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1986 Episode Synopses

357/358 -- "Friends for Life"
A friend of Kelly's from the city comes to stay. Cookie and Kelly think up a fund-raising idea for the Club and decide on a darts match. Shirley asks Ben to hypnotise her, but it backfires and he hypnotises Esme instead! Matron Sloan and Shirley are set to challenge each other in the darts tournament. Kelly is worried about her friend when she appears to be giving up on life.>

359/360 -- "Illusions"
Terence is surprised when his son Christopher (or CK as he prefers to be called) arrives earlier than expected. A young couple struggling to make a living have trouble coping when tragedy strikes the family. Simon worries that Shirley may be getting too involved in other people's problems. It appears that Kelly has a young admirer who is prone to writing her poetry. Bob wonders why Matron Sloan is being so forgetful.

361/362 -- "The Luck of the Game"
Terence has the Valley wondering why he's making frequent visits to Burrigan. Judy plans to do some match-making -- with herself when she sets her sights on the new Valley vet, Ben Green. Bob helps coach a young footballer with a promising future. Kelly arranges for a journalist friend from Sydney to come and write a review for the Club. CK mistakenly believes that Terence is going out with Kelly Shanahan.

363/364 -- "The Time of Your Life"

365/366 -- "Good Mates"
Kelly is surprised to hear that Judy believes that she and Ben are going out together. Muldoon thorws the hospital staff into turmoil when he alerts them of the impending arrival of the hospital inspectors. Simon gets depressed when he thinks that no one will miss him after he leaves the Valley. A simple boy runs away when he thinks his friends are making fun of him. Simon's friends gather to bid him farewell.

367/368 -- "Out of the Blue"
Kelly is shocked when her old boyfriend, Trent, arrives back on the scene and makes her an offer that's too good to refuse. Frank is suspicious of Shirley when she's never at home and he then sees her with another man. Bob and Cookie invent a mechanical scarecrow which they believe will make them a fortune. Kelly has to make a major decision on whether to stay in the Valley or go back to the city. Brendan comes up with an idea to help Frank and Shirley get their marriage back on track.

369/370 -- "Will to Win"
A young boy with cerebral palsy has difficulty relating to his foster parents. Ben has chicken pox andis admitted to hospital, leaving Kelly to look after all of his animals. Bob and Cookie are descperately trying to gather botes to be elected onto the Rotex Committee. Judy enjoys her nursing duties when the patient under her care is Ben Green. The hospital staff are thrown into disarray every time the fire alarm goes off accidentally.

371/372 -- "Fighting Back"
Tensions between Bob and Cookie reach boiling point so Cookie moves out. A woman with only six months to live decides to keep the truth from her husband. Kelly is thirlled when she receives an order for fifty litres of home-made ice cream. Cookie is furious when Bob crashes into Esme's taxi and refuses to pay for the damages. Shirley is delighted when she is accepted for Help Line.

373/374 -- "Calm Before the Storm"
Ben thinks he's a failure when the farmers of the district fall asleep during his speech. Brendan gets caught in a storm while he is out on a fishing trip with the hospital patients and school children. Cookie has a horrific accident and the doctors battle to save his life. Judy is worried when she has a strange phone call and hears noises outside her flat. Everything that could go wrong does go wrong for Brendan on his fishing trip.

375/376 -- "Sink or Swim"
Bob thinks of a fund-raising idea to help Cookie with his money problems. A dairy farmer is persuaded that there is an easier way to make a living. It's Wandin Valley again Burrigan in the local dance competition, with Frank and Shirley desperate to win. Brendan is frustrated when Chloe reacts badly to his new friend, Sarah Anderson. It's touch and go to save a little boy's life when he almost drowns.

377/378 -- "Covering Up"
Shirley has a nervous first night on Help Line when a caller is a ten-year-old boy afraid of being left alone. Bob plays nurse maid to Cookie when he is released from hospital. Sarah gives one of her pupils a book on sex education which lands her in trouble with the parents. Ben and Kelly are a bit worried when their new loo is going to look a bit outrageous. Bob plays a trick on Cookie to show him that he is not quite the fool Cookie thinks he is.

379/380 -- "A Matter of Conscience"
Muldoon tries to blackmail Kelly into a partnership with her ice cream business. Esme, Bob, and Cookie go to a holiday resort which was recommended by Esme. Chloe is put into hospital for observation but the staff are worried when she seems far too withdrawn. A young man has to make a decision on whether he lets someone he loves live or die. Kelly's relationship with Muldoon worsens when Ben takes it upon herself to speak on her behalf. esme gets a shock when she reaches the resort -- it is far from what she expected.

381/382 -- "Barriers"
Kelly writes a light-hearted article about the residents of Wandin Valley. Judy becomes disillusioned with nursing which concerns Terence and Matron Sloan. When Esme collects a box of items to sell at the hospital fete, she unwittingly handles stolen property. Brendan is upset when he hears that Sarah is leaving the Valley to take on a full-time teaching position elsewhere. Kelly gets a job offer as a reporter on the Burrigan Examiner.

383/384 -- "One For the Road"
Judy is put in an embarrassing situation when she forgets the combination of the hospital safe. Dr. Wood and Kell find a young boy on the side of the road who's been hit by a car. Brendan decides to go to Albury to see Sarah. Kelly's negative article on Dr. Wood causes him to resign and leaves Kelly very unpopular with the locals. Brendan and Sarah return to the Valley with some good news for their friends.

385/386 -- "Track Record"
Judy advertises for a new flatmate and finds Mr Perfect. Kelly is assigned to do a behind-the-scenes story on the Burrigan Cup. A blind girl is told she will need a new guide dog but she refuses to give up her old dog. Cookie relies on Esme’s dreams to pick the winner of the Cup. Terence and Ben help a blind girl adjust to her new dog. Kelly finds that her friends will not forget about the article she wrote on Dr. Wood as they continue to ignore her.

387/388 -- "Race, Greed, & Colour"
When a horse trainer is suspended for drugging her race horse, Kelly sets out to prove her innocence, Bob has a visit from an English solicitor who informs him that he has inherited an estate in England. A Vietnamese woman is shocked when the husband she thought was dead arrives in the Valley. A young boy disappears when he believes he is going to be taken away from his family. Kelly receives a threatening warning.

389/390 -- "Glue Factory"
Jo gets ajob with Bob Hatfield so she can help Judy save some money for the house she wants to buy. The local drunk of the Valley accuses an experienced nursing sister of mistreating the men under her care at a boarding house for homeless men. Kelly uncovers some interesting facts on the boarding house which prompt Terence and Frank to investigate. Bob and Jo help save an old horse’s life.

391/392 -- "Fighting Chance"
Ben takes the law into his own hands when he discovers that missing dogs are being used for illegal dog fighting. Terence is thrilled when he finally finds a doctor to replace Simon. Ben is saddened when he says goodbye to two of his closest friends. Dr. Alex Fraser is amused by the attention she receives at the clinic when word gets out that she’s a woman! Jo makes a decision to stay in Wandin Valley for good.

393/394 -- "In Love and War"
Ben is confused by all the attention he is receiving from the single women in town. A mother who hasn’t seen her children for four years arrives to take possession of her kids. Esme demonstrates a new cleaning product at Judy’s flat which doesn’t go as planned. Frank is forced to shoot a man in order to protect a mother and her children. Ben tells wealthy businessman Howard Weilbourne that his horse hasn’t been getting the right treatment, which impresses his sophisticated daughter Kate.

395/396 -- "Duty Bound"
Shirley’s concern for Frank grows when he refuses to talk about the shooting. Ben’s relationship with the beautiful Kate Weilbourne blossoms - despite her father’s obvious disapproval. Judy worries that the shooting has had a bad effect on Jo when she becomes very withdrawn. Alex Fraser becomes involved with a woman who doesn’t realise she suffers with rheumatoid arthritis. Frank is unsure of his future in the police force when he has to go to Police Headquarters in Sydney for an enquiry on the shooting.

397/398 -- "Black Sheep"
Judy goes to her first parent/teacher meeting and encounters an old friend. Shirley asks Terence for advice when her relationship with Frank worsens. Jo becomes suspicious of one of her teachers when he takes an interest in one of her friends. Frank gets a visit from the police psychologist when he finally admits he needs help. New teacher Peter Manning is disgusted when he hears of a colleague’s fascinations with one of his pupils.

399/400 -- "Fire"
Bob is angry at the lack of enthusiasm amongst the men of the Valley when he asks for volunteers to come forward and act as fire-fighters. Ben hears disturbing news about Kate and confronts her for an explanation. The bushflre threatens Wandin Valley. Frank fears for the safety of Ben and Kate who could both be trapped by the fire. The Valley pull together to save the Valley’s existence.

401/402 -- "From the Ashes"
Ben and Jo have a busy time caring for the animals that were in the bushflre. Shirley phones Vicky and Simon to tell them that Fatso has gone missing. Maggie Sloan finds she’s on the receiving end of a young man’s anger when he blames her for his father’s death. The Valley regulars join forces to put on a benefit concert for the fire victims of the district. Fatso finally makes his way back to the Valley.

403/404 -- "Unsung Lulluaby"
Bob is shocked to find that his young niece is pregnant. Shirley and Frank have an un expected visit from Vicky and the twins. Peter Manning takes a keen interest in Dr. Alex Fraser. Jealousy raises it’s ugly head when Jo Loveday vies for Peter’s affections. Vicky is put in a terrifying situation when baby Charlotte is abducted by a distressed young woman.

405/406 -- "The Deep End"
Peter Manning's sister Donna applies for the nursing position at the hospital. Alex impresses hospital staff when she performs her first operation. Judy and Sue Daley enter a television dating competition. Jo gets some advice from Alex on contraception. Judy makes a second appearance on ‘Dream Date” and wins a trip to the Gold Coast.

406/408 -- "Playing the Game"
Judy tries to impress her partner on the Gold Coast but makes a mess of things. Donna Manning shows great concern for the elderly patients at the hospital when they accuse the relief nurse of using bullying tactics. Judy returns from the Gold Coast with thoughts of travelling overseas. Ben and Peter get obsessed with playing war games. Shirley confirms Donna’s doubts about the relief nurse.

409/410 -- "Caterpillars and Butterflies"
Ben agrees to go to a rock concert with Donna, but mysterious things happen on the way. Dr. Wood has a car accident and is admitted to hospital for observation. A young boy who misses his mother uses Alex as a substitute. Jo convinces Judy that she should travel and see the world. Ben and Donna give Bob and Cookie a taste of their own medicine. Dr. Wood’s tests come back and the news is all bad, but Judy cheers him up when she agrees to be his nurse as they travel the world together.

411/412 -- "Listen to the Children"
Shirley organises a petition against the impending army base in Wandin Valley. Peter is very concerned about one of his pupils after he smashes up the classroom for no apparent reason. Peter’s students are angry that the elders of the Valley haven’t asked their opinion on the army base as it is their future. The Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, makes a special appearance at a rock concert to show his support to the kids of Burrigan High on their stand against nuclear bases in Wandin Valley.

413/414 -- "Ghosts"
Peter tries to help Alex find a new house, but she misses out on a golden opportunity when she refuses to return his phone calls. Jo feels that Frank is becoming too over-protective when he questions her every move. Donna plays “Ghost Busters” to help a young patient overcome his fear of monsters. Alex gets scared when her furniture appears to move and she hears strange noises in her home. Shirley plays referee when Frank and Jo have a stand-up fight. Peter offers to stay with Alex until she gets settled.

415/416 -- "Let the Sunshine In (parts 1 & 2)"
Jo gets her wires crossed when she tells everyone that Shirley is pregnant! Terence goes on a fishing weekend and finds an abused little girl who lives in the bush. Frank brings a surprise visitor home to Shirley - little Chloe Jones. Friends caution Terence on his involvement with Bethany and suggest she should be placed in an institution rather than under his care. Doris fights for her life as Ben gives her round-the-clock medical attention.

417/418 -- "Let the Sunshine In (parts 3 & 4)"
Terence sees his son, CK, while in Sydney with Bethany, but the relationship is strained. Cookie bets Bob he can’t go without a drink for one week. Alex takes charge of the clinic while Terence is away. Terence’s devotion to Bethany has Shirley and Matron Sloan very concerned when he considers leaving the Valley to be with her permanently. Alex agrees to have a house-warming party under the agreement that Donna organises it.

419/420 -- "Let the Sunshine In (Parts 5 & 6)"
Terence is in the firing line when town gossips question his motives towards Bethany. Peter is furious when Ben tells him that Alex is escorting him to the hospital ball. Bethany runs away and relives the horrors of her past. Alex considers her future in the Valley. Terence comes to terms with losing Bethany by turning to the bottle. Alex is jealous when Peter arrives at the ball with an ex-girifliend.

421/422 -- "Past Imperfect"
Donna sets out to save the Town Hall when she hears the council are going to build a shopping centre. Frank has to explain to Chloe what it means to lose a friend. Alex decides to stay in the Valley and become Terence’s partner at the clinic. Bob, Esme, Donna and Jo put themselves in jail much to Frank’s astonishment. Alex puts her medical opinions to one side when an old man explains why he should be left alone with his suffering. Peter tries to blackmail Alf Muldoon.

423/424 -- "Day After Day"
Peter and Alex try to have a romantic dinner at the club. Jo interviews the patients in the Muldoon Wing for a school movie project. An elderly woman feels she’s a nuisance while living with her daughter and son-in-law. Peter gets quite a surprise when Alex takes him on a date.

425/426 -- "Trouble Spots"
Alex embarrasses Peter when she uses him as a medical guinea pig for nurses training. One of Peter’s students threatens to jump off the top of a building. Shirley tries to find out what Muldoon is being so smug about. A young boy who feels he's an outcast from his school mates tries to kill himself Local man (and former Council toadie) Arnie Hodgekiss surprises the Valley locals when he takes a stand against Councillor Muldoon.

427/428 -- "It Isn't Catching Is It?"
Shirley is furious at Frank’s attitude towards her turning fifty. Peter is worried that Donna is becoming involved with a con-artist. A shy man with facial deformities is admitted to hospital. Frank can’t understand Shirley's negative reaction to her surprise birthday party. Terence worries that Alex is forgetting one of her patient’s feelings when she asks to do further studies on his condition. Shirley moves out of home.

429/430 -- "Price You Pay"
Shirley refuses to move back home and accepts an offer to live with Maggie Sloan. A woman unable to get pregnant decides to find a surrogate mother. Donna takes a horse near to death from starvation under her care. The practical realities of using a surrogate mother cause nightmares for the people involved. Donna is left semi-conscious with only Jo to help her after she is kicked in the head by the horse she was helping.

431/432 -- "A Questions of Attitude"
Terence is lost for words when his ex-wife Rowena and son CK arrive at the clinic without warning. A drunken driver causes a car accident involving one of the hospital staff. Matron Sloan reprimands Donna for avoiding her nursing duties with one her the patients. CK tries devious means to bring Terence and Rowena together. Donna learns the hard way that when it comes to animals you sometimes have to be cruel to be kind. Shirley decides it’s time to move back home.

433/434 -- "The Things You Learn"
When Rowena declares that she is broke CK decides to quit school and join the work force. Peter becomes disillusioned when Alex pays no attention to his advances. Terence causes an argument with Rowena when he blames her for CK wanting to quit school. Alex and Peter help a man come to terms with being illiterate and proves it is never too late to learn. Matron Sloan devises a plan to show CK that being a member of the work force isn’t as glamorous as he believes.

435/436 -- "Playing House"
Alex worries about a young couple’s ability to cope with parenthood. When Bob states that city people can’t find their way around the bush, Ben decides to take up the challenge. Terence is confused by the emotions he’s feeling towards Rowena. The strain of nursing a new born baby takes its toll on a young mother. Romance blossoms in the Elliott household when Terence and Rowena realise the attraction for each other is still very much alive.

437/438 -- "Early Stages"
Esme is excited at the prospect of meeting an old friend. A man has to decide whether to give up his daughter because of ailing health. The locals decide to perform a play for the benefit of the school kids. The Valley residents put on a hilarious performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as you’ve never seen before. Ben assists the medical profession when he diagnoses the illness of one of the hospital’s patients.

439/440 -- "Growing Pains"
Rowena applies for a job at the local television station. A woman who lives for her daughter’s success pays the price when she is admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion and malnutrition. Bob and Cookie venture into the perfume business. Donna and Ben’s curiosity gets the better of them when a mysterious parcel arrives for Peter. Terence and Rowena make a decision about their relationship.

441/442 -- "Out of Proportion"
A student teacher, conscious of her size, becomes the recipient of some cruel jokes by Peter’s pupils. Tensions surround the Elliott house when Rowena prepares to leave. Burrigan High prepare for a school debate against their arch rivals at Foxwood. Ben advises Terence to give CK some breathing space. Alex decides it’s time to confront Peter, but things don’t go as planned.

443/444 -- "Hidden Extras"
A young couple move into a house on a new estate and find they are in over their heads. Bob collapses after working at the housing estate but Alex is unable to determine the cause. There is tension between Alex and Matron Sloan as they battle against time to save Bob. Alex has to make a quick decision, one that Matron Sloan doesn’t agree with. The locals battle against Muldoon to save a young couple’s house.

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