All Saints: episode guide


Truth & Consequences, Part One

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Episodes 2.01 (42)
Tuesday, February 09, 1999
Produced by Jo Porter
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Grant Brown.

The lives of the Ward 17 staff are about to change forever when an emotional Sophie battles her father-in-law to retain custody of her two young boys. With her best friends being used against her in a seemingly unwinnable custody fight, Sophie, in her desperation, makes a drastic decision about her children's future. Bron becomes emotionally involved in the fate of a car accident victim and his young daughter. Jared is an unlikely ally when a patient returns to Ward 17 for an operation he is determined will enable him to walk again.

Starring: Georgie Parker, Jeremy Cumpston, Sam Healy, Martin Lynes, Judith McGrath, Andrew McKaige, Libby Tanner, Ben Tari, Kirrily White

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham
Special Guest Star: Bill Hunter as Ron Williams

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Maywald as Sophie Williams, Anthony Hayes as Krys Goretski, Max Phipps as Joe Goretski, Andrew McFarlane as David Miller, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Freyje Meere as Renee Miller, Michael Angus as John Aherne, Debrah Algar as Alison McCarthy, Ross Newton as Dean Bledsoe, Jon-Claire Lee as Charlie Hoang, Bill Bentley as Mark Tanner, Terence Moopanar as Raj Singh, Alex Hughes as Tim Williams, Ross Pirelli as James Williams, Roz Bilbe as Mrs. Horton, Donald Cook as Mr. Samuels

Note: image galleries for each episode can be found by clicking on the images

Truth & Consequences, Part Two

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Episodes 2.02 (43)
Tuesday, February 09, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Having responded to the scene of Sophie's car accident, Ben is having difficulty coming to terms with the aftermath of treating people he knows. Sophie and her children have survived the head-on collision resulting from her impaired driving but her friends are even more shocked when her desperate actions the night before come to light. Refusing to lose custody of her children to the man who raised her husband, Sophie confronts her father-in-law from her hospital bed putting Terri and Peter in the middle of a siege situation that will change eveyone's life.

Meanwhile, Bron's fundraising netball game disintegrates when some personal agendas come into play on the court and Von's New Year's resolution seems destined to go up in smoke. A comment in the OR results in a nurse filing a report against Luke for negligence.

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham (uncredited)
Special Guest Star: Bill Hunter as Ron Williams
Special Guests: Elizabeth Maywald as Sophie Williams, Andrew McFarlane as David Miller, Justine Clarke as Samantha O'Hara

Guest Cast: Freyje Meere as Renee Miller, Rona Coleman as Cheryl Williams, Michael Angus as John Aherne, Debrah Algar as Alison McCarthy, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, Jon-Claire Lee as Charlie Hoang, Terence Moopanar as Raj Singh, Ross Newton as Dean Bledsoe, John Noble as Mr Madsen, Peter Healy as Det. Mitchell, Brenda de Lacy as Anaethetist, Stephen Leeder as Mr Jamieson

Notes: 2.01 and 2.02 aired back-to-back. More importantly... WOW what an episode!

Aftershocks

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Episode 2.03 (44)
February 16, 1999
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Terri struggles to deal with what has happened to her friends Sophie and Peter. Bron learns about the hierarchy in the ambulance organisation when she finds herself under the supervision of a strict training officer. Having been confined to desk work while recovering from his Post Traumatic Stress, Ben confronts his demons when he resuscitates a girl at a local shopping mall. Jared and Samantha's blossoming romance is tested when they disagree on a patient's diagnosis. Despite downplaying the honour publicly, Von is secretly thrilled to be chosen as Employee of the Month. Connor ignores pleas to seek treatment for his bad back — until he sets eyes on Lily, the gorgeous acupuncturist.

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, John Clayton as Tony Wilson, Wadih Dona as Ahmed Aziz, Geoff Cartwright as Dr. Rob Bowen, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, James Roden as Dr. Stan Ridgeway, Katrina Hobbs as Lily Vale, Pauline Fiddes as Patty Saffire, Guennadi Doubinski as Orderly Steve Miles, Graeme Rhodes as Harley Austin, Cass Cumerford as Shane Hayes, Shirley Shepherd as Irene Atherton, Ling Hsue Tang [sic] as Barbara Chan, Guila Fois as Emma, Ann Wilson as Alison, Bill Morgan as Dr. Robertson, Terry Cullen as Bystander

Note: Ling-Hsueh Tang will go on to appear as Dr. Kylie Preece (1999–2002)

The Longest Day

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Episode 2.04 (45)
February 23, 1999
Written by Christina Milligan
Directed by Scott Feeney.

A busy day on the ward turns to chaos when the Health Minister is brought in as a patient. Experiencing first-hand the demands on the public health system, the Minister is sympathetic to the needs of the nursing staff but can offer nothing more than an expression of support. A lack of beds on the ward means a patient is left to recover from her operation on a trolley in the corridor. Despite protests from Steph, Luke is authorised to send the patient home early — a decision that has disastrous consequences. Terri struggles to help a Peter cope with his disabilities. Discouraged by his prognosis for recovery, Peter has difficulty adjusting to life in the hospital as a patient. Connor's visit to Lily, the beautiful acupuncturist, has embarrassing repercussions.

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, James Roden as Dr. Stan Ridgeway, Katrina Hobbs as Lily Vale, Amanda Ronald as Kate MacLachlan, Michael Angus as John Aherne, Leo Taylor as Barry Stoneham, Drew David as Don Cunningham, Germaine Glancy as Faye Duggan, Leanda Fraser as Nurse Kendon, Benjie McNair as Greg Morris, Derek Strahan as Herb Dixon, Richard Lambeth as Mr. Kennedy, Judy Knight as Mrs. Kennedy, Jenny Wilson as Ruth Kennedy, Pauline Bailey as Mary Liang
Uncredited: John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Vanessa Stuart as Tina Leslie

Note: the character of Mitch Stevens is introduced as Erik Thomson makes his first appearance

If These Walls Could Talk

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Episode 2.05 (46)
March 02, 1999
Written by Cathy Strickland & Andy Ryan
Directed by Grant Brown.

Terri's emotional equilibrium is tipped when an old flame and colleague, Dr. Mitch Stevens, returns to All Saints after a ten year absence. She is confronted with her past and he delights in stirring the pot. Jaz is forced to make a decision about her pregnancy while Terri and Steph have a confrontation over the issue. Jared sticks to his old-fashioned romantic ideas in his quest to win Samantha's affections. Connor's life is made difficult by a female truck driver while Ben is forced to deal with an emergency situation while on an abseiling course.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Frank Whitten as Ken Burns, Cecily Polson as June Burns, Lyn Collingwood as Laraine Parkes, Patrick Trumper as Dr. Thompson, Scott Major as Jason, Ken Goodlet as Viv Brash, Coral Magee as Mrs. Daley, Wayne Rigby as Matthew Barnett

Getting To Know You

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Episode 2.06 (47)
March 09, 1999
Written by Anthony Ellis
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Mitch Stevens' unorthodox doctoring style brings tension — and humour — to Terri's ward. He steps on many toes as he goes but his decisions prove to be life-saving. Ben's first day back on the job as a paramedic brings unanticipated challenges for Bron when a young mother suffers an horrific tractor accident. Samantha O'Hara suffers a crisis of confidence when she makes a diagnostic mistake which affects her budding relationship with Jared while Connor becomes the unwitting pawn in a lapdancer's manipulative game. Terri steps in to care for Peter when he dismisses his homecare nurse.

Special Guests: Henri Szeps as George Bresnic, Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Jeanette Cronin as Gail Roberts, Simmone Mackinnon as Krystal Woods, Brian Meegan as Alex Heard, Germaine Glancy as Faye Duggan, Tim Dwyer as Dr Sean Archer, Guennadi Doubinski as Steve Mills, Annie Lucas as Mrs. Goh, Wayne Rigby as Ambulance Officer, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Helen Higgins as Susan Slattery, Wendy Holl as Tracey Lee, Dianne Carrol as Mrs Darcy, Francis Wilson as Mrs Daniels, Brooke Gissing as Kelly Hanson

Note: Brian Meegan appeared previously as Alex Heard in ep 1.16

Dependence Day

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Episode 2.07 (48)
March 16, 1999
Written by Shane Porteous & Andy Ryan
Directed by Peter Fisk.

In an episode about dependence between friends, partners and workmates, dependence takes the form of teamwork, friendship and co-operation for some, while for others it is a reminder of a lack of independence. A street kid holds Mitch hostage in an attempt to abduct his junkie friend from Ward 17. Bron and Ben are faced with a complicated premature childbirth which tests Bron and brings up painful memories for Ben. Terri tries to help Peter cope with his trying day as a hospital out-patient. Connor suspects a budding romance between two patients. Von's Employeee of the Month honour garners her more unwanted attention.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Julian Dibney-Hall as Kane Sharpe, Amber Virtue as Sally Kosseff, Jenny Hope as Glynis Jordan, Tim Page as Clive Grimshaw, Joanne Cahill as Ellen Collins, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Catherine Pym as Pam Warburton, Annie Lucas as Mrs. Goh, Harriet Jones as Physio Receptionist, Greg Blandy as Vincent, Scott Hall-Watson as Nurse, Stephen Jones as Mr. Newell, John Reynolds as Mr. Thorne, James Happell as Shaun

Bloodlines

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Episode 2.08 (49)
March 23, 1999
Written by Annette Moore
Directed by Geoff Cawthorn.

When a Jehovah's Witness patient is admitted for treatment, Terri and Luke find themselves on opposing sides of an ethical dilemma. Bron is forced to make some difficult decisions in order to save a life when she is caught up in an armed robbery. Mitch is devastated by the unexpected death of a patient despite his furious efforts to resuscitate her. Conner scores a double date with a surprising conclusion.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Damian Rice as Lindsay Farlow, Betty Lucas as Sister Bernard, Robyn Loau as Lin Donald, Robin Kora as Koro McClutchie, Sue Garton as Mary McDonald, Johnno Zissler as Keenan, Debra Algar as Alison McCarthy, Tim Dwyer as Dr Sean Archer, John Griffiths as Anaesthetist, Arthur Percival as Don Parker, Kim Vernon as Chrissie, Nitya Gehl as Skye, Julie Stevenson as Mrs D, Suzan Kunzendorf as Orderly, Theresa Famularo as Antonia Surnicky, Vicki da Costa as Maria Sabag

More Things In Heaven & Earth

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Episode 2.09 (50)
March 30, 1999
Written by Bevan Lee
Directed by Malcolm McDonald.

The ward is thrown into turmoil when a patient who claims to be psychic says she spoke to the ghost of Sophie Williams who comforted her through the night. The woman's claims and the associated media coverage keep the staff on edge but the arrival of one young visitor pushes Von over the edge. Terri finds herself torn between her duty as a nurse and as a nun when she tries to help a young patient confused about his sexuality. Bron and Jared find life steamy at home when Connor has a house call from Lily. Peter gets more than he bargained for when he wallows in self-pity once too often.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham, Marton Csokas as Brother Thomas

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Samantha O'Hara, Diane Craig as Colleen Collins, Marton Csokas as Brother Thomas, Mitchell McMahon as Adam Stone, James Roden as Stan Ridgeway, Katrina Hobbs as Lilly Vale, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Ross Pirelli as James Williams, Greg Woodward as TV Host, John Argall as Orderly, Chris Drake as Visitor

Pushed To The Limit

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Episode 2.10 (51)
April 06, 1999
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Peter is pushed to the limit when his life seems to be falling apart and he considers taking drastic measures. Samantha and Jared suspect a son of drugging his father but their differing approachs to the case serves to highlight their different backgrounds. Ben decides he can't wait for Steph to come around to the idea of having children and makes a momentous decision. While running the ward, Steph sends the staff mad when she takes her study too seriously. Jared and Samantha's relationship is made public, much to Jared's surprise. Luke leads a group of students on rounds and Mitch find the proper motivation to aid a patient's recovery.

Special Guests: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens, Henri Szeps as George Bresnic

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Paul Chubb as William Lucas, Les Foxcroft as Bill Lucas, Judi Farr as Kathleen O'Hara, Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Christopher Morsley as Les Karver, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Valerie Newstead as Mrs. Franklin, Robert D'Apice as Nathan Karver, Brendan & Jarred Tillittzki as Adam Karver, Edwina Lester as Lena Franklin

Friends and Lovers

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Episode 2.11 (52)
April 13, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Ward 17 is thrown into turmoil when Danny Bucknell is admitted as a patient to recover following a suicide attempt. It's a guilt-stricken time for Peter when his son goes missing and he comes to the realisation that it is time he focused on being a good father again. When Jaz's final attempts to make him admit to the rape fail, she makes an important life decision and announces her resignation with the intention of going back to school. Bron and Ben disagree about how best to handle the situation when they attend to a man who has been trapped under a fallen tree. Mitch picks up an interesting case from Emergency and Connor has the day from Hell when Joan Marden, the Assistant Director of Nursing, comes under his care.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Wayne Pygram as Joel Wallace, Nicholas Papademetriou as Marco Vuga, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, Damon Herriman as Danny Bucknell, Billy Mitchell as Brad Everly, Leanna Brockenshire as Natalie Everly, Jago Harvey as Craig Everly, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Waddah Sari as Abdul Khouri, Jenny Lee Frazer as Kelly Flanagan

Note: Sam Healy's final appearance as ward clerk Jaz Hillerman

Judgement Day

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Episode 2.12 (53)
April 20, 1999
Written by Charlie Strachan
Directed by Geoff Cawthorn.

Emotions on a personal level are running high when Peter shocks his friends by revealing he has resigned from All Saints, leaving Terri feeling lost and alone. Bron finds it hard to stick to ambulance procedures when a young security guard that has been shot during an armed robbery at Cougars is a friend. A young bashing victim tells Steph a secret, leaving her to decide whether to tell the police or not. Samantha finally meets Jared's mother but her hopes for making a good first impression are quickly dashed. Meanwhile, a new temporary ward clerk irritates the staff.

Special Guest: Erik Thomson as Dr Mitch Stevens

Semi Regular Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham

Guest Cast: Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Gennie Nevinson as Mrs. Levine, Callan Mulvey as Stewie Holder, Brendan Donoghue as Garry Richards, Marika Mann as Bubba Levine, Chelsea Yates as Laura Morrison, Sebastian Huber as Simon Morrison, Kath Gordon as Astrid Langley, John Douglas as Mr. Pritchard, Stacey Giaprakas as Detective Capinelli, Allen Cribbs as Detective Bolton, Sean Daly as Nick Richards, Jeremy Clarke as Constable Fenton, Peter Rouchotos as Constable Linden, Tai Scrivener as Constable Wells, John Douglas as Mr Pritchard, Peter Mack as Michael

Note: Andrew McKaige's final appearance as Dr Peter Morrison. Read the article "Tainted saint" for info on his departure

Roll The Dice

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Episode 2.13 (54)
April 27, 1999
Written by Michaeley O'Brien
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Professional boundaries are overstepped when Mitch and Luke clash over treatment for a girl with a brain aneurysm. Bron comes to a shocking realisation about herself when she treats a man who has failed in a suicide attempt. After discovering Ben has been going to sperm bank, Steph thinks he is obsessed with becoming a father but delivering a baby helps her understand his desperation. Meanwhile, Von is puzzled by the mysterious behaviour of one of the patients in her care and Jared accuses Bron of stealing the rent money.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Tiriel Mora as Steve Cole, Alan David Lee as John Jeffries, Gillian Hyde as Anne Jeffries, Tempany Deckert as Andrea Carter, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Ken Ray as James Carter, Olga Yared as Cloris, Wayne Rigby as Rescue Officer

Notes: After a pair of cast departures, new opening titles debut with Erik Thomson elevated into the starring cast. There is no longer a "Semi Regular Cast" tag attached to Brian Vriends' name in the end credits although his name still stands alone prior to the guests actors.-->

My Mother Myself

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Episode 2.14 (55)
May 04, 1999
Written by Anthony Ellis
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Jared and Samantha's relationship is strained after he finds himself unknowingly caring for her mother when she is admitted to Ward 17 for a hip replacement and he finally learns why Sam has been hiding details of her personal life from him. Ben and Bron clash when she doesn't follow procedure while dealing with a heroin-addicted mother at the scene of a car accident. Forced to file a report on the incident, Ben then accuses Bron of taking advantage of their friendship. Von finds herself in the middle of a love triangle as she tries to keep a patient's wife and mistress from meeting one another. Luke's patient, a recovering drug addict, refuses pain medication after surgery leaving Terri to seek out alternative treatments. Meanwhile, Connor celebrates a birthday and another temporary ward clerk joins the team.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Justine Clarke as Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Judi Farr as Kathleen O'Hara, Tony Barry as Frank O'Hara, Mitchell Butel as Christopher Jones, Edwina Bishop as Hayley Foster, Naomi Hibberd as Jade Foster, Kim Knuckey as Derek Daniels, Ruth Osborne as Lucy Daniels, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Karen Richardson as Julie Simkins, Bernadette Madell as Jesse, Trevor Farrugia as Medical Student

Get A Life

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Episode 2.15 (56)
May 11, 1999
Written by Christina Milligan
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Mitch is forced to confront his fears when a cancer patient refuses treatment. He embarks on a campaign to make his patient change his mind but ending up drunk and alone, he bangs on Terri's door. Steph gets starry-eyed about a possible promotion when Joan recommends Terri for a new position as her replacement. Bron gets the "relative from Hell" when she finds herself under constant scrutiny by a patient's daughter during her ward shift. Meanwhile, Jared blames Connor when Samantha's mother takes a fall and Ward 17 is finally sent a charming, polite and quick ward clerk… but for how long?

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Justine Clarke as Samantha O'Hara [uncredited], Judi Farr as Kathleen O'Hara, Garry McDonald as Dave Armstrong, Betty Lucas as Sister Bernard, Tony Barry as Frank O'Hara, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Myles Pollard as Robert Ford, Julie Hamilton as Mrs Armstrong, Katherine Lee as Emma White, Ron Gaist as Fred White

An Irish Lullaby

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Episode 2.16 (57)
May 18, 1999
Written by ?.

Directed by Geoff Cawthorn.

It's a heartbreaking time for Samantha when her mother does not respond to treatment for pneumonia and a wound infection. She finds she cannot cope with her impending death and Jared is shocked when she drops a bombshell on him. When an eager young bystander rescues an alcoholic from a blazing warehouse, Ben suspects foul play while Bron learns that ego is a dirty word. Meanwhile, Mitch uses his voodoo skills to help a deluded patient.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Justine Clarke as Samantha O'Hara, Judi Farr as Kathleen O'Hara, Tony Barry as Frank O'Hara, Scott Major as Jason Richard, Myles Pollard as Robert Ford, Maggie Blinco as Berry Juniper, Ken Snodgrass as Charles McKew, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Shane Emmett as Aiden O'Hara, Alex Hamill as Declan O'Hara, Barbara Gouskos as Mrs Habib, Mustafa Hussein as Yoosef

Head To Head

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Episode 2.17 (58)
May 25, 1999
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Catherine Roden.

It's a hard day out in the field for Ben and Luke when they come into conflict over their differing approaches to saving a factory worker with his arm caught in a machine. Steph questions her choice not to have children when she nurses a successful businesswoman, diagnosed with breast cancer, who regrets giving up her child for adoption during her teenage years. Connor fears that a series of late nights may have caused him to endanger the life of a patient. Terri is concerned Jared's unresolved feelings about his break-up with Samantha are affecting his work.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Penne Hackforth-Jones as Elise Fletcher, Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Mick Innes as Rowan Barker, Peter Callan as Graham Birch, Derek Ee as Mr Wu, Rachael Gorham as Cynthia, Michael Kong as Jeff the cleaner, Mark Hennessy as Rescue Leader, Margaret Christensen as Carol Birch, Marcus Schultz as Foreman, Jeamin Lee as Interpreter, Melissa Sosa as Karen

Note: 1999 AFI Award winner for "Best Episode in a Television Drama Series (Long)"

Desperate Remedies

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Episode 2.18 (59)
June 01, 1999
Written by Anthony Ellis & Alexa Wyatt
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Emotions run high when a patient claims to have been fully conscious during an agonising operation. While the doctors and administration dismiss the very notion, Steph fights to have the woman's concerns heard. Bron fears her prejudices may result in a young girl being separated from her junkie mother. Is it too late to stop Welfare from interferring? Connor is having trouble with his ancupuncturist girlfriend after slighting her profession and must find a way back into her good books. Recommending a patient who is refusing any pain medication may be just what he needs… or not. Meanwhile, Von is forced to enlist some male help in getting through to a troubled teenage boy.

Special Guest: Andy Anderson as Alan Mitchell

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Rebecca Riggs as Brenda Stewart, James Roden as Dr. Stan Ridgeway, Katrina Hobbs as Lily Vale, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Edwina Bishop as Hayley Foster, Daniel Kellie as Ashley Ciantar (1.38), Janet Gibson as Mrs Curran, Michael Angus as John Aherne, Naomi Hibberd as Jade Foster, Harry Bragg as Mr. Nicholls

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The Human Touch

Episode 2.19 (60)
June 08, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Luke has had enough… Bron has been avoiding him and he needs to know where he stands in her life. Confronting her, Luke demands to know why she insists on messing with his emotions. Despite attempts to avoid the real issue, Bron is faced with an insistent Luke — he wants her to let him know what she wants, needs, expects from him. Bron takes that ultimatum with her on her paramedic shift.

Things soon become clearer when she and Ben attend a motor vehicle accident and find an old couple injured in their campervan. When Donald refuses to leave the woman he has loved all his adult life, Bron is shown the meaning of true love. The elderly couple dies together as they would have wanted, and Bron realises that true love still exists in this messed-up world. But does it exist for her?.

Von is not happy with the arrival of her next-door neighbour on the ward. Hazel lives alone, is an alcohol abuser, and Von does her best to keep away from the situation as the rest of the staff debate the rights and wrongs of treating someone who is so obviously her own worst enemy. Mitch, however, is not about to give up on Hazel and puts pressure on Luke to help him ignore hospital policy and operate on the woman. Someone has to reach out and help this woman… is Luke the man to do it?.

Jard is smitten — in the professional sense — by the arrival of an unidentified man who does not seem to have a friend in the world. But the patient's arrival on the ward seems to coincide neatly with the outbreak of several minor fires, and Jared soon realises that his patient is a little too handy with a box of matches. Jared has to take the man with him to be constantly supervised while waiting for a psychiatric evaluation.

While everyone else is trying hard to reach out to their patients, Connor is doing his damnedest to shut his up. Ralph takes incessantly, about everything, but like so many people in the world is largely dismissed. Given everything else that is happening on the ward today, Connor is compelled to take some time to get to know Ralph and is surprised to find he has a lot to offer.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Pat Bishop as Hazel Masterton, Brendan Higgins as Dr. Stafford, Michael Angus as John Ahearn, Peter Carmody as Ralph Manning, Anna Maria Belo as Joanne Mitchell, Josh Picker as Paul Mitchell, Matt Storer as Jim Delaney, Colin Taylor as Donald Simpson, Julie Herbert as Beatrice Simpson, Pamela Drysdale as Anna Delaney, Edwina Saunders as ICU Nurse

Disaster Plan

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Episode 2.20 (61)
June 15, 1999
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Geoff Cawthorn.

Sister Bernard again questions Terri about her commitment to All Saints and apparent lack of commitment to the Order's community house. Terri is outraged to learn that Bernard has already taken the liberty of discussing the situation with the Superior General. To Bernard's way of thinking, Terri needs to make a decision about what really is the priority in her life.

When Connor learns that his brother Greg has been admitted to All Saints, he is reticent about making contact. The pair has not seen each other for over a year and their relationship is far from rosy. Connor swallows his pride and arranges for his brother to come to Ward 17, hoping that this could be his chance to build bridges with his estranged sibling. But Greg's antagonistic behaviour is not making things easy for either of them.

A newlywed couple begins to think they are never going to make the cruise they have booked for their honeymoon. The groom has been brought into All Saints on his wedding night following an asthma attack at the reception. Just when it looks like he is about to be discharged, he suffers another attack and Mitch has no option but to keep him under further observation. Then, when the evacuation happens, it really looks as if they will miss the boat.

An unidentified male patient who attempted suicide is sent up from Emergency. He is believed to have taken a non-lethal dose of a sleeping pill. What starts out to be a straightforward babysitting job turns nasty when the patient suddenly arrests and dies. Von and Steph are in the process of laying out his body when the pathology lab puts through an urgent call to Mitch. The blood tests indicate the patient has swallowed a highly reactive agricultural chemical which has reacted with the fluid in his stomach. The dead man's body is consequently leaching toxic fumes. As a result, Ward 17 needs to be evacuated.

A disaster plan is put into action. When all the patients are removed from the ward, the staff themselves are shepherded outside and ordered to take blood from and examine each other. All are told to be on the lookout for possible side effects of exposure. Realising they are dealing very much with an unknown quantity, Steph worries that her fertility may be affected.

Bron is disillusioned about her career in the ambulance service. She is frustrated that she is unable to use a lot of the skills she acquired during her years of nursing. But while she and Ben are transporting a patient from Ward 17 to St Angela's, both her nursing and ambulance skills are required to help treat a fitting patient. This experience renews her commitment to the ambulance service and she decides to study for her Level 2 exams.

Special Guest: Terry Serio as Greg Costello

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Betty Lucas as Sister Bernard, Fleur McMenamin as Stacey Halliday, Grant Thompson as Matt Halliday, Richard Jensen as Simon Borg, John Noble as Mr. Madsen, Gennie Nevinson as Mrs. Levine, Gary Vincent as Trevor Johnson, Guennadi Doubinski as Steve Mills, Paul Turner as Arrest Team Doctor, Elizabeth Crawford as Arrest Anaesthetist, Steve Lamont as Unknown Male

Forget-Me-Nots

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Episode 2.21 (62)
June 22, 1999
Written by Charlie Strachan
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Working on Ward 17 as an agency nurse, Bron is allocated a patient, Phil Oram, who has no memory of the accident in which he lost his wife and child. When he meets Bron he does remember something — Bron attended the accident as an ambulance officer. But while he remembers Bron, she has no memory of him, nor even of attending the scene.

Plagued with guilt that she could forget a patient, Bron is placed under greater pressure when she realises that every time Phil sees her, more memories are triggered. He reaches a point where he wants the memories to stop. He is tortured by the thought that his wife died while he was blaming her for the death of their son.

Unable to change patients, Bron is forced to help Phil come to terms with his memories. In the process, she starts to remember the accident and has to come to terms with the reason why she blocked that particular accident from her mind.

Terri meets with the Superior General of her Order. She expects support from her old friend, but instead is confronted with some unwelcome home truths. Terri is asked to consider living outside the community house for a while and is forced to make some major decisions about her future.

Luke performs a simple tonsillectomy on Zap McCafferty, a young singer and musician. Everything goes well in theatre but on his return to the ward Zap starts to display unusual symptoms. Luke is at a loss to understand what is wrong with his patient. He has to consider taking him back to theatre for an exploratory operation. Finally he uses all medical skills to diagnose a rare and life-threatening disease.

Jared is fearful that both he and Von may be starting to display ongoing symptoms as a result of being exposed to toxic chemical fumes. Mitch examines him, takes tests and is able to relieve him of his concerns. However, Von's symptoms are not so easily explained.

Bron and Jared are not comfortable with Connor's brother, Greg, staying in their house. Connor is trying desperately to rebuild his relationship with Greg and help him get his life back on track after the break-up of his marriage and the loss of his job. But Greg is being a less than gracious houseguest. When Jared comes home early from work he discovers why Greg's life is on a downhill slide.

Special Guest: Terry Serio as Greg Costello

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Jon Pollard as Nigel 'Zap', Lisa Scope as Dale 'Doof', Jamie Oxenbould as Phil Oram, Mary Regan as Trish Rawlins, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Raymond Donald as Geoff Mason, Kellie Robertson as Ellie Oram, Alison Fox as ICU Nurse, Mark Toole as ICU Nurse

Shoot The Messenger

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Episode 2.22 (63)
June 29, 1999
Written by Grace Morris
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Teenaged twins Alan and Brett Cameron [originally seen in episode 1.39, although not by these actors] suffer from cystic fibrosis and have been on a long waiting list for lung transplants. Their overall health has deteriorated recently with Alan bedridden at home with pseudomonas. Brett has the same condition but is not quite as acutely ill as his brother. Alan has been brought on to Ward 17 for treatment. The staff know Alan and his brother very well — they have been regular patients at All Saints all their lives, and they are extremely well-informed about their cystic fibrosis and its complications.

The twins are bonded in age, temperament and, most of all, their illness. Now, for the first time in their lives, they are going to be separated by something they never anticipated: good health. When a lung transplant becomes a possibility, one of them will have a ticket to health, leaving the other behind. This creates feelings of guilt, isolation and bitterness they never anticipated.

Meanwhile, Connor is having his own sibling problems. He has to decide what to do when Jared finally tells him he caught Connor's brother Greg injecting heroin in the bathroom. Connor's initial hope of helping his brother is shattered when he finds Greg stealing. But what can he do to help Greg when he won't try to help himself?.

Steph is nursing Seb Connelly, a sixteen-year-old Aboriginal kid from a small country town. Seb has relocated to Sydney on a football scholarship and contract and is in Ward 17 after an appendectomy. The chance discovery that he has only one kidney could have terrible repercussions for his career.

Terri's excitement about living alone is counterbalanced by the potential hurdles in her new life away from the community. Fortunately Von is there to guide her.

Bron, who had apparently kicked the gambling demon, is in danger again. When Greg Costello steals her rent money she has to find a way to get some cash in a hurry.

Special Guest: Terry Serio as Greg Costello

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Marshall Napier as Mick Mason, Kim Lewis as Megan Costello, Alexandra Fowler as Juliette McAllistair, Luke Carroll as Seb, Brett Nicholas as Alan Cameron, Mark Nicholas as Brett Cameron, Tony Haslip as Mr Cameron, Daryl Cusbert as Lachlan, Jane Findlay as Receptionist, Kevin Healy as Mr. Grattan, Rishi Shukla as Orderly

In with the New

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Episode 2.23 (64)
July 06, 1999
Written by Sally Webb & Annette Moore
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Ben and Bron are called to a suburban house and soon realise that the occupant, although a fully grown man, is severely developmentally delayed. It takes the police's arrival to gain entrance to the house, where the young man's grandmother lies dead at the kitchen table. During the laying-out process, Thomas panics, runs from the house and is hit by a car. Although he is not badly injured, Bron feels responsible, and stays with him during his admission to Ward 17. Thomas clings to Bron as a familiar face and is comforted when she is back the following day as an agency nurse. He bonds with her but she just cannot manage to explain to him that his nanna is not coming back. Meanwhile, the hospital social worker assesses Thomas and decides to recommend to Community Services that Thomas should be institutionalised. Somehow Bron can't bring herself to give up on the idea Thomas could have a brighter future than this.

Von is touched by the plight of one of her patients. Hilary is a middle-aged woman with terminal cancer who draws Von into her scheme to find a new companion for her husband, Owen. At first Von is helping with the 'interviews' but it soon becomes clear to Hilary that Von could be the perfect candidate. And maybe Von is allowing herself to think the same way — it helps that she and Owen get on like a house on fire and have bonded over their memories of serving in Vietnam during the war.

Jared is looking after a young diabetic man, Leo, who has gone on a bender. Mitch, although feeling sorry for the state the guy is in, has little time for people who refuse to take their treatment seriously. Jared suspects that something is amiss but then it is Mitch who finally gets the young man to tell the story of how he was raped.

Terri has moved from the community house into a modest flat and invited her workmates around for a low-key celebration. But All Saints staff work hard and play hard and the 'few drinks' look like turning into a full-on party — especially when Connor spikes the punch. And, after Mitch's jokes about booking a stripper as a housewarming present, Terri is suspicious when he arrives with a police escort.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Kristian Schmid as Thomas, Myles Conti as Leo Rossi, Lynette Curran as Hilary Doyle, Bill Young as Owen Doyle, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Kim Hillas as Joan Marden, Katrina Hobbs as Lily Vale, Robert Spain as Bill Marden, Raj Ryan as Dr Mukherjee, Miriam McLachlan as Meredith Donald, Nerida Brown as Louise Grace, Helen Chebatte as Driver, Amanda Tolnay as Constable Ryan, David Nettleford as Constable Cousta, Michael Brownjohn as Removalist, Angus Hartley as Police Officer

Second Chance

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Episode 2.24 (65)
July 13, 1999
Written by Bevan Lee
Directed by Geoff Cawthorn.

Bron is going all-out to help mentally disabled patient Thomas with his assessment for placement by Community Services. She believes he is capable of living in a share household with minimum supervision and this would help him develop further — rather than being institutionalised. But there is a major setback when Thomas is distressed by a casual shift nurse and then refuses to practise any of the life skills (feeding and dressing himself) which Bron has been helping him learn. Terri points out that Bron will just have to start over again but time is running out as the second assessment is due later in the day.

Ben and John are the ambos called out to a house by Kerri Williams. When they arrive, Kerri's husband, Gareth, is unconscious on the floor as a result of a domestic argument. When Ben sees Kerri about to shake her crying baby, he intervenes. As Ben grabs the baby, Kerri falls. She ends up in Ward 17, feeling very much the victim despite her behaviour. Steph is shocked when she hears Kerri say she has been assaulted by an ambulance officer. Unaware that the woman has embroidered her story and that the ambulance officer is Ben, Steph encourages Kerri to report the incident. This results in a huge rift between husband and wife, with Ben accusing Steph of not knowing him at all if she thinks him capable of such behaviour.

Steph is left out on a limb when she discovers that Kerri has a history of ill-treatment of her children and was very likely to have been lying to cover her own actions. The episode ends with Ben telling Steph that he thinks the marriage is over.

Daniel Parker is a man in his 50s, recently divorced and with a new young girlfriend in her mid-20s. He is very optimistic as he goes into surgery for cancer of the bowel, choosing not to believe the condition will result in any permanent damage. When he wakes to find he has had a colostomy, he does not trust his young partner Kate to stand by him. And, rather than giving her a chance, he sets out to drive her away. Daniel focuses his hope on his ex-wife Angela — not considering she may also have moved on with her life since she ended the marriage.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Kristian Schmid as Thomas Ferry, Robert Alexander as Daniel Parker, Amanda Crompton as Kerri Williams, Michael Angus as John Ahearn, Zoe Dimakis as Kate Morris, Jan Ringrose as Alice Garvin, Leanda Fraser as Phillipa Miller, Neda Lucantonio as Gilda Poletti, Maree D'arcy as Angela Parker, Faye Montgomery as Betty Adams, Mustafa Hussein as Mustafa

Endgame

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Episode 2.25 (66)
July 20, 1999
Written by Christina Millgan
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Terri becomes suspicious about the reasons for a man's repeat hospital visits. Neil has been admitted to All Saints for a variety of complaints over recent months. And now he is being prepped for an appendicectomy. After more than a decade in nursing, Terri knows patients sometimes develop a crush on their nurse but she begins to think there is something much stranger behind Neil's run of accidents and illnesses.

Luke's problems with Neil's case are compounded by having to supervise middle-aged intern, Dr. Ashok Patel. Luke immediately sizes him up as a dithering pedant. Even patient, Russel Woods, wonders whether Ashok knows what he is doing. And Jared finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to keep Luke, Ashok and Russell all happy, while at the same time trying to quell his own doubts about Ashok's methods. But Ashok refuses to dismiss Russell's breathing problems as asthma.

Bron and Ben are called out to a near-drowning and bring in teenager Cathy Maxwell. Cathy is brought up to Ward 17 and is put under Mitch and Steph's care. She is a bright and talented girl and it looks like she will be able to be discharged quickly into the care of her loving parents. So the shocking and unpredictable actions he takes when no-one is looking causes Mitch to completely re-evaluate his treatment of her and land Steph in trouble.

Mitch has noted that Steph is "away with the pixies" all day — no one is aware that Ben has walked out on her. Terri does her best to find out what is behind Steph's behaviour but she is not ready to talk. Neither is Ben — but he is stuck on the job with the ever inquisitive Bron and it is not long before she starts putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

And Ward 17 has another new ward clerk. Tony Hurst is young and competent, with just the sort of bubbly personality that keeps the ward upbeat. He is a secure gay guy and while it is not a problem for him, it does seem to make Connor uncomfortable — and that encourages Tony to stir just that little bit more and consequently Connor to be a little more uptight.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Monroe Reimers as Ashok Patel, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Peter Whitford as Russell Woods, Brendan Higgins as Dr. Jerry Stafford, Lara Cox as Cathy Maxwell, Cheryl Roberts as Patricia Maxwell, Trevor Murphy as Alex Maxwell, Cathy Randazo as Female Rescuer

Note: Jake Blundell begins a 13 episode run as ward clerk Tony Hurst

Behind Closed Curtains

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Episode 2.26 (67)
July 27, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Robert Klenner.

Terri takes another step in defining her newly-found independence, she invites her parents to dinner. Mitch knows Ryan and Eileen Sullivan from the "old days" and his concern suggests Terri may be in for a difficult evening. Terri reluctantly extends and invitation to Mitch but it proves to be a wise move. As the evening progresses, so does Ryan's mood — from avuncular father to aggressive bully. The mood swing is connected to Ryan's heavy drinking. But Mitch is called back to the hospital and Terri has to deal with the end of the evening solo.

Her father's anger is aimed at her moves for independence and he accuses her of betraying her calling. When he turns his anger on his wife, Terri fakes an illness to give her mother a reason for staying the night. The next morning, Terri spots bruises on her mother's arms and realises that Ryan's drunken bullying may extend to physical abuse. Mitch suspects the same thing but when he tries to raise the subject with Terri, she shuns it. It is not something she wants to admit or face.

Ben has left Steph and is back living with his parents. He has told Bron but no-one else knows. Ben and Steph are keeping their miserable secret, ashamed to admit their marriage has fallen apart. Ben takes refuge in work but even this seems to only underline his disenchantment with the so-called virtues… love, fidelity and human decency. But his professionalism rises above his anger at a young criminal, and he saves a life.

Working night shift, Steph encounters two motor vehicle accident victims, rammed while making love in their car. She chooses to place her own interpretation on this relationship, especially when the first word the female utters is her husband's name. Steph may have lost true love but at least it is real for these two. She is disillusioned when she discovers the couple are adulterers, cheating on their respective partners. Her enthusiasm swings to anger and she is prepared to let the truth come out. However, she is outvoted by the rest of the staff who attempt a coverup as the male victim's wife arrives. Unfortunately, the wife discovers the truth. It is ironic that she lays her bitterness on Stephanie. In the end, Ben and Steph have the opportunity to talk, to communicate how they really feel. But the moment is lost.

Connor is looking forward to a quiet night shift in Ward 17 but it is not to be. A post-op hernia patient, Billy, proves to be a chronic snorer, keeping the rest of the patients awake. While amusing at first (unless you happen to be a patient or a member of the suffering staff), it becomes potentially tragic. Connor suspects the patient is suffering from Sleep Apnoea, and his insight saves Billy's life.

Mitch is summoned back when head injury patient Jeff Huxley collapses after a minor stumble. Von worries that the blame may be laid at her door. But Mitch diagnoses a slow bleeding spleen caused by the accident that gave Jeff the head injury.

On top of all this, Von knows that there is something seriously wrong with her. She is counting on Mitch to come up with the answer, but he cannot give it to her yet.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Martin Vaughan as Ryan Sullivan, Melissa Jaffer as Eileen Sullivan, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Chris Bancroft as Billy Gorham, Craig Elliott as Charles Healy, Louisa Hart as Valerie Healy, Marta Kiec-Gubala as Alison Butler, Amos Szeps as Jeff Huxley, Cliff Bowles as Constable Harvey, Ashton Cartwright as Driver, Daniel Carlin as Teenage Boy, Christina Bancroft as Teenage Girl

Lesser Of Two Evils

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Episode 2.27 (68)
August 03, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Mary Ellison is brought into Emergency after having collapsed in the streets. Mitch tries to examine her, only to find the young girl is terrified of him. Mitch is forced to call Terri in to help when Mary's mother turns up and seems even more horrified that a man might think about touching her daughter. Terri and Mitch are forced to work very closely together to unravel the mystery. The situation is further complicated when it is discovered that, while she looks fourteen, Mary is twenty-one and has a blood pressure level a middle-aged man would be worried about. Terri finally uncovers the truth and finds herself caught between her compassion for the mother and her horror at the twisted interpretation the woman has put on religion. When it is discovered that she has been feeding her young daughter steroids and hormones to avert the start of menstruation, Terri has to walk away.

Bron and Ben have their hands full with a sad young man, Vince, who is desperate to prove his love to a woman called Tina. Refusing treatment the first time they are called out to him, Vince is soon in physical danger again. When it is discovered that the women is dead, killed in a car accident just the day before, Ben uses his own feelings for Steph to talk Vince out of hurting himself.

Steph, still trying to make sense of her life, is saddled with a family who cares just a little too much. While their mother recovers from surgery, the family gather in a bedside vigil, making Steph's life hell.

Connor, trying to cope with his continued wariness over the new gay ward clerk and run off his feet on a particularly busy day, is accused of stealing money from a patient's wallet. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Connor can't be sure if the money was there in the first place.

Jared's patient is unconscious, stable and has an unusually large penis. The news spreads like wildfire through the ward and everyone but Connor seems impressed. Finally, unable to deny his curiosity, Connor sneaks in to have a look… only to have the patient wake up and catch him.

Special Guest: Rhondda Findleton as Sharon Ellison

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Susie Rugg as Mary Ellison, Josh Quong Tart as Vincent Sterling, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Ling-Hsueh Tang as Kylie Preece (2.03), Antonia Murphy as Donna Julius, Chris Galletti as Graham Julius, Steven Matthews as Mr McClelland, Terry Binding as Sister Jane Foster, Dawn Benson as Mrs Julius, Andrew Dodds as Justin Brander, Fred Chen as Theatre Orderly

Notes: Josh Quong Tart makes a guest appearance before joining the cast in 2001 as Matt Horner. Ling-Hsueh Tang's first appearance as Dr. Kylie Preece is just 24 eps after appearing in another role.

A Whole Lot To Lose

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Episode 2.28 (69)
August 10, 1999
Written by John Banas
Directed by Di Drew.

When Ben and Bron turn up with a patient who is desperately ill but refuses to enter the hospital, they present Luke with an opportunity to think outside the square and to meet what develops into a very personal challenge. The patient turns out to be an Anglican priest who is absolutely phobic about hospitals. After initially rejecting the challenge of this patient, Luke uses every angle he can think of to win the confidence of the man, even examining him in the hospital's chapel as a first step on what is to be a difficult journey.

Terri, meanwhile, is dealing with the usual complications of an overworked ward, including the arrival of Stan Ridgeway's mother for care and observation. The fact that Luke has seconded Jared to deal with his ex-officia patient doesn't help matters at all.

She goes down to the chapel, only to discover that Luke has determined the necessity of urgent surgery for the priest — he has a potentially fatal dissecting aortic aneurism. Terri becomes a part of Luke's strategy and together they manage to encourage the priest up to Ward 17 and from there to the operating theatre.

Luke's unusual tactics win him brownie points on the ward and, boosted by his success, he invites Steph out to dinner. She accepts, herself on something of a high after recent academic success. But their date is doomed to failure because Steph still is not sure about her separation from Ben and also she is about to make a major professional mistake.

Tony Hurst, the ward clerk, is struggling to keep his head above water while he deals with equipment breakdowns and a busy schedule. Steph inadvertently leaves an exposed needle at the nurses' station whilst she is responding to an emergency, and Tony suffers a needlestick injury.

It is the beginning of a turn for the worse for everybody. The needle in question has been used on another difficult patient — a young woman, Simone, who is apparently suffering from kidney stones. It turns out she is just scamming Mitch in order to get free pethidine shots and she is actually a recidivist junkie.

Steph goes out on her date with Luke, encouraged by him to try to cheer up. The date turns out badly. Steph would be even more miserable if she knew that Ben has heard about the date. Steph, unbeknownst to Ben, has realised, via the date, that her affection for him is far from dead. She tries to approach him and, without telling her that he knows about her seeing Luke, he rejects her in no uncertain terms.

The only person who seems to be getting any good news on this particular day is Von, who finally learns that her illness is not, as she suspected, cancer but lupus. Her euphoria is a source of concern for Mitch, who would like her to take things a whole lot more seriously.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; John McTernan as Rev Geoff Cavendish, Pippa Grandison as Simone Carlisle, James Roden as Stan Ridgeway, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Marjorie Child as Betty Ridgeway, Farren Visocchi as Waiter

Just Like A Woman

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Episode 2.29 (70)
August 17, 1999
Written by Alexa Wyatt
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Connor is stunned to find Alana, a female patient, is a pre-operative transgender. His resolve to cope is shattered when he subsequently learns that she used to be his football coach, and a mentor after Connor's father died. Repulsed and betrayed, Connor wants nothing more to do with Alana. Nor can he understand how Alana's son Tom, also an old friend, can be so accepting of the situation. Alana is diagnosed with breast cancer as a result of the hormone therapy she is on. She refuses to have a mastectomy and will not stop taking the hormones, as it would mean returning to the body she felt trapped in all her life. Connor confronts her for being a coward. Surely any life is better than none at all? Tom helps Connor appreciate the significance and bravery of Alana's transformation. Her distress over the injustice of her fate and insistence that she is still the person Connor admired, finally makes him accept not only the choice Alana has made, but Alana as a woman.

While Steph worries about her husband, Ben enjoys the freedom of being a separated man by flirting with a woman he is called to attend. However, innocent banter suddenly becomes serious when the woman offers her his phone number and then a lift home. Ben succumbs, ending up in bed, only to regret it.

Von refuses to heed Mitch's constant nagging that she must adjust her lifestyle to accommodate her lupus. Her day is not made any easier by Colin, a flamboyant chef who refuses to change his long hours, copious drinking and rich diet despite his diagnosis as a diabetic. Von is finally forced to read the riot act to him and can no longer ignore the relevance of the lecture to herself. Mitch drives the point home. If Von does not look after herself, she won't be able to hold down her job — and her work is the only thing Von has in her life. She goes home to begin educating herself about coping with lupus.

Terri learns Mitch is seeing an employee at All Saints. She becomes totally preoccupied with finding out the woman's identity, finally discovering it is Juliette, a physiotherapist. Mitch's refusal to divulge anything only frustrates her further. Not only is she cool towards Juliette, she is also snappy with her staff. Terri can't believe she has become the victim of the green-eyed monster and resolves to pull herself together, offering Mitch her genuine blessings for his future with Juliette.

Jared is the only nurse to readily accept caring for an obsessive-compulsive patient. At first, he and Sharon get on well, sharing their liking for cleanliness. However, as Sharon's condition becomes more and more trying, Jared starts to recognises some of his own behaviour in her. He tries his best to fight his own 'tidy' instincts, but is destined to fail.

Guest Star: Andrea Moor as Alana Devlin

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Alexandra Fowler as Juliette McAllistair, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Alexandra Davies as Naomi Collins, Peter Rasmussen as Tom Devlin, Troy Planet as Colin Delaney, Michael Angus as John Ahearn, Mustafa Hussein as Mustafa, Tony Vitello as Restaurant Owner

Note: Alexandra Davies will go on to star as Cate McMasters (2004-2007) while Alexandra Fowler will later appear in the reoccuring role of Eve Ballantyne (2006-2007)

Three's A Crowd

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Episode 2.30 (71)
August 24, 1999
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Jared uncovers the dark secret behind an elderly woman's refusal to leave the bedside of a dear friend. Steph puts her credibility and that of a colleague on the line when she challenges a young doctor in front of her patient. Newly promoted and eager to put her new skills into action, ambulance officer Bron is desperate for some excitement, unfortunately her day is filled with nothing but nuisance calls. Connor looks set to miss the big footy semi-final but all is not lost when he helps save a patient's future.

Special Guest: Lois Ramsey as Thelma Franklin

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Connie Hobbs as Ruby Nolan, Paul Tassone as Jake Bosac (1.22), Ling-Hsueh Tang as Kylie Preece, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Bill Redmond as Barry Mountjoy, Duncan Wass as Ewen Farris, Shaun Loseby as Young Prankster, Robin Queree as Ian Albert, Pat Welsh as Commentator

Time Bombs

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Episode 2.31 (72)
August 31, 1999
Written by Peter Neale
Directed by Peter Fisk and Catherine Roden.

Connor reckons Jared should stop sitting at home pining for Samantha and get out more. To this end, he hassles Jared into going to the gym with him. Jared is driving them both to the gym when he knocks over Roger, a very fit guy who trains for triathlons. Roger, who is a very full-on personality, leaps up and says he is fine. Jared wants the guy to have a check-up but Roger says he does not have time and cycles off. Jared sees Roger again at the gym and is amazed by his fanatical approach to training. At the gym, Jared also meets Mel, an attractive instructor. As Jared leaves for work he finds Roger collapsed on the side of the road. Jared calls the ambulance. At the hospital it takes a while for Mitch to diagnose Roger, who is going into body meltdown (Rhabdomyolysis). Roger admits to Mitch he has used training as a way to avoid confronting his feelings about a broken relationship. This admission and a subsequent conversation with Mitch propels Jared back to the gym to ask Mel out on a date.

Connor is delighted to find Cougars star Darren Rigg admitted to Ward 17 and under his care. Darren is a fervent and very public anti-drugs campaigner. He is faced with the treatment decision of whether or not to use a steroid medication to make the football injury heal faster. If he does not take the steroids, he will not heal in time to take the field for the Grand Final. But, if he does take them, he feels it could compromise his anti-drugs position. Darren's fiancee is none other than Simone Carlisle. She is a drug addict who has managed to clean herself up but has hepatitis C. She agrees to allow Mitch to perform a liver biopsy but does not want to tell Darren about her hep C or her past. Simone's presence in the hospital is the talk of the ward, particularly as she may have inadvertently passed the hep C on to Tony via his needlestick injury.

Luke falls into the trap of joining in laughter at Steph's expense over the incident (in the previous episode) where she was responsible for a patient losing confidence in a doctor. This week, however, it is Luke's turn. Olivia, a large diabetic woman, has a reaction to antibiotics and can't breathe. Luke mucks up his attempt to intubate her. Swelling around her throat forces him to do a tracheostomy. After he cuts her neck open, he cannot find the windpipe in all the blood and gore. Stan Ridgeway, who is on the ward looking for Steph's incident report, come to Luke's rescue and the patient is saved. But Luke is completely humiliated.

Terri is forced to come to work out of uniform because both her uniforms were stolen from the clothesline, along with some of her underwear. The main suspect is Neil Phillips.

Ben and Steph's romance heats up, with Ben sending flowers to the ward and Steph slipping a note under a windscreen wiper on the ambulance. The flowers are a source of confusion to Terri, who thinks they are from Luke as a means of apologising to Steph.

Special Guest: Grant Bowler as Darren Rigg

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Betty Bobbit as Olivia MacReadie, Pippa Grandison as Simone Carlisle, Morgan O'Neil as Roger Fleming, James Roden as Stan Ridgeway, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Krissie Steen as Mel Robb, Jane Burgess as Delivery Person, Alan Vaughan as Jared Double, Ashley Fairfield as Roger Double. Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst [uncredited]

Memories by Moonlight

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Episode 2.32 (73)
September 07, 1999
Written by Charlie Strachan
Directed by Peter Sharp.

Terri's mother, Eileen, asks her for help when her husband (Terri's father), Ryan, bashes her. Eileen refuses to go to hospital and Terri asks Mitch to come to her flat to treat her. Mitch discovers Terri has never talked to her mother about the domestic violence. He urges her to persuade Eileen to leave Ryan. Terri tries, but all the years of pretence make it impossible for mother and daughter to be honest with each other. Terri thinks she can try again in the morning but when she gets up she finds that Eileen has gone home to Ryan.

Working a night shift, Von nurses Lillian Gehler, who has been in a car accident with her husband. Lillian is told her husband is in the Intensive Care Unit but she continues to ask why he does not come to visit. At first Von believes the woman's disorientation and anxiety are the result of the anaesthetic but she soon realises Lillian has no short-term memory. Von and Luke learn the memory loss is a pre-existing condition and was caused by herpes simplex encephalitis, and Lillian's husband was her primary carer. Von manages to calm her patient's anxiety. When she learns that Lillian's husband has died, Von has to break the sad news and share the woman's grief. Then, unable to remember even her own grief, the patient calls for Von again and asks when her husband will be coming to visit.

Ben and Bron attend a party where a young girl has collapsed after taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. Her student ID card identifies her as Zoe Dell. When Ben and Bron try to get her to hospital, they are confronted by a gang of drunken youths. They call for police back-up. The girl's condition worsens and they have to treat her while under siege. Steph believes the girl has been admitted with false ID and she clashes again with Dr. Preece, refusing to treat 'Zoe' as prescribed. Steph discovers the girl is really Julie Bentham and she is allergic to penicillin. If she is given the antibiotic she could die. Julie's life is saved twice in one night.

Connor is rushed off his feet when one of his patients reacts badly to a new sedative and starts to sleepwalk. Connor chases him around the hospital all night and falls foul of the night Assistant Director of Nursing Brenda Blair.

Special Guest: Melissa Jaffer as Eileen Sullivan, Gosia Dobrowolska as Lillian Gehler
Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Ling-Hsueh Tang as Kylie Preece, Alexandra Fowler as Juliette McAllistair, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Alyssa McClelland as Zoe Dell, Danny Raco as Goose Goozens, Joy Miller as Brenda Blair, Terry Binding as Jane Foster, Tom Gibson as Space McGill, Glen Hoare as Chuff Marshall, George Carver as Mr Waller

True Love and the Blues

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Episode 2.33 (74)
September 14, 1999
Written by ?
Directed by Serge Lazareff

Ben and Bron arrive at a shooting to find the victim is a Family Court judge, well known for his strong views on family values. Fearing whoever shot the judge will return to finish the job off, police arrange for him to be under strict police guard as he is taken off to All Saints. The police presence on the ward puts extra pressure on the nursing staff; it is not only the hassle of showing ID every time they enter the judge's room but the feeling that every person who walks on to the ward could be the one who shot him. The judge's son waits dutifully for him to return from theatre. On first impressions they appear to have a strong relationship. It is not long, however, before the cracks start to show. As police begin to suspect the culprit may be a lot closer to home than first thought, Nicholas reveals to Terri it was he who shot his father — having caught him in the arms of a woman other than his mother. Bearing the weight of his confession, Terri attempts to resolve the family dilemma. She finds herself entangled in a situation which, emotionally, resembles her own family. Her sympathy with the boy's feelings, if not actions, bring to the surface desires Terri had kept hidden in the deep cavities of her mind since childhood.

Luke and Bron spend their last morning together before Luke heads off to a so-called medical conference in Alaska. Bron, who thinks it is unfair doctors get to have all the fun, would do anything to join him. Out on the road with Ben, it is all Bron talks about. After transporting the judge to hospital, the pair is off to a backyard accident at a suburban house. Having injured herself while committing a mischievous act, 10-year-old Tess has hidden from her mother and is refusing to come out from under the house. Ben decides that, since Bron is the smaller of them, she should go under the house to drag the kid out. Bron does so and in the process receives a nasty cut (and, unbeknownst to her, a bite from a funnel web spider). When she returns to All Saints Bron goes for the regulation tetanus shot. Soon after she begins to feel woozy. Thinking it is her weak attempt at getting sick leave so she can go overseas with Luke, Ben teases her. It is not until she collapses that Ben starts to take her seriously. With Ben's help, Mitch diagnoses her condition. It is a tense wait as the anti-venom kicks in and Bron begins to recover. Seeing the girl they love so vulnerable makes both Luke and Connor realise how important she is to them. It is Connor who finds himself on the backburner, again, when Luke tells Bron he loves her.

Everyone is a little surprised when Simone Carlisle is admitted to hospital with a threatened miscarriage, not least of all Tony. Any ill feelings he has towards her are pushed aside, however, when he learns she has lost the baby. Simone's fiance, Darren, is keen to try for another child straightaway. Mitch warns Simone against this, advising that the management of her hepatitis C must take priority over becoming pregnant. Mitch says Darren needs to be aware of her condition, especially if he is to be her life partner, but Simone is afraid of revealing her past to Darren, and risking losing the man she loves. With Mitch's support, she tells Darren about her hepatitis C status, and her history of IV drug abuse. Her worst fears are realised when Darren walks out. It is Tony who helps Simone find the strength to face life alone.

Von covers for Jared, who is suffering the effects of a strenuous gym routine.

Special Guest: Grant Bowler as Darren Rigg

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Richard Carter as Alistair Walsh, Paul Pantano as Nicholas Walsh, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Pippa Grandison as Simone Carlisle, Pip McGrouther as Tess, Stacey Giaprakas as Detective Capinelli, Mustafa Hussein as Mustafa, Michelle White as Corrine Worth, Nicki Bridger as Connie, Robert Teicher as Journalist, Adam Lindblom as Detective, John Haas as Policeman no.1

Knowing Me, Knowing You

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Episode 2.34 (75)
September 21, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Catherne Roden.

Terri is taking personal time and Steph is looking forward to running the ward for the morning. Although she and Ben are still living separately, she is enjoying the romance of courtship all over again. The day is looking good but there are speedbumps on the highway to happiness, and her nose is soon out of joint when she finds Terri has made time to organise the ward before returning to her flat to wait for the plumber.

Denise Baumann is being treated for a broken shoulder, the result of a fall. She is in her 50s and her husband, Errol, is in his 70s. The situation becomes more serious when Mitch realises there is more to Denise's condition than broken bones. He diagnoses dementia. Steph, deeply sympathetic asks Errol if here is anyone she can call. Errol admits they have a daughter, but have not seen her some time, and Steph deduces there has been a rift in the family.

When Rachel, a successful business executive arrives, her antagonism towards her father only strengthens Steph's sympathy for the parents. But is dangerous to jump to conclusions. Steph discovers Errol did know of his wife's condition but kept it a secret. Rachel accuses her father of selfishness. Errol admits he deliberately hid the truth from his daughter but only because he feared she would put Denise in a home. And he is right. Now that she is aware of the circumstances it is the only option that seems to make sense to Rachel. Her father is too old and she is too busy to provide appropriate home care. Is this selfishness or common sense?.

The tragedy of Denise's condition is that while she is aware she has a husband and daughter, she no longer recognises them. Errol is a stranger to her and she mistakes Steph for Rachel. Steph realises assigning good guy/bad guy labels to this situation is meaningless. The most important thing is to reconcile father and daughter so they can both be there for the mother. She almost manages, but Rachel is cheated of a reconciliation when Errol quietly passes away from heart failure while sitting by his wife's bedside.

Now Rachel goes to pieces. She has lost her father and she will always be a stranger to her mother. Steph counsels her against throwing her life away out of guilt. It is too easy for the carer to become a victim too. Rachel decides on a compromise — she will put her career on hold to care for her mother. The time will come when only the right nursing home can provide that care but, for now, Rachel intends to love and care for her mother while there is till time left. Steph takes this to heart. How much time does anyone have left? The one you love could be taken away from you tomorrow. She takes the plunge and commits herself to Ben, reaffirming her love for him.

Ben and Bron attend an MVA. The victim, a pedestrian, is Mehmet, a Turkish man with little English. He is disoriented, and confused, and seems to have an obsession with his parked car, a nondescript four-wheel drive vehicle. Ben is put off by the man's vomiting and (apparently) violent attitude. He tosses the man's keys to a bystander, who locks the car without checking the interior.

Mehmet is transferred to the hospital and is moved to Ward 17 prior to surgery. But he can't be operated on until he understands what is happening and can give permission. A translator is hard to find. Connor finds himself stuck with a difficult patient, displaying the same kind of agitation and violence which put Ben off. Like Ben, Connor finds the man's inability to communicate an alienating factor. When pethidine is prescribed for the pain the doctor is too lazy to include the anti-nausea medication. Mehmet is throwing up all over the place. Relations between Mehmet and Connor are at rock bottom.

Connor is able to put his antipathy aside and makes a genuine effort to understand what Mehmet has been trying to tell them. He realises there may be a diabetic child still inside Mehmet's car. Connor puts Ben and Bron on the case. It is a race against time, since the car has by now been towed away. The car is located and the child rescued. Meanwhile, although it is not accepted procedure, Connor enlists the help of a Turkish patient to interpret, and meaningful communication between nurse and patient is restored. Connor bonds with Mehmet and restores his son to him.

Another domestic first for Terri, as she prepares to deal with her first tradesman. A card under the door, presumably from the estate agent, has informed her there is a plumbing problem. But when the plumber arrives it proves to be Neil Phillips. Neil, a former patient of Ward 17, suffers from Munchausen's syndrome. He and Terri did not part on the best terms, and Terri has no idea what his medical condition is now. Terri feels extremely uncomfortable in having to deal with him… but her sense of fair play won't let her express this, After all, he seems to be a bona fide plumber. Neil's presence is ambiguous. No proof that he has sinister intentions — but later, while working, he hurts his hand badly. As Terri dresses it, he voices what she is wondering… did he hurt himself deliberately? When he leaves, there is no doubt he will be seeing Terri again. Later Terri checks up on him. When she discovers that (a) he is a qualified plumber and (b) he was sent by the estate agent, common sense tells her to stop being paranoid. Despite this, she is still worried.

Mitch is monitoring Von's SLE (Lupus) condition, and advising her on the lifestyle changes she must make in order to manage it. Von, fearing public ridicule, resists the advice to take exercise. But she agrees to power-walk at lunchtime if Mitch will do it too. Mitch reluctantly agrees. Because Von's condition is confidential and Mitch is treating her discreetly, Connor is intrigued by what he perceives to be an inexplicably close personal relationship between her and Mitch. Inevitably, Connor jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Michelle Fawdon as Denise Baumann, Peter Sumner as Errol Baumann, Rebecca Hobbs as Rachel Baumann, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Simon Elrahi as Mehmet Shammiraz, Tony Helou as Mr. Saad, Marcus Solomon as Ismael, Peter Knowles as Dr. Daley, Michline Jammal as Nawal Ahddad, Cheryl Ward as Bystander, Kim Batchelor as Anaesthetist

When Duty Calls

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Episode 2.35 (76)
September 28, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Peter Fisk.

Bron is thrilled to hear her new partner is none other than Peter Maroney. Pete has a reputation as a hero in his country hometown for his rescue of two children from a collapsing and burning building. Bron is even more thrilled to learn that, unlike Ben, he does not hold much stock in rules and regulations and allows her to perform procedures Ben would never allow. But her pleasure is short-lived when it becomes obvious something is very wrong with Pete. He is not allowing her to undertake procedures because he thinks she is capable but, rather, because he knows he is incapable of performing them himself. When the situation is finally revealed to her, Bron finds herself being held captive by a man who can see his whole career going down the drain.

Judith, a new mother, is admitted suffering flu-like symptoms. Her 12-week-old baby rooms with her, causing a bit of clucky behaviour from the staff. But when Judith collapses, putting both herself and her child at risk, Mitch starts to suspect they are dealing with something far more sinister than the flu. It turns out Judith is suffering from polio, contracted from her daughter, who has recently been immunised against the disease. Von is forced to admit to Terri her SLE (Lupus) status so as to be taken off the case. It falls to Jared to se the woman through the frightening and painful disease.

Ward 17 is pleased to see Brian again after so long, but not so pleased to hear his wife Marjorie has died and he has seemingly lost his will to live. Obviously neglecting his health and welfare, Brian is finally forced to admit he is not harbouring a death wish at all but, rather, feels tremendous guilt over the fact he wants to live despite having lost the love of his life.

The Cougars have finally taken out a Grand Final and Connor's celebrations have lasted a few days, during which both he and Tony have been missing in action. Connor can't remember most of what went on over those days. So when a local newspaper carries a front page spread on the post-match celebrations, featuring Connor and Tony in a warm embrace, Connor starts to wonder just what he got up to. Tony strings him along, having fun at Connor's expense. The fun stops when Mitch tells Tony his test results are back.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Simon Chilvers as Brian Toomey, Annie Davis-McCubbin as Judith Dawson, Tim McCunn as Peter Maroney, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Joy Smithers as Rose Carlton, Michael Angus as John Ahearn, Andrew Hunter as Construction Foreman, Terence Hepburn as Rescue Worker, Silvio Ofria as Roscoe, Craig Corsetti as Matthew, Garth Saville as Simon, Taylor & Ebony Gray as Baby Georgia

Note: Joy Smithers' first appearance as Rose Carlton

The Ties That Bind

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Episode 2.36 (77)
October 05, 1999
Written by Anthony Ellis
Directed by Mark Piper.

Connor enters the ward to confront a tense exchange between a mild-mannered young man, Scott, and a middle-aged woman, Margaret, demanding to be allowed to see her dying son — alone. Connor's sympathy for Margaret is secured when he witnesses a tearful bedside reunion with her emaciated son. But there is more to this than meets the eye: Scott is the dying man's lover of ten years, during which time Margaret has utterly rejected her son. She would not even know Mike was dying if Scott had not phoned her.

The scales fall from Connor's eyes once Margaret reveals her true colours — she is a bitter woman desperate to regain some control over her son's life, even if that means hijacking his final hours. Connor does what he can to help Scott spend time with Mike, which only serves to enrage Margaret further. When Scott magnanimously invites her back into the room for Mike's dying moments, she rewards the gesture with the crushing announcement that she — as Mike's mother and next of kin — is claiming her right to dispose of her son's body and possessions, denying Scott any participation in the funeral arrangements. Helpless in the face of the law, all that Connor can do is invite Scott to help lay out his dead boyfriend's body.

Steph is nursing a teenage girl suffering from cystic fibrosis. Deb has recently been removed from the lung transplant list for non-compliance with the strict medical regime required. This non-compliance has also led to the staphylococcus infection for which, in part, Deb has been hospitalised. The misery of this, combined with the news that a close friend has just died from the disease, initiates a dark spiral of depression from which not even Deb's devoted boyfriend Tim can lift her. When Steph finds the two entwined asleep on Deb's bed she does not at first suspect the awful truth: that they have entered a suicide pact and injected themselves with insulin. Once the pact has been discovered, only a cool, efficient response from our team ensures that the two silly kids survive. It's then compassionate counselling from Terri and intervention from Mitch that secures Deb's place back on the transplant list and gives her renewed hope for the future.

A lively 60-year-old jazz drummer succumbs to heart block as she tangos around the ward with the young man everyone has assumed to be her grandson. There is universal surprise and a small measure of comic revulsion at the revelation the young man is, in fact, her husband.

Bron plans a lavish homecoming for Luke, meeting him off his plane from Alaska with a limo and champagne. The sexual heat generated transfers to their afternoon shift — backfiring badly when, finding nowhere to satisfy their ardour they take refuge in Terri's office and Von walks in on them.

Special Guest: Tina Bursill as Margaret Evans, Aaron Blabey as Scott Lacey

Guest Cast: Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Matt Ralph as Mike, Emily Perry as Deb, Ritchie Gudgeon as Tim, Jill McKay as Kitty Conway, Christian Edwards as Geoff Conway

Lost and Found

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Episode 2.37 (78)
October 12, 1999
Written by Margarey Wilson
Directed by Geoff Bennett.

Gabrielle Flanagan is admitted onto Ward 17 to donate bone marrow for a 12-year-old girl with leukaemia. On hearing her name, Von and Steph both wonder if it is "the Gabrielle Flanagan" — a woman whose baby daughter was stolen from her 10 years ago. Connor's curiosity is aroused. He is dying to ask Gabrielle — who is his patient — if she's the one. He does not have to wonder for long as Gabrielle, being highly strung and paranoid after so much time in the media spotlight, informs him that it is indeed her. Although they have got off to a bad start, Connor's sympathy grows as Gabrielle tells him about the never-ending quest to find her daughter, whom she believes may still be alive. Gabrielle shows Connor an image projection of what her daughter would look like now at age 12. Connor thinks it is uncanny that the picture looks very similar to the 12-year-old patient Alex, who is also in the Ward, to receive Gabrielle's bone marrow.

Jared tells Connor that Alex is adopted and they start to wonder if she could be Gabrielle's daughter — right age, exact bone marrow match, the likeness in the image projection picture. Gabrielle encounters Alex in the hospital grounds and is amazed at the resemblance to what her daughter should look like. She pesters Connor for details and when he can't tell her anything she manages to sneak a look at Alex's file. When she learns it is Alex who will be receiving her bone marrow she is convinced she is about to be reunited with her long lost baby girl.

Meanwhile, Alex Richards is devastated to learn from her parents she is adopted. She cannot understand why her parents kept it a secret from her — obviously they must be ashamed of her. Terri manages to convince the girl to listen to her parents' explanation of why they chose to lie to her.

Kevin Simms is admitted to the Ward suffering advanced emphysema. He is in a bad way and Mitch has to tell him he only has a short while to live. But Kevin is desperate to make it one extra week. He has put in for a marriage certificate so he can marry Liz, the woman he loves. Making her his wife is the only thing that will allow Kev to rest in peace — he wants to will his house to her but he is sure that his nasty sister is going to contest it. However, if Liz is his wife, his sister Maisie won't have a leg to stand on. Tony, who is feeling very depressed about his Hep C, discovers that in special circumstances a marriage licence can be rushed through. Tony seems to get a new lease on life as he sets about organising a perfect wedding for Kev and Liz. The only question is… will Kev stay alive long enough to make it to the altar?.

Bron and Ben attend what has been described to them as a domestic dispute. A frantic man, Raymond, meets the ambulance and tells them he's stabbed his best mate Trevor. He thinks he has killed him! Bron and Ben race in side and are more than surprised by what they find.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Liz Burch as Di Richards, Douglas Hedge as Kevin Simms, Barbara Morton as Liz Arnett, Jake Blundell as Tony Hurst, Pip McGrouther as Alex Richards (2.33), Robyn Gibbes as Gabrielle Flanagan, BRett Ahern as Raymond, Allen Cribbs as Constable Wells, Kay Eklund as Maisie Simms, David Stretton as Bill Richards, Stuart Tilse as Chaplan, Brett Bennett as Tom Richards

Note: Jake Blundell's final episode this series as his character departs for New York.

The Stuff of Dreams

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Episode 2.38 (79)
October 19, 1999
Written by Annette Moore
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Prejudices come to the fore when the staff of Ward 17 discover they will be looking after a smuggler who is to be admitted with a bellyful of cocaine-filled condoms. The 'bloke' turns out to be a slip of a girl, who was once a junkie. The tragedy of her tale unfolds as she is monitored and guarded; she is desperately in love with her new husband, who is the only good thing to ever happen to her, and she wanted to help him realise his dream of a place in the country by smuggling coke — just this once. Her husband, Paul, has no intention of letting his wife go to jail, and puts a gun to Steph's head, he's getting his wife out of here! But Lisa needs surgery urgently. Paul will not let his wife out of his sight and when Luke points out that is not possible, Paul, at gunpoint, insists it is and that Luke must perform the surgery. Steph is roped in, and, Mitch volunteers himself as anaesthetist, rather then putting some other sucker at risk. The team heads off to surgery leaving Terri almost paralysed with fear. The last time there was a gun on the ward, two people died, and she eventually lost a man she cared deeply about. Von is the only one who realises what she is going through, and helps Terri cope as the ward is besieged with patients from the wing the theatre is in, evacuations having been necessary in case the gun goes off, exploding oxygen tanks.

In theatre, surgery goes ahead at gunpoint; Luke and Steph working on the patient as Mitch works hard to win Paul's trust and hopefully to get him to put away the gun. Just as it looks as if he has made a breakthrough, Luke nicks one of the condoms causing the cocaine to leak out and arrests lisa. The teams work to avert the crisis and once it seems clear Lisa will be all right, Paul insists they hand over the cocaine. There is shock for a moment as Mitch, Steph and Luke think this 'act of love' has in fact been about retrieving the drugs; but Paul slashes the condoms, tipping out the poison that has ruined his and Lisa's lives. He says a tearful goodbye to Lisa, hands Mitch the gun and walks out to face his fate. Leaving the surgical team to finish with Lisa and return to the arms of their waiting partners. As Steph and Ben embrace and Luke and Bron do likewise, Terri gives Mitch a stern lecture about the stupidity of putting his life at risk. Then Rose arrives and whisks Mitch away, leaving Terri alone.

Bron and Ben are called to an emergency in a local park, which turns out to be a pair of very embarrassed teenage sweethearts. Emily has called for help because Tim's penis is caught in his fly. Ben finally manages to release it and the young lovers head off hand in hand. The situation leads to Bron discovering more about the depth of Ben and Steph's feelings for each other.

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Daniel Krige as Paul Millard, Deborah Clay as Lisa Millard, Caitlin Hunter as Emily Jacobsen, David Budeja as Tim Watson, Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Joy Smithers as Rose Carlteton [sic], Peter Knowles as Dr. Daley, Darell Hilton as Doug Anastasio, Jean Taylor as Enid Jones, Daniel Fock as Detective, Andy Cachia as Police Guard No. 1, Bruce Porter as Police Guard No. 2

Outside The Square

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Episode 2.39 (80)
October 26, 1999
Written by Andy Ryan
Directed by Peter Fisk.

The ward is abuzz with the news a female boxer is on the ward, suffering from concussion due to a knockout punch in training. Charlie and her trainer Jimmy are itching to get out of All Saints and back in the ring — she is not too keen on hanging around for a CT scan — even though Luke fears she may have a cerebral bleed. But Steph suspects there may be other factors behind Charlie's symptoms, and a urine test confirms she is pregnant. Terrified a pregnancy will mean the end of her boxing career, Charlie demands an abortion. There's only one hitch, Luke refuses to write a referral, claiming there is no medical reason for a termination.

While nursing Charlie, Steph realises the young boxers's views on pregnancy are not as clear cut as she initially made out — especially when Steph points out motherhood need not mean the end of her promising career. But even if Charlie is cleared of brain injuries, she still faces a terrible decision: abort the pregnancy or lose her big chance to crack the US professional circuit.

The best-laid plans of Terri and Regina start crumbling when an elderly patient dies only hours before her long-lost son arrives on a mercy dash from the UK. Flu-ridden Bryce Jones is devastated to discover his mother has just died, but a bigger shock awaits him when he views the body — it is not his mother. In his already weakened physical state the emotional upheaval is too much for Bryce, and he is admitted to Ward 17 suffering from pneumonia. When his condition worsens and Mitch eventually diagnoses advanced cancer, Regina decides it is time to bring some happiness into the unlucky man's life.

Ben faces a reunion of a different sort when his ambulance is hijacked by Jason Richards — a mixed up young man whose obsession with becoming an ambulance officer has developed into full-blown psychosis. Ben is stuck in the back of the ambulance with a critically ill patient, and needs all his wits to convince Jason to drive them to hospital before the patient dies. It is a race against time which Ben appears to be losing when the patient suffers a cardiac arrest. Ben knows the only way he can save the patient is by relying on Jason's assistance — but is it a risk he is prepared to take?.

Connor and Bron are shocked to discover Jared has not yet had sex with his girlfriend Mel. Connor makes it his mission to get Jared laid, whether he wants it now or not.

Meanwhile, Steph's experiences with Charlie have forced her to re-evaluate her attitude to motherhood. It is the end of a long journey for Steph and she knows Ben will be overjoyed to hear she wants to start a family after all. What she did not bargain on is Ben dropping the biggest bombshell of their marriage.

Special Guest: Rebecca Smart as Charlie Wilde

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Scott Major as Jason Richards, Peter Kowitz as Jimmy Frankston, Derek Amer as Bryce Jones, Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Kim De Lury as Mick Todd, John Noble as John Madsen, Krissie Steen as Mel Robb, Pat Evans as Edna Jones, Steve Miles as Guennadi Doubinski, Rod Dunbar as Carlos Benitez, Jean Taylor as Enid Jones, Shant Sarkissian as Sparring Partner, John Haas as Police Officer, Miranda Podleska as Ultrasound Technician, Jamison Porter as Ultrasound Baby

Everyone Loves a Winner

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Episode 2.40 (81)
November 02, 1999
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Mark Piper.

Jared and Von are targeted by a seemingly perfect agency nurse but soon discover how deceiving appearances can be. Terri dramatically saves the life of a choking child but finds her neighbour's hero worship rather hard to take. Bron has the hottest tip ever for the Melbourne Cup but it looks like fate will keep her from winning a bundle. Regina receives a startling diagnosis.

Special Guest: Carole Skinner as Sandra Gillespie

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Arianthe Galani as Gilda Poletti, Kim De Lury as Mick Todd, James Roden as Stan Ridgeway, Ling Hsueh Tang as Dr Kylie Preece, Marjorie Child as Betty Ridgeway, John Meillon Jnr as Sam Pritchard, Faye Fogarty as Gran Pritchard, Jamison Kennedy Wade as Seth Teuma, Meredith O'Reilly as Denise Pritchard, Chris Mitchell as Gavin Pritchard, Terry Meller as Mr Comino

Blood and Water

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Episode 2.41 (82)
November 09, 1999
Written by Serge Lazareff
Directed by Kevin Carlin

It's Sunday on the ward. The atmosphere is more relaxed than it is on a weekday — less staff, fewer interruptions, radios are playing, no one is in a hurry to do anything. Steph is running the ward, glad of the opportunity to be in charge without Terri looking over her shoulder. There is an air of everyone pitching in, covering for each other as there are no administrative minders; nurses do their own housekeeping, take phone calls, write bed tags and collect x-rays.

Eddie Furlong is brought in suffering from hypothermia, having been fished out of the river following a late night boating accident. Eddie obsessed by the whereabouts of his two crewmates, especially his young brother Marty, whom he learns has been declared brain dead following a serious head injury. Seemingly depressed by his brother's death, Eddie attempts suicide via a paracetamol overdose. But the true reasons behind his suicide attempt — guilt and remorse — are revealed when the other member of the party, Rob, who has just been discharged from St Angela's arrives on the ward to accuse Eddie of cowardice and murder. He claims Eddie was so obsessed with saving his own skin, he left his companions for dead. Despite prompt action from the Ward 17 staff, Eddie's overdose looks set to cause major liver damage and probably death. His only chance of leading a healthy life, or indeed surviving the overdose, is to have a liver transplant. And his brother's liver is the obvious candidate. But Eddie has misgivings about accepting an organ from the brother he neglected to save.

Ben and Mick's day begins innocuously when they revive a wealthy yuppie who has taken a narcotics overdose. The ungrateful patient gives a false name and refuses to accompany them to hospital, leaving a bad taste in Ben and Mick's mouths. Later, Ben and Mick spot the man's sports car in the doctors' car park at All Saints. Ben and Steph are certain the person who has OD'd is in fact Tom Snowdon — an up and coming anaesthetics registrar and mate of Luke's. Luke initially dismisses the allegations against his colleague, but a mixture of self-interest and ethics finally force him to confront Tom about the overdose. In doing so, Luke realises there is more to being a successful doctor than having a huge trust account and a privileged background — Tom's background.

Terri is excited to be hosting brunch for her parents' 35th wedding anniversary. But things quickly sour when her intoxicated father slaps Eileen for some alleged past indiscretion. When Ryan attempts to do so again, Terri steps in to save her mother and causes her father to fall and break his hip. Caught between feelings of guilt over her actions and disgust over her father's, Terri arranges for her father to be admitted to Ward 17. Luke advises he will need a pin and plate inserted in his femur. Meanwhile, acting on a hunch, Mitch has secretively arranged a CT scan which reveals Ryan has life threatening cancer. Terri's abused mother rushes immediately to her husband's side, and Terri realises there is now no chance of her mother freeing herself from Ryan's controlling influence.

Meanwhile, Jared has a challenging day dealing with an erratic drunk suffering from Korsakoff's syndrome. And Mitch psyches up for his big dinner date with Rose's parents.

Special Guest: Eric Bana as Rob Biletsky

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Martin Vaughan as Ryan Sullivan, Melissa Jaffer as Eileen Sullivan, Joy Smithers as Rose Carleton, Kim De Lury as Mick Todd, Jason Clarke as Eddie Furlong, John Adam as Tom Snowden, John Noble as John Madsen, Robert Noble as Matthew Kelly, Mustafa Hussein as Mustafa, Sharen Downey as Scrub Nurse, Kylee Smith as Scout Nurse, Peter Farmer as Priest

Life Class

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Episode 2.42 (83)
November 16, 1999
Written by Charlie Strachan
Directed by Catherine Roden.

Still reeling from the news her father has cancer, Terri is informed terminal lung cancer patient Dave Armstrong is returning to Ward 17. Last time Dave was in hospital [ep 2.15], Terri got into an awful row with Mitch when she supported the patient's wish to refuse treatment. All Dave wanted was to die with dignity. However, now Terri knows her father has cancer, Dave's wish takes on a new meaning. Terri tries her hardest to avoid contact with Dave. But while Mitch performs a pleural tap to remove fluid from Dave's lung, Terri has to comfort Dave's wife Rosemary. When Rosemary goes home to rest for a while, Dave begs Terri and Mitch to allow him to have chemotherapy to extend his life a few weeks so he can see his daughters again at Christmas. Mitch has to break the news that chemotherapy now would not help. Dave has to prepare himself to die.

Dave seeks out Terri and spends the afternoon with her, talking about his love for his wife and daughters. Terri feels like she is attending a dress rehearsal for her own father's death. Dave starts to fail and Terri calls Rosemary back. Terri admits to Mitch that every time Dave looks at her she can see her own father and the future. Accompanied by Mitch, Terri supports Dave and Rosemary through the last hours of his life. Alone Terri lays Dave out, telling him how much she respects him and admits to her fear she will not have the same respect for her father when it is his time.

Ben and Bron attend an accident where Gordie and Col, two escaped prisoners, are trapped in a car. Ambulance Rescue work to release the trapped men and to secure the electricity lines which threaten both the rescue crews and the accident victims. Gordie is released but has no feeling below the waist. Ben feels he may have contributed to Gordie's injuries. Ben is determined to save Col but he needs the Trauma Team. Luke arrives to assess the situation. He realises Col is suffering from a slow collecting tamponade. He will die unless a small hole in his heart is plugged. There is no time to get him to hospital — Luke has no option but to open Col's chest at the accident site.

Von supervises work experience student Julian Ridgeway, son of the All Saints CEO Stan Ridgeway. Julian, influenced by his surgeon mother, is determined to be a doctor. Von discovers he has little empathy with patients and no respect for nurses. Julian is particularly scathing about Jane Potter, a young mother who is now in a coma. Julian believes caring for her is a waste of time. Observing Von as she nurses her patient, Julian begins to realise nurses are a doctors' eyes, ears and hands. His respect for nurses is confirmed when Von's care for Jane results in her regaining consciousness.

Special Guest: Garry McDonald as Dave Armstrong

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Stephen O'Connor as Julian Ridgeway, James Roden as Stan Ridgeway, Robyn Moase as Rosemary Armstrong, Kim De Lury as Mick Todd, Rob Carlton as Col Beaty, Kieran Darcy Smith as Gordie Hallam, Allen Cribbs as Sen. Constable Bolton, Michael-John Hurney as Iain Potter, Ursula Barlow as Jane Potter, Sharon Wisniewki as Constable O'Day, David O'Connor as Constable Davis, Wayne Rigby as Macka, Rosemary Braybrook as Alice Ord, Lynne Collins as Trauma Team Nurse, Martin Kosinar as Constable Grey, Bara Wales as Miss Leahey

Ghosts of Christmas Past

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Episode 2.43 (84)
November 23, 1999
Written by Louise Crane
Directed by Peter Fisk.

While the staff truggle to find some time to decorate the ward and Connor laments having to participate in the Christmas pageant, Mitch is forced to face some of the demons of his past in order to treat a woman who has presented with sudden, unexplained paralysis. Carol Sherwood collapsed on the sidewalk but tests reveal no physical explanation for the paralysis. On learning Carol did a stint as an aid worker in Somalia, Mitch starts to suspect the problem might have a psychological basis. In helping the paralysed aid-worker come to terms with memories of war-torn Africa, Mitch re-evaluates his own future, asking Terri if there is any hope for them.

A couple in room one are desperately trying to have their baby without her parents finding out. Rachel is Jewish, her husband Joe is Catholic. They have eloped to avoid the arguments their relationship has caused but now Rachel starts thinking she wants to have her mum and dad with her at this very special time. It is Jared who helps Rachel celebrate Hanukkah while Terri tries to bridge the gap between parent and child. She hopes witnessing the love between his daughter and Joe and holding his grandchild will convince Rachel's father to accept a gentile in his family.

Ben and Bron are on a Santa-collecting expedition as store and street Santas fall victim to various mishaps. When they are called to the house of a young boy, Shane, who has broken his arm, they are saddened to learn the boy's friend has just told him Santa does not really exist. Treating the boy's injuries is one thing, rekindling the joy of Christmas proves to be quite another. Help arrives in the form of a mugged Santa who spent last Christmas on Ward 17 — it is amazing what having Santa knock on your door can do to a child's belief in Christmas.

Steph is on cloud nine as she gives Ben his Christmas present early by announcing that she is pregnant. Although she and Ben agree to keep the news to themselves, they have trouble containing their excitement.

Terri is pleasantly surprised to find her flat decorated when she returns from work. Assuming Mitch is responsible, she won't believe his protestations he has not broken into her flat and decorated the tree he delivered earlier. Once everyone has gone, a knock on the door has her convinced Mitch has returned to take credit for the decorating. But it is someone else who wants to wish Terri a Merry Christmas...

Special Guest: Ann Burbrook as Carol Sherwood

Guest Cast: Brian Vriends as Ben Markham; Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, Bojana Novakovic as Rachel Carpenter, Steve Bowers as Joe Carpenter, Christian Patterson as Shane Barnes, Joy Smithers as Rose Carleton, George Leppard as Samuel Isaacson, Dalia Dior as Mrs Isaacson, Sarah Vassallo as A & E Nurse, Peter Collingwood as Lionel Macken, Tanya Lawson as Elise Poulos, Desan Padayachee as Norman Kingsley, Tony Giuffre as Dr Gabriels, Billy Gibson as Mr Doherty, Peter Lamb as Neil Phillips, Jan Stritt as Nurse Jean Burchett, Cass Cumerford as Skinny Santa, Pamela Hackett as Shane's Mother, Joy Dempsey as Shane's Neighbour, Jordan & Mia Healy as Newborn Twins

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