Beverly telling Jim that she was hoping they could all go to Adelaide and talk to Bob. Jim and Beverly arguing over having ever got married; and Todd and Katie bursting in on them, looking upset.
Jim and Beverly assure Todd and Katie that they didn't mean to upset them. Lucy arrives home from school and asks what's going on. Beverly tells her that Katie and Todd are going through a hard time. Lucy asks if she should talk to them about it. Jim suggests that she leave them alone for the time being. Jim then reveals that he has some good news for her: he's spoken to Mr. Muir and he's organising for Lucy to sit the entrance exam to Arlenwood College. Lucy flings her arms around him and exclaims that he's the greatest! She runs off to her room, leaving Jim to remark to Beverly that at least *one* of the kids is happy. He then apologises for their disagreement. He and Beverly kiss.
Helen is looking at some of Frank Darcy's paintings, commenting as she does so:
HELEN: Frank Darcy, you're going to knock their socks off!
She suddenly hears an eerie groaning coming from the fireplace. She looks over at it and murmurs:
HELEN: Who's there...?
She looks nervous.
Driveway of No. 22
Paul pulls up in his car and Lucy dashes over as he and Gail climb out. Gail asks what's happened. Lucy explains about being allowed to do the entrance exam for Arlenwood. Paul exclaims that that's fantastic – they should celebrate! He invites Lucy over for dinner that night. Gail adds that she can bring Todd and Katie. Lucy, however, says she doesn't think they'll want to come.
GAIL: Isn't it working out them staying at your place?
LUCY: It doesn't bother *me* – I'm at school most of the time – but it can't be much fun for dad and Beverly: they've hardly had a chance to be by themselves since they got married.
Gail and Paul look at each other.
Des is sitting at the table, looking at the newspaper. Eileen, looking haggard, asks:
EILEEN: Did you have a busy day at the bank today, Desmond? Lots of withdrawals and deposits and things?
DES: I told you: it was just an ordinary day.
EILEEN: So you have.
She sits down at the table. Des asks if she'd like to read the paper, but she muses that she's had enough bad news to last her a lifetime. She then tells him:
EILEEN: I've got my water. It's tablet time.
DES: Mum, you're not due for another tablet until six o'clock, and that's a good fifteen minutes away.
EILEEN: Fifteen minutes isn't going to make a lot of difference. Surely I'm the best judge of that.
DES: You know what Beverly says...
EILEEN (snaps): Beverly doesn't know how I feel. Like I said, *I‘m* the best judge of that.
DES (sigh): You can have one in fifteen minutes.
EILEEN (furious): Desmond, don't take that tone with me: I'm not one of your stupid little tellers.
DES (retorts): My tellers aren't stupid. I'm not taking any tone.
EILEEN: You're treating me like a child. Hiding my tablets from me... you should be ashamed of yourself.
Des sighs and takes a bottle of tablets out of his shirt pocket. He tells his mother that she can have one at six o'clock. The bell rings suddenly and Eileen asks Des to get it as she's not up to visitors. As he goes to the door, she quickly opens the bottle of pills, takes one and swallows it. It's Helen at the door and she asks how Eileen is. Des tells her that she's getting there slowly. Helen explains that she has an idea which might bring her out of herself.
In the kitchen, Beverly is worrying that there isn't enough food to feed everyone. Jim smiles that if she needs a kitchen hand, he's at her service! They start hugging and kissing just as Paul and Lucy come in through the back door. Paul clears his throat loudly to break them up! He then tells Jim and Beverly that he and Gail thought they could have the kids over to their place; give Jim and Beverly an evening on their own. Beverly exclaims that that would be terrific!
Helen tells Eileen that she's so glad she's feeling better. As Des serves tea, she goes on:
HELEN: I'm sure you've heard of the exhibition I'm organising of Frank Darcy's work...
DES: *I* have – Jim mentioned something about it. How's it going?
HELEN: It's fine – but it's turning into a bigger job than I imagined – it's all a bit much for one person – so I was wondering, Eileen, if you might be able to give me a hand...?
EILEEN (looking surprised): Me?
HELEN: Yes. It's just stamping and addressing invitations for the opening. It would help me enormously – I know how good you are at that sort of thing.
EILEEN (uncertainly): I don't think that I could...
DES: Go on, mum – it would be good for you.
EILEEN: Well, if you *need* someone...
HELEN: Yes, I do.
EILEEN: Could I do it from here? I really don't want to go out yet.
HELEN (smiles): That would be fine. As long as you post them off for me.
She then tells Eileen that she will have to face the world sometime – she can't keep herself locked away forever. Eileen murmurs not just yet – maybe a week or so.
Jim, Lucy, Todd and Katie walk in through the front door. Paul goes to help Gail in the kitchen, asking Lucy as he does so to make sure Todd and Katie are OK. In the kitchen, Gail asks Paul how it's going. Paul shrugs that he's never seen more- uptight kids. Gail suggests that they do everything they can to make them feel welcome. Over in the lounge room Lucy says to Todd and Katie:
LUCY: I know why you two aren't happy, but it's *different* with my family.
TODD (retorts): Didn't *sound* like it.
LUCY: One little fight doesn't mean anything.
TODD (disbelieving): Sure...
Paul walks over and announces that dinner won't be long. Gail follows him and says she hopes everybody likes Spaghetti Bolognese, because she's made a mountain of it. Katie murmurs that she's not very hungry. Gail's face drops.
As Helen heads to the front door, she tells Eileen and Des that she'll drop the invitations and things over tomorrow. There's suddenly a knock on the door. Eileen looks worried. Des opens the door to find Mrs. Mangel standing there. She comes in and says:
MRS. MANGEL: Eileen, I've just popped over to let you know that I've put our name down for bowls on Saturday.
EILEEN: Nell... I don't think I'll—
MRS. MANGEL: Nonsense! An afternoon out in the fresh air will do you the world of good.
Des encourages Eileen to go. Eileen insists that she's not up to it. Mrs. Mangel, however, insists that she won't take ‘no' for an answer. Helen turns to leave. As she does so, Mrs. Mangel comments:
MRS. MANGEL: Oh, Mrs. Daniels, we haven't seen much of you lately in Ramsay Street.
HELEN: I've been pretty busy, Nell.
MRS. MANGEL: I see. And, um, how are things at your flat?
HELEN: Oh, I'm finally getting organised.
MRS. MANGEL (sternly): You know what I mean.
HELEN (tersely): I have heard that noise again, Nell, if that's what you're driving at, and I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation.
MRS. MANGEL: There's nothing illogical about the spirit world, Mrs. Daniels.
Helen says she'll have to have more evidence before she calls in the exorcist! Mrs. Mangel chastises:
MRS. MANGEL: Don't underestimate the forces of darkness. If you ask *me*, it's *you* they're after. The formless demons are jealous of your living body.
HELEN: In that case, it should be fun. It's been quite a while since anything's been interested in *my* body!
A look of shock crosses Mrs. Mangel's face! Des bursts out laughing and Helen makes her exit. Mrs. Mangel looks at Des and tells him seriously that Helen had better watch out: the spirit world will not be made fun of...
Paul is trying to talk to Todd and Katie, but it's hard work. Lucy talks about doing experiments with acids at school today. Gail asks Todd if he's done anything like that, and Todd says he did something last year. Paul clicks his fingers suddenly, smiles and says to Todd that, being an Adelaide boy, he must be into motor racing. Todd's face lights up and he starts raving about being at the track, and the noise. Katie asks Gail for more dessert. Lucy reminds Paul that he said they could play ‘that game' after dinner. Todd asks what game she means. Lucy tells him:
LUCY: You'll love it. Paul and Gail don't stand a chance!
Mrs. Mangel asks Eileen to put the salt and pepper pots on the table. Eileen walks slowly over to the table, balancing the pots on top of each other.
MRS. MANGEL (looking puzzled): Eileen, what are you doing?
EILEEN: Nothing. Where's Desmond?
MRS. MANGEL: You know perfectly well: he's outside feeding Bouncer.
EILEEN: Feeding Bouncer to who? Whom?!
She smiles, looking woozy. Des comes in and remarks that Bouncer's got his appetite back – it's the first time he's cleaned his bowl in days.
EILEEN: What a clever dog. Buster never cleans *anything*!
Des looks at her in surprise and says.
DES: Buster's been dead for twenty years.
EILEEN: Has he? Oh well, that's life.
Des asks her if she's all right. Mrs. Mangel remarks that she's behaving very strangely. Eileen insists that she's perfectly fine. Des then looks at his watch and tells Eileen that it's time for her tablet. Eileen, however, says she doesn't need one, as she feels fine. Des smiles that that's terrific. He goes to put the tablets away, but Eileen says quickly:
EILEEN: Perhaps I'd better hang onto one in case I need it later.
Des sits down at the table with her and says he thinks that's why Bouncer's gone off his food: he's gone out in sympathy! Mrs. Mangel joins them and remarks that it's a well- known fact that animals are sensitive to such things: they pick up on all sorts of vibrations... A thoughtful look crosses her face suddenly. She then says:
MRS. MANGEL: Mr. Clarke, I know it sounds a little odd, but would you mind if I borrowed Bouncer for a little while?
MRS. MANGEL: Yes. There's something I want to test out...
Outside No. 28
A few minutes later, Mrs. Mangel is leading Bouncer down onto Ramsay Street, telling him as she does so that he's going to have his senses tested; they're going to be ghost- busters!
Jim and Beverly are sitting on the sofa, enjoying a glass of wine. They apologise to each other for fighting. Beverly explains that she didn't want the name thing to be a big deal: it makes sense to keep her maiden name, that's all. Jim says he accepts that it could be bad for business to change it. Beverly then says she still thinks they should go and see Annette and Bob – for the children's sake. Jim comments that their marriage has been deteriorating for years. Beverly just points out that Annette's her sister – she's got to do *something*. Jim nods that he'll ring Ross in the morning and organise to take the rest of the week off. Beverly says she'll call Annette right now. Before she can do so, though, the doorbell rings. Beverly opens it to find Des standing there. He asks her for a word. They sit down and Des tells her:
DES: Daph just ‘phoned. Her dad's in a pretty bad way; reckon he's only got a couple of weeks.
BEVERLY: How's Daphne handling it?
DES: As well as can be expected, I suppose. She's finding it hard coping with Jamie being there. I've offered to bring him home, but I was worried how mum might manage with a baby in the house.
BEVERLY: How *is* your mum? Have the tablets helped?
DES: Yeah, yeah, they have. She didn't take the last one – said she didn't feel like it.
BEVERLY: That's a good sign. Look, I think you're right bringing Jamie home. And it might even be good for your mum: help her take her mind off herself.
Helen opens the door of her flat to find Mrs. Mangel and Bouncer standing there. Mrs. Mangel says they were just in the neighbourhood so she thought they'd drop in! Helen apologises for the mess. Mrs. Mangel starts ‘surreptitiously' leading Bouncer around the room, knocking on the walls as she does so! Helen looks at her in amusement and says.
HELEN: Nell... is there something I can do for you?
MRS. MANGEL: Oh, nothing for *me*. It's *Eileen* I'm worried about. I'm afraid she's a long way from being herself...
She continues to look around and knock on the walls. She reaches the fireplace and Helen asks her sternly what she's doing.
MRS. MANGEL (quickly): What do you mean?
HELEN: You've been acting strangely ever since you got here.
MRS. MANGEL (laughs): I'm just a little breathless from my quick walk. Perhaps if I sit for a while, it'll settle me down...
Paul, Gail, Lucy, Todd and Katie are playing Twister. They're all having fun. There's a knock on the front door and Lucy answers it to find Jim standing there. He comes in and smiles that they look like they're enjoying themselves! He then tells everyone not to be too late home: Beverly spoke to Annette and they're all heading up to Adelaide tomorrow. Todd and Katie move out of the Twister heap, looking concerned, but Jim assures them quickly that they won't be left in Adelaide until everything is sorted out. With that, he leaves them to it and heads off. Todd and Katie mutter that they don't want to play anymore.
GAIL: Why all these long faces?
TODD: We don't want to go back.
PAUL: It'll be all right. You heard what dad said: they're not going to leave you there until everything's cleared up.
Todd and Katie don't look convinced.
Mrs. Mangel is trying to talk Helen into joining the bowling club! Helen, however, insists that her work at the gallery is running her off her feet; she's really not interested. She tries to get Mrs. Mangel to leave, but she says quickly:
MRS. MANGEL: By the way, have you heard the latest about Mr. Bishop's new venture?
HELEN: You mean as a writer? Yes.
Bouncer suddenly pads over to the fireplace and looks up the chimney. He barks. Mrs. Mangel looks at him and then at Helen and exclaims:
MRS. MANGEL: There, you see, I knew it! I *knew* it! Is *this* enough evidence for you? Bouncer can sense the spirit presence; it's just taking him a little while to warm up.
Bouncer starts whining as he peers up the chimney. Mrs. Mangel tells Helen:
MRS. MANGEL: He can detect the vibrations. There *is* something here. I can feel it too.
HELEN (looking annoyed): He'll have me kicked out if he keeps this up. Now, take him outside, Nell.
MRS. MANGEL: We are not alone...
HELEN: No, the whole *building* will be in here in a moment.
With that, Helen grabs Bouncer's lead and takes him outside. Left alone, Mrs. Mangel puts her hands to her head and commands:
MRS. MANGEL: Oh, spirit... speak to me. Spirit, *speak* to me...
She suddenly hears the eerie groaning noise that Helen heard earlier and she exclaims to herself.
MRS. MANGEL: Good heavens – it is speaking to me. Oh spirit... you know me: Nell Mangel from 32 Ramsay Street. Oh spirit... are you unhappy?
There's another groan.
MRS. MANGEL: Oh yes, I thought you must be.
She looks at the fireplace and says:
MRS. MANGEL: Spirit... I demand that you show yourself!
Nothing happens. Mrs. Mangel repeats more firmly:
MRS. MANGEL: *Show yourself.*
She then bends down and looks up the chimney. She recoils instantly, a look of fear and horror on her face...