Wayne nods, "Right..." Tick insists, "I mean it.
I'm in love. I'm going to marry her!" Wayne muses,
"Whatever you say, mate! Can you hold off for a few weeks?
Give us a chance to get the invitations out!" Tick pauses
before shrugging, "I know I'm too young now, but I can wait
- and so can Sarah, once she gets to know me." Wayne smiles,
"How old is she? Eleven? Twelve?" Tick, however, retorts,
"What do you think I am: a cradle-snatcher?" Wayne laughs,
"You mean she's 13!" Tick, however, replies seriously,
"No. Maybe 18." Wayne chuckles at him. Tick demands
in an annoyed tone, "What's so funny?" Wayne pulls him
onto the couch and asks, "How did you meet her?" Tick
explains, "She's staying over at Charlie's place with her
brother. They've just moved up to Melbourne." Wayne, however,
his tone changing, growls, "Charlie's? You're not
going to start visiting Charlie's, right? As long as Alison's
there, you're not setting foot in the place." Tick
demands, "How else am I going to see Sarah?"
Wayne sighs, "Come on, Tick, be serious. I mean, who is
Sarah? Charlie's niece or something? You're just a kid
to her." Tick cries, "I'm not! She likes
me! And I don't have to see Alison; I'll keep right out of her
way." Wayne retorts, "Just the same, I don't want you
going over there. Now, subject's closed." Tick stares at
It's evening-time. Sarah is sitting in the lounge room at Charlie's,
watching TV. Greg walks in and asks, "What time's Charlie
getting home?" Sarah just shrugs, "How should I
know?" Greg tells her, "I want to go somewhere;
I'm sick of sitting round here." Sarah suggests,
"Then go." Greg asks, "You want to come?"
Sarah retorts, "No thanks. I'm tired. I just want to relax."
Greg then asks, "Where's Alison?" Sarah mutters, "I
don't know that, either; some business function, I thought
she said." Greg muses, "I wish she was here.
You're having second thoughts again, aren't you?" Sarah,
however, sighs, "Will you stop it? I had a great time this
afternoon. This is still a big step - and I'm going to take time
to get used to it - but I'm not having second thoughts."
Greg crouches down in front of her and insists, "I'm not
trying to be pushy; I just want to see you enjoy yourself,
that's all." He suddenly spots something sticking out from
under the couch and he picks it up. It's a card, and he reads,
"'Bumps 'N' Grinds Gym. Fit for young and old, fully-supervised
exercise and fitness program. Individual or group'." He then
suggests to his sister, "What say we go check it out?"
Sarah exclaims, "Now?! Are you kidding?" Greg
points out, "It's still early. This is when most of the action
happens." Sarah retorts grimly, "I know what
action: girls in leotards!"
Andy is standing behind the reception desk a the gym, telling
Fiona, "After your workout I've got something to show you."
Fiona says, "Really? What's that?" Andy, however, tells
her, "It's a surprise." Fiona sighs, "Come on,
Andy, I'm too old for surprises - especially the sort you
come up with!" Andy insists quickly, "It's nothing like
that. I'll tell you: I bought myself a new set of wheels. A old
clapped-out Mini Moke, but it'll get me around, that's the important
thing - and I've paid for it all by myself, just from working
here." Fiona smiles, "Good for you!" At that moment,
Sarah and Greg walk in. Andy stares at Sarah, looking awestruck,
before saying to both twins, "Hi there. Can I help you?"
Greg tells him, "We were thinking about signing-up. Just
wanted to check the place over first." Andy smiles, "Check
away! And welcome to Bumps 'N' Grinds. You two new in town, or
what?" Greg explains, "We're just up from Melbourne."
Andy then asks, "You going together, or what?" Sarah
stares at him and demands, "What's that have to
do with anything?" Andy tells her quickly, "We have
a special rate for couples." Greg smiles, "Is that right?!
Well... yeah, we are. Thinking about getting engaged,
as a matter of fact." Andy's face drops! Sarah then explains,
"He's my brother!" Andy beams, "That's alright
- we've got a special rate for brothers and sisters, too."
Fiona chips in, "I haven't heard of that one before."
Andy quips quickly, "Your brother's not here!"
Turning back to Greg and Sarah, he tells them, "We've got
a special session to help you make up your mind - no obligation."
Greg smiles, "Terrific." Sarah tells him, "We haven't
got any gear or anything." Andy assures her, "That's
OK. Just go through to the changing rooms and they'll fix you
up in there. All you do is just take a walk around, get the feel
of things and I'll be here to give you a hand whenever you need
it." Greg nods, "Thanks, mate." With that, he and
Sarah head off to change. Andy turns back to Fiona and exclaims,
"Did you see that?!" Fiona nods, "Mmm. That's a
very good-looking boy!" Andy mutters, "Very funny."
Fiona smiles, "No, she really is an attractive girl."
Andy muses, "She's the best-looking one I've seen
for a while."
A while later, Fiona is sitting on an exercise bike in the main
room. Sarah is doing some stretching exercises. Andy joins her
and says, "The main thing is to ease yourself into it. Don't
strain any muscles until you're nicely warmed-up." Sarah
just mutters, "I wasn't planning on straining them at all."
Andy remarks, "You sound like you don't want to be
here." Sarah explains, "It was Greg's idea. To be honest,
I feel kind of silly." Andy asks, "Why's that?"
Sarah tells him, "It just isn't me." Andy muses,
"Whoever it is, she sure looks pretty good in a pair of leotards!"
Sarah says, "I think I'll just stand around until Greg gets
bored and we'll go home." She looks at her brother, who's
working out on an exercise bike. Andy comments, "He looks
like he's pretty well into it there. Why don't you try some head
rolls; help you relax?" He then eases Sarah into a crouching
position and starts showing her what to do. As he does so, he
says, "How about dinner tonight?" Sarah laughs, "You
don't waste time!" Andy shrugs, "We usually don't get
too friendly about the customers who come in here, but there is
something very special about you, so how about it?" Sarah,
however, tells him, "Thanks, but no thanks." Andy asks,
"Why not?" Sarah, standing up, retorts, "No
offence, but I just don't go for your type." Andy demands,
"What do you mean 'my type'?" Sarah tells him tersely,
"At a guess I'd say uni student... probably Med or Engineering.
You make pocket money coming here nights, keeping the lady customers
happy." Andy mouths, "Wow!" Sarah comments, "Spot-on,
huh?" Andy replies, "No, miles off, actually! I'm just
flattered! I mean, I do this for a full-time job, I've
never seen the inside of a uni in my life, and I only just made
it to Year 10!" Sarah asks in surprise, "You really
do this for a living?" Alison nods, "Yep, full-time
job. Before that I was a minder for some rich guy and I used to
run a mobile disco. You name it, I've done it." Sarah smiles,
"My stepmother would kill me if she saw me even talking
to someone like you!" Andy murmurs, "So no date, huh?"
Sarah, however, tells him, "I didn't say that." Andy
asks, "So you will?" Sarah smiles, "Sure. I'd like
to." Across the gym, Greg is still cycling on the exercise
bike. He looks over at an attractive young blonde woman, exercising
nearby. They smile at each other!
In Melbourne, Doug is talking on the 'phone in the lounge room
at Caroline's. He hangs up and then tells Caroline, "Bill.
He and Debbie made it OK to LA. They're heading off to Massachusetts
to start shopping for the new jet. I hope it doesn't take him
too long, though - it's starting to be a bit of a hard slog with
Bill away." Caroline remarks, "I thought you and Gordon
were confident you could handle it." Doug muses, "We've
got the chief flying instructor looking after the practical
side of things; he's alright, I suppose, but Bill's got this knack
of being in three places at once and this guy just doesn't. And
I suppose we just didn't give ourselves enough time to settle
in before Bill left." Caroline asks, "It's not going
to be a serious problem, is it?" Doug tells her, "We'll
cope; it's just that we'll be run off our feet for a while."
Caroline says, "I've got quite a lot of free time
now the new book's been launched; if there's any way I
could help..." Doug stares at her and asks, "Are you
trying to put us out of business?" Caroline glares back at
him and growls, "Sorry I made the offer. Do the lot yourself;
see if I care." Doug, however, smiles, "Can't
you take a joke? Of course I'd like you to help; I just
didn't think it would be fair for me to push my work off onto
you; you've been flat-out for months; you've earned a
break." Caroline tells him, "I'd be bored out of my
mind." Doug smiles, "I love being married to a workaholic!"
Caroline giggles before asking, "What do you want me to do?"
Doug replies, "Nothing just yet, but I will tell
the T-shirt office to refer any problems to you."
Caroline mutters, "Great." Doug adds quickly, "You
probably won't have to lift a finger; everything runs
like clockwork." Caroline muses, "Famous last words...!"
Tick is playing a video game in the lounge room at Dural. Wayne
walks in and sits down. As the computer makes a triumphant beeping
sound, Wayne exclaims, "Hey! You beat it!" Tick just
stands up and says disinterestedly, "Yeah. I'm going to bed."
He goes to walk off. Wayne, however, says gently, "Tick...
come on, mate. What's going on here?" Tick murmurs, "Nothing."
Wayne asks, "Is it because I won't let you go to Charlie's?"
Tick insists, "I just want to see Sarah again. I
don't know why you won't let me." Wayne points out,
"I told you why." Tick cries, "Just because
you don't like Alison, you're going to wreck everything for me."
Wayne, however, insists, "It's not what I don't
like; it's you I'm worried about." Tick cries, "I
told you: I won't even see Alison. I'll keep right out
of her way. You're just like you were last time: you
can't stand me having any fun." With that, he goes to run
out. Wayne calls after him quickly, "Alright. You can go
over there as long as you promise to keep out of Alison's way
as much as you can - and it doesn't become too much of a habit."
Tick turns back to him. He then goes and throws his arms round
Wayne, smiling, "Thanks, Wayne!" Wayne tells him, "Get
yourself off to bed. By the sound of things, you've had enough
excitement for one day!"
Alison arrives back at Charlie's and calls for Greg and Sarah.
There's no response. She heads into the lounge room and switches
on the lights. She then spots a note on the coffee table and picks
it up. She reads: 'Dear Alison. We've gone to check out Charlie's
gym. Don't wait up. Greg and Sarah.' She mutters to herself, "Damn..."
Sometime later, Alison and Andy emerge from the main exercise
room at the gym and head into the reception area, Andy asking
as they do so, "What's up?" Alison tells him, "If
you're going to be seeing Sarah, there's something you should
know: she and Greg are Pamela's children." Andy just retorts,
"Oh yeah? You telling me I can't see her?" Alison mutters,
"I can't say I'm too thrilled about it, but obviously that's
up to you and her - but it is important that she doesn't
know that I know Pamela and that she was staying with me."
Andy asks, "Why?" Alison, however, replies, "I
can't tell you. It's for their sake, though." Andy
muses, "Sounds a bit suss to me..." Alison,
just retorts, "Obviously you like her. If you tell her, you'll
be doing a lot of harm. She'll be so anxious to find out more,
she won't have any time left for you, I promise you."
Andy just comments, "I reckon I've got to think
about this..." Alison tells him, "If it's money
you want, I'll pay you to keep quiet." Andy asks, "It
means that much to you?" Alison replies, "I just don't
want to see Sarah hurt." Andy says, "I'll tell
you what: I won't take your money, but I reckon I deserve something
for being so helpful, huh?" Alison sighs, "Yes?"
Andy tells her, "An open invitation to visit Charlie's house
whenever I want to see Sarah." Alison mutters, "Alright."
Andy adds quickly, "And something else." Alison warns
curtly, "Don't push it." Andy just says, "You make
sure she hears what a great guy I am. I mean, she thinks I'm OK
now, but I wouldn't want you saying anything that would change
her mind. OK?" Alison growls, "Alright. Agreed."
With that, she heads off back to the main room. Andy calls after
her, "Pleasure doing business with you!"
Wayne is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Dural, staring
into space. There's a drink on the coffee table in front of him,
along with the bottle of sleeping pills. Tick walks in suddenly,
wearing his pyjamas. Wayne looks at him and asks, "What's
the matter?" Tick explains, "I can't sleep. I was just
coming downstairs to get myself some milk." Wayne stands
up and tells him, "I'll warm some up for you." Tick
looks down at the bottle of pills. Picking it up, he says, "Mum
used to take these." Wayne hesitates before telling him,
"Sometimes I need some pills to help me sleep." Tick
replies, "That's what mum used to say, but she took
them all the time. Used to take me ages to wake
her up in the morning." Wayne insists, "I don't take
many." Tick shrugs, "Don't see why you have
to." Wayne tells him gently, "Because milk doesn't work
for me." With that, he heads off into the kitchen. When he's
gone, Tick takes out of the pocket of his pyjama top the container
of white sweets that he bought on the ferry. He then tips the
contents of the pill bottle into his pocket and tips the sweets
into the bottle. He puts the cap back on and places the bottle
back on the table. He looks pleased with himself.
The next morning, Doug is standing in the office at Sanders Air
Charter, talking on the 'phone, saying, "I didn't get you
out of bed, did I?... Good. The thing is, we've got a bit of an
emergency: had a fire at the warehouse last night and I've had
to clear out all our stock - so I need somewhere to store all
our T-shirts for a few days." At the other end of the 'phone,
Caroline asks, "Isn't there another warehouse somewhere?"
She listens before exclaiming, "Here? Oh, no, no,
no, Doug, there isn't the room. Besides, I won't be here
to take delivery - I'm already late for a hairdresser's appointment."
Doug points out, "You did say you'd help. The truck's
already on its way; of course, if you can't be there, I'll just
have to get over myself, somehow." Caroline sighs,
"Oh, alright. I suppose Francois will understand - though
I still don't know where we're going to fit them." Doug insists,
"There's not that many; you'll find a space. And listen:
I've told the reps that you're in charge now, so you'll probably
get a few 'phone calls wanting orders dispatched... Then again,
you may not. I just want you to be prepared, that's all. Whatever
happens, I know you'll be able to handle it."
Tick is heading up to the front door at Charlie's. He suddenly
spots Andy climbing out of his new car, a bunch of flowers in
his hand. He starts heading to the door as well. He and Tick come
face-to-face and Tick says, "Hi." Andy nods, "G'day."
Tick goes on, "I'm Tick McCarthy; I'm staying with Wayne."
Andy recalls, "Wayne thought you were his kid, right?"
Tick nods, "Yeah." He then adds, "Nice flowers.
They for Charlie?" Andy replies, "Nope." Tick suggests,
"Alison, huh?" Andy tells him, "No way. They're
for a lady in there called Sarah. She's staying here for a while."
Tick murmurs, "Oh." He then points behind Andy and asks,
"Is that your car?" Andy replies, "Yeah. Why?"
Tick tells him, "Front tyre looks a bit flat, don't you think?"
Andy looks at it and says, "Could be. It felt like it was
alright when I came over." He then hands the flowers
to Tick and adds, "Hold onto these for a minute." Tick
takes them and Andy walks over to check the tyre.
A short time later, there's a knock on the front door at Charlie's.
Sarah opens it to find Tick standing there. He holds out the flowers
and says, "Thanks for letting me show you around yesterday."
Sarah takes the flowers and smiles, "They're beautiful -
but you shouldn't have spent your money." Tick assures her,
"They hardly cost anything!" Sarah kisses him
on the top of this head and smiles, "Thanks. They really
are lovely." Andy walks in at that moment, saying to Tick,
"The tyre's fine; it must have been the angle you
were looking at it from." Sarah looks at him and,
holding out the flowers, says, "Look what Tick gave
me. Aren't they gorgeous?" Andy, looking wrong-footed, says,
"What do you mean he gave them to you?" Sarah
shrugs, "I mean he gave them to me." Andy starts
to protest, "But I--" He looks at Tick, who has a smirk
on his face! He then mutters, "That was real nice of him."
Sarah smiles, "That's what I said. You two coming
out to the pool?" Tick nods, "Sure." Andy mutters,
Alison is sitting at the desk in Fiona's room at the mansion,
a set of books open in front of her. The door to the room opens
suddenly and Fiona walks in. She looks at Alison and demands,
"What are you doing?" Alison explains, "Looking
for ways to cut back on expenses. My funds are stretched to the
limit at the moment; I need to economise somewhere. I might even
have to think about raising the rents." Fiona muses, "That
would be a pity. Let's see if we can come up with some other
way." Looking surprised, Alison says, "Not even going
to argue?" Fiona tells her, "Obviously I'm not thrilled
about it, but I know why you're short: you put a lot of money
into that air charter business, to help Gordon; I can hardly argue
with that. Maybe the two of us together can come up with
Tick is sitting on the edge of Charlie's pool, dangling his feet
in the water. He looks across at Sarah, sitting on a towel on
the patio, and tells her, "I think I'd better put some of
that oil on." He gets up and walks across to her. She tells
him, "Sit down - I'll do it." She starts spreading
oil on his back. Andy is sitting with Greg at the picnic table,
and he asks Sarah, "Me next?" Sarah points out, "You've
already put some on." Andy just retorts, "It's
all rubbed off!" Sarah throws him the bottle of oil! She
then tells Tick, "You have nice skin; you want to look after
it." Tick replies, "I'm trying to." Alison
emerges from the house, suddenly, and smiles, "Hello, everyone."
She then spots Tick sitting there and she says, "Good heavens,
what are you doing here?" Tick explains, "I'm
staying with Wayne for a couple of weeks." Greg
adds, "This is the guy we were telling you about: our guide
yesterday." Alison says to Tick, "Welcome back. There's
some ice cream in the 'fridge, if you're interested." Tick,
however, stands up and says, "Thanks, but maybe it was time
I was going: Wayne doesn't like me coming here too much."
Alison smiles, "Oh, I'm sure he doesn't mind." Tick,
though, insists, "He does. I had sort of an argument. I promised
I wouldn't stay long." Alison remarks, "Sounds to me
like he doesn't want you having any fun." Tick,
however, tells her, "No, it's because of Susan. I think he's
really sad. He looks just like mum used to." Alison
asks, "How was that?" Tick replies, "You
know: tired. His eyes look funny. He's taking pills."
Alison queries, "Pills?" Tick tells her, "Sleeping
pills. He hasn't got them, but. I sort of took them."
Andy calls across, "He wouldn't have been too happy about
that." Tick explains, "He doesn't know.
I switched them with lollies. They won't hurt
him." Alison smiles, "I don't think he'd mind if you
stayed a bit longer, just for a bit of ice cream - and if we ask
Sarah very nicely, I think she might go and get it for
you." Sarah calls across, "Sure!" Tick nods enthusiastically,
"OK!" Alison stands there, looking pleased with herself.
A short time later, Wayne opens the front door at Dural to find
Alison standing on the step. As she heads inside, Wayne growls,
"What do you want?" Alison taunts, "You'll
never learn, will you? This is probably your last chance to give
that boy some sort of decent opinion of you and you're throwing
it away." Wayne mutters, "What?" Alison explains,
"Tick. Apparently you had some sort of fight about letting
him come over to Charlie's place." Wayne sighs, "It
wasn't a fight and it certainly had nothing to do with you."
Alison, however, heads into the lounge room, saying as she does
so, "Oh, I imagine it had everything to do with
me." She goes and picks up the bottle of 'pills'. Looking
at them, she muses, "This is great, isn't it? Terrific
example to set for the kid." Wayne growls, "They're
only sleeping pills." Alison retorts, "Yes, but how
long will it be before you start feeling sorry for yourself? Tick
know how to use a stomach pump?" She then takes off the lid,
tips a 'tablet' into her hand and holds it out to Wayne. He glares
at her. Alison taunts, "Sure? You don't feel just a little
bit tempted?" Wayne doesn't respond. Alison then puts the
'tablet' in her mouth and swallows it. Wayne, looking shocked,
gasps, "What do you think you're doing?" Alison muses,
"I must admit, it's hard to OD on lollies!"
Wayne stares at her and mouths, "What?" Alison retorts,
"That's right: they're harmless. Tick switched them because
he didn't think you could be trusted." Looking shocked, Wayne
mouths, "I told him there was nothing to worry about."
Alison points out, "Obviously he didn't believe you - and
who'd blame him? Look how pathetically low you've sunk.
Even a ten-year-old child can see you're not fit to take
care of yourself." With that, she stuffs the bottle of lollies
into Wayne's hand and goes to march out. Wayne sits down slowly
on the couch, a look of concern on his face.
Caroline is standing by the front door of her house. A delivery
man emerges from the lounge room and Caroline asks him, "Is
that all?" The man replies, "There's another dozen or
so in the truck. Won't be a minute." The 'phone starts ringing
suddenly, and Caroline, a grim look on her face, heads into the
lounge room - which is chock-full of cardboard boxes. She has
to move one in order to get to the 'phone. She answers, "Caroline
Fletcher... Yes, that's right, but I'm not sure what sizes are
in stock; I haven't had a chance--" She breaks off and listens
before saying, "Yes, I will. I'll call you back." She
hangs up and goes to write something down, but a look of annoyance
crosses her face as the 'phone immediately starts ringing again.
Wayne is sitting at the bar at Dural, a drink in his hand. He
hears the front door bang, suddenly, and he picks up the bottle
of lollies from the bar-top. Tick walks in and smiles, "I'm
back! I had a fantastic time! Sarah's really nice!"
Wayne, however, ignores this and snaps, "What on earth did
you think you were doing?" Tick says meekly, "Er - swimming."
Wayne snaps, "I'm talking about the pills. Where
are they?" Tick looks at him 'blankly'. Wayne snarls, "Don't
bother with the act; I know all about it. I want the real
ones back." Tick tells him quietly, "I threw them out."
Wayne glares at him and snarls, "You did what? Who
do you think you are? The last thing I need is to be
patronised by a ten-year-old. Get up to your room."
Tick doesn't move. Wayne yells furiously, "Don't just stand
there; get going." Tick runs off. Wayne sits there,
The 'phone rings at Charlie's and Alison answers it in the lounge
room. She listens and then says, "Hello, Doug. How are things
going?" Doug is sitting in the office at Sanders Air Charter
and he replies, "Not well. I just got a call from Bill in
Massachusetts: the exchange rate's just taken another dive; 'plane's
going to cost a lot more than we thought. You're our only hope
for the extra cash." Alison sighs, "Doug, you don't
know what you're asking. I've already committed every
spare cent I have; there's no way I can find more."
She listens before saying tersely, "Yes, I know
it's important; it' just that there really is no other way."
She then pauses before sighing, "There is a way.
It's a last resort; there are going to be some people who won't
like it, but if you have to have the money, I don't have much
Fiona is sitting at the desk in her room at the mansion, adding
up some figures. There's suddenly a knock on the door and Alison
walks in. Fiona looks round at her and mutters, "Hello. I
was just seeing if I could come up with any more savings, but
quite frankly I think we've scraped just about as much as we possibly
can." Alison, however, retorts, "Yes, well
it's ancient history now. I've made a decision." Fiona asks,
"What decision?" Alison tells her, "I'm
selling the mansion." A look of shock crosses Fiona's face.