Big Sky: episode guide

- Series One -

The Principal

Episode 1
February 17, 1997 (8:30)

Lauren Allen’s privileged existence grinds to a halt when the wealth she’s always known dries up after the death of her beloved father. Left with a legacy of debt and the pain of his deception, she goes with her only option and sells off business and private assets, including the family home. All that remains is a small, unprofitable charter company which the sympathetic family solicitor suggests she may be able to salvage, despite her inexperience.

With: Patrick Almeida as Julio, Michael Barnacoat as John, Owen Buik as Police Officer #1, Rebecca Hamilton as Vanessa, Matthew Harrington as Billy, Julie Herbert as Alice, Stephen Judkins as Police Officer #2, Russell Kiefel as Detective #1, Franko Milostnik as Carlos, Barry Quin as Simon Kroger, Rolando Ramos as Enrico, Genevieve Sulway as Detective #2, Roger Ward as Barney


Episode 2
February 17, 1997

Jimbo dangles over the edge of a harbour bridge by his ex-girlfriend Stacey’s brothers as she demands that he pay her back $5000 he owes. If he doesn’t pay by this afternoon she’ll drop him off the Harbour Bridge. When he calls her bluff her brothers let him go and he splashes into the water far below.

With: Geoff Aldridge as N.E.C. Officer #1, Justin Case as N.E.C. Officer #2, Paul Doyle as Jimbo Double, Justin Monjo as Dave Brock, Michelle Pettigrove as Stacey, John Polson as Jimbo's Competitor, Julian Pulvermacher as Len Crichton, Jimi Reynolds as Ralph, Sotiri Sotiropoulos as Bruno, Sandra Sully as Newsreader, David Whitney as Mark Johannsen

The McCourt Family

Episode 3
February 24, 1997

Chris and Lexie arrive at an outback airstrip to collect a farmer, James McCourt and his two young children who are heading into the wilderness on a camping trip. As they load the plane the children’s grandfather arrives with a court order for their return.

With: Ian Bliss as James McCourt, Michael Boehm as Outback Police Officer, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Ron Graham as Tom, Nellie McQuinn as Jessie McCourt, Rohan Michael as Uniformed Police Officer, Evan Sheaves as Adam McCourt, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Mark Slocum as Controller #1, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Monique Spanbrook as Doctor, Ken Walsh as Controller #2, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

It Only Takes One

Episode 4
March 03, 1997

There’s trouble at Big Sky, as Lauren tries to improve the balance sheet, meantime fighting a rear-guard action to quell the rising dissent and anxiety from the troops.

With: Peter Callan as Sgt. Ned Banks, Terry Crawford as Doctor, Paul Douglas as TRG Man, Alan Dukes as John, Ramsey Everingham as Joe, Inge Hornstra as Debbie, Angelica La Bozzetta as Annabel Harding, Meegan Marmont as Waitress, Mark McCann as Security Guard, Barry Quin as Simon Kroger, Natalie Read as Debbie's Baby, David Sheehan as Harry, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, George Shevtsov as Wal, Cameron Stewart as Ambulance Officer

Growing Pains

Episode 5
March 10, 1997

When his best mate Shane is jilted, Scotty commits to cheering him up. He moves Shane into his flat and takes him for his first parachute jump. The boys are playing hard and Scotty thinks Shane is handling the break up well. On a second jump a horrified Scotty watches as the parachute fails to open and Shane plunges to his death.

With: Geoff Bartlett as Detective, Chris Bessounian as Lexie's Boyfriend, Jon Darling as Derro, Stuart Halusz as Bloke, Brendan Higgins as Brian Chambers, Glenn Hoare as Shane Webster, Carlton Lamb as Reporter, Peter Melov as Police Officer #1, Christopher Midlam as Brett, Gennie Nevinson as Mrs. Webster, Damien Parker as Mr. Cooper, Nathan Ramsay as Ambulance Officer, Ronald Rodger as Mr. Webster, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Gary Simmons as Police Officer #2, Felicity Soper as Jill Spencer

Good Luck Baby

Episode 6
March 17, 1997

Chris and Lauren head for a weekend at Sir Douglas Ogilvie's, a wealthy industrialist and friend of Lauren's considering investing in Big Sky. Jimbo is stuck minding his girlfriend's dog Baby, who he doesn't like. Baby runs riot at the base, hopping on a plane and ending up in Mudgee, before stowing away on a ute. Jimbo is in major trouble.

With: Yvonne Adams as Miriam, Craig Blair as Gary, Ken Goodlet as Les, Diarmid Heidenreich as Dingo McKay, Marc Kay as Clerk, Chris King as Meat Tray Caller, Martin Lynes as Roger, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Frank Wilson as Sir Douglas Ogilvie

No Turning Back

Episode 7
March 24, 1997

Chris is surprised when his ex-wife, Robbie, turns up on his doorstep, terrified; her date turned violent when she tried to break off their relationship. Chris moves into protective mode, and back into the house.

With: Amanda Bishop as Female Officer, Tanya Bulmer as Suzie, Rachel Cleland as Bridesmaid, Gabrielle Collins as Doe #2, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Peter Fisher as Detective Darren Taylor, Carol Fraczek as Fiona, Lelanya Gutierrez as Pretty Woman, Philip Holder as Detective Neil Davidson, Jim Holt as Mark Campbell, Tina Kobas as Doe #1, Michelle Lafferty as Doe #3, Anthony Martin as Detective Harrison, Jason Montgomery as Male Officer, Kim Mordaunt as Dwyer, Janice Oxenbould as Patricia, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Deborah Wells as Bride's Mother, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Lost And Found

Episode 8
April 01, 1997

Having been forced to spend the day with his father having been sent home from school, Chris's son Jack (Joshua Smith) is in a plane that crashes in the outback.

With: Jim Cullington as Jeremy Lord, Lynette Curran as Meg Bateman, Joel Edgerton as Pierce Bateman, Justin Green as Businessman #2, Melissa Jaffer as Lily Bateman, John Keightley as Dr. John O'Halloran, Jai Kemp as Courier #1, Brian Langsworth as Clark, Jason Low as Courier #2, Stuart Lumsden as Drunk Guy, Chris Mayer as Businessman #1, Barry Quin as Kroger, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman

Coming To Terms

Episode 9

Chris and Robbie panic when their son Jack goes missing. They spend a few anxious hours searching before he turns up on Chris' doorstep, wanting to live with his dad now. Robbie's suspicions that Jack is unhappy about the new man in her life have been confirmed.

With: Lisa Bailey as Kate, Michael Coe as Matt, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Fenella Dobson as Mother, Peter Ford as Man, Peter Gwynne as Clem, Jacqui Hall as Sister, Tailith Hughes as Jennifer, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Mark Slocum as Controller, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Simon Van Der Stap as Ambulance Driver, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Balloon Girl

Episode 10
April 08, 1997

Jimbo dreams of a woman in a hot air balloon, and is astounded to meet her in real life. Smitten, Claire also quickly develops feelings for him and their whirlwind relationship takes off. Sharing a love of flying, Claire takes Jimbo for a balloon ride and reveals her wish to have a large family.

With: James Armstrong as Controller, Mary Docker as Receptionist, Abraham Forsythe as Damien Walsh, Andrew Forsythe-Jones as Clerk, Brendan Higgins as Brian Chambers, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Ling Hsueh Tang as Claire, Brian Tierney as Engineer

Duke Of Yarrigul

Episode 11
May 13, 1997

Scotty is having a bad day. First his girlfriend Jen tells him she's leaving him for another woman. Then the angry producer of a film he's flying props and rushes to accuses him of running cocaine to the cast and crew and threatening the whole shoot.

With: Debrah Algar as Nurse, Dominique Chionchio as Changing Actress, Misha Drenkovski as Wench, Paul Goddard as Jeff, David Hardy as Production Assistant, Adam Hedditch as Police Officer #2, Phillip Hogan as Technician, Dion Horstmans as Pirate Baddie, Anne-Louise Lambert as Jean Friedrich, Luciano Martucci as Editor, Susie Porter as Tracy, Matt Potter as Group Leader, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Tina Thomsen as Jen, Luke Trenwith as Captain Ferocious, William Zappa as Bob, Julia Zemiro as Police Officer #1

Great Expectations

Episode 12
April 15, 1997

Lauren is about to secure a contract flying prized Yellow Fin tuna from the south coast to connect with international flights to Tokyo, when a practical joke grounds Chris's plane, putting the deal in jeopardy.

With: Noeline Brown as Patricia, Jason Colby as Simon, Peter Corbett as Gazza, Michael Curran as Engineer, Yvette Duncan as Marcella, Greg Ellis as Mechanic, Phillip Gordon as Eddie Charles, Jane Meikle as Kylie, Silvio Ofria as Massimo, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Winny Tong as Suki, Jemma Wilks as Sasha

Sweet Revenge

Episode 13
April 22, 1997

Love is in the air at Big Sky. Lexie and Lauren discover they have not only fallen for the same guy but that he is using them to carry out a robbery. The women set a trap for the traitor only to find themselves trapped.

With: Gary Brandli as Undercover Cop #2, Paul Chubb as Detective Cook, Benj Daddario as Accomplice, Stuart Fenton as Tony, Stephen Hayden as Undercover Cop #1, Simon Mills as Security Guard, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Johnny Sorcevski as Con, Sandy Winton as Richard/Rob

Mortal Stakes

Episode 14
April 29, 1997

Jimbo and Lexie take shots of a waterfront mansion. Next door, a politically sensitive meeting is taking place. Later, the Big Sky office, Lexie's and Jimbo's flats are all ransacked, and the photos stolen. Fortunately Lexie has made copies, and she and Jimbo study them to see what makes them so hot.

With: Craig Ball as Leon, Kerry Barlow as Lissa Page, Brian Harrison as Ian Drake, Phillip Hinton as Sinister Man, Bryan Marshall as Harry, Jack Mayers as Rob, Damian Pike as Terry Bradshaw, Gordon Rutter as Tony, Marcus Schultz as Player #1, Fiona Seres as Player #2, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman

The Sky Is Calling

Episode 15
May 06, 1997

When Lauren insists Chris takes a wealthy woman for flying lessons he is less than impressed. But Gillian is friendly, timid and self deprecating. He's disappointed when she ends the lessons abruptly. Not long after she resurfaces, determined to pick up where she left off.


Mile Low Club

Episode 16
May 27, 1997

The death of a pilot, Stew, that he trained with throws Jimbo. It is the second death in eighteen months and even Jimbo's teflon coating can't protect him any more. He has a dream about flying his mate to heaven, where his mate tells him he's next in line for "the mile low club".

With: Loretta Brades as Anna, T'mara Buckmaster as Maxine, Melanie Harris as Gothic Woman, Mike Miller as Controller, Felicity Price as Kirstie, David Sandford as Stew, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman

Simple Twist Of Fate

Episode 17
May 20, 1997

Accompanying Lauren to an aviation do, Chris is attracted to Kate Vernon, the PR person for the venue. Kate and Chris enjoy a joy flight next day, during which he learns her husband died recently. Attraction builds to a kiss, and they arrange a date for that night.

With: Helene Joy as Kate Vernon, Wendy Playfair as Mrs. Toohey


Episode 18
June 03, 1997

It's Friday 13th and nobody is around, so Big Sky is closed for the day. It also happens to be Lauren's birthday. Unfortunately, she spends it tied to a chair with Chris while Peruvian gangsters hold guns on them.

With: Brandon Burke as Jerry, Pippa Grandison as Angel, Rohan Michael as Constable, Franko Milostnik as Carlos, Danny Nash as Alan, Steve Rodgers as Ross, Fred Rouady as Nicos, Roy Simper as Marco, Roy Spinola as Luis

Mac's Time

Episode 19
June 10, 1997

Jimbo meets up with an old school friend, Mac, in the street, and is stunned to witness a robbery, Mac being the driver of the getaway car. Jimbo agonises over whether to dob his mate in or not, when Mac turns up at the base.

With: Eleni Batley as Cheryl, Eddie Birbara as Service Station Manager, Charles Conway as Bystander, Tom Cross as Shop Owner, Kelly Dale as Mac McLoughlin, Laurie Foel as Pauline Davies, Chris Mitchell as Bandit #2, Tony Morgan as Police Officer, Christopher Morris as Dave, Chantel Munro as Reservations Clerk, Andrew Tighe as Duncan, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning, Putu Winchester-Stanton as Bandit #1

Fly Me To The Moon

Episode 20
July 15, 1997

Carrying a load of money back to Sydney from a country race track, Chris receives an odd distress call from nearby. He diverts and lands. Suddenly lights blind him. Through them he sees the silhouettes of small creatures behind the brush. He passes out and awakes to discover the money has been stolen.

With: Troy Carlson as Shane, Jodie Dry as Detective Gemma Hall, Kazuhiro Muroyama as Kenzo, Miki Oikawa as Noriko, Anthony Phelan as Detective Bill McDonald, Andrew Thomson as Security Guard

It's No Secret

Episode 21
July 01, 1997

The day to day hassles of trying to run Big Sky with too little capital are taking their toll on Lauren. And when she has a brush with her old life, in the form of rich and handsome Angus Galloway and two of her girlfriends, she is left ruing what she has lost.

With: Kate Agnew as Stephanie Taylor, Matt Cain as Elvis Impersonator #1, Amanda Crompton as Margot, Vanessa Fallon as Celia, Ray Hawkins as Elvis Impersonator #2, Matt Jennings as Air Traffic Controller, Brendan McKensy as Child Elvis, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Lisa Steuerwald as Marilyn Monroe Impersonator, Christopher Stollery as Angus Galloway, David Woodley as Kerry Taylor

Boxed In

Episode 22
June 17, 1997

A fight between Chris and Lauren escalates to the point where Chris resigns at the same moment as Lauren sacks him. He is surprised to discover she has taken his action seriously and hired a new chief pilot, Jane

With: Col Angus as Chicka Walker, Craig Blair as Gary, Chris King as Barman, Anna Lise Phillips as Melanie, Mary Regan as Jane Grenfell, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Nancy Tarran as Mrs. Amy


Episode 21
June 24, 1997

Scotty and Lexie make an emergency landing in a remote area. Injured, they are taken in by a hippy community of women. They discover their presence in the seemingly idyllic society has upset the status quo.

With: Madeleine Blackwell as Jacinda, Rand Hennessy as Melbourne Controller, Rosey Jones as Lily, Gabrielle Link as Wendy, Jessica Machin as Skye, Scott McGregor as Owner, Jon Pollard as Frank Reid, Helen Scott as Pam McWilliam, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Leeanna Walsman as Rachel, Simon Westaway as Luke, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

The Return Of Jimbo James

Episode 23
July 08, 1997

Jimbo runs into an old girlfriend, Jodie, and is stunned to learn he is her young son Max's father. Jimbo is sceptical, given he's been told he is infertile. However, Jodie's insistence there was no-one else at the time, and Jimbo's desperate hope there is a chance he can have children, quickly leads him to accept Max as his.

With: Noel Hodda as Doug Mathews, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie Turner, Sebastian Huber as Max Turner, Matt Juarez as Tim, Lloyd Morris as Graham, John Rohan as Principal, John Sheerin as Ronnie Sherman

Future, Past And Present

Episode 25
July 22, 1997

An old man, Fred Morgan, dies on Jimbo's plane. Using clues garnered from a trunk Frank was to collect, Jimbo and Chris unravel Fred's story. This involved a bank robbery, a treasure buried for twenty years, the "Wall of Death" motorbike and various other circus tricks and characters and finally, the revelation that Fred was in fact Jimbo's grandfather.

With: David Baldwin as Alfonso, Blazey Best as Anna, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Gregory Dale as Priest, John Flaus as Bert Williams, Sheila Kennelly as Betty, Andrew James Mead as Clerk, John Noble as Graham James/Morgan, Harry Pavlidis as Vince, Wyn Roberts as Fred Morgan

The Ticking Croc

Episode 26
July 29, 1997

Chris is hurt. Robbie has rejected his proposition that they go out to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Feeling left behind and forgotten by his ex-wife, Chris takes his feelings out on Scotty.

With: John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Ken Gladstone as Clergyman, Germaine Glancy as Greta Bowman, Desmond Kelly as Harry Bowman, Richard Rowe as Sergeant, John Tutt as Ron, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Down The Slot

Episode 27
August 05, 1997

Lexie flies to a coal mining town. With their wives away shopping in the city, the miners have run amok. Three of them have lost a bet, to be paid off by flying naked to the beach. Meanwhile Jimbo and Scotty, each convinced they know more about women than the other, end up betting on who can score a date with Lauren first.

With: Emma Callaghan as Janelle, Judith Chaplin as Viv, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Richard Cotton as Arch, Brett Fellows as Dave, Paul Gleeson as Steve, Keith Holloway as Arnie, Andrew Hunter as Warwick, Alfie Lee as The Wasp, Marin Mimica as Nigel, Carmel Mullin as Maeve, Veronica Neave as Marge, Ben Tari as Ricky

Have A Little Faith

Episode 28
August 12, 1997

Jimbo is flying when one of his engines gives out, and then the other. He tries everything to get them going, to no avail. As he plunges to earth, prayer seems the only option. Suddenly, the engines kick back in. To Jimbo it's a miracle.

With: John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Lewis Fitz-Gerald as Tom, James Gleeson as Gavin, Kim Knuckey as Detective, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Harry Pavlidis as Vince, 'Cowboy' Bob Purtell as Ted, Raj Ryan as Andrew, Dan Smith as Baz, Rod Zuanic as Billy

You Must Remember This

Episode 29
August 19, 1997

Chris wakes in a strange room on a farm, unsure of how he got there. A woman informs him that they are husband and wife. Chris struggles to regain his memory, despite the efforts of the two women living there to keep him in the dark.

With: Andrew Buchanan as Murray Chapman, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, John Grant as Ben, Chris Herden as Detective Dawson, Rebecca Hobbs as Jane Leighton, Chris King as Barman, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Don Reid as Ray Cockburn, Monroe Reimers as Mr. Razak, Helen Thomson as Tessa Coburn

The Right Thing

Episode 30
August 26, 1997

On a routine run, Chris discovers major environmental damage to an area of wetlands. Locals attribute the problem to any number of causes, all legally sanctioned and permitted. Chris frustration grows when he meets a little girl who has a fatal illness as a result of the pollution.

With: Robert Alexander as Father Stephen, Nick Atkinson as Brother Luke, Ian Bolt as Dr. Jacobs, Christie Brown as Kirsty, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Guennadi Doubinski as Mikhail, Vanessa Downing as Danielle Morgan, Alan Lovell as Dave Morgan, Ian McGuinness as Brother Mitch, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Rostislav Orel as Sergei, Hugh Sexton as Robert

Fade To Black

Episode 31
September 02, 1997

Chris damages an eye playing with his kids, and tries to ignore the resulting obstructed vision. Knowing he's unfit to fly, Chris reschedules jobs until he is backed into a corner over accompanying Paula on a job, confessing his problem to Lauren the only other option.

With: John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Suzanne Dudley as Dr. Morrison, Murray Fahey as Mr. Plummer, Alan Fowler as Sergeant Lawrence, Richard Healy as Mr. Hammond, Brendan Higgins as Brian Chambers, Glenn Keenan as Mr. Andrews, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Blind Spot

Episode 32
September 09, 1997

After Chris is diagnosed with a detached retina, he enters surgery but rejects laurens attempts to comfort him. When Chris is given the all clear for his operation he initiates a romance between Lauren and himself. Meanwhile Scotty dates an older married woman.

With: John Allen as Gordon Prescott, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Cormac Costello as Vic Beecher, Venetia Ilda as Nurse, Mick Innes as Max, Tara Morice as Linda, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Steven Vidler as Cameron, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Take A Chance

Episode 33
September 16, 1997

Shay is happily planning an upcoming trip to Bali with her girlfriends… her first trip overseas. But plans are put aside when her father has a heart attack; and his drugged ramblings, mixed with inconsistencies with her birth certificate, make Shay realise that she's adopted.

With: Antonio Barlin as Bartender, Valerie Berry as Nurse, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Blaise Cooper as Clerk, David Downer as Grant Holdsworthy, Lucy Egger as Sarah, Tiana Fahey-Leigh as Annie, Michelle Fornasier as Donna, Josh Irving as Jamie, Stephen Leeder as Robert, Elspeth MacTavish as Dawn Da Silva, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Barry Quin as Simon Kroger, Damien Ryan as Alan, Helen Scott as Pam McWilliam

The Choice

Episode 36
October 07, 1997

Scotty lands to offer assistance at a car accident on a deserted road. He finds two men, one unconscious and cuffed, the other an undercover cop in a hurry. Scotty wants to fly the crim to hospital but the cop Joe demands he fly to Wonegai Homestead where a fellow undercover cop is in peril. Shay meets her biological mother for the first time. Jimbo gets involved with an actress while Chris and Lauren start fighting.

With: John Clayton as Roley, Damien Foley as Joe Carson, Marta Kiec-Gubala as Carol Krajicek, Steve Le Marquand as Bill Madigan, Rocky McDonald as Magnus, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Rosie Owens as Waitress, Karen Rushworth as Sam Carson, Glen Shea as Marshall, Chris Simpson as Taxi Driver, Christine Stephen-Daly as Simone MacIntosh, Rosemary Traynor as Dianne, Garry Who as Ivan

Wishing And Hoping

Episode 35
September 30, 1997

Jimbo is seduced and then double-crossed by a troubled woman. Lauren is convinced she is in love with Chris only to be disappointed. Shay searches for her biological mother. Scotty lands to offer assistance at a car accident. He finds two men, one unconscious and cuffed, the other an undercover cop in a hurry.

With: Michael Cinquetti as Constable, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Steve Cox as Barman, Scott Ferguson as Cop #1, Rachel Gordon as Tara Brown/Lisa, Lenny Kovner as Old Man, Richard Lindsell as Cop #2, Colin Moody as Vince Brown, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Peter Pitcher as Ray, Meg Rodgers as Woman

Searching For You

Episode 34
September 23, 1997

A very distraught woman, Shelley, appeals to Shay to help her escape from what appears to be a case of domestic violence. Touched by her dilemma, Shay organises for her to go with Jimbo and Lexie. Shelley asks them to take her to her sisters house in Merimbula, a nearby coastal town. Shay decides to find her biological parents. Meanwhile Lauren did not get the job.

With: Josephine Barrett as Police Woman, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, David Downer as Grant Holdsworthy, Rhondda Findleton as Shelly Martin, Tara Jakszewicz as Lucy, Stephen Leeder as Robert, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Stephen Rae as Mr. Johnson, David Roberts as Pete Martin, Grant Ryan as Donnie Petrocelli, Helen Scott as Pam McWilliam, Scott Swalwell as Justin, Bob Swonnell as Bob, Harriet Wilson as Baby Gemma Martin

Dark Horses

Episode 37
October 14, 1997

Paula and Lauren have a flutter at a country picnic race and win. The local bookie tries to refuse paying out the sizeable amount, until Lauren threatens to go to the police. The locals are clearly unhappy about out of town blow ins cleaning them out. Jimbo is put in charge while chris and lauren are away, Shay gives her mum a birthday present. Chris gets jealous over his ex-wife's new boyfriend.

With: Roy Billing as Bob the Bookie/Barman, Jo Briant as Patricia, Alan Chappell as Neal, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Leslie Dayman as Philip, Phillip De Carle as Man, Jo Ellicott as Receptionist, Fiona Harris as Attendant, Lynden Jones as Elwood Employee, Marta Kiec-Gubala as Carol Krajicek, Peter Kowitz as Warwick, Archer Lyttle as Danny Craig, Robert Noble as Johnny, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Peter O'Brien as Tom, Barry Pearce as Customer, Tonia Peppitt as Barmaid, Charles Ryder as Markham, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning, Rob Steele as Terry, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Edge Of Reality

Episode 38
October 21, 1997

Lauren is shocked to see a man that looks like her supposedly dead father, getting into a limousine. She is further puzzled when the limo company tells her the car was hired by a Mr D Allen. Chris laughs it off as a strange coincidence, but is himself convinced when he gets a phone call from Duncan telling him he is alive and he's okay, but they're not to act on the information for 24 hours.

With: Daniel Bird as Detective, John Clark as Manani, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Robert Davies as Duncan Allen/John Desmond, Graham Harvey as Price, Malcolm Kennard as Larsen, Mark Kounnas as Duffy, Julieanne Newbould as Nicola Stanhope, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Peter O'Brien as Tom, Ken Radley as Hooks, Ken Senga as Sakato, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning, Warwick Young as Guard

Just Between Us

Episode 39
November 04, 1997

Scotty is given the unexpected job of transporting a dead body and is terrified when it starts making noises mid-air, unaware this is normal. Jimbo enjoys Scotty's discomfort, who is furious with landing such a lousy job.

With: John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Kim De Lury as Steve, Celia Dickinson as Ann, Paul Doyle as Chemist, David Grocholsky as Jason, Stephen Jenner as Simmonds, Scott Johnson as Nick, Nina Liu as Jasmina, Danielle Long as Michelle, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, Ken Snodgrass as Man, David Terry as Laurie, Sue Walker as Monica, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

Phase Five

Episode 40
November 04, 1997

Chris is shocked when man leaps to his death during a flight, Chris narrowly missing being able to save him. About his own age and stage in life, Chris is haunted by the man`s similarity to himself, compounded by his discovery of a suicide note expressing similar mid-life regrets that Chris is feeling.

With: Alastair Barns as Paul, Businessman, John Paul Bolton as Adrian, John Clayton as Roland 'Roley' Watson, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Brad Haynes as Conroy, Danielle Nuss as Paula Niessen, David O'Connor as Mac, Brian Rooney as Jigger, Bruce Samazan as Keiren, Roxane Wilson as Robbie Manning

- Series Two -

Light Foot

Episode 41
January 02, 1999

Lightfoot arrives at Big Sky with a deal to do special undercover, customs related work for him. Chris, under financial pressure from the new board, eventually agrees to one job to ascertain any futher interest.

With: Bill Conn as Sam, Linal Haft as Klenner, Brendan Higgins as Brian Chambers, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie Turner, Nell Hourn as Marissa, Sebastian Huber as Max Turner, Andrew Hunter as Joey, Frederick Miragliotta as Gollan, Anthony Phelan as F.P.O., Ben Sullivan as Captain, Charles Weyman as Peter

The Price Of Freedom

Episode 42
January 09, 1999

Jimbo is in denial about Jodie's condition, enjoying Max's company and pretending nothing will happen to change this. Despite trying to make Jimbo understand the reality of her situation, Jodie is also swept up by his optimism, desperately wishing it could be true.

With: Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Colin Burkenshaw as Policeman, Bill Conn as Sam, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie Turner, Sebastian Huber as Max Turner, Nick Jasprizza as Mechanic, Anthony Jensen as Frank, Matt Juarez as Craig, Frederick Miragliotta as Gollan, Hamish Mitchell as Policeman, Tom Richards as Ted, David Slingsby as Pittman

Stand By Your Man

Episode 43
January 16, 1999

Jimbo suddenly has cold feet about marrying Jodie. The responsibilities of looking after not just Max, but a sick woman, for an indefinite period, frighten him. He offers to take a long flight and finds himself contemplating escaping to a whole new life when he meets Marie, a country woman running her property alone.

With: Ruth Caro as Sally, Kim Deacon as Marie, Jon Fabian as Mario, Peter Hernfield as Dryden, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie Turner, Sebastian Huber as Max Turner, John Lucantonio as Tony, Ned Manning as Ray, Frederick Miragliotta as Gollan

The Things We Do For Love

Episode 44
January 23, 1999

Scotty and Rosie make an emergency landing on a beach to rescue a man, Ramon. Taken to hospital, the staff want to report the illegal immigrant. Scotty and Rosie discover him stowed away on their plane on their return to Sydney. He pleads for their help.

With: Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie

A Family Affair

Episode 45
January 30, 1999

Paula's apparent secret other life as a volunteer charity worker for street kids comes to Chris attention when Lightfoot expresses interest in one of the kids she helps, a boy named Dean, who is in dire straits, trying to help his drug addict girlfriend Angie kick her habit.

With: Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Kate Buchanan as Eva, Rose Byrne as Angie, Rowena Doyle as Janice, Linal Haft as Klenner, Sharyn Hodgson as Jodie Turner, Sebastian Huber as Max, Andrew Hunter as Joey, Frederick Miragliotta as Gollan, Dean O'Gorman as Dean, Claire Paradine as Richmond, Dan Uliel as Austin

The Wrong Box

Episode 46
February 06, 1999

As a result of the capture of Klenner, Lightfoot hopes to expose his entire network. Whilst police swoop on his operatives in various major cities, the Big Sky pilots are to attempt identification of rural distributors by tracking bugged packages of heroin to their ultimate destinations.

With: Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Linal Haft as Klenner, Julie Herbert as Liz, Anthony Phelan as Rivers, Joy Smithers as Grace

Friends In High Places

Episode 47
February 13, 1999

Lightfoot entrusts Big Sky with their most important brief so far: to find a missing plane that was carrying one of Lightfoot's agents, Joy. She was on her way to give Lightfoot some highly valuable, but unspecified photographic evidence. Lightfoot considers the mission too important to entrust to Jimbo, and he is banished to a milk run.

With: Gabrielle Adkins as Joy, Gunther Berghofer as Sharp, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Simon Chilvers as Rex, Peter Harvey-Wright as Black, Sebastian Huber as Max, Haydon Samuels as Man in Black, Joy Smithers as Grace

Shadow Chasers

Episode 48
February 20, 1999

Lightfoot apologises to Chris. If Chris wishes to know the truth about Lightfoot, then he makes the decision to step into the shadows with him and swear to the utmost secrecy. Chris agrees to the deal, then must cancel a date with Grace to fly Lightfoot to meet a senior military figure, Major Ellison and for the first time is included in the top level meeting.

With: Enrico Babic as Al, Gunther Berghofer as Sharp, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Paul Caesar as Spud, Bill Conn as Sam, Kieran Darcy-Smith as Cooly, Martin Dingle-Wall as Gavin, Tim Elston as Briggs, Albert Goh as Perkins, Peter Harvey-Wright as Black, David Hynes as Nev, Linda Kirkland as Kerry, Jaye Paul as Sgt. Mueller, Max Phipps as Ellison, Joy Smithers as Grace, Damen Stephenson as Ron

The Heart Of The Matter

Episode 49
February 27, 1999

Lightfoot is determined to find the remainder of the guns stolen from the army, as masterminded by Major Ellison. Keeping Ellison under constant surveillance, he is followed to a property owned by well known criminal figure, Mick Kounos. Kounos denies any involvement.

With: Peta Brady as Rosie Day

Secrets And Lies

Episode 50
March 06, 1999

Chris vows to stand by Grace as she faces an internal enquiry regarding her apparent theft of drugs from the customs evidence room. She presents a plausible explanation for her actions to an internal investigations panel, and all seems well… until she receives a call informing her the panel cannot accept her explanation and will turn the matter over to the police.

With: Gunther Berghofer as Sharp, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Liz Chance as Harcourt, Katrina Foster as Henderson, Peter Harvey-Wright as Black, Kuni Hashimoto as Mr. Tanaka, Russell Kiefel as Roberts, Toni Powell as Karen, Daniel Roberts as Johnny, Joy Smithers as Grace

Desperate Measures

Episode 51
March 20, 1999

Consumed by grief at Grace's funeral, Chris gets involved in an altercation with a driver who accidentally hits Grace's mother. Charged by the police, he is shaken by the incident and takes off in his car indefinitely. Along the way he acquires a hitch hiker, Leisa, a young girl running away from an abusive father.

With: Gunther Berghofer as Sharp, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Joseph Dicker as Kev, Peter Harvey-Wright as Black, Sebastian Huber as Max, Stuart Katzen as Rogers, Scott Lowe as Nick, Timothy McCunn as Marty, Bojana Novakovic as Leisa, Louise Pajo as Mrs. Mitchell, Claire Paradine as Richmond, Anthony Phelan as Rivers, Rodney Power as Priest, Tai Scrivener as Peter, Dan Uliel as Austin, Chris Webster as Mason

Missing In Action

Episode 52
April 24, 1999

On a routine flight, Chris and Jimbo divert to answer a medical emergency in the bush. On landing, they discover a man with a serious leg wound, whom Chris recognises as Cooley, one of the airforce pilots who had been charged over the theft of guns from the army.

With: Michael Angus as Terry, Gunther Berghofer as Sharp, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Kieran Darcy-Smith as Cooly, Damian De Montemas as Spike, Tim Elston as Briggs, Donal Forde as Ian, Tim Green as Jordan, Peter Harvey-Wright as Black, Sarah Kants as Cathy, Darrin Klimek as Brad, Wayne Pygram as Major Owens, David Sedgwick as Ron, Sally Strecker as Desk Clerk, David Woodley as Kerry Taylor, Todd Worden as Colin, Tim Wright as Sgt. Doyle

Ultimate Commitments

Episode 53 (finale)
May 01, 1999

Given the sinister nature of events uncovered involving an armed militia, a Pentagon connection, and the suspicious circumstances of Ian's death, Lightfoot asks Chris if he is willing to continue. Their own lives could be at stake now. Chris gives his pilots time to consider their decision, and all agree to carry on.

With: Gabrielle Adkins as Joy, Peta Brady as Rosie Day, Paul Caesar as Spud, Bill Conn as Sam, Allegra Hartford Davis as Chloe Manning, Tim Elston as Briggs, Harold Hopkins as Minister, Sebastian Huber as Max, Darrin Klimek as Brad, Joshua Smith as Jack Manning