Ian's Number 96 episode guide: 1975

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Number 96 building after bomb 1975


Can the deli survive its stern new owner, Freda Fuller?

Will Don Finlayson's sister, Carol, believe that her fiance, Brad Hilton, is a homosexual?

Did Lucy Sutcliffe's secret cause the destruction of Michael Bartlett's family?

Will Tracey Wilson endure another beating from her husband, Peter?

Has Harry Collins returned from the grave?

Who killed Patti Feather?

670. (13/01/1975) Marilyn's news about Reg shatters Edie. Arnold cannot accept that Patti is dead. Carol makes serious accusations. Dudley is unable to establish an alibi. Michael's motive for lying to Lucy may have been revenge over his mother's death.

In Melbourne, GTV-9 had been airing "Days of Our Lives" in prime time over the summer, ready to do a ratings battle against "Number 96" when it returned for its 1975 season on ATV-0.

671. (14/01) Dorrie is jealous about Flo's election to president and Flo finds herself homeless. Les is found with pantyhose around his neck, but he is just conducting an experiment. Andy's plan misfires. Arnold must face grim reality.

672. (15/01) Flo makes a sacrifice. Carol ends her disagreement with Don. Dudley's wallet reveals a strange secret.

673. (16/01) Marilyn and Carol are both scared, but for different reasons. Andy must prepare Vera for a shock.

674. (17/01) Dudley tells Don that he has found another photo in his wallet: Marilyn's! Vera is unable to attend Patti's funeral because she is needed at the police station. Detective Sergeant Short (Ken Fraser) arrives to arrest Dudley for murder at the climax of a very sad day for the tenants.

675. (20/01) The Sutcliffes have arranged for Arnold to stay with their son, Jim, in Perth. Vera explains that Harry did not die in the car crash after all. Dorrie's babysitting duties precludes her attendance at Claire Houghton's luncheon, but Les provides a solution by dressing in drag. Don's attitude has everyone puzzled. Tanya Schnolskevitska (Natalie Mosco) considers taking a job in the wine bar. Vera's dream may have revealed the killer's identity.

676. (21/01) Marilyn and Michael try to console Edie over Reg's absence. Freda wants Tanya to work in the deli and she takes up the offer. Lucy takes Vera's dream seriously and wants her to tell the police that she "saw" Marilyn's murder. Flo discovers that Dorrie had actually been waitressing for Claire, not socialising, at her luncheon. Reg returns from a week's sojourn in Woy Woy, which he did to punish Edie for neglecting her domestic duties. Michael reaches a most important decision; he and Marilyn get married. [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

677. (22/01) Edie takes Marilyn's news better than Reg. Tracey tells Vera that she thinks Peter is the killer. Reg realises a marriage cannot be annulled if it has been consummated. Vera's health is a concern: she has been poisoned. Tracey lets out a secret that upsets Marilyn.

678. (23/01) Les considers a career as a nanny. Dudley is hiding out in a hotel. Carol has resigned her job and seeks work in the wine bar. The Whittakers have an increase to the family when Norma's mother, Mrs Florentine (Aileen Britton), comes to stay. Les greets her at the door dressed as Dorrie. The trap is closing in on the murderer.

679. (24/01) Marilyn's lunch is a complete disaster. Andy raises suspicions. There is a happy reunion for Norma when Dudley returns, but terror for Marilyn in the laundrette when the murderer is revealed to her.

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

680. (27/01) Following Tracey's arrest for her attempt on Marilyn's life, the police think the mystery of the Pantyhose Murders is resolved, but Tracey has other plans. Mrs Florentine does not approve of sleeping on a camp bed. Tracey tells Andy how she escaped from the police, but leaps to her death from a Flat 6 window.

This episode was broadcast in colour. It was also later showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado. Also the last of 32 consecutive colour episodes (#649-680) were released on DVD in 2008, "Number 96: The Pantyhose Strangler" (Volume 1), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia.

681. (28/01) Vera is released from hospital, only to learn of the news about Tracey. She realises that Tracey must have been the one who poisoned her. Les commences teaching Dorrie to drive. Freda offers Arnold the job of manager of the deli. Don's health is still a cause for concern. Dorrie finds that her driving lessons are not incident-free.

32 consecutive colour episodes (#681-712) were released on DVD in 2010, "Number 96: Aftermath of Murder" (Volume 2), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia.

682. (29/01) Alf's taxi causes a disturbance in Norma's Bar. Trixie O'Toole returns from Brisbane and moves into Vera's spare room. Carol and Dudley wonder why Don has chosen not to confide in them. Dorrie wants to work as a fashion model for Vera to earn the money she owes Alf. Norma can't believe what her own eyes tell her: Aldo and Roma Godolfus have returned home.

683. (30/01) The MacDonalds plan a surprise celebration for Marilyn and Michael, but Reg has given a budget of only $15. Arnold breaks the news to Aldo and Roma about Patti and Tracey. Marilyn and Michael consider moving out of Flat 5, while the Godolfuses move into Flat 6. Don receives some shocking news from his doctor; he has only six months to live.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

684. (31/01) Reg has invited the TC to the party and raises the budget by $40. Arnold can see a glimmer of hope. Dorrie applies for a job advertised in the paper for a showbiz assistant - and is almost skewered by a professional knife-thrower named Leroy Larue (Paul Faranda). Edie's fruit punch has been laced with several different additives. Marilyn and Michael reach the right decision. A change of luck is in store for Alf: he has won the lottery!

685. (3/02) Freda refuses to pay Tanya and Arnold their wages. Roma and Aldo's new plan to go into the restaurant business will involve Arnold. Alf lets Dorrie off the hook regarding the damage to his taxi after his lottery win, but his joy soon turns into rage. His partner, Chiller Thomas, had put the winning ticket into his own name only and is refusing to share the winnings.

686. (4/02) Trixie attracts the attention of TC Buchanan (Brian Moll). Les has arranged a piano for "Happy Hour" in the wine bar, to be played by Flo. Lucy hears from Tom Bartlett in New Zealand, who can't understand Michael's silence. Dorrie's financial situation is desperate again, while Alf's attitude is unrelenting.

This episode was broadcast in colour. Brian Moll had taken over the role of TC Buchanan.

687. (5/02) Life is much brighter for Flo, but storm clouds are gathering over Aldo's shop. Freda fires all her staff. Marilyn and Michael are bickering. Will Dorrie become the new tea lady at the Paddington Town Hall? Freda has put the deli up for sale.

688. (6/02) Norma wants her own bed back, but Les assures her that a Murphy bed is on order for Mrs Florentine. Dudley is very concerned about Don, so Carol decides to take the initiative; she discovers that Don's illness may be terminal. The Godolfuses try to turn back time. Andy horrifies Arnold; he wants to move back into Flat 6.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

689. (7/02) Trixie continues to fight off the attentions of the TC. Vera is angry about some unusual overnight visitors: two near-naked young unicyclists. Les creates havoc with the Murphy bed he installs for Norma's mother. Marilyn makes some accusations which silence Michael; a phone call from New Zealand has revealed the existence of a secret wife and child. [Episode written by Michael Laurence.]

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

690. (10/02) Reg is promoted to ADTC. Lucy lends Dorrie $500 to pay for the damage to Alf's taxi. Changes are planned for the deli, but Tanya may lose her job. Reg's plan to surprise Marilyn and Michael works perfectly, to their horror; he knows they are not married. Dorrie has a shock of her own for Flo.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

Earlier that evening, another Cash Harmon Production, "The Unisexers", took up its early evening weeknight timeslot on the Nine Network. The series concerned a group of young people living commune-style, and manufacturing a range of designer denim jeans. The pilot (double-length) episode was taped at the end of 1974, not long after the character of Lorelei Wilkinson (Josephine Knur) had been written out of "Number 96" during the Panyhose Strangler storyline. The new series had premiered on the Sunday night at 7.30pm and featured Josephine Knur and other "Number 96" alumni, including John Paramor (a Pantyhose Strangler suspect), Patrick Ward, Max Cullen, Brian Moll and Toni Lamond. The series ran for only three weeks and then vanished. Scott Lambert moved across to "Number 96" when "The Unisexers" came to its abrupt end. Redmond Phillips and Camilla Rowntree would also later appear in "Number 96".

691. (11/02) The TC proposes to Trixie. Alf threatens Chiller about the lottery money. Les's attempts at matchmaking Norma's mother with the TC result in disaster. The sausage machine causes trouble again in Flat 1. Edie has a wedding to plan, but Marilyn and Michael decide to elope instead. Alf has a surprise when Chiller's wife brings him a substantial cheque.

692. (12/02) Don's high calorie diet is of concern, but he is following doctor's orders. Andy has a solution for the dilemma which has embroiled Tanya; he offers her a job as his secretary. Dudley and Carol plan to contact Amanda about Don's condition, while Vera has strange visitors once again.

693. (13/02) Dorrie has plans for the Town Hall. Lucy threatens Alf, while Marilyn suffers a shock.

694. (14/02) Trouble is looming over Number 96. Amanda learns about Don's problem, while Trixie decides to put Vera's plan into operation.

695. (17/02) Dorrie requires help from Don. Vera learns the truth. The tenants get ready for battle.

696. (18/02) Reg is in deep trouble, while Aldo and Roma have a surprise visit. Andy is out on a limb.

This episode was broadcast in colour.

697. (19/02) A long-forgotten talent is recalled by Edie. Trouble pursues Dorrie as Trixie interferes.

698. (20/02) Maggie Cameron has a shock for Don, but saves an angry tirade for Andy. Dolores Hackenback (Del Harmon), a brash American Oomph! sales consultant, helps Roma set up a cosmetics section in the deli.

This episode was broadcast in colour, the last in a series of prime time equipment tests before the official launch of colour in Australia. Sharp-eyed viewers might have spotted Pat McDonald's "TV Week" Logie Award sitting on a shelf behind Dorrie Evans.

699. (21/02) Roma's latest career venture has repercussions. Lucy is unhappy while Maggie shows a side of her character which is rarely seen.

700. (24/02) Andy is furious. Dudley and Carol find it difficult to hide their unhappiness. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

701. (25/02) Arnold's patience runs out. A letter from an old friend arrives for Vera.

702. (26/02) Dorrie has a new scheme, but Arnold refuses to take part in it. Maggie has a surprise for everyone.

703. (27/02) Trixie is left with some explaining to do. She and Flo have brought home a young muso, Adam Shaw (Julian Rockett) - and Vera finds him sleeping on her couch. Reg shocks Edie with news of a move.

704. (28/02) Maggie has a warning for Andy. Carol and Dudley are caught in a compromising situation.

This was the last "Number 96" episode transmitted in monochrome. Just before midnight on the last day of February 1975, Channel Ten broadcast a short b/w scene to celebrate Australia's official switch-over to regular colour broadcasts, known as "C-Day" (1st March 1975). Featuring Chard Hayward as movie buff Dudley Butterfield, the television set in his flat at "Number 96" is turned on so that Dudley can share the 1960 motion picture, "Can-Can" (starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan). The image on the TV screen appears in full colour. This segment was the brainchild of "Number 96" director, Brian Phillis.

Over on the ABC, a five-minute "Aunty Jack Show" reunion segment was played. Starring Grahame Bond (with Rory O'Donoghue as Thin Arthur and Garry McDonald as Kid Eager), colour starts creeping into the picture, slowly saturating the characters in colour. Legend has it that "Aunty Jack Introduces Colour" went to air three minutes early, on purpose. But TEN-10 cheated that night, too, with its Dudley skit. Network Ten was thus able to promote itself as "First in Color" (sic) in its station identification ads.

705. (3/03) Alf and Les have formulated a plan to get rid of Andy. Meanwhile, Tanya and Andy are still awaiting the arrival of Clarke Harvey. Andy believes that Clarke has plans to kill Tanya and keep the ransom money for hmself. To spite Arnold, Aldo urges Roma to go ahead with her plans for an Oomph! cosmetics bar. When Arnold tries to explain that Reg, through his position at the Paddington Council, has the power to stop the deli from selling Oomph!, a bitter and frustrated Roma announces that she is no longer talking to Arnold - ever again! Lucy is feeling quite unwell. Marilyn loses her temper. Vera has another premonition. Tanya shows Vera the unedited copies of Andy's newspaper articles, which do not exaggerate the facts about the Pantyhose Murders. Has Vera been too hard on him? Lucy announces to Vera that she is pregnant.

From the official introduction of colour broadcasting on 1st March, all new "Number 96" episodes now air in colour.

706. (4/03) Adam moves back into Flat 7 as a boarder. Norma determines to investigate the new rival restaurant, The Grapevine. It seems Trixie has invited many of the residents to join her table for its opening night. Maggie announces to Adam that she is taking over management of his career. Roma and Arnold stubbornly refuse to resolve their differences. She refuses to speak to him and gives him an ultimatum: either he goes or she does. Aldo seems oblivious; he is more concerned about his new "joke box". Not long after its arrival, the juke box gets stuck playing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy at top volume. Arnold demands that the juke box be removed because the deli does not have an entertainment licence. Now both Aldo and Roma give him the cold shoulder treatment. Maggie storms into Flat 7 to take Adam on a shopping spree. Flo delivers the mail to the deli and Arnold learns that he has been accepted as a member of the exclusive Meadowvale Golf Club. Aldo is disappointed with his letter; his own application to the club has been rejected.

707. (5/03) Les's latest scheme, known as Operation: Andy Scare, involves "simulated psychic phenomena", so he has acquired a life-sized skeleton. This does not impress Norma. Reg informs Edie that their new, four-bedroom, brick veneer house features "a concrete garden for all of her gnomes". Edie is enthused. Lucy's news - that she is expecting a change-of-life baby - is a source of horror for Alf. Dorrie increases Flo's rent to $12. Alf has a change of heart and is now boasting about his forthcoming fatherhood. Trixie attempts to give Edie moral support over the upcoming Blacktown move and urges her to stay firm with Reg. Lucy is not jubilant about the thought of a new baby. Reg announces to Edie that their son, Dean, will be moving from Adelaide to the Blacktown house and now Edie is no longer concerned about leaving Number 96. Dorrie tries to warn Adam about accepting Maggie's generosity. A persuasive Alf coaxes Lucy to look forward to having the baby. Reg and Edie receive news from the hospital that Marilyn has been in an accident with her motorcycle. Dorrie discovers that the $640 that was in the rent box has been stolen.

708. (6/03) Aldo still won't part with his juke box and the Godolfuses refuse to communicate with Arnold. The fact that Dean will be coming home does not enthuse Marilyn about the family's move to Blacktown. Andy suspects that Clarke has ditched Tanya and "shot through" with the half million dollars. Adam is concerned about Maggie showering him with gifts and intruding into his life. Vera tells him that Maggie only wants his body. Marilyn tells a visiting Arnold that her accident occurred when she was "being pursued by a lesbian". Arnold puts her straight about the actual meaning of the term. Carol tells Dudley that they have both been offered management jobs at The Grapevine. Reg intends to report the deli's juke box to the Paddington Council, as it contravenes regulations. Aldo ejects him from the shop. An angry Arnold slams his hand against the juke box and it goes up in smoke. Aldo is furious. Now that Vera has read Andy's original articles, they are back on good terms. Maggie is unhappy with Adam's attitude and takes out her temper on Dudley, accusing him of a lack of variety in the wine bar's food menu. She storms up to Flat 7 and picks a spat with Vera, who tells Maggie that she is "too old" for Adam. Aldo's juke box is taken away on a truck. Dudley casually reveals that Aldo's Meadowvale Golf Club membership would have been refused because Aldo is Jewish. Tanya makes a grave mistake: Clarke Harvey (Brandon Smith) has arrived at last, and surprises her in Andy's flat.

709. (7/03) Tanya has a surprise. Clarke explains that the half million dollars is safely deposited in a Zurich bank account. Dorrie is distraught about the stolen rent money and blames poor Herb. Flo suspects that the money was stolen by Adam. Andy tells Clarke and Tanya that they have 48 hours to leave the country before he puts their story into print. He then relents and extends their deadline to seven days, but refuses the offer of a bribe. Dudley is agitated by Norma's comments to him in the bar. Carol is distressed by some news: Don's aunt, Amanda Von Pappenburg (Carol Raye), phones from Heidelberg to tell her and Dudley that she is taking the ailing Don to a faith healer. Les has created a "fright tape" with his tape recorder and manages to terrify Norma with his prop skeleton. Dorrie thinks that Herb took the rent money while sleepwalking. Clarke and Tanya depart Flat 6 to flee the country. Operation: Andy Scare progresses to its next stage, with Les preparing a Halloween pumpkin, which he intends to lower on a rope to Andy's window. An exasperated Norma decides to escape the drama by accepting an invitation to the Hunter Valley for a wine festival. She commiserates with Lucy about their deluded husbands and Lucy expresses her concern about the pregnancy. Returning to Flat 8, Lucy manages to interrupt Alf and Les with their secret pumpkin project. Instead of scaring Andy as intended, it plummets past Flat 6 and Flat 4, and lands on an unsuspecting Dorrie as she emerges from the deli. Dudley breaks the thrilling news about his and Carol's successful appointments to the management team of The Grapevine, which comes with a double flat above the restaurant. Carol is excited.

This episode features a cameo appearance by Carol Raye, returning as the Baroness Amanda Von Pappenburg.

710. (10/03) Dorrie is still moaning about the traumatic pumpkin incident and Flo makes matters worse by serving her pumpkin pie for tea. Les is back from seeing Norma off to the wine festival and expresses his gratitude that Dudley and Carol will look after the wine bar in Norma's absence. Now Dudley and Carol have an important decision to make, and they feel guilty about accepting their new jobs. Arnold expresses his views about the anti-Semitism at Meadowvale Golf Club and is determined to fight for Aldo. Maggie is furious to learn that Norma is away, especially during the threat of competition from the rival restaurant. Flo again expresses her concern to Dorrie and Herb that Adam stole the missing rent money. Arnold corners Andy about the golf club's biases and Andy reveals that Tanya has left the country. The Sutcliffes discuss the pregnancy and Arnold overhears. Dorrie tells Andy she intends to sue Andy over the pumpkin that was intended for him. Les present Aldo with his concept for a self-propelled golf buggy. Flo warns Alf that having a baby can be dangerous for a woman of Lucy's age. At the launderette, Dorrie and Roma discuss Lucy's pregnancy and, when Dorrie claims it is "disgusting", Roma tells her off. Maggie is back in Norma's Bar to sample the current lunch menu, and compare it with The Grapevine's. Her attitude upsets Carol and Dudley, making them even more determined to take up their new positions. Aldo is ready to play golf and Arnold is disturbed because Aldo is not rostered off for an "independent activity". Announcing that nothing will stop him from playing golf today, Aldo storms out onto the street - just as it starts raining! Dorrie and Herb are again searching for the missing rent money, just as Maggie arrives to collect it from them.

711. (11/03) Dorrie and Herb arouse the wrath of Maggie. She is extremely rude to them and an angry Herb tells her to leave. Vera tells Trixie that she has had enough of Adam and that it is time for him to leave. She wants him out in the next few days. Meanwhile, in the deli, Marilyn has a proposition for Adam: he can move into Flat 5 with her when her parents move back to Blacktown! Trixie and Flo decide that Flo must give up her Happy Hour gig at the wine bar so she can devote more time to her club work. Maggie tells Reg that he must pay three months rent, or find someone to take over his lease, if he wants to move to Blacktown. Flo tells Vera about her suspicion regarding Adam and the missing money. Trixie catches Vera searching through Adam's belongings. Maggie declares that Marilyn is "too young" to take over the lease on Flat 5. Dorrie and Herb decide to tell Maggie that they no longer want the responsibilty of collecting the tenants' rent. Vera confronts Adam about the missing money and the expensive watch she found in his suitcase.

712. (12/03) Vera's suggestion proves a shock for Adam. He explains that Maggie sent him the watch, which he doesn't want, and intends to return. He shows her the wrapped parcel, already addressed to Maggie. Vera tells him that Dorrie and Herb still suspect him of stealing money. Carol tries to pressure Dudley into telling Les about their intentions to leave. Tanya and Clarke are in a motel room, and a worried Tanya is keen to leave Australia as soon as possible. Dudley breaks the news to Les, but promises that he and Carol will stay on until Norma returns home. Arnold tries to prepare breakfast for Lucy, but burns it during their argument about the baby. Confusion reigns for Carol and Dudley. Carol realises that accepting the jobs - and the accompanying one-bedroom apartment - means accepting that they will be living as a couple. She urges Dudley not to mention any of this to Don in his letters. Adam returns from the post office, having sent off the watch, and Vera tells him that he can stay on in the flat. A desolate Les learns of Flo leaving her Happy Hour job and dreads Norma's return, with everyone abandoning the wine bar. Tanya is alone in the motel room when Clarke returns with two international airline tickets. Les plans to replace Flo with a one-man band. Adam realises that Curly Meat Jackson was the likely culprit to have stolen the rent money from Flat 3. Arnold brings cake to Lucy, an effort to make up for ruining her breakfast. Andy is on the phone to the newspaper when Clarke bursts in, pointing a gun at him.

This episode was the cliffhanger ending to the 32 consecutive colour episodes (#681-712) released on DVD in 2010, "Number 96: Aftermath of Murder" (Volume 2), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia.

713. (13/03) Clarke is about to shoot Andy when Tanya enters and knocks the gun out of Clarke's hand. Reg arrives home to find Edie knitting baby's booties. Despite a convoluted discussion, a confused Reg concludes that Edie must be pregnant. Andy agrees to tear up his story about the fake kidnapping if Tanya and Clarke leave the country tonight. Tanya has a surprise for Andy: she doesn't want to leave after all. She pleads with Andy to let her stay. Alf wants Lucy to have her pregnancy terminated and lucy is confused. She is now determined to have the baby, no matter the risks. Andy returns from delivering Clarke to the airport and urges Tanya to return to the USA and tell her parents about the phony kidnap plot. Marilyn decides to ask Arnold to move in with her and Adam when her parents move to Blacktown. Roma convinces Alf that Lucy will be safe in the care of a good doctor. Marilyn is back from a motorbike ride to inspect the Blacktown house. She tells Edie how awful it is. Tanya is ready to leave for the airport and asks if Andy will be be here when she returns. He tells her not to return because he won't be waiting. Lucy comes into the deli looking for Alf. A postman enters with the mail, which includes a letter for Arnold. Written in Patti's handwriting, the envelope is also scented with her distinctive perfume.

714. (14/03) It is a sad day, as Flo's piano is removed from the wine bar. Dorrie comes in to inform Les that she will be suing him over the pumpkin incident. Adam returns from visiting Curly Meat Jackson. As Adam suspected, he was the culprit, but the $640 was all spent on heroin. Dudley is furious with Maggie, who has summoned him and Carol into her office to discuss The Grapevine matters. A special appointment awaits Dorrie and Flo; they try to be prepared to confront Maggie about the collection of rents. Les is practising his skills as a one-man band and, when Herb tries to help, Les manages to crash the cymbals around his head. Herb is left feeling dazed and confused. Maggie decides to put forward the $640 shortfall herself but insists that Dorrie continue to collect the rents. Maggie is interrupted by a phone call. It is Vera inviting her over for drinks that afternoon. Maggie accepts. In Flat 7, Vera, Trixie and Adam tell Maggie the truth about the missing money. Les is again unsuccessful in convincing Dudley and Carol to stay on. Adam and Marilyn are at the laundrette, discussing their plans to take on the lease of Flat 5. The phone rings. It is Patti, wanting to leave a message for her husband, Arnold. Marilyn is very distressed. Dorrie, Herb and Flo are preparing for bed after their late-night cocoa. The phone rings. It is Flo's daughter, Raylene, with good news: she and Tyrone are expecting a baby.

715. (17/03) Alf and Lucy are still concerned about the mysterious letter, seemingly written by the late Patti, claiming she was on a shift at the hospital. Marilyn tells them about the impossible phone message she received from Patti. Everyone is concerned about how these incidents are effecting Arnold. His work is not up to its usual high standard, and he is even forgetting regular customers' names. Norma returns to utter chaos. Maggie collides with Andy in the street and threatens that she will throw him and Tanya out of Number 96. Carol and Dudley are feeling guilty about leaving the wine bar, but Norma is more understanding after realising that it was Maggie who caused most of the unrest. Maggie intends to prevent Marilyn and Adam from occupying Flat 5. Carol and Dudley become more involved on an intimate basis. Les is still dead against Andy and his sensationalised articles, but Norma wants to bury the hatchet. Arnold shares the headline of the evening newspaper: "MISSING AMERICAN HEIRESS RETURNS HOME". Reading the article in the wine bar, everyone learns the truth about Tanya's real identity. They conclude that Andy is the kidnapper.

716. (18/03) Flo has become a grandmother! Dorrie nags Flo about how tired and haggard she is looking. Reg informs Dorrie of his family's intention to leave Number 96 for the Blacktown house and offers her a commission to locate a new tenant. Marilyn and Reg are at loggerheads. Dorrie tells Maggie of her arrangement with Reg and Maggie surprises her by proposing that Dorrie could make some money on the side. Trixie is concerned about Flo because her performances at the club are no longer up to scratch. Adam is concerned about Maggie's attitude and intends to return the expensive suit she bought him. Maggie's proposition to Dorrie gets her thinking; she brokers a deal with Trixie to take over the lease of Flat 5. Trixie immediately asks Adam to join her. Arnold is heartbroken after a phone call from Mrs Olsen, Patti's mother. She needs to discuss condolence replies from the funeral with him, and her overall loneliness. Adam returns the suit to Maggie and she is enraged, accusing him of sponging off Vera. Trixie tells Marilyn about the lease and decides to invite her to stay on in the flat with her and Adam. At this stage, Reg is still none the wiser. In Flat 7, Adam's temper explodes and he informs Vera that he is "a man, not a little boy."

717. (19/03) Alf and Les continue to try to scare Andy with the skeleton. Adam is terribly upset about Vera treating him like a child. Adam has an apology for Vera, but she is even more concerned than before. Marilyn tells Reg about the forthcoming arrangements for Flat 5, including that Trixie has taken over the lease. Flo's health continues to deteriorate, traipsing around after Trixie on her club circuit. Edie receives a call from Dean announcing his change of plans. He won't be returning to Sydney after all. Edie's enthusiasm is depleted and Reg cannot convince her that moving to Blacktown is for the best. Carol and Dudley tell Norma that they will stay on at the wine bar. Norma is ecstatic. In an attempt to dangle the skeleton outside Andy's window, Alf and Les manage to drop it onto Dorrie. Andy seeks Norma's assistance. While making their escape, Les and Alf bump into Inspector Swanson of the CIB (Commonwealth Investigation Branch). He is looking for Andy.

718. (20/03) Arnold is concerned about Mrs Olsen's welfare, so he organises a dinner with her, Aldo and Roma. Les's one-man band is no replacement for Flo, but he persists in rehearsing. Swanson annoys Andy with endless questions and the half a million dollars in ransom. In the deli, Swanson questions Aldo, Arnold and Roma about Rosemary Prior - and Roma has too much to say on the matter. Alf and Les have seemingly vanished, but they continue to create havoc in Andy's flat, making Andy look like a complete fool in front of Swanson. The inspector's investigations come to a stop following receipt of a cable from America. The dinner with Mrs Olsen is progressing well, until she reveals that she, too, has been receiving nasty phonecalls from someone impersonating Patti.

719. (21/03) Dorrie and Flo threaten to send Herb to an acupuncturist, so he ends his pretence that he has gone deaf. The night of the dinner with Mrs Olsen, a strange hoax phone call upsets Roma. Maggie throws Dorrie into a panic with the news that Dorrie will be the one furnishing the vacant flat. Dudley is accused by Maggie of being deceitful towards Don, especially considering his condition. Edie breaks down in the deli over the move to Blacktown. Aldo and Roma tell Reg but he refuses to acknowledge the gravity of the situation. Trixie and Adam bid farewell to a sad Vera, only to discover that the Macdonalds are not moving out for another week, so they return to Flat 7. Dorrie attempts to implement the scheme Maggie had suggested. Maggie visits Vera and apologises for her behaviour, and tells Adam that a music agent, Clinton Mather, wants to see him.

720. (24/03) Arnold is on the phone to Mrs Olsen. Marilyn, Aldo and Roma discuss the nasty campaign that seems to be aimed at tormenting both Arnold and his mother-in-law. A proposed visit upsets Alf; Lucy has received a postcard from her niece, Vanessa, who plans to visit them for an extended stay very soon. Dorrie is on the phone to her daughter, Joan. Flo and Herb arrive home and Dorrie asks Flo if she can lend her $1000 to furnish the MacDonalds' flat. Edie is distraught about the impending move back to Blacktown. Her spirits are lifted, somewhat, when Marilyn enters, all dressed up for a date with Arnold. If Vanessa comes to stay, Alf intends to move out. Dorrie tells Flo she should give up all her club jobs and start acting her age. Flo wants to know how that would help raise the money that Dorrie needs for Flat 5. Dorrie is speechless, for once. Over coffee, Arnold explains that he cannot marry Marilyn because he is Jewish. Marilyn gets very confused. Reg gives Edie some money towards essentials for the new Blacktown house. Marilyn invites Arnold up to Flat 5 for a nice Kosher lunch. Arnold tells Roma of his plan to become a Jew. Marilyn makes a terrible mess of her attempt at gefilte fish fingers. Flo has mail for Herb, who announces some great news: the bank has sent him a Bankcard, seemingly worth $1000. Aldo is thrilled by Arnold's desire to convert to Judaism. Marilyn misunderstands an offer: she will become a Jew, too, so she can marry Arnold. Arnold looks worried.

721. (25/03) Adam and Vera return from the concert at the Sydney Opera House. Trixie and Flo decide to go out to dinner in the wine bar and give Vera and Adam some alone time. Dorrie and Herb return from a shopping spree, having spent the whole $1000 on Herb's new Bankcard. Norma is studying her wine books, preparing for the wine-tasting event she is planning. Les arrives home from his shift at the hospital with the bizarre news that Patti Feather had rung in, saying that she could not come in to work because her husband needed her. Flo points out that Bankcards must be paid back in full in 25 days. Dorrie is unconvinced. Marilyn's plans are upset by Trixie, who tries to convince her to go back to Blacktown instead of moving in with her and Adam. Just as Vera and Adam finish dinner, a phone call comes in for Adam from Clinton. He wants to see him about his concerto. Andy has a surprise: Tanya is back from the USA! He doesn't want her and tells her to get out. Marilyn announces to Edie that she is coming to Backtown after all. Edie is thrilled. Dorrie explains to Herb that she will become a grandmother after all; Joan is being "artificially incinerated". Andy is worried about Clarke Harvey coming back, but Tanya says that her father had him killed. While discussing Adam's childhood, Adam declares that he wants to make good in his music career for his father's sake. Vera is confident he will succeed.

722. (26/03) Dudley gets ready to collect Don from the airport. Dorrie, Herb and Flo argue about where the new furniture is to be stacked. Before they can come to a decision, it starts to arrive. Vera wishes Adam luck as he heads off to meet with Clinton. Tanya makes breakfast for Andy. He still wants her to leave and get her own flat, but she claims to be down to her last five cents. Reg is leaving for the T. H. and Edie attempts to sound uplifted about the move to Blacktown. As soon as he's gone, Edie breaks down in tears. As Marilyn tries to comfort her, Reg returns for a forgotten item - and overhears the truth. Carol finds herself in a dilemma; she is excited to see Don home at last, but notices that he still seems ill. Flo and Dorrie are still arguing about the new furniture. Flo locks her bedroom so Dorrie can't stack furniture in it. Adam is excited after his meeting with Clinton. It is likely his concerto will be performed at the Opera House. Carol and Dudley celebrate Don's return with champagne in the wine bar. Reg returns from work with the news that his promotion has fallen through, and they will no longer be moving to Blacktown. Vera turns to Trixie for some advice: she encourages Vera to not hold back her feelings for Adam. Dorrie hears that the MacDonalds are no longer moving away. Furthermore, the $1000 wasn't Herb's to spend; the Bankcard belonged to a Herbert Evans of Oxford Street.

723. (27/03) Don explains to Dudley and Carol that his illness is not fatal, and is actually psychosomatic. Norma invites a journalist, Mr Delgardie, to her wine-tasting. Mrs Olsen comes into the deli with a handful of letters, supposedly from Patti, that have serious implications. Aldo is insistant that Arnold has a Bar Mitzvah, but Roma thinks he is too old. Lucy is making frilly curtains for the spare room and pointing out Alf's failings, such as his appearance and his manners. There is an unexpected knock at the door; the scruffy hippy turns out to be Lucy's niece, Vanessa Harrison (Wendy Hughes). Deciding to take their new house guest downstairs to the wine bar for dinner, Lucy manages to convince Vanessa to have a shower beforehand. Norma invites Don to her wine-tasting, but Les feels it would be unwise in Don's current condition. Lucy and Alf come down to the wine bar ahead of Vanessa to break the news of her appearance. Les is concerned that Norma is swallowing the wines she is tasting, rather than spitting them out, as in proper wine etiquette. Arnold visits Patti's grave. He notices a woman in a nurse's uniform. He realises it is Mrs Olsen, wearing a wig and makeup in Patti's usual style, and speaking just like Patti.

724. (28/03) Mrs Olsen is convinced that she is Patti, trying to keep her memory alive. Arnold discovers, to his dismay, that it was Mrs Olsen behind all the mysterious letters and phonecalls. Vanessa does her morning exercises and demonstrates a special trance dance to Alf - and manages to put him into an actual trance. Carol requests Dudley to act; she wants him to tell Don about their relationship. In the loungeroom of Flat 2, Arnold is trying to assist a distressed Mrs Olsen to sort reality from fiction. She has no idea as to what she had been doing. He convinces her to see a doctor. Norma is fretting that she should not have invited Mr Delgardie to the wine-tasting. Vera is confused; she asks Carol if there is anything between her and Dudley. Carol admits that there is and seeks Vera's advice. Adam interrupts with the news that he can't move into Flat 5 with Marilyn and Trixie because the MacDonalds are no longer moving to Blacktown. Vanessa explains to everyone how she had to throw a bucket of water over Alf to break him out of his trance. Norma is still tasting wines in Flat 1. Les comes in to tell her that the guests have arrived and she passes out. Les tries to host the wine-tasting but no one is listening to his descriptions of the wines. Carol tells Dudley she will move out of Number 96. Norma finally awakens and attempts to take over the disastrous wine-tasting. Vanessa is teaching all the attendees how to do the Zorba the Greek dance. Mr Delgardie is really enjoying himself. Don admits to Vera that his illness was caused through his worry that Dudley was bisexual.

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725. (31/03) Reg is irate and awaits Edie's return from Norma's wine-tasting. Edie eventually arrives home, smashed, and in the company of a young Greek Evsona dancer (Harry Michaels). Marilyn has discovered her father's secret. He gave up the Blacktown promotion because of his feelings for Edie. Vera and Adam have a row over her ignoring him at the dinner party to which Don and Marilyn had been invited. She tries to disregard her attraction to him. Arnold becomes a Jew but, instead of celebrations, Aldo is unsure about the increase in tensions. Reg and Edie decide to host a party because they are staying on at Number 96. Carol realises her situation with Dudley is becoming more hopeless and decides to move out. Adam tells Vera he loves her; Vera realises that she must tell the truth: Adam is to leave her alone. In the deli, Vanessa announces that the world is ending in three weeks. Vera visits Flat 4 and tries to convince Dudley and Carol that they must not tell Don about their affair because Don's condition will deteriorate. Reg and Edie return home with their party supplies to find their flat completely bare.

726. (1/04) Edie has made a terrible mistake. Not only did she neglect to cancel the removalists, Reg discovers that the electricity has been cut off. Andy abuses Tanya for being spoilt and insincere. They have a huge argument but resolve it in the bedroom. The MacDonalds decide to go ahead with the party after all. Dorrie offers them some furniture, for a small hiring fee, of course. The main topic at the party is Vanessa and her predictions about the forthcoming end of the world. Tanya must adjust to poverty, but she finds it difficult; perhaps the time has come for her to make a confession? The first of Vanessa' predictions - a thunderstorm - comes true. Dorrie and Herb go to the pictures, and arrive home to find Flo collapsed on the floor.

The official Cash Harmon synopsis says that Tanya and Andy "'hop in the cot!!' Thought you'd get a laugh over that."

727. (2/04) Trixie again tells Vera that if she really wants Adam, she should "go get him". Dorrie attempts to persuade Flo from going on the cruise with Trixie. Carol tells Don she has met a great fellow and is sharing a flat with him. Maggie arrives to see Don. Her brash manner is her unique way of welcoming him back. A shocked Trixie worries about Flo, who is "feeling crook". Maggie enjoys stirring Vera and Adam. There is tension in Flat 4, with Don acting subdued and Dudley being restless and uptight. In Flat 8, there is a gathering around a telescope to view a comet that Vanessa has predicted. The drama between Vera and Adam is somewhat resolved when they express their love for each other. Arnold's intensity over Judaism is driving a wedge between himself and Aldo. Adam and Vera are off to dinner to celebrate their mutual affection. On their way out, Dudley arrives to discuss Don with Vera. Once again, she warns him not to mention his situation to Don.

728. (3/04) There is great excitement when everyone witnesses Vanessa's comet through the telescope. An angry Lucy is still unmoved by the predictions. Reg and Edie spend an uncomfortable night sliding around on the polythene wrappings of the borrowed furniture. Maggie is on the rampage. She intrudes on Adam and Vera's restaurant outing. Adam loses his temper and tosses his wine in Maggie's face. Dorrie finds herself in a quandary. Her niece, Georgina, rings from Coffs Harbour, wanting "Auntie Dee" to come and look after Geoff, who is ill. Because Flo is also ill, Dorrie sends Herb to Coffs Harbour instead. Trixie needs to break the news to Flo that she shouldn't come on the cruise. Vanessa asks Adam if he would like to accompany her to a concert at the Sydney Opera House and he agrees. Reg informs Edie that there is to be a further delay on the return of their posessions. They enter their flat and it is completely empty again. Dorrie has used her spare key to retrieve the borrowed furniture.

729. (4/04) Norma's Bar is strangely quiet due to the opening of The Grapevine. A distraught Tanya comes in still looking for Andy, who has gone missing. Alf and Lucy are concerned about Vera's behaviour concerning Adam. Andy finally shows up, bedraggled and confused as to where he has been. Les has developed a new scheme: he is on the hunt for items to place into a time capsule. Dudley lets it slip in front of Don that he and Carol were planning to move into the flat above The Grapevine. As he attempts to cover up his slip, Maggie interrupts him. Norma is suspicious about a case of good linen hankies she has found and Les admits they were a gift from Mrs Brewster, one of his patients. Andy tells Tanya that he was on a rough assignment when he went missing. Carol and Dudley debate about telling Don their secret. The mystery deepens: Andy is surprised by a strange, attractive woman. She interrupts him and Tanya to thank Andy for a great time the other night. Maggie is sloshed - and delights in telling Don all about Dudley and Carol.

730. (7/04) Carol decides that she and Dudley should wait until Don is fully recovered before telling him about their relationship. Vera loses her temper about Adam staying out all night after the concert with Vanessa. He explains that he was at Clinton's place with Sean Hilliard, who played his concerto and loved it. Lucy has a decision to make. She wants Alf to talk to Vanessa about using their flat as a hotel. Alf should also tell Vanessa to get a job. Maggie has organised for Vince Hanson, a big clothing manufacturer, to look at Vera's designs. Vera is not very interested. Aldo devises a plan with Roma: perhaps Manny Goldman would be willing to sell them The Majestic Rooms? Dudley finally talks to Don about his relationship with Carol. Don admits he already knows but won't say who told him. Vera gives in and goes to bed with Adam.

731. (8/04) Norma is unsure whether to be jealous, while Dudley manages to horrify Reg.

732. (9/04) Andy's behaviour puzzles Tanya. Arnold manages to hurt Aldo.

733. (10/04) Maggie and Reg arrange a meeting. Tanya has a terrible shock and Marilyn is horrified by some news.

734. (11/04) Edie is unsure about whether or not she approves of Marilyn's plan, while Les has a mysterious engagement.

735. (14/04) Norma is surprised by Les. Carol and Dudley burn their bridges.

736. (15/04) Flo has a warning for Dorrie; Herb makes a discovery which surprises him. Adam has made Maggie furious.

737. (16/04) Arnold agrees to help Roma and Aldo. Tanya's comment frightens Edie.

738. (17/04) Dudley remains unforgiving. Dorrie meets up with an old friend.

739. (18/04) Flo expresses her concern for Vera. Andy has a terrible shock.

740. (21/04) Les winds up in a tight spot. Dudley is unhappy, while Alf remains sceptical.

741. (22/04) Vera has made up her mind. Arnold suffers a disaster, while Aldo and Roma can't agree.

742. (23/04) Edie prepares for the end of the world. Meanwhile, Marilyn is convinced that Arnold has something to tell her.

743. (24/04) Flo makes a confession and Andy is confused by Tanya.

744. (25/4) Roma makes Aldo furious. Andy is happy for Vera.

745. (28/04) Maggie's change of heart amazes Vera. Norma must rethink her attitude towards Dudley.

746. (29/04) Tanya once again puzzles Andy. Dorrie is sure she has a solution to the mystery of the dog.

747. (30/04) Vera is impatient with Don and Alf's advice. A nasty shock awaits Reg.

748. (1/05) Roma's present to Arnold horrifies Aldo.

This episode was preceded by the premiere of the one-hour television special, "Hasham", which launched Joe Hasham's LP record of the same name. The Network 0-10 special also gave the world a famous TV blooper, when Joe was accidentally swept off rocks, mid-song, into the ocean.

749. (2/05) Dudley attempts to face the truth. The Godolfuses have a problem to resolve.

750. (5/05) Don has some advice for Maggie. Arnold's brilliant idea to hire Phyllis Pratt (Moya O'Sullivan) misfires. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

751. (6/05) Tanya is in for a terrible shock. Marilyn decides to interfere and give Edie some assistance. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

752. (7/05) Alf makes a discovery, while Aldo is in trouble with Phyllis. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

753. (8/05) Andy is angry with Tanya. Miles Cooper (Scott Lambert) makes a muddle of his private life. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

754. (9/5) Marilyn offers advice to Edie. Herb is full of complaints for Dorrie and Flo. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

755. (12/05) Maggie tries to seduce Reg and he renders her speechless. He knew what she was up to all along. The Council was not going to buy her warehouse property and he was leading her on to see to what depths she'd sink. Tanya tells Marilyn that Andy has returned to Melbourne with his wife. Les plans to go along with the agreement with Mrs Brewster but Alf calls him a fool. Marilyn informs Miles that she'd do anything for him. Reg tells Don about the property deal and Don is furious with Maggie. Lucy is feeling unwell, which is of concern to Alf. He drags her away from the laundrette and threatens to lock her up. Maggie propositions Miles. Les informs Alf he is helping the police to catch Mrs Brewster. Maggie turns up at Reg's door, smashed, and pleading for Reg to let her go to bed with him. He closes the door on her. Meanwhile, Jim Parnell holds up Les with a gun.

756. (13/05) Dorrie receives a letter from Claude, an old school friend and heart-throb of both herself and Flo, saying that he arrives tomorrow. Carol receives a surprise call about a job with South Pacific Travel but she doesn't want to leave Miles. Arnold's attempts to fire Phyllis fail, especially when she tells him about her daughter, and how working in the deli allows Phyllis to keep Pandora at St Agnes College. Les is a source of worry and alarm for Norma; he supposedly left the hospital at 2.00am with a security guard. Dorrie and Flo plot to get Herb out of the flat when Claude is visiting. They buy Herb a ticket to a special screening at the Sydney Opera House. Maggie gives the story about Mrs Winthrop to the newspapers and Dudley and Carol threaten to resign. A detective shows Norma and Alf some mugshots and Norma recognises Mrs Brewster as part of the gang.

757. (14/05) Don settles Maggie's problem with Mrs Winthrop for $5000. Edie races home for the next instalment of the TV soap opera, Natalie Faces Life. Claude Tuffnell (Noel Brophy) arrives. He has really let himself go: unattractive, boring and asthmatic, but he wants to stay. Reg tries to talk to Edie, but she is engrossed by her serial. Herb realises that he was tricked, but finds it amusing to see Claude coughing and spluttering everywhere. Carol considers the New York-based job. Marilyn decides that she will continue to see Miles as she has no pride. Disturbing dreams interrupt the sleep of both Dorrie and Flo. Don offers Dudley the use of the spare room.

758. (15/05) Norma is convinced that Les has been murdered. Mr Levenson wants to buy back Romaldo's and Arnold realises it is because the business on both sides of the restaurant would be able to expand. Herb moves in with Miles, who is flat minding in Flat 7. Alf has been nagging Lucy to slow down, so she suggests a solution to Tanya. Aldo is being driven up the wall with Dorrie shopping for remedies for all of Claude's ailments. Roma worries about the future of Romaldo's. Arnold manages to sell it for $40,000 profit, but she is upset. Alf tells Marilyn that he saw Miles in the company of two blondes. Herb is unsympathetic about Dorrie's - and then Flo's - complaints about Claude always trying to put the moves on them. They are getting what they deserved, and he will stay with Miles until Claude leaves.

759. (16/05) Edie amazes Reg, telling him that their "farce of a marriage must go on" but she will no longer sleep with him. The detective fears the worst for Les and he tells Norma. Phyllis makes Aldo feel ashamed that he wanted her fired. Norma finally receives a call from Les. Edie tells Phyllis all about Natalie Faces Life, then Edie goes out into the world "to face life". Parnell and Mrs Brewster are using Les as a hostage to leave the country.

760. (19/05) Flo has a bright idea, and she and Dorrie put Claude onto a starvation diet to coerce him to leave. As pensioners, they have "run out of money" and can only afford vegetable leaves. They have had to pawn their clothes and the bed linen will be next. Meanwhile, Carol has decided to take the New York position and comforts Miles. Don wonders why Carol is not particularly excited about the new job. Dorrie and Flo hide all the quality food in the bedroom but Claude doesn't seem to mind the slop they are making for him. Miles tells Carol he has no intention of settling down. Les is being kept prisoner in an old warehouse so he tries tapping out Morse Code with a fork on an old water pipe. Eventually, he receives an answering tap.

761. (20/05) Maggie is again rejected by Reg and is furious. Norma is unwell and Lucy prescribes bed rest. Parnell tells Les they plan to kill him but Les is rescued by two policemen and a wino, Amos, who had reported the Morse Code message. Les arrives home to find Norma ill with shingles. The hospital plans to make a presentation to Les. Flo tells Les that Carol will be leaving the wine bar. Edie wants to go job-hunting so Maggie makes a surprising move. She gets Edie a position as Public Relations Officer for the Gay Liberation Movement. Predictably, Reg is horrified.

762. (21/05) Les assumes the hospital will give him a sum of money on his presentation day. Arnold has a tough decision to make; if Phyllis can't be fired, he must be the one to go. Phyllis accidentally sets fire to the deli's newspaper stand. Vera makes a surprise return from Stuttgart, but without Adam. Arnold still can't fire Phyllis and is overcome with pity. Miles reveals that Vera had told him, in secrecy, that her flat would only be vacant for two weeks. Herb helps Miles with a plan, and Tanya invites them both to move in with her. Les returns from his presentation with an awful-looking pottery vase.

763. (22/05) Vera tells Maggie that she deliberately acted like a bitch towards Adam, to convince him that their affair wouldn't work. Dorrie visits Herb and Miles to tell them that Flo seems to be sick with a runny nose and a headache. Miles promises to check in on her. Don tells Carol that Dudley is welcome back, on a purely platonic basis. Dorrie is in for a terrible shock: Miles pronounces that Flo has suspected cholera, but it is a ruse to get Claude to leave Flat 3. It works! Claude sneaks out at night. Carol arrives home drunk, having borrowed Don's car to attend a party. Aldo uncovers a truth when Phyllis spills the news that she met Manny Goldman, who boasted about Roma making $40,000 on the restaurant sale.

764. (23/05) Reg finds it difficult to accept the new Edie. She is loving every minute of her new job with the Gay Libs. Reg sees the light when Edie reveals that she got the job from Maggie. Carol apologises to Don about a dent on his car after she hit a signpost. She wants to pay for the damage, but Don is unconcerned. Roma must provide some answers; Aldo is upset that she hid the fact that her restaurant sale resulted in so much profit. Roma walks out on him. Vera retreats into her hard-headed businesswoman persona and won't reveal details about Adam to Lucy. Others also notice the change. A telegram brings the Sutcliffes news that Alf's mother has had an accident and they need to travel to Perth. Marilyn is to take over the laundrette in Lucy's absence. Arnold visits Roma at the Holiday Inn, where she is staying, to tell her he invested the $40,000 on the stock market, but it made another $20,000. Roma is horrified. A policeman visits Don, wanting to inspect his car, but it is at the panel-beaters. It seems it wasn't a signpost the car hit, but a pedestrian. Don admits to being the driver.

765. (26/05) Norma recovers from her illness. Les is depressed; the hospital gifted him a vase instead of a cheque and he had plans for the money. Don sticks with his statement that it was him, not Carol, driving the car when it hit a pedestrian. Phyllis and Arnold try to help Aldo in his separation from Roma, but Aldo is unbending and tells them to mind their own business. Maggie organises a replacement for Carol's wine bar shifts. Dorrie gets hooked on Natalie Faces Life. Maggie tells Vera she will never get the Solange contract back again. Phyllis receives bad news about Pandora's wish for a pony. Dudley has offered advice to Don about the consequences of a statement to the police, but will Don follow it? Dorrie and Les decide to help Aldo and Roma patch up their differences. Aldo is miserable.

766. (27/05) Tanya hits up Miles for the rent money. Maggie may be able to provide the solution to Norma's problem: Prue Rheingold (Camilla Rowntree), the daughter of wealthy, socialite friends of Claire, wants to work in the wine bar "for a giggle". Dorrie goes to the Holiday Inn, where Roma is staying, to attempt some marriage guidance counselling. Roma thinks Dorrie and Les are romantically involved. Vera meets Prue. Perpetually-penniless Miles wonders about accepting Maggie's new proposition: she requires an "escort" for business functions. Prue arrives for her first shift, accompanied by all of her friends. Miles tries to talk Tanya into having an affair with him, to keep Maggie away. Vera secures the Solange contract without Maggie's help.

767. (28/05) Dudley and Prue have their first confrontation. He decides he can't stand her. Edie continues with her Gay Liberation Campaign. Marilyn thinks she has achieved a promotion at the laundrette and gets very business-minded. Vera is shocked about Don's involvement in Carol's car accident. Marilyn plans to marry Miles. Les gives Edie the vase he received from the hospital. Maggie again tries to seduce Miles. Marilyn walks in on them, but Miles gets rid of her. Tanya discovers the source of Miles's nest egg. Marilyn tells her mother that Reg was never in love with Maggie and that he gave up the job at Blacktown for Edie.

768. (29/05) Edie is still obsessed with Natalie Faces Life. A surprise overwhelms Roma: a huge bunch of flowers is delivered to her. The card has been signed by Aldo. Phyllis worries about Pandora's pony. Aldo receives a box of cigars, with a card signed by Roma. Reg goes to lunch with Rodney and Adrian (Alan Faulkner & Sean Myers), Edie's oft-mentioned gay friends, and gets along with them like a house on fire. Rodney and Adrian are antique dealers and tell Dudley that the vase, which Les gave to Edie, is a collector's item. They declare Edie's furnishings to be "kitsch taken to its sublime." Roma and Aldo are reunited. Tanya seeks Arnold's advice. Marilyn fires Tanya, then tells Miles that she plans to marry him, but will she be hurt yet again? Phyllis's sister, Millicent (Brenda Gayle), arrives with terrible news. [Episode written by Johnny Whyte.]

769. (30/05) Phyllis is in a quandary, while Dudley loses his temper. Don is in a predicament over Carol's accident. Flo decides to go to Mittagong to visit her daughter, Raylene.

770. (2/06) Edie tells Les that Reg requires her to return the vase, but Les is distracted as he is preparing to leave for work. Maggie is pleased. Vera has apologised for not offering her a commission on the Solange deal, but Maggie refuses it, saying she never intended to take one. Dudley gives Norma an ultimatum: either Prue goes, or he does. Reg intends to take Edie to Cascades Hotel at Minnawarra Falls for a week and she is ecstatic. Tanya can't afford to keep helping out Miles She tells him to stop avoiding Maggie and ask her for money. Not knowing its value, Norma gives Dorrie the vase for the church bazaar. Don and Dudley argue about the car accident. Les needs $1000 to buy back his patent on the Wine-o-matic. Maggie tells Norma that Pol magazine will be doing a fashion shoot in the wine bar. Norma anticipates good publicity but Vera is uninspired and has not started on the Solange collection yet. Maggie orders her to "pull her socks up". Don has a court appearance and Maggie is furious about it. Reg finally gets through to Les about the value of the vase, but Norma's news leads to disappointment.

771. (3/06) Edie has bought the vase from the church bazaar but neglects to tell anyone, due to her excitement about Minnawarra Falls. Cascades Hotel was where she and Reg had spent their honeymoon. Phyllis tells the Godolfuses that Pandora intends to marry a man named Tom Lloyd. Phyllis worries that her daughter will be ashamed of her. She suggests that Roma go instead, pretending to be Phyllis. Roma plans to learn Origami and Aldo thinks it is a foreign language. Maggie warns Don that the court case is bad publicity. Phyllis asks Vera to impersonate her. The Pol magazine shoot is underway in the wine bar and the situation angers Dudley. Vera meets the model, Bernadette (Charne Marshall), at the shoot. She agrees to work for Vera on her new collection. Aldo is in for a shock: an encounter with the topless Bernadette. A woman enters the deli asking for a "Mrs Pratt". Phyllis is horrified and realises it is her daughter, Pandora Scott (Jennifer Cluff).

772. (4/06) Phyllis has denied to the snobbish Pandora that a "Mrs Pratt" works at the deli, but Roma enters and calls Phyllis "Mrs Pratt". Les is still trying to retrieve his vase. Pandora just wants her permission to get married. Dorrie wants a reluctant Herb to help her with her marriage guidance counselling. Pandora claims to have a week off school but her Aunt Millie says that she is an uncontrollable runaway. Alf is back, but Dorrie suspects a rift because Lucy is still in Perth. The Godolfuses attempt to help Phyllis. Pandora doesn't want Phillis to meet Tom, but is convinced to return to school. Alf creates problems. Les hears that George Turner, the injured pedestrian, is sinking fast.

773. (5/06) Dudley tells Don about Les ringing the hospital and Don blows his stack, first with Dudley, then with the Whittakers. Norma fears trouble with Maggie because Dudley has replaced Prue with Tanya, and Prue was Maggie's appointment. Maggie is fine with the decision and Prue finds it amusing because she is heading off to St Moritz anyway. Vera is successfully handling negotiations, much to Maggie's fury. Don apologises to Les and Norma. Maggie announces that she is now managing Bernadette's modelling career, angering Vera. Miles is expected to be available at any time in return for financial assistance. Tanya has an ultimatum for Miles and is pushing him towards Maggie. The Wine-o-matic patent is up for auction. Vera remembers that Don couldn't have been driving at the time of the accident because she saw him at home, wearing pyjamas. Don tells her off.

774. (6/06) There is a surprise for Alf. Tanya explains to him how Marilyn had fired her from the laundrette. Marilyn is aghast about some news; Lucy did not give her the business. Alf demands that Marilyn transfer the laundrette profits back out of her account. Roma discovers that Origami is not a language. Arnold confesses that he has been unsuccessful and Roma's investments are making even more money. She doesn't want Aldo to find out, but he is standing nearby and hears everything. To Arnold's relief, Aldo will now manage all of Roma's business affairs. Alf argues with Marilyn and fires her.

775. (9/06) A shock awaits Marilyn, while Maggie is up to her old tricks. Alf faces a new problem.

776. (10/06) Alf offers Arnold a bribe and Roma agrees to keep a secret.

777. (11/06) Pandora is horrified by how common Phyllis is, and plans to get as much money from her as she can. Maggie finds out that Don is covering for Carol. Liz Chalmers (Margaret Laurence) arrives at Flat 5, looking for the vacationing Macdonalds. An emergency involves Dorrie and Herb: Liz collapses outside their door, into what Flo assumes is a diabetic coma. Dudley forces Don to lose his temper. Pandora needs Phyllis to give her permission to marry Tom Lloyd (Bruce Barry) because she is underage. A revived Liz reveals that she is Dean's fiancée from Adelaide. Edie rings Flo to find out what has been happening in Natalie Faces Life.

778. (12/06) Arnold has reached the end of his tether and tells Alf. Maggie throws a spanner into Miles' plans.

779. (13/06) Tanya is furious with Miles. Les has a delightful surprise.

780. (16/06) Arnold attempts to intervene in a crisis. Maggie continues to upset Miles.

781. (17/06) The mystery surrounding Bernadette deepens. Norma is fed up with the fuss over Les and his Wine-o-matic patent. Marilyn cannot believe the stories Liz is telling about Dean. [Episode written by Eleanor Witcombe.]

782. (18/06) Marilyn is agitated, while Vera is infuriated.

783. (19/06) Don is in a quandary. Arnold makes a shattering discovery and Norma also suffers a shock.

784. (20/06) Reg is angry with Edie and Dudley offers a warning to Tanya. [Episode written by David Sale.]

785. (23/06) Norma tries to be firm with Les. Don loses his temper again. Tanya is hurt and angry.

786. (24/06) Edie is upset and Alf loses his temper with Marilyn.

787. (25/06) Herb has an remarkable surprise for Dorrie and Herb. Bernadette loses her patience.

788. (26/06) Arnold seeks a solution to Aldo's problem, while Norma offers assistance to Tanya.

789. (27/06) Flo is willing to help out Lucy. Dorrie, Herb, Flo and Edie are auditioning acts for the Ladies' Prawn Night at the Senior Citizens. They have a terrible shock when a performer, Count Copernicus (Himself, aka David Albert Clark), does his striptease act for them. Dorrie mistakenly calls him "Count Copper Knickers".

During this episode, Pat McDonald hides a plaster cast on her forearm with a tea towel. The injury occurred during a serious real-life car accident but her character was not able to be temporarily written out for several more episodes.

790. (30/06) Roma will be surprising Aldo. There may be bad news for Lucy.

791. (1/07) A new event leaves Dudley agog. Dorrie is served with a writ for disturbing the peace after Count Copernicus appeared at the Ladies' Prawn Night. Miles is able to foil Maggie's plans.

792. (2/07) Roma is upset, while Maggie has harsh words for Don.

793. (3/07) Dorrie tries to remedy a situation. A strange visitor calls on Bernadette. It is her troubled brother, Allan (Paul Westacott) who accidentally pushed Dorrie down the stairs.

From this episode, Dorrie's scenes were minimsed to accommodate Pat McDonald's recovery from a serious car accident.

794. (4/07) Vera shares a confidence with Don. Flo and Herb are concerned. Alf has other problems.

795. (7/07) Maggie embarrasses everyone and Roma mystifies Aldo.

796. (8/07) Production Assistant Grace "Prim" Primrose (Pamela Gibbons) arrives in time for David's deliberately-terrible TV commercial shoot. Miles tries to console a very upset Tanya. Edie has a new problem.

797. (9/07) Norma threatens Les and Vera's strange behaviour confuses her friends.

798. (10/07) Tanya causes troubles for Miles. A tragedy brings the Godolfuses together.

799. (11/07) Alf is unable to find Lucy. Norma talks about her relationship with Les and wants advice.

800. (14/07) Tanya's situation confuses Miles. Dudley's letter causes him concern. [Episode written by Kate Harvey.]

801. (15/07) Lucy tries her hand at matchmaking and Aldo has a terrible shock. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

802. (16/07) Reg is convinced that Edie is a failure at hostessing social events, but Liz and Edie are out to prove him wrong. Miles discovers the truth about Tanya: that she's actually an American, by the name of Rosemary Prior. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

803. (17/07) Alf is bitter towards Lucy, while the Godolfuses are beside themselves with worry. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

804. (18/07) Norma violently disagrees with Les's suggestion that the latest disaster is good publicity. [Episode written by Ken Shadie.]

805. (21/07) Alf is confused by Prim's behaviour. Reg has harsh words for Edie.

806. (22/07) Surprisingly, Maggie is in need of help. Les still refuses to notice Norma's scheming.

807. (23/07) Aldo has some horrifying news. Dudley believes that all his dreams are about to come true. Susan Temple (Debbie Baile) tells Miles that she is pregnant with his child.

808. (24/07) The wine bar is chaotic on Prim's first night and Edie - playing barmaid, and supported by her "Gay Lib" boys - is no help. Arnold loses his temper. Miles keeps a problem close to his chest. Maggie tries to tempt Warwick Thompson (Kit Taylor) while Vera is in Melbourne. Dorrie entertains several visitors in the hospital. Maggie and Reg make front page headlines. Dorrie causes concern by living in the past and Edie manages to injure herself during a visit. [Episode written by Susan Swinford.]

809. (25/07) Aldo is firm with his sister, Selma Horowitz, while Vera has an eye-opener for Warwick and Maggie.

810. (28/07) Lucy loses her temper with Alf. Dudley springs a surprise on Don.

811. (29/07) David Palmer (Vince Martin) receives advice from Prim. Aldo surprises an intruder.

812. (30/07) Julian Flaxman (Rob Dallas) has a surprise for Miles. Norma and Edie are so suspicious of Les's activities that chaos ensues.

813. (31/07) Dudley has a new plan. What has happened to Arnold?

814. (1/08) Vera is unforgiving. An upset Liz confides in Lucy.

815. (4/08) Edie has begun to feel unwanted. Alf refuses Les's help. [Episode written by Peter Thorburn.]

816. (5/08) Miles is muddled, while Flo is suspicious of Herb's antics. Aldo has shocking news. [Episode written by Peter Thorburn.]

817. (6/8) Something has happened to change Don. Liz offers her assistance again. Maggie suffers a terrible shock. Who is the mysterious caller? [Episode written by Peter Thorburn.]

818. (7/08) Julian throws Miles' life into confusion again. Maggie has an accusation for Vera. Liz surprises the MacDonalds. [Episode written by Colin Eggleston.]

819. (8/08) There is a nasty surprise awaiting Miles and disappointment for Vera. Alf needs Don's help. [Episode written by Colin Eggleston.]

820. (11/08) Prim is firm with Miles. Arnold puts his foot in it. Alf is in trouble again.

821. (12/08) Vera is unable to calm a terrified Maggie. Liz has a warning.

822. (13/08) Herb seems to be hiding something, which puzzles Flo.

823. (14/08) Arnold's discovery angers Aldo. Liz has a shock for Lucy.

824. (15/08) Alf's luck seems to be changing. Prim ensures that Miles' latest plan will go awry.

825. (18/08) Roma surprises Alf. Don receives bad news and refuses to help out.

826. (19/08) Norma confides in Lucy, while Dorrie's promise of assistance leads to disaster.

827. (20/08) Don delivers a shock to Maggie, while Prim has some surprises for Miles.

828. (21/08) Lucy is upset with Alf, while Dudley has a surprise. Vera finds a note warning of a bomb in Number 96 and the police evacuate the building, leaving Edie behind in the cellar.

829. (22/08) There is reason to panic at Number 96; the bomb was real! Dorrie is worried about Flo. Aldo catches the shoplifter: a boy named Kerry Braddon (Ashley Grenville).

830. (25/08) Jacqueline "Jaja" Gibson (Anya Seleky), Dudley's cousin from the country, poses a problem for Dudley and Don. Aldo makes a horrifying discovery.

831. (26/08) Don has a proposition for the Sutcliffes. Maggie makes some accusations.

832. (27/08) Jaja's latest escapades infuriate Prim. Norma can't understand the new mystery. [Episode written by Ross Napier.]

16 consecutive colour episodes (#832-847) were released on DVD in 2012, "Number 96: The Beginning and the Bomb" (Volume 3), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia. The other 16 episodes were from the b/w era.

833. (28/08) Dudley's latest plans amaze the Sutcliffes. Maggie confronts Jaja. [Episode written by Ross Napier.]

834. (29/08) The MacDonalds receive a nasty shock and Roma loses her patience with Aldo. [Episode written by Ross Napier.]

835. (1/09) Roma speaks harshly to Aldo. Flo's behaviour baffles Dorrie. [Episode written by Kate Harvey.]

836. (2/09) Reg and Edie are unsure how to handle a situation. Maggie has strong advice for Vera. [Episode written by Kate Harvey.]

837. (3/09) Flo is desperately unhappy, while it seems that Vera has overplayed her hand. [Episode written by Tom MacLennan.]

838. (4/09) Maggie has infuriated Warwick. Some unlikely visitors call on Reg at 1.00am in the morning. [Episode written by Tom MacLennan.]

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

839. (5/09) The new Flo raises Dorrie's suspicions that her friend is shoplifting. Lucy and Alf think they have solved their house-hunting troubles: they decide to swap flats with Don. Les finds a note about a bomb in Number 96 and sounds a warning to all the residents, but will he have enough time? [Episode written by Derek Strahan (uncredited) and Ken Shadie.]

Instead of the traditional shot of the building and individual flats during the closing credits, the text appeared over footage of the smouldering aftermath of the bomb. This episode, also, was showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado.

840, 841. (8/09) The explosion in the deli has claimed the lives of Aldo, Roma, Miles and Les. Alf is worried about Lucy and the baby, while Vera turns to Warwick for comfort. Nigel Morgan (John Allen) takes over and Maggie is determined to solve a new mystery.

Two episodes were screened back-to-back to create a sixty-minute presentation. An airbrushed photograph of the building showed the damage to the building during the opening and closing credits sequences. Episode #840 was later incorporated into an episode of "The Golden Years of Television" entitled "Salute to Australian Soaps" (1986). Both episodes was showcased in Foxtel/Austar TV1's "Television's Greatest Hits: The Best of Number 96" (2000), introduced by Andrew Mercado. Episode #840 on the 2012 DVD, "Number 96: The Beginning and the Bomb" (Volume 3), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia, included an archived audio commentary with director Peter Benardos and TV historian, Nigel Giles.

842. (9/09) Arnold is shocked by a visit from Aldo's daughter, Rose Myers (Vivienne Garrett). Don has some plans afoot.

Vivienne Garrett returned for several guest appearances as the former Rose Godolfus. The character had moved to Port Moresby, Papua-New Guinea with Julian Myers and raised a family there.

843. (10/09) Dudley runs into trouble, while Reg has some explaining to do to Edie. Lucy discovers the truth about the tragic bomb blast.

844. (11/09) Alf blames himself for his awful mistake. Dorrie has a mystery to solve.

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

845. (12/09) Mystery continues to surround Maggie. Jack Sellars (Tom Oliver) lends a hand to trap the bomber. What is the truth behind Flo's strange secret? [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

Tom Oliver returned for several guest appearances as Jack. The character had moved to Paris, France, with his wife, the former Helen Sheridan.

846. (15/09) Dudley's reaction to Jaja's adventures thrill her. Arnold makes a noble sacrifice. [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

847. (16/09) Dorrie is not sure if she approves of the changes in Flo. Some news brings out a strange reaction in Liz. [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

Last of 16 consecutive colour episodes (#832-847) released on DVD in 2012, "Number 96: The Beginning and the Bomb" (Volume 3), by Umbrella Entertainment Australia. The other 16 episodes were from the b/w era.

848. (17/09) Edie is suspicious of Liz. Herb and Dorrie argue over the latest disaster with Flo.

849. (18/09) Nigel ruffles Dudley, while Don advises Vera.

850. (19/09) Prim is given frightening news which she must pass on to David. Warwick does some straight talking.

851. (22/09) Reg is annoyed with the way Edie is treating Liz. Dudley chooses the wrong moment to interrupt.

852. (23/09) Flo's latest escapade horrifies Dorrie. Vera decides to confide in Don.

853. (24/09) Jaja manages to confuse Gary Whittaker (Mike Ferguson). Vera is determined to confront Warwick.

Mike Ferguson had returned as Gary for an extended stint.

854. (25/09) David doesn't react according to Prim's plans. Dorrie, Herb and Flo have come up with a new scheme.

855. (26/09) Vera is acting strangely, while Liz and Jaja clash.

856. (29/09) Dudley's news amazes David and Prim, while a confused Norma suffers pangs of guilt about her friendship with Gilbert Barta (Don Philps).

857. (30/09) Nigel and Reg disagree. Warwick has some advice for Vera.

858. (1/10) Arnold is gullible, while Norma is put into a spot by Liz. Who put a bag of heroin in David's camera bag?

859. (2/10) David confronts film producer Louis Spiro (Jeff Ashby) about the bogus Bali trip, while Dorrie disapproves of Flo's new friend, Arthur Partridge (Gordon Glenwright). Reg is depressed about Nigel's popularity at the TH, and is impatient to take over as DTC. Louis gives David a new assignment, which he passes with flying colours. What are Arthur's intentions regarding Flo?

860. (3/10) Gary has a warning for Dudley, while a distraught Lucy tries to cope with a disaster.

861. (6/10) Liz is playing a strange game with Arnold. Lucy breaks down over little Emma Sutcliffe's disappearance.

862. (7/10) Dudley's plans don't proceed according to his expectations. Herb believes that Dorrie may have acted in haste.

863. (8/10) David's situation worries Prim, while Norma gives advice to Louis.

864. (9/10) Gary causes David to lose his temper, with disastrous results. Arnold makes a special announcement about his and Liz's future.

865. (10/10) Gary attempts to convey the truth to Arnold but Liz is always a step ahead.

866. (13/10) Don has some advice for Vera. Prim is positive that David is hiding something.

867. (14/10) Reg is outraged, while Don's suggestion horrifies Laura Trent (Mary Ann Severne). What is the strange hold Celia Palmer (Margaret Christensen) has over her son, David?

868. (15/10) Arthur's model trains and Cookie, his cockatoo, take over much of Flat 3. Gary has his suspicions about Gilbert and Norma. Prim finds out the truth about David's relationship with Celia: she is actually his wife, not his mother. Arnold's latest news is a surprise to Flo, but she and Arthur agree to witness a marriage. Vera is baffled by the actions of Warwick's wife, Muriel Thompson (Rowena Wallace). [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

869. (16/10) Don and Laura have a plan, while Edie is distressed by Liz's announcement.

870. (17/10) Prim has a proposal for Vera. Gary makes Liz furious; she then begins acting very strangely.

871. (20/10) Edie is told to take a good, hard look at herself. Eileen Chester (Patti Crocker) is still oblivious to what is going on with her younger daughter, Debbie (Dina Mann). [Episode written by David Sale.]

872. (21/10) David can't see a way out of his dilemma. Warwick is angry with Muriel.

873. (22/10) Reg receives a mysterious telephone call from his son, Dean. David is threatened by Celia.

874. (23/10) Edie is the recipient of some harsh words from Arnold. Laura is concerned about Jaja.

875. (24/10) Muriel makes a suggestion to Warwick. Flo must come to a decision.

876. (27/10) Edie is forlorn over Reg's oversight. Eileen fails to notice Debbie's ill health.

877. (28/10) Muriel demands to see Laura immediately and Don wonders what the problem might be. Arnold attempts to smooth things with Edie.

878. (29/10) Dorrie plays the part of Flo's fairy godmother. Liz threatens Gary.

879. (30/10) Debbie loses control in front of Dorrie and Flo. Gary makes a promise to his mother.

880. (31/10) Prim attempts to help Vera. Gary ignores his promise and seeks a showdown.

881. (3/11) Jane Chester (Suzanne Church) tries to reason with Debbie, her stubborn younger sister. Arthur takes charge of Dorrie's landscaping plans... and the Sunshine Patio takes shape at the rear of Number 96.

882. (4/11) Gary is playing games with Liz. Debbie's proposition stuns Dudley.

883. (5/11) Gary's news startles Prim. Reg has a suggestion for the local "garbo", Weppo Smith (Roger Ward).

884. (6/11) Jaja believes she has found true love. Arnold unexpectedly returns to Liz's chagrin.

885. (7/11) Don is mystified about an incident while there is a shock in store for Debbie.

886. (10/11) Liz continues with her strange game. Prim tries to comfort Vera.

887. (11/11) Don is in trouble, but Debbie is in deeper trouble. Jane tries to get Dudley to see reason.

888. (12/11) Dorrie places some blame solely on Reg's shoulders. Muriel makes her move.

889. (13/11) Debbie loses her temper with Arnold, while David makes a stand.

890. (14/11) Dudley is worried about himself. Reg seeks Weppo's help to resolve a problem.

The plotlines for the original paperback novel, "Number 96" (Stag, 1976), take place around the time of this episode. (The book features Jaja and Prim prominently, but no actors from the series appear on the cover.) Uncredited, this novel was supposedly written by Carl Ruhen, who did the "Neighbours" paperbacks a decade or so later. He is also credited with novelisations for "Alvin Purple", "Mad Max 2", "The Young Doctors", "Sons and Daughters" and "Melvin, Son of Alvin".

891. (17/11) Don is furious with Dudley. Vera breaks down and makes a confession to Prim.

892. (18/11) Gary makes a suggestion to Liz. Arnold receives an unexpected windfall.

893. (19/11) David has a warning for Jaja. Meanwhile, Arnold gives Liz a nasty shock.

894. (20/11) Norma enters the fray of the strike and Debbie is in trouble again.

895. (21/11) Liz's move fails to concern Debbie. Dorrie sets out to defeat the council.

896. (24/11) Norma loses her patience with Gary. David needs comforting. Dorrie and Weppo appear as guests on The Mike Walsh Show, to be interviewed by Mike Walsh (Himself), about the garbage strike in Paddington. Don tries to get Laura to see reason.

897. (25/11) Reg sides with Weppo. Jane has a shocking confession for Eileen.

898. (26/11) Jane does not think too highly of Dudley's idea of discretion. Muriel is plotting to destroy Warwick's happiness.

899. (27/11) Gary has a tirade of harsh words for Norma and remains unforgiving. The police may be called in to investigate Arnold's health.

900. (28/11) Gary refuses to go to the police station. Debbie feels trapped: Mick refuses her $40, telling her that the price is $50 unless she agrees to push drugs for him. David warns Jaja about the tour to the Far East once again, but she won't take him seriously. Gary is charged with poisoning Arnold. He tells Laura that it was Liz. Edie intends to be a candidate in the local council elections.

901. (1/12) Liz feigns surprise about Gary's arrest. Jane inadvertently triggers a disaster. After young Simon Thompson's visit, Vera breaks down and confesses a secret to Warwick. $50 is missing from the delicatessen's till and Jane has found Debbie's heroin implements. Prim reluctantly incriminates Gary. Jane tries to help Debbie go "cold turkey", without success. [Episode written by Lynne Foster.]

902. (2/12) The latest scandal has not met with Dorrie's approval. Liz makes an accusation about Debbie to Eileen. Jaja tells David that she has signed the contract for the tour, which instigates another row. Eileen blames Jane for Debbie's condition. David proposes to Jaja. No barrister is willing to take on Gary's case. David walks into a deadly trap and is quickly joined by Jaja.

903. (3/12) Muriel does some fast talking and Warwick is left feeling confused. Norma is resigned to the fact that Gary is going to prison. Eileen is unforgiving. Reg acts as MC for Dorrie's grand opening of the Sunshine Patio, but nobody turns up. During a trip to the zoo, Warwick's children tell him how they feel.

904. (4/12) Dudley and Prim share concern over David and Jaja's welfare. Don has questions for Liz, but she manages to bluff her way through. Edie and April plan a political rally. Don visits Eunice Springer, who supports Liz's story, but Gary knows she is lying. Muriel asks Laura to hold off the divorce proceedings for the time being. Dorrie is annoyed that Edie's rally on the patio interrupts her peace and quiet. Dudley identifies a body at the morgue: Jaja's. Vera and Warwick make plans for a trip to Europe.

905. (5/12) Don realises that something has upset Dudley. Eunice sticks to her story. Edie puts Reg in a quandary; should he be worried or elated? Arnold threatens to lodge a formal complaint about Don's treatment of Liz. Muriel realises that Laura, too, is in love with Warwick.

906. (8/11) Warwick undergoes a change of mind. A funnelweb spider is an uninvited guest at Dorrie's barbecue. Vera tries to bring Warwick and the children closer together. Arthur finds an advertisement in a Queensland paper asking for Herb to contact a solicitor and Dorrie is convinced he will receive an inheritance. Arnold gives Don a piece of his mind. Liz threatens Eunice.

907. (9/11) Arnold makes a confession to the police, claiming that he poisoned himself, but Sergeant Murphy doesn't believe him. Eileen does her best to cover up for Debbie, but Jane is furious. Jaja's funeral takes its toll on Dudley. Vera refuses to give Eileen time off to visit Debbie. The police ask Norma about Gary's attempt to shoot his estranged wife years before. Edie goes missing while campaigning. During a family outing to the beach, Warwick finds Muriel floating face down in the water.

908. (10/11) Herb is thrilled by news of an inheritance, which will require a trip to Brisbane. Vera hears grim news about Muriel. Prim tries to help Dudley. Dorrie causes an accident and Arthur may never be the same. While seeing Herb off at the airport, Flo meets faded Hollywood actor, Trevor Banks (Kev Golsby) and he kisses her hand. Later, he stumbles across Norma's Bar, where he asks for his "little baby".

909. (11/12) Reg is frantic over Edie's disappearance on polling day. Arthur is suffering from a concussion. Eileen prepares for Debbie's hearing with the magistrate. Despite a plea from Scott Taylor (Robert Davis), Prim refuses to forgive her unexpected visitor: her alcoholic father, Trevor. Will Debbie be placed in a detention centre for delinquents? Arthur needs a wife to take up a job at the train museum in Bowral. Edie defeats Clem Benson in the election. Muriel's operation has been only partly successful. [Episode written by Derek Strahan.]

910. (12/12) Prim still has no time for Trevor, and throws him out before he can tell his side of the story. Dorrie announces that she and Herb have great expectations, but when Herb inherits a 51-year old son instead of money, he and Flo desperately try to hide the truth. Liz shows Don an incriminating letter which Norma confirms as being in Gary's handwriting. Vera learns that Muriel will never walk again. In private, Liz tells Gary that she wishes he would hang. Inexplicably, Jaja is back from the dead. [Episode written by Johnny Whyte.]

This episode's cliffhanger endings would not be resolved until the 1976 ratings season, when episodes would be screened twice weekly, in one-hour blocks.

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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