A car pulls up at the airfield in Melbourne and Alison climbs
out. Beryl is standing nearby, wearing her flying gear, and Alison
muses, "Well! If it isn't everyone's favourite housewife!
Here to keep an eye on Gordon, are we?" Beryl retorts, "No,
we are not." Alison smiles, "I thought you might be
frightened some dolly-bird was chatting him up."
Beryl muses, "Then obviously it isn't you, is it?"
Alison just grins, "Who knows?" Beryl tells her, "Alison,
you can't bait me. For your information, Gordon and I have never
been happier." Alison muses, "Let's hear it for the
nuclear family!" She then asks, "What are you doing
out here, anyway?" Beryl explains, "I'm having flying
lessons." Alison bursts out laughing and asks, "With
or without broomstick?!" She then adds, "Sad,
when you think about it, the lengths you'll go to hang on to Gordon."
Beryl tells her, "I'm doing this for me." Alison
comments, "I see - you're making yourself more interesting
by taking flying lessons. I doubt whether you could fly a kite,
let alone an aircraft." Beryl just taunts, "Watch
me." Alison, however, retorts, "No thanks - I've got
more important things to do." As she goes to head
towards the offices, she adds, "By the way: if you're using
my aircraft, try not to crash on take-off!"
Gordon is talking on the 'phone in the office, asking, "When
did he check out?... Did he leave a forwarding address?... None
at all?... I see. Thankyou for your trouble. Bye." He hangs
up, looking worried. Alison walks in and smiles, "Good morning."
Gordon, however, tells her, "It isn't, I'm afraid."
Alison asks in surprise, "Why, what's wrong?" Gordon
replies, "Out with the old and in with the new." He
hands her an envelope, asking as he does so, "Ever heard
of Seaboard Investments?" Alison replies, "No."
Gordon tells her, "They're our new partners. Doug and Bill
have sold out." Alison stares at him in shock as he continues,
"That letter arrived from Doug this morning. I've been trying
to call him in America all day to find out what the hell is happening,
but nobody seems to know where he is." Alison asks sharply,
"When did the transfer take place?" Gordon shrugs, "Who
knows? But it's done. Apparently Doug ran out of ready cash and
that offer came along at the right time." Alison demands,
"And what's Bill's excuse?" Gordon shrugs,
"You tell me." Looking furious, Alison snaps,
"They've got a damned hide. Those shares aren't worth zilch
without all the money I've been sinking into the business.
They could at least have talked to me before selling
out." Gordon doesn't respond. Alison then asks more calmly,
"You been in touch with the insurance company about the engine?"
Gordon nods, "The claim went in yesterday." Alison asks,
"Any trouble?" Gordon replies, "No - it seems straightforward
enough." Alison murmurs, "That's something."
She then mouths, "Seaboard Investments... where on earth
did they spring from?" Gordon tells her, "Out
of the woodwork, it seems." Alison says, "I think we
should check them out; don't you agree?" Gordon nods, "I
couldn't agree more."
In Sydney, Wayne is standing with Fiona in her room at the mansion,
saying, "I have something you might be interested in."
He's holding a file. Fiona says warily, "I might
be interested in?" Wayne admits, "Well... both of us."
Fiona sits down as she asks, "What's in the file?" Wayne
explains, "A newspaper clipping. Todd showed me the photographs
from the escort agency and something clicked. Took me ages to
find it, but what do you think?" The newspaper clipping is
from a social column. It contains a photo of Alison standing next
to Mandy. Fiona looks at it and asks, "Where was this taken?"
Wayne tells her, "A trade fair a couple of months ago. Hamilton
Industries had a stand. The young lady, I believe, was working
as a promotional hostess. It's obvious Alison knows her. I think
we've found the corner pieces to the jigsaw." Fiona points
out, "If it was Alison who set up Todd." Wayne
probes, "And you believe it was..." Fiona admits, "I
wouldn't put it past her - and it makes a lot more sense to use
a girl like this than one from an agency; it's much less traceable."
Wayne tells her, "Exactly what I was thinking."
Fiona then asks, "Have you shown this to Todd, just to see
if this was the girl in question?" Wayne replies,
"No." Fiona asks, "Why not?" Wayne tells her,
"Emotionally, he's at rock-bottom; I don't think he could
cope with another false lead, if that's what it is. I thought
you might like to check it out." Fiona chuckles,
"You're out to do more good deeds than Prince Valiant, lately,
aren't you?!" Wayne just says sincerely, "Todd's a friend.
I want him and Charlie to be happy. And if it works out, it might
go towards--" Fiona interrupts and suggests, "Making
up for some of your more nasty efforts, huh?" Wayne murmurs,
"If that's the way you want to put it." Fiona looks
at him and comments, "Maybe you have turned over
a new leaf - again." Wayne insists, "I have - believe
me." Fiona just muses, "Oh yes, I believe you. Where
do we start?"
Michael is in his room next door when there's a knock on the
door and Fiona comes in. Michael tells her, "I'm just about
to go out." Fiona asks, "Where to?" Michael explains,
"Movies. There's a couple I want to catch before they finish;
I'm planning a filmic binge today." Fiona murmurs, "That's
a pity." Looking surprised, Michael asks, "Why's
it a pity?" Fiona replies, "Well... I thought you might
be going to a medical trade fair; I understand there is one on
in town at the moment." Looking surprised, Michael asks,
"How on earth did you know about that?!" Fiona
just smiles, "I've got my sources!" Michael comments,
"You sound like a member of the Secret Service!" Fiona
nods, "Yep! How would you like to become a member too? Of
course, it means you would have to miss out on your movie."
Michael says, "Keep talking." Fiona shows him the newspaper
clipping and goes on, "You see this girl standing next to
Alison? Well, I understand that she sometimes acts as a hostess
at trade fairs, and I was wondering if you'd like to try and find
her for me - and Wayne." Michael queries dubiously, "Wayne?"
Fiona smiles, "Yep! Surprise, surprise! I believe that he
is, finally, trying to become a decent human being!" Michael
gives her a doubtful look.
Wayne is putting golf balls into a glass on the lounge room floor
at Dural. There's suddenly a knock on the front door. He goes
to answer it - to find Mandy standing there. Looking horrified,
he demands, "What the hell are you doing here?"
Mandy just smiles, "Yes, thanks, I will come in."
Wayne pulls her inside and slams the door shut. He then snaps,
"Are you crazy? What if Todd was home?
You'd've ruined the whole plan." Mandy just tells him, "I
have ruined it, sweetheart. You can keep the
money; the deal is off." Wayne pulls her into the
lounge room and growls, "Would you mind telling me why
the deal's off?" Mandy shrugs, "Sure - but don't bother
trying to change my mind." Wayne snarls, "Just tell
me." Mandy says, "I've done some checking on Alison
Carr. She's a tough lady." Wayne growls, "You don't
want to believe everything you hear." Mandy insists, "I
don't - but I believe what I hear about Ms. Carr, and I, for one,
have no intention of crossing her path." Wayne points out
curtly, "You're assuming she's going to find out what we're
up to." Mandy nods, "That's right - because if she does,
I'm a dead duck." Wayne demands, "What about the money
I'm paying you?" Mandy just retorts, "$5000? Wouldn't
even buy me a decent funeral." Wayne glares at her
and says icily, "Mandy, you are worrying about nothing;
she's not going to find out." Mandy demands, "Says who?"
Wayne retorts, "I do." Mandy pushes, "You're
one hundred per cent sure about that, are you?" Wayne declares,
"Absolutely positive." Mandy, however, tells him, "Sorry.
Not good enough. Like I said, the deal's off. It was good knowing
you." With that, she goes to walk out. Wayne snarls, "Mandy..."
Mandy just turns to him and says, "Bye bye, Wayne."
Wayne threatens, "You walk out that door and it'll be bye-bye
Mandy. You think Alison's tough, then don't
try me. You're wrong: the deal's not off. You
pull out now and you'll spend the next three years sitting behind
bars." Mandy asks nervously, "Is that a threat?"
Wayne just snarls, "You've been on the wrong side of the
law enough times to know damn well it is. A 'phone call to the
cops is all it'll take." Mandy doesn't respond. Wayne then
starts stroking her cheek as he says, "I gather you've changed
your mind - but just in case you're still thinking of pulling
out, think carefully: I wouldn't want you to make the wrong decision..."
Alison is sitting behind the desk at the offices of Sanders Air
Charter. Gordon is standing in front of her. She asks him, "Does
the insurance cover actually getting the engine out here from
America?" Gordon nods, "The replacement, delivery and
installation." Alison muses, "Then we can be sure of
paying the earth in premiums next year." The door to the
office opens suddenly and Beryl walks in. Gordon beams, "Here
she is: Amelia Earhart!" Alison comments quickly, "Don't
say that, Gordon: Amelia crashed somewhere out in the Pacific.
Don't want that happening to Beryl...!" Gordon assures
her, "Only joking!" He then asks Beryl, "Good lesson?"
Beryl smiles, "You'd be very, very proud of me: I made three
three perfect touchdowns." Alison muses, "Not on the
same landing, I hope!" She the then tells Gordon, "I
think it's an excellent idea she has flying lessons:
gets her out of the house." Gordon replies, "I'm all
for her 'getting out of the house', as you say, but I'd be far
happier if she did something a little less dangerous!"
The 'phone starts ringing suddenly and Gordon goes to answer it,
commenting as he does so, "It could be news of Seaboard Investments."
He picks up and says, "Sanders Air Charter... Yes, we do
have a flying school." While he's talking, Beryl asks Alison
slyly, "What's happened to your acid tongue? Is it because
of Gordon?" Alison just replies dismissively, "I'm sorry,
what are you babbling about?" Beryl retorts, "You're
wasting your time if you're trying to make me feel insecure."
Alison shrugs, "I'm sorry; I wasn't aware I was trying
to make you feel insecure." She then adds, "I've got
work to do. Gordon and I have got masses of paperwork to get through
before the end of the day." Beryl gives her a smile!
Sometime later, Beryl is sitting on the couch in the lounge room
at Caroline's. As Caroline serves up some tea things, she remarks,
"I don't know how you restrained yourself; I would've
given the woman a good left hook!" Beryl muses, "I wasn't
far off it, believe me! For five years I've been telling myself
not to let Alison get under my skin; she's not worth it. You think
I would've learnt by now, wouldn't you!" She then changes
the subject and says, "I don't want to put you out and I
don't want to make you late for your doctor's appointment."
Caroline, however, assures her, "You won't. I'm not due there
'til two o'clock." She then adds in a worried tone, "I
do hope these tests are going to be alright." Beryl assures
her, "Of course they will." There's silence.
Beryl says eventually, "Look at the two of us! Me going on
about Alison and you worried about your tests... If we don't stop
it, we'll drive ourselves silly!" Caroline doesn't respond.
Beryl tells her, "You'll be fine - you and
your baby." Caroline says in a worried tone, "I hope
so, Beryl. Since I've decided to go ahead, I've thrown my whole
being into it. I'm really looking forward to being a
At the mansion, Fiona is watching through the window of her room
as Michael walks up the path outside. She then opens the door
to her room just as Michael is about to knock on it. He almost
falls inside! Fiona asks quickly, "Was she there?" Michael
replies, "No." Fiona's face drops. Michael goes on,
"She left before I arrived - but one of the girls working
there recognised her from the photo." Fiona beams, "Bingo!"
Michael adds, "She also has a job, part-time, working as
a waitress at a club in the city - so I thought you and I - in
the interests of Todd and Charlie's love life - might go clubbing.
Interested?" Fiona grins, "You'd better believe it!"
She then adds warmly, "You've done very well, darling!"
Michael laughs, "007, eat your heart out!" He then asks,
"Do we talk to Mandy tonight?" Fiona, however, replies,
"No. Let's wait until after she finishes work, then we'll
follow her and see where she lives." Michael grins, "Hot
on the trail at long last." Fiona smiles, "Fingers crossed!"
It's nighttime. People are dancing in a smoke-filled club in
Sydney. Lights are flashing and music is playing loudly. Michael
and Fiona walk in. As they look around, Michael remarks grimly,
"Not one of your more-classy joints, is it?" Fiona comments,
"I can't see Mandy." Michael suggests, "Maybe she
hasn't started; it's still pretty early." Fiona tells him,
"I'll go and ask someone. I'll be back soon." With that,
she heads over to the bar. Michael sits down at a table. He looks
around again - and catches the eye of a middle-aged woman, smoking
a cigarette. He smiles at her. He then realises to his horror
that the woman is actually a man! Fiona joins him again. She tells
him, "She left this afternoon. She doesn't work here anymore."
Michael says quickly, "Good. Let's go." As the two of
them head out, Michael says, "Hey... this Mandy... are you
sure she's a woman? I mean a real woman?"
Fiona nods, "Yes, of course. Why?" Michael replies grimly,
"I'll tell you when we get outside!"
Sometime later, Wayne is standing in the lounge room at Dural,
exclaiming, "Quit?" Fiona and Michael are standing
by the bar. Fiona replies, "So I was told." Wayne suggests,
"Maybe she's the type of girl who gives up a job every second
day?" Fiona muses, "Could be." Wayne adds, "But
you're not going to stop looking for her?" Fiona insists,
"Oh no. I'll keep on snooping around, see what little snippets
of information I can pick up. I might even go back to the club;
see if anybody else knows her there." Wayne comments, "I
don't think that's a good idea." He clarifies quickly,
"Not tracking Mandy down, but going back to the club. The
way you described it, it sounds like a pretty nasty joint."
Michael tells him, "It is. Some very strange people
hang out there!" Wayne says, "In that case, I'll
go." Fiona replies, "Let us know if you find anything."
Wayne nods, "I will." He starts escorting Fiona and
Michael to the front door. As they head out there, Michael says,
"A word of warning: whatever you do, don't ask the girl in
the glittery dress for a dance." Wayne asks blankly, "Why
not?" Michael explains, "She might want to lead!"
With that, he and Fiona head out. Wayne closes the door behind
them and then marches over to the hallway 'phone. He picks it
up and dials a number, looking annoyed. When the call is answered,
he says, "Mick, it's Wayne Hamilton. I've got a job for you.
I want you to find someone A.S.A.P."
Caroline is sitting with Gordon and Beryl at the dining table
at Beryl's. Gordon comments to her, "It's good to see you
looking so well." Caroline smiles, "I feel
well." Beryl asks, "Did you get a good report from the
doctor?" Caroline replies, "He said I was the picture
of health." Beryl asks, "When do you get the results
of the tests?" Caroline tells her, "Tomorrow - though
I do feel in myself that everything's going to plan. I even bought
myself a maternity dress!" Gordon comments, "You're
not ready to wear that yet!" Beryl stands up and
starts clearing away dinner plates. As she does so, she asks,
"Do you want cheesecake for dessert?" Gordon smiles,
"My favourite!" Caroline, however, says, "None
for me, please, Beryl." Gordon remarks, "I thought you
were eating for two." Caroline points out, "I still
have to watch my weight." Beryl presses, "Just a little
bit?" Caroline gives in and smiles, "Oh alright!"
Beryl heads off to the kitchen, leaving Gordon to ask Caroline,
"Are you glad you decided to have the baby, now?"
Caroline says in reply, "I've got a lot to thank you for,
Gordon, haven't I?" Gordon points out, "You
made the decision." Caroline replies, "Yes,
but you made me see sense; you talked me into
it." She goes on, "You must have thought I was very
heartless, wanting to have an abortion. I was confused; angry.
Doug had left me. I felt so alone; I was scared." Gordon
asks, "And you're not now?" Caroline replies, "Just
a bit - but I'll manage. I'll never forget what you did for me,
Gordon. Beryl's very lucky to have you. You make a wonderful couple.
You're both very lucky."
A while later, Caroline is about to sit down on the couch in
her lounge room when there's a knock on the front door. She heads
out to answer it - and finds Alison standing there. Looking surprised,
Caroline says, "Hello." Alison heads inside and into
the lounge room. Caroline murmurs pointedly, "Come in..."
She then asks, "What can I do for you?" Alison replies,
"I just thought I'd pop by; say hello while I was in Melbourne."
Caroline nods, "I heard you were down - Beryl
told me." Alison muses, "Yes, the eyes and ears of the
world..." Caroline retorts, "I wouldn't say that."
Alison says quickly, "I'm sorry - I didn't mean it to come
out like that. I'm not here to cause trouble; actually, I wanted
to say how sorry I was to hear you and Doug are splitting up."
Caroline just muses, "Well, we have, so there's nothing anybody
can do about it." Alison tells her, "Try and
forget." Caroline, however, replies, "I doubt I'll be
able to do that: I'm pregnant." Alison, looking
shocked, gasps, "My God..." Caroline tells her, "I'm
not that unhappy about it." Alison, however, retorts,
"Why not? You're getting a raw deal: you marry Doug,
he takes all your money away from you, then he gets you pregnant
and shoots through. How can you be happy about it?"
Caroline says tersely, "By doing my best to think about the
baby and not the father. Anyway, he didn't shoot through because
I was pregnant; he doesn't even know." Alison presses,
"You are going to tell him?" Caroline
retorts, "No." Alison demands, "Why not? It's his
responsibility. You can sue him for maintenance. You can't let
him get away with it." Caroline sighs, "Please, Alison,
I don't want to talk about it. It's taken me long enough to pull
myself together after I found out that I was going to have
the baby. I don't want you sending me back to square one. I don't
need Doug - and I can manage quite well without going
on some man-hating rampage. I can do without your advice, so just
lay off. And while we're at it, lay off Beryl, as well. She's
my friend - and neither of us wants you poking your nose in where
it doesn't belong." Alison looks at her and asks tersely,
"Are you quite finished?" Caroline retorts, "No.
Please leave. You know where the front door is." Alison stands
up and tells her, "I wasn't planning on staying.
Frankly, I never enjoy the company of losers - especially
one who doesn't have the guts to fight back when someone's done
the dirty on her. You're a sad case, Caroline." With that,
she heads out, leaving Caroline looking annoyed.
A short time later, Beryl is talking on the 'phone in her lounge
room, saying, "I hope you told here where to go... Good for
you... Of course you're still upset. Just block out what she said."
In her lounge room, Caroline sighs, "That's easy
to say. She called me one of life's losers - and she's
right: two failed marriages, countless failed love affairs and
no money..." Beryl points out, "But you've got friends;
friends who love you. If anyone's a loser, it's
Alison - she hasn't got a friend in the world except
Charlie. She's darn lucky to have her; she's the only
one who'll put up with her." Caroline murmurs, "She
just got to me, that's all. All that negative talk...
it was the last thing I needed." Beryl declares, "Exactly.
You've got better things to do - like getting a good
night's sleep before you get those test results tomorrow morning.
Am I right?... I'm glad you agree." She then goes on, "Why
don't you go to bed right now? Have a glass of hot milk first;
it'll help you to sleep." Caroline nods, "Alright. Sorry
to have 'phoned you so late... I will. Thanks for listening. Bye."
With that, she hangs up. She has a grim expression on her face.
It's the next morning. Wayne pushes Mandy up against the wall
of a dingy corridor, holding his hand under her chin, and snarls,
"You think I wouldn't track you down? There's no way out,
Mandy. You're in - and that's all there is to it. Now,
you do as you're told. Understood?" Mandy nods at him, looking
frightened. Wayne goes on, "The first thing you do is get
your job back." Mandy starts to say, "What if they won't--"
Wayne just interrupts and snaps, "Whatever it takes, Mandy,
do it. Someone's coming looking for you and I want you
here when she does." Mandy asks, "What's her
name?" Wayne tells her, "Fiona Thompson - and you play
dumb when she starts asking questions." Mandy nods at him.
Wayne then slowly releases his grip and goes to walk away. Mandy
asks suddenly, "What's your connection with Alison Carr?"
Wayne growls, "None of your business." Mandy adds, "You
must really hate her." Wayne takes a step forward again and
says coldly, "She only has one friend left in this world.
By the time you and I are finished with her, she won't even have
Alison is talking on the 'phone in the office at Sanders Air
Charter, saying curtly, "Oh good. Do let me know
when you've decided to process the claim, will you? Good."
With that, she slams the 'phone down and curses, "Insurance
companies. Come the revolution, they'll be the first to go."
Gordon, who's working at the desk behind her, comments, "I
don't know why you're getting so upset." Alison retorts,
"I want some action. They're 'reviewing' the claim,
they said." Gordon remarks, "That's the standard practice
with all insurance offices. Besides, it takes time; I
don't imagine ours is the only claim sitting on their
desk." Alison sighs, "Oh I suppose so. There's no point
in getting impatient; it's not going to get me anywhere.
The truth of the matter is I want to get back to Sydney: there
are a couple of things up there I want to keep my eye on at the
moment." Gordon insists, "Then go, go, go! All the paperwork's
been done on the claim; I'll 'phone you as soon as there's any
word." Alison, however, tells him, "No, no, there's
too much at stake down here. I'll wait until we actually
get the money." Gordon muses, "You must be wishing you
never got involved with the airline." Alison, however,
smiles, "No. It's too much like old times, you and me working
together. I enjoy it." Gordon tells her, "I'm
pleased." Alison insists, "I mean it. You and
I have been through some bad times together, but our friendship
means something to me; certainly a lot more then money.
We'll muddle through this mess together. You'll see!"
Caroline and Beryl are walking slowly into the lounge room at
Beryl's. Caroline is saying in a sad voice, "They always
blame the mother, don't they? 'What did she want to have a baby
for at her age? She was only asking for trouble.'"
Beryl looks at her in concern and says, "Caroline... What's
happened? What trouble?" The two of them sit down
and Caroline cries, "I should never even have told anyone
I was pregnant." Beryl presses, "What happened
at the doctor's? What's the result of the tests?" Caroline
shakes her head slightly and murmurs, "It's all gone dreadfully
wrong, Beryl. It's all a terrible mistake." She then explains,
"They said that if I went ahead and had my baby, it will
be born handicapped."