"Rocking the Boat"
an invitation to a conference in Perth and Donna is
determined to go along - as Mrs. Ben Green. Jo goes along
with them to search for her mother. Kenny Mitchell, a
simple boy, comes down with appendicitis and finds
himself sharing a room with a bitter young man. Jo spends
her birthday in search of her mother and stakes out the
local post office. Kenny helps a patient overcome his
bitterness and gives him courage to face an uncertain
447/448 -- "Bitter Sweet"
Shirley go to America to see Vicky, Simon and the twins.
Frank is replaced by an upfront policewoman, Sgt Sally
Moore. A sales rep for a drug company tries to sell cheap
drugs to farmers in the Valley. Ron Kelly buys some, uses
them incorrectly, and threatens the Valley milk supplies.
Ben is victimised by irate farmers when he announces that
the whole milk supply of the Valley will have to be
dumped. Alex becomes godmother to young Penny Richards.
Bens surgery is vandalised.
-- "One With the Lot"
woman has a difficult decision to make when she learns
that she is pregnant and has a one-in-two chance of
having a deformed child. Kenny Mitchell gets a job at the
road-house but ends up getting into trouble with the
boss. Sally sets her sights on Ben. Kenny loses his job
at the road-house but regains it again after he saves the
-- "Caught in the Act"
There is a
burglar on the loose in Wandin Valley. Esme is among the
victims and Sally is finding it a difficult case to
solve. Donna and Jo, not wanting to see Ben get too
involved with Sally, decide to sabotage their date. Mrs.
Coote is upset by her daughters harsh reaction when
she tells her that the Major has proposed to her. Peter
decides to impress Alex by putting up a TV aerial for
her. He finally gets her alone - when they are stranded
on the roof for the night. Mrs. Coote and Major Duggan
-- "No Place For a Lady"
battens down the hatches and prepares for Big Jules
annual visit. Frank is treating Sally as if shes
incapable of handling anything other than paperwork, and
shes had enough! Donna is fed up with having to do
all the housework at Camelot and decides its time
for a role reversal, but Ben and Peter have other ideas.
Sally files an official complaint against Frank. Alex
plays cupid in an attempt to help Jules and Myrtle
Burnett solve their problems.
-- "Tall In the Saddle"
convinces Jo to audition for a television commercial.
Cowboy Hank "Lash" McCoy and his family arrive
in town to perform a Wild West show for the primary
school and Alex is rather put out by Peters
interest in one of the shows stars. Jo prepares to
make her television debut while Frank acts the part of a
nervous stage mother.
-- "Times Are A' Changing"
McPherson, an old friend of Alexs, has come to the
Valley for a break. Peter is jealous and feels he
cant compete with the hot-shot city lawyer. When
the principal decides to bring some good
old-fashioned discipline back to Burrigan High, the
students rebel and Jo organises a protest. Alex learns
that Andrew has a drug problem but has a hard time
convincing him to do something about it. Jo is elected
president of the new Student Council. Peter shows his
jealousy by giving Alex the cold shoulder treatment.
-- "Foul Play"
Jo is booked
to do a TV commercial for fresh chickens but is horrified
when she see the conditions at the farm. Who are the
mysterious Woman of the World and Man
About Town conducting a hot romance through the
personal column of the Burrigan Examiner? Matron
Arrowsmith is admitted to the hospital, much to Matron
Sloans horror. Andrew realises the quiet life is
not for him and returns to Sydney. Maggie uncovers the
identity of the Woman of the World and she
and Matron Arrowsmith reach a compromise.
-- "Hit and Run"
pity on teenage runaway Stewart Pedlar and lets him stay
at Camelot, much to Donna and Bens dismay. Jo saves
a dog from a cruel fate. Battle-lines are drawn for the
Wandin Valley versus Burrigan cricket match. ..this
isnt just a game - its war! Peter is
devastated when he realises that Stewart was just
stringing him along. The Wandin Valley batting order
collapses, can Esme save the day?
-- "Odds On"
gambler finds the temptation too hard to resist, while
Esme is also bitten by the gambling bug when Cookie
installs a new poker machine in the club. Peter is
feeling off colour and decides to take the day off work.
Jo and her friend Robyn hold a fashion parade at the
club. Peters life hangs in the balance when he
suffers a severe allergic reaction while being operated
on for a ruptured appendix and Alex realises just how
much he means to her.
-- "Lost for Words"
Alex organise a romantic weekend away in Sydney, but it
doesnt go according to plan when Alexs father
is found to be staying in the same hotel. Donna falls for
a mysterious newcomer. Terence tries to help a couple
whose marriage is falling apart due to the lack of
communication. Donna is shattered when she learns that
Matt has bone cancer. Frank is not impressed by Jos
taste in men when she brings home her new boyfriend -
Tyrone the surfie!! Alex is forced to go to England when
she hears that her grandmother is ill.
-- "Creative Play"
her nursing skills challenged and ends up resigning after
a battle with a middle-aged valium addict. Frank cannot
stand much more of Tyrone so spends as much time out of
the house as possible. When Peter catches young Penny
Richards and George McElroy in Alex's house they decide
to get back at him with the help of a magic potion. Matt
checks out of the hospital and pays Donna a visit.
Jo and Ben
visit a rundown farm and suspect that something is amiss.
Peter and Bob repair an old radio and pick up a distress
signal - from a UFO!! Matron Sloan leaves for Darwin to
spend some time with her sister and chaos breaks out when
Sue Daley is left in charge. Hilda Arrowsmith then
arrives at the Wandin Valley Hospital and announces
shes the new acting matron! The Shelley children
move in with Frank and Shirley when their mother is
admitted to hospital. Peter is longing for Alexs
-- "A Nice Girl Like You"
takes a fancy to Jo and invites her to a party at his
house, but disaster strikes when they are involved in a
car accident while on the way home. Arrowsmith sets out
to seduce Terence and ambushes him in the hospital
storeroom. Cookie and Bob can see the dollar signs
flashing before their eyes when they buy a race-horse.
Frank is determined to find out who is to blame for the
car accident that has left jo in a coma, with possible
brain damage. Peter drives down to Sydney to meet Alex at
the airport and ends up helping a damsel in distress.
-- "Home and Away"
Mason returns to work after the birth of her daughter,
but when she brings Yvette to the hospital with a broken
arm Alex suspects that Christine is guilty of child
abuse. Cookie sets out to woo Arrowsmith - much to
Esmes dismay. Jo, now on the mend, helps reunite a
family. Bob and Cookie have an argument and Cookie moves
into Camelot. Terence and Alex have a difference of
opinion over a suspected child abuse case and Alex is
forced to back down when she realises that she was
-- "Love Story"
to find the right time to pop the question to Alex but
shes busy battling a case of hayfever to notice.
Major Duggans health is failing him but refuses to
see Terence for treatment. Terence blows his stack when a
patients life is threatened due to
Arrowsmiths scheming. Spike the echidna decides to
find a soul-mate. Jo, Glen, and Darren save the Major
from drowning when he falls into the swimming hole and
Terence convinces him to have further tests.
Peter finally proposes to Alex who accepts.
-- "Best Laid Plans"
Valley residents band together to prevent the closure of
the hospital. Shirley decides to solve Franks back
problems by getting a new bed - a waterbed, and Jo is
horrified. Doris the pig goes on the wagon. Matron Sloan
arrives back in the Valley. Can she come up with a plan
to save the hospital from Arrowsmiths clutches?
Donna gets Ben to propose to her because shes never
been asked before. Maggie defeats Arrowsmith and
Councillor Muldoon when she threatens to expose some
secrets. The town throw an engagement party for Peter and
-- "My Brother's Keeper"
friend Fiona is fed-up of having to look after her little
brother Jimmy and decides to play netball as planned,
leaving Jimmy on his own. Shirley thinks shes not
giving Jo enough of her time and offers to join Jos
netball team. Esme is determined to be the first to find
out when Alex and Peter are to be married. Young Jimmy is
found dead in the lake. Fiona runs to Jo and the Gilroys
for comfort when her mother turns on her and blames her
for Jimmys death. The pressure is on Peter and Alex
to name the day.
-- "...Book By It's Cover"
allows his students to choose a book for their open-book
review, their choice causes him nothing but trouble.
Cookie organises a grand surprise, but Esme gets a
surprise of another kind. A 14-year-old girl is brought
into the hospital with an ectopic pregnancy. A diabetic
boy bluffs his way into hospital to escape his
over-protective mother. Sandys dad is far from
happy to learn that his daughter is studying
Puberty Blues at school and confronts Peter
-- "The Lie of the Land"
the new Wandin Valley ranger, has trouble coping with the
attitudes of the locals and her wilful grandfather. Peter
is disillusioned and not sure whether he wants to
continue teaching. Frank is at a loss to work out why
someone would go out of their way to get arrested. Peter
decides on a life on the land and starts working on the
Hayden farm, but Alex begins to worry about the man
shes going to marry. Cathy sets out to round up Ted
Campbells cattle, and gets some help from her
newfound friends in the Valley.
-- "Ghost of a Chance"
Alex picks up
a young pregnant hitch-hiker and blames herself when the
girl dies after she is knocked down by a truck driver. Jo
is doing a school project on old houses of the district
and uncovers the story of the Valleys haunted
house. Ben, Jo, Donna, and Bob go ghostbusting and end up
solving a 50-year-old mystery. Terence is concerned when
Alex gets too involved in the case of a newborn baby who
is going through heroin withdrawal.
-- "The Right Mix"
journalist comes to the Valley to interview Cathy for a
story on a day in the life of a ranger, but Cathy is too
busy organising the annual roo cull. Shirley is
determined to prove that she is a good cook and enters
the sponge bake-off. Alex and Peters relationship
is in deep trouble and the arrival of Peters old
school master, Walter Hopwood, doesnt help matters.
Esme is heartbroken when it looks as if she wont be
able to enter the bake-off. Walter offers Peter a
teaching position away from the Valley.
-- "Keep on Truckin'"
for Peter to make up his mind about Walter Hopwoods
job offer. The Simpson family finds it hard to cope when
their father is jailed. Matron Sloan wins a raffle but is
far from delighted with the prize. Peter tells Alex of
his decision - hes going! Its now time for
Alex to make up her mind -- does she go with Peter or
stay in the Valley? Kevin Simpson decides to take his
familys welfare into his own hands. Alex tells
Peter that she cant go with him and is staying in
the Valley. Peter says goodbye to Donna and his friends
throw him a leaving party.
-- "Nobody's Perfect"
Aunt Sally comes to visit and Donna and Cathy see a
chance to do a spot of match-making. Alex, feeling lost
without Peter, throws a party for Pennys birthday.
Bob and Cookie go in search of some frill-necked lizards.
Jack Hayden and Sally find they have plenty in common. Jo
becomes the star of a Japanese shampoo commercial.
-- "Things of Value"
Frank plans a
special present for his and Shirleys fifth wedding
anniversary. Bob and Cookie are besieged by would be
stars as word of their success as theatrical agents
spread. A former dancer pushes her ballerina daughter too
far. Jo tries to do something special for the Gilroys but
ends up getting lectured instead. An old woman loses her
will to live when her pet is killed. Cathy finds the
culprit who has been taking pot shots at the local
-- "Walking on Air (parts 1 & 2)"
Mitchell starts work at the hospital and befriends
Samantha Irving, a young girl with a crippling disease.
Frank turns the clinic into a temporary police station
when he fills in for Shirley and Alex is not amused. Bob
and Cookie advertise for a house-mate and are delighted
with the response. Jo goes to Sydney to try out for a
modelling job on Dolly magazine. Miranda Dupre moves in
with Bob and Cookie.
-- "Walking on Air (parts 3 & 4)"
a fight with her parents and moves in with Kenny
Mitchell. Terence goes on a health kick, but Alex is
concerned that hes overdoing it. Ben and Donna go
car hunting. Kenny starts making plans for his future
with Samantha. Cookie, jealous over Bob and
Mirandas growing friendship, goes walkabout.
-- "Carnival is Over"
up with a couple of old circus performers and their sick
lion. The Miranda and Bob romance is honing up and
theres more than one person involved in a little
match-making. Two circus clowns decides to do one last
show for the children at Wandin Valley Hospital. Ben
treats a wild circus animal. Terence unwittingly sets the
whole town on a health kick.
-- "Birds of Prey"
farmers are up in arms over plans to release a wedgetail
eagle in the National Park. Terence becomes the target of
a pushy publisher, but he is not the only one bitten by
the writing bug. Alex decides its time she became a
fully-fledged country girl and ropes Donna into teaching
her how to ride a horse. Its Donna to the rescue
when a farmer threatens the life of an innocent animal.
Alex is put out by all the attention Terence is paying
Jill Rice. Bob and Cookie go hunting for the long lost
bounty of a payroll robbery.
-- "Intensive Care"
Terence is in
the firing line when he transfers a brain-dead girl to
Wandin Valley Hospital in the hope that her father will
agree to turn off the life-support machine. Jo arrives
home - but shes not the girl she used to be. A
father is unable to come to terms with that fact that his
daughter is in a reversible coma. Muldoon is up to his
old tricks again with his plan for the Bi-centennial
project. The locals plan to sabotage his plans with one
of their own.
-- "Mozart Rules"
Donna organises a
surprise party for Ben to celebrate Mozarts
birthday. Alex tackles Dan Richards over his all too
frequent absences, but later ends up regretting her
actions. A serious car accident has tragic consequences
for the folk of Wandin Valley. Donna, Dan, and Penny
Richards are all victims of the accident. Cathy ends up
helping out a young intruder instead of turning her in.
Ben is inconsolable over Donnas death.
-- "Picking up the Pieces"
that there is more to the accident that meets the eye and
wont rest until he finds out who caused it. Ben
finds it difficult to cope with his feelings of loss.
Peter returns to the Valley for Donnas funeral.
Penny refuses to accept the fact that her father is dead
and Alex is at a loss at how to help her. The town pulls
together for a fundraising dance-a-thon. Ben decides the
only way he can come to terms with his grief is to leave
the Valley for a while.
-- "Down to Earth"
his vineyard up for sale but ends up regretting his
actions. Jo buys a new sports car. A locum vet arrives in
town and fails to hit it off with Cathy Hayden. Dan
Richards will has deep implications for Alex when
she is named as custodian of his daughter Penny. Jo and
Frank are at loggerheads because the Sarge is refusing to
let Jo anywhere near her new car. Pennys
grandmother Lillian arrives to take Penny back to Sydney
-- "Not Enough Cooks"
couldnt have chosen a worse day to start work at
the hospital. The nurses are understaffed and run off
their feet, the cook has quit and everyone is alarmed
about the strange noises echoing through the plumbing. A
selfish aging model checks into the hospital and learns a
few lessons about life from Jo. Muldoon causes even more
problems for the hospital when he tries his hand at
industrial relations. Terence falls victim to a bout of
food poisoning right in the eve of an operation. Tom
MacKay, the locum vet, continues to pursue Cathy Hayden.
-- "Someone to Listen"
suspects that the problems shes having with her
teenage son could be caused by more than just the
generation gap. Shirley returns from her holiday in
Queensland and Frank is a little concerned when she keeps
talking about her new friend Harry and his yacht. Jack
tries his hand at a little match-making between Cathy and
Tom MacKay. Terence tries to help a mentally ill boy, but
his efforts are in vain.
-- "A Different Breed"
farmers are angry about the abundance of wild pigs in the
National Park. They are blaming Cathy for the damage to
their crops and accusing her of not knowing how to do her
job properly. Ben returns to the Valley, but decides to
sell up and move away - the reminders of Donna are too
strong. Jack Hayden takes a turn for the worse in
hospital and Cathy finally learns the truth about his
illness. The club is black-balled and Cookie is far from
happy. Terence buys Camelot from Ben, whose friends
persuade him to stay on in Wandin Valley.
-- "Going for Broke"
A new nurse
has an unusual introduction to Wandin Valley when Jo
knocks Michael Langley off his motorbike whilst she is
learning drive. Penny arrives on Alexs doorstep
after running away from her grandparents in Sydney. Jack,
realising that he has little time left decides to take
care of some unfinished business. Michael Langley finds
himself accused of taking an unhealthy interest in a
-- "What's Love Got to Do With It"
son Cliff arrives in the Valley to see his dying father.
Pennys grandmother convinces Alex to look after
Penny for the foreseeable future. Frank has trouble with
a couple of robbers and Michael unwittingly lets one of
them go. Cliff Hayden leaves Wandin Valley without
resolving his differences with his father. Alex finds it
tough being both doctor and parent at the same time.
-- "Labour of Love"
city-trained nursing sister arrives in Wandin Valley. The
Bachelor and Spinster Ball is coming up and Jo is trying
her hardest to get Michael to ask her to it. Esme is
admitted to hospital and is convinced she is going to
die. Sister Tracey Harrison does little to help matters
either. Cathy tries to cope with the loss of Jack. The
hospital staff reassure Esme that she is not dying.
-- "Playing Possum"
believe her luck when she hires what she thinks is the
perfect farmhand, but she is in for a few surprises with
her new accident-prone employee. Shirley takes a call
from a lady in distress but cannot identify who she is.
Danno, Cathys new farmhand, goes missing.
Shirleys mysterious caller pays her a visit.
-- "The Last Straw"
A farmer and
his wife struggle to come to terms with losing their farm
and home. Jo's birthday party gives her the perfect
opportunity to make a play for Michael, but does he feel
the same way about her? A man, desperate to save his
farm, resorts to using a shotgun. Bob and Cookie fix Jo
up with a hot date.
-- "All in the Game"
fever grips Wandin Valley when the Wombats take on
Widjeera. Alex finds it hard to understand why Jill lets
her fiancé, football star Geoff Ryan, continually take
her for granted. Michael tries out for the team much to
Matron Sloans disgust. Shirley is fed up being
married to the law. The Wandin Valley Hospital is
over-run with football-related injuries and Maton Sloan
is not happy at the sight of Michael bruised and
battered. Geoff Ryan is seriously injured during the
match. Shirley continues to feel the pressures of
Franks job. Geoff and Jill tie the knot, but Alex
is not convinced that either of them really wanted to.
-- "Licensed to Kill (part 1)"
named as Wandin Valleys Citizen of the Year and is
invited to the presentation dinner. But who will he take
with him? Michaels offer to help Jo with her
driving test has unexpected consequences when they fall
asleep in Michaels room and Jo fails to return home
until morning. Tempers flare when Cathy decides to cancel
the duck shoot. Jo and Michael are the focus of some
unwelcome gossip. Terence and Alex share a kiss on the
way home from the presentation dinner.
-- "Licensed to Kill (part 2)"
is invaded by gun-toting hunters as the annual duck
season gets under way, and Cathy is determined to find
out who shot her horse. Jo refuses to talk to Michael
despite his profuse apologies. Cathy decides to resign.
Matron Sloan is intrigued to know why her two doctors are
being so formal with each other. A shooting accident
tears a family apart. Penny tries a little match-making
between her two favourite doctors, although Terence and
Alex dont seem to need much encouragement. Cathy
tears up her resignation.