Ginny gasps, "What are you talking about? No one
can blow that much in just one deal." Wayne tells her, "You
can if the deal was as big as this one." Ginny points out,
"But you're rich and you've got a fantastic house - and your
dad will help if he knows there's something really wrong."
Wayne just grimaces, "This fantastic house will probably
have to be sold to pay the debts. It wasn't just my money;
it was dad's, too. God knows what I'm going to tell him."
He walks over to the bar and pours himself a glass of scotch.
Ginny murmurs to herself, "Boy... I don't believe
it... all that work for nothing." Wayne growls,
"You're not wrong: years of my life down the drain."
Ginny asks, "What will you do?" Wayne tells her, "All
my business records are in the computer. As soon as I get a chance
I'll go through them; maybe I'll be able to salvage something."
He then adds, "I'd better ring dad, too." Ginny comments,
"You won't want me around. I'll get out of your
way." Wayne tells her, "I'm sorry today had to end on
such a short notice." Ginny mutters ruefully, "So am
I." With that, she heads out. Wayne picks up the 'phone on
the bar and begins to dial.
Ginny arrives back at Charlie's to find Alison sitting on the
couch in the lounge room. Looking at Alison in surprise, Ginny
remarks, "I didn't know you were back. How was your holiday?"
Alison replies, "Successful." Ginny comments, "Funny
way to describe a holiday." Alison muses, "Let's just
say it did what all good holidays are supposed to do:
recharged the batteries." Ginny comments, "You didn't
get much of a tan." Alison explains, "I found better
things to do with my time - indoors, mostly." Ginny mutters,
"I'll bet." Alison looks at her and asks, "What
are you so grumpy about? Glen not paying you enough attention?"
Ginny sighs, "That's all over." Alison raises her eyebrows
and asks, "His idea or yours?" Ginny just murmurs, "He
wasn't ever serious." She then continues more curtly, "I'm
sick of getting dumped on by men. From now on it's my
turn - and I was doing really well, too, until just now..."
Alison looks at her. Ginny explains, "The plan was to go
after someone rich - and trust me to pick Wayne..."
Alison asks, "He didn't go for it?" Ginny replies, "He
was starting to, but some deal fell through and now he's
flat broke." Alison muses knowingly, "Is that right...?
What a shame I was away on holidays: seems I missed all the fun..."
In the lounge room at Caroline's, Caroline stares at Doug and
says tersely, "Let me get this straight: are you saying that
we've lost everything?" Doug tells her, "No.
What I'm saying is: I've lost everything. Credit where
credit's due..." Caroline sighs in exasperation, "Doug...
What are we going to do?" Doug replies, "We've
got enough to live on - for a couple of months, at least."
Caroline says warily, "We do still own the house,
don't we?" Doug nods, "Yeah. I managed not to let that
go down the gurgler." Caroline comments, "That's the
first thing we've got to do. How much will it get us?" Doug
stares at her in surprise and retorts, "Nothing - 'cos we're
not selling it. This place is yours." Caroline points
out, "Only because you gave it to me - and if you're
in trouble, I'll--" Doug interrupts and snaps, "No.
I haven't sunk so low that I'll let our home be sold
from under us. Besides - this sort of thing's par for the course
for me. Happens all the time. I just need a couple of good money-spinning
ideas to get me up on top again." Caroline remarks, "It
seems to me that it was one of those got us into this in the first
place." Doug shrugs, "You win some, you lose some. Next
time I'll get out on top."
Susan is standing in the lounge room at Beryl's, staring out
through the front window. She looks bored. After a few seconds,
she wanders over to the armchair in the middle of the room. She
looks at her watch, sighs heavily and then picks up the telephone.
The 'phone rings at Caroline's. Caroline is in the kitchen, making
a cup of tea. Doug is in the lounge room. They both go to pick
up the telephone in the respective rooms. Caroline speaks first
and says to the caller, "Hello?" Susan comes on and
sighs, "Oh, Caroline, it's me. I need to talk. I'm going
off my brain with boredom." Looking around nervously, Caroline
tells her, "Susie, it's not easy to talk at the
moment - Doug's in the next room." Susan murmurs, "Oh.
I'm sorry - but I really need to talk to someone."
In the lounge room at Caroline's, Doug hangs up the 'phone, a
look of surprise and annoyance on his face. In the kitchen, Caroline
tells Susan, "I know it's hard on you, Susan, but you're
the one who decided that no one else should know. You
can't have it both ways." She listens and then says,
"Yes, well, we've got some problems of our own, too, at the
moment. I'll come and see you a bit later, OK? I'll buy you some
books on the way... Alright... Bye." She hangs up. Doug says
suddenly - and sharply - from the doorway, "Anyone I know?"
Caroline turns to look at him in surprise. She then murmurs in
realisation, "You heard." Doug tells her curtly,
"I answered the other extension." He then adds, "Darling,
I really would like to know what's going on."
A few moments later, Caroline starts explaining, "Susan
wants everyone to think that she's dead. She's very mixed up after
everything that Wayne has put her through. She needs time by herself,
with no hassles." Doug asks, "Does Beryl know?"
Caroline shakes her head and replies, "Only Susan and I."
Doug murmurs, "That's what I thought." He then goes
on, "How can you do that to her?" Caroline
sighs, "Doug, this was not my idea. I found out
about this by accident and Susan made me promise. If she doesn't
want anybody to know, it's not up to me to tell them."
Doug challenges, "Do you think Beryl's going to
see it that way when she finally does find out?" Caroline
retorts, "I don't like this any more than you do, but Susan
is my friend, and I can't go against anything that she wants."
Doug tells her, "You can at least let Beryl know
she's alive. She's not going to run off to Wayne."
Caroline, however, tells him, "Susan is not thinking clearly
at the moment. If I betray her confidence, who knows what
she's going to do? What's to stop her from running away? At least
the way things are at the moment I know where she is and I know
that I can help her." Doug insists, "Even if we don't
say where she is, we should at least let Beryl know that she's
alive." Caroline just tells him, "No. Please,
Doug, leave it to me. I'm sure she'll come round; I just need
a little bit more time." Doug sighs heavily and murmurs,
"If that's what you want - but I don't know how long I can
keep facing Beryl, knowing I'm keeping a secret like this..."
Wayne is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Dural. Beryl
is holding Robert as she stands and watches Gordon snapping at
his son, "You committed us to this shonky deal without even
discussing it." Wayne retorts, "It wasn't
shonky - at least, not from my end. It should've just
been a routine acquisition." Gordon demands, "Did you
check the man's credentials?" Wayne snaps, "Of course
I did. On the surface he was perfectly reputable." Gordon,
however, yells, "Rubbish. I know you too well. You had a
shady operation on the go and it backfired on you." Wayne
insists, "That's not what happened. If you really
want to know who's to blame, try Alison." Gordon
asks tersely, "What's she got to do with it?"
Wayne snaps, "Everything. I don't know how she did
it, but she's the one who torpedoed this whole thing. I bet my
life on it." Gordon asks, "You have evidence?"
Wayne, however, stands up and snaps, "Oh come on, dad. You
know Alison: she doesn't do anything without covering
her tracks. She was supposedly away on some holiday and I was
going to get it in a big way. Remember? The note she left with
Charlie?" Beryl chips in, "Surely if this deal was so
vulnerable to being torpedoed, you shouldn't have put so much
money into it in the first place?" Wayne just glares at her.
He then turns to Gordon and growls, "Can we talk privately?"
Gordon, however, snaps, "No we cannot. Beryl is perfectly
entitled to know what's happening. And she's right: the whole
thing is your fault. Frankly, I couldn't care less, if it was
just yourself you ruined, but you're going to bring everybody
else down with you." Wayne insists, "We'll
figure something out. We might even be able to get back the money
we've lost." Gordon retorts, "The money you
lost". Wayne just goes on tersely, "The important thing
is: we work it out together. You and Beryl can stay here in the
house while we decide what we're going to do." Gordon, however,
growls, "Oh no, not on your life. I don't want to spend a
moment longer than I have to with you. We'll stay at
Seabreeze Towers and we'll discuss this mess you got us into tonight."
With that, he and Beryl walk out. Wayne stands there, looking
Alison is standing looking out through the french windows in
Charlie's lounge room when Ginny walks in from the hallway. Alison
looks at her and says, "I've been thinking about you. How
would you like to earn some money?" Ginny nods, "Could
be interested." Alison, however, tells her, "No 'could
bes' about it. I want a yes or a no - because once I've told you
what I've got in mind, you're in whether you like it or not. And
if you dare say anything to anyone, I'll make you the sorriest
person who ever lived. So, now we're clear on that point: are
you interested?" Ginny pauses and then muses, "Could
be..." Alison tells her, "I'll find someone else."
Ginny says quickly, "I'm interested, OK?!" Alison smiles
at her. She then explains, "Wayne didn't go crash entirely
through his own stupidity. I helped him along a bit." Ginny
growls, "Thanks a lot! I was doing great guns until--"
Alison interrupts and sighs, "Alright, I didn't know about
your little plan then, did I? Anyway, you'll do better
out of helping me than you would from him."
Ginny asks, "What do you have in mind?" Alison explains,
"There's only one way Wayne can get back on his feet again:
that's by setting up another crooked deal like the one he put
over Charlie. But he's going to need all his computer files to
do it." Ginny gasps, "You want me to steal
them?" Alison tells her, "I want you to erase
A while later, Ginny is standing with Wayne in the front doorway
at Dural. Wayne asks sharply, "She's back from her so-called
holiday, is she?" Ginny retorts, "Alison is,
yeah. Who does she think she is, anyway?" Wayne asks, "She
over at the house now?" Ginny nods, "Yeah." She
then goes on, "You know why she got mad at me? 'Cos I told
her you and me spent a bit of time together and I reckon you're
an OK guy. Boy, she really hit the roof. If that's what
she's like, I don't want to know her. So, can I stay
for a while or what?" Wayne stares at her and then nods,
"Yeah, sure. Come on through. You know your way around."
He then makes for the door. Ginny asks, "Where are you going?"
Wayne just replies, "A few things I want to say to your 'friend',
Ms. Carr..." With that, he heads out.
Alison is putting some dog food into a bowl on the floor in Charlie's
lounge room. Isabella is just sitting there, staring at her, refusing
to eat! There's suddenly a loud rapping on the front door. Alison
looks at Isabella and grins, "Well, well, well, I wonder
who that could be!" She stands up and goes to the
front door, still holding the can of dog food. She opens the door.
Wayne storms in and snarls, "One shred of proof, that's all
I want, and I'll have you in every court in the country."
Alison just says lightly, "I'm sorry. What seems to be your
problem this time?" Wayne snarls, "You know
damn well: you fixed that land deal to fall through." Alison
shrugs, "You'll have to forgive me if I'm not up on all the
facts - you see, I've been away on holiday. As I understand
it, it was the sales agent who took off with the money.
Even you can't hold me responsible for that."
Wayne snaps, "And I'm supposed to believe it was sheer coincidence
you sold all your shares just before it happened?" Alison
tells him, "I simply tried to do the right thing by you:
you always said you wanted me out of the company - so,
I'm out." Wayne growls, "You save it for the courts.
I'll get proof - and I'll get my money back." Raising
her voice, Alison snaps, "Your money consisted mainly of
what you ripped off Charlie, so don't look to me for
sympathy. I didn't have anything to do with what happened
- but if I had, I'd be feeling pretty pleased with myself."
Wayne e glares at her. He then grabs the can in her hand and tries
to push it towards her mouth, growling as he does so, "You've
always wanted to be Top Dog. Maybe you should get used
to the food." Alison just retorts, "You do
that and see which one of us ends up in court." Wayne snatches
the can out of her hand and throws it on the floor. He then threatens,
"This is just one more score to be settled - and sooner or
later it will be. Count on it." With that, he marches
off. Alison shuts the door. She then looks down at the floor and
a smile crosses her face as she spots Isabella sitting there amongst
the spilled dog food!
Susan is making herself some toast in the kitchen at Beryl's.
She hears Caroline calling suddenly, "Susan." Susan
calls back, "Come in." Caroline appears in the back
doorway - with Doug. A look of horror crosses Susan's face and
she cries to Caroline, "You promised you wouldn't tell
anyone." Doug, stepping inside, explains, "She didn't
way anything, Susan: I overheard the 'phone call."
Susan murmurs, "I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have called
but I get so lonely." Doug asks, "How do you
think your mother feels? And all the other people
who love you?" Susan tells him, "I know it must seem
heartless, but I have my reasons. Please don't tell anyone."
Doug assures her, "It's alright - I've already gone through
that with Caroline." Susan insists, "I tried.
I really tried. I called mum, but when she answered I just couldn't
go through with it. I need a little more time, that's all."
Doug nods, "Yeah. Well, I guess it's your business.
Still, I am glad you're alive and well; I've got to admit
that much." With that, he gives Susan a hug. He then looks
down at a saucepan on the table and smiles, "You're really
splurging on the food, aren't you?! You sure you can afford it?!"
Susan replies quickly, "I like baked beans; I always
have - ever since I was a kid." Doug suggests, "They'll
keep for another time, won't they? Why don't I go down
and get a decent meal?" Susan insists, "This
is fine - really." Caroline chips in, "Susan's not broke
- I can vouch for that: she won a packet on the races;
the biggest case of beginner's luck in history!" A look of
guilt crosses Susan's face and she murmurs, "I wish it was
the same for the second time round." Caroline asks
in surprise, "You've been back?" Susan nods
glumly, "Yes. I lost every cent that I had." Caroline
sighs, "Oh Susan--" Susan, however, interrupts and says
quickly, "I guess everyone has bad patches. One
more lucky streak and I can win it all back five times over."
Doug says sharply, "Forget that. Gambling's for
mugs - unless, of course, you're the one running the
game!" Caroline muses, "He knows - believe me!"
Doug then takes out his wallet and removes some cash. Handing
it to Susan, he says, "This will keep you in something a
bit better than baked beans for a while - and just stay clear
of race courses." Susan tells him warily, "I don't know
when I could pay you back." Doug just says, "Let's wait
and see. Maybe I can offer you a job - when I get back on my own
feet!" Susan stares at him and says, "How do you mean?
I thought everything was going well for you." Doug
murmurs, "It was until today..." Caroline suggests
quickly, "Why don't we make ourselves a nice meal and we
can talk later?" Susan smiles, "Yes, please. You don't
know how I've missed just to sit and talk over a good meal."
She then adds, "But there's no wine in the house; I'll have
to drop down to the pub and get some." With that, she dashes
out. Left alone with Doug, Caroline kisses him warmly.
A young man is sitting at a table in a pub, moving three upside-down
plastic cups around in front of him. An older man is sitting to
the side of him and the young man is telling him, "You've
got eyes like a hawk, son, I can tell. You know exactly where
the little veggie is, huh?" The second man nods, "I
reckon." The first man stops moving the cups around and says,
"Ten bucks says you don't." Susan walks over to them
suddenly and says to a third man, who's watching, "Excuse
me, do you know where the bottle department is?" The man
takes her hand and says, "Sure, darling: right here.
Come sit yourself down." Susan glares at him and growls,
"I'm looking for the bottle department, not a scene. Mind
letting me go?" The man with the cups calls over in warning,
"Pete..." The man lets go of Susan and mutters, "Just
having a bit of fun." The man with the cups then tells Susan,
"My apologies. Pete's a good-hearted lad; just gets a little
bit too playful sometimes." The older man points to the middle
of the three cups suddenly and says, "That one!" The
younger man lifts up the middle cup and reveals a dry pea underneath.
The older man exclaims, "Ha ha!" He then picks up $10
from the table. Susan stares at them. The man with the cups comments,
"No one can say that I don't run an honest game around here."
He then adds, "The bottle department: straight down there
on the left." He points ahead of him. Susan murmurs, "Thanks."
She keeps looking at the cups on the table. The man who's controlling
them asks her, "Fancy a quick wager before you go? Honest
game. Good clean fun." Susan, however, murmurs, "I've
got people waiting for me. Thanks all the same." She walks
It's evening time, and Tick is lying on the couch in the lounge
room at Dural, the TV on at full blast in front of him. Wayne
is sitting at the dining table, papers spread out in front of
him. He calls over suddenly, sounding irritated, "Tick, can
you turn that thing off? I'm trying to work. Go and use
the set in the study." Tick climbs off the couch and turns
off the TV. He then walks over to Wayne and asks, "What are
you doing?" Wayne just retorts, "Don't bother me now,
alright? It's not a good time. Go and use one of your computer
games or something, OK?" Tick looks at him and then walks
off with a heavy sigh.
In the living room at Beryl's, Caroline stands up from the dining
table, saying to Doug as she does so, "I think we'd better
have an early night. We've got a lot of serious thinking to do
in the morning." Susan says to both her and Doug, "Thanks
for stopping over. I've really enjoyed the company." Caroline
smiles, "So did we." Doug chips in, "Have a think
about what I said before - about telling your mum. You're going
to have to, sooner or later. The longer you leave it--"
Susan interrupts and murmurs, "I know." Everyone heads
out into the hallway, where Caroline tells Susan, "I'll be
in touch." With that, she and Doug leave. Susan closes the
door and heads back into the living room, sighing heavily as she
looks at the table that needs clearing. She then walks over and
switches on the TV - but she turns it off again a few seconds
later. She stands there and looks at her watch. Apparently making
a decision, she then picks up her jacket and heads out of the
At the pub, Pete sits down with the man with the cups, handing
the first man a drink. Susan walks over to them suddenly and the
man with the cups smiles, "Hello!" Susan says uncertainly,
"Hi. I've got a bit of time free. I was curious about the
game you're playing." The first man, however, tells her,
"Not game. Art. The ancient and noble art
of the shells. Sit down and I'll show you how it works."
He then picks up one of the three cups and says, "I've put
the pea under the shell." He shows Susan the pea. He then
puts the cup back on top of it and continues, "I shuffle
them all around--" he does so "--and you choose which
one it's under." Susan points to the cup to the far left
and says - looking surprised at how easy it is, "It's that
one, isn't it?" The man lifts up the cup to reveal the pea.
Susan grins in delight! The man comments, "I see we have
a natural, here!" He then tells Susan, "Of course, we
always have a few dollars riding. It adds to the fun." Susan
murmurs, "That's about all I can afford." The
man smiles, "There's no limit here. Little or as much as
you like." Susan nods enthusiastically, "Alright - I'll
be in anything once!" She takes out some money and
hands it over.
Wayne, Gordon and Beryl are all sitting in the lounge room at
Dural. Gordon is holding a sheaf of papers in his hand and he
comments sourly to his son, "You certainly did a thorough
job. I didn't expect it to be half this bad." Wayne
insists, "We can still trade our way out of it." Gordon
retorts, "I need to see something more specific." Wayne
tells him, "I did all the sums before you got here. They're
in the study." He stands up and heads out of the room. When
he's gone, Gordon says to Beryl sadly, "I can't pretend it's
going to be very hopeful. I know you didn't expect to be marrying
into the poor-house, so if you want to change your mind..."
Beryl, however, tells him, "You're joking!"
Gordon murmurs, "Sort of - but times are going to be tough.
I don't want to hold you to anything." Beryl gasps, "I'm
not marrying you for money - and you know what they say in the
vows: 'For richer or poorer'." Gordon murmurs, "I just
wish things could've been different." They suddenly hear
Wayne shouting out in the hallway, "Richard!" Gordon
looks at Beryl and they both dash out to see what's going on.
Tick is running downstairs and he says, "Yeah, dad?"
Wayne shouts at him, "You wiped all of my computer files.
What the hell do you think you were doing?" Tick insists,
"I didn't." Wayne just goes on, "The whole
lot: hard disc, back-up file, everything." Ginny
appears behind Tick on the stairs as the boy cries, "I didn't
- honest." Wayne yells, "Who else?
You're the only at the computer. You stupid little idiot.
Do you know how much you've cost us?" A look of guilt crosses
Ginny's face as Tick cries, "I didn't wipe anything.
I'd know if I did." Wayne demands, "Who was
it, then? Mr. Nobody?" Tick snaps, "I don't know. Stop
yelling at me. It wasn't my fault." With that, he dashes
back upstairs. Wayne yells after him, "Richard! Wait!"
Tick just yells back, "No! I don't like you anymore!"
Ginny stands there, looking worried.
At the pub, Susan lifts up one of the three cups from the table
to find there's nothing underneath. The man who's conning her
sighs, "Oh dear... I'm afraid we're going to have to stop."
Susan, however, insists, "We can't. I know it's
late, but I have to win that money back. It was given to me by
a friend. It's all I've got." Pete points out gruffly,
"All you had." The conman tells Susan, "It's
not the hour, sweetheart, it's the sum. You
see, you owe me $500 and that's my limit." Susan gasps in
horror, "$500? That's impossible." The man
shows her a notebook and says, "It's all written down here."
Susan tells him, "You'll have to let me have more credit.
One more game: double or nothing." The conman, however, says
curtly, "No. I can't do that. Now, about that matter of settling
the debt..." Susan murmurs, "That $80 is all I had on
me. I'll have to get the rest to you in a day or two." The
conman looks at her sharply. Susan insists, "I'm good for
it. Really. You can trust me." The conman continues to look
at her. He then murmurs nastily, "Yeah. I'm sure I can. OK,
then, I'll see you in a couple of days." Susan nods, "Yes,
you will." With that, she stands up and flees the pub. When
she's gone, the conman says to Pete, "Tell Bruno to follow
her and find out where she lives. If she proves to be difficult,
I want to know when I can find her..."
Alison marches into the lounge room at Charlie's, followed by
Ginny. Alison is saying, "You're sure you wiped everything
- back-ups as well?" Ginny tells her, "I did exactly
what you wrote down. He was yelling blue murder when I left."
Alison asks, "He doesn't suspect you?" Ginny sighs,
"No - he thinks it was Tick, the poor little kid."
Alison muses, "Don't you worry about that. What
you have to do now is stay there and work out what his
plans are." Ginny gasps, "You want me to go back over
there? What if he asks where I've been?" Alison shrugs, "Just
say you've come back to pick up some clothes. He probably hasn't
even noticed you've gone." Ginny murmurs, "I
suppose not. There was a pretty heavy discussion going on with
Beryl and Gordon when I left." Alison stares at her and says,
"Don't just stand here - go back and listen in." She
then grabs some clothes that are hanging on the doorknob and adds,
"You can take these." With that, she bundles Ginny out.
Wayne, Gordon and Beryl are sitting at the dining table at Dural.
Gordon is saying curtly, "What it comes down to is: we have
a mountain of debts as big as Everest--" He breaks off as
Ginny walks in and says 'apologetically', "Oh. Sorry. I didn't
know you were still here. I just ducked over to Charlie's to get
some gear." Wayne says, "You'll have to excuse us, Ginny.
This is a private meeting." Ginny nods, "Sorry."
She heads off back to the hallway. When she's gone, Gordon goes
on, "As I was saying, we have a mountain of debts and absolutely
no money to pay for it." Wayne suggests, "I thought
we could lease out Woombai; that way it'll pay for itself."
Gordon asks, "What about the income from the gym?" Wayne
retorts, "The place is a dead loss. The shares aren't worth
the paper they're written on." Ginny is standing out in the
hallway, listening at the door, as Gordon says, "We still
have a certain amount of property, but God knows how long we can
hang on to that for. What we need is cash -
and lots of it." Wayne says suddenly, "There
is one way we can get back some of the money we lost."
Gordon stares at him and says, "Don't make it a national
secret. Tell us." Wayne explains, "The catch
is there's someone who's not going to like it one little bit: