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    Written by: Peter Pinne   Produced by: Posie Jacobs   Directed by: Gaye Arnold

Ginny is sitting on a bench on a footpath in the middle of a busy street in Sydney. She takes out a new diary and starts writing:

"Memoirs Volume II. You could say today is not one of my best days - but at least I've had some satisfaction in getting even with Wayne Hamilton for wrecking my bus. Had to be careful slipping the tape back: May might be old but she's still got eagle eyes. At least Wayne knows he can't push me around, though - not when I'm the one who's got the cassette. He's gonna pay - and he's gonna pay heaps..."

There's a knock on the door of Ginny's empty bus and Glen steps inside, calling, "Anyone home?" There's no answer, though. Glen takes a new ornamental teapot out of some tissue paper and places it on top of Ginny's cooker. He then notices some papers on the floor and bends down to pick them up. He stands there and reads:

"The more I get to know him, the better it becomes. I can't believe my luck in meeting a guy like Glen. Even the name has a bit of a class! Compared to him, all the other guys I've ever met have been creeps. I know it sounds too good to be true, but this guy's one in a million. He's the only one I've known who's tried to help me. He actually seems to care about me."

Glen, looking thoughtful, turns to another page and reads:

"I decided it was too risky keeping the cassette on me, so I've hidden it where this time I'm sure nobody's going to be able to find it. In fact, I think it's the last place they'd think of looking. I've put it--"

With that, the words on the page run out. Glen bends down to look for more pages - only he's interrupted by Ginny walking suddenly back in. She glares at him and snaps, "You just don't take 'no' for an answer, do you?" Glen sighs, "I came to give you this - to replace the one you broke." He hands her the teapot. Ginny snaps, "I don't want it." Glen insists, "Don't be silly. I bought it for you. It's a gift." Ginny demands, "And what do you want in return? The cassette?" Glen sighs, "There is no ulterior motive. I did it because I wanted to." Ginny mutters, "I didn't come down in the last shower." Glen retorts in exasperation, "Look, I didn't have to tell you in the first place why I got to know you - and if I hadn't, you'd be none the wiser." Ginny mutters, "I would have woken up sooner or later." Glen insists, "The reason I told you is because I like you - and I felt guilty about lying. I thought you had a right to know the truth. And anyway, we're supposed to be friends, and that's not the way you treat a friend." Ginny cries, "I want to be more than just your friend." Glen tells her, "I'm sorry, but I can't help the way I feel. I still love Susan. It would be a lot easier if I could forget her, but I can't. You don't know what it's like to have the person you love run off and marry someone else. It's pretty hard to handle. I'll tell you one thing, though: I've been a lot happier since I met you. Can't we just go on being friends?" Ginny hesitates and then says, "OK - but I'm not giving you the cassette. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is. Do you still want to hang around?" Glen smiles, "What do you think? You want to christen your new teapot?!"

The front door opens at Dural and Andy heads inside. He walks over immediately to the telephone on the hall table and dials a number. When it's answered, he says, "Listen, mate, it's Andy. What have you done with the demo tape we made the other day?... Ginny Doyle - remember, the one that couldn't hit the notes?... Oh, great. Listen, I've got a little job I want you to do for me..."

In the bus, Glen is saying to Ginny, "I have to say, this place doesn't look as good as it did." Ginny, however, tells him, "Don't worry - once I hit the big time, I'll be out like a shot." Glen asks dubiously, "Who's organising this rags-to-riches story?" Ginny replies, "Andy - and he's getting my demo mixed at the moment. Things are looking good. Mind you, I haven't actually heard it yet." Glen comments in surprise, "Why not? You should have been able to hear it as soon as you made it." Ginny tells him, "Andy didn't want me to until it was properly mixed." Glen remarks, "Sounds like you've been conned, to me. I reckon he's got no intentions of going through with it. If you really want a demo tape, I can organise it." Ginny asks eagerly, "How?" Glen explains, "We'll rent a studio. Alison will pay. She wants that tape." Ginny murmurs, "It's tempting..." Glen insists, "Anything Andy can do, Alison can do just as well. You trust me, don't you?" Ginny sighs, "Yeah - and I wish I didn't. It's my career I'm putting on the line." She then sighs and declares, "I'm an idiot, but OK."

Andy pulls up in his car outside Ginny's bus. In the bus, Ginny is saying to Glen, "It might be a dump, but I'm still going to miss it when I have to leave." They step outside and Glen closes the doors behind them. He suddenly spots Andy approaching. Ginny turns to look at Andy and says curtly, "I was going to call you later. You've come around just at the right time." Andy asks, "Yeah? What's happening?" Ginny explains, "I've changed my mind. I'm giving the tape to Glen." Looking horrified, Andy asks quickly, "Why?" Ginny retorts, "'Cos I like him - and I think he's honest, which is a lot more than I can say for you and Wayne." Andy points out curtly, "We had a deal." Ginny snaps, "We did until you started conning me on my demo and Wayne pulled my bus apart." Andy gasps, "What?" Ginny retorts, "If you offered me the world, I wouldn't give you that tape now." Andy snaps, "Wayne did not wreck your pad. I don't know who did it, but it was not Wayne." Glen sighs, "Come on..." Andy, looking frustrated, indicates Glen and tells Ginny curtly, "He's got a restraining order out against him. Yeah: Gordon Hamilton had to take it out to keep him away from Susan." Ginny turns to Glen and asks if that's true. Glen admits, "Yes - but I wasn't harassing her. I was trying to stop her from marrying Wayne. You heard the tape - you know what he did to get her to the altar. I love Susan." Andy retorts, "And she loves Wayne. You're a sore loser, mate, simple as that." He then tells Ginny, "We'll book you into a club, OK?" Ginny asks, "Which one?" Andy replies, "The one I'm opening up - that's why I went to Noosa. Wayne's going to back me: that's why I've been up there, sorting out the contract - and I would've had it with me if you hadn't have played that tape to him. You could be a featured artist." Glen pleads to Ginny, "You're crazy if you believe him. Think of the demo tape and ask yourself why you haven't seen it." Andy tells Ginny, "It's being mixed today and you'll have it tomorrow." Glen laughs incredulously, "And I suppose the day after she'll be on Countdown?" Ginny snaps suddenly, "Will you two stop it? Just leave me alone, OK?" Andy demands, "When do I get the tape?" Ginny just snaps, "I'm sick of hearing about it. Frankly, I couldn't care less what happens to it now." With that, she storms back into her bus. Andy turns and heads off to his car. Glen follows him, warning, "One thing's certain, mate: I'm going to make damn sure you don't get your hands on it." Andy, however, retorts, "Oh, I'm not finished yet, mate. Don't worry." With that, he climbs into his car, starts the engine and roars off.

A while later, there's a knock on the door of May's room at the mansion. May is inside and she calls, "It's open." Glen comes in and tells May that he feels like a bit of company. May asks him if he'd like to stay for dinner. Glen thanks her, adding, "I must admit: I don't feel like cooking tonight." May tells him to sit down. He goes to sit on the piano stool, but May says quickly, "No! Not there! It's a bit rickety - it's got a hollow bottom. It's really had its day!" Glen starts feeling the cushion cover and remarks that it must have been nice when it was new. May muses, "That was a long time ago!" Glen moves across and sits down at the table. He yawns and May comments that he looks a bit tired. Glen tells her, "I've just been over to see Ginny." May smiles, "There's a ball of energy, that one. She has loads of confidence, but oh dear, she still has an awful lot to learn. I only wish that somebody would take her in hand... otherwise, she's heading for a downfall." Glen muses, "I'm going to try..."

Ginny is sitting on the bed in her bus, writing in her diary:

"What do I do? Who do I trust? If only I had a crystal ball, it would make things so much easier. But life's not like that. What happens if I go with Andy and I really don't have the talent to be a success? I end up with no career... and more to the point, no Glen..."

It's nighttime, and Andy is talking on the 'phone in the hallway at Dural, saying, "How does it sound?" He listens and then says, "Oh good. Put it in a cab and get it over here as soon as you can, OK?" There's suddenly a knock on the front door and he hangs up. He goes and opens the door to find Ginny standing there. He lets her in and tells her that her demo tape should be there very soon. Ginny exclaims, "Fantastic!" She heads into the lounge room as Andy adds that she'll have top-billing on the opening night of his club. Ginny asks warily, "You don't think that I should wait until you actually get it going?" Andy, however, replies, "Course not. Why wait? That doesn't sound like you." Ginny admits, "I was just thinking what Glen's going to say." Andy sighs, "That guy is interested in one girl and one girl only: Susan. When she turned him down, he couldn't handle it. He thinks every woman should kill for him. What has he done for you so far, hey? Nothing. You compare that with what I've done for you. I don't like saying this, Ginny, but the choice you've got here is pretty simple: your career or Glen. Now what's it going to be?" Ginny sits there, looking worried.

Fiona is sitting with Charlie and Gordon in the lounge room at Woombai. Gordon is warming his hands at the fire and Fiona is fussing over Isabella. Gordon comments, "Goodness only knows where Janice and Owen are - they should have been back hours ago." Fiona, however, tells him, "I wouldn't worry too much - there's nothing dangerous out there. Besides, Owen's very well equipped - and he says he's an expert in the bush. If they are lost, there's very little we can do this time of night." Charlie comments that she wouldn't like to sleep out there. Fiona points out that Owen has a space blanket. She adds with a laugh, "It's not going to be the most comfortable, but they are going to be warm. Besides, it'll be a good test for him." Gordon queries, "Test?" Fiona nods, "Yes - you'll be able to find out if he really can handle the job." Gordon murmurs, "I suppose so." Charlie suggests suddenly, "Maybe Owen got Janice lost on purpose?! You know what love does to some men!" Gordon, however, tells her, "I don't think Owen is that sort, Charlie!" With that, he heads off to get some more wood for the fire. Charlie watches him go. Fiona then says to her conspiratorially, "You know, it couldn't have worked out better even if we'd planned it. One night in the bush with Owen and I am quite sure Janice will be put off for good!"

It's the next morning, and the birds are singing in the trees surrounding the clearing where Owen and Janice are sleeping. Owen emerges suddenly from beneath the space blanket and pulls it off Janice as he does so. He stands up and then sits down on the blanket and starts doing some stretching exercises. Janice stands up and groans, "I'm tired. I just want to go back to the house." She then sneezes, and snaps, "There, I've caught a chill." Owen just shrugs, "Whose fault's that? You're the one that wouldn't sleep closer to me." He then adds, "I gather you didn't enjoy our first night together?" Janice retorts, "I didn't expect to spend it in the bush." Owen points out, "Yes, well, I didn't lose the compass." Janice gasps, "You still don't think you're partly to blame?" Owen replies, "Not at all - and if I lose this job over it, I'm going to hold you responsible as well." Janice glares at him and snaps, "You're never wrong, are you?" Owen shakes his head and says, "No." Janice snaps, "I give up." She goes to march off, but catches her foot suddenly and falls over. Owen walks over to her and asks if she's alright. He checks her ankle and then declares, "You won't be walking on that." Janice cries, "I'm going to have to, aren't I. How else are we going to get away?" Owen tells her, "I'll have to carry you." With that, he bends down and starts trying to pick her up.

Fiona and Charlie are standing by the kitchen sink at Woombai. Gordon is standing by one of the worktops as Fiona asks in concern, "Where on earth could they have got to?" Gordon shrugs, "God only knows. I'm going to put some warm clothes on and drive out to the lookout." Charlie tells him that she'll come too, and she heads off to change. Isabella runs out of the room after her.

A while later, Owen and Janice arrive back at the homestead and Owen puts Janice down on the couch. She places her leg on the coffee table. Owen bends down and starts feeling her ankle. He then tells her, "It's only a bruise." At that moment, Fiona and Gordon emerge from the kitchen, Fiona saying, "I really am getting worried, Gordon. I think we ought to call the police--" She breaks off as she finds Janice and Owen in the lounge room, and she exclaims in relief, "Thank goodness you're alright!" Charlie joins them and asks, "Where have you been?!" Owen admits, "I'm afraid we got lost. Circumstances beyond my control - but I took the situation in hand and, using some basic bush techniques, I was able to get us back safe and sound." Gordon asks in surprise, "How on earth could you get lost with all the equipment you took?!" Owen starts to reply in embarrassment, "Er, well--" Janice, however, chips in quickly, "It was my fault: I lost the compass." Owen smiles quickly, "We're back in one piece, anyway - except Janice does have a very badly bruised ankle." As Fiona bends down to tend to her niece, Owen hands Gordon some sheets of paper and tells him, "I did manage to make a few maps yesterday. I have a few suggestions where the reserve might go." Gordon leads him off to the kitchen to talk. In the lounge room, Charlie is telling Janice, "We've all been so worried about you. We thought you might have got frostbite or something." Janice nods, "Yes, it wasn't warm." She then adds, "It's taught me one thing, Aunt Fiona." Fiona asks, "What's that, dear?" Janice tells her, "You were right when you said you don't really know someone until you spend a lot of time with them." Fiona and Charlie glance at each other, looking relieved.

Glen and May are walking along a street in Sydney, Glen saying, "I hardly got to sleep at all, last night, thinking about Ginny and what she's about to do. If she lets herself get conned by Andy, she's asking for trouble." May points out, "You've sounded the warning bells." Glen sighs, "He's just like Wayne: finds out what someone's weakness is, then exploits it. It really makes me sick." May stops suddenly outside a shop and looks at a hat in the window. Glen asks, "Something caught your eye?" May points at the hat and exclaims, "Isn't it gorgeous?! I simply must have it!" Glen tells her, "Then buy it. It's only $120." May's face drops as she gasps, "You're joking. I couldn't afford that." Glen suggests, "Why don't you sell something? Something you don't need - like that antique piano stool. If it can't be sat on, there's not much use keeping it, is there?" May admits, "No..." She adds longingly, "Oh, it really is a lovely hat..." Glen announces that he'd better be going. He adds that he'll see May later, and he walks off, leaving May still staring at the hat.

Ginny is pacing the lounge room floor at Dural as Andy lies back on the couch. Ginny is demanding, "Where is it, Andy?" Andy insists, "It'll be here. Trust me." Ginny retorts, "It was supposed to be here last night and it didn't turn up." Andy tells her, "It's coming, I promise. Apparently they had a bit of trouble - technical, you know? Didn't finish it 'til late." There's suddenly a knock at the front door and he smiles, "See? No sweat!" He gets up and goes to answer the door. A few moments later, he returns to the room, holding an envelope in his hand, and, removing a cassette from it, says, "One demo tape coming up." He goes to the bar, on which a tape player is resting. He puts the tape in and asks Ginny, "You ready?" Ginny sits on the couch, looking tentative. Andy presses 'Play' - and a song starts playing, the female voice in tune with the music. A look of amazement crosses Ginny's face. After a few seconds, Andy turns off the tape and asks, "What do you think?" Ginny smiles, "Unreal! It sounds great!" She tries to turn the tape player back on, but Andy blocks her way and reminds her, "We've got some business to clear up first. You see, Ginny, this tape could be your big break. I could flog it to record companies... you could appear at my club... cut a disc... It could make you a star. But I need Maria's tape - now." Ginny stands there, looking annoyed.

Glen is kneeling on the floor of Ginny's bus, scrabbling around at the sheets of paper lying there. After a few seconds, he sits back and starts reading:

"I'm sure nobody's going to be able to find it. In fact, I think it's the last place they'd think of looking. I've put it--"

The page comes to an end again and Glen scrabbles through the sheets in his hand for the continuation. He finds it and reads:

"--in the hollow-bottomed chair in May's bedsit."

A smile of relief crosses Glen's face.

May is standing in the hallway at the mansion, talking on the public 'phone, saying, "Yes, yes, it's a genuine antique... I'm not sure... I know it's very old: it has a hollow bottom... oh, yes, yes, it's in very good condition... yes... yes... Could you send someone around to pick it up? I'm afraid I don't have a car." She listens and then exclaims, "$15 pick-up fee? That's a little expensive, isn't it?" She then sighs, "Don't worry about it - I'll arrange the transport myself." With that, she hangs up. She then heads down the corridor to the door of Fiona's room, knocks on it and calls, "Alison... could I speak to you for a moment? I need some transport."

Andy is escorting Ginny to the front door at Dural, saying, "You happy?" Ginny smiles, "Yep." She then adds, "You know, it really doesn't matter anymore." Andy asks, "What?" Ginny retorts, "If you don't come through with your promise. I know I've got what it takes to make it, now - even if I have to do it on my own." She then adds, "Come on - I'll get the tape for you." With that, she opens the front door. Andy stands in the hallway, looking pleased with himself...


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