It's evening-time. Gordon walks into the lounge room at Beryl's
as Beryl sits with Robert next to her on the couch, reading him
a story: "'Then instead of scolding Thumper, the
mother rabbit beamed with pleasure. And as she took her little
son home, she vowed she would never again scold him for thumping
too much. All of the birds and animals of the forest agreed with
her, and now Thumper thumps whenever and wherever he likes!'"
She gives Robert a kiss and asks, "You like that story?"
Gordon, standing and watching from the doorway, smiles, "I
thought it was terrific!" He then goes and picks
Robert up, adding, "Come on, young fella. Time for bed."
Turning to Beryl, he comments, "He must be wondering who
I am these days." Beryl, however, assures him, "Oh,
I don't think so." Gordon heads off to the bedroom, saying,
"Back in a minute." Beryl calls after him, "Like
a port?" Gordon nods, "Yeah. Lovely." Beryl has
a contented smile on her face.
Wayne is standing by the bar in the lounge room at Dural, a sour
look on his face. Greg, Todd and Andy are all standing by the
hallway doors, and Greg is teasing, "How did you get away,
Andy? I thought being a dad was a full-time job!" Andy explains,
"Fiona's minding her for me. Couldn't miss out on
Todd's buck's night! Not every day you get a chance to
destroy a mate, eh?!" Todd laughs, "You're not going
to get far with me, buddy!" Andy chuckles, "You
want a bet?!" He turns towards the bar and adds, "What
do you think, Wayne? You reckon we can deliver him to Charlie
in two or three pieces?!" Wayne just murmurs, "Yeah,
we'll do our best." Andy asks in surprise, "What's wrong
with you, Wayne? I thought you'd be looking forward
to a night out on the town." Wayne just shrugs, "Getting
a bit old for that sort of thing." Todd throws his
arm around Andy's shoulder and smiles, "I'm surprised you
made it anyway, mate. Haven't you got a pile of nappies to wash?!"
At that moment, the front door opens and Sarah wanders in. She
says, "I'm glad I caught you all before you left." She
then looks at Wayne and adds warmly, "Hello." Wayne
just nods, "Hi. What are you doing over here?"
Sarah explains, "Charlie's worried about Todd. I'm to tell
you all she wants him left alone." Andy just laughs, "Fat
chance of that!" Sarah, looking at Wayne again,
adds, "And to give you the ring. You have to make sure you
put it somewhere safe." She hands Wayne a small jewellery
box. Andy then suggests brightly, "OK! Let's get the show
on the road!" The 'phone starts ringing suddenly and Wayne
says quickly, "I'll catch you all outside." Greg, Andy
and Todd head out. Sarah lingers and tells Wayne softly, "You
look after yourself now." Wayne assures her, "I will."
He then blows her a kiss and she heads out. Once he's sure he's
alone, Wayne picks up the 'phone on the bar. He says, "Wayne
Hamilton... Yeah, what have you got?" He listens and then
exclaims, "What?... A hire car? She would've left
an address... Moved? When?... Did she leave
a forwarding address?" He listens again before snarling,
"That could take months... Are you telling me there's
no chance of finding her?" He listens once more before snapping,
"Yeah, OK. Thanks a lot, Pryor." He slams the
'phone down furiously. Andy calls suddenly from the hallway, "Come
on, Wayne, we're wasting time." Wayne makes his way out to
the hallway, where Greg, Andy, Todd and Sarah are waiting for
him. As Wayne joins them, Todd chuckles, "There's only one
consolation for me tonight: that's knowing that, soon, it's going
to be Wayne's turn!" Wayne stands there, looking
less then impressed.
It's the next morning. Charlie is sitting on the couch in her
lounge room, tying a blue bow around Isabella's neck and cooing,
"My little baby's going to be the star attraction, aren't
you, darling!" Greg, who's sitting on the arm of the other
couch, muses, "I reckon Todd might take those honours!"
Charlie comments in surprise, "You could at least have said
it would be me." Greg, however, tells her, "You
haven't seen Todd's condition!" Charlie sighs, "You
didn't really get him drunk, did you?" Greg says,
"Let's put it this way, Charlie: I hope there's something
for him to lean on - apart from you!" Sarah calls
across from the corner of the room, where she's doing some ironing,
"Take no notice, Charlie - he's having you on." Charlie
murmurs, "I sincerely hope so." Greg then says, "I
hear he might not make it at all." Charlie gasps,
"Why not?" Greg tells her, "The last I
saw of him, he was tied to the fence outside the Opera House."
Charlie gasps, "Oh no..." Greg adds, "Wearing a
ball and chain..." Charlie exclaims, "What?" Greg
goes on, "And nothing else." Charlie cries in horror,
"You're joking..." A smile crosses Greg's face! Charlie
sighs, "Oh stop it! I'm bad enough as it is - and
Isabella's getting all nervous, aren't you, darling?" She
gives Isabella a loving kiss!
Todd is standing behind an ironing board in the lounge room at
Dural, ironing a shirt and saying, "Won't be long until I
have someone else doing this for me!" Wayne, who's
holding a hand to his head, wanders over to him and comments,
"You think Charlie's going to do your ironing?!"
Todd laughs, "Probably better at it than she is, anyway!"
He then puts the iron down - on the shirt - as he adds excitedly,
"I can't believe it, mate: I'm about to marry the best woman
in the world!" Wayne just mutters, "Good for you."
Todd looks at him and remarks, "You really hit it last night,
didn't you?" Wayne points out, "It was supposed to be
a buck's night." Todd laughs, "For me!"
He then adds more seriously, "But I think I can understand
how you feel. Me getting excited about getting married and all
that: it must be hard for you; I put your day with Susan
was--" Wayne interrupts suddenly and growls, "I wouldn't
talk about that." Todd says quickly, "Sorry."
Wayne sighs and says, "That's OK - it's just my nerves. Must
have caught them from you." Todd exclaims, "Me?
Nervous?!" He then looks back down at the ironing board and
realises the iron has burnt a mark on his shirt. He exclaims,
"Oh no! Look at that, will you? What am I going to do?"
Wayne mutters, "I'll get you another one from upstairs -
Beryl and Gordon are standing with Fiona in her room at the mansion.
They're wearing their wedding outfits Beryl is holding Robert
and saying to Fiona, "I thought we were going to be late
with the hold-up at the airport." Fiona smiles, "You've
all made lightning-quick changes, I must say!" Gordon comments,
"I can't believe that Charlie's actually getting married!"
Fiona points out, "She has done it before, you know,
Gordon - and more than once, too!" Gordon muses, "I
know - but a long, long time ago." He adds, "I'm very
happy for her." Beryl chips in, "She's a funny stick,
but her heart's in the right place." Fiona nods, "It
certainly is this time - she is besotted with
Todd! And he's such a nice young man. They both have a lot to
thank Wayne for." Gordon remarks, "Yes, I believe
that he had something to do with them getting back together again."
Beryl mutters coolly, "I doubt that he'd have that
much influence." Fiona, however, insists, "Oh, he's
changed, Beryl; much more than I could imagine."
Gordon comments, "Surprising to hear you say that,
Fiona." Fiona tells him, "For example, he's letting
me do what I like with this place." She indicates
the mansion. She then goes on, "We're turning it into a sort
of a haven: you know - for people who have nowhere else to go;
kids and so on who find their life in a crisis - and he's not
even worried about the money." Gordon remarks, "Really?
Well, he certainly seems to have turned over a new leaf."
Beryl comments suspiciously, "Yes... It makes you wonder
what's behind it, though, doesn't it?" The door
to the room opens suddenly and Janice comes in. She says, "Hello,
there. I just thought I'd let you know Andy and I are ready when
you are." Fiona nods, "Right, dear. Coming!" She,
Beryl, Gordon and Robert start heading out of the room. Out in
the hallway, Janice is talking to Andy, who's standing by the
front door, holding Madonna: "Now, Andy, as I was saying,
you simply must do something about having Madonna christened.
Jodie told me it's never been done. It's not right." As the
others join them, Fiona suggests to Andy, "You could get
the Minister to do it before he does the wedding."
Janice exclaims, "That's a good idea! Then I could
be there for it. I simply have to go up to Neville after
the wedding." Beryl recalls, "That's right. Congratulations,
Janice!" Gordon adds, "From me too." Janice smiles,
"Thankyou." Fiona then tells her niece, "It's important
that you're there for Madonna's big day." Andy looks
at his daughter and smiles, "It certainly is. There'd
be no show without Aunty Janice, would there, darling?" Janice
then looks at her watch and says, "Come on - Charlie will
be wondering where we are!" With that, they head
Sometime later, Sarah and Greg are standing by the french windows
in the lounge room at Charlie's. Greg is saying, "Come on,
we mustn't panic the bride. Everyone outside for drinks!"
Janice, Fiona, Andy and Madonna head outside. Beryl - carrying
Robert - and Gordon linger in the room as Sarah appeals, "Charlie,
will you please change into your dress?" Charlie
insists, "I just want to make sure Isabella looks
alright." Greg murmurs, "Anyone would think she
was getting married, the fuss you've been making!" Charlie
sighs, "I just don't know where I am!" Sarah
warns her, "You're going to be late if you don't
pull yourself together!" With that, she and Greg follow the
others outside. Beryl and Gordon go to head outside as well -
but Wayne walks in from the hallway at that moment, holding a
bouquet and saying brightly, "There you go, Charlie: flowers
for the lady--" He breaks off as he spots Gordon and Beryl
standing there. He murmurs in acknowledgement, "Dad. Beryl."
Gordon replies hesitantly, "Wayne. How are you?" Wayne
smiles, "Fine! Fine! It's a bit difficult organising this
lady!" He indicates Charlie. Charlie, however, beams, "He's
been absolutely marvellous, Gordon. You should be very
proud of him." Gordon nods, "Yes, I believe
you have something to thank him for." Charlie insists, "So
have you, darling. The way he came up with the money
for the airline when Alison couldn't help was absolutely
wonderful!" Wayne looks at her, his face dropping.
Gordon looks at his son and says, "You're behind
Seaboard Investments?" Wayne looks at Charlie and sighs,
"You said you wouldn't say anything." Charlie
replies, "Oh, I'm sorry, darling, but I think Gordon had
a right to know." Wayne turns back to his father
and insists, "I wasn't looking for thanks or anything; I
just wanted to help out, that's all." Gordon nods, "I
understand." Beryl chips in curtly, "It still doesn't
make up for what you did to Susan, Wayne." Wayne
looks at her. He then tells her coolly, "I happen to know
Susan's still alive." Beryl glances at Gordon. Charlie
looks down at the floor. Wayne realises, "You all knew too,
didn't you?" Charlie explains hesitantly, "Alison
told us - but she swore us all to secrecy." Wayne says quickly,
"I don't know why you bothered. I knew all along too. I didn't
do or say anything because I knew Susan had to lead her own
life, if that's what she wanted." Charlie turns to Beryl
and exclaims, "You see, Beryl? What did I say?" Beryl
murmurs coolly, "You do seem to have changed for the better,
Wayne. We'll have to see how long it lasts, I suppose."
Gordon puts his hand on her shoulder and smiles, "I have
a feeling it's going to." Sarah walks back in suddenly through
the french windows and says, "Excuse me - if I could interrupt...
Charlie, if you don't go and change, we'll have to put the service
off 'til tomorrow!" Charlie claps her hands to her
face and exclaims, "Oh my goodness!" She looks at her
watch and gasps, "Oh yes, look at the time! Why didn't somebody
tell me?" With that, she dashes off to her room.
Everybody else stands there with broad grins on their faces!
Out in the garden, Janice, Andy - who's holding Madonna - and
Fiona are standing with a Minister. He's asking, "Who's to
be the child's Godmother?" Andy replies, "Um..."
He then turns to his left and asks, "Fiona, would you mind?"
A look of astonishment crosses Fiona's face. She murmurs, "Andy...
are you sure? I thought Janice..." Janice
is standing there, looking sour-faced. Andy insists, "I think
it's only fair; you're the one who's going to be stuck
with helping me look after our baby while Janice is out raging!"
Janice retorts indignantly, "What are you talking about?
I don't go out raging." Andy assures her, "You will,
up with Neville!" Turning back to Fiona, he asks, "What
do you say?" Fiona nods hesitantly, "Oh... well..."
Andy turns to Janice again and sighs, "Stop looking like
that; you haven't been left out." Janice retorts, "I
wasn't." Andy tells her, "You were!"
He then turns to the Minister and says, "I'd like to have
her christened 'Madonna Janice Green'." The Minister nods
at him. Andy then looks at Fiona again and asks, "Will you
be in it?" Fiona smiles warmly, "I'd love to,
Inside, Charlie waltzes from the hallway into the lounge room,
followed by Sarah. Gordon is standing in the lounge room and he
smiles, "Charlie, you look ravishing!" Charlie
beams, "Thankyou, darling. That means a lot to me - you've
always had such impeccable taste!" The 'phone starts ringing
suddenly and Charlie comments in surprise, "I wonder who
that could be." Sarah tells her, "I'll get
it." Charlie, however, insists, "It's alright, darling
- I've got it." She goes and picks up the 'phone
and says, "Hello?" The caller is Alison, who's standing
in the public callbox near her motel. She has tears in her eyes
as she says, "Charlie? It's me. I just wanted to wish you
the very best of luck and let you know that I hadn't forgotten
about you." In her lounge room, Charlie just murmurs hesitantly,
"Oh. That's very kind of you." Alison cries, "Please,
Charlie, I do care very much about you." Charlie just says,
"Thankyou for ringing," and she hangs up. She then turns
to Gordon and shrugs, "It was a wrong number." She looks
upset, though. In the callbox, Alison leans her head against the
'phone, tears flowing freely...
Wayne and Todd are standing in the garden at Charlie's. Greg,
Janice and the other guests are standing behind them. Sarah joins
her brother and Janice a few seconds later. They then all watch
as Gordon escorts Charlie across the lawn. Charlie is holding
Isabella. They pass the assembled guests and Charlie joins Todd,
in front of the Minister. She puts Isabella down gently on the
lawn and stares into Todd's eyes, dreamily. The Minister clears
his throat and says, "Excuse me - shall we begin?" Charlie
and Todd continue staring at each other! Gordon eventually steps
in and says quietly, "Charlie..." Charlie looks at him
and then at the Minister. She mouths in realisation, "Oh!"
She hands her bridal bouquet to Sarah and then turns to the Minister
and says, "I'm terribly sorry." The Minister assures
her, "It's nice to see such devotion." Charlie beams,
"Isn't he gorgeous?!" The Minister, looking
slightly embarrassed, then begins, "We are gathered here
The door to Alison's motel room opens slowly. Alison steps inside
and throws her handbag down on one of the beds. She goes and sits
down on the other one and stares at the floor, sadly.
In the garden at Charlie's, the Minister is saying, "To
love, honour and cherish 'til death us do part." Todd repeats,
"To love, honour and cherish 'til death us do part."
Behind them, Fiona leans across to Janice and whispers, "It'll
be your turn soon, my darling." Janice whispers back, "I'll
be terrified. I can't wait!" The Minister carries on, "I
hereby take this man as my lawfully-wedded husband." Charlie
repeats, "I hereby take this man as my lawfully-wedded husband."
The Minister says, "To love, honour and cherish 'til death
us do part." Charlie recites, "To love, honour and cherish
'til death us do part." Andy wipes some dribble from Madonna's
mouth as they watch. Sarah stands staring at Wayne. Greg stands
watching his sister. The Minister nods to Wayne, who removes the
ring from his own finger and hands it to Todd. Todd places it
on Charlie's finger. She looks down at Isabella. The Minister
then says to Todd and Charlie, "I now pronounce you man and
wife." Charlie looks at Todd fondly as the Minister adds,
"You may kiss the bride." Charlie and Todd turn to each
other and start kissing passionately! There's a trickle of laughter
as the kiss continues for several seconds!
Alison is standing in her motel room, looking upset. There are
tears on her face. She sighs heavily.
Greg opens a bottle of champagne in the garden at Charlie's.
It flies everywhere, causing Fiona to exclaim humorously, "What
a waste!" Janice comments, "I don't know that Neville
would approve..." Fiona just sighs in exasperation, "Oh
In her motel room, Alison sighs heavily. She then picks up her
handbag and heads slowly out.
Charlie and Todd are kissing passionately in the marquee in Charlie's
garden. Everyone is gathered around and Andy smiles, "Take
it easy, Charlie - you'll smother him!" Charlie
and Todd pull apart and Charlie beams, "I've never been so
happy in my entire life." She then looks down at
the ground and picks up Isabella, exclaiming as she does so, "I
just realised: you've got a daddy at last, haven't you,
little darling!" Todd looks round at Wayne, who is standing
there with a broad grin on his face! A few yards away, Gordon
gives Beryl a warm hug as he says, "I do hope things will
be better between you and Wayne." Beryl tells him,
"I can't promise anything, but for your sake I'll try."
Gordon smiles, "What more could I ask?" In the centre
of the marquee, Greg hands Charlie and Todd glasses of champagne.
They clink them together, lovingly.
The door to Alison's motel room opens again and Alison heads
inside. She's carrying a pile of newspapers. She sits down on
one of the beds and turns the pages in one of the papers until
she finds what she's looking for. It's a notice reading:
'BANKRUPTCY ACT 1966. NOTICE OF MEETINGS. ALISON
CARR. Take notice that Alison Carr of Dural, Sydney, has on the
19th Day of August, 1987 signed an authority under Sub-section
(1) of Section 188 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 authorising Blogs,
Bloops and Associates of Bluesville Road Sydney to call a meeting
of her creditors (and to take control of her...'
Alison stares at it, flatly.
Someone else is also reading the bankruptcy notice. It's a guy
wearing a blue checked shirt. He stares at the notice and then
throws the newspaper in a bin. He heads across to a car, opens
the door and climbs inside. He then puts the key in the ignition,
starts the engine and drives off.
The wedding guests are all standing in the lounge room at Charlie's.
Charlie throws the wedding bouquet - and it's caught by Janice!
Charlie beams, "Congratulations, darling! I couldn't have
wished for a better catch for myself!" No one notices
as Wayne slips out through the french windows. Janice announces,
"I must go now. Bye bye, everybody." The assembled guests
murmur, "Bye! All the best! Good luck!" Charlie calls,
"Give my love to Neville." Janice and Fiona head out
into the hallway. As Janice goes to open the front door, Fiona
stops her and says, "Janice..." Janice turns to her.
Fiona gives her a loving hug and tells her, "I'm going to
miss you." She then adds quickly, "I wasn't going to
say that!" Janice, tears welling in her eyes, murmurs,
"Oh Aunt Fiona, I'm going to miss you too - so much... But
I'll be back." Fiona nods quietly, "Yes, I know."
Janice goes on, "I think the luckiest day of my life was
the day I met you. You've taught me so much." They
pull apart and Fiona puts her finger to Janice's lips. She says
with tears in her eyes, "Don't say any more. I know. I feel
exactly the same way. Have a wonderful life..." With that,
Janice turns and heads out. Fiona blows her a loving kiss...
Wayne is sitting on a small wall out in the back garden when
Sarah joins him and smiles, "Getting some fresh air?"
Wayne, who looks annoyed to see her, turns away and mutters, "Yeah."
Sarah goes on, "Charlie looked gorgeous." Wayne
nods, "Didn't she jus--" He breaks off suddenly as he
spots something in the distance. It's Susan, who's creeping along
behind some trees nearby. Wayne stares at her as Sarah smiles,
"I can't wait for the day when we're doing the same thing."
Wayne runs off suddenly and starts chasing after Susan. Sarah
calls after him in surprise, "Wayne? What's wrong?"
Greg joins them, saying, "You two better hurry: Charlie and
Todd are about to leave." Sarah has grabbed hold
of Wayne's arm. Wayne just starts pushing her away, snarling,
"Get away from me, you stupid kid. You don't mean a thing
to me, alright?" With that, he runs off. Greg stands there,
staring at Sarah, who has tears streaming down her cheeks. He
walks over to her and puts his arm around her. Sarah cries, "Did
you hear what he said?" Greg just tells her gently,
"Take it easy. I'm not surprised." Sarah, breaking down,
sobs, "He said he loved me." Greg soothes,
"Come on... we've got a mother to get to know."
With that, he starts guiding Sarah back towards the house.
The front door at Dural is flung open and Wayne pushes Susan
inside. She cries, "You're insane! You can't keep me here
against my will." Wayne just pushes her up against the wall
and snarls viciously, "I don't care what I have
to do. You're never going to leave me again." Susan's
stares at him, her eyes wide with terror.
It's evening-time. Fiona opens the front door at the mansion
to find a young man and woman standing there in the rain. She
says, "Yes?" The man replies, "We were told you
might have a room." Fiona smiles, "Oh yes, come on in."
The young man adds, "My wife's pregnant." Fiona looks
down at the woman's bump and chuckles, "Yes, I can see that!"
A distant look appears on her face suddenly. The man asks, "What's
wrong?" Fiona tells him quickly, "Oh nothing. Nothing.
You've just taken me back a very long time..." She then adds,
"Come on - I'll show you your room."
In Melbourne, Beryl and Gordon - who's carrying Robert - head
into the kitchen at Beryl's, having just arrived home. Beryl smiles,
"Here we are!" Gordon puts Robert down on one of the
kitchen chairs as Beryl heads over to the sink and starts putting
on an apron. Gordon looks at her in surprise and asks, "What
are you doing?!" Beryl indicates some dirty cups on the side
and replies, "I hated leaving them this morning. I'm not
going to go to bed without doing them." Gordon bursts
out laughing. Beryl looks at him and asks, "What are you
laughing at?" Gordon replies, "You! You can't
help yourself, can you?" Beryl smiles warmly, "Well...
I've realised that, over the years, there is absolutely nothing
wrong with being a housewife." Gordon looks down at Robert
and says, "And mother?" Beryl nods fondly, "And
mother." Gordon walks over to her and gives her a hug as
she concludes, "I'm a very lucky woman. I have you... I have
my son... and I have my home. I couldn't ask for any more."
Gordon asks, "Would it surprise you if I said I feel exactly
the same way?" Robert calls out suddenly from the kitchen
chair, "Daddy!" Beryl and Gordon look at him. Beryl
then looks back up at Gordon and says lovingly, "Oh Gordon,
that's the first time he's called you that. I'm so happy."
Fiona is sitting in her room at the mansion, chuckling as she
watches TV. There's suddenly a knock on the door and she calls,
"Yes, come on in." The door opens and the young man
dashes in. He cries at Fiona, "It's my wife - she's got pains."
Fiona turns the TV off quickly and tells him, "You call the
doctor; the number's in the book. I'll keep an eye on her."
With that, she heads out of the room. The young man goes and picks
up the 'phone.
Alison is sitting on one of the beds in her motel room, staring
into space. There's suddenly a knock on the door. Alison looks
round sharply, but doesn't move. The person knocks again. Alison
cries out, "Go away." The catch on the door starts turning.
Alison stares at the door as it then starts to open. As she sees
who's standing there, a look of astonishment crosses her face.
It's David! He tells Alison, "I read about you in the paper.
I thought you might need some help." A smile of relief crosses
Alison's face. She stands up and goes and flings her arms around
David, giving him a loving hug. The two of them then start kissing
Wayne is standing in the lounge room at Dural, tears streaming
down his face. He's staring at the floor and murmuring, "Susan...
Susan... I'm sorry... I didn't mean it." Susan is lying on
the floor. She's dead. Wayne bends down to her and starts lifting
her towards him as he sobs, "Susan... I love you...
I love you so much..." He places his cheek against
hers and holds it there. He then places Susan gently back down
on the floor. Turning towards the bar, he goes and picks up the
'phone. He dials three digits slowly: '000'. When the call is
answered, he says tearfully, "Can you get me the police?"
The young man is sitting at the desk in Fiona's room at the mansion,
an anxious expression on his face. He hears a baby crying suddenly,
and he looks round towards the open door as Fiona comes in. She's
wiping her hands with a towel. She looks at the young man and
says to him warmly, "Well, what did you want? A boy or a
girl?" The man just blinks at her and replies, "I don't
care." Fiona says, "Good - 'cos you've got one of each."
A wistful look crosses her face as she thinks back 25 years, to
the birth of John and Angela, and concludes, "Twins..."