Remote Area Nurse: episode guide

Episodes 1-3 | Episodes 4-6

The Coral Age

Susie Porter and Billy Mitchell

Episode 01
Australia: Thu, January 05, 2006 (SBS)
Canada: November, 2007 (APTN)
Written by John Alsop
Directed by David Caesar

Helen Tremain (Susie Porter) returns to the remote island where she has spent the last five years as a nurse, with a strong sense that this place is now her only home.
Her mother has died and Helen is the last of her family. But the island isn't the tropical paradise she remembers. The substitute nurse was a disaster and the indigenous health workers are rebelling. And there's Myrtle (Louisa Taylor). Intellectually disabled, Myrtle is pregnant yet again to another anonymous stranger. She pleads with Helen to let her have the baby on the island, even though it's against the rules of the health department.
Helen takes the risk that threatens her career - she will help Myrtle deliver her baby in secret. But she needs the help of Paul (Luke Carroll), the chief health worker who has gone walkabout, and his sister Nancy (Margaret Harvey), who is home from medical school. Their father is the Island Chairman, Russ Gaibui (Charles Passi), a charismatic man who runs the island and his family with an iron grip.
The visiting doctor discovers Helen's plan to help Myrtle and sends a posse to the island. Russ is furious. And Helen faces the sack. Strange then, that Russ vents his public fury on his children, Paul and Nancy, effectively saving Helen's neck. What is stranger is Russ' overtures towards Helen, which both attract and alarm her.

Special Guests: Bruce Spence as Vince, Felix Wiliamson as Dr. John Bourke
With: Luke Carroll as Paul Gaibui, Margaret Harvey as Nancy Gaibui, Louisa Taylor as Myrtle, Peta Brady as Lindy Gaibui, Jimi Gela as Solomon Gaibui, Serai Zaro as Ina Gaibui, Beford Lui as Mick Gaibui; Nora Bagiri as Lucy, Dan Mosby as Mr Ted, Elsie Passi as Mrs Ted, Santa Marina Rodgers as Mrs. Augustus, Moses Kaddy as Doug Augustus, Gabriel Ingui as Tuuks, Patrick Ahwang as Giddy Gaibui, Fred Kebisue as Amos, Savanna Taylor as Faith Gaibui, Nazir Manai as Grace Gaibui, Melora Mosby as Rhianna Gaibui, Tarnee Fauid as Esther Gaibui, Deborah Kennedy as Departing RAN, Kathleen Binawell as Mrs Watia, Andrew Billy as Bleeding Man, April Mosby as Girl With Sore Eye, Charles Mann as Male Nurse No. 1

One Ball

Susie Porter

Episode 02
Thu, January 12, 2006 (SBS)
Written by John Alsop
Directed by Catriona McKenzie

The island is rocked by a sudden and cruel death. Giddy, the son of the island's cop Mick (Belford Lui), drowns at sea while attempting to ferry contraband alcohol onto the island. Island Chairman Russ Gaibui (Charles Passi) goes on the warpath, enraged by the system that entices islanders to behave like furtive delinquents.
To ensure that Giddy's death was not in vain, he proposes to overturn the ban on alcohol and establish a wet canteen. Russ's daughter Nancy (Margaret Harvey), leads the opposition to the plan, claiming that it would spell disaster; a return to the bad old days. Russ woos Helen to his side, while an infuriated Nancy accuses Helen of being bought out by the promise of funds for a new clinic, and their long-term friendship feels the strain.
But it is Russ's personal overtures towards Helen that are more unnerving. The moves he makes are subtle, refined, even flattering, but if Helen were to act on her feelings, it would destroy all the trust she has built up on the island, including that of the influential female elders. It would also be a betrayal of Russ's wife, Ina, whom Helen admires. And there's also a professional consideration; Helen has to guide Russ through a health crisis. It's all too impossible, however much Helen feels herself drawn towards this charismatic and powerful man.

Special Guests: Bruce Spence as Vince, Felix Wiliamson as Dr. John Bourke
With: Luke Carroll as Paul Gaibui, Margaret Harvey as Nancy Gaibui, Peta Brady as Lindy Gaibui, Jimi Gela as Solomon Gaibui, Serai Zaro as Ina Gaibui, Beford Lui as Mick Gaibui, Gabriel Ingui as Tuuks, Fred Kebisu as Amos; Patrick Ahwang as Giddy Gaibui, Dan Mosby as Mr Ted, Elsie Passi as Mrs Ted, Nora Bagiri as Lucy, Gail Mabo as Judy, John Brumpton as George, Santa Marina Rodgers as Mrs. Augustus, Moses Kaddy as Doug Augustus, Louisa Taylor as Louisa, Merwez Whaleboat as Bernadette, Allison Cratchley as Jenny, Savanna Taylor as Faith Gaibui, Nazir Manai as Grace Gaibui, Melora Mosby as Rhianna Gaibui, Tarnee Fauid as Esther Gaibui, Francis Nai Jnr as Boy (Tuuks mate), Alarna Achterberg as Girl (Tuuks mate)

The Coming of the Light

Aaron Fa'aoso and Susie Porter

Episode 03
Thu, January 19, 2006 (SBS)
Written by Alice Addison
Directed by

The return of Russ' first-born child Eddie sees the island divided for the first time in years. Long estranged from his family, Eddie has not only come back to claim the land his father once promised him, but he's going to build a church on it. For Russ, still unwilling years later to acknowledge the charismatic young Eddie as his son, it is nothing short of war. But for Helen, this is a golden opportunity.
As an outsider, she has until now been a pawn in Russ' game of island politics. Aligning herself with Eddie, exploiting this father-son dispute, she sets her sights on closing down the wet canteen. When she looks at Eddie, she sees his father as a young man; muscular and headstrong - a born leader. Russ has taught his son well. A natural diver, skilful orator, not to mention a mesmerising dancer, there seems there is nothing in which he cannot match his father.
Eddie and his church gather rapid support and Russ suddenly finds his power base split. Confronted by a younger, stronger version of himself, he must fight tooth and nail to regain control of his island even if it means killing himself.

Special Guests: Bruce Spence as Vince
With: Aaron Fa'aoso as Eddie Gaibui, Merwez Whaleboat as Bernadette, Luke Carroll as Paul Gaibui, Margaret Harvey as Nancy Gaibui, Peta Brady as Lindy Gaibui, Jimi Gela as Solomon Gaibui, Serai Zaro as Ina Gaibui, Beford Lui as Mick Gaibui; Fred Kebisue as Amos, Dan Mosby as Mr Ted, Elsie Passi as Mrs Ted, Nora Bagiri as Lucy, Gail Mabo as Judy, John Brumpton as George, Santa Marina Rodgers as Mrs. Augustus, Moses Kaddy as Doug Augustus, Fred Kebisue as Amos, Louisa Taylor as Myrtle, Savanna Taylor as Faith Gaibui, Nazir Manai as Grace Gaibui, Melora Mosby as Rhianna Gaibui, Tarnee Fauid as Esther Gaibui, Desmond Billy as Teenage Boy, Kathleen Binawell as Mrs Watia, Tom David as Al, Dorothy Messa as Shania, Charles Asai as Moses, Warren Mene as Charles