1974

Ian's Number 96 episode guide: 1974

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.


CLIFFHANGERS:

What dark, family secret does Helen Sheridan keep concealed from Jack Sellars?

Can Arnold Feather survive the amputation of his injured leg?

Did Bruce Taylor or Maggie Cameron cause Bev Houghton's gunshot wound?

Does Dudley Butterfield really have a secret wife?

Will Harry Collins return to the bottle if his wife, Vera, gives birth to a black baby?

446. (28/01/1974) Don tries to get Bruce to explain how Bev managed to get shot. Dorrie and Herb are missing Flo. Alf tries to comfort Lucy. Don brings Dudley a cup of tea. Dudley is jealous because Don was out all night with Bruce, but he is also unnerved when confronted by his past: his wife, Jan Butterfield (Denise Otto) has turned up. Vera and Harry discuss the baby. Bruce interrupts breakfast to tell Don and Dudley that Maggie has still not returned. Flo has lost Amanda in Honolulu. At the Boulevard Cafe, Dorrie, Herb and Lucy discuss Arnold's condition. Bruce leaves Flat 4 just as Jan arrives, asking Dudley for money. Dudley tells Don that she deserted him and Jan rushes out. Lucy asks Vera about the baby and they discuss Arnold. Harry and Alf are in the wine bar. Dorrie and Herb are there having lunch when, suddenly, Flo arrives: she managed to lose Amanda in Honolulu. Bruce wants to come home with Don but Don says that he is now nothing more than a client. Dr Dalton has grave news for the Sutcliffes: Arnold's injured leg has been amputated. Jan reveals to Don that Dudley has a three-year-old son.

447. (29/01) Les arrives home from nightshift at the hospital and Norma asks him about Arnold. She tells him she has signed a modelling contract for $200 per week. Some new tenants, Reg and Edie MacDonald (Mike Dorsey & Wendy Blacklock) of Blacktown, and their daughter, Marilyn (Frances Hargreaves), have moved into Flat 5. When Marilyn accidentally tears her blouse, Aldo encounters her ample charms. Roma invites her into Flat 2 and makes a hasty repair. When Les enters the deli needing pretzels for the wine bar, Aldo takes him through to the flat and they both see Marilyn without her blouse on. Maggie arrives back, telling Bruce that she wasn't present during Bev's shooting. Supposedly she was in Melbourne on business. Aldo and Roma close the deli early to celebrate Aldo's birthday at The Blue Danube, but the night is a disaster. Les takes the MacDonalds into the wine bar and Norma treats them to drinks "on the house". Marilyn mistakes Maggie for Bruce's mother. The Whittakers ponder leaving the wine bar. Reg and Edie get ready for bed but Reg encounters Marilyn in the bathtub. Over dinner, Bruce tries to convince Maggie to speak to the police. She refuses, again claiming she wasn't in the office when Bev came by. In the deli next morning, Les finds an article in the newspaper reporting Bev's shooting. Over breakfast, Reg and Edie realise that Marilyn hasn't arrived home.

Actually, Marilyn's charms were even more "ample" when the role was played by Judy McBurney. A bout of peritonitis led to the character being recast. Frances Hargreaves had to reshoot all of Ms McBurney's scenes.

448. (30/01) Marilyn meets Flo, Don and Dudley on the stairs. She tells her mother that had been out all night with a friend. Herb introduces himself to Reg, who is on his way to work. Over coffee, Don and Dudley discuss Jan. Meanwhile, Dorrie, Herb and Flo have breakfast and wonder about Amanda's whereabouts. Marilyn asks Don for a lift into town. Amanda returns home and soon has everyone in a party mood. Maggie sticks to her story and tells Don she wasn't present when Bev was shot. When Don gets back to Number 96, he finds Amanda, Dudley and Flo partying with songs and champagne. Bruce rings and Don rushes off again. Dorrie calls in on Edie for a cup of tea and sees more of Marilyn than she ever anticipated. Reg sets up an account at the deli. Flo disappoints Amanda and says she won't be accompanying her on the world trip. Don gets a phone call from Claire, who has some shattering news about Bev.

449. (31/01) Bev has succumbed to her injury. Norma realises that Harry is still very racially prejudiced. Lucy frets about Arnold; he still doesn't know that his leg has been amputated. Dorrie, Herb and Flo get ready to go to the Senior Citizens' Club. Amanda tells Jack about Bev. Harry and Vera talk about the baby. Amanda has coffee with Lucy and Vera at the Boulevard Cafe. Norma considers the possibilities that her new modelling contract may bring. Jack receives a letter from Helen and tells Amanda about it. Dorrie prepares a special afternoon tea for Flo, not realising that Flo is no longer going with Amanda. Alf tells Lucy that the police have released Mr Poreski (Tim Eliott). Amanda entertains the wine bar crowd with anecdotes about the babies she has helped to deliver. Harry storms out. Jack reads some of Helen's letter to Vera. If Harry stops his game of pretence, Vera will be unable to face the consequences. He cannot accept a coloured baby.

450. (1/02) Vera gives Harry an ultimatum about the baby. He wants Vera to have an abortion but she refuses to consider it. Amanda takes Flo, Dorrie and Herb to her fancy dress farewell party, but Herb gets himself arrested for being "a transisterite", as Dorrie explains it. Claire vows to have her revenge on Bruce over her daughter's death; she intends for him to spend the rest of his life in gaol. Maggie decides to stay with Jack for a while. Amanda acts as Herb's counsel and resolves his court ordeal. Lucy is uneasy about Poreski and his men, but Alf is determined to tell all on the Names in the News television show. Lucy becomes terrified. Alf receives a phone call but no one speaks. Believing it to be Poreski, Alf big notes himself again, making the situation worse.

This episode was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

451. (4/02) Don can find neither Maggie nor Jan. Dudley and Bruce are both increasingly concerned about their situations. Reg encourages Marilyn to see the personnel officer at the TH (Town Hall) about a job, but she doesn't want to work there. Bruce goes missing from Flat 4. Don panics, as Bruce is supposed to be in his custody. Bruce turns up at Jack's, to see Maggie - but she won't change her mind. Don also tries, unsuccessfully, to get Maggie to change her mind. Maggie may be forced to tell the truth; Bruce remembers that she was sending a telegram to her husband, Victor, when Bev came into the office. Don is elated, as those crucial telegram details will be on record at the post office. Les gets a phone call from his solicitor about the MacCraddonow title. He is required in England urgently and will be gone for several weeks. Norma is agitated. Marilyn goes to a movie with Dudley and gets home ten minutes late for dinner. Reg starts to reprimand her but she announces that she will tell everyone all about their family if he doesn't leave her alone.

Repeats of the series, from Episode #1, commenced in a daytime timeslot (1.30 pm in Sydney). Due to censorship rules, some episodes were heavily edited and occasionally pre-empted by episodes of "Room 222".

452. (5/02) The residents are still puzzled about the daily Woman & Culture magazine serial called 54 Paddington Place. This time, Dorrie suspects Les Whittaker as being the author. The newspaper has a long write-up on Alf's television appearance. Alf reads it aloud to Lucy, who is convinced that he has made things worse. Marilyn again threatens Reg with the truth. He needs to stay out of her life. Herb explains to Dorrie that Flo won't be going overseas and Dorrie is furious that Flo misled her. She insists that Flo's rent will be going up $10 per week. The inquest into Bev's death exonerates Bruce because Maggie substantiates his story. Claire is outraged. Helen comes back and admits that she loves Jack and can't be without him - but she cannot marry him, nor give him children, because of her mother's hereditary insanity. Dorrie wins a place on The Pennants bowling team. Marilyn suggests some ways to jazz up the laundrette, to attract more customers, and Lucy offers her a job. Reg is unsure, but Marilyn reminds him of their little talks. There is three months left on Bev's lease, but Claire tells Dorrie to re-let the flat and to leave all the furniture in it. Jack suggests to Helen that they could adopt children, but she refuses to consider it. Claire rewards Jack's kindness in a most unexpected way... with a beach house. A distraught Claire receives a batch of pornographic photographs of Bev. An accompanying note from Bruce explains that he took them on Maggie's orders. She shows them to Jack.

453. (6/02) Maggie arrives home to find Helen there and promises to move out of Jack's place as soon as she can. Les is worried about Norma looking after the bar while he is away and asks Don to look into her modelling contract. Don speaks plainly to Bruce. Bruce visits Maggie and tells her that he forgives her for everything. He takes her office keys from her bag while she's in the bedroom. Vera tells Harry he must take time to get used to a baby coming. Bruce sleeps with Maggie, then tells her what he thinks of her. She is stunned. Claire shows Don the photos of Bev. When more arrive, a note explains that the negatives are in a safe in Maggie's office. Claire hires someone to break in and retrieve them; the negatives are exactly where the note suggested. Claire tells Don she intends to break Maggie. After the funeral, she presents Maggie with the evidence, who denies everything. Harry requires some answers which only Vera can provide; her doctor has told Harry that there is no baby. Bruce wants Don to take him back; he throws him out. Jack and Don tell Claire they don't think Maggie had anything to do with the negatives, but Claire is determined. Vera admits to Harry that she is not pregnant and that Neville DeGroot has no coloured blood. She was merely testing Harry.

454. (7/02) Vera wants to know if Harry still wants to marry her again. Upset over Harry's reactions to her having coloured blood, she runs to Alf and Lucy. Alf decides to talk to Harry, but he is unsuccessful; Harry's racism is too strong. Norma discovers that Les is booked on the same flight as Amanda. She warns him not to let Amanda coerce him into stopping off in Hong Kong or anywhere. Don finds a loophole in Norma's modelling contract. Jan asks Dudley if he could see her with Don later that afternoon. Amanda and Les head to the airport amid many tears. Dudley meets his problem face-to-face; his son, Ben (Ben Huber), is a lovely little boy. Don thinks that Ben looks just like Dudley. Harry makes up his mind and leaves Vera for good. Lucy's fears are realised! Alf arrives home to find her bound and gagged on the bed. Poreski and another man are hiding behind the door. They overcome Alf and threaten that Arnold, in the hospital, is next.

455. (8/02) So much for Alf's secret plans; Lucy and Alf are now both bound and gagged on the bed. The police arrive! Dorrie, Herb and Flo try to assemble Amanda's bed but, when Dorrie says that it belongs to her, Flo and Herb leave the room and the bed collapses around her. Patti takes Aldo and Roma in to see Arnold. The Sutcliffes are having breakfast and when Herb arrives to collect the garbage, and Alf tells him what a hero he is. Over tea at the Boulevard Cafe, Dorrie tells Flo that Claire wants her to look after the lease on Flat 6. Jack and Helen are in bed but she must get ready for work. Jack tries to organise a time to see her, but she realises she will be too busy. Lucy is in the deli when Alf joins her to buy more copies of the newspaper with his photo in it, but Aldo's stock has sold out. Helen arranges to meet a strange man. Herb, Dorrie and Aldo go to the hospital to visit Arnold, but they keep slipping up about his leg. Lucy and Flo chat in the laundrette when Pablo arrives with a way-out painting to brighten up the place. Jack is at the deli buying cigarettes when Roma tells Aldo that his sister, Selma, has rung. The phone rings again; it is Selma wanting to stay in Flat 2 because her house is being redecorated. Jack is up in Flat 6 collecting some of Bev's belongings but Dorrie and Herb burst in, thinking he was a prowler. Arnold is feeling miserable and asks Patti what his life will be like with only one leg. Aldo and Roma bicker about Selma. Jack goes to the Cosmopolitan restaurant and sees Helen with another man. He feels guilty and leaves. Alf and Lucy find Arnold in his wheelchair. Arnold has done some serious thinking about his future; he is never returning to Number 96 and has booked himself into a home for the disabled.

456. (11/02) Claire is still bitter towards Maggie. Dudley contemplates ways to change his story.

457. (12/02) Vera receives a cruel note. Marilyn meets an artist who has some colourful ideas.

"The Box" makes its Sydney debut in a 90-minute episode, achieving a rating of 46. The previous night, it had scored 32 in Melbourne.

458. (13/02) Dorrie is starting to doubt the wisdom behind her business venture.

459. (14/02) Jack tries to get the truth out of Helen. Maggie continues to be a problem.

460. (15/02) Arnold's hopes are dashed. Herb is planning a special treat for Dorrie.

461. (18/02) Roma suffers a situation with "too many cooks", while Reg's prim facade could be misleading.

462. (19/02) Maggie has had a distressing encounter with Claire.

463. (20/02) Les is in yet another predicament.

464. (21/02) Marilyn is confused by Dudley's emotional behaviour.

465. (22/02) Norma reacts in horror to Jack's news.

466. (25/02) Arnold hears something and is lost for words. Dudley wants to make a clean break.

467. (26/02) Is Claire hearing the truth from Maggie? Jack has cause for doubts.

468. (27/02) Norma faints in surprise, but Helen is also in for a shock.

469. (28/02) Shadows from the past keep turning up to haunt Mal Jackson (George Assang), while Arnold looks to his future.

470. (29/02) Helen amazes Jack again. Dudley has had a change of attitude.

471. (4/03) Jack agrees to let Helen's mother, Elissa Sheridan (Betty Dyson) stay with them, but Helen soon realises that her father (Tom Farley) may have known best after all. Maggie's problems are overwhelming and she threatens Claire, while Vera and Mal argue.

472. (5/03) Dorrie's voice returns and she puts a stop to Flo's reunion plans. Vera loses something very important: her sketch pad of pirated fashion designs. Claire's health is a cause of concern when she refuses an operation to remove a blood clot, but Jack signs the consent form. Norma reads an instalment of 54 Paddington Place. Elissa goes shopping with Helen, but why has she also brought a huge knife with her? Vera is a victim of Mal's nightmare.

473. (6/03) Edie confides in Marilyn. Mal tries to help Vera in his own way.

474. (7/03) Reg decides on the only appropriate course of action. Don has an important message for Dudley.

475. (8/03) Don has uncovered some undeniable facts during an investigation. Herb's Good Samaritan act has been discovered.

476. (11/03) Jack's words spoken in jest are actually close to the truth.

477. (12/03) Helen believes that Jack is being melodramatic, but Vera finds him to be a good friend.

478. (13/03) What will Jan think of Dudley's latest idea? Norma is mystified by something she reads. Jack wakes up just in time: surrounded by fire!

479. (14/03) There is a happy reunion at Number 96, but Norma is far from happy about her discovery.

480. (15/03) Maggie wins a round with Claire. Dorrie decides to start a petition. Elissa seems contented.

481. (18/03) Helen is disturbed by something she has found. Meanwhile, Arnold's nurse, Patti Olsen (Pamela Garrick), has some surprising intentions.

482. (19/03) Roma and Aldo are over-anxious in their desire to assist a friend. Marilyn is suffering from the pangs of unrequited love.

483. (20/03) Les's newly acquired prosperity is burning a hole in his pocket, leading to some strange ideas. Dorrie receives a gift and is overwhelmed.

484. (21/03) Jack gives the Sheridan family some time to be alone. Edie must realise that the holiday is over.

485. (22/03) Dorrie maintains that she has witnessed a crime, but nobody believes her.

486. (25/03) Dorrie receives a most unwelcome visitor. Helen must face the truth.

487. (26/03) Two marriages at Number 96 are under threat. Tragedy strikes again in Vera's life.

488. (27/03) Feelings between Aldo and Roma are strained. Don finds the door to the laundrette closed, but has no idea of the sinister dealings behind it.

489. (28/03) Reg and Edie endure a night of fear. Patti and Arnold find that it is difficult to be alone at Number 96.

490. (29/03) Jack gets a good reception, but Don can't say the same. Les finds that he has a lot to learn about photography.

491. (1/04) Helen tries to withstand her mother's plea. Aldo aims to equal Roma's achievement.

492. (2/04) Reg refuses to listen to reason. Alf gets the wrong idea about Tom Bartlett (Ron Roberts).

493. (3/04) Dorrie's party may not go according to plan. Tom decides to speak out.

494. (4/04) At last, Arnold finds the right words. Jack is shocked into silence by the scene that greets him.

495. (5/04) Jack is not sure if his problems are solved. Alf confuses Lucy even further.

496. (8/04) Don and Dudley tidy up the flat and discover that nothing has been stolen. Jack informs Helen of Elissa's death. In the cellar, a mystery surrounds the Buddha statue; it is found to be filled with packets of drugs. Les wants to try out a miracle hair restorer on Herb. Dean MacDonald (Marty Rhone) discloses a family secret over dinner: that Marilyn is adopted.

497. (9/04) An emotional outburst horrifies Vera. Dorrie dispenses some good advice.

498. (10/04) Alf is due to be shocked out of complacency. Flo becomes a martyr to a cause.

499. (11/04) Arnold's newfound happiness may be in jeopardy. Jack tries to get the truth out of Helen.

500. (15/04) There is a mixed welcome home for two residents of Number 96. Meanwhile, Helen seems have adopted a defeatist attitude.

Often claimed in articles to be "the first colour episode", Channel 10 in Sydney didn't convert its studio for colour production until the 1974 Easter weekend.

501. (16/04) Tom has a plan and seems intent on seeing it through. Aldo has a point to prove.

502. (17/04) The Whittakers have a midnight caller. Dean's reaction is not what Reg expected.

503. (18/04) Marilyn is having second thoughts. Flo receives recognition as a result of Dorrie's fund-raising efforts and Herb undergoes a transformation.

504. (19/04) Amanda's phone call does not alleviate Don's confusion. Arnold and Patti have conflicting ideas over their wedding arrangements.

Over the Easter weekend, Channel 10 in Sydney converted its studio for colour production. Even then, although all scenes were being taped in colour, completed episodes would still be compiled in black and white for several more weeks.

505. (22/04) It's panic stations for Reg... and for Don, too, if he can't pacify his visitors.

506. (23/04) Helen's father has some information to her advantage. Dudley's intruder leaves behind a clue.

507. (24/04) Roma and Aldo try to play cupid. Marilyn is innocently oblivious to the attentions of her admirer.

508. (25/04) Lucy tries to make Alf listen to the truth. Reg feels that his family situation is now completely out of hand.

509. (26/04) Gary Whittaker shows a sudden interest in Maggie. Don is careless with his briefcase.

510. (29/04) Tom wants an answer from Lucy. Marilyn shocks her parents with her plans for the future.

511. (30/04) Maggie strikes a hard bargain. Alf overhears a conversation which startles him.

512. (1/05) Don thought his troubles were over, but Gary has news which changes his mind.

513. (2/05) Helen straightens things out with Jack, while Patti sets standards for Arnold.

514. (3/05) Herb is headed for trouble if he listens to Flo. Lucy takes a bold step.

MOVIE. (Previewed 5/05) Vera suffers a traumatic experience at the hands of a bikie gang. The former Sonia Vansard (Lynn Rainbow) returns to Number 96 with a new husband, Duncan Hunter (Alister Smart), while Jack falls for their neighbour, a beautiful air hostess named Diana Moore (Rebecca Gilling). Aldo takes on a second job after his nest egg is burned in a fire. Dorrie and Herb's plans to celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary may be ruined by a shocking discovery. Simon Carr (John Orcsik) and Nicholas Brent (James Condon) compete for Vera's affections. Les, Alf and Herb build a sauna in the basement and try to make some money from it. Sonia experiences psychic phenomena in her dreams... or is it reality? Tony Brent (Patrick Ward) is revealed as Vera’s bikie attacker. The residents of Number 96 attend a fancy dress party. Australia has a new Prime Minister and Vera shares a position of prominence in a street parade.

This feature film version of "Number 96" had its gala preview at Sydney's Regent Theatre. It then had staggered premieres in various capital cities and country towns over the next four months. It was still running in suburban cinemas and drive-ins during the August school holidays. Coincidentally, the film's opening weekend dovetails quite neatly into the ongoing prime time storylines. Bev Houghton Goodman's flat is still without a regular tenant. The MacDonalds are not involved in the movie - their flat is also vacant - and the Sutcliffes are abruptly reconciled, but otherwise, it all seems to fit. The movie's Sydney television premiere was on 29/10/1976.

515. (6/05) Young squatters Colin Campbell (Steve Bannister) and Penny Snow (Bethany Lee) look through the newspapers for furniture for Flat 6. Gary has disappeared again, so Arnold comes to help out in the wine bar. Alf arrives, in search of Lucy. Don wants to go to the police about the heroin found in the Buddha statue, but Gary warns that it would put Amanda in danger. Lucy has been missing all night and Alf is worried. Norma is still in hospital, complaining about how little food is permitted on her diet. Dudley is puzzled by the frequency of Gary's visits to Don; he overhears a discussion about police involvement, but Don won't elaborate. Alf asks Vera if she knows Lucy's whereabouts, but she says that she doesn't. Arnold tells Dudley about the fight he had with Patti about his medical checkup. Vera sees Colin and Penny carrying furniture into the vacant flat. They spend time sorting Penny's belongings. Patti asks for Norma's opinion over her latest argument with Arnold. Alf is getting very drunk and Arnold tries to help him upstairs, but Alf knocks Arnold down. Vera arrives home to find Colin packing; he tells Vera that he and Penny are moving into Flat 6. Gary visits his mother in the hospital. Dudley is being very cool towards Don. Alf makes a bitter realisation; he tells Arnold that Lucy has gone for good.

516. (7/05) Marilyn tells Edie about Lucy having left Alf. Reg arrives home but has forgotten Edie's sweets and she makes a big fuss about them. Marilyn suspects something is going on, but Reg doesn't want Edie to tell her that she is pregnant. Gary is still sitting with Norma when Les comes in to say that a specialist will be visiting her later. Dudley tries to question Don about Gary when they are interrupted by the arrival of a very drunk Jack. Attempting to sober him up, they learn that Helen has left him for a convent. Edie can't understand why her baby must be a secret. Marilyn notices that her mother is putting on weight. Don wants to let Dudley know what's going on - and not to be jealous - but Gary says they can't tell anyone until the Narcotics Squad have caught the gang. Aldo and Roma visit with Norma; she is convinced that, if she can't stick to her diet, she will have a fatal heart attack. Dudley wants Marilyn to make a play for Gary so he can have Don back to himself. Jack is still hitting the bottle and Don tries to bring him to his senses. Aldo and Roma discuss Norma's situation and Arnold's wedding. Aldo wants to use his earnings from the stockmarket to pay for the wedding. Roma admits that she and Arnold helped him to win the money and he insists that he will pay her back. Edie makes so much noise eatng sweets and reading in bed that Reg moves out to sleep on the couch. Gary and Marilyn sneak away from the wine bar for a naughty encounter. Jack may have a unique solution to Norma's problems with the wine bar. When he staggers into the wine bar and wants a whiskey, service is refused, so Jack smashes up the bar. Roma and Aldo argue about money again. When Don awakens Jack, he remembers nothing about the night before. Marilyn and Gary arrive back after their wild night and she does some boasting to Reg: his daughter is no longer a virgin.

517. (8/05) Alf tells Arnold that Lucy has put the laundrette up for sale. Arnold meets Vera knocking on the door of Flat 6. Colin and Penny wait inside for the knocking to stop and then sneak out. Reg and Edie talk at crossed purposes; Reg about Marilyn's latest delinquent escapades and Edie about their forthcoming blessed event. Now Reg thinks that Marilyn is seeing an American doctor. Marilyn ends up telling Reg that it was Dean she spent the night with. Dorrie goes on a door-to-door campaign for the Paddington Purity League and comes close to uncovering Herb's guilty secret - about him posing nude for a future issue of the Paddo Scream. She goes into the deli to leave some pamphlets and sees an issue of the Paddo Scream on the rack. She admonishes Aldo for stocking "porno-graffy". Aldo and Roma start arguing and Dorrie ends up buying the copy. Dorrie then lays into Arnold for allowing the deli to stock such filth. Edie questions Marilyn about Dean, but Marilyn says she only said it to keep Daddy quiet. Vera comes into the laundrette and Marilyn takes an interest in Colin - she has his clean laundry ready - but Vera admonishes her and says that Colin can look after himself. Patti looks for Arnold in the deli but he is out on deliveries. Aldo is robbed and he tries to blame Roma, and then Arnold, for his predicament. Dorrie blames the crime on "porno-graffy" in filthy magazines. Vera and Alf discuss Lucy, and Reg and Edie join them for lunch. Dorrie notices Penny and Colin entering Flat 6 and demands that Vera explain. Dorrie is going to report them to the authorities. Vera visits the flat, to warn Colin that Dorrie knows they are squatting, but Penny insists that Dorrie will be powerless to act - because her mother has signed a lease on their behalf. Patti apologises to Arnold and he explains that he has had his medical checkup. Dorrie announces that she will be taking action against the Paddo Scream; Flo mentions to Herb that his centrefold issue has already been printed.

518. (9/05) Reg is raving on about Marilyn, and Edie is raving on about the baby. Marilyn storms in, complaining that she is running the laundrette on her own. Colin and Penny have dinner with Vera, who tries to offer them some guidance. Aldo and Roma host dinner for Arnold, Patti and Alf, to discuss the wedding and Lucy's departure. When the others go for a walk, Patti puts the hard word on Arnold: why have they not yet slept together? Arnold asks Alf's advice about premarital relations. Penny is unaware that Colin is peeping on her when she is in the shower. Dorrie practises her Domain speech while Flo heads off to join a rival protest march. Herb tells her he won't be going. They are interrupted by Edie who lets it slip that she is expecting. Arnold talks about premarital relations with the Godolfuses. Alf is home early as he has had a slight prang. Vera has her hands full, trying to console Alf about Lucy, assisting Marilyn in the laundrette and, at the same time, advising Colin. Reg tells Edie to chat with Marilyn about the facts of life but Edie discovers that Marilyn knows everything she should. Roma is in a huff after Selma insulted her. Patti invites Arnold to have dinner with her mother. Penny and Colin do their homework. Flo calls into the laundrette after the march and accidentally mentions Edie's pregnancy to Marilyn. Flo tells Herb that they have to break up Dorrie's meeting at the Domain on Sunday. Dorrie and Reg discuss the aims of the Purity League. The Godolfuses bicker about Selma. Patti and Arnold leave for dinner and she tells him that he is staying the night. Alf breaks down, crying on Vera's shoulder.

519. (10/05) Don visits Norma in the hospital and reassures her the damage was not as bad as Les made out. Gary gets a call from an army colonel; Dudley and Les are puzzled. Dorrie arrives home from the Senior Citzens' and almost catches Flo and Herb discussing how they will break up Dorrie's rally. Dorrie announces that she is taking action against the Paddo Scream. Jack abuses Don while he's drunk. Dudley tries to get information out of Don about the army's call to Gary and whether it involves the Buddha statue. Dudley is uncomfortable about Jack's presence. Flo shows Herb the nude centrefold. They hear Dorrie coming and hide the magazine. Les can take Norma home but only if she sticks to her diet. Gary brings his mission to a successful conclusion: Mr Big has been caught! Jack and Dudley listen to Gary's story, baffled. The phone rings and it is Amanda, announcing that she is safe. Dorrie learns from the deli that Flo has bought the latest issue of the Paddo Scream. She demands to know where it is. Gary will be staying on in Sydney, to give evidence at the dope trial. Flo claims to have dropped the magazine on her way up from the deli. Dorrie almost uncovers its hiding place. Herb faints and Flo hides the magazine in her dress. Two delivery men arrive at Flat 4 with crates of champagne from Amanda. Jack's reaction to his loneliness has disastrous consequences. In his empty penthouse, he falls asleep, knocking his brandy to the floor. A dropped cigarette then ignites the carpets and curtains.

520. (13/05) Reg admonishes Marilyn for not helping her mother with dinner. Alf calls in to see Vera in the laundrette and apologises for his behaviour. Trixie O'Toole (Jan Adele) arrives in Paddington and introduces herself to Vera. It turns out she is Penny's mother! Les and Gary try to get Norma to take it easy in the wine bar. While Don chats to Norma, Maggie arrives with the news that Jack's caretaker phoned her and his building is going up in flames. Trixie seems quite happy for Penny and Colin to be flatting together. Alf arrives and he and Trixie dance together. Les and Dudley are concerned about Jack. Gary talks to his mother about Maggie and Marilyn. He tries to convince Marilyn to close the laundrette early. Don brings Jack back to Flat 4, but Jack collapses. Marilyn tells Reg she is going to find her birth parents. Maggie wonders about Jack's fire insurance. Vera and Alf talk about Trixie. He again asks if Vera knows where Lucy is; she reassures him she has no idea. Alf finds some consolation. Maggie tells Gary he should take her out to lunch, but Marilyn arrives and Maggie must take second place. She is furious when they depart together. Don reads Amanda's letter to Jack, but they are interrupted by a phone call. It brings more anxiety for Jack: his insurers are suspecting arson.

521. (14/05) Arnold tries to warn Aldo about the need for caution with the share market. Colin is wrestling with a problem but he won't discuss it with Penny. He goes for a walk. Maggie has been investigating Jack's finances; he is in a lot of debt. Patti and Arnold are making love on the couch in Flat 8 - and Alf, Vera and Trixie walk in on them. Jack admits being in debt but promises Don that he doesn't remember the fire starting. Arnold is running late, returning from his Rest & Recreation period. Arnold suggests that Roma take up painting. Aldo finds a new interest: he wins some money on greyhound racing. Colin tells Penny that he wants to go to bed with her. They are arguing when Trixie arrives and tells them they should go to bed and solve all their problems. Vera and Dudley discuss Trixie, while Maggie argues with Gary. Arnold and Patti are again on the couch together but they are interrupted by Roma and Aldo. Alf is in high spirits until he sees Lucy's photo in its frame. Vera talks with Patti and Roma about their dresses for the wedding. Colin arrives to chat to Vera, but leaves when he sees she is busy. He does not keep to his agreement with Penny. He says that he wants her and grabs her violently.

522. (15/05) Dorrie insists that Herb must accompany her to the Paddington Purity League rally at the Domain. Flo disagrees, since Herb is Vice President of the Pensioners' Liberation Movement. He must make up his mind whether he supports the Purity League or the PLM. Norma is out of bed, nagging Les to get a brick to prop open the door. He sends her back to bed. Penny is packing her suitcase, to return to her mother. Colin doesn't want her to go. Marilyn makes an offer: she will tell Mummy and Daddy who her new boyfriend is if they tell her about her real parents. Aldo and Les discuss money-making schemes. Reg and Dorrie make plans for the Domain tomorrow. Penny is back already; her mother tossed her out. Penny will stay in Flat 6, but only on her own terms. Dorrie experiences a severe blow to her campaign: she walks into the deli and catches Aldo, Roma, Arnold and Patti staring at Herb's nude centrefold in the Paddo Scream. Back in Flat 3, Dorrie has taken to her fainting couch, telling Herb she can never be seen in public with him again. Marilyn drops in on Penny and Colin. She asks if she could sometimes entertain a friend for lunch, in Flat 6, while they are at school. Edie is worried she might lose her baby and Reg thinks that a miscarriage might be a blessing in disguise. Herb is caught in the middle of an argument and promptly faints. Later, in the wine bar, a little old lady recognises Herb from his centrefold and wants his autograph. Patti and Arnold leave for a night at the Sydney Opera House while the Godolfuses argue about Aldo's gambling. Professor Teddington pays Aldo $5 for the old brick that Les left behind on the deli counter. Dean creates great concern for his family; the hospital rings to say he has been in an accident.

523. (16/05) Dorrie gets back from church and accuses Herb and Flo of throwing out her Domain speech. She finds it in the garbage bin, where she had it thrown it herself, along with the pornographic Sunday newspapers. Reg won't tell Marilyn or Edie which hospital Dean is in, in case they upset him. Colin goes to Vera with his troubles, just as Alf arrives. Dorrie coerces Penny to sign her Purity League petition but Colin is not interested. Reg says that Dean is seriously ill and may not survive. Trixie arrives at Flat 6 with decorative posters. Alf has lunch with Vera and she tells him that she saw Lucy getting into at car being driven by Tom Bartlett. Dorrie leaves for her rally but Flo pressures Herb to go with her instead. Herb explains that he promised Dorrie he would only leave the flat if he were carried out feet first. When Mr Raintree arrives, Flo tells him to carry Herb out... feet first. Trixie and Penny discuss Penny's refusal to go to bed with Colin. Vera succeeds in bringing Alf to his senses: he realises he has been treating Lucy badly. Alf sweeps everything off the dressing table, including Lucy's photo, and sobs in Vera's arms. Penny is unimpressed by Colin's pot-smoking mates and, when she finds them undressing in her bedroom, she orders them out of the flat. Marilyn finally finds out which hospital Dean is in, and races off to see him. Both rallies are in full swing at the Domain. Old ladies recognise Herb from his centrefold. Dorrie and Flo disagree over their ideas and create a calamity. Drunk, Flo's PLM members heckle Dorrie, Reg and the Purity League - and a brawl ensues.

524. (17/05) Roma is so preoccupied by her painting that she forgets to prepare Aldo's dinner. Patti and Arnold announce that they are going to be eating upstairs. Aldo pulls a banana from Roma's still life and eats it. Roma is furious. Patti and Arnold find Flat 8 in disarray. Don and Jack discuss insurance policies. Don answers the door to a dishevelled Herb, back from the disastrous rallies. He tells Don that Dorrie, Flo and Reg are all down at Central Police Station, but Don says that nothing can be done until the morning. Returning to Number 96 the next day, Dorrie is convinced that her public life is at an end. Gary and Les awake to Norma cooking a high cholesterol breakfast. They talk her into a black coffee instead. Roma is painting but Aldo wants to set the table. Arnold tells the Godolfuses of his fears for Lucy after seeing the mess in the Sutcliffes' flat. Don, Jack and Maggie discuss the fire with the insurance representative. Mrs Terry rings Dorrie to congratulate her on getting her photo in the newspaper. Maggie worries that the tenants of Jack's building will sue their company if the fire is deemed to be arson. Arnold suggests that Patti could move into his room in Flat 8 after they are married. Aldo tells Les that Professor Teddington paid Aldo $5 for the old brick. Les is puzzled. Jack is angry that everyone seems to think he set the fire deliberately. Gary and Les ask him if they can employ additional help in the wine bar while Norma is unwell. He storms out. They are are surprised by Jack's reaction. Herb receives a phone call asking him to be Australia's "Mr Pep". Aldo and Les have plans to make a fortune: Les realises that the cellar of Number 96 is full of genuine, convict-made bricks.

525. (20/05) Les's behaviour puzzles Norma. Alf is about to make a rash decision, which causes Vera to regret her honesty with him.

526. (21/05) Colin refuses to go to school and Penny gets angry. Reg tells Marilyn not to visit Dean. Dorrie is not pleased about Herb's job as "Mr Pep". Penny gets the wrong impression. Flo is completely unaware that she is ruining an important project; she allows Dorrie to lock her in the cellar as an experiment in Gaol Reform, but takes a few hidden necessities with her. Gary and Marilyn make use of the vacant Flat 6, unaware of Colin's presence. Gary leaves for the wine bar and Penny walks in, leaping to the wrong conclusion. Reg finds Edie collapsed on the bathroom floor.

527. (22/05) Dorrie serves her "prisoner" a lunch of leftovers. Edie has been overusing headache powders. Trixie tries to cheer up Alf by inviting him to her club show. Edie's disappointment brings its reward when she and Reg visit Dean in the hospital. Herb falls asleep and Dorrie gets lonely so she plans to let Flo out "on probation". Dean asks Marilyn if she is still going to marry him.

528. (23/05) Don's arrival is eagerly anticipated by Maggie and Jack. Vera checks on Alf's mail.

529. (24/05) Marilyn startles Dean. Jack has to make his story very convincing.

530. (27/05) Alf has urgent business to discuss with Don.

531. (28/05) Dudley is feeling neglected. Two good friends turn to each other for comfort.

532. (29/05) Aldo and Les send sparks flying at Number 96. Edie has help with her entertaining.

533. (30/05) Patti issues Arnold with an ultimatum concerning the date of the wedding.

534. (1/06) Vera has a new family pattern. Gary's farewell is a source of concern for him.

535. (3/06) Dorrie has bought a wedding present for Arnold and Patti but the wedding is off. Why wasn't she told? A business deal turns sour for Aldo. Marilyn attempts to escape her problems.

536. (4/06) Colin indulges in hero worship. Norma is not looking after her own health.

535. (5/06) Arnold cannot think of an answer to his friend's simple question. Jack finds himself speaking out of turn.

538. (6/06) Alf refuses to accept Lucy's explanation. Dorrie must decide between two important events.

539. (7/06) The tenants of Number 96 celebrate the long-awaited marriage of Arnold and Patti.

540. (10/06) Marilyn indulges in fantasy. Alf's crumbling marriage is only one of his problems.

541. (11/06) Les has a good idea, but it backfires. Colin seems to resent Vera's happiness.

542. (12/06) Marilyn faces the moment of truth. Someone takes a frightening interest in Aldo's delicatessen.

543. (13/06) Aldo has a terrifying experience, while Marilyn is torn between two loves.

544. (14/06) Dudley realises that three is a crowd. Alf's attitude shocks Lucy.

545. (17/06) Alf's plans are changed for him. Amanda is the recipient of horrifying news.

546. (18/06) Lucy is able to convince Alf, but there are still more troubles to come.

547. (19/06) Flo gets an opportunity that makes Dorrie envious. Marilyn is unsure of herself.

548. (20/06) Reg shows an unexpected depth of feeling. Herb wears the scars of battle.

549. (21/06) Amanda has a confession for Don, while Vera unwittingly hurts Jack.

550. (24/06) Reg decides that Marilyn needs to hear the truth.

551. (25/06) Alf is optimistic, but the mood won't last for long.

552. (26/06) Roma fears a grotesque visitor. Dorrie asks Reg to grant a favour.

553. (27/06) Aldo has a single clue, but it disappears. Patti is kept busy.

554. (28/06) Amanda finds out the truth. Colin is happy about his new friendship.

555. (1/07) Roma and Aldo believe they have traced the intruder. Don has his suspicions about Otto Schiller (Alfred Sandor).

This marks the first episode ever viewed by yours truly.

556. (2/07) Lucy needs comforting. Don's services are required by several tenants.

557. (3/07) Lorelei Wilkinson (Josephine Knur) gets the wrong idea about Jack. Dorrie is grief stricken.

558. (4/07) Lucy and Vera confide in each other. Aldo receives a particularly vicious phone call.

559. (5/07) Reg and Edie experience a short-lived happiness. The Sutcliffe saga undergoes a new development.

560. (8/07) Don suffers a bout of jealousy. Alf finds that his cloud has a silver lining.

561. (9/07) Marilyn is enjoying her new role. Jack and Vera are taken aback by Colin's outburst.

562. (10/07) Alf suffers a setback, while Reg makes an awful discovery.

563. (11/07) Don and Colin's friendship causes confusion for others. Marilyn is astonished.

564. (12/07) Amanda demands the truth from Otto. Vera has placed her friendship with Don in jeopardy.

565. (15/07) Flo misses a good friend. A outburst from Bill Summer (Alan Tobin) catches Marilyn by surprise.

566. (16/07) Dudley is a source of disappointment for Don. Maggie finds a new interest.

567. (17/07) Les finds a new love, while Arnold is displeased.

568. (18/07) Otto finally achieves success. Roma is not amused.

569. (19/07) Maggie's judgment lets her down, but she is not the only one.

570. (22/07) Dick Riggs (Colin Taylor) is impressed by Amanda's display of wealth. Reg has a reprimand for Edie.

571. (23/07) Vera dabbles in the occult once again. Some of the tenants are keeping the Whittakers' puppy, Webster, a secret from Dorrie.

572. (24/07) A long-distance phone call puts Aldo into a panic. Roma resumes her hobby.

573. (25/07) Cain Carmichael (Tristan Rogers) has a frightening proposition for Dick. Dorrie's plan looks like it will succeed.

574. (26/07) Patti defies Arnold's wishes. Amanda behaves recklessly.

575. (29/07) Amanda confronts Otto about the money from the will. She knows he lied about her owing it to him. Otto warns her that she hasn't won yet. Norma tells off Les for not keeping his eye on Webster, their secret puppy. When Flo arrives, Les hides the dog in the bedroom. Cain tells Dick that he had been testing him to see if he was really going straight. Jack arrives at Flat 4 and invites Amanda to see the new office he has picked out for Don. She declines, but Maggie is unimpressed by the office. Dropping Helen's name, Maggie gets a reaction from Jack. Dorrie shows Flo the guest list she has prepared for Flo's wedding. Herb tells Amanda about the trouble Flo is having over Dorrie's interference. Don returns from the auction and Amanda fills him in about Otto. Don promises to go and see him. Flo and Dick make plans for their future. He asks her when they will be getting married. Jack mentions Maggie's reaction to the office to Don. Cain and Amanda join them - and a fight starts brewing between Maggie and Amanda. Dorrie sings Flo's praises to Dick and boasts about the size of the wedding reception she is planning for them. Maggie discovers that Cain has cancelled his modelling appointment. Don sees Otto about the will and Otto threatens Amanda again. Don tells Jack about about Otto but their conversation is overrun by Dorrie, who wants to host a wedding reception in the wine bar. Flo tells Dorrie that she is going to see Raylene to tell her about getting married. Amanda's actions meet with disastrous results: when Otto threatens her, she hits him over the head with a vase.

576. (30/07) Dudley is trying to choose a new hairstyle for Lorelei. Vera tells Don and Jack about the work she will be doing for Claire and asks about the new office. A wine bar customer tries to chat up Lorelei and Dudley quickly sends him packing. Aldo and Roma argue about moving. When Arnold comes in, it is established that Patti is on duty at the hospital, and he is invited to dinner. Don checks in on Amanda. She tells him about Otto - and that she has burnt the other will. Don rings the hotel and finds out that Otto has already left for Europe. Reg impresses upon Edie the importance of the dinner she is hosting for Alderman Mrs Bullock. Dudley hears about Otto, then heads off to help Lorelei move. Amanda asks Don not to tell anyone that she has no money. A letter informs Vera that Margo Campbell is coming back. Aldo and Roma are concerned about Patti rarely being home to look after Arnold. Vera tells Colin that his mother is due soon, but he has no intention of living with her. Lorelei is wearing an Afro wig and asks Dudley why he couldn't try to like girls. Colin has plans to go to a commune with Penny and some other kids. Edie tries to return the $50 she borrowed from Amanda and tells her all about Alderman Mrs Bullock. Aldo informs Roma that has invited Arnold to dinner but Arnold wants to cook for them instead. Aldo's enemies strike once again: Roma finds a threatening note under their door. Vera bids a sad farewell to Colin. Everyone wishes him luck. Edie tells Reg she plans to have the dinner for the Alderman catered, but he is angered about the Baroness influencing Edie. He goes to return the $50 but she convinces him to have a drink and a chat with her. Don invites Dudley to a party and Dudley invites Lorelei to come along. Roma shows Arnold the threatening blackmail letter.

577. (31/07) Aldo interrupts Roma and Arnold's discussion about the letter. Edie is worried about Reg's wherabouts. He arrives home tipsy and becomes rather saucy with Edie. Dudley and Lorelei return from the party but Don is not home yet. Lorelei confesses her love for Dudley. Norma has been using Les's subliminal education tapes and realises she has absorbed the knowledge. Alf is determined to apply for a builder's labouring job and Lucy tells Vera about it. Roma is worried about Aldo when he goes out alone. She sends Arnold after him. Dorrie visits the deli to shop for cheap food for the wedding reception but Roma is so preoccupied she doesn't hear a thing Dorrie says. Lorelei and Marilyn discuss their experiences with homosexual men. Maggie drops in on Vera and tells her about Jack's reaction whenever Helen Sheridan's name gets mentioned. Vera gets angry and tells Maggie to leave. Dudley shows Lorelei the correct way to set a table, while Norma helps Les with his studies. Edie is preparing dips for the next evening when Reg arrives home with a hangover. He has no memory of the previous night's events. Lucy, Maggie and Vera are having a drink when Alf arrives with the news that he got the job. Norma tells Les that Webster has piddled in the hall. Dorrie sees Les wiping up the puddle and wants to go through the doorway of Flat 1 to see Norma, but Les makes her go around through the shop entrance. Norma tells Les that she can't find Webster. Roma wants to comply with a threat. Arnold thinks she should go to the police about the letter. Dorrie asks Norma about using the wine bar for Flo's reception. Vera and Maggie finish their lunch and Les asks them if they have seen a dog. Edie comes in to buy sherry and Norma asks her if she has seen a puppy. Dorrie reacts with anger to a small, furry visitor sitting on her doorstep.

578. (1/08) Dorrie's heart softens and she takes Webster into Flat 3. Marilyn and Lucy chat about Arnold having to do his own washing, now that Patti had returned to work. Marilyn insists that she would have made a better wife for Arnold. Norma is upset that Webster is still missing but she helps Les with his studies. Dorrie and Herb discuss Webster and are almost overheard by Flo. She quickly realises something is up and Dorrie shows her the puppy she found. Edie continues with her preparations for the dinner event as Reg arrives home with news: he has passed his exam and has been promoted to MBI. Alf needs a massage after a hard day's work. Les finds it difficult to study with Webster missing. Norma thinks he's gone for good. Just as Edie, Reg and Marilyn settle down to a dinner of random, reheated leftovers, Alderman Mrs April Bullock (Judi Farr) turns up: one day early. Flo and Dorrie discuss how Raylene is disapproving of her mother's forthcoming marriage. Herb enters the room holding Webster and Dorrie warns him that he is not to breathe a word. April has dinner with the Macdonalds and is impressed with Edie. Alf's latest job confirms Lucy's fears, but he tries to hide how he is feeling. Les leaves for the hospital, leaving Norma still fretting about Webster. Reg tells Edie that the previous night's dinner was a disaster but Marilyn reckons that she coped very well. Roma appears over-anxious about a situation. Reg bumps into Dorrie on the staircase and she drops her tins of dog food. She makes an excuse about pensioners needing to be frugal. Lucy is with Marilyn and Norma in the laundrette when a phone call comes in: Alf has fallen off a building site and has been hospitalised.

579. (2/08) Flo chats to Amanda and confesses her worries about the decision to marry Dick. In the wine bar, Don and Dudley argue about Don disappearing after the party. Jack and Vera arrive, to tell Don about Alf. Maggie and Cain join them, but Maggie excuses herself to get some dinner items from the deli. Maggie thinks she has discovered the truth about who is harassing Aldo; he must then explain to Roma and Arnold about Cliff Stevens, and how Aldo's testimony had once sent Cliff to gaol. Vera goes to see Lucy at the hospital, concerned about Alf's progress. Amanda hears Flo and Dick discussing their upcoming marriage and encourages them to have a large wedding. Maggie, Don and Vera are in Don's office, surrounded by furniture, when Amanda arrives with even more stuff. Aldo goes to the police, taking Roma's threatening letter with him. Dudley is giving Lorelei more culture lessons. She asks Dudley if he loves her and he says "Yes". Don and Amanda arrive and Lorelei tells them that Dudley has professed his love for her. Jack and Vera try to cheer up Lucy, who is convinced that Alf has been crippled by the accident. Lorelei is a source of trouble; Don and Dudley have a row over her. Maggie tells Cain about her suspicions over Cliff's involvement in Aldo's situation. Aldo returns with the news that Cliff is still in gaol. Dick and Flo announce their engagement in the wine bar and Amanda treats everyone to champagne. Roma, Aldo and Arnold try to relax and forget about the blackmail threats. Cain says he is tired and wants to rest before dinner. Aldo gets a phone message during dinner. He is given instructions on where to leave the $40,000. It is Cain giving Aldo the instructions - and Maggie has overheard everything.

580. (5/08) Aldo wants to tell the police about the phone call but Roma and Arnold convince him to see Don first. Dorrie and Herb admire Flo's engagement ring and Dorrie gets all clucky over the puppy, whom she has named "Rover". She feeds him vitamin tablets and declares that she doesn't want to part with him. Don attempts to assist Aldo, but is very concerned. Cain has plans for dealing with Maggie: he has her tied to the bed and boasts of his plans for Aldo. Patti and Arnold bicker about the amount of time she spends at the hospital. Vera helps Lucy in the laundrette while they await a progress report on Alf. When he regains consciousness, Patti fetches the doctor. Arnold offers Lucy a lift to the hospital. Don organises the money that is to be delivered to the blackmailer. Patti tells Arnold she will be giving up nursing. Herb fits "Rover" with a flea collar. Flo announces she has a date with Dick on Friday. Dorrie realises that this is date coincides with the Senior Citizens' surprise shower tea for Flo. Don delivers the money to a public telephone box, watched by Cain through binoculars. The phone rings; Cain insists that it has to be Aldo who delivers the money.

581. (6/08) Norma and Les are in bed and Norma is awakened by Les's tape recorder. Don is getting jealous of Dudley's growing relationship with Lorelei. Vera receives a letter from Helen. Edie finds an envelope, containing $50, pushed under her door. Dudley tries to put Lorelei off. Dudley and Amanda are puzzled by Don's secrecy. Meanwhile, Maggie tries to escape. Cain gets violent and she falls ever deeper into his trap. Edie shows Reg the $50 and he insists that it will be returned to the Baroness. Vera confides to Amanda about Helen's letter. Norma is increasingly upset about losing Webster.

582. (7/08) Dorrie is still urging Flo to cancel her Friday date with Dick. Alf is upset because the results of his x-rays have not been forthcoming. Aldo plans to deliver the money to Cain. Dorrie and Herb organise to have Flo's reception wedding reception in Norma's Bar. Dick queries Flo about the wedding plans. Norma confides in Flo and manages to surprise her, revealing the loss of Webster. Flo realises that Dorrie's "Rover" is Norma's Webster. Flo approaches Dorrie about giving the puppy back. Dorrie is about to comply, until she hears that the rightful owner is... Norma. She snatches him back. Patti has concerning news for Lucy about Alf's condition.

583. (8/08) Aldo makes Roma happy by putting the money back in the bank, supposedly. Edie receives another anonymous $50. Don is in need of cheering up; Amanda makes an attempt by presenting him with a bicycle. Aldo leaves to pay the blackmailer the $40,000. Reg is furious when he hears how much Edie spent on the dinner that never happened. Roma approaches Arnold for help and he calls Don. A disaster is barely averted; on a lonely road, in a remote location, Aldo drops off the money. The blackmailer speeds by on a motorcycle, knocking him to the side of the road.

584. (9/08) The Whittakers discuss Alf's condition. Maggie is still tied to the bed as Cain counts his $40,000, unsure if he killed Aldo or not. Flo talks Dorrie into returning Norma's dog, with the condition that Flo will go to the bowling match after all, which is actually the shower tea. Edie and Marilyn decide that it is Dean who is sending the anonymous money. Dudley and Lorelei discuss Aldo's situation with Amanda. Jack demands an explanation from a horrified Vera; he informs her that he has found Helen's letter. Maggie knows that Cain intends to kill her. Norma is still upset about Webster. Marilyn and Edie realise that Dean must be nearby, since none of the envelopes are postmarked. Vera tells Jack the contents of the letter Helen sent her. Les fails his exams. Flo opens all of her shower tea gifts: a plethora of tea towels and eggcups. Cain tries to drug Maggie. Reg assures Edie that Dean is still living in Adelaide. Cain underestimates the formidable Maggie. She is not really drugged - and she lunges at him with a pair of scissors. Cain falls to the bed, wounded, but tries to grab her. Maggie races to the phone.

This episode was the last to be compiled in monochrome for its 1974 broadcast. Since the Easter weekend's conversion of the studio to colour production, and ongoing testing of the equipment, the daily colour footage was still being edited onto black and white masters for broadcast.

585. (12/08) Maggie emerges as a heroine, while Vera is preoccupied.

This episode was the first to be compiled in colour. Previously, the colour footage had been edited onto black and white masters for broadcast. When the series was repeated by Network Ten in a late-night timeslot (Sydney 4/02/1980; Brisbane in 1982), this episode was chosen as a starting point. All colour episodes are on record and stored at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

586. (13/08) Les stumbles across something mysterious. Meanwhile, Norma and Dorrie are feuding.

587. (14/08) Lorelei has gone too far this time. Reg's suspicions are alerted to a situation.

588. (15/08) Les is being deceived. Flo is the recipient of unsolicited advice.

589. (16/08) Dick's freedom is under threat. Vera is still troubled by a problem.

590. (19/08) Les's concern for his wife saves him from trouble. Vera pays a visit to an old friend: Helen Sheridan (Jill Forster).

591. (20/08) Flo's daughter, Raylene Shackleton (Robina Beard), is stunned by her mother's attitude. Les is in danger.

592. (21/08) Roma's latest plan causes Aldo some distress. A mystery surrounds Edie's presents.

593. (22/08) There is a surprise ending to Vera's dinner party. The Godolfuses are being stubborn again.

594. (23/08) Jack is on top of the world, but Vera and Don cannot share his optimism.

595. (26/08) Norma fears for the safety of her husband. Maggie is annoyed with Jack.

596. (27/08) Aldo gets some help from his friends. Herb makes an astonishing discovery.

597. (28/08) Reg is about to make a terrible mistake. Roma is shocked by a transformation.

598. (29/08) It seems that Amanda may have a double. Arnold jumps to conclusions.

599. (30/08) Due to his interference, there are consequences for Les to face. Why is Dorrie always the last to know what happens?

600. (2/09) Amanda tries to explain things. Vera receives a most unusual present from Jack: a racehorse, which she christens I Kid You Not (Scarlett O'Hara).

601. (3/09) Reg believes he has discovered the identity of the ringleader of a sinister plot. Aldo tries to make amends.

602. (4/09) Dorrie has a series of strange, romantic dreams. Marilyn takes the initiative with Andy Marshall (Peter Adams).

603. (5/09) Alf seems determined to be difficult, while Aldo is happy again.

604. (6/09) A visitor surprises Dudley. Amanda still can't convince anyone that she has a problem.

This episode was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

605. (9/09) Dudley's plan has the effect he intended. Marilyn and Andy are confused.

606. (10/09) Alf has a sudden change of mind. Amanda seeks help from Don.

607. (11/09) Reg makes some accusations, but they backfire on him. Patti helps out during a crisis.

608. (12/09) Marilyn gets her own way. Aldo doesn't seem to be able to win. Dick looks forward to a rosy future.

609. (13/09) Amanda is presented with an opportunity to prove herself. Don commences an investigation.

610. (16/09) Ex-husband, Rudi (Kevin Golsby), and Amanda's imposter double, Claudine (Carol Raye), believe their outrageous plan can succeed. Alf needs cheering up.

Repeat b/w episodes continue, at the rate of two per day, at 11.00am weekdays.

611. (17/09) Lucy experiences disappointment. Meanwhile, Vera stands up to Maggie.

612. (18/09) Don's detective work uncovers some startling facts.

613. (19/09) A new interest has Aldo enthused. Dorrie is called upon to make an important announcement regarding Flo's wedding.

This episode was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

614. (20/09) Flo experiences the warmth of friendship. Marilyn gets herself involved.

615. (23/09) Andy's past catches up with him. Rudi's plan is likely to succeed as Amanda plays into his hands.

616. (24/09) Arnold is carried away by Aldo's enthusiasm, while Andy is prepared to make a sacrifice.

617. (25/09) Edie complains of feeling trapped. Andy puts a progressive thought into the Whittakers' minds.

618. (26/09) Herb has an unwanted guest: Raylene, who explains that she has left Mittagong and her husband, Tyrone (James Bowles). Reg tries to talk TC Ian Buchanan (John Rayner) out of his plans, but cannot get a word in. Success is in sight for Rudi.

619. (27/09) Maggie is upset by Don's business judgment. Rudi horrifies Claudine with a change of plans.

620. (30/09) Lorelei tries to be helpful. Amanda confesses everything. An ultimatum is issued by Maggie.

621. (1/10) Vera is optimistic, but the feeling is short-lived. Reg puts away his pride and asks a favour.

622. (2/10) Self-pity takes the place of Aldo's enthusiasm. Poor Herb has some explaining to do.

623. (3/10) Maggie involves Vera in a lie, while Don is the victim of a deception.

624. (4/10) Following the MacDonald's dinner party for Mrs Buchanan, consternation reigns supreme. Claudine may yet be caught in her own trap.

625. (7/10) Reg must think of a way out. Amanda's freedom is cause for celebration. Maggie is relentless.

626. (8/10) Don disagrees with Maggie. Arnold receives an undeserved blow.

627. (9/10) Arnold suggests to Aldo and Roma consider business before pleasure. Edie has news for Reg, but it won't please him.

628. (10/10) The Whittakers have found a friend, but Dorrie may lose one.

629. (11/10) Herb is hoping for a reprieve, while Aldo is no match for Lorelei.

630. (14/10) Herb's day of reckoning has arrived. Vera's decision raises doubts for Andy.

This episode was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

631. (15/10) The weekend at the TC's beach house goes from bad to worse for the MacDonalds. Don is forced into recklessness by Maggie's attitude.

This episode, also, was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

632. (16/10) Maggie loses another wine bar employee after insulting Lorelei. Trouble looms following Patti's gesture of friendship to a work colleague, Tracey Wilson (Chantal Contouri). Vera and Andy celebrate their new business partnership, but Andy seems to have ulterior motives.

633. (17/10) Trixie must teach Edie how to sing. Herb finds it hard to believe his bank balance, while Don gets a nasty surprise; his chicken pox will prevent him and Dudley from going to Heidelberg with Amanda.

634. (18/10) Roma has found a flat in Chestnut Lane and her behaviour arouses suspicion. Lorelei is placed in isolation with Don and Dudley. Amanda leaves Number 96 in grand style. Will Flo move back in with Dorrie and Herb? Tracey offers a melancholic Arnold some sympathy.

635. (21/10) Aldo doesn't comprehend Arnold's warning. Vera realises that her trust in Bert Kelly, the horse trainer, was misplaced. Dorrie places Herb in quarantine.

636. (22/10) Norma worries about her plan to open a wine bar in opposition to Maggie. Dorrie and Marilyn are hired to work in Maggie's wine bar, but Dorrie manages to turn the tables. An impromptu party in Flat 8 attracts unexpected guests: Alf and Lucy.

637. (23/10) Alf is not pleased to have Trixie, Les and Norma under his roof. Alex Bardwell (Colin Drake) charms Roma about her paintings. Herb gets the blame for Dorrie's predicament: now she has chicken pox. Tracey has been beaten up and will need the support of her friends.

638. (24/10) Aldo tries to be romantic with Roma on the eve of her exhibition. Marilyn's honesty and her outfit cause trouble. Tracey receives a threatening telegram. Maggie has reached breaking point. The big day has arrived for Roma.

639. (25/10) Edie's new friendship with the TC's mother, Mrs Buchanan, will be beneficial to Reg. Marilyn gets her laundrette job back. The Whittakers suffer a major setback when their financial backers go bankrupt.

640. (28/10) A sudden change in events perplexes Les; Maggie offers the Whittakers a 50% interest in the wine bar. Andy senses trouble, while Alf overhears words said in confidence. Is Tom Bartlett back from New Zealand?

641. (29/10) Patti attempts subtlety. A promise is revoked. Reg meets Michael Bartlett (Peter Flett) and Marilyn feels left out of the conversation. Dudley is faced with an emergency; his mother is ill in Melbourne. Tracey thinks that Patti should work at her marriage.

642. (30/10) Aldo is in need of reassurance; Alex has fallen for Roma. Herb continues his attempt to trace his mysterious benefactor, but Lorelei ruins everything when she tells Dorrie about the lost $500.

This episode was screened in Sydney at 7.30pm, against Channel 9's final episode of "Silent Number". At 8.00pm, Ten presented the television premiere of the James Bond movie, "Doctor No".

643. (31/10) Vera's horse, I Kid You Not, wins its race and Dorrie is thrilled. Michael stops avoiding Lucy. Edie becomes a relief counsellor for the Community Aid Line. Meanwhile, Dudley's sense of duty to his mother leads to an unpopular decision.

644. (1/11) Patti and Tracey have reason to celebrate; they have passed their exams. Roma has a change of fortune when someone buys all her paintings. Tracey thinks Andy is a nice person. Alf and Les decide to start up a help line, which they name Dig Up a Treasure. Lucy is shattered by Michael's news that his father, Tom, is dead.

645. (4/11) Dorrie is given an assignment with a difference. Reg jumps to the horrifying conclusion that Marilyn was the blonde woman found strangled to death with pantyhose in Chestnut Lane.

646. (5/11) Matt Barrington (John Paramor) comes into the wine bar and chats to Lorelei. Marilyn turns up alive; she has been flat-hunting on Michael's behalf. Roma's paintings materialise in an unexpected place: Arnold's flat. It seems that Roma has purchased them herself and sworn Patti to secrecy. Matt takes over Arnold's chef duties while Dudley is away. With Tracey's husband, Peter Wilson (Dennis Miller), back on the scene, her new freedom seems to be short-lived.

647. (6/11) Dorrie's despair turns to panic when her hand gets stuck in Lady Mendel's vase. Roma's son, Irving Lubinski, calls from America; he is in urgent need of $100,000 and Roma doesn't have enough to send him. After smashing Dorrie's hand free, Flo delivers the news that the vase was a Ming. Alf is resentful when Lucy offers accommodation to Michael.

648. (7/11) Alf's jealousy shows. Michael goes flat-hunting. Vera's psychic powers are at work again. A suspicious character spooks Marilyn at the laundrette. Alf tells Don that he saw Dudley at the airport.

649. (8/11) Tracey is falling for Andy, but she knows that Peter won't agree to a divorce. Matt distresses Lorelei when he peeks at her in the shower. Andy is unable to partner Tracey to the hospital ball as he has to work late. Dudley is still in Melbourne, which depresses Don. Arnold is upset about Patti's new job as a private nurse and he drowns his sorrows with Don in the wine bar. A chilling sight greets Norma and Les when they return from the ball: Lorelei has fallen victim to the Pantyhose Murderer.

This was the very first episode of "Number 96" to be broadcast in colour as Channel Ten, Sydney, commenced an irregular series of prime time colour equipment tests. It was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

650. (11/11) Arnold is furious with Patti. The publicity about the latest murder means that business is booming at the wine bar. The ghouls are out in force; however, Matt has disappeared. Arnold is without an alibi. Don is tortured by doubts about Dudley, while Michael seems evasive. Alf is sure he heard Dudley talking to Lorelei on the night she was strangled.

651. (12/11) The Godolfuses seek assistance from Dig Up A Treasure. Reg reminds Edie of the forthcoming Paddington Council's Kerbing & Guttering Ball. Flo begins work at the deli. Lucy disturbs an intruder and follows up a clue concerning Michael. Herb loses a baby at the movies. Roma hears more news of Irving, who faces a gaol term unless she can send him the money he needs.

652. (13/11) Andy claims that he was seeking a divorce from his wife on the night of the murder. Les catches Detective Sergeant Short (Ken Fraser) in his trap. Herb gets a legacy from his job: an abandoned baby. Dudley learns of Lorelei's death. Matt finally seems to have an alibi. Patti suspects Peter of murder, but finds incriminating evidence in Arnold's pocket; what does he need with a packet of pantyhose?

This episode was broadcast in colour.

653. (14/11) Don confronts Dudley about conflicting information. Aldo suspects Reg of murder. Arnold is told a lie about a gift. Arnold and Aldo try to dissuade Roma from sending money to Irving. Edie discovers she must let Reg take Alderman Mrs April Bullock to the Kerbing & Guttering Ball. Dudley is the one to suffer when Don decides to be ruthless.

654. (15/11) Vera has a strange dream about stolen paintings. The MacDonalds' key is missing from Dorrie's master keyring, which means that Marilyn is in danger. Dorrie departs for a week in Epping to visit her sister, Connie. Meanwhile, a Cinderella goes to the ball when Herb becomes Edie's escort. Vera is stunned by her own predictions.

655. (18/11) Dudley inherits $2000 from Lorelei's will, but Alf sticks with his story. To Reg's horror, Edie does a stint of waitressing at the wine bar. Arnold is surprised to find that Patti's new bracelet has an inscription from Graham Thompson, her patient. April plots to keep Edie occupied with committeee work so that she can spend more time with Reg. Don finally gets the truth, if not an explanation, out of Dudley.

656. (19/11) Dudley finally tells Don that he was in Sydney the night Lorelei was killed; he had spent time with his wife and son. Roma must decide whether her true loyalties are to Irving or Aldo. Don's spare room is in use again now that his sister, Carol Finlayson (Paula Duncan), has arrived. Carol approves of Dudley. Arnold offers Roma his share of the deli as collateral. Reg believes he has ascertained the identity of the killer when he finds Don on the landing.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

657. (20/11) Is Tracey jealous of Andy spending time with Vera? A postcard from Tokyo disproves Andy's alibi. Les's hopes for a reward are dashed when Flo finds an article about stolen paintings in the paper. Michael is confused and manages to upset Alf. Vera is being used by Andy against her will.

658. (21/11) Edie's suspicions about April have been aroused. Carol warns Don about her boyfriend's homophobia. Alf is suspicious of Lucy. Les has lost his key and Don is implicated. Everyone at Number 96 feels uneasy, but none more so than Marilyn when she finds a sinister package on the doorstep.

659. (22/11) Who sent Marilyn a pair of knotted pantyhose? Vera's situation is hopeless. Peter apologises to the Feathers and begs Tracey to come back home. Andy takes Marilyn to the police station. Aldo has prepared himself to make a big sacrifice.

660. (25/11) The police think Vera knows too much about the Pintor paintings. Flo suspects Dorrie of being an intruder. Andy admits the truth about his whereabouts the night of Lorelei's murder; he was asking Peter to divorce Tracey. Dorrie has a theory that the strangler only murders blonde women. Will Marilyn be the next victim? Arnold's sacrifice makes two people very happy, while Patti is confronted by a terrifying sight: Tracey has become the latest victim of the Pantyhose Strangler.

661. (26/11) Tracey has miraculously survived the attempt on her life, but several of the tenants have some explaining to do. Sergeant Short insists that the perpetrator is a tenant of Number 96. April flirts with Reg, while Carol fights with her boyfriend, Brad Hilton (Terry Bader). Alf's peace of mind is shattered by a chance meeting with Mrs Cole.

662. (27/11) Alf quizzes Lucy about Mrs Cole. The Godolfuses are unimpressed with the new deli owner, Freda Fuller (Sheila Bradley). She plans numerous changes. April cannot restrain her feelings for Reg any longer.

663. (28/11) Arnold and Freda have their first confrontation. Dorrie has thought of a form of protection against the strangler: a brunette wig. Times will change for Arnold as his old friends, Aldo and Roma, make a sad departure from Number 96.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

664. (29/11) Dorrie has a premonition of a plane crash. Norma is disturbed when she sees the ghost of Lorelei in the kitchen. Another premonition disturbs Vera. Andy seems to know more about I Kid You Not's poor performance than he will admit. Who doped Vera's horse?

665. (2/12) Don and Dudley need dates for their night out with Carol and Brad. A scandal embroils Andy and Vera. Strange occurrences at Number 96 keep alive the tenants' memories of Lorelei. Freda asserts her authority. Andy is fired over the scandal involving I Kid You Not.

666. (3/12) Marilyn attempts to warn Edie about April's intentions towards Reg. Alf delves into the past, but Michael's latest news involves Lucy even more; she has inherited money from Tom's will. Dorrie and Flo are vying for supremacy when their Senior Citizens' Club requires a new president.

667. (4/12) The Feathers meet up with Carol and Brad at the Red Baron. Freda offers temporary work to Dorrie. A meeting in the stairwell with Peter both puzzles Alf and arouses his suspicions. Arnold is saddened by memories of the past and Patti urges him to apply for a new job. Tracey's happiness with Peter is curtailed.

668. (5/12) Edie doesn't understand when Reg tries to explain about April's crush on him. Vera is frightened when she finds Michael in her flat. Les disguises himself as a sidewalk artist to catch the strangler. The police believe that Harry Collins is still alive and may be hiding in the area. Lucy must deal with the appearance of a ghost from the past: Tom is alive and well. It is obvious that Michael has been playing some kind of game.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

669. (6/12) Arnold must travel to Canberra for an interview with a hotel chain. A distraught Tracey claims that Peter has tried to kill her, but refuses to call in the police. Arnold is the new assistant manager of a luxury hotel in Tahiti. The truth about Brad is revealed: he would prefer being with Don. Tragedy strikes once again as Arnold's moment of joy turns to horror: Patti is the murderer's latest victim.

This episode's cliffhanger endings would not be resolved until the 1975 ratings season. This episode was later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

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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