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Episode 2.01 (41)

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Friday, February 26, 1999 (ABC)
Written by Kristen Dunphy
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Bill and Nick are slowly rebuilding their relationship when Nick becomes a suspect in a break-and-enter and is questioned about his friend, Jack Reeves, who he knows is probably responsible, but is reluctant to give him up.
Bill deals with a woman, Justine, who reports she was robbed at an automatic teller machine and that the offender escaped by stealing her car and abducting her three-month-old baby.
Due to Jack Reeves' police record he is now the prime suspect in the theft and abduction. The pressure escalates when the baby is found dead from exposure in the abandoned car. Nick is convinced that Jack is innocent and encourages Bill, with Maxine's help, to pursue other possible suspects and uncover the real offender.
Meanwhile, Kate Holbeck begins her detective traineeship at Central and finds herself resented by the other detectives when they discover her father is a uniform sergeant also stationed at Central.

Starring: Tony Martin, Rachael Blake, Aaron Pedersen, Alex Dimitriades

With: Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Mitchell McMahon as Nick, Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Roslyn Oades as Justine, Shaun Goodfellow as Jack Reeves, Les Hill as Ned, Kim Knuckey as Bob Wallace, Enrico Babic as Douglas Owens, Luke Franco as Ben, Mevlyde Begaj as Tash, Sri Sacopraaseuth as Shopkeeper; Stunts: Bernadette Withers, Mark Lecornu, Avril Wynne, Scott Brewer, Bruce Porter, Terry Flanagan

Note: Abi Tucker's first appearance as constable Kate Holbeck

Episode 2.02 (42)

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Friday, March 05, 1999
Written by Matt Ford
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

A mentally disturbed man is arrested after a vicious hammer attack at a train station leaves another man dead.

With: Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Mitchell McMahon as Nick, Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Arky Michael as Gordy Gilmour, Grant Piro as Peter Gilmour, Jodie Dry as Stephanie, John Haas as Mark Doyle; Stunts: Bruce Porter

Episode 2.03 (43)

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Friday, March 12, 1999
Written by Tim Pye
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Bill and Charlie attend the aftermath of a bank robbery, from which the robber escaped with a hundred thousand dollars leaving a trail of trauma in his wake.
Back at the station, Bill and Charlie view the bank's security video, which has captured the robbery on tape. Although the robber is masked, Bill recognises the culprit as Derek Lamb, an escaped convict with a chequered past who Bill put in prison six years ago. This realisation is quickly confirmed when Bill receives, in the mail, a photo of himself with the cryptic message "Pay Back Billy" written on the back. Lamb's deep antipathy towards Bill is fuelled by the fact that in capturing Derek the first time, Derek's father was shot dead by Bill.
Meanwhile, Maxine is visited by Tom Wallace, a freelance journalist and travel writer who is writing an article about inefficiencies in the welfare safety net. He wants to interview Maxine about her work and the role of the Crisis Centre. As the interview takes place there is a spark of romantic interest between them.
Bill starts to show signs of stress as he receives another photo of himself from Derek Lamb. With Bill is at his lowest emotional ebb over his son Nick, Derek commits another robbery at the same bank as before, although this time Derek was stabbed in his shoulder with a letter opener. Bill finds a reminder left at the scene for him by Derek — a photo of Nick...

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Mitchell McMahon as Nick McCoy, Jim Moriarty as Tom Wallace, Yves Stening as Allan Glover, Cinzia Coassin as Marcie Cole, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, Simon Mills as Hoyle, Lester Morris as Morrie, Damian Monk as Gary Linklater, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Sotiri Sotiropoulos as Hoyle's Partner; Stunts: Dan Smith, Mark Le Cornu, Jon Heaney, Raelene Chapman, Terry Flanagan

Episode 2.04 (44)

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Friday, March 19, 1999
Written by Tim Pye
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Bill and Charlie investigate when the remains of a body are found buried in the foundation of a derelict house. The hands and teeth have been removed by the killer to reduce the chance of identification. Bill finally identifies the body only to discover that the serial bank robber he has been hunting has been using the identity of the mutilated body in the foundations.
Meanwhile, Derek has Maxine in his clutches and Bill puts the clues together almost too late, bursting into Maxine's apartment to find Maxine bound to a chair. Maxine is spared but Bill is unaware that his son is becoming the next target.
Bill intercepts Derek's next hit on a bank and finds his son sitting in the driver's seat of the stolen getaway car. After his arrest, Derek manipulates Bill, knowing that if he is charged with the murder and bank robberies, Nick will be implicated and go down as well. Bill is in a lose-lose situation.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Mitchell McMahon as Nick McCoy, Jim Moriarty as Derek Lamb, Wynn Roberts as Lionel, Kenneth Goodley as Arthur Wallace, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Shaun Goodfellow as Jack Reeves, Luke Franco as Ben, Yves Stening as Allan Glover, Mevlyde Begaj as Tash; Stunts: Dan Smith, Mark Le Cornu, Jon Heaney, Raelene Chapman, Terry Flanagan

Episode 2.05 (45)

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Friday, March 26, 1999
Written by Shelley Birse
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Cultural tension between gangs in an inner city high school reaches a boiling point when Bing Ling, a member of the Asian gang, is killed.
Phong Ling, Bing's brother, fighting the grief he feels at his brother's death, becomes increasingly violent. With Maxine's help, Bill realises the heart of Phong's problem lies in the relationship he has with his father. Phong is angered by his father's pragmatic approach to migrating to Australia which Phong believes has been to the detriment of his own cultural identity and family pride.
Maxine is also having difficulties with her own daughter Simone who attends Bing's school. While trying to uncover who was responsible for Bing's death, Simone's Maths teacher Aiden becomes a suspect. Simone knows that Aiden wasn't responsible, but the only way she can clear his name is to say how she knows he couldn't have been there — which means revealing the affair she is having with her teacher to the police.
When Maxine discovers the truth, she has to come to terms with her daughter's growing sexual maturity and independence.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Vince Poletto as Aiden Collins, Tai Nguyen as Phong Ling, Dien Thanh as Dung Ling, Peter Carmody as McDonald, Robyn Gibbes as Susan Pearson, Peter Scarf as Greg Pearson, Steve Cox as Jack, Sam Lim as Bao, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Loch Nguyen as Bing Ling, Gerald Diel as Asian Gang Member, Nic Moodie as Storky

Episode 2.06 (46)

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Friday, April 02, 1999
Written by Terry Larsen
Directed by Andrew Prowse

Kate and Charlie find themselves in conflict in the lead up to the Coronial Inquest into her shooting of Gordy Gilmour. Bill tries to act as mediator between the two in an effort at re-establishing the 'team' they had before this incident but Kate feels detached from the Force as Charlie gives her the cold shoulder instead of support, making her feel like she's being unfairly judged for doing her job.

While conducting a rehabilitation program for released criminals, Maxine becomes involved with the family of a man trying to re-establish contact with his young son — much to the consternation of his ex-wife. Vince tries to help another man get back on his feet but he's intent on going back to jail, the only home he's known.

Meanwhile, Maxine struggles to deal with Simone, who is copping it sweet from school after her affair with her teacher.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Abbie Cornish as Simone, Anthony Johnson as Coby, Elizabeth Maywald as Sharon, Max Maywald-Howard as Jack, Monette Lee as Inspector Callinan, Ian Callen as Morris, Steve Le Marquand as Ray, Kim Hillas as Gordy's Mother, John O'Brien as Bryan, Lynden Jones as Reporter, Blaise Cooper as Shop Assistant, David Newman as Ross; Stunts: Dan Smith, Steve Morris

Episode 2.07 (47)

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Friday, April 09, 1999
Written by Debra Oswald
Directed by Ian Watson

Nadia brings her friend Holly to Maxine, claiming they were attacked by a man with a knife. Bill gets the whereabouts of the incident and follows it up with Charlie and Kate while Maxine takes Nadia to the hospital where Holly is rushed to surgery. Karen, Holly's mother, arrives just as the doctors give up on her daughter.
From Nadia's account of the incident, Bill begins to suspect Dale, a man who raped and knifed a young girl some time ago, but Dale escaped from a murder charge as the case was badly handled and no conviction was handed down.
Vince, acting as Dale's lawyer denies Dale was anywhere near the place of the incident but Bill sets about trying to build a case against Dale.
Bill tries to get Nadia to do a line-up where Dale is featured, but Nadia can't go through with it. Bill is depressed to lose Dale as a suspect, but Vince, having received privileged information from Dale about his earlier crime, gives Bill a clue that helps in a search of Dale's house.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Billie Rose Prichard as Nadia Stanescu, Steve Vella as Dale Grigg, Kirstie Hutton as Sonia Hagan, Petru Gheorghiu as Mr Stanescu, Jacqueline Brennan as Karen Thompson, David Ritchie as Kevin Gibbs, Vicki Panarello as Melissa, Jessica Whitley as Maria, Chloe Lyttle as Teagan, Aris Gounaris as Cleaner, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Prudie Quigly as Holly Thompson

Episode 2.08 (48)

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Friday, April 09, 1999
Written by Justin Monjo
Directed by Ian Watson

After a young sex worker is found strangled and Vincent finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Vince thinks he's had a night to remember but things quickly turn sour when he finds himself neck-deep in murder and sex films. His main hope at getting through it all is a man by the name of Headnoises — a Wolf Crier for years.
Meanwhile, Bill's been burnt by Headnoises in the past and it won't happen again, or so he thinks.
This episode is about who to believe when things aren't what they seem. It's about grabbing thrills for their own sake and losing your way.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Ric Herbert as Edward "Headnoises" Chubb, Robert Taylor as Carleton Clark, Christine Stephen-Daly as Vicky Clark, Virginia Keeley as Fi, Yvette Duncan as Dee, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Amy Miller-Porter as Hooker

Episode 2.09 (49)

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Friday, April 16, 1999
Written by Ken Cameron
Directed by Geoff Bennett

McCoy, Kate, and Charlie investigate the murder of the wife of a wealthy importer and identify the husband as a prime suspect.
Kate tries to help her mother when she discovers her father has been physically abusing her.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Jim Holt as Sergeant Holbeck, Liz Burch as Cynthia Holbeck, Peter Sardi as Carlo Bondanella, Joanna Weinberg as Stella Rutter, Justin Ractcliffe as Darren Rutter, Kevin Smith as Lenny, Rui Spinola as Bondanella's Neighbour, Oscar Vieira as Riccardo Bondanella, Steven Pizzonia as Enrico Bondanella, Rose Frasca as Aunt Rosa, Jake Downs as Greyhound Owner, Hayden Samuels as Uniform Cop, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Episode 2.10 (50)

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Friday, April 23, 1999
Story by Peter Schreck, Aaron Pedersen
Written by Peter Schreck
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Confusion reigns as Vince receives his blood test results — these results force him to confront his father about his background, which also unravels secrets and deceptions. This revelation sends him on a quest to uncover his Aboriginal ancestry.
Meanwhile, Vince stumbles across four homeless aboriginal people in a local park — all of them are deceased — he sends out a distress call to the police. Bill and Charlie arrive at the crime scene and are mystified about what happened.
Tensions escalate as discrimination in the local community is heightened due to the recent aboriginal deaths — which have now been linked to a batch of homebrew laced with rat poison. Prominent local publicans and surrounding businesses have been questioned and are also under observation.
Maxine and Bill reluctantly come to terms with the fact that Vince needs to find his roots — Vince finds himself questioning his self-worth and sets out on a trek to unearth the facts about his genealogy.

With: Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Abi Tucker as Kate Holbeck, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Steve Jacobs as Frank Smith, Kevin Smith as Lenny, Silvio Ofria as Leo Cellini, Jacqy Phillips as Kath, Rosemary Butcher as Helene Simmons, David Goddard as Anthony Simmons, Sam Conway as Col Lonard, Peter Walters as Barman, Michael Boehm as Ambulance Officer 1, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Nicol Ritchie as Ambulance Officer 2, Lionel Eades as Pastor, Mark Longfellow as Didgeridoo Player; Stunts: Mark Connelly, John Heaney, Mark Le Cornu, Steve Morris, Dan Smith, Sotiri Sotiropoulos

With: Aaron Pedersen's final episode

Episode 2.11 (51)

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Friday, April 30, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

The Crisis Centre is invaded when Vincent's replacement arrives. She is Louise Arden, a tough, slick lawyer who appears to come from a privileged background, who in her former practice, dealt with clients from the upper echelons of society. Louise seems to have come to the Centre with little social conscience or commitment, and Maxine is worried that the people who need her help most are going to take a back seat.
Louise finds herself immediately involved in two cases simultaneously. Rachel Duncan is accused of trying to run down her estranged husband, Paul. Mick Travis, a drunken ex-con, is charged with the attempted murder of his former landlady. Both cases demonstrate Louise's professional capability, and give us a taste of her tactics and attitudes. Bill and Maxine are left to contemplate the arrival of Cyclone Louise. What they don't know yet is that Louise's stylish lawyer facade is exactly that. Her roots lie on the wrong side of the tracks. Her brother Gary has done time for armed robbery. He's out, and on her doorstep looking for a place to stay.
Meanwhile, Kate and Charlie are distracted by something else — each other — and despite Kate's attempts to avoid a relationship with a colleague, they can't keep their hands off each other.

Starring: Tony Martin, Rachael Blake, Alex Dimitriades, Abi Tucker

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Tara Morice as Rachel Duncan, Erik Thomson as Paul Duncan, Marin Mimica as Gary Walsh, Ramsay Everingham as Mick Travis, Kieran Darcy-Smith as George Renner, Claire Paradine as Sally Renner, John Haas as Mark Doyle

With: Abi Tucker is promoted into the opening credits. Mary Coustas' first episode.

Episode 2.12 (52)

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Friday, May 07, 1999
Written by Michael Miller
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

On the way to work, Kate puts herself in danger by to responding solo to a report of an armed robbery which has ended with one of the offenders being shot by the shop owner.
At the Crisis Centre, Louise takes on the case of the shop owner, Christian Jasek, when the young robber, known to Maxine, dies in hospital.
When it comes to ambition, Louise is as ruthless as they come. She quickly recognises the case as one which may bring her notoriety within the legal profession and in the media.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Marin Mimica as Gary Walsh, Lech Mackiewicz as Christian Jasek, Katerina Kotsonis as Clara Jasek, Peter Lamb as Russell Maddon, Rowan Webb as Police Officer #1, Mike Symonds as Police Officer #2, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Simon Long as Brett Jeffries, Daniel Di Iorio as Jasek Boy #1, Adrian Di Iorio as Jasek Boy #2, D'Anne Ryall as Prostitute; Stunts: Kathy McMorrow

Episode 2.13 (53)

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Friday, May 14, 1999
Written by Shelley Birse
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

When the body of a girl is found buried in a park, an obsessive former client of Maxine's becomes the prime suspect.

Meanwhile, Bill gets a postcard from Nick inviting him to come for a visit. Bill is pleasantly surprised when Maxine shows interest in going with him.

Guest Cast: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Jeremy Callaghan as Vito Balliano, Alan Cinis as Carl Santo, Antonia Murphy as Sonia Santo, Jenny Iland as Teresa Santo; Stunts: Jon Heaney, Dan Smith, Mark Le Cornu, Lou Horvath

Episode 2.14 (54)

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Friday, May 21, 1999
Written by Tim Pye
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Wilt Bolton's car yard has been broken into overnight and Wilt's $150,000 BMW is missing — along with the security guard who was supposed to be looking after it.
Maxine is visited in her surgery by Leonie, a pregnant fourteen-year-old girl who wants an abortion.
Meanwhile, Charlie's relationship with Kate sails into some stormy waters.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Robert Morgan as Will Bolten, Kick Gurry as Steven Bolten, Loren Piefke as Leonie Bolten, Jason Montgomery as Barry Armstrong (Security Guard), Peter Callan as Repo Man, David Bowers as Motorbike Cop, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Leah Vandenberg as Samira Nassar; Stunts: Robert Simper, Spike Cherrie

Episode 2.15 (55)

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Friday, May 28, 1999
Written by Matt Ford
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Kate has raised with Charlie the question of marriage. In spite of his feelings for Kate, Charlie is freaked out by this. His anxiety is heightened considerably by The Mask investigation — his personal involvement in the hunt for a sexual psychopath who preys on young men.
Charlie is becoming increasingly frustrated because he has little to go on. The serial rapist abducts and drugs his victims, tortures them and dumps them in the park. His victims are all young males who are reluctant to come forward and talk about their trauma.
Keiran Palmer, one of Maxine's patients, attempts suicide. At the scene Charlie finds a note that Kieran had scribbled, and from what Charlie can make out, it says 'kill the mask'. Charlie is intrigued by this, and when he follows it up he finds that Keiran too is a victim of The Mask.
Around this time, some strange inconsistencies in Kieran's statement and his subsequent behaviour lead Charlie and Kate to suspect that Keiran is not a victim, but perpetrator. A late night discovery of Keiran cruising the home turf of the rapist sets in motion a series of events which culminates in a bizarre one-on-one showdown between Charlie and Keiran, where Charlie ventures into the private idaho of the rapist and finds there-in his own demons.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Julian Garner as Kieran Palmer, Tim Campbell as Hamish Nash, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Alejandro D'Antonio as Young Man

Episode 2.16 (56)

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Friday, June 04, 1999
Written by Matt Ford
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Kate is annoyed when Charlie releases her counterfeiting suspect, his friend and informant, prostitute Roxanne Tate, from custody without consulting her. On her way out of the station, Roxanne sees one of her main clients — a man she calls the Silver Medallist — better known to Charlie as Graham Holbeck, Kate's father.
The next day, Kate, Charlie and Bill are called to an apartment where they find Roxanne beaten to death. Marvin Hoppe, one of her clients is still at the scene and declares his innocence, saying he was in love with Roxanne. Charlie is convinced that Marvin had something to do with the murder.
Deakin is put on Marvin's tail while Charlie and Kate go back to the scene, searching for clues. Charlie interviews Roxanne's next door neighbour and discovers that Graham was in fact in her room last night. Charlie confronts Holbeck with this information. Holbeck of course denies everything, but feeling the pressure he goes to his daughter, who lies and provides an alibi for her father.
Charlie recognises the lie for what it is and confronts Kate. The argument escalates out of control. The engagement is off and both are left to ponder the future of their relationship.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Jim Holt as Graham Holbeck, Brett Ahern as Marvin Hopp, Loene Carmen as Naomi Brown, Simone Kessell as Roxanne Tate, Liz Burch as Cynthia Holbeck, Kerry-Ella McAulay as Marriage Celebrant, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Matt Malone as Eric Gardiner

Episode 2.17 (57)

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Friday, June 11, 1999
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Ken Cameron

When a homeless man is found incinerated, Bill and Charlie investigate. The prime suspect is a patient of Maxine's, Alistair, who was seen by an intoxicated witness, earlier on the night he was killed.
Meanwhile, Maxine is in the middle of dealing with Alistair's friend, Josh, whose abusive father is furious at Maxine for intercepting their family troubles.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Chris Haywood as Jim Summers, Harold Hopkins as Lionel, Bob Baines as Neil Addison, Cameron Welsh as Josh Addison, Helen Jones as Denise Addison, Jarrah Darling as Alistair Kennedy, Myles Pollard as Roger Parnesi, Joanne Priest as Amanda Parnesi, John Haas as Mark Doyle, Warren Ring as Col Parnesi

Episode 2.18 (58)

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Friday, June 18, 1999
Written by Ellie Beaumont
Directed by Ken Cameron

A million dollars worth of cocaine goes missing in a drugs bust and Bill is under pressure to get it back.
Louise's friend, Natasha Lodans, reveals that she is pregnant and wanting to escape her violent and abusive marriage before having the child.
Louise is at a high point in her career when she finds herself being courted by a high-profile law firm but her criminal connections may be catching up with her.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Joy Smithers as Natasha Lodans, Marton Csokas as Larry Lodans, Shane Briant as Nick Price, Patrick Trumper as Doctor, David Bowers as Tommy The Hitman, Chris Webster as Barrister, John Haas as Mark Doyle; Stunts: Bernadette Withers, Mark Le Cornu, Kathy McMorrow, Johnny Halliday

Episode 2.19 (59)

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Friday, June 25, 1999
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

Adi Asimovic knocks on Maxine's door in the middle of the night. His daughter Vildana has not returned home and he is frantic, hoping she is staying with Simone at Maxine's house. Realising both daughters are missing, Maxine plays a phone message back and hears an hysterical cry for help.
Bill and Charlie locate the cab driver that picked up the girls that night and after much questioning, they find out the description of a car that was in the area. The investigation takes a sharp turn, when it turns out the brother of the owner of the car is a man with a prison record for sexual assault and malicious wounding. Bill and Charlie go on a hunch and track down the suspects, Troy and Gavin Cunningham.
News comes of the discovery of the body of a young woman — Bill and Charlie rush to the scene, reluctantly with Maxine and Adi in tow, where they find Simone's handbag and ID. But the body is Vildana's. Maxine's nightmare has just begun, realising that her daughter has most likely suffered a similar fate.
Bill breaks all the rules to make the suspects reveal where Simone is. He is obstructed by Troy's loyalty to his older brother Gavin who has absconded. Bill senses that Gavin killed Vildana, maybe Simone as well. Bill and Charlie go to extraordinary measures to obtain a confession and try to get Gavin to concede the whereabouts of Simone.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Franko Milostnik as Adi Asimovic, Denise Roberts as Sheryl Cunningham, Richard Sutherland as Gavin Cunningham, Samuel Johnson as Troy Cunningham, Bojana Novakovic as Vildana, David Ritchie as Kevin Gibbs, Scott Lowe as Cabbie, Brett Fellows as Bar Manager, Leah Tansey as Samantha, John Haas as Mark Doyle

Note: Winner of the 1999 AFI Awards for 'Best Episode in a Television Drama Series' as well as the 'Holding Redlich Young Actor's Award' for Abbie Cornish's performance

Episode 2.20 (60, series finale)

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Friday, July 02, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Peter Andrikidis

A leading heart surgeon with links to a pharmaceutical company has been executed in his car. Bill McCoy and Charlie Coustos investigate the murder.
Maxine and Louise try and save a house full of poor residents who are turfed out of their rented home to make room for property developer Brian Cleary's grand vision of a clean new city. War breaks out between the residents and the police, which culminates in a shoot-up of Central Police Station, which is blamed on the residents.
When one of the accused residents — Teresa — goes missing, Louise and Maxine are helped in their search for her by the infamous street person, Lizzie. Lizzie knows how the city ticks and her obsession is getting the world to listen about the evil of Cleary. Lizzie is sure that Teresa has been abducted by Cleary.
Bill and Maxine are on opposite sides of the fence. However, they put their differences aside to work on the killing of the surgeon. In the course of the investigation Bill and Maxine work out that the dead surgeon was connected with a research program funded by a corporation headed by Cleary.
Maxine soon discovers that Teresa took part in pharmaceutical trials run by the dead surgeon's research division, and then finds the drama revolves around an angelic thirteen year old, Cleary's only child, who is dying of heart failure.
Maxine and Bill face death together as they rescue Teresa from Cleary's private health clinic. It is only then that the truth becomes apparent — the heart surgeon was shot because he refused to do a dodgy heart transplant and was about to go public.

With: Mary Coustas as Louise Arden, Victoria Longley as Virginia King, Richard Carter as Brian Deakin; Abbie Cornish as Simone Summers, Kris McQuade as Elizabeth Holland, Gary Sweet as Cleary, Nina Liu as Teresa, Jeremiah Tickell as Tommy, Sonia Todd as Dr Alexa Grant, Bruce Venables as Kelso, Liza Witt as Receptionist, Mark Wareham as Dr Foster, John Haas as Mark Doyle; Stunts: Greg Blandy, Mark Connelly, Kirsten Fedderson, Johnny Halliday, John Heaney, Claude Lambert, Robert Simper, Dan Smith, Sotiri Sotiropoulos, Gillian Statham