Ginny is sitting on a bench on a footpath in the middle of a
busy street in Sydney. She takes out a new diary and starts writing:
"Memoirs Volume II. You could say today is not one of
my best days - but at least I've had some satisfaction in getting
even with Wayne Hamilton for wrecking my bus. Had to be careful
slipping the tape back: May might be old but she's still got eagle
eyes. At least Wayne knows he can't push me around, though - not
when I'm the one who's got the cassette. He's gonna pay - and
he's gonna pay heaps..."
There's a knock on the door of Ginny's empty bus and Glen steps
inside, calling, "Anyone home?" There's no answer, though.
Glen takes a new ornamental teapot out of some tissue paper and
places it on top of Ginny's cooker. He then notices some papers
on the floor and bends down to pick them up. He stands there and
"The more I get to know him, the better it becomes.
I can't believe my luck in meeting a guy like Glen. Even the name
has a bit of a class! Compared to him, all the other
guys I've ever met have been creeps. I know it sounds
too good to be true, but this guy's one in a million. He's the
only one I've known who's tried to help me. He actually
seems to care about me."
Glen, looking thoughtful, turns to another page and reads:
"I decided it was too risky keeping the cassette on
me, so I've hidden it where this time I'm sure nobody's going
to be able to find it. In fact, I think it's the last
place they'd think of looking. I've put it--"
With that, the words on the page run out. Glen bends down to
look for more pages - only he's interrupted by Ginny walking suddenly
back in. She glares at him and snaps, "You just don't take
'no' for an answer, do you?" Glen sighs, "I
came to give you this - to replace the one you broke." He
hands her the teapot. Ginny snaps, "I don't want it."
Glen insists, "Don't be silly. I bought it for you. It's
a gift." Ginny demands, "And what do you want
in return? The cassette?" Glen sighs, "There is
no ulterior motive. I did it because I wanted to."
Ginny mutters, "I didn't come down in the last shower."
Glen retorts in exasperation, "Look, I didn't have
to tell you in the first place why I got to know you - and if
I hadn't, you'd be none the wiser." Ginny mutters, "I
would have woken up sooner or later." Glen insists, "The
reason I told you is because I like you - and I felt
guilty about lying. I thought you had a right to know the truth.
And anyway, we're supposed to be friends, and that's not the way
you treat a friend." Ginny cries, "I want to be more
than just your friend." Glen tells her, "I'm sorry,
but I can't help the way I feel. I still love Susan. It would
be a lot easier if I could forget her, but I can't. You don't
know what it's like to have the person you love run off
and marry someone else. It's pretty hard to handle. I'll tell
you one thing, though: I've been a lot happier since
I met you. Can't we just go on being friends?" Ginny
hesitates and then says, "OK - but I'm not giving you the
cassette. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is. Do you still want
to hang around?" Glen smiles, "What do you
think? You want to christen your new teapot?!"
The front door opens at Dural and Andy heads inside. He walks
over immediately to the telephone on the hall table and dials
a number. When it's answered, he says, "Listen, mate, it's
Andy. What have you done with the demo tape we made the other
day?... Ginny Doyle - remember, the one that couldn't hit the
notes?... Oh, great. Listen, I've got a little job I want you
to do for me..."
In the bus, Glen is saying to Ginny, "I have to say, this
place doesn't look as good as it did." Ginny, however,
tells him, "Don't worry - once I hit the big time, I'll be
out like a shot." Glen asks dubiously, "Who's
organising this rags-to-riches story?" Ginny replies,
"Andy - and he's getting my demo mixed at the moment. Things
are looking good. Mind you, I haven't actually heard it yet."
Glen comments in surprise, "Why not? You should have been
able to hear it as soon as you made it." Ginny tells
him, "Andy didn't want me to until it was properly mixed."
Glen remarks, "Sounds like you've been conned, to me. I reckon
he's got no intentions of going through with it. If you
really want a demo tape, I can organise it."
Ginny asks eagerly, "How?" Glen explains, "We'll
rent a studio. Alison will pay. She wants that tape."
Ginny murmurs, "It's tempting..." Glen insists, "Anything
Andy can do, Alison can do just as well. You trust me, don't you?"
Ginny sighs, "Yeah - and I wish I didn't. It's my career
I'm putting on the line." She then sighs and declares, "I'm
an idiot, but OK."
Andy pulls up in his car outside Ginny's bus. In the
bus, Ginny is saying to Glen, "It might be a dump, but I'm
still going to miss it when I have to leave." They step outside
and Glen closes the doors behind them. He suddenly spots Andy
approaching. Ginny turns to look at Andy and says curtly, "I
was going to call you later. You've come around just at the right
time." Andy asks, "Yeah? What's happening?" Ginny
explains, "I've changed my mind. I'm giving the tape to Glen."
Looking horrified, Andy asks quickly, "Why?" Ginny retorts,
"'Cos I like him - and I think he's honest, which
is a lot more than I can say for you and Wayne." Andy points
out curtly, "We had a deal." Ginny snaps, "We
did until you started conning me on my demo and Wayne pulled my
bus apart." Andy gasps, "What?" Ginny retorts,
"If you offered me the world, I wouldn't give you
that tape now." Andy snaps, "Wayne did not
wreck your pad. I don't know who did it, but it was not Wayne."
Glen sighs, "Come on..." Andy, looking frustrated, indicates
Glen and tells Ginny curtly, "He's got a restraining
order out against him. Yeah: Gordon Hamilton had to take
it out to keep him away from Susan." Ginny turns to Glen
and asks if that's true. Glen admits, "Yes - but I wasn't
harassing her. I was trying to stop her from marrying Wayne. You
heard the tape - you know what he did to get her to the
altar. I love Susan." Andy retorts, "And she
loves Wayne. You're a sore loser, mate, simple as that."
He then tells Ginny, "We'll book you into a club, OK?"
Ginny asks, "Which one?" Andy replies, "The one
I'm opening up - that's why I went to Noosa. Wayne's going to
back me: that's why I've been up there, sorting out the contract
- and I would've had it with me if you hadn't have played
that tape to him. You could be a featured artist." Glen pleads
to Ginny, "You're crazy if you believe him. Think
of the demo tape and ask yourself why you haven't seen it."
Andy tells Ginny, "It's being mixed today and you'll have
it tomorrow." Glen laughs incredulously, "And I suppose
the day after she'll be on Countdown?" Ginny snaps
suddenly, "Will you two stop it? Just leave me alone,
OK?" Andy demands, "When do I get the tape?" Ginny
just snaps, "I'm sick of hearing about it. Frankly, I couldn't
care less what happens to it now." With that, she
storms back into her bus. Andy turns and heads off to his car.
Glen follows him, warning, "One thing's certain, mate: I'm
going to make damn sure you don't get your hands on it."
Andy, however, retorts, "Oh, I'm not finished yet, mate.
Don't worry." With that, he climbs into his car, starts the
engine and roars off.
A while later, there's a knock on the door of May's room at the
mansion. May is inside and she calls, "It's open." Glen
comes in and tells May that he feels like a bit of company. May
asks him if he'd like to stay for dinner. Glen thanks her, adding,
"I must admit: I don't feel like cooking tonight." May
tells him to sit down. He goes to sit on the piano stool, but
May says quickly, "No! Not there! It's a bit rickety - it's
got a hollow bottom. It's really had its day!" Glen starts
feeling the cushion cover and remarks that it must have been nice
when it was new. May muses, "That was a long time
ago!" Glen moves across and sits down at the table. He yawns
and May comments that he looks a bit tired. Glen tells her, "I've
just been over to see Ginny." May smiles, "There's a
ball of energy, that one. She has loads of confidence, but oh
dear, she still has an awful lot to learn. I only wish that somebody
would take her in hand... otherwise, she's heading for a downfall."
Glen muses, "I'm going to try..."
Ginny is sitting on the bed in her bus, writing in her diary:
"What do I do? Who do I trust? If only I had a crystal
ball, it would make things so much easier. But life's not like
that. What happens if I go with Andy and I really don't have the
talent to be a success? I end up with no career... and more to
the point, no Glen..."
It's nighttime, and Andy is talking on the 'phone in the hallway
at Dural, saying, "How does it sound?" He listens and
then says, "Oh good. Put it in a cab and get it over here
as soon as you can, OK?" There's suddenly a knock on the
front door and he hangs up. He goes and opens the door to find
Ginny standing there. He lets her in and tells her that her demo
tape should be there very soon. Ginny exclaims, "Fantastic!"
She heads into the lounge room as Andy adds that she'll have top-billing
on the opening night of his club. Ginny asks warily, "You
don't think that I should wait until you actually get it going?"
Andy, however, replies, "Course not. Why wait? That doesn't
sound like you." Ginny admits, "I was just thinking
what Glen's going to say." Andy sighs, "That
guy is interested in one girl and one girl only: Susan. When she
turned him down, he couldn't handle it. He thinks every woman
should kill for him. What has he done for you so far, hey? Nothing.
You compare that with what I've done for you. I don't like saying
this, Ginny, but the choice you've got here is pretty simple:
your career or Glen. Now what's it going to be?" Ginny sits
there, looking worried.
Fiona is sitting with Charlie and Gordon in the lounge room at
Woombai. Gordon is warming his hands at the fire and Fiona is
fussing over Isabella. Gordon comments, "Goodness only knows
where Janice and Owen are - they should have been back hours
ago." Fiona, however, tells him, "I wouldn't worry too
much - there's nothing dangerous out there. Besides, Owen's very
well equipped - and he says he's an expert in the bush. If they
are lost, there's very little we can do this time of
night." Charlie comments that she wouldn't like
to sleep out there. Fiona points out that Owen has a space blanket.
She adds with a laugh, "It's not going to be the most comfortable,
but they are going to be warm. Besides, it'll
be a good test for him." Gordon queries, "Test?"
Fiona nods, "Yes - you'll be able to find out if he really
can handle the job." Gordon murmurs, "I suppose so."
Charlie suggests suddenly, "Maybe Owen got Janice lost on
purpose?! You know what love does to some men!"
Gordon, however, tells her, "I don't think Owen is that sort,
Charlie!" With that, he heads off to get some more wood for
the fire. Charlie watches him go. Fiona then says to her conspiratorially,
"You know, it couldn't have worked out better even if we'd
planned it. One night in the bush with Owen and I am
quite sure Janice will be put off for good!"
It's the next morning, and the birds are singing in the trees
surrounding the clearing where Owen and Janice are sleeping. Owen
emerges suddenly from beneath the space blanket and pulls it off
Janice as he does so. He stands up and then sits down on the blanket
and starts doing some stretching exercises. Janice stands up and
groans, "I'm tired. I just want to go back to the house."
She then sneezes, and snaps, "There, I've caught a chill."
Owen just shrugs, "Whose fault's that? You're
the one that wouldn't sleep closer to me." He then
adds, "I gather you didn't enjoy our first night
together?" Janice retorts, "I didn't expect to spend
it in the bush." Owen points out, "Yes, well,
I didn't lose the compass." Janice gasps,
"You still don't think you're partly to blame?" Owen
replies, "Not at all - and if I lose this job over it, I'm
going to hold you responsible as well." Janice glares at
him and snaps, "You're never wrong, are you?" Owen shakes
his head and says, "No." Janice snaps, "I give
up." She goes to march off, but catches her foot suddenly
and falls over. Owen walks over to her and asks if she's alright.
He checks her ankle and then declares, "You won't be walking
on that." Janice cries, "I'm going to have
to, aren't I. How else are we going to get away?"
Owen tells her, "I'll have to carry you." With that,
he bends down and starts trying to pick her up.
Fiona and Charlie are standing by the kitchen sink at Woombai.
Gordon is standing by one of the worktops as Fiona asks in concern,
"Where on earth could they have got to?" Gordon
shrugs, "God only knows. I'm going to put some warm clothes
on and drive out to the lookout." Charlie tells him that
she'll come too, and she heads off to change. Isabella runs out
of the room after her.
A while later, Owen and Janice arrive back at the homestead and
Owen puts Janice down on the couch. She places her leg on the
coffee table. Owen bends down and starts feeling her ankle. He
then tells her, "It's only a bruise." At that moment,
Fiona and Gordon emerge from the kitchen, Fiona saying, "I
really am getting worried, Gordon. I think we ought to call the
police--" She breaks off as she finds Janice and Owen in
the lounge room, and she exclaims in relief, "Thank goodness
you're alright!" Charlie joins them and asks, "Where
have you been?!" Owen admits, "I'm afraid we
got lost. Circumstances beyond my control - but I took the situation
in hand and, using some basic bush techniques, I was able to get
us back safe and sound." Gordon asks in surprise, "How
on earth could you get lost with all the equipment you took?!"
Owen starts to reply in embarrassment, "Er, well--"
Janice, however, chips in quickly, "It was my fault:
I lost the compass." Owen smiles quickly, "We're back
in one piece, anyway - except Janice does have a very badly bruised
ankle." As Fiona bends down to tend to her niece, Owen hands
Gordon some sheets of paper and tells him, "I did manage
to make a few maps yesterday. I have a few suggestions where the
reserve might go." Gordon leads him off to the kitchen to
talk. In the lounge room, Charlie is telling Janice, "We've
all been so worried about you. We thought you might have
got frostbite or something." Janice nods, "Yes, it wasn't
warm." She then adds, "It's taught me one thing,
Aunt Fiona." Fiona asks, "What's that, dear?" Janice
tells her, "You were right when you said you don't really
know someone until you spend a lot of time with them." Fiona
and Charlie glance at each other, looking relieved.
Glen and May are walking along a street in Sydney, Glen saying,
"I hardly got to sleep at all, last night, thinking
about Ginny and what she's about to do. If she lets herself get
conned by Andy, she's asking for trouble." May points
out, "You've sounded the warning bells." Glen sighs,
"He's just like Wayne: finds out what someone's weakness
is, then exploits it. It really makes me sick." May stops
suddenly outside a shop and looks at a hat in the window. Glen
asks, "Something caught your eye?" May points at the
hat and exclaims, "Isn't it gorgeous?! I simply must have
it!" Glen tells her, "Then buy it. It's only $120."
May's face drops as she gasps, "You're joking. I couldn't
afford that." Glen suggests, "Why don't you
sell something? Something you don't need - like that antique piano
stool. If it can't be sat on, there's not much use keeping
it, is there?" May admits, "No..." She adds longingly,
"Oh, it really is a lovely hat..." Glen announces that
he'd better be going. He adds that he'll see May later, and he
walks off, leaving May still staring at the hat.
Ginny is pacing the lounge room floor at Dural as Andy lies back
on the couch. Ginny is demanding, "Where is it, Andy?"
Andy insists, "It'll be here. Trust me."
Ginny retorts, "It was supposed to be here last night
and it didn't turn up." Andy tells her, "It's coming,
I promise. Apparently they had a bit of trouble - technical, you
know? Didn't finish it 'til late." There's suddenly a knock
at the front door and he smiles, "See? No sweat!" He
gets up and goes to answer the door. A few moments later, he returns
to the room, holding an envelope in his hand, and, removing a
cassette from it, says, "One demo tape coming up." He
goes to the bar, on which a tape player is resting. He puts the
tape in and asks Ginny, "You ready?" Ginny sits on the
couch, looking tentative. Andy presses 'Play' - and a song starts
playing, the female voice in tune with the music. A look of amazement
crosses Ginny's face. After a few seconds, Andy turns off the
tape and asks, "What do you think?" Ginny smiles, "Unreal!
It sounds great!" She tries to turn the tape player back
on, but Andy blocks her way and reminds her, "We've got some
business to clear up first. You see, Ginny, this tape could be
your big break. I could flog it to record companies... you could
appear at my club... cut a disc... It could make you a star. But
I need Maria's tape - now." Ginny stands there,
Glen is kneeling on the floor of Ginny's bus, scrabbling around
at the sheets of paper lying there. After a few seconds, he sits
back and starts reading:
"I'm sure nobody's going to be able to find it. In fact,
I think it's the last place they'd think of looking.
I've put it--"
The page comes to an end again and Glen scrabbles through the
sheets in his hand for the continuation. He finds it and reads:
"--in the hollow-bottomed chair in May's bedsit."
A smile of relief crosses Glen's face.
May is standing in the hallway at the mansion, talking on the
public 'phone, saying, "Yes, yes, it's a genuine antique...
I'm not sure... I know it's very old: it has a hollow bottom...
oh, yes, yes, it's in very good condition... yes... yes... Could
you send someone around to pick it up? I'm afraid I don't have
a car." She listens and then exclaims, "$15 pick-up
fee? That's a little expensive, isn't it?" She then
sighs, "Don't worry about it - I'll arrange the transport
myself." With that, she hangs up. She then heads down the
corridor to the door of Fiona's room, knocks on it and calls,
"Alison... could I speak to you for a moment? I need some
Andy is escorting Ginny to the front door at Dural, saying, "You
happy?" Ginny smiles, "Yep." She then adds, "You
know, it really doesn't matter anymore." Andy asks, "What?"
Ginny retorts, "If you don't come through with your promise.
I know I've got what it takes to make it, now - even if I have
to do it on my own." She then adds, "Come on - I'll
get the tape for you." With that, she opens the front door.
Andy stands in the hallway, looking pleased with himself...