"Follow the Leader"
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-- "For the Sake of the Child"
-- "On the Edge"
-- "Swan Song"
-- "Smooth Talking"
-- "Home Truths"
-- "Seasons Come & Seasons Go"
-- "I'll Cry If I Want To"
-- "My Way"
An old enemy of Molly's reappears in the Valley.
While Cookie is laid up in hospital, his friends take
over the running of the pub. Simon's niece is upsetting
the household. Molly starts a campaign to save the fauna
-- "Save the Last Dance for Me"
A retired ballet dancer returns to the Valley to
spend what he thinks will be his last days. Bob and
Cookie get into trouble when they buy a race horse. When
Sir Adrian Dormin sees the potential in a young dancer he
decides to continue his teaching. (Sir Robert
Helpmann guest stars)
-- "Castles in the Air"
An old nursing friend of Shirley's comes to
stay. Molly does battle with Muldoon while out
campaigning. Simon helps Vicky nurse a sick horse. Molly
gets a helping hand from Vicky and Simon to prove a point
at the council meeting.
-- "Lost and Found"
Vicky reacts angrily to the attention Simon is
paying to one of his patients. Cookie invests in some
garden gnomes and is disturbed when he discovers that
some are missing. Vicky puts herself in a dangerous
position when she helps a young boy trapped down a mine
shaft. Simon worries when Vicky fails to come home and
suggests to Frank that they organize a search party.
-- "Coming to Terms"
Molly's mother visits. Muldoon is trying to
develop some land and Molly considers selling the farm to
him. An ex-lawyer turned greenie is living in a so-called
"environmentally friendly" house and is
incurring the wrath of the Council (and Muldoon) for it.
Vicky deals with a suspected case of Anthrax. Vicky
learns that Molly has leukemia. Molly eventually joins in
the protest against Muldoon's land proposal.
-- "Do the Right Thing"
When the Burrigan Examiner refers to Wandin
Valley as a boring place to live, war is declared between
the two towns. Bob is concerned about the disinterest
Molly is showing in the fight against Burrigan. Simon
comes up the idea of a car rally between the two towns to
prove who is the best. Matron Sloan and Terence discover
some interesting gossip about Hilda Arrowsmith. Molly is
admitted to hospital when she takes a turn for the worse.
Molly is frustrated and frightened when she is
put into isolation and is not able to see her family and
friends. Molly's friends gather together to make her
dream of "Molly's Farmland" a reality. Vicky is
finding it difficult to cope with the fact that Molly has
leukemia and delays her visit to the hospital. Brendan is
excited at the prospect of having Molly home. Molly
spends her last days with her friends reminiscing and
enjoying time together.
-- "New Beginnings"
A French student vet arrives to assist Vicky in
her practice. Judy Loveday tries her hand at playing
Cupid. Matron Sloan helps Bob cope with his grief over
Molly's death in more ways than one. Vicky is put out by
all the attention the student vet receives from Simon and
-- "All It Takes"
Simon suggests to Vicky that she should employ
some help around the house. Bob believes that Matron
Sloan needs protecting and buys her a guard dog. Judy
gets a shock whilst treating one of the patients at the
-- "Lest We Forget"
Matron Sloan takes a special interest in a
stranger who applies for a job at the hospital. Fatso is
missing and Simon and Vicky are terrified when they hear
that a wombat has been shot. Simon gets some unexpected
training for the sleepless nights he can expect with the
baby. Matron Sloan tries to help a Vietnam veteran
suffering a breakdown.
Brendan arrives home from Adelaide with some
news that shocks his friends. Simon is concerned that
Vicky is working herself too hard. Shirley gets involved
with setting up a half-way house for three psychiatric
patients. Cookie experiments with Chinese cooking.
Brendan over-reacts when he can't find Chloe and believes
that one of the psychiatric patients has taken her.
-- "Waste Not Want Not"
Matron Sloan hears some pleasing news from
Brendan. Vicky tries very hard to save a sick donkey for
Chloe's sake. Old Bert Griffiths finds someone else
living in his caravan. Brendan gets some help around the
house but has no idea who the mystery cleaner is. Chloe's
gentle manner has a strong effect with a sick animal.
-- "What About Me?"
Chloe has her first day at kindergarten, where
she makes a new friend. Frank and Shirley buy Vicky and
Simon a present for the baby. Terence suspects that a
little girl with bad bruises is a case of child abuse.
Frank stumbles across an illegal game of gambling in the
An old university friend of Simon's arrives in
the Valley with his young son. Muldoon tries to convince
Terence that his aging aunt is incapable of looking after
herself. Esme and Cookie believe that they have found a
dead body when they go fishing in the dam. Pressure on
Brendan continues to increase when he tries to look after
Chloe and work at the same time.
-- "Crossed Wires"
Judy gets a surprise when her cousin Jo arrives
in the Valley. Simon causes a stir when he tells Terence
he will not be partnering him in the tennis tournament as
he has found a different partner. Communication in Wandin
Valley breaks down when Esme takes control of the
switchboard. Simon and Terence become rivals on the
-- "Walk Tall"
Terence is surprised to find out he has been
chosen to appear on a television quiz. Vicky tries to
talk to Brendan about his moody behaviour which only
makes matters worse. Matron Sloan advises Brendan to have
a holiday -- for his own protection. Bob and Cookie
challenge each other in the Burrigan High walk-a-thon.
-- "The Family Way"
Brendan surprises his friends on his return to
the Valley when he tells them he is quitting nursing and
selling the farm. Jo finds herself in Judy's bad books
again when she acquires another house pet. Pressure from
local media forces Terence into a rematch on the local
quiz show. Brendan gets himself a new job without having
to apply for the position. Vicky finally gives birth --
-- "All Things Must Change"
Brendan rents a beach house in Adelaide but soon
discovers that he isn't the only one there. Cookie and
Bob get offered some cheap mutton but don't know what to
do with it. Simon brings Vicky and the twins home to an
enthusiastic Frank and Shirley. Judy becomes a patient in
the hospital when she discovers a lump that she fears may
be cancer. Brendan talks openly to the stranger about the
loss of Molly and his difficulties coping without her.
-- "In a Good Cause"
Brendan returns to Wandin Valley and has some
news for his friends. Frank starts to make plans for his
retirement. Simon and Shirley try to persuade Terence to
try again on the quiz show. Brendan tries to help a
stroke victim regain some independence once again.
-- "Another Time, Another Place"
Terence gets conned into answering medical
questions on the quiz show and is concerned when he
thinks that one of the callers has symptoms of typhoid.
Brendan strikes a rapport with a visiting snake doctor.
Judy is worries about Jo when she is admitted to hospital
with suspected typhoid. Brendan believes he knows who the
typhoid carrier is.
-- "Breaking Point"
Esme shocks the Valley when she returns from
holiday looking like a new woman. Judy makes an extra
effort with her nursing duties in the hope that she'll
get promoted to deputy matron. Frank investigates the
selling of drugs at Burrigan High after one of the pupils
overdoses. Cookie arranges a romantic candle-lit dinner
for Esme. Matron Sloan is thrilled when she buys a new
-- "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
The good news for Cookie is that he is going to
inherit some money. The bad news is that his wife is
arriving in town. While babysitting the twins, Jo gets
trapped in the house with a snake. Cookie is nowhere to
be seen when his wife collapses and needs a life-saving
operation. Matron Sloan receives a marriage proposal from
someone she admires and cares for. Judy applies for the
deputy matron's job in a peculiar fashion.
-- "Work Experience"
Esme forces Cookie into buying a taxi with the
money he inherited. Brendan brings a young girl with
polio to the hospital after her mother deserts her. Chloe
reacts to the twins getting a lot of attention. Vicky
gets a once in a lifetime offer to work in the USA but is
unsure how Simon will react to the news. A fifty-year-old
woman gets attached to a girl who reminds her of her own
-- "Cops and Robbers"
Frank gets some help at the station and is
surprised when he finds out that it's a woman. Vicky and
Simon get a mixed reaction from family and friends on
their decision to go to the States. Suspicious
circumstances surround the robbing of the Valley's bank
when some of the money is not found. Cookie takes his
life into his hands when he agrees to give Esme some
taxi-driving lessons. Frank's off-sider has her
suspicions about who has the missing money from the bank.
-- "A Little Knowledge"
Esme practices her driving of the taxi but gets
lost in the process. terence meets a school friend of his
son C. K. and is surprised to hear of his son's antics.
Vicky hears that she must leave for the States in a
week's time. Esme goes for her taxi license with Frank.
-- "New Pastures"
Vicky gets a shock when the new vet, Ben Green,
arrives and is not what she expected. Jo gets into
trouble with Frank when she disobeys him. Frank gives
Shirley the biggest surprise of her life. Vicky finds an
unusual way of saying goodbye to her family and friends
in the Valley.
-- "Time Out"
Esme is not impressed when she meets the new
girl in town, city slicker Kelly Shanahan, though the
feeling is quite mutual. Ben moves into his new home -
Camelot - but soon discovers he's not going to be the
only one living there. Esme takes karate lessons when she
feels she needs protection whilst driving the taxi. Frank
is sent on a wild goose chase by a man who is set on
avenging his father's death. Kelly gets the wrong idea
about Simon and Brendan's living arrangements.
-- "Give a Dog a Bad Name"
Kelly and Ben have a few arguments over the
prospect of house-sharing. Matron Sloan arrives home to
find her sister and her sister's boyfriend have come to
stay. Simon is pleased when he thinks he's found a locum
to take over his half of the practice. Matron Sloan is
not impressed with her sister's boyfriend when he
continues to disrupt her household and then embarrasses
her in front of her friends. Terence meets the new locum
and is surprised to discover that he used to train him.
-- "No Love Lost"
Kelly and Cookie double-book the Club which
leads to chaos for everyone. A fifteen-year-old girl, who
was forced to take over her omther's duties, decides it's
time for a change. Brendan is furious when he is accused
of taking advantage of a lonely old lady. Esme has
trouble finding the right guard dog, much to Ben's
amusement. Kelly and Cookie are asked to write a report
to Muldoon on who's to blame for the disaster at the
Club. Will they decide to come clean or just write what
Muldoon wants to hear?