refugee tries to make a new life for himself in Wandin
Valley, but ghosts of his past come back to haunt him.
Shirley is not keen for Michael to move in at the Gilroys
with Jo. Alex unravels the mystery behind a boys
uncontrollable behaviour - he is a gifted child. Matt
tries to trick Cathy into letting him stay at her new
house. A woman in need of surgery is brought to the
hospital, but her frightened boyfriend is refusing to let
Terence operate. In his country doctors torture innocent
people. Cathy turns the tables on Matt and he ends up
staying the night on his own in the haunted
625/626 -- "Message in a
stranger arrives in town and confuses everyone with his
various stories. All is revealed later at Camelot when a
party game turns ugly. Parental pressure turns a teenager
to drink. Frank comes up against a wall of silence when
he tries to combat the towns teen drinking problem.
The locals soon sit up and take notice when teenager
Chris Bradley drinks too much alcohol and slips into a
coma - he may be brain-damaged.
-- "Endangered Species"
Alex tries to
help a woman who lives in fear of her husbands
violent temper. Charlie McKeachnie, an old friend of
Esmes, is back in town and Cookie is less than
impressed. Cathy enlists the towns help to save
Kellys Swamp, the home to a large colony of brolgas
(large native birds) from Muldoon and his redevelopment
plans. Domestic violence tears a family apart.
-- "Play it Again"
Matron Sloan wins the
lottery and everyone has suggestions on how she should
spend the money. Jo and Michael go to Bribie Island to
visit his family. Matt is feeling unwell, but Cathy
thinks its just another ploy to get her to do
something for him. Cathy finds Matt collapsed on the
kitchen floor. Once at the hospital, Terence tells Cathy
there is a possibility of brain-damage, as Matt has viral
encephalitis and has slipped into a coma. Jo receives a
letter from her mother. Matt finally comes round and is
delighted to see Cathy at his bedside.
-- "Mothers and Daughters"
Alex starts having
contractions and is convinced she is losing the baby. Jo
goes to Sydney to try and find her mother. Alex gives
birth to a girl, but the baby's chances of survival are
very slim. The babys lungs are not fully developed
and she has stopped breathing once already. Alex realises
that even if the baby survives it will possibly have
brain-damage but she doesnt care; all she wants is
for her baby to live. But its not to be - baby
Laura dies. Jo is devastated when her mother refuses to
acknowledge her. Alex starts haemorrhaging and Terence
has to face the possibility of losing both Alex and the
baby. Alex survives after emergency surgery, but comes to
a decision about her future - she cannot face the ordeal
of trying for another baby, ever.
-- "Fool's Gold"
Alex warns a young
athlete about the dangers of taking steroids. Shirley is
having trouble coping with Jo and Michaels
impending departure from Wandin Valley. Alex is finding
it hard trying to convince Meredith not to continue
taking steroids, so Matt decides to use some scare
tactics. Jo has some serious thinking to do about her
future with Michael.
-- "On the Threshold"
Preparations are well
underway for Michael and Jos wedding, but things
dont quite go as smoothly at the bucks night.
A diabetic Aboriginal girl and her uncle arrive at the
hospital and Alex is soon involved in a war of words.
Michael spends his wedding day at the hospital, while
Frank has problems with a herd of escaped goats. Jo has a
case of pre-wedding jitters but everything turns out fine
and she and Michael ride off together into the sunset.
Steve Murray, the Aborigine pastor, tells an interested
Alex of his need for a doctor out at his settlement.
-- "Last of the Summer Wine"
Shirley and Frank try
to adjust to life without Jo. Alex is wondering about her
purpose in life and is rapidly losing patience with her
patients. Terence can see that Alex is fed-up with life
in the Valley. Shirley steals a camera whilst out
shopping with Esme. Franks seeks medical advice from
Terence about Shirleys problem. Steve Murray
returns to the Valley with one thing in mind - convincing
Alex to join him and his people at Marlu Ngurra until
they can find a permanent doctor. After much anguish,
Terence agrees to let Alex go with Steve, but only for
three months, no longer. Cathy buys a new home called
-- "Snake in the Grass"
New nurse Lucy
Gardiner tries Matron Sloans patience but winds up
charming Bob. A customs officer arrives in town to
investigate a snake smuggling ring and she and Matt
dont exactly hit it off. Matron and Terence are
furious when the new locum doctor goes off to the
racetrack instead of looking after a patient. Lucy brings
home an unusual acquistion.
new locum is giving Shirley a hard time and has Esme
close to tears, but her effect on Terence is quite the
opposite. Matt tries to impress Lucy with his masculine
charm. Quick action is required to save Bob when he is
caught snoozing in a burning barn. Frank wants Matt out
of his house and is trying desperately to off-load him
onto anyone who will take him. Lucy moves into Boolaroo
with Cathy. Terence sees Dr. Rankins true colours
when she prescribes the wrong medication for a patient.
-- "Pick of the Crop"
Yet another locum
doctor arrives and Terence is hoping that this one will
be better than the last two. He soon has reason to doubt
it. Dr. Cris Kouros methods seem to be very
alternative, which endears him to Shirley, if not the
rest of the hospital staff Cathy tells Matt that Lucy
finds him rather interesting. Matron tries to drum some
discipline into Dr. Kouros. A farmer's wife ends up with
severe poisoning from a lethal mix of pesticides. Cris
shows off his operating skills when Cathy has an accident
whilst out riding with the new doctor.
-- "Nobody's Fool"
Everyone is waiting
for a glimpse of the girl Cris describes as his
beautiful Jessie. Cathy tries her hand at
writing a romance novel and is concerned when Matt takes
the story quite literally. Maggie contemplates giving up
work to look after a girl, rather than see her
institutionalised. Frank is a runaway success when he
takes over as the Clubs chef for a day. Matt gets
Cathys story published in the local paper. Everyone
is surprised when Jessie turns out to be Cris
-- "Playing With Fire"
Matron Sloan is
worried about the hospitals future and takes her
anger out of Lucy. Jessie starts at her new school. Cathy
sweet-talks Matt into helping her catch a runaway horse.
Cris and Terence do battle to save Maggies life
after she suffers a heart-attack. Lucy feels guilty and
blames herself for Maggies illness, especially
after they had argued earlier. Cathy makes an offer to
buy Pippa the horse for her owner.
-- "Baby Makes Three"
Arrowsinith arrives at the hospital and Maggie is
convinced her old enemy is up to no good. A childless
couple pin all their hopes on the IVF programme. Maggie
uncovers the truth behind Hildas apparent
friendliness. She is trying to keep well in with the
committee so that shell be elected regional head of
the Institute of Nursing Directors. If she is elected, it
will be over Maggies dead body!! Matt throws the
cat among the pigeons when he tells Cathy and Lucy that
Cris is leaving the Valley.
-- "Ticket to Ride"
to track down a runaway girl who is in town with the
carnival. The cake tins are greased and the wooden spoons
are poised as preparations get underway for the annual
sponge cake competition. Cathy decides to enter the
sponge cake competition when she learns that Cris is the
judge. Frank and Shirley try to help a runaway girl sort
out her life when her boyfriend dies. The town and Esme
in particular are astounded when Cathy wins the sponge
competition - but then she did use a secret
-- "Taking a Chance"
Lucy are waiting for a certain doctor to ask them to the
Bachelor and Spinster Ball. Terence and Cris have a
difference of opinion over a fathers refusal to
inoculate his children. Cathy finally swallows her pride
and asks Matt to take her to the Ball, but hes
already asked Lucy! The three of them end up going
together. Matt saves Jesss new pet, a calf called
Sketty. He does so against his sensible
judgement and to the dismay of Terences wallet.
-- "She Loves Me Not"
piano-tuner is not happy with Cris diagnosis to his
problem. It doesnt look good when he is admitted to
hospital with a serious throat blockage. Lucy helps a man
in a car accident who then becomes dangerously obsessed
with her. Matt removes a gold nugget from Rhetts
gizzard which sends Bob and Cookie off on their
never-ending search for wealth Lucy's life is endangered
when Colin Close kidnaps her but she is saved when Cris,
Matt, and Frank track them down.
-- "Young Hearts"
the over-50s set of Wandin Valley with the
formation of a new club. Cris gets involved with two
elderly sisters living in the past. Matt helps a
potential Olympic swimmer with some teenage problems.
Esme helps Matt in his surgery and succeeds not only in
reviving a rabbit from the dead but changes its sex too!!
Matt is unimpressed until he discovers that Esme has also
got him a guest spot on the local radio. Bob has a new
girlfriend, Nancy Walker. Terence is feeling Alexs
Leaves to visit Alex, Cris old friend Sandy
McIntosh fills in as the latest locum. Sandy's medical
abilities are superlative but his social and professional
etiquette leave a lot to be desired. Cris becomes worried
about his friend and discovers Sandy is a pethidine
addict. Matt becomes a successful radio star in his
segment Pet Vet on Clover Owen-Jones
morning radio programme. Terences visit to see Alex
seems to have proven unsatisfactory.
-- "The Food of Love"
strikes Wandin Valley as the residents take part in a
charity 40-hour famine. Amy-Lee, a love torn singer,
flees her well-to-do fiancé - Tom Cameron - because of a
dark secret she has that keeps her from the man she
loves. Stomachs are rumbling as the 40-hour famine ticks
on. Amy-Lee fights to keep her illiteracy secret until
Matt realises that she cannot read or write. With Matt
and Cathys help, Amy-Lee realises that her problem
is common and help is at hand. Terence offers Cris a
third share in the medical practice. Amy-Lee and Tom are
-- "Handle With Care"
Cathy has an
unexpected house guest, her sister-in-law Michelle. The
circumstances of her visit are not what they first appear
to be when she tells Cathy, that John (Cathys
brother) has run off with another woman and taken their
daughter, Megan. When Michelle takes Jessie, with no
warning, it becomes evident that she is suffering from
Schizophrenia. She is under the illusion that Jessie is
her daughter, Megan. Cris and Lucys friendship
deepens. Terence helps Michelle understand the reasons
behind her illness.
-- "Fly Away Home"
all his worldly goods when a fire breaks out in his
caravan. Susan Baxters medical condition is not
helped by the constant fighting between her husband and
teenage daughter. The situation comes to a head when Joe
Baxter learns his daughter has been prescribed the Pill.
Susan collapses in pain and rushed to hospital. The
Wandin Valley Bush Fire Brigade is on its way to raising
money, its membership, and more drill practice. Matt says
he is leaving town.
-- "Give Me Shelter"
Matt has begun to
pack, ready for the big move. He has put his practice up
for sale. Shirley and Frank are awaiting the arrival of
Julian Luke Ross but he is nowhere to be
seen. Frank, his probation officer, is not impressed.
They are in for an even bigger surprise when they
discover the identity of the driver of a speeding truck
they have pursued. Luke is rushing the unconscious truck
driver to hospital but Frank is not convinced of
Lukes motives. When Cathys horse falls ill,
she insists the new vet treat Pippa. Luke discovers the
truck he has hot wired for his get away is loaded with
stolen alcohol. He rushes back to the Valley to prove his
innocence. Matt is so disgusted with the new vets
mercenary nature, he calls off the sale.
-- "Fellow Travellers"
accident throws two unlikely characters together, a
one-legged bike riding grandma and Skeeter Martin - the
sparks fly. Wandin Valley fires up for a dart match
against Burrigan. Luke takes a runaway street kid, Kim,
under his wing. She is on a search for her natural
parents and is convinced they are in the Valley.
Skeeters attitude towards Eileen has changed - in
fact he seems quite smitten. He visits her in hospital
with a gift and becomes her defender when Eileens
daughter insists her mother should return home with her.
are looking forward to the return visit of Stewart
Richmond - a cricket star. The Richmonds' world is turned
upside down when what they think is a passing case of
pneumonia that Stewart is suffering from is in fact AIDS.
When the hospital staff find out they over-react.
Jessie's friend Freya comes to stay. She has not spoken a
word since the death of her younger brother in a car
accident. She is cured by an unexpected sighting of a
unicorn. Matron Sloan, with Lucys help, explain the
facts about the AIDS virus to the hospital staff
-- "Love is Blind"
Lucy has a
surprise visit from her ex-love Warwick. Ruth Larson, an
attractive artist, has come to the Valley to settle her
deceased Aunt Peggys affairs. Ruth and Terence meet
when they are out painting the country-side and are
instantly attracted to each other. After a date with
Warwick, Lucy is on cloud nine. Ruth reveals to Terence
that she is losing her sight but is afraid to do anything
about it. When Warwick shows his true colours, Lucy sends
him packing back to the States - alone. Terence decides
its time he sorted out his marriage and arranges a
visit to Alex.
Terence arrives in
Marlu Ngurra, with one question in mind - he wants to
return home to Wandin Valley with Alex. Bea Murray
arrives on the same plane. She is terminally ill but has
returned to the area of her birth to make peace with May
Murray and her son, Steve, who she raised. Chicken pox
hits the Valley. Terence sees Alexs total
involvement in the community. He wants things as they
used to be but theyve changed. They love each other
but it seems the only way they can be together is on
Alex's terms. Steve has trouble accepting Bea back into
his life. A letter from Steves dead father marks a
huge turning point for the Murrays.
-- "A Delicate Balance"
victims are rushed to the outback clinic at Marlu Ngurra.
Terence again witnesses Alexs total commitment to
people of the settlement. He realises the only way that
can stay together is for him to move to Marlu Ngurra.
Shirley returns from her Queensland holiday to find a new
computer installed at the clinic. The Valley residents
are surprised when Terence returns early without Alex.
Luke is involved in a car accident. He heroically rescues
young Kylie Donnelly from the wreckage. The medical team
led by Terence save Kylies life. Terence phones
Alex and tells her that he cannot leave Wandin Valley.
-- "Defence of the Realm"
Pollution and the
environment become issues in the Valley following
Lucys visit to the local tip. Cris is faced with a
medical and personal dilemma when his sister Stephanie
comes to stay. Matron Sloan is being evasive about the
reason for her day off with Mary Sheridan. Terences
old flame Marianna Kubik is called back to Wandin Valley
by Matron Sloan when Terence hurts his back. A potential
scandal surrounds the discovery of contaminated hospital
waste at the tip. Matron Sloan attends a naturalisation
-- "Just One Look"
Lucy and Muldoon argue
over the state of the tip and she unearths some
interesting information with the help of the eccentric
Vincent D Smith. Terence performs a risky operation on
Jill Ryan, following a fall in the bush. Luke is offered
a job at Matts surgery. With the help of Burrigan
neurologist Phil Greening, Terence tries to revive Jill
from a coma. Muldoon makes a serious mistake in his
attempt to prove that there is no pollution in the water
-- "Can't Buy Me Love"
returns to the Valley, but he is reluctant to go home to
his father. Luke and Jessie play a profitable joke on
Frank. Danny Lalor steals drugs from Matts surgery.
Ted Campbell believes he can buy his sons health
when he arranges to buy a kidney from Asia for a
transplant for Adam. Frank and Shirley are concerned
about Jessie, Cris has left her alone again while
hes in Melbourne.
-- "Pride and Joy"
accused of maltreating Jessie and is investigated by
Maureen Hutchins from FACS (Family & Community
Services). Lukes suggestion from a small business
turns into big chaos when Bob and Cookie go to the dogs.
Jessie is badly bruised and her teacher believes Cris is
abusing the child. Cris pays the school a visit and
Jessie reveals the real reason for the bruises on her
legs. With Cathy away Matt and Lucy do their best to cope
with domestic duties.
-- "Race Day"
Racial prejudice rears
its ugly head with the arrival of beautiful Thai
locum doctor Supatra Pasert. Her presence causes
resentment among some of the residents of the Valley and
especially from Vietnam veteran Dennis Taylor. Cris is
having trouble with Bree, Jessies new baby-sitter.
David Mawby, a new nurse, arrives at the hospital looking
for Dr. Supatra. Matron Sloan finds a surprise jockey to
race her horse. Cris finally finds the perfect
-- "Hook, Line, and Sinker"
Matts Valley Vet
radio show is attracting some very strange callers. Dr.
Supatra endangers a patients life and Cris and
nurse David Mawby try to convince her to seek treatment
for an ailment that threatens her own career. Esme is
delighted with her new career as governess to Jessie.
Radio presenter Clover Owen-Jones is delighted that the
Valley Vet is becoming a sex symbol, but Lucy and even
Matt himself is not so sure. A roadside drama reunites
Dr. Supatra and David Mawby.
-- "Bel Canto"
Victoria Flemming, a
famous opera singer and her maestro,
Francesco Giannini, are befriended by Frank and Shirley.
Cathy returns from Kakadu with a smile on her face. Could
it have something to do with a mysterious helicopter
pilot? Frank and Shirley's match-making pays off with the
wedding of Victoria and Francesco. Lucy has big financial
problems. With a bit of help from old Perce Hudson,
Lukes precious car becomes a vet-mobile.
-- "Natural Selection"
Cathys mystery man, arrives from Kakadu which puts
Matts nose nght out of joint. Clem Pollard presents
Terence with an intriguing case when he appears in the
Valley to save trees. Shirley organises a baby photo
contest. Carl Bailey challenges Matt to a survival
contest in the bush which leads to disaster for Cathy.
Bob Hatfield wins against Tiger Kelly, but loses out to
-- "Playing It Safe"
Dave Cooper, a cowier
driver, surprises the staff at the hospital with his
medical expertise. Reverend Michaels dog spots
danger when his continual licking and pawing causes Matt
to notice a melanoma on the Reverends leg. Dave and
Jenny Cooper face the past when their son is injured in
Jessies new tree house. Cookie, Bob and Shirley
become stars of Cathys Bush Video. Against her
better judgement, Cathy allows Matt to direct the video
which becomes a comedy of errors. Muldoon is up to no
good again with his plans of building a Lakeview Hotel.
-- "Call To Arms"
Karen Breslin, a
hardened New York journalist, comes to Wandin Valley in
search of a conservation protest story. Cathy and Terence
discover Muldoon has something to hide. Cookie and Bob
decide to join Esmes Brownie troupe. Luke loses his
pig, and gains a dog. Matt and Lucy unearth an old diary
which reveals the Councillor's past. Terence is elected
to head the fight to save the Valley after a
confrontation with Douglas Briggs, the local MP.
-- "Future Shock"
Frank and Shirley
stand on opposite sides as the locals fight to stop the
proposed dam development by Ted Kagan. Karen Breslin
panics when Jessie swallows a pin. An earth tremor is
potential disaster for Bob and Cookie. The arrival of Jim
Phillips, a palaeontologist, offers hope that the Valley
can be saved. A stock-market crash and a baby koala have
a profound effect on Ted Kagan and Karen Breslin.
Cathys horse gives birth to a baby foal. The Valley
is saved when Ted changes his mind about the dam
-- "For Pity's Sake"
Frank is on leave as
he is due to have his varicose veins removed. His
replacement, Sgt. Bill Moffatt, suspects Matron Sloan of
being the Ms. Big of Wandin Valley. Matts cousin
Kenny comes to stay at Boolaroo and reveals a surprising
medical knowledge. Kennys mysterious illness gets
worse and Terence and Cris are forced to operate.
Unnecessarily, it seems, and they determine that Kenny
suffers from Munchausen's
takes a turn for the worse during his operation to strip
his varicose veins. The Wandin Valley protesters are
dismayed when young Ashley Lawson is sent to defend them.
A very frightened Shirley keeps a vigil at Franks
Darren Stiles, a
partner in crime from Lukes past, comes to visit.
Little Hedley Johnson faces a delicate operation with the
help of his pet - a ferret. Lucy is injured in a game of
tennis with Matt and it turns out to be more serious than
it first seemed and her mother, Lois, arrives in Wandin
Valley. Lucys mother and Cookie have a plan to
cheer up Lucy after her operation. Luke is forced to
confront his memories of his own mother after a
ffightening incident involving Darren and Shirley. Lois
takes quite a shine to Matt.
-- "Stand By Me"
father, Keith arrives back early from Europe with his
second wife, Frances, and it soon becomes apparent that
all is not well. Luke and Shirley plan a car rally to
raise money for the Xavier Refuge. The car rally brings
out the best - and the worst - in the Valley residents.
Matt and Lucy get lost in Lover's Lane. Frank returns to
work but is worried by the thought of retirement. Matt
takes special care of Lucy after her operation and she
discovers her true feelings for him. Francis Daley is
diagnosed a manic depressive which leaves Keith