The Flying Doctors: episode guide


Clapped Out

Year: 1988
Episode 3.01 (65)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Brendan Maher

The RFDS come to the rescue of two old timers trying to save their heritage from the rapacious George Baxter.

Guest Starring: David Ashton as Taxi Driver, Gerry Duggan as 'Young' Bill, Nell Johnson as Ann McGregor, Alwyn Kurts as Angus McGregor, Robert Taylor as Lachlan McGregor

Private Lives, Public Faces

Episode 3.02 (66)
Written by Cassandra Carter
Directed by Brendan Maher

Violet and Maggie fight for supremacy as RFDS chief fund-raiser. Chris learns the truth about Mike.

Guest Starring: David Kirkpatrick as Vince Banks, Joy Smithers as Claire Banks

Wedlock

Episode 3.03 (67)
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Paul Moloney

Chris and Geoff pick up the pieces of a broken marriage. Down at the beach it's surfing time.

The Wrangler's Daughter

Episode 3.04 (68)
Written by Peter Kinloch
Directed by Paul Moloney

The people of Cooper's Crossing are involved in a life and death search for the mentally handicapped daughter of a horse wrangler.

Guest Starring: Jon Concannon as Richard Sawyer, Warwick Moss as Don Broadie, Miranda Otto as Amy Brodie

Borrowed Time

Episode 3.05 (69)
Written by Leon Saunders
Directed by Mark Defriest

Bob Archer, a friend of Sam's, has a secret, and a plan to save the plane.

Guest Starring: Tracey Grimshaw as TV News Reporter, Mark Hembrow as Bob Archer, Bruce Kilpatrick as Merv Atkinson, Peter Lane as Kevin Aldridge

The Forbidden

Episode 3.06 (70)
Written by Andrew Kennedy
Directed by Mark Defriest

A scientist falls victim to a mystery illness when he defies the powers of the occult, and Sam's wacky sister arrives in town.

Guest Starring: Steve Dodd as Winjin, Tim Hughes as Philip Wilson, Marion MacKenzie as Virginia Wilson, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy

She'll Be Right

Episode 3.07 (71)
Written by Shane Brennan
Directed by Brendan Maher

Something must be amiss when Hurtle returns to town driving a Rolls-Royce.

Guest Starring: William Binks as Mechanic, Max Cullen as Hurtle Morrison, Andrew Spence as Pete Munro

One Final Request

Episode 3.08 (72)
Written by Denise Morgan
Directed by Brendan Maher

Geoff and Kate learn a lesson about life when they go to the aid of a dying woman. Vic and Hurtle learn a thing or two about justice.

Guest Starring: Max Cullen as Hurtle Morrison, Bill Johnston as Police Prosecutor, Patricia Kennedy as Edith Cranston, Judith McGrath as Caroline Longley

Roxanne

Episode 3.09 (73)
Written by Peter Hepworth
Directed by Chris Adshead

Emma and Chris find themselves in grave danger when they are taken captive by two young criminals.

Guest Starring: John Braybrook as Burgess, Frederick Court as Kenny, Erik Donnison as Miles, Sheryl Munks as Roxanne

Don't Tell Anybody

Episode 3.10 (74)
Written by Luis Bayonas
Directed by Chris Adshead

Marty spends a night in a haunted house. Geoff and Sam are trapped by a ferocious dog. And the women of the town play host to some undesirable characters.

Guest Starring: Lesley Baker as Lucy Somers, John McKelvey as Old Rodney, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy, Colwyn Roberts as Jock Walker

No Way Back

Episode 3.11 (75)
Written by Alison Nisselle
Directed by Colin Budds

Emma has a miscarriage and George goes into the property market.

Guest Starring: William Binks as Mechanic, Nancy Black as Kimberly White, Sandy Gore as Ann Williams, Bill McLorinan as McRae, Paul Young as Auctioneer

Johnnie Come Home

Episode 3.12 (76)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Colin Budds

Two estranged brothers pretend not to know each other — but why?

Guest Starring: Nancy Black as Kimberly White, Annie Byron as Julie McDonald, Wilkie Collins as Priest, Gerard Maguire as Harry McDonald, Grigor Taylor as Johnnie McDonald

Look, Up In the Sky

Episode 3.13 (77)
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Mark Callan

Two air balloons drop in on the clinic run. As the Nomad is in for some expensive repairs, a balloon race is organised in order to raise funds. Kate and Geoff compete in different balloons but things do not run according to plan when one of the other competitors develops a hernia mid-flight. Meanwhile, news of an affair results in someone impetuously leaving town. Sam buys an old plane that needs repairing. Paula's attraction towards Geoff becomes a little too obvious and he feels very uncomfortable.

Guest Starring: Howard Bell as Ian, Ray Chubb as Hendo, Geoffrey Graham as Engineer, Sue Jones as Lorraine, Maxine Klibingaitis as Kylie, Mark Kounnas as Matthew, William Zappa as Brian

Preacher Man

Episode 3.14 (78)
Written by Alan Hopgood
Directed by Mark Callan

Religious fervour comes to the outback when evangelist Edward Faithful hits town. Even the cynics are won over by the evangelist's charm, but the doctors become concerned when faith-healing is mentioned. Could Faithful be deceiving the faithful?

Guest Starring: Brenda Addie as Vera Simpson, Drew Forsythe as Edward 'Teddy' Faithful, John Jacobs as Ken Simpson, Danny Nash as Brett Cameron, Elaine Smith as Jenny Rose

The Fear (Part I)

Episode 3.15 (79)
Written by Andrew Kennedy
Directed by Brendan Maher

Australian-American relations are strained when Kimberley White returns to the crossing with her son Todd, who rapidly alienates everyone with his caustic remarks.

Guest Starring: Nancy Black as Kimberly White, Robin Dene as Frank Langley, Kole Dysart as Danny Duncan, Damon Herriman as Donnie White

The Fear (Part II)

Episode 3.16 (80)
Written by David Boutland
Directed by Brendan Maher

Todd conquers his agoraphobia in dramatic circumstances, and Kimberley leaves a parting gift for the town.

Guest Starring: Nancy Black as Kimberly White, Robin Dene as Frank Langley, Kole Dysart as Danny Duncan, Damon Herriman as Donnie White, Tim Scally as Worker

Fair Go

Episode 3.17 (81)
Written by Shane Brennan
Directed by Paul Moloney

Coopers Crossing gets a new flying postman, but his idea of efficiency soon has everyone up in arms.

Guest Starring: William Binks as Mechanic, Meg Clancy as Gail Morris, Robin Dene as Frank Langley, John Egan as Col Morris, Barbara Jungwirth as Helen, Gary Sweet as Nick Sanderson

Broken Airwaves

Episode 3.18 (82)
Written by Denise Morgan
Directed by Paul Moloney

Kate feels taken for granted, and resigns to compete in a rodeo — only to find herself soon in need of the flying doctors. Meanwhile Sam and Emma are finding life on the farm very difficult.

Guest Starring: Paul Dawber as Mr. Scott, Keith Kaye as Stockman, Heather Lindsay as Eileen Martin), Monty Maizels as Builder, Louise Miller as Mrs. Scott, Robert Muddyman as Willo

Bed and Board

Episode 3.19 (83)
Written by Luis Bayones
Directed by Brendan Maher

An unexpected and unwelcome visitor from Maggie's past arrives in Coopers Crossing to receive some grim news. Sam takes his first student for flying lessons.

Breaking The Drought

Episode 3.20 (84)
Written by John Reeves
Directed by Brendan Maher

Sam and Emma face ruin on their new farm when the dams run dry. Dougie causes a near-disaster on a visit to his cousin and Marty and Paula are left in charge of Vic's pub — which is almost demolished.

Family Secrets (Part 1)

Episode 3.21 (85)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Mark Defriest

A handsome stranger appears in town and surprises everyone by claiming to be Geoff's elder brother. He soon becomes a favourite with the townsfolk, but why does Geoff seem to have a grudge against him?

Guest Starring: Nancy Black as Kimberly White, Paula Hudson as Secretary, Vince Martin as Barry Standish, Johnny Raaen as Para Manager

Family Secrets (Part 2)

Episode 3.22 (86)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Mark Defliest

Geoff's elder brother becomes very popular with Coopers Crossing, but only Geoff knows his true character. When Barry makes a play for Kate, she ignores Geoff's warnings — to her cost.

Guest Starring: Vince Martin as Barry Standish

All You Need Is Luck

Episode 3.23 (87)
Written by Annie Beach
Directed by Colin Budds

Kate's temporary replacement arrives and ruffles Maggie's feathers. Chris has to give advice to a woman intent on marrying a man ten years her senior.

Guest Starring: Lesley Baker as Lucy Somers, Briony Behets as Jean Lambert, Tracey Mann as Penny Armstrong, David Reyne as Russ Evans, Christopher Stevenson as Ted Rowley, Paul Young as Auctioneer

The Silly Season

Episode 3.24 (88)
Written by Cliff Green
Directed by Colin Budds

Coopers Crossing is agog when a man involved in a car crash claims it was caused by a UFO. And the identity of the car driver is shrouded in mystery.

Guest Starring: Wallas Eaton as Lloyd Somerset, Tracey Mann as Penny Armstrong), James Melchior as Jamie

Every Situation

Episode 3.25 (89)
Written by Michael Joshua
Directed by Arch Nicholson

George Baxter is forced into becoming a custodian of two streetwise kids. Sam unearths more of Maggie's tragic past. A tired and irritable Chris finally admits she needs Geoff's medical assistance.

Guest Starring: Alan Hopgood as Neil Hutton, Tracey Mann as Penny Armstrong, Christopher Stevenson as Ted Rowley, Martin Vaughan as 'Davo' Davidson

The Story Teller

Episode 3.26 (90)
Written by Shane Brennan
Directed by Arch Nicholson

Dougie is accused of assaulting a local white racist. Jack knows that he is innocent, so is puzzled when Dougie insists on owning up to the crime.

Guest Starring: Linda Hartley as Linda Gallagher, Alan Hopgood as Neil Hutton, Tommy Lewis as Tom E. Lewis, Tracey Mann as Penny Armstrong, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy, Tim Robertson as Bernie Gallagher, Roderick Williams as Gordon

The Choice

Episode 3.27 (91)
Written by Denise Morgan
Directed by Mark Defriest

When an air accident leaves two sisters seriously injured, the man they both live with has to make a difficult choice. Kate returns from her break determined to make her separation from Coopers Crossing permanent.

Guest Starring: Kevin Cotter as Bruce, Kim Krejus as Sanda Garvey, Tracey Mann as Penny Armstrong, Chris Milne as Robert Morton, Dick Moss as Les Winger, Linda Newton as Kerry Garvey, John Sadler as Gavin

A Shadow of Doubt

Episode 3.28 (92)
Written by Neil Luxmoore
Directed by Mark Defriest

A man suffering from a mysterious illness arrives in Coopers Crossing with an Asian girl. The diagnosis of the disease reveals deep-rooted racial prejudice among the townsfolk.

Guest Starring: William Binks as Reg Taylor, Burt Cooper as Gary Arnold, Christine Kaman as Katina Polites, Nick Lathouris as Spiros Polites

Mick and Julia

Episode 3.29 (93)
Written by Luis Bayonas
Directed by Brendan Maher

Chris returns from Sydney with some devastating news. An elderly couple arrive in town and Mick soon begins co-ordinating the town's fun run. However, Mick's participation in the race leads to a tragedy.

Guest Starring: June Collis as Julia, John Spicer as Mick, Gary Sweet as Nick Sanderson

The Deal

Episode 3.30 (94)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Brendan Maher

When an outback governess suffers a severe asthma attack her son makes a pact with God to ensure her recovery. Chris's secret is let out, causing heartache all round.

Guest Starring: Che Broadbent as Robert Gardiner, Jan Friedl as Marjorie Davis, Sydney Jackson as Father Jacko

A Thing of Beauty

Episode 3.31 (95)
Written by Brian Wright
Directed by Marcus Cole

An old friend of Emma's becomes a cause for concern at the crossing. Geoff and Kate take their first tentative steps towards stabilising their relationship.

Guest Starring: John Flaus as Reg Clark, Emily Weare as Jenny "Fletch"

Cadenza

Episode 3.32 (96)
Written by Alan Hopgood
Directed by Marcus Cole

Culture comes to Coopers Crossing in the shape of the Junior Strings of Melbourne, causing an outbreak of snobbery and resentment. To make matters worse, the lead violinist develops a crush on Emma.

Guest Starring: Elspeth Ballantyne as Wendy Ross, Ray Chubb as Clarrie, Erik Donnison as Edward Benjamin, Johnathon Kernutt as Andrew Carrington, Jack Mobbs as Harry

Mates

Episode 3.33 (97)
Written by Shane Brennan
Directed by Mandy Smith

Vic has to make a sacrifice in order to help his wife's sick sister. Newcomer Luke Mitchell drifts into town.

Guest Starring: Douglas Bennett as Bob Evans, Bruce Crowl as Farmer, Gerard Kennedy as Luke Mitchell, Paul Young as Estate Agent

The Child

Episode 3.34 (98)
Written by David Boutland
Directed by Mandy Smith

There is astonishment among the townsfolk when a new father announces his son's birth as the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Chris has to cope with fears about her forthcoming operation in Sydney.

Guest Starring: Alice Garner as Alice Jenkins, Gerard Kennedy as Luke Mitchell, Bruce Myles as Ray Jenkins, Craig Sherbourne as Johnno

Next To Go

Episode 3.35 (99)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Brendan Maher

Chris's father is on hand when she arrives in Sydney for her life-or-death operation, but she still has other things on her mind.

Guest Starring: Andrew Ferguson as Jamie, Norman Kaye as William Randall, Gerard Kennedy as Luke Mitchell, Helen Noonan as Sister Mary Castellari, Warren Owens as Dougie Kennedy, Louise Pajo as Maureen Redmond, Jacinta Stapleton as Cindy

Gotta Have Friends

Episode 3.36 (100)
Written by Denise Morgan
Directed by Brendan Maher

Maggie's life is turned upside down by a face from the past and Geoff has a depressed cow on his hands.

Guest Starring: Lois Collinder as Mabel, Gerard Kennedy as Luke Mitchell, Jill Perryman as Josie Stirling