It's a while later. David is sitting up in bed in his room at
the hospital as Craig laughs, "Beryl was saying, 'Why'd you
do it, Colin?'!" Ginny adds, "He was so freaked out!"
Craig then says to David, "Thanks for the idea." David
comments, "I didn't tell you much." Craig assures
him, "It was enough. Andy told us you wanted us to get Beryl
- then it clicked: that Beryl and mum were lookalikes. The rest
was easy: Andy pretended to blackmail Colin so we could get him
to the depot." Ginny adds, "Then Craig called the police
and told them what was happening. I helped Beryl with
her hair and make-up. She looked so much like Ruby, even her mum
wouldn't have been able to tell the difference! Colin didn't stand
a chance!" David asks, "What did Debbie
do?" His face becoming suddenly serious, Craig tells him,
"Nothing. I didn't want her to get involved." David
asks in surprise, "Why not?" Craig explains,
"Just in case it hadn't worked. She would've had to watch
me when the police carted me off again. It just would've been
too hard for both of us." He goes on, "The trouble is,
she walked in on us when we were discussing it. She thought we
had some sort of secret romance going, or something, and stomped
out in a rage." Beryl comments, "Andy was going out
to the farm. I'm sure he'll tell her the truth and she'll understand."
Craig murmurs, "I hope so." He then adds, "The
other thing was, too, that if the whole thing had've backfired,
she would've been charged with harbouring a criminal. I didn't
want that, either." Ginny gasps suddenly, "Thanks
a lot! You didn't mind putting my head on the
chopping block!" Craig tells her, "You're different.
Debbie's not as tough as you are." Ginny snaps,
"What do you mean?" Craig shrugs, "She's just more
of a girl, I suppose." Ginny glares at him and snaps,
"What do you mean, 'more of a girl'?" Craig explains
hesitantly, "She's just more... feminine." Ginny snaps,
"You think I'm butch, or something? Well let me
tell you something, buster: I can be just as feminine
and sensitive as Debbie, if not more." David says
quickly, "Alright. Settle down!" Craig suggests, "It's
probably time we got going, anyway. We've got a few things to
sort out. Turning to Ginny, he asks, "You coming?" Ginny
snaps, "Yeah. But don't think you're off the hook that easily."
Beryl suggests, "I'd better be going too."
David, however, tells her, "I'd like you to stay." Beryl
smiles at Craig and Ginny, "I'll see you later. "They
head out." Left alone with Beryl, David turns to her and
says earnestly, "You did it. You pulled it off. I'm proud
of you." Beryl smiles, "Thankyou."
Craig is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, holding
a ring. Ginny walks in from the hallway and asks him, "What
are you looking at?" Craig replies sadly, "It's Debbie's
friendship ring. I found it in her bedroom. Most of her clothes
are gone, too. Andy's clothes aren't here, either. They must've
gone together." Ginny, sitting down, insists, "Andy
would've told her the truth by now. She'd have to understand."
Craig just retorts, "That's if he did tell her.
He could have kept it from her so she'd turn off me and
on to him. She must think I'm a real creep." Ginny
assures him, "He wouldn't go that far." Craig, however,
snaps, "Wouldn't he? You know he likes Debbie. It
would be just like him to take advantage of the situation."
Ginny insists, "He's not that bad." Craig, however,
points out, "What about that deal he pulled on you?
That fake demo tape?" Ginny admits, "Mmm... maybe he
is." Craig declares, "I have to find her."
Wayne is sitting with his feet up on the desk in Fiona's room
at the mansion. He puts down a file of papers, stands up and goes
and looks out through the window. Caroline walks into the room
suddenly and asks in surprise, "What are you doing
here?" Wayne retorts, "Checking the books. I am allowed
to, you know; my company does own this building."
He then asks, "Who's Danny Marks? Do you know?" Caroline
replies, "The American. He's a rather vain and lecherous
law student." Wayne comments, "He's also behind in his
rent. Overall, a rather unpleasant fellow, eh?" Caroline
just murmurs pointedly, "That depends who you measure
him against." Wayne looks at her sharply and says, "I
think I might just see if he's in - if you'll excuse me."
With that, he walks off. As soon as he's gone, Caroline walks
over to his briefcase, which is lying on the desk, lifts the top
up and starts looking through the papers inside. All-of-a-sudden,
Wayne walks back in, saying, "He must be at a lecture--"
He breaks off as he spots Caroline going through his case. He
then demands, "What do you think you're doing?"
Caroline tells him, "Proving you're a liar - and I think
I've hit the jackpot." Wayne snatches the papers she's holding,
snarling, "Give me those." Caroline grins evilly,
"It doesn't make any difference: I've seen what they are
and I know what they mean." Wayne just comments, "Oh?"
Caroline tells him, "Two invoices: one for $20,000 worth
of gym equipment, the other for $40,000 - for Charlie. The equipment's
the same but the cost is double." Wayne shrugs, "So?"
Caroline goes on, "It's obvious the equipment only cost $20,000.
The other invoice is so you can cheat Charlie. That's it,
isn't it?" Wayne stares at her and then says 'sympathetically',
"I'm worried about you, Caroline: you're losing
your grip. You can't tell reality from fantasy." Caroline,
however, sighs, "Not this time, Wayne. The invoice
says the equipment's going to be delivered today. It's too late
for you to change the order. I'm finally going to expose you."
Wayne snarls, "Who's going to believe you? You're a fruitcake."
Caroline just muses, "We'll see. This time, I'll
bring along a witness." With that, she walks out. She doesn't
notice the nasty smile that crosses Wayne's face...
Sometime later, Caroline walks into the reception area at the
gym. Gordon is with her and she tells him, "You'll soon see
I'm right." A man with a trolley stops in front of them and
Caroline says to him, "Excuse me, are you delivering the
equipment that Mr. Hamilton ordered?" The man nods, "Yeah."
Caroline goes on, "Would you mind if we took at look at the
invoice?" The man demands, "Who are you?"
Caroline retorts, "Does that matter? We want to
have a look at it." Gordon chips in quickly, "I'm
Mr. Hamilton's father. We'd just like to check
something." The delivery man shrugs and then pulls a sheet
of paper out of his pocket. He hands it to Caroline, and she unfolds
it and stares at it. Gordon asks, "What does it say?"
Caroline, looking horrified, tells him, "There must be some
sort of mistake - there should only be $20,000
worth of equipment here." The delivery man asks sarcastically,
"Do you want to have a look in the truck, lady?" Caroline
turns to Gordon and cries, "Wayne must have altered it at
the last minute." Wayne walks in at that moment and asks
'innocently', "Altered what?" Caroline growls,
"That invoice." The delivery man walks off, and Wayne
asks Caroline and Gordon, "What am I supposed to have done?"
Gordon explains, "Caroline is under the impression that you
told Charlie the goods you ordered were worth twice their actual
value." Caroline snaps, "Not 'under the impression';
I know." Wayne shrugs, "Then you're wrong:
everything is above-board." Caroline demands, "What
about the invoices?" Wayne queries, "Invoices?"
Gordon tells him, "Caroline said she saw two invoices: one
real and one fake, for Charlie." Wayne bursts out laughing!
He then opens his briefcase, takes out some papers and comments,
"She must mean these." Handing the papers to
his father, he tells him, "That's the invoice for the gym
equipment: $40,000. And this must be what's confusing Caroline:
it's a $20,000 budget for some equipment I'm thinking of getting
- a sauna and spa. I suppose it does look like an invoice
at a glance." Gordon turns to Caroline and says, "Sorry.
Seems you made a mistake." Caroline, however, snarls, "It
is not the same one." Gordon tells her, "I'll take you
home." Caroline just cries, "No! We have to prove he's
lying." Wayne and Gordon stare at her. After a few seconds,
she backs down, muttering at Wayne, "Alright. I suppose you've
swept all the dirt under the carpet by now, anyway. But
don't think this is the end of it." With that, she storms
out. Gordon follows her. Wayne lingers by the reception desk,
looking pleased with himself...
It nighttime, and in Melbourne, David is sitting at Alison's
hospital bedside, laughing, "Then, when Beryl turned up as
Ruby, Colin sang like a canary. He's in custody now, with Jean
- and Craig's in the clear... at least, with the cops."
Alison sighs, "Now what?" David replies, "You
know I told you Craig was trying to keep Debbie out of it? Well,
apparently Andy didn't tell her the truth, and when the whole
thing was over they took off together!" Alison tries to sit
up, but David tells her quickly, "Just take it easy. The
doctor says you're out of the danger zone, but we don't want to
take any chances, do we, eh? I just thought I'd come and see you
and tell you everything and to thank you: we wouldn't have been
able to do it without your help." Alison assures him, "It
was worth it. We spent a lot of time together. It felt good."
David whispers, "Yeah." Alison takes his hand. There's
silence for several seconds. Alison then tells David gently, "I
love you." David doesn't respond. There's suddenly a knock
on the door and Beryl walks in, smiling, "Hello, Alison.
The nurses tell me you're on the road to recovery." Alison
just mutters, "What wonderful timing." Beryl murmurs,
"I'm sorry. Actually, I came to see David."
Turning to him, she explains that the nurses said he should let
Alison rest. With that, she leaves the room again. David tells
Alison, "I'd better go. I'll see you soon." He kisses
her forehead and then walks out. Alison lays there, looking upset.
Craig hangs up the 'phone in the kitchen at the country house
and starts pacing the floor, looking annoyed. Ginny walks in from
the hallway and comments, "No luck, huh?" Craig retorts,
"I just called her parents again. Still haven't
heard from her. I swear: when I get my hands on Andy,
I'm going to break his neck..." Ginny tells him, "If
you just calm down..." Craig, however, retorts, "I don't
want to hear it. I want to be angry. I have just been
through hell this last month. You know what kept me going?
Knowing Debbie was behind me 100%. I came back to Melbourne just
to see her. Now, when I'm finally free, what does it mean? Zilch!
She's not here to share it." Ginny listens and then tells
him, "You just said the magic word!" Craig asks in surprise,
"What do you mean?" Ginny sighs, "'Free'! You're
free! Have you stopped to think about it today?"
Craig retorts, "I just said: it doesn't mean anything."
Ginny, however, tells him, "Of course it does. Have
you forgotten what it's like to be on the run already?" Craig
insists, "It doesn't mean anything unless I have Debbie."
Ginny, however, retorts, "Bull - and I'm taking you out tonight
to prove it. Come on, you are free! Let's go! Tonight's
on me!" Craig murmurs, "You haven't got any money."
Ginny just shrugs, "Has that ever stopped me before? I mightn't
have been in Melbourne all that long, but it doesn't take long
to get to know a few barmen!"
The next morning, Janice is sitting in Fiona's room at the mansion,
sharpening some pencils, when the 'phone starts ringing. She goes
and answers it and then says, "Hello, Wayne. How are you?"
She listens and then replies, "Bored, actually. Once all
the rents have been paid and everything's working, there's virtually
nothing to do round here." Wayne, who's standing
behind the reception desk at the gym, smiles, "In need of
a holiday, huh?!" Janice, however, retorts, "Hardly.
Idleness is the enemy of the soul." Wayne tells her, "I'm
glad you feel that way: I'm calling to offer you some
part-time work in the gym... No, Glen's staying, but I figured
there's room for one more anyway. We can make it flexible to work
around your part-time teaching. Interested?" He listens and
then smiles, "Good. Come to the gym in an hour or so. I'll
take you to lunch and we can discuss details." With that,
he hangs up, looking pleased with himself...
A while later, Janice and Wayne are walking along a road outside
the gym. Janice is saying, "Thankyou for the offer, Wayne
- I like to keep my days busy." Wayne assures her, "You'll
be doing me a favour, too: I need an extra hand; don't
want Glen overworking himself, do we?" He stops
in his tracks, suddenly, as he approaches his red car and discovers
it's been daubed with streaks of white paint. He mutters, "What
the hell?" He walks over to it and, staring at the paint,
growls, "Bone dry." Janice asks, "Who could have
done it?" She pauses and then adds, "It's either
a mindless act of vandalism or someone doesn't like you."
Wayne looks at her and then says, "Caroline. I bet
you. Anything you like. You heard about all the fuss with the
invoices, didn't you?" Janice nods uncertainly, "Yes,
but Caroline wouldn't do this." Wayne retorts, "You
reckon? Hop in. Let's find out." With that, he unlocks the
passenger-side door and Janice climbs in. She doesn't see the
grin on Wayne's face...
A short time later, Wayne is sitting in Fiona's room at the mansion
when Janice walks in and says, "She's not in her bedsit.
Perhaps she's out on a job?" Wayne, however, replies, "She
couldn't be: her bag's still here." He indicates
it across the room. Janice suggests, "She couldn't be far,
then. We'll wait." Wayne, however, suggests, "Instead
of doing nothing, why don't we check out her bag?"
Janice retorts, "That's unethical!" Wayne snaps, "And
spraying my car isn't? She could have an appointment
diary in there. We could find out where she is or when she'll
be back." Janice looks at him and then walks over to Caroline's
bag, which is on the couch. She unzips it and starts going through
it. All-of-a-sudden, she pulls out a handkerchief. It's orange
but has white marks on it. Looking horrified, Janice murmurs,
"Look at her hanky: it's the same colour as on the car."
Wayne sighs, "What did I tell you? Doesn't seem any doubt,
does there?" Janice murmurs reluctantly, "No."
Gordon is sitting at the living room table at Dural, saying,
"You can't be sure it was Caroline." Wayne
and Janice are standing in front of him. Janice removes the incriminating
handkerchief from her handbag and tells him, "I found that
in her bag. It's got the same coloured paint on it." Gordon
remarks in surprise, "It's not like you to go through
other people's possessions." Wayne chips in quickly, "It
was my idea." Janice adds, "It was all in the
name of justice. We had to do something: the woman's
obviously not responsible for her actions anymore." Gordon
tells her, "She believes that Wayne is exploiting
people. She's wrong, of course, but it's her way of hitting
back, that's all." Janice, however, sits down and retorts,
"She's not merely wrong; she's irrational."
Gordon insists, "I am not defending her. I don't think it's
fair to write her off as crazy. Childish, perhaps."
Wayne tells his father, "I was hoping you might talk to her."
Gordon asks in surprise, "What can I say to her?"
Wayne replies, "What you just said to us: she's
being childish. She respects you. She might listen." Janice
adds in concern, "Who knows what she'll do next
if she's not stopped now." Looking worried, Gordon
murmurs, "Alright." Neither he nor Janice notices the
look of glee that crosses Wayne's face...
A while later, Gordon is sitting at the table in Fiona's room
at the mansion. Caroline walks in and, looking surprised, she
smiles, "Hello, Gordon. Mansion business to attend to?"
Gordon, however, replies, "Not quite. I'd like to talk to
you." Caroline mutters, "If it's about yesterday,
forget it: I'm not apologising." Gordon explains, "No,
it isn't about yesterday; at least, not directly. I'd like to
talk to you about an act of vandalism to Wayne's car." Caroline
asks in surprise, "When?" Gordon retorts, "I think
you know when." Caroline starts to say, "No,
I'm sorry, I--" Gordon interrupts and says curtly, "His
car was spray-painted. Janice found this in your bag." He
shows her the handkerchief, adding, "It is yours?"
Caroline nods in surprise, "Er, yes." Gordon asks, "Then
how do you explain the paint on it?" Caroline starts to say,
"I don't know--" She breaks off and then declares,
"Wayne. Wayne must have planted it." Gordon
looks at her dubiously. She goes on quickly, "Don't you see?
He must have sprayed the car himself and he's trying to make out
that I did it." Gordon comments, "It seems
a bit extreme, don't you think?" Caroline retorts,
"Yes, well, he's trying to convince everyone that I've gone
crazy." Gordon demands, "You serious?" Caroline
insists, "That must be it: he's trying to convince
everybody I'm crazy so he won't believe me when I tell them he's
a crook." Gordon stands up and says calmly, "Caroline,
I heard you stopped going to therapy." Caroline stares at
him and gasps, "You believe him! You think I'm mad!"
Gordon tells her, "No - but I think you might have stopped
therapy a bit soon." Caroline cries, "There
is nothing wrong with me. Oh, I admit I have a few problems,
but they're nothing to do with Wayne and they're nothing
I can't handle myself." Gordon just suggests, "In
that case, there's only one way to deal with the situation
- and I'm not accepting any arguments."
Sometime later, Gordon, Wayne and Caroline are all in the lounge
room at Dural. Gordon is sitting on the couch while Caroline and
Wayne pace the floor by the bar. Gordon tells them, "I know
neither of you want to be here, but I think you'll agree the only
way to end this feud is to talk about it calmly and rationally."
Caroline mutters, "It won't do any good." Gordon, however,
pleads, "Caroline, keep an open mind." Wayne looks at
Caroline and smiles, "Ready when you are." Caroline
just glares at him and growls, "How accommodating of you.
Why don't you tell Gordon how you're trying to set me up?"
Wayne insists 'earnestly', "I'm trying to help you."
Caroline snarls, "You are a self-satisfied little weevil!"
Wayne retorts, "Insults are not going to help this meeting,
Caroline." Caroline snaps, "Don't patronise me!"
Wayne just retorts, "Patronise? At least I'm capable
of some self-restraint." Gordon chips in quickly,
"Wayne, this is no time for sarcasm." Wayne murmurs,
"Sorry." Gordon then suggests, "Let's get down
to business." Looking at Caroline, he goes on, "You
think Wayne is trying to exploit Charlie." Caroline replies,
"He showed me the waiver." Gordon asks, "Where?"
Caroline tells him, "In the study." Gordon clarifies,
"It's in the study?" Caroline replies, "It's not
in the study now; I don't know where it is now."
Gordon continues, "This morning, Wayne's car was vandalised
and a paint-stained handkerchief found in your bag." Caroline
glares at him and growls, "I am not on trial."
She then points to Wayne and snaps, "He is the one
who should be locked up; he's trying to make out that
I'm the dangerous one." Gordon sighs, "Caroline,
let me continue." Caroline, however, snaps, "No I won't.
He is trying to make out I am crazy." Wayne says
suddenly, "Caroline, this has got to stop. You're an intelligent
woman. Can't you see you need help?" Caroline glares at him
and then lunges at him, pushing the drink he's holding out of
his hand. After a few seconds, Wayne turns to Gordon and asks,
"Does that prove my point?" Gordon looks away, sadly.
Caroline says hesitantly, "Alright. I'll go back into therapy."
Gordon nods, "I think that's wise." Turning to Wayne,
Caroline adds sourly, "The doctors should soon be able to
tell if I'm sane or not. And I can assure you: everyone
will know." She then asks Gordon, "Could you take me
home now, please?" Gordon nods, "Of course." He
stands up. Caroline heads out to the hallway. Gordon looks at
Wayne and then follows her. When they've gone, Wayne goes and
looks up a number in the telephone index on the bar. He then picks
up the 'phone and dials. When the call is answered, he says, "Ron,
it's Wayne. I want you to get some information for me. What sort
of red tape do you have to cut through to get someone committed?"
He listens and then replies with a smile, "A mental institution..."
Craig is staring out through the kitchen window at the country
house, looking glum. Ginny walks in from the hallway and comments,
"I thought you were going to try and get Debbie out of
your mind." Craig just retorts, "I can't."
Ginny tells him, "What you need is another diversion."
Craig turns to look at her and asks, "Like what?"
Ginny leans towards him, kisses him on the lips and says, "Like
that." Craig stares at her and then mutters, "No."
He steps away. Ginny asks, "Why not? You never know
what Debbie and Andy are up to right now." Craig
pauses. Ginny walks over to him and he stares into her eyes. They
then lean towards each other and lock lips - only before they
can go any further, they hear a rustle of keys. They pull apart
quickly. Beryl walks in from the hallway and announces, "I'm
just off to pick David up from the hospital. Bye." She heads
out. Ginny then smiles at Craig, "Now, where were we?"
Craig, however, snaps, "No." He steps away. Ginny demands,
"Why not?" Craig retorts, "I just can't,
OK?" With that, he marches off out to the hallway, leaving
Ginny looking annoyed.
Alison is sitting up in her bed at the hospital when the door
to her room opens and David walks in, smiling, "Feeling better?"
Alison nods, "Much, thanks." David goes on, "Beryl's
here to take me home; I've just come to say goodbye." He
leans in and kisses her on the top of her head. He then tells
her, "Don't you go kicking any footballs for a while, eh?!"
He goes to walk out again. Alison, though, says quickly, "Just
a minute. I want to have a talk." David asks warily, "What
about?" Alison tells him, "About us."
David, sitting down, replies, "I'd like to talk to you,
too." Alison then goes on, "I meant what I
said last night - about feeling good being with you again. I'm
still in love with you, David; I can't kid myself. I was hoping
that when I came out of hospital, we could make a go
of it..." David sighs, "I know what you're going to
say. There's a few things I've got to set straight with you."
He hesitates before continuing, "What happened in the freezer...
the things we said... I didn't say anything; I just agreed
with you. We both thought we were going to die there,
you wanted to hear me say I love you, and I did."
Alison frowns, "And since I'm not going to die,
you're letting me down gently?" David tells her,
"There's no use going on thinking there's something there
when there's not." Alison pleads, "But how
can you be sure? If we could have some time together,
you might start feeling the same way..." David insists, "I
wouldn't." He then says, "Apart from that,
being in the freezer made me realise one thing: that I want to
make another go of it with Beryl." A look of horror
crosses Alison's face. David adds, "Seeing her has confirmed
it." Alison gasps, "You'd pick her over me?
That boring hausfrau?" David tells her softly, "No
matter what you think of Beryl, she's a good woman and a good
mother. We've spent more of our lives together than apart and
I want to keep it that way - but I don't want to hurt
you, either, and I want to explain to you--" Alison interrupts
and cries, "Just go, David." David insists,
"I want you to understand." Alison cries again, "Just
go." David pauses. He then stands up, opens the
door and walks out. As he closes the door, Beryl comes round the
corner of the corridor and smiles, "Ready?" David nods,
"Yeah." Beryl then tells him, "Seeing as it's your
homecoming, I thought I might cook all your favourites for dinner."
David smiles, "Sounds great! Cabbage rolls?" Beryl nods,
"Best on the menu!" With that, she heads off down the
corridor. David takes a last look at the door to Alison's room
before following her. In the room, Alison is sitting
up in bed, tears streaming down her cheeks...