Love Child: episode guide

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Series 4

It's 1972 and eight months since we last saw Dr Joan Miller (Jessica Marais), who is now heavily pregnant and fighting for her right to continue her career after the birth of her child. But she encounters a major obstacle in the form of charismatic Dr Andrew Patterson (Dan Hamill), a Vietnam veteran and her new boss at Kings Cross General Hospital.

Matron's control of Stanton House is tested by three pregnant teens that play havoc with the rules: Debbie (Sophia Forrest), a hell-raiser from a privileged family; Elena (Danielle Catanzariti), an Italian migrant whose pregnancy threatens the safety of her relatives in Australia and Italy and Rita (Darcie Irwin-Simpson), a novice nun who has a mysterious "immaculate conception", just what is the mother of this miracle child hiding?

Meanwhile, the older Stanton House girls embrace the opportunities and challenges of life in 1970s Kings Cross. Patty is brimming in the success of her crèche, Martha forges a career in the hospital while revelling in her new role as a doctor's wife, and Viv is a respected nurse determined to buck the system.

Episode 4.01 (27)

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Tue, May 02, 2017 (9pm)
624,000 viewers (14th)
Written by Cathryn Strickland
Directed by Geoff Bennett

When Joan goes into early labour, the unorthodox new head of obstetrics is the only one who can help her. Matron has her hands full with three new pregnant girls in Stanton House.

Starring: Jessica Marais as Dr. Joan Millar, Mandy McElhinney as Matron Frances Bolton, Harriet Dyer as Patricia Saunders, Sophie Hensser-Bloom as Viv Maguire, Miranda Tapsell as Martha Tenant, Dan Hamill as Dr Andrew Patterson, Andy Ryan as Simon Bowditch, Danielle Catanzariti as Elena, Sophia Forrest as Debbie, Darcie Irwin-Simpson as Rita

With: Jerome Velinsky as Marco Capobianco, Sophie Hawkshaw as Mandy, Tessa Coulter as Mrs. O'Reilly, James Sweeny as Craig, Lianne Mackessy as Mrs. Greta Ranovic, Franco Flammia as Crew Member, Emma Birdsall as Lead Singer, Michelle Martinez as Lead Singer, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer 1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer 2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Karl Ferguson as Velvet Room Band: Saxophone, Ben Hauptmann as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Paul Murchison as Velvet Room Band: Trumpet, Paul Curnick as Velvet Room Band: Bass Guitar

Episode 4.02 (28)

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Tue, May 09, 2017
521,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Matron buries her doubts about the baby swap, while Joan struggles with life as a single mother. Martha vows to uncover the truth about Patty's mysterious death. Elena fears for her life when her brother discovers the truth about her pregnancy.

With: Jerome Velinsky as Marco Capobianco, Sophie Hawkshaw as Mandy, Tessa Coulter as Mrs. O'Reilly, James Sweeny as Craig, Lianne Mackessy as Mrs. Greta Ranovic, Jaye Rosenburg as Pretty Girl, Jade Lewis as Told, Rebecca Smee as Rhonda, Peter Maple as Pimp

Episode 4.03 (29)

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Tue, May 16, 2017
Written by Fiona Samuel
Directed by David Caesar

Joan must compete for a permanent doctor's position against her friend Bowditch as well as a sexist rival with wandering hands. Meanwhile, the Stanton House girls steal Martha's car in an attempt to learn more about Elena's betrothed.

Starring: Jessica Marais, Mandy McElhinney, Sophie Hensser-Bloom, Miranda Tapsell, Dan Hamill, Andy Ryan, Danielle Catanzariti, Sophia Forrest, Darcie Irwin-Simpson

With: Matt Day as Father Ross; Lianne Mackessy as Mrs. Greta Ranovic, James Mackay as Lance, Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Kate, Chloe Bayliss as Wanda, Daniel Berini as Clive, Caroline Downs as Disapproving Protestor, David Soncin as Paolo, John Bonaventura as Paolo's Father

Episode 4.04 (30)

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Tue, May 23, 2017
597,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Fin Edquist
Directed by David Caesar

Viv and Martha fight for their rights at the International Women's Day march. When Joan's baby falls ill, Matron is wracked with guilt over the possible baby swap. Debbie defies Matron by visiting her older, married lover.

With: Matt Day as Father Ross; Ben Hall as Alan Fitzgerald, Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Kate, Caitlin Harnett as Busker, Jaymie Knight as Male Reporter, Mia Donatelli as Young Woman, Aileen Beale as Young Mother, Jordan Sanfrancesco as Young Man #1, Sam Trottman as Young Man #2, Emma Birdsall as Lead Singer, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer #2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Karl Ferguson as Velvet Room Band: Saxophone, Ben Hauptmann as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Paul Murchison as Velvet Room Band: Trumpet, Tim Curnick as Velvet Room Band: Bass Guitar

Episode 4.05 (31)

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Tue, May 30, 2017
473,000 viewers (20th)
Written by Vanessa Alexander
Directed by Shannon Murphy

Joan attempts to bury her grief by throwing herself back into work, but is it too soon? Meanwhile, Elena is torn between love and duty when the father of her child proposes marriage. Martha's first dinner party could end her marriage.

With: Matt Day as Father Ross; Travis Jeffery as Ed, Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Kate, Danielle Stamoulos as Mrs. Olsen, Katrina Retallick as Margaret Fulton, Philip Partridge as McGregor, Phil Moore as Bookie, Michael Matthews as Fighter #2, Timothy Parsons as Stunt Performer, Ben Toyer as Stunt Performer, Neal Horton as Stunt Performer, Tara del Borrello as Lead Singer, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer #2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Cameron Bruce as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Joel Burton as Velvet Room Band: Bass, Al Goodman as Velvet Room Band: Keyboard

Episode 4.06 (32)

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Tue, June 06, 2017
523,000 viewers (19th)
Written by Josephine D. Barrett
Directed by Shannon Murphy

Rita refuses medical assistance that could save her and her baby's life. Simon confesses his role in the hit and run accident to Martha. Elena is shocked to discover her lover Ed is in critical condition in the hospital.

With: Matt Day as Father Ross, Travis Jeffery as Edward Thornton, Annie Maynard as Liza, Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Kate, Cyrus as Lead Singer, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer #2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Cameron Bruce as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Joel Burton as Velvet Room Band: Bass, Al Goodman as Velvet Room Band: Keyboard

Episode 4.07 (33)

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Tue, June 13, 2017
518,000 viewers (19th)
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Joan's world is upended when her ex-fiance arrives from London. Bowditch and Martha are blackmailed over the hit-and-run accident. Rita has second thoughts about returning to the convent following the birth of her baby.

With: Matt Day as Father Ross, Ronan Keating as Lawrence Faber, Travis Jeffery as Edward Thornton, Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Kate, Di Adams as Sister Bernadette, Sophie Morstyn as Meg Lovell, Taylor Beadle-Williams as Mrs. Baxter, Stan Walker as Singer #1, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer # 2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Cameron Bruce as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Tim Curnick as Velvet Room Band: Bass Al Goodman as Velvet Room Band: Keyboard Martin Farrugia as Velvet Room Band: Trumpet

Episode 4.08 (34)

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Tue, June 20, 2017
509,000 viewers (17th)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Geoff Bennett

Joan makes a fateful decision about her future with Lawrence. Debbie's world is rocked when she discovers Matron has made secret deal to adopt out her baby. Viv gives Matron a dose of her own medicine.

With: Ronan Keating as Lawrence Faber, Ben Hall as Alan Fitzgerald, Megan Smart as Barbara Fitzgerald, Sara West as Jennifer Hartley, Jess Dunbar as Busker 1, Matt Price as Busker #2, Dami Im as Singer 1, Samantha Jade as Singer 2, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Paula Baxter as Backing Singer #2, Dave Hibbard as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Cameron Bruce as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Tim Curnick as Velvet Room Band: Bass, Al Goodman as Velvet Room Band: Keyboard, Martin Farrugia as Velvet Room Band: Trumpet

Episode 4.09 (35)

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Tue, June 27, 2017
543,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Vanessa Alexander, Lara Radulovich, Wendy Hanna
Directed by Wayne Blair

Joan finds proof her baby was swapped at birth, while Matron embarks on a cover-up. Elena's wedding plans are ruined by Debbie's jealousy.

Starring: Jessica Marais, Mandy McElhinney, Miranda Tapsell, Dan Hamill, Andy Ryan, Danielle Catanzariti, Sophia Forrest, Darcie Irwin-Simpson

With: Matt Day as Father Ross, Travis Jeffery as Ed Thornton, Jerome Velinsky as Marco Capobianco, Zoe Ventoura as Nurse Fleur Healy, Andy Carbone as Sleazy Guy, Cyrus Villanueva as Singer #1, Meg Drummond as Backing Singer #1, Sharon Muscat as Backing Singer #2, Ben Isackson as Velvet Room Band: Drums, Cameron Bruce as Velvet Room Band: Guitar, Tim Curnick as Velvet Room Band: Bass Al Goodman as Velvet Room Band: Keyboard, Marty Farrugia as Velvet Room Band: Trumpet

Episode 4.10 (36)

Tue, July 04, 2017
Written by
Directed by

Joan risks everything to be reunited with her missing child. Matron makes a shock announcement when she is accused of unethical behaviour. Debbie takes extreme action to locate Ed and reunite him with Elena.

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