Kevin Jones is sitting on a bench in the grounds of the nursing
home, his eyes closed. Mrs. Boyle walks over to him slowly and
says nastily, "Pleasant dreams, Kevin?" Kevin replies,
"Just enjoying the fresh air, Mrs. Boyle." Mrs. Boyle
sits down with him and asks slowly, "Have you been talking
to our new guest: the lady with the blonde hair?" Kevin hesitates
before telling her, "I've said hello." Mrs. Boyle nods,
"Good. She's lonely. She needs a friend. Why don't
you spend some time with her; really get to know her?" She
then reaches into her pocket, takes out a door key and places
it in Kevin's hand. As she does this, she adds, "Be nice
to her, Kevin. Make her feel at home..." She then stands
up again. Kevin does likewise and turns back towards the building.
As he walks off, Craig head over towards Mrs. Boyle and smiles,
"Afternoon, Mrs. Boyle. I've just finished raking up the
leaves in the backyard. What's next?" Mrs. Boyle tells him,
"There's a couple of boxes in the shed, full of order books.
They have to be delivered to the wards - except the security block."
Craig asks, "Don't they need any?" Mrs. Boyle
retorts, "They do, but no one goes in there without
my authority - and that includes you. Understood?"
Craig nods, "Yeah, sure." He walks off, looking thoughtful.
Caroline is sitting on the bed in her room, stroking the cat.
She murmurs, "Won't be long now. Don't worry. You're coming
too." She suddenly hears noises at the door and she puts
the cat down on the floor quickly and lies back on her bed. Mrs.
Boyle comes in and says tersely, "Having a nice time, dear?"
Caroline doesn't respond. Mrs. Boyle hands her a cup and some
tablets. Caroline takes them, sits up and, turning on her side
away from Mrs. Boyle, pretends to put them in her mouth. Instead,
however, she places them inside the sleeve of her gown. She then
turns back to Mrs. Boyle, hands her the empty cup and lies back
down. As she does so, Mrs. Boyle orders, "Look at me. Open
your eyes." Caroline does so, 'weakly'. Mrs. Boyle stands
up and demands, "Have you been taking all your tablets?"
Caroline murmurs, "Yes." Mrs. Boyle glares at her and
then suddenly throws the cup at her. Caroline recoils in horror.
Mrs. Boyle comments immediately, "My, you are full
of beans, aren't you? I think we'll have to increase
your dosage." The cat mews suddenly. Mrs. Boyle walks round
the bed and, staring at it, says nastily, "My, isn't it cute?"
She picks up the cat as Caroline pleads, "Please... can I
have him back?" Mrs. Boyle, however, just says to the cat,
"Been keeping her company, have you? We can't have that;
it excites the patients." With that, she heads to the door.
Caroline starts crying, "Please. You can't take him. You
can't." Mrs. Boyle just retorts coldly, "Watch
me, dear." With that, she heads out, leaving Caroline looking
Craig is ripping open the boxes of order books in the shed when
Kevin walks in, wearing his white doctor's coat. He holds out
his hand to Craig and says, "Dr. Bartholomew." Craig
shakes his hand and introduces himself. Kevin then comments, "The
place is a mess, isn't it?" He goes on, "There used
to be some magazines here. They help stimulate the patients' minds,
magazines." He picks up some clothes and, throwing them over
to Craig, says, "Here... help me put this lot somewhere,
would you?" Unnoticed by Kevin, Craig finds a set of keys
in amongst the clothing...
A short time later, Craig is creeping along the corridor in the
secure block. He stops by a door and goes to try the handle. He
doesn't notice, however, as Mrs. Boyle walks round the corner
suddenly and catches him. She snarls, "What the hell are
A few moments later, Mrs. Boyle demands, "How did you get
in?" Craig replies quickly, "The door round the corner.
I'm delivering the order books." Mrs. Boyle snaps, "I
told you I would deliver to the security block, remember?"
Craig says 'innocently', "Oh, is this the security block?
I'm sorry. I didn't realise. One of the nurses in the next block
said to come here. I told her all the wards I'd been to and she
said this was the last one." Mrs. Boyle says suspiciously,
"It didn't look like you were delivering books to me."
Craig tells her, "I was looking for someone. The
place seemed deserted." He then adds, "I've
obviously done the wrong thing. I'm sorry. What else can I say?
I don't want to lose my job." Mrs. Boyle warns, "You
will if I catch you in here again." Craig
murmurs, "Thanks, Mrs. Boyle. You won't." He goes to
walk off. Mrs. Boyle, however, snaps, "I didn't say you could
go." She then holds out an old sack and tells him, "This
cat has been making a pest of itself. Drown it." Craig takes
the sack and nods, "Sure." He walks off. Mrs. Boyle
watches him suspiciously.
Doug is looking in the 'fridge in the kitchen at the country
house. As he does so, he says to David, "I'd better pick
up some lemonade, too, down the street while I'm picking up the
champers." David chuckles, "Champers sounds a lot better
than sparkling burgundy! Beryl's parents laid it on for our wedding
breakfast!" Doug suggests, "Maybe I should rustle some
up for old times' sake?!" David, however, retorts, "Spare
me!" Doug comments, "It would be nice to have some
sort of memento at your party - or something to bring back old
memories. Or someone." Looking suddenly thoughtful,
David nods, "It would be - and I know who."
Doug asks, "Who?" David tells him, "Reverend Sloan.
The bloke that married us." Doug smiles, "Brilliant!
You're home and hosed." He then says more seriously, "You
know, I envy you being given a second chance. Doubt if I'll ever
get that with Caroline. I lost her because I was too
worried about making money; thought she'd get in the way when
I was trying to get back on my feet. I made the big sacrifice
and proposed to her... but she saw that my heart wasn't in it.
Turned me down." David asks, "When did you realise your
big mistake?" Doug replies, "When she didn't answer
any of my letters." David points out, "She has
spent three months in prison, mate." Doug asks,
"So? They still let you write, don't they?"
Looking suddenly uncomfortable, David says warily, "Caroline
had a pretty bad time of it inside. One of the prison guards felt
sorry for her - so Caroline thought - and he started helping her;
showing her the ropes... and then he was expecting favours in
return. When he didn't get any, he raped her. That messed her
up quite a bit - understandably. She couldn't cope being touched
- by anyone." Looking shocked, Doug asks, "Why
didn't anybody tell me? Does Alison know?" David
nods at him. Doug mutters, "Never said a word. I
told her to tell me everything that had happened. She
never let on." He then spits, "Probably just forgot,
eh?" David tells him, "You forget about Alison. Start
thinking about Caroline." Doug nods, "You're right,
mate. I'm going to make it up to her no matter what it takes."
Caroline is sitting on the edge of the bed in her room at the
nursing home when the door opens and Kevin walks in. He's wearing
his white coat. Caroline stands up immediately and cries, "Doctor,
they've taken my cat away and it wasn't doing anything wrong.
Please, you've got to help me. I don't know if I can stand
it for much longer. I've got to get out of here - I've
got to." Kevin, however, tells her, "You must
be patient. We can't just walk out of here in broad daylight."
Caroline cries, "The horrible woman took away the only friend
I have." Kevin asks, "What about me?
I thought I was your friend. Don't I count?"
Caroline murmurs, "I'm sorry, doctor. I didn't mean it like
that." Kevin nods, "I know. You're under a lot of stress."
He then adds, "Sit down. I've brought you these."
He places a pile of old magazines on the bed. Caroline just turns
to him and asks, "When can we go?" Kevin replies, "After
lights-out. It should be safe then." Caroline nods
in relief, "Yes." She then looks down at the magazines
and adds, "How very thoughtful of you. We'll have to hide
them, of course, otherwise they'll take them away... like the
cat." She doesn't notice Kevin reaching out with
his left hand to stroke her face... As she looks back up at him,
he pulls his hand away quickly, saying, "Don't worry about
the cat. I'll make enquiries. And at least you've got these
for now." He indicates the magazines. Caroline looks down
at them again and murmurs, "Yes, they'll be a big help. They'll
keep me occupied." Kevin goes to reach out to her with both
of his hands but then starts shaking suddenly and pulls them back.
He reaches quickly into the pocket of his white coat and pulls
out a bottle of pills. Caroline asks him sharply, "What are
you doing?" Kevin tells her, "I get dizzy spells."
Caroline suggests, "You'd better sit down." Kevin, however,
replies quickly, "No. No. I'll be right. I must go."
Caroline asks, "You sure you're OK?" Kevin just nods,
"Enjoy the magazines. I'll be back as soon as I can."
With that, he dashes out of the room, leaving Caroline still looking
David is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house when
the back door opens and Ginny appears, smiling, "Ta da!"
David stares at her and smiles, "What are you doing
in Melbourne?!" Ginny explains, "Charlie sent me down
on business. One day. I have to 'liaise' with Lisa on some fashion
stuff. I was hoping I could pitch my tent here."
David grins, "I think we could squeeze you in!" He then
adds, "You're just in time for the party." Ginny asks
eagerly, "When?" David explains, "Tonight.
It's a sort of second engagement for me and Beryl. Beryl doesn't
know about it yet." Ginny stares at him and he clarifies,
"The party, I mean! It's a surprise." Andy and Debbie
walk in suddenly, holding some boxes of party food. Looking at
Ginny, Andy comments sourly, "Look who's turned up. I didn't
expect to see you." Ginny comments pointedly, "You
never know who you meet in the big city, do
you?" David goes to head off to the lounge room to put up
some streamers. As he goes, Andy asks him "Do you need anyone
to blow up balloons?" David replies, "We need someone
to keep Beryl out of the way. Would you care to do the
honours?" Looking put out, Andy stutters, "I--I-- don't
know, I--" Ginny tells him, "Go on. I'll make
sure everything goes smoothly this end; solve any little 'problems'
if they turn up..." Andy nods, "You've convinced me."
David smiles, "Good. I'll give you a ring at Beryl's when
it's all clear." He heads off to the lounge room. Debbie
follows him. When they've gone, Andy asks Ginny, "What if
Craig turns up? You've got to make sure he stays right
away from Debbie." Ginny smiles, "Why? Having problems,
are you?" Andy mutters, "She's not too keen at the moment."
Ginny comments, "Maybe she's just a slow starter. You'll
get your chance at the party: right music... wine... dancing close
together... she'll melt in your arms." Andy mutters, "I
reckon Craig will cause trouble." Ginny just retorts, "He'll
be with me. You stick with Debbie and
I'll stick with Craig. That way there can't
be any trouble."
A while later, Beryl is showing Andy into her lounge room, asking
as she does so, "Is something wrong?" Andy replies quickly,
"No, just visiting. Everything seemed to be a bit busy at
the farm so I thought I'd come out here." Beryl
asks, "Lot happening, is there?" Andy tells her, "Not
really - just more people: like Doug and now Ginny..." Beryl
nods, "I see." She then goes on, "You're very welcome
to stay, Andy, but I'm afraid you'll have to amuse yourself.
I'm getting ready to go out." Andy asks sharply, "Tonight?"
Beryl smiles, "I am a big girl now, you know. I'm allowed
out!" Andy asks hesitantly, "You going out to dinner,
are you?" Beryl replies, "Yes. As a matter of fact,
David just rang. Doug's taking us." Andy
smiles in relief, "That should be nice." He adds, "I'll
drop you off to the farm, if you want." Beryl replies, "Thankyou
very much. Help yourself to some coffee!"
Caroline is sitting up on the bed in her room at the nursing
home, looking at one of the magazines. She hears a noise at the
door suddenly and hides the magazine quickly under the bedclothes.
The door opens and Mrs. Boyle walks in, holding a tray. She announces,
"Dinner time." Caroline mutters, "It's still light.
Why do I have to eat so early?" Mrs. Boyle retorts, "Because
I say so." She hands over the tray. As Caroline
takes it, she demands, "What have you done to my cat?"
Mrs. Boyle just shrugs, "I had it drowned. Now, eat your
dinner." Caroline glares at her, furiously, and snarls, "You
what? You killed it?" With that, she leaps up from
her bed and wraps her hands around Mrs. Boyle's throat, shouting,
"You killed my cat!" Mrs. Boyle calls, "Nurse!
Nurse!" A nurse runs in and grabs Caroline's arms. Caroline
yells, "Let me go. Let me go." As she stands there,
struggling, Mrs. Boyle threatens, "You've just made a very
big mistake. Bit too hot-tempered, this one, nurse. Take her to
the shower - and make sure it's cold. Very cold..."
It's evening time and Debbie is all dressed up as she sets out
some food and drink on the kitchen table at the country house.
The back door opens suddenly and Craig walks in, holding the sack
containing the cat. He looks at Debbie uncomfortably and says,
"Hello, Debbie." Debbie just murmurs, "Hi."
Craig asks, "Anything I can do?" Debbie just retorts,
"Everything's all been done." She then looks at the
sack in Craig's arms and asks warily, "Is that for the party?"
Craig smiles, "Might provide some entertainment."
Debbie asks, "What is it?" Craig opens up the sack and
reveals the cat. A broad smile crosses Debbie's face and she says,
"It's beautiful. Where did you get it?" Craig
tells her, "This old battleaxe at the nursing home said it
was getting in the way. Wanted me to drown the poor thing.
Course, I couldn't do that - so here it is." Debbie
takes the cat and starts stroking it lovingly as Craig adds, "Maybe
you'd like to look after it?" At that moment, Ginny
walks in from the hallway. She goes and puts her arms around Craig,
saying, "Miss me? Never mind: we've got all night. We can
make up for lost time between now and sunrise." Debbie and
Craig both stand there awkwardly. David runs in from the hallway
suddenly, saying, "Quick: hit the lights. Beryl and Andy
are here." Out in the courtyard, Beryl comments to Andy in
surprise, "Oh! The lights have just gone out!" Andy
comments, "A fuse must have blown." He goes and opens
the back door. Beryl calls inside, "David?" The two
of them head into the kitchen. Beryl calls again for David, but
there's still no answer. Andy suggests, "Let's go through
to the lounge." The two of them make their way out there
carefully. As they head into the lounge room a few seconds later,
the lights come on and all the party guests yell, "Surprise!"
Beryl stands there with a surprised grin on her face!
The door to Caroline's room at the nursing home opens and Caroline
is pushed inside. She collapses against the bed - where she finds
her magazines lying ripped up in pieces. She recoils as she stares
at them. The little hatch in the door opens suddenly and Mrs.
Boyle peers in. A nasty smile crosses her face. Kevin then looks
in before closing the hatch and opening the door. He steps inside
and asks Caroline quickly, "Are you alright?" Caroline
indicates the ripped-up magazines and cries, "Why?"
Kevin tells her, "I'm afraid there are some very sick people
round here, Caroline." He looks at her, nastily...
In the lounge room at the country house, Doug pours Beryl a glass
of champagne. David hands her a canapé, telling her, "I
made them myself - under Debbie's supervision!" Beryl tries
one and smiles, "Very interesting - and very tasty! Congratulations!"
There's suddenly a knock at the back door. David heads off to
get it. Elsewhere in the room, Debbie is standing with Andy. They
look over at Ginny and Craig as Ginny tells Craig, "Open
up." Craig sighs, "Do I have to?" Ginny
nods, "Yep. Come on." Craig opens his mouth reluctantly
and Ginny slips some food into it, smiling as she does so, "There
you go: eat it all up." Doug offers Andy and Debbie a refill
of their drinks. They accept. Craig comments to Beryl that the
canapés are good. Beryl nods, "They're not bad, are
they?" Doug looks at Debbie and tells her, "Your biscuits
are going down well, Deb." Andy chips in, "She's not
a bad cook. Always coming up with something new." David comes
back into the room with Reverend Sloan, indicating Beryl and telling
him, "There she is!" Sloan smiles, "Oh yes. Charming
girl." Beryl looks over at them and gasps, "I don't
believe it! What a lovely surprise! Where did you
spring from?" Reverend Sloan explains, "David told me
he was throwing you a surprise party and he invited me along."
Beryl smiles, "That was very nice of him." Sloan goes
on, "My dear, it just seems like yesterday when
you walked down the aisle with young David." David declares,
"And she hasn't changed a bit!" Doug walks over and
hands Reverend Sloan a drink. He then comments, "I bet this
brings back old memories, eh?" Sloan smiles, "It does.
They were a charming couple!"
Caroline is sitting on the bed in her room at the nursing home,
crying to Kevin, "I don't know how much more I can stand.
If I'm not careful I will end up mad." Kevin insists,
"No you won't; you're as sane as I am." Caroline
cries, "Then when are you going to get me out of here? You
keep on saying you're going to help. When?" Kevin
tells her, "Tonight." Caroline points out, "It's
tonight now." Kevin says, "Half an hour after
lights-out, alright, when everyone else is asleep. That way, we
won't be disturbed." Caroline asks warily, "You'll come
for me then?" Kevin nods, "Yes." He adds, "Try
not to worry: soon this horrible nightmare will be over once and
for all." Caroline murmurs, "I hope so, doctor. I hope
At the engagement party, David says to Doug, "I think I
might ask the little lady for a dance!" He walks over to
Beryl, who's sitting at the side of the room, and asks, "Would
you like a slow waltz round the living room?" Beryl asks
warily, "Now?" David takes her hand and nods,
"Yep." Beryl sighs, "I don't think I want
to." David, however, tells her, "Of course
you do. Come on - do you good." Beryl murmurs, "I'm
sorry - I'm just tired, that's all." She stands up and they
start dancing. Over on another chair, Ginny says to Craig, "Come
on, let's dance." Craig mutters, "I'm no good."
Ginny insists, "Doesn't matter - it'll be fun."
She looks over at Andy and Debbie, who are staring at them. Andy
then invites Debbie to dance. As the three couples waltz around
the floor, Ginny tells Craig, "You're a great mover. Sort
of... sexual." Craig pulls away suddenly, though, and snaps,
"This is crazy." Ginny asks in surprise, "What's
going on?" Craig retorts, "No more games, Ginny. I love
Debbie. I can't go on pretending to be your boyfriend.
I'm sorry." Ginny, tears welling-up in her eyes, glares at
him and snaps, "Don't apologise. I couldn't give a damn."
She marches out of the room. Craig turns and look over at Debbie.
She's looking back at him, but turns away quickly and looks at
Andy. Craig heads out of the room. Beryl comments to David, "Looks
like Ginny and Craig have had an argument." David, however,
tells her, "Don't worry about them; worry about
us." He goes on, "I thought about of putting
a room on the back of the house - for young Robert. His own little
pad. Then we'll be able to do the things we used to -
like going to the movies and dancing..." He pulls Beryl closer
to him. Beryl, however, pulls away and cries, "David, it's
no use. It won't work." David asks in surprise, "What
won't?" Beryl tells him, "Us. Getting together.
Getting married again." David smiles, "You've had too
much champagne, Beryl." Beryl, however, tells him, "What
we had was wonderful. Too much has happened and we're not the
same..." David says, "I still feel the same."
Beryl murmurs, "Do you? I wanted to, I really
did... It isn't." David stares at her as she tells him,
"I'm sorry, David. I can't go through with it." David
stands there for several seconds and then walks out of the room,
Kevin is creeping round the corner of the corridor in the secure
block of the nursing home. He stops outside the door to Caroline's
room and then opens it. Caroline is lying on her bed, but she
leaps up as says to Kevin, "I was starting to think you weren't
coming." Kevin just says, "Shhh... you must
be very quiet. Mustn't spoil our little secret." He then
closes the door. Caroline asks in surprise, "What are you
doing? Can't we go now?" Kevin tells her, "Soon."
Caroline says, "I don't understand." Kevin just says,
"It's very simple." He then reaches out his hand and
starts stroking her cheek. He murmurs, "Love me... love."
He then puts his other hand into the pocket of his white doctor's
coat and pulls out a pair of medical scissors...