Something in the Air: episode guide


Reading The Tea Leaves

Episode 2.01 (161)
Saturday, March 03, 2001

Helen and Tom's relationship deepens but Helen is preoccupied with an antique kaleidoscope and a cryptic message left as a gift by Father Brian. She is further puzzled when Father Brian is noticeably absent. Dr. Eva's replacement arrives in town and is faced with a very unusual initiation.

Guest Cast: John Bishop as Sniffy, Bob & John Hall as Mr Slatery, Jemma Leadger as Cleaner

Waiting For Father Brian

Episode 162
Saturday, March 03, 2001

As Helen grows more concerned about Father Brian's disappearance, she reveals to Tom that before he disappeared, Father Brian admitted he had feelings for her. In the meantime Wayne's strange behaviour is causing concern.

Guest Cast: Margaret Ricketts as Mrs Bungert, Barbara Jungwirth as Eunice, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Suspicious Minds

Episode 163
Saturday, March 10, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Denny Lawrence

The search for Father Brian, headed by Sgt Geoff Collins (Mike Bishop) is stepped up and the locals are forced to face an un-nerving reality. Father Brian may not be returning to Emu Springs. When debris from an accident is found and the evidence strangely points back to Mon, Collins instead sets his sights on Wayne (Sullivan Stapleton). Mon steps in to diffuse the situation, lying to protect Wayne. Mon is left with her own doubts about Wayne's involvement in Father Brian's disappearance.
Helen shares some intimate information with Sgt. Collins, but it's Harry who has a surprising announcement. In the hope that Father Brian will return, Harry performs his own ritual; sadly without results. Helen is alarmed when Harry tells her about his premonition of doom.

Guest Cast: Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Happy Families

Episode 164
Saturday, March 10, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Denny Lawrence

Amidst the anxiety and effort surrounding Father Brian's disappearance, Tom and Helen try to keep their fledgling romance flickering by announcing it to the family. Whilst Joe and Sally's blessings are mixed with a healthy dose of humour, Harry has a less than expected reaction to the relationship.
Ryan doggedly persists in his efforts to help Annie (Nina Liu) settle in. He tries to organise a social evening at the pub but she refuses his invitation. He's miffed when she turns up, partnered by Wayne with a wallet full of cash. The evening continues to spiral downhill when Wayne makes a devastating announcement.
Helen realises that Father Brian may have had $500 on him when he disappeared. Could he have been robbed… or worse?

Guest Cast: Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins, John Bishop as Sniffy, Jackie Bristow as Singer, Matt Fell as Guitarist

Bluff Calling

Episode 165
Saturday, March 17, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Denny Lawrence

Wayne's outburst at the pub last night has more ramifications when Sgt Collins follows up his good mail and interrogates Wayne, much to Mon's consternation. Could Wayne have been involved in any way with Father Brian's disappearance? Meanwhile, Harry, on the back of his premonition about Father Brian, visits the Church and is shocked by what he finds. Stuart thinks he can help solve part of the mystery and calls Wayne's bluff. They head for a showdown.

Guest Cast: Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins, Rodney Sharp as Roger Smith, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Dead Man Walking

Episode 166
Saturday, March 17, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Denny Lawrence

With the death of the local member resulting in a by-election, Doug makes a surprise move. Not everyone is delighted. An ominous overtone is heard. Annie, feeling so new to town, is confused at Emu Springs' unique ways of dealing with crisis. Tom wants to redeem himself with Harry since his less than enthusiastic response to the announcement that Tom and Helen had paired up. He joins Harry in his search for Father Brian. Meanwhile, Wayne's fortunes seem to have taken a turn for the better. Will this help him to settle down?

Guest Cast: Rodney Sharp as Roger Smith, Clare Larman as Carol Smith, James Kemp as Eric Smith, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Endless Love

Episode 167
Saturday, March 24, 2001
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Grant Brown

As Joe decides to put his political passion where his mouth a rocky road lies ahead and Sally, as ever, becomes is his staunchest supporter. Valentine's Day fever sweeps the town, meaning good news for some, voices from the past for others. Megan looks like she's falling from the fat to the fire. Meanwhile at Merinda the Valentine's Day gift is more like a time bomb. Tom and Helen have plans for a romantic night, but even the best-laid plans can go down the drain.

Guest Cast: Lorraine Kindler as Florist

Do Your Duty

Episode 169
Saturday, March 24, 2001
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Grant Brown

Joe's decision about a future in politics sets a cat amongst the pigeons for Doug and Julia. Meanwhile, Wayne and Ryan think they've made a killing buying a cheap car—but it appears that they may have been the ones taken for a ride. This is not the end of the matter by any means, for Wayne. Mon's attempts to coerce Annie into community work backfires, with drastic results. There is disappointing news from the search for Father Brian.

Guest Cast: Ken Radley as Elbow Digby, Monty Maizels as Ol' Joel, Joseph Morrison as Farmer, Maree Hingston as Woman

Whatever Can Go Wrong

Episode 169
Saturday, March 31, 2001
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Sophia Turkiewicz

Joe is very happy to find himself in the media spotlight as the election campaign hots up, but not all goes to plan. Chris, a photographer from the Bullandra Herald, sees an opportunity for political satire and a political naive Joe gets set up. He finds himself parodied on the front page of the Bully Herald, and roasted over the 3ES airwaves by Tom when his big photo op makes him a laughing stock. Mon sees her angina diagnosis as a sign her life is coming to an end. Much to Annie and Wayne's frustration, she won't be persuaded otherwise. Helen grows anxious about the imminent arrival of her parents for their 40th wedding anniversary celebrations.

Guest Cast: Ken Radley as Elbow Digby, Kirsten Mitchell as Chris Stafford, Antonette Serene as Mrs Farantini, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Donkey Vote

Episode 170
Saturday, March 31, 2001
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Sophia Turkiewicz

Sally and Helen fall out over Helen's involvement in Doug's campaign. Sally sets the cat among the electoral pigeons by "accidentally" backing over one of Doug's campaign posters in front of an outraged Julia. Meanwhile Wayne convinces Ryan the best way to get even with the unscrupulous car dealer Digby (Ken Radley) is to steal back the parts he cheated them on.

Guest Cast: Ken Radley as Elbow Digby, Simon Wilton as Jim McPherson, Euan Morton as Swampy

Family Matters

Episode 171
Saturday, April 07, 2001
Written by Yuki Asano
Directed by Sophia Turkiewicz

There's a family reunion at Tale Farm when Helen and Sally's parents, Fred (Terry Norris) and Judy (Sue Jones), pay a visit. Meeting the "in-laws" is new territory for Tom and he's eager to make a good impression. Helen is less enthusiastic about her mother's return. They've always had a rocky relationship, though try as they might, it doesn't look like improving.
Wayne is concerned when Mon returns from hospital a different woman. Mon's had a big scare and it's sucked the life out of her. Annie attempts to lift her patient out of the doldrums but her brusque bedside manner only makes things worse.
Joe repairs the damage Sally inflicted on Doug's poster. However, fair play doesn't enter into a political campaign… and Julia is determined to give as good as she gets. Meanwhile, Joe continues his campaign efforts with a video commercial. But throw Tom and Harry into the mix and Joe's in for some rough sailing.
Fred drops a bombshell on Stuart… he wants to buy back the pub. Fred is happy at the prospect of moving back to the Springs but Judy doesn't share his joy. Is it the nail that seals the fate of the Harris's marriage?

Guest Cast: Terry Norris as Fred, Sue Jones as Judy, Ross Williams as Hoppy

And The Truth Will Set You Free

Episode 172
Saturday, April 07, 2001
Written by Yuki Asano
Directed by Sophia Turkiewicz

Helen and Judy take a large step toward reconciling their differences. Judy reveals a secret she's kept for over twenty years, and despite the fact that it may do some irreparable damage to her marriage, considers telling Fred.
Judy reveals a secret she's kept for over twenty years, and despite the fact that it may do some irreparable damage to her marriage, considers telling Fred.
Stuart comes to terms with the impending sale of the pub. After putting up with a bunch of regulars who constantly try his patience, Stuart considers maybe it is time for a change. Megan is also reassessing her place in Emu Springs… could it be time to move on?
Tom goes bird watching with Fred and Harry in an attempt to bond with the men in Helen's life. Helen and Judy take a large step toward reconciling their differences.

Guest Cast: Terry Norris as Fred, Sue Jones as Judy, Ross Williams as Hoppy, Mark Blackmore as Bazza

The Straw That Broke

Episode 173
Saturday, April 14, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Ali Ali

All is not well in the Sabatini household. Helen blames Sally for jeopardising their parent's marriage by dragging up Judy's past indiscretion. Tension builds as the Harris's fortieth wedding anniversary approaches. Will Judy reveal the truth about her illicit liaison thirty years ago? Stuart's decision to sell the pub back to the Harris's prompts Megan to announce her intention to leave 3ES. Her news is greeted with mixed reactions. Tom uses his contacts to assist Megan in her search for gainful employment. She scores an interview with the local TV station and goes all out to impress. Julia's graffiti incident comes back to haunt her and eventually makes a donkey out of her.

Guest Cast: Terry Norris as Fred, Sue Jones as Judy

Change of Life

Episode 174
Saturday, April 14, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Ali Ali

It's time to move on—in more ways than one. Judy's decision to split from Fred impacts negatively on Helen and Sally's already tense relationship. After much soul searching, the Harris's reunite. However, their problems and the problems of others are anything but over. Despite almost being sabotaged by the competition, Megan gives an impressive show in her audition at the local TV station. Whether she gets the job or not remains to be seen. Wayne seeks Annie's advice on Mon's health and fragile state of mind. Yet Annie's efforts to help out are seen as blatant interference by a feisty Mon. Annie decides to bury herself in work and is delighted to learn she's been placed on the surgical roster at Bullandra Hospital.

Guest Cast: Terry Norris as Fred, Sue Jones as Judy, Kristy Wright as Lisa, Don Halbert as Chester, Rebecca Barnett as Receptionist

Making A Move

Episode 175
Saturday April 21, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Ali Ali

Relations between Helen and Sally deteriorate after Helen's decision to leave Tale Farm. After clearing it with Harry, Helen bites the bullet and accepts Tom's invitation to move in with him. Meanwhile, Stuart hires a Karaoke machine in a desperate bid to win his customers back, but Joe's toneless warbling only succeeds in driving them further away. Ryan, Wayne, Megan, and Annie drive to a Tractor Pull, and their car breaks down in the Cockatoo State Forest.

Guest Cast: Terry Norris as Fred, Sue Jones as Judy

Housekeeping

Episode 176
Saturday April 21, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Ali Ali

Romance is in the air for Megan and Wayne after they're stuck overnight in the Cockatoo State Forest with Ryan and Annie, Helen and Tom find their plans for intimacy foiled by Harry and Alan the dog. Meanwhile, fear of another angina attack makes Mon think hard about life and death; and Julia and Wayne are both shocked to discover that she's booked a pre-planned funeral. Following an extraordinary Meeting of the 3ES Board, Doug has some shocking news for Helen.

Guest Cast: Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Love Your Work

Episode 177
Saturday, April 28, 2001
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Faced with political mud racking, Independent politician Doug feels his only option is to sell 3ES. Helen, Tom, Megan and Ryan have varied reactions, but when Steve Saks (Brett Climo), a potential buyer hits town, they are forced to face reality. Tom's reality comes much closer to home. Is it more than 3ES that Saks finds attractive? When Megan urges Wayne to join her in studying for her driver's license, he's less than enthusiastic and begins behaving strangely. It's clear he's hiding something. Cowlotto fever hits the Springs and Stuart sees it as an opportunity for financial resurrection—not only of the pub, but the Emus footy team.

Guest Cast: Brett Climo as Steve Saks, Mark Blackmore as Bazza, Juanita Stein, Joel Stein and Glenn Moule as Maikiki

A Day In The Life Of Mother And Wife

Episode 178
Saturday, April 28, 2001
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Julia is less than convinced that Doug should sell the station and it appears neither is he. Steve Saks employs some lateral thinking and makes Doug an offer that might ease the pain of handing over 3ES. Julia meanwhile, on noticing Mon's ennui, makes her an offer involving baby Allie (Caitlin Nolan) but is surprised by the reasons for Mon's refusal. Sally develops a bond with Allie, which is threatened by tensions from unexpected quarters. Wayne continues to behave strangely and Megan's frustration manifests in a "Dear Wayne" letter—only he can't read it.

Guest Cast: Brett Climo as Steve Saks, Alan Hopgood as Bill Mackay, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Bulldust And Cow Pats

Episode 179
Saturday May 05, 2001
Written by Meaghan Smith
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Given Julia's blessing, Doug makes a final decision on the sale of 3ES. With Steve Saks (Brett Climo) set to become the new owner, Dr. Annie reveals information that will affect the future running of the radio station. Cowlotto is looking like a monumental success until an unexpected visitor throws Stuart's smooth running betting plan into chaos.

Guest Cast: Brett Climo as Steve Saks, John Bishop as Sniffy, Glynis Angell as Vicki Swallow

Running On Faith

Episode 180
Saturday May 05, 2001
Written by Meaghan Smith
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Emu Springs is enlivened by news that Father Brian has been found and while Helen and Stuart head to the city to bring him home, the locals prepare a grand homecoming celebration. With still no light being shed by Wayne on his unusual behavior, Megan's patience fails her. Wayne is forced to enlist Harry to win Megan back. Meanwhile Tom, motivated by Doug's desire to sell 3ES, hatches a plan.

Guest Cast: Stuart Black as Impostor, Geoff Gaskill as Doctor, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

A Go Get 'Em Kind Of Girl

Episode 181
Saturday May 12, 2001
Written by Peter Kinloch
Directed by Denny Lawrence

There's a breath of festive air buzzing through Emu Springs as preparations get under way for the celebration of two milestones—Harry's 13th birthday and baby Rutherford's christening. Helen and Sally are still in the midst of sibling rivalry. When Helen announces Harry's party will be held at the pub instead of Tale Farm, it drives a wedge further between the sisters. Megan is staggered to learn that Tom has hired her arch rival, Lisa Cambridge (Kristy Wright), as his personal assistant. She entrenches herself at the station with unwitting support from the station's new owner, Tom; her erstwhile colleague Ryan, and even Wayne. It seems just about everyone is susceptible to Lisa's wiles. Everyone except Megan. Meanwhile, Helen is finding it difficult to come to grips with Tom as a colleague, a housemate, and now a boss.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, James Cahill as Greg Horner

Foot In Mouth

Episode 182
Saturday May 12, 2001
Written by Peter Kinloch
Directed by Denny Lawrence

The sale of some sheep backfires when Joe and Sally discover the flock are infected with footrot. The outbreak proves to be more of a problem than either Joe or Sally anticipated, especially when it threatens their relations with Doug and Julia—and Joe's political aspirations.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Alan Hopgood as Bill Mackay, Helen Searle as Vet Officer

Love Rears Its Ugly Head

Episode 183
Saturday May 19, 2001

As Harry's attraction to Alicia awakens and grows, he overcomes Helen's objections, and plans for a funky 13th birthday party, with Ryan as DJ. When Tom gives Harry half an hour of airtime as a present, Harry's programming seems designed to impress his friends, rather than reflect his own interests.

Guest Cast: Emily Browning as Alice Simpson, Angus McLaren as Jason Cassidy

Rites Of Passage

Episode 184
Saturday May 19, 2001

Helen is furious with Harry about the drinking at his party and its dire consequences for Alicia. However, Helen astounds everyone when she reacts by chucking Harry's new bike into the dam.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Fuelling The Fire

Episode 185
Saturday, May 26, 2001
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Grant Brown

The outbreak of footrot escalates tensions between Joe and Julia. It fuels the debate (now looking more like a feud) about the disputed territory of the three-mile paddock. Lisa (Kristy Wright) decides she'd like to sample more of Wayne's wares, and she doesn't give a damn if doing so would be treading on Megan's toes. Harry is suffering the after effects of his birthday party. He blames Helen squarely for his woes, believing that her reaction to his illicit drinking is way over the top. He also deceives her about restoring the bike to its former glory.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Reg Gorman as Ken, John Bishop as Sniffy, Billy Flaherty as Billy

The Truth So Far

Episode 186
Saturday, May 26, 2001
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Grant Brown

Tom and Helen come to terms with the stresses and strains of living and working together. But it's a delicate balancing act, and over dinner with clients, Helen's increasingly irrational behaviour sets the cat among the pigeons. Mon tries unsuccessfully to find out what secret Annie might be hiding by hatching a plan for them to power walk together. Ryan and Wayne get heavy on the football field after Ryan becomes convinced that his best mate is two-timing his best friend Megan. Annie comes to Ryan's rescue, generating a spark they both try to ignore. Joe gets another call from Deep Throat offering him the dirt on Doug. It's followed by the arrival of surveillance photos of Doug in a dress in a Roxborough motel.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, David Gould as Phil Disher, Amanda Teresse as Belinda Disher

Faking It

Episode 187
Saturday, June 02, 2001
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Grant Brown

Joe receives a photograph of Doug in a dress. Doug tries to maintain the fiction that it is obviously a fake designed to undermine him politically. Julia privately admits she's also had threats and urges Doug to drop out of the by-election. Helen takes Tom horse riding on a picnic to her favourite spot. When she mysteriously goes missing, Tom assumes the worst and engages in a desperate search for her. Meanwhile, Sally fails in her attempts to befriend a strangely ice-cool Annie.

Guest Cast: Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Standing By Her Man

Episode 188
Saturday, June 02, 2001
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Grant Brown

Emu Springs is stunned to find the photo of Doug in drag splashed across the front page. Julia breaks down and unloads her shame and humiliation on Sally while brushing aside Mon's sympathy. Julia's marriage seems all but over. While Stuart, Megan, Ryan, Joe and Sally all have differing responses, Doug and Helen go into damage control as he attempts to ride out the storm. The Canberra media pack arrives and Lisa sees a golden opportunity for self-advancement, but her shabby treatment of Megan finally brings her down.

Guest Cast: Lisa Cambridge, Kristy Wright as Robyn, Catherine Green as Reporter, David Bergin

The Name Of The Game

Episode 189
Saturday, June 09 2001
Written by Bill Garner
Directed by Mandy Smith

A day is a long time in politics. It's pressure all round as Doug Rutherford and Julia are forced to deal with more flak from his cross dressing exposure. Sally and Joe learn that politics means being tough enough to take advantage of every opportunity. Megan and Lisa both find themselves in the firing line—literally—when Tom decides that someone has to pay the supreme sacrifice for his recent on-air gaffe. Tom visits Doug and Julia to apologise and discovers Julia withdrawn and defeated. When Lisa skilfully plays off Helen against Tom, it stirs domestic friction between them. Helen tells Tom she thinks their relationship is in trouble.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Maureen McInerney as Gwen McLeod, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford, David Bergin as Reporter

What Goes Around

Episode 190
Saturday, June 09, 2001
Written by Bill Garner
Directed by Mandy Smith

Mon's plan to resuscitate the junior football team gives rise to an idea for a fundraiser that proves far from popular with some. Sally feels awkward when a journalist who is interviewing her suggests, in front of Joe, that perhaps she ought to be the candidate, not him. When Helen discovers Tom and Harry have gone behind her back to get Wayne to fix up the dirt bike she feels betrayed. As Mon finds footy training too hard she's about to throw it in when Stuart comes up with an idea.

Guest Cast: Michele Stayner as Gail Prentice, Mark Blackmore as Bazz

Under The Hammer

Episode 191
Saturday June 16, 2001
Written by Elizabeth Huntley
Directed by Mandy Smith

With Doug's outing as a cross-dresser adversely affecting the polls and Julia obviously not coping with the public disgrace, Doug isn't sure which way to turn until Julia decides she's had enough and it's time she took control. Megan is suffering under the certain knowledge that Lisa will have her revenge for the incident with Tom, but underestimates just how painful a surprise that will be when it finally happens. Ryan, angry with Wayne for two-timing Megan, takes it upon himself to set Wayne right about a few things but somehow nothing goes according to plan. Harry manages to reverse Dr Annie's decision not to enter the Singles Auction only to find he's not the only one willing to part with some hard cash in order to get a dinner date with her.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, John Bishop as Sniffy, Troy Lempriere as Yobbo 1, Chris Wilson as Yobbo 2

The Contenders

Episode 192
Saturday June 16, 2001
Written by Elizabeth Huntley
Directed by Mandy Smith

Helen and Tom have reached an impasse but Helen's going out of her way to avoid any further discussion. Doug and Julia united by the recognition of the need to restore Doug's political credibility and put the recent scandals behind them, decide to opt for total transparency and do a TV interview with Tom at the helm. While Ryan makes some progress with a reluctant Dr. Annie over dinner, he's making more enemies than friends when it comes to Wayne, Harry and Megan. Unfortunately for Ryan it seems he's bitten off more than he can chew when it comes to taking Wayne on in the big fight. Megan's distress is further exacerbated when she's forced to wait table on Wayne and Lisa for the Singles Auction dinner.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

An Early Frost

Episode 193
Saturday, June 23, 2001
Written by Chris Phillips
Directed by Adrian Holmes

As the election draws closer, mud continues to fly in Emu Springs. Doug and Julia deftly play the political couple, while Joe and Sally get a bitter dose of being in the public eye. Much to Tom's bewilderment, Helen continues to act very strangely. He makes great efforts to connect with her but finds her behaviour is more and more erratic and alienating.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, Lois Collinder as Phoebe, Margaret Ricketts as Mrs Bungert, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford, Eddie Baroo as Dingo

A Suitable Girl

Episode 194
Saturday, June 23, 2001
Written by Chris Phillips
Directed by Adrian Holmes

Sally and Joe deal with the repercussions of the expose while Annie is presented with a mysterious problem when a mother confides in her about her son. Wayne seems stung by his bad boy reputation and begins to act accordingly. Lisa and Tom find they have much in common, while Harry's interest in Annie develops.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge, James Brennan as Robert Tullson, Carole Yelland as Rose Tullson, Matt James as Ray Bidwell

The Best Laid Plans

Episode 195
Saturday, June 30, 2001
Written by Everett DeRoche
Directed by Adrian Holmes

Lisa Cambridge's creative interpretation of her friendship with Tom boxes him into a corner and Helen is forced to take extreme measures. Whilst Ryan is ready to believe Lisa's story, Megan is dubious and sets out to unhinge her nemesis. Harry's crush on Annie grows when she helps cure an injured lizard.

Guest Cast: Kristy Wright as Lisa Cambridge

Farewell My Lovely

Episode 196
Saturday, June 30, 2001
Written by Everett DeRoche
Directed by Adrian Holmes

With Tom and Helen's relationship on the rocks, Harry finds himself ensconced in a new home. Sally is finding Helen's odd ways increasingly disaffecting and Tom's at his wits end trying to interpret her mood swings. Finally Helen is also faced with a reality which may lead to the key to her recent behaviour. Joe and Doug strike a deal while Sally and Julia form an unlikely alliance.

Guest Cast: Simon Wilton as Jim McPherson, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Reading The Signs

Episode 197
Saturday July 07, 2001
Written by Kelly Lefever
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Megan tells Wayne that he has to work a little harder if he intends to win her back. In an attempt to be more romantic Wayne decides to take Megan to one of his special places. But as luck would have it his little romantic interlude ends in disaster when he removes a sign from the waterhole, believing it to be unimportant, and puts Megan's life at risk.
Doug and Julia are still in the throes of marital discord. Doug feels more positive when he makes an impassioned speech against the major parties, but Julia remains unimpressed.
Helen believes that she may have the answer to her odd moods and behavioural problems… she thinks she may be pregnant. The day is fraught with anguish, but in the end her guess is wrong, and she's back to square one. So what is wrong with her?

Guest Cast: Norman Yemm as Old Mac, Ian Swan as Pharmacist, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Tall Tales And True

Episode 198
Saturday July 07, 2001
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Having endangered Megan's life, Wayne finds himself being hailed a hero. Stricken with guilt, he makes an attempt to see Sally about taking lessons, but bails out at the last minute.
Helen, in denial about her deteriorating health; hoses down Harry's concerns about her behaviour; shuts Tom out, and cancels her appointment with a neurological specialist.
Harry meets Paddy and is tantalised by the drifter's encounter with a "friend" that sounds like the long-lost Father Brian. Doug takes an unexpected stand in the lead up to the election.

Guest Cast: Sean Scully as Paddy

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Election

Episode 199
Saturday July 14, 2001
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Julian McSwiney

Election fever has hit Emu Springs, and judgement day has arrived for Joe and Doug. There can be only one winner, but it's going to be a tumultuous political ride for both before Tom announces the results over the 3ES airwaves. A comedian arrives in town to liven up the pub—though not quite in the fashion that Stuart expects.

Guest Cast: Ross Daniels as Jimmy Jones, David Bergin as Reporter, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

A Brave Face

Episode 200
Saturday July 14, 2001
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Julian McSwiney

The post-election town of Emu Springs is in a far from celebratory mood, despite Doug's surprise win. Joe is trying to come to terms with losing... and comes to the realisation that having a child with Sally isn't as appealing as it once was, much to her devastation. Wayne must swallow his pride and seek out help for his illiteracy—but it isn't going to be an easy road. Doug's world falls apart when he finds a note from Julia announcing that she's left him… and she doesn't know whether she's coming back. Helen must face some home truths after suffering a blackout, noticed by Annie. It's time to start tackling her problems head on. She bites the bullet and has some medical tests to determine her fate. The result is shattering…

Guest Cast: Ninane Le Page as Nurse

The Things We Do For Love

Episode 201
Saturday, June 21, 2001

Annie has to cope with giving Helen a grim diagnosis. Sally tries to persuade Wayne to resume lessons but discovers the fates are conspiring against her. Mon gets more than she bargained for when she tries to help Doug and Ryan comes up with a foolproof idea to win Annie's heart.

Guest Cast: Alethea McGrath as Alice, Jennifer Chang as Nurse

Coming Home

Episode 202
Saturday, June 21, 2001

Joe and Sally try to help Helen with her life threatening illness but their good intentions go haywire. Inspired by Mon, Doug wins Julia back—but has he? Sally finally gets the breakthrough she wants with Wayne.

Cruel To Be Kind

Episode 203
Saturday July 28, 2001
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

Harry reacts angrily to Joe and Stuart "moving Paddy on". But he learns they were right when Paddy (Sean Scully) tells the truth about his lying ways but insists he told Harry the truth about seeing Father Brian. Ryan's radio marathon gets under way, and semi-delirious with flu, he makes a late night on-air announcement about his feelings for a certain doctor. Almost in spite of himself he's gotten through to her and Annie finally realises how he feels about her.

Guest Cast: Sean Scully as Paddy
Note: Vince Colosimo replaces Eric Bana in the role of Joe Sabatini

Ryan's Next Move

Episode 204
Saturday July 28, 2001
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

The flu beats Ryan in his radio marathon record attempt and following his late night revelations of yesterday there is some serious lip locking. Helen returns and announces she is going to have the operation. She's determined to be strong about it especially for Harry. The tactic seems to work—he seems to be dealing with it. But is he? Tom on the other hand, takes it badly. Wayne raises with Megan the issue of taking their relationship to the horizontal stage. She seems keen enough but begs off for now. She's obviously nervous about doing it here under Stuart's roof.

The Wait

Episode 205
Monday, August 06, 2001
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Declan Eames

The day of Helen's surgery finally arrives. With Joe, Sally and Harry in tow, Helen settles in at the hospital and prepares for her operation. Mon is delighted when Father Mitchell, a fill-in priest, arrives in Emu Springs to conduct the Easter services. But her joy soon turns to ire when she learns the real reason behinds Father Mitchell's visit. Megan and Stuart's relationship feels the strain as Megan is determined to prove she is an adult and should be treated that way. Wayne puts an interesting proposition to Megan.

Guest Cast: Jon Stephens as Dr Pound, Peter Curtin as Father Mitchell, Sharon Kershaw as Nurse, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Small Acts Of Kindness

Episode 206
Tuesday 7 August
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Declan Eames

Sally and Joe worry about Harry as they try and cope with news that Helen is partially paralysed and cannot speak. When Harry visits Helen, he is disturbed by what he sees. Concerned that Harry is bottling it all up; Helen decides it's for the best that Joe takes Harry home. Reluctantly, Harry leaves, feeling like he has failed his mother in her time of need.
Mon's crusade against Father Mitchell swings into over-drive as she enlisted the community of Emu Springs to show their support at an Easter Mass dedicated to Helen's recovery. The Easter service is a success and when news comes through that Helen has recovered some movement in her right hand, the service turns into a celebration. Father Mitchell's decision to keep the church open is the icing on the cake.
Megan's house hunting continues unsuccessfully, until Wayne suggests they pool resources and move in together.
Home alone, Harry discovers an Easter present from Helen - his dirt-bike. And finally he begins to cry.

Guest Cast: Jon Stephens as Dr Pound, Peter Curtin as Father Mitchell, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Tuesday's Child

Episode 207
Wednesday, August 08, 2001
Written by Rob George
Directed by Declan Eames

Ryan and Annie go on a date together but Annie proves to be a two-pot screamer and gets very merry very quickly. She is disturbed to receive a letter from her father who, she reveals, is a gambling addict.
Megan and Wayne decide to move in together and go house hunting. But Megan has second thoughts and when Stuart eats humble pie and invites her back home to the pub, she agrees.
Harry is disturbed by his reaction to seeing Helen in hospital and seeks solace from Annie but when he later sees Ryan and Annie together, he is very upset.
An affable stranger arrives at the surgery. It's Owen , Annie's dad and she is not pleased to see him. This could end in tears.

Guest Cast: John McTernan as Owen Young

The Sins of the Father

Episode 208
Thursday, August 09, 2001
Written by Rob George
Directed by Declan Eames

Owen makes friends in town despite Annie's attempts to persuade him to leave. And in the sociable atmosphere of the pub Owen gets back into the swing of gambling. Annie is horrified to discover Owen is now in debt to Stuart. Seeing that old gambling cycle return, Annie confronts her Dad with a tough ultimatum.
Tom visits Helen in hospital and is shocked by her condition. However, it does convince him further that Helen's illness is the reason for their relationship breaking down previously. With Helen making a slow but steady recovery, Tom wants them to resume their relationship and he clearly has something more permanent in mind.
Harry is convinced by Mon to go to footy training where he seizes on the opportunity to get even with Ryan for kissing Annie.
A mysterious donation arrives at 3ES and Tom is convinced Father Brian is behind it.

Guest Cast:
John McTernan as Owen Young, John Bishop as Sniffy, Tim Smith as Ernie
Note: Something in the Air returns to airing four episodes a week, Monday through Thursday

Playing Your Hand

Episode 209
Monday, August 13, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Mandy Smith

When Ryan, spurred on by the belief he's making Annie's life easier, does Owen a favour, but it backfires on him. To compound Ryan's problems, Harry's infatuation with Annie is causing difficulties in their love life. As Anzac Day approaches, Reg Farrow (Denzil Howson), the R.S.L. President of the Emu Springs Sub Branch suggests Doug refrain from making his usual speech at the celebrations. This presents Doug with a dilemma. Does he step aside gracefully or stick to his guns?

Guest Cast: John McTernan as Owen Young, Denzil Howson as Reg Farrow

To Honour Those Before Us

Episode 210
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Mandy Smith

Having learnt Ryan lent her father money and then used it to gamble, Annie and Owen's relationship erupts which in turn strains her relationship with Ryan. Harry discovers some old medals at Tale Farm, which see Joe embark on a personal journey of discovering his father's past. Mon is expecting Wayne to march in Len's honour and is miffed when he refuses. With Julia's support, Doug finds the courage to confront Reg Farrow and recover his dignity. The township celebrates Anzac Day.

Guest Cast: John McTernan as Owen Young, Denzil Howson as Reg Farrow

Reconciliation

Episode 211
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Mandy Smith

Helen, still in hospital suffers a complication serious enough to have her doctor summoning her nearest and dearest to her bedside. The new communication between Wayne and Sally has not gone unnoticed and worse than that, it has been grossly misunderstood. Megan is jealous, Jo is confused and his temper gets the better of him—with possibly dire consequences. Tom, realising Helen's long-term recovery proposes a transport problem, makes a decision that uncovers a surprising past. In the aftermath of Anzac Day Annie's inability to accept her fathers' addiction haunts her and continues to threaten her relationship with Ryan. Annie's only course of action is to face her father.

Guest Cast: John McTernan as Owen Young, Alethea McGrath as Alice, Eddie Baroo as Dingo, Robyn Betts as Nurse

Invitation To The Dance

Episode 212
Thursday, August 16, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Mandy Smith

While Helen is struggling, circumstances between Sally and Joe absent him from supporting Sally as she watches her sister cling to life. Megan pressures Wayne into telling her the truth about his illiteracy. A surprising admission from Megan helps propel Wayne into setting things straight with Joe.
In the depths of fever-ridden infection, Helen continues to hallucinate about dancing with her late husband, Warwick (Steven Heathcote). Is she strong enough to resist his temptation to drag her to the other side?
Julia invites Mon to join her and baby Alex for baby swimming lessons at Bullandra but Mon's refusal, and consequent elaborate excuse raises suspicion. As Tom and Harry make their way to the hospital a hiccup in their plans reveals that Tom's driving history is no secret.

Guest Cast: Steven Heathcote as Warwick, Jon Stephens as Dr Pound, Glynis Angell as Sgt Vicki Swallow

Mermaids And Other Myths

Episode 213
Monday, August 20, 2001
Written by Abe Pogos
Directed by Ali Ali

Helen is barely recovering and she wants to see Father Brian. Meanwhile Joe is trying to repair the rift in his relationship with Sally. Helen's illness makes the timing of his efforts difficult, but his fear of losing Sally is powerful. Meanwhile Ryan has approached Annie to do a half-hour spot on his radio program to replace Dr. Eva. Annie accepts the offer, but when she appears on air she gets a chronic attack of stage fright and humiliates herself. Julia gets to the bottom of Mon's refusal to go swimming. Realising Mon thinks she looks too big, Julia creates a special swimsuit for her.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Mark Guerin as Father Davis, Phoebe Betts as Alexandra Rutherford

Childhood Sweethearts

Episode 214
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Written by Abe Pogos
Directed by Ali Ali

Father Brian's suddenly reappears and Helen wakes up and looks well for the first time. Helen hasn't been dreaming about Father Brian; he quietly slips into town to see her but gets sprung by Harry who walks in on them. Harry's shock over Father. Brian's sudden reappearance turns to devastation when he is asked to keep Brian's return a secret, adding that he has no intention of returning home. Annie approaches Megan about her radio debacle. Feeling Ryan is too involved with her to be objective, she asks Megan to coach her so she can avoid further humiliation. Megan accepts the challenge. Mon buys a computer for Wayne but he tells her he has no use for it. They argue until Wayne reveals that he can't read or write. Mon is in shock and blames herself for not knowing about Wayne's dark secret. He reassures her that it wasn't her fault and that he needs her support, not her guilt. Joe is still trying to make up with Sally. Inspired by something Helen says, Joe takes Sally on a romantic night out which recreates the fun of their early courtship.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian

The Homecoming

Episode 215
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Written by Peter Kinloch
Directed by Ali Ali

Helen convinces Father Brian to return to Emu Springs but his reluctance to discuss his disappearance triggers mixed feelings among the locals, particularly Tom and Mon. Megan does her best to convince Father Brian to go public with a live interview while Tom throws himself into preparations for the new footy season with gusto. This inevitably brings him into conflict with Emus coach, Stuart, with dire consequences for both.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins, Peter Ashby as Driver

Footy, Footy, Footy, Oi, Oi, Oi

Episode 216
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Written by Peter Kinloch
Directed by Ali Ali

Helen's recuperation is interrupted by a trip to see Harry play the game of his life for the Emu Juniors. In the post-match elation, Harry stuns everyone by announcing his permanent retirement from footy.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins

The New Kid In Town

Episode 217
Monday, August 27, 2001
Written by Fiona Wood
Directed by Scott Feeney

AFL legend Rick Beecher (Jim Russell) arrives to overhaul the football team. Doug finds Rick's interest in him, and his cross-dressing, unsettling. Father Brian is coming to terms with his decision to leave the priesthood. As Helen's recuperation progresses, Tom and Father Brian negotiate a new, uneasy phase of their friendship—as rivals for her affection. Ryan and Annie search for common ground in their relationship.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Jim Russell as Rick Beecher, Virginia Kable as Cello player

In Touch With My Feminine Side

Episode 218
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Written by Fiona Wood
Directed by Scott Feeney

Doug and Rick explore the nature of cross dressing, dressing for tea at Merinda. Father Brian and Tom continue to vie for Helen's affections, leading her to demand they leave her alone. And Annie And Ryan post-mortem the date from hell.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Jim Russell as Rick Beecher

Smells Like Team Spirit

Episode 219
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
Written by Jenny Lewis
Directed by Scott Feeney

Tom is forced to take over coaching when Rick's problem with alcohol becomes obvious when he turns up drunk, to the big match. Annie gets tricked into volunteering as a medic, and finds herself strangely attracted to the game with the odd-shaped ball. Stuart leads a mutiny of the players against Tom when Bullandra looks like thrashing the Emus. He becomes a reluctant hero in the process.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Jim Russell as Rick Beecher

The Things We Do For Love

Episode 220
Thursday, August 30, 2001
Written by Jenny Lewis
Directed by Scott Feeney

Sally invites Wayne and Megan to dinner and finds herself trying to match Joe's culinary record in a bid to impress Megan. But the dinner party goes horribly wrong when the guests try to hard to compensate for Wayne's lack of literacy skills. The stress of Helen's illness starts to show on Harry, and Joe comes up with a novel way to restore Harry's confidence. Meanwhile Doug's concerns that Julia is avoiding being intimacy with him, deepen.

Blame It On The Rain

Episode 221
Monday, September 03, 2001
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

Megan is cranky with Wayne after his explosion at Tale Farm; she will have nothing to do with him until he apologises to Joe and Sally. Meanwhile Doug and Julia struggle with the apparent lack of passion in their marriage and Tom has transmission problems when a local farmer refuses to cut down a tree that is interfering with the 3ES transmitter—the stubborn farmer believes the tree contains the spirit of his dead sheepdog.
Meanwhile Doug finds happiness in Sarah Priory, his new assistant, the rift between Joe and Wayne deepens and Harry receives Joe's blessing to continue to nurse a sick calf back to health. Finally, Sally presents Joe with stunning news: she's pregnant.

Guest Cast: Michelle Pettigrove as Sarah, Terry Brittingham as Larry Breene, Jordan White as Jake, Helen Rayson-Hill as Claire, Melissa Casey as Katie, Jeremy Dridan as Liam

Hooley Dooley

Episode 222
Tuesday, September 04, 2001
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

Stuart has a fantastic idea to raise money for the Emu's footy team: a nude calendar. As the lads psyche themselves up to go the Full Monty, Tom wants in and Father Brian wants out. Sally and Joe bask in the glow of their looming parenthood while Joe's feud with Wayne continues to simmer.
Much to Mon's displeasure Father Brian is fully contemplating leaving the church in order to pursue Helen. He even takes a job at the pub as a step towards doing so. Which Tom reads as an ominous sign and warns Father Brian that he won't let Helen go easily. Meanwhile all Helen wants to do is get well and for them both to leave her alone. In the wake of the calendar shoot Tom finds he's revealed more than he bargained for!

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Kat Stewart as Jenny Cliff

Throw Your Arms Around Me

Episode 223
Wednesday, September 05, 2001
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

Tom is a man with problems. On the one hand, he is being driven to distraction by a tree interfering with the 3ES transmission and on the other hand, a nude photo of Tom has found it's way onto the internet for the whole world to see.
Megan and Ryan go on a mates-date—a game of darts, a few beers and a bite to eat—and are both alarmed and embarrassed on the dance floor when their night develops romantic overtones.
Sally and Joe are basking in the joy of impending parenthood. Sally insists they keep it secret for a while. However it's not long before Joe lets the cat out of the bag.
Julia and Doug revel in the new found romance in their relationship. Julia, seeing Doug through his new part-time assistant's eyes, realises he is still the same, dynamic, compassionate and handsome man she fell in love with years ago.
As a storm builds over Emu Springs, apparently sending an electrical charge through everyone, Father Brian decides that it is time to declare himself to Helen. Helen is not surprised by his feelings, but is overwhelmed by the power of his certainty.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Michelle Pettigrove as Sarah

That One Defining Moment

Episode 224
Thursday, September 06, 2001
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Geoffrey Nottage

Joe spoils Sally, and is determined to go on doing so for the duration of her pregnancy and beyond. They are enjoying a closeness they have not known for a long time.
Megan stubbornly refuses to back down on the stance she has taken with Wayne. Until he apologises to Joe and Sally, she will have nothing to do with him. Much as the apology would hurt Wayne's pride, not being with Megan is hurting him more. He assures Megan that he will do it… soon.
Sally, Julia, Mon and Stuart hold a committee meeting to organise the Queen of the Springs Ball and come up with a new spin on an old tradition.
Helen is confused by her feelings for Father Brian. It feels right for as many reasons as it feels wrong. Father Brian sees it differently. Helen is his new calling. They go for a picnic and enjoy a few brief, happy hours together getting to know each other, but tragic events are about to force Father Brian back towards priesthood.
Out at work on the tractor, Joe suffers a mishap that leaves him lying alone in the paddock, in pain and gravely injured. Unable to call for help, Joe must wait to be discovered, but will help come too late?

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian

All The Thinks I Should Have Said

Episode 225
Monday, September 10, 2001

Shattered by the death of Joe, the community rallies round to help the bereaved, and to find their own peace. Tom realises the importance of rural radio—and that this is the worst time to be off air. He travels to Chudworthy to do a feed from there—to read the many messages of love and respect that Joe has inspired.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian

Blood Is Thicker

Episode 226
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Written by Jo Martino
Directed by Declan Eames

Joe's father Giovanni (Osvaldo Maione), arrives from Italy and presents Sally with a request. Will she have Joe's body brought back to Italy and buried? Sally's response sends Helen and Harry into a spin and Helen uses an unconventional method to help Sally rethink her decision. Ryan is having difficulty dealing with his friend's death and is further flattened by Annie's supposed ability to help everyone except him come to terms with his bereavement. Helen is dismayed when Harry says he's not going to Joe's funeral. A stranger with a connection to Joe makes an appearance at Tale Farm.

Guest Cast: Osvaldo Maione as Giovanni, Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth, Caitlin Nolan as Alexandra Rutherford

Into Thy Hands

Episode 227
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Written by Jo Martino
Directed by Declan Eames

The town gathers together for Joe's funeral. The emotional weight unleashes Annie's deeply buried grief, while Wayne says a special goodbye. Amazed to learn that Joe had a daughter he never knew about, Sally invites Elizabeth to stay with the family at Tale Farm.

Guest Cast: Vince Colosimo as Joe Sabatini, Steve Adams as Father Brian, Osvaldo Maione as Giovanni, Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth

Nobody's Child

Episode 228
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Declan Eames

The town is shattered when Father Brian announces he's leaving Emu Springs to take up another posting. While Helen blames herself, Mon can barely cope with the sadness of it all. Elizabeth moves into Tale Farm to be with her new "family". While Sally tries her best, Elizabeth's bitterness only deepens their sense of loss. Harry is the first to fall victim to her anger. Giovanni fails to reconcile with Elizabeth and returns to Italy alone.

Guest Cast: Steve Adams as Father Brian, Osvaldo Maione as Giovanni, Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth

All The Lonely People

Episode 229
Monday, September 17, 2001
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Mandy Smith

Sally is trying to recover from Joe's death. This process is not helped when she discovers Joe's wedding ring has gone missing. Harry is convinced that Joe's illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth (Claudia Buttazzoni), has taken it. He confronts Elizabeth who denies it. Helen takes a sideways approach to the problem. She gives Elizabeth an antique brooch that belonged to Joe's grandmother and in the morning, much to Sally's relief, the ring is mysteriously returned. While sorting through Joe's papers Sally finds that Joe had left a note on his will, leaving a portion of the estate to his unborn child. When Elizabeth hears this she decides to take legal action for her share of the pie.

Guest Cast: Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth

Where There's A Will

Episode 230
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Mandy Smith

Sally tries to come to terms with Elizabeth contesting Joe's will. Helen advises getting a lawyer and getting tough. Sally wants to do what is right. She enlists Doug's help to approach the banks for a loan so she can pay Elizabeth out but is knocked back. Elizabeth witnesses this and it shakes her conviction about continuing with the case. She goes to the lawyer, determined to pull out but the wiley lawyer convinces her to continue with the case.
Ryan's big lunch date with Annie does not go as well as he'd hoped. Doug's not faring so well either. Excited by the possibility of joining a club of cross dressers like himself he dresses up and sets off to be a part of the action. Unfortunately, in his excitement, he speeds and is pulled over by a patrol officer.

Guest Cast: Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth, Stephen Blackburn as Laurie, Richard Heath as Male patient, Erin Klein as Policeman

A Tangled Web

Episode 231
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Written by Elizabeth Huntley
Directed by Mandy Smith

Having passed himself off as Julia when he was picked up for speeding Doug appeals to Stuart for help but when Stuart rejects him and he is faced with having to confront Julia, Doug opts for tackling more devious methods to save the situation.
After a successful tour with her Band, Angela (Michala Banas) returns home for a rest, but soon gets caught up in Ryan's unbridled enthusiasm for her music and before she knows it she's back performing again at Stuart's Pub.
Mon's cyberspace romance continues to blossom and attract disapproval, this time from Tom, who in a moment of spontaneous confession confesses his secret hopes for his relationship with Helen.

Guest Cast: Michala Banas as Angela, Michael Bishop as Sergeant Collins

Where There's Smoke

Episode 232
Thursday, September 20, 2001
Written by Elizabeth Huntley
Directed by Mandy Smith

Ryan is so intent on convincing himself that his pursuit of Angela is entirely innocent that he fails to notice its effect on Annie, despite Megan's warnings. Out at Tale Farm, Sally, Elizabeth and Helen negotiate some common ground in their quest to save the Farm. Harry, in an attempt to assert himself as "man of the house", takes it upon himself to deliver some home truths to Elizabeth and flexes his muscles at a bemused Wayne.
Mon discovers what her Internet pal is really after and decides to take him up on it despite her son's disapproval.
Megan's outrage at Ryan's behaviour lands her in Wayne's arms and an unexpected confession results.

Guest Cast: Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth, Michala Banas as Angela, Don Bridges as Morton Casey

Second Fiddle, Fifth Wheel

Episode 233
Monday, September 24, 2001

Elizabeth and Sally's relationship explodes. Julia's past comes back to haunt her, her old rival is coming back to town.

Guest Cast: Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth

Guilt By Suspicion

Episode 234
Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Sally makes an announcement that she's included Elizabeth and Harry in her will. The work and responsibilities of the farm, are starting to weigh heavily on Harry's shoulders.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Michala Banas as Angela, Claudia Buttazzoni as Elizabeth

All Is Fair In Love

Episode 235
Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Despite misgivings from Wayne, romance is blossoming between Mon and Martin.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Michala Banas as Angela

Women Of Our Age

Episode 236
Thursday, September 27, 2001
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Ali Ali

The romance between Mon and Martin has reached the full-blown stage with her spending the night with him. Angela confronts the real reason for her problems. And in helping her, Ryan may be stirring up the old flame. Ryan seems very close to calling it quits with Annie. To her frustration, Julia is 'stood up' by Margaret Jenkins. Wayne warns Moreton Casey he better not have been involved in the fire at Tale Farm.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Michala Banas as Angela, Don Bridges as Morton Casey

One Step Forward

Episode 237
Monday, October 01, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Scott Feeney.

Martin (Ross Thompson) seems over-concerned with Mon's health. This, coupled with other strange behaviour, creates suspicion. There is a backlog of work at Tale Farm and Sally has to face the idea of bringing the tractor back from the pub.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Don Bridges as Morton Casey

Think Before You Speak

Episode 238
Tuesday, October 02, 2001
Written by Sue Hore
Directed by Scott Feeney.

Julia awaits the arrival of her rival, Margaret "Bloody" Jenkins (Carmen Duncan). To cope with her own paranoia, Julia psyches herself up for the big meeting. Doug supports her and she faces the reunion with bravado. However, when MBJ finally does arrive in town, she wins over just about every man in sight, apart from Martin who, surprisingly, is "Margaret-proof". The woman is a man magnet. Blessed with an earthy sophistication, she is positively charismatic. It isn't long before she has Stuart dancing around her and Tom renews an old friendship with her. Mon learns that Martin is planning to leave Emu Springs. When she confronts him about his planned move, his answer astounds her.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Carmen Duncan as Margaret Jenkins

All Shook Up

Episode 239
Wednesday, October 03, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Scott Feeney.

3ES is in crisis. Thanks to Megan's on-air indiscretions, she, Tom, and the station are being sued by Moreton Casey (Don Bridges), and sponsors are abandoning the sinking ship. Helen rejoins the 3ES staff on a rescue mission. She and Tom rediscover how much they have missed the intimacy of working together.

Guest Cast: Michala Banas as Angela, Carmen Duncan as Margaret Jenkins, Tommy Dysart as Roy Suede

Drama Queens And Singing Kings

Episode 240
Thursday, October 04, 2001
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Scott Feeney.

It's the eve of the Ball and Julia has never been more miserable. Her nemesis, Margaret "Bloody" Jenkins invades Julia's radio program, foists her ideas onto Julia's plans for the Ball, and seems to be making a play for Doug while flirting with Stuart. One of the features of this year's Ball is an Elvis look-alike competition, and when Roy Suede (Tommy Dysart), doyen of Elvis impersonators turns up, it seems that the comp will be one-sided. Nevertheless, Stuart tries to talk a depressed Ryan into entering. yan's friend Angela (Michala Banas) arrives back in town having turned her back on a singing career, and committed herself to a happier life farming in Emu Springs. After the Ball, Mon gives Martin her decision. Meanwhile, at the Tale Farm, Tom and Helen cap a long night with a romantic dance to music only they can hear.

Guest Cast: Ross Thompson as Martin, Michala Banas as Angela, Carmen Duncan as Margaret Jenkins, Tommy Dysart as Roy Suede, Joan Brockenshire as Singing Female Elvis, Joe Gilpin as Elvis Impersonator, Dennis Manahan as Elvis Impersonator