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1990 Episode Synopses

707/708 -- "Puppy Love"
Dave Watson takes the law into his own hands when wild dogs kill his sheep. Cookie falls for his star border, Liz Scales. Bob is away with Fancy Nancy. Matt and Lucy are in love and Cathy finds it amusing that they are trying to bide it from her. Cookie convinces Esme to help him redecorate Bob's house. When they are laying down a r~w carpet Esme notices a bump underneath it. Believing it be a box of mothflakes she flattens it with a hammer. It is not until then that she notices that Caruso, Cookie's canary is missing.... Has she indeed buried Caruso under the carpet and if not where has it gone?

709/710 -- "Anna and the King"
Former pop idol Martin Glass injures himself riding on Cris' new motorcycle. Luke tries to help song-writer Anna Collins overcome her disability. Cathy apprehends Ivy Clements in the National Park when she is caught stealing some rare orchids. Cookie is distraught when his young niece, Sam, goes missing. Anna Collins takes action when she discovers Martin Glass has been claiming her songs as his own and is about to ditch her for another keyboard
player. A mystery patient confuses everyone at the hospital.

711/712 -- "Stepping Out"
Cris falls for Charlotte Reed, a locum vet and mother of a child with spina bifida. Bob Hatfield says he is going to leave the Valley for good. Frank is easily persuaded to go for his HSC by Helen Caulfield, a TAFE counsellor. Cookie is determined to change Bob's mind about leaving. Luke helps Cathy retrieve a fniit bat from Esme's peach tree and the experience of learning how to care for the injured animal enthuses him about the possibility of further education, but a letter from his mother demanding money destroys his happy mood. Shirley is concerned that Cathy is upset about Matt and Lucy's new relationship.

713/714 -- "Never Too Late"
Luke's friendship with Kevin Walsh, an itinerant worker, turns sour when he discovers the man has abandoned his kids. Matron Sloan is fed up with Paula Williams, a trainee nurse who seems to lack practical experience. After a heated row Paula resigns but Lucy, who notices how good Paula is with the elderly patients, persuades her to give it anothergo. LukeandKevinarebothinjuredwhentheyfalldownanoldwell. CathyispleasedtoseeLucyandMatt return, but not too keen when Esme confides in her as “one spinster to another”.

715/716 -- "Waltzing Matilda"
Wealthy Katie Weilbourne threatens the relationship between Matt and Lucy. Rivalry develops between Terence and Cris when they are quizzed by Ruth Furl, an investigative journalist. Luke is accused of stealing Ted Campbell's prize ram. Luke is attacked by Alan Dwyer who is wanted for murder. Ted Campbell takes the law into his own hands to retrieve his ram. Chaos reigns when everyone tries to organise Jessie's seventh birthday party. Esme Watson and Cookie eventually save the day. Luke has his broken leg set in plaster.

717/718 -- "Promises to Keep"
The pain of a broken leg from last week's incident with a wanted murderer is all but forgotten when Luke falls in love with Miriam Bnggs, daughter of local politician Douglas Briggs. Paul Adams, a victim of leukaemia, rides into Wandin Valley on his way around Australia. Cookie picks the wrong time to turn Esme's house into a bed and breakfast. Luke's relationship with Miriam is threatened by her father who sees Luke as “a young hoodlum” and forbids his daughter to see him. Cathy reluctantly agrees to help the young couple but Douglas is determined to keep them apart.

719/720 -- "Still Waters"
Carol Healey's strange behaviour is not noticed until her baby goes missing. Rhonda Sainsbury threatens to have the hospital closed down when her daughter Jane is struck down by a mystery infection and she is not the only one.
Terence is mystified when patients are not recovering after routine operations. Although their wounds are clean, they show the symptoms of infection and Terence accuses Matron Sloan of a dirty hospital. Matt builds Lucy a new chook pen, but a vandal keeps knocking it down. Cathy receives another gift from her mystery admirer, with a note saying he will be in the area soon and will visit her.

721/722 -- "Wild Horses"
Cathy Hayden is offered a job in far-away Kakadu, but hesitates when palaeontologist John Freeman arrives in the Valley. Lachlan Momson, a patient in the hospital, worries about Maggie Sloan's workload. Cathy is instantly attracted to John Freeman and the feeling is appears to be mutual. Lachlan and Matron Sloan find that they share a common interest in gambling and horses. With Shirley away, Frank is bored, so he seeks the company of Cns and Terence, but too many cooks spoil the broth. Lucy's concern for the environment and her pocket extend to a replacement for her dead car.

723/724 -- "Romancing the Sloan"
Matron Sloan faces the past when young Joshua Bates is brought to the hospital with serious burns. Cathy and John Freeman catch some thieves at the dig site. Matt is faced with an unusual relationship between Herb Munro's dog and a duck. With the help of Lachian, Maggie Sloan confronts and lays to rest a few old ghosts that have haunted her for so long. Luke has his plaster removed from his leg. Cathy and John have a huge row which culminates in Cathy preparing to leave for Kakadu. Lachlan persuades Maggie to leave the Valley and travel the world with him. The residents throw a huge farewell party for the departing Matron Sloan.

725/726 -- "Kiss Me Kate"
Lucy becomes Acting D.O.N and provokes a staff strike when she dismisses Janet, the kitchen hand for petty theft. Cns argues with Lucy over a simple remedy for Mr Tibble. Tess, an archaeological student, upsets Cathy's romance with John. Esme is distraught by the discovery of nits in Jessie's hair. John stuns Cathy with a marriage proposal, she accepts and the whole of the Valley celebrate their wedding. Lucy resolves her problems with the help of Freda Spinner. Matt and Lucy help Perce Hudson cope with the death of his wife. The town wave goodbye to Cathy and John as they head for Kakadu.

727/728 -- "Change of Heart"
Stephanie “Steve” Brennan refuses to accept that her father Snow might die. Lucy is lobbying for Sue Daley to become Matron. Single father Mike Peters is unable to cope with his baby daughter. Bob Hatfield is given a greyhound as payment for a job. Luke celebrates his 18th birthday and Bob and Cookie are making plans for a surprise gift for him. Matt and Lucy are homfled when Luke moves into Boolaroo. Steve decides to stay on the farm after the death of her father. Luke's car, his “dream machine” is stolen. Twice!! Matt and Lucy cannot find any time to be alone now that Luke has moved in with them.

729/730 -- "Sisters"
Ann Brennan comes to Wandin Valley after the death of her father Snow and meets her half sister, Steve, for the first time. Not that their meeting goes too well. Ann wants to sell the farm and return to Perth, while Steve is determined to keep it After a phone call from Ann's married lover, she is forced to reconsider her position and decides to stay in the Valley and take the position of Director of Nursing at the hospital. Wandin Valley reveals its musical talents when rock artist Paul Kelly makes a guest appearance. Steve and Ann resolve their differences.

731/732 -- "Sisters II"
Luke finds a letter that changes his views about Anzac Day. Surgery on Andrew Mclavish, the hospital cook leads to professional rivalry between Terence and new D.O.N, Ann Brennan. Steve tries to beat a council order to spray a blackberry infestation. The following day Steve's newly inseminated cows begin to abort and a savage storm ruins the hay. Ann is impressed by Steve's determination, but also can see that she needs help. She decides to stay on the farm.

733/734 -- "Casualties"
A pesky donkey proves useflul fbi Jessie's Ciallipoli pageant. Terence becomes irritated when Ann releases his patient
Fred Watkins for the Anzac Day march. Luke is furious when teacher Dennis Taylor once again succumbs to alcohol.
Cookie and Bob claim innocence when Tiger Kelly's scheme to train Pancho, the greyhound backfires. Town drunk
Dennis Taylor finally confronts his horrors of Vietnam.

735/736 -- "It's in the Blood"
A letter from Cathy gives Matt and Lucy a shock - she intends to sell Boolaroo. Luke's alcoholic mother, Therese, comes to the Valley. A wayward goat causes disaster. Terence is sprayed with infected blood from accident victim Ron Johnson. A violent confrontation changes the relationship between Luke and his mother. Cris uses hypnosis to help little Russell Guest overcome learning difficulties.

737/738 -- "The Sting"
Bob fights for his life after a bee sting Luke and Shirley visit Father Moore~s refuge in Sydney. A wayward girl “Beck? is injured in an explosion. Lucy has moved into the Brennans and Matt has to live with Cookie. Becks follows Luke and Shirley back to Wandin Valley and causes chaos in the Gilroy house. Ann collapses in the hospital. Matt is concerned that Lucy's attitude to him has changed.

739/740 -- "All or Nothing"
The annual fishing competition is due to get under way and Terence, Bob and all the other keen competitors get angling fever. Ann Brennan's former lover, Peter Shepherd, arrives in Wandin Valley. Matt is confused by Lucy's strange mood swings. Radio personality Clover Owen-Jones is startled by Matt's proposal to Lucy over the airwaves. Ann is undecided about returning to Perth with Peter. The fishing competition inspires unbridled rivalry between Bob and Terence.

741/742 -- "Confinement"
Esme's use of steroids startles Wandin Valley residents. Steve's animals are being poisoned. John Bushell, a mildly retarded man is abandoned at the hospital by his mother Sue and sister, Alison. Jess and Cris help John overcome some of his difficulties. Terence and Ann form a new bond and relationship as they help Linda McNeil give birth. Man has egg on his face when Bob and Cookie fall for his yarn about feral chooks.

743/744 -- "Body and Soul"
Terence receives divorce papers from Alex and is far from happy. He clashes with Cassandra James~ a psychic healer whose daughter Emma is a diabetic. David Green is convinced he is going to die on his 42nd birthday and Cris cannot understand why he is so sure. Lucy puts Matt to the test with a magazine quiz. An understanding develops between Cassandra and Terence when Emma rebels against her mother. A pair of echidnas create havoc at Bower Cottage.

745/746 -- "Images"
Something~s on the nose when the food at the club tastes good. Cookie collapses and is admitted to hospital. Pam and Ian Duncan seek Ann's help to resolve a marital problem. Man performs a face-lift on Tiny Hoyle's dog. Steve is injured in an explosion. Matt tries to get Lucy to visit him more often at Bower Cottage but his plans go awry when he injures his back However, this doesn't stop Matt revealing his ideas for their wedding day and giving Lucy another little surprise.

747/748 -- "Burn Off"
A deliberate act by Lenny Jackson turns a winter burn-off into a raging bushflre which threatens Wandin Valley.
Shirley helps her niece, Holly, comes to terms with possible breast cancer. Cookie is baffled by a talking litter bin!
Tragedy strikes when Lenny Jackson and Matt try to rescue Lucy and Cris from a burning Bower Cottage. Luke and
Steve clash over a burnt wallaby. Mail and Lucy's future home is destroyed by the bush-fire.

749/750 -- "Aftermath"
In the aftermath of the bushflre, Matt collapses and two women~ Barbara Morgan and Karen Stone, report their husbands missing. Health inspector Lou Lindsay charms Esme with a wink and a nod, but he smells a rat when Cookie helps with an nuspection of the Lodge. Two men are missing but Frank has found only one body. An autopsy by Terence provides some clues to a possible murder. Ann and a mob of unruly sheep force Cris off of his motorbike. While inhospitalCnsmakesthemostofAnn'sanentiontohis injuries. Matt produces a surpriseforLucy at the Bushfire Benefit concert.

751/752 -- "Running Wild"
Terence becomes an impossible patient when he injures his foot. Matron Hilda Arrowsmith makes Ann a surprising offer. Steve and Luke help Kevin Walsh with his wayward daughter Sarah. Man and Lucy learn about divorce. Matron Arrowsmith's devious plans are revealed in a bedside tryst with Terence. Kevin Walsh is devastated when he learns his daughter's past life. Matt and Lucy have a pie-marital discussion with Rev Mlchaels. Bob and Cookie's dog training methods backfire.

753/754 -- "Where There's Smoke"
Cris Kouros refuses to treat Gail Haines after her father-in-law Stan has a bad asthma attack due to her heavy smoking Lucy detects an ominous lump in her own abdomen after nursing cancer patient Margaret Reeves. Luke takes an unfortunate dip with the sheep! Lucy calls off the wedding when she fears she has cancer. Tom Haines blames his mother Gail's chronic smoking for the departure of his grandfather Stan. Doris, the beer-drinking pig, joins her new friend Barney for a drink

755/756 -- "Runaways"
Still stunned by Lucy's decision to call off the wedding, Man kidnaps Lucy and takes her away for a romantic holiday, where she finally reveals her fears about the lump in her abdomen. Matt rushes her back to the Valley and Terence operates immediately. Runaway teenagers Sally King and Peta Thornton steal Luke's car. Esme's behaviour shocks the doctors when she is admitted to hospital suffering from a Deep Vein Thrombosis. Luke tries to help Sally and Peta but his good nature back-fires when they steal Steve's wallet.

757/758 -- "Childhood's End"
Matt deliberately avoids Lucy in the hospital when he discovers that Lucy's condition is due to a past affair and Terence reveals that Lucy is infertile. Matt lets his business slip and becomes aggressive when Cris and Luke offer assistance, but a car accident forces him to confront his confusion and makes an effort to win back the woman he loves. An art competition judged by Pro Hart reveals a new artistic talent. Young Hedley Johnson reacts badly to the news that his mother Meredith had diabetes. Bank manager Cec Kennedy shows the humorous side of his nature as a stand-up comic. Matt and Lucy announce that the wedding is back on.

759/760 -- "A Private Concern"
Lucy and Matt are dismayed to learn that Lucy's mother Lois has handed over all the wedding arrangements to Esme! Luckily for the couple, Esme gets side-tracked when she mistakenly believes Terence is going to leave the Valley and
travel the world. Terence, however, has more immediate problems when Shirley suspects that young mother of two, Kerrie McLeod is suffering from post-natal depression. Further investigations by Terence uncover a family beset by
domestic violence. Kerrie's husband Martin continually takes his frustration out on his wife. Luke's plans to impress Steve go astray when his car breaks down. Cns treats Max Grogan, a panel beater, who is suffering from dizzy spells bought on by continually seeing gruesome wrecks of smashed vehicles from road accidents.

761/762 -- "The Golden Fleece"
The arrival of shearer's cook Gladys Carter sends Cookie running. Her son Cholmondely, meanwhile, is smitten by
Ann. Luke is suspicious after Ted Campbell appeals to Steve for help. Matt and Lucy's wedding plans change yet
again. Jessie and her friend Bianca Jones become ill after playing tunnel ball in the park. Luke enters Steve in the
Wool Queen contest. Cookie believes he has found a long lost son in Cholmondely after he recalls a brief affair with
Gladys many years ago. A reluctant Steve is crowned Wool Queen.

763/764 -- "Old Wounds"
Luke is torn between his feelings for Steve and Miriam Bnggs. Old Eddie Marshall hides a secret in his artificial leg. Steve goes water-skiing with Miriam, but the day ends in a horrifying accident as Miriam is impaled on a branch in the
river. With Terence away, Cris must perform emergency surgeiy which reveals the possibility that Miriam may be paralysed. During the operation Cris seems preoccupied and Ann reprimands him for not concentrating. Lucy then informs Ann that Cris' wife was killed in a water-skiing accident. Esme withdraws from the Senior Citizen of the Year award after reading Ivy Clements medical file.

765/766 -- "Sacred Cows"
Ann is excited by the arrival of old flame Rex Sanders in Wandin Valley. Bankrupt Glen Morgan injures himself as he is about to leave his farm with his wife Barbara. Matt becomes ill after treating Lionel the cat. Shirley becomes more than interested when Terence treats Jack Williams for skin cancer. Rex Sanders reveals his plans to buy up land in the Valley on behalf of a Japanese company for factory fanning Ann is horrified when she learns that the Brennan farm is on Rex's list of potential sites to be bought. Shirley's concern about a growth on her face is confirmed and Terence recommends surgery.

767/768 -- "Little Big Man"
Cookie becomes unemployed when new barmaid Vera Charles takes over his job, all arranged by Muldoon. Young Paul Jenkins is left to baby-sit his brother while his single mother Joy is at work. Red Chishoim causes problems for the staff at the hospital when he ignores Terence's treatment. Cookie believes he has voodoo powers when Vera Charles has a series of accidents. Joy Jenkins is forced to confront the problems of single parenthood after her son is injured. Cookie is back in his rightful place - the club. Terence and Ann have an argument after a game of Scruples at the Brennan house.

769/770 -- "A Secret Place"
Ann becomes emotionally involved with Gemma Gordon, a young cystic fibrosis patient whose lifestyle with her single mother, Lynette, mirrors Ann's own upbringing. Jessie runs away when she loses her mother's watch. Matt and Lucy argue when Lucy encroaches on Matt's territoiy by diagnosing a home remedy for Steve's horse. Reg Taylor shows Luke and Steve a house that is perfect for Matt and Lucy. Luke has second thoughts about Steve when she says she wants to get married. Cris comforts Ann over her involvement with Gemma Gordon.

771/772 -- "Only the Good"
Luke is diagnosed as having a brain tumour. Old Skeeter Martin returns to the Valley and helps Luke prepare for his operation. Frank and Shirley's unwanted house guest, Clayton J Ranenburg arrives from Bali and is poisoned by a
dead snake. Luke isoperatedonbyKatherinelYAngelo. Steve and Matt flghtforthelifeofafoal. Lucy hears noises in the new house and is convinced she is about to meet Erin, the ghost who lives there.

773/774 -- "When a Girl Marries"
Malt and Lucy's wedding day draws closer and there is trouble from all quarters. Matt argues with his father Gil and Lucy's mother Lois tells Lucy she is divorcing her father Patrick, who is refusing to attend the wedding. Lucy seeks advice from old Freda Spinner. Cookie is injured and is unable tQ cook the food for the wedding breakfast. Religious differences are settled with the help of Reverend Michaels and Father Lawrence. Is the mystery patient at the hospital Lucy's father? All is revealed when Lucy's father finally arrives in the Valley to give her away. The town delights as Matt and Lucy marry.

775/776 -- "The Quality of Mercy"
Romance blossom for Cris Kouros when the beautiful Elizabeth Brown arrives in Wandin Valley. Sue Daley has a row with Ann and then almost kills one of her patients. Cookie makes a citizen's arrest. Jessie and Mike Turner collect for charity, oris it a case of charity beginning at home? Cris is quickly falling in love with Elizabeth but is the feeling mutual?

777/778 -- "Glittering Prizes"
Shirley and Cris launch their election campaigns. Red Chishoim brings the Muldoon Wing out on strike when Ann refuses to co-operate with his demands. A young boy confronts his father about some prescribed drugs. Frank is suffering from writer's block while trying to write his play “Cops” Ann and Red compromise and the hospital gets back to normality once again. Shirley comes out on top in the election and Cris is magnanimous in defeat.

779/780 -- "No Case to Answer"
Frank and Sgt Bruce Sharp pursue young Danny Lalor in a high-speed car chase. Shirley gets a lesson in politics.
Frank is blamed for the death of Danny Lalor by the locals but only he knows the truth but he is reluctant to shift the blame onto Bruce Sharp. Luke and Steve find a twenty-year-old time capsule in Ann Brennan's garden and they decide to plant one of their own. Shirley is enjoying the world of cut-throat politics. Frank is cleared of any blame by the authorities but has trouble forgiving himself for his part in Danny's death.

781/782 -- "Dreamkeeper"
New ranger Trevor Jackson confronts lawyer Andy Upton about the theft of an aborigine carving. A Madam Cosmos is admitted to Wandin Valley hospital. Steve gets the wrong idea about Luke's attempts to help a 17-year-old mother. Lionel's days as a torn cat come to an end. Steve is forced to eat humble pie when she realises that Luke was just helping the girl.

783/784 -- "Eye of the Beholder"
Steve falls for farmer Michael Herbert. Terence begins the restoration work on his new boat. Councillor Shirley Gilroy is swamped with her political work Steve suffers a broken heart when she realises that Michael was stringing her along. Shirley suspects that Frank has fallen for Audrey Fullerton - the woman helping him with his writing.

785/786 -- "The Trouble with Theo"
Cris Kouros' parents, Theo and Claire, arrive in Wandin Valley to see their son and grand-daughter Jessie. Matt discovers that marriage to Lucy is not all peace and harmony. Claire Kouros tells a distraught Cns that she is dying from cancer and doesn't have very long to live. Frank has problems casting for the musical. Claire Kouros dies in
Theo's arms at Camelot. Esme is in despair over Theo, who is grieving over his dead wife, but is giving everyone at Camelot a hard time.

787/788 -- "Ain't Misbehaving"
Matt and Lucy become involved with Daniel Bailey, a young autistic boy. Bob and Cookie believe that Esme may be a medium for dead spirits. Frank's musical "Cops" is a great success due to Steve's last minute intervention. Daniel Bailey's father must decide if he can cope with an autistic child.

789/790 -- "My Sister's Keeper"
Terence's life is threatened by the Rose sisters, who have revenge on their mind. Steve becomes a local hero after being the saviour of the musical “Cops”. Terence is held hostage by a woman whose sister suffered medical negligence. Frank is called to the siege to help Terence escape from the clutches of Jennifer and Marnie Rose. Lucy finds yet another waif to take care of but Matt fears Ted Campbell's reaction.

791/792 -- "Second Chance"
Corina Kennedy asks Terence for an abortion. Ann Brennan seems to be the only one unaware of Wandin Valley's
betting ring. Cris and Tim Youngblood almost come to blows after a disagreement over Ninja Turtle mania. Jessie insists on Cris buying her one because everyone at her school has one and when he puts his foot down Jessie swaps her expensive bike with Tim's young son. Luke receives confirmation of a job in Sydney. Does he intend to leave the Valley for good?

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