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    Written by: Peter Pinne   Produced by: Posie Jacobs   Directed by: Brian Lennane

As Charlie and Alison arrive back at Charlie's, Charlie comments that poor Mary looked terrified. Alison snaps, "How would you be if they'd taken you in for questioning?" Charlie admits that she'd be a mess. Alison mutters that she just wishes there was something she could do; if Mary hadn't gone to see Roger again, none of this would have happened. She adds, "It's all Wayne's fault: he should have kept a closer watch on her." Looking surprised, Charlie tells her to be fair: it's impossible to keep tabs on someone 24 hours a day. She then comments, "Anyway, for someone who's professed no interest in the girl, you seem to be very concerned..." Alison snaps, "Of course I am. She is my daughter, even if she doesn't know it. I just wish I could think of a way to help." She sighs heavily.

Gordon, Barbara and Andy have arrived back at Dural. In the lounge room, Gordon is asking Wayne how the police could possibly think Mary had anything to do with it. Wayne explains that she admitted she went to see Roger. Barbara asks how long ago the police were there. Wayne replies that it was about half an hour ago. Barbara cries that they've got to do something. Wayne tells her that he's already been on to their solicitor: he's going to meet him at the police station. Gordon tells Wayne that he's coming with him, and he hands him his car keys. Barbara says she's coming too. Gordon, though, tells her that it might be better if she stays there and rings Fiona and tells her what's happening with Woombai and the will; she and Irene and Beryl do have money invested in the property and he'd like them to know what the facts are. Andy asks if they shouldn't wait and see if James turns up or not. Gordon, though, retorts bitterly, "Oh, he'll be here, sooner or later." He then tells Barbara not to worry about Mary - it's obviously some misunderstanding; they'll clear it up. He heads out.

That evening, Fiona opens the door to her flat at the boarding house to find Chris standing outside. She says a curt, "Hello." He asks if he can come in. Fiona lets him and he acknowledges Irene sitting on the couch. Fiona then asks Chris sharply, "And what can I do for you?" Chris explains, "I've been talking to Samantha. She told me about Hung running away. She thought you might be feeling a bit down." Fiona admits, "I'm worried, yes." Chris asks, "Did you turn him into the Immigration?" Fiona, though, retorts, "Come on, that's the last thing in the world I'd do. The boy ran away because he was obviously terrified of something." Chris suggests, "Probably feeling guilty. Good thing, if you ask me." Fiona, looking annoyed, asks him how he works that out. She adds, "I wouldn't be at all surprised if you had a hand in it. Did you?" Chris stands there looking sheepish before admitting, "I don't know. I might have." Fiona asks tersely, "How much is 'might have'?" Chris retorts, "I just told him he was going to be in trouble when the authorities did find out." Fiona laughs bitterly, "I can just imagine how you phrased that. You couldn't help yourself, could you? You and your stupid prejudice." Chris snaps, "It might be stupid to you, but my old man's in a mental hospital because of the Vietnamese." Irene suddenly chips in and tells them that they're not going to solve anything by arguing. Chris just snaps, "Little Hung can go to hell, for all I care." With that, he storms out. Fiona stands there and growls, "That boy is obsessed, and he's not about to have a change of heart. Sometimes, I wonder how rehabilitated he is." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and she answers it. Barbara comes on and Fiona asks her how she is and where she's calling from. Barbara replies, "From Dural - we had to come home. I'm afraid there's a slight problem about Woombai." Fiona asks, "Why? What's wrong?"

Alison is sitting on the couch at Charlie's. Wayne comes in with Charlie and Mary, explaining that Mary wanted to drop in there first and let them know what happened. Everyone sits down and Alison asks Mary how she is. She replies that she's OK, but she's pretty sure the police will want to talk to her again when they find Roger's body. Alison turns to Wayne and snaps, "Why did you let her go back to the apartment?" Looking astonished, Wayne asks, "Me?!" Mary, though, explains, "I went to get the photo of Patricia. I'd been thinking it over and it was dumb to give it to him. If anything had happened to her... but he was dead when I got there. I didn't do it. The door was open and I heard a noise so I just walked in and there he was. And I thought 'well who made the noise, then?' That's when I knew the killer was still there somewhere, so I just ran. I just...; I was real scared and all I could think of was what happened with my grandparents and the way Mark came after me and tried to kill me. I wasn't going to take any chances. I didn't dare say a word to anyone." Alison asks her what time she went over there. Mary replies that it must have been half-past-ten, or so; she waited until Wayne went to bed and then sneaked out. She then cries, "I wish I hadn't given him that photo in the first place; nothing would have happened." Wayne tells her gently that there's no point in getting upset now. Alison comments, "The police believe you, don't they?" Mary replies, "I think so, but I had to tell them everything about Patricia and Roger." Alison concludes, "And now they think Patricia might have killed him?" Mary murmurs, "Or I did it for her." Wayne suggests to Mary that it's time they went home. Alison asks Mary if she'll be alright. She replies that it feels better being able to talk about it. With that, she and Wayne head out. When they've gone, Alison says to Charlie, "Do you realise, the only reason Mary's in trouble is because she cared about me? I could verify her story, Charlie. I was there before her - just after ten. If I told the police that, she'd be off the hook." Charlie, though, points out, "It would also make you number one suspect." Alison sits there, looking worried.

There's a knock on the front door of Caroline's town house and Caroline goes to answer it. She finds a young man standing there and asks if she can help him. The man is Chris, and he asks if Samantha is in. Caroline replies that she isn't, and she asks Chris if he's a friend of hers. Chris introduces himself and Caroline shakes his hand smiling, "She's talked about you a lot. Come in!" He does so and she invites him to sit down. She offers him a glass of wine and he replies that he'd love one. He sits down and asks Caroline if Samantha said whether she'd be long or not. Caroline, though, tells him that she didn't. She adds that she thinks Samantha has gone to visit a girlfriend. She asks if it was important, what he wanted to speak to Samantha about. Chris, though, explains that he just wanted someone to talk to. Caroline asks, "Trouble?" Chris murmurs, "Sort of." Caroline hands him his glass of wine and, sitting down as well, asks, "Who shall we talk about? You or me?" Chris tells her, "I don't think you really want to hear about me." Caroline insists that she'd love to, but Chris mutters, "No." Caroline goes on, "If it makes you feel any better, I've had quite a lot of my own problems, too. I'd be glad not to spend the evening on my own. We can have a good old grizzle together!"

At Charlie's, Charlie is pointing out to Alison, "They'll just have to take your fingerprints and they'd know you're Patricia." Alison snaps, "Oh what does it matter? Now Roger's dead, I've got nothing to worry about." Charlie, though, points out, "You're still wanted for Luke's murder and you skipped bail on a false passport. If they charged you with Roger's murder you'd get one of those 300-year sentences." Alison snaps that she's just trying to think of a way to help Mary. Charlie tells her that going to the police isn't it. Alison snaps, "I can't turn my back on her; she is my daughter." Charlie assures her, "I know how you feel, but I think it's best if you keep a low profile at the moment. Anyway, the police haven't found the body, yet." Alison murmurs, "I suppose you're right." She then adds, "I wonder who did kill him..." Charlie murmurs, "Search me." Alison suddenly says in concern, "I've just thought. Whoever it was must have been hiding in the apartment when I was there. He would have seen me. How am I going to explain that?" Charlie points out, "You won't have to, unless they find him." Alison retorts, "They probably will, you know." Charlie suggests, "We'll worry about that when the time comes. For the moment, I'd be grateful he didn't try and kill you, too."

At Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Fiona is seeing Irene out, and Irene is commenting that she didn't know Gordon had a brother. Fiona explains that he's mentioned him a couple of times, but she knew they hadn't kept in touch. Irene remarks that it's going to make life interesting! She heads out and Fiona closes the door. Chris suddenly comes along the corridor and asks Irene if Fiona is still up. Irene replies that she is, but she doesn't think she's in the mood for another shouting match. Chris explains that he just wants to tell her that he's moving out tomorrow. He adds that he's not quite sure where he'll go, but he really doesn't want to cause any more problems. Irene asks pointedly, "That's the right thing to do, is it?" Chris replies, "I think so. If the kid comes back, I'll just start rocking the boat again. I wouldn't be able to help it." Irene tells him, "Yes you would, Chris. All it takes is a bit of willpower and a bit of intelligence. Leave it a while, eh? Wal Mackay's article comes out tomorrow; if Hung sees it, he might come back." She goes on, "I know it could be difficult to start with, but I'm sure if you took the time to get to know Hung, you'd surprise yourself." Chris mutters dubiously, "I doubt it." Irene suggests, "Do it for me? Please? Give it a go." She adds, "I don't know what you're so scared of - he's only two hands higher than a duck!" Chris mutters indignantly, "I'm not scared." Irene tells him, "Then stop running away." Chris sighs, "Alright, I'll sleep on it; see how I feel in the morning." Changing the subject, Irene asks him where he's been. He explains that he went round to see Samantha, but she wasn't home; he ended up in a lonely-hearts club with her mother. He adds, "She's a nice lady."

Wayne and Mary are sitting in the lounge room at Dural with Barbara and Andy, and Wayne is saying, "It was pretty gruelling for her." Barbara sympathises that she can imagine. Wayne adds that they took a statement, but he doesn't think it's all over. Mary insists, "I didn't do it, Mrs. Hamilton." Barbara assures her, "Of course you didn't." Mary reminds her, "There was a time when you thought I'd killed my grandparents..." Barbara, though, tells her, "Mary, I didn't know you then, but I do now, and I know you're not capable of hurting anyone." Mary thanks her. Gordon is standing by the bar, the 'phone to his ear. He hangs up and then announces to everyone that that was the solicitor. Mary asks if everything is alright, and Gordon tells her, "Oh yes, he'll represent you. He feels quite confident that when they find the body, forensics will prove you innocent." He then adds more negatively, "They found James. He's not in town yet, but he soon will be." Barbara shrugs, "Well, let's look on the bright side: he might turn out to be quite reasonable." Gordon, though, murmurs, "Wouldn't bank on it. A leopard doesn't change his spots."

The next morning, Wayne, Gordon and Barbara are eating breakfast at the living room table. Wayne asks how the solicitors tracked down James, but Gordon replies that they didn't say. Wayne mutters that it's a pity they had to be so efficient. Gordon muses, "The same thought crossed my mind. Still, he's my brother, and I can't cheat him." Barbara suggests that, if he has any decency, he'll let things stand as they are. Gordon, though, tells her that decency was never one of James's strong suits, unfortunately. Changing the subject, he asks where Mary is. Barbara explains that she looked dreadful this morning; she said she hadn't slept all night, so she told her to go back to bed. Wayne comments that she's had more than her fair share of kicks in her life; he feels sorry for her. Gordon smiles that it's good to see him being sympathetic for a change! Wayne replies, "I'm fond of Mary, that's all. She's a nice kid." With that, Gordon announces that he's off to the boarding house, as it's time he told Fiona and Irene what's happened at Woombai. He stands up and heads out. Mary is just coming downstairs in the hallway, and Gordon comments to her that Barbara said she told her to stay in bed. Mary tells him, "I was only lying there, worrying about everyone. Not just about me, but you and Barbara, as well. I hate to see you lose Woombai." Gordon smiles, "Fingers crossed we won't, mmm?" He then suggests she go and have some breakfast, and she heads into the lounge room and across to the living room table. Barbara offers her some eggs, but she replies that toast will be fine. Barbara then tells her that she thought she'd help her with her reading after breakfast. Mary smiles, "Everyone's so kind." Wayne tells her, "We care about you, Mary."

Fiona is exercising on the floor of her flat at the boarding house when she's interrupted by a knock on the door. She turns off the music she has playing loudly and goes and opens the door to find Irene and Gordon standing there. She invites them in and Irene tells Fiona that Gordon has got some news for them. Fiona asks, "Your brother?" Gordon explains that they've found him; he's been living at Quilpie. Fiona asks, "Where?" and Gordon explains that it's a opal-mining town in Queensland; apparently he's been working on the fields for years; he has a claim there. Irene suggests that maybe he's struck it rich! Gordon, though, mutters that he doesn't think so. He then goes on that, anyway, the solicitors will tell him about the will and then it's just a matter of time until they hear from him. Fiona asks, "Are we likely to?" Gordon tells her, "Knowing my brother, I'd say it's certain. Wherever there's a quid involved..." He adds that he's terribly sorry about all this. Irene assures him that it's not his fault. Gordon goes on, "I've been lying awake all night, trying to sort some way around it. It's bad enough that Barbara and I will lose everything, but I feel awful about the money you've invested in the property: that could go, too." Fiona points out that they can't be sure about that, and she suggests they just wait and see what his brother's reaction is. Gordon warns her and Irene that it's best to prepare for the worst: he is entitled to what's rightly his and the profits the property's made; the only way out of it he can think of is to sell Dural, pay James off and then hope there's enough left to repay them and Beryl. Fiona exclaims, "Oh, no, you'll bankrupt yourself if you do that. We can't let that happen." She goes on, "I 'phoned Beryl, we talked about it and we've all decided that we are not going to be bought out of our shares in Woombai." Gordon tells her, "You're being silly." Fiona, though, retorts, "No, just pragmatic." Irene adds, "The way we see it is if James doesn't claim what's his, then everything's fine, and if he does, well, too late to run for the life rafts now!" Fiona tells Gordon, "Yes, that's right. We're all in this together and that's all there is to it." Gordon looks at them both gratefully and murmurs, "All I can say is: thankyou."

Samantha emerges from her bedroom at Caroline's town house, panicking that she's going to be late again. Caroline asks her how her night out was, and she replies that it was terrific; she caught up on all the gossip! Caroline then tells her, "Chris called round to see you." Samantha mutters disinterestedly, "Oh yes?" Caroline goes on, "He's a very nice boy. You haven't talked about him much lately." Samantha agrees, "No." Caroline asks, "Why?" Samantha retorts tersely, "Frankly, I couldn't cope with his attitude towards Hung." Caroline suggests that she's being a bit unfair; if her father had fought in the Vietnam war, she thinks her attitudes would be a bit biased, too - especially if he ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Samantha, though, retorts, "I still believe I could think for myself and judge people on their own merit." Caroline pleads, "Give the boy a chance, Sam. He needs help... understanding..." She then adds that she's glad he popped round: listening to his problems took her mind off Roger. Samantha says she's got to go. Caroline asks, "What about Chris?" Samantha sighs bemusedly and gives in, saying, "Alright, I'll try and see him later today!" She heads off.

Mary is writing a word slowly in an exercise book at the bar at Dural. She writes the word 'Sensibull', but Barbara, who's sitting next to her, quickly corrects, "Not Bull. B-L-E. Sensible. B-L-E." Mary tries again and then asks Barbara if she'd rather they stopped. Barbara sighs that she's sorry; it's just that she can't concentrate. She suggests Mary carries on while she goes and does the breakfast dishes. She heads off to the kitchen. Wayne comes in from the hallway and, noticing the glum expression on Mary's face, asks what's up. Mary explains that it's Gordon and Barbara: she sort of feels she should be helping them somehow. Wayne, looking amused, assures her that they're big enough and ugly enough to look after themselves! Mary mutters glumly, "Sometimes, I think they'd be better off without me." Wayne, though, tells her, "Hey! They're very fond of you; they like having you around. So do I - the place wouldn't be the same without you." Mary smiles, "Thanks. You're one of the nicest men I've met." Wayne laughs, "I haven't heard that very often! I hope you don't change your mind!" Mary tells him, "I don't think so. I like you."

Charlie is standing in her lounge room, all dressed up and looking in the mirror as she puts on some earrings. Alison joins her and Charlie comments to her that, for someone who's had ten hours' sleep, she's looking remarkably under the weather. Alison explains that she was awake most of the night, trying to think of a way to help Mary without getting herself into trouble. She adds that she thinks she's come up with the answer. Charlie says dubiously, "If I ask what it is, am I going to regret it?" Alison starts to say, "Charlie, you and I have been friends a long time..." Charlie muses, "I'm going to regret it!" Alison goes on, "Charlie, could you go to the police and tell them you were at the apartment last night? I'll fill you in with all the details; you'll be able to tell the police everything they want to know." Charlie looks at her in astonishment and cries in shock, "I can't do that!" Alison insists, "It's the only way we can prove Roger was dead before Mary got there." Charlie, though, snaps, "No. Apart from anything else, they could think I'd murdered him." Alison tells her, "If Sally was in Mary's situation, I'd do the same for you." Charlie, though, retorts haughtily, "In the first place, I wouldn't ask you. You're very good at pulling the 'old friends' routine when you're in a spot, aren't you? But you never think of the danger to me. I'd have to lie to the police... to the courts... No, I'm not going to do it." Alison pleads, "Please, Charlie, if not for my sake, for Mary's." Charlie, though, repeats, "No. And for your information, I'm going back to Melbourne." Looking surprised, Alison asks curtly, "What for?" Charlie retorts, "To see my children and my friends." Alison sighs and admits, "Alright, alright, it was a bit too much to ask. I was at my wits' end, that's all. Please, don't leave." Charlie stands there, looking worried.

Fiona opens the door to her flat. Irene comes in, a newspaper in her hand, and tells Fiona that she thought she'd want to see it. She points out an article headlined 'Viet Boy's Terror' and Fiona reads it, saying as she does so that she hopes Hung sees it; she's so worried about him. She goes on that she had an awful dream last night: he was all alone and scared, and he kept calling out to her and she didn't know where he was. Irene puts her arms round her, comfortingly.

A while later, Andy is pushing a wheelbarrow along in the garden at the back of the boarding house. Irene joins him and asks in surprise what he's doing. Andy asks, "What does it look like?!" Irene asks where Leo is, and Andy explains that he hasn't turned up yet, so he thought he'd get out there and start doing things by himself. Irene points out that he doesn't have to do it, and she asks him humorously if it's in lieu of rent or something! Andy, though, tells her, "Don't joke. The disco business is getting pretty thin, so I've got to earn my keep somehow." Irene laughs, "I don't think Fiona and I will chuck you out just yet!" Changing the subject, Andy asks, "What's the hole over there for?" Irene, looking puzzled, asks, "What hole?" Andy tells her to come and have a look, and he pushes the barrow across the garden a few yards, to the area by the bushes where Leo had been digging previously. Irene follows him and he explains that it's covered with branches, but there's nothing in it. Irene asks how deep it is, and Andy replies that it's about three feet. He adds that it doesn't seem to be finished yet. Irene suggests that Leo could have dug it to bury some compost. Andy agrees, "Probably," and he adds that he thinks he'll start moving things into it. Irene says she'd better be getting back, and she heads off.

Chris is knocking on the door of Andy's bedsit when Samantha comes along the corridor and asks him if he's seen Irene anywhere, as she has a few patients waiting for her downstairs and she doesn't know where she is; she thought she might be in with Fiona. Chris, though, replies that she isn't. He adds that he's just come out of Fiona's: he's told her he's moving out; that's why he was looking for Andy, as he hoped he'd give him a hand shifting his gear. Samantha murmurs, "Sorry, Chris." Chris, though, tells her that there's no need to be; he's thought it over and it's for the best. Samantha asks him where he'll go, and he replies, "Back to Crossley House. I can't stay there permanently, but Sister Jean said I could have a room for a while." Samantha says, "You know I've been avoiding you lately...?" Chris tells her that he can understand why. Samantha goes on, "I know you can't change your attitude overnight, Chris - mum made me see that - but if I can help, I will." Chris says curtly, "If I said there was no way I could change, would you still go out with me?" Samantha murmurs, "That depends." Chris presses, "Yes or no?" Samantha replies that she can't honestly say. Chris snaps, "'No', in other words." Samantha cries that it's not as black and white as that. Chris, though, snaps, "From where I stand it is. The only way our relationship has got any chance of working is if I change my mind about the Vietnamese. Isn't it?" He goes to walk off, but then turns back and adds, "It's a pity you don't take after your mother just a little bit more. She mightn't agree with how I feel about Hung, but at least she can accept my point of view." With that, he storms off.

Gordon walks into Dural through the front door and heads into the lounge room. Barbara is standing behind the bar and she asks how Fiona was. Gordon replies, "She's fine and she's not going to sell: she's decided to sink or swim with us - and so have Irene and Beryl." He then asks where Mary is and Barbara tells him, "Wayne took her out for the morning." She then adds hesitantly, "The solicitor called, too. He'd like you to ring him back. He's spoken to James who is, apparently, delighted. He's been without money for years, so he's catching the first 'plane down and he'll be here this afternoon." Gordon murmurs grimly, "Well. Doesn't sound as though he's changed."

Andy is shovelling compost from the heap that Leo had created into the wheelbarrow in the garden behind the boarding house. Fiona walks out and joins him. She's holding the newspaper and asks Andy if he'd like to read it before she throws it out. Andy, though, replies that he already has. He adds that it's a nice story about Hung. Fiona agrees, "Yeah. I must ring Wally up and congratulate him. I hope it does some good." As Andy continues digging, he suddenly hits something with his shovel and finds himself unable to move the object. Fiona asks what's wrong, but Andy says he doesn't know. He pulls the shovel out of the ground and then bends down and starts using his hands to clear the earth out of the way. He begins to reveal a large white laundry bag in the ground, with some rope tied around the top. Fiona stares at it and then exclaims in horror, "There's something in there. It's a body..." Andy starts to untie the rope as Fiona cries fearfully, "It's Hung. I just know that it's Hung." Andy, though, snaps, "It's not Hung. It's too big." He adds, "Don't look if you don't want to." He finishes untying the rope to reveal who's inside. He and Fiona then both recoil in horror and Fiona cries, "Oh my God." The head revealed is Roger's...


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