Caroline starts to bluster, "You're making a mistake, Wayne.
You've got it all wrong." Wayne, however, just replies lightly,
"Really? Why's that? Tell me." Caroline says, "I
don't know whether Susan's alive or not. I told the girl
that I spoke to her just to keep her on the 'phone; keep her talking.
I put the ad in the papers on the off-chance that you weren't
seeing things at the funeral; that you really did see
her. I know it was a long shot, but it was a chance I couldn't
pass up. Susan was a very close friend." In Sydney, Wayne
retorts, "Very good, Caroline. Quite a performance. But you'll
have to do better than that, I'm afraid. You see, your
reaction was all wrong: when Sherry said she was calling on Susan's
behalf, you should have been more excited - but you weren't:
you acted as though you knew all along that Susan was alive. So
all that's left for you to do is to tell me where she is."
Caroline doesn't respond. Wayne demands, "What's the matter,
Caroline? You going silent on me?" Caroline growls,
"Typical of you, isn't it, Wayne?
All you're thinking about is the money." Wayne says,
"I simply wish to be reunited with my dear wife. Where is
she?" He listens, but then laughs, "I don't think so!
Come on, Caroline, be a sport: don't hold out on one of your old
mates!" Caroline just retorts curtly, "If I knew where
she was, I wouldn't have run the ad, would I?
And if I did know, you're the last
person I'd tell." Wayne asks, "Who else knows she's
in the land of the living?" He listens and then murmurs,
"You and Doug - and me." Caroline warns, "If you
feel anything for Susan, please keep it that
way. It's what she wants; you've got to respect her wishes."
Wayne, however, says, "Don't be ridiculous: we should be
celebrating her resurrection. As far as I'm
concerned, I'm letting the whole world know about it."
With that, he hangs up.
Gordon and Beryl are sitting in the lounge room at Beryl's. Beryl
is commenting, "A whole night without a word? Craig must
be out of his mind with worry." Gordon points out, "At
least the police are out looking for her, now." Beryl muses,
"I think I should go to their flat and see what I can do."
Gordon reminds her, "Doug seems to have everything under
control." Beryl, however, insists, "I just can't sit
here doing nothing." Gordon suggests, "Give
Craig a ring; let him know you're thinking of him." Beryl
nods, "I will." She stands up. As she goes to the 'phone,
though, it starts ringing. She picks it up and says, "Hello?"
Wayne is reclining on the couch in the lounge room at Dural, and
he smiles, "Hello, Beryl, how are you?" He listens and
then says, "Good. I've got some news for you." Beryl
retorts, "Oh yes?" She listens and then mutters, "No,
I do not believe in ghosts, Wayne. What do you want?
I'm in a hurry." Wayne says, "Do you remember Glen's
funeral, when everyone thought I was mad? My visitor from The
Twilight Zone?" Beryl growls, "That rubbish about
you seeing Susan? Yes, I have been told." Wayne
nods, "That's right: your daughter. My wife. Only she isn't
a ghost. She's alive." Beryl gasps, "Is this
some kind of sick joke?" Wayne assures her calmly, "No
joke - unless you believe in reincarnation - and I doubt that."
Gordon leaps up from the couch at Beryl's and takes the 'phone
from her. He demands from his son, "What are you babbling
on about?" Wayne tells him, "Just spreading the good
news: about ten minutes ago, I found out Susan was alive... God's
truth - I'm not lying. I just thought Beryl would like to know."
Gordon asks warily, "Have you any proof?" He listens
and then says, "Why should we ask Caroline?" Wayne retorts,
"Because it's my bet she knew Susan was alive from almost
day one. She certainly does now. Why don't you give her
a ring?" With that, he hangs up." Gordon does likewise
in Albert Park. He then says gently to Beryl, "I think he's
telling the truth?" Beryl stares at him and cries in relief,
"Oh, Gordon..." Gordon gives her a hug.
Caroline is vacuuming the lounge room at her house when she hears
a knock at the front door. She turns off the vacuum cleaner and
goes to answer the door - to find a furious-looking Beryl standing
on the step. She marches inside and demands, "Is it true?"
Caroline asks, "Is what true?" Beryl snaps,
"What Wayne just told me." A look of guilt
crosses Caroline's face. Beryl demands, "How long have you
known?" Caroline murmurs, "Almost from the beginning."
A look of hatred in her eyes, Beryl lashes out suddenly and whacks
Caroline round the face. As she does so, she yells, "Thanks
A short time later, in the lounge room, Caroline is explaining
to Beryl, "I promised Susan I wouldn't say anything.
She didn't want me to tell anyone." Beryl gasps,
"Not even her own mother?" Caroline shrugs,
"She was afraid. She couldn't face people."
Beryl snaps, "You had no right to let me go on thinking she
was dead. Can you imagine what it was like packing her belongings
for the last time?... going to her memorial service?" Caroline
murmurs, "I couldn't break my promise." Beryl retorts,
"Of course you could." Caroline insists, "You
don't understand. She was very mixed up; if she thought I'd betrayed
her, she might have done something crazy. She almost
committed suicide once; I didn't want her to have a second
try." Beryl growls, "You could have told me.
You know how close Susan and I were; are."
Caroline murmurs, "I did what I thought was best at the time."
Beryl asks, "Where is she now?" Caroline admits, "I
don't know." Beryl gasps, "I thought you were supposed
to be looking after her." Caroline explains, "She wanted
to make a new start." Beryl cries, "And you let her
go? Just like that?" Caroline retorts, "She'd made up
her mind. There was nothing I could do to stop her. I am
trying to look for her, though - I've put advertisements in all
the major newspapers." Beryl says coldly, "You should
have told me, Caroline. Right from the start. You should
have told me." Caroline stands there, looking guilty.
Susan sits down on a bench at the side of a road. She's holding
a newspaper. She opens it at the 'Personal' section...
Michael, Janice and Fiona are trekking through the bush. Michael
comments, "It must be nearly lunchtime." Fiona smiles,
"Goody! I'm looking forward to a nice cup of tea!" Michael
points out, "I warned you: all that extra weight takes its
toll!" Fiona, however, sighs, "Expressing interest in
a cup of tea doesn't necessarily mean I'm exhausted!"
Michael grins, "Alright. We'll stop soon and I'll set up
the stove." Janice, however, chips in, "We shouldn't
use the stove to make the tea. We should conserve fuel in case
of emergency." Michael tells her, "I wouldn't worry
- we've got extra fuel, and a fire will take longer." Janice
insists, "We should practice our bush skills at every opportunity."
She adds, "You can make a fire, I take it?"
Michael nods, "Of course." Janice asks, "What if
it had been raining for three days?" Michael replies, "I
know a few tricks. You forget: I was brought up in the
bush." Janice stops walking and asks, "Could you live
off the land?" Michael nods, "If I had to." Janice
declares, "Let's do it, then!" Michael comments, "And
forget all the lovely dehydrated food we've brought?!" Janice
replies, "Yes. For the whole time we're camping. Let's see
who can survive. I challenge you!" Michael insists, "I
want to relax." Janice murmurs pointedly, "It's easy
if you know how." Michael retorts, "I do
know how, but I'd rather not. Sorry." Janice shrugs,
"I'll have to do it alone, then. I will prove that
it's not only possible, but an enriching experience which
strengthens both the mind and the body." Fiona muses, "You're
going to be sorry you said that." Janice, however,
just says arrogantly, "Don't ever wear your wishbone where
your backbone ought to be. It is a maxim full of wisdom and applies
to you and me." With that, she starts trekking again. Fiona
looks at Michael in concern!
Bernie Young is at Dural. As Wayne shows him into the lounge
room, he offers him a drink. Bernie, however, just snaps, "Say
what you want to say, Hamilton. I haven't the time or the patience."
He stands there as Wayne nods, "Very well." He then
goes on, "Susan's suicide was a fake. She's alive."
Bernie raises his eyebrows and asks sharply, "How do you
know?" Wayne replies, "I just do." Bernie
asks, "She alright?" Wayne tells him, "As far as
I know." Bernie asks, "Where is she?" Wayne replies,
"I don't know exactly. She's been hiding-out in Melbourne."
Bernie murmurs, "All this time... she must really hate
you." Wayne gives him a look. Bernie then asks him, "Do
you hate her?" Wayne gasps, "Of course not.
In fact, I called you here to do something on her behalf."
Bernie says disbelievingly, "Really?" Wayne starts to
say, "I believe the will--" Bernie interrupts and snaps,
"Whose will?" Wayne says meekly, "Your
son's. Glen's." He goes on, "It has a bequest to Susan."
Bernie comments, "News gets around. Well?" Wayne continues,
"It's obvious, isn't it? You should call your solicitors
and tell them not to negate the will." Bernie nods sarcastically,
"Of course. Wouldn't want your wife to miss out,
would you?" Wayne tells him, "I think you should
just respect the wishes of your son." Bernie smiles coldly
and says, "It's quite a generous bequest." Wayne shrugs,
"I don't know any details." Bernie tells him, "Susan
would be a very wealthy woman - if she were alive." Wayne
insists, "She is." Bernie, however, snaps,
"I have no evidence for that except your word - which is
worth nothing - so I see no reason to speak to Glen's
solicitor." Wayne tells him, "You will. I'll
get all the proof you want." Bernie growls, "You're
only thinking of the money." Wayne retorts, "I'm thinking
of Susan." Bernie, however, snarls, "Don't
come the raw prawn with me. If you try to lay your hands on one
cent of my son's money, I'll take you through every court in the
land." With that, he turns and marches out. Wayne stands
there, looking worried.
Beryl is standing in the lounge room at her house, exclaiming,
"And after all that, she simply let Susan disappear without
a trace. Goodness knows where she is now." Gordon,
who's sitting on the couch, holding a newspaper, suggests, "Let's
hope she sees the advertisement." Beryl sighs, "I always
thought Caroline was more responsible." Gordon says,
"I can understand why she kept quiet to begin with.
Put yourself in her shoes: she didn't want to go behind
Susan's back, and no doubt she was eventually hoping that Susan
would find the courage to tell everybody herself."
Beryl cries, "It's been weeks. Caroline should have
told me before now; that's all there is to it. If anything
happens to Susan, I will hold her personally responsible."
Gordon, however, points out, "Her motives were good.
She found herself in a difficult position and tried to help Susan
as much as she could." Looking annoyed, Beryl mutters, "I'll
make some tea." She storms off to the kitchen.
Wayne is standing in an office. There is a sign on the wall:
Australia Today. Wayne sits down in front of a young
woman, who says, "Good morning." Wayne holds out his
hand and replies, "Good morning. Wayne Hamilton." The
woman shakes it and says, "Gail Jones. What can I do for
you?" Wayne tells her, "I have a story for your programme..."
A short time later, Wayne is showing Gail a photo of him and
Susan on their wedding day. Gail looks at it and comments, "She's
lovely." Wayne tells Gail, "Three weeks ago, she disappeared
without a trace. We'd only been married two months. The police
found her car eventually - near a beach: keys still in the ignition...
jewellery in the glovebox... and down near the water, they found
her shoes. They said it was suicide. I don't believe them."
Looking interested, Gail asks, "Why not?" Wayne explains,
"She was carrying our child. She had so much to live
for." Gail asks, "Were there any problems at home?"
Wayne insists, "No. Sure, we had some minor disagreements
- like any married couple - but nothing serious."
Gail stands up from behind her desk and says, "It's a very
sad story, Wayne, but from an audience point of view
it doesn't go anywhere. Our viewers like to see--"
Wayne interrupts, though, and says, "I haven't finished."
He continues, "This morning, a friend from Melbourne called
me and told me she'd seen Susan." Gail asks, "A reliable
friend?" Wayne nods, "Yes." He adds, "I have
more evidence now." Gail comments, "So you think the
suicide was a set-up. Any idea where your wife is?" Wayne
replies, "No - but I have to get in touch with her. You see,
last week, a friend of hers died and left her a fortune. If she
doesn't turn up soon, she could lose the lot."
Looking thoughtful, Gail muses, "Quite an interesting tale,
isn't it?" Wayne tells her, "All I know is: I love my
wife and I want her back." Gail nods, "Of course. Maybe
we can help. I'll just get a researcher to take down the details."
With that, she heads off across the office, leaving Wayne with
a smug smile on his face...
Fiona is lying back on a rug in the middle of a clearing in the
bush. She stretches and smiles at Michael, "This is just
what the doctor ordered! Lots of wide open bush and plenty of
fresh air!" Janice heads over to them and Michael calls,
"How did you go?" Janice tells him, "I found a
creek down the bottom of the hill." Fiona smiles, "That's
miles away! You must be exhausted!" Janice
just shrugs, "There's no such thing as a free lunch!"
She crouches down on the rug and hands Fiona a tin cup. Fiona
looks inside and comments, "Ugh! That's full of all squiggly
things!" Janice tells her, "I'm not afraid of a bit
of protein!" Michael asks warily, "You sure they're
OK?" Janice nods, "Course." Fiona asks, "What
if they're poisonous?" Janice, however, insists, "They're
fine! Anything you see the birds eating, you
can eat." Michael remarks, "There's not much there."
Janice shrugs, "I'm not very hungry." Michael looks
at her and then picks up one of the packs of dehydrated food.
He pulls back the wrapping and bites into the food. Janice looks
at him and puts another grub in her mouth!
Gordon is standing with Beryl in her kitchen. He tells her, "I'm
sorry I was so inconsiderate before." Beryl, however, says,
"I'm the one that should be apologising - for getting
so hot under the collar." Gordon insists, "I should
have been trying to comfort you instead of arguing over
some trivial point that can't be changed anyway." Beryl tells
him, "What you said makes sense now; it's just I was too
angry to see straight." Gordon smiles, "You'd think
at my age I'd know when to keep quiet!" Beryl grins,
"And I should be able to control my temper!"
With that, Gordon gives her a warm hug.
Janice, Michael and Fiona are standing by a stream. Fiona looks
around and says, "Why don't we set up the camp right here?
This is a lovely spot." Janice, however, tells her, "No.
I've considered all the pros and cons and we'll get the sun for
longer on the other side - and if there's a flash flood,
we won't be swept away." Michael looks at the water and remarks,
"It looks pretty shallow." Janice tells him, "We'll
go first." With that, she and Michael step down into the
water. Fiona says uncertainly, "I'm going to find a way to
walk around it." Janice and Michael continue treading through
the water. As they do so, though, they lose their balance suddenly
and fall backwards! Fiona bursts out laughing!
A while later, Michael is standing behind a bush on dry land,
wrapping a sleeping bag around his lower half! He joins Janice
and Fiona on the rug, which has been laid out again. Fiona asks
him, "You quite sure you're warm enough?" Michael smiles,
"I'm fine. My pride's a bit damp - among other parts
of my anatomy!" Fiona then turns to Janice and asks, "Are
you still a bit wet." Janice, who has another sleeping
bag wrapped right the way around her, retorts, "If you hadn't
baulked at crossing that stream in the first place, this
would never have happened." Fiona comments, "You
mean you wouldn't be walking around in your birthday suit!"
Janice glares at her and growls, "Aunt Fiona..." Fiona,
however, grins, "Come on, darling! Laugh at yourself.
It's funny!" Janice mutters, "I'm glad you
think so." Michael suggests quickly, "Let's boil the
billy. Fancy a cuppa?!"
It's evening-time. Wayne sits down on the couch in the lounge
room at Dural with a ready meal. He switches the TV on.
Gordon is sitting in the lounge room at Beryl's, doing the crossword
in the newspaper. Beryl wanders in from the hallway. Gordon asks,
"Asleep?" Beryl replies, "Won't be long. It only
takes him about five minutes to drop off." She then asks,
"What's on the telly?" She switches it on as Gordon
replies, "I don't know. The news must be finished."
A male voice starts speaking from the TV, saying, "It must
have been a shock for you to hear that she was alive." Gordon
and Beryl then hear Wayne's voice saying hesitantly, "Well,
no - you see, I never accepted that she was dead."
They both stare at the screen and Gordon gasps. "What the
hell...?" On the TV screen, Wayne goes on, "They never
found her body. Besides which, I couldn't believe she'd take her
own life - and our child's. It doesn't make sense."
The presenter asks, "Why would she fake her suicide, then?"
Wayne shrugs, "I don't know. I relived the time between our
marriage and her disappearance, trying to work out why she'd do
it. I'm at a total loss." The presenter smiles, "At
least you know she's alive now." Wayne says, "I
only hope she's watching." The presenter then says,
"I believe that you have some good news and some bad news
for your wife." Wayne says quietly, "Yes. Sadly - tragically
- one of her friends has died. The good news is he left her some
money." Beryl looks at Gordon as the presenter says to Wayne,
"A fortune, in fact." Wayne nods, "I believe
so." The presenter asks, "Do you have any idea where
she is?" Wayne whispers, "I'm afraid not."
Susan is sitting on the bed in a motel room, watching the TV.
The presenter says to Wayne, "If you could speak to her now,
Wayne, what would you say?" Wayne takes a sip of water and
turns to the camera. He then appeals, "Please come home,
Susan. If there's something wrong... a problem... some unhappiness...
share it with me. We can work it out. I want to look
after you. I love you." Susan climbs up from the
bed and switches the TV off. She looks worried.
The next morning, Beryl is sitting on the couch in her lounge
room as Gordon comments, "I hate to say it, but it's the
sort of thing I've come to expect from Wayne now."
Beryl suggests, "Surely no one would believe that
performance of his." Gordon shrugs, "Maybe not - but
the general public don't know his track record. He was pretty
convincing as the aggrieved husband." The 'phone starts ringing
suddenly and Beryl stands up to answer it. As she does so, Gordon
mutters, "If that's Wayne, I want to talk to him." Beryl
picks up the 'phone and says, "Hello?" She listens.
She then shakes her head at Gordon. He heads off to the kitchen.
Beryl then growls down the 'phone, "What did you want to
talk about?" She listens again and mutters, "Is that
absolutely necessary?... Alright, about twenty minutes."
She listens further and growls, "I'll be there."
With that, she hangs up. She then calls to Gordon, "I have
to go out for a while." Gordon rejoins her and says, "Nothing
wrong, I hope?" Beryl says quickly, "Just one of my
friends is in a tizz. In-law problems!" Gordon asks, "Should
you be taking on other people's problems right now?" Beryl,
however, tells him, "Don't worry - I'm sure it's just a storm
in a teacup." Gordon accepts this and says, "I'll look
after Robert." Beryl thanks him and heads out.
At the campsite in the bush, Fiona hands Michael a bowl of breakfast.
He comments, "It smells great!" Fiona then looks at
Janice, who's sitting there stubbornly. After a few seconds, she
snaps at her niece, "This has gone on quite long enough."
Janice warns, "It'll be wasted." Fiona just retorts,
"You're being very selfish." Janice demands, "Why?"
Fiona tells her, "Because my whole holiday's being ruined
worrying about you." Janice mutters, "That's
moral blackmail." Fiona sighs, "You're as thin as a
rake and you're getting skinnier every second." Janice insists
curtly, "I know how to look after myself." Fiona retorts,
"Really? And where's your breakfast?" Janice stands
up and mutters, "I'm just going to collect it. I've just
been composing myself." Fiona growls sarcastically, "Composing
yourself? Your stomach's not very composed; it was
rumbling all night!" Janice snaps, "Rubbish." Michael
stands up and says warily, "Janice, there's no need to go
on." Janice turns to him and snaps, "I said I'd survive
and I will." Michael insists, "As far as I'm
concerned, you've proved your point - and you should
be rewarded." He holds out his breakfast bowl and continues,
"Well done! First prize! Please accept the winner's trophy!"
Janice mutters, "I could go on for days, if I had
to." Michael, however, asks, "What's the point? You've
won the challenge." Janice grabs the bowl from him
and shoves a mouthful of food into her mouth. She then turns to
Fiona and says, "I'm only doing this to stop you nagging!"
Gordon is feeding Robert at the kitchen table at Beryl's. The
front door opens and Beryl comes in. She joins Gordon and tells
him, "Sorry I took so long." Gordon replies, "That's
alright. Everything sorted out?" Beryl nods, "More or
less." Gordon looks at her and asks, "You OK?"
Beryl murmurs, "Yes. I'm sorry - worrying about Susan's taking
its toll." Gordon accepts this. He then picks Robert up and
takes him off to the bathroom to get cleaned up. Beryl heads into
the lounge room, picks up the 'phone and dials a number. When
the call is answered, she says sharply, "Hello. It's me.
I've thought it over: it has to be stopped for Gordon's sake."
She listens before snapping, "I don't care how you
put it." She listens again before sighing, "Alright
- I will read it, but I won't be changing my mind."
With that, she hangs up. She then goes over to the couch and puts
her bag down on it. She reaches into the bag and removes a hardback
book, entitled My Sister My Love, written by someone
called Angela Johns.
Gail Jones is talking on the 'phone in the office of Australia
Today. Susan walks in suddenly and sits down in front of her.
Gail says quickly on the 'phone, "I'll have to go. I'll ring
you back." She hangs up. She then says to Susan, "Susan
Hamilton, right?" Susan nods and replies, "I want to
see the presenter of the show." Gail replies, "Max?
Certainly." She picks up the 'phone again and dials a number.
Susan sits there, a knowing smile on her face...
There's a rapid knocking on the front door at Dural. Wayne emerges
from the study, muttering, "Alright, keep your shirt on."
He opens the door to find Susan standing on the step. He gasps,
"Susan!" She steps inside - followed by the presenter
of Australia Today and a camera crew. Wayne asks in surprise,
"What's going on?" Susan throws her arms round him and
cries sincerely, "Wayne, it's so good to see you. Please
forgive me." Wayne stands there, looking dumbstruck!