At the mansion, Charlie walks into May's room, telling May that
David was furious. May asked if he called the police.
Charlie replies, "After he chased the driver he did. Apparently,
the whole thing was a dreadful mistake: the driver had been sent
to flatten a market garden, but not David's.
He'd been given the wrong address, would you believe? Apparently,
he's going to get restitution, but it could take some time, by
all accounts. In the meantime he's in rather a mess financially."
May asks what he's going to do. Charlie tells her, "He was
going to get a bank loan, but there's not much chance of that
now - not without crops to put up as guarantee." May murmurs,
"I suppose not." Changing the subject, she
offers Charlie a cup of tea. Charlie accepts. As May puts the
kettle on, Charlie asks her when Fiona went up to Woombai. May
replies that it was last night. Charlie tells her that Gordon
has asked her if she'd like to go up there,
so perhaps she might: she can bring Fiona up to date on what's
been happening in Melbourne...
Wayne is setting up a barbecue in the grounds of the hotel in
Noosa. Craig, Susan and Tina are all standing nearby, making other
party arrangements. Wayne looks across at Susan and tells her,
"Must admit I'm looking forward to tonight - think I
might have a few things to celebrate, as well." Susan, an
intrigued smile on her face, asks, "Such as?" Wayne
just grins, "Marrying you, for starters!" He
then looks over at Tina and asks if everything's organised. She
replies that it is. She adds that she's invited some of her workmates
along. Susan smiles that that's fine by them. She and
Wayne then head off to their room. Tina and Craig go and sit down
in some nearby chairs. A short distance away, Debbie and Andy
are approaching the barbecue area. Andy asks Debbie if she feels
like a swim, but she declines. She suddenly spots Craig and Tina
sitting together, and she sighs, "Not again... every
time I turn around, they're together. I don't know how much more
of this I can take, Andy. Let's go." She turns to
head off. Andy, however, tells her, "You can't walk away
from things, Deb. Never ever let anyone think they got the better
of you." He then takes her arm and guides her over to where
Craig and Tina are sitting. As they approach, they hear Craig
saying, "I wish I could stay here for ever."
Debbie glares at him and mutters, "You can't, though,
can you?" Craig, looking at Tina warmly, smiles,
"Oh, I can think of a couple of good reasons why I'd like
to!" Debbie mutters furiously, "Yeah, I suppose you
Gordon and Owen are walking along in the grounds at Woombai,
Gordon saying, "Normally there's a staff of about 15, but
in summer it builds to about twenty. Owen looks around and asks
if all the old buildings dotted around the property are still
in use. Gordon, however, tells him, "Oh no. Most think the
old ruins should be pulled down." Owen asks, "Should
they?" Gordon replies, "Of course they should, but I
won't let them: they're the only part of the old property that
remains. There are some memories here..." He then goes on
distantly, "We used to run a lot more cattle on Woombai.
Every three months - always on a Saturday morning - we'd round
up the new stock and brand them. Very much a family affair. Dad,
James, myself... James and I used to try and ride the calves round
this yard here! And when we were finished, mum would have morning
tea ready: sponge cake... scones... as much cream as you liked!
It was a good life; the best." Owen tells him, "You
were very lucky. I've always loved the outdoors, but
I was brought up in the city. It was all I could do to convince
mum to let me join the boy scouts - and the occasional weekend
bushwalking. That's why I'd love to be the curator of the Woombai
Nature Reserve." He then goes on, "What I thought I
might do, if it's alright with you, is inspect some of the bush
areas on the property and map out some bushwalking trails to show
you what I'm capable of. We don't want people walking where they
shouldn't, you know? I mean, you've got to have trails that are
really safe--" All-of-a-sudden, he breaks off as he puts
his foot on an old plank of wood, which collapses beneath him
and sends him into the murky, slimy water below! After a few seconds,
he surfaces, looking sheepish!
A while later, Gordon and Owen are standing in the lounge room
at the homestead, with Fiona and Janice. Janice comments to Owen
that he smells to high-heaven! Fiona suggests to him that he goes
and changes. Janice offers to run a tub for him. Owen tells her,
"Later I'm going to map out some bushwalking trails. Would
you like to come?" Fiona says quickly, "Of course she
would, wouldn't you Janice, dear?!" Janice nods,
"Yes, of course." She then leads Owen out of the room,
leaving Gordon to ask Fiona what she's up to. Fiona shrugs innocently,
"Just a little reverse psychology!"
Sometime later, Owen and Janice are packing provisions in a rucksack.
Owen turns to Gordon and tells him, "We'll be back by five
o'clock. If we're not, you'll know something has gone wrong."
Janice chides, "Nothing is going to go wrong, Owen.
Stop being such a fusspot." Owen, however, insists that he's
just taking sensible precautions. Janice sighs, "Honestly,
Owen, you'll plan yourself right out of existence, one day!"
Fiona tells them to enjoy themselves. Janice mutters, "We'll
try." With that, she and Owen head out. When they've gone,
Gordon remarks, "They're a very nice couple, Fiona, but sometimes
I wonder how she puts up with him." Fiona murmurs, "I
know... isn't it wonderful!"
At the hotel in Noosa, Susan is drying her hair in her and Wayne's
room. There's suddenly a knock on the door and she opens it to
find Craig standing there. She invites him in. He asks if he can
borrow some hair gel, and Susan replies that it's in the bathroom.
She then adds, "I've got something for you: Tina's make-up
bag. She said you wanted to make yourself look older." She
hands it over.
Outside, Debbie is walking with Andy, by the pool, sighing, "He'll
end up staying here - I know he will. Any excuse
will do, just as long as he's with Tina." They sit down at
a bar and Andy comments that she's determined to expect the worst.
Debbie smiles weakly and says, "I'm sorry, Andy - you must
be so sick of listening to my problems." Andy insists that
it's OK. Debbie asks him how things are going with him.
Andy tells her that if things go the way he plans, he should be
opening up his nightclub in a couple of months. Debbie exclaims,
"Great!" She then asks, "Who's backing you?"
Andy replies quickly, "A property developer from the Gold
Coast - but he wants to keep it all hush-hush until the deal's
signed." Debbie murmurs, "Oh." Andy then goes on,
"Deb, why don't you talk to Craig? Tell him what's
bothering you?" Debbie just shrugs, "I couldn't."
Andy suggests, "You've got nothing to lose and everything
to gain. Go on - have it out with him. At least you'll feel a
lot better - and then you'll know where you stand." Debbie
sits there, looking thoughtful.
Inside, Craig emerges from Wayne and Susan's room, clutching
Tina's make-up bag. Debbie walks towards him suddenly and asks,
"Can we talk?" Craig nods, "Sure. What's the problem?"
Debbie starts to say, "I'd just like to know what's been
going on between you and--" She breaks off as she suddenly
notices the make-up bag in his hands, and she demands, "Does
that belong to Tina?" Craig replies hesitantly,
"Yeah - it's her make-up bag." Debbie demands, "What
are you doing with it?" Craig tells her, "I
found it." Debbie asks, "Where?" Craig says quickly,
"Well, I didn't actually find it. She left it in
Susan's room and I said I'd pick it up for her. I'm on my way
to find her now." Debbie glares at him and cries, "Liar."
Craig insists, "I'm not." Debbie, however,
snaps, "Of course you are. You might think that
I'm stupid, Craig, but I'm not so stupid as to not know what's
been going on. You can just disappear, because I never want to
see you again as long as I live." With that, she
runs off down the corridor, leaving Craig looking astonished.
A few moments later, Craig sets off down the corridor as well.
He bumps into Andy and asks him if he's seen Debbie. Andy says,
"The last I saw of her... she was on her way to see you;
she wanted to talk to you." Craig tells him, "She
started to, but she went crazy. Ended up saying
that she didn't want to see me again." Andy looks
at the make-up bag in Craig's hands and asks, "Did she say
anything about that?" Craig replies, "Yeah.
That's what seemed to set her off in the first place." Andy
sighs, "Listen, mate, Debbie thinks you and Tina are an item."
Craig gasps, "What?" Andy tells him, "You can't
blame her: you and Tina always seem to be in each other's
pockets." Craig murmurs, "Debbie thinks that Tina and
I are on together...?" Andy asks, "Aren't you?"
Craig sighs heavily and then runs off.
A short time later, Craig runs into Debbie's room. A cleaner
working in the corridor tells him, "There's no one there,
sir." Craig looks at her and says, "The young lady:
didn't she come back to her room?" The cleaner tells him,
"No. She just left." Craig asks, "Did she say where
she was going?" The cleaner replies, "She was checking
out. She had a suitcase with her. She'll probably be on her way
to the airport by now." Craig stands there, looking shocked.
Debbie is sitting in a coffee lounge at the airport. As Craig
walks up to a nearby check-in desk, he spots her sitting there,
looking upset. He walks over to her and asks gently, "Going
somewhere?" Debbie mutters, "Yes: back to Melbourne."
Craig sits down with her and says, "There's no reason to."
Debbie demands, "Isn't there?" Craig tells
her, "Deb, there's nothing going on between Tina and me.
There isn't - honest. Andy told me what you
were thinking, but you're wrong - it's not Tina
that I'm mad about; it's you." Debbie cries, "Then
why have you been spending so much time with her? And why all
those whispered conversations that suddenly ended when I
came on the scene? Don't try and tell me something hasn't been
going on." Craig replies, "Alright, I won't - but it's
not what you think. If you come back to the hotel, you'll find
out." A tannoy announcement sounds suddenly for Debbie's
flight. She looks at one of the loudspeakers before turning back
to Craig and asking wearily, "Why can't you tell me now?"
Craig replies, "I just can't, that's all." He then pleads,
"Don't go, Deb - please? We've still got a couple
of days left of our holiday. Don't let's waste them." Debbie
looks at him and then gives him a hug.
Janice is sitting on her own in the middle of a wooded area in
some bush near Woombai. She stands up and starts calling for Owen,
looking concerned. Owen emerges suddenly from some nearby scrub,
smiling, "It's alright: I found the waterhole - half a kilometre
due south." Janice smiles, "Thank goodness - I thought
we were never going to get there." She then asks
him, "What sort of tea would you like? Orange, jasmine or
peppermint?" Owen, though, gasps, "We haven't got time
for any type of tea. This wasn't supposed to be a rest
stop. I just needed a chance to get my bearings, that's all."
Janice mutters, "You took so long I thought you'd got lost."
Owen sighs, "Look, we won't get lost as long as I can find
magnetic north, alright?" With that, he starts packing away
the tea things. Janice throws equipment into the rucksack as Owen
cajoles, "There's only so much light in the day, you know?"
Janice mutters, "There's only so much patience--"
Owen looks at her sharply and asks, "Pardon?" Janice
says quickly, "Nothing. Lead on, Dr. Livingstone!" With
that, Owen starts to march forward. Janice follows him, neither
of them noticing the compass left lying on the ground behind them...
Charlie has arrived at the Woombai homestead, and she tells Gordon
in the lounge room that it's good to see him. She adds that she's
just been bringing Fiona up to date on the latest gossip. Gordon
asks, "Anything I should know about?" Charlie
glances over at Fiona - sitting on the couch with Isabella - and
says hesitantly, "No... I don't think so." Fiona adds
quickly, "Not right now, anyhow." Gordon comments that
it all sounds very mysterious! Changing the subject, Charlie then
tells Gordon enthusiastically, "I must say, darling, this
idea of yours for a sanctuary is absolutely wonderful.
You're to be congratulated." Gordon, however, replies, "No,
you thank Wayne. It was his idea." Her
face turning stony, Charlie mutters, "I will. Next time I
see him." Gordon comments warmly, "He's come a long
way, hasn't he? I'm very proud of him. Seems like only a few months
ago he'd do anything to get his own way. Now he's a changed man.
Maybe Susan has something to do with it?" Fiona
sits on the couch and smiles at him, weakly.
A number of guests are gathered around the barbecue area at the
hotel in Noosa. Andy - dressed as Darth Vader - asks Tina where
Debbie and Craig got to. Tina shrugs that they must still be getting
ready. She walks over to Susan - who's dressed as Dorothy - who
tells her, "Craig's probably holding her back until he's
sure we're all here." Tina nods, "Mmm..." She then
asks Susan what Wayne is coming as. Susan grins, "You'll
see - and it's very good!" Andy comments, "I thought
he would have been here by now." Susan tells him,
"He's still off talking business; making 'phone calls; sending
telexes. He's been like that almost since we arrived.
I'd have spent a lot of time on my own if Craig and Debbie hadn't
turned up." A short distance away, Debbie and Craig are approaching
the barbecue area, but Craig tells Debbie suddenly to close her
eyes. She does so. Craig then takes her arm and leads her forward.
Debbie laughs, "If you're leading me to the pool..."
Craig insists, "I'm not - I promise." The guests by
the pool are chatting, but Tina spots Craig and Debbie approaching
and tells everyone to shush. Debbie and Craig arrive by the pool
and Craig then tells Debbie to open her eyes. She does so to find
Susan, Tina, Andy and lots of other people standing in front of
her. They burst into a round of Happy Birthday! Craig
then leads three cheers and Tina demands a speech! Debbie, a broad
smile on her face, says, "I don't know what to say!
It's such a surprise! I just had no idea! It's wonderful!
Thankyou! But it's not my birthday..." Tina gasps,
"It's not?!" Craig insists, "Yes it is.
I remember you telling me: the 30th." Debbie nods, "The
30th of September!" Tina laughs, "Oh well:
July... September... who cares?! Hey, we've got a party going
- what more could we want?" Craig walks off, leaving Debbie
to tell Tina, "I owe you an apology." Tina asks in surprise,
"Why's that?" Debbie replies, "It's too
complicated to tell you now, but I'll tell you tomorrow. I'm still
sorry, though." Craig walks over to where Andy is standing
- having removed his helmet - and says, "Debbie told me what
a good friend you've been to her. No hard feelings?" He holds
out his hand and Andy shakes it. Wayne appears nearby, suddenly
, dressed as the devil! Debbie asks him whatever made him come
like that. Wayne explains, "Nostalgia trip, actually.
There was a time when people thought I was in league with him,
but now that I've met Susan, I wouldn't hurt a fly!" Andy
stands there, looking dubious.
In the bush near Woombai, Janice and Owen are marching along,
Janice crying at Owen, "Half a kilometre south, that's what
you said. That's where the waterhole was supposed to be. We've
been tramping for the last hour-and-a-half, Owen. We should have
been there by now." Owen snaps back, "I know,
Janice, I'm not a fool." Janice growls, "That's
debatable." Owen points out curtly, "I didn't
lose the compass." Janice snaps, "Who did,
then? Mr. Nobody?" Owen snaps back, "You had
to make a stupid cup of tea, didn't you?" Janice
cries, "I was thirsty." Owen snaps, "If
I hadn't had to repack this rucksack, I wouldn't have left the
compass there in the first place." He goes on angrily,
"I thought I was coming out with an experienced walker, not
an amateur." Janice gasps, "I never said I was experienced.
I came along to keep you company. 'Get to know more about
the man you're going to marry', I said to myself." Owen retorts
tersely, "I hope you're taking notes - you might learn
something." Janice cries, "I think I'm starting
to." Owen stops walking suddenly, as they reach a clearing,
and he tells Janice, "We're staying here tonight." Looking
horrified, Janice demands, "Why?" Owen explains, "We've
got to stay in one place. Conserve our energy. We can't move around.
We've got to stay in one place for the search party. If you want
to do something constructive, you can start practising your 'coo-ee'
calls." With that, he demonstrates. He then looks over at
Janice, bent down on the ground, looking upset, and mutters, "Women!"
The door to Wayne and Susan's room opens at the hotel in Noosa
and Wayne and Andy walk in, Wayne growling, "Couldn't this
have waited? We're supposed to be having a party."
Andy shrugs, "As soon as you sign the contract and hand it
over, we can get back to it, can't we?" Wayne snarls, "You're
very anxious to finalise everything. What's the big hurry?"
Andy retorts, "Because I trust you as far as I can spit.
The more time I give you, the more you're likely to try and wriggle
your way out of it. Now, sign that contract or Susan gets to hear
Susan's tape, and I'd hate that to wreck such a perfect little
marriage..." Wayne walks over to his briefcase, reluctantly.
The 'phone starts ringing suddenly, but Andy orders, "Leave
it." Wayne ignores him, though, and picks it up. In a 'phone
box, a gloved hand turns on a tape machine and Maria's voice comes
"My baby is not Glen's. Glen has been nothing but a
In Noosa, Wayne looks at Andy, but then just says calmly down
the 'phone, "Thanks for your call. Bye." He turns to
his briefcase and scrawls his signature on a sheet of paper. He
holds it out and says, "Happy now?" Andy mutters, "Yeah."
He goes to take the piece of paper, but Wayne pulls it away and
snarls, "Sorry." Andy snaps in surprise, "What
do you think you're doing?" Wayne gives him a shove and growls,
"I should strangle you, you pathetic little amateur.
You haven't even got the tape, have you?"
Andy retorts, "Of course I have." Wayne snaps,
"Bull. Now, I don't know who was on that 'phone just then,
but whoever it was just played a part of Maria's tape. Now, who
do you think it could have been?" Andy snaps back, "Ginny,
for sure. I told you I'd hidden the tape somewhere; you
don't think I'd be stupid enough to carry it around with
me, do you? Ginny's got the tape; she's holding onto it for me
- but don't try tracking her down because you'd just be wasting
your time. When I get back to Sydney, I'll get it off her and
hide it somewhere else - so don't think I haven't got it, because
I have." Wayne snarls, "Why would Ginny call
me and play a part of Maria's tape over the 'phone?" Andy
retorts, "You've met Ginny. She's a crazy lady.
She'd do anything for a bit of a laugh. Now, hand over
that contract and you'll get the tape." Wayne, however, snaps,
"No. You hand over the tape, then
I'll give you the contract. That sounds like a better idea to
me." Andy demands, "How can I when it's in
Sydney?" Wayne suggests curtly, "We'll both just have
to wait until we get back to Sydney, won't we?
Then we'll have a little exchange ceremony. You get the tape off
Ginny, Andy, then I'll give you the contract. It's as simple as
that." Andy stands there, looking worried.