inspects some of Steve's cows -- one has pink eye
but two have small carcinomas on their eyes.
Steve is still besotted with Harry and Luke is
jealous. Esme talks to Frank about Ivy Clements
standing for president of the Bowls Club. She has
organized a raffle -- 3rd prize is one year of
free meals at the club, 2nd prize is an XL
something or other (a sports car, according to
Esme), and 1st prize is an overseas holiday.
She's also organized a tournament for novice
bowlers. Terence and Rosemary butt heads over the
running of the hospital and discussion turns to a
letter she wrote (as "Mother Tongue")
to the editor of the Burrigan Examiner regarding
the editor's use of dangling participles. In this
issue of the newspaper, "Voice of the
People" has responded to her letter from
last Monday. Esme asks Frank and Rosemary to pair
up for the novice tournament (Shirl's away with
her sick mother at the Gold Coast).
Dalton has a bit of a temperature. Terence
examines Polly and thinks she's fine now. Steve
gets a letter from Anne in Melbourne. Esme asks
Harry to partner Terence in the tournament.
Phillip brings Polly in to the hospital
unconscious. Esme grows distraught over the
competition with Ivy -- Ivy has told her she'll
"bury her" after Esme tried out the
president's parking spot. Frank and Rosemary go
splits on a book of raffle tickets. Phillip
Dalton doesn't think Terence is competent and
starts looking up other doctors in the yellow
pages. His mom, Dot, thinks Polly is just acting
up a bit -- Phillip tells her he blames her for
Polly's mother leaving him. Esme tries to teach
Rosemary to bowl. Frank's been reading up and
gives her pointers, causing her to mis-bowl,
interfering with the game next to them. Rosemary
moves a ball, causing Frank to trip while
pitching -- the ball arcs through the air and
pounds the target ball into the ground.
wants to check Georgia, Anne Brennan's pet cow (a
Guernsey) for cancer (she has pink eye). Mrs.
Dalton goes to the hospital and talks to Lucy
about how Polly hasn't been well since her mother
left and Phillip and Polly moved in with Dot.
Terence thinks Polly's problem may be
psychological. Ivy talks to Frank about Esme's
accusations and Esme arrives in time to accuse
Ivy of corruption of public officials because of
a private dinner she had in the council chambers
with the very married Alf Muldoon. Ivy is
shocked. Polly arrives back in hospital via
ambulance...Dot found her blue and stiff with her
eyes rolled back in her head. Phillip accuses
Terence of not looking after her. Phillip has a
surprising degree of medical knowledge. Polly was
sick a number of times in Sydney. Matt has
determined that Georgia has an advanced case of
cancer and he wants to put her down -- Steve
insists he go ahead and try to remove the eye
instead. Polly's tests are clear so they decide
to go for a lumbar puncture.
raffle tickets are drawn by Matt. Rosemary and
Frank win first and second prizes and decide to
split them, with Rosemary taking the XL whatever
and Frank taking the trip. They find out they
have to collect their prizes from Cookie when he
returns from his trip. Polly resists the lumbar
puncture, which turns out clear anyway. Harry
puts his foot in his mouse by slagging off
Terence within Terence's hearing. Polly's CAT
scan is also normal and Dot worries that Polly
will be sent home. Rosemary and "Voice of
the People" duke it out via letters to the
editor...Rosemary later discovers that Frank is
"Voice..." and vice versa. Phillip
thinks all the hospital staff are incompetent,
especially after Terence thinks the cause of
Polly's illness is stress. He wants Polly
released. Polly loses consciousness while in the
hospital and Dot is the only one near her at the
time, putting her under suspicion.
has to intubate Polly and Phillip is frantic.
Cookie calls with the news that the airline that
was providing the trip has gone into liquidation
so the holiday is off. Frank and Rosemary bicker.
Dot talks to Lucy about Polly, asking odd
questions about how much medication is too much
for a child. Lucy passes her suspicions on to
Terence and Harry. Terence decides to do some
blood screenings and talks to Phillip about it --
Phillip tells Dot to stay away from Polly. Luke
has a cold and Frank recommends a little
theatrical license in feigning a life-or-death
illness to attract Steve's attention. Ivy has
frightened off most of Esme's entries in the
bowls tournament. In desperation, Esme employs
the "wounded soldier strategy" to
convince Frank to partner Rosemary, despite their
differences of opinion.
gathers up all the drugs in the house and takes
them to the hospital. Polly tests positive for a
veritable cocktail of drugs, including
paracetimol, promethezine, and benzo diazapine
(sp?), all obivously administered since she was
admitted to the hospital. Matt hears about Luke
being sick and thinks Luke is just goofing off --
Lucy convinces him to take some homemade lentil
soup to Luke. When he gets there, he learns that
Luke isn't really that sick and he gets angry.
The bowls tournament gets off to a bad start.
Frank and Rosemary are losing their game due to
their constant bickering. Esme recommends a drive
to knock all the opponents shot bowls (this would
win them the tournie). It's Rosemary's turn and
she makes it. At the hospital, Terence talks to
Dot about the test results and Dot breaks down in
tears and suffers an anxiety attack. He talks to
her again after she's recovered -- she wants to
show him the pills in her purse but he's already
seen them. She tells him all about Phillip, that
he's the one who's been giving Polly the pills.
He had a first wife, too, who also left him,
taking their two children with her because of his
problems. Phillip fills a syringe with medication
and attempts to inject it into Polly but is
stopped in time. He flees.
decides to fix a mirror over the fireplace, to
win Steve's favour, but instead ends up knocking
bricks out the fireplace. When he tries to
inspect the damage, the entire fireplace
frontpiece and mantel fall off. Harry arrives
just then and magnanimously offers to keep Steve
occupied at the club while Luke fixes everything.
Esme wins the election, 93 votes to Ivy's 87, and
they learn that Ivy was the winner of the 3rd
prize at the raffle. Frank goes looking for
Phillip. Terence talks to Dot about Phillip, who
was adopted by the Daltons when he was 6 years
old. He tells her he thinks Phillip is suffering
from Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy, an
psychological illness where sufferers are driven
to cause real illness in others in order to be
the centre of attention.
XL something arrives -- and it's called Simone.
They're shocked to learn it isn't a sports car at
all but is a Mexican walking fish, also known as
an axolotl. Rosemary swears vengeance on Cookie.
Dot tries to talk to Phillip at the police
station but he doesn't seem to care. Luke finally
gets everything back into place but can't resist
taking one last tap with the hammer, causing more
bricks to fall out. Rosemary brings Simone to the
hospital and vows to something nasty to Cookie.