Wayne stands up and starts running away from the sniper's bullets.
He dashes past Gordon and Fiona, pushing Fiona out of the way
and causing her handbag to fly into a nearby bush. He runs into
the courthouse as two police officers make their way past him
in the opposite direction to chase down the attacker. Gordon and
Fiona follow Wayne into the courthouse, Gordon snapping at his
son as they do so, "You nearly got Fiona killed."
Wayne just retorts, "I wasn't stopping for her.
Whoever it was wasn't interested in her; they were shooting
at me." Susan runs in as Fiona comments sourly,
"That's what I like about you, Wayne: you're such
a true gentleman!" Susan looks at Gordon and pants, "You
OK?" Gordon nods, "Yes, I'm fine. How about you?"
Susan replies, "I'm just scared." She then asks, "Fiona?"
Fiona tells her, "I'm just a bit puffed." Susan ignores
Wayne, causing him to snap, "Thanks for the concern."
Susan growls, "I'm just sorry whoever it was didn't get
you." Wayne retorts, "There's no doubt about who it
was: one of Doug Fletcher's hoons. If you think they're going
to stop me saying what I've come here to say, you'd better think
again." Gordon, looking furious, starts to snarl, "Why,
you vindictive--" Beryl's defence barrister and Andy walk
up suddenly and the barrister interrupts and says to Gordon sternly,
"Mr. Hamilton, there's already been one attack on
a witness; we don't need another." Wayne snaps at the barrister,
"Damn right there's been an attack - and it's them
behind it." He indicates Gordon, Fiona and Susan. He then
goes on, "Get them to call it off, otherwise you'll have
more trouble in there than you'll know what to do with."
With that, he storms off. Gordon muses in concern, "What
the hell did he mean by that?" Susan cries at the
defence barrister, "They couldn't use it against
mum, could they?" The barrister, however, tells her, "If
the prosecution wants to push it, there's a good case for intimidation
of the witness." Andy chips in suddenly, "You all need
your heads read. That's not going to stop Wayne."
Fiona glares at him and snaps, "If you think any of us
are behind it, you're further gone than I imagined." The
defence barrister asks, "Were any of you behind
it." Gordon snaps at him, "Oh, for heaven's sake, don't
be ridiculous." The barrister insists quickly, "I had
to ask, that's all." He then asks, "Who's this 'Doug
Fletcher'?" Gordon explains hesitantly, "He's a friend
of ours who tried to scare Wayne into changing his story. It was
only a bluff; he had no intention of doing anything."
The barrister raises his eyebrows and asks, "Really?"
Fiona insists, "You can't think that Doug Fletcher
would hire a hitman; you can't think that any of us would."
The barrister comments, "That would rule out intimidation,
then." Susan asks, "Which leaves?" The barrister
declares, "The person who shot Wayne in the first place.
Whoever it is may just have done your mother a huge favour."
Susan turns and smiles at Fiona weakly.
A short time later, the defence barrister and Gordon walk into
the prisoners' waiting room. Beryl is standing in there and she
asks quickly, "What is it? I heard shooting." Gordon
tells her, "Don't worry; no one's hurt." Beryl asks,
"Who was it?" The barrister replies, "We don't
know; they were after Wayne. It could be just what you need, too:
they're saying you wanted to kill him, but quite obviously
someone else does as well. That should be enough to create a doubt
in any jury's mind." Beryl comments, "It sounds
too good to be true." Looking at Gordon, she adds, "And
none of you--" Gordon interrupts and assures her, "Of
course we didn't!" Beryl explains, "I said to Susie
yesterday that the only thing that could save me was another attempt
on Wayne." The barrister tells her, "They've all assured
me they had nothing to do with it." Gordon smiles at Beryl,
"Don't worry: it's exactly as it seems like. I'm sure that's
the way the jury will see it." With that, he puts
his arms round her and gives her a hug.
Andy is standing in the main corridor of the courthouse, staring
into space. Susan is sitting nearby, with Fiona. They both stand
up and Susan glares at Andy. He turns and walks off. He glances
at Wayne, who's standing nearby. Wayne steps away from him, looking
nervous. Standing with Susan, Fiona murmurs, "Couldn't happen
to a nicer person." Susan looks at her blankly and asks,
"What?" Fiona explains, "Wayne. He's terrified.
Everybody that passes is a potential killer to him." Susan
turns to glare at Wayne and growls, "Good." Wayne becomes
aware of the eyes on him. He snaps at both Fiona and Susan, "What
are you two looking at?" Fiona retorts, "We'll give
you three little guesses!" Wayne mutters, "You're a
riot, Fiona. You should be in showbiz - I understand you had a
good act in the old days: always left your customers asking for
more!" Looking shocked, Susan warns, "Wayne!" Wayne
looks at her and growls, "You're not much better, either:
Miss. Adultery 1987. It's a joke: an ex-pro, a lousy wife and
a rotten father all going hammer-and-tongs trying to keep the
original Earth Mother out of jail. It would be funny
if it wasn't so pathetic." Susan snarls, "At least we
can sleep at night. My one consolation is that whoever's
after you is going to finish the job. You might get your cake,
but you're not going to eat it." Wayne demands,
"What's that supposed to mean?" Susan tells
him, "If mum gets convicted--" Fiona interjects, "Which
is highly unlikely." Susan nods, "Right. But whatever
happens, you're still going to have a crazy out there looking
through his gun sights. You'll spend your whole time worrying
about who it is and when they'll fire. You're going to be spending
the rest of your life running scared, and I, for one, couldn't
be happier." Wayne stares at her. He then takes a couple
of steps forward and says coldly, "I'm going to get up on
that stand and I'm going to swear blind that Beryl shot me - and
I'm going to enjoy every minute of you bawling your eyes out when
they say she's guilty; because I can look after myself on the
outside - but can she look after herself on the inside?
That's the question you've got to ask. I know where I'd
rather be." With that, he walks off, leaving Susan looking
A short time later, Gordon is standing with Fiona and Susan when
Wayne approaches with the prosecution barrister. Gordon asks,
"Any news from the police?" The barrister replies, "They
haven't found the marksman, if that's what you mean." Wayne
demands, "Do they know anything?" The barrister
tells him, "Not that I've been told." He then
adds, "Can I have a private word with you, please, Mr. Hamilton?"
Wayne nods, "Sure." The two of them step to one side,
leaving Fiona to murmur darkly, "Don't they make a lovely
couple!" Gordon points out, "The prosecutor is just
doing his job." Fiona mutters, "Does he have to do it
with so much relish?" Standing with his barrister,
Wayne hisses, "I want police protection." The barrister,
however, warns him, "As soon as you ask for that,
you're admitting there's someone you need protecting from."
Wayne growls quietly, "I'm the one being shot
at." The barrister retorts, "The point is by whom.
Have you been lying to me, Mr. Hamilton?" Wayne
hisses, "Of course I haven't." The barrister tells him,
"The defence is going to pull you apart on the stand to try
and prove that the attack was another attempt by the person who
shot you before. If he can catch you in any sort of contradiction,
then Mrs. Hamilton's in the clear." Wayne insists curtly,
"I'm telling the truth." The barrister warns,
"You'd better be." Looking annoyed, Wayne growls, "I
thought you were supposed to be on my side." The
barrister just says, "I'm here to see justice done. I happen
to think, from the evidence, that Mrs. Hamilton is guilty. I think
that the shooting just now was an attempt to intimidate you into
changing your testimony - but if I find I'm wrong, I'll prosecute
you with as much zeal as I am Mrs. Hamilton. Now, just
to ease my mind, you are telling the truth, aren't you?"
Wayne looks him in the eye and says, "Beryl shot me - and
that's what I'll be saying on the stand." The barrister nods,
"Good." With that, he walks over to the others and announces,
"Court's about to resume." As they go to head into courtroom
2, Gordon tells Susan, "Good luck on the stand. Stay calm
and do your best." Susan, however, looking at Wayne, replies,
"I'll do better than that. Mum's going to get off;
I know she is." With that, Fiona and Gordon head
into the courtroom, leaving Susan and Andy standing in the corridor
with Wayne. Andy comments sourly of Fiona, "Every time she
walks past me it's as if she's got a bad smell under
her nose." Susan growls, "Can you blame her?"
Andy retorts, "I have not done anything to hurt anyone."
Susan looks at Wayne and snaps, "You've been mixed up with
him." Andy growls, "I can't help it if I've
been called for a witness." Susan glares at him and mutters,
"Stop whining, Andy." She marches off. Wayne muses,
"Looks like you're stuck with my company, Andy."
Andy comments sourly, "I reckon that's how I earned my bad
name." Wayne remarks, "At least I pay well
- speaking of which, I'm in the market for another bodyguard."
Andy's eyes widen and he laughs, "Me? You want me
to work for you again?!" Wayne tells him, "Double the
money." Andy, however, retorts, "They hate me enough
as it is. I'd never live down another stint
working for you." Wayne just hisses, "Wake up. Do you
want the money or don't you? You're not going to live it down
anyway." Andy looks at him and then nods, "You know,
you're right. OK. What have I got to lose?"
Inside the courtroom, Fiona and Gordon are sitting staring at
the Judge as he says, "A shooting incident on the steps of
the court has been brought to my notice. It would appear that
the target of the attack was a witness in this case. The police
are investigating and I'm adjourning this court until tomorrow
morning, when I'll have the results of their enquiries. I wish
to point out at this time, however, that interfering with a Crown
witness is a very serious offence - and should that prove to have
been what took place, and the evidence points to any party, then
I can assure all present that charges will be laid and that the
offender or offenders will be punished to the full letter of the
law. This court is adourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning."
A short time later, Gordon is sitting with Beryl in the prisoners'
waiting room. The defence barrister is with them. Beryl is sighing,
"All it means is more waiting. I'd rather have it
over and done with." Gordon, however, tells her, "I'd
rather see you free and clear, and anything that helps that is
fine by me." Beryl cries, "Yes, but will it?"
Gordon just soothes, "Come on. Think positively." Beryl
smiles, "Thank goodness you're with me." She then hesitates
before going on, "There is something I haven't told
you: when I was first arrested, when everything looked so black,
your support was wonderful - but part of me wanted David
with me." Gordon assures her, "That's understandable."
Beryl continues, "Whether it is or not, it worried me. I
felt that it reflected on my love for you. I've been
thinking lately, though: if David was to turn up, I'd
be pleased, but I love you. If anything's come out of
this ghastly mess, it's the realisation of just how much."
It's nighttime when the front door opens at Dural and Wayne and
Andy walk in. Wayne switches on the lights and tells Andy, "Check
the house." Andy asks, "You got a gun?" Wayne nods,
"In the study. Left-hand drawer." Andy heads in there.
Wayne heads into the lounge room, switches on the lights and goes
to the bar to pour himself a scotch. Andy walks in, holding a
gun and commenting, "I feel strange with this." Wayne
warns him, "Just don't feel strange if you have to use
it." Looking at the scotch, Andy says, "I'll join you."
Wayne snaps quickly, "Check the house first." Andy,
however, growls, "Let's get the power base right, buster:
you need me, not vice versa. Drink then search, alright?"
Wayne glares at him and pours another glass of scotch. He goes
and sits down as he mutters, "Can't blame me for being edgy
- but this should help calm my nerves." He picks
up a bullet-proof vest that he brought in with him and starts
strapping it to his body. Andy looks at it and smiles, "I
don't think it'll really take off!" Wayne, however, growls,
"I'm not in the mood, Andy. As long as it does its job."
He adds angrily, "Drink your drink and go." Andy chuckles,
"You know what your problem is? No sense of humour!"
Wayne, however, snaps, "It's a bit hard having a sense of
humour when there's someone out there trying to kill
you. I'll wear anything if it stops a bullet." Andy
smiles, "I can see you now: bullet-proof longjohns. Very
sexy!" Wayne glares at him. Andy takes the hint and heads
towards the hallway, adding quickly, "I'm going." Wayne
just says coldly, "If there is someone in the house
and you do happen to run up against him and he does happen to
shoot you, I'll tell you what - I'll write your epitaph: 'He laughed
when I bought a bullet-proof vest, But I'm not the one
with a hole in my chest.' Chuckle over that one."
Andy turns and heads out of the room.
The next morning, Wayne walks downstairs and calls, "Andy?"
Andy emerges from the lounge room, groaning, "All I want
to do is curl up and go to sleep." Wayne comments, "I
slept fine." Andy points out sourly, "You
weren't the one being paid to stay awake, were you?"
Wayne smiles, "I'm glad to see you take your duties so seriously.
You ready?" Andy nods,"As ready as I'll ever be."
Wayne then says, "I hope you're really going to give it to
her on the stand today." Andy retorts, "I'll be telling
the truth - which is more than you'll be doing."
Wayne comments, "I'm sure you can slant the truth to make
it sound much worse than it perhaps is." Andy, however,
snaps, "Why? I like Beryl." Wayne tells him,
"Could mean a bonus..." Andy just retorts, "Money
can only buy so much, Wayne." Wayne mutters, "They treat
you like dirt and you still want to help them?" Andy says
curtly, "Beryl has never treated me badly."
Wayne asks, "What about Susan and Fiona and dad? They
haven't exactly been all joy and light, lately, have they?"
Andy points out, "They're not Beryl. I'll
take your money to keep you from being blown away, but there's
no way I'll take it to help you hurt her. I will be telling the
truth, unslanted, unbiased, un-everything." Wayne stands
there, looking annoyed.
A while later, Andy is sitting in the witness box in courtroom
2. The prosecution barrister is saying to him, "You were
in Mr. Hamilton's employ for sometime. That's correct, isn't it,
Mr. Green?" Andy nods, "Yes." The barrister continues,
"And you frequently saw him with his mother-in-law, did you
not?" Andy replies, "Yes." The barrister then asks,
"Would you describe their relationship as... 'amicable'?"
Andy says, "No, but they were--" The barrister interrupts
and says curtly, "A simple yes or no will do, Mr. Green."
Andy sighs and replies, "Yes." The barrister then carries
on, "I'd like to take you back to the time of your employer's
marriage to his wife, Susan: Mrs. Hamilton - then Mrs. Palmer
- was very opposed to that marriage, was she not?" Andy nods,
"Yes." The barrister presses, "Actively
opposed." Looking blank, Andy asks, "What do you mean?"
The barrister asks, "Did she actively conspire to thwart
the marriage?" The defence barrister calls suddenly, "Objection,
Your Honour. The defendant's behaviour around the period of Mr.
and Mrs. Hamilton's courtship is irrelevant to the case. That
was over a year ago." The prosecution barrister, however,
explains to the Judge, "I'm trying to establish a history
of animosity, Your Honour. Because it is a motive, I consider
it very relevant to the period of the shooting." The Judge
nods, "Proceed." The prosecution barrister looks back
at Andy and says, "I repeat, Mr. Green: did Mrs. Hamilton
conspire to stop her daughter marrying Wayne Hamilton?" Andy
starts to say, "Well she wasn't very happy about
the situ--" The barrister, however, interrupts says curtly,
"Yes or no, Mr. Green." Andy sighs heavily before replying,
"Yes, she did." From where she's seated, Beryl gasps,
"He's lying." The Judge looks at her and warns,
"Mrs. Hamilton, you'll have your chance to speak later. Until
then, please remain silent." Beryl cries, "But it's
not true." The Judge glares at her and warns, "Mrs.
Hamilton, if you refuse to remain silent, I'll have you removed
from the court." He then turns back to the defence barrister
and says, "Continue." The barrister says, "Thankyou.
I simply wish to establish what Mrs. Hamilton is capable of."
Turning back to Andy, he carries on, "Her daugher was engaged
to be married, but she was actively conspiring to see the engagement
broken off and her daughter married to another man, wasn't she?"
Andy replies, "That makes it sound a bit worse--" The
barrister interrupts and repeats, "Yes or no, Mr. Green."
Andy sighs, "Yes." The barrister continues, "Would
you say Mrs. Hamilton retained this dislike of her son-in-law
over the year following his marriage to her daughter? Prior to
the shooting, what would you say her attitude was towards Wayne?"
Andy admits, "She hated him." There are mutterings around
the courtroom. Gordon glances across at Beryl, who looks downcast.
Wayne is leaning against a wall out in the corridor. Susan is
pacing the floor. The door to the courtroom opens suddenly and
an usher says, "Mrs. Susan Hamilton?" Susan looks at
him and nods, "Yes." As the usher heads back into the
courtroom, Susan says quietly to Wayne, "It's too late to
save any feeling between us - but it isn't too late to
save mum. Don't do it to her - please."
Wayne shrugs, "That's out of my hands, now, isn't it?"
Susan cries, "I'm trying to appeal to your decency."
Wayne, however, retorts, "I don't know the word
- and neither do you. After some of the stunts you've
pulled, you're as bad as I am. I genuinely loved you."
Susan appeals, "If there's a shred of that love left - one
scrap of it - you'll go in there and clear mum's name."
Wayne just looks away. Susan glares at him and then growls, "We
don't need your help, anyway. She's innocent and we'll get her
off." Wayne just smiles, "Sure you will." With
that, Susan heads into the courtroom.
A short time later, Susan is sitting in the witness box. The
prosecution barrister is saying to her, "In other words,
Mrs. Hamilton, you blamed your husband for the loss of the baby."
Susan nods, "Yes." The barrister adds, "And for
the death of Mr. Glen Young." Susan nods, "Yes."
The barrister continues, "You felt a great deal of animosity
towards your husband." Susan replies, "Yes." The
barrister carries on, "Which your mother shared." Susan
retorts, "It wasn't just mum; dozens of
people hate him." The Judge warns quickly, "Mrs. Hamilton,
please answer the question." Susan cries, "He's trying
to twist everything." The Judge, however, tells
her curtly, "Simply answer the questions as put to you."
The prosecution barrister says, "I repeat, Mrs. Hamilton:
your mother shared your animosity towards your husband."
Susan nods, "Yes." The barrister then goes on, "You
are a wealthy woman, are you not, Mrs. Hamilton?" Susan replies,
"Yes." The barrister continues, "And you would
like nothing better than to see your mother acquitted of the charge
that has been laid against her." Susan cries, "I want
to see justice done - and yes, that's the same as seeing
my mother acquitted." There are mutterings around the courtroom.
The Judge warns Susan, "Mrs. Hamilton, it isn't your place
to tell the court where the justice of this case lies."
The barrister looks back at Susan and says, "You would do
anything to see your mother acquitted, would you not,
Mrs. Hamilton?" Susan nods, "Yes." The barrister
then asks curtly, "Did you hire someone to shoot at your
husband, yesterday, outside the court, to intimidate him into
silence on the witness stand?" The defence barrister snaps
suddenly, "I object most strongly, Your Honour." The
Judge warns the prosecution barrister sternly, "Mr. Davies,
kindly refrain from that particular line of questioning. As I
informed the court this morning, the police have so far been unable
to establish any link between the shooting and anyone present
in court. All inference is therefore totally inappropriate. I
will instruct the jury to disregard it." The prosecution
barrister says, "I apologise, Your Honour." The Judge
then announces, "This court will now recess for lunch. I
trust, when we return, both you and the witness, Mr. Davies, will
comport yourselves in a manner more fitting a court of law."
With that, he stands up and leaves the courtroom. Fiona whispers
gleefully to Gordon, "It's good to see the little wit get
some of his own medicine." Gordon, however, replies glumly,
"He made his point, though, didn't he?"
It's later that day. Wayne is in the witness box. The prosecution
barrister is saying to him, "I won't keep you long, Mr. Hamilton.
In fact, I have only one question. Would you look around the court?
Is the person who shot you in the room?" Wayne looks over
towards Beryl. Gordon stares at his son. Wayne doesn't respond.
The barrister presses, "Mr. Hamilton, if your assailant is
in the courtroom, would you identify him or her?" Wayne starts
thinking back to out in the corridor and Susan crying, "I'm
trying to appeal to your decency." The barrister
says again, more tersely, "Mr. Hamilton..." Wayne hesitates
before replying, "I... think I made a mistake with my statement.
I can't be sure if Beryl shot me. I can't remember who
did." There are gasps from around the courtroom. The prosecution
barrister glares at him. The defence barrister sits there looking
surprised. Gordon and Fiona sit there looking astonished. They
glance at each other. Susan sits there, open-mouthed. Beryl sits
with a frown on her face.
It's evening-time again when the front door opens at Dural and
Wayne bursts in, followed by Andy, who's saying, "I cannot
work you out, mate." Wayne retorts, "It's what everyone
wanted, isn't it?" Andy nods, "Sure, but it's
a hell of a turnabout." Wayne shrugs, "Maybe I just
don't want to wear a bullet-proof vest for the rest of my life?"
Andy, however, suggests, "Or maybe you're finally realised
what you were going to lose. That's it, isn't it? When it came
to the crunch, you knew that, if you lied, it would have been
the last you saw of Susan - and your dad." Wayne glares at
him and retorts, "It's bad enough when you're being a smart-aleck;
you're pathetic when you're being Dear Abby." With
that, he marches out of the room.
Susan is sitting in the prisoners' waiting room at the courthouse.
Beryl is pacing the floor as Susan tells her, "There's no
way they can find you guilty now." Beryl, however,
replies, "The prosecutor could still convince the jury that
Wayne's been intimidated." Standing up, Susan points
out, "He's tried pretty hard already. As long as Wayne keeps
saying he can't remember, their strongest piece of evidence is
down the drain - and once you've been on the stand tomorrow--"
Beryl interrupts and smiles, "Once they see my honest face,
you mean?!" Susan gives her a hug and replies, "Exactly.
I knew it would be OK; I knew it." The
door to the room opens suddenly and the defence barrister walks
in and tells Beryl, "They're ready to take you back to the
prison." Beryl sighs, "Hopefully for the last time."
The barrister smiles, "I think that's a safe bet!" Susan
and Beryl go to head out of the room. The barrister stands there,
letting them pass. As Susan brushes past him, though, she knocks
against him and the briefcase he's holding falls open. The contents
spill out onto the floor. Susan bends down to help him pick up
his papers, smiling, "I'll give you a hand." Beryl bends
down to help, as well. As she does so, though, she notices a chunky
ring on a chain around Susan's neck. She then flashes back to
the ring on the finger of the person she saw at Dural before Wayne
was shot. She stands up, looking shocked. Susan and the barrister
finish packing up the barrister's briefcase. The barrister then
turns to Beryl and asks, "Ready, Mrs. Hamilton?" Beryl
is staring into space, looking horrified. The barrister repeats,
"Mrs. Hamilton?" Beryl comes back down to earth. She
then murmurs, "Yes. Yes I am." Susan walks over to her
in concern and says, "Mum? You alright? You look like you've
seen a ghost." Beryl tells her quietly, "I'm
fine. It must be all catching up with me." Susan comments,
"That's understandable." With that, the three of them
Back in her cell, a while later, Beryl is sitting on the bed,
wearing her dressing gown and thinking back to the ring she saw
on the finger of the person at Dural. She buries her head in her
The next morning, Beryl is standing in the witness box, saying,
"... the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me
God." The Judge tells her, "You may be seated."
Beryl, however, replies, "Before I do, Your Honour, there's
something I would like to say." The entire court looks at
her as she announces, "I... can't live with the guilt anymore.
I... can't stand it. I'm guilty as charged. I shot Wayne Hamilton."
Looks of shock cross the faces of the defence barrister, Wayne
and Susan. Fiona mouths, "Oh God..." Gordon looks at
her. The Judge stares at Beryl, who remains standing in the witness
box, looking straight ahead.