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Episode 2.01 (11)


Wed, August 16, 2017
758,000 viewers (7th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Ian Watson

Life is about to get a whole lot more complicated for bad boy Doctor Hugh. Penny has been gone for a month now, after trading Whyhope for a job in the city. And she's making the most of the lifestyle change, including dating an ex-army medic she met at her new hospital, Dr Toke, which leaves Hugh less than impressed. Will Hugh play his cards right and win her back before it's too late?

Meanwhile, Whyhope hospital is in chaos with Hugh's dangerously incompetent new boss Nora Gumbleton at the helm.

Matt has disappeared to clear his head and Charlie is desperately trying to get him to return home, their marriage is in trouble, and it's all thanks to Hugh. Theirs isn't the only relationship being tested. When Hugh's teenage son Ajax and his devoutly religious long-term girlfriend Hayley accidentally have sex, Ajax wants to marry her!

After winning the election as Mayor, Hugh's mother Meryl faces a corruption investigation and could lose everything, while his dad Jim is rushed to hospital after he collapses. His life is in danger, and only Hugh can save him.

And all the while, Hugh fights with temptation at every turn. The countdown is on, can he make it to the end of his probation without screwing up again, and ruining his career forever?

Starring: Rodger Corser as Hugh Knight, Nicole da Silva as Charlie, Ryan Johnson as Matt Knight, Tina Bursill as Meryl Knight, Hayley McElhinney as Penny, Chloe Bayliss as Hayley, Matt Castley as Ajax, Belinda Bromilow as Betty, Brittany Clark as Mia, Charles Wu as Ken, Steve Bisley as Jim Knight

With: Winta McGrath as Floyd, James Lugton as Principal Collins, Jacek Koman as Trevor, Nicola Parry as Surgeon, Glen Robinson as Anaethetist, Felicity Jurd as Harriet, Helen Thomson as Nora, Aria Dixon as Baby, Delilah Mines as Baby, Finley McCaffery as Baby, Patrick Wilson as Rod Eagle, Lucy Durack as Tugger, Vanessa Buckley as Kimberly, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke, Shalom Brune-Franklin as Aoife

Episode 2.02 (12)


Wed, August 23, 2017
690,000 viewers (11th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Ian Watson

Worried about the danger Nora poses to patients, Betty and Hugh concoct a plan to hide any complicated cases from her in an abandoned part of the hospital. But when an accident on a race course injuries several jockeys, Nora's first on the scene. Hugh's on high alert, and stops her from misdiagnosing a ruptured breast implant as a pneumothorax.

Back at the hospital, Hugh devises a plan — make Ken a honey trap, video it and then report Nora for sexual harassment. They get the tape, but when Hugh confronts Nora about it, she produces Joey's toxicology report. She strongly suspects euthanasia, and is ready to throw both Hugh and Penny under the bus for it. Hugh's left with no choice but to do a U-turn and relent to Nora running the show.

Meanwhile, Ajax wants to propose to Hayley, but ends up getting very conflicting advice from all the family. Things are even more complicated now that Charlie's living at the homestead, and is being subjected to everyone's thoughts on her situation. Having Hugh around isn't helping either, and eventually Charlie tells him he needs to leave. But Meryl gives Matt some tough truths about relationships, and when Ajax proposes to Hayley in front of the family, Matt decides it's time to forgive both Charlie and Hugh and move on.

Floyd runs away back to Whyhope and Penny's come after him. They're both there when a call comes in — Nora's been struck by lightning. Hugh senses the chance to make a deal, he'll say the incident happened at work so she can claim insurance, so long as she disappears for good. She agrees. Oh, and Hugh wants one other thing: a lease to the abandoned part of the hospital — he's moving in.

Penny and Floyd have a quiet moment together at the cemetery. Floyd promises he'll try harder to like Sydney, but it's got Penny thinking — maybe they'd be better off in Whyhope after all…

With: Helen Thomson as Nora, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke, Mark Dessaix as Trainer, Alix Jones as Female Jockey, Winta McGrath as Floyd, David Shirley as Courier, Archie Chee as Kent, Jenevieve Chang as Kent's Mum, Lester Morris as Old Man, Hayley Clarke as Paramedic

Episode 2.03 (13)


Wed, August 30, 2017
632,000 viewers (14th)
Written by Angela McDonald
Directed by Tori Garrett

Penny and Floyd have returned to Whyhope. But the hospital is not how Penny left it — her office is hazard zone; moldy sandwiches, a rat trap, miscellaneous files piled high... And things only get worse the further she digs — it seems Nora's been peddling Oxycodone out of the clinic, patient samples haven't been sent for testing and to top it all off, Hugh's now living at the hospital.

Things get more complicated when Penny realizes Nora's still recovering from the lightning strike in the wards, and is determined to carry out the insurance scam. But everything's interrupted when they get a call out to treat a guy who's been caught under a falling tree and now has Crush Syndrome. He needs a fasciotomy, but as they begin, the power goes out. They continue with the help of torches, but all of this chaos has left Penny seriously wondering whether she made the right decision to return to Whyhope. Eventually she confides in Betty that she's not sure if she'll ever be happy here.

Meanwhile, Hugh has a sudden burst of inspiration, and designs a new stent shaped like a helix. But his enthusiasm is quickly deflated when Trevor reminds him that no one will invest in them after the artificial heart disaster. However things start looking up when Hugh learns that Penny has been given a research grant from Sydney, and they strike a deal to engineer his new stent together.

Back at the homestead, Charlie's old sci-fi novel manuscript has come out of the woodworks. Charlie gives it to Matt to read, but he's never been one for sci-fi, and he struggles to get through it. He leaves it with Ajax, and suddenly the whole family are reading it — and are quickly recognizing themselves in some of the characters.

Meanwhile, Hayley's having a crisis of conscience. The boxes of votes in the shed are filling her with guilt, and having her parents over at the homestead isn't helping. Eventually Hayley can't take it any longer and calls the police to report the missing boxes.

With: Winta McGrath as Floyd, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke, Jasper Foggo as Painter, Kenneth Ransom as David, Susan Prior as Minnie, Michelle Lees as Patient, Matt Doran as Jack Howley, Nick Dale as Delivery Man, Vanessa Buckley as Kimberly, Helen Thomson as Nora, Jacek Koman as Trevor, Dan Eady as Gus, Sukhraj Deepak as Grey Nomad, Sharon Parkes as Grey Nomad, Darren Eastes as Car Crash Guy, Lucy Durack as Tugger

Episode 2.04 (14)


Wed, September 06, 2017
704,000 viewers (10th)
Written by Liz Doran
Directed by Tori Garrett

Penny and Hugh's worst nightmare comes true when they're called out to the scene of a light plane crash. They quickly discover there's no survivors, and are terrified when faced with the prospect of getting back on their own light plane to fly home. So the pair devise a plan and sedate each other for the duration of the flight, and wake up when they've safely touched down in Whyhope.

Meanwhile, Ajax has chosen to do his work experience at the hospital, but is alarmed when the corpses are brought in from the plane crash and stored in the freezer. And that isn't his only brush with death — as he later watches one of the patients he looked after suddenly die from sepsis. He struggles to understand how the others can be so commonplace with death and considers whether he could ever have a career at the hospital.

Ajax is not the only new face in the clinic — as Dr. Toke, the ex-army medic from Sydney, suddenly shows up. He's followed Penny back to Whyhope, determined to give their relationship a real chance. Hugh's immediately annoyed by him, and perplexed as to why Penny would consider dating a guy like that. So Hugh decides to get the scoop on their relationship from his man on the inside — and Floyd tells him things look serious.

At the homestead, Charlie and Matt are being interviewed for an article about the Brewery. But when the reporter arrives, the pressure gets to them and they both become slightly warped versions of themselves — Matt's suddenly a cowboy, and Charlie's an entrepreneurial business woman. However they soon realize that the young blogger has her eyes on a bigger story, and is using them to get to Meryl.

At the Town Hall, an election recount has been called, and Meryl and Rod sit nervously waiting. Finally, the results are in, and Meryl is still the victor. Rod's furious, and winds up having a heart attack. Hugh, Penny and Toke all arrive on the scene, where they discover he's recently had bypass surgery. They bring him back to the hospital, where Hugh unpicks the stiches, opens his chest and performs a cardiac massage, saving his life. But the drama is not yet over — Meryl may have won the election, but Tugger reveals CCTV footage of Hayley calling in to report the uncounted ballot boxes, incriminating them both.

With: Patrick Wilson as Rod Eagle, Lynne McGimpsy as Sharon Eagle, Tony Lynch as Dead Pilot, Aidan Gillett as Dead Passenger, Shakira Clanton as Kodie, Lucy Durack as Tugger, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke, James Lugton as Principal Collins, Drew Simmons as Cleaner, Winta McGrath as Floyd, Peter Corbett as Brian, Ebony Vagulans as Jac

Episode 2.05 (15)


Wed, September 13, 2017
761,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Kriv Stenders

Meryl enlists the help of Penny's barrister sister, Celia. However, Penny's relationship with her kleptomaniac sister has always been slightly strained, and Penny's not thrilled when she suddenly shows up on her doorstep. Celia quickly makes herself at home, including inviting all the staff over for dinner, and winds up sleeping with Ken.

At the hospital, Hugh gets a call out to a farm where a woman is stuck in a hay baler. They bring her into the hospital, and Hugh attempts to diagnose her — but it doesn't help that she's unconscious and her friend doesn't speak English. They operate and remove her spleen, but it doesn't work — she's still deteriorating. However they soon figure out her friend is speaking Danish, and Betty's able to translate — leading them to discover she's got a fishbone stuck in her lungs.

Meanwhile, there's a new detective in town, Darren, who's been brought on to investigate the corruption case. Both Meryl and Hayley are prepped by Celia and interviewed. It goes well, but Darren's out for blood, and Meryl soon suspects that he is going to raid the homestead. She quickly calls for help from Matt and Charlie, getting them to destroy a whole lot of documents, and giving the pair a glimpse into just how corrupt Meryl really is.

Things go further south when Hayley confesses to Celia, and she is no longer able to represent her. Sensing that Hayley is a liability for their defense, Celia strongly advises Meryl to throw her under the bus. Meryl considers it, but concludes that family is more important, and makes a deal to step down as Mayor in exchange for dropping the investigation. Darren agrees, but Meryl's got one last trick up her sleeve — and she enlists the help of Hugh to make it look like she's had a heart attack.

With: Hamish Michael as Tim, Ella Scott Lynch as Celia, Jenni Baird as Hilde, Olga Miller as Allie, Uli Latukefu as Darren, Steve Maresca as Cop, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke

Episode 2.06 (16)


Wed, September 20, 2017
645,000 viewers (11th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Kriv Stenders

Penny's faced with a tough decision when the father of one of her regular patients, a 16-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome, is in a car accident. When the father is put in an induced coma, Penny decides to take the boy in until he recovers. Meanwhile, things are getting serious between Dr. Toke and Penny, as he arranges one outlandish date after another. But now Penny's got both Floyd and Max in tow, putting a dampener on their romantic nights out.

Back at the hospital, Hugh isn't taking their relationship well, and gives Penny an ultimatum — get rid of Toke and they could be together. But she's only got 24 hours to make her decision. It's made even more complicated when Toke decides to propose to Penny. But Penny's realistic — can he ever really see himself living in Whyhope? Eventually, Toke realizes that she's too ingrained in the town for their relationship to work, and he leaves to work on a Mercy ship.

Charlie gets into strife at her school when she takes her class for an impromptu excursion, and winds up getting the kids caught in a storm. It's the final straw in a long line of alternate teaching methods, and the principal fires her. Things get worse when she goes to his house to beg for her job back, and walks in on him dressed as a baby. Charlie's convinced she's out of a job, but Meryl intervenes, and forces the principal to hold a panel to deliberate. When they vote for Charlie to keep her job, the principal is furious and quits on the spot, allowing Meryl to push Charlie's name through as Acting Principal.

With: Winta McGrath as Floyd, Angus McLaren as Dr. Toke, Vanessa Buckley as Kimberley, Chris Bunton as Max, Anne-Marie Mazza as Mrs Kokkotas, Luke Basso as Costa, James Lugton as Principal Collins, Patti Howson as Mrs Daley, Hamish Michael as Tim, Hayley Clarke as Paramedic, James Cassells as Max's Dad [Harry], Ben Stabile as Marble Kid, Nita Naris as Marble Mum

Episode 2.07 (17)


Wed, September 27, 2017
749,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Lucy Gaffy

The Annual Miss Whyhope pageant is in full swing and Meryl's doing everything she can to make sure Hayley takes home the crown. But as the new principal, Charlie's in charge, and she's decided to implement a few modern changes to the traditional events. Instead of tea parties and float parades, the contestants now face barrel runs and skeet shooting. Meryl's not pleased by Charlie's approach — Hayley's been preparing for the competition for years.

Meanwhile, Ajax has been left in charge of wedding preparations, and he's conflicted when Hugh tells him he's too young to get married. His cold feet aren't helped by a sudden realisation — might he have feelings for another girl in the pageant?

Back at the hospital, things are heating up between Hugh and Penny as they make plans to go on a proper date. But it's not going to be as easy as they thought, and Hugh first has to deal with an emergency call to a woman's house — one of her kids is having an asthma attack. They're finally about to go on their date when Penny remembers Hugh's fortnightly drug test, and everything is put on hold when it comes back positive.

Ajax has decided he can't marry Hayley if he has feelings for another girl, and convinced he's doing the right thing, he tells her and they break up. Hugh's shocked — he never meant for them to break up, he just wanted to stop the wedding. And that's not his only problem — he can't work out why the drug test came back positive. Eventually both he and Penny put it together — the woman's house used to be a meth lab, and the exposure has caused both the kid's asthma attack and Hugh's positive test. He and Penny agree to go on a replacement date, but the damage has already been done. Hugh's convinced that she'll always see him as the bad guy — and maybe she's right.

With: Madeleine Madden as Millie, Alice Parkinson as Dawn, Julia Savage as Theresa, Jaxon Black as Dawn's Kid [Ned], Heather Priester as Pageant Assistant, Lucy Heffernan as Stoner Girl, Kelly Butler as Meryl's Mum, Daniella Markovic as Miss Whyhope Contestant, Maddison-Cleo Musumeci as Miss Whyhope Contestant, Kristi Hall as Miss Whyhope Contestant, Emily Shaw as Miss Whyhope Contestant, Chelsea Shepherd as Miss Whyhope Contestant, Debbie Saliba as Agnes Gorman, Olivia Hall-Smith as Kissing Girl, Winta McGrath as Floyd, Chris Bunton as Max

Episode 2.08 (18)


Wed, October 04, 2017
790,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Tamara Asmar
Directed by Ian Watson

When the homestead gets struck by tree thieves, Matt and Ajax are determined to catch them red handed. But when Jim suddenly collapses, Hugh discovers he hasn't been doing his dialysis and it's had serious consequences on his health — he's going to need a kidney transplant. Penny organises a home dialysis machine, but it all gets a bit much for Jim. The family are all tested, and despite being broken up with Ajax, Hayley wants to be tested too. Things get complicated when she's the only one to come back a match, but she insists she'll donate.

Meanwhile, Charlie's novel has found a cult online following, but her fifteen seconds of fame are tainted when she gets trolled online. Against advice, she starts replying to the anonymous reviewers. However she's also found herself dealing with a crazy fan who keeps leaving her weird gifts. Things escalate when they discover she's been camping out on their property, but Charlie decides not to press charges. Instead, they talk about her new novel, and Charlie finds a cure for her writer's block.

Back at the hospital, Hugh goes ahead with the final tests for Hayley, only to come up against an act of God: scans show that she was born with only one kidney. Back to square one, Penny questions Hugh — he has tested himself, right? Hugh argues against the idea but eventually relents and gets tested. However he then gets a call saying a kidney has become available in Queensland. Jim needs to get on a plane fast, but they can't find him — he's out with Matt chasing the tree thief. Hugh finally finds him but it's too late, the kidney has gone to someone else. But all is not yet lost for Jim — as Hugh reveals he came back a match.

With: Simon Roborgh as Radio DJ, Winta McGrath as Floyd, Chris Bunton as Max, Michelle Doake as Debbie, Uli Latukefu as Darren, Ambrose McNamara as Frank, Angela McDonald as Fan #1, Arabella Cliff as Fan #2, Ben Wood as Craig

Episode 2.09 (19)


Wed, October 11, 2017
745,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Ben Chessell

Hugh's estranged wife arrives from Las Vegas and creates chaos for Penny and Hugh's family. Charlie and Matt teach Hayley a lesson about love, lust and the need to forgive Ajax.

With: Genevieve Hegney as Harriet, Lynne McGimpsey as Sharon, Mark Coles Smith as Dan, Susan Prior as Minnie, Kenneth Ransom as David, Shiori Takeda as Young Kid, Takaka Takeda as Mum, Jeremy Ambrum as Nurse, David Callan as Anaesthetist [Ray], Paul Winchester as Hugh's Surgeon, Jennifer White as Jim's Surgeon, Uli Latukefu as Darren, Ana Maria Belo as Doctor

Episode 2.10 (20)


Wed, October 18, 2017
735,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Tony McNamara
Directed by Ben Chessell

Penny is heartbroken when Hugh makes a series of disastrous choices about his marriage and career. Love is in the air on Hayley and Ajax's wedding day.

With: Winta McGrath as Floyd, Genevieve Hegney as Harriet, Annie Rose Buckley as Bridie, Susan Prior as Minnie, Kenneth Ransom as David, Kelsey Ingram as Cricket Kid, Elke Baden as Cricket Mum, Patrick Wilson as Rod Eagle, Ben Toyer as Hugh Driving Double, Inge Sildnik as Harriet Driving Double

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet."

- James Oppenheim