Winning At All Costs
Episode 6.03 (214)
Wednesday, February 24, 1999
Written by Beverley Evans
Directed by Esben Storm
Jack is the only competition for Dash and her athletic brother, Alec, in the Heritage Day Races — and the McKinleys aren't about to let a boy from the bush swallow their odds. The Heelers lay their bets on Jack, which only spurs Dash on.
Alec has returned to Mt. Thomas as the new Physical Education teacher with high hopes of coaching the girls' hockey team and his two best players to stardom. For Alec the game is to win, at any cost. Dash is proud of her big brother but at a loss to defend him when she sees his star hockey player slap him hard across the face. What could he have done to deserve that? A rejected schoolgirl crush?
Maggie discovers Alec was accused of sexual interference with a student at his last school, then catches him hugging another student. Dash, protective in her disbelief, goes on the defensive. Maggie seems determined to nab her brother and Dash is none too pleased about it.
Two young hockey players claim Alec coaches them in more than hockey, and when Alec gets clubbed from behind during training, even Dash must suspect foul play. Maggie and PJ field the girls' conflicting accusations against Alec, while Jack earns the trust of one who, he discovers, has alarming bruises on her body. Alec is suspended from the school while the Heelers investigate.
With the town and a pack of lies against him, Alec refuses to scratch his start in the Heritage Race. No one's going to cow him into Coventry. The track is tough and so is the competition. But when Dash takes a bad fall midway and requires assistance, the racers must decide: who will be the stayers and who will last the distance? Someone's got to come out on top of this mess and Alec is going to make sure it's him. There can only be one winner.
Guest Starring: Paul Mercurio as Alec McKinley, Michala Banas as Tara Bruckner, Kim Krejus as Sonia Bruckner, Casey-Lee Walker as Kathy Sullivan, Nikolai Nikolaeff as Stephen Chernov, Fiona Machellan as Lorraine Kindler, Paul Tawers as Sam the Barman.
(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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