"A Clean Slate"
farm labourers reluctance to settle down is putting
a strain on his marriage and prompting his wife to hit
the bottle. The locals has conflicting views on how best
to put Lovers Gully to good use. Michael helps Pam
Allen forget her problems but lands himself in trouble
with her husband and a black-eye to boot. Councillor Alf
Muldoon is up to no good again when he announces his
plans for Lovers Gully and the locals put Operation
Platypus into action. Is there romance in the air for
Terence and Alex?
535/536 -- "Mixed
Madden finds that she is pregnant, her husband, Dave,
isnt exactly overjoyed. They already have one Downs
Syndrome child and Dave is fearful that they could end up
with another. Terence asks Alex to accompany him to a
medical seminar in Canberra. Young Christopher Madden
feels rejected when he over-hears his parents talking
about the new baby. Alex is hesitant about giving Terence
an answer, she is scared to make a commitment. After
discussing it with Cathy, Alex decides to go to Canberra
-- "Life Sentence"
Jo has a hard
time dealing with an over-zealous rookie cop. And when he
decides to interfere in her love life, Jo blows her top.
Terence and Alex return from Canberra very much in love.
A mother is shattered when her sons simple case of
measles develops into a potentially brain-damaging virus.
The discovery of bags of white powder leads Wandin
Valleys relief policeman to believe that big-time
drug dealers are moving in. Andrew the chef has personal
problems which means trouble for both staff and patients
at the hospital. The town is awash with gossip of Terence
and Alexs romance.
-- "Revelations (parts 1 & 2)"
Terences daughter Sophie comes to Wandin Valley to
spend some time with her dad, her arrival places a strain
on Terence and Alexs relationship. Ben is
captivated by Millie Alcott, an innocent girl who has
grown up out of touch with the modern world. Alex finds
herself overshadowed by Terences daughter and her
adventure-packed life. She feels that she cannot compete
with Sophie and tells Cathy shes not exciting
enough for Terence. Michael helps and old jazz musician
get back on his feet.
-- "Revelations (parts 3 & 4)"
Alex is torn
between her professional ethics and her feelings for
Terence. Should she tell him that his daughter has a drug
problem? A sweet old lady injures herself in
the National Park and decides to sue for millions in
damages. Terence decides to help her daughter fight her
problem, whether she wants his assistance or not. Michael
and Ben are at loggerheads over Bens involvement
-- "Tomorrow's News"
A father is
displeased when his son befriends a handicapped person in
hospital. A hard-nosed television journalist arrives in
Wandin Valley to do a piece on Frank Gilroy, but has a
little trouble finding an exciting angle for the story.
Terence asks Alex to marry him. A full-scale search is
organised when two patients go missing from the hospital.
Alex agrees to many Terence.
-- "Love Hurts"
friend Darren Greenway is having more problems than usual
with his father. Ron owns a junkyard and trying to force
his son to leave school in order to help with the
business. Alex and Terence announce their engagement and
the pressure is on them to name the date, time, and venue
for the big day. A family is torn apart when an
undiagnosed medical condition causes a normally loving
father and husband to become violent. Jo organises
self-defence classes at the club and is crushed when
Michael falls for the teacher. With a bit of input from
their friends, Terence and Alex reluctantly agree on a
-- "Give Me a Break"
Jo and Cathy
think theyve discovered a Yowie in the National
Park, but what they really find is an escaped murderer
whos being hiding out for more than twenty years!
The club gets a pool table and the competition is on to
see who will be Wandin Valleys competitor against
Burrigan Slim. Ben has an accident with an uncontrollable
horse. Alex is lumbered with a pre-wedding talk from the
reverend, while Bob organises a bucks-night for Terence.
After injuring his back Ben succeeds in annoying both the
hospital staff and his friends with his demands and
irritable behaviour. Jo wins the pool competition.
-- "In Sickness and In Health"
pre-wedding jitters all round as the big day draws near.
Alexs parents arrive in town and her father
immediately takes over, causing Alex and Terence to have
a blazing row. Alex's mother thinks she has cancer.
Bens locum arrives and Cathy is far from pleased to
meet up with Matt Tyler again. Jo asks Michael to the
drive-in. The wedding arrives but Franks precise
schedule falls apart when Matt Tyler enlists his help to
unbog his car, leaving Alex waiting at the church.
Terence ends up arriving at the church on a bicycle, but
there is still no sign of Frank. Terence and Alex are
married and Frank arrives covered in mud!
-- "Matters of the Heart (# 1 & 2)"
father arrives unexpectedly in the Valley along with a
little sister Jo never knew she had. Bens former
girlfriend, Barbara Gottlieb, arrives at the hospital to
take care of him. Terence and Alex have a medical
emergency to attend to on their honeymoon when
Pennys grandfather suffers a heart-attack. Mitt
find himself in the dog house when one of his
patients passes away. Penny decides to stay with
her grandparents in Sydney rather than return to the
Valley with Alex and Terence.
-- "Matters of the Heart (# 3 & 4)"
to look after her little sister, but Frank and Shirley
realise this cant go on forever. Terence and Alex
return from their honeymoon. Bens future as a
country vet is in doubt as a result of his accident. Jo
is hurt by what she sees as Frank and Shirleys
betrayal and failure to stand by her when they call in
social services and then Michelles mother turns up.
Terence and Alex are having trouble finding the right bed
to suit the both of them. Ben and Barbara decide to leave
the Valley and the locals throw them a party to send them
on their way. Jo moves out of the Gilroys.
-- "Common Cause"
into her new flat and inherits her school friend Sandy as
a flatmate. After treating a twelve-year-old girl who
thinks she is pregnant, Alex decides the time has come to
set up a community health centre in the Valley. A young
couple find their relationship put to the test when one
of them reveals they have a sexually-transmitted disease.
Jo enlists Michaels help in catching a prowler.
-- "Fallen Idols"
imprisonment has meant a sentence not only for himself
but for his family too. Jo and Sandy plan a romantic
dinner party but the evening does not go the way
theyd hoped or planned. Tommy Hibbert returns to
Wandin Valley from prison to a frosty reception from
friends and family. The doctors have some bad news for
old Polly Waterford.
-- "False Pretences"
organises the opening of the Community Health Centre to
less than spectacular reception. Cathy and Man go droving
and up spending the night under the stars together. Jo
finds out that Sandys boyfriend is married, but
Sandy doesnt believe her. A grieving mother
abandons her child and Alex is left holding the baby.
Frank eventually finds the mother at the cemetery and
Alex helps her come to terms with her grief over her dead
baby daughter. Sandy finally learns the truth about her
-- "Dark Horses"
receiving a bang on the head, Bob mysteriously develops
clairvoyant powers. A girl returns from a holiday cruise
to find that she is pregnant. Cookie tries to take
advantage of Bobs powers. Cathy is bitten by a
deadly snake and ends up in hospital, leaving Matt and
Michael to cope with farm. Alex treats a patient with a
rare tropical disease and ends up reuniting a young
couple in the process.
-- "Going the Distance"
illness could be a lot more serious than it appears.
Michaels attempt to help a man who has given up the
will to live fails. Matt is offered first refusal on
Bens practice. A father decides to take desperate
measures to pay for medical treatment for his son, while
Matt has a money-making scheme of his own. Matt beats Ted
Campbells age-old long distance record to raise
money for Jake Coopers medical treatment, and Cathy
sees Matt in a whole new light. Jo and Sandy give the
tuck-shop some competition.
-- "Seeing the Light"
Wandin Valley? It certainly seems that way when Bob and
Cookie discover a landing site, and when a strange man is
admitted to the hospital Esme thinks he is an alien.
Cathys admiration for Matt fades quickly when he
spends the night with another woman. When Alex opens
Terences old trunk, shes amazed at what she
finds. After discovering the identity of the stranger,
Frank is determined to get to the bottom of the great UFO
mystery. A man makes a fool of himself over a younger
-- "No Place Like Home"
Cathy spend a romantic afternoon on the river.
Alexs attempts to help the tenants of a dilapidated
boarding house backfire when the landlady decides to
evict them. Terence becomes environmentally-friendly when
he reads about the destruction of the ozone layer in the
local paper. Jo is fed-up with Sandys burger empire
and quits her job. An old man refuses to leave his home
and barricades himself in. Sandy leaves Jos flat
and moves to Burrigan. Alex and Cathy convince the
landlady to get the repairs done on the old house.
-- "Everybody's Doing It"
search for a new flatmate ends when Sally Lewis moves in,
but Jo doesnt know Sally as well she thought.
Terence and Alex have a difference of opinion - his idea
of a relaxing pastime is planting parsnips, hers is
sinking into aspa. Michael and Matt try to force Cathy to
see a doctor. Jo finds it hard to deal with the fact that
her flat mate is a drug dealer.
-- "Sparring Partners"
battling the HSC blues. Shes having trouble
juggling school and work and is arguing with everyone.
Jeff and Jill Ryan appear to be the perfect couple but
looks can be deceiving. A girls attraction to a
married man leads to a dangerous turn of events. Jo ends
up at the hospital as a patient when she collapses out of
-- "Hard Act to Follow"
drifter and his grand-daughter arrive in town. When Esme
is charmed by the stranger, Cookie is less than
impressed. Alex becomes the object of a lovesick
camels affections. Its HSC exam time and Jo
is very nervous. Charlie proposes to a smitten Esme. A
boys hopes for a brilliant career nose-dive when
hes caught cheating. Esme and Charlie have second
thoughts about marriage and Charlie decides to leave the
-- "Thanks for the Memory"
womans memory lapses and her forgetfulness proves
almost fatal when she sets her house on fire. Shirley
develops a severe case of triskadekaphobia - a fear of
the number thirteen. Matron Sloan is acting like a bear
with a sore head, all because of a toothache and her fear
of dentists, but she soon comes to her senses when
Terence threatens her with a pair of pliers. A woman
decides to sacrifice the man she loves because of her
mothers incurable disease.
-- "Stand and Deliver"
A boy who
believes he is descended from Captain Midnight takes to
his ancestors bush-ranging ways. A woman is
reluctant to let Alex operate on her son. The town is in
uproar over the Bicentennial Art Exhibition-ist! Eddy
Midnight and company smash a dog fighting ring.
-- "Young Girls"
school girl arrives for work experience at the park and
takes a fancy to Matt. Michael decides to set matters
straight between himself and Jo, once and for all. A girl
with epilepsy has trouble coming to terms with her
condition. Michael tries to explain how he feels to Jo,
but she doesnt seem to want to listen.
-- "Paddling Your Own Canoe"
results arrive. Terence tries to convince the mother of a
terminally-ill boy to give her son a chance to enjoy
life. Jos results are not what she expected, but
she consoles herself by accepting a date with Rob
Campbell. Michael has to come to terms with a ghost of
his past in order to help a sick boy. After Alex
accidentally drinks one of Terences prized wines,
she and Cathy decide to join a wine appreciation class to
get more clued up on good plonk! Jo finds herself falling
for someone other than Michael.
-- "Off the Leash"
Is there a
werewolf stalking the Valley cemetery? Cookie thinks
its curtain time when he is bitten by a mysterious
monster. Michael has a secret admirer. Jo finds herself
drawn closer to Rob Campbell, despite his fathers
disapproval. Rob blames himself for his fathers
heart attack, but Ted decides to use the situation to his
own advantage. Michael makes a fool of himself when he
tries to uncover the identity of his secret admirer. Rob
asks Jo to leave the Valley and go on tour with him and
old flame, Marianna Kubik, starts work at the hospital
and Alex is not impressed. Jo tells Frank and Shirley of
her plans to go away with Rob. Alex keeps drawing
comparisons between herself and Marianna and cant
help feeling inadequate. Jo is put out by Sheena
Johnstons arrival. Sheena is an old friend of
Robs and Jos jealousy is evident. Jo
reluctantly tells Rob she cant go on tour with him.
Michael has an accident on his motorbike.
begins to save Michaels life. It seems as if his
chances are slim and the doctors have no option but to
operate. Meanwhile, Jo is baby-sitting an insomniac child
and is unaware of Michaels accident. Sophie Elliott
is back in the Valley, and her arrival is bound to cause
more trouble for her father and Alex. Jo finds the
thought of nursing Michael difficult and decides to take
the impersonal approach. Alex has trouble believing
Sophies claim that she is off heroin for good. Matt
and Cathy uncover a bird-poaching racket.
-- "Fight or Fly (Bird in the Hand)"
sister arrives in town and tries to hide the real reason
for her visit. Cathy resigns when she is accused of being
part of the bird-poaching racket. Alex tries to speak to
Terence about Sophie, but he refuses to listen to what
she has to say. Matt comes up with a plan to clear
Cathys name. Alex helps Michaels sister and
her husband get back together. Cathy is reinstated, but
she is not sure whether being a ranger is what she really
wants to do. Terence receives some bad news about his
daughter from Sydney.
-- "Sophie (parts 1 & 2)"
the seedy back alleys of Sydney searching for his
daughter Sophie. Cathy is disillusioned with rangering
and tries out for a job as a barmaid. Bob is admitted to
hospital convinced that he is going to die. Terence finds
Sophie, but she doesnt want to see him and tells
him to leave. Alex tells a relieved Bob the results of
-- "Sophie (parts 3 & 4)"
trouble accepting Sophies news. Matt tries to
impress a woman by borrowing Michaels identity.
Terence and Alex find their lives torn apart once again
by Sophie. Jo and Frank go to the aid of a teenager who
has been cheated by her employer. Sophie overdoses on
heroin and her heart gives out after all the years of
abuse. Terence cannot believe his daughter is dead.
-- "Doing It Tough"
still grieving over Sophie, leaves Alex and she
doesnt know how to handle it. Cathy is working at
the Club and has to put up with Muldoon. Michael is
fed-up with hospital life. Shirley returns from
Queensland and tells Frank she has taken up golf. Cathy
is having trouble coping with a temperamental French
chef. Alex talks a patient out of committing suicide.
Michael finally shows his trues feelings for Jo. Alex is
finding it increasingly difficult coping without Terence,
and there is still no word of his whereabouts.
plan to go and find Terence is foiled when she learns
that the truth about the locum she had intended to leave
in charge. Michael is jealous and suspicious of Polly
Waterfords private nurse, Scott Hennessy. Polly
collapses and Scott finds himself faced with a difficult
decision. Cathy gets carried away during a moonlit
stakeout with Matt.
-- "A Wing and a Prayer"
convinced that Cathys gone mad when she decides to
take flying lessons. Matron Sloan has to act quickly when
a boy has an accident on a tractor. The search is on to
find the missing plane which has gone down in the
National Park complete with Matron Sloan, Cathy and young
Craig Marshall all on board. Terence returns to Alex, but
he has a lot of explaining to do. Matt and Jo find the
plane just as night is drawing in. Alex has difficulty
accepting Terences reasons for his disappearance.
-- "Back on Course"
Alex of his intention to give up medicine and take up
farming full-time. Esme finds it difficult entertaining a
nine-year-old computer whiz. Terence is refusing to
involve himself in hospital affairs, much to Alex and
Maggies frustration. A woman finds it hard to get a
straight answer on her newborn babys condition and
jumps to the wrong conclusion that her daughter has died.
Alex argues with Terence and forces him to go to the
hospital. Once there he continues his
discussion with Maggie and finally comes to
his senses. He explains to Alex that he was frightened of
getting involved with peoples personal problems
after Sophies death.
-- "The Damage Done"
A boy turns
to his father for help when he is tormented by a fellow
student. The hospital chef decides to propose to the girl
of his dreams, but wakes up the next morning only to find
he has popped the question to someone entirely different.
A terrified boy takes desperate measures to stop a bully.
There are a few surprises for Jo on her eighteenth
-- "Remember Me"
A dying woman
comes to Wandin Valley in search of her daughter. Could
the girl who shes looking for be Jo? An asthmatic
teenager believes that her condition is turning her into
an outcast. Jo is determined to help Wendy find her
daughter, even though everyone else is telling her not to
get involved. Alex tries to stop a local cigarette
company encouraging teenagers to start smoking by giving
away free samples. Jo learns that her fnend, Fiona
McKenzie, is Wendys daughter, and she is caught
between her friendship with Fiona and the promise she
made to Wendy.
-- "Personal Choice"
Jo decides to
look for her mother and places an ad in all the local
papers. Alex blames herself when Jenny, a girl with renal
failure, checks herself out of hospital. Jo is astonished
when Michael tells her he wants to buy another motorbike.
Jenny, frightened at the prospect of dialysis, takes off.
Matt is fed-up of looking after just small animals all of
the time. The race is on to find Jenny after she calls
the hospital and is in need of urgent medical attention.
Michael finally decides on buying a car, much to
-- "Power Play"
Sue Daley injured in her car. She says she had a car
accident, but Frank has trouble believing her story. Matt
is blamed for the death of a prize bull. After much
coaxing, Sue finally breaks down and confesses to Alex
that she was raped by a guy she gave a lift home to.
Maggie has some disturbing news - she is being orced to
take a months leave. Who will she choose to be
-- "Sins of the Fathers"
starts his stint as acting Matron and finds that life
certainly wasnt meant to be easy. Matt is
disappointed when the lady vet he had been expecting
turns out to be male. Old ghosts come back to haunt
Terence on Sophies birthday. He feels that
hes failed as a father and as a husband to Alex.
Cathy is instantly attracted to Mario, the Italian vet.
Michael is ready to throw the towel in when plans for the
fashion parade go drastically wrong. Bob and Cookie dream
of life as millionaires when they strike oil in the
-- "A Tangled Web"
arrested for drink-driving, but proclaims his innocence.
Michael is blamed for the death of a patient in his care.
Cathy is swept off her feet on a romantic trip to Sydney
with Mario. Over a candlelit supper, Mario proposes to a
stunned Cathy. Michael offers his resignation to save the
hospital embarrassment when a grieving widow threatens to
sue. Alex and Terence try to assure him that it was not
his fault, but he refuses to listen. An autopsy then
reveals that Michael had absolutely nothing to do with
the mans death.
-- "If Good Men Do Nothing"
prepares to fly off to Italy with Mario, but more
important matters come first when she uncovers a
marijuana plantation in the National Park. Frank is
excited at the thought of making a big drug bust. Cathy
starts to have second thoughts about her trip and Mario
when she realises that she doesnt know him as well
as she thought she did. The Valley gets ready for a fancy
dress ball when Shirley finds an old trunk full of
costumes. Cathy tells Mario she cant marry him and
decides to stay in Wandin Valley, much to the relief of
A boy is
seriously injured in a car accident and Frank is having
trouble finding the driver responsible. Matts day
doesnt start too well when he gets a visit from the
taxation department. A woman has a difficult decision to
make when her young son dies, while her friend grapples
with a guilty conscience. Cathy and Matt do battle with a
crotchety old man. Michael cannot wait for Matron
Sloans return as he is not enjoying his stint as
-- "Family Ties"
Matt helps a
young girl give birth in Cathys barn. Alex has some
news for Terence, but shes not sure how he will
react to it. Why is Matron Sloan in such a good mood on
her return from holiday? Is there a new man on the
horizon? A goat wreaks havoc in the hospital when Jo
tries to help a lonely old lady. Alex finally plucks up
courage and tells Terence that she is pregnant. To her
delight, he is as happy as she is with the news. With a
bit of encouragement from Do Ryan, Michael proposes to
Jo, who ecstatically accepts.
-- "The Right Medicine"
epidemic hits town and Alex ignores Terences plea
to take it easy. Jo shows off her new engagement ring.
Cathy is being forced to choose between being a farmer
and a ranger, as she is finding it hard juggling both
jobs. Alex is finally bitten by the flu which then tums
to pneumonia. Man helps Cathy in her fight to save the
farm. Alex is getting worse and fears for her babys
well-being. Cathy decides to sell the farm and
concentrate on being a ranger. After having a scan, Alex
tells Terence the sex of their baby - its a girl.