Glenview High: episode guide
The pilot of a drama involving staff and students in their senior year at a large Metropolitan high school. Two of the school's students are kidnapped and held to ransom in the science lab. The school and the parents try to sort out the situation themselves before involving the police.
Cast: Charles Tingwell, Carmen Duncan, Brian Anderson, Mark Holden, Carla Hoogeveen, Robyn Gibbes, Vince Martin, Donna Lee, Stanley Walsh
Greg Walker's first week at Glenview High confronts him with an unemployed man at crisis point who threatens to shoot his wife and child.
Faith and Tony
A blind girl, Faith Storey, comes to Glenview High, determined to find a place for herself in a normal world. Tony Moore is assigned to familiarise her with the school and a relationship develops between them. Faith becomes totally dependent on Tony after her guide dog is given a poison bait, and Tony persuades Faith to risk having an operation that may restore her sight.
Ayla, a Turkish girl, is torn between her strict Muslim father who believes women belong in the home, and the western freedom which surrounds her. She is a brilliant student, and Walker fears her father will take her out of school.
Pregnant student Jean Wills is determined to win her freedom from the system at the expense of Walker's career.
Carter catches a boy cheating in his class, and the boy uses his influence with his father, a powerful local councillor, to withhold funds for the development of a new science lab unless Carter is dismissed or transferred.
Porky, the school fat boy, has been victimised all his life, until he gets a weapon in the form of a plaster cast from a broken arm. Misunderstanding Walker's advice, Porky goes on a rampage that leaves his classmates hospitalised. After the plaster is removed, Porky deliberately breaks his arm again to get his 'weapon' back.
Boy With The Silver Spoon
A new student from a wealthy family comes to Glenview, and it seems he is dyslectic and unable to read. Walker doubts this and, in trying to get to the source of the boy's inability, uncovers a criminal and unbalanced mind.
Chuck Guildford, the school's top rugby player, drops out of the team just prior to the finals in order to further his career as a budding concert pianist. He encounters violent opposition from his schoolmates and his father, and Walker has to get an understanding between Chuck and his fellows before Chuck's school life is ruined.
Sally, a girl in Greg Walker's class, is slowly being torn apart by the pressures of raising a family of younger children in the face of a well-meaning neighbour's attempts to have her family taken by the Welfare Department.
Quiet Nights and Silent Deaths
Greg Walker is concerned about the falling grades of Penny Wilson, a final year student. Penny's world is collapsing around her, as her well-to-do but alcoholic mother takes an unreasoning hatred to her daughter.
The arrival of a trainee teacher at Glenview catalyses a misunderstanding between Walker and Robbie, and makes Tony Moore give serious thought to his future.
Three students at Glenview High face expulsion as a disciplinary measure, and Greg Walker decides to start a Social Assistance Program to teach them a lesson in community living.
Some sources list this episode title as 'Old Soldiers'. Edward Lander was headed for Duntroon Military College, before becoming a pacifist after taking part in debates in Greg Walker's English class. He turns against his father's dreams of 'my son, the officer', and the father blames Greg Walker for filling Edward's mind with 'Communist-based treason'.
A young couple playing Romeo and Juliet in a school play, Mary Turner and Philip Peterson, run away together. But Mary is under age and her father wants to have Philip arrested. They turn to Greg Walker for help, and he is faced with the problem of reconciling both sets of parents.
As a result of a fatal accident, Tony Moore is charged with drunk driving and his school friends desert him.
Margaret Gibson meets an old friend and their relationship blossoms. She resigns from her job and agrees to marry him, but then things start to go wrong.
Turmoil strikes when Jill leaves home to join a quasi-religious sect which has already had an unpleasant influence on the lives of some of Walker's students.
Jill refuses a marriage proposal and finds herself the target of emotional harassment that begins to threaten both her life and Greg Walker's.
A young student teacher comes to Glenview High, and his attraction for a young schoolgirl leads to murder. In the investigation that follows, suspicion falls in the most unlikely areas.
A bright student in her final year is starting to make a name for herself as a model. Walker fights to encourage her to stay with her studies and not throw away years of effort, but he comes into conflict with his brother and the acting principal, and Harry Carter faces legal action when a classroom experiment goes wrong.
Margaret Gibson returns to Glenview High, uncertain as to whether she wants to continue as principal at a time when the deputy principal, John O'Brien, is facing threats of a strike amongst the staff and a crisis in his personal life.
Friends of the Estate
Greg Walker's estranged uncle dies, and the division of his estate results in bitterness that nearly splits the family.
One of a Kind
Veteran Sid Roberts arrives as a temporary history teacher, and his unique approach to teaching has the school in an uproar.
When Tony Moore's parents are sacked from their cleaning job, he turns to criminal activities to raise some money.
Tom Walker falls in love with a beautiful young university student, and their relationship threatens Greg's work at school as well as their domestic life.
A Death in the Family
Greg and Tom Walker are summoned to Melbourne where their father is dying in hospital. When their father suffers a fatal coronary it causes Greg and Tom to examine their lives and goals. Notes: Segments filmed in Melbourne.
One Day at a Time
Helen, a student, is stricken with leukaemia, and her struggle to keep her hope alive is an epic story of courage.
Harry Carter's casual introduction to the mother of one of his students leads to a relationship that almost stifles him.
After the Loving
Robbie meets and marries the man of her dreams. After the marriage his true self emerges, and Robbie finds more trouble than she can handle.
Daughter of Darkness
A previously sociable, happy girl is living a life of complete isolation and rejection of every friend she has. Walker finds she has been deserted and she is determined to avoid Child Welfare.
Where Did We Go Wrong
A weird generation gap conflict presents Greg Walker with a classroom revolution and a student whose future appears damned by his very conformity.
The Last Lap
A young swimmer is offered one final chance at international selection. The sporting and academic pressures become too great as she tries to choose between fleeting fame or a secure future.
Greg Walker is replaced whilst on a seminar by an English teacher who is also acclaimed for his delicate sensitive poetry. Behind the mask of the poet is a sadistic hedonist.
An Aboriginal student of outstanding sporting ability, the son of a former boxing champion, is a militant black activist who sees his sporting prowess as an opportunity to promote his cause. His father disagrees and wants his son to continue his education.
The Three R's
When All Is Said and Done
The Quietest Thunder
A replacement PE teacher victimises one of the Glenview High students.
The Night Watchman
Ex-criminal Frank Devney is employed as a night watchman at Glenview on Walker's recommendation, and becomes prime suspect in a robbery.
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