It's the next morning, and Alison is sitting in the lounge room
at Charlie's when Charlie wanders in, sighing heavily. Alison
asks her how she's feeling. She just shrugs, "I'll be alright.
There must be a lot of people in this world a lot poorer than
I am." Alison, however, tells her, "Charlie,
there's a big difference between being poor and being robbed.
The Hamiltons are going to wish they'd never been born."
Charlie says quickly, "You mean Wayne. I don't want
you punishing Gordon - even if he did choose
Beryl over me..." Alison muses, "Believe me, Charlie,
marrying Beryl is punishment enough! I wouldn't inflict
any more on the poor man! No, it's Wayne I'm
after." Charlie growls, "I've no complaint.
Wayne Hamilton deserves everything he gets." Alison
assures her, "Don't worry: he will. I found out
yesterday that the company plans to buy up huge areas of land
for commercial development. All I have to do is make
sure Wayne buys the wrong land, then withdraw my shares
before anyone's the wiser." Charlie remarks, "I suppose
it's going to take that to teach Wayne a lesson. But what about
Susan and the baby? You've got to leave--" Alison interrupts
her and says hesitantly, "Charlie, Susan's dead."
A look of shock crosses Charlie's face as Alison adds, "She
committed suicide two days ago."
Craig rocks up at the stud with a bunch of flowers. He walks
over to Debbie and asks, "How's it going?" Debbie smiles,
"Hi!" They kiss. Craig then looks across at Andy and
mutters, "G'day, Andy." Andy just murmurs, "Hi."
Craig hands Debbie the flowers. She smiles that they're beautiful.
Craig then tells her, "I've got some good news for you, too:
I just went down to the police station to make a statement and
the guy who stole Sugar's been charged with theft." Debbie
exclaims, "Good. So he should be." She then
invites Craig to stay for lunch. Craig, however, replies, "I
can't - I'm meant to be house-sitting for Doug and Caroline and
I haven't moved my stuff over yet." Debbie sighs, "Can't
you leave that 'til this arvo? We could go for a ride before we
eat." Craig, however, tells her, "I'm sorry. I've got
a few things I want to organise, as well: I've thought of a new
money-making idea." Debbie exclaims in surprise, "What?"
Andy looks on as Craig smiles at Debbie, "It's a surprise!"
Debbie pushes, "Tell me!" Craig, however, laughs, "No
way! Wild horses wouldn't drag it out of me!" Andy
watches them, looking annoyed.
Doug is talking on the 'phone in the lounge at Caroline's, saying
irritatedly, "Can't you give me some idea what it's about,
Billie?... Yeah, OK. I'll meet you at ten. You've got the address."
With that, he hangs up. Caroline walks in as he does so and asks,
"Who was that?" Doug replies quickly, "Oh, you
know that land deal I've been thinking of: I've just lined up
a meeting with Sam Tucker. 'Shopping Complex Tucker', they call
him. If I can get him to buy the land I want to develop, we can
make a killing." Caroline murmurs, "Oh."
She then tells him, "I'm sorry. What with all this business
with Billie, I must be getting a bit paranoid; I just thought
it was something going on that I didn't know anything about."
Doug chuckles, "You are getting paranoid!"
Caroline adds, "And jealous, too: I don't exactly like the
idea of you being married." She sits down as Doug
reminds her, "In name only. I'm yours - I promise."
Caroline comments, "Sounds more like a threat to
me!" Doug smiles at her, and kisses the top of her head.
He then announces, "I have to go out and organise some finance
before this meeting." Caroline asks, "You'll still be
able to make it for lunch?" Doug assures her, "Of course."
He adds, "Why don't we make it something special? - say...
a picnic... in Fitzroy Gardens. Meet me at Captain Cook's Cottage
at one, OK - and bring a basket!" With that, he heads out,
leaving Caroline looking thoughtful.
Billie is standing outside the front door at Beryl's when Doug
walks up and says, "Hi." Billie, looking at the house,
remarks sarcastically, "Cute cottage." Doug tells her,
"A friend owns it - but she's away." Billie
asks, "Why couldn't you just come to my hotel?" Doug
replies, "It's more private here." Billie suggests,
"Less chance of being seen?" Doug admits, "Yeah."
Billie goes on, "Scared Caroline might find out,
are you?" Doug retorts, "I wouldn't like her to get
the wrong impression; put it that way." He then
asks, "What's on your mind?" Billie smiles, "Money.
Lots of it!" Doug opens the front door and they
head inside. They walk into the lounge room, where Doug asks,
"How do you intend laying your hands on all this
money?" Billie explains, "A casino - one with big bucks
flying around the room." Doug tells her, "It's not that
easy to get work in casinos in Australia; there are not
that many around." Billie, however, replies, "I
don't want to work in one; I want to own one." She
sits down as Doug laughs, "You'd never get a licence!"
Billie shrugs, "Then we won't ask for one."
Doug gasps, "Illegal?" Billie just smiles,
"With my croupier skills and your contacts,
we could make a bundle." Doug says quickly, "What's
this 'we' business?" Neither of them is aware as someone
appears at the back door, their shadow being cast on the wall
outside. Billie tells Doug, "I thought you'd want to come
in on the deal. It's easy money. All we have to do is
set up some place nice and quiet once or twice a week. You invite
some of your business friends. We take a cut of the bets. Instant
profits!" Doug sits down next to her and says, "They'd
never be in it." Billie, however, insists, "Of course
they would. There's not a businessman alive that doesn't
like to gamble. That's what they're all about."
Doug muses, "Maybe it would work, and we'd probably
make a lot of money, but I can't risk getting involved."
Billie asks, "Why not?" Doug explains, "Caroline.
She's had a pretty rough trot lately. Right now, she needs me
more than ever - and I can't help her if I'm stuck behind bars."
Billie asks, "What happened to her?" Doug replies, "She
was kept in a nursing home against her will. Someone almost killed
her." Billie comments, "That's heavy." The person
outside the back door continues to stand there as Doug says, "Caroline
thought so too." He then tells Billie, "I still don't
think it's a bad idea you working in a casino, though: you'd knock
them dead in Queensland." Billie, however, replies,
"I can't go. We're married, remember? Immigration
finds out I'm living in another state and wham! instant deportation.
I'm even nervous about them finding out I live in a hotel under
a false name." Doug comments, "I'm not surprised;
I would be, too." Billie then adds, "I've taken
one precaution: I've charged few things and gave them your address
for delivery." Doug growls, "You did what?"
Billie insists, "I had to. It's proof I live
with you." Doug mutters, "Don't make it a habit, OK?
I hope Caroline understands..." Billie smiles, "I'm
sure she will." Doug then suggests, "Let's get going."
Billie exclaims, "What's your hurry?" Doug retorts,
"I've got business meetings all afternoon and right now I'm
going on a picnic with Caroline in Fitzroy Gardens." A look
of delight crosses Billie's face and she exclaims, "I just
love picnics!" Doug, however, growls, "This
is strictly a twosome." Billie suggests, "Then we'll
have one of our own..." Doug glares at her and walks
off. Billie follows him. Outside the back door, the person casting
the shadow on the wall steps away.
Fiona is talking on the 'phone in her room at the mansion, saying
sympathetically, "Oh, Gordon, I am so sorry. You
will let me know if there's anything I can do?... Yeah. Alright.
Bye bye." She hangs up as the door to her room opens and
Janice barges in, snapping, "He will have to go, Aunt Fiona.
I won't put up with his facetious remarks any longer. Do you know
what he just called me? Tony Anderson? 'Hot Lips'. Well, he
might think it's funny, but I don't. I accept the fact
that I'm no longer a shining example of Christian faith and self-discipline,
but that's no reason to make fun of me, so from now on he keeps
his smutty remarks to himself or he goes." Fiona just stands
there, looking upset. She doesn't respond. Looking irritated,
Janice snaps, "Aunt Fiona, have you listened to a word that
I've said?" Fiona just sighs, "Oh, for God's sake, Janice,
will you shut up?" The 'phone starts ringing as Janice mutters,
"I should've known not to expect you to understand."
Fiona goes and answers the 'phone as Janice watches her. Fiona
listens and then says, "Oh, Caroline. Where are you calling
from?" In the lounge room at her house, Caroline replies,
"Melbourne. Doug and I didn't make it to Mexico. Just thought
I'd let you know; bring you up to date on the latest." Fiona
murmurs, "Thankyou." She then says hesitantly, "Caroline,
I've just had a call from Gordon. Something dreadful's happened."
Janice looks at her in surprise.
Debbie joins Andy in a stable at the stud, holding two mugs of
tea. She smiles, "I wish I could find out what Craig's supposed
to be doing before I'm supposed to know." Andy,
however, snaps irritatedly, "Look, will you give it a break?
The job is boring enough without you going on about Craig."
Debbie turns away, in surprise. She then says, "Andy... Look,
I know you don't like working here. Why don't you look around
for something else? There's no point sticking to something
you don't enjoy." Andy, however, retorts, "I want
to stay. I've never been one for quitting and I'm not going to
start now. Besides - I enjoy being around you.
I'd sort of miss it if I left." Debbie smiles at
him warmly and comments, "That is the sweetest thing you've
ever said to me. I like working with you,
too, but there's no point holding yourself back just because we're
friends." Andy stares at her and then sighs, "You
don't get it, do you?" He turns away. Debbie stares at him
and then looks down at the ground in shock as realisation dawns.
She says quickly, "Andy... let's talk." Andy, though,
mutters, "Later." He walks off.
Doug emerges from Captain Cook's House in Fitzroy Gardens. He
walks over to Caroline, who's approaching slowly along a nearby
path, and smiles, "I couldn't resist having a look inside.
I've been here for years and haven't seen it." He then looks
at the empty-handed Caroline and asks in surprise, "What's
for lunch?" Caroline retorts, "Nothing." Doug remarks,
"I thought you were going to bring a basket."
He then notices the expression on her face and adds gently, "What's
up?" Caroline hesitates before crying, "Susan's dead.
I just spoke to Fiona on the 'phone." Doug gasps in shock,
"You're kidding. When?" Caroline murmurs, "A couple
of days ago. Suicide." Doug mouths, "Oh no..."
Caroline goes on, "Apparently Wayne drove her too far. She
just couldn't take it any longer." A look of shock crosses
her face suddenly as she stares ahead of her. Susan is standing
on the path a few yards away! She steps out of sight as Caroline
gasps at Doug, "It's Susan!" She looks back again and
starts running down the path, calling, "Susan? Susan!"
Doug follows her, looking concerned.
A short time later, Caroline is still walking along the path
at a speed. Doug catches up with her as she cries, "She's
gone. I must've scared her off." Doug mouths, "Susan?"
Caroline nods vigorously, "Yes. She was here."
Doug sighs, "Caroline, you've had a nasty shock." Caroline,
however, insists, "I saw her. I am not imagining
things." Doug tells her, "Sometimes our minds play tricks
on us and we see things that just aren't there - when
something happens that we don't want to accept." Caroline
cries, "She was really here." Doug looks at
her disbelievingly. After a few seconds, Caroline murmurs weakly,
"Maybe she wasn't. Maybe it was someone who just looked
like her." Doug puts his arm round her and suggests softly,
"Let's go home."
Back at Caroline's, Doug and Caroline head into the lounge room
and Doug asks gently, "Is there anything you want?"
Caroline murmurs, "Just to lie down." She then notices
a gift-wrapped package on the coffee table, and she asks in surprise,
"What's this?" Doug suggests, "Open it
and find out." Caroline remarks, "Craig must
have brought it in; I can't remember ordering anything."
Doug mutters suddenly, "Oh hell." Caroline asks, "What?"
Doug, however, tells her quickly, "Nothing. Just something
I remembered, that's all." Caroline opens the box and removes
a sexy black lace negligée! She smiles, "Doug, it's
beautiful!" Doug comments, "Who says I never
think about you?!" Caroline then removes a note from the
box and reads it. She frowns as she growls, "This says the
negligée is for Mrs. Billie Fletcher. Well?"
Doug admits reluctantly, "Yeah. That's right. It's hers."
Caroline demands curtly, "What is going on?" Doug tells
her quickly, "Nothing - I swear. Billie's worried that Immigration's
going to find out she's not living with me, so she bought a few
things and gave this address for delivery. I only lied because
I didn't want to upset you anymore." Caroline snaps, "You
have been speaking to Billie, have you?" Doug retorts,
"Yes - but before you start jumping up and down, let me explain,
will you? She had a business proposition. I didn't want her coming
around here because I know you don't like the way things are;
and I didn't want to go to her hotel just in case somebody saw
us. So, we met at Beryl's house; neutral ground. That's where
she told me that she'd given this address to the department store.
Nothing happened. I won't even be doing business
with her, OK?" Caroline stares at him and then mutters, "Alright
- but I think she's taking dreadful liberties." Doug suggests,
"Why don't you teach her a lesson? Keep the negligée:
it'll look better on you anyway!" Caroline stands there,
looking thoughtful, and then declares, "What a good idea...!"
Charlie is talking on the 'phone in her lounge room, saying,
"I'm only sorry I can't help, that's all. Bye."
She hangs up as Alison walks in and asks, "Who was that?"
Charlie replies, "Doug. He wanted to borrow some money for
a land deal, but I don't have any spare money to lend anyone
at the moment." Alison asks, "Did he say anything else?"
Charlie shrugs, "Something about meeting a Mr. Tucker and
something about shopping complexes and... oh, I don't know, darling:
I'm just too upset about Susan to think at the moment."
Alison, looking thoughtful, comments, "Sam Tucker.
Doug must be developing land for a shopping complex.
This is perfect! If I can make Wayne think that Doug is after
the same land as Hamilton Industries, he'll snap it up just to
beat Doug." Charlie, looking puzzled, asks, "So?
How will that hurt Wayne? It all seems rather pointless."
Alison, however, grins, "Don't worry, Charlie. All will be
revealed." She then adds, "I'm going to have to stay
out of the way for a while so Wayne can't point the bone at me
when everything does fall apart. Do you think you can
cope on your own for a couple of weeks?" Charlie sighs, "I
suppose so. I've got Isabella and the puppies to keep me company
- and it's all in a good cause..." Alison muses, "Indeed
it is, Charlie. It's time Wayne was taught a lesson he'll never
Andy is cleaning a saddle furiously at the stud. Debbie walks
over to him hesitantly and says, "Andy... we really should
talk." Andy just retorts, "There's nothing to talk about.
I like you and you don't like me.
Subject closed." Debbie insists, "I do like
you. OK - maybe not in that way - but it doesn't mean
we have to ignore each other." Andy looks at her
and then snaps, "You know what I did? I knew all along that
there was nothing between Craig and Ginny, but I did all I could
to make you think that there was, just so that I could have a
chance at you." Debbie stares at him in shock. She then murmurs,
"You're sorry now, aren't you?" Andy looks
at her in surprise and remarks, "I thought you'd be angry."
Debbie smiles, "Why? It's quite flattering,
really. I'm just so sorry that you had to get hurt, that's
all." Andy muses, "Them's the breaks, aren't they?"
Debbie nods, "Yeah! Maybe now, you should think about getting
another job?" They suddenly hear a car engine approach and
a clapped-out green car pulls up nearby. Craig calls from the
driver's seat, "Isn't she a beauty?!" Debbie and Andy
walk over and Debbie laughs, "What are you doing with this
junk heap?!" Craig climbs out of the car and explains, "It's
my new business." Andy asks in amusement, "You going
to be a car wrecker?!" Craig, however, explains,
"Pizza delivery man!" Debbie and Andy turn away, laughing.
Craig, ignores them, going on, "I've got it all organised:
I've put posters up in heaps of pizza parlours. From now on, when
someone wants a pizza, they 'phone me and I deliver it to their
door. And I've printed a few of these--" he undoes his shirt
to reveal a T-shirt underneath with 'Speedy Pizzas' printed on
it "--for my employees." Debbie giggles, "Employees?
I don't think that car can handle more than one person!"
Craig tells her, "It won't have to! I just need
someone to man the 'phones and push the order through to me in
the car; I've got a CB in there." Andy smiles, "You
know what? You might have something there!" Looking
at Debbie, Craig says, "I was kind of hoping that you'd chuck
in your job and give me a hand..." Debbie tells him quickly,
"No way." She then adds slyly, "But Andy's
looking for a job..." Craig looks at Andy warily. He then
asks Debbie quickly, "Can I have a word with you, please?"
They step away from Andy and Craig growls, "I don't even
like the guy." Debbie cries, "Can't you give
him a chance?" Craig snaps, "Do you know what
he did to us?" Debbie retorts, "Lying to me
about you and Ginny? Yes. But he's sorry - and I know he's a good
worker." Craig mutters, "I can't afford to pay him."
Debbie demands indignantly, "What were you going to pay me?!"
She then goes on, "Just give him a percentage of the profits."
She crosses her arms and adds, "I'm not going to give in
until you say 'yes'!" Looking annoyed, Craig calls across
to Andy, "When can you start?" Andy tells him, "Whenever
you like." Craig looks at Debbie in annoyance.
Caroline - wearing her dressing gown - opens the front door her
house to find Billie standing on the step. Billie puts on an Australian
accent and says, "G'day. How's that?!" Caroline
mutters, "Fine." She then adds, "If you're after
Doug, he's not at home." Billie nods, "I know."
She then steps inside and, heading into the lounge room, continues,
"I'm not sure if Doug's told you, but I'm having something
delivered here. I just dropped by to see if it arrived."
Caroline pulls open her dressing gown to reveal the black negligée
underneath, and she smiles, "You mean this?"
Billie glares at her and snaps, "That's my negligée"
Caroline retorts, "Not anymore!" Billie growls, "I
bought it. I paid for it." Caroline tells her curtly,
"You should learn to ask before using someone else's
address." Billie mutters, "Next time I'll say 'please'.
Now, if you'll just give it to me, I'll go. I don't want to cause
any trouble." Caroline asks, "Meaning you could if you
wanted to?" Billie retorts, "Possibly."
Caroline, however, says, "You don't fool me for one minute:
first it's the deliveries, next you'll be wanting to move in."
Billie shrugs, "If I do, I will." Caroline
points out, "It's not even your house." Billie retorts,
"Half of it is: it's called 'community property'."
Caroline tells her, "The house is in my name, not
Doug's." Billie shrugs, "Then maybe I'll buy it with
the alimony." Caroline growls, "You're bluffing. You'd
have to go back to the United States if you went that far."
Billie retorts, "Could be worth it - and if I do
go, I might just take Doug with me..." With that,
she walks out, leaving Caroline looking annoyed.
Doug is sitting in a restaurant with a businessman, saying, "The
first thing I'd do is buy the land. Once I'd found it, I'd make
sure it's a good location: plenty of public transport... off-street
parking... good-sized population." The man asks, "Then
develop?" Doug nods, "Exactly. You take over
a fully-developed shopping complex. How about it, Sam?" The
man - Sam Tucker - tells him, "I've had another
offer." Looking astonished, Doug gasps, "What?"
Tucker replies, "Basically, the same set-up you've
just explained." Doug insists, "No one's going to give
you a better deal than I can, Sam." Tucker just
suggests, "Let's see, shall we?" Doug probes, "Where
does this other offer come from?" Tucker tells him,
"A Sydney outfit. In fact, I'm supposed to meet
their representative here this afternoon." He looks across
the room. Alison is approaching and Tucker adds, "This looks
like her now." He stands up and says, "Miss.
Carr?" Alison shakes his hand and replies, "Yes. Mr.
Tucker. How do you do?" She sits down and adds, "Hello,
Doug." Doug looks at her in annoyance.
Caroline is throwing pots and pans into the kitchen cupboard
at her house, looking annoyed. Craig walks in and laughs, "Sounds
like World War III! What's up?" Caroline snaps, "Doug's
wife. She came over here and practically threatened to take him
away from me." Craig comments, "She hardly knows
him." Caroline, however, retorts, "I'm not so sure
anymore: they've already had one secret rendezvous today."
Craig suggests, "Might be an idea if you talk to
Doug about it." Caroline snaps, "He's at a business
meeting." A look flashes suddenly across her face, though,
and she adds angrily, "Or is he...?" With that,
she storms out.
At the restaurant, Sam Tucker is telling Doug and Alison, "Both
propositions have potential, so it comes back to the land
you have to offer. Whoever finds the best location will get my
business, so I suggest you contact me when you have land ready
to build on. Hope to hear from you soon." With that,
he shakes Doug's and Alison's hands and heads off. When he's gone,
Doug growls at Alison, "Are you proud of yourself?
You stole my idea." Alison smiles, "Don't be so paranoid."
Doug snaps, "Paranoid? I 'phoned Charlie to see
if I can borrow some money, she spills the beans to you and you
grab the first 'plane down here to undercut me." Alison smiles,
"You should be a detective!" Doug just snaps, "It
won't work, Alison." Alison, however, retorts, "I
think it will. You see, Hamilton Industries has the money
to buy that land right now. You don't."
Doug snarls, "I'll get it." Alison just shrugs,
"Fine. Fine. Then perhaps you can pay the bill, too. Bye!"
With that, she stands up and walks off, leaving Doug looking annoyed.
Caroline walks up to the front door at Beryl's. She can hear
music playing inside, and she gasps to herself, "I thought
so." She then goes and peers in through the front window.
A look of shock crosses her face suddenly as she sees who's in
there. It's a bedraggled-looking Susan. As she spots Caroline
staring at her, an expression of horror crosses her face...