The Flying Doctors: episode guide


Good Day For It

Episode 2.01 (27)
Tue, July 07, 1987
Written by Michael Joshua
Directed by Mark Callan

Emma and Violet return from England to a welcome-home party. New pilot Sam Patterson puts his foot in his mouth when he assumes Emma just runs the business side of the garage. DJ takes over radio duties from Joe who was transferred to Western Australia. George Baxter's by-election campaign faces stiff competition from a rival who uses an RFDS clinic flight to spread his message. Speculation builds when a woman is absent from a clinic. Investigating, Sam and Kate discover the woman and her daughter are keeping a low profile to conceal the daughter's pregnancy so her parents can pass off the child as their own. Doctors are called out when the young woman goes into labour. George Baxter wins the election.

Starring: Robert Grubb as Dr. Geoffrey Standish, Liz Burch as Dr Chris Randall, Lenore Smith as Kate Wellings, Peter O'Brien as Sam Patterson

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Jeanie Drynan as Sal Cleary, John Wood as Dennis Cleary, Beth Buchanan as Julie Cleary, Bronte Keddie as Patty Cleary, uncredited as Denise Cleary, Ross Williams as Rob Dalton, Patsy Martin as Mrs. Daly, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Notes: Lenore Smith's name is added to the opening credits along with new arrival Peter O'Brien. George Kapiniaris joins the cast as well replacing Gil Tucker. Max Cullen returns having last appeared in 1.10. Beth Buchanan would again play John Wood's daughter in Blue Heelers.

Horses For Courses

Episode 2.02 (28)
Tue, July 14, 1987
W: Denise Morgan
D: Mark Callan

In the midst of a beer strike, a road accident takes out the last of the pub's beer supply. The local's resort to drinking Hurtle's home brew which results in a mass poisoning. An isolated woman's dyslexia is revealed after her husband is admitted to hospital. An emergency with her son forces the woman to accept Kate's help and she must face the townsfolk when her secret is revealed. Sam buys a horse and teaches Emma to ride for the local rodeo. Geoff apologises to Kate after questioning her proficiency.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Peta Toppano as Carol Brett, John McTernan as Jim Brett, Jansen Spencer as Jamie Brett, Gregory Scott as Clarrie, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Note: the earliest known role for Jansen Spencer (~6 years old), a decade before he started on Neighbours.

The Unluckiest Boy In Town

Episode 2.03 (29)
Tue, July 21, 1987
W: Vince Moran
D: Rod Hardy

DJ wants to start up a Blue Light Disco in the town for the youth who have nothing to do and are causing trouble for the locals. After learning his mother has been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease — which he may have inherited — an 18-year-old boy with a promising future steals George Baxter's plane unaware it is in need of repairs. Unable to keep the youth in check, Sgt. Carruthers cracks down on petty infractions but it may not be enough to keep his job when his boss comes to town. Doctor Standish advises DJ to be more professional on the radio.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Alan Cassell as Robert Freeman, Elspeth Ballantyne as Barbara Freeman, Murray Bartlett as Michael Freeman, Jeremy Shadlow as Paul Waters, Tommy Dysart as Inspector Kevin Day, Dimity Barber as Jenny, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2, uncredited as Albie Harris

Note: Tommy Dysart appeared previously in episode 1.21 in another role

It Isn't Cricket

Episode 2.04 (30)
Tue, July 28, 1987
W: Peter Pinney
D: Rod Hardy

Sam organises an RFDS fundraiser cricket match between Coopers Crossing and Windoona but he and George Baxter cause a stir by choosing to play for Windoona. Speculation abounds when a gun-toting investment banker rolls into town and begins throwing around large amounts of cash. The man uses his contacts to bring in a ringer to help Coopers Crossing but is himself injured on the first ball of the match. Examined in hospital, the man, already blind in one eye, must choose between losing his remaining, diseased eye or keeping his sight and dying from cancer. Kate, with the aid of a blind property owner, helps him come to a decision.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Nick Tate as Nigel Haughton, Joy Ide as Joy Becker, Simon O'Donnell as Himself, Cash Backman as Cracker Jackman, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

An Only Child

Episode 2.05 (31)
W: Graham Hartley
D: Mark Defriest

Two journalists arrive in Coopers Crossing to do a story on the RFDS. Kate is impressed by their sensible teenage daughter and agrees to take her in after her parents are killed in separate accidents in the outback. Sam has to find other accommodations when RFDS cutbacks force him to move out of the pub. Geoff doesn't want Sam moving in with him but Nancy and Violet vie for Sam and his handyman skills. Sam is dismayed to receive a further six months of probation by the RFDS council and Geoff publicly confronts Baxter about his role in the decision.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Carmen Duncan as Jan Buchanan, Peter Sumner as Phil Buchanan, Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Note: the first appearance for Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan. She previously appeared in the miniseries in an uncredited role (she can be seen in the funeral scenes in Parts 1 and Parts 3). Sydney Jackson returns as a regular.

A Love Story

Episode 2.06 (32)
W: Cassandra Carter
D: Mark Defriest

Susan Fowler, a 32-year-old single woman, angers her father and brother when she reveals that she is pregnant. Their opinion of her boyfriend changes the instant he agrees to get married. The bush telegraph ensures the bride-to-be is the last to know about the nuptials but all three men wash their hands of the whole thing when Susan loses the baby. Chris and Father Jacko attempt to get Zoe sorted with an acceptable home and are surprised to learn from Zoe that her biological father is still alive. Emma and Sam try to repair Nancy and Violet's relationship that has been strained since Sam moved in with Violet. DJ devises a new communication system that will allow him to work away from the base.

Regulars: Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko, Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Penny Cook as Susan Fowler, Nick Waters as Greg Chapman, Peter Aanensen as Ted Fowler, Richard Stubbs as Stewie Fowler, Michael Rowan as Mac

Keeping Up Appearances

Episode 2.07 (33)
W: Michael Joshua
D: Mark Defriest

Chris and Geoff suspect that a woman is a victim of domestic abuse but she is unwilling to accuse her husband of the crime. Locals shun the husband who would rather take the blame than let the truth come out. Chris gains the woman's trust but her promise to keep quiet about the man responsible puts Emma is jeopardy. Meanwhile, Hurtle and DJ team up to make a video on how to survive in the outback. They end up having to be rescued by the two young woman who inspired the endeavour. Chris begins to appreciate the problems associated with being a mother to a teenage daughter.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Jackie Woodburne as Elaine Dermody, Anthony Hawkins as Rex Dermody, Simon Burke as Daryl Stokes, Valma Pratt as Norah O'Donnel, Jenny Seedsman as Marg Slattery, Gloria Ajenstat as Gina Miles

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Episode 2.08 (34)
W: Shane Brennan
D: Mark Defriest

A pair of rampaging poachers cause trouble when they miss their target and shoot Father Jacko who is camping alone at a remote billabong. Sgt Carruthers eventually picks up the pair after their vehicle is disabled. Sam worries for his reputation when Violet asks him to play the organ for the church choir. Geoff is not as enraptured by a young patient as the rest of the Crossing is. Hurtle and Vic want answers when a bikie arrives in town with Father Jacko's bag. Chris tries to get Zoe accept a call from her father who is working in Antarctica.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko, Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Marcus Eyre as Bikie, Elwyn Bradshaw as Ricko, Mark Muggeridge as Strawb, Brenda Addie as Maureen Maguire, Jacqueline Barber as Sue Maguire, Matthew Newton as Simon Maguire, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Note: Matt Newton's earliest known role (~10 years old)

My Name Is Sky

Episode 2.09 (35)
W: Luis Bayonas
D: Ian Barry

Geoff is excited to revisit his life in the city when he is invited to a medical conference in Sydney but finds that he misses life in Coopers Crossing. Chris resents an ornery patient who refuses to go into hospital but checks himself into the pub after his carer quits. A group of hippies comes to town and causes friction with the locals. One of them, a trained psychologist, helps Chris with her patient. Emma befriends another of the hippies only to have him steal from the garage. Zoe puts off speaking with her father until they can meet in person.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Wyn Roberts as Mal Pryor, Zoe Bertram as Sky, Ned Lander as Josh, Joan Murray as Ivy Quinn, Andrew Martin as Simon, Will Conyers as Julian, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Note: Jo-Anne Moore (Cop Shop) is one of the two uncredited actresses in the Sydney restaurant scene.

Bachelors and Spinsters

Episode 2.10 (36)
W: John Alsop
D: Ian Barry

There is excitement in Coopers Crossing when a Bachelor and Spinsters night is held in Broken Hill. Zoe is attracted to Glen but becomes jealous when it is clear he only has eyes for Chris. DJ takes some time off to help organise the event but Barry, his temporary replacement, proves to be a stickler for the rules. Baxter is under pressure to make the posting permanent leading to an official complaint being filed against DJ to force him out. Barry eventually cracks under the pressure of the job and ends up in hospital. Emma attends the ball in her official capacity as the Queen of the Outback while Hurtle's hopes are dashed by an unexpected engagement. Meanwhile, Glen goes to extreme lengths to get Chris' attention and Violet becomes a grandmother.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Darius Perkins as Glen Reid, Huw Williams as Barry Saunders, Marie Redshaw as Helen Saunders, Janette Kearns as Mrs. Reid, Bruce Carter as Mr. Reid, Celia Turk as Mrs. Wilson Bell, uncredited as Ron Saunders

Fifty-Two Hours Straight

Episode 2.11 (37)
W: Mary Dagmar Davies
D: Mark Callan

The Cochrane brothers create havoc when they torch their car in order to get the insurance money. Traveling with Geoff and Emma, Sam sees the fire from the air and lands to investigate only to be injured when the burning car explodes. Emma and Geoff do their best to make Sam comfortable as the group is forced to spend the night in the Nomad while waiting for help to arrive. Meanwhile, DJ and Kate to their best to keep them in good spirits and the Cochrane brothers, following events on the radio, arrive to help, and Sam and Emma admit their feelings for one another.

Regulars: Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Graham Duckett as Carbine Cochrane, Gary Adams as Pharlap Cochrane, Roger Oakley as Bert Webster, Louise Siversen as Debbie O'Brien, Gillian Savage as Mrs. Webster

A Friend Of A Friend

Episode 2.12 (38)
W: Leon Saunders
D: Mark Callan

Dougie Kennedy gives a lift to a stranger and brings him to town. However it soon becomes apparent that the man's obsession with God and his incessant ramblings are not healthy. After having a chat with Father Jacko, and under going some medical tests, it emerges he is suffering from schizophrenia. The townsfolk jump to conclusions after Nancy's chicken's are killed. They drive the man from Coopers Crossing but Father Jacko finds him a job as a teacher. Sam is under strict instructions not to return to work after being released from hospital. He takes Emma to visit his parents but the visit does not go as smoothly as planned.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko, Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Rodney Sharp as Richard Hanson, John Clayton as Vince Patterson, Cecily Polson as Eileen Patterson, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy, Merv Williams as Pat Russell, Michael Joshua as Mr. Wilson, uncredited as Billy Musgrave, uncredited as Mr Carmody, uncredited as Wayne Patterson

Notes: series' writer Michael Joshua appears as the bespectacled school teacher. This is not the first appearance for the character of Billy Musgrave but the aboriginal actor playing him has never been credited

Friends and Lovers

Episode 2.13 (39)
W: John Reeves
D: Mark Defriest

Chris and Zoe travel to Broken Hill to meet Zoe's dad who has arrived from Antarctica. However, Zoe is not happy about Chris' attempts to reconcile them. Sam gives Emma an engagement ring but becomes jealous when a male friend from Sydney comes to visit Emma. Geoff joins the men of Coopers Crossing for a bit of fishing while the eels are running. Chris helps an elderly woman through her difficult medical treatment but runs into an egotistical doctor.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Ivar Kants as Tony Symonds, Shane Connor as Ross Becher, Jill Clayton as Hilda Kennedy, Jeffrey Hodgson as Dr. Stafford, Leong Lim as Dr. David Lim, David Ashton as Cab Driver

Realms of Gold

Episode 2.14 (40)
W: Peter Hepworth
D: Mark Defriest

Old prospector Gunner Hodges staggers out of the bush and collapses from dehydration. He has a large gold nugget clasped in his hand and a tattered map in his pocket. After Hodges dies in hospital, everyone rushes to decipher his map hoping to locate the gold reef he claimed to have found. Matters come to a head with a shooting. Geoff invites Tony to stay with him until things with Zoe get sorted out. Zoe is reluctant to let Tony into her life feeling she would be turning her back on her mother and step-father.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Ivar Kants as Tony Symonds, Harold Baigent as Reg (Gunner) Hodges, Ben Mendelsohn as Brian, Stewart Faichney as Prospector, James Melchior as Bill Anderson, Guy May as Johnny Anderson, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

The Hometown Hero

Episode 2.15 (41)
W: Alison Nisselle
D: Brendan Maher

A novice pilot takes control of a plane when his instructor brother falls ill. The Nomad comes alongside and Sam is able to talk the pilot through an emergency landing. Baxter tries to get some publicity for the RFDS out of the incident but Sam, still sore about continuing to operate as a temp, wants no part of it. Despite his impairment, the pilot and his brother resume flying but again need help from Sam. Zoe tries to play matchmaker for Chris and her father but the would-be couple quickly realise they have no chemistry. Geoff and Kate discover quite the opposite but are afraid to commit. Under pressure to act, Baxter promotes Sam to permanent status.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan

Guests: Ivar Kants as Tony Symonds, Brett Climo as Trevor Neilson, Ian Gilmour as Colin Neilson, Ernie Gray as Peter Gates, William Binks as Reg, Paul Wentford as Flight Service Officer

A Distant Echo

Episode 2.16 (42)
W: Tony Morphett
D: Brendan Maher

With the town of the verge of marking its Centennial, Violet is mortified to learn her much celebrated grandfather, Henry Cooper (the founder of Coopers Crossing), was one of the men responsible for the masacre of dozens of aborigines. Kate and Geoff ignore one other after he mentions that she once had a relationship with Baxter. The community comes together to unveil a monument to honour and remember the murdered aboriginal men, women and children.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Bhudda Pryor as Dr. David Jennings, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

No Laughing Matter

Episode 2.17 (43)
W: Graham Hartley
D: Dan Burstall

When the Cochrane brothers' elderly mother is hospitalised, the brothers get their hands on the family fortune and go on a cash-fueled rampage. Geoff helps the family manage their riches and relocates them to Melbourne. Sam and Emma have a falling out over what he sees as her unwillingness to compromise. When Zoe moves with her father to Sydney, Chris struggles to cope with her latest loss.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Michaela Abay as Zoe Buchanan, Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Ivar Kants as Tony Symonds, Graham Duckett as Carbine Cochrane, Gary Adams as Pharlp Cochrance, Margaret Ford as Mum Cochrane, Jack Perry as Charlie, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Note: the final episode for Michaela Abay, Ivar Kants, and the Cochrane brothers

No Quarter Asked

Episode 2.18 (44)
W: Denise Morgan
D: Dan Burstall

Kate's world-traveling friend Jessie returns to Coopers Crossing to settle down. Her intention to raise goats upsets old rival George Baxter who has annexed her land in her absense. Katie realises her friend has a bigger fight on her hands when Jessie reveals she has Multiple Sclerosis. News of Emma and Sam's engagement is the talk of the town. Violet eagerly taking on the role of event planner all while preparing for her own trip to Bali. Inspired by Jessie's travels, Emma is afraid being tied down if she gets married.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Catherine Wilkin as Jessie Logan, Cecily Polson as Eileen Patterson, John Clayton as Vince Patterson, Rod Williams as Harry, Ben Hall as Truck Driver

Myths and Legends

Episode 2.19 (45)
W: Shane Brennan
D: Colin Budds

Journalist Karen Moley goes on the hunt for Hughie, a mythical bushman who no one has ever seen but is known for the good deeds he does. She appears to solve the mystery but when Hughie's real identity is revealed, the whole town is surprised. Father Jacko gives Chris flying lessons when she is forced to take some time off work. Geoff helps the son of a wealthy business tycoon reconnect with his grandfather.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Stephen Comey as Steve Tyler, Kirk Alexander as Mr. Tyler, Maud Clark as Karen Morley, Frederick Court as Tom Notts, William Binks as Mechanic, uncredited as pilot, uncredited as Hughie

The Hitch-Hiker

Episode 2.20 (46)
W: Luis Bayonas
D: Colin Budds

Geoff invites a hitch-hiker to stay with him to keep her safe from her truckie ex-boyfriend who is following her to Coopers Crossing. DJ keeps tabs on the man's location over the CB radio and provides a countdown to the inevitable confrontation. Violet is under doctor's orders to rest in advance of her trip to Bali but that doesn't stop her from organising everyone's lives. Chris' father makes a surprise visit.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Kerry Mack as Vanessa, Norman Kaye as William Randall, Robert Dipierdomenico as Bruce, Terry Brittingham as Ken, Vince D'Amico as Truckie, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Give a Dog a Bad Name

Episode 2.21 (47)
W: Vince Moran
D: Dan Burstall

When an elderly couple travelling the country are found shot at their camp site, suspicion quickly falls on the members of a travelling carnival that has set up in Coopers Crossing. Nancy is shaken when she takes in a likeable young man only to see him be exposed as a monster. Chris is concerned to hear her father is looking to become the town's new GP.

Regulars: Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Norman Kaye as William Randall, Agnieszka Perepeczko as Eva Mirevski, Tom Jennings as Peter Lester, Keir Saltmarsh as Rick Boyd, Kym Gyngell as Dan Divine, James Condon as Bob Cameron, Betty Lucas as Ethel Cameron, Paul Glen as Jim

Every Day a Gift

Episode 2.22 (48)
W: Leon Saunders
D: Dan Burstall

George Baxter is eager to purchase a farm from it's struggling owner. William Randall's girlfriend arrives in Coopers Crossing. She take an interest in the farmer's daughter who has a fatal brain condition and gazumps Baxter's purchase, forcing him to pay more than he planned. The higher sale price coupled with the locals' fundraising gives the young woman the opportunity to take a dream vacation to Italy but Geoff changes everything when he finds a breakthrough treatment.

Regulars: Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Norman Kaye as William Randall, Louise Pajo as Maureen Redmond, Michael Caton as Noel Farley, Rebecca Rigg as Trisha Farley, Paul Young as Harold McHugh, Rod Williams as Harry Rogers, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2

Bearing Gifts

Episode 2.23 (49)
W: Michael Joshua
D: Mark Defriest

A Greek family opens a new restaurant and Vic and Nancy are not pleased about the competition. However, when the restaurant is blamed for an outbreak of salmonella the new business hits hard times. On her way back from Bali, Violet has an encounter with the law when she's accused of being a drug smuggler. Emma goes looking for a wedding dress and DJ finds that relationships are not easy.

Regulars: Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J.

Guests: Gwen Plumb as Nellie Keene, Jill Forster as Judith McLean, Peter Drake as Roy McLean, Anita Cerdic as Soula Polites, Nick Lathouris as Spiros Polites, Christine Kaman as Katina Polites, uncredited as Inspector, uncredited as Mark Clifton

Note: the first appearance for Anita Cerdic as Soula Polites, she will return as a regular starting from 3.08. Nick Lathouris and Christine Kaman will also reprise their roles in series 3

Repeat Performance

Episode 2.24 (50)
W: Tony Morphett
D: Mark Defriest

As Cooper Crossing marks its Centenary, both DJ and Chris find themselves re-enacting the famous camel ride that lead to the creation of the RFDS, one as part of the celebrations, the other through desperate conditions in the outback to get a young girl medical help. Sam and Emma's wedding is interrupted by a Chris' emergency call out. They are rescued and the girl makes it to hospital ensuring history does not repeat.

Regulars: Bruce Barry as George Baxter, Max Cullen as Hurtle, Pat Evison as Violet Carnegie, Maurie Fields as Vic Buckley, Val Jellay as Nancy Buckley, Terry Gill as Sgt. Carruthers, Rebecca Gibney as Emma Plimpton, George Kapiniaris as D.J., Sydney Jackson as Fr. Jacko

Guests: Candy Raymond as Joanne Wright, Anna Crawford as Sophie Wright, Peter Harvey-Wright as Kevin Wright, John Clayton as Vince Patterson, Cecily Polson as Eileen Patterson, Carole-Ann Aylett as Emma's Mother, Frank Ottenson as Old Codger 1, Herb Krause as Old Codger 2, uncredited as Steven Patterson

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