Glen is working behind the reception desk at the gym when Susan
walks in. She smiles, "Hope I'm not interrupting." Glen
tells her, "Hardly. I almost didn't come in this
morning." Susan asks, "You sick or something?"
Glen, though, explains, "I'm just worried about Caroline
- she was such a mess after last night. I wanted to stay with
her this morning; she insisted I come in." Susan suggests,
"Not much you could've done anyway. She needs proper
help - from professionals." Glen, however, insists,
"No - from friends. Caroline's got a lot of fight.
She'll come through if she knows the right people are there to
support her." Susan just demands, "How many people will
she hurt in the meantime? No, I think they've done the right thing."
Glen stares at her and asks warily, "What have they
done? Who's 'they'?" Susan tells him hesitantly, "Gordon
and Wayne... they had Caroline admitted to hospital this morning."
Glen gasps, "What? Why? Because Wayne
wants her out of the way?" Susan insists, "He did it
for her own good. And it wasn't just Wayne's idea: Gordon
was the one who organised the doctor to sign the papers. They
had no choice, Glen. You saw the state that Caroline
was in. All those absurd stories that she's been spreading round
about Wayne... something had to be done - for her sake
as well as everyone else's." Glen stands there, looking thoughtful,
and then announces, "I'm going to ring Doug - and ask him
to come home. If Caroline knows there are people who want her
to get better, she will. Doug's just another one we can
add to the list." Looking impressed, Susan comments, "You
care about her a lot, don't you?" Glen
murmurs, "She went through a lot to help me get my job back.
Besides, all that time we spent up at the cabin... me thinking
I could sort her out... I guess I didn't, did
I?" Susan points out, "You can't blame yourself."
Glen retorts, "It's hard not to. I probably just
messed her up more." Susan assures him, "She
knows you meant well; that's all that matters."
Glen suggests suddenly, "Why don't we go and see her? Just
let her know we're still around." Susan smiles, "Good
Wayne is standing watching as Glen and Susan climb out of Glen's
car a while later. Susan suggests to Glen, "Maybe you should
see her therapist after we've seen her?" Glen assures
her curtly, "I will. I'm still not convinced she
should even be here." Susan suddenly spots Wayne
standing nearby. He walks over to them and comments to Glen, "Susan's
obviously told you about Caroline." Glen retorts, "I'm
not too happy about it, either. I'm going to talk to
her doctors." Wayne just tells him, "There's no point:
Caroline's not here. She made a run for it getting out
of the ambulance. No one knows where she's got to." Glen
snaps, "How the hell did that happen? Who was supposed
to be looking after her?" Wayne tells him, "A couple
of ambulance guys. One of them ended up with a couple of stitches
in his head." He adds 'meekly', "It's partly my
fault, I guess - they told me she should be in a straightjacket."
Glen gasps, "A straightjacket? You've got to be
kidding." Wayne assures him, "That's exactly what I
said. I wouldn't let them do it. Look how it's turned out..."
Glen stands there and murmurs, "I can't believe
it. Caroline was fine when I left her this morning."
Wayne tells him, "She went right off the rails once you'd
gone. Only hope they can find her..."
Caroline is sitting in the back of a car with the first man in
white. The second man is driving. Caroline asks the first man,
"Where are you taking me? You've got to tell me where I am."
The man just retorts, "I don't have to tell you anything,
sweetheart." Caroline stares at him and then snaps, "You're
working for Wayne Hamilton, aren't you? You're holding
me prisoner. That is against the law." The man just
shrugs sarcastically, "So it is. Why don't you go call a
At Beryl's, Craig is screwing a screw into the back door frame.
Ginny walks up to him and asks, "Need a hand?" Craig
just ignores her. Beryl walks into the kitchen and smiles, "Hello.
How's it going?" Ginny mutters, "Having a ball, aren't
we, Craig?" He doesn't respond. Beryl then asks Ginny if
she can give her a hand with Robert's clothes; she's holding a
pile of them in her arms. Ginny nods, "No problem."
Turning to Craig, she adds sourly, "It's nice to be appreciated
for a change." She heads into the lounge room where Beryl
indicates the clothes and tells her, "You fold those and
I'll pack. It shouldn't take us long." Ginny just shrugs,
"It doesn't worry me - Craig's making it pretty
obvious he doesn't want me around." Beryl just tells her,
"If Craig seems a bit offhand at the moment, I wouldn't worry
too much: injured pride and all that." Ginny mutters, "There's
no need to take it out on me. It's not my fault."
David is lying on the kitchen floor of the country house with
Robert, reading him a story about a train and making the sound-effects
to go with it! Beryl walks in, a smile appearing on her face as
she watches! She interrupts eventually and laughs at David, "Nice
to see you back on your feet!" David nods, "I'm feeling
pretty good - nearly 100%." He adds, "Alison's improving,
too. Should be out of hospital soon." Beryl, bending down
with Robert, comments, "I suppose we should be heading back
to Sydney - you can take care of yourself from now on."
David, however, clutches his chest suddenly and gasps, "Oh,
Beryl!" Beryl just smiles, "That is the worst relapse
I've ever seen in my life!" David chuckles, "Just in
case, do you reckon you'd be able to stay on a bit?" Beryl
asks with a smile, "Any particular reason?" David tells
her, "I'd like to spend more time with Robert - and you..."
Beryl pauses and then beams, "Oh, I suppose we can stay on
for a while!"
Ginny is sitting with Craig in the kitchen at Beryl's, saying
to him, "You don't have to pretend. I know how you feel about
Debbie running off. You're hurting; that's nothing to
be ashamed of." Craig sighs, "If only I'd explained
it to her..." Ginny, however, tells him, "Probably would've
been a waste of time anyway. Seeing us might have been
the excuse she was looking for - she and Andy had been
seeing a lot of each other, and he is a pretty attractive
guy." She adds quickly, "Not my type, though."
Craig mutters, "Not Debbie's, either - unless she's
changed..." He then sighs, "Maybe that's it. Maybe she
has. She's been mucking around behind my back. She must've."
Ginny just sits there, not responding...
Susan is sitting in the lounge room at Dural when Wayne walks
in and hands her a gift-wrapped parcel. She just murmurs, "Thanks,"
and puts it down on the coffee table. Looking surprised, Wayne
asks, "What's the matter?" Susan explains, "Caroline:
not knowing how she is... where she is..."
Wayne insists, "Caroline's tough. She'll turn up - especially
if I'm not here!" Susan asks in surprise, "Where
are you going?" Wayne tells her, "Melbourne - on business.
But don't worry - it's only for one night!" He then suggests,
"How about opening your present?" Susan picks up the
parcel again and starts ripping open the paper. She finds a couple
of books inside and smiles, "That's beautiful. That's great.
Thankyou." Wayne tells her, "It means you won't have
to spend so much time at the gym. You don't have to do classes
now. It's all in there." Susan sighs, "I think you're
still jealous." Wayne mutters, "Of what?"
Susan replies, "Me seeing Glen at the gym." Wayne snaps,
"Don't be ridiculous." Susan, however, assures him,
"There's no need to worry. I'm a very happily-married woman."
With that, she kisses Wayne and gives him a hug.
David is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, looking
at recipe books. He hides them quickly as Ginny and Craig walk
in and Ginny smiles, "G'day! How you feeling?" David
smiles, "Fighting fit!" Ginny then comments, "Recipe
books? You really did get a bump on the head!"
David says quickly, "It's nothing. I just couldn't find anything
else to read." He then suggests, "Listen, why
don't you two go out tonight; enjoy yourselves?" Craig, however,
mutters, "I'm beat. I'll stay in and watch some tele."
David tells him, "There's nothing much on there,
mate." Craig shrugs, "Then I'll go to bed." David
sighs, "You young blokes! What's wrong with you?!
There's a good movie down at the local." Craig just mutters,
"I'll catch it another time." Picking up David's hint,
however, Ginny says quickly to Craig, "Come on - it sounds
fun." Craig retorts, "Will you get off my back?"
Ginny sighs, "You'll enjoy the movie, Craig. Besides,
David might need a break from us..." David looks
down at the floor, a smile on his face! Craig catches on finally
and smiles, "Oh! That film at the local! Yeah, I did
want to see that!"
It's dark when the back door of the country house opens and Beryl
steps inside. She calls, "David? David!" The lights
come on suddenly. David is standing there, wearing a dinner jacket
and black bow tie! The table is laid with candles and a bottle
of wine. David tells Beryl, "Madam, your table is ready and
dinner shall be served shortly." Beryl smiles in surprise,
"What's all this?!" David just tells her, "Take
a seat. Relax and I shall get you a pre-dinner drink." He
helps Beryl to her chair. He then says, "As for our young
son, he's asleep. I'd like to spend some time alone with you."
Beryl sits there, a smile on her face.
Glen is tidying up the reception area at the gym when Susan walks
in and asks, "Finishing up for the day?" Glen nods,
"Wayne said I can have some time off to look for Caroline."
Susan sighs, "I wish I could help. It's driving
me crazy sitting at home." Glen suggests, "You
never know: she might call you." Susan, however,
retorts, "And risk talking to Wayne? I doubt
it." Glen murmurs, "No, she doesn't want to seem to
talk to anybody. I've 'phoned all her friends... businesspeople...
Nothing." Susan asks, "What's next?" Glen tells
her, "I thought I might go up to the cabin. I don't reckon
there's much chance she's there, but you never know." Susan
suggests, "How about I come with you?" Glen replies
warily, "It's OK. I'll be alright." Susan, however,
insists, "I can't stay at home, reading. I feel useless."
Glen just sighs, "I doubt Wayne will be impressed."
Susan explains, "He's gone to Melbourne. He wouldn't know."
Glen points out, "Someone will tell him." Susan,
however, assures him, "They won't. Nobody's home. Gordon
and Charlie have gone to some silly pyjama party - one of Charlie's
mad friends! It's going on all night, so the house will be empty."
Still looking hesitant, Glen says, "Susan, I don't want to
cause any trouble for myself; for either of us."
Susan just replies, "I know Wayne's sensitive about you and
me, but at the moment I'm more concerned about Caroline.
If she's gone to the cabin, it's because she doesn't trust her
friends. I just want to explain why we thought she should go to
hospital - and that it just wasn't Wayne's idea."
Glen sighs, "Righto. I guess I could do with the company.
It's a long drive." Susan smiles at him, warmly.
Caroline is lying on a bed in a small room. Her eyes are closed.
The door to the room opens suddenly and Wayne steps inside, followed
by a nurse. He asks her, "When will she come-to?" The
nurse replies, "Half an hour. The drug wasn't too strong."
Wayne tells her, "I'll wait." The nurse goes to walk
out. As she does so, though, she adds, "Oh, er, we were wondering
how long you'd need the room." Wayne replies, "Quite
a while." The nurse tells him, "It would help if you
could be a bit more specific - the manager's trying to keep the
beds fully-booked." Wayne retorts curtly, "I know. I'm
the new owner... I bought this place off a bad-debt list. Tell
her I'll be down soon to go over her books." With that, the
nurse retreats, leaving Wayne smiling nastily at the unconscious
Beryl is still sitting at the kitchen table at the country house.
David hands her a small gift box and she smiles, "Thankyou."
David tells her, "You're welcome. From a secret admirer."
Beryl opens the box and removes a corsage, which she pins to her
dress. She smiles, "It's beautiful." David tells her,
"Nothing but the best tonight. All home-cooked French cuisine."
Beryl sniffs the air and comments, "Smells delicious!"
She then asks, "Since when have you been having
French cooking lessons?" David, however, assures her, "No
need for that mucking about. I taught myself." Beryl
comments, "I am impressed!" David starts to
serve up the first course, adding as he does so, "It was
a breeze." He then tells her, "Tuck in." Beryl
puts a mouthful of food in her mouth - and a look crosses her
face! David asks, "It OK?" Beryl just murmurs, "It's
original... different...!"! David asks, "It's a bit
off?" He then tries some himself and gasps, "Talk about
a crock!" Pouring some wine for both of them quickly,
he raises his glass and laughs, "Cheers!" He takes a
sip and then comments, "I don't know what the wine-buffs
go on about: it's hardly a thirst-quencher!" Beryl
tells him, "Go on - I bet you've got a beer in that 'fridge!"
As he stands up to get it, he laughs, "How did you guess?!"
Beryl smiles, "You don't spend your life - well, twenty years
of it - with someone without learning something about
them." David takes out the beer and murmurs, "No, you
don't." He sits down and goes on, "We had some good
times together, didn't we, Beryl? I guess that's something
we'll always have; something that no one will ever take
away from us..." Beryl smiles at him.
Ginny and Craig walk into Beryl's and sit down it the lounge
room with some dishes of takeaway. Craig, though, puts his down
on the coffee table. Ginny asks in surprise, "Aren't you
having any?" Craig just mutters, "I don't feel
like it now." Ginny sighs, "What's the problem?"
Craig picks up a marionette puppet that's lying on the floor and
comments, "I gave Debbie one of these on our first
date. They make great toys when you know how to work them. Debbie
could do the voices and everything; really make them
come alive. I caught her, once. She was red as a beetroot!
She was so embarrassed!" He then murmurs, "I've got
to stop thinking about her. It makes it worse.
I'll get us something to drink." With that, he stands up
and puts down the puppet. He heads off to the kitchen. When he's
gone, Ginny picks up the puppet, looks at it and then throws it
back into Craig's chair, sighing heavily as she does so.
At the table in the kitchen at the country house, David tells
Beryl, "I'm sorry the meal wasn't much chop." Beryl
giggles, "You just need practice. A few lessons!" David
asks, "Who's going to teach me?" Beryl tells
him, "There are lots of teachers around." David
sighs, "The best one's going back to Sydney. I wish
you weren't, Beryl." Beryl murmurs, "We'll
still see each other." David tells her, "Not
enough. I wanted to talk to you tonight... When
I was stuck in that freezer with Alison, I thought my time was
up. Made me think: what I had... what I lost... and I want it
back again, Beryl. Family. You and me - like before." Beryl
murmurs hesitantly, "We've grown apart..." David, however,
tells her, "No, we've been apart. There's a difference.
I want to make another go of it, love. I know it's probably selfish
of me, but I'm asking anyway." Beryl murmurs, "I don't
know what to say..." David continues, "We had
a good marriage, Beryl. Sure, we had our tough times - probably
could have handled them a lot better than we did; well, than I
did! - but I want to forget that, Beryl. I want to pick up on
the good times again; give ourselves another chance.
So, er, what do you think? Will you marry me, Beryl?" Beryl
sits there and then smiles emotionally, "I'd love to!"
In the lounge room at Beryl's, Ginny is saying to Craig, "You
know, when I first met you, I thought you were a real nerd."
Craig mutters, "Thanks a lot." Ginny goes on,
"I wasn't used to hanging around straight people.
Always thought they were too full of themselves. But, turns out
you're normal after all!" Craig murmurs, "Hope so!"
Ginny insists, "You are. After a while, I could
tell you were a good bloke: meant what you said... said what you
meant... The sort of person I like: straight-up."
Craig sighs, "I thought Debbie was, too."
Ginny glares at him and mutters, "I wish you'd stop talking
about Debbie - it gives me the pip. All the time 'Debbie
this', 'Debbie that'... it makes me feel like I'm not here."
Craig, moving over to sit on the couch with her, murmurs, "Sorry."
He puts his arm round her. Ginny snaps, "Don't tease, Craig."
Craig tells her, "I didn't think I was." Ginny
mutters, "I suppose you think it's fun playing games?"
Craig just replies, "I think we should talk, Ginny."
Ginny snaps, "What's there to talk about?"
Craig murmurs, "Ginny..." Ginny then says, "I want
you to stay the night, Craig." Craig, however, tells her
quickly, "I think I should go." Ginny sighs, "Yeah.
I suppose you should. Guess I got carried away."
She then adds, "There's no reason why you shouldn't stay,
Craig. Debbie's off playing up with Andy. There's no reason to
feel guilty." With that, she leans in and kisses him. Craig
kisses her back. They pull apart and Ginny asks, "Is that
the best you can do?!" Craig moves in again and they start
It's tipping down with torrential rain when Susan and Glen run
into Glen's parents' cabin, Susan calling for Caroline as they
do so. Glen switches on the lights and asks, "No sign of
her?" Susan sighs, "No. At least we tried."
Glen mutters, "That doesn't make me feel any better."
Susan insists, "She could still turn up." Glen, however,
retorts, "I doubt it. Not now. The road was bad
enough coming up. Half of it's probably washed away by
now. She'll never get through." Susan asks warily, "What
about us? Can we get out?" Glen replies,
"I don't think so. Not now." Looking worried,
Susan says, "I'd better ring Gordon. Tell him what's happened."
She picks up the 'phone but finds there's no dialling tone. Glen
comments, "The lines must have come down in the storm."
Susan stares at him and asks, "So? What do we do?" Glen
tells her, "It looks like we sit tight 'til the rain's cleared."
Susan gasps, "We're stuck here?" Glen nods,
"Just you and me, kid." A look of concern crosses Susan's
Caroline is standing up in the room where she's being held, fiddling
with the metal bars that cover the window. She then runs over
to the door and starts banging on it and yelling, "Help!
Someone please! Help!" There's no response, though. She goes
and sits on the bed. After a few seconds, the door opens and Wayne
steps inside. Caroline leaps up from the bed and cries, "Oh,
Wayne!" Wayne, however, orders quickly, "Sit down."
Caroline does so. Wayne closes the door behind him. A nasty smile
crosses his face as he then asks, "How's my patient?"
Caroline stares at him and retorts, "Prisoner, you
mean." Wayne just shrugs, "Whatever." Caroline
goes on, "It won't be for long. Once the doctor
sees me, you're the one they're going to lock up."
Wayne asks lightly, "Why do you say that?"
Caroline retorts, "Because there's nothing wrong
with me." Wayne smiles evilly, "The doctor who sees
you will do exactly as I say. You see, he's on my payroll. I happen
to own this place." Caroline gasps, "You won't
get away with this." Wayne just shrugs, "I have so far."
Caroline cries, "There'll be questions." Wayne
asks, "From who? No one knows you're here. No one's going
to find out. So I suggest you relax and enjoy the holiday - because
I'll let you in on a little secret: it's going to be a long
holiday. Very long." With that, he heads back out
of the room, leaving Caroline sitting on the bed looking horrified...