Ian's Number 96 episode guide: 1973

Number 96 synopses © 1994, 2017 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.


Is Bev Houghton having an incestuous relationship with her crippled brother, Rod?

Will Salvadore Russo survive the gunshot wound inflicted by Gary Whittaker, Anna Maria's jealous husband?

Can Aldo Godolfus accept Roma Lubinski's marriage proposal?

Will Don Finlayson enter into a marriage of convenience with Sally Fielding?

Does Gordon Vansard survive the fiery car crash?

202. (8/01/1973) Aldo and Roma's happiness cannot be shared with their neighbours. Tragedy has struck not only Gordon, Sonia and Yvonne, but Anna Maria, Salvadore and the Whittakers. But, while Salvadore has escaped with a flesh wound, Yvonne is dead and Gordon is in a coma. Aldo can't seem to change Arnold's mind about his new job at the supermarket.

The resolutions to the 1972 cliffhangers were rushed back to air too quickly for TV Times to announce the show's return. Instead, the magazine had advertised a string of movies in the show's traditional 8.30pm timeslot: "Never on Sunday", "The Long Night", "My Darling Clementine" and "The Piccadilly Incident", plus on the Wednesday, an episode of "Love, American Style".

203. (9/01) Despite Bev's disapproval, Don and Sally seem to be compatible.

This plotline was novelised for the 1974 Arkon paperback, "Marriage of Convenience".

204. (10/01) Jack's disappearance distresses Bev. When Claire comes to visit her and Rod, Bev admits just why Jack has left.

205. (11/01) Salvadore, now recovered from the gunshot wound, makes a decision not to press charges against Gary.

206. (12/01) Arnold cooks his test dinner, which is to be judged by Marion Carlton (Lorrae Desmond). He intends to ask her for advice: should he leave his job at the deli?

207. (15/01) Despite domestic bliss with Sally in Flat 4, Don's research into the local council reveals bad news for the tenants of Number 96.

208. (16/01) With Vera away for a few days, Terry gets on with her work, but the nature of this work would surprise Vera; Terry is a prostitute.

209. (17/01) Bev is dejected. Not only is Jack still missing, but her mother and brother are not easing the situation and then Don brings more bad news.

210. (18/01) In order to record some examples of natural dialogue for his novel, Les conceals a tape recorder in Herb's pocket, but the conversation between Dorrie and Herb is much more than Les anticipated.

211. (19/01) Les decides to make use of the Evans' taped conversation to surprise everyone with the news. However, before he can tell Norma, she completely floors him.

212. (22/01) Rod's plan works perfectly. Jack has stormed out for the second and final time.

213. (23/01) Alf makes an intriguing discovery when he spends the night at a wayside hotel during an interstate trip.

214. (24/01) Lucy's boss, Mr Thorburn, learns that Number 96 is to be demolished for future redevelopment. Later, he calls by the building with some interesting news for the residents.

215. (25/01) Bev has been convinced by Rod that she would be happier looking after him, so Jack decides to act constructively.

216. (26/01) Gordon's condition is unchanged, despite Sonia's daily visits to the hospital. A phone call informs her that Gordon has regained consciousness, but upon her arrival, there is some bad news.

217. (29/01) Terry does not approve of Vera's new boyfriend, Gilbert Dawson (Terence Cooper). Since Terry and Gil have a past history, she threatens to tell Vera about his probable intentions, but he retaliates in similar fashion.

218. (30/01) The Sutcliffes receive news from England which threatens to end Arnold's stay as a boarder in Flat 8.

219. (31/01) Don and Sally decide to make a public announcement of their engagement. They inform Bev and Jack first, who express their delight but what are their true feelings?

220. (1/02) The many new arrivals at Number 96 are proving very confusing for the residents, especially Aldo.

221. (2/02) Arnold plans to be more knowledgeable for his next encounter with Marion, so he does some reading: sex manuals, not cook books!

222. (5/02) Irving Lubinski (Bill Riley) has settled back in Australia, but life in America seems to have altered many of his plans for the future. Aldo worries about Roma's reaction.

223. (6/02) Sally asks Sonia for her opinion on Bev's reaction to their chat, at the same time relieving Sonia's loneliness for a time.

224. (7/02) Irving reacts negatively to his mother's plan to marry Aldo.

225. (8/02) Arnold suffers through his first chaotic night with the Whittakers in Flat 5.

226. (9/02) A misunderstanding with a client of their prospering baby-sitting venture causes Dorrie to vent her anger on Herb.

227. (12/02) More comings and goings at Number 96: Alf's domineering mother (Neva Carr Glyn) arrives from England and Aldo is rushed away in an ambulance.

228. (13/02) An old friend of Don's, Paul Mathews (David Whitford), pays a visit. Sally reacts badly; is she jealous or has she realised that she has made a grave mistake?

229. (14/02) Arnold is again running the deli single-handedly. Aldo is still very ill and Roma is too worried about him to work in the shop.

230. (15/02) Gil's actions should reveal his true motives to Vera, but is she looking for any? The relationship shared by Don and Sally is also undergoing some changes; are they still "just good friends"?

231. (16/02) Irving wants Roma to assume another surname, Lewis, so that he can improve their status, both socially and financially.

232. (19/02) Dorrie and Herb live to regret their good intentions regarding the situation between Alf's mother and Lucy. Arnold has some good news for the other residents.

233. (20/02) Vera has great news and, even when Jack expresses his doubts, nothing can disturb her happiness.

234. (21/02) The Evans' introduction to organic food, a legacy from Georgina's visit several months earlier, creates a strange effect when Dorrie uses some for lunch two days in a row.

Georgina had left behind a potted marijuana plant.

235. (22/02) Romance with Miss Robyn Ross (Carolle Lea, aka Carlotta) is blooming for Arnold, but Aldo and Roma are sick of hearing about his infatuation. Roma must also prepare herself to meet Irving's fiancee.

236. (23/02) Terry goes to Don for advice because she is worried about Vera's safety when she is with Gil. Her fears are well founded; Gil makes a strategic departure after inviting a business associate, Warren Davis (John Faassen) to dinner.

237. (26/02) Roma meets Irving's intended bride, Samantha Vanderhum (Jinx Huber) and is left in a turmoil. Should she tell her son about her true feelings?

238. (27/02) Arnold is the latest victim of the so-called poltergeist! Sonia also uncovers a mystery: someone has been rummaging through the poisons cupboard.

239. (28/02) Dorrie and Herb's liberty is under threat. It is up to Don to free them, and he is confident that he can, but Dorrie is preparing for the worst.

240. (1/03) Sally cannot attend Paul's party because she has had to travel to Melbourne. However, it gives Don the chance to see another side to Paul's character. How will Don tell Sally of some newfound feelings?

241. (2/03) Aldo finally stands up to Roma's son, setting a firm condition to which Irving must agree. Irving will not be able to conceal his true name from Samantha for much longer.

242. (5/03) Arnold continues to take his relationship with Robyn very seriously, but Robyn regards him merely as a friend. Terry adds a new dimension to the situation when she sees Robyn holding a hypodermic syringe.

243. (6/03) Irving insists that he discuss Roma and Aldo's wedding plans with them at his apartment, but then Irving has some explaining to do about how the flat was purchased.

244. (7/03) Lucy's mother-in-law problems are worsening. Now Mrs Sutcliffe Sr is planning to stay with Alf and Lucy permanently.

245. (8/03) Sally finds it hard to hide her feelings from Don about his friendship with Paul.

246. (9/03) At last, Arnold introduces his beloved Robyn to the tenants of Number 96. She makes quite an impression on Aldo, Roma and the Whittakers.

247. (12/03) Robyn proves to be not the woman Arnold thought she was, shattering Arnold's self-esteem.

She's actually transgender, played by the infamous Carlotta of "Les Girls", a fact which was even kept from most of the cast until the last minute.

248. (13/03) Jim Sutcliffe is back from Perth, seeking his wife and son. He discovers that Noelene is staying with another man and Jim resolves to get her and Sebastian back.

249. (14/03) Roma's wedding trousseau is missing; the phantom thief has struck again. Exasperated, Dorrie calls a meeting of all tenants in her flat.

250. (15/03) An accidental discovery in the Whittaker family tree designates Les as an earl. He has a new brainwave, but it creates a unique problem; after all, earls don't work as hospital orderlies.

251. (16/03) Sally fails in her attempt to break up Paul and Don. They return to Flat 4 to hear her version of events.

252. (19/03) Dorrie and Herb are waiting for Flo to arrive so the three of them can head off to the Senior Citizens' harbour cruise. However, a phone call reminds them of a baby-sitting appointment for the same day.

253. (20/03) With Aldo and Roma away for a few days, Arnold is left in charge of the deli. However, Aldo still has the key to the night safe, causing headaches for Arnold, who has two days' takings to look after - and there is still a thief in the building.

254. (21/03) Vera is unsuspecting when Bev invites Gil into Flat 6 while Jack is at the races. Meanwhile, Vera is left to contend with Claire and her whims.

255. (22/03) Strange things keep happening in Number 96 and one of the tenants is suspected. An unexpected guest drops in on Bev.

256. (23/03) Sonia's traumatic past brings to the surface an inner self. This worries the new pharmacist, Brian Banerjee (Beverley Roberts). He and Don try to make her face reality.

257. (26/03) Don and Paul were expecting an adverse reaction to their relationship from Sally, but her acceptance of it throws a new light on the situation.

258. (27/03) Jack and Vera notice the seesaw effect of Sonia's condition; she is drifting further into fantasy. In the pharmacy, Brian is coping well until the arrival of a cable from his parents in India. He must return to his homeland immediately!

259. (28/03) Salvadore has told Anna Maria about Gil's Mafia connections and now Anna Maria feels that Vera should be informed.

260. (29/03) Jack organises the residents into shifts to look after Sonia, but she remains oblivious to their presence and suffers a relapse.

261. (30/03) Arnold Feather is the hapless victim of Dorrie's gossip mongering when she overhears a discussion between Sir Arnold Ashton and Sally.

262. (2/04) Alf and his new business partner and driver, Mick Milligan (Peter Berg), are doing well. However, they are choosing to ignore Arnold's carefully prepared rosters. The truth about Gil's background is finally revealed.

263. (3/03) Gil is forced to reveal his true colours now that Vera is aware of the implications surrounding his business dealings. Dorrie slanders Arnold when she accuses him of having a "candlestine" affair with one of the married tenants.

264. (4/04) The plans to redevelop the empty chemist shop are going well. Alf takes the opportunity to do some down-to-earth ribbing.

265. (5/04) Don is confronted by Sally and Sir Arnold. Bev tries to comfort Sally over the events that follow, but she is inconsolable. Dorrie causes another tragedy.

266. (6/04) Vera is disgusted over Gil and his behaviour, but her good nature will not allow her to take action.

267. (9/04) Chaos reigns supreme during every stage of the Whittakers' move into Flat 1. Norma is at her wit's end with Les and his misadventures.

268. (10/04) Herb puts Dorrie into a spin when he tells her that their daughter Joan (Judith Fisher) has rung from Melbourne. It seems Joan's husband will be arriving a day earlier than expected, much to Dorrie's annoyance. Lucy seeks help about Alf from Vera, but Vera has another visitor in Jack.

269. (11/04) Sir Arnold makes threats against Don, Sally and Paul. Despite their gloomy futures, the three decide to stick together.

270. (12/04) Jack decides to try making amends with Bev, but he continues to suspect that she is two-timing him. Dorrie is disappointed about not being able to join the Senior Citizens' Club committee for dinner, especially when Flo confirms that the Marquise will be attending.

271. (13/04) Dennis Parker (Ron Blanchard) finally arrives for his visit with his in-laws, Dorrie and Herb and proves to be a very sanitary person. In attempting to sterilise their flat to Dennis's satisfaction, they discover that Herb is allergic to the air freshener. Aldo's sister, Selma (Hilda Scurr), also arrives at Number 96. She has strange news for Aldo concerning his first wife, Ida (Brenda Senders).

Hilda Scurr had taken over as Selma from Marian Johns.

272. (16/04) Sally is resolute that, due to Sir Arnold's complete lack of concern for her, he will never have access to her child.

273. (17/04) Alf tries to cure his bout of tiredness by using the pills that Mick gave him, but Arnold realises that the drug is dangerously addictive. Aldo struggles to cope with the realisation that he is a bigamist and may face charges.

274. (18/04) Dorrie, Herb and Dennis have an evening at the Cosmopolitan Restaurant, where Helen Sheridan (Carmen Duncan) is the hostess. Helen offers to order for them, but Dorrie is unimpressed by her selection. A hippy makes a bizarre delivery to Helen's flat: her unconscious, younger sister, Jill Sheridan (Candida Raymond).

275. (19/04) After a few more finishing touches, the new wine bar will be ready to open on the site of the Vansard pharmacy. To celebrate, Jack invites all the residents of Number 96 plus his society friends.

On Good Friday, 20th April, the show was pre-empted by the movie, "Francis of Assissi".

276. (23/04) "That painting" of Norma has been transferred from the pub to the wine bar. Dorrie has a predictable reaction to Norma's attitude to posing nude. Sally contemplates suicide.

Of course, Norma had actually posed for the painting fully clothed! In Melbourne, this episode was accidentally transposed with Episode #277.

277. (24/04) Don prevents Sally from making a terrible mistake. Roma is still missing and Aldo becomes more desperate, but he keeps her disappearance from the other residents.

In Melbourne, this episode was actually aired on 23/04, when it was accidentally transposed with Episode #276.

278. (25/04) Arnold has two wonderful ideas, suggesting to Les that the wine bar commence serving snacks and that, furthermore, Arnold himself be the chef. However, when they go looking for Jack to discuss the matters, he is nowhere to be found - and Jack is not the only one missing.

279. (26/04) To make amends for standing up Dorrie at dinner the night before, Herb intends to prepare a sumptuous meal.

280. (27/4) Paul's editor is making life difficult for him and tells Don that he believes Sir Arnold is applying the pressure. They seek out Sally to settle matters.

281. (30/4) Sally calls Don at the office and informs him that she has taken an overdose of sleeping pills.

282. (1/05) Paul makes two terrifying discoveries: one concerns Sally, the other, Don. Vera worries that the situation will also affect Sue Marshall (Anne Lambert).

283. (2/05) Theorising that someone has falsified Alf's business account books, Arnold confronts the prime suspect. However, the tables are quickly turned on Arnold.

284. (3/05) The Evans' secret about their daughter's mental health is threatened by Les's latest wild scheme; he intends to pursue a part-time career as a private investigator. Jill has a happy-go-lucky attitude to life, but a drastic change is looming.

285. (4/05) Jill is warned by Helen about life in the city and the need to find employment, but Jill is unconvinced.

286. (7/05) Disgusted by his uncle's conniving and selfish attitudes, Don holds Sir Arnold responsible for Sally's death. Don is determined to make him pay for what he has done.

287. (8/05) Sue reveals her true self when she confronts Mick about his illegal activities. Alf, however, suspects nothing, and dwells over whether or not to buy the truck Mick has recommended.

288. (9/05) While on duty, Les discovers that the hospital has a patient suffering withdrawal symptoms, a patient named Harry Collins.

289. (10/05) Arnold overhears a discussion as he passes Flat 3 while delivering groceries, but when he tries to tell Aldo and Roma, they accuse him of emulating Dorrie herself.

290. (11/05) Don is determined that Sir Arnold's reputation will soon be in tatters. Nothing will prove an obstacle in Don's path, even if he and Paul end up digging ditches for the rest of their lives.

291. (14/05) Lady Frances Ashton (Faye Donaldson) pleads with her nephew not to ruin Sir Arnold's career, fearing that such action would also lead to the termination of her marriage, such as it is. Don is left in a quandary about what to do.

292. (15/05) Roma is behaving strangely towards Arnold, but she insists nothing is wrong. Aldo is unable to resolve the situation.

293. (16/05) Dorrie and her "phantom" daughter seem to have vanished, leaving Flo and Herb to live life to the fullest.

294. (17/05) Harry calls for assistance from Alcoholics Anonymous, but he once again relapses into depression and reaches for the bottle.

295. (18/05) Les has concluded that Herb has run away with Dorrie, so he calls a meeting of the residents to explain his investigations.

296. (21/05) Wally Scott (Peter Corbett) and Mick double-date with Sue and Jill, but Jill is feeling uneasy. Mick offers her some marijuana.

297. (22/05) Now that Arnold has left the deli, Roma and Aldo are finding it difficult to cope. Meanwhile, Arnold is delighted with his new job in the wine bar.

298. (23/05) Helen's position at the Cosmo is causing her trouble, so she seeks Jack's advice. He thinks that the staff are reacting adversely to her "masculine" behaviour.

299. (24/05) Aldo's deli comes under suspicion when Flo comes down with similar food poisoning symptoms to Lucy's. Herb has yet another surprise in store for Flo.

300. (25/05) Vera and Harry seem to be a couple again; she has made no attempt to reject his advances.

301. (28/05) Vera and Harry's relationship will self-destruct unless one of them makes a strong stand.

302. (29/05) Alf's three employees continue to deceive him, but time is surely running out for them.

303. (30/05) Mick and Wally pull another scam a big one and try to keep it a secret from Alf.

304. (31/05) Vera refuses all help, and her situation continues to worsen.

305. (1/06) Finally accepting her predicament as a serious problem, Vera takes the advice of her friends.

306. (4/06) Flo's job in the deli infuriates Dorrie, although Aldo and Roma actually find Flo's help to be more of a hindrance.

307. (5/06) A gang of hoodlums have made a nuisance of themselves outside the wine bar at closing time. Arnold hopes his new boxing skills will be sufficient to deter them.

308. (6/06) Following Arnold and Jack's altercation with the hoodlums the previous night, Jack asks the police to keep an eye on the wine bar. However, Arnold believes that stronger measures are necessary.

309. (7/06) Don's odd behaviour is of concern to Jack and Vera. On the other hand, Vera and Harry seem to be recovering well.

310. (8/06) Arnold has an eye-opener in store for Mick; it is only a matter of time before the Sutcliffes realise the truth about Mick's activities.

311. (11/06) Jill is pleased that her relationship with Tim Grose (Stewart Finch) is going well. She is enthusiastic about her modelling job and her first pay packet.

312. (12/06) Les's tall tales have gotten him fired from his job at the hospital and everyone dreads what his next project will be.

313. (13/06) Bev Houghton is back! But, as the newly-married Mrs Goodman, she still has one more surprise up her sleeve for Jack.

Abigail had returned from "a sabbatical" following several public disagreements with the producers.

314. (14/06) Earl Goodman (Richard Lupino) and Bev have all the tenants gossiping over their sudden appearance. The other topic of conversation is Flo, who has lost everything except her pet budgerigar (Mr Perky) in the tragic Paradise Street fire.

315. (15/06) Sue and Mick have carefully planned their latest scam, but things start going terribly wrong for Mick.

316. (18/06) Dorrie complains that Flo is living off the other residents because she is accepting their charity. Furthermore, Flo is not helping out in Flat 3 and Mr Perky is driving everyone crazy.

317. (19/06) Harry's personality is undergoing a radical change. He is being self-centred and acting like a nasty, belligerent fanatic. Vera finds that her affection for him is cooling.

318. (20/06) Roma overwhelms Aldo with her surprise, but it means even more responsibility for Arnold.

319. (21/06) Joe Corless (Tony Allyn) realises what Sue and Mick have been up to. He plans for revenge.

320. (22/06) Bev (Victoria Raymond) and Earl talk business. There are more worries for Alf. Sue, of course, continues to play it cool, and only Arnold suspects her true motives.

Victoria Raymond had taken over the role of Bev from Abigail after ongoing disagreements between Abigail and Cash Harmon Productions.

321. (25/06) Arnold's talents have become as indispensable to Les and Norma as they are to Aldo and Roma.

322. (26/06) Despite the latest setbacks, Dr Alistair Pascal (Raymond Duparc) firmly believes that Don can successfully change his character if he truly wants to.

323. (27/06) Flo, Dorrie and Herb have caught the competition bug, whether they be television quiz shows or contests in the newspaper. Dorrie and Flo doubt each other's abilities to win.

324. (28/06) Aldo announces the birth of his first grandson, Aldo Bronislav Damien Myers, or Damien for short. The extent of Sue's treachery is finally revealed and there are further complications when Jill returns to find the flat ransacked. Dorothy Dunlop (Diana McLean) commences her duties at Norma's Bar.

325. (29/06) Les makes life extremely difficult for Norma when she commences dieting. Wally surprises Alf with a concession.

326. (2/07) When Flo is invited to partner Mrs Terry in an important bowling match, Dorrie is annoyed. Then they realise that Flo's bowling dress was destroyed during the fire which made her homeless.

327. (3/07) Vera urges Lucy to seek the advice of an optician when her eyesight continues to deteriorate.

328. (4/07) In a day full of surprises, Roma springs one on Aldo, Jill has her own surprise for Arnold and Tim has one planned for Jill.

329. (5/07) Anna Maria's upcoming wedding fills Les's head with ideas, but it seems that Norma doesn't approve of any of them.

330. (6/07) With Claire's assistance, Earl concludes his first successful business deal. Tim has yet another surprise planned for Jill and Arnold.

331. (9/07) An telegram arrives at Flat 3 and causes great excitement for Herb and Dorrie. Meanwhile, Vera returns home to Flat 7 to discover a strange girl sitting on Harry's knee.

The Vera/Harry plotline was novelised for the 1974 Arkon paperback, "The Sins of Harry Collins".

332. (10/07) The residents of Number 96 gather around their television sets to watch the Evans' appearance on a quiz show compered by Jimmy Jock (Johnny Ladd).

333. (11/07) The film project is a source of great excitement for Arnold and Jill, but they are unaware of Tim's plans.

334. (12/07) Wally makes a startling admission to Alf. It is hoped that things will now take a turn for the better.

335. (13/07) Vera has convinced herself that she is responsible for the death of the drunken girl, Diana Ford. Don and Harry are worried that she will appear guilty during the police interview, especially when Don remembers the investigating officer's record for successful convictions.

336. (16/07) Norma is being driven crazy by Dorothy's psychic "vibrations", but now Les is getting just as bad. Vera has realised that she was foolishly blaming herself for a freak accident, but someone else still believes that she was responsible.

337. (17/07) Earl seems to be spending more and more time at Claire's place, but Bev is still believing every word her new husband says.

338. (18/07) Jill has developed an insufferable star complex and reacts poorly to the news that an unexpected guest will be accompanying her and Tim to the screening of the film.

339. (19/07) It is an exciting day for Dorrie and Herb, who are packed and ready for their cruise. At the hospital, Lucy prepares herself for the removal of the bandages from her eyes.

340. (20/07) Dorothy finds that an important piece of Dorrie's luggage has been left behind. Norma attempts to ask Roma's advice on a matter.

341. (23/07) Jack has received a shock, but he is more concerned with Helen's reaction.

342. (24/07) Don confronts Alistair and Jack puts forward a proposal for Don to consider.

343. (25/07) An unexpected incident disturbs the peaceful rapture of Number 96's "acting concierge", Flo.

344. (26/07) Jill is unwell and it seems possible she has the same problem as her sister.

345. (27/07) The inquest has been postponed due to the discovery of new evidence. Vera is understandably worried.

346. (30/07) Helen is adamant that an abortion is out of the question, but Jack, worried about the risks, tries to make her see reason.

347. (31/07) Les has resumed his interest in being a private detective - and the enigmatic writer of the poison pen letters is his target.

348. (1/08) Les accuses his suspect. Roma and Aldo receive a mysterious telephone call.

349. (2/08) Jack and Alf have an evening out, but the night ends in a shock for the other residents.

350. (3/08) Don is finally introduced to Johnny Briggs (Deryck Barnes), Jack's business partner. Johnny's suggestion surprises both Jack and Don.

351. (6/08) Jill searches for a new job, while Helen seeks peace of mind in church.

352. (7/08) Earl is working on his latest underhanded scheme.

353. (8/08) Jack arranges a meeting with Tim in an attempt to get possession of the blue movie featuring Jill and Arnold. Les demonstrates his latest invention.

354. (9/08) Aldo and Roma's arguing reaches a stalemate. Aldo seeks Don's advice.

355. (10/08) Roma's plan to learn "Australian" English is put into motion when she finds herself a willing teacher.

356. (13/08) Flo and Herb have their own alternate plans when Dorrie is invited to a charity party.

357. (14/08) Earl is under pressure and requires help from Jack, but he may not get what he needs.

358. (15/08) Les has an unusual present for Norma, but the gift Dorrie receives is unexpected. Dorothy is still causing problems for Arnold.

359. (16/08) Marie Crowther (Hazel Phillips) and Harry continue their verbal sparring match and Jill is in for a shock when she visits Vera.

This plotline was novelised for the 1974 Arkon paperback, "The Sins of Harry Collins".

360. (17/08) Vera finds a familiar-looking ring in her bed, but can't remember the identity of the owner... yet.

361. (20/08) Aldo makes progress in his evening violin class. Dorothy conducts a seance which produces some startling results.

362. (21/08) Following Claire's malicious attack, Bev will have something to say to Earl.

363. (22/08) Jill takes a risk or several when she makes advances to Harry.

364. (23/08) Don has a serious choice to make. Will he be swayed by loyalty to his new job or his friendship with Aldo?

365. (24/08) Jill wants Harry to resume their liaison, but an unexpected discovery may spoil her plans.

366. (27/08) Les prepares for the first demonstration of his latest invention.

367. (28/08) Dorrie's concern over Flo's back is minor, compared to what is to come: Herb suffers a mild stroke.

368. (29/08) Marie is well prepared for her dealings with Harry.

369. (30/08) Jack offers a new proposition to Aldo. Don receives a sum of money from an unexpected source.

370. (31/08) Dorrie is finding it difficult to cope with Herb.

371. (3/09) Arnold and Dorothy are becoming more deeply involved, but Arnold is still unsure about the situation.

372. (4/09) Dorrie dubiously seeks Les's assistance to bring Herb back to normal.

373. (5/09) Arnold suffers through a tirade of man-to-man advice from Les about handling women like Dorothy.

374. (6/09) Don and Jack once again confront Johnny about Aldo's deli, but it seems they are wasting their time.

375. (7/09) Johnny has a surprise in store for Jack and Don, while Alf suffers another bout of bad luck.

376. (10/09) Success at night school continues to bring pleasure to both Roma and Aldo.

377. (11/09) Jill's disappearance is a worry to both Harry and Helen, but then something happens which may incriminate Harry.

378. (12/09) The Missing Persons Bureau contact Helen, raising her hopes that Jill has been located.

379. (13/09) Norma is annoyed that Maggie Cameron is making so many changes at the wine bar.

380. (14/09) Despite their past arguments, Maggie makes an enticing suggestion to Norma. Plans for the fashion parade are put into action.

381. (17/09) Aldo and Roma's evening classes begin to create problems. Arnold tries to make a difficult decision. Dorrie has plans for Roger Wotherspoon (Terry O'Neill).

382. (18/09) Flo has some surprises up her sleeve and Herb receives an unexpected visitor. Perhaps Claire's condition will improve soon.

383. (19/09) Les offers his services to Dorothy, who is still searching for a man. Arnold requests help from Helen. Flat 4 is the destination of a strange visitor to Number 96.

384. (20/09) While at her mother's house, Bev makes an unusual discovery.

385. (21/09) Don's Aunt Amanda, the Baroness von Pappenburg (Carol Raye), has to attend an audition. She makes an interesting proposal to Flo.

386. (24/09) Rod Houghton expresses his concern about Bev and tries to decide whether or not to tell her about Earl's affair.

387. (25/09) Harry receives a parcel and a letter, but this time they are not anonymous. Dorothy, hoping her "vibrations" will prove correct, goes off on a blind date.

388. (26/09) Harry has a difficult decision to make. Jack is stern with Helen, who also has news for Arnold. Herb is sneaking off behind Dorrie's back.

389. (27/09) Amanda is mounting up huge bills, which worries Don considerably, as do the problems he is having with Maggie. Earl is in deep trouble.

390. (28/09) Roma is pleasantly surprised by some unexpected news, but Aldo is unimpressed. It is expected that the blackmailers will again be in contact with Harry.

391. (1/10) Flo has some bad news, but Vera's news is quite different.

392. (2/10) Dorothy has a premonition of forthcoming evil news. Norma hears from an old friend and everyone remembers Dorothy's warning.

393. (3/10) Dorrie does all she can to help Flo, but not in the way that Flo wants. Harry leaves Number 96; where is he off to this time?

394. (4/10) Jill is back, apparently safe and well, but appearances can be deceiving. Lucy receives another phone call from England.

395. (5/10) Flo and Dorrie squabble over who will complete a certain good deed.

396. (8/10) Helen must come to a difficult decision concerning Jill.

397. (9/10) The Whittakers make some startling discoveries over Dorothy.

398. (10/10) A rift between Don and Jack is looming; Jack and Maggie have been making decisions without Don's input.

399. (11/10) Flo's prayers seem to have been answered; she has found somewhere to live.

400. (12/10) Alf has news from London. Les comes up with another idea. Maggie has a new reason for being angry with Don.

401. (15/10) Norma finds that her new boarder, young Ian Daniels (Alan Wilson), has unexpected talents. Helen looks for help, both for Jill and for her own problems. Don gains a new admirer in Dudley Butterfield (Chard Hayward).

402. (16/10) Dorrie has cause for alarm. While life looks rosy for Harry and Vera, things are gloomy for both Jack and Flo.

403. (17/10) Maggie has upset Don. Helen is being stubborn. Amanda decides to try her hand at matchmaking. Herb causes deep concern. How will Alf cope with the decision being forced upon him?

404. (18/10) Jack finally gets Helen to reveal the truth. Jill is in love again, but with whom? Two of the building's oldest tenants may be leaving.

405. (19/10) Jill finds an outlet for her needs by helping Father David O'Brien (Hilton Bonner) with his community project. Claire has discovered Earl's whereabouts. What has he been up to?

406. (22/10) Dorrie tries everything to rid herself of Flo. Bev sinks deeply into self-pity. Helen is suspicious of Jill's motives for helping others.

407. (23/10) Maggie intends to teach Don a lesson, but Amanda's aspirations are higher.

408. (24/10) Maggie's revenge on Don was successful. Father O'Brien seems to have a confession of his own. Amanda considers taking on the role of mediator for Ian.

409. (25/10) Ian reacts strangely to some news. Aldo and Roma reach an agreement about their trip.

410. (26/10) Helen (Jill Forster) may yet realise her true feelings; happiness is within her grasp.

Jill Forster replaced Carmen Duncan as Helen from this episode due to Ms Duncan's real-life pregnancy.

411. (29/10) Roma is, perhaps needlessly, concerned for Aldo, but he is still anxious to have a private discussion with Don. Have Helen and Jack finally reached a decision about their future?

412. (30/10) An unexpected visitor to the deli discovers some secrets. Lucy may hear some surprising news from Alf.

413. (31/10) There is a surprise in store for Bev, but someone else has a bigger bombshell to drop.

414. (1/11) Some of the residents feel like celebrating, but sadness looms for others.

415. (2/11) Alf is being stubborn and Roma has secret worries.

416. (5/11) David is about to receive advice from well-meaning friends; how will he react? Norma tries to convince Ian to see things her way.

417. (6/11) Maggie, Amanda, Jack and Les visit a gambling den, with disastrous consequences.

418. (7/11) Don hears from an old friend: his former lover, Bruce Taylor. Meanwhile, Jill indulges in some outrageous behaviour.

419. (8/11) Helen may have been misjudged by David. Dudley realises he must explain his motives for helping with Amanda's plan.

420. (9/11) Arnold has a message from the hospital for Roma, but he is reluctant to pass it on.

421. (12/11) Vera hears news which awakens memories of her past. Herb has some explaining to do.

422. (13/11) Dorrie wants Don's assistance in an official capacity, but Don has his own problems.

423. (14/11) Ian's newly-gained freedom may not be what he expected. Maggie renews an old acquaintance.

424. (15/11) Roma steels herself for the doctor's verdict. Will Aldo's fears be realised?

425. (16/11) Bruce finds himself in great demand. Ian's father, Ben Daniels (John Trenaman), must face his responsibilities.

426. (19/11) Lucy's business venture may not be what she had hoped, while Dudley finds himself in a dilemma.

427. (20/11) Ben and Ian surprise each other. Dorrie has come up with a strange idea to keep a check on Herb's activities.

428. (21/11) Vera's step-father, Neville De Groot (Ronald Morse), has arrived; a dinner invitation is made under false pretences. Bev's patience may have been rewarded.

429. (22/11) Harry does not know what to believe. Maggie is relentless.

430. (23/11) Don's business trip reveals some disturbing news.

431. (26/11) Neville attempts to place doubt in Vera's mind while, in the deli, Aldo causes confusion.

432. (27/11) Bev may live to regret her assignments for Bruce.

433. (28/11) While at the hairdressing salon, Amanda discovers some interesting reading matter.

434. (29/11) Vera attempts to put the past out of her thoughts, but now Harry has something to hide.

435. (30/11) Neville has some unfinished business. Has Les finally achieved success?

436. (3/12) Maggie wants everything her way, which could explain Bev's melodramatic behaviour.

437. (4/12) Fortuitously for Bev, Don decides to checks in on her.

438. (5/12) Alf has no idea that he is harbouring secret information. Helen may yet get a reprieve.

439. (6/12) Vera tries Harry's patience; he may seek consolation elsewhere.

440. (7/12) Don is greatly inconvenienced by Amanda's generosity. Bev confides in him.

441. (10/12) Norma wants to do her own thing, but Lucy may regret doing hers.

Production of the "Number 96" feature film commenced on this day. Eleven days later, the cast wrapped for the Christmas hiatus. It was filmed on 16mm film stock, later blown up to 35mm for release to cinemas. Only five prints were deemed necessary, premiering throughout Australia on a staggered release during 1974. The budget was a mere $100,000. However, most sets, props and costumes were already available.

442. (11/12) Roma has a phone conversation which puzzles Aldo. Bruce does not mince words with Bev.

443. (12/12) Helen makes an amazing decision.

444. (13/12) Alf's persistent warnings to Arnold about danger seem to fall on deaf ears as a parcel bomb claims its victim.

445. (14/12) Bev seems desperate over Bruce's intention to marry Maggie. Les and Norma inform Jack of their intention to leave the wine bar. Bev pulls a gun on Bruce and she is shot during a struggle. A woman claims to be Dudley's wife. Arnold's condition causes concern; the doctors seek the Sutcliffe's permission to amputate his leg. Harry's joy may soon turn to despair when Vera informs him that her baby may have "coloured blood".

This episode's cliffhanger endings would not be resolved until the 1974 ratings season.

Number 96 synopses © 1994, 2017 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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