The door of a cab opens outside the gates of the Bendala Detention
Centre and Fiona and Janice climb out. As Janice stares at the
prison building, she muses, "I wonder if she ever tried to
escape. Just imagine: ten years locked behind those walls..."
Fiona looks at her watch and remarks, "They should have let
her out by now." Janice suggests, "She's probably
having a last look around." Fiona, however, comments, "No.
From what Beryl said, she's not the nostalgic type." Janice
points out, "Nevertheless, it's been home for a long time."
At that moment, Pamela appears on the other side of the gate,
accompanied by a prison warder. Janice asks Fiona, "Is that
her?" Fiona stares at Pamela and murmurs, "Yes, that's
her..." They walk up to the gate as the warder lets Pamela
out. A short distance away, another car is parked. Alison and
Charlie are sitting in it, watching. As she stares at Pamela,
Charlie gasps, "I don't believe it. It's incredible!"
Fiona and Janice walk up to Pamela and Fiona says, "Hello.
Pamela?" Pamela shakes Fiona's hand and replies, "Hi.
You must be Fiona." Fiona nods, "That's right - and
this is Janice." She indicates her niece. Pamela then tells
Fiona, "It's very nice of you to come and pick me up."
Fiona assures her, "It's the very least we could
do after all you've done for Beryl." With that, they head
over to the cab. In her car, Alison remarks to Charlie, "At
least we know where she's going to stay." Charlie
murmurs, "You wouldn't read about it. It's like...
Patricia's back from the dead." Alison, staring
at Fiona, Pamela and Janice climbing into the taxi, hisses, "It
has to be..." Charlie asks, "What?" Alison,
however, replies quickly, "Never mind."
As the taxi drives along a road a short time later, Janice asks
Pamela, "How does it feel to be on the outside?" Pamela
replies, "Good." Janice goes on, "I suppose you
kept in touch through television." Pamela shrugs, "Yeah...
There's a lot you forget." Janice comments, "It
must have been a hard life in prison." Sounding
slightly annoyed, Pamela mutters, "Yeah, it was." Changing
the subject quickly, Fiona says to Pamela, "Is there anything
you'd really like to do before we go home?" Pamela pauses
only momentarily before asking, "Could we go through the
city?" Fiona smiles, "Of course!" Pamela continues,
"It's just that I'd like to see the crowds and all the latest
fashions and the big buildings." Fiona grins, "Sure
thing! Big smoke coming up!" She then adds, "While we're
there, what say we do a bit of shopping?" Pamela smiles at
Susan is sitting with Debbie at the kitchen table at Beryl's.
She has some business papers laid out in front of her, while Debbie
is looking at a paint chart. She comments, "We've got to
decide on a colour scheme if we're going to do some painting.
Why don't you take some time off? We can choose something, then
go buy the paint." Susan, however, murmurs, "I'm sure
you and Craig can do it. I want to finish all this up--"
she indicates the papers "--so I can get back and see mum.
I feel guilty enough being down here as it is."
Debbie remarks, "It must be hard for her." Susan nods,
"Gordon says she's coping. She's even made friends!"
Debbie smiles, "That sounds like Beryl!" Susan carries
on, "I remember Caroline saying you need all the friends
you can get when you're in prison." Craig walks
in from the hallway suddenly, wearing his suit and saying, "Bye,
everyone. Got to fly!" Debbie hands him some toast for breakfast
as she suggests, "Why don't we meet for lunch today? My shift
doesn't start 'til one." Craig, however, tells her, "That's
when my lunch break starts." Debbie shrugs, "Take
an early lunch." Craig, though, insists, "I'd
better not. I'm still a rookie and I've already taken time off
for the wedding." A puzzled look crosses Susan's face as
Craig continues telling Debbie, "I'm sorry, Deb; I just want
to make the right impression." Debbie accepts this and smiles,
"Of course. I'll see you tonight, then." With that,
she gives Craig a kiss and he heads out. Susan sits at the table
The taxi pulls away from the road outside the mansion, leaving
Pamela, Fiona and Janice standing at the side of the road, holding
some shopping bags. Fiona smiles at Pamela, "Welcome to the
mansion!" Pamela comments, "Nice place!" Fiona
tells her, "It's not a palace, but the rent's low!"
A sleek-looking car pulls up suddenly a short distance away, and
Pamela remarks, "Got some pretty flashy-looking tenants."
Janice, however, tells her, "He's not one of our
tenants." The car is Nick's, and he climbs out and looks
around. He then walks over to the three ladies and Fiona says,
"Can I help you?" Nick replies, "Does Michael Benson
live here?" Fiona nods, "Yes he does. Down the hall,
second door on the left, near the stairs." Nick smiles, "Thanks."
He then adds, "I'm Nick Benson - his brother."
Fiona, looking taken aback, mouths, "Oh!" She then introduces
herself, Janice and Pamela. Nick stares at Pamela and says brightly,
"How do you do?" Pamela smiles at him and replies, "Very
well, thanks." Nick then asks, "Do you all
live here?" Pamela tells him, "Just about. I'm going
to move in." Fiona then remarks, "I thought I knew Michael
quite well, but I didn't know he had a brother."
Nick explains, "We mostly go our separate ways - but now
that I know where he lives, I'm sure my visits will be more frequent...
He looks at Pamela again! She smiles back at him. He then heads
off inside. Janice stands there and mutters, "He's
very sure of himself, isn't he?" Pamela stands there looking
A short time later, Michael lets Nick into his room inside. Nick
looks around and remarks, "Home sweet home!" Michael
mutters, "I like it." Nick then asks him, "What
do you know about Pamela Hudson?" Michael shrugs, "I
heard she was moving in." Nick remarks, "Very foxy lady!
I met her outside with an older woman - Fiona, I think - and a
rather skinny young woman with glasses." Michael nods, "Janice."
Nick smiles, "That's it! Both very good friends of yours,
apparently." Michael retorts, "Yes." Nick presses,
"But you know nothing about Pamela?" Michael mutters,
"Not a thing." Nick tells him glibly, "You will,
buddy boy. She's moving in, apparently - so just remember: I
saw her first." Michael stares at his brother and announces,
"She's just come out of jail. Ten years." A look of
shock crosses Nick's face. Michael gloats, "Not so foxy now?"
Nick mutters, "Let's just say I'm not in the business of
buying myself trouble. She's all yours." With that, the two
of them sit down. Michael then says, "You wanted to know
something about Wayne." Nick nods darkly, "His relationship
with his stepmother, Beryl Hamilton: there's something rather
strange going on and I want to know where I stand before the police
start grilling me again." Michael asks, "What happened
yesterday?" Nick explains, "Wayne called me over to
back him up in front of the police. I had the distinct impression
I was there to get him off the hook. He claimed the hypnotherapy
session proved that Beryl tried to murder him." Michael asks,
"Did it?" Nick replies, "Yes - given the facts
as I know them. But it seems I don't know everything
- so maybe you can fill me in on a bit of his background."
Michael shrugs coldly, "I'll do what I can."
Alison is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Charlie's.
Charlie is pacing the floor, exclaiming, "I don't know how
you can remain so calm, darling. If I'd just
seen my double, I'd be terribly excited!" Alison points out,
"You are!" She then stands up and announces,
"I'm going to check the mansion accounts." Charlie smiles,
"You can't help yourself, can you?! You're
going to see Pamela, aren't you?!" Alison
insists, "I simply want to know a little more about her."
Charlie replies, "So do I." Alison snaps, "I'm
going alone." Charlie, however, tells her with a smile, "You
might need me!" With that, she heads off to change.
As soon as the coast is clear, though, Alison picks up her handbag
and creeps out.
In Michael's room at the mansion, Nick gasps in disbelief, "How
many?!" Michael repeats, "Five." Nick exclaims,
"He's had five wives? But he's not even thirty!"
Michael smiles, "And you thought he was relatively normal,
didn't you!" Nick asks, "Where are
they all?" Michael tells him, "Two are dead." Nick
repeats, "Dead?" Michael confirms, "Dead. One was
pushed over a bridge; the other one died of a drug overdose."
Nick murmurs, "Hell." Michael goes on, "The fourth
was his half-sister; they had to get an annulment. The first left
him standing at the altar when her real husband, who everyone
thought was dead, turned out to be alive! And there was a sixth
- Julie somebody; she was the smartest of the lot: she got out
before they tied the knot." Nick exclaims in astonishment,
"This is incredible." Michael carries on, "It isn't
difficult to see why Beryl had reservations about Susan
marrying him." Nick murmurs, "It sure isn't," Michael,
however, continues, "Still, for a while, they seemed to be
quite happy." Nick asks, "How long's 'a while'? Two
weeks?!" Michael smiles, "A few months, I think. The
real problem was this bloke Glen - he was the one Susan really
loved; but there were complications, of course." Nick nods,
"Of course!" Michael continues, "Because, at the
time, Susan was carrying Wayne's baby - and that's not
as simple as it sounds, either." Nick asks, "Why not?"
Michael tells him, "Wayne could also have Huntington's disease."
Nick stares at him.
In Fiona's room next door, Janice is sitting with Pamela. She
asks her, "Is there anyone you'd like to ring? Aunt Fiona
wouldn't mind." Pamela, however, retorts, "Thanks, but
there's no one I need to contact." Janice asks, "Won't
your family be worried?" Pamela mutters coldly,
"I don't think so." Janice presses on, "Do you
have any children?" Pamela snaps, "Two." Janice
smiles, "That's nice." She then asks, "Why didn't
your husband pick you up?" Pamela, looking clearly
irritated, growls, "We lost touch." Janice comments,
"That's very sad. Do you have any idea where they are?"
Before Pamela can answer, though, the door opens and Fiona comes
in. She tells Pamela, "I'm so sorry to keep you waiting:
there's been a bit of a mix-up and your room's not ready yet.
Would you mind waiting here for a while?" Pamela
smiles, "Of course not." Janice tells her aunt, "We've
been having a nice chat." Fiona looks at her and says in
concern, "Oh really...?" She then says to Pamela, "Would
you like something to eat? What about a sandwich?" Pamela
stands up and smiles, "Great! Do you mind if I make it myself?
After ten years of prison food it would be nice to prepare something
myself." Fiona nods, "Of course." She then indicates
the kitchen. Pamela heads out there. When she's gone, Fiona murmurs
to Janice, "It's incredible. It's like seeing a ghost."
Janice tells her, "I see a lonely woman who wants
to be reunited with her husband and children." Fiona asks
in surprise, "Did she say that?" Janice admits,
"Not exactly - but I'm going to find them for her."
Fiona rolls her eyes and sighs heavily!
In Michael's room, Nick remarks, "It certainly sounds like
Beryl had enough motivation to pull the trigger. On the
other hand, Wayne sounds as though he's capable of keeping her
in prison out of pure spite." Michael, looking puzzled,
asks, "Why are you getting so involved? You've told the truth,
as far as you know it; you've got nothing to worry about from
the police, really." Nick explains, "My professional
reputation's at stake. Besides, I don't like being used
- especially when an innocent party is getting hurt." Michael
remarks, "It's not like you to be acting the Good
Samaritan." Nick retorts angrily, "It may surprise you
to know I do have a conscience." With that, he heads over
to the door and storms out.
A short time later, Nick marches over to his car outside, starts
the engine and beings to reverse down the driveway - not noticing
as another car - Alison's - comes towards him. Alison slams her
foot on the brake. A moment later, Nick does the same. The two
cars come to a halt millimetres apart. Alison climbs out of her
car and storms over to Nick, who's climbing out of his
car. She snaps at him furiously, "What in the hell do you
think you're doing? I've only had this car five minutes;
don't you look when you reverse out into the street?"
Nick replies, "I would've if I'd known." Alison
demands, "Known what?" Nick tells her, "That
a very attractive woman was heading straight for me!" Alison
growls, "You were heading towards me."
Nick shrugs, "Can you blame me?!" He then goes and examines
the two cars' bumpers. He comments, "Luckily, there's no
damage." Alison snaps, "There would've been if I hadn't
braked in time." Nick comments, "Just as well
you did, then. Still, if you want to sue for nervous
upset..." He takes out a card, hands it over and adds, "Give
me a call." With that, he climbs back into his car and drives
off. A few seconds later, Janice comes walking down the path and
asks Alison, "What happened?" Indicating Nick's departing
car, Alison snaps, "That smart aleck nearly wiped me out.
Who is he? What's he doing here?" Janice explains,
"He's Michael Benson's brother, Nick." A smile crosses
Alison's face suddenly, and she muses, "Is he, indeed...?"
There's a knock on the door of Fiona's room inside. No one is
in the room. A few moments later, the door opens and Alison steps
in. Looking around quickly, she walks over to the table, picks
up a wooden box resting on it and starts looking inside. Fiona
emerges suddenly from the kitchen and remarks, "Usually,
people knock before entering." Alison retorts, "I
did." Fiona then indicates the wooden box and asks
suspiciously, "What are you doing with the register?"
Alison tells her, "Just checking on the cashflow. Any problems
with the tenants?" Fiona retorts, "If you mean is there
any rent overdue, the answer is no." Alison remarks, "Good.
Looks like we've got a full house." Fiona growls, "Yes
- and I'm very busy trying to run it. We can talk upstairs
if you'd like to help me move some tables." Alison, however,
tells her, "No, I won't keep you; I've got a lot to do myself.
Don't overdo it!" With that, she heads back out. Fiona closes
the door behind her and sighs heavily. Pamela emerges from the
kitchen, holding a plate of sandwiches, and smiles, "Care
for a bite?" Fiona rolls her eyes!
Alison is walking down the path outside when Charlie walks towards
her and cries, "Why didn't you wait for me?"
Alison, however, tells her, "I can't explain now, Charlie;
you'll just have to wait." Charlie asks, "Did you find
Pamela?" Alison replies, "No - I don't think she's moved-in
yet." They approach Janice, who says, "If you're looking
for Pamela, she's in Fiona's flat." Alison retorts,
"No she's not: I've just been in there." Janice
suggests, "Probably in the kitchen, making a sandwich."
With that, she heads off inside, leaving Alison standing looking
annoyed. Charlie suggests suddenly, "I know: I could make
a secret telephone and entice them out to a secret rendezvous."
Alison muses, "You could - but you won't.
No, my guess is Pamela won't want to stay cooped-up for too long."
Charlie asks, "What about Fiona?" Alison replies, "She's
upstairs. I think she's cleaning out one of the rooms." Janice
rejoins them and remarks, "You two are spending a lot of
time in the garden this afternoon." Alison says quickly,
"Yes. Actually, I'm having a look around; I'm thinking of
landscaping some of the grounds." Janice exclaims, "What
a coincidence! Only this morning I was thinking how nice a rockery
would look, with a little goldfish pond in the middle." Alison
spots movement by the mansion's front door, suddenly: Pamela heads
outside. Alison says quickly to Janice, "That sounds very
exciting. I'm going round the back; I'll see what I can do there."
With that, she and Charlie walk away.
A few seconds later, the front door of the mansion opens and
Alison and Charlie head inside. Alison knocks on the door of Fiona's
flat. There's no answer. Alison tells Charlie, "It shouldn't
take too long to find what I want." Charlie cries,
"What if she comes back?" Alison retorts, "Get
rid of her." Charlie asks, "What if it's Fiona?"
Alison insists, "You'll think of something." She then
adds, "If you really can't stop someone, give me
a knock on the door and I'll escape through the bookcase."
With that, she heads into Fiona's room and closes the door behind
her. She takes a good look around. She then walks over to Pamela's
suitcase, opens it and starts going through the contents. She
takes out a small book and starts looking at it. Out in the hallway,
Fiona walks up to Charlie suddenly and smiles, "What are
you doing here?" Charlie says quickly, "Meeting
Alison." Fiona suggests, "Maybe I can borrow
you for a few minutes: I need some help moving tables upstairs."
Charlie nods warily, "I suppose so." She then adds,
however, "Silly me - I just remembered: I absolutely mustn't
get this dress dirty." Fiona looks at the dress and then
mutters, "I'll get an apron." She goes to head into
her room. Charlie, however, says quickly, "No! No! It's alright.
What's a puff of dust anyway? I must learn not to be so fussy!"
Fiona goes to lead her upstairs. Charlie, however, tells her,
"Wait a minute." She then goes and pokes her head out
through the front door. Returning to Fiona a few seconds later,
she says, "The coast is clear; she's not coming. Let's go."
Fiona stares at her in surprise and asks, "Who's
not coming?" Charlie tells her, "Alison!" Fiona
stands there, looking bemused!
Janice is pruning some bushes in the garden outside. Pamela starts
heading up the pathway. Janice calls over to her, "Been for
a walk?" Pamela nods, "I went out to get a paper and
halfway there realised I didn't have any money." Janice starts
to say, "Hang on a moment - I think I've got some."
Pamela, however, assures her quickly, "No, no, it's alright:
I've got some inside; I just forgot. After ten years inside, you
get out of the habit of buying things." Janice warns her,
"You'll get a shock when you see the prices in the supermarket."
Pamela smiles, "I'll start with the paper and work my way
up slowly!" With that, she heads off inside.
Alison is crouching down in Fiona's room, still looking through
Pamela's book. The suitcase is open beside her. The door opens
suddenly and Pamela walks in. She stops in her tracks as she finds
Alison there. She then demands furiously, "Who the hell are
A few moments later, Alison stands up as Pamela snaps, "What
do you think you're doing?" Alison looks at her and says,
"You must be the new tenant. I hope you're settling
in alright." Pamela just snaps, "You haven't answered
my question." Alison hesitates before telling her, "I
simply took the precaution of inspecting your belongings--"
Pamela interrupts and gasps, "Inspecting? What are
you: the local Customs Officer?" Alison retorts, "I
happen to own the place. Nothing's been taken. I was
worried about the safety of the other tenants, that's all."
Pamela growls, "All your tenants get this kind of
treatment, I suppose?" Alison retorts, "No - only those
who've--" Pamela interrupts and snaps, "Come out of
jail?" Alison nods, "Yes." Pamela then grabs Alison's
arm and snaps, "Get out." Alison pulls away and orders,
"Keep your hands off me." Pamela, however, points a
threatening finger at Alison and snarls, "Lady, you are in
no position to tell me what to do. Now, get out."
With that, pushes Alison out into the hallway and shuts the door
behind her. She then bends down to examine her suitcase.
Outside, Alison storms down the path, ignoring Janice as she
calls to her, "I had another idea for the landscaping."
Alison marches to her car and climbs in. A few seconds later,
Charlie comes running down the path, crying, "Alison, Alison!
I can explain!" She then turns to Janice and snaps, "Why
weren't you helping Fiona move the tables?" Janice
stands there looking astonished.
Fiona walks into her room inside to find Pamela packing her belongings
back into her suitcase. She asks in surprise, "What are you
doing?" Pamela snaps, "Leaving." Fiona asks, "Why?"
Pamela retorts, "I had an argument with the management."
Fiona chuckles, "What are you saying? I'm the management."
Pamela retorts, "The owner, then." Fiona queries,
"Alison?" Pamela snaps, "We didn't get
around to introductions." Fiona says, "Blonde girl with
a red dress--" Pamela interrupts and snaps, "And the
big earrings; yeah, that's the one." Fiona asks in concern,
"What happened?" Pamela explains, "I went out to
get a paper, I come back and I find this Alison woman going through
my suitcase." Fiona asks, "What did she say when you
walked in?" Pamela retorts, "That she was checking to
see I wasn't going to be a danger to the other tenants."
With that, she closes her suitcase and adds coldly, "You
can tell them they'll be quite safe from now on." Fiona asks,
"Don't you think you're over-reacting?" Pamela, however,
retorts, "If I stay here, I'm going to see her again and
I may do something that I'll regret." Fiona warns, "You're
letting her get under your skin. She's not worth it."
Pamela growls, "I don't like people sticking their noses
in where they're not welcome." Fiona insists, "Neither
do I - and I intend to have it out with her." Pamela
cries, "Is she going to listen to you?" Fiona
smiles, "Oh, I've won a fair few battles with Alison Carr,
and you'll find I always stick up for my tenants." She then
pleads, "Stay? I know you could possibly do better, but you
could also do a lot worse, and running away the first
time you hit trouble isn't always the best idea in the
world." Pamela just looks at her. Fiona adds warmly, "Your
room's ready now." A hint of a smile crosses Pamela's
Alison is standing in the lounge room at Charlie's. The front
door bangs and Charlie marches in, crying, "Why did you run
out on me? That's the second time today." Alison retorts,
"You deserted me." Charlie cries,
"I had no choice. If you'd have waited, I could've
explained." Alison crosses her arms and snaps, "I'm
waiting." Charlie tells her, "Fiona turned
up. She wanted me to help with some silly furniture. I tried
to get rid of her but she was getting suspicious. How was I
to know Pamela would come back so soon? I was only gone
a few minutes." Alison snaps, "You should've warned
me." Charlie retorts, "I didn't get a chance.
At least I stopped Fiona going in." Alison mutters,
"I think I wouldn't preferred her to Pamela." Charlie
asks, "Was she very angry?" Alison retorts sarcastically,
"What, to find me ransacking her suitcase? No, she gave me
a slap on the back and we had a cup of tea together." Charlie
sighs, "How awful - and it's all been for nothing."
Alison, however, smiles, "Not quite! I got the same
of someone who might be able to help..."
Debbie is washing down a car at the carwash when Susan walks
over to her and smiles, "I've brought you an afternoon snack."
She hands over a paper bag, adding as she does so, "I also
came to say goodbye." Debbie asks in surprise, "Already?"
Susan explains, "I finished my business sooner than I expected,
so I'm flying back this afternoon." Debbie murmurs, "Gee,
I'm sorry I can't see you off." Susan then asks, "How's
it going?" Debbie shrugs, "It's alright. The pay's
not that good, but once we add it to Craig's wage, we're
doing OK." Susan tells her, "You're a lucky girl, having
Craig." Debbie nods with a smile, "Yeah, I know."
The carwash owner calls over suddenly in a stern tone, "Debbie..."
Debbie tells Susan, "I'd better get back to work." She
then gives Susan a hug and adds, "See you later. Tell your
mum we're thinking of her." Susan nods, "Sure."
With that, she heads off. As she does so, she passes the owner,
who's saying to another guy, "I'll have to put Maxwell and
Halliday on the same shift. If you start an hour earlier
and I come on in the afternoon, that should just about solve it
- for the time being, anyway." The other man nods, "OK,"
and walks off. Looking thoughtful, Susan heads over to the owner
and says, "Excuse me - were you just talking about Craig
Maxwell?" The owner replies, "That's right." Susan
describes, "Tall, blond hair?" The owner smiles, "You're
the girlfriend, are you?" Susan, however, smiles, "No,
no, that--" She goes to point to Debbie, but then changes
her mind quickly and says, "No, I'm just a friend. I didn't
know he worked here, that's all." The owner accepts this
and walks off. Susan looks round at Debbie, still hard at work
washing down a car. A look of concern crosses her face.