Something in the Air: episode guide


Movers & Shakers

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Episode 1.01
Monday, January 17, 2000
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Steve Jodrell

When Tom Dooley, the king of talkback radio, arrives in Emu Springs, it's clear he's not impressed with the town, or its radio station, 3ES, where Ryan is in the chair and station manager Helen Virtue is enchanted with the rhythms of the Tango. Despite this, Helen offers him a job which he at first refuses. However, Tom craves public adoration and can't resist the lure of the microphone. Meanwhile the fate of the Emu Springs ball is under threat from the new guard as Julia Rutherford and Sally Sabatini go head to head. Young Harry finds a friend in old Len Taylor and Doug Rutherford, the local Senator, thinks he's been exposed when Dooley takes to the airwaves.

Guest Cast: Matt King as Rollo, Neild Schneider as Pete

Aftershock

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Episode 1.02
Tuesday, January 18, 2000
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Steve Jodrell

Emu Springs is in a flurry after the collapse of the Poppet Head — the beloved and long-standing symbol of the district's mining past, throwing into doubt major planned events. When Helen learns the stranger in town is Tom Dooley — recalcitrant talk-back king in exile from Sydney — she offers him the breakfast spot on 3ES.

Guest Cast: Matt King as Rollo, Tania Lunson as Kerri-Anne

This Is the Truth

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Episode 1.03
Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Steve Jodrell

3ES receives a surprise visitor, Tom Dooley, and even more surprising is his acceptance of Helen's job offer — on his terms of course. Stuart smooths things over with Julia while Harry discovers he has something of a soul-mate in the old storekeeper, Len Taylor. They are apparently both fans of early Oz Rock. When Tom hits the airwaves Helen's reservations about him are confirmed as he launches into a salacious questioning of Doug Rutherford's private life.

Guest Cast: Matt King as Rollo

Puff of Smoke

Episode 1.04
Thursday, January 20, 2000

Helen sacks Tom, but the damage has been done. Doug instructs Helen to get Tom back. He's good for business. When Harry learns that Len has "spun a yarn" about early Oz Rock, he is not concerned. He's found a new friend in Emu Springs.

Guest Cast: Matt King as Rollo

Gettin' To Know You

Episode 1.05
Monday, January 24, 2000
Written by Cliff Green
Directed by Michael Carson

When Stephanie Bennett (Christine Stepen-Daly), a Melbourne journalist visits Emu Springs, Tom Dooley fears she's out to get him. As Doug and the media shy Julia prepare for an interview with Stephanie Bennett, a city-based journalist, Megan manages to gain an attachment to the crew. Sally discovers that the journalist everyone is talking about is in fact an old friend from University and she volunteers to show Stephanie and her cameraman, Jerry, around town. While Joe relishes the opportunity to highlight the struggle of life on the land, Len and Mon take the mickey out of their city cousins. When Stephanie arrives at the radio station, Tom Dooley escapes and avoids exposure by adopting a new persona.

Guest Cast: Christine Stephen-Daly as Stephanie, Stuart Atkin as Jerry

A Blot on The Landscape

Episode 1.06
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Written by Cliff Green
Directed by Michael Carson

Tom Dooley decides that the radio station is no longer safe if he is to avoid Stephanie, and Megan discovers that journalists have their own brand of creative interpretations. As an attraction between Stuart and Stephanie develops, Sally begins to feel physically inadequate against her professionally polished friend. Helen however manages to deflect Stephanie's loaded questions, and wonders whether there is more to Stephanie than meets the eye. As Tom finds it increasingly difficult to avoid the television crew, he devises a strategy using Ryan as a stand-in for his show. Megan is confronted with some evidence that could harm Emu Springs forever.

Guest Cast: Christine Stephen-Daly as Stephanie, Stuart Atkin as Jerry

The Spider And The Fly

Episode 1.07
Wednesday, January 26, 2000
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Michael Carson

Tom Dooley returns to work, only to be confronted by a rabidly determined Stephanie Bennett. Unhappy with the direction his breakfast show is taking and fearing professional embarrassment, Tom reclaims his breakfast spot. As Stephanie and Jerry prepare to leave town, their attention is drawn to his voice on the radio. Driven by her scoop mentality, Stephanie heads over to 3ES for an exclusive interview with the banished king of radio. "Siege radio" swings into action as, determined to deprive Stephanie of an interview, Tom locks himself in the booth. Emu Springs is riveted. Advertisers vie for spots as a national feed is implemented and the radio station crew rally around Tom in protest of declining journalistic integrity. As the battle-lines are drawn between Stephanie and Tom, her ruthlessness becomes apparent, and Sally is faced with an unpleasant reality about her friend. Throughout, Tom Dooley manages to keep a little something up his sleeve.

Guest Cast: Christine Stephen-Daly as Stephanie, Stuart Atkin as Jerry

Siege Radio

Episode 1.08
Thursday, January 27, 2000
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Michael Carson

Tom shatters Stephanie's chances of success by inveigling his way into the hearts of the county-folk, but Stuart and Len soon bring him down to earth.
Tom and Stephanie continue their Mexican stand-off while Len backs a horse SP with Stuart and hopes the siege ends so the race can be relayed. Much to Helen and Doug's delight, advertisers continue to jam the 3ES phones and Tom is inspired to up the ante with Stephanie. He invites her into the booth — has she just become shark bait?
Stephanie hammers Tom with damning accusations, but Tom regains ground by hailing the praises of life in the country. But it's evidence uncovered by Megan which allows Tom to deliver his coup-de-grace. Len and Stuart, however, soon put Tom's moment of glory into perspective.

Guest Cast: Christine Stephen-Daly as Stephanie, Stuart Atkin as Jerry

The Best of Intentions

Episode 1.09
Monday, January 31, 2000
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Richard Jasek

Inspired by Tom's rhetoric, and with his father's blessing, Joe decides to take a risk on a new investment strategy for the farm by changing to fine wool production. The trouble is, he neglects to inform Sally of his grand plans. Humiliated by having to have immunisation shots, Harry is bullied by Ryan's brother Jason (Angus McLaren). Egocentric Tom orders a new whizz-bang announcer's chair. Len resists Mon's efforts to get him to see Dr. Eva. Meanwhile, Stuart is making grand plans of his own.
Sally is disgruntled over her husband's inability to confide in her. Meanwhile, Tom and Helen are sparring over the delivery of a new announcers chair, which forces Helen's hand into devising a scheme to teach him a lesson.

Guest Cast: Angus McLaren as Jason Cassidy, Shane Campbell & Tim Smith as Jason's mates

Everybody Has Their Ups And Downs

Episode 1.10
Tuesday, February 01, 2000
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Richard Jasek

Sally and Joe's relationship is on a communication roller coaster ride with Sally's disillusionment over her husband's inability to confide in her and Joe's disappointment at his wife's lack of trust in his judgement.
Harry and Ryan's brother, Jason, continue their conflict until a mutual interest brings an uneasy peace.
Len's stubborn reluctance to address his ill health forces Mon to the brink. Len finally succumbs to the pressure and is confronted with the dismal truth about his condition. Despite Helen's instruction to the contrary, Tom has gone ahead and arranged delivery of a new announcer's chair.

Guest Cast: Angus McLaren as Jason Cassidy

The Big Picture

Episode 1.11
Wenesday, February 02, 2000
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Richard Jasek

Len finds solace in the bottle as he struggles to cope with the news that he is dying. Mon seeks to mend the rift between Len and their absent son, Wayne. Stuart is being mysterious about plans for the pub. Tom digs his heels in about keeping the new announcers' chair which forces Helen's hand and she hatches a scheme to teach him a valuable lesson. There's war in the Sabatini household over Joe's decision to invest in fine wool sheep.

Guest Cast: Angus McLaren as Jason Cassidy

Resistance is Futile

Episode 1.12
Thursday, February 03, 2000
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Richard Jasek

There are winners and losers when Stuart introduces the pokies to Emu Springs. It's payback time for a recalcitrant Tom over the chair issue. Len surrenders to Mon's gentle persuasion and agrees to co-operate in the treatment of his condition. Although the question of their son, Wayne, remains unresolved. Joe and Sally reconcile over the investment opportunity debacle. Harry and Jason further their advertising careers.

Guest Cast: Angus McLaren as Jason Cassidy

Great Expectations

Episode 1.13
Monday, February 07, 2000
Written by Barbara Bishop
Directed by Kate Woods

Harry gives a wrong call as goal umpire. Emu Springs loses another match and the sponsor switches support to the victorious Stockton Stingers. The Poppet Head is removed and Len tells Harry the story of an unsolved murder. Harry explores the mystery and finds the fabled Crawford Horseshoe. Tom seeks to prove himself a winner on the pokies. Father Brian begins his late night talk back show "Fess Up". All the listeners want to do is talk about the football. To boost audience interest in the show, Megan and Ryan become his anonymous first callers.

Guest Cast: Adam Cass as Mugger Milligan, Sam Brown as Suited Gent, Josephine Clark as Bonnie

Gold Fever

Episode 1.14
Tuesday, February 08, 2000
Written by Barbara Bishop
Directed by Kate Woods

Mon's grandfather, Arthur Donnelly, disappeared on the night the Crawford Horseshoe nugget went missing. A reward was posted. When Harry finds gold, Len thinks the body should be there as well. They secretly prepare to fossick and find the bones. Father Brian gets a call from a troubled teenager. Tom discovers all that glitters isn't necessarily a win. Helen and Mon catch Harry and Len out.

Guest Cast: Josephine Clark as Bonnie

Skeleton In The Closet

Episode 1.15
Wednesday, February 09, 2000
Written by Jutta Goetze
Directed by Kate Woods

Helen, Harry, Len and Mon each have a different perspective on the discovery of the gold and bones. Each has trouble keeping the find to themselves, and it's not long before the news spreads and Dr. Eva becomes involved, revealing the bones aren't human. The feud between Tom and Stuart heats up when Tom announces on air that he's been ripped off after playing the pokies. Bonnie reveals her presence during Father Brian's show — "Fess Up" — and an intriguing conversation develops, culminating in her taking flight.

Guest Cast: Josephine Clark as Bonnie

Gold In Them There Hills

Episode 1.16
Thursday, February 10, 2000
Written by Jutta Goetze
Directed by Kate Woods

Julia and Mon continue to argue over the gold, while Harry maintains possession and dreams of all the cool things he could possibly buy with it. Helen can't get through to him, but a talk with Father Brian propels him towards more sensible measures — and a very Harry solution. But the process involves its own investigation — who should Harry believe? Julia? Mon? Meanwhile, the adults aren't setting the best of examples around him — Tom feuding with Stuart, and Mon and Julia starting World War Three. Harry finally draws his own conclusions and takes appropriate measures. Bending under financial and moral pressures (and some heckling from his friends and enemies) Stuart finally gets rid of the Pokies. Meanwhile Bonnie's unexpected arrival causes some soul searching on Father Brian's behalf, and her conversations with him hint at a tension that has, up until now, lain dormant in his soul. Bending under financial and moral pressures (and some heckling from his friends and enemies) Stuart finally gets rid of the Pokies.

Guest Cast: Josephine Clark as Bonnie

Cross Roads

Episode 1.17
Monday, February 14, 2000
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Peter Sharp

After Tom narrowly avoids colliding with Dr Eva's rail trolley, he uses the airways to vent his road rage and challenges her right to use the line and her professional approach as a doctor. Dr. Eva arrives at the station to confront Tom about his allegations, instead of the apology he's expecting he receives an insult. The war begins. Tom goes out of his way to investigate Dr. Eva's professional credentials and is astounded by what he uncovers — She doesn't seem to have any. When he broadcasts this fact to Emu Springs, the small town becomes divided. Meanwhile things in Helen's home life are also pressing; Harry is evasive of work at school and Joe is obsessed with his new stud ram who refuses to mate with his ewes. Just what is the problem?

Guest Cast: Wayne Comley as Bevan the Butcher, Phillip Reilley as Stan the Newspaper Man

Through The Hoops

Episode 1.18
Tuesday, February 15, 2000
Written by Kris Wyld
Directed by Peter Sharp

Joe is frustrated by the non-performing ram who won't reproduce. Meanwhile Harry has been asked to write an essay and looks for inspiration from Helen, but she is too busy dealing with the war between Tom and Eva. The footy team has decided, because of Len's ill health, to drop him as coach.

Guest Cast: Ron Kamoen as Old Codger

Forces Of Nature

Episode 1.19
Wednesday, February 16, 2000
Written by Meaghan Smith
Directed by Peter Sharp

Harry is caught up with the problems of life and goal umpiring, whilst Stuart and Ryan are sheepish about their involvement in getting Len sent to hospital with an attack. Tom continues his persecution of Dr. Eva. Mon takes matters into her own hands by trying to enforce his pedestrian mode of transport. Dr Eva finally comes clean and shows Helen her registration papers. Joe and Sally try alternative methods to inspire Gary the ram, but to no avail. Julia is forced by public attention to swap the rams.

Guest Cast: Gary Lantzsch as Mr Ardeer

Chalk It Up

Episode 1.20
Thursday, February 17, 2000
Written by Meaghan Smith
Directed by Peter Sharp

Tom apologizes on air to Dr Eva sporting a rooster peck. He has to swallow his pride and present himself to her for an injection before lockjaw sets in. Joe and Sally are delighted, the new ram's a beauty. They share with Julia a drunken long celebratory lunch. Helen has a visit from Harry's teacher about his inspired cartoon work, and Harry ends up doing the dance of his father with his mother — the tango.

Guest Cast: Gary Lantzsch as Mr Adreer

Opportunity Knocks

Episode 1.21
Monday, February 21, 2000
Written by Kevin Roberts
Directed by Denny Lawrence

With advertising revenue up at 3ES and ratings soaring, Doug presents his staff with a 10% bonus. The future looks bright, so Ryan puts a deposit down on a new car, while Megan sees it as an opportunity to have her own late night music show. Glowing with its current success, 3ES captures the attention of a major FM station. A proposition is put forward, which Doug, together with the Station board, accepts.

Guest Cast: Reg Evans as Albert, Bernard Curry as Sean Wright, On The Spot as Band

Can't Buy Me Love

Episode 1.22
Tuesday, February 22, 2000
Written by Kevin Roberts
Directed by Denny Lawrence

When Doug announces the sales of 3ES to the staff, they are divided, leaving Helen to take some drastic action in a last ditch effort to impede the sale. Meanwhile, Megan commences her late night music show, adopting much of Tom's "intimate" style, and is flattered when she attracts the attention of Sean, one of her listeners.

Guest Cast: Reg Evans as Albert, Bernard Curry as Sean Wright, On The Spot as Band

Return To Sender

Episode 1.23
Wednesday, February 23, 2000
Written by Everett DeRoche
Directed by Denny Lawrence

As a last ditch effort to avoid the sales of 3ES, Helen takes some drastic action. Julia also voices her disapproval and Doug is left between a rock and a hard place. Sean's pestering continues but Megan devises her own creative solution. Joe is out of action due to a football injury, which increases Sally's workload, while Julia offers her assistance in running the general store, which allows Mon to visit Len without losing business.

Guest Cast: Reg Evans as Albert

Wheelin' 'N' Dealin'

Episode 1.24
Thursday, February 24, 2000
Written by Everett DeRoche
Directed by Denny Lawrence

The football team are rocked by Len's strange behaviour, and like the rest of the town are further devastated by his latest announcement. Sean confronts Megan about her "public and private face," while Sally makes a small confession to Joe.

Guest Cast: Bernard Curry as Sean Wright

Salvation Jane

Episode 1.25
Monday, February 28, 2000
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Brendan Maher

Honey Fever has hit Emu Springs as Len's special honey is back on the shelves, but the good people of Emu Springs are finding they feel just a little bit funny. Except for Tom, whose sinuses and sleep patterns have been upset by several days of aerial spraying in the district. Meanwhile, Len wants to pass on the secrets of bee-keeping to Harry, trouble is that he can't bring himself to tell Harry he's sick. A little bit of matchmaking is in the air as Joe and Sally organise a dinner party for Helen and the crop duster Cameron.

Guest Cast: John Moore as Cameron

Unexpected Proposal

Episode 1.26
Tuesday, February 29, 2000
Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Brendan Maher

Harry, racked by grief he is unable to express, takes off in the ute, leading to a frantic search. Len blames himself and knows that if he had the guts to tell Harry he was sick, this would not have happened. In the pub cellar, Stuart comes across a box of love letters, sent thirty years ago to an unnamed woman, by somebody called Richard. After Stuart reads them he hands them over to Helen and Sally thinking they may be able to identify them, but the letters end up confronting the sisters with an unexpected shock. After waking from his deep sleep, Tom is hanging out for a decent meal. When Julia invites him for dinner the outcome is surprising.

Guest Cast: John Moore as Cameron

Flight Of The Bumble Bee

Episode 1.27
Wednesday, March 01, 2000
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Brendan Maher

Helen becomes attracted to Cameron, the suave crop duster. Ryan and Megan are secretly amused when Tom, hung-over from his dinner with Julia, is stung by a bee. The members of the foot club vote to re-instate Len as coach.

Guest Cast: John Moore as Cameron

No Regrets

Episode 1.28
Thursday, March 02, 2000
Written by Graham Hartley
Directed by Brendan Maher

Creeping closer to a real awareness that his mortality is limited, Len seeks guidance from Dr. Eva and Father Brian. But it's Helen who puts the brakes on his growing despair when she reminds him his life has had a positive impact on the community. He'll be remembered. Helen and Sally try to come to terms with their mother's affair. Sally panics, thinking she may not be her father's child. Meanwhile, Helen puts a stop to her growing infatuation with Cameron.

Guest Cast: John Moore as Cameron

The Last Straw

Episode 1.29
Monday, March 06, 2000
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Mandy Smith

Tom lectures his fellow townsfolk about embracing a time of change and it isn't long before changes begin to add a new and uncomfortable dimension to life in Emu Springs. A dramatic drop in the bore water level threatens the local farms and has Joe talking of conspiracies by the Bullandra farmers.
Men's Health Week is on the agenda, promoted heavily by the radio station. Tom finds himself caught between the common-sense of the idea, and his natural resentment towards bureaucratic lecturing.
Nothing is a bigger surprise than the sudden decision of popular local chemist Russell Redlich (Bruce Spence) to shut up shop, and leave town. Russell is the third generation of his family to run the local chemist shop, so his unexpected plans to depart arouse nostalgia, and memories of others who have left.

Guest Cast: Bruce Spence as Russell Redlich, Pixie Jones as Doreen Redlich

Country Races

Episode 1.30
Tuesday, March 07, 2000
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Mandy Smith

When Tom is personally affected by the impending departure of the chemist, he launches a campaign to keep him in town, thoughtlessly sparking a feud with the neighbouring town of Bullandra.
There are signs that a bug of some kind is affecting the town's health, until the source of this viral epidemic is revealed, Stuart's pub falls under suspicion. Conspiracy theories abound when the health crisis, the water crisis and the Russell crisis seem linked in a Bullandra plot to destroy Emu Springs.
Len has been focussed on his own health throughout… especially the fact that, against the odds, he feels so well at the moment. It is a shock when it is Mon, not Len, who collapses in the general store.

Guest Cast: Bruce Spence as Russell Redlich, Dennis Coard as Maurie

Lateral Thoughts

Episode 1.31
Wednesday, March 08, 2000
Written by Ro Hume
Directed by Mandy Smith

Mon succumbs as the water crisis in town escalates. Meanwhile Doug uses his resources to solve the bore water deficit. Tom interviews Hoppy on Men's Health Week, and by the powers of suggestion — starts doubting his own libido. Helen has a brainwave to help Russell, the local chemist.

Guest Cast: Bruce Spence as Russell Redlich, Ross Williams as Max "Hoppy" Hopkinson, Pixie Jones as Doreen Redlich

Rising to the Occasion

Episode 1.32
Thursday, March 09, 2000
Written by Ro Hume
Directed by Mandy Smith

Through Stuart's investigative work, it is revealed that Hoppy's pig farm is the cause for the contamination of the town's water. Helen has been busy brainstorming a way to keep Russell in Emu Springs. A brilliant solution is created by opening a combined chemist and stock and station agency — thereby solving the Bullandra monopoly. Tom is so confused by Men's Health Week, that he becomes obsessed about his libido.

Guest Cast: Bruce Spence as Russell Redlich, Ross Williams as Max "Hoppy" Hopkinson, Pixie Jones as Doreen Redlich

Rotten Eggs

Episode 1.33
Monday, March 13, 2000
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Richard Jasek

Tom initiates an anti-football crusade just as the season is about to end in a blaze of glory for the once mighty long suffering Emus. Helen is struggling with her own inability to put some closure on Warwick's untimely death, while Harry is becoming increasingly inquisitive into the afterlife. Meanwhile, Mon plots with Stuart to get her son Wayne home in time for a reconciliation with his father in the face of Len's worsening emphysema. Stuart, alarmed at Megan's clubbing lifestyle resolves to teach her some basic self defence moves — and finds a sting in the tail.

Return of The Prodigal

Episode 1.34
Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Written by Paul Davies
Directed by Richard Jasek

Mon and Len's son Wayne (Sullivan Stapleton) returns home to a less than enthusiastic welcome from his father. However, after Wayne stands his ground, Len finally relents and allows him to train with the Emus, where he reveals his awesome prowess as a footballer — impressing everyone, especially Megan.

Guest Cast: Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Taylor

The Big Match

Episode 1.35
Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Written by Katherine Thompson
Directed by Richard Jasek

When Mon tells Wayne that Len has emphysema, the need to make up with his father is brought into sharp focus, but made difficult by the fact that these two men are peas in a pod. Eventually, in their own way, they reconcile.

Guest Cast: Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Taylor

We Will Remember Them

Episode 1.36
Thursday, March 16, 2000
Written by Katherine Thomson
Directed by Richard Jasek

Harry and Helen begin to face Warwick's death; Helen for the first time acknowledges the positives of her relationship with Warwick. Meanwhile Tom and Megan hold fort at the station while Tom bluffs his way through a detailed agricultural conversation — by the skin of his teeth.

Guest Cast: Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Taylor, Steven Heathcote as Warwick Virtue

The Things We Do

Episode 1.37
Monday, March 20, 2000
Written by Debra Oswald
Directed by Peter Sharp

Joe Sabatini is frustrated by the lack of attention Emu Springs is receiving from the government — roads are archaic, bordering on dangerous. When Julia lures Joe on air he discovers a natural aptitude for political speak and a passion to improve the plight of farmers in the area.

Guest Cast: Sophie Lee as Jennifer Leveson, Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Taylor, John Bishop as Sniffy, Reg Gorman as Ken, Wayne Comley as Bevan, Emma & Grace Vosti as Mother & baby

The Best Man

Episode 1.38
Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Written by Debra Oswald
Directed by Peter Sharp

Joe's foray into the political arena develops when he accepts the nomination for President of the Springs Farmers Association and is elected unexpectedly. Tom's visitor is revealed as Jennifer Leveson (Sophie Lee), a lawyer in town to untangle some of the mess he made in Sydney. As one of Tom's ex-lovers, Jennifer is also keen to uncover why Tom left town… and her, so hastily. Meanwhile, Wayne's (Sullivan Stapleton) time has come to leave Emu Springs.

Guest Cast: Sophie Lee as Jennifer Leveson, Sullivan Stapleton as Wayne Taylor, John Bishop as Sniffy, Reg Gorman as Ken, Emma & Grace Vosti as Mother & Baby

Different Drums

Episode 1.39
Wednesday, March 22, 2000
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Peter Sharp

Joe is learning the hard way that there's more to politics than pure idealism. Losing his temper during some verbal jousting with Doug leaves him wondering if he's really cut out for life as a politician. Helen's plans to turn around the radio station's fortunes with a big budget client are thrown into doubt when Jennifer suggests Tom resign. Tom's priority shifts from business to pleasure when he plans a romantic seduction at Langs Ridge.

Guest Cast: Sophie Lee as Jennifer Leveson

It's Over

Episode 1.40
Thursday, March 23, 2000
Written by David Hannam
Directed by Peter Sharp

A bewildered Tom confronts Jennifer about her sudden departure from their romantic evening, only to be met with some hard truths. While Doug and Joe debate politics on Tom's breakfast program and discover their individual approaches may be complimentary, if they find a way to work together.

Guest Cast: Sophie Lee as Jennifer Leveson

Fishers Of Men

Episode 1.41
Monday, March 27, 2000

After several unpleasing experiences hitching rides with the locals, Tom manages to finesse his way into a deal for a brand new car from Ralph Dewey (Michael Veitch) at Dewey Motors. Helen and Sally are intrigued by a newcomer who falls out of the sky in a misguided parachute jump.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Michael Veitch as Ralph Dewey, Chris Bidlo as Ernie, Daniel Slade as Junior Salesman

End Of Season Blues

Episode 1.42
Tuesday, March 28, 2000

Sally and Helen bring Matt (Sandy Winton) home and have Dr. Eva give him a thorough examination. Miraculously, there's barely a scratch on him but it is decided that he will stay at Tale Farm for a few days. Matt has a significant effect on everyone in town, he charms all the locals and even manages to teach a tone deaf Joe to carry a tune. Meanwhile it should be obvious to Julia that hormones are responsible for her fevers and forgetfulness, but Julia fears a much more devastating ailment. If only she could remember what it was called!

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Michael Veitch as Ralph Dewey, Moira Finucane as Donatella

Dropping The Line

Episode 1.43
Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Ryan continues to try and teach Mon to drive but ends up being fired by her for his "inexperience." Stuart reluctantly takes her on with similar disastrous results. Helen and Ryan come up with an on air Auto Mart to counteract the loss of the car dealers' advertising. Matt goes fishing with Harry but appears to be after more than trout when he surreptitiously takes water samples from the creek.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Chris Bidlo as Ernie, Patrick Sheridan as Drinker, Monty Maizels as Bartender

A Tide In The Affairs Of Women

Episode 1.44
Thursday, March 30, 2000

Megan's Womens Sports hour is under threat until she lands the lascivious Ralph Dewey as a sponsor on the promise of him meeting some glamorous female athletes. Mon is more and more concerned about Julia's condition, suspecting menopause. When Helen brings her suspicions about Matt out in the open, he is forced to admit he has not been absolutely straight with them — he works for a giant International food conglomerate who can do big things for Emu Springs and Joe and Sally«s farm!

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Michael Veitch as Ralph Dewey

Man and Superman

Episode 1.45
Monday, April 03, 2000

Doug returns to Merinda to celebrate his and Julia's wedding anniversary, but Julia has completely forgotten. Doug becomes increasingly concerned for his wife's welfare, especially when she starts planning a trekking adventure to the Himalayas and creates havoc by resigning from 3ES. Tom is not thrilled to have a rival in Matt,although he is preoccupied with the amazing gift he seems to have developed of late… being able to read people's mind. Tom puts his newly developed gift to the test when he attempts to organise an interview with Bill Clinton. The results don't go as planned.

Guest Cast: Reg Gorman as Ken

Acts of Faith

Episode 1.46
Tuesday, April 04, 2000

Ryan loses his confidence to defend his title as Dart champion of the Bullandra district when he can't find his lucky darts. Everyone pulls together to restore his winning edge. Even Doug and Julia have a go. Julia is more thrown by her martial crisis than she realises, particularly when she creates havoc with her resignation from the station. When Father Brian is called in to mediate between Doug and Julia, he discovers neither party is coming out with the real truth… until he finally pushes Doug into a startling confession.

Guest Cast: John Bishop as Sniffy

Omens and Portents

Episode 1.47
Wednesday, April 05, 2000

When Julia fails to show for Rural Roundup, Ryan is thrust into the breach. But his performance is way below par as his anxiety over the darts tournament builds. Stuart is also feeling the pressure as a coach — he doesn't want to let down Len's memory. Mon has things on her mind when Matt suggests big changes could be in store for Emu Springs. Meanwhile, Matt's positive thinking rubs off on Harry who uses it to ask Helen for a new pair of the latest runners. Tom puts his newly developed gift to the test when he attempts to organise an interview with Bill Clinton. The results don't quite go as planned.

Analyse This

Episode 1.48
Thursday, April 06, 2000

Tom is pillored on air following the Bill Clinton schemozzle. But Helen has other things on her mind when Julia show's up for work a day late and then struggles to get through her program. Doug is convinced Julia's problem stems from his cross-dressing and confides in Father Brian about his dilemma. Stuart tries to get Ryan revved up for the darts tournament. Both are worried they'll let the memory of Len down, but in the end it is Mon and Megan who find just the right source of inspiration to bring Ryan back to form. Harry finds his brand new runners are feeling more like a torturous fashion statement.

Guest Cast: Ron Kamoen as Electrician, Wayne Wenning as Bullandra Darts Competitor

Covetous Acts

Episode 1.49
Monday, April 10, 2000

Mon conjures up a unique plan to finance possible extensions to her shop. Joe and Sally feel left out of the equation when they learn Helen plans to move out of Tale Farm. Harry busily prepares for a rabbiting expedition. Stuart's frustrations continues with the visit of his brother, Nev, is particularly in relation to Eva. Nev recruits Ryan into his perfume scheme. When Ryan breaks the rules of the radio station, he comes under fire from Helen. Helen is intrigued by Tom's offer to buy Langs Ridge.

Pyramids, Profits And Puberty

Episode 1.50
Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Stuart's younger brother Neville (Mark Mitchell) arrives in town and bases himself at the pub. At the Tale Farm Harry seems to be stinking the place out, much to Helen's distress. Joe puts it down to puberty, but the real culprit is Harry's new pet — a ferret. Tom has been making plans to buy Langs Ridge, but is furious to discover Helen has already made an offer on the property.

Guest Cast: Mark Mitchell as Neville McGregor, Tom Travers as Old Timer

No Worries

Episode 1.51
Wednesday, April 12, 2000

Mon conjures up a unique plan to finance possible extensions to her shop. Joe and Sally feel left out of the equation when they learn Helen plans to move out of the Tale Farm, while Harry busily prepares his ferret for a rabbiting expedition. Stuart's frustrations continue with the visit of his brother, Neville, particularly in relation to Dr. Eva.

Guest Cast: Mark Mitchell as Neville McGregor

Sweet Smell Of Success

Episode 1.52
Thursday, April 13, 2000

Helen has to make a choice between the family unit and her own interests, while Harry, with the help of his pet ferret, catches several rabbits, but faces a dilemma about their fate. Ryan embraces Nev's perfume business, but has second thoughts when Sally tells him he may lose all his friends. Dr. Eva tries to persuade Stuart there's a more sensitive side to Neville, but Stuart remains skeptical. When money goes missing from the till, it seems Neville is the culprit. Ryan and Megan come under the spell of Nev's perfume.

Guest Cast: Mark Mitchell as Neville McGregor

Fools And Amateurs

Episode 1.53
Monday, April 17, 2000

A series of somewhat odious incidents leads Joe to wonder if he is being specifically targeted. At the risk of being considered paranoid, he keeps his ideas close to his chest but events snowball as he exhausts more of his energies on the MapleCo deal. Tom decides he wants more of a stake in his Langs Ridge investment, only adding to Joe's growing anxieties. Julia's concern for her mental health is temporarily soothed by Dr. Eva.

Guest Cast: Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, John Bishop as Sniffy

Rats And Drains

Episode 1.54
Tuesday, April 18, 2000

When Ryan's dad Jeff (Terry Gill) volunteers to help Mon with her first delivery he gets a bit more than he bargained for. Mon crashes the car, killing Joe's prize fine wool Merino and leaving Jeff incapacitated and unable to work. Wanting to help his father out, Ryan volunteers to take over the family business while his dad recovers from his injuries. Meanwhile, back in the pub, Stuart shows all the signs of beginning a courtship.

Guest Cast: Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, Emily Browning as Alicia, Christopher Stevenson as Ambulance Officer

Time of Reckoning

Episode 1.55
Wednesday, April 19, 2000

In the aftermath of the crash Joe and Sally begin to feel the financial implications. Ryan grapples with his feelings of loyalty to his father and a burning desire to return to his first love… radio. Stuart is strangely melancholy these days. Megan deduces it must be love…if only she could find out who the mystery woman is. Helen spreads herself thin when the station experiences a temporary mass exodus of employees.

Guest Cast: Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, John Bishop as Sniffy, Emily Browning as Alicia

Commitment Is A Many Lettered Word

Episode 1.56
Thursday, April 20, 2000

Sally is relieved to discover the unusually high drop-out rate in her class isn't linked to the "vendetta." However Joe's problems are not as simple, especially when a bit of detective work reveals who the person is implementing a campaign of terror against them. Ryan feels he's losing ground at the station when Megan tries spreading her wings over his territory. Megan's curiosity is piqued when she again catches Stuart carefully wrapping gifts for his mystery woman; but he's giving nothing away as to who his sweetheart is… yet.

Guest Cast: Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, John Bishop as Sniffy, Emily Browning as Alicia

Comfort Zones

Episode 1.57
Monday, April 24, 2000

The district is buzzing with talk of The Kissing Bandit on the run in the area. Stuart, still keeping the identity of his romantic attachment from Megan, receives a voucher for a weekend at a Health Spa and Father Brian gets hauled in front of the Bishop for appearing to speak out on air against the Pope's directive on women in the Priesthood.

Clash Of The Titans

Episode 1.58
Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Ryan and Megan take over the night spot left vacant by the suspension of Father Brian. The Kissing Bandit continues to be the main topic of the show until Helen puts her foot down. Tom, at a loose end, traps Stuart into a late night card game causing the publican to miss a hot date and Sally thinks she might be pregnant.

We'll Talk About It In The Morning

Episode 1.59
Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Matt Bateman returns much to the delight of the inhabitants of Tale Farm. Tom, his nose out of joint at Matt's popularity, is less enthused and remains sniffy to the end. Father Brian is still anxious to help the Kissing Bandit but Stuart cautions him against getting involved. While Megan conducts Fess Up, a young girl Sharon comes in saying she is the ex-girlfriend of the Bandit, The girl he kissed.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Sibylla Budd as Sharon

Forgiveness and Ratings

Episode 1.60
Thursday, April 27, 2000

Mon has decided to go for her license but is clearly nervous about the outcome. It takes support from Julia who continues teaching her while maintaining her fitness campaign by running alongside Mon's slow moving vehicle. Tom interviews Matt on air and gives the MapleCo rep a very hard time. Helen is furious at Tom's behaviour but he maintains he is just doing his job.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Andrew Marriott & Sarah Wood as Massuers, Felix Biviano as Valet

Summer Madness

Episode 1.61
Monday, May 01, 2000

Stuart cops nothing but trouble as he attempts to enforce a healthy new menu upon his recalcitrant clientele. Ron Thomas, a charmer with a shady past encourages Mon to make a killing selling chips in the pub, just to get up Stuart's nose.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Benjamin McNair as Ron Thomas, Bill Bennett as Local Man

Friday Night Fever

Episode 1.62
Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Tom reveals his intention to escape in air conditioned comfort to Sydney. Meanwhile, Helen is carrying the added burden of knowing about Tom's decision to pull out of the MapleCo deal. At the pub, Stuart's troubles continue, despite the joys of his clandestine relationship with Dr. Eva.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Benjamin McNair as Ron Thomas

Heatwave

Episode 1.63
Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Heatwave conditions are melting everyone in Emu Springs and to cap it all off, there's a power failure. As Ryan keeps the radio station going on a wing and a prayer, Mon worries about her stock. Matt collapses from sunstroke when his car breaks down, subjecting himself and Harry to the elements. Meanwhile Tom's off to Sydney, leaving Helen furious because he hasn't told Joe and Sally about MapleCo. Tom doesn't know it, but he is about to receive an offer he can't refuse.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Matt King as Rollo, Michael Bishop as Clive, Merfyn Owen as Steve, Meaghan Hurn as Girl Friday

Cool Change

Episode 1.64
Thursday, May 04, 2000

Doug and Julia are faced with totally unexpected news when Dr. Eva calls them in for new test results. Helen loses her cool when she sacks Tom and throws him out of the station… along with all of his belongings. How long can he last exposed to the elements? Everyone's taking bets at the pub.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt

Spirit Matters

Episode 1.65
Monday, May 08, 2000

It's Friendship Week, in honour of a visit Ava Gardner once made to Emu Springs. Tom is at his cynical best, while Helen supports the goodwill it creates among the townspeople. Meanwhile Julia and Doug try to come to terms with her pregnancy.

Going For It

Episode 1.66
Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Matt rejects the idea of MapleCo sponsoring the ball. Sally enlists Tom's support in trying to change Matt's mind and Doug continues to feel shut out by Julia.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt

Demanding Times

Episode 1.67
Wednesday, May 10, 2000

As Friendship Week gets into full swing, Tom throws a spanner in the works by announcing on-air that Ava Gardner said Emu Springs was even more of a dump than Melbourne. Meanwhile Mon is convinced that Len is sending her messages from beyond the grave.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt

Natural Outcomes

Episode 1.68
Thursday, May 11, 2000

Tom tries to prove that he understands friendship, but Helen's had enough of his games and dismisses his efforts as just another ploy and Harry and Father Brian are concerned about Mon's desperate belief that Len is sending her messages.

Guest Cast: Barbara Jungwirth as Eunice

Corporate Ways

Episode 1.69
Monday, May 15, 2000

It's Fire Awareness Week and Tom creates controversy on air by launching into a debate about the benefits of a volunteer fire service versus a professional one. Helen takes delight in teasing Sally about her "company girl" attitude to her job at MapleCo when Fire Service funding is discussed.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt, Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy

Soul Food

Episode 1.70
Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Ryan can't reach his father who has become withdrawn since taking blame publicly for the death of his mates in the fire. Matt gives up on cricket when he realises a Test Match takes 5 days and gives the tickets to Tom who sees the chance for a give away promotion on 3ES. Harry comes to the startling conclusion that he wants to become a priest.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, Coby Brown as Bartender

Role Changes

Episode 1.71
Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Helen's concerns about Harry's interest in the priesthood put her at loggerheads with Father Brian. Stuart and Eva's attraction deepens but they struggle to find time to explore their new feelings for one another. Mon scours Emu Springs in a bid to find someone to play Eddie the Emu; the much-loved CFA mascot traditionally brought to life by Len.

Guest Cast: Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy

Back On The Horse

Episode 1.72
Thursday, May 18, 2000

Jeff hits rock-bottom when he's engulfed by the guilt he's feeling about the accidental deaths of his fire- fighting mates. Megan prompts Stuart to think about his relationship with Eva in a new, and more serious, light and Julia finds herself having to swallow her pride in order to win a favour from Tom.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Terry Gill as Jeff Cassidy, Emily Browning as Alicia

Away From It All

Episode 1.73
Monday, May 22, 2000

Helen is preparing for a glorious week alone immersing herself in all things Italian, while Joe, Sally and Harry prepare to head for the coast in the caravan. Tom inveigles his way to dinner with Helen and Harry, and is struck by what looks like a heart attack. Dr. Eva becomes melancholic about her homeland after Stuart sends her a little gift.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman

Many Shades Of Red

Episode 1.74
Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Ryan sets up Megan to enter her in the Queen of the Springs contest. An old friend of Len's arrives to stay at the pub, Cedric, who is determined to paint the town red.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Bob Hornery as Cedric, Frank Gow as Piano Player

Confessions Of A Bull Artist

Episode 1.75
Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Tom returns sheepishly from hospital and tries to make light of his collapse, but Helen probes and gets him to admit it was a panic attack. Mon is astonished when Cedric proposes they "go steady," but he's not in a hurry — she's got five years to make up her mind. Julia, Doug and Mon, each in their own way, try to convince Megan to and re-enter the Queen of the Springs contest.

Guest Cast: Bob Hornery as Cedric

La Dolce Vita

Episode 1.76
Thursday, May 25, 2000

Far from backing down on Megan's challenge for them both to enter the Queen of the Springs contest, Ryan gets into it with gusto, challenging Megan on the finer points of grooming. Tom, determined to play down his panic attack, is back on air with a vengeance. Joe persuades Sally to abandon her mock holiday and come back to him at the house.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt

The False Prophet

Episode 1.77
Monday, May 29, 2000

A contest to see who will be Queen of Emu Springs brings out conflicting emotions in the locals. Julia is thriving on the organisational challenge while Kerri- Anne is desperate to become the Queen, like her beloved mother before her. Meanwhile, Sally feelings are thrown into confusion when it becomes necessary to accompany Matt on an overnight trip. Should she go…or should she, as Helen advises, drop out.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Tania Lunson as Kerri-Anne Philpott, Tanya Annear-Walker as Trudy Thomas, Kerry Bartlett as Jenny Breadwhistle

Rumours

Episode 1.78
Tuesday, May 30, 2000

The Queen of the Springs Contest causes ructions in the Emu Springs Community as Megan refuses to take it seriously and Kerri-Anne sees her attitude as a slight on her own, sincere aspirations. At Tale farm, Joe is missing Sally who has gone away on a business trip with Matt.

Guest Cast: Tania Lunson as Kerri-Anne Philpott, Tanya Annear-Walker as Trudy Thomas, Kerry Bartlett as Jenny Breadwhistle

Looking For Signs

Episode 1.79
Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Sally and Matt return from their business trip. Tom's horoscope prowess is becoming too great a burden. The Springs Ball preparations take their toll on everyone. Kerri-Anne's losing it while some of the local lads are engaging in some covert activities.

Guest Cast: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Tania Lunson as Kerri-Anne Philpott, Ann Maynard as Local Woman

A Disturbance In The Cosmos

Episode 1.80
Thursday, June 01, 2000

Everyone frocks up for the Springs Ball. A night of soul searching, revelations and farewells…The Queen of the Springs contestants exploit their five seconds in the spotlight. Kerri-Anne struggles with a very public moment of truth. Joe and Sally reach a turning point when Sally makes a decision.

Special guest appearance: Troy Cassar-Daley
With: Sandy Winton as Matt Bateman, Tania Lunson as Kerri-Anne Philpott, Kerry Barlett as Jenny Breadwhistle, Tanya Annear-Walker as Trudy Thomas, Andy Baylor, Martin Blackledge, Ric Elliott & Ed Bates as Band