A short time later, Andy is staggering along the road that leads
from David's property, his legs almost giving way beneath him.
A car drives past him, ignoring the fact that he's clearly in
Debbie is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house,
saying sadly to David, Craig and Ginny, "It just seems impossible:
he just didn't seem like the sort of guy who'd do something
like that." She then asks David, "Have you only just
found out?" David, however, admits, "I've known for
a while." Debbie murmurs, "I just can't believe it -
I mean, he was so nice to me..." Ginny chips in,
"I'm afraid you've got a hell of a lot to learn
about Andy, Deb." Craig puts his arm round Debbie. He then
says, "I hate to say it, but we've got a job to go to."
Debbie sighs, "It just such a shock, that's all." The
two of them head out. David glances at Ginny.
Andy is still staggering along at the side of the road. Craig
and Debbie turn out of a side road in the limousine and start
driving towards him. Debbie spots him, but Craig just laughs,
"He must have seen us. He's putting on a good act."
Debbie, though, tells him in concern, "He's really sick,
Craig. Stop the car; we've got to help him." Craig looks
at her and she insists, "I'm serious." Craig
brings the car to a halt reluctantly just ahead of where Andy
is has stopped at the side of the road.
David is sitting with Ginny at the table in the kitchen at the
country house when Craig and Debbie help a sick-looking Andy inside.
David stares at them and gasps, "What the hell's going on?"
Debbie explains, "We found him out in the road. He's really
sick, David. I think we should call a doctor." David looks
at Ginny and tells her to do that. Craig then helps Andy through
to the lounge room. When they're out of earshot, David warns Debbie,
"He can only stay here until the doctor's finished with him,
then he has to go." Debbie assures him, "I just don't
want to see him suffer. After what he's done, I don't want to
know him." Craig walks back in and says, "I've
put him on the couch." Ginny hangs up the 'phone and announces,
"Doctor's coming." Craig suggests to Debbie that there's
nothing more they can do, and they head out. Ginny looks at David
and growls, "I reckon you're mad: you should have
told him to take a running jump." David, though, points out,
"He's sick, isn't he? If I hadn't agreed to let
him stay here, that would make me pretty much as bad as he
is - or for that matter Wayne." He then adds, "Don't
get me wrong: I still haven't got an ounce of time for him and
I don't really want him staying here, but he is here,
and we have to put up with it. Right?" Ginny mutters, "Sure."
Caroline is talking on the public 'phone in the reception room
at the mansion, saying, "I really enjoyed my last job, and
since I'm most anxious to spend a few more days in Sydney, anything
you can organise would be greatly appreciated... Yes, thankyou.
Bye bye." She hangs up just as Fiona comes into the room
with some boxes of food and smiles, "There we go: more supplies
to keep the wolf from the door!" Caroline warns, "You
mind out you don't do too much after that nasty experience with
the vacuum." Fiona, however, assures her, "I'm fine,
really." Changing the subject, Caroline then announces, "I
might be staying here a few more days." Fiona smiles, "Lovely!
You got some more work?" Caroline replies, "Could be
- I'll have to wait and see." She then spots a couple of
bags near the door and asks, "Another tenant moving in?"
Fiona tells her, "No, not really." Changing the subject
again, she then says, "Oh! Glen has taken Alison to some
holiday place of his." Caroline asks quickly, "Where
is it?" Fiona shrugs, "Somewhere in the bush, I suppose.
Alison is as nervous as a kitten at the moment. She's
been getting death threats, too." Looking surprised,
Caroline asks, "Alison getting death threats?"
Fiona explains, "She seems to think it's someone who owes
Wayne money: you know... the bad debt business." Caroline
just murmurs, "Oh... yes..."
A short time later, the front door opens downstairs and Wayne
walks in. Caroline joins him and smiles, "Hello, Wayne! Back
from your business trip?" Wayne nods, "Yes - and a very
successful one it was too!" Caroline tells him, "You
do go away at the wrong times, don't you?"
Wayne asks in surprise, "Do I? Why?" Caroline replies,
"It seems as though Alison wasn't sending those
death threats: she's been getting some too." Wayne
asks knowingly, "Really...?" Caroline tells him, "The
police are checking on your bad debt list now." Wayne asks,
"What sort of threats were they?" Caroline replies,
"Really war-of-nerves stuff: you know - people arriving to
collect clothes from 'the late' Alison Carr..." Wayne smiles,
"That's a bit sick!" Caroline asks, "You don't
know anything about it?" Wayne asks lightly, "How could
I? I've just been away." Caroline tells him, "I distinctly
remember what you promised before you left." Wayne, however,
muses, "You know how it is: we all tend to say stupid things
in the heat of the moment." Caroline asks, "So you never
seriously intended harming Alison?" Wayne replies,
"Of course not." Caroline smiles, "I'm glad: I
thought we were in for another bout of backstabbing." Wayne
insists, "I've got more important things to do."
Caroline tells him, "There is one incident you might
be interested in: Andy nearly died of food poisoning. It was meant
for Alison, wasn't it?" A look of sheepishness
crosses Wayne's face. Fiona appears suddenly and says, "Hello,
Wayne - you're back!"
A few moments later, Caroline tells Fiona, "I was just filling
Wayne in on events since he left: you know - the threats to Alison?"
Fiona nods, "Yes... well, I'm sure they'll nail whoever it
is." She then comments to Wayne, "I suppose you're here
to talk business." Wayne nods, "If you've got the time."
Fiona, however, tells him, "I wouldn't worry too much about
it, if I were you. You should get yourself home: Susan's down
from Woombai and I'm sure you'd rather be with her."
With that, she heads off into her room. When she's gone, Wayne
turns to Caroline and growls, "What are you playing it?"
Caroline, however, tells him, "That's just the point:
I'm not playing at anything." Wayne comments, "I
thought you'd have been keen to dob me in." Caroline, though,
shrugs, "Why? You didn't start it; Alison
did. Serves her right: she deserves a scare. Anyway,
I could tell you didn't really mean her any harm." Wayne
insists, "Of course I didn't. I'll murder
the guy who organised it." He then adds, "That's it,
by the way: no more scare tactics. And listen - I won't forget
what you just did." He reaches into his wallet and, taking
out some cash, hands it over and says, "I know it's not much
at the moment, but I'm aware you're going through some financial
difficulties." Caroline, looking delighted, accepts it. Wayne
heads out. As he does so, Fiona emerges from her room and comments
to Caroline, "You're looking very happy about something!"
Caroline indicates the money and replies, "Just my bonus,
that's all." Looking surprised, Fiona asks, "From Wayne?"
Caroline, however, tells her quickly, "No, no, it's from
my last job. I've just decided to put it in David's fighting fund."
Fiona smiles, "That's very thoughtful of you." Caroline
muses, "It's robbing Peter to pay Paul without Peter knowing..."
Fiona stares at her, looking puzzled!
Debbie, David, Craig and Ginny are sitting at the kitchen table
at the country house, eating. Craig asks David, "What did
the doctor say?" David replies, "He reckons he can't
be moved." Debbie asks if he's still in the lounge room.
David nods, "Yeah. The doctor's orders are that he has to
stay here at least a few days." Debbie checks, "But
he's going to be alright?" David replies, "He reckons
he's only been overdoing things." Debbie mutters, "In
that case, I've got no sympathy for him." David, however,
tells her curtly, "Just because he doesn't care
about people doesn't mean we have to do the same thing."
Ginny holds up a plate of food suddenly and asks, "Any volunteers
to take a little something in to the patient?" Craig tells
her that he and Debbie have to dash. They head out. David adds
quickly, "I'd better get going, too." Ginny
muses, "Oh well... might cheer him up to see my smiling face!"
Andy is lying on the couch in the lounge room, covered by a blanket.
Ginny walks in and puts down the plate of food, saying tersely,
"There you are: something to eat." Andy, though, murmurs,
"I couldn't eat." Ginny retorts, "You're
going to have to: the doctor said you have to stay here
for the next few days, and we don't want it any longer than necessary
- so eat; get your strength back." Andy just asks, "Can
I talk to Debbie?" Ginny, though, retorts, "She's on
a job with Craig. Anyway, she doesn't want to talk to you: she
knows about you and what you did to Dave. We're all the same.
I'm only bringing you food out of the kindness of my heart; the
others ran a mile when I asked them to do it. So eat:
the sooner you get over the food poisoning the better." Andy,
however, groans, "Ginny, it wasn't food poisoning;
it was real poison put inside a stuffed pepper, probably
by Wayne. I'd say he meant it for Alison, but I ate it by mistake."
Ginny gasps, "After the things you've done you reckon
I'd swallow a story like that?" Andy insists, "I'm
not joking." Ginny stares at him uncertainly and demands,
"Why would Wayne want to poison Alison?" Andy replies,
"To give her a fright. You've got to believe me: I am not
kidding." Ginny, looking shocked, murmurs, "Strewth..."
David walks into the kitchen through the back door, puts his
keys down on the table and goes to the 'fridge. He takes out a
beer as Ginny comes in from the hallway and says, "You wouldn't
believe what he just told me: Andy was poisoned
- real poison - but it was meant for Alison. Wayne tried
to kill her." David laughs, "He'd say anything,
wouldn't he? I know Wayne is capable of a lot,
but he would never go that far." Ginny, however,
insists, "He was telling the truth." David asks, "How
do you know?" Ginny retorts, "I can tell, believe me.
I'm a good judge of character and I know when someone's being
up-front. Hell, I hope he doesn't try to get rid of her again
- Wayne, I mean; who's going to pay all my bills?"
David stares at her and growls, "Did I hear you
right, you selfish little brat? Alison's life could be on the
line and all you can think about is your meal ticket."
Ginny retorts, "I have to look after number one, don't I?
I don't really think he'd try again. Anyway, I didn't
think you'd be worried: got the hots for her, have you?!"
David just growls dismissively, "Don't be flamin' stupid,
It's night time. In the lounge room at Dural, the furniture and
the bar are covered in dust sheets and Susan is standing on a
stepladder, washing down the wall behind the doors. Wayne walks
in suddenly and smiles, "You're a naughty girl! You shouldn't
be back here working." Susan steps down from the ladder and
snaps, "I've had enough of the country." Wayne
looks at her in surprise and laughs, "There's no need to
bite my head off!" Susan growls, "You come in here,
no 'hello', no nothing, then you start picking on me."
Wayne insists in surprise, "I wasn't picking on
you! I just thought a few more days at Woombai might have done
you good." Susan, though, snaps, "You
wouldn't know what was good for me." Wayne stares
at her and asks, "What have I done? Have I said
something to annoy you?" Susan looks at him and then bursts
into tears. She goes and puts her arms round her husband as she
sobs, "Wayne... I'm sorry... I'm sorry..."
A short time later, Wayne pulls back a dust sheet from the couch
and tells Susan, "Sit down and try to relax. Whatever it
is, it can be fixed. Tell me what's wrong." Susan, though,
says simply, "I'm just tired, that's all. I wanted it all
finished before you came home." Wayne laughs, "You silly
twit!" Susan insists, "I'll be alright - really."
Wayne, however, tells her, "All the same, let's not take
any chances. You could have picked up a virus or something at
Woombai. I think we should let the doctor check you out."
Susan sighs, "If you insist. I'll make an appointment with
the family doctor tomorrow morning." She then adds, "Actually,
I've got quite a bit of headache at the moment. I think I'll go
and lie down for a while." Wayne kisses her and tells her,
"You stay there until you feel up to coming downstairs again,
OK?" With that, Susan stands up. She goes to walk out of
the room, but hesitates, looking nervous, before finally walking
The next morning, Fiona opens the door of her room at the mansion
to find Susan standing there. She invites her in, saying, "I
can tell by the look on your face you want to talk..." Susan
sighs, "When Wayne came home last night I was cleaning down
the walls - I needed something to do to keep my mind off... you
know. As soon as he came in, I let him have it." Fiona asks,
"You mean you--?" Susan replies quickly, "No, no,
I didn't tell him - but I lost my temper with him. I couldn't
help it; I'm just so tense. I really want children
- that's what marriage is for." Fiona checks, "That
is why you married him, isn't it?" Susan
nods quickly, "Partly." Fiona, however, sighs, "You
married him because he can give you children, not because you
love him. That is hardly a good enough reason to tie
yourself to somebody for the rest of your life." Susan, sitting
down, insists, "That's not true, Fiona: it's not as if I've
cheated on Wayne; he knew I didn't love him
in the same way that I loved Glen - but I do care about him very
much, and as far as I'm concerned, the way things are it'll just
bring us closer together." Fiona murmurs, "You hope
- but you can't be sure." Susan tells her, "The
first step is to find out whether or not I'm pregnant. If I'm
not, at least I can discuss the alternatives with him - there'd
be nothing wrong with adopting." Fiona nods, "Nothing
wrong at all." Susan continues, "He thinks
I'm at the doctor's now, as a matter of fact - just for
a check-up." Fiona suggests, "Then why not go
to the doctor's? At least you'll know where you stand. You can't
go on tormenting yourself the way you are." Susan smiles
weakly, "You're right - as usual! Can I ring from here?"
Fiona nods, "Of course you can." Susan stands up, but
Fiona sits there, still looking worried.
Debbie is standing by the sink in the kitchen at the country
house. Craig and David are eating breakfast at the table, but
Craig turns to Debbie and tells her, "You're not looking
too good, Deb. Sure you don't want to go back to bed for a few
hours?" Debbie retorts, "No, I feel fine, OK?"
She turns away and pops a pill into her mouth. She then swallows
it with a sip of water. David tells Craig and Debbie that he's
got some work lined up later with a mate of his, and he asks if
one of them could give Andy something for breakfast. Craig, though,
mutters, "Can't he stagger out here by himself?"
Debbie adds sourly, "Yeah, why should we pander
to him?" Ginny marches in suddenly from the hallway and does
a twirl to show off her new outfit. Debbie smiles in admiration,
"That is the greatest!" Ginny tells her, "Yeah,
I woke up about two o'clock this morning, got up, did a few sketches,
then fell asleep again - which reminds me: where were you?"
Debbie replies hesitantly, "Around two o'clock...? That must
have been when I got up and had a glass of water. I went outside
for some fresh air as well." David chips in suddenly to ask
Ginny if she can give Andy something for breakfast. She smiles,
"No worries." With that, David heads out. Craig looks
at Debbie and asks, "You'll be alright to work?" Debbie
retorts, "Yes! Will you stop fussing, OK? Come on or we'll
be late for work." With that, she heads out. Craig follows
her, leaving Ginny to mouth to herself, "Now, what masterpiece
can you think up...?"
A while later, Andy stirs on the couch in the lounge room at
Ginny walks in with a plate covered with a tea-towel. He asks
what kind of day it is outside. Ginny just replies, "As far
as I'm concerned, it's perfect." She hands
him his plate and says, "Go on - eat up." Andy removes
the tea-towel to find a tin of stuffed peppers sitting on the
plate, together with a tin opener. He glares at Ginny and growls,
"It's not particularly funny." Ginny, however, retorts,
"Serves you right for helping Wayne put Dave down."
She then picks up the tape player sitting nearby and goes to head
out. Andy asks her quickly, "Where you going with that?"
Ginny retorts, "Outside, of course. You don't think
people want to listen to music in the same room as you
do? And unfortunately, there's nowhere else in the house
for you to go." She then adds, "Enjoy your breakfast,"
and she walks out, leaving Andy sighing heavily.
Caroline has turned up at Dural, and as she follows Wayne into
the lounge room, he asks her what's on her mind. She tells him,
"I couldn't help wondering what your plans are for Alison."
Wayne, however, tells her, "Nothing. That's it. After the
near-miss with the food, I'm not making another move." Caroline
comments, "Sounds a little out of character." Wayne
replies, "I just wanted to scare her, that's all: she wouldn't
have gone into hiding, otherwise." Caroline suggests, "Unless,
of course, it's part of her plan of action." Wayne asks in
surprise, "What do you mean?" Caroline tells him, "Trying
to give you the impression she's terrified when really she's working
on ways to get at you. She'll go to any lengths to achieve what
she wants and she likes taking the opposite approach. By going
into hiding, it makes it seem more feasible that someone's after
both of you. She's trying to make you feel secure."
Wayne muses, "It's possible, I suppose." Caroline goes
on, "By making you think that somebody on your bad-debt list
is after both of you, she's leaving the way clear for her to move
as she likes." Wayne comments, "In other words, you're
suggesting I watch myself." Caroline nods, "If I
were you I would be." Wayne, however, retorts, "She
wouldn't want to try anything else - because if she does,
she'll pay. I've just about had enough of that lady."
With that, he turns away and doesn't notice the smile of delight
that crosses Caroline's lips...
As Caroline arrives back at the mansion, Fiona is walking downstairs
with the bags that were in the reception room earlier. Caroline
indicates the bags and asks, "Whose are those?" Fiona
explains, "They're Glen's. I was just going to lock them
away in the storeroom for safekeeping; it's silly not to rent
his room when he's away." Changing the subject, Caroline
then says, "I went to see Wayne earlier on - and I hope the
police come up with something soon: he's convinced
that Alison is behind those threats; thinks she's doing some big
cover-up." Fiona shrugs, "Who knows?" Caroline
goes on quickly, "I'm just concerned that if she and Wayne
carry on the way they are, sooner or later they're going to do
something that either one of them or both of them are going to
regret." She then suggests, "Perhaps we could go through
Glen's things and see if we can track down where he took her?"
Fiona comments doubtfully, "I can't see what good that
would do." Caroline tells her, "I thought you might
be able to warn her: you know - to stop playing these games before
they go too far." Fiona chuckles, "I don't think she'd
take any notice of me." She then adds, "In
any case, I have no intention of going through Glen's things:
it's private property and I intend to keep it that way."
Caroline, looking annoyed, starts to protest, "Don't you
think that it's--" Fiona interrupts and says, "The only
thing I do think is that you're getting paranoid, my
girl, and so is Wayne. I think Alison is probably right for once
and it has something to do with someone who has a vendetta against
Wayne over some dirty dealings. Why don't you leave it to the
police?" The front door bangs suddenly and Susan walks in.
Fiona smiles at her and says, "Hi there! Have you got any
news for me?" Susan murmurs, "If you can spare a few
minutes..." Fiona starts walking towards her room, still
carrying Glen's bags, saying, "Of course. Come on in."
They head into the room, leaving Caroline looking annoyed.
A short time later, Fiona locks the door to the storeroom and
then turns to Susan and asks, "How did you make out with
the doctor?" Susan replies, "He promised to rush the
test through as soon as possible." Fiona asks, "You
won't get them back today, though?" Susan nods, "Yes
- in a few hours." She then adds, "It was a little difficult,
though: he was showing so much interest. Being Wayne's doctor...
he was too keen." Fiona, sitting down, asks, "Does he
know about the Huntington's chorea?" Susan, sitting down
as well, replies, "No. That was my problem. I was so tempted
to ask him if there'd been any advances with it, but I didn't
want him to start asking more questions. The most important thing
to know is whether or not I'm pregnant. I'm so glad you asked
me to go through with it; at least now I'll know one way or the
other." Fiona sympathises, "It's not an easy time."
Susan tells her, "Not wanting something, but still wanting
it... it certainly isn't easy." Fiona points out,
"Like you said: just a few more hours."
A while later, the front door opens at Dural and Susan walks
in. She calls for Wayne. There's no answer. She then heads across
to the lounge room doors, which are closed, and opens them. She
steps inside and a look of horror crosses her face: the room is
full of nursery equipment and toys. Wayne suddenly pokes his head
out from behind two giant teddybears and grins, "I believe
you've got a surprise for me!" Susan mouths, "Wayne,
I--" Wayne stands up and smiles, "The doctor rang and
I think it's the best news I've ever ever had!" With that,
he picks Susan up and spins her around, delightedly!