A Country Practice: episode guide
Dave Watson takes the law into his own hands when wild dogs kill his sheep. Cookie falls for his star border, Liz Scales. Bob is away with Fancy Nancy. Matt and Lucy are in love and Cathy finds it amusing that they are trying to hide it from her. Cookie convinces Esme to help him redecorate Bob's house. When they are laying down a new carpet, Esme notices a bump underneath it. Believing it to be a box of mothflakes she flattens it with a hammer. It is not until then that she notices Caruso, Cookie's canary, is missing... Has she indeed buried Caruso under the carpet, and if not, where has he gone?
Guest Cast: Don Ried as Dave Watson, Philip Dodd as Bill Moffat, Tony Lyttle as Sam, Frank Lloyd as Harold Gleeson, Maria Venuti as Liz Scales, Damian Cudmore as Dasher;
Anna and the King
Former pop idol Martin Glass injures himself riding Cris' new motorcycle. Luke tries to help songwriter Anna Collins overcome her disability. Cathy apprehends Ivy Clements in the National Park when she is caught stealing some rare orchids. Cookie is distraught when his young niece, Sam, goes missing. Anna Collins takes action when she discovers Martin Glass has been claiming her songs as his own and is about to ditch her for another keyboard player. A mystery patient confuses everyone at the hospital.
Cris falls for Charlotte Reed, a locum vet and mother of a child with Spina Bifida. Bob Hatfield says he is going to leave the Valley for good but Cookie is determined to change his mind about leaving. Frank is easily persuaded to go for his HSC by Helen Caulfield, a TAFE counsellor. Luke helps Cathy retrieve a fruit bat from Esme's peach tree and the experience of learning how to care for the injured animal enthuses him about the possibility of further education, but a letter from his mother demanding money destroys his happy mood. Shirley is concerned that Cathy is upset about Matt and Lucy's new relationship.
Never Too Late
Luke's friendship with Kevin Walsh, an itinerant worker, soon turns sour when he discovers the man has abandoned his kids. Matron Sloan is fed up with Paula Williams, a trainee nurse who seems to lack practical experience. After a heated row, Paula resigns but Lucy, who notices how good Paula is with elderly patients, persuades her to give it another go. Luke and Kevin are both injured when they fall down an old well. Cathy is pleased to see Lucy and Matt return, but not too keen when Esme confides in her as "one spinster to another.", After getting hold of Esme's dandelion wine and falling asleep while watching a movie, Bob wakes to the notion that the townsfolk are all aliens and are out to get him.
Wealthy Katie Wellbourne threatens the relationship between Matt and Lucy. A rivalry develops between Terence and Cris when they are quizzed by investigative journalist Ruth Furl. Luke is accused of stealing Ted Campbell's prize ram. Luke is attacked by Ted's farmhand, Alan Dwyer, who is wanted for murder. Ted Campbell takes the law into his own hands to retrieve his ram. Chaos reigns when everyone tries to organise Jessie's seventh birthday party. Esme Watson and Cookie eventually save the day. Luke has his broken leg set in plaster.Guest Starring: Vincent Ball as Ted Campbell, Emily Simpson as Katie Wellbourne, Paul Gleeson as Alan Dwyer
Note: an early guest role for future regular Paul Gleeson
Promises to Keep
The pain of a broken leg from last week's incident with a wanted murderer is all but forgotten when Luke falls in love with Miriam Briggs, daughter of local politician Douglas Briggs. Paul Adams, a victim of leukemia, rides into Wandin Valley on his way across Australia. Cookie picks the wrong time to turn Esme's house into a bed and breakfast. Luke's relationship with Miriam is threatened by her father who sees Luke as a "young hoodlum", and forbids is daughter to see him. Cathy reluctantly agrees to help the young couple but Douglas is determined to keep them apart.Guest Starring: Pippa Grandison as Miriam Briggs
Carol Healey's strange behaviour is not noticed until her baby goes missing. Rhonda Sainsbury threatens to have the hospital closed down when her daughter Jane is struck down by a mysterious infection. Jane is not the only patient to become sick and Terence is mystified as to why his patients are not recovering after their otherwise routine operations. Although their wounds are clean, they show symptoms of infection and Terence accuses Matron Sloan of keeping a dirty hospital. Matt builds Lucy a new chook pen, but a vandal keeps knocking it down. Cathy receives another gift from her admirer, with a note saying he will be in the area soon and will visit her.
Cathy Hayden is offered a job in far-away Kakadu, but hesitates when palaeontologist John Freeman arrives in the Valley. Lachlan Morrison, a patient in the hospital, worries about Maggie Sloan's workload. Cathy is instantly attracted to John Freeman and the feeling appears to be mutual. Lachlan and Matron Sloan find that they are share a common interest in gambling and horses. With Shirley away, Frank is bored, so he seeks the company of Cris and Terence but too many cooks spoil the broth. Lucy's concerns for the environment and her pocket extend to a replacement for her dead car.
Guest Cast: John Ewart as Lachlan Morrison, William McInnes as John Freeman
Romancing the Sloan
Matron Sloan faces the past when young Joshua Bates is brought to the hospital with serious burns after he and his mother are in an automobile accident. Cathy and John Freeman catch some thieves at the dig site. Matt is faced with an unusual relationship between Herb Munro's dog and a duck. With the help of Lachlan, Maggie Sloan confronts and lays to rest a few old ghosts that have haunted her for so long. Luke has his plaster removed from his leg. Cathy and John have a huge row which culminates in Cathy preparing to leave for Kakadu. Lachlan persuades Maggie to leave the Valley and travel the world with him. The residents throw a huge farewell party for their departing Matron Sloan.
Guest Cast: John Ewart as Lachlan Morrison, William McInnes as John Freeman, Dylan O'Neill as Joshua Bates, Adam Lloyd as Harry, Michael Wyld as Dominic, Laurie Butler as Herb Munro, Olga Yarad as Mrs. Palmer.
Kiss Me Kate
Lucy becomes acting Director of Nursing and provokes a staff strike when she dismisses Janet, the kitchen hand, for petty theft. Cris argues with Lucy aver a simple remedy for Mr. Tribble. Tess, an archaeological student, upsets Cathy's romance with John. Esme is distraught by the discovery of nits in Jessie's hair. John stuns Cathy with a marriage proposal, she accepts and the whole of the Valley celebrate their wedding. Lucy resolves her problem with the help of Freda Spinner, an elderly patient in hospital after suffering as stroke. Matt and Lucy help Perce Hudson cope with the death of his wife. The town wave goodbye to Cathy and John as they head north to Kakadu.
Guest Cast: William McInnes as John Freeman, Annie Ploughman as Janet Murphy, Georgie Goldstein as Sandra Williams, Allan Penney as Perce Hudson, Colleen Clifford as Freda Spinner, Lyn Collingwood as Jean Quigley, Neil Roach as Jim Fredericks, Christopher Banks as Mike.
Change of Heart
Stephanie "Steve", Brennan refuses to accept that her father Snow might die. Lucy is lobbying for Sue Daley to become Matron. Single father Mike Peters is unable to cope with his baby daughter. Bob Hatfield is given a greyhound as payment for a job. Luke celebrates his 18th birthday and Bob and Cookie are making plans for a surprise gift for him. Matt and Lucy are horrified when Luke moves into Boolaroo. Steve decides to stay on the farm after the death of her father. Luke's new car, his "dream machine", is stolen—twice! Matt and Lucy cannot find any time to be alone now that Luke has moved in with them.
Ann Brennan comes to Wandin valley after the death of her father Snow and meets her half sister, Steve, for the first time. Not that their meeting goes too well. Ann wants to sell the farm and return to Perth, while Steve is determined to keep it. After a phone call from Ann's married lover, she is forced to reconsider her position and decides to stay in the Valley and take the position of Director of Nursing at the hospital. Wandin Valley reveals its musical talents when musician Paul Kelly makes a guest appearance. Steve and Ann resolve their differences.Guest Cast: Mary Regan as Anne Brennan, Paul Kelly as himself.
Luke finds a letter that changes his views about Anzac Day. Surgery on Andrew McTavish, the hospitalised cook, leads to a professional rivalry between Terence and new D.O.N. Ann Brennan. Steve tries to beat a council order to spray a blackberry infestation. The following day Steve's newly inseminated cows begin to abort and a savage storm ruins the hay. Ann is impressed by Steve's determination, but also can see that she needs help. She decides to stay one the farm.
A pesky donkey proves useful for Jessie's Gallipoli pageant. Terence becomes iritated when Ann releases his patient Frad Watkins for the Anzac Day march. Luke is furious when teacher Dennis Taylor once again succumbs to alcohol. Cookie and Bob claim innocence when Tiget Kelly's scheme to train Panch, the grayhound, backfires. Town drunk Dennis Taylor finally confronts his horrors of Vietnam.
It's in the Blood
A letter from Cathy gives Matt and Lucy a shock—she intends to sell Boolaroo. Luke's alcoholic mother, Therese, comes to the Valley. A wayward goat causes disaster. Terence is sprayed with infected blood from accident victim Ron Johnson. A violent confrontation changes the relationship between Luke and his mother. Cris uses hypnosis to help Russell Guest overcome learning difficulties.
Bob fights for his life after receiving a bee sting. Luke and Shirley visit Father Moore's refuge in Sydney. A wayward girl, "Becks," is injured in an explosion. Lucy has moved into the Brennan's and Matt has to live with Cookie when he rents out Esme's room. Becks follows Luke and Shirley back to Wandin Valley and causes chaos in the Gilroy house. Ann collapses in the hospital. Matt is concerned that Lucy's attitude toward him has changed.
All or Nothing
The annual fishing competition is due to get underway and Terence, Bob, and all the other keen competitors get angling fever. Ann Brennan's former lover, Peter Shepherd, arrives in Wandin Valley. Matt is confused by Lucy's strange mood swings. Radio personality Clover Owen-Jones is startled by Matt's proposal to Lucy over the airwaves. Ann is undecided about returning to Perth with Peter. The fishing competition inspires unbridled rivalry between Bob and Terence.
Esme's use of steroids startles Wandin Valley residents. Steve's animals are being poisoned. John Bushnell, a mildly retarded man is abandoned at the hospital by his mother Sue and sister Alison. Jess and Cris help John overcome some of his difficulties. Terence and Ann form a new bond and relationship as they help Linda McNeil give birth. Matt has egg on his face when Bob and Cookie fall for his yarn about feral chooks.
Body and Soul
Terence receives divorce papers from Alex and is far from happy. He clashes with Cassandra James, a psychic healer whose daughter Emma is a diabetic. David Green is convinced he is gong to die on his 42nd birthday and Cris cannot understand why he is so sure. Lucy puts Matt to the test with a magazine quiz. An understanding develops between Cassandra and Terence when Emma rebels against her mother. A pair of echidnas create havoc at Bower Cottage.
Something's on the nose when the food at the club tastes too good. Cookie collapses and is admitted to hospital. Pam and Ian Duncan seek Ann's help to resolve a marital problem. Matt performs a face-lift on Tiny Hoyle's dog. Steve is injured in an explosion. Matt tries to get Lucy to visit him more often at Bower Cottage but his plans go awry when he injures his back. However, this does not stop Matt from revealing his idea for their wedding day and giving Lucy another little surprise.
A deliberate act by Lenny Jackson turns the winter burn-off into a raging bushfire which threatens Wandin Valley. Shirley helps her niece, Holly, come to terms with possible breast cancer. Cookie is baffled by Jessie's talking litter bin. Tragedy strikes when Lenny Jackson and Matt try to rescue Lucy and Cris from a burning Bower Cottage. Luke and Steve clash over a burnt wallaby. Matt and Lucy's future home is destroyed by the bushfire.
In the aftermath of the bushfire, Matt collapses and two women, Barbara Morgan and Karen Stone, report their husbands missing. Health inspector Lou Lindsay charms Esme with a wink and a nod, but he smells a rat when Cookie helps with an inspection of the Lodge. Two men are missing but Frank has found only one body. An autopsy by Terence provides some clues to a possible murder. Ann and a mob of unruly sheep force Cris off his motorbike. While in hospital, Cris makes the most of Ann's attention to his injuries. Matt produces a surprise for Lucy at the Bushfire Benefit Concert.
Terence becomes an impossible patient when he injures his foot. Matron Hilda Arrowsmith makes Ann a surprising offer. Steve and Luke help Kevin Walsh with his wayward daughter Sarah. Matt and Lucy learn about divorce. Matron Arrowsmith's devious plans are revealed in a bedside tryst with Terence. Kevin Walsh is devastated when he learns about his daughter's past life. Matt and Lucy have a premarital discussion with Reverend Michaels. Bob and Cookie's dog training methods backfire.
Where There's Smoke
Cris Kouros refuses to treat Gail Haines after her father-in-law Stan has a bad asthma attack due to her heavy smoking. Lucy detects an ominous lump in her own abdomen after nursing cancer patient Margaret Reeves. Luke takes an unfortunate dip with the sheep! Lucy calls off the wedding when she fears she has cancer. Tom Haines blames his mother Gail's chronic smoking for the departure of his grandfather Stan. Doris, the beer-drinking pig, joins her new friend Barney for a drink.
Still stunned by Lucy's decision to call off the wedding, Matt kidnaps Lucy and takes her away for a romantic holiday, where she finally reveals her fears about the lump in her abdomen. Matt rushes her back to the Valley and Terence operates immediately. Runaway teenagers Sally King and Peta Thornton steal Luke's car. Esme's behaviour shocks the doctors when she is admitted to hospital suffering from a Deep Vein Thrombosis. Luke tries to help Sally and Peta but his good nature back-fires when they steal Steve's wallet.
Matt deliberately avoids Lucy in the hospital when he discovers that Lucy's condition is due to a past affair and Terence reveals that Lucy is infertile. Matt lets his business slip and becomes aggressive when Cris and Luke offer assistance, but a car accident forced him to confront his confusion and makes an effort to win back the woman he loves. An art competition judged by Pro Hart reveals a new artistic talent. Young Hedley Johnson reacts badly to the news that his mother Meredith had diabetes. Bank manager Cec Kennedy shows the humorous side of his nature as a stand-up comic. Matt and Lucy announce that their wedding is back on.
A Private Concern
Lucy and Matt are dismayed to learn that Lucy's mother Lois has turned over all the wedding arrangements to Esme! Luckily for the couple, Esme gets side-tracked when she mistakenly believes Terence is going to leave the Valley and travel the world. Terence, however, has more immediate problems when Shirley suspects that young mother of two, Kerrie McLeod is suffering from post-natal depression. Further investigations by Terence uncover a family beset by domestic violence. Kerrie's husband Martin continually takes his frustrations out on his wife. Luke's plans to impress Steve go awry when his car breaks down. Cris treats Max Grogan, a panel beater, who is suffering from dizzy spells brought on by continually seeing gruesome wrecks of smashed vehicles from road accidents.
The Golden Fleece
The arrival of shearer's cook Gladys Carter sends Cookie running. Her son Cholmondely, meanwhile, is smitten by Ann. Luke is suspicious after Ted Campbell appeals to Steve for help. Matt and Lucy's wedding plans change yet again. Jessie and her friend Bianca Jones become ill after playing tunnel ball in the park. Luke enters Steve in the Wool Queen contest. Cookie believes he has found a long lost son in Cholmondely after he recalls a brief affair with Gladys many years ago. A reluctant Steve is crowned Wool Queen.
Luke is torn between his feelings for Steve and Miriam Briggs. Old Eddie Marshall hides a secret in his artificial leg. Luke goes water-skiing with Miriam, but the day ends in a horrifying accident as Miriam is impaled on a branch in the river. With Terence away, Cris must perform emergency surgery which revels the possibility that Miriam may be paralysed. During the operation, Cris seems preoccupied and Ann reprimands him for not concentrating. Lucy then informs Ann that Cris' wife was killed in a water-skiing accident. Esme withdraws from the senior Citizen of the Year award after reading Ivy Clements' medical file.
Ann is excited by the arrival of old flame Rex Sanders in Wandin Valley. Bankrupt Glen Morgan injures himself as he is about to leave his farm with his wife Barbara. Matt becomes ill after treating Lionel the cat. Shirley becomes more than interested when Terence treats Jack Williams for skin cancer. Rex Sanders reveals his plan to buy up land in the Valley on behalf of a Japanese company for factory farming. Ann is horrified when she learns that the Brennan farm is on Rex's list of potential sites to be bought. Shirley's concern about a growth on her face is confirmed and Terence recommends surgery.
Little Big Man
Cookie becomes unemployed when new barmaid Vera Charles takes over his job, all arranged by Muldoon. Young Paul Jenkins is left to babysit his brother while his single mother Joy is at work. Red Chisholm causes problems or the staff at the hospital when he ignores Terence's treatment. Cookie believes he has voodoo powers when Vera Charles has a series of accidents. Joy Jenkins is forced to confront the problem of single parenthood after her son is injured. Luke uncover's Vera's secret and Cookie returns to his rightful place—the club. Terence and Ann have an argument after a game of Scruples the Brennan house.
A Secret Place
Ann becomes involved with Gemma Gordon, a young cystic fibrosis patient whose lifestyle with her single mother, Lynette, mirrors Ann's own upbringing. Jessie runs away when she loses a watch of her mother's that her father gave to her. Matt and Lucy argue when Lucy encroaches on Matt's territory by prescribing a home remedy for Steve's horse. Reg Taylor shows Luke and Steve a horse that is perfect for Matt and Lucy, Luke has second thoughts about Steve when she says she wants to get married. Cris confronts Ann over her involvement with Gemma Gordon.
Only the Good
Luke is diagnosed as having a brain tumour. Old Skeeter Martin returns to the Valley and helps Luke prepare for his operation. Frank and Shirley's unwanted house guest, retired American police officer Clayton J. Rattenburg, arrives from Bali and is poisoned by a dead snake. Luke is operated on by Katherine D'Angelo. Steve and Matt fight for the life of a foal. Lucy hears noises in the new house and is convinced she is about to meet Erin, the ghost who lives there.
When a Girl Marries
Matt and Lucy's wedding day draws closer and there is trouble from all quarters. Matt argues with his father Gil and Lucy's mother Lois tells Lucy she is divorcing her father Patrick, who is refusing to attend the wedding. Lucy seeks advice from old Freda Spinner. Cookie is injured and is unable to cook the food for the wedding breakfast. Religious differences are settled with the help of Reverend Michaels and Father Lawrence. Is the mystery patient at the hospital Lucy's father? All is revealed when Lucy's father finally arrives in the Valley to give her away. The town delights as Matt and Lucy marry.
The Quality of Mercy
Romance blossoms for Cris when the beautiful Elizabeth Brown arrives in the Valley. Sue Daley has a row with Ann and the almost kills one of her patients. Cookie makes a citizen's arrest. Jessie and Mike Turner collect for charity, or is it a case of charity beginning at home? Cris is quickly falling in love with Elizabeth but is the feeling mutual? With Council elections drawing near, both Shirley and Cris decide to run in hopes finally removing Muldoon from office. Ivy Clements' nephew, Leo, exposes himself to Esme.
Shirley and Cris launch their election campaigns. Red Chisholm brings the Muldoon Wing out on strike when Ann refuses to co-operate with his demands. A young boy confronts his father about some prescribed drugs. Frank is suffering from writer's block while trying to write his musical "Cops.", Ann and Red compromise and the hospital gets back to normality once again. Shirley comes out on top in the election and Cris is magnanimous in defeat.
No Case to Answer
Frank and Sgt. Bruce Sharp pursue young car theives Danny Lalor and Richie Holland in a high-speed car chase. The chase ends in tragedy however as Danny and Richie's car goes off the road, after narrowly missing Jessie's bus, and plunges off a cliff, falling to the bottom of a quarry. Shirley gets a lesson in politics. Frank is blamed for the death of Danny Lalor by the locals but despite knowing the truth about the accdient, he is reluctant to shift the blame onto Bruce Sharp who was driving at the time. Luke and Steve find a twenty-year-old time capsule in Ann Brennan's garden. The capsule was origianlly burried by Ann when she was a little girl and after examining the contents, it is reburied so that one day it may be found again. Shirley is enjoying the world of cut-throat politics. Frank is cleared of any blame by the authorities but has trouble forgiving himself for his part in Danny's death. Matt and Lucy return from their honeymoon in the Blue Mountains.
New ranger Trevor Jackson confronts lawyer Andy Upton about the theft of an aborigine carving. A Madam Cosmos is admitted to Wandin Valley hospital. Steve gets the wrong idea about Luke's attempts to help a seventeen-year-old mother. Lionel's days a a tom cat come to an end. Steve is forced to eat humble pie when she realises that Like was just helping the girl. Before his death, Trevor's great-uncle re-introduces him to his family's sacred caves.
Guest Cast: Michael Watson as Trevor Jackson
Eye of the Beholder
Steve falls for farmer Michael Herbert. Terence begins the restoration work on his new boat but burns his hand while welding. Councillor Shirley Gilroy is swamped with her political work. Steve suffers a broken-heart when she realises that Michael was stringing her along and is actually married. Shirley suspects that Frank has fallen for Audrey Fullerton—the woman helping him with his writing of his musical. Lucy talks Ann into buying a cow at an auction. Shirley organises a protest against Muldoon's proposal to install parking metres.
The Trouble with Theo
Cris Kouros' parents, Theo and Claire, arrive in Wandin Valley to see their son and granddaughter Jessie. Matt discovers that marriage to Lucy is not all peace and harmony. Claire Kouros tells a distraught Cris that she is dying from cancer and doesn't have very long to live. Frank has problems casting for the musical. Claire dies in Cris' arms at Camelot. Esme is in despair over Theo, who is grieving over his dead wife, but is giving everyone at Camelot a hard time. Matt uncovers a lost cabinet containing some of Erin's belongings.
Matt and Lucy become involved with Daniel Bailey, a young autistic boy. Bob and Cookie believe that Esme may be a medium for dead spirits when she tunes in a radio station on her new dentures. Frank's musical "Cops" is a great success due to Steve's last minute intervention. Daniel Bailey's father must decide if he can raise an autistic child on his own after his wife is killed in an automobile accident.
My Sister's Keeper
Terence's life is threatened by the Rose sisters, Jennifer and Marnie, who have revenge on their minds after returning to town fifteen years after an automobile accident claimed the lives of their parents and left Marnie a paraplegic. Steve becomes a local celebrity after being the saviour of the musical "Cops", and embarks on a brief singing career with Cookie as her manager. Terence is held hostage and Frank is called to the siege to help Terence escape from the clutches of Jennifer and Marnie Rose. Lucy finds yet another waif to take care of, but Matt fears Ted Campbell's reaction.
Corina Kennedy asks Terence for an abortion. Ann Brennan seems to be the only one unaware of a Wandin Valley's betting ring that has developed as a result of Cookie taking over the business for a hospitalised Shorty Price. Cris and Tim Youngblood almost come to blows after a disagreement over Ninja Turtle mania. Jessie insists on Cris buying her one because everyone at her school has one and when he puts his foot down, Jessie swaps her expensive bike with Tim's young son. Luke receives conformation of his acceptance into an aircraft maintenance programme in Sydney. Does he intend to leave the Valley for good?
Episode guide written by Tracy Wells and T. Zuk|
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