline is standing in the kitchen, and as David comes
back in she tells him, "Won't be long - I'll just have to
go and get my bags." David, however, replies, "Hold
your horses: you're not going anywhere." Caroline
protests, "But I--" David interrupts and tells her,
"She's gone." He goes on, "I don't know
why I didn't wake up sooner: Charlie told me she was
another Patricia." Caroline comments, "That's the first
thing that sprang to mind the minute I clapped eyes on
her. That's why I simply could not cope with her." David
tells her, "You'll have to face up to facts sooner or later,
Caroline." Looking puzzled, Caroline asks, "Face what
facts?" David replies, "If you're going to have a decent
crack at getting back on your feet you've got to put what Alison
did behind you." Caroline sighs, "Easier said
than done." David assures her, "I'll always
be here - I'm more than happy to help you." With that, he
gives her a hug. Caroline, looking relieved, murmurs, "I'll
do my best..."
Ginny is sitting on the bed in her bus, writing her diary:
"The recording session was really fantastic. Can't wait
to hear what it sounds like. When it all happens I'm going to
buy the best set of wheels you ever saw - one of those
really ritzy jobs. And when I go on tour I'll have the best-looking
guys in every town wanting to take me out every night - after
the concert, of course. It's all happening. The only thing I get
twitchy about is the tape: no way I can keep it here - and I'm
not going to carry it around with me."
With that, she stands up, puts her diary away, picks up the tape
and heads out.
Sometime later, Ginny is at the mansion, and she knocks on May's
door. There's no answer, so she turns the door handle and goes
to head inside. Janice suddenly marches up behind her and demands,
"What do you think you're doing? You can't just
walk in like that." Ginny retorts, "I've got an appointment
to see her, so drop dead." Janice looks at her watch and
comments sourly, "You're fifteen minutes early." Ginny
snaps, "Listen, bigmouth - I'm a customer round
here." Glen suddenly walks in through the front door and
smiles, "Hello, Janice, I'm back." Janice replies warmly,
"How lovely to see you again. You alright?" Glen nods,
"Not bad." Ginny interrupts suddenly and, looking at
Glen with an impressed expression on her face, says to him, "Excuse
me, I'm Ginny. You're Glen, I gather?" Glen just
nods, "Mmm." Janice then tells him that Fiona is in.
Ginny asks him, "Just been somewhere, have you?"
Glen replies, "Yeah, a horse stud." Ginny comments,
"Bet you're a great rider." Janice snaps at her, "Will
you just wait for May?" Glen heads off to Fiona's room, leaving
Ginny staring after him. She then gasps at Janice, "Where'd
you find him?!"
In Fiona's room, Fiona gives Glen a warm hug and comments, "You're
looking so well! The fresh air must have done
something for you!" She then asks him if he's having a little
bit of time off. Glen explains, "No - I packed it in."
Fiona queries carefully, "Why? Susan...?" Glen tells
her, "I've done a bit of thinking since I went to the stud
about Susan and the wedding. I can't accept it, of course, but
I am learning to cope with it." Fiona murmurs, "I'm
glad for at least that much. That's the reason you came
back?" Glen explains, "No. I owed Alison the money she
lent me for the air fare and I've got that back... but...
I don't know... I can't really explain it; I feel restless; don't
know what to do with myself. I thought the stud may have made
me settle down, but it didn't. Every morning I wake up... I don't
know quite how I'm going to get through the day..." Fiona
sympathises, "I understand completely what you're going through
- believe me I do. There's nothing I can do
about it, but I can understand about it, if that's any consolation."
Out in the corridor, Ginny heads into May's room, unseen by anyone.
She puts her bag down on May's bed and takes out the tape. She
then starts looking around the room, trying to decide where to
put it. She suddenly spots an old piano stool. She goes an examines
it and discovers that one of the edges of the cushion on top has
come unsewn. She goes and places the tape under the loose material
and then stands there, looking pleased with herself.
Out in the corridor, Fiona is telling Glen, "I won't come
up with you. It's the third door on the left-hand side and there's
a wonderful view from up there, too. When you've unpacked, why
don't you come back downstairs and we'll finish our chat?"
She heads back to her room. Ginny suddenly walks up to Glen and
comments, "You're still here..." Glen nods, "Just
on my way upstairs." Ginny asks, "Staying here,
are you?" Glen replies, "For tonight, at least."
Ginny asks him, "What are you doing later?" Glen shrugs,
"I hadn't really thought about it." Ginny tells him,
"I know a couple of terrific places around town." Glen
tells her, "Good. I'll be having a quiet
night, I think." Ginny says quickly, "There's nothing
wrong with that, either - if you've got someone to have
it with..." Alison suddenly appears in the front doorway.
Glen smiles over at her, "Alison... hello! I was just going
to call you, shortly." Alison just looks across at him and
Ginny and then walks into Fiona's room. When she's gone, Ginny
comments sourly to Glen, "She's a real dog, isn't
she?" Glen just mutters at her, "I'll see you around."
With that, he heads off back to Fiona's room, leaving Ginny grinning
to herself, "You bet!"
In Fiona's room, Alison is telling Fiona, "I think I've
just found out a way to get the tape from Ginny." Glen walks
in and smiles at Alison, "Hello again." Alison just
looks at him and he snaps, "Look, I know I didn't come through,
but I did the best I could." He then takes out his roll of
cash and, holding it out, adds, "Here's the money I borrowed.
We're even." Alison, though, mutters, "Keep it - call
it entertainment expenses - not that I can claim it as a tax deduction."
Glen stares at her and asks, "What are you on about?"
Alison explains, "You know that tape you brought back with
you? That little monster outside has it." Glen gasps, "What?"
Alison replies, "That's why I ignored you: to put her off.
It's quite obvious she's gone ga-ga over you, so why not use
it?" Glen warns, "Hang on..." Alison, though, tells
him, "You don't have to do anything but get her on-side;
butter her up. I'm quite sure she'd tell you where the
tape is." Glen asks, "What's the point? There's nothing
we can do about Susan." Alison sighs, "I know that,
but what about all the people who've been helping you?
Once that tape's in our possession, Wayne can't do a damn thing
about David or Beryl or any of us. Now don't you think
you owe us all some peace of mind?" Fiona chips in, "It
is worth thinking about, Glen." Glen stands there, looking
A short time later, Fiona, Glen and Alison emerge from Fiona's
room and stand in the hallway. Fiona tells Glen, "She should
almost be finished her lesson with May by now." Glen mutters
loudly, "I don't like it." Alison retorts, "She's
only a kid, for God's sake." With that, she and Fiona head
back into Fiona's room. Glen wanders up the corridor and puts
his ear against May's door. The door opens suddenly and Glen takes
quick step back. Ginny emerges and smiles at him, "Hello
again!" Glen replies, "Hello! You've just been in for
a lesson, have you?" Ginny nods, "Yeah - she's a funny
old bird but I go to give her a bit of company, you know?"
She then asks, "Decided whether you're staying here or not?"
Glen nods, "It looks as though I will, yes." Ginny smiles,
"Then I'll know where to find you." She then asks him,
"Are you doing anything for lunch?" Glen replies, "Why?
Did you want to go out some place?" Ginny, looking surprised,
replies, "I wasn't suggesting that - but if you'd like..."
Glen asks, "Why not?" Ginny, reaching into her bag,
says, "Tell you what: how about you come to my place?"
She writes down the address on a piece of paper and adds, "It
won't be anything big or anything, but it'll be nicer: just the
two of us..." Glen asks, "What time?" Ginny tells
him, "Give us about an hour, OK?" She hands him the
address and he replies, "I'll see you then." With that,
she smiles at him warmly and says, "Bye." Glen gives
her a little wave and she heads out. He then goes and knocks firmly
on the door of Fiona's room. Fiona opens the door and she and
Alison emerge. Alison asks in surprise, "Has she gone already?"
Glen retorts, "She's invited me for lunch." Alison comments,
"You accepted, I hope." Glen sighs, "Yes, I accepted."
Alison tells him, "All you have to do is go along with her
and get that tape." Glen sighs, "It doesn't seem fair:
the kid's gone potty over me." Alison, however,
tells him, "Don't be fooled by her: she deserves everything
she gets." Glen sighs, "If you say so."
He then walks off, murmuring, "See you later." When
he's gone, Alison comments to Fiona, "Let's pray he goes
through with it: he's our last hope..."