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Episode 1.05

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Wed, February 04, 1998 (ABC)
Written by David Philips
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

While Bill wrestles with his doubts over Reilly who has been accused of corruption, Maxine deals with Ralph, an elderly man with Alzheimer's who shows up at the crisis centre not being able to recall where he lives. Gerry's personal and professional lives cross paths when she becomes involved with a homeless youth.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, John Howard as Frank Reilly, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; Norman Kaye as Ralph Morton, Peter Kowitz as Nigel Burch, Sarah Chadwick as Jan Reilly, Scott Major as Steven Nolan, Anne Looby as Carla Wallace, Rowena Doyle as IA Detective, Sri Sacdpraaseuth as Driver, Xenia Natalenko as Lauren Reilly, Ian Law as Sean Reilly, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Ian Moggs as Barman, Monica Zarth as Barmaid, Nash Edgerton as Armed Robber, Tony Lynch as Armed Robber 2, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers

Episode 1.06

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February 11, 1998
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Maxine searches for Debbie, a prostitute working Canterbury Road. She's HIV positive and is possibly passing the infection on. Meanwhile, Bill faces his first day back on the police force after four years and has to deal with hostility from some of the other cops who know his background.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, John Haas as Mark Doyle, John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Susie Porter as Debbie, Deobia Oparei as Bernice, Belinda Cotterill as Melinda, Biana Nacson as Rachel, Timothy McCunn as Half, Tiriel Mora as Tony Gorlass, Alan Cinis as Carl, Antonia Murphy as Sonia, Geoff Perry as Senior Constable Mark Boon, John Tutt as Senior Constable Jim Sweeney, Katherine Hayes as Emma, Monica Zarth as Waitress

Episode 1.07

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February 18, 1998
Written by Tim Pye
Directed by Kate Woods

While partnered with Kim Devlin, Bill investigates the gang rape of a prostitute and discovers that one of the culprits may be the son of an MP who has been trying to rid the district of sex workers. While continuing to struggle with problems in her own marriage, Maxine tries to deal with a suicidal stand-up comedian distraught over the lose of his children following his divorce.

With: Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Mitchell Butel as Lance, Susie Porter as Debbie, Tiriel Mora as Tony Gorlass, Mario Gamma as Yanni Gorlass, Anthony Hayes as Danny (Maggie) Thompson, Brendan Donoghue as Chris, Douglas Hedge as Mick, Mick Innes as Tal, Mark Kounnas as Negotiating Police Officer, Jane Mac as Mariella Maestri, Katherine Hayes as Emma

Episode 1.08

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February 25, 1998
Written by Anne Brooksbank
Directed by Kate Woods

When a single mother is brutally killed outside her home, McCoy has 48 hours to find her killer before having to turn the case over to Homicide. The woman's teenage son, a suspect in McCoy's murder investigation, is determined to obtain custody of his ten-year-old sister. Meanwhile, Maxine and her husband finally split up, but it is not just her husband Maxine must face losing.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Jayne Leslie as Detective Constable Zoe Cook, Nicholas Bishop as Detective Constable Graham Hawley, Stuart Finch as Crime Scene Officer, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, Jon Pollard as Ben Pacek, Sarah Norton as Lisa Pacek, Gennie Nevison as Beth Atkins, Allan McFadden as RSL Manager, Craig Blair as RSL Security Manager, Mary Acres as Lucy Clark, Craig Ball as Highway Patrol Officer, Michael Duggan as Russell, Nick Jasprizza as Terry, Stephen Hayden as Kevin, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Cheryl Martin as Anya Pacek

Episode 1.09

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March 04, 1998
Written by Michael Miller
Directed by Andrew Prowse

With his father after him to find a more lucrative job, Vince takes on the case of an illegal Iraqi refugee caught up in Bill's investigation of a stolen car racket. Vince fights a dodgy immigration lawyer while keeping his client clear of charges in connection to Bill's investigation. After walking out on Maxine, Rob returns in search of a reconciliation. A young mechanic makes a play for Maxine.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Wadih Dona as Kiram Al Ouweyfi, Silvio Ofria as Leo Cellini, Sebastian Goldspink as Patrick, Doris Younane as Zelda O'Sullivan, Jason Clarke as Detective Constable Paul Moss, Blaise Cooper as Car Owner, Ali Shaftibeigli as Lebanese Ted, John Tawadros as Ahmed, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Tony Lynch, Gillian Statham

Episode 1.10

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March 11, 1998
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Detectives McCoy and Devlin investigate the shooting of a robbery suspect by a young and inexperienced security guard. Maxine takes on the delicate case of an alleged sexual abuse in a family she knows personally. With no evidence other than repressed memories to support the claims against the father, Maxine has doubts about the validity of the accusations. Vince becomes involved in his father's business dealings and uncovers a secret that leads to blackmail. Kim is the subject of repeated advances of a co-worker.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; Jason Clarke as Detective Constable Paul Moss, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Silvio Ofria as Leo Cellini, Dina Panozzo as Renata Cellini, Emma Roche as Catherine Moran, Mary Regan as Vicki Moran, Sam Toomey as Tom Moran, Katie Harrison as Sally Moran, Karen Davitt as Jane Scully, Vanessa Steele as Ria, Kim Knuckey as Regis, Jason Montgomery as Security Guard, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 1.11

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March 18, 1998
Written by Peter Kinloch, Michael Miller, Jason Camenzuli
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Maxine is called out to a Rave party to attend the drug overdose of a teenage school girl. Despite Maxine's efforts, she is unable to save the girl, and has to break the news to the girl's family. While Bill and Kim investigate the rival gangs believed to be the source of the drugs, Maxine involves herself in the lives of the girl's father and sister.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Steve Bastoni as Eric Foley, Simon Lyndon as John "Scratch" Scratchley, Justine Clarke as Jessie Roscoe, Lenka Kripac as Jasmine Yakabovich, Bogdan Koca as Josef Yakabovich, Bruce Venables as Tony Kelso, Andrew Gilbert as Dean Tapley, Petrina Edge as Miranda Yakabovich, Bridget Austin as ER Nurse. Stunts: Mick Van Moorsel, Bernadette Withers

Episode 1.12

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March 18, 1998
Written by Peter Kinloch, Jason Camenzuli
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

When a bikie gang war erupts in massacre, Bill McCoy is under pressure to make arrests and lay charges. On arrival at the scene it is discovered that one of the victims is Dean Tapley. Despite McCoy's best efforts, he struggles to lay charges against any of the principle suspects. Meanwhile, Kim feels betrayed at being shut out of the investigation as she finds herself the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation and a recovering Maxine questions her future as she relives the horror of the crisis centre shooting. At the end of the day, one will have resigned from her job.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Tammy MacIntosh as Kim Devlin; Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, John O'Hare as Rob Summers, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Steve Bastoni as Eric Foley, Simon Lyndon as John 'Scratch' Scratchley, Justine Clarke as Jessie Roscoe, Bruce Venables as Tony Kelso, Andrew Gilbert as Dean Tapley, Meme Thorne as Psychiatrist, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 1.13

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March 25, 1998
Written by Kris Wyld, Michael Miller
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Maxine, recovering from her gunshot wound, is full with the love of life. She feels invincible, having escaped death, and is in the mood to take risks. So daring she manages to deliver a baby, later finding herself in the middle of a violent dispute between the young mother's boyfriend and father. With the assistance of a young detective from gaming, Bill investigates the murder of a prominent asian gang member following a night in a backroom casino in Chinatown.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Salvatore Coco as Mark, Tara Jakszewicz as Sara Reucassel, Stephen Leeder as Graham Reucassel, Duncan Wass as Mr Cassidy, Shane Withington as Alan Grey, Kate Turner as Elsa Grey, Bruce Poon as Mr Wu, Jon-Claire Lee as Mr Wong, Chris Pang as Mr Chan, Albert Goh as Asian Bartender, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, Damen Stephenson as Uniformed Police Officer, Peter Gow as Asian Thug 1, Richard Au as Asian Thug 2, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Peter Hwang as Mr Lee; Saxon Howarth, Sieana Graham and Geoffrey Munro as Baby Sara, Patrick Kelly as Croupier. Stunts: Avril Wynne, Terry Flanagan, Brett Craft

Note: Alex Dimitriades joins the supporting cast

Episode 1.14

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April 01, 1998
Written by Shelley Birse
Directed by Geoff Bennett

When a high-profile activist doctor is murdered in his home, Bill is not surprised when Virginia assigns him the investigation. However he is surprised when she tells him to take Charlie Coustas with him as he had been led to believe that Charlie was a temporary attachment and isn't pleased at the growing sense of permanence. Investigating the murder brings Bill back into contact with his estranged sister, Kate, who he has not spoken to for five years. Meanwhile, Maxine asks for Charlie's help with a 10-year-old client facing charges in connection with her latest crimes, a situation to which she is entirely indifferent.

With: Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Teo Gerbert as Tony Montano, Kiri Paramore as Ciro Montano, Brendan Higgins as Paul Banks, Pip McGrouther as Rana Jones, Rebecca Rennie as Nicola Jones, Dee Smart as Kate McCoy, Alinta Carroll as Louise, Matthew Williamson as Fin, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Sandy Rosenthal as Ciro's Girlfriend. Stunts: John Heaney

Episode 1.15

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April 08, 1998
Written by Deborah Masters, Jason Camerzuli
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Bill and Charlie become involved in the investigation of a petrol station robbery where one of the victims turns out to be the son of a man Bill put away years before. The family believe their father is innocent and that Bill set him up to go to prison seven years ago and accuse Bill of now setting the son up too. Gerry and Vince come to the son's defence and Bill is forced to question the circumstances of the father's arrest, realising his partner at the time was crooked and he is responsible for putting away an innocent man.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Michael Caton as Brian Savini, Joel Edgerton as Michael Savini, Blazey Best as Amanda, Leeanna Walsman as Jo, Robert Noble as Rob Gallagher, Neil Young as Louie Vasallo, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Warren Ring as Service Station Owner

Episode 1.16

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April 15, 1998
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Bill and Charlie pick up a young heroin addicted prostitute, Laurel Williams, at a Kings Cross porn shop owned by Half [ep 6 previously], Laurel's pimp. Laurel is an intelligent girl with a feisty exterior, but she is much more vulnerable than she likes to admit. Brought in to represent Laurel on drug and theft charges, Vince tries to convince her to turn her life around but must question himself if his interest is purely professional. An official complaint is made against Maxine accusing her of misdiagnosing a young girl in her care. Convinced there is more to the case, Maxine calls to question the behaviour of the girl's mother.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Timothy McCunn as Half, Anna Lise as Laurel Williams, Shayne Francis as Rose Williams, Veronica Neave as Helen Prior, Harry Cripps as Angus Prior, Sal Sharah as Dr Goodlet, Georgia & Sophie Griffiths as Maddy Prior, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 1.17

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April 22, 1998
Written by Tim Pye
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Bill and Charlie investigate the horrific murder of a taxi driver. Maxine discovers the involvement in the murder of three street kids, Greg, Mitch and Mandy while overhearing their conversation at the Crisis Centre. She makes the decision to call Bill about the three suspects against Vince's advice to give them the chance to come forward of their own accord.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Jie Pittman as Mitch Stewart, Amy Miller-Porter as Mandy Leece, Jonno Zissler as Greg Spring, Pamela Young as Mrs Leece, Will Usic as John Spring, Gabrielle Adkins as Taxi Driver, Edwina Bishop as Leanne Williams, Matt Watters as Martin Williams, Alexander Hughes as Jack Williams, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Mark Le Cornu, Steve Morris, Brett Craft

During the first series of Wildside, episode 17 was not aired in NSW. At the time the series went to air, a court case concerning the stabbing of a Sydney cab driver was in proceding. To avoid influencing the trial, this particluar episode was not shown as the subject matter and material directly reflected the events around which the proceedings were based; the stabbing of a cab driver and the apprehension and conviction of the accussed.
- Madelene Pearson, bonza rmit film research

Episode 1.18

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April 29, 1998
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Bill and Charlie are called to the train station where they find seventeen-year-old Luke, naked and bound to a train carriage. Luke claims it was a buck's night prank, but Charlie is sure there's more to it and makes it his personal mission to bring those responsible to justice — regardless of the cost to his career or personal life. A new officer's first days on the job may be her last.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Inge Hornstra as Ellen Douglas, Mark Slater as Luke Blazey, Ken Radley as Jimmy Blazey, Terry Serio as John Depusa, Josh Quong-Tart as Tom, Michael Denkha as Steve, Anthony Martin as Inspector, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 1.19 (Part 1)

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May 06, 1998
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Maxine has taken her sister, Nina, under her wing to help sort out her domestic crisis, and Bill and Charlie wrestle with racial violence on a housing estate.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers; Lucy Bell as Nina, Simon Bossell as Adam, Rosie Lalevich as Yola, Gaby Massoud as Hanni, Waddah Sari as Ali, Marc Gray as Wayne, Scott Lowe as Maurie, Freyja Meere as Sophie, Alana Hopcroft as Amber, Brendan Donoghue as Doug, Joe Sassen: Stunts.

Note:the following message precedes this episode: "The story of the injured boy depicted in the following episode of 'Wildside' is inspired by real events. However, the action of some characters has been significantly altered for dramatic purposes."

Episode 1.20 (Part 2)

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May 13, 1998
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Maxine is convinced that her sister was murdered by her husband but Bill and Charlie play it by the evidence. Bill reluctantly agrees to wire Maxine up, to get the confession they need.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers; Lucy Bell as Nina, Simon Bossell as Adam, Rose Lalevich as Yola, Gaby Massoud as Hanni, Waddah Sari as Ali, David Nettheim as Brian Leech, Hayden Samuels as Police Officer, John Haas as Doyle, Freyja Meere as Sophie, Alana Hopcroft as Amber

Episode 1.21 (Part 1)

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May 20, 1998
Written by Keith Thompson
Directed by Andrew Prowse

McCoy's plans to nail a Vietnamese drug importer are complicated when a crusading Chinese mayor is gunned down.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King; Kee Chan as Harry Li, Miles Paras as Lisa Cheung, Jason Chong as Tuan Ma, Russell Kiefel as Don Kapper, Phuong Tuy Tran as Tien, Lap Phan as Bao, Matt Wilkinson as Van Minh, Martin Lam as Dealer, Mai Nguyen as Dealer's Girlfriend, John Haas as Doyle, Carlotta Chadwick as Dee, Matthew Knox as Danny, Sarah Burns as Policewoman, Dien Thanh as Worker, Richard Morecroft as Newsreader. Stunts: Brett Craft, Avril Wynne

Episode 1.22 (Part 2)

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May 27, 1998
Written by Keith Tompson
Directed by Andrew Prowse

McCoy plays a waiting game using 80 million dollars worth of heroin as bait for "Mr. Big" while also continuing to look into the murders of Mayor Henry Li and Tran, a kid caught up in the gangster world of Asian drug importations. Meanwhile, Vince and Gerry's relationship takes off as Gerry fights through memories of her past as a sex worker triggered by a friend, Dee, who can't escape her own tainted past on the streets.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King; Miles Paras as Lisa Cheung, Jason Chon as Tuan Ma, Russell Kiefel as Don Kapper, Phuong Tuy Tran as Tien, Matt Wilkinson as Van Minh, Martin Lam as Dealer, Mai Nguyen as Dealer's Girlfriend, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Carlotta Chadwick as Dee, Matthew Knox as Danny, Meme Thorne as Police Psychiatrist, Sarah Burns as Policewoman, Stephen Hayden as Surveillance Police Officer, Sean Kramer as Priest. Stunts: Brett Craft, Avril Wynne

Episode 1.23

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June 03, 1998
Written by Anne Brooksbank
Directed by David Caesar

Bill and Deakin are searching for three escaped female prisoners, one of whom, Debbie, is a past client of the Centre. Debbie seeks Gerry's help to get money for a car and treatment for her sick daughter who has been neglected by the foster mother. Gerry's relationship with Vince is shadowed by Vince's fear that Gerry will get herself into deep trouble helping Debbie. Despite their differences, they still work for the same team and their feelings for each other cannot help but grow.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Inge Hornstra as Ellen Douglas, Deborah Kennedy as Patricia Wilson, Susie Porter as Debbie Lord, Katherine Hayes as Emma Lord, Vanessa Thompson as Kay Barlow, Kathryn Hartman as Leah, Neil Young as Louise Vasallo, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Peter Pitcher as Hotel Manager, Craig Murray as Constable Reid, Nigel Douglas as Assisting Constable

Episode 1.24

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June 10, 1998
Written by Bob Ellis
Directed by David Caesar

Bill investigates a threat made against Carol Wilson, a State MP who has outrageous views on Aboriginals. He must offer her protection in the midst of an election rally in which she is participating. Vince disappoints his father Leo when he reveals he is interested in Gerry.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Lewis Fitz-Gerald as Bryant, Linda Cropper as Carol Wilson, Wayne Pygram as Sam Kristovsky, John Moore as Gary Murphy, Robert Maza as Neil Horton, Silvio Ofria as Leo Cellini, Dinah Shearing as Anna Weissman, Robyn Loau as Marianne, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Steven Grant as Sean Kelly, Jason Leeuw as Heckler #1, Trent Bowater as Heckler #2, Wayne Rogers as Heckler #3, Jim Webb as Heckler #4, Brett Craft as Hoon, Lyndon Jones as Male Reporter, Katrina Sklavos as Female Reporter, Michael Manuell as Interviewer, Candy Barta as Reporter at Demonstration. Stunts: Brett Craft

Episode 1.25

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June 17, 1998
Written by Matt Ford
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Four Tongans are shot dead in the 180 Club which is a known Islander hangout. McCoy and Deakin investigate the crime scene where they run into Charlie Coustas, who's working on attachment to a task force called Operation Spindrift who are tracking a gun-importation racket.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Paul Pantano as Joe Pellucci, John Brumpton as Tony Pellucci, Tony Barry as Jack Willis, Glenn Shea as Noel Parker, Ric Herbert as Steve 'The Frog' Riddell, David Moeaki as Moses Matagni, Kerry Blakeman as Moses' Bodyguard, Kellie Jones as Janine Ross, Josef Ber as Colin Ryan, Sue Shen as Willis' Secretary, D'Anne Ryall as Tenille, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Mark Le Cornu, Terry Flanagan, John Heaney, Bernadette Withers

Episode 1.26

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June 24, 1998
Written by Peter Schreck
Directed by Geoff Bennett

In a story about need to belong, Joe, Bill's son, is out on the edge and alone — an addict, and Bill knows that the only person who can save him is his dad. That means getting Tony Pelucci to turn his back on the only culture and support system where he belongs, his criminal mates network. Bill and Charlie investigate two colleagues when an accusation of rape is lodged against two police officers while Maxine helps Joe go through withdrawal.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Paul Pantano as Joe Pellucci, John Brumpton as Tony Pellucci, Kellie Jones as Janine Ross, Steven Vidler as Trevor Kierney, Josef Ber as Colin Ryan, Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Damon Stephenson as Keith Nixon, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Mark Le Cornu, Terry Flanagan, John Heaney, Bernadette Withers

Episode 1.27

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July 01, 1998
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Charlie finds himself faced with a conflict of interest when a childhood friend is charged with aggravated assault. Peter Simms, ex-con and junkie, violently bashes Sam Farmer, who runs a small security firm. Peter is a client of the Crisis Centre, which has committed itself to his rehabilitation. When Peter is arrested, the Police and the Centre are at odds over what would be a just outcome. What was the real motive for the assault?

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Max Phipps as Sam Farmer, Grant Bowler as Peter Simms, Barry Shepherd as Mr Castle, Monique Spanbrook as Davidson, Maria Sendonas as Secretary, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Jarrah Darling as Boy 1, Peter Scarf as Boy 2

Episode 1.28

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July 08, 1998
Written by Jason Camenzuli, Ellie Beaumont
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Virginia becomes involved in helping her lover, Alan Sharkey, when his house is shot at in a driveby. She discovers Sharkey was targeted by a crooked cop, Ron Anders because he knows Anders was involved in taking a quantity of money seized as evidence from a bank robbery bust. Meanwhile, Charlie helps out a client of Maxine's who has stabbed her ex-boyfriend because he molested her daughter.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Martin Jacobs as Alan Sharkey, Gillian Hyde as Meg Sharkey, Mariel McClorey as Corrin Sharkey, David Roberts as Murray Anders, Ben Ager as Todd Peters, Peter Kowitz as Nigel Burch, David Sheehan as Larry Jackson, Sharyn Hodgson as Jo Mitchell, Satya Gumbert as Billie Mitchell, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Sandor Kiss

Episode 1.29

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July 15, 1998
Written by Justin Monjo
Directed by Ken Cameron

Charlie's gambling addiction leads him into the clutches of loan sharks and into temptation. Charlie can't lose, he's on a roll. So he borrows ten grand from loan sharks. And loses the lot in one bet. Meanwhile, Maxine is convinced to lie for a pregnant thirteen-year-old Muslim girl, and it looks like it all might work out until her father comes asking for a special bit of evidence.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Paul Sonkkila as Tim Landow, Natalie Mendoza as Sim, Bojana Novakovic as Vildana Asimovic, Franko Milostnik as Adi Asimovic, Andrew Hunter as Benny Farrah, Damian Monk as Ali Farrah, Ron Lee as Kang Young, Peter Gow as Thug No 1, Bo Lam Lee as Thug No 2, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Raymond Lalotoa as Centre Client. Stunts: Sandor Kiss

Episode 1.30

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July 22, 1998
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Bill and Charlie investigate the murder of the publisher of a fashion magazine but Charlie is distracted by an attractive witness.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; Marissa Pouw as Tara Langeley, Jarrah Darling as Alistair Kennedy, Felix Williamson as Justin Lemont, Jacek Koman as Barry Lipinksi, Natasha Gorsevski as Jenna Lipinksi, Austen Tayshus as Bludger Gordon, Jolanta Juszkiewicz as Anita Waterford, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, Michael Gwynne as Johns' Neighbour, Mark Symington as Christopher Johns

Episode 1.31

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July 29, 1998
Written by Terry Larson
Directed by Geoff Bennett

With Charlie still sin-binned to desk work, Deakin and Bill have teamed up. Bill and Deakin find themselves in the middle of a tow-truck war after attend a stabbing at a road accident. A second incident involving Deakin's widowed sister-in-law Wendy and his nephew ends in a fatality. Charlie is tasked with finding a lost dog and tries to bend the rules to help Simone when she is arrested for marijuana possession at school.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin, Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers; Arthur Angel as Mario Milos, Jeremy Sims as Greg Zelka, Sandy Winton as Doug Zelka, Jim Holt as Sergeant Graham Holbeck, Sharin Contini as Wendy Deakin, Brendan Clarke as Michael Deakin, Mary Acres as Lucy Clark, Anthony Callaghan as Police Officer, John Haas as Mark Doyle, June Holmes as Constable

Episode 1.32

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August 05, 1998
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Geoff Bennett

The evil crime of paedophilia rears its ugly head in a powerful and moving episode of Wildside. Bill and Charlie become involved in searching for a missing hearing impaired child — Nikky Begbie who disappeared while selling charity chocolates in her local inner city area. Bill's first suspect is a convicted paedophile.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos; David Field as Alan Begbie, Zoe Carides as Karen Begbie, Justine Clarke as Jessie Armstrong, Malcolm Kennard as Colin Armstrong, Stephen Yates as Garry Sterling, Inge Hornstra as Ellen Douglas, Jim Holt as Sgt Graham Holbeck, Lisa Forest as Anna, Ashleigh Fitzgerald as Nikki Begbie, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Anthony Callaghan as Uniformed Policeman. Stunts: Andrea Berchtold

Episode 1.33

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August 12, 1998
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Bill and Charlie are called to a domestic. Bill witnesses a father, Sean O'Connor, hit his son and gets emotionally involved to the point where he has a complaint laid against him for assault. Although he's warned away from the case by Virginia, he feels the two kids in the family should be helped. The mother, Maralyn, is an alcoholic and Bill has little sympathy for her. The situation is out of his hands until it becomes a murder investigation with Sean found dead in the house. Meanwhile, Gerry gives Vince the news that she is pregnant.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Roxane Wilson as Marilyn O'Connor, Brett Swain as Sean O'Connor, Dan Spielman as Chris O'Connor, Jimmy Seargeant as Robbie O'Connor, Silvio Ofria as Leo Cellini, Bruce Venables as Tony Kelso, Joss McWilliam as Dave Hanson, Richard White as Paul Thompson, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 1.34

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August 19, 1998
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Andrew Prowse

An aborigine is mistaken for a wanted man and shot during a police raid. McCoy is left to pick up the pieces. Vince's experience with Naomi, the victim's wife, allows him to discover his own political consciousness.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Christine Anu as Naomi Rundell, Aaron Jeffery as Walter Chowdrey, Peter Hardy as Ewan Mancini, Blake Pittman as Angus Harper, Dulcie Yowyeh as Edith Rundell, Tony Ryan as Bennie Rundell, Kevin Smith as Lenny Maddox, Wayne Blair as Wes, Ian Callen as Aboriginal Man, Darren Williams as Aboriginal Man, Alan Campbell as Jim Harper

Episode 1.35 (Part 1)

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August 26, 1998
Written by Michael Miller
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Charlie goes undercover in attempt to crack a drugs and extortion racket operated by a collusion of three people: a Greek Australian property developer — George Kasoulis, ex stand over man and underworld heavy — Terry Young, and federal copper Neville Grey.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; George Vidalis as George Kasoulis, Toulla Lavithis as Nia Kasoulis, Anita Hegh as Jane Gilham, John Clayton as Neville Grey, Shane Connor as Terry Young, Salvatore Coco as Mark Tolios, Khristina Totos as Maria Kasoulis, Tina Scott as Helene Gilham, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Maria Andrikidis as Yaya, Zoe Andrikidis as Greek Girl, Yanni Andrikidis as Greek Boy, Andrew McNickles as IA #1, Ross Pennisi as IA #2. Stunts: Terry Flanagan, John Heaney, Greg Skipper

Episode 1.36 (Part 2)

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September 02, 1998
Written by Shelley Birse
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Charlie finds himself under pressure on three fronts — his promotion, his relationship with Maxine and his deepening involvement with the criminals he is investigating.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; George Vidalis as George Kasoulis, Shane Connor as Terry Young, Toulla Lavithis as Nia Kasoulis, Anita Hegh as Jane Gilham, John Clayton as Neville Grey, Khristina Totos as Maria Kasoulis, Lewis Fitzgerald as Bryant, Rod Zuanic as Jock, Jarrod Bowditch as Hit Man, John Haas as Mark Doyle. Stunts: Grant Reed, Bernadette Withers

Episode 1.37

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September 09, 1998
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Geoff Bennett

McCoy takes on a new partner as he investigates a series of mutilation murders. Bill is quick to set his sights on a suspect but he is determined to prove the man's girlfriend was involved in the crimes. Acting on her behalf, Vince is able to derail Bill's case against her but he has second thoughts after delving deeper into her past.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Duncan Young as Ian Chalmers, Michela Noonan as Juliette Cawley, Marty Denniss as Gareth Beck, Robert Mammone as Jimmy Jago, John Leary as Jeff Foster, Portia as Pauline, David Ritchie as Kevin Gibbs, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Maria Cucinotta as Lawyer, Michael Borosdevi as Rennie. Stunts: John Rogojkin

Episode 1.38

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September 16, 1998
Written by Rick Held
Directed by Geoff Bennett

After a murder at a male brothel, a colleague of McCoy's comes under suspicion.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Duncan Young as Ian Chalmers, Robert Mammone as Jimmy Jago, Kenneth Moraleda as Tinzaw Nanda Winn, Craig Blair as Steve Renshaw, Peter Flett as Richard Hastings, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, Allan Mcfadden as Brian Lynch, Martyn Slatter as Immigration Officer, Bruce Poon as Asian Immigration Officer, John Haas as Mark Doyle, John McColl as Referee, Greg Blandy as Footballer #1, Scott Brewer as Footballer #2, Sotiri Sotiropoulos as Bouncer, Stevie Morris as Mario The Boxer

Episode 1.39 (Part 1)

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September 23, 1998
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Andrew Prowse

McCoy and Charlie pursue an ex-cop they suspect of being a major cocaine importer. While dealing with the news of his ex-wife's death, McCoy is unaware his son has resurfaced at the crisis centre. Jimmy Jago proposes to Gerry.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Robert Mammone as Jimmy Jago, Mitchell McMahon as Nick/David, Paul Sonkkila as Timothy Landow, Diane Craig as Robyn Stark, Russell Kiefel as Don Kapper (Fed), Roy Billing as Kennedy, Berynn Schwerdt as Adam Watts, Jack Mayers as Harley, Matthew Whittet as John Healy, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Paul Lum as Suite Junkie, Lauren Cruickshank as Female Junkie, Dugal Parker as Fighting Junkie #1, Willow Oddie as Fighting Junkie #2, Sean Barker as Dealer, Joe Prestia as Jago's Cleaner, Alex Giordano as Flashy Dealer

Episode 1.40 (Part 2)

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September 30, 1998
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Bill is furious with Maxine for not telling him his son is back. Bill meets with Nick and discovers the truth about his reasons for returning. Bill is investigated by Internal Affairs for his suspected involvement in the shooting of Jimmy Jago.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Alex Dimitriades as Charlie Coustos, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Mitchell McMahon as Nick, Paul Sonkkila as Timothy Landow, Diane Craig as Robyn Stark, Roy Billing as Kennedy, Berynn Schwerdt as Adam Watts, Peter Kowitz as Nigel Burch, Anthony Martin as Harris, Jim Holt as Holbeck, Katrina Sklavos as Female Reporter, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Greg Harrison as James Blacker