Alison tells Gordon gently, "Come and sit down." She
guides him to the couch as he sighs, "What for: scotch and
sympathy?" Alison explains, "I want to help."
Gordon tells her wearily,"You can't get any more out of me:
I've got no job, I've got no money and the next thing you know
I'll be asking for handouts." Alison, however, says, "You
always gave me everything I wanted; I think it's time I did something
for you." Gordon just murmurs, "I don't want
anything from you." He then buries his head in his hands
and cries, "Oh God, I'm so tired." Alison tells him,
"Here: lie back. Close your eyes." Gordon sits back
on the couch and Alison starts massaging his shoulders. As she
does so, she asks, "Does that feel better?" Gordon smiles,
"You haven't lost your touch." Alison remarks, "Brings
back a few memories, doesn't it?" She then comments, "It
wasn't all bad when we were married, was it?" Gordon,
however, grins, "It was a disaster - and you know
it!" Alison muses, "It was my fault; I didn't realise
what we had until we were divorced." Gordon leans forward
as he tells her, "You don't have to pretend you loved me
to make me feel better." Alison, however, replies, "I
wasn't in love with you then." She goes and sits
down next to him as she then adds, "No, that's not right:
I did love you, but I didn't know it. I was
over the moon when we got divorced - it was like being let out
of a cage." Gordon muses, "You're doing wonders for
my ego!" Alison continues, "It took a while, but after
we split up I realised how I felt about you. I'm not saying it
was the sort of passion I felt for David, but it was
comfortable, like..." Gordon suggests, "Like a pair
of old slippers?!" Alison smiles, "You're getting warm!
But you were always there for me when I battled through my dark
nights with the soul." Gordon murmurs, "I've
had a few dark nights of my own, lately. I don't think
I could've made it through this one without you."
He then looks at Alison fondly and puts his arm around her.
The next morning, Fiona is talking on the 'phone in her room
at the mansion, saying in concern, "His name is Hamilton.
Gordon Hamilton. I was just wondering if he'd been admitted as
a patient. He does have a heart problem--" She breaks off
suddenly as the door to the room opens and Gordon bounds in, smiling
at her. He's holding a cardboard box. Fiona tells the person on
the 'phone meekly, "It was just a false alarm - he's just
walked in the door. I'm so sorry to have troubled you." She
hangs up and Gordon explains, "I didn't think you would've
missed me yet." Fiona sighs, "Today would be
the day when I decided to take you breakfast in bed. I almost
had kittens when your bed wasn't used! Where on earth
have you been?" Alison walks in suddenly - carrying
another cardboard box - and smiles, "He was with me
last night!" Gordon tells Fiona, "I should've called,
but you know what it's like: you start talking and have a few
drinks..." He breaks off as Janice walks into the room suddenly,
carrying Madonna. She remarks to Gordon, "You're cutting
it fine, aren't you? Beryl will be getting ready to leave
any time now." Gordon apologises, "I'm afraid I slept
in." Alison tells him, "And so you should've:
you needed the rest." Fiona stares at Gordon, open-mouthed.
Gordon just says to her, "I'll throw on a change of clothes
if you ring a cab. Can you do that for me?" Fiona mutters,
"I think I can manage that." She picks up the
telephone as Gordon heads off to his bedroom. Janice says to Fiona,
"I wish I could come with you. I bet Beryl will
be in floods of tears when she walks out." Alison remarks,
"She's lucky Gordon managed to get her out."
Fiona finds the cab company engaged. She hangs up and then says
curtly to Alison, "I didn't think it would suit
you for Beryl to be out so soon." Alison replies blankly,
"Of course it does. I'd be the last person
to want Beryl to suffer. You should know that."
Changing the subject, Janice asks Fiona, "Did you manage
to find that carry-cot?" Fiona admits, "No, dear, I
didn't, but it's probably upstairs in the junk room." Janice
tells her, "I'll go and look." She heads out of the
room. When she's gone, Fiona says to Alison curtly, "I don't
know what you're up to, Alison--" Alison interrupts her and
retorts, "I'll do a deal with you, Fiona: I won't
ask who the kid's father is if you don't make waves about
what went on last night." Gordon emerges from his bedroom
suddenly and says, "I'd better put that champagne on ice."
He goes to open the box he brought in." Alison, however,
tells him, "No, you go and get dressed; I'll do
all this." Gordon sighs, "Pushy women!" He heads
off back to his room. Alison turns back to Fiona to find a stern
look on her face. She tells Alison sharply, "I want you out
of here." Alison retorts, "I'm not leaving." Fiona,
however, growls, "Oh yes you are. This is Beryl's
day and she won't want you here." Alison just shrugs,
"Well Gordon does - and as far as I'm concerned,
what Gordon wants, Gordon gets..."
Beryl is standing in the grounds of the Bendala Detention Centre
handing out some books to other inmates, telling them, "I've
read all these, so you might as well have them."
She then holds out a packet of biscuits and adds, "And I
don't think I'll be needing the biscuits!" Ruth walks up
behind her, suddenly, and says coolly, "I'll take
the biccies." Beryl just ignores her and hands them to one
of the other women. Ruth snaps at her, "You going deaf in
your old age?" Beryl just mutters, "I heard." She
walks off. Ruth follows her and growls, "Now you're getting
out you couldn't care less, huh?" Beryl nods, "That's
right. You're going to have to find someone else to heavy."
Ruth snarls, "That'll be hard, finding a bigger crawler than
you." Beryl snaps, "Shut up." Ruth just
taunts, "What's the matter? Can't take a few home-truths?"
She then looks at the other women standing around and laughs,
"She was a pushover; gave me everything she got. The minute
the screws gave out the goodies, she come running. 'Oh Ruth, Ruth,
here's those chocolates you wanted. Here, take them, take anything,
but please, don't hit me." Beryl glares at her. She then
lashes out with her fist. She whacks Ruth on the jaw. Ruth reels
back before then lunging back at Beryl and landing a punch of
her own. The two of them them start struggling with each other.
A warder runs over as they fall to the ground, Ruth snarling as
they do, "You want a fight? I'll give you a fight."
Alison is setting out some glasses in Fiona's room at the mansion.
Gordon emerges from his bedroom, changed into a suit, and Alison
tells him, "Fiona has just gone to see if the cab's arrived."
Gordon replies, "Good." He then goes on uncertainly,
"Um, I talked a lot of nonsense last night - especially about
Beryl. It's not nearly as cut-and-dried as I made out. She had
to learn not to show her feelings in prison, and I should have
been more understanding." Alison smiles, "Relax! I know
you were speaking off-the-record. It won't go any further."
Gordon nods, "Thankyou." Fiona walks in and announces,
"The cab's here." Caroline is standing with her and
Gordon tells her, "Make yourself at home." Caroline
smiles, "Thankyou." Gordon then heads out. When he's
gone, Caroline says to Alison coolly, "Didn't expect to see
you here." Alison just smiles, "You know me:
I can't resist turning up where I'm not wanted!" Caroline
warns, "If you're here to make trouble..." Alison, however,
explains, "I'm here to draw Beryl's fire. Gordon needs a
break from the kind of pressure she's been putting on him."
Caroline gasps, "Since when are you so concerned
about Gordon?" Alison just replies, "It's Janice's
fault: all that do-gooding tends to rub off!"
As Fiona and Gordon head out through the front door of the mansion,
they bump into Doug. He tells them, "I won't be staying long
- I just dropped in for a quick celebration drink with Beryl."
Gordon smiles, "Glad you could make it. Caroline's inside.
Just go in." He and Fiona head off down the path as Doug
heads into the mansion. As he closes the front door, Caroline
emerges from Fiona's room and smiles, "I thought
I recognised your dulcet tones!" Looking surprised, Doug
just says, "Gordon's talking to me again!"
Caroline shrugs, "Why shouldn't he? He's far too
nice a man to be holding a grudge." Doug looks at her and
asks, "What's he been saying to you?" Caroline replies,
"We had a long talk about the Wayne business." Doug
asks, "And?" Caroline tells him, "He said he could
understand your point of view, even though he didn't agree with
it in the first place; but now that he's out of a job, I'm sure
he wishes he was still involved with the T-shirt business."
Doug, looking miles away, murmurs uncomfortably, "Yeah...
the Talking T-shirts." Caroline asks in surprise, "Wasn't
that what you meant?" Doug says quickly, "Yeah, sure
it was!" Andy comes downstairs, suddenly, followed by Janice.
He's carrying Madonna in a large wicker basket. Doug whispers
to Caroline, "Can't turn your back for five minutes, can
you?!" Caroline whispers back, "It can't be theirs..."
Janice and Andy walk over to them and Janice says, "Morning!
You here for Beryl's party?" Doug and Caroline both nod,
"Yes!" Andy mutters, "Have a drink for me,
won't you?" Janice just growls at him, "Stop thinking
about yourself and worry about Madonna, Andy." With that,
they head out, leaving Doug to smile at Caroline, "Must
be theirs: he's as hen-pecked as I am!"
A short time later, Janice and Andy are walking up the steps
outside the Crisis Centre, Janice now holding the basket containing
Madonna. She tells Andy, "You look after Madonna, I'll look
through the files." Andy retorts, "I am not babysitting
on my day off." Janice, however, tells him curtly, "Don't
be so selfish: it'll give me time to try and find the mother."
Andy asks, "How do you plan on doing that if you don't even
know her name?" Janice tells him, "I know her
first name and I know the baby's name. If she's
been here, then there'll be a file with her name and address on
it." Andy cries, "But that's going to take ages."
Janice retorts, "It could be the first one I pull out."
Andy mutters, "Sounds like a long-shot to me."
Janice just tells him, "I'll give anything a try.
Now, are you going to help me or not?" Andy sighs,
"As long as I don't have to change any wet nappies, alright?"
A while later, baby Madonna is lying on the desk inside as Andy
changes her nappy! Andy mutters at Janice, "You conned
me." Janice just shrugs, "I'm doing you a good turn:
you'll have children of your own, one day." Andy
retorts, "Not if I can help it." He then picks the newly-changed
Madonna up and smiles at her, "Nothing against you,
kid; I just don't reckon I'm cut out to be a dad!" He starts
rocking her gently as he looks at her fondly!
The main gates open at the Bendala Detention Centre and Beryl
walks out through them. A taxi pulls up nearby and Gordon climbs
out. He smiles at Beryl as he walks towards her and says, "I'm
sorry I wasn't here waiting." He then notices a large bruise
around Beryl's left eye, and he mouths, "Oh my God..."
Beryl tells him coolly, "It's a parting gift from Ruth -
because I flattened her. From now on, nobody picks on
me and gets away with it. Let's get out of here." With that,
she walks over to the taxi, leaving Gordon standing looking concerned.
In Fiona's room at the mansion, Alison is saying to Doug, "Caroline
tells me you've cornered the American market with your Talking
T-shirts." Doug nods, "That's right." Alison adds,
"You should make your fortune." Doug just mutters, "Yeah."
He then says, "I think I'll get some air." He heads
off outside. When he's gone, Alison comments to Caroline, "I
could've got more of a conversation out of one of his Talking
T-shirts!" Caroline explains, "As far as Doug's
concerned, you're still the woman who sent me broke - which you
are - but thanks to your sordid life story, we're in
the money again; they say the sequel's going to make a mint."
Alison just shrugs, "I'm getting used to being notorious."
She then suggests, "What say we call a truce?" Caroline
stares at her and retorts, "You've got more nerve than Ned
Kelly! But I suppose I do owe you something... well,
if it hadn't been for you, Wayne would still be making Susan's
life a misery." Alison comments, "Everyone needs a few
good deeds stored up for that trip to the pearly gates."
Caroline asks, "Want to store up some more treasure
in heaven?" Alison remarks, "Don't tell me; let me guess:
you want me to bring tidings of great joy to the person I dislike
most in the world." Caroline reminds her, "I pulled
that job the first time Susan pulled her suicide stunt."
Alison asks, "How did Beryl react then?" Caroline
admits, "I got my face slapped." Alison murmurs, "No
wonder you're so keen for me to do the re-run!" At that moment,
the door to the room opens and Doug walks in. He's followed by
Beryl, Fiona and Gordon and is telling Beryl, "Raw steak
should do the trick! 24 hours and you'll be a new woman!"
Beryl steps into the room as Caroline smiles, "Welcome home,
Beryl." Alison adds, "We thought we'd break the drought
with some bubbly!" Beryl just looks at Gordon and demands,
"What's she doing here?" Gordon explains, "I
invited her. I thought it was time we all made the effort to get
along." Everyone stands around, looking uncomfortable. Alison
takes a step over to Caroline and murmurs, "This isn't going
to be easy." Caroline murmurs back, "I'll help."
She then walks over to Beryl and says, "Can we have a word
next door for a minute?" Beryl asks, "What about?"
Fiona tells her quickly, "It's a surprise." Beryl, a
frown on her face, heads across the room to the bookcase, followed
by Caroline and Alison. Doug asks Fiona in surprise, "What's
going on?" Fiona just retorts, "Girls' talk." She
then smiles, "Well, now, where's my champagne? We've got
a lot of celebrating to do!"
A few moments later, in Michael's room, Beryl goes to raise her
arm and slap Alison as she snaps, "You bitch!"
Caroline puts up her arm to repel Beryl's attack, telling her,
"Stop it!" Beryl just snaps at her, "Stay out of
it." Caroline sighs, "For goodness' sake be reasonable.
How could we tell you that Susan was still alive while you were
still in jail? Supposing one of the warders had overheard?"
Beryl just growls, "I don't want to hear any excuses."
Glaring at Alison, she snarls, "You really enjoyed
putting me through this, didn't you?" Turning to Caroline,
she adds, "She knows how hard it hit me the first
time Susan disappeared." Turning back to Alison, she goes
on furiously, "Well I've toughened up a lot since then, you
believe me - and don't push me, 'cos I'll take you apart."
Caroline says calmly, "If it weren't for Alison, you'd still
be rotting in jail." Beryl spits, "She'd never
do me any favours." Caroline, however, tells her, "She's
the one who figured out where Wayne hid the gun. She also figured
out how to get you out of jail without Susan taking your place."
Beryl growls at Alison, "I see - and what's in it for you?"
Alison replies, "I had the pleasure of knowing Wayne would
never get his hands on his child." Caroline adds, "That's
why Susan couldn't give herself up: Wayne would get custody and
she couldn't handle that." Alison goes on, "As
long as he thinks she's dead, Susan and the child are safe from
him. Now, I suggest to you that you don't say a word to anyone
- not even Gordon." Beryl stares at her and then says coldly,
"As far as I'm concerned, Susan is dead."
Alison and Caroline stare at her in shock as she heads back through
to Fiona's room.
Janice is sitting at the desk at the Crisis Centre, looking through
some file index cards. Andy is holding Madonna, soothing, "Come
on... one good burp and you'll feel better." He then says
to Janice, "What happens if we can't contact her mother?"
Janice explains sadly, "We have to hand her over to the authorities."
Andy comments, "I'd say it's the best thing." Janice
warns, "Andy..." Andy just retorts, "I reckon her
mum would have to be the pits, shoving her in a box and
dumping her on a doorstep." Janice tells him, "When
you're desperate you do desperate things." Andy
mutters, "I still reckon she's the pits." Janice snaps,
"Do you know what your trouble is? You're narrow-minded."
Andy stares at her and gasps, "Me? Narrow-minded?
Now I have heard everything!"
Alison, Caroline, Fiona, Doug, Beryl and Gordon are all standing
around the table in Fiona's room at the mansion, glasses of champagne
in their hands. Doug is saying to everyone, "So when I saw
Janice and Andy with the kid, I figured there'd been a shotgun
wedding or something!" Everyone bursts out laughing! Beryl
comments, "She must have been wearing a bag over her head
at the time." Everyone falls into a sudden shocked silence.
After a few embarrassing seconds, Alison says to Fiona, "Er,
how's Janice going at the Crisis Centre?" Fiona smiles, "The
job could've been made for her. She's a born do-gooder.
She really does care for those poor souls who 'phone in."
Caroline remarks, "It sounds like the perfect job for her."
Beryl comments, "It's a pity someone can't find the perfect
job for Gordon." Doug tells her, "I did.
I offered him a job managing Sanders Air Charter, for a third
of the profit, but he wouldn't be in it." Beryl looks at
Gordon in surprise and asks, "Why not?" Alison
tells her, "He did it for you. The job was Melbourne-based."
Beryl remarks to Gordon, "That's exactly what we want."
Gordon tells her tersely, "I've made my decision, Beryl."
Beryl glares at him and snaps, "Oh great. And what are we
going to use for money when we do go back to Melbourne?"
Gordon says quietly, "We'll discuss it later, alright?"
Beryl retorts, "Yes, we certainly will." Doug
smiles at Beryl, "You'll never get him to change his mind,
love: wouldn't touch it with a bargepole now he knows
Wayne's the backer." Caroline and Fiona both turn and stare
at him, looks of shock on their faces. Caroline gasps, "What?
How could you even think of doing business with Wayne
after the way he's treated me?" Doug blusters quickly, "I
only went along with the idea when he said that the money was
just going to be a gift, no strings attached. He just wanted to
help his dad." Beryl suggests to Gordon, "If Wayne wants
to pay us conscience money, I think we should take it."
Gordon exclaims in surprise, "You can't be serious!"
Beryl retorts, "I am. At least it would be some
compensation for what I've been through." Alison, looking
at Gordon, chips in, "If it wasn't Wayne putting up the investment,
would you still be interested in the job?" Gordon replies,
"Yes, of course - but I'm not taking money from Wayne."
Alison asks, "You'll take mine?" Gordon asks in surprise,
"You serious?" Alison replies, "Try me." Gordon
pauses before then turning to Doug and saying, "Sober up:
you've got a sales pitch to do!" Beryl stands there looking
less than happy...
A while later, everyone is standing or sitting around the table
as Gordon and Alison look at a sheath of papers. Doug is saying,
"I'm the salesman: I help develop new markets. Bill buys
the 'plane and flies it and Gordon looks after the management
side of things." Alison snaps, "And I put up the capital
for a measly 12% interest on the loan. I could do better at a
bank." Gordon nods at Doug, "You can't expect
her to go for a deal like that; you have to offer her
at least a quarter of the profits." Alison agrees,
"Yes, that sounds better." Doug muses, "I
guess Bill will go for that..." Gordon suggests, "Then
it looks as though we have a deal." Beryl chips in suddenly,
"Gordon, I don't want you going into partnership with Alison."
Gordon remarks in surprise, "A moment ago, you were all in
favour of it." Beryl retorts, "That was before
she got into the act." Gordon sighs, "Alison has very
kindly gone out of her way to help us, and I'm very grateful to
her. As you pointed out, we are broke - and I need a job."
Beryl says coolly, "I thought you had too much pride
to live off a two-faced bitch." Gordon stares at her and
retorts, "I think you've said enough, Beryl." Beryl
growls, "I'm entitled to have my--" Gordon interrupts
and snaps, "I said 'enough'." Beryl glares
at him. She then turns away. Gordon looks at Alison and asks,
"Do we have a deal?" Alison nods, "We certainly
do." Doug exclaims, "Ha!" Looking at Caroline,
he adds, "We're back in the big-time! This calls for a toast!"
He pours himself another glass of champagne. Fiona walks over
to where Beryl is standing across the room and puts her arm around
her. Beryl murmurs sadly, "Some homecoming..." Fiona
replies gently, "You know, you might have been able to talk
him out of it if you'd taken him aside and had a quiet little
chat." Beryl tells her, "I believe in speaking my mind."
Fiona asks, "Even if it embarrasses your husband in front
of all his friends? Look, why don't you try and make the best
of it - for Gordon's sake? It isn't the end of the world, you
know: Alison will be up here in Sydney and you and Gordon will
be down in Melbourne - and with such a large investment, I can't
see her wanting to stir-up an awful lot of trouble; she's got
too much to lose. So why don't you just go with the flow?"
Beryl looks at her. Doug walks over suddenly and refills their
glasses. He then turns to Gordon and says, "You want to propose
a toast?" Gordon stands up from the table and, raising his
glass to Alison, smiles, "To our new partnership: long may
it prosper!" Everyone says, "Hear hear!" Alison
looks at Beryl, who's glaring back at her...
Janice is talking on the 'phone at the Crisis Centre, saying
sadly, "No, Mrs. Myers, the child's mother hasn't
been in touch... Yes, I couldn't agree more. I'll take care of
it. Bye bye." She hangs up and then tells Andy, "Mrs.
Myers thinks Madonna will be better off at home with Fiona looking
after her." Andy asks in surprise, "Why's that? She
won't have the time with the party and all that."
Janice just shrugs, "She'll manage. You'll have to stop off
on the way and get some nappies." Andy asks, "Aren't
you coming with me?" Janice retorts, "How can
I? I have to work." Andy sighs, "I can't carry
that by myself." He indicates the basket. Janice, however,
snaps, "Mothers do it every day of the week - and
people like you won't even stand up on the bus
for them." She then hands him a piece of paper and says,
"I'm shouting you a ride home." Andy picks up the basket
and heads out, wearily. Janice stands there, a smile on her face.
A short time later, Andy is sitting on the step outside, waiting
for the taxi. He's fussing over Madonna, telling her, "Cover
your tootsies - we don't want them getting cold!" He moves
the blanket covering Madonna so that it's over her feet. He spots
a cab approaching, suddenly, and he calls, "Taxi!" The
taxi comes to a halt and Andy goes and places Madonna's basket
on the back seat. He then climbs into the front. The driver asks
him, "Where to?" Andy replies, "Elizabeth Bay,
please." He adds, "You take these dockets?" He
shows the driver the piece of paper that Janice gave him. The
driver replies, "Wrong company, mate." He brings the
taxi to a halt and Andy climbs out, slamming the door as he does
so. The driver snaps, "Can't you read, mate? It says 'Don't
slam the door'." He then roars off - leaving Andy to cry,
"Hey! You've got me baby!" He starts chasing after the
In Fiona's room at the mansion, Beryl walks over to Gordon and
says quietly, "Gordon, can we talk?" Gordon nods, "Yes,
of course." Beryl then tells him, "I still don't agree
with the deal, but I shouldn't've had it out with you in front
of everybody. I'm sorry. I suppose it was a knee-jerk reaction
- that's the way you think in jail. I'm mentally still
there." Gordon assures her softly, "I know."
Doug, who's standing across the room with the 'phone to his ear,
lets out a whoop of delight and hangs up. He then announces, "Bill's
all for the deal!" Gordon asks, "How long before
the contracts can be drawn up?" Doug tells him, "It
shouldn't take too long at all." Caroline then walks
over to Beryl and says, "I'm afraid I have to dash: I'm being
taken out to lunch by some journos." Beryl smiles, "Thanks
for coming. I'm sorry things got off to such a bad start."
Caroline gives her a hug as she replies, "Forget it; I
have." She turns to Doug and says coolly, "Come on,
you snake in the grass: we're leaving." Doug heads
for the door. Beryl follows him and Caroline and tells them, "I'll
see you out." Gordon remains in the room with Alison, smiling,
"We should call them 'The Fighting Fletchers'!" Alison,
however, shrugs, "Oh, no, they like a good scrap.
Makes life more interesting for them!" Gordon muses,
"I prefer the quiet life." Alison,
however, comments, "You're not having much luck, are you...?"
Gordon insists, "Beryl's fine. It was just a storm in teacup."
A short time later, Beryl is closing the front door in the hallway
as Alison emerges from Fiona's room and says to her, "Thankyou
for a lovely party." Beryl remarks, "It turned out to
be quite expensive for you." Alison shrugs, "It
was money well spent." Beryl comments, "Only you
could go to such lengths to spite me." Alison, however, tells
her, "You had nothing to do with that decision;
Gordon needed that job - and not just for the money." Beryl
asks suspiciously, "And how long have you been concerned
about what Gordon needs?" Alison retorts, "Since
I realised he was about to fall apart." Beryl snaps at her,
"Don't be silly: he's as solid as a rock; he always has
been." Alison tells her tersely, "Even men like Gordon
have their limits. If you hadn't been so wrapped-up in yourself,
you might've noticed he'd just about reached his."
Beryl retorts, "If Gordon was on the verge of falling apart,
he's doing a wonderful job of concealing it." Alison just
shrugs, "One night with someone who cares can make a hell
of a difference to a man..." Beryl glares at her and demands,
"What are you talking about?" Alison mutters, "Figure
it out for yourself." She goes to walk out. Beryl grabs her
arm, however, and says coldly, "I asked you a question."
Alison looks at her and explains, "Gordon was with me
last night." Beryl snaps, "You're lying." Alison,
however, shrugs, "Don't take my word for it. Ask
Gordon." With that, she heads out, leaving Beryl
standing there looking worried.
Inside Fiona's room, Gordon is saying to Fiona - who's clearing
things away - "I must say, I find the thought of being involved
in an airline rather bizarre!" Fiona smiles, "You always
were a bit of a high-flyer under the surface!" She
then adds, "Seriously, darling, I'm very happy for you: it's
just what you need." Gordon nods, "Yes, it is - and
that, combined with the fact that Beryl's coming home again...
life's beginning to look normal." Fiona remarks, "Beryl
is looking a little strained, isn't she?" Gordon points out,
"That's to be expected. I think it'll take her a few weeks
to settle down again." He breaks off as the door opens and
Beryl walks back in. Gordon smiles at her, "There
you are! We were just talking about the contract: I can't wait
to sign it tomorrow." Beryl smiles, "Yes - and I suppose
now that you have Alison's help there'll be nothing to stop
you..." Fiona says quickly, "The main thing is that
Doug wanted Gordon for his experience." Beryl 'assures' her,
"I wasn't suggesting anything else." Gordon
looks at his wife and says, "I know - and I know how you
feel about Alison, but I couldn't let the opportunity pass. It's
been a long time finding a job." Beryl stands there, a weak
smile on her face, as she murmurs, "Yes, it has."