Ian's Number 96 episode guide: 1972
Number 96 synopses © 1994, 2020 Ian McLean and Lindsay Street Productions. They have been rewritten and annotated from information derived from Sydney and Melbourne editions of TV Week and TV Times, cross-referenced with original Cash Harmon documentation and viewings of episodes. No text may be reproduced without the express permission of the author. To use this material in research, you are requested to inform the author and credit his contribution accordingly. Thank you.
PREMISE: Pensioners Dorrie and Herb Evans live in Flat 3 of an apartment block known as Number 96. The building occupies the site of their former house in Lindsay Street, Paddington, an inner suburb of Sydney. Six apartments are situated over two live-in shops on the ground floor: one a delicatessen, the other temporarily vacant but destined to become a pharmacy. The series focuses on the lives and loves of the tenants, and their associations with each other, during their stay at Number 96.
EPISODES 1, 2, 3. (First aired in Sydney: 13/03/1972) Mark Eastwood (Martin Harris) and his eight-month pregnant wife, Helen (Briony Behets), move into Flat 4 of Number 96. Dorrie and Herb Evans (Pat McDonald & Ron Shand) introduce themselves to the new neighbours. When Helen rejects her frustrated husband's sexual advances, Mark turns to young Rose Godolfus (Vivienne Garrett) for consolation. In Flat 6, actress Janie Somers (Robyn Gurney) worries about her meeting with an American producer, Alex Lederer (Harry Harris). Mark rescues Rose from a sleazy bikie, Cliff Stevens (Vincent Gil). Helen's condition after her tragic fall causes concern and the building's residents are generous in their offers of support. Flat 5's Bruce Taylor (Paul Weingott) plans his latest wild party.
Three episodes were combined to create this special 90-minute premiere in Sydney. Episode #3 was a new version of the October 1971 pilot, reshot to blend with the other instalments. In Melbourne, the first two episodes were aired back-to-back on 14/03. Channel 0 elected to black out the lower half of the screen during Mark's attempted seduction of his wife. When repeated in a daytime timeslot, commencing 4/02/74 at 1.30 pm in Sydney, the episodes were aired in 30-minute segments. TV Times included a long list of the show's characters and performers, while TV Week listed only the characters of Vera Collins, Bev Houghton, Janie Somers, Alex Lederer and Rose Godolfus in their program guide. The Janie/Alex plotline was novelised for the 1972 Arkon paperback, "Janie Stagestruck", while the Mark/Helen/Rose plotline was novelised in 1973 as "The Wayward Husband". Episode #2 was later showcased in an episode of Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.
4. (14/03) Dorrie, the self-proclaimed "conserge" of Number 96, continues her relentless interference into the lives of the building's tenants. Bruce's flatmate, Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham) admits that he sabotaged their latest party in order to pacify Dorrie. Flat 8's Lucy Sutcliffe (Elisabeth Kirkby) begins her job at the new laundrette, but her day is cut short by electrical problems. Meanwhile, in Flat 7, Vera Collins (Elaine Lee) is being plagued by phantom phone calls.
TV Times listed actors Ron Shand, Pat McDonald, Elaine Lee and James Elliott as stars, while TV Week listed Elaine Lee, Johnny Lockwood, Briony Behets and Joe Hasham.
5. (15/03) Vera hosts a party to celebrate Mark's good news about Helen and their baby daughter. Meanwhile, Janie and her flatmate, Bev Houghton (Abigail), do their own celebrating: a double date with Alex and Charles (Max Osbiston). Delicatessen owner Aldo Godolfus (Johnny Lockwood) is unable to keep his daughter at home. In desperation, he tries to arrange a suitable match for Rose "just as they did in the old country", but she is unimpressed with his selection, Dr Julian Myers (Lew Luton). Vera advises Peter Harvey (Peter Guest) about future business ventures through a card-reading.
TV Times listed Johnny Lockwood and Abigail as stars; TV Week listed only Elaine Lee.
6. (16/03) How will Mark break the shocking news about the baby to Helen? Alf Sutcliffe (James Elliott) is bickering with Lucy again; he wants to return home to England, but his wife is determined to stay. Bev flirts with both Don and Alex and each responds in quite different ways. Helen is suffering from catatonic withdrawal. Rose expresses her true feelings for Mark, but Aldo overhears.
From now on, TV Times usually listed the names of actors whose characters were mentioned in the episode descriptions. TV Week continued to list Elaine Lee over the next three weeks of episodes, sometimes alone (which, some gossip columns claimed, caused resentment among the other actors) and sometimes with Robyn Gurney, Vivienne Garrett and/or Abigail.
7. (17/03) Dorrie makes it her special project to discover who is occupying the vacant shop in front of Flat 1.
8. (20/03) Maggie Cameron (Bettina Welch) and Bruce find their time well occupied when they return to Number 96, but Maggie has to be home by eleven o'clock to avoid arousing the suspicions of her husband, Victor (Owen Weingott).
TV Week's listing noted for the first time that the show was "an Australian produced series", the story of ordinary people "with ordinary emotions: desire, love, jealousy and hate". Note also that the actors who played Maggie's husband and lover were, in reality, father and son.
9. (21/03) Ethel Brinkman (Jenny Lee), the daughter of Alf and Lucy, returns from Newcastle in a desperate plea for help.
TV Times listed Norman Yemm and "Maggie Cameron" (sic) as stars.
10. (22/03) The mysterious caller finally reveals his identity to Vera. It is her estranged husband, Harry (Norman Yemm), and he's not very friendly.
11. (23/03) Helen returns home from the hospital and must face reality. Harry is not convinced that Vera's "clients" only want their fortunes read.
12. (24/03) Sonia Freeman (Lynn Rainbow) has begun moving chemist supplies and household effects into Flat 1 and its vacant shopfront. Aldo signs a purchase agreement on a restaurant with the real estate agent, Mr Holloway (Ken Goodlet). Mark leaves for his job at the local school and while he's away, Dorrie tries to look after Helen. However, Dorrie's lack of tact only creates more of a disturbance.
13. (27/03) Dorrie condescends to patronise Lucy's laundrette, at least on a trial basis, to give Lucy a boost. However, two young hippies (Chard Hayward and Cathy Jones) have no inhibitions about using the laundrette at all.
Chard Hayward would later return as a regular character, Dudley Butterfield.
14. (28/03) Bev is devastated by Alex's treatment of her. Alf and Harry engage in a heavy drinking session, but Alf is supposed to be driving a 600 mile journey in just a few hours' time. Sonia is observed sharing a very passionate kiss with her brother, Gordon Freeman (Joe James).
This plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "Who Killed Sylvia Vansard?"
15. (29/03) Don must leave Bruce's flat. Cliff, Rose's bikie attacker, suddenly becomes more intriguing to her: he's a married man, just like Mark. The Eastwoods' dinner guest, Doctor Jansen (Max Meldrum), surreptitiously evaluates Helen's mental health.
16. (30/03) Vera is perplexed by a sense of deja vu. Where has she seen Gordon, the new chemist, before?
On Good Friday, 31st March, the show was pre-empted by "Telethon '72", in aid of the Royal New South Wales Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. However, as compensation, viewers were promised telethon appearances by celebrities Johnny Lockwood, Pat McDonald, Joe Hasham, Briony Behets and "the entire cast of Number 96".
17. (3/04) Gordon is worried that Vera has recognised him and knows him to be the former Dr Vansard, so he takes action.
18. (4/04) Maggie discovers that Bruce is moonlighting again.
This plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "Bev & Bruce & Maggie & Don".
19. (5/04) Cliff calls by the deli late one evening and Rose discovers a whole new scene.
The censors decreed that Rose must be shown to dislike the effects of smoking a marijuana cigarette. Years later, young Debbie Chester was shown mainlining heroin and the writers had police input to ensure accuracy.
20. (6/04) Rose has been out all night, but when Aldo protests, she claims to have been with her friend, Jenny.
21. (7/04) Janie reveals at lot more to Alex than she had planned.
TV Week described the series on this night as being the story of the lives of "ordinary people" who live in an apartment block.
22. (10/04) Aldo despairs over his real estate investment.
23. (11/04) Helen's reaction to Rose's revelation causes great concern to all at Number 96.
24. (12/04) Helen's outraged father, Mr Fulton (Kevin Manser), arrives from Perth.
25. (13/04) In desperation, Bruce turns to Maggie once again.
26. (14/04) Herb tries to hide his gambling winnings from Dorrie, but she is suspicious.
27. (17/04) Janie, the understudy, must step in at the last minute when her play's lead actress, Gloria Gould (Judy Lynne), withdraws from the cast.
28. (18/04) The tenants throw Janie a party to celebrate the resolving of her role in the play, The Rainbow Trap.
29. (19/04) A distraught Bev faces the truth about Don, but there is nothing she, nor anyone else, can do to change him.
This plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "Bev & Bruce & Maggie & Don". Rod Mullinar's character in the Australian movie, "The Set" (1970), actually delivers a line that "Number 96" viewers know well (used by Abigail as Bev to Joe Hasham's Don). Mulliner's Tony Brown says to Sean [McEuan] Myers' character, Paul Lawrence, "You dirty, filthy, little..." when they have an unexpected bedroom encounter. Abigail actually completes this sentence in "Number 96".
30. (20/04) Aldo is pleased when Roma Lubinski (Philippa Baker) offers him the restaurant and he seems rather enamoured of Mrs Lubinski as well. Will Sharon Stevens (Mirren Lee) prevent Aldo from shooting Cliff?
31. (21/04) Sonia feels that Gordon is using her and she forces the issue with him. Herb's solicitor, Mr Calthrop (Ken Fraser), oversees the contractual agreement that makes Herb and Harry partners. Maggie invites Cliff up to Flat 5 for a modelling audition. Vera and Harry try to conceal an intoxicated Herb from Dorrie.
32. (24/04) Chad Farrell (Ronne Arnold) and Gordon argue over Sonia. Mark receives a lead in his search for Helen in the form of an anonymous letter, but it will cost him $50. Herb is in trouble when he reminds Dorrie that they had to marry in haste after their daughter, Joan, was conceived. An old lady (Molly Raynor) denies knowing Helen.
33. (25/04) Chad and Sonia share an evening out and he confesses his true feelings for her. However, Sonia tries to convince him that she has been in love with Gordon for two years. Aldo leaves Julian and Rose alone, but will he find out that they actually played Monopoly? Alf and Lucy's 30th wedding anniversary is threatened by an impromptu drinking session with George Baker (Barry Donnelly) and Harry. Harry's bigotry reaches breaking point when he encounters Chad on the stairs.
This episode was later showcased in an episode of Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.
34. (26/04) Bev tries unsuccessfully to face reality; Don is no longer the man with whom she first fell in love.
35. (27/04) Don is surprisingly sympathetic towards Bev when she apologises for her previous outburst. Maggie has a surprise for Don and Bev, as does Bev's mother, Claire Houghton (Thelma Scott).
36. (28/04) Claire feigns a heart attack in her daughter's flat. Bev and Janie are not pleased that she seems to expect to be treated as an invalid. Sylvia Vansard (Shirley Cameron) visits Gordon but they are interrupted by Harry, who is seeking Gordon's help with a medical matter.
37. (1/05) Maggie makes herself known to many of the tenants and Claire finds great solace knowing the someone of her own social standing lives in the building.
38. (2/05) Bev returns home unexpectedly one afternoon and overhears a conversation between Claire and Doctor Gott (George Cardin), which confirms the truth about her mother's phoney illness. Vera has designed a special gown for Maggie.
The dress worn by Bettina Welch in this episode was designed by The Tapemeasure, a salon run by Nancy Cash. An ad for the store appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, coinciding with the Sydney airdate of the episode. The name of the store was eventually incorporated into the series, as a new venture by Maggie and Vera.
39. (3/05) Harry and Herb's investment in the used car business seems to have paid off; after only a week in business, they have received a purchase offer of $24,000. At a meeting of the tenants, Harry mentions that Gordon was an abortionist.
40. (4/05) Rose suspects she is pregnant and her doctor (Lex Mitchell) confirms her fears. An illegal abortion seems to be her only solution. Maggie finds herself at the heart of a row.
41. (5/05) Sons often visit their parents but Jim Sutcliffe (Brendon Lunney) and his snobby wife, Noelene (Penne Hackforth-Jones), use Alf and Lucy's flat like a hotel.
The official Cash Harmon character notes originally list Jim Sutcliffe as "Tim".
42. (8/05) Sonia tells Gordon that she can't see a future for them. She has decided to accept Chad's proposal of marriage. After the argument with Noelene, Jim decides to resolve the situation once and for all, but he worries about their son Sebastian's future. Maggie's receptionist, Angela (Maureen Elkner), is concerned about her encounter with Cliff. Mr Calthrop explains to Herb that although Harry has left the state, he can't access Herb's money. Mr Thorburn (Reg Evans) is making staff cuts at the laundrette and he gives Lucy two weeks' notice; will she finally agree to return to England with Alf? Maggie overhears a heated row from Flat 1.
43. (9/05) Cliff spends the night with Maggie and then decides to provide Aldo with something to think about by calling by the deli for eggs. Aldo remembers their last encounter and, outraged, he pulls a knife on Cliff. Claude Strauss (Alexander Archdale) and Aldo reminisce about wartime Austria. Jim buys his parents two air tickets to Manchester. Sonia has decided that her heart belongs to Gordon. Thanks to Aldo's phone call, Cliff and Sharon's "freak out" is raided by the police, but Cliff escapes and heads for the deli.
44. (10/05) Chad and Mark come to Aldo and Rose's rescue. Don is still staying with Bev and Janie and the arrangement seems to have become permanent. With his final examinations approaching, Janie tries to put a stop to Bev's flirtations. Roma invites Aldo to a meal at The Blue Danube, where Janie is a waitress. Rose tells Vera that she is not pregnant. Peter and Vera get to know each other over dinner. Chad is stunned when the only job he is offered is in the outback, teaching Aboriginal children. Rose tries to seduce Julian.
45. (11/05) Herb is finding it increasingly difficult to hide his nest egg from Dorrie and the profits keep rolling in. Julian is guilty about deceiving Aldo and then learns that Rose is not taking the Pill. Sylvia argues with Gordon and Sonia. She reveals that Gordon's youngest son, Martin, has gone to live in England. When Mark and Chad pass by Flat 1 that evening, they find Sylvia dead on the floor.
This plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, Who Killed Sylvia Vansard?
46. (12/05) Detective Superintendent Carroll (Mike Dorsey) begins his investigation into Sylvia's death. Chad worries that Sonia may have been involved in a murder, while Dorrie has decided that Gordon must have been aborting a poor girl in the flat when something went wrong. Chad locates Sonia at her flat in Jubilee Gardens. An autopsy on Sylvia's body reveals that she had ingested cyanide. Sonia realises that she had found a descrepancy in the poisons book only the day before.
Mike Dorsey later returned as regular character Reginald P. MacDonald, otherwise known as "Daddy".
47. (15/05) Following the discovery of Sylvia's body, the police turn their attentions to Gordon and Sonia for possible motives. Thirty lethal potassium sulphocyanide are missing from the chemist shop. The revelation that Cliff has given Maggie's name as a character referee puts Bill Barton (Tony Allen), a reporter for a national crime magazine, on the trail for news. Gordon tells Vera that Harry was the only customer to have a prescription filled for same drug that killed Sylvia. Maggie decides not to mention Gordon's death threat until the result of the inquest is known.
48. (16/05) Alf's steadfast determination to return home to England finally convinces an exasperated Lucy to agree to accompany him. Mr Thorburn offers Lucy a promotion at the laundrette. Maggie spills the beans to Claire about Don flatting with Bev. Don manages to charm Claire by discussing his highly respectable connections; his uncle is a judge of the High Court. Julian presents Rose with a diamond engagement ring. Vera accuses her of rushing the relationship because Rose really is pregnant after all. Rose bursts into tears.
49. (17/05) Aldo mistakes Rose's crying fit for tears of joy. Claire has moved into Flat 5 while Maggie is away and uses every excuse to drop into Bev's unannounced. Carroll returns with more questions for Sonia and Gordon. Rose seeks advice from Bev, who tells her to let Julian think the child is his. No one can substantiate Sonia's alibi. Janie's boyfriend, Jack Sellars (Tom Oliver), thinks that there is a part for her in a new American play in which he's invested. Claire holds a "tiny soiree" and is most impressed with Jack's hysterical anecdotes about her society colleagues. Aldo discovers a doctor's appointment card in Rose's handbag. To his surprise, she blurts out that she thought she was pregnant.
50. (18/05) Alf is planning the trip to England, but Lucy is strangely quiet. Chad and Mark prepare to give evidence at Sylvia's inquest. Aldo advises Rose to tell Julian of her experience with Cliff so they won't start married life with any secrets. Ethel visits Lucy with the good news that her husband, Kevin Brinkman (Peter Corbett), has a new job and will be moving the family to Sydney; the Sutcliffe's grandchildren, Debbie and Garth, will get a chance to really know them. Mark suggests that Don seek solace in Flat 4 while he is preparing for his law finals. Julian seeks Aldo's permission to marry Rose, but Aldo is more concerned about the sumptuous meal he is preparing. Roma is unable to attend Aldo's dinner for the Strausses. Mark gets an unexpected call about Helen's whereabouts.
51. (19/05) Helen reveals that she has been staying with two men, brothers John (Bob Lee) and Colin, whom she knew from Perth. They had convinced her to get psychiatric help. Herb cleverly wins over Dorrie with a fur coat, while at the same time covering up his side dealings with George. Helen wants to try to make her marriage to Mark work, but refuses to return to Number 96. Don tells Janie to take up Jack's offer of help to get an acting role. Mark is moving out; perhaps Don would like to share Flat 4 with Chad? Herb gets good news from George and is quite enamoured of his two companions, Trixie (Noeline Brown) and Babs (Penny Ramsay). Gordon learns that Sylvia was suffering from an inoperable brain tumour and had only weeks to live.
52. (22/05) Grant Morris (John Bonney), Janie's former director, makes her an exciting offer. Bev is more in love with Don than ever and she is shattered that he is moving out. Dorrie hears that Herb was seen canoodling with two tarty girls. Despite the theory that Sylvia may have committed suicide, Gordon and Sonia are still under investigation. They both have motives for murder and now they have begun to suspect each other. Dorrie's sister, Connie, is being hospitalised for a gallstone operation and Dorrie packs herself an overnight bag. Aldo recalls the time that Harry sought Gordon's medical advice after hours. Herb tries to hide Trixie from Dorrie, who has arrived home unexpectedly.
53. (23/05) Dorrie is disgusted that her sister's gallstone was merely indigestion. Claire tells Maggie that her mind is at ease about Bev because Don is a final year law student with excellent prospects. Maggie opens an airmail letter addressed to Don from Bruce; he's in Canada, but has nothing nice to say about Maggie. Vera advises Dorrie to woo back Herb after she finds lipstick on his shirt collar. Don is a target for Maggie's drunken abuse.
54. (24/05) Mark completes his packing. Bev convinces Don to let her share his bed, but only to sleep in his arms. Julian is ecstatic about his promotion at the hospital, but Rose doesn't share his enthusiasm; a difficult decision weighs heavily on her mind. Maggie is reunited with Victor. Before she leaves, she make amends with Don and gives him a cheque for $200.
55. (25/05) Helen bids farewell to Chad, apologising for the way she treated him. Bev gets very emotional because she can't accept that Don is moving away from her. Gemma Strauss (Hilda Scurr) invites Aldo to bring Roma over for a meal. Helen comes face-to-face with Rose, but she is extremely pleasant and wishes her all the best for her wedding. Julian hears the story of the attack on Rose by Cliff's gang, but she stops short from telling the truth about the baby. Mark says goodbye to the residents. Roma is convinced that Claude was the Nazi officer who sent her parents to the gas chamber.
56. (26/05) Roma insists that Claude is a wanted man. Sonia wants to delay her marriage to Gordon to allow a respectful period after Sylvia's death. Dorrie seems uncharacteristically disinterested in Herb's doings and, although this concerns him, he takes full advantage. Rose is told she is entitled to a legal abortion because she had been pack raped, but she confesses that the baby is someone else's.
57. (29/05) Don is in turmoil over his exams and his sexuality. Alf's sister, Lily, has written from England to convey bad news about Alf's former boss. Although he puts on a brave front for Lucy, Alf has doubts about returning to his homeland. Aldo and Roma are supposed to have dinner with Claude and Gemma, but Roma is sure she recognises Claude from her past.
58. (30/05) Gemma pleads with Roma not to report Claude as a war criminal. Herb's bank statement reveals, to his horror, that the money from the sale of the car yard, $8000, has been placed in his and Dorrie's joint account.
59. (31/05) Herb has to find a way to convince Dorrie that his nest egg was earned in a fair deal, but Dorrie has already given it away - to the vicar and the Senior Citizens' Club. Rose can't go through with the abortion, but will Julian accept another man's baby?
60. (1/06) Kit Vansard (Denny Lawrence), organises to have lunch with his father, Gordon, so that an important issue can be raised. Maggie wants Vera to go into business with her.
61. (2/06) Sonia has decided that, if Kit moves into Flat 1 with his father, she will move out. However, she will continue to work at the pharmacy each day. Alf announces that he has arranged his flight to England. Is the Department of Education really discriminating against Chad? Roma muddles through her first week at the deli.
62. (5/06) Dorrie seeks the assistance of Mr Calthrop in retrieving Herb's money. Alf will be leaving for England in less than a week, but Lucy has not accepted the fact yet and they continue to hide their true feelings behind petty bickering. Can Herb get Dorrie's coat back from Trixie and Babs? Bev makes a play for Jack while Janie is at a rehearsal.
63. (6/06) Chad's story hits the headlines. Rose is suffering from morning sickness and asks Gordon for medication. Roma immediately recognises the pills and, realising the truth about Rose's condition, she asks if Aldo has been told. The Tapemeasure, Maggie and Vera's Double Bay clothing salon, begins to take shape.
"The Tapemeasure" was also the real-life commercial venture of the producer's wife, Nancy Cash.
64. (7/06) The Senior Citizens' Club is making Dorrie an honorary vice-president against her will. She'd rather have her $4000 back and, of course, blames Herb for the entire situation. Bev invites Julian up to her flat for a drink and accidentally drops a bombshell about Rose.
65. (8/06) Maggie and Vera celebrate with Peter and his elder brother, John Harvey (Ken Goodlet). Janie is concerned about Bev so she makes a phone call to Claire, who comes as quickly as possible. Chad has been offered a university posting in Canberra, but can Don afford to stay on in Flat 4?
Originally, the series was not expected to run beyond thirteen weeks, marked by this episode.
66. (9/06) Julian is missing and Rose is confused. Chad reminds Don about Maggie's uncashed cheque, but Don is not interested in "conscience money". Claire attempts to "buy" Don as a husband for her distraught daughter. Kit surprises Sonia with an invitation to a discotheque. Julian confronts Rose about the baby.
67. (12/06) Sonia and Kit arrive home from their night at the disco, giggling and whispering, only to realise that Gordon has been drinking a lot of whisky and gone to bed. Climbing in beside Gordon, Sonia defends her actions and says that Kit is mourning the passing of his mother, Sylvia. Alone on his camp bed in the loungeroom, Kit has the hint of a smile. Alf is all packed and is determined that he is definitely leaving, but Lucy is refusing to believe he'll go through with it. Lucy tries to discourage him from opening the suitcase to get his safety razor out and suggests he use the electric one that Jim gave him. Vera insists she will go to the airport with the Sutcliffes to see Alf off. Roma asks for Vera's help in calming Rose. Julian has found out that Rose is carrying another man's baby. Claire wants to cheer up Bev, so they decide to phone Rod, Bev's brother, in Texas. Gordon tells Vera that an abortion would have resolved Rose's dilemma, a thought that horrifies Sonia. Maggie wants Vera to five the keys to Flat 5 to Dorrie and suggests she could join her business lunch with the Harvey brothers, Peter and John. Both Maggie and Vera are staying away from the salon, so as not to irritate their interior decorator. Alf's suitcase bursts open and Lucy wants him to use some of the money in his cigar box to buy a new one. Alf says that she will need that money when she makes the trip to England to join him. Lucy insists she will not be going. Rod has announced to Claire that he intends to marry an American girl. Bev is shocked. When Peter leaves the business meeting, John announces that he has found out about Vera's unsavoury past and tries to warn Maggie about going into business with her. Janie tries to cheer up Bev, who is drowsy after the drugs Claire insisted she take. At the airport, Lucy tries to appear stoic and she and Vera watch Alf depart for his flight to Perth. Claire explains to Jack about her intention to quash Bev's and Rod's mutual, unhealthy fixation on each other, by pairing up Bev with young Donald. She believes that Don being the nephew of Sir Arnold Ashton makes him excellent husband material for her daughter. Bev overhears and is distraught. Vera asks Peter to wait in her flat while she consoles Lucy. Ethel and her children are due to move up to Sydney soon. There is so much to do to prepare - but Lucy breaks down, convinced that Alf has gone for good.
68. (13/06) Dorrie and Herb have been asked by Mr Bayswater (Reg Gillam) to clean up Flat 5 so that it is ready for new tenants. Herb explains that he had planned to meet up with George, bluffing that he had to settle up for Dorrie's new fur coat. Dorrie has no intention of letting him go, assuming that Bruce and Maggie have left the flat in a terrible state. Chad is packing his bags for his departure to Canberra and enquires about Don's final exams. Don's concentration wasn't good on the day, especially after a bizarre encounter with Claire, who is planning on a marriage of convenience between him and her daughter and bankrolling Don in his own law business. Rose sleeps fitfully, calling out Julian's name, which distressses Aldo. In the laundrette, Don manages to lighten Lucy's state of mind when he explains to Dorrie why he has fifteen pairs of underpants in his washing basket. Law exams will do that to someone! Vera makes a visit to Rose. Vera was right after all, but she hates being Mother Confessor, as she has made many mistakes in her own life. Vera makes contact with Julian and pleads with him to sort things out with Rose. Chad and Herb annoy Claire with their silly horseplay while Herb mops the floors of Flat 5. At The Tapemeasure, Maggie thinks that Vera should do something altruistic and unselfish to get Rose and Julian off her mind. Meanwhile, Dorrie is concerned that she is losing her grip on what is happening to the building's tenants. Claire has lodged a noise complaint, Bev is unwell and Chad is leaving. ["Why wasn't she told? It's enough to drive a body beresk!"] Vera tries to help Julian to understand that, although Rose started out using him, she has grown to love him. Dorrie gets rather merry at Chad's farewell gathering and tearfully proclaims him to be the nicest tenant in Number 96, "present company expected" (sic). The party, still singing Auld Lang Syne, transfers down to the deli, where Chad offers his handshake to Vera - and she surprises him with a kiss on the cheek. Lucy is expecting that Alf will ring soon, having arrived at Jim and Noeline's in Perth. Aldo frets over Rose, who has become unresponsive. John threatens Vera about her relationship with Peter. She is of no advantage to the family. If she persists in seeing him, John and the other brother, Michael, will vote Peter off the Board of Directors of their wine company.
69. (14/06) With Sonia off visiting her mother, Gordon invites a lonely Don to have dinner with him and Kit. Vera arrives at Lucy's with a bottle of gin, so they can drown their sorrows together. Alf has safely arrived in Perth but Lucy doubts she could agree with Alf's plans for them both to return to England. Vera is not sure she is cut out for the way that "big bisiness" works. Gordon gives some advice about how Don might handle Bev's fragile state of mind, then leaves to collect Sonia. Don explains that it was Chad who found Sylvia's body and Kit discovers that Chad had once been in love with Sonia. Vera is awoken by a phone call from Peter, who has to fly to Brisbane. She avoids making plans to meet up with him upon his return, claiming to be going out with Lucy. Aldo has been sleeping rough on the "Put-U-Up" bed, letting Rose use his bedroom. He is surprised to see that Rose is already up and dressed. Over breakfast, Kit manages to suggest to Gordon that Sonia might be interested in Chad. Roma is pleased to see Rose looking happier, but Aldo fears it is all a pretence. Claire wants to know if Don has seriously considered her suggestion about Bev. Lucy has a hangover from Vera's gin, but has heard from Ethel about her move to Sydney. Rose gets an invitation to dinner in Flat 7 after Vera is finished at the salon for the day. Don and Bev clear the air a little. He gets her smiling with some funny stories about Claire, who swoops in to make sure that Dr Gott's patient is not getting overtired. Over tea, Roma tells Aldo that she is probably not needed at the deli any more, now that Rose has returned to work. Aldo is gateful for Roma's help. Janie and Gordon meet with Don in Flat 4. Janie's rehearsals for the play are hotting up and she would really like to get her room back, but she is terrified of Claire. Don admits, "Me, too!" Rose tells Vera that her mind is made up: she cannot bring an unloved child into the world.
70. (15/06) Kit arrives at Don's flat to tell Gordon that Sonia is livid: dinner has been ready for over half an hour. Don introduces kit to Janie. She then excuses herself, as Jack is waiting for her in the car. Over a beer, Kit suggests that he and Don go to see a movie and Don agrees. Jack drops Janie at her hotel and they make plans to go together tomorrow, to tell Claire to go home. At bedtime, Gordon questions Sonia about her feelings for Chad. He will leave the front door unlocked for Kit but Sonia says that he has his own key. Kit questions Don about the events which led to his mother's death, and how Gordon and Sonia had covered for each other over the missing cyanide pills. Don explains that his only information is second hand from Chad. Dorrie's speech rehearsal for the Mothers' Union is interrupted by a Miss Frobisher (Kay Eklung), wanting to inspect Flat 5. Claire continues to fuss over Bev. Miss Frobisher thinks living at Number 96 will be perfect for her "children" - meaning her nine cats! Dorrie begins emphasising all the faults in the flat. Don tells Roma that he has about six weeks to wait for the results of his exams. Roma mentions that Rose is staying with an old school friend for a few days. Janie and Jack arrive in the deli. He has every confidence that Janie's acting skills will work on Claire. Dorrie tries to tell Mr Bayswater about the nine cats, but makes out to Herb that she actually gave the agent a piece of her mind. She doesn't want any more riff-raff; she would prefer a more select tenant like... Mrs Claire Houghton. While Janie chats to Bev, trying to pluck up the courage she needs, Jack succeeds in moving Claire out of Flat 6. He offers her a night, as his guest, at a function being held by Lord and Lady Lumberdale. Janie is relieved. While Sonia is in the bath, Kit takes keys out of Sonia's handbag to investigate the poisons cupboard in Gordon's shop.
71. (16/06) Vera calls in on Lucy, on the way to The Tapemeasure to wrangle a dispute between Maggie and the interior designer. Aldo tells Herb that he heard Dorrie rehearse her speech on "The Essence of Christian Charity" three times the day before. A delighted Herb has the prospect of a free night. With S.P. bookie winnings of $7.50, he plans to paint the town red and invites Lucy to join him. Vera wants to avoid an encounter with Claire on the stairs, then hears that she has finally returned home. Aldo explains to Vera that Roma is coming in late today and Rose is staying in Hunters Hill, for a restful time at the home of old school friend, Barbara Ballantine, who has "a swimming pool and everything". Vera realises what Rose is probably up to. Returning to Flat 7, Vera checks the phone book and rings Barbara, who has never heard of a Rose Godolfus. Lucy is surprised and delighted when her daughter, Ethel, rushes into the laundrette. She has travelled down from Newcastle to see her and prepare their new flat, which is quite dirty. She plans to stay overnight. Husband Kevin is at home, minding the children. Vera goes to the hospital to warn Julian of her suspicions. Julian asks Dr Nick Masters to cover the rest of his shift and they race back to Aldo's flat. Aldo finally remembers that Rose had previously visited a doctor on Bulmer Street, after her terrible encounter with "those hoodlums". Julian can get the doctor's name from the Medical Registry. Herb discovers he has won another $3.00 to spend on his night out. Lucy doubts she can come now, with her daughter in town, but Herb encourages her to bring Ethel along. The shady doctor denies remembering a Miss Godolfus, but hopes that Julian will find Rose soon. Julian suddenly realises that he had not used Rose's first name and begins striking the man to force a full confession. Meanwhile, Rose is alone with her suitcase in a filthy hotel. Ethel tells Lucy about cleaning the flat and enquires after Alf. Lucy assumes he is in England by now. There is a knock at the door; Herb has arrived for their night out. The door to Rose's hotel room bursts open - and Julian and Vera race in, hoping that they are not too late.
72. (19/06) Aldo tells Julian that Rose slept comfortably overnight and that Rose's mother would be proud of Julian. But Rose feels that she cannot go on now, following her ordeal at the seedy abortion clinic. She didn't have the abortion for Julian, she did it because it was the best thing for the unborn baby and herself. She must give up Julian because she has brought him so much unhappiness. Aldo and Roma try to ignore Dorrie's rant about leasing Flat 5 to work out what is happening with Julian, who emerges from the bedroom looking ashen and grim. Janie is worried about her throat holding out for rehearsals. She invites Bev to lunch with her and Jack. Angela interrupts Maggie to tell her that a Mr Harvey has arrived to see her. Maggie is on the phone berating a photographer and needs to know which Mr Harvey. It is Peter. Maggie tosses the substandard photos in the dustbin. Peter wonders if Maggie know why Vera is avoiding him. Dorrie has an encounter with another prospective tenant, a longhaired musician who wants to use the flat to rehearse with his pop group, The Thing. There will be two people staying in each bedroom. Dorrie is horrified and warns the rent will have to increase by 50%. Maggie tells Vera about the visit from Peter and the threats from John. In a Spanish coffee bar, Janie's sore throat is getting worse. Bev needs to post her letter to Rod. Jack has to prepare for this afternoon's horseraces; he is an S.P. bookmaker and Janie thinks Bev would find it interesting to go with Jack. Angela serves Maggie and John with sherry. Maggie puts John straight about her stance on things and is severing her connection with the Harvey Brothers' group of companies. John leaves and Maggie orders Angela to remove all Harvey wines from the office, smashing her sherry glass against the door. In the deli, Vera hears from Roma that Peter has been up at her flat, looking for her. Ignoring Dorrie's latest diatribe about leasing Flat 5, Vera accidentally leaves her purse behind. Vera and Peter discuss their situation on the stairs and Peter wants to come in for a drink. Vera thinks their relationship has been moving too fast. Peter kisses her. Julian decides that he really does love Rose and resolves never to doubt her again. Roma declares that she will fill in as "Mama" and organise the wedding. Aldo breaks out the wine and, when Vera returns for her purse, she is swept up into the excitement, too, and agrees to make Rose's wedding dress.
73. (20/06) Dorrie hears from Jessie Blanchard (Margo Lloyd) that Herb has been seen in the company of two prostitutes, but the gossip proves to be unreliable. Janie loses her voice on the eve of her play's dress rehearsal. Dorrie is pleased to show the empty Flat 5 to a Mr Evans-Jones (Colin Croft). Gordon discovers that someone has been tampering with the dangerous drugs in the shop. Once again, a quantity of cyanide, the same drug which killed Sylvia, is missing and the culprit would appear to be a resident of the building.
74. (21/06) Kit is enjoying setting Sonia and Gordon against each other. Hospital orderly Les Whittaker (Gordon McDougall) and his barmaid wife, Norma (Sheila Kennelly) call into the chemist shop for the keys to inspect Flat 5. Rose and Julian are also flat-hunting. Lucy's depression about Alf's departure worsens when a telephone call informs her that Ethel and family will be moving to Darwin, not Sydney, after all.
75. (22/06) Roma oversees Rose's wedding arrangements. Janie is distressed over press gossip which praises her understudy in Find Me A Lover. Aldo's elder sister, Selma Horowitz (Marion Johns), seems put out not to be involved in Rose's wedding. In the midst of preparations for the opening of Vera and Maggie's business venture, a problem develops with Peter and John. It is up to Vera to find a solution.
76. (23/06) Rose and the other residents are looking forward to the wedding. Meanwhile, Dorrie has plans for the empty Flat 5 but, much to her displeasure, she discovers that new tenants have already moved in: Les and Norma.
77. (26/06) Lucy realises she misses Alf too much and makes plans to join him in England, but an overwhelming event puts all other thoughts from her mind.
78. (27/06) The day of Rose and Julian's wedding arrives, but confusion and chaos reign supreme before their rabbi (Norman Goodman) can start the ceremony.
This episode's script actually had a title, "Is This Going To Be A Wedding!", although it did not appear on screen. The wedding was a ratings-winning event that began a great, almost compulsory, tradition for all Australian soaps to follow. As promotional wedding spin-offs, the cast participated in a mock wedding breakfast, to which many journalists were invited, and the Sutcliffes and the Whittakers also appeared in character on Channel 10's TV game show, "The Marriage Game", with regular host, Gordon Boyd.
79. (28/06) Everybody at Number 96 is off to opening night of Janie's new play. When Jack goes to pick up Bev, who has not been well, a sudden accident means that the two will miss the big event.
Susan Swinford, the writer of this episode, would later make several guest appearances as Patti Olsen's mother.
80. (29/06) Bev can't cope with her situation and takes drastic action, leaving Janie and Don feeling guilty. Just when Janie thinks Jack has matters under control, Bev astounds them all.
81. (30/06) Les and Norma seem to have settled into their new place of residence, much to Dorrie's disgust.
82. (3/07) Sonia and Gordon's relationship is becoming more and more strained. It seems that a third party is involved.
83. (4/07) Kit catches Don on his way to work and asks if he needs a flatmate, explaining that there is too much friction in Flat 1.
84. (5/07) The reviews for the play please Janie, but her relationship with Jack is headed for dangerous ground.
85. (6/07) Jack has made up his mind about the situation with Janie, but what will Janie do about Jack?
86. (7/07) Norma and Lucy are not amused by Les and Alf's latest idea for a business venture and neither are the other residents.
87. (10/07) Dorrie is on the phone to Mr Bayswater, the agent for Number 96, passing on the complaints from Aldo and the chemists about yesterday's eight-hour power outage. She blames those "hopelessly unsuitable tenants", the Whittakers. Then Dorrie gets an interstate phone call. Jeff and Lois Carter, Dorrie's brother and sister-in-law, have been involved in a serious road accident, so young Georgina will be spending time with Dorrie and Herb. Dorrie hasn't seen her niece since the girl was six years old. Lucy apologises to Aldo, as it was Alf's fault that the deli's freezers were off for so long. Norma is exasperated by Les and Alf's latest scheme. Jack is hoping to hear Janie accept his marriage proposal and wants to take her to lunch, but she has an appointment for a television interview to publicise her show. Roma turns up in Flat 3 to give Dorrie some essential items for a young girl's room. At the pub, Alf tells Jack of his plan to make $20,000 from Les's ham radio by setting up an air ambulance business. Jack is dismissive of the project, due to all the red tape. Alan Cotterell (Mark Hashfield) and Jack seem to be rivals for Janie's affection. While Aldo is at the bank, Roma serves wine - with a slice of discounted wedding cake - as a special deal to a deli customer (Roger Ward). Norma wants the ham radio gear gone but Les admits he already sold it. Norma and Lucy wonder what fool would buy all that junk. Then Lucy catches the self-satisfied smirk on Alf's face. Dorrie sends Herb to collect little Georgina from the railway station. Meanwhile, a 16-year old hippie-type, with a guitar over her shoulder, turns up at the door of her "Auntie Dee". Georgina Carter (Georgina Piggott) has hitchhiked down from Coffs Harbour with two lorry drivers.
The official Cash Harmon synopsis notes that Georgina was originally scripted as "Sandra". Roger Ward would later return as a regular character, Weppo Smith.
88. (11/07) Having escaped the dramas of Flat 1, Don's new flatmate, Kit, chats to him about Sonia's emotional state. Dorrie hasn't slept well; Georgina was playing her records into the wee hours. Herb is sent into the guest bedroom with tea. He whips the sheet off Georgina to rouse her, revealing her sleeping, naked form. He drops Dorrie's best china cup and saucer. Dorrie screams as it smashes, awakening an unconcerned Georgina. Maggie interviews the handsome Simon Carr (John Orcsik), an art director, about publicity work she would like him to do for The Tapemeasure. She invites him to lunch, to meet Vera and Peter. Sonia and Gordon argue about Kit. Sonia claims that his son frightens her. Just then, Kit walks in, in playful mood, borrows some small change from Gordon, and blows Sonia a kiss. Dorrie has gone back to bed but Georgina objects to Herb doing the washing up. She encourages him to go off to the pub or the TAB, instead, then hides all the dirty dishes in the oven. Sonia tries to get Don to side with her about Kit, but Don thinks she is a little jealous. Just before Simon arrives at the restaurant, Peter gets called away, leaving only Vera and Maggie to dine with him. Simon is quite taken by Vera but Maggie is, so far, oblivious. Georgina has prepared lunch in Flat 3, serving Dorrie and Herb some yoghurt, wheatgerm nutburgers, raw parsley, sunflower seeds and two high-protein tablets. Simon really likes Vera's designs, but Maggie has designs on Simon. Dorrie finds the missing dishes in the oven and a smouldering joss-stick in Georgina's room. Kit has met Georgina doing yoga in the stairwell, and insists that Don join them that night to do the rounds of the discos. Later, they bring some hippy-types (including Rory O'Donaghue) back with them. Vera and Maggie's business venture is up and running, so Vera turns to organising her private life. She invites Peter upstairs for a nightcap and he asks to stay the night. A noisy impromptu party in Flat 4 gets Dorrie's attention. She thought Don had reformed after Bruce's departure, but will blame the Whittakers anyway. Georgina welcomes Auntie Dee to the gathering.
89. (12/07) Don apologises to Aldo for the nocturnal noise and suggests he will try to keep Kit and Georgina apart. Norma worries about eviction after Les's latest antics. Jack surprises Janie with a phone call. He and Bev are heading to Number 96 now, so Janie must hurry a naked Alan out of her bedroom. A depressed Alf is job hunting again. Aldo is thrilled to hear that Rose and Julian are back from their honeymoon. Bev is looking refreshed after her stay with Bunty and Noel Watkins, Jack's friends. She wants to know if Janie accepted Jack's marriage proposal. Ever since Rose's wedding, Roma has been helping Aldo to run the deli, but now she unwittingly jeopardises both the business and Aldo himself. The licensing inspector again pretends to be a returning customer, buying another cake and wine special from Roma, then returns with a police constable. Roma is taken away to be charged. Don tells her she will have to confess to Aldo.
90. (13/07) Gordon's suspicions are aroused that Kit is playing mind games with Sonia. Norma tries to plead her case with Dorrie, but Georgina has invaded Herb's bathroom routine to take a shower. Georgina then makes a naked dash for her bedroom, leaving Herb in a panic. Maggie drops into The Tapemeasure to borrow Vera's flat key. She plans to take Simon there. Vera disapproves but Maggie reminds Vera of her interest in Peter. Vera then lets slip that Peter stayed the night. Bev tells an apprehensive Jack that Janie has yet to make up her mind; she agrees to accompany him to the race track and he rallies a little. Maggie and Simon share a shower after a tryst in Vera's bed. Simon has a meeting in Melbourne. Maggie returns the key and gloats about her new conquest. Dorrie won't let Georgina live in filth. Vera opens the front door in her negligee to see Simon there, supposedly in search of a lost cigarette lighter.
91. (14/07) Roma needs to talk with Don about her court appearance and offers to visit later, to show him "how to prepare the casserole". Aldo is puzzled, but offers Don some wine, sending Roma into a tizz. Simon reschedules his Melbourne flight to free up the whole night. Vera worries that going to dinner might jeopardise her working relationship with Maggie. Gordon mulls over the situation between Kit and Sonia. She has tried to get along with Kit, but a marriage certificate won't resolve the invisible barrier between her and Gordon. Kit has discovered a soul-mate in Dorrie's niece, Georgina, but they have lost her to a saxophonist at the party. Jack drops Bev and Kit home at 1.00am and they noisily enter Don's flat. A new understanding is flourishing between Don and Bev, and she is no longer suicidal. Kit asks Sonia how things are going "in the love nest"; he can tell the answer is "Not well" and that he has already won. Peter's suspicions about Vera are aroused when he passes Simon on the stairs late at night. Don hears the whole story of the deli making wine available. Aldo is determined to stick by Roma but Don warns that Aldo's trading licence might get revoked.
92. (17/07) Lucy tells Alf that she cannot support them both with only one wage, but he won't go back to his old boss. Georgina is proving to be uncontrollable, so Dorrie is "ardamant" that Herb take over. He talks to Georgina and she expresses a dramatic change of heart, but all is not as it seems. Aldo puts a sign on the door of the deli, "CLOSED - GONE TO COURT", and Dorrie demands to know the full facts. "Why wasn't I told?", she asks. Norma encourages Lucy to ask Alf's boss to give his job back. Roma gets so flustered giving evidence that she manages to incriminate everyone. Alf would rather scrub floors rather than ask Bob for his old job back. Aldo extolls Roma's best qualities to the Magistrate (John Rayner), and brings up her traumatic childhood in a concentration camp, and how she organised Rose's wedding. "We are both equally guilty. Arrest us together!", he pleads, as Don sinks into his chair. Lucy rings Bob to organise an appointment. Aldo and Roma return; Roma was fined only $20, and Aldo wants to thank Don - with wine and wedding cake! Herb tells Dorrie he thinks that Georgina has joined a responsible Youth Group attached to the church. Feisty Bob Gerrold (Bob Lee) refuses Lucy's plea for him to ring Alf about the job. Lucy breaks down in tears.
93. (18/07) While watching a TV news report about a student riot, Dorrie and Herb recognise Georgina getting arrested and being put into a police van. Alf has an elaborate success story to tell Lucy after his phone call from Bob. Only then does he wonder why Lucy is back so late from the laundrette. Thanks to Don, Roma and Aldo's day in court has turned out well. Now Don is being drawn into the problems between Gordon, Sonia and Kit. Dorrie asks Mr Calthrop, her solicitor, what they can do about Georgina's arrest. Dorrie thinks it might do her niece some good is she spends time in prison. Dorrie has a meeting in the morning, as Vice President of the Senior Citizens' Bowling Club, to select a new team for a tournament. Kit tells Don that his university course starts next week, but his stay in Flat 4 will be determined by what happens downstairs in his father's flat. Herb casually asks Don where the Magistrate's office is located. Bev has an interview about a hostess job with Ansett Airlines, so Janie organises another visit from Alan. Lucy tells Dorrie that she recognised Georgina getting arrested on TV. Jack is aghast that Bev is going for her job via a personnel manager. He dials Sir Reg [Ansett]'s secretary, introduces himself and asks to be put straight through. In the pharmacy, Gordon tosses Kit the bundle of keys to the poisons cupboard and asks him to get some him some Pethidine. Gordon notices that Kit selects the correct key easily, and chooses the jar of Pethidine tablets without hesitation. Dorrie arrives home from her meeting, relishing the silence without Georgina. Suddenly, loud music blasts from the spare bedroom - and Herb admits that he felt sorry for the girl and paid her fine. Bev returns from her successful interview and, while she makes coffee, Jack asks to use the phone. They assume Janie had taken it into her bedroom earlier that day. Jack opens the door to find Janie and Alan naked in bed.
94. (19/07) Maggie, Vera and Simon inspect the now-completed salon. Maggie tries to get some time alone with Simon, but he is seemingly more interested in Vera, and the advertising campaign. Herb finds a note from Georgina that says, "Sorry Auntie Dee, but life is for living." Bev is unhappy with Janie's treatment of Jack. Simon turns up at Vera's flat. She tries to make him leave but Maggie rings about a problem with an unavailable model and a dress that needs alteration. Les and Norma receive a visit from their son's Army Welfare officer. Major Dunston (Frank Ward) informs them that their daughter-in-law, Anna Maria, will soon be arriving to stay with them, prior to Gary being demobbed from Singapore in five weeks. Most of Georgina's new student friends gave false addresses to the police, making it hard for Herb to track her down. During an argument, Janie says that Bev still being a virgin would mean that she doesn't understand what it means to be loved by a man. Maggie is in a bad mood over Simon and it plays on Vera's conscience. Army Welfare warns the Whittakers that Gary's wife speaks little English, and Norma knows that some Australians are intolerant of mixed marriages. Bev offers Jack a shoulder to cry on. Janie tells Dorrie that she saw Georgina going into Flat 4 with Kit. Simon arrives at The Tapemeasure with new letterhead designs and asks Vera to go out with him, not realising there is a model (Leonora Vawn) nearby, getting changed, and Maggie is in the back room. He turns down Maggie's invitation blaming prior commitments. Simon leaves and Maggie tells Vera if she hadn't wasted time on Rose's wedding dress, the salon would be ready in time for the grand opening. Vera expresses concern about continuing to work with Maggie.
The official Cash Harmon synopsis notes that the Italian, Anna Maria, was originally scripted as "Kerima", of Asian descent. In 1972, no suitable female Asian talent was said to be available, something Cash Harmon was keen to correct in late 1979, when casting their TV series, Arcade.
95. (20/07) Jack is appreciative of Bev's caring attitude. She is grateful to Jack for helping her when she was in need. Roma receives a letter containing happy news from her son, Irving, who is in England. However, the letter's contents do not please Aldo. Irving wants Roma to visit him and she is realising just how much Aldo relies on her. Gordon tells Sonia he now suspects Kit is responsible for all the pranks, for which Sonia had been blamed. Don finds Georgina half-naked on the couch and wants to know when she's going home. She assumes he means returning to Coffs Harbour, but Don means Flat 3, next door. Maggie urges Vera to get back to work. Gordon orders Kit back to the chemist shop for a talk, but Kit has to report to the petrol station for his shift. Bev and Alan discuss sex - and his resolve that he "will be around for some time". Maggie notices a new gown in the salon and castigates Vera for wasting more time on outside projects, but this one is for Maggie to wear to the opening. Don arrives home with a case of domestic champagne. He has passed his university exams with Honours and invites Bev and Janie to a party. Janie has to be at the theatre, but Bev will invite Jack. The party is in full swing. Many of Don's fellow residents drop in. At the function, Gordon mentions that Kit missed the appointment they had set up. Aldo tells Roma that he needs her more than Irving does.
96. (21/07) Gordon's worries are brought out into the open. He is stunned by Kit's reaction. Sonia says that Kit's attitude towards her were out of his love for Gordon. Gordon is unconvinced. The next morning, Lucy shakes Alf awake, who is nursing a big hangover from Don's party. He races out the door for work, only to return when he realises his shift is not until 10.00pm. Kit and Georgina clean up after the party until Gordon arrives for that chat, the one that Kit keeps avoiding. Norma tells Lucy about Gary's wife. At The Tapemeasure, rehearsals go badly. The song Lovely to Look At is playing, totally at odds with Maggie's frazzled and frustrated appearance, cranky comments, and the three models' comical catwalk errors. Kit is starting his studies on Monday and offers Georgina the use of his room if he moves into university accommodation. Peter cannot make the opening of the salon but suggests dinner with Vera and Maggie afterwards. Norma is informed that Anna Maria will be arriving early. Maggie's husband, Victor, is overseas in Europe, so Maggie is especially happy to be with Simon. When Maggie introduces him to Peter, they recognise each other from that night on the staircase at Number 96. Maggie wants to talk Harvey & Sons' business with Peter, leaving Simon an opportunity to dance with Vera. Kit blames Gordon for the death of his mother, Sylvia. Sonia tries to be the voice of reason as the two argue. When a tearful Kit runs from the flat, Sonia urges Gordon to go after him. Gordon just stares, appalled.
With the word "Snap!", the official Cash Harmon synopsis notes that this episode is actually "#96".
97. (24/07) Maggie is anxious to get Simon into bed after their double date with Peter and Vera, but Simon wants them all to continue the party at a nightclub. Don tells Gordon that Kit has moved out. Bev starts her training as an air hostess, while Janie and Jack reach an understanding. Aldo is sure he has convinced Roma not to leave, but she changes her mind again after running into a friend while out shopping.
The official Cash Harmon synopsis notes that "Sandra" is now Georgina. It also describes the recurring character of Miss Manson, Vera's "right hand at The Tapemeasure". She is "more your smart Susan Hayward but (unlike Susan Hayward) only gets two lines per episode."
98. (25/07) Georgina's discovery of The Church of the Enlightened is responsible for her inner peace. Norma consigns her husband's junk to the cellar in preparation for Anna Maria's arrival, but he quickly retrieves it. Vera receives a letter from her solicitor: Harry wants his conjugal rights restored, or a divorce, but her shock dissipates when she sees Lucy. Roma has plans to join Irving in England and has arranged for business student Arnold Feather (Jeff Kevin) to meet with Aldo.
99. (26/07) Don confuses Dorrie about Georgina's involvement with "Harry Krisher". When Gordon hears that Kit is in the building with Don, he rushes upstairs to see him. However, his son's news will devastate Gordon.
100. (27/07) Lucy now believes her chest pain was caused by indigestion. Norma's exercise routine is a source of annoyance for Dorrie. Don's spare room may soon be occupied by a work colleague, which disappoints Les, who wanted to store his junk there. Lucy is horrified when Alf agrees to help Les with a similar arrangement. Simon is the focus of Maggie's scheming, but he won't cooperate because he has his own plans... to marry Vera.
101. (28/07) Aldo feels like an assistant in his own shop. Dorrie meets Aquarius, Georgina's Krishna high priest. Something about Don's prospective flatmate's manner unsettles him but, while awaiting an answer, Don receives an unexpected phone call which brings tragic news to overshadow everything else.
102. (31/07) The news about Don's parents' plane crash causes Roma to fret about her own trip. The Army notifies the Whittakers about their daughter-in-law's imminent arrival. Norma leaves all the arrangements to Les so, of course, trouble soon follows. Gordon tries to propose to Sonia, but they are interrupted. He is considering re-registering as a doctor.
103. (1/08) Jack and Bev are aware that they have been using their friendship to help themselves through their respective problems, but now Bev wonders about Jack's real intentions. Anna Maria (Rosalba Verrucci) mistakes Dorrie for her mother-in-law.
104. (2/08) Alan tells Janie that he has found a financial backer for their film. Norma worries that Anna Maria doesn't feel at home, but Les gets along with her easily. Arnold wants Aldo to move out of Flat 2 so the shop can be enlarged and refitted.
105. (3/08) Alf advises Aldo to "pop the question" to keep Roma from leaving the country. Simon is still trying to woo Vera, but she is worried about how Maggie will react to the situation.
106. (4/08) Dorrie decides that not only does the pharmacy need an assistant, but that Georgina would be perfect for the job. Maggie accuses Vera of stealing Simon away from her.
107. (7/08) Arnold's credit card system causes havoc in the deli. Don has returned from his parents' funeral, but soon everyone's attention is distracted by more trouble with Lucy.
108. (8/08) The time is finally right, so Sonia and Gordon tie the knot, but they have opted for a small, quiet ceremony in the registry office. Vera realises she has no hope of raising the money needed to buy out Maggie.
109. (9/08) Maggie is out for revenge on Vera; the more Simon pleads for her to reconsider her intentions, the more determined Maggie becomes. Janie and Alan speculate about the exciting future of Cotterell Productions. Anna Maria's cooking threatens to ruin Norma's figure.
110. (10/08) Don tells the Vansards that his air hostess sister, Carol, plans to move into his spare room soon. Lucy fears how she will fare in her operation; if the the lump in her breast is cancerous, the doctor may have to perform a mastectomy. How will Alf react? Les tells Herb about a scheme involving inflatable plastic women. Dorrie is pleased to be able to introduce her niece to young Arnold - and is delighted when he asks Georgina for a date. Don confronts Mike Parsons (Patrick Ward) about the hints he's been dropping at work.
111. (11/08) Alan confirms the news about the plans for the theatre to be pulled down. Les and Herb struggle to hide their inflatable friend from their wives. Bev is thrilled by the success of her first big challenge at work, but Jack reminds her of other, more personal challenges... her virginity and fear of being frigid!
112. (14/08) Alf is very worried about Lucy and everyone at Number 96 is concerned for them both. Vera goes with Alf to visit his wife in the hospital when the pathology result comes through... and the lump is pronounced benign.
113. (15/08) Norma is pleased that her daughter-in-law has met some old friends from Italy. However, when one of them arrives to take Anna Maria out, Norma worries about the possibilities. Gordon once more tries to bring things out into the open. Georgina brings out Arnold's dormant sexual impulses.
114. (16/08) Les does not approve of Norma's dietary supper of soya bean sprouts and brown rice, while Norma is concerned about Anna Maria's late hours. Georgina and Arnold's evening has a surprise ending when Dorrie and Herb arrive home. Janie intrudes on Bev and Jack's privacy. Maggie seems poised to have her own way, destroying Vera's career in the process, but Peter decides that it's time he lent a hand.
115. (17/08) Alan is depressed after his meeting with the theatre management. Ralph Finlayson (Max Cullen) arrives at Don's flat drunk and the two brothers argue about missed opportunities. Anna Maria has moved out of the Whittaker's to stay with friends. Ralph has designs on Vera and Don warns him off. Mike tries to blackmail Don at work. Aldo becomes increasingly depressed by the imminent departure of Roma to England, until a telegram arrives from her son.
116. (18/08) Ralph wonders why Don doesn't have a girlfriend, with all the beautiful girls to choose fronm at Number 96. Irving has won a fellowship to study architecture in the United States for at least six months, so Roma must postpone her trip. Herb is horrified when Dorrie needs money from their joint account, but Alf saves the day. Alan is unemployed and soon to be homeless and Janie tries to calm him. Don faces a dilemma when Mike barges into his flat, making demands and accusations, only to be ejected roughly by Ralph. How will Ralph take the news that his brother is a homosexual?
117. (21/08) Herb has been put in charge of looking after Georgina while Dorrie is visiting Georgina's recuperating parents; everything is under control, but perhaps it's just the calm before the storm. Lucy is anxious to get back to work, but Alf doesn't approve. Mike continues to harass Don at work, but Ralph disagrees with Gordon and Sonia's advice that Don face Mr Willoughby Sr (Gerry Duggan) with the truth.
118. (22/08) Georgina has her heart set on an evening out, but Herb and Arnold insist that she join them in a game of Twister. Another sale is notched up for Inflatable Ladies Inc. Worrying rumours are circulating despite the success of Janie's play. Alan is still after Jack to help him obtain financial backing for his film and Janie hears the news that she and Bev have been fearing.
119. (23/08) Aldo castigates Arnold for his tardiness, but he is actually in a flap about Rose and Julian coming for dinner. Gordon warns Ralph that it is his attitude which prevents Don from confiding in him. Les invites Anna Maria to visit, but Norma doesn't want her doing any cooking. Ralph confides in Vera about his failed marriage to Ruth. Don is getting deeper into trouble, so Ralph decides to solve Don's problems without his knowledge.
120. (24/08) Vera calls an end to her relationship with Peter. Jack admits he was unable to get the money for Janie and Alan's film, but their dejection is overshadowed by the discovery made in Vera's flat: a kinky prowler has made his first strike.
The cast and the media quickly nicknamed this villain "The Knicker Snipper".
121. (25/08) Don fears the worst when Mike's actions lead to a confrontation with Mr Willoughby (Gerry Duggan), but it is Mike who gets himself fired. Alf thinks that Harry is responsible for what happened to Vera's undergarments. Gordon tries to educate Arnold about women. Alf has organised a meeting of his work colleagues regarding their unroadworthy trucks. Norma fears that the vice squad will be after Les and Herb, who still have three inflatable ladies to hide before Dorrie returns.
122. (28/08) Arnold and Georgina attempt a serious discussion about their relationship. Les thinks Norma's dizzy spell was brought about by her diet, but could it also be the worry of Gary's impending arrival? Dorrie returns from Queensland and encounters evidence of Herb's latest shady business dealings, but Georgina's discovery in her laundry basket is sure to divert everyone's attention. Georgina tells Sonia she suspects that Arnold is the Prowler. Anna Maria calls from Queensland and Norma pleads with her to get back before Gary does. A visitor to Flat 1 shocks the Vansards.
123. (29/08) Kit's malicious stories about his mother's death and Gordon and Sonia's subsequent marriage have reached the ears of Daphne Bryant (Shirley Cameron) in England. Daphne is Sylvia's identical twin sister. Alan is intruding on Bev and Jack's privacy and Bev complains to Janie. Alan has organised an outback tour for the Arts Council, which will mean employment for both him and Janie. Vera is annoyed when Daphne brings up Sylvia's death. Bev asks Jack to make love to her, but she can't go through with it.
The Gordon/Sonia/Daphne plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "The Perfect Victim". The official Cash Harmon character notes originally list Daphne's surname as "Ryan".
124. (30/08) Rose and Julian's dinner with Aldo and Roma is interrupted by a phone call. Alf has organised a strike meeting without the backing of the union. Gary Whittaker (Michael Ferguson) arrives home and his parents, Les and Norma, have some explaining to do because Gary's wife is nowhere to be found. Another drama is brewing in Flat 2 when a depressed Rose pays Aldo and Roma a visit. Bev and Jack convince her to come to a party, but no-one realises that Julian has cancelled his night shift to take Rose to dinner.
125. (31/08) Vera tells Janie and Bev that Georgina still blames Arnold for the incident with her undergarments, but Alan believes the motive was sexual gratification. Ralph is still convinced that Don can find women attractive. Daphne refuses to believe the truth about her sister's suicide. She continues to question the buildings' residents, and even Mark Eastwood. The Arts Council seem to approve of Janie's talent. Rose believes that Julian cannot accept her baby. Daphne drops a bombshell on Gordon and Sonia: she wants the police to re-open the investigation.
126. (1/09) Dorrie wonders where Georgina's underwear has gone, but she doesn't get to the truth. Alf's boss, Bob Gerrold (Bob Lee), threatens him to get his colleagues back to work. Anna Maria is making an effort to get along with her in-laws, but despite Gary's help and understanding, the situation is still difficult. Georgina is unaware that the Prowler is hiding under her bed.
127. (4/09) Ralph still won't believe he's been black-banned as a wharfie by the union. Georgina is positive someone was in the flat while she was showering, so she tells Dorrie and Herb about the incident with her underwear. Arnold is jealous of Don, who seems to have caught Georgina's attentions. Alan suggests that the residents set up a vigilante group to catch the Prowler.
128. (5/09) Maggie has told Daphne that Vera knew all about Gordon and Sonia's row about killing Sylvia. Rose is unwell following her latest misunderstanding with Julian. Bev discovers that she has become the latest victim of the Prowler.
129. (6/09) Daphne's investigation is not proving to be very successful, but her lack of success has not curbed her vindictiveness towards Gordon and Sonia.
130. (7/09) Gary and Anna Maria decide that they need a flat of their own.
131. (8/09) With the onset of premature labour, Rose is back in the hospital. Julian's fears are about to be realised.
132. (11/09) Alf takes Les and Herb's advice about forming his own business, but Lucy fears Alf's desire to get even with Bob will affect his decisions.
133. (12/09) Vera sees a mysterious young man, possibly the unknown Prowler, lurking in the stairwell. When she returns with the others, he is gone.
134. (13/09) Les wants to utilise the basement of Number 96 for his latest business venture, but Georgina doesn't want it to happen.
135. (14/09) Arnold stumbles across Georgina's secret in the basement and realises that he can use this information to get his way with her.
136. (15/09) Gordon wants to practice as a doctor again, so he has applied to the court to have his name restored to the medical register. An unknown young woman makes a serious accusation about him.
137. (18/09) Janie is upset. Alan's job, as the stage manager of the travelling company they have joined, has fallen through, so Janie goes to the theatre to attempt to get out of her contract.
138. (19/09) Lucy's doctor wants her to take a break by visiting her daughter in Darwin and Alf agrees that it is a good idea, but can they afford it?
139. (20/09) Georgina and Herb finally tell Dorrie about the mysterious Danny Morrison (Gregory Ross), who is a draft resister. The police arrive to inspect the basement and, against her better judgment, Dorrie becomes involved in the situation.
The repeat of this episode, screened on 22/08/74 in Sydney, was the last in the 1.30 pm timeslot.
140. (21/09) The knicker-snipping prowler has been quiet for some time, so Georgina has other things on her mind when she rushes into Flat 3. Hearing a strange noise, she calls for Jack, who catches the perpetrator in the act.
Daytime repeats recommenced, two episodes at a time, from 16/09/74 at 11.00 am.
141. (22/09) Jack is shocked to learn the identity of the Prowler: it was Alan all along. Anne Spencer (Lynda Keane) has made serious accusations against Gordon; he thinks that the police will have to act, even though the evidence is circumstantial. Alan blames his kinky crimes on unemployment - and Janie's refusal to have a sexual relationship with him. Georgina apologises to Arnold, while Ralph seduces Vera. A plan to have classical music piped into the deli goes awry. Sonia visits Vera to have her fortune read; Vera goes into a strange trance, later shrugging it off as tiredness. Janie makes her final farewells but is interrupted by a detective, who has a warrant for Gordon's arrest for performing an abortion.
The Gordon/Sonia/Anne plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "The Perfect Victim".
142. (25/09) Ralph has not yet told Don about Ruth's letter, so he must endure Don's criticisms about him romancing Vera. Sonia visits Don to tell him that Gordon has been arrested and formally charged for performing an abortion. Don has had no luck finding Anne. Vera cooks a meal for Alf, who's so tired from building up his own business, as well as working for Bob, that he falls asleep before he can eat. Next morning, Norma tells Les she has been ill all night and thinks she's suffering the change of life. Sonia suggests she see her doctor. Arnold and Roma are ready for their first day of serving luncheons in the deli - signage reads "Three courses for $1.50" - but Aldo is dubious about success. Arnold is perturbed when Aldo wants to give Alf the first meal "on the house". An argument ensues and Alf wanders out hungry. Gordon and Don are back, but Sonia is stuck behind the shop counter because Georgina is late for her shift again. Ralph, Les and Alf agree to start a petition about the rising rents at Number 96. Aldo feels left out because Arnold and Roma seem to have a success on their hands, but lots of washing up. Alf wants to buy some pep pills from Gordon. Don confronts again Anne to get to the truth and her story perplexes him. Norma is doing pelvic floor exercises and Les assumes she is on a slimming kick again. Instead, she announces that she is pregnant.
143. (26/09) Dorrie is furious with Herb and Georgina: why wasn't she told about Alan? Bev tells Jack that she is preparing to meet a prospective new flatmate, Karen Winters (Toni Lamond). Georgina smuggles food down to the cellar. She is worried about Danny the draft dodger giving himself up. Arnold may soon be a prospective draft resister, too, and Georgina is delighted. Herb is late for dinner and Dorrie's anger increases when she hears that he has been celebrating with the Whittakers and partaking of champagne. Bev and Karen, a receptionist for a hypnotherapist, seem to hit it off. Dorrie assumes the Whittakers will be moving to more suitable lodgings. To Dorrie's amazement, Norma herself confirms the news of her pregnancy in the deli. Arnold tries to stop Norma going down to the cellar. Jack and Karen pretend like they are meeting for the first time. While Bev is getting dressed for dinner, Jack tells Karen, "I told you I'll fix it."
The Bev/Jack/Karen plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "The Grip of Evil".
144. (27/09) Norma wants to use the cellar for storage, so Arnold and Georgina must find new lodgings for Danny. Gordon, out on bail, suspects that Daphne is behind his current problems. Danny hides out in Georgina's room. Don tells Ralph that he didn't really run from Ruth, he ran from his business because he wasn't strong enough to cope. Vera says she enjoys reading fortunes more than designing dresses. Aldo explains to Vera that Rose has recovered quickly after the loss of her baby, but that she and Julian will soon be moving to New Guinea. Ralph wonders if Vera can read his fortune and Gordon mentions that Sonia told him about Vera once going into a trance. Dorrie brings matters to a head; she won't stand for Danny staying in a young woman's bedroom. Don and Anne have a dinner and theatre date, but she remains suspicious about his motives. Aldo is already anticipating the loss of Rose to New Guinea but Roma suggests that, soon, Arnold can mind the deli so Aldo can travel to her, and then to visit Roma and Irving in London. Dorrie is aghast that Danny spent the night in Georgina's room. When she looks for him, the window is open and there is no trace of him.
145. (28/09) Bev is confident that Don can help Gordon, just as he did with Roma, but Sonia has her doubts. Danny has disappeared without a trace. Georgina blames Dorrie and Herb agrees. Alf teases Norma about who is the father of her baby. Still working two jobs, Alf has promised Lucy he will resign from his position in Bob's business. He will soon be able to pay Jack back for Lucy's airfare to Darwin to visit Ethel, Kevin and their children. Jack and Vera realise that Alf seems to have no intention of quitting. They express concern about his use of pep pills, especially when mixed with alcohol. Les has cleared out the spare room to create a nursery. Dorrie arrives and witnesses the mess, supposedly to soon be moved to the cellar. She then notices Karen arriving with suitcases and demands to know who she is. Karen is curious about Vera's talents as a fortuneteller. Alf wants Dorrie and Herb to sin his petition about rent rises and Dorrie refuses, as it doesn't concern them. She reads an article about Danny getting arrested. Karen hears the gossip about the prowler's arrest, and Janie moving out. She wants to know why Bev and Jack are not an item. Alf has been poaching customers from Bob's business. Karen wants to know about Vera and her fortunetelling. Bev notices Karen and Jack getting along famously. Alf gets fired by Bob.
146. (29/09) Don wants Sonia to meet Anne, but warns Gordon to stay away from her. Alf lies to Lucy on the phone about his current predicament. While washing the breakfast things, Karen mentions Bev's beautiful body and assumes that men must appreciate it. Bev admits to having some problems but won't discuss them. Don loses his temper with Vera over Ralph's love life. Arnold has to attend his medical appointment for the army. Karen is keen to have Vera tell her fortune. Aldo goes to see off Rose and Julian, returning to find that Roma's luncheon crowd has encroached into his living room. Anne is very convincing as she tells her story to Sonia. She claims to know Gordon via a friend who had visited him at his previous surgery location in Wimpole Terrace. Vera doubts Ralph's sincerity, and Anne doubts Don's. Karen thinks Vera would be a good medium. Sonia talks to Gordon but he gets angry. Bev and Karen seem to be getting along very well - she chases off an aggressive client who forced himself into Bev's room. Bev is grateful, but is Karen all that she seems? Don and Anne share a kiss. Karen sneaks into Bev's room and watches her sleep. She caresses Bev's head, kisses her cheek and moves down her neck.
147. (2/10) Les promises to print some business cards for Alf's new business. It seems that Bev is unaware of Karen's display of affection the previous night. Karen explain's her boss's hypnotherapy services. It is suited to mental hangups, not for physical ailments. Arnold impresses Georgina with the news that he failed his medical. Jack is keen to spend money he has not made yet; a racing punter has put $1000 at 100 to 1 on a real outsider. Hypnotherapist Vernon Saville (Alistair Duncan) quizzes Karen about Vera's "suitability". Despite Aldo's apprehensions, Arnold and Roma's lunches are selling well in the deli. Major Stephan Duval (Kenneth Laird), a charismatic old friend of Roma's, walks back into her life. Les and Alf make a mess printing business cards and posters in Flat 5. Arnold is searching for new lodgings. Georgina suggests her Auntie Dee might agree to putting an extra bed in her room. Aldo and Roma discuss Stephan over the lunch dishes. Vernon gives Jack some unusual post-hypnotic suggestions; he awakens, refreshed, and gives his $1000 to Vernon. Vernon wants to more about Bev, the girl that Jack is so hung up on. Karen tells him that Bev is a virgin.
148. (3/10) Gordon cannot understand how Anne intends to perjure herself in court, since he knows he is innocent. Don promises to keep working on her to get to the truth. Les realises that he never received his cut from Herb's inflatable sex dolls venture. If Herb has invested all of the profits into Alf's new business, that means that Les has a share of it, too. Georgina tries to find accommodation for Arnold. Norma doesn't think Flat 8 is a possibility; although Alf needs the money a boarder would bring in, he and Arnold would kill each other in a couple of days. Neither can she imagine him living with Dorrie. Les tries to do everything for a seedy Norma, but he can't find anything he needs in the kitchen, so she has to take over. Georgina's parents have returned home to Coffs Harbour, so her stay at Number 96 will soon end. Sonia is not pleased, since she will need to find another assistant for the pharmacy - and just what is Gordon up to? Don and Anne share another intimate moment over lunch. Les starts pestering Norma about when she will give up work. Dorrie makes preparations for the opening of the Senior Citizens' bowling green. While memorising her speech, she notices her new bowling uniform needs altering; perhaps Vera can assist? Dorrie argues with Norma over Alf's petition. Gordon attacks Anne - and is dragged away by Don.
149. (4/10) Jack gets himself into some serious business difficulties with the underworld after a horse race was fixed; his only supporters are the tenants of Number 96. Bev offers to move into Karen's room so Jack can hide out in their flat. Don tries to pacify a shaken Anne - "He's not content with butchering me, he has to beat me up as well...?". Gordon is distraught. Sonia is convinced that Daphne has coerced Anne, but they are sure Daphne is in London. Bev asks Don and Ralph if Jack can stay with them. Ralph is uncomfortable about Jack sharing Don's room and offers to put a spare bed in his own room. Bev asks, "What's wrong with the couch?" Don tells Gordon he is lucky not be be up on an assault charge. Bev suggests that Vernon's hypnotherapy could cure Vera of smoking. Over the phone, the Rheingolds say they are unwilling to help Jack with money. Roma and Stephan reminisce as Aldo is run off his feet in the deli. Ralph is angered when Vera compares him to Harry Collins. Roma is unaware that Aldo is affected by Stephan's interest in her. Gordon loses his temper with Don over Anne's flawless story; Don has no choice but to drop the case.
150. (5/10) Bev tells Karen that no one is to know where Jack is staying. Karen will set up an appointment for Vera to see Vernon. Back from Melbourne with a regular commitment for trucking loads, Alf can't believe the support he is receiving from Les and Herb. Jack continues to hide out in Flat 4. Meanwhile, Ralph's wife calls from Tamworth; his young son is ill and he must fly up there. Ralph thinks it is a ruse. Vera demands to know why Don has dropped Gordon's case. Dorrie wants Herb's name taken off Alf's petition; Mr Bayswater, the agent for Number 96, tears it up. Ralph's father-in-law offers money to help with the failing farm. Don tells Ralph that he is attracted to Anne. Several residents vouch for Arnold as a suitable boarder for the Sutcliffes. Don professes his love for Anne and feels he is slowly winning her confidence. Ralph is departing for the airport - Don is to drive him. Ralph wants Don to "give up being queer and settle down with a nice broad", to which Don repliers that he has already found a girl. Mr Bayswater visits Dorrie and Herb to announce that, due to a loophole the new owners of Number 96 have found, they are all being evicted.
This recurring eviction plotline would also be the driving force behind the notorious bomb blast in 1975 as well as the lead-up to the final episode in 1977.
151. (6/10) Vera asks Sonia and Gordon's advice about seeing Vernon, Karen's hypnotherapist boss. Gordon questions Vera's loyalty, but Sonia still has faith in him. Dorrie gets melodramatic about their forthcoming eviction. Lucy is due home in a few days but Karen is puzzled when Alf makes a pass at her. Vera says that Alf is committed to his wife but thinks of himself as a Casanova. Karen says that Vernon can see Vera at 7.30pm, as he has an hour-long group therapy session from 5.30pm. Dorrie is inconsolable. Alf reluctantly accepts Arnold as a boarder. He tells him that each bath will be an extra 20 cents. Roma breaks a concert date with Aldo to attend a reunion organised by Stephan. Gordon is told that Don's law firm bosses won't represent Gordon unless he pleads guilty. Aldo boasts to Stephan of his plan for an exclusive restaurant called Roma's Place. Under hypnosis, Vera reveals the truth about her trances and visions. She is told she will feel very ill anytime she tries to smoke a cigarette.
152. (9/10) Don promises to look into Dorrie and Herb's legal problems. Jack says he feels like a prisoner in Flat 4 and he storms out into the night. Arnold makes tea using his watch as a timer, much to Alf's bemusement. Bev is keen to meet Vernon and Karen suggests that she could bring him home for lunch one day. Georgina wants Arnold to claim her virginity before she leaves Sydney, but they find it difficult to be alone. Jack has sold his Mercedes and has made plans to sell his house. Alf will get a surprise to see Lucy back early from her Darwin holiday, but not quite the same effect as poor Arnold's encounter with her... in the bathroom. Karen grills Bev about her relationship with Jack, but it makes Bev uncomfortable. Jack's underworld contacts have linked him with Bev. Flo Patterson (Bunney Brooke), from the bowling club, sees Dorrie at the laundrette, commiserates about the eviction threat and offers to preside over the grand opening. Alf catches Arnold in a state of undress, and then Georgina, after another failed attempt to get together in Flat 8.
The official Cash Harmon character notes originally list Flo Patterson as Flo "Sugden".
153. (10/10) Roma questions Aldo about his plans for Roma's Palace and thinks he is overcompensating because of Stephan. Les argues against Alf throwing Arnold out as a boarder, since $3 of Arnold's $10 board money is Les's share in Alf's business. Norma thinks Les is pushing his luck. Gordon considers jumping bail. Roma wonders what happened to Aldo's plan to do deliveries on a bicycle. A "needless expense"? But a bike would be cheaper than a restaurant. Roma succeeds in convincing Aldo to make friends with Stephan. Les takes Stephan to the pub for lunch and explains his new brainstorm: he plans to print profound poetry on toilet paper to help people concentrate. Alf gets Stephan taking about the British army instead, but Norma is suspicious and thinks that Stephan is too pompous. Anne coldly refuses Gordon's plea to retract her evidence. Alf and Les have the printing press running in the spare room. Aldo cooks a special meal for three, but when he hears the major's news about his restaurant in England, in the Kings Road, Chelsea, Roma announces that Irving lives nearby - Roma and Stephan could travel back together? Aldo suddenly regrets being so friendly.
154. (11/10) As a result of Jack's money problems, both Bev and Don are placed in danger. Bev has been seen at the track in Jack's company, but perhaps the crank caller was bluffing. They all agree to take precautions. Aldo is puzzled about Roma's priorities. She wants to open a local restaurant, putting Aldo in charge, but also wants to travel to England with Stephan. Vera asks Don if he has been able to find a loophole in the Evans' contract. Arnold has a man-to-man chat with an amused Don, who explains that his flat is not available for sex. Georgina arranges with Bev to use Flat 6 to be alone with Arnold; Bev is having a lunch for Vernon and Karen, so maybe after they have left? It is imperative that Georgina loses her virginity before returning home to Coffs Harbour. Bev gives her the key. Vernon is curious if Bev has ever been hypnotised. Stephan has some ideas on how the deli could combat the threat of the new supermarket opening nearby. Arnold impresses him with his good business sense and success on the stock market, turning $1000 into $126,000 and 36 cents. Vera joins Bev, Karen and Vernon for lunch and, after Bev has left for work, Vernon puts Vera back under hypnosis with a snap of his fingers. He gives her a subliminal command to smoke a cigarette that night, and to enjoy it, encouraging her to return to his office for more treatments. Jack worries that staying with Don will attract trouble. Aldo's attempts to gauge Stephan's intentions toward Roma continue to fail. Karen reassures Vernon that Bev is a virgin, but he thinks she is too sensuous. She promises to find out for sure. Later, Karen returns to her flat, to fetch her handbag, just in time to catch Arnold and Georgina in her bed. Georgina is despondent and tells Vera that love is "for the full wrinklies" and that the "now generation" has "just got to be free". Two underworld hoods catch up with Bev.
155. (12/10) Jack's disappearance alerts Don to check in on Bev and his timely arrival sends the hoods running. Les has finished printing his toilet rolls with their morale-lifting poetry. Norma reads aloud a dirty limerick and says, "That's not very moral." Les tries unsuccessfully to find a good one. Norma thinks it's hilarious. Karen tends to Bev's injured face, while Don expresses concern about Jack's safety. Dorrie and Herb are both required to attend the meeting to resolve their legal problems, but it is to be held on the same day as the bowling green opening. Karen drops into Vera's flat for a card reading and witnesses her smoke a cigarette. Vera enjoys it and Karen has a look of satisfaction. Don's involvement with Anne has meant that he must tread warily with Gordon and Sonia. Nevertheless, an ugly scene develops. Herb is in the pub, worried about possible eviction from Flat 3. He introduces Flo to Norma and Les, and they immediately hit it off. Karen gets Bev to admit her problem with relating to men. Bev recalls how she grew so close to her brother; their deep feelings after witnessing their mother's fear, and the nightly screaming matches before Mr Houghton left. Karen asks about incest and Bev breaks down, denying it. Karen consoles Bev, stroking her head and giving her a more-than-comforting kiss. Don gives Anne a key to his flat; she agrees to get dinner started before he gets home, but she doesn't want to run into the Vansards. Dorrie is in the pub, reluctantly, to ask Flo to fill in for her at the opening of the bowling green. Sonia is surprised that the hypnotherapy has not resolved Vera's smoking habit. When Vera lets slip that Anne is up in Flat 4, Sonia makes an excuse to leave the shop. Anne opens the door to Sonia, who starts pleading Gordon's case. Don arrives, asking why Sonia wants Anne to perjure herself. Sonia accuses Don of not being loyal to Gordon. Gordon arrives and Sonia races into his arms, telling him to protest his innocence. Don orders him to leave and Gordon calls Don a turncoat. Dorrie interrupts a physical altercation. When the Vansards leave, Dorrie explains she has cleared her way to attend the meeting about the eviction, but is suddenly more interested in Don's situation with a tearful Anne. After Vera falls into another trance, Karen offers her a lit cigarette and suggests that a new appointment to see Vernon.
156. (13/10) Gordon is resigned to a defeat in court. Everyone is so sure he is guilty. He wants to sell the chemist shop and flee. Aldo and Roma dance at The Blue Danube restaurant. They return to their table to sit with Stephan. Aldo is too tired to dance again, so Roma accepts Stephan's offer, while Aldo downs a glass of wine as if it was water. The Sutcliffes row about Alf's working hours, pep pills, and lack of sleep. Back at Flat 2, Aldo insists on a nightcap. Stephan and Roma have to struggle to get a stewed Aldo undressed and into bed, then they share a goodnight kiss. Georgina says her goodbyes to Arnold, who slips her what appears to be a book on business management. Hidden under its dust jacket is the Kama Sutra. As they begin to interpret the pictures together, Dorrie arrives home. Arnold gets up from the floor, grabs his book and makes a hasty retreat. Georgina goes off to pack and Dorrie attempts to train Flo in the art of public speaking in preparation for the grand opening. Aldo wakes up at 10.30am with a hangover. Roma teases him that he must ask Stephan about his intentions, and then Stephan can tell her. Dorrie offers her speech to Flo, but Flo prefers her own and Herb infuriates Dorrie by applauding Flo's effort. Georgina says goodbye to the Vansards and Gordon tells Sonia that he has made up his mind: he can't wait for the business to be sold and intends to leave. Dorrie is impressed by the charming Stephan. Aldo again tries to ask Stephan about his intentions, who claims to be not interested in marriage. Lucy asks if Arnold will miss Georgina and he tries to hide his feelings. He offers to check Alf's business records to see if he can advise on ways to increase efficiency. Sonia is still loyal to Gordon. Georgina invites Arnold to visit her in Coffs Harbour but warns him she will have lost her virginity by then. A taxi arrives to take Herb, Dorrie and Georgina to the station. Dorrie is determined there will be no hitchhiking. Arnold is looking very lost as they depart. Gordon is also leaving. He tells Sonia that, if she sells the shop, she can join him in exile. Just then, a uniformed police officer knocks on the door and hands him an envelope.
157. (16/10) Gordon's problems worsen, but a visit to the pub leads to a meeting with Anna Maria, who could provide one solution. A patient (Noel Brophy) causes trouble for Matron (Patti Crocker) at Les's hospital.
In a bid to catch up with Sydney, Melbourne began airing episodes back-to-back. This episode was screened with the previous one. Noel Brophy would later return as Claude Tuffnell. Patti Crocker would later return as a regular character, Eileen Chester.
158. (17/10) Lucy and Vera worry that Alf is still pushing himself too hard. He is relying on pills to keep himself awake. Lucy fears the worst when a phone call about Alf comes from the hospital.
159. (18/10) Karen succeeds in persuading Bev to visit Vernon for treatment. Bev hopes it will solve her problem, but feels very uneasy. Vera tries to reassure her about the benefits of her treatment. But for whom will it be most beneficial?
Daytime repeats in Sydney were being reevaluated, probably due to the controversial storyline from this episode. TV Times gave the next week's repeat timeslot, from 27/09/74 on, as "to be announced".
160. (19/10) After the Evans' party for the other tenants, Dorrie feels unwell. Perhaps the punch, concocted by Les, Herb and Alf, was to blame? Meanwhile, Jack Sellars' reappearance makes Bev feel on top of the world.
161. (20/10) When an unsuspecting Vera feels ill, Karen recommends that she visit Vernon again. However, he has an ulterior motive for wanting Vera in his office. Disaster is looming.
162. (23/10) Don hurries to Number 96 to tell Sonia that he has finally discovered the truth about Gordon from Anne, but he may be too late.
163. (24/10) Things are still not happy between Gary and Anna Maria, but Les and Norma don't realise the extent of the problem.
164. (25/10) Jack is concerned about the effect of Vernon's treatment on Bev and confronts her. Matters are brought to a head, but Bev is still in danger.
165. (26/10) Aldo is still depressed, but is now also suspicious, about Stephan's attentions to Roma.
166. (27/10) Lucy and Arnold worry about Vera's dazed condition. She hasn't been looking after herself properly, but the reason behind it is too bizarre for anyone to guess.
167. (30/10) Julia Cornich (Jenee Welsh) is writing an article on pensioners and Dorrie and Herb hoodwink her into basing it on them. When Julia moves in, Dorrie's deception proves difficult to keep up.
168. (31/10) An old friend of Bruce Taylor's requests help from Don. Lending assistance is possible, but will Don be treading on dangerous ground to do so?
169. (1/11) Gary returns to his parents' flat searching for his estranged wife, Anna Maria, but she is not there.
Final scheduled daytime repeat, 4/10/74.
170. (2/11) Arnold makes a reference to Roma and Stephan, which arouses Aldo's worst fears. Aldo confronts Roma, who confirms them.
171. (3/11) Jack questions Karen about Vernon's treatment of both Bev and Vera, who are both acting strangely.
172. (6/11) Arnold becomes embroiled in a fight between Alf and Lucy when he tries to assist with Alf's campaign speech.
173. (7/11) Julia's article on the Evans' has been published, which thrills Dorrie, but Herb is worried that trouble will ensue because of it.
174. (8/11) Jack's timely rescue of Bev and Vera from Vernon, De Como (Peter Reynolds) and the Black Mass produces unexpected results; getting away from Saville seems to have cured Bev of her problem.
This plotline was novelised for the 1973 Arkon paperback, "The Grip of Evil".
175. (9/11) As Don becomes more deeply involved with Barry Tett (Spencer Whiteby) and his story, he and Graham Fletcher (Gavin Hamilton) must work harder to get at the truth.
176. (10/11) Yvonne Marette (Sophie Vaillant), the new assistant in the pharmacy, has settled into her job. Now that Gordon is taking over the medical practice from Dr Riley (Raymond Duparc), Sonia is seeing even less of him.
177. (13/11) Arnold's life is in turmoil. Alf has convinced him that, as Alf's campaign director, he should be out canvassing votes, but Lucy believes that this is Alf's job. Meanwhile, Arnold is so worried about Roma, he cannot even begin to concentrate on the campaign.
This was the first episode simulcast in Sydney and Melbourne. It was also rescheduled to 9.00 pm, due to Gough Whitlam's ALP policy speech.
178. (14/11) The story on "the penniless pensioners", Dorrie and Herb, has led to some flattering publicity. Now, a television crew plans to interview them in Flat 3.
This episode was rescheduled to 9 pm due the Liberal policy speech by the Right Honorable William McMahon.
179. (15/11) Some of Gordon's patients, remembering his court case, express their prejudice against him. Furthermore, his relationship with Sonia continues to crumble.
This episode was delayed by 15 minutes due to Doug Anthony's Country Party policy speech.
180. (16/11) Vera, back from hospital and feeling better after her ordeal, has trouble getting back into her work routine. Then an unexpected figure from the past, Maggie Cameron, comes visiting and all thoughts of dressmaking are put out of Vera's mind.
181. (17/11) Sonia's plans to start a family angers Gordon, but leads him to having some tests done. However, the results prove to be distressing to him.
182. (20/11) Dorrie and Herb head off to the Channel 10 television studio to be interviewed by Brian Bury (Himself) on the plight of the average pensioner. Everyone is stunned by Dorrie's manipulations and Flo is out for revenge.
This episode was delayed by 15 minutes due to Senator Vince Gair's Democratic Labor Party policy speech.
183. (21/11) Maggie is staying with Vera while she sorts out her affairs, although one thing has Vera very worried. Is Maggie doing the right thing?
184. (22/11) Arnold must cope alone in the deli, now that Aldo has caught Roma's virus. Dorrie offers assistance, but she proves to be more of a hindrance.
185. (23/11) Sonia tries to come to terms with Gordon's announcement, but Yvonne's concern brings her motives into question.
186. (24/11) Despite Gordon and Sonia's initial reservations, Graham is still staying in Flat 4. Don is convinced that everything is quite innocent, but is it really?
187. (27/11) Arnold had been given complete responsibility for running the delicatessen but, now that Aldo and Roma are well, he must fulfil an unpleasant duty... involving Dorrie.
188. (28/11) Following a conversation with Don, Sonia tries a fresh approach to resolving the situation between her and Gordon. However, Gordon's reaction to Don's idea is the exact opposite of Sonia's expectations.
189. (29/11) Bev is distraught over a phone call she receives from America, concerning an accident suffered by her brother. Bev is distraught, but Jack urges her to return to work so she won't be waiting around for news of Rod's condition. When the news does come, Bev is completely shattered.
190. (30/11) Norma and Les are unable to console Anna Maria. Gary is missing - and, now, so is her beloved Salvadore Russo (John Serge). When Salvadore does turn up, he has astonishing news.
191. (1/12) Maggie is in deep trouble and is not sure what to do about it. Vera offers her some advice, but she seems unlikely to take it. Norma and Vera devise a plan to help Maggie out.
192. (4/12) Vera and Arnold are very pleased to hear that Alf's business concerns have caused him to pull out of the elections.
193. (5/12) An unpleasant experience with a client the previous night is still distressing Bev. When she turns down a party invitation, Jack steps in to handle matters.
194. (6/12) Sonia tells Don that she plans to be more understanding of Gordon, but it seems that Don knows more than she does about the situation.
195. (7/12) Salvadore gathers up the courage to propose to Anna Maria, but as the happy couple are discussing the situation with Les and Norma, a telephone call comes through which stops everyone in their tracks.
196. (8/12) The owners of Number 96 seem to be planning to evict the tenants; everyone is once again in an uncertain position.
197. (11/12) Rod Houghton (John Benton) arrives back in Australia and his sister Bev is delighted; Claire and Jack, however, are not.
198. (12/12) In an attempt to share expenses, Terry Sanford (Bernadette Hughson) is moving in with Vera, but there is concern over the situation with the lease. A meeting of the tenants is called by Don to inform them of the latest disastrous news.
199. (13/12) Jack is not pleased that Rod has moved into Flat 6 with him and Bev. However, returning home unexpectedly, Jack makes a shocking discovery - Bev and Rod cuddling in bed together - and he storms out!
200. (14/12) Anna Maria and Salvadore discuss their future over lunch, but they are disrupted by a most unwelcome visitor. A distraught Gary brings disaster to their happiness.
201. (15/12) Arnold tells Aldo about his new job offer at the new supermarket - and Aldo is excited, because Roma will have to stay on in the deli now. Vera meets Lucy going into the Whittakers' flat to turn off the stove, as Norma has rung to say that something terrible has happened. Don tells Gordon about his Uncle Arnold, the High Court judge. Sir Arnold Ashton (James Condon) insists that he has found a solution to Don's problems. Roma admits to Vera and Lucy that there is no unit, and she had tried to bluff Aldo into a marriage proposal. Dorrie tells Aldo that she and Herb are supposed to be moving to Mount Druitt. The Sutcliffes plan to buy a house when they have to move from Number 96. No one has seen the Whittakers all day. Terry arrives at Flat 7, ready to move in. Yvonne is moving into Flat 1. Arnold tells Lucy that he is upset that Aldo didn't seem to mind that he was leaving, as he'd rather stay working in the deli. Meanwhile, Lucy has resigned from the laundrette. Jack describes the scene he witnessed with Bev and Rod but Don suggests that maybe Bev was right, and there's nothing in it. Don tells his uncle that he will meet Sally Fielding (Christina Danielle). Dorrie and Herb take a deli plate to the Senior Citizens' Club meeting. While Vera is helping Terry to sort through Terry's old clothes, Lucy rushes in to tell them that Salvadore has been shot. Aldo considers giving Arnold a raise and letting Roma go to the USA to see Irving. Roma asks Aldo for his hand in marriage. Sally arrives at the bar and introduces herself to Don. He notices a drunk Gordon leaving, with Yvonne, to return home. Yvonne insists she will drive, but it is a drive that will end in tragedy.
This episode's cliffhanger endings would not be resolved until the 1973 ratings season. The Don/Sally/Sir Arnold plotline was novelised for the 1974 Arkon paperback, "Marriage of Convenience".
Number 96 synopses © 1994, 2020 Ian McLean and Lindsay Street Productions. They have been rewritten and annotated from information derived from Sydney and Melbourne editions of TV Week and TV Times, cross-referenced with original Cash Harmon documentation and viewings of episodes. No text may be reproduced without the express permission of the author. To use this material in research, you are requested to inform the author and credit his contribution accordingly. Thank you.
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