Ginny is lying on her bed in her bus. She becomes suddenly aware
of Alison's voice saying, "Indulging in a bit of self-pity,
are we?" Ginny turns and stares at her visitor standing in
the middle of the bus. She snaps, "Get out." Alison
is holding the demo tape, and she goes on, "If someone had
done this to me I'd be fighting mad. That last thing
I'd do was give up." Ginny cries, "I'm not
giving up. I'll take Charlie's job." Alison just
muses, "The piranhas in the rag trade would eat you alive
- unless, of course, you decide to accept some help from me."
Ginny, looking puzzled, snaps, "I must have missed something."
Alison tells her, "I owe you - and I always pay my debts."
Ginny queries in surprise, "You owe me?" Ginny
indicates the bus and explains, "Wayne didn't do
this; I did. We wanted to scare you so much you'd tell
Glen everything. Wayne was destroying David Palmer's life. Fiona
and I needed this tape to stop him." Ginny, looking horrified,
cries, "So you destroyed my home?" Alison shrugs,
"There wasn't very much of value here." Ginny, however,
cries, "Everything in here meant something to me."
She points to the floor and adds curtly, "That is
the only photo I had of my mum." Alison says calmly,
"Let me make it up to you." Ginny snaps, "Forget
it." Alison asks, "Do you owe anyone any money? Charlie's
out of town: you could sit and wait for her to come back, of course,
or you could let me advance you some money; pay everything off
and come and live at Charlie's; put your career in my hands. I'll
go and wait outside. If you do decide to come, just pack the bare
necessities, OK?" She then holds out the tape and adds, "Whenever
you're feeling a bit down, just play this. Anger is a great motivator."
Ginny takes the tape and Alison heads outside.
A short time later, Ginny emerges from the bus carrying several
bags and her tape player. Alison points out, "I said the
bare necessities." Ginny ignores this. She puts down her
bags and then heads back inside and picks up the ornamental teapot.
She then looks round and says sadly, "Well, old girl... this
is it. Hope your next tenant's not a wino." Outside, Alison
stands with a smile on her face.
As they arrive at Charlie's, Alison tells Ginny that the guest
room is at the end of the hall upstairs. They head into the lounge
room and Alison adds, "We'll start your training first thing
in the morning." Ginny demands in surprise, "What
training?" Alison explains, "How to behave socially;
how to sell yourself." Ginny asks what happens if she doesn't
go along with it. Alison replies, "I'll drop you right back
in the gutter. Without me, you'll never get out of it."
Ginny retorts, "Charlie will get me out of it."
Alison, however, tells her, "Charlie is a very old and very
dear friend of mine. Don't forget that." Ginny stares
at her. Alison then tells her to make herself at home, as she
has to go out for a while. Ginny picks up a photo from the coffee
table and asks, "That the girl Glen's stuck on?" Alison
looks and nods, "Yeah, that's Susan." Ginny mutters,
"Wonder what he sees in her..."
Wayne and Susan finish checking in at the airport in Noosa. As
they walk away from the desk, Susan sighs that she wishes they
didn't have to leave. Wayne tells her that they'll come back to
Noosa for their holidays every year - with the kids! They kiss
Glen is sitting in Fiona's room at the mansion. Alison is standing
with him and he tells her, "I might have known you'd
go overboard." Alison retorts, "You told me I should
help her." Glen retorts, "I meant find her
a job, not do the whole Pygmalion bit."
Fiona walks in suddenly, smiling, "Home, sweet home!"
Glen looks at her in surprise and asks what she's doing home so
early. Fiona grins, "Mission accomplished - well, almost!
Owen and Janice got lost and they had to spend the night in the
bush together!" She adds that it didn't exactly go well!
She then asks, "How was everything here?" Glen
admits reluctantly, "We lost the tape." Alison explains
about Ginny hiding the tape in the the piano stool and it being
sold. Fiona sighs, "That gives Wayne a clear field almost,
doesn't it?" Alison just muses, "Maybe. Maybe not."
Fiona asks her if she has something in mind. Alison looks at her
'innocently' and asks, "Who? Me?"
It's nighttime when Wayne and Susan arrive back at Dural. Wayne
lifts Susan up and carries her through the front door. A look
of annoyance crosses his face as Alison then emerges from the
lounge room to greet them. She says tersely, "It's supposed
to be good luck to carry your bride across the threshold. Every
marriage needs little bit of good luck, doesn't it...?"
Wayne glares at her.
A few moments later, Alison, Susan and Wayne head into the lounge
room, Alison explaining that she has no intention of playing gooseberry;
she just thought they should ease out of the honeymoon with a
romantic dinner for two. She indicates the living room table,
and Susan smiles, "What a lovely thought." Alison beams,
"What are friends for?" She then indicates
a carrier bag that Susan puts down on the table. It has a pineapple
on it, and she remarks, "I love your bag. I wouldn't show
it to your dad, though: he's getting the rough
end of the pineapple these days." Wayne says quickly, "I
thought the idea was to ease us out of the honeymoon..."
Alison just muses, "Mea culpa!" She adds that
Wayne's right: they should leave the gloom and doom until later.
Susan, though, cries, "If dad's in trouble, I want to know
about it." Wayne nods at Alison, "Go on." Alison
explains, "Some idiot destroyed every cash crop David owns.
Went through the place with a grader." Susan gasps, "Oh
no..." Alison continues, "Apparently, he was sent to
the wrong address. David will get compensation; it could take
months, though. And his truck was stolen, too." Wayne comments,
"You're kidding..." Susan cries, "Has he gone to
the police?" Alison replies, "Yes - and they found it
for him: at the bottom of a quarry. It was a complete write-off."
Susan gasps, "I can't believe it. How can one man
have such a run of bad luck?" Alison muses, "Mmm. Seems
incredible, doesn't it? Of course, I'm
such a cynic that my first thought was that someone was deliberately
out to ruin him." Susan demands, "Who?" Alison
replies lightly, "Exactly. Who? Anyway, I'm probably wrong."
Wayne asks Susan if she wants to ring her dad. Susan nods, "Yes,"
and she heads out to use the 'phone in the hall. When she's gone,
Alison comments to Wayne, "They do say ignorance is bliss."
Wayne just retorts, "You're wasting your time, Alison. There's
no way you can pin any of that on me." Alison shrugs,
"I won't have to - once Susan hears Maria's tape."
Wayne demands, "How can she? Andy's got
it." Alison, however, replies, "No he hasn't. I
do. I beat him to the punch. That's why he shot through: didn't
want to face the music." She goes on, "I want to see
you sweat for a while, Wayne, but the axe will fall -
sometime..." Wayne glares at her.
Debbie - wearing her chauffeur's uniform - and Craig walk into
the lounge room at the country house. David has the TV on while
he does some paperwork. Caroline is lying asleep on the couch.
Debbie hands over a bag of money and David comments, "You
two might get your wages!" Debbie insists that they're in
no hurry. David, however, insists, "I don't care who else
has to wait: you two get paid." Craig points out, "You
can't keep putting people off." David tells him, "It'll
be alright once I get that compo money and the truck insurance."
Craig asks, "When will that be?" David sighs,
"Soon, I hope. I'm already behind in my loan repayments."
Debbie tells him, "Wayne wouldn't mind waiting." David,
though, retorts curtly, "I don't want any favours from him,
thankyou." He then says more lightly, "Oh, Susan called
and said to say 'hello'." With that, Debbie and Craig head
off to bed. David sits, staring at the TV. Caroline rouses slightly
and he gets up and goes and puts a blanket over her. She suddenly
starts shaking and talking in her sleep, saying, "No... no...
no, Ryan... no..." She wakes up to find herself
staring into David's face as he tells her that it's just a nightmare.
She murmurs, "It was so real... I saw the walls...
and the bars..." David tells her that it's alright now; she
should forget it." Caroline, however, cries, "I'll never
forget it." David puts his arm round her, but she pulls away
quickly and cries, "Don't." She then explains meekly,
"Sorry, David, it's not you. I just can't stand being touched."
David asks in surprise, "Why?" Caroline, however,
says quickly, "Forget it. I'm sorry. I just don't want to
talk about it." She then gets up and runs out of the room,
leaving David looking concerned.
The next morning, Alison is setting out a table of breakfast
things in the lounge room at Charlie's. Ginny walks in from the
hallway and, looking at the table, demands, "Call this breakfast?"
Alison explains curtly, "It's a businessman's breakfast.
You're going to have to get used to it." She tells Ginny
to sit. Ginny does so. Alison then orders, "Serviette."
Ginny picks it up and places it on her lap. She then starts to
tuck messily into a grapefruit. Alison stares at her and tells
her that she needs to do something about her appalling table manners.
She adds, "Watch this." She then shows Ginny how to
eat the grapefruit properly. Ginny tries it, but bursts out laughing.
Alison tells her, "Come on, keep going." Ginny tries
again, more daintily, and smiles, "Think I'm getting the
hang of it!"
Wayne is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, looking at a pile
of mail. Susan walks into the house from outside, laughing, "I
think Charlie's gone punk! I caught a glimpse of her
latest houseguest wearing a nightshirt covered in graffiti!"
Looking suddenly interested, Wayne asks, "Was it a girl?
Young? Real guttersnipe?" Susan, though, explains, "Alison
shooed her into the house before I could say 'hello'. She was
young. Attractive." Wayne mutters, "Ginny."
Susan asks, "You know her?" Wayne replies quickly,
"Through Andy. He was chasing her for a while." Looking
puzzled, Susan asks, "Where is Andy?" Wayne
just growls, "Good question. I wish I knew." The 'phone
starts ringing suddenly and Susan goes and answers it at the bar.
Debbie comes on. Susan asks her how it's all going. Debbie tells
her, "If you want the truth, it's sink or swim time down
here - but you're not supposed to know." Susan sighs, "Why
does dad have to be so damn proud? Is there anything I can do
to help?" She listens and then smiles, "No problem.
I'm sure he won't mind... Call you back later. Bye." She
hangs up. Wayne asks immediately, "Who won't mind
what?" Susan tells him, "Debbie thinks that
it would help a lot if you deferred dad's loan repayments - just
until the insurance comes through. You don't mind, do you?"
Wayne snaps sarcastically, "Why should I mind? He's
always been so terrific to me." He goes on furiously,
"I'd be a hypocrite if I tried to make out I didn't
resent the way he tried to bust us up." Susan mutters, "I
guess I've got my answer." Wayne, however, sighs, "No...
of course I'll defer them. The insurance shouldn't be
long coming through." Susan smiles at him as he adds, "You
should know I can't refuse you anything!" With that, Susan
stands up and announces that she's going to go into town, to see
if she can get some ideas on redecorating the house. Wayne nods,
"Good idea." She adds, "When Andy does
show up, you give him a good talking-to." Wayne muses, "Sure
will..." Susan heads out. When she's gone, Wayne picks up
a file on which is written the words 'David Palmer'. He opens
it and murmurs to himself, "I'm just in the mood to dish
Caroline is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house.
Craig and Debbie are about to head out when David walks in through
the back door and snaps, "The insurance company reckons I'm
trying to rip them off." Caroline gasps, "That's crazy."
David goes on, "They've been investigating me and found that
I owe money all over the place; that I'm late-paying; and they
reckon I stole the truck and wrote it off just to get the insurance
money. And if they had their way, I wouldn't be getting
a cent." Caroline asks, "What now?" David
replies, "They can't make it stick. They've got to pay up
eventually." Debbie and Craig head out. When they've
gone, Caroline tells David, "I turned down a job offer this
morning. I'm going to see if it's still going." David warns,
"No more centrefolds - I'd rather stay broke!"
As Caroline goes to the 'phone, she replies, "You worry about
me too much, David." David muses, "I'm not too sure
after last night." Looking suddenly uncomfortable, Caroline
says, "It was just a nightmare, that's all. Anyway, my days
as a centrefold are finished. This job is much worse!"
Sometime later, Caroline is sitting on a chair on an outside
shoot, wearing a skimpy dress. As the make-up artist brushes powder
on her face, Caroline comments bitterly, "It would
have to be a freezing day, wouldn't it?" The make-up
artist tells her, "Think hot roaring fires... steamy jungles..."
Caroline, though, retorts, "Or better still: Alison Carr.
You have no idea how those simple two little words send my temperature
At Charlie's, a set of cutlery is laid out on the table in front
of Ginny, and she indicates them each in turn and recites, "Soup...
entrée, main course, sweet." Wayne walks in suddenly
through the open patio doors. Ginny glares at him and snaps, "Who
invited you?" Wayne tells her, "I thought maybe
we could do business - and just to show my good faith, here's
a little something on spec." He takes out a wad of cash from
his jacket pocket and holds it out. Ginny, though, tells him,
"I haven't got it any more." Wayne demands, "Who
has?" Ginny replies, "That's what we'd all
like to know." Alison comes in through the front door and
overhears as Wayne snaps, "Who has it?" She walks into
the lounge room as Ginny retorts, "I don't know,
bird-brain. I hid it in May's music stool, and by the time Andy
and I got to it, someone snapped it up." Alison glares at
her and growls, "Thankyou very much, Ginny." Wayne bursts
out laughing and remarks, "She's got a big mouth, hasn't
she?" He heads back out. Ginny turns to Alison and sighs,
"I know: when the enemy comes sniffing around..." She
places a serviette in her mouth to indicate silence. Alison tells
her grimly, "You're learning."
Susan is sitting with Fiona in her room at the mansion. Fiona
is saying awkwardly, "I think maybe we should have lunch
on neutral territory: Glen's here." A look of shock
crosses Susan's face. Fiona adds quickly, "It's alright:
he's outside, doing some odd jobs." Susan asks warily, "Are
you still friends with him?" Fiona nods, "Yes."
Susan cries, "I don't believe it. You know
how he tried to wreck my wedding day." Fiona tells her, "He
honestly believed that he was doing the right thing." Susan,
however, snaps, "Rubbish. He's just a sore loser." Fiona
suggests, "We'll never see eye-to-eye on this. Why don't
we just agreed to disagree?" Susan, though, retorts, "How
can I when you're saying you believe Glen's story?"
Fiona sighs, "All I'm saying is he believes it."
Susan mutters, "He's done a great snow-job on you."
Fiona, though, snaps, "He's not even in the same league
as Wayne in that department." She then apologises
quickly, saying, "I'm sorry. That was a knee-jerk reaction.
I should have put that in the past tense." Susan accuses,
"You don't think Wayne's changed, do you?"
Fiona starts to say, "I would like to think--"
Susan interrupts and snaps, "I live with him. You
can't be that close to someone and not know what they're like."
Fiona, though, tells her, "Sometimes we only see what we
want to. I did that with the great love of my
life: Scott. When we finally caught up with each other again,
I saw him for what he was - and it broke my heart. So you can't
blame me for reserving judgement, can you?" Susan stares
Out in the corridor, the front door opens and Ginny walks in.
Fiona and Susan emerge from Fiona's room. Ginny looks at them
and then says to Susan, "I know it's bad manners not to wait
to be introduced, but I'm Ginny Doyle." Susan replies, "Susan
Hamilton." Ginny nods, "Yeah, I know. We're neighbours."
The front door opens suddenly and Glen walks in. Looking shocked,
Susan stares at him. Ginny says brightly, "Hi, Glen!"
Glen just ignores her, staring instead back at Susan. Fiona suggests
to her that she'd better go. Glen murmurs, "Susie..."
Susan just tells Fiona quickly, "I'll book a table Wednesday.
Can't wait to tell you about the honeymoon - it couldn't have
been more perfect." With that, she heads off. When she's
gone, Glen asks Fiona, "Is she as happy as she makes out?"
Fiona just points out, "You saw the way she looked at you."
Glen growls, "Yeah. She'll never leave him, though."
He walks off to his room, leaving Ginny to comment to Fiona, "He's
got it bad, hasn't he? I wonder how it feels
to have a guy so stuck on you." Fiona assures her, "You'll
know, one of these days." Ginny, though, retorts, "Who
needs it? Being in love's more trouble than it's worth."
Sometime later, Susan is at Charlie's. As Alison escorts her
into the lounge room, Susan cries, "You've got to make Fiona
see Glen's conning her." Alison, though, retorts,
"I'm sorry - I don't think I'd sound very convincing."
Susan mutters, "Don't say he's got to you, too?"
Alison shrugs, "I know it goes against all logic, but when
you compare Glen's track record against Wayne's..." Susan
snaps, "How would you like it if I wiped you because
of your track record?" Alison replies, "Upset - but
I couldn't blame you: up until now I've been very like
Wayne: all talk and no action. But I'm finally doing penance for
my sins." Susan murmurs, "Really?" Alison
explains, "Ginny's my version of the penitent's hair-shirt.
She was the girl with the billboard PJs this morning." Susan
nods, "Yes, I met her at the mansion." She then asks
Alison how she met her. Alison explains, "She was
on my community work stint. I could see she was headed for trouble
if someone didn't take her by hand." Susan comments, "It's
not like you to be altruistic." Alison shrugs, "I
wanted to balance the books for teaching Wayne all the
wrong values." Susan cries, "If you can change,
so can he." Alison replies, "I thought
so too, until I heard about David's bad luck." Susan
gasps, "Are you saying Wayne was responsible for
that?" Alison points out, "David almost talked you out
of marrying him, and he's very big on revenge." Susan, looks
suddenly worried. Alison remarks, "Still, marrying you might
have reformed him." Susan mutters, "You're
saying I'm his version of the hair-shirt; is that it?" Alison
nods, "Something like that. That is the only
thing you've got in common with Ginny." She adds, "I
hope Wayne's finally seen the light - I would love nothing
better than for it to be happy-ever-after." Susan insists,
"It will be - you'll see." She doesn't look convinced,
Fiona is vacuuming the floor in her room at the mansion. Ginny
is standing behind her, saying enthusiastically, "Have I
got news for you! Just goes to show you should never
take anything for granted!" Fiona, looking annoyed at the
vacuum cleaner, starts slamming the cleaning head on the floor.
She ignores Ginny as she holds out a tape and goes on, "Just
guess what I just found!"
The 'phone rings at Dural and Wayne answers it at the bar. Fiona
is holding her 'phone to a tape player. Maria's voice starts playing
"Susan. Although I never met you, Glen tells
me of you. Of what a lovely woman you are."
Fiona turns the tape player off. She then puts the 'phone to
her mouth and asks, "Heard enough?" Wayne gasps, "How
the hell did you get hold of that?" Fiona tells
her, "Ginny found it in May's room." Wayne cries, "She
said it was in a stool." Fiona replies, "Which
was falling apart. Must have fallen out of the bottom. Anyway,
it was in May's room all the time." She listens and then
chuckles, "You can swear all you like; it's not going to
change anything. I'm calling the shots now."
Wayne warns, "You know what playing it to Susan would do
to her, don't you?" Fiona asks, "Why do you think I'm
giving you a chance to clean up your act?" Susan walks into
the lounge room at Dural suddenly and snaps, "I want to talk
to you, Wayne." Wayne tells her, "I'll be with you in
a sec." He then turns back to the 'phone and asks Fiona reluctantly,
"What's the deal?" Fiona replies, "Unconditional
surrender. And you're to leave David alone. And if you ever lay
a finger on Beryl's baby, I'll play that tape to Susan so fast..."
At Dural, Wayne says, "They seem like very reasonable terms."
Fiona warns, "You just see that you stick to them."
With that, she hangs up. Wayne says down the 'phone, "I'll
have the contract signed straight away." He then hangs up
and turns to Susan, clapping his hands together and smiling, "Now!"
Susan just glares at him and demands, "Were you behind what
happened to dad?" Wayne, looking surprised, retorts, "What
the hell are you talking about?" Susan tells him
curtly, "I know you resent him from trying to stop the wedding
- you said so yourself - and we both know you're not a man to
forgive and forget." Wayne growls, "Who have you been
talking to? Alison? Fiona?" Susan retorts, "Both
- and they both believe Glen's story. Fiona's even letting him
stay over there." Wayne sighs, "And you ran into him?"
Susan admits, "Yes." Wayne growls, "And you're
picking a fight with me because you still can't face
your own feelings, right?" Susan insists, "I hate
him." Wayne retorts, "Is that why you called out his
name in your sleep?" Susan's mouth drops open in shock. Wayne
goes on curtly, "That's what happened on the first night
of our honeymoon - so as far as I'm concerned, you're
the guilty party here." Susan cries, "With all the trouble
at the wedding, he was bound to be on my mind. And if
you're so worried about it, you should have said something."
Wayne laughs bitterly, "What was I going to say without sounding
paranoid?" Susan tells him, "We have to be honest
with each other, Wayne, if we want the marriage to work."
Wayne snarls, "'I hate Glen', you tell me, then you talk
about being honest. Susan sighs, "I did feel something
today - but it only made me angry with myself. I never want to
see him again." Wayne murmurs, "I can live
with that." Susan then demands, "What about dad?"
Wayne tells her, "I did think of doing something
- but because I love you, I didn't. I'll wipe his whole loan debt
if that's what it takes to convince you." Susan sighs, "We
both know dad would never let you do that." Wayne demands,
"Are you saying I'm trying to cover myself with a safe bet?"
Susan retorts curtly, "I'm saying I love my father very much
- and if I ever caught you trying to hurt him, that would be it:
I'd leave you." Wayne glares at her. Susan stares back at
him and then walks out of the room, leaving Wayne looking worried.