"A Part of the Family"
A family finally reunites with the Down's
Syndrome child they institutionalized six years earlier
and fight to get him allowed in the school. Muldoon is
hurt when a shoddy brick wall built by his cousin falls
on him. Molly chafes at Brendan's chauvinistic joy over
the impending birth of his fine son.
Simon and Vicky try to get used to married life.
Gabe's mother comes to bring Gabe back to Sydney. A
pretentious would-be writer struggles with his first
novel while his girlfriend copes with ulcerative colitis.
-- "It's So Easy"
-- "Once Upon a Time"
Molly interviews the oldest person in Wandin
Valley before the old lady dies; she begins daydreaming
of turn-of-the-century Wandin Valley, picturing familiar
friends and acquaintances as the vivid characters Miss
White knew so long ago.
-- "When the Bough Breaks"
An opinionated single mother and radio
personality copes with her daughter's troubles. Molly
falls from a ladder while painting and goes into labour 8
weeks early. The doctors are forced to perform an
emergency caesarian section and struggle to save both
mother and child. Despte all efforts, the baby, whom
Molly names Christopher, dies and Brendan blames Molly
because she wouldn't take it easy.
-- "A Sense of Loss"
Brendan and Molly struggle in their own separate
ways to cope with the death of their child but they move
apart from each other as they do so. Simon's "black
sheep" uncle arrives for a visit, leaving a trail of
debt behind him for Simon to clear up.
-- "On the Sheep's Back"
Molly and Brendan try to mend their marriage.
It's sheep shearing season and trouble brews when the
shearers black ban one of the local sheds. One of the
young shearers is attracted to Molly, thinking she's a
young single mom. Simon gets a job offer from Sydney.
-- "The Last Laugh"
A comic long past his heyday comes to the Valley
to perform, with tragic consequences. Molly harvests and
sells her first potato crop. The Delltones perform at the
-- "Elementary Miss Watson"
noseyness gets her in trouble when she becomes suspicious
of the odd goings on at her new neighbour's house. A man
longing to marry deals with his controlling,
wheelchair-bound mother. Simon and Vicky cope with a
stoned goat left with them by a hippy couple passing
-- "The Best Thing for Everybody"
a rather mysterious Czechosolvakian woman, takes a job as
nurse's assistant as the hospital and only Terence
guesses her secret. Young mechanic Barry Hall battles his
in-laws for custody of his daughter after he injures his
leg at work.
-- "Moment of Truth"
everyone else) speculates that Vicky is pregnant when she
presents with all the symptoms, including morning
sickness. Tania, a qualified surgeon in her own country,
is forced to operate on a car accident victim whose
carotid artery has been cut by glass from his windscreen.
The fact that Terence arrives and doesn't take over the
operation puts both of them at risk of manslaughter
charges after the man dies from his injuries.
-- "A Touch of Class"
The economic classes collide when a rich young
woman falls for a poor young man. Terence tries to fight
poor conditions in the garment industry in order to help
one of his patients. Simon and Vicky debate accepting
$40,000 from his parents for a house. Frank considers
retirement when he feels unappreciated by the town.
-- "Unemployment - Health Hazard"
Dinny, Hodge, and Philby are three unemployed
young people who come to Wandin Valley to try to get
work. Dinny is enthusiastic, thinking up all sorts of
schemes, and finally obtains employment as a nurse's aide
at the hospital by lying about her qualifications.
Philby, a qualified mechanic, is morose at his lack of
work, and after trying unsuccessfully for his 137th job
application, he steals the retrenched Des's car and kills
himself. Hodge spends most of his time asleep in the
squat, but, during a rare meal of steak at the Club
(bought with Dinny's first earnings), he overhears
Simon's mother offering Simon and Vicky $40,000 to help
buy a house. Hodge is angry at this display of wealth;
there is an argument and he is thrown out of the Club.
Later Des, who has changed his mind about "dole
bludgers" after Philby's death, persuades Bob to
employ Hodge (who is a qualified plumber). He works hard
and changes Bob's opinion about "bludgers" too.
After her lack of qualifications are discovered and she
is sacked, Dinny decides to move off looking for work
somewhere else, leaving Hodge alone. Hodge decides to
look for work in the neighbouring town. Terence angrily
tells Brendan that unemployment is a health hazard.
[this description comes from the "ACP: Quality Soap" book]
-- "A Horse of a Different Colour"
The doctors try to assemble a
new desk for Shirley. After the owner of a local stud farm dies, his caretaker worries
about his future, especially when the owner's niece comes to sell the
farm. When Molly buys a horse for cheap from the stud farm, Vicky becomes
suspicous. A horse stolen from the farm throws throws the young man who
stole him and is then fatally struck by a truck. When the horse that Molly
bought collapses, injuring Brendan, shady doping practices at the farm are
-- "Invasion of Privacy"
Shirley worries about Simon and Vicky. Terence admires a new painting he bought in Sydney.
Arnie Hodgekiss conspires with a land developer to convince a local farm owner to sell his property
while Esme stirs up gossip in town about the farmer's past, including his "missing" wife. When
the farmer is hospitalized, Frank and Vicky discover that the man's wife is still around, though housebound
by agoraphobia. Terence is surprised to learn she is the artist of his new painting. Molly
springs into action to stop the new development plans.
-- "Tug of War"
-- "Second Opinion"
-- "Hot and Cold"
-- "Breathing Space"
-- "An Axe to Grind"
Molly tries to counter Brendan's attachment to his newly
grown moustache. An Aboriginal fruit picker and his son meet the usual
prejudices, which makes the fruit picker reject his own background
and culture. After an aboriginal artefact is found on a local farmer's
property, the fruit picker is encouraged to share his background and
knowledge but can't escape his own demons. There is hope for his son's
future, though, as they leave the Valley, Joe with a crate of beer and
Dennis with an armful of books about Aboriginal culture.
-- "Repairing the Damage"
In this harrowing episode, the town struggles to cope
with the death of a teenager from sniffing solvents. The
point is really driven home when a second teenager is
hospitalized with brain damage from sniffing. Frank
decides to begin holding Blue Light Discos to give the
kids something to do. Maggie tries to find a room to rent
and ends up with Esme. Frank suffers from prostate
trouble and has to undergo surgery. Brendan's home
plumbing work inspires Molly to renovate the whole
kitchen in vivid colours.
-- "Good Intentions"
-- "So Close and Yet So Far"
-- "Splitting the Difference"
-- "Friday the 13th"
-- "The Last Picture Show"
-- "I'll Drink to That"
-- "The Hidden Trap"
-- "Close to the Bone"
-- "Leader of the Pack"
-- "Digging Up Dirt"
-- "Man's Best Friend"
-- "Taken for a Ride"
-- "A Fair Hearing"
-- "Ships in the Night"
-- "The Harder They Fall"
-- "Something Out There"
-- "Out of Bounds"
-- "All in the Line of Duty"
-- "Eighty in the Shade"
Brendan uses the new hospital bus to take
geriatric patients for a trip, but they are apathetic.
Bert, an elderly Wandin Valley resident, has been taken
into hospital for a check-up after collapsing and causing
his house to burn down. He makes fun of the geriatric
patients returning "like zombies" from the bus
trip, but is horrified when he ends up in their ward. He
leaves hospital but is refused entry at the trendy
renovated pub and returns through the rain, to be greeted
by Matron Sloan with a cup of tea. He refuses the tea and
organizes a hijack of the bus on the next trip. Brendan
is left behind as the old people break free, enjoying
themselves for the first time in year and reliving past
memories and passions. They have a picnic, but one of the
patients is taken sick; they return to the hospital, but
only after a final champagne party at the pub. [this
description comes from the "ACP: Quality Soap" book]
-- "Small Comfort"