Debbie is piling up some old furniture in the courtyard outside
the back door of the country house when Andy pokes his head round
the corner and asks, "Coast clear?" Debbie smiles and
nods, "Yes - David's taken Beryl to the airport." Andy
asks, "Where's she off to?" Debbie explains, "Sydney.
She's gone to visit Susan for a while." Andy, changing the
subject, then tells Debbie, "There's a job going for you,
if you're interested." Debbie replies dubiously, "I'm
not working in any strip clubs, Andy." Andy, however, assures
her, "It's a restaurant a couple of doors down. I can introduce
you to the owner, if you like." Debbie nods, "OK."
She goes and picks up a chainsaw as Andy goes on, "I gave
you a big rap." Debbie muses, "I can't imagine what
you found to say!" Andy smiles, "I managed to think
up a few things. It was hard, but I managed!" He then asks,
"Do you want to go there tomorrow?" Debbie asks, "Morning?"
Craig marches suddenly round the corner, mutters, "G'day,"
and storms inside. Andy comments to Debbie, "Looks like I'm
not the only one with troubles..."
Debbie heads inside to find Craig making himself a sandwich,
furiously. He mutters, "Come in to say 'I told you so', I
suppose?" Debbie asks sympathetically, "What happened?"
Craig snaps, "What do you care?" Debbie insists,
"Of course I care." Craig sighs more calmly,
"I know you do. I just don't want to talk about it, that's
all." Andy is still standing outside, listening as Debbie
then says to Craig, "You're cutting at that loaf like it
was Ruby's head or something." Craig snarls, "I
wish she'd died when she had me." Debbie tells him,
"You don't mean that. Let's get some fresh air; we'll go
for a walk." Hearing this, Andy walks off quickly. In the
kitchen, Craig yells, "I just got in; what would I want to
go out again for?" Debbie suggests, "A walk
with me might help." Craig just yells, "I feel
like some food, OK?" He then calms down and murmurs, "Sorry."
Debbie goes and starts massaging his shoulders, saying gently
as she does so, "Tell me." Craig sighs, "You were
right: she's been using me all along." Debbie asks, "How
did you find out?" Craig pants, "She got nasty and told
me. Said she's made everything up. I feel such an idiot..."
Debbie comments, "At least now you know." Craig sighs,
"I wanted her to like me. I wanted her to feel proud
of me; proud of the way I'd grown up." Debbie remarks, "I
can't understand why she'd suddenly turn nasty."
Craig murmurs, "Reckoned I'd just end up being more trouble
than it was worth. I wish I'd never seen her..."
Ted Flogit is sitting with Ruby in her local pub. As he shuffles
a pack of cards, he comments, "That kid of yours has got
good taste in sheilas." Ruby just mutters, "I wish I'd
never met him." Looking surprised, Ted asks, "Is
he trouble or something?" Ruby mutters, "Yeah."
Ted asks, "How come?" Ruby sighs, "He just is.
I was going to rip him off; take everything he had. Suddenly I
thought 'I'm his mum. I couldn't do it'. Don't ask me why."
Ted deals some cards and Ruby looks through them. She puts two
down on the table and Ted deals replacements. Ruby looks at them
and then throws the whole lot down on the table and mutters, "I'm
just not interested." Ted pulls the cards back to him and
looks through them. He then raises his eyebrows and comments in
surprise, "I never thought I'd see the day when Ruby Hawkins
would toss away a full house." Ruby sighs, "Yeah, well
I never thought I'd see the day when she'd give up a
dead cert scam, either. I could've used that kid."
Ted asks, "Why didn't you?" Ruby retorts, "I'm
his mum." Ted asks, "You going soft in your
old age?" Ruby shrugs, "Soft in the head, maybe."
She then reaches into her handbag and hands Ted some money for
another drink. He heads to the bar, leaving Ruby at the table,
groaning, "Why do I have to care...? What do I care...?"
It's the next morning and Caroline is standing in Glen's parents'
cabin. She picks up a gold statuette from a cabinet and smiles
at it. Glen joins her and tells her, "'Best and Fairest,
1979'." Caroline asks, "Aussie Rules?" Glen nods,
"Yeah. We lived in Adelaide for a few years." Caroline
then remarks, "'Best and Fairest'. That's still
you." Glen shrugs, "I don't know about that."
Caroline tells him, "I don't have a trophy to give
you, but..." She breaks off and then gives him a kiss on
the cheek and smiles, "That's my 'Best and Fairest' award
for 1986." Glen grins, "Thankyou. You think you'll be
OK?" Caroline nods, "I'm going to get professional help.
I know I need it." Glen tells her, "Good on you."
Caroline then asks, "What about you?" Glen
asks, "What do you mean?" Caroline replies, "Everything
you've told me about your achievements: you can't turn your back
on them for the rest of your life." Glen comments, "I
don't see why not." Caroline tells him, "You've
got to face up to yourself the way I did, otherwise it's
a terrible waste of potential." Glen doesn't respond. Caroline
then asks him, "You got a footy in the house?" Glen
nods, "Somewhere, yeah. Why?" Caroline smiles, "We've
been miserable for too long. Let's have some fun!"
A short time later, outside, Caroline and Glen are playing with
an Aussie Rules ball. Glen tries to teach Caroline to kick it
and catch it. She falls over as she lunges to catch it and Glen
runs over and asks if she's alright. Smiling happily, she tells
him, "I'm fine! I'm really fine!"
David is working under the kitchen sink at the country house.
There's suddenly a knock on the back door and he calls, "It's
open." Alison walks in and, looking at him, remarks, "You're
trusting. I could've been anyone." David, sitting
up, tells her, "We don't get any weirdoes around here. Keep
the place unlocked half the time." He then returns to working
under the sink as he asks what brings her around. Alison smiles,
"Nothing in particular - I just thought I'd visit my partner
in crime." David suddenly cries out, "Oh hell."
Alison asks, "What's the matter?" David tells her, "I've
cut my finger." Alison asks, "You got any antiseptic?
Band aids?" David sits up and points to the cupboard and
Alison goes and gets them. She returns with some antiseptic and
starts cleaning the wound. As she does so, David smiles, "Look
at us: a while ago I wouldn't have given you the time of day.
Now you're playing Florence Nightingale; saving my life."
Alison comments wryly, "You never could stay angry
with me for long." David, staring into her eyes, says weakly,
"There's plenty of times I wanted to..." He
then adds quickly, "Better whack a band-aid on." He
stands up and walks over to the table. Changing the subject, Alison
asks, "How's Craig going?" David replies, "The
poor kid's on a bit of a downer. His mother gave him the heave-ho."
Alison comments, "That's good, isn't it?" David
nods, "Yeah - but try to convince him of that. I'm
just worried he's going to try to patch it up with her."
Alison comments, "You care about him, don't you?"
David tells her, "Yes, I do. I don't see John and Kevin these
days... the kid's almost like a son to me." Alison
muses, "Yes, he is a bit like John. I can see why
you feel that way." David explains, "That's why I hope
he keeps away from Ruby now that the break's been made."
Alison suggests, "It shouldn't be a problem if she
gave him the flick." David, however, sighs, "You
never know with a con like her. She's just as likely
to change her mind tomorrow: first run of bad luck and she'll
be back on the doorstep." Alison comments, "It really
worries you, doesn't it?" David tells her,
"Of course it does: you want what's right for your
kids - even if they're not your own!" Alison murmurs, "Yes..."
David adds, "Nothing much I can do about it, though."
Alison murmurs, "No, no, I suppose not..."
Ruby is standing behind her market stall. A passer-by picks something
up and then walks away, shaking her head. Ruby calls after her
angrily, "Hey! I wouldn't go turning my nose up if I were
you; it's the best stuff you'll see around here." A few yards
away, Alison's, who's approaching the stall, stops in her tracks
and stares at Ruby, mouthing, "My God, they're alike."
She walks over to the stall. Ruby smiles at her and says, "Best
jewellery in town. I can tell a lady with taste when I see one,
and you've come to the right spot. It's all top stuff." Alison,
however, snaps, "I have no intention of buying anything.
I'm here about Craig. You're no good for him. I want to make sure
you stay away." Ruby mutters, "And who are you?"
Alison replies, "Friend of a friend - and I have connections.
If you see Craig again, I can tell you now: you're buying more
trouble for yourself than you can handle." Ruby growls, "Nobody
tells me what I can do." Alison retorts, "I
am. You stick to your decision to keep away from him - for your
own sake." With that, she walks off. Ruby glares at her and
then marches after her. She grabs her arm, spins her around and
snaps, "I don't know who sent you, or who your friends are,
but you go and tell 'em Ruby Hawkins does what she likes
when she likes, and no one - I mean no one -
stands over her. You and your friends chew on that. If
I want to see that kid again, I'll see him. Now, you get out.
Alison warns her, "I mean what I say." Ruby gives her
a shove and snarls, "I said rack off." Alison walks
away. Ruby storms back over to her stall.
A while later, David is sitting at the kitchen table with Alison,
looking pensive as she tells him and Debbie, "I thought I
was doing the right thing. I thought I could make her stay away.
Now all I've done is make it worse, I think." David sighs,
"Why can't you stay out of things?" Alison
tells him, "You seemed worried. I wanted to do something.
You helped me yesterday." She then sighs,
"Why can't I leave well enough alone?" Debbie asks,
"You think Ruby might come back now, just to spite you?"
Alison nods, "She seemed pretty steamed-up." David mutters,
"What do you reckon? Someone like you going
round being heavy with her... that's like waving a red rag to
a bull." Alison points out curtly, "I didn't have
to tell you what I'd done - but I thought... well, I thought you
should know." David mutters, "Big deal." Alison
then suggests to Debbie, "Why don't you go for your job interview?
I can handle it. And I'm sorry; I really am." With that,
Debbie heads out. Alison calls after her, "Good luck with
the job." Debbie murmurs, "Thanks."
A short time later, Debbie is walking with Andy down a quiet
street. Andy is asking, "Are you sure Alison wasn't out to
cause trouble? She can be pretty deadly when she puts her mind
to it." Debbie, however, insists, "No way. She just
wanted to help David out." They reach a building and, glancing
inside, Debbie comments, "It looks OK." She then asks
how she looks. Andy assures her, "Great." He
adds, "No need to bung it on; just be yourself." Debbie
tells him, "I'm too worried about Craig and Ruby to sparkle."
Andy insists, "Forget it: she won't turn up." Debbie
asks, "What if she does? If Craig takes her back,
I think I'd have to give up on him." She then muses, "Oh
well... time to sparkle," and she heads into the restaurant.
A while later, Craig is standing outside the back door of the
country house as Debbie and Andy come round the corner, Debbie
enthusing, "Gee, if the tips are as good as he said, I'll
make a packet!" She then runs over to Craig and
says, "Guess what: I got the job! I start tomorrow night."
Craig just mutters, "That's good." Debbie adds, "I
can't wait to tell David; is he in there?" She indicates
the kitchen. Craig nods, "Yeah. So's Alison." With that,
Debbie runs inside. When she's gone, Andy comments to Craig, "I
heard you had a bit of trouble with your mum." Craig mutters,
"Yeah." Andy goes on, "I see her around the area
a bit - you know, the club? The pub on the corner seems to be
her stamping ground." Craig nods, "Yeah, it is, I think."
He then adds, "Look, I don't want to be rude, but I'd rather
not talk about it." Andy, however, goes on, "It's just
that... it's Alison, that's all: she warned your mum off."
A look of fury crosses Craig's face. Andy says quickly, "Please,
don't go off half-cocked. If you front them with it they'll know
it's me who told you and I'll be out on my ear. Now, I'm
doing you a favour so you do me one
and keep it to yourself." He then adds, "I'll tell you
what, though: maybe your mum didn't want to dump you;
maybe she did it because Alison told her to. I don't
know, but I reckon it's worth getting in touch with her again."
Craig murmurs, "Maybe it is..." Andy goes on, "I
have to get to work. Do you want me to tell your mum you want
to see her?" Craig hesitates and then says, "OK."
He takes out a pad of paper and writes down a note, saying as
he does so, "Just tell her that I'm stuck here for a while
but I'll call-by as soon as I can. OK?" Andy nods, "Sure."
Craig hands him the sheet of paper and adds, "Give her this,
OK?" Andy tells him, "Done." Craig then adds, "Thanks,
Andy." Andy walks off, leaving Craig looking worried.
Charlie is sitting in the lounge room at the Woombai homestead,
telling Owen, Janice, Susan and Beryl - who's holding Robert -
that she's having a new drive laid and couldn't let Isabella get
near the dust, so she got a helicopter up to Woombai! She then
suggests to Owen and Janice that they give Beryl and Susan their
privacy. As she heads out of the room, she asks Owen about the
Nature Reserve. Janice takes Robert from Beryl and heads off to
put him to bed. When they're alone, Beryl throws her arms around
Susan. Susan sighs, "I needed you here so much,
mum. Thanks for coming up." Beryl asks, "Any more news
on Wayne?" Susan replies, "Nothing more than Charlie
would've told you. I'm so worried..." Beryl soothes,
"It's OK, love. It's OK." Susan goes on, "I know
you don't like him, but he does love me - no matter what you think
- and I want his baby so much." Beryl insists, "I know,
love." Susan, bursting into tears, sobs, "If he died...
Oh mum..." She breaks down in Beryl's arms.
Debbie is doing some baking in the kitchen at the country house
when Craig walks in from the hallway and announces that he's going
out. Debbie asks, "Where to?" Craig, however, tells
her, "Nowhere special. I'll see you later." The 'phone
starts ringing suddenly and Debbie asks Craig to get it. He does
so and says, "Hello... Speaking... Who is it?" He listens
again, and then with a furtive glance at Debbie, says, "She
told you to ring me?... Where?... OK, I'll be there in about half
an hour... Thanks." With that, he hangs up. Debbie asks,
"Who are you meeting?" Craig retorts, "No one special."
Debbie asks, "What's going on?" Craig just snaps, "It's
none of your business." With that, he heads out. As he opens
the door, David and Alison walk in and David announces, "Alison's
going." Alison smiles at Craig and Debbie and tells
them, "I'll see you both next time I'm down." Craig
just glares at her and mutters, "Maybe." He storms off.
Alison looks at Debbie and asks, "What's the matter with
him?" Debbie shrugs in concern, "I don't know..."
Ruby is sitting on a park bench, by a lake. She takes a puff
of a cigarette, exhales and stubs the cigarette out. A few yards
away, a gloved hand pulls back the branch of a tree, allowing
the person to look at Ruby more closely. They then start walking
towards her, slowly and quietly. On the bench, Ruby takes out
a sweet and pops it into her mouth. As the person who's approaching
her grows nearer, they take a hammer out of a belt around their
pocket. Ruby then becomes aware of them, turns to them and demands,
"So? What did you want to see me about?"
The kettle boils in the kitchen at the country house. Debbie
switches it off and offers Alison and David some tea. Alison,
however, declines, saying, "No thanks - I have to go."
She then adds, "And I'm sorry again about interfering."
Debbie insists, "I know you thought you were doing the right
thing. I'll see you later." With that, Alison and David head
outside. David closes the door behind him and Alison says, "She's
a sweet kid. Craig's lucky." David nods, "Too right
he is." Alison then tells him, "The apology I gave to
Debbie goes for you too. You calmed down?" David points out,
"We're talking, aren't we?" Alison insists,
"I want to make sure you're not going to hold any grudges."
David muses, "You know what your trouble is? You've
always wanted to be able to control everything; always
wanted to. You're a hell of a lot better than you were, but it's
still there. Do us a favour: next time you're itching to stick
your bib in... don't. It'll save us all a lot of trouble!"
Alison smiles at him and says, "That's the nicest ticking-off
you've ever given me. We friends?" David nods and smiles
at her, warmly.
Craig is walking across the park to the bench where Ruby is sitting.
She has her back to him, and the hood of her jacket has been pulled
up over her head. Craig stops behind her and smiles, "Hi,
it's me. I got your friend's call. It's good timing: I was just
on my way out to look for you." Ruby doesn't respond.
Craig goes on, "I know about Alison coming on heavy with
you." He then crouches down behind her and continues, "I
know I came on a bit heavy myself, wanting you to share a house
with me and all, but you're my mother, and I wanted us to get
to know each other." He stands up again and moves to stand
at the side of the bench. He then says, "If it's just Alison
that made you tell me to get lost..." He breaks off before
crying in concern, "I don't know what else to say.
I mean, you asked me to come here... Mum...?" Ruby
still doesn't say anything. Craig then puts his hand on her arm
- and Ruby's body falls forward. Craig recoils in horror as he
realises she's dead.