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1989 Episode Synopses

623/624 -- "Sanctuary"
A Chilean 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 boy’s 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 house”.

625/626 -- "Message in a Bottle"
A mysterious 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 town’s 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.

627/628 -- "Endangered Species"
Alex tries to help a woman who lives in fear of her husband’s violent temper. Charlie McKeachnie, an old friend of Esme’s, is back in town and Cookie is less than impressed. Cathy enlists the town’s help to save Kelly’s Swamp, the home to a large colony of brolgas (large native birds) from Muldoon and his redevelopment plans. Domestic violence tears a family apart.

629/630 -- "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 it’s 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.

631/632 -- "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 baby’s 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 doesn’t care; all she wants is for her baby to live. But it’s 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.

633/634 -- "Fool's Gold"
Alex warns a young athlete about the dangers of taking steroids. Shirley is having trouble coping with Jo and Michael’s 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.

635/636 -- "On the Threshold"
Preparations are well underway for Michael and Jo’s wedding, but things don’t quite go as smoothly at the buck’s 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.

637/638 -- "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 Shirley’s 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 Boolaroo.

639/640 -- "Snake in the Grass"
New nurse Lucy Gardiner tries Matron Sloan’s patience but winds up charming Bob. A customs officer arrives in town to investigate a snake smuggling ring and she and Matt don’t 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.

641/642 -- "Burnout"
The latest 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. Rankin’s true colours when she prescribes the wrong medication for a patient.

643/644 -- "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.

645/646 -- "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 Club’s chef for a day. Matt gets Cathy’s story published in the local paper. Everyone is surprised when Jessie turns out to be Cris’ six-year-old daughter!

647/648 -- "Playing With Fire"
Matron Sloan is worried about the hospital’s 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 Maggie’s life after she suffers a heart-attack. Lucy feels guilty and blames herself for Maggie’s illness, especially after they had argued earlier. Cathy makes an offer to buy Pippa the horse for her owner.

649/650 -- "Baby Makes Three"
Matron Hilda 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 Hilda’s apparent friendliness. She is trying to keep well in with the committee so that she’ll be elected regional head of the Institute of Nursing Directors. If she is elected, it will be over Maggie’s dead body!! Matt throws the cat among the pigeons when he tells Cathy and Lucy that Cris is leaving the Valley.

651/652 -- "Ticket to Ride"
Frank tries 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’ ingredient!

653/654 -- "Taking a Chance"
Cathy and 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 father’s refusal to inoculate his children. Cathy finally swallows her pride and asks Matt to take her to the Ball, but he’s already asked Lucy! The three of them end up going together. Matt saves Jess’s new pet, a calf called “Sketty”. He does so against his sensible judgement and to the dismay of Terence’s wallet.

655/656 -- "She Loves Me Not"
A fastidious piano-tuner is not happy with Cris’ diagnosis to his problem. It doesn’t 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 Rhett’s 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.

657/658 -- "Young Hearts"
Romance hits the over-50’s 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 Alex’s absence.

659/660 -- "Illusions"
When Terence 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. Terence’s visit to see Alex seems to have proven unsatisfactory.

661/662 -- "The Food of Love"
Famine 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 Cathy’s 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 re-united.

663/664 -- "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 (Cathy’s 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 Lucy’s friendship deepens. Terence helps Michelle understand the reasons behind her illness.

665/666 -- "Fly Away Home"
Matt loses all his worldly goods when a fire breaks out in his caravan. Susan Baxter’s 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.

667/668 -- "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 Luke’s motives. When Cathy’s 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 vet’s mercenary nature, he calls off the sale.

669/670 -- "Fellow Travellers"
A road 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. Skeeter’s attitude towards Eileen has changed - in fact he seems quite smitten. He visits her in hospital with a gift and becomes her defender when Eileen’s daughter insists her mother should return home with her.

671/672 -- "Apparations"
The locals 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 Lucy’s help, explain the facts about the AIDS virus to the hospital staff

673/674 -- "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 Peggy’s 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 it’s time he sorted out his marriage and arranges a visit to Alex.

675/676 -- "Birthright"
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 Alex’s total involvement in the community. He wants things as they used to be but they’ve 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 Steve’s dead father marks a huge turning point for the Murrays.

677/678 -- "A Delicate Balance"
Petrol sniffing victims are rushed to the outback clinic at Marlu Ngurra. Terence again witnesses Alex’s 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 Kylie’s life. Terence phones Alex and tells her that he cannot leave Wandin Valley.

679/680 -- "Defence of the Realm"
Pollution and the environment become issues in the Valley following Lucy’s 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. Terence’s 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 ceremony.

681/682 -- "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 Matt’s 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 supply.

683/684 -- "Can't Buy Me Love"
Adam Campbell 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 Matt’s surgery. Ted Campbell believes he can buy his son’s 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 he’s in Melbourne.

685/686 -- "Pride and Joy"
Cris is accused of maltreating Jessie and is investigated by Maureen Hutchins from FACS (Family & Community Services). Luke’s 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.

687/688 -- "Race Day"
Racial prejudice rears it’s 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, Jessie’s 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 baby-sitter.

689/690 -- "Hook, Line, and Sinker"
Matt’s Valley Vet radio show is attracting some very strange callers. Dr. Supatra endangers a patient’s 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.

691/692 -- "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, Luke’s precious car becomes a vet-mobile.

693/694 -- "Natural Selection"
Carl Bailey, Cathy’s mystery man, arrives from Kakadu which puts Matt’s 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 Matron Sloan.

695/696 -- "Playing It Safe"
Dave Cooper, a cowier driver, surprises the staff at the hospital with his medical expertise. Reverend Michael’s dog spots danger when his continual licking and pawing causes Matt to notice a melanoma on the Reverend’s leg. Dave and Jenny Cooper face the past when their son is injured in Jessie’s new tree house. Cookie, Bob and Shirley become stars of Cathy’s 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.

697/698 -- "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 Esme’s 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.

699/700 -- "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. Cathy’s horse gives birth to a baby foal. The Valley is saved when Ted changes his mind about the dam development.

701/702 -- "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. Matt’s cousin Kenny comes to stay at Boolaroo and reveals a surprising medical knowledge. Kenny’s mysterious illness gets worse and Terence and Cris are forced to operate. Unnecessarily, it seems, and they determine that Kenny suffers from Munchausen's Syndrome. Frank 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 Frank’s bedside.

703/704 -- "Flashback"
Darren Stiles, a partner in crime from Luke’s 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. Lucy’s 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.

705/706 -- "Stand By Me"
Sue Daley’s 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 astounded.

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