Once Only Withdrawal (Part 1)
Episode 3.01 (087)
Monday, February 12, 1996
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Riccardo Pellizzeri
Bush fires are ringing the township of Mt Thomas and Maggie and Wayne are out evacuating farm houses in the path of the inferno, but this routine job suddenly turns dangerous when they are confronted by a masked man brandishing a shotgun. Maggie and Wayne overcome the offender and take him into custody. Back at the station he is quickly identified as one of three bandits who held up the St. David's bank the previous day. The prisoner proves to be uncooperative. He refuses to give his name or those of his accomplices and in an unguarded moment, he swallows a handful of thumbtacks. Although Mt. Thomas Hospital is presently under renovations, there is still a skeleton staff there and the bandit is rushed into emergency surgery under the care of Dr. Zoe Hamilton.
At the hospital, Wayne is duped into giving up his gun and uniform to Jason and Nerida, the two missing bandits. When Maggie goes to the hospital and discovers someone else in Wayne's clothes, she plays it cool and attempts to put a call through to the station, but as soon as she makes contact the power and phone lines go down and the Heelers fail to get the message. Maggie's next move is to try and the escape from the hospital, but the bandits already have Bobby, the hospital's maintenance woman, moving around the building dead-bolting all the doors — nobody can get in or out. Dr Hamilton is surprised to find her operation interrupted by gun-wielding bandits wanting to take her patient away, however, she bravely faces them down, pointing out that if they take him now, their friend will die. Maggie locates the bound and gagged Wayne in the hospital generator room, but unfortunately so does Nerida who also takes Maggie hostage. Having previously taken the precaution of slipping on a white coat, Maggie poses as Dr Margaret Blake.
Back at the station, Adam and Nick are called out to the Purvis farm where Keith Purvis has trapped an arsonist. While protecting the man from an infuriated Keith, Adam sustains a burn to his hand and is taken to the hospital for first aid. On seeing Jason in police uniform, Nick and Adam naturally assume that it's Wayne. They get an unpleasant surprise when the uniform draws his gun and fires at them. The bandits decide to make a break for it before Nick and Adam have the chance to call for reinforcements. As they get to the front door, their sick colleague regains consciousness, sees Maggie and immediately identifies her as a police officer. On hearing this, Jason prepares to kill her on the spot.
Starring: Grant Bowler, Damian Walshe-Howling, Lisa McCune, William McInnes, Martin Sacks, Julie Nihill, John Wood
Guest Starring: Simon Wilton as Jason Bennett, Radha Mitchell as Nerida Davidson, Karen Davitt as Dr. Zoe Hamilton, Caroline Lee as Tracy Mitchell, Frank Magree as Matt Davidson, Maria Theodorakis as August Torrini, Paul Bongiovani as Sergio Torrini, Wilhelmina Stracke as Bobby, Reg Evans as Keith Purvis, Craig Gillespie as Keenan Sykes, Roger O'Connor as Mike Savage, Alec Gilbert as Anaesthetist, Amanda Forti as Theatre Sister.
(encoded with Handbrake - Blue Heelers - from Complete Third Season DVD - the early years)
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Aspect ratio: 4:3 standard
Audio: linear hi-fi/stereo
Video format: MPEG-4 (MP4)
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