There's a sharp knock on the front door at Charlie's. Alison
answers it to find two policemen standing there. One of them says,
"Mrs. Bartlett?" Alison replies, "No, she's away.
I'm Alison Carr." The policeman tells her, "We're actually
looking for Virginia Doyle." Alison replies, "She's
in Melbourne, on business. Why did you want to speak to her?"
The first officer looks at his colleague and then says, "Mrs.
Carr, a woman called Ruby Hawkins was murdered in Melbourne two
days ago, near Prince's Bridge." Alison, looking shocked,
comments, "Murdered? And you think Ginny
had something to do with it?" The officer explains, "We'd
just like to talk to her - and Mrs. Hawkins'
son, Craig: they disappeared yesterday morning; we think that
Miss. Doyle may be hiding him here in Sydney." Alison gasps,
"You can't be serious! You think Craig killed her?"
The officer just asks, "Have you seen either of them?"
Alison retorts, "No. It's preposterous. What evidence do
you have?" The officer ignores this and asks instead, "Have
either of them contacted you?" Alison retorts, "No.
I know nothing about it - and they're certainly not here."
The officer asks, "Do you mind if we see for ourselves?"
Alison snaps, "What if I do?" The officer tells
her, "I'm afraid it wouldn't make any difference: we have
a search warrant." With that, he hands the warrant over and
he and his colleague step inside. Alison warns, "Don't break
anything." She stands there, looking worried.
The 'phone is ringing in the kitchen at the country house when
the back door opens and Ginny dashes in. She picks the 'phone
up and says, "Hello?" She listens and then says, "Hi,
Alison. What's up?" In the lounge room at Charlie's, Alison
retorts, "You tell me. The police have
been around here, looking for you and Craig." Ginny mutters,
"They didn't waste much time." Alison goes
on curtly, "They told me Ruby had been killed." Ginny
nods, "Yeah - and Craig's been blamed for it: whoever it
was planted a hammer in the courtyard and wrapped it in one of
Craig's jumpers." Alison sighs, "Poor kid." Ginny
goes on, "We all know he didn't do it, but it looked pretty
bad, so he took off." She listens and then says, "I
can't say... sorry, I can't." Alison snaps,
"I'm not exactly a total stranger. If you told me where he
was, I might be able to help." She listens and then
demands, "Where's David?" She listens and retorts, "Get
him to call me as soon as he gets home, alright?" She then
mutters, "Yes. Bye," and she hangs up, snapping, "Damn."
The front door opens at the mansion and a white-haired middle-aged
man steps inside. He knocks on the door of Fiona's room. Fiona
calls back, "Who's there?" The man calls out, "Colin
Smith. I've come to see about a room." The door opens and
Fiona peeks her head through a narrow gap. Colin repeats, "I'd
like to rent a room." Fiona steps out into the corridor and
shuts the door behind her quickly. She then smiles, "You're
lucky: there is one available." Colin asks, "What's
the rent?" Fiona replies, "How does $35 a week sound?"
She walks off to show him his room, but he asks quickly, "Don't
I have to sign anything?" Fiona smiles, "That's
alright. I'll get you later on." Colin tells her, "I'd
like to settle it all now - I have to go out soon: business."
Fiona assures him, "That's alright. I'll get you on the way
back." Colin, looking annoyed, mutters, "That's very
kind of you." Fiona then says cheerily, "No trouble
at all. Now, you're going to have to share the bathroom with the
rest of the people, so it won't be long before you're
going to feel like a member of the family..." With that,
she heads off upstairs, still talking. Colin stands in the hallway
and looks round at the door to her room...
Alison is standing with the 'phone to her ear in the lounge room
at Charlie's. She sighs, "Oh, come on..." She
hangs up in annoyance as the front door bangs and Ginny walks
in. Looking surprised, Alison demands, "What are you
doing here?" Ginny mutters, "Nice to see you,
too." Alison goes on, "Where's David? I've
been trying to call him for three hours." Ginny
retorts, "He called just before I left: he's got a job as
a barman at the pub where Ruby used to hang out." Alison
asks in surprise, "What for?" Ginny explains,
"He's going to try to get to know some of her friends...
look for clues to the real killers." Alison growls, "Who
does he think he is: Quincy?!" Ginny asks, "What's
wrong?" Alison sighs, "I can just imagine what Ruby's
'friends' are like." Ginny comments slyly, "We are
protective..." Alison pauses and then asks, "Where's
Craig hiding?" Ginny doesn't respond. Alison mutters, "Some
help you are." She then asks, "What are you
doing back here, Ginny? If you're the only one who knows where
Craig is, he might need you." Ginny replies quickly,
"Debbie knows where he is, too - and I couldn't
get any work done down there." Indicating the smart clothes
she's still wearing, she then adds, "I'm feeling really uncomfortable.
I'd better go and change." With that, she heads off to her
room, leaving Alison glaring at her back as she walks out.
Colin is talking on the public 'phone in the hallway at the mansion,
saying, "I think you're right about the kid staying
here, Jean. When I got the room, the manager seemed pretty keen
on keeping me out of her flat. Something's going on."
He listens and then snarls, "You do better... I
know it's my fault... I'm doing the best I can, alright?"
With that, he hangs up sharply. He turns and looks at the door
to Fiona's room.
Janice and Owen have created a model of the Nature Reserve, which
is set up on the table in the living room at the Woombai homestead.
They're setting out mini trees and animals to show how the real
thing would look. Charlie is standing with them, cutting up bits
of bushes for them to use. Beryl walks in, holding Robert, and
she comments, "I didn't think you needed to build a model,
Owen; I thought Gordon and Wayne had already approved
of the Reserve." Owen explains, "I thought Wayne and
Gordon should see what they're investing in. I should have thought
about it before, but I was thrilled when Janice gave me the idea..."
He looks at Janice, longingly. He adds, "We make a good team."
Beryl goes and sits down on the couch. She then asks Charlie if
she ran into Susan while she was out, adding, "She said she
was going for a walk, but that was ages ago." Charlie
replies that she hasn't. Janice sighs, "It must be awful
having marriage problems - especially so soon. I'm sure
she and Wayne will work things out." Beryl murmurs, "Yes..."
The front door bangs suddenly and Susan walks in. Looking at the
model of the Reserve, she murmurs, "Looks great..."
Beryl comments to her daughter, "You've been gone for some
time." Susan retorts, "I needed it - I felt
so cooped-up in here." She then offers, "Anyone like
some sandwiches?" Owen smiles, "I'm famished."
Susan heads off to the kitchen. Beryl follows her.
Gordon is cleaning the pool at the back of Dural. He doesn't
notice as Wayne appears in the distance and stares at him. He
then wanders up to his father; he's looking tired and dishevelled
and has several days' stubble on his face. He says softly, "Like
some help?" Gordon turns and looks at him in surprise. Wayne
says quietly, "How are you, dad?" Gordon smiles, "Alright
now." With that, he gives Wayne a hug. He then adds,
"You need a shave!"
A short time later, Gordon is sitting on the couch in the lounge
room as Wayne pours drinks for the two of them. Gordon asks his
son, "You just wandered around?" Wayne explains, "I
sat in coffee shops most of the time." Gordon asks, "Where
did you sleep?" Wayne replies, "Here and there. I didn't
have much money. I just had to be alone for a while - to think."
He hands his father a glass of scotch and Gordon asks, "Any
conclusions?" Wayne nods, "A few. I have to talk to
Susan." Gordon tells him, "She's still up at Woombai."
Wayne gasps, "On her own?" Gordon, however,
smiles, "Far from it. Owen, Janice, Charlie, Beryl... they're
all up there. Give her a call; she'd like to know that you're
back." Wayne says, "I want to talk to her alone - face-to-face."
Gordon nods understandingly, "Leave it to me: I'll see what
I can arrange."
In the lounge room at Woombai, Owen and Charlie are arguing over
where to put a tree on the model. The 'phone starts ringing suddenly
and Charlie goes to answer it. Gordon comes on and, after exchanging
pleasantries, he asks Charlie, "Is anyone with you?"
He listens and then says, "I see. Well, try not to react
when I tell you this, but Wayne's home." At Woombai, Charlie
exclaims loudly, "Oh, darling! That's wonderful!"
She then clasps her hand to her mouth as she looks meekly at Janice
and Owen! Gordon says quickly, "Don't say anything, eh, but
Wayne wants to come up and talk to Susan alone. Can you get everyone
out of the house?" Charlie tells him, "I'll do my best."
Gordon smiles, "Fine. We'll take a page out of your book
and come up by helicopter. We should be there in an hour or so."
Charlie grins, "Marvellous! Bye!" She hangs. Looking
thoughtful, she then turns to Janice and Owen. Janice comments
to Charlie, "Sounds like good news." Charlie says hesitantly,
"It is! Um... Gordon and I bought a ticket in...
Lotto. And it's won!" Owen asks, "First Division?"
Charlie says quickly, "No, it isn't that much -
but I still feel like celebrating! Let's go on a picnic!"
She stands there, looking pleased with herself!
In the kitchen, Susan is playing happily with Robert as Beryl
prepares some food. After a few seconds, Susan's face drops and
she offers to take over with the sandwiches. Beryl tells her gently,
"I know it's hard, love... not knowing for sure." Susan
sighs, "When I was little, you always knew when I'd been
naughty or when I was upset. I thought I'd developed a poker face!"
Beryl muses, "I'm afraid you haven't." Susan murmurs,
"You don't know what it's like, mum. It's like Wayne
and the baby have got a dark cloud over their heads, just waiting
to burst." Beryl tells her, "Every parent carries
that fear, Susie. A few days ago, Robert was nearly burnt on the
radiator." Susan mutters, "That's different."
Beryl, however, asks, "Is it? We don't know what's going
to happen to the people we love. Wayne may have the disease and
he may not. Same for the baby. We just don't know." She then
asks, "Do you want to have the baby?" Susan
replies quickly, "Of course." Beryl tells her,
"Then go ahead and pray to God that it will be OK - just
like I pray that Robert stays from radiators!" Charlie
walks in suddenly and announces, "We're all going on a picnic!"
Beryl points out, "But we're making all these sandwiches."
Charlie smiles, "Pack them in a hamper and off we go. It'll
be fun!" She then looks at Susan and gasps, "Oh!
Silly me! We can't go - Wayne might ring and
we'll all be out." Susan, however, tells her, "It's
OK: you go on; I'll wait here." Charlie smiles, "Good.
We're all organised. We're leaving in ten minutes." With
that, she heads back to the lounge room. When she's gone, Susan
takes Robert from Beryl, kisses him and then tells Beryl, "I
love you, mum."
At the mansion, Colin Hopkins is standing outside the door to
Fiona's room, trying to listen for any noise. He hears footsteps
suddenly and Ginny walks in through the front door. Colin pretends
to be looking at the noticeboard nearby. Ginny knocks on Fiona's
door, but there's no answer, so she goes and knocks on May's door.
There's still no answer, so she tries the door and finds it unlocked.
She heads inside. Colin watches her.
In her room, Fiona is standing against the door, listening to
try and work out who was knocking. Craig is sitting on the couch
and Fiona tells him, "Whoever it was has gone." They
hear the bookcase squeak suddenly and they both turn and stare
at it in alarm. Ginny bursts in and smiles, "Hi! It's only
me!" Fiona sighs, "You could've given us a bit more
warning." Craig comments to her, "I thought
you were driving back to Melbourne." Ginny nods,
"I did - then I flew up." Craig asks, "Why?"
Ginny retorts, "I couldn't work down there with all that
fuss you caused. Besides, I thought you might need a
hand." Craig murmurs, "Thanks - but you should've stayed
away. The less involved you are, the better." Ginny, however,
reaches into her bag and tells him curtly, "I had to give
you this." She removes an envelope and hands it
over. Craig looks at it and smiles, "It's from Debbie!"
He then tells Ginny, "I take all that back: you can come
up any time!" He then gives her a kiss on the cheek.
As he pulls away, Ginny stares at him... Craig starts reading
the letter and laughs, "She says that she feels like I've
already been gone for six months!" Looking suddenly uncomfortable,
Ginny says, "Hey, I'm beat. Been up all night. Better get
a few hours' sleep." Craig thanks her for dropping the letter
over. Ginny replies, "No worries." As she heads towards
the door, Fiona says, "A little bit more warning next time
- please?" Ginny just grins, "And take the excitement
out of your day?!" With that, she heads out. Colin is still
standing outside, looking at the noticeboard. He stares at Ginny
in surprise as she emerges from Fiona's room. He says quickly,
"Excuse me: I couldn't help noticing that you went in that
door there --" he indicates May's room "-- and came
out of the manager's office." Ginny nods curtly, "That's
right." Colin goes on quickly, "I'm an architecture
buff. Love old houses; full of surprises, you know? I was just
wondering how you did it." Ginny demands, "Who
wants to know?" Colin holds out his hand and says, "I'm
Colin Smith. I just moved in." Ginny ignores the hand and
retorts, "There's a door between the two flats. Don't ask
me why, but it comes in handy sometimes." She goes
to walk off. Colin, however, says quickly, "Excuse me once
more: doesn't she mind you using it?" He indicates May's
room. Ginny explains, "She's not there." With that,
she heads off. Colin stands there, looking thoughtful. He then
listens again at Fiona's door for a few seconds before walking
along the corridor to May's room. He opens the door and steps
inside, closing the door again behind him. He looks around at
the room. Unable to spot the linking door, he starts examining
the bookcase. He taps one of the shelves, looking thoughtful.
Craig is sitting in Fiona's room, reading the letter from Debbie.
Fiona hands him a soft drink and smiles, "I think Ginny likes
you." Craig replies, "I like her, too. It's
funny: a couple of weeks ago, we couldn't stand each
other." Fiona, however, smiles, "No, I mean really
likes you..." Craig laughs, "No way! I'm not her type,
believe me!" Fiona asks, "And what is her type?"
Craig laughs, "I don't know, but it's not me, that's
for sure." He then says more calmly, "Debbie asked me
if I could call; let her know I'm OK. Can I use the 'phone?"
Fiona, however, asks, "Do you think that's wise?
What if the police are still there? You don't want to
put Debbie in, do you?" She then comments, "Mind you,
there is no reason why I shouldn't 'phone and make sure
the coast is clear." She picks up the 'phone and starts dialling.
When it's answered, she smiles, "Hi, how are you, Andy?"
She listens and then says, "I'm fine, fine. I heard of Craig's
disappearance... from Ginny... How are David and Debbie bearing
up?" She listens and a look of shock crosses her face as
she then asks, "There's no doubt about that?" She listens
again before saying, "You just tell David that I called,
would you?" With that, she hangs up. She then tells Craig
hesitantly, "They're down at the police station. The police
have tested the hammer they found in the courtyard. The fingerprints
were all smudged on it, but it was definitely Ruby's blood. There's
a warrant out for your arrest." Craig gasps, "But I
didn't do it." Fiona insists, "I know, I know.
Don't let it get to you - it just means that our job's going to
be a little bit harder..."
In May's room, Colin is taking books off the bookcase, trying
to find the trigger to open the doorway.
Out in the hallway, Alison marches in through the front door
and goes and knocks on the door of Fiona's room, sharply.
In May's room, Colin puts the books back on the bookcase, looking
frustrated. He then heads back towards the door to the room and
opens it. Alison watches him as he emerges and snaps, "What
are you doing in there?" Colin says quickly, "Hello.
I'm new here. I mistook that for the bathroom." Alison points
out curtly, "You don't have to see inside to see
that it isn't." Colin replies, "I opened the
door and it looked so interesting inside that I had to go in and
have a look. I'm a Forties decor buff; that's all." Alison
mutters suspiciously, "Are you?" Colin nods, "Mmm.
Colin Smith. Architect." He holds out his hand. Alison shakes
it as she replies, "Alison Carr. Co-proprietor." Colin
insists, "I didn't mean any harm." Alison just retorts,
"For future reference, the bathroom's there."
She points out another door. She then adds, "When Mrs. Thompson
returns, tell her I'd like to see her." Colin starts to say,
"But she--" He breaks off, though, and, a gleam in his
eye, nods, "Yes, sure." With that, Alison heads out,
leaving Colin looking thoughtful.
At Woombai, Susan is sitting flicking through a magazine in the
lounge room at the homestead. She looks over at the 'phone and
sighs heavily. All-of-a-sudden, she hears the sound of a helicopter
outside, and she stands up and heads out to see what's happening.
Gordon and Wayne are approaching the homestead as Susan opens
the front door. Wayne smiles at her. She smiles back, looking
relieved. She runs over to him and, giving him a warm hug, smiles,
"It's about time you showed up." Wayne hands
Gordon his bag and Gordon heads off inside. When he's gone, Susan
cries, "I've missed you. Don't do it to me again."
Wayne tells her earnestly, "I won't." He then goes on
seriously, "I might die and I might not; I don't know - but
I need you." Susan places his hand on her belly
and assures him, "We'll both be here." Wayne,
however, says, "We can't put a child through it: it'll be
too cruel, Susan." A look of shock crosses Susan's face as
he goes on, "It's killing me to say this, but I know I'm
right: it would be better if the baby wasn't born at all."