Episode 4.18 (146)
June 10, 1997
Written by Stephen Measday
Directed by Kevin Carlin
A baby disappears in suspicious circumstances, but only Adam believes the mother's story when she claims the child was kidnapped. The woman's credibility is questioned when not a single picture of the infant can be found. Crime Scene call in with news of the discovery of what seems to be a shallow grave in the couple's backyard, but the only thing the Heelers find buried there is an apparatus for faking a pregnancy.
As investigations continue, the mother's sister turns up at the station and tells Tom she holds grave fears for her sister's sanity. It turns out the mother was a successful journalist who had a nervous breakdown following a well publicised "close encounter" with alien beings. Could it be the mother has done something to the baby? Was there a baby at all? Or was it all a product of the woman's fevered imagination? Adam and Nick find themselves at odds over Adam's support for the woman. A bond forms between the mother and Adam and she extracts a promise from the young constable that he will leave no stone unturned to find her child.
The Heelers find themselves called to a domestic dispute at the woman's house, only to discover her husband has been trying to get her to sign a Power of Attorney and she is throwing him out. Adam believes this is part of an elaborate plan to permanently relieve the woman of her money, but her husband claims he was acting only out of love and concern — someone has to pay the bills while his wife is ill!
After a chance encounter at the pub, Adam finds an unlikely ally in Nick, but just as he is finally convincing the others, the woman is found unconscious in her bedroom from an overdose of tranquillisers. Adam doesn't believe the mother is the suicidal type and points the finger at the husband. Nick comes up with some interesting information about the man's background and a fishing expedition at the Imperial Hotel reveals an interesting liaison.
The Heelers are now working on a conspiracy between the husband and the mother's sister, but will they get to the baby in time or will it be too late? With the plans of the conspirators already unravelling, Zoe calls from the hospital to say that the baby's mother is awake. The Heelers are now hot on the trail and track the husband and sister to a holiday cottage in the bush. But Adam still has a couple of unwelcome surprises ahead of him before the case is closed.
Guest Starring: Heather Bolton as Megan Davies, Paul Dawber as Warren Jones, Samantha Bews as Kerryn Davies, Karen Davitt as Dr Zoe Hamilton, Nigel Rodrigues as Satish Rajin, Amy Clarke as Bronwyn Davies-James, Sally-Anne Gilmour as Jill
(encoded with Handbrake - Blue Heelers - from Complete Fifth 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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