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Episode 1.04

Thu, August 10, 2017
437,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Michael Miller
Directed by Jennifer Leacey

Worried about his failing health, Frankie Bell urges her boss Chad Berger to undergo surgery on his brain tumour, but he refuses, not wanting to be seen as ill; and nor is he willing to give up work.

Frankie is instructed by Dr Steele to take on the role of running a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) into heart transplant patient Zoe's death. But her friend Lou Tanner sees this as misconduct — Frankie is biased, and has betrayed Lou's confidence by urging her to speak out against Dr Mitri — an act that would no doubt cost Lou her job.

Heart patient Chrissy is brought in after much suffering from her ICD — a device implanted in her heart to shock her back to life each time she arrests. The pain is traumatizing, and Eli fights for Chrissy's right to turn off the implant and choose her time to die. But the Head of Medicine, and her consulting specialist, Dr Steele, steps in to dissuade her.

Mitri gives Lou a ride home from the pub, hoping to convince her to stay quiet in the RCA. But it ends badly for them both.


  • Claire van der Boom as Frankie Bell
  • Andrea Demetriades as Lou Tannis
  • Arka Das as Tabb Patel
  • Pallavi Sharda as Tanya Kalchuri
  • Blessing Mokgohloa as Rowan Mitri
  • Susie Porter as Maggie Cutter
  • Dalip Sondhi as Rupert Steele
  • Penny Cook as Carol Little
  • Liam McIntyre as Eli Nader
  • Owen Teale as Chad Berger
  • Renee Lim as Monica Lee
  • Lara Lightfoot as Scrub Theatre Nurse
  • Troy Harrison as Sam Mendosa
  • Jelena Milinkovic as Kelly Reid
  • Steve Vella as Jim Reid
  • Anthony Brandon Wong as Arthur Chan
  • Andrew McFarlane as Mack
  • Silvia Colloca as Lucy Berger
  • Romany Demeter Miller as Yummi Berger
  • Arianthe Galani as Chrissy Ropolous
  • Deborah Galananos as Ketti Ropolous
  • Peter Moalaeua as Daniel Casey
  • Jon-Claire Lee as Mr Moon