Dancing With The Devil (Part 1)
Episode 6.01 (212)
Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Written by Bill Garner
Directed by Robert Klenner
Probationary Constable Jack Lawson has barely arrived in Mt. Thomas before he is in trouble with the police. Jack's misdemeanours are small ones and quickly forgiven as his unassuming charm disarms Maggie and Dash. Even Tom can't find fault with the new recruit, whose initiative and enthusiasm for menial tasks prove an immediate asset.
But Jack's sunny welcome to Mt. Thomas is clouded by a report of sexual assault at the local retirement home. This one requires a woman's touch. Maggie and Dash visit the home to discover the alleged victim is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, she claims her assailant is the devil. Maggie is not prepared to dismiss the report and neither is Dash, who finds the devil alive and well in the Mt. Thomas video store in the form of a plastic mask.
As the new kid on the beat, Jack is ready for some action. PJ and Ben aren't about to let him shine all day long and dispatch him on a wild-goose chase around the district. Problem is, they've got a bush turkey on their hands and they don't know it.
Maggie's got more important things on her mind, and her investigation turns up a list of suspects with easy access to the nursing home. Two belong to a new counselling group for troubled men which is run by the local reverend. Maggie convinces Ben to attend a meeting to check them out. Besides, it may do him some good. Ben's frustration with his wife, Rachel, and her attempts to limit access to their children is mounting.
Starring: Rupert Reid, Paul Bishop, Tasma Walton, Julie Nihill, Martin Sacks, Lisa McCune, John Wood
Guest Starring: Brian Lipson as Robin Summerhayes, John Sheedy as Alex Prentice, Catherine Wilkin as Sally Downie, Richard Sutherland as Graham Swamey, Steve Payne as Anthony Gray, Jocelyn Evans as Trish Swamey, Kate Hood as Jill Fowler, Marj Howden as Vera Pownall, Katie Campbell as Margaret Fowler, Paul Teiwes as Barman Sam
Notes: Rupert Reid's first episode as Jack Lawson. Image galleries are available for each episode, click the images.
(encoded with Handbrake - Blue Heelers - from Complete Sixth 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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