Charlie smiles at Todd warmly, "I feel such a fool! I'm
so sorry." Todd assures her, "It's no big deal."
Looking at Alison, he adds, "I just wish you hadn't
spoilt the surprise." Alison says tersely, "You
must admit I had grounds for being suspicious; you've
been acting as if you didn't have two cents to rub together."
Todd just retorts, "Since when does a guy have to go around
telling everyone he's got money?" Alison gives him a suspicious
look as she mutters, "If you hadn't been so secretive, this
situation would never have come up." Wayne, however, points
out smugly, "Er... it wouldn't've 'come up' if you weren't
so keen to see the back of Todd." Alison snaps,
"I was simply trying to protect Charlie's interests; when
I saw you two talking about profit-stripping, it set all the alarm
bells off." Looking at Charlie, she adds, "And with
Wayne's track record, you can't say I wasn't justified."
Todd chips in, "Fair enough; I've got no hard feelings."
Charlie smiles, "That's very generous of you, Todd."
She then adds pointedly, "Isn't it, Alison..."
Alison mutters, "Yes. Yes. I'm sorry I doubted you."
Todd suggests, "Let's forget it. Now the cat's out of the
bag, let's finish off the paperwork." He and Charlie turn
to head back into the house. Wayne goes to follow them - but Alison
grabs his arm furiously and hisses, "You set me up."
Wayne, however, retorts, "You set yourself up by being so
one-eyed about Todd." Alison glares at him and warns
coldly, "Don't try and snow me. You wanted me to
overhear that talk about profit-stripping, didn't you,
because you knew I'd jump to the wrong conclusion and have egg
all over my face." Wayne just grins, "And very nice
it looks too!" He turns to walk away. Alison, however, snaps,
"I haven't finished with you yet." Wayne turns back
to her and says, "Don't try and offload the blame onto me.
You brought this all on yourself; you're just too bloody-minded
to admit it." With that, he walks off. Alison stands
there looking furious.
A while later, Charlie is sitting on the couch in her lounge
room asking Wayne - who's standing by the window - suspiciously,
"Why are you being so generous to him? What do you
get out of it?" Wayne suggests, "Peace of mind?"
Charlie just chuckles and muses, "I think I must've missed
something." Wayne goes and sits down next to her. As he does
so, he tells her, "I've made a lot of mistakes in my time,
Charlie. The biggest was putting money before people.
The sad thing is I had to lose Susan before I realised
that. Nothing will bring her back, but at least I can try and
learn from my mistakes; that's why I sold Todd my share of the
gym dirt-cheap." Charlie comments, "Conscience money,
for ripping me off..." Wayne nods, "Yeah. It was a lousy
thing to do. My only excuse was I thought I was dying of Huntington's
disease and I was angry with the world. Unfortunately, you were
an easy target." Charlie muses, "I'm an easy mark."
Wayne, however, insists, "Not now Todd's around; he's nobody's
fool. And he loves you as much as I love--; loved Susan."
Charlie gives him a sympathetic look and murmurs, "Oh Wayne..."
Wayne goes on, "I think he'll make you very happy - and from
now on, you won't have to worry about me trying to cook
the books." Charlie replies gently, "And you'll have
your peace of mind." Wayne just murmurs, "I have a long
way to go yet."
It's evening-time. Bill Sanders is sitting with Caroline, Gordon
and Beryl at the dining table at Beryl's. As they eat dinner,
he tells Caroline, "We reckon we'll have that jet flying
a full payload in no time. Doug's done a great sales job for us;
we'll have work coming out of our ears before we know where
we are!" Caroline sits there, looking upset. Beryl looks
at her and, indicating the dishes, says, "Would you like
to give me a hand?" Caroline takes the hint and the two women
head out to the kitchen. When they've gone, Gordon says to Bill
quietly, "I wouldn't mention Doug if I were you." Bill
gasps in horror, "Oh. Hell. Head like a sieve." Out
in the kitchen, Beryl tells Caroline, "I'm sure Bill didn't
mean to upset you." Caroline, however, insists, "No,
it's my fault for being so thin-skinned." Beryl points out,
"You've got a good excuse." Caroline muses, "Pregnancy's
an all-purpose cop-out, isn't it?" Beryl shrugs, "Being
pregnant does strange things to you. You and Doug just didn't
recognise the sign." Caroline sighs, "It wouldn't have
made any difference - the marriage was on the rocks anyway."
Beryl tells her, "If Doug knew there was a child on the way,
he'd take his responsibilities more seriously." Caroline,
however, retorts, "I can't see it; he's a born gambler;
loves living on the edge." Beryl insists, "He loves
you more. Tell him about the baby. I guarantee he'll
be on the first 'plane back home." Caroline sighs, "I
don't want him coming back feeling he's got to do the right thing
by me." Beryl, however, says, "I'm sure he'd jump at
any chance to get here. Go on - call him." At that
moment, Gordon and Bill walk in, Gordon telling Beryl, "Bill
just volunteered to do the drying-up for you." Bill looks
at Caroline and adds, "You should be putting your feet up."
Caroline smiles, "It's nice to be spoilt!" Bill asks,
"'Cos Doug's not here to do it?" There's a stony silence.
Bill, looking sheepish, goes on, "I know it's none of my
business, but I reckon Doug would be tickled pink to think he
was going to be a dad." Caroline growls, "You don't
know him very well, do you?" Bill just suggests, "Why
don't you give him a buzz?" Caroline snaps, "Because
I don't want him back. OK?"
Michael is pouring Alison a glass of port in his room at the
mansion as she fiddles around absentmindedly with his medical
bag. As he pours the drink, Alison asks, "Sure you can spare
the time?" Michael nods, "My shift doesn't start 'til
ten." Alison murmurs, "I'm glad I've got one
friend left in the world." Michael sighs, "Stop being
so defeatist." Alison, sitting down, says, "I'm sorry
- I know I'm being a bore. I've been thinking about it all day:
I know I've lost Charlie's trust now." Michael comments,
"Over-reacting, isn't she? After all, you seemed to have
good reason to be suspicious." Alison declares, "Exactly
- but she can't see that. She's convinced I'm out to
carve Todd up." Michael asks, "Is she right?" Alison
just replies, "I don't want to see her hurt." Michael
presses, "If he turns out to be on the level?" Alison
mutters, "I'll start believing in Santa Claus!" Michael
remarks, "You just won't give him the benefit of the doubt,
will you?" He then asks, "Have you ever stopped to think
you might be jealous of him?" Alison retorts, "I'm
getting a bit sick of hearing that theory." She
then admits, "I suppose I do feel a bit on the outer, these
days." Michael tells her, "Then give Todd a go - or
you'll drive Charlie even further away..."
In the lounge room at Charlie's, Todd and Charlie have finished
a bottle of wine. As Charlie gives Todd a kiss, she smiles, "Let's
get another bottle." Todd goes out to get it. The front door
slams suddenly and Alison walks in. She says quickly, "I've
learned my lesson, Charlie. You're obviously marrying the right
man and I'm very happy for you." Charlie mutters, "Better
late than never, I suppose." Alison goes on, "So - we
friends again?" Charlie shrugs, "We'll get there."
Alison sighs, "For God's sake, Charlie, what do I have to
do: go down on my hands and knees?" Charlie snaps, "Just
stop interfering, that's all. You try one more stunt like today
and that is it." Todd walks back in, saying to Charlie,
"You sure there's another bottle?" He stops
in his tracks as he spots Alison standing there. Charlie glares
at Alison and then tells Todd, "I'll get it."
She marches out. Todd goes to follow her. Alison, however, says
quickly, "Todd... I brought you a peace offering." She
holds up a handkerchief and explains, "The white flag of
surrender. I really have, as they say, seen the light." Todd
asks suspiciously, "Have you?" Alison tells him, "Call
it being over-protective - but now I realise it was unnecessary
and I couldn't be happier to admit I was wrong about you."
Todd nods, "Fair enough - but I still want you to move out."
Alison asks, "Even if it's just down the road?" Todd
replies, "I don't care if it's next door. I'm not
trying to break up your friendship with Charlie; I just don't
want any more hassles, OK?" Alison smiles as she nods, "OK."
The next morning, Todd is working behind the reception desk at
the gym when Wayne walks up and smiles, "Morning. Got an
enrolment form?!" He then asks, "How do you feel about
being in business for yourself?" Todd tells him, "It's
like a lot of hard work at the moment - I've got to stay back
late tonight to do the accounts." Wayne remarks, "At
least it'll keep you out of Alison's hair. I suppose
she's being an even bigger pain in the neck since yesterday."
Todd, however, explains, "No way! I got an unconditional
surrender from her last night; she knows Charlie's had about as
much as she can take." Wayne's face drops, and he says coolly,
"Don't be fooled, Todd - that's a classic Alison technique;
she'll lull you into a false sense of security and when you least
expect it she'll hit you where it hurts most." Todd insists,
"You worry too much!" Wayne murmurs, "Maybe
you're right..." He then asks, "What does Charlie
think about this born-again Alison?" Todd grins, "There's
a bit of a chill in the air, but it's wearing off. They're working
out together at the moment. Reckon they'll be back on their old
footing in no time." A sly look crosses Wayne's face...
Alison and Charlie are both riding exercise bikes in the main
room, looking exhausted! Wayne walks in, having changed into his
gym gear. Neither woman notices him, as they have their backs
to him. He listens as Alison tells Charlie, "I had a call
from my real estate agent today: he said he had a house I might
be interested in. I thought you might like to check it out."
Charlie says frostily, "When?" Alison replies, "Tonight.
If Todd wants to come along, he's most welcome." Charlie
says coolly, "He'll be working late tonight." Alison
shrugs, "Well, why don't we go together? Then, after we've
seen it, we could go and give Todd a nice surprise; turn up and
take him out to supper." Charlie suggests, "It might
be best to let the dust settle a bit first." Alison, however,
sighs, "Charlie, I want him to see I'm making an effort."
Charlie hesitates before musing, "I suppose it is
a step in the right direction." Alison presses, "Alright
- let's do it." Charlie smiles at her and says, "Why
not!" Wayne looks at them both, before walking out again.
A few seconds later, Wayne is about to pick up the 'phone on
the deserted reception desk when Todd joins him and grins, "Don't
say the sight of the girls working-out put you off!" Looking
wrong-footed momentarily, Wayne says quickly, "Oh, I just
remembered a couple of urgent calls I had to make." Todd
tells him, "Go for your life." As Wayne picks up the
'phone, he says, "I think there's a bit of one-upmanship
going on in there." He indicates the main room, adding as
he does so, "Neither of them wants to be the first to finish,
but they're both looking the worse for wear." Todd grins,
"I guess I'd better blow the whistle on them!" With
that, he heads off to the main room. When he's gone, Wayne dials
a number on the 'phone. When the call is answered, he says, "Mandy...
I've got a job for you tonight."
Bill and Gordon are working in the office at Sanders Air Charter
when Caroline and Beryl walk in and Beryl points out where the
toilet is. Caroline dashes off there, leaving Bill to remark to
Beryl, "She looks really crook." Beryl nods in concern,
"Yes - I think she's in for a hard time with this baby."
Gordon suggests, "All the more reason Doug should be here
to see her through it." Beryl retorts, "I couldn't
agree more, but that's up to Caroline, isn't
it?" She then turns to Bill and tells him, "I'm ready
whenever you are." Bill smiles, "Oh yes - of course:
your lesson! I hadn't forgotten; I'll just check the wings are
bolted on!" He heads outside. The 'phone begins to ring as
Caroline rejoins them. Gordon picks up and says, "Sanders
Air Charter... Doug! How are things?" He listens before going
on, "Good. Sounds promising. Any luck with Goddard?... Right...
Good." He listens again before saying warily, "News?...
No, er, things are pretty much the same as before... Messages?
Er, I'll check." He looks at Caroline and says quietly, "Want
a word? Come on, Caroline, it's the perfect opportunity. At least
say hello; you don't have to mention the pregnancy." Caroline,
however, retorts, "I don't want to speak to him - and that's
final." Gordon returns to the 'phone and says hesitantly,
"No, Doug - no messages... Yes, same to you. Bye." Caroline
stands there, looking worried.
It's evening-time. Todd is sitting at the reception desk at the
gym, just a small light on as he works. He hears a sudden thumping
noise, and he calls, "Someone there?" There's no response,
so he gets up to investigate. He heads into the main room - and
doesn't hear as footsteps approach the reception desk. A pair
of hands breaks a small ampoule in half and some powder is tipped
into a mug on the reception desk. The person then retreats and
heads back out. Todd returns to the desk and sits down again.
He stares at the figures in the books in front of him and then
takes a couple of sips of his drink...
A while later, Todd sips his drink again. He's looking very sleepy.
His eyes begin to close and, a few seconds later, his head drops
onto the desk. Wayne walks in suddenly and, heading round behind
the desk, shakes Todd's shoulder. He then smiles evilly, "Coffee
a bit strong for you, mate?!" There's no answer. Wayne picks
Todd up and starts dragging him into the main room. As he does
so, he calls, "Mandy." A young woman emerges from the
main room. She's wearing a red dress and has big, dark hair. She
looks at Todd and muses, "This my date?... Well at least
the conversation won't bore me!" Wayne growls, "Just
make it look good." Mandy smiles back, "You know me:
As Charlie and Alison arrive back at Charlie's and head into
the lounge room, Charlie exclaims, "I couldn't believe
that house! It was too kitsch for words!" Alison asks, "You
don't think the rooms were a bit small?" Charlie shrugs,
"I suppose they were a teensy bit smallish."
Alison tells her, "They were like matchboxes, if
you ask me. I'm sure I could find something a lot better
if I kept on looking." She then asks, "You couldn't
give me an extension of time to move out...?" Charlie smiles,
"Far be it for me to force you to move into a dog-box, darling!"
She then picks up a scarf from the couch and, staring at it, cries,
"Someone must have sat on it. It's going to need a quick
iron." Alison retorts, "We haven't got time - Todd'll
be getting ready to leave the gym." Charlie tells her, "Ring
him and tell him to wait." Alison says, "What - and
spoil the surprise? Come on - I'm starving." With
that, the two of them head out, Charlie crying as they do so,
"Oh I wish I could've worn the scarf - it was a present from
The reception area at the gym is still in semi-darkness when
Charlie and Alison walk in. They find the reception area empty,
but Alison points out, "He has to be here somewhere
- the doors aren't locked." Charlie suggests, "Maybe
he's exercising?" Alison retorts, "What - at
this late hour?" Charlie points out, "Those accounts
must be awfully boring." She and Alison turn and
head along the corridor to the main exercise room. They head into
the room - to find Todd lying on the floor, nearly naked, with
an also -nearly-naked woman lying on top of him, kissing him.
Charlie stares at them in horror. She then runs off, looking devastated.
The woman - Mandy - looks round at Alison and smiles at her...
A short time later, Alison is helping an upset-looking Charlie
into her house. As they head into the lounge room, she says, "I
wish to God I'd never suggested we go there tonight." As
Charlie sits down, she says weakly, "Better I found out now...
Aren't you going to say 'I told you so'?" Alison insists,
"Charlie, this isn't giving me any joy; I never
wanted to see you hurt." Charlie murmurs, "I should've
listened to you... but I was so sure he was for real."
Alison hands her a drink and says gently, "They say love
makes fools of us all. I just wish you didn't have to join the
club." Charlie asks quietly, "How long does it go on
hurting?" Alison replies, "Depends... if it's the love
of your life, it never stops hurting." Charlie cries,
"I never really understood what it was like for you with
David before - not really; but now I'm in the same boat...
Todd was everything I've been looking for all these years... I
loved him so much." Alison tells her gently, "Come
on... he's not worth wasting any tears over." Charlie sobs,
"I know... He's a louse. God knows how many other
women he's had while we've been together. But I can't help myself
- I still love him." Alison insists softly, "You'll
get over it." Charlie sniffs, "You didn't."
Alison murmurs, "Yes, well I'm a hopeless case. I'm sure
you'll make a complete recovery." Charlie just sobs, "You're
right - I will. I couldn't break my heart over him.
He's worthless... he's the lowest form of life... I'm
glad it's over." She then breaks down in Alison's
arms as she cries, "Who am I kidding...?"
It's the next morning. Todd wakes up on the floor at the gym
to find himself clutching a black, lacy bra and wearing just his
underpants. He sits up and yawns. He tries to stand up, but almost
collapses onto the ground again. He manages to stagger out of
Wayne is sitting by the bar in the lounge room at Dural, apparently
waiting for the 'phone to ring. It does so - and he yawns as he
answers, "Wayne Hamilton." Todd comes on and says groggily,
"Sorry to get you out of bed, but I need some help getting
home. I feel really groggy." Wayne asks, "Been on the
tiles, mate?!" Todd, however, explains, "No - I'm still
at the gym. I worked back last night. I don't know what came over
me... The room started spinning; I must've passed out." Wayne
tells him, "You take it easy. I'll be right there."
With that, he hangs up. A gleeful smile crosses his face...
A short time later, Wayne is at the gym, along with Michael.
Wayne tells Todd, "I thought you might need a doctor."
As Todd wipes himself down with a towel, he murmurs, "I feel
like I need something." Michael asks him, "Are
you on any kind of medication?" Todd replies, "No -
only vitamins." Wayne picks up the bra and muses, "Somebody
deliver a strippergram?!" Todd shrugs, "Don't know,
mate - they were just here when I got to." He puts on a T-shirt
as Michael asks him, "You sure you're not on any
sleeping pills?" Todd sighs, "Why would I want to go
to sleep on the job?" Michael explains, "There's dilation
of the pupils; that usually means there are drugs in the system."
Todd insists, "I'm not taking any drugs, OK?" Michael
nods, "OK." He then goes on, "You got any nausea
- or a headache?" Todd sighs, "Yeah - my head feels
like a football." Michael tells him, "I'll give you
something for it." Todd, however, retorts, "No, no,
I just want to get home - Charlie will be worried."
Alison is packing suitcases into her car, outside Charlie's.
Charlie is standing with her, holding Isabella. Alison is saying,
"A couple of days in the country, you'll be feeling as good
as new." Charlie cries, "I think I'll stay
up there; I'll never be able to show my face again."
Wayne and Michael are supporting Todd as they help him up the
driveway towards Charlie's. Michael is saying, "When you're
feeling a bit better, get your doctor to give you a thorough check-up."
Todd asks, "Do you think it could be serious?"
Michael shrugs, "Probably just a virus." They stop in
their tracks as they see the two women packing the car. Todd smiles
at Charlie, "Coming to search for me?" Alison
turns to him and growls, "We found you - last night - with
your girlfriend." Todd stares at her and gasps,
"What?" Charlie cries at him, "Don't play the innocent.
You and she were..." Alison explains, "We found the
pair of you at the gym." Todd protests, "I don't know
what you're talking about; there's no girlfriend."
Alison sighs, "You can't talk your way out of this one, Todd."
Todd insists, "I don't know what you saw, but all I can tell
you is one minute I was working, the next I'd passed out."
Wayne chips in, "That's right, Charlie: when he came-to,
he called me to get him home. He's as sick as a dog." Alison
muses coldly, "Too much partying, by the sound of
it. Still, top marks for the cover story - if we hadn't caught
you out, you might've just got away with it." Todd insists,
"I'm telling you the truth." Alison just closes the
boot of her car and retorts, "Don't be here when we come
back." With that, she and Charlie climb into the car and
Alison starts the engine. Todd staggers over to the car and cries,
"Charlie! Wait! There's no one else. I love you."
Alison just drives off, leaving Todd standing there, looking upset.
A short time later, Wayne helps Todd sits down in the lounge
room at Dural. He asks Michael, "Think you should give him
something?" Michael suggests to Todd, "How about a couple
of painkillers?" Todd nods wearily, "OK." He then
murmurs, "I just wish I could figure out what's going on."
Wayne tells him, "Charlie wouldn't lie about what
she saw." Todd replies, "I know - I just don't remember
any of it - honest." Michael opens his medical bag
- and then says suddenly, "That's funny." He's holding
some blue sachets, and he goes on, "These ampoules: last
time I looked there were half a dozen; now there's only four.
They must have been stolen." Wayne remarks, "Seems
a bit strange just to steal two." Michael nods,
"I know - unless... no, she wouldn't..." Wayne queries,
"She?" Michael tells him, "Alison was with me last
night, just before I went to the hospital. She was looking at
the things in my bag." Todd says in surprise, "You think
she drugged me; set me up?" Michael shrugs, "I
don't know." Wayne comments, "It figures, doesn't it?
Todd was a threat: with him around, she could see her
friendship with Charlie going down the drain." Todd agrees,
"Wayne's right. We've had lots of run-ins and I was the one
who told her I wanted her to move out. There's only one way round
that: have me move out instead." Wayne looks at
Michael and remarks, "It does make sense."
Todd then tells Michael, "I reckon you should front Alison
and see how she jumps when you ask her if she took that stuff
out of your bag." Michael, however, retorts, "I can't
accuse anyone without proof." Todd asks, "What
if I get proof?" Michael nods, "Yeah, certainly.
It might be an idea if you run a urine test first, just to make
sure you were drugged." Todd nods, "OK." He goes
to stand up - but almost collapses again. Michael and Wayne catch
him and Michael says, "Take it easy, mate - there's no hurry."
Wayne tells Todd, "There's a downstairs bathroom - and I
can make a bed up down here, so you can rest. You can stay here
until we sort things out." Todd sits there, rubbing his temple
as he sighs, "I can't understand Alison doing this.
How could anyone do anything so low to their best friend?
She knew Charlie loved me; she must've known what it
would do to Charlie, thinking that I was on with someone
else." Wayne tells him, "Selfish people don't think
like that, mate; all they care about is number one." Todd
growls, "Well she's not going to get away with it; somehow
I'm going to prove she set me up." Wayne replies, "Sure
you will - and we'll help. Between us, we'll nail her hide to