Caroline backs away from Kevin, nervously. She cries, "I
thought we were friends." Kevin replies, "We
are." Caroline cries, "Friends don't try to
frighten each other." Kevin insists, "There's
no need to be frightened. You won't feel a thing..."
Caroline whimpers, "No. Please. Don't..." She keeps
backing away until she finds herself up against the window. Kevin
then leans towards her gently, moves the scissors towards her
hair and cuts off a few locks. He then brings them towards his
face and stares at them, murmuring, "It really is beautiful."
All-of-a-sudden, he clutches his hands to his head and yells out
in pain. Caroline asks in concern, "One of your attacks?"
Kevin reaches into his pocket and pulls out his bottle of pills.
He fumbles as he opens them, though, and they spill out onto the
floor. Caroline bends down quickly to pick them up. As she does
so, she mixes the pills she has hidden up her sleeve with those
on the floor. She then hands one of her own pills to Kevin...
Craig is standing in the kitchen at the country house when Andy
walks in through the back door. Craig demands, "What are
you doing back here?" Andy replies, "I left
my wallet." He goes and looks on the 'fridge and then comments,
"Perhaps I didn't. It must be in the car." He goes to
head out again. As he does so, he adds, "By the way: I wouldn't
get any ideas about Debbie now that you've broken-up with Ginny."
Craig demands, "What put that into your head?"
Andy retorts, "You mean you're not going to try and make
a move?" Craig mutters, "Didn't say that." Andy
says, "I just wanted to let you know you'd be wasting your
time. Debbie made it pretty clear to me where we stand, and it
sort of like leaves you out in the cold." Craig just retorts,
"Trying to warn me off isn't going to stop me, Andy. I know
it's not going to be easy, but I'm not going to give up on her,
either. So, whether you like it or not, you're in for a fight."
Andy comments breezily, "I don't think there'll be much
of a fight - not when I've already won the battle."
Craig retorts, "There's one big difference: I love her
- and I reckon she knows that. So, you can kid yourself
as much as you like, but she's not interested in you." Andy
snaps, "Don't count on it." Craig insists, "Anyone
with eyes in their head can see it. I was watching her at the
party. You don't stand a chance." Andy suggests,
"We'll just have to see, won't we?" Craig, however,
warns, "I'll get her back, Andy..." Andy glares at him
and walks out.
Kevin is still clutching his head in Caroline's room at the nursing
home. Caroline asks him warily, "How are you feeling?"
Kevin looks at up and her and snaps, "Come here..."
He then steps towards her and growls, "I want you."
He lunges towards her. Caroline starts struggling to push him
away, crying, "No!" She pushes him back onto the bed
- where he immediately passes out cold. Caroline dashes over to
the door and heads out into the corridor, locking the door to
the room behind her. She then discovers there's a locked, barred
gate blocking her way in the corridor. She turns and heads down
the other way.
Doug is sitting in the lounge room at the country house, sipping
from a cup of tea. Beryl wanders in and Doug asks her, "How
are you feeling?" Beryl replies, "Not too good. I'm
worried about David - the way he just jumped in the car and took
off." Doug comments, "It was a pretty big blow, you
turning him down." Beryl nods, "I know - all I can hope
is that he doesn't work himself up so much that he doesn't watch
his driving." She then sits down and sighs, "Nothing's
ever easy, is it? I'm positive I did the right thing;
I'm sure it wouldn't have worked." Doug tells her, "I'm
beginning to wonder whether or not I'm going to have to face the
same decision." Beryl insists, "You'll find Caroline."
Doug, however, explains, "It's when I find her I'm
worried about: I'm damned if I know how we're going to get back
to what we had." Beryl assures him, "You will. She loves
you, Doug, believe me." Doug sighs, "If she cared
so much, why didn't she write to me; tell me about everything
that was going on - in prison and that?" Beryl suggests,
"Maybe she was embarrassed... ashamed..." Doug murmurs,
"I would've been back here like a flash." Beryl
points out, "It must have hurt her terribly when
you went off to America. She probably didn't write because she
didn't want to be hurt again." Doug just mutters,
"Or because she didn't want to stay in touch." Beryl
insists, "Think about what happened to her in prison. I've
never been through it, thank God, but I've come pretty close.
I can imagine how terribly traumatic it must have been. It's only
natural that it would be hard for her to face it herself,
let alone write about it to someone she loves. Caroline
is not mentally ill the way Wayne would have us believe,
but that attack must have had a shocking effect on her."
Doug sits there, looking thoughtful. He then says, "I just
wonder whether she still wants me, that's all."
Beryl assures him, "I think you still love each other enough
to make it work. In a way, I envy you: it's that little
bit more than David and I had in the end. It's that little bit
more than counts..."
It's the next morning, and at the nursing home, a male nurse
is wheeling a laundry trolley along the corridor in the secure
section. He passes Mrs. Boyle and nods to her. She heads up to
Caroline's room, pulls back the hatch in the door and peers inside.
She then smiles and opens the door. She steps inside. The bedclothes
are covering the person lying asleep in the bed. She goes and
pulls them back - to find Kevin lying there. A look of horror
crosses her face.
Outside, Caroline lifts up the sheets she's lying under in one
of the laundry trolleys. She checks the coast is clear and then
climbs out. She runs off across the grounds.
Out on the road, Craig is driving up to the front gate. He spots
Caroline dashing across the lawn, stops his car, climbs out and
runs over to the house. He heads up to Caroline's room - and finds
Kevin asleep in the bed. He then spots the lock of Caroline's
hair on the floor and picks it up. He turns to the unconscious
Kevin and starts saying, "Hey." He shakes him, saying,
"Wake up. Hey. Hey."
Outside, Caroline is struggling with a male nurse, crying, "Let
me go. Get your hands off me." Mrs. Boyle runs over suddenly
with a straitjacket and starts putting it on Caroline. She cries,
"No! No! Not that!" She bursts into tears as Mrs. Boyle
snarls, "You were very stupid to try and run away. You've
only made things worse for yourself."
Inside, Craig is shaking Kevin, snapping, "Come on. What's
wrong with you? Wake up. Tell me where Caroline is." The
male nurse and Mrs. Boyle come round the corner, dragging a bound
and gagged Caroline between them. They hear Craig snapping at
Kevin, and Mrs. Boyle tells the male nurse quickly, "Get
her away from here." The male nurse drags Caroline away.
Mrs. Boyle then heads into the room and demands of Craig, "What
do you think you're doing?" Craig says quickly, "I heard
him moaning. I thought he might have been sick."
Mrs. Boyle just growls, "I warned you about coming
into this area. You're fired - and if I catch you within
coo-ee of the home, I'll have the police onto you. Now,
get out." Craig stands there and warns, "I'm sure the
police would love to know what you've done to Caroline Morrell.
Where is she?" Mrs. Boyle retorts, "I don't know what
you're babbling about." Craig, however, growls, "You
know exactly what I'm talking about." With that,
he heads out.
The 'phone rings in the kitchen at the country house and Beryl
answers it. She then says, "Yes, love. You alright?"
She listens and then says, "Here he is." She hands the
'phone to Doug, who's standing next to her. He asks Craig, "What
you got for me?" He listens and then gasps, "She what?"
From a public callbox, Craig replies, "I saw her trying to
find a way out. By the time I'd parked the car, she'd gone; vanished.
So I went to see if she was in her room. No go there, either -
except for this guy and a bit of Caroline's hair." Doug asks,
"You haven't seen her since?" He listens and then nods,
"I see... Don't do anything silly... As long as you're OK...
You just wait there. I'll grab my keys and I'm on my way."
The male nurse joins Mrs. Boyle in the corridor at the nursing
home and tells her, "She's out of the way." Mrs. Boyle
retorts, "Yes, but I think we ought to get her away from
here altogether. Her friends aren't going to give up."
The male nurse asks, "Where to, though?" Mrs. Boyle
tells him, "I think I know just the place. You know the old
Lion's factory?" The male nurse recalls, "Where we used
to get the uniforms made?" Mrs. Boyle nods, "That's
the one. It's deserted now and it's not too far away - and I can't
see anyone finding her there. At least it'll give us
some breathing space until we find out what we're supposed to
do with her." Kevin is sitting up on the bed in Caroline's
room and listens as Mrs. Boyle says, "Let's get her over
there now before someone else comes snooping around..."
Fiona is standing in the courtyard outside the back door of the
country house. She's wearing sunglasses and a large fur coat.
The back door to the house opens suddenly and Doug walks out.
Fiona stares at him and smiles, "Hi! What are you
going back here?" Doug, however, just says, "Sorry,
Fiona. Can't waste time. I'll see you later." With that,
he dashes off. Fiona goes and pushes the back door open, calling
as she does so, "Knock knock! Can I come in?!" Beryl
walks in from the hallway and gasps, "Where on earth...?!"
She gives Fiona a warm hug and then invites her to sit down. She
tells her, "I want to hear everything. How come
you're in Melbourne?!" Fiona explains, "I came
back by ship. It was lovely; so relaxing - and we docked here."
Beryl laughs, "Must have been hard to take!" She then
asks, "Where's all your luggage?" Fiona tells her, "I
had that sent on to Sydney." Changing the subject,
she says, "The first thing I've got to know is: how's Craig?
Is he alright?" Beryl nods, "Yes, he's managed to clear
his name. He's involved in something else now. You must've
seen Doug..." Fiona replies, "As a matter of fact I
did! He seemed in one heck of a hurry! What's the story
there?" Beryl says, "I'll tell you later." She
then asks, "Where's May? Isn't she with you?" Fiona
smiles and announces, "May, my dear, is really 'Lady
May' now." Beryl gasps, "You're joking!" Fiona
insists, "No, I'm serious! Would you believe she latched
on to this extraordinary old man - he must be well and truly in
his eighties - and he thought that she was the best thing since
sliced bread - and she married him! She thought about
it for at least a minute!" She continues, "She was so
worried about not coming back to the mansion, but I think his
36-roomed house convinced her!" A look of awe crosses Beryl's
face! Fiona adds quickly, "I wouldn't worry, though: she's
threatened to come and visit us if ever she gets too bored!"
Changing the subject, she indicates some leftover streamers on
the table and asks, "What's with all the decorations? Did
I miss out on a party?" Beryl's face drops as she nods hesitantly,
"Yes - a sort of engagement party for David and me."
Fiona stares at her in surprise.
Mrs Boyle and the male nurse are loading a struggling Caroline
into the back of a white van. They then climb into the front seats
and the male nurse starts the engine. They drive off.
A short distance away, Doug brings his car to a screeching halt.
Craig is sitting in the passenger seat and Doug says to him, "I
don't quite know how to approach this, mate, but this is it. They
climb out and start running up the driveway. The white van drives
down the road past them...
A short time later, Doug and Craig run along the corridor inside.
The pass a female nurse who says quickly, "Just a minute:
where do you think you're going?" Doug and Craig
just ignore her. They head into Caroline's room. Kevin is still
sitting on the bed and Doug says, "OK, fella, start talking.
Where's Caroline?" Craig adds nastily, "Come on, will
ya?" Kevin just says, "That might be part of the circus."
Doug stares at him and demands, "What are you talking about?
Do you know where they've taken her?" Kevin just smiles,
"She could be in the lions' cage by now." Doug looks
at Craig and snaps, "What the hell is he on about?"
Craig shrugs, "I don't know - but we'd better not hang around
here too long: she would've called the police." Doug, however,
mutters, "To hell with that." He turns back
to Kevin and says curtly, "Let's start again: where is
Caroline?" Kevin retorts, "I told you:
in the lions' cage." Doug looks at Craig.
At the kitchen table at the country house, Beryl is saying to
Fiona, "The more we saw of each other, the more we seemed
to be growing closer... the more I felt there was something wrong;
you know: something missing. We still enjoyed the
same things... we still laughed at the same things... still got
angry at the same things... and we were still good friends...
I still cared about him so much - but it wasn't the same,
and I couldn't in all conscience go through with the marriage.
It wouldn't have been fair on David or me." Tears
well-up in her eyes as she murmurs, "I wish I could explain
it so it made sense." Fiona assures her soothingly, "You
have. And I understand; I do, really." Beryl cries, "I'm
so lonely, Fiona, but I'm sure I did the right thing."
The back door opens suddenly and Andy walks in. Beryl turns away
so that he doesn't see her tears. Andy looks at Fiona and mutters
"You're back." Fiona just retorts, "Yes,
I am. What can we do for you? Beryl's not feeling too
good at the moment." Andy explains, "It's this."
He indicates an envelope he's holding and hands it to Beryl, explaining,
"David called out at the stud and asked me to drop it in
to you." Beryl takes it and murmurs, "Thankyou."
She opens it and starts reading the letter inside. After a few
seconds, Fiona asks, "You OK?" Beryl nods sadly, "Yes.
He says that he drove around all night and he decided he wants
to get away from everything. He doesn't care about the truck insurance
or the house, so he's going to go on a trip around Australia -
something he says he's always wanted to do. He says he'll see
us when he sees us." Fiona murmurs, "I suppose there
is some sense in that." Beryl then sobs, "He... he says
he was never good with words, but he loves me and he always will
- and he understands why I did what I did... He's quite a man,
Fiona." Fiona sympathises, "Come on, come on."
She then says perkily, "What you need is what I
have just had: a darn good holiday - which is why you are coming
back to Sydney with me. Where are your things: here or
at Albert Park?" Beryl sobs, "Albert Park." Fiona
declares, "Right. We'll call by and collect young Robert
from the day-care centre, then we'll go and collect your clothes
and we'll get the hell out of here!" Beryl sobs, "Fiona,
I can't..." Fiona, however, tells her, "Of
course you can. You do want to see Susan, don't
you?" Beryl cries, "I'd love to - but I can't leave
the kids..." She looks at Andy. He assures her, "We're
all capable of looking after ourselves." Fiona smiles, "Of
course they are! Now come on, Beryl! You know me: once
I've made up my mind, that's it!" Beryl looks at Andy and
then at Fiona and shrugs through her tears, "I suppose it's
pointless to argue." Fiona smiles, "Sure is!"
In Caroline's room at the nursing home, Doug is saying to Kevin,
"We've established that it has something to do with lions
- but we need to be more specific, mate." Kevin tells him,
"The lions were there. But they're not any more."
Craig says urgently, "Doug, I really do think we're risking
it if we stay here any longer." Doug sighs, "It's just
that he knows... I can tell." Craig mutters,
"It could take all day." Doug looks between
Kevin and Craig and then says, "We take him with us."
Craig gasps, "You're off your head!" A smile crosses
Doug's face and he comments, "Right thing to say in here,
mate!" Kevin asks eagerly, "You're taking me away?"
Doug nods, "Yeah. Want to come?" Kevin says quickly,
"Yes. Yes, I'll come." He then adds, "I'll need
me tablets." He picks them up from where they're hidden under
the bedclothes. He, Doug and Craig then head out, Craig muttering
as they do so, "I don't believe this."
The white van pulls up outside the 'Lion Uniforms' factory. Mrs.
Boyle and the male nurse climb out and go round to the back of
the van. They open it up. Caroline is sitting there, still gagged
and straitjacketed Mrs. Boyle and the male nurse lift her out
and drag her into the deserted factory. They force her up some
stairs and out onto the roof. They then take her into a small
room on top of the roof. The male nurse removes her gag. He then
asks Mrs. Boyle, "What are we going to do with her here?"
Mrs. Boyle replies, "I've thought of that: we're
going to have a little party." The male nurse asks
in surprise, "What?" Mrs. Boyle retorts, "Don't
worry about it. Just keep an eye on her. I'll be back shortly."
She walks off. When she's gone, the nurse looks at Caroline, who
says, "You realise you're going to get into an awful lot
of trouble when this all gets out?" The nurse shrugs, "I
just do what I'm told." Caroline cries, "Can't you see
there is nothing at all the matter with me?" The
nurse laughs, "I've heard that before. People can
appear to be as normal as you like, and then--" he clicks
his fingers "--something sets them off. How do I know you're
not like that?" Caroline retorts, "I can assure you
I am perfectly sane. If it's money you want, that can
easily be arranged." The nurse looks at her more closely
as she goes on, "What harm can I do you? All you've
got to do is let me go. Simple as that." Mrs. Boyle walks
back in suddenly. She stares at Caroline suspiciously." She
then looks at the nurse and indicates to him to follow her outside.
A few seconds later, out on the roof, Mrs. Boyle shows him a bottle
of drink that she's just bought. He asks in surprise, "What's
the grog for?" Mrs. Boyle retorts, "The only
way out is to get rid of her." The nurse gasps,
"What?" Mrs. Boyle tells him tersely, "That
kid will have gone to the police by now. The only way out of this
is to get rid of her." The nurse comments in concern, "I
didn't know it was going that far." Mrs. Boyle just
insists, "It's quite safe. It'll look like an accident. If
we can get enough of this down her throat, she'll be drunk enough
to accidentally fall off the roof. There'll be no connection to
us or the home. It'll work. Don't worry..."
Kevin is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, staring
into space. Doug leans in close to him and says, "Now listen:
this is very important, you understand? We need to know what you
mean by 'Caroline being with the lions'. Is it some place?"
Kevin murmurs, "Yes. And they're all the same." Doug
looks at Craig and mutters, "What the hell does that
mean?" Craig just shrugs, "I'm getting even more
confused." Kevin murmurs, "The lions' clothes are all
the same." Doug asks, "All the same? Is it some sort
of uniform?" Craig asks Kevin suddenly, "Did
you say the lions had uniforms?" Kevin nods, "Yes.
It's the factory - where they make the uniforms." Doug looks
at Craig and muses, "The lions' uniforms. That means something.
It's... er... it's a company. Damn - of course, it was
a company, but it closed down a few years ago... It's the factory
- I think it's still there. Come on!" He dashes
out. Craig stands with Kevin and calls to Doug, "What about
him?" Doug doesn't respond. Craig leaves Kevin sitting
there and then dashes out after Doug. Kevin reaches into his coat
pocket, takes a pill out of the bottle in there and places it
in his mouth.
In the small room on the factory rooftop, Caroline is struggling
as Mrs. Boyle and the male nurse force alcohol down her throat.
The nurse demands of Mrs. Boyle, "You satisfied? Can I go
now?" Mrs. Boyle snaps, "You're gutless, aren't
you? Alright, you can go, but you've never been here, alright?"
The nurse runs off. Mrs. Boyle carries on struggling with Caroline,
saying curtly, "Come on, dear, you're going for a nice walk
in the fresh air." Caroline cries, "I don't want
to. Just leave me alone." Mrs. Boyle just pushes her out
onto the rooftop. Caroline tries to struggle. She's been released
from the straitjacket, but Mrs. Boyle just keeps pushing her forward.
Caroline cries, "No. Please don't. Please. No."
Mrs. Boyle just retorts, "I'll all be over in just a few
seconds." She pushes Caroline forward again, to the edge
of the building. Caroline looks down in horror at the long, long
drop to the ground below...