Behind The Badge
Episode 6.24 (235)
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Written by Piers Hodson
Directed by Fiona Banks
An overnight trip to Melbourne turns stormy for Maggie and Chris when they stumble into an armed holdup at a service station. Prison escapees, the McKenzie brothers, are on the run when they confront Chris paying for petrol with Maggie's purse. Maggie returns from the bathroom and manages to raise the alarm but receives a bashing for her trouble. Mistakenly believing Chris is a cop, Tyrone starts to squeeze the trigger as the Heelers arrive, raised by the alarm.
Maggie is overwhelmed with guilt and blames herself for the incident as she watches Chris breakdown, unable to cope. Maggie attempts to overcome her own trauma by throwing herself into the investigation. Under the watchful eye of Tom and PJ, she struggles to maintain her facade and stubbornly refuses to take time off in spite of a bad head injury.
The only person privy to Maggie's distress is her father Pat who arrives as soon as he hears the news. Pat loves his daughter above all else but offers more cause for concern when Maggie realises he has a drinking problem that is out of control.
Reports of interstate sightings lead the Heelers to believe the McKenzies are long gone but Maggie remains unconvinced: one of the brothers was seriously wounded and the getaway car was found in reasonable condition in Mt. Thomas. On a routine patrol, Maggie mistakes two local for the McKenzies and gives chase. Frustrated by her mulish insistence that all is well and her professional judgment, unaffected, Tom orders Maggie to take time off.
Maggie continues her investigation at night aided by PJ. They uncover a police file on the McKenzies that offers their only clue, a love letter. One of the brothers has a girlfriend called Lindy and if they can find Lindy, chances are they'll find the McKenzies seeking refuge.
There is no need to look further when the McKenzies kidnap Dr Farah to attend to their wounded and Maggie's trail of investigation leads her straight to Lindy's safe house and another desperate confrontation.
Starring: Rupert Reid, Paul Bishop, Julie Nihill, Martin Sacks, Lisa McCune, John Wood
Guest Starring: Dennis Miller as Pat Doyle, Steve Le Marquand as Tyrone McKenzie, Cameron Nugent as Jordan McKenzie, Sapidah Kian as Dr Jasmin Farah, Marian Haddrick as Cheryl Pearce, Philip Haddad as Trev Bishop
(encoded with Handbrake - Blue Heelers - from Complete Seventh 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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