Matt comes into Boolaroo wiping his hands. He has problems with
his car. Lucy is going through her bills and Matt is giving advice and
comments about her having the most expensive wardrobe in Wandin Valley.
Cathy arrives home and asks for something to drink. The house is a
mess and there is no food or drink in the fridge. Matt and Lucy look
helpless and Cathy looks exasperated. In her office Maggie asks a nurse
to look for something that has gone missing. Terence and Cris come in talking about Esme and how great she is
at looking after the house, like getting up in the middle of the night to
prepare breakfast. Terence wants to tell Maggie about his holiday and
Maggie wants to show him about her horse. She pulls out a pile of
photographs and starts going through them, talking more to herself than to
Terence. Terence excuses himself as he understands Maggie is not listening
to him and goes off on his rounds. Maggie continues to look at the photos.
Shirley and Frank are driving towards Wandin Vally in Shirley's car and are
overtaken by a red Alfa Romeo that is being driven rather erratically. The
car has a passenger with the driver. Frank tells Shirley to chase the car
and as she pulls alongside a truck comes the other way and both the Alfa Romeo and
Shirley have to brake very hard and end up stopped at the side of
the road. All four occupants of the cars get out and go to meet each other.
Frank is furious. The man driving the Alfa is adressed by Frank but ignores
him and introduces himself to Shirley. Splendido. Frank tells him he is an
off-duty policeman and he wants the man to show him some identification and
his driving licence. The man, who is Italian, asks for Frank's ID. The man's
wife is Australian. Each show the other their documents. The stranger's
driving license is in Italian. The woman explains that his international
driving licence is at their house. They point across the field from where
they are parked. They have bought the Connolly place in Wandin Valley.
Frank asks him to bring it over to
him later on. After they leave Frank muses that the man didn't introduce
his wife and Frank says he recognises her face from somewhere.
At hospital Mr. Ronnie Bryce is bought in by
Kate Thompson, his secretary. He
is suffering from loss of breath and chest pains. He has heart problems. He
is stressed with work and asks Kate to make several phone calls for him
and is generally irritated and rude. Luke is polishing his car and Fatso
tries climbing in. Luke lifts him out. Matt and Lucy arrives in her blue
2CV. Lucy asks if Luke could check the car as it hs to go in for its test.
Luke tells her she needs 4 new tires. He says he can get them for $300 to
$400 and Lucy looks horrifed as her finances are in ruins. Luke says Lucy
can borrow his car any time. Matt asks if he can. Luke says no way and
looks insulted. At the hospital Mr. Bryce is being very awkward. He calls in
Kate and tries to
leave. Cris tells him he has a serious condition. Bryce asks for a private
room and Maggie says it is not possible. He insists and Maggie refuses to
accept responsibllity for his condition if he has to be moved. He says he
will tolerate her behaviour and to put him a private room immediately.
In a private room he is seen ringing to his office. Maggie informs him
about Bev and how he should be civil to her or he will be isolated. Kate
arrives with a fax machine and cigars. Maggie says he cannot have them.
Cris tells him he has the forerunner of serious heart problems. At the Club
Matt, Cathy, and Lucy are eating lunch and talking about costs
in general. Cathy says she will have a lot of expenses from her trip to
Kakadu. Luke comes in and asks Matt if he can get some money for having
to clean the carpets in his car after their rounds in the morning. Maggie
comes in and Matt informs her about the costs for keeping her horse. Cookie
and Bob talk to her and Maggie suddenly says the horse is for sale.
The Italian couple arrive at the Gilroys' house.
Francesco is the husband. He has
come to bring his licence to show Frank. He can't find the licence but
invites the Gilroys to dinner that evening and Frank says he has to check
with Shirley first. Francesco insists they come at eight that evening and
Frank agrees. After they leave he looks in his record collection and finds
one by Victoria Flemming. Now he recognises who the woman is.
At hospital Bryce is dictating to Kate and suddenly has heart pains. Cris
and Maggie come rushing in and tell him to keep the monitor connected. All
he does is complains about Kate's work. Back in the Club Luke tells Matt
that he is not allowed in his car again
unless he has bags on his feet. Cookie and Bob are asking for people to buy
a raffle ticket. Cookie is trying to sell the horse. Maggie and Matt didn't
realise at first.Frank comes in and meets Shirley and Terence. He informs
Victoria Flemming. Terence knows her works, too. Frank tells him that she
was booked into a season at the Metropolitan Opera in Milano but walked out
in the middle. At the Connolly place Francesco is playing the piano. He is
talking about being in small villages or in big cities. They both say they
miss several aspects of big city life. Maggie is complaining about Mr.
Bryce to Terence in her office. Bryce's own
doctor is coming the day after. Lucy comes in and asks for her pay and gets
it in a packet. Whe she hears Maggie needs extra staff she offers to work
extra but Maggie doesn't want her overworked. Finally Lucy convinces Maggie
to let her work. Shirley and Frank arrive at the old Connolly house and are
welcomed in. Frank has
his Victoria Flemming records with him for autographing. Victoria takes them out into the
kitchen. After asking what they would like to drink Francesco goes into the
kitcen to get the drinks and Victoris is upset because they know who she
is. When all are together in the living room Frank says he has all her
records but has never heard her in concert. He mentions that Terence says
she is good and Victoria is worried that others also know. Frank asks if
she could give them a concert. Francesco asks if they could be quiet about
them being there as they are on a holiday and noone knows where they are.
They need their privacy respected.
In the hospital Mr. Bryce and Kate are eating and Lucy
comes in and takes away the cigar he is smoking. It is revealed that he
is a a coal magnate. He is
rude to Kate again. Lucy asks him which charm school he went to. Says she
is going off duty soon so if there is anything he needs to tell her now.
In the Club Cookie and Bob are raffling off the horse and showing everyone
the painting of the horse. Maggie draws the winning ticket for her horse
Scarlet after telling them about how she first found the horse. Cookie
has the winning ticket. He kisses Maggie who looks
disgusted. Back at the old Connelly house Victoria and Shirley go to
and Frank and Francesco talk. Francesco asks if Terence can be trusted. He
says Victoria needs help badly. The next morning in the hospital Lucy meets
an upset nurse in corridor. The nurse
was upset by Bryce. Lucy goes into him and tells him she will have his
sheets changed. He just asks for Kate to fax to New York. Francesco arrives
at Maggie's office where Shirley is sitting. Terence arrives more or less
directly and the Italian man introduces himself as Francesco Ginnini. Asks
to talk with Terence for a few minutes. Francesco says he is heart broken
and at first Terence doesn't understand and thinks he means he has heart
problems. Francesco explains that Victoria will not sing. She stopped about
three months ago without reason and with no problems. He asks Terence to speak
to her. Matt Cookie and Bob are at Boolaroo. Matt is walking Scarlet and
gives her to
Cookie. Frank arrives and impounds the horse. He informed Cookie and Bob that
they will be summonsed for holding an illegal raffle which is considered
gambling. Lucy is talking to Kate by the coffee machine. Kate
explains that Bryce is just
letting off steam but has many good sides to him. Lucy says she can see
Kate is in love with him. She admits it. She has worked with him since she
was eighteen. He always had fears of failure and many enemies. Lucy asks
why rational women try to change monsters into angels. Cris comes then but
immediately has to rush off to Bryce's room to find him pushing the
emergency bell just to get Kate back into the room.. He is on the phone
bidding at Sothebys for an Egyptian artifact. He frantically bids $150,000
...$200,000 ...$250,000 for the object. His final bid is
$300,000 and he is getting really worked up. Cris tries to stop him but
Bryce gets frantic and then has a heart attack. Even after electric shock
treatment all fails and he dies. A voice is heard on the phone that fell on
the floor. Lucy picks it up and is informed that the bid was successful.
They all look at each other in disbelief and Kate says at least he got the
artifact he wanted.
In the Club Frank is explaining to Cookie and Bob about
what the had held an
illegal raffle. Matt is asked to look after the horse but says he doesn't
have time. Cookie explains to Frank that it was not a raffle but a
syndicate. Frank has to accept the result after Cookie tells him that they
have made all the appropriate applications. Matt tells Cookie and Bob that as
they chose him as the syndicate's vet it will cost them $150 per
week. Kate wants Bryce's body to be sent to Sydney for burial. She has to
tell his wife. Lucy asks what Kate is going to do and Kate weeps on her
shoulder. Maggie tells Lucy to take her to room 5 to lie down. She then
mutters under her breath. Men! Terence arrives at the Connolly house and is
met by Victoria. Terence explains why he is there and Victoria seems upset.
She then tells him that
there is nothing wrong with her voice. She says Francesco is dying and that
is why she stopped singing.
[Part two of this episode will come when this episode is
rebroadcast in Canada sometime in 2002. If you have this episode on tape
and would like to provide a description of part two, please email me
at email@example.com and let me know]