Ian's Number 96 episode guide: 1976

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Number 96 building 1976


Will Grace "Prim" Primrose ever forgive Trevor Banks, her washed-up, Hollywood actor father?

How can Herb Evans explain to his wife, Dorrie, their inheritance of a very needy, 51-year old son?

Will Muriel Thompson's tragic accident cause an end to Vera Collins' happiness?

Can Eileen Chester cope if her wayward daughter, Debbie, is put into an institution?

Is Jaja Gibson really back from the dead? Who was in her coffin - and whatever happened to David Palmer?

911, 912. (19/01/1976) Flo conspires with Herb to withhold the facts - about his previously unknown son, "Junior" Winthrop (Curt Jansen) - from Dorrie. "Herbert Evans Jr" really wants to move into Flat 3 with his Dad. A strange turn of events has shocked Dudley and Norma: Jaja is alive, but has lost her memory. She thinks she has just arrived from her home town in the country to visit Cousin Dudley! And where is David? Don and Liz return from seeing Gary in gaol. Don suggests taking the letter to the police and Arnold agrees to do so. Liz destroys the vital evidence, flushing the torn pieces of the letter down the toilet. Don tries to sway the replacement magistrate (Brenda Gayle) to let Debbie stay with Eileen, who blames herself for everything. Dorrie hears the truth about Junior - and faints. Liz confesses about the letter, but Don had already made photostats of it. Dorrie wants Don to help her divorce Herb. Jane and Debbie make resolutions to improve their behaviour for Eileen. Scott warns Prim about Trevor's fragile mental condition. Prim is unsympathetic. Edie has been elected to a position on the local council and her friendship with Alderman St John Farmer (Peter Collingwood) is of great concern to Reg. Vera fires a startled Eileen, then sends Warwick back to his wife, Muriel. Has Vera taken refuge with pills and scotch? Jane and Prim are horrified to find her unconscious. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Two episodes were now being screened back-to-back, twice weekly, on Monday and Tuesday nights. The show returned a week earlier than anticipated by the TV magazines. Brenda Gayle, who plays the replacement Female Magistrate, was previously seen as a hotel manageress in Episode #177, and as Millicent Scott in Episode #768. Retrospectively, John Rayner's magistrate character (from Episode #909) is given the surname "Breverton" in dialogue. He first played Magistrate Breverton in Episode #92. Channel NBN3 Newcastle, which used to air "Number 96" at 9.30 each weeknight, decided not to screen the 1976 season. The station did keep "The Box" on the schedule, but only once a week at 11.10pm. In early 1976, an original paperback novel, "Number 96" (Stag Publishing Company), was released. The action takes place around the time of Episode #889. There is even a reference to the garbage strike said to be happening in the series. The storylines feature Jaja Gibson and Grace "Prim" Primrose 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".

913, 914. (20/01) Don is desperately worried about Vera, but she explains that she had only taken the one remaining sleeping pill in the bottle. Edie is invited to a special Council meeting, but inadvertently votes Reg out of a job. Debbie overhears Jane and Eileen arguing. She is the reason Eileen lost her job. Debbie sneaks out to plea her case to Vera, who offers Eileen her job back - but only until 3.00pm each day, so she can be home when Debbie returns from school each day. Eileen is pleased. Prim wants to be nice to Trevor, but cannot manage it. Trevor is upset about an article the reporter, Bill White (Antony Wheeler), wrote about him. When approached by Bill, Prim pretends she is someone else. In the wine bar, Bill makes a nasty remark about Prim's mother. Trevor decks him and the journalist resolves to ruin him. A troubled Herb turns to Arthur for assistance. Dorrie wants to lock Herb out. She is is convinced that her life is in tatters but Flo is not taken in by her performance. Vera wants Laura to help her dissolve the partnership with Warwick, but Laura must make an apology. St John tells Edie how to vote against the untrustworthy Alderman Mrs April Bullock (Judi Farr). Jaja still can't remember anything. Norma is told that Gary has escaped from prison. Debbie wants her old job back and asks Arnold, who agrees. Dorrie tells Laura about the divorce. Dorrie thinks Arthur might make a good husband. Dudley lights a fire and Jaja reacts, screaming out "David!", but cannot explain why. Don requires Arnold's attendance at his office urgently. Reg wants Edie to follow his directive at Council meetings, not those of the other aldermen. Arnold realises that he has been tricked: Don is not at his office. Gary turns up at the Feathers' flat and he grabs Liz. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Peter Benardos.]

915, 916. (26/01) Gary finally loses his temper and Liz admits her guilt to him. Dorrie and Flo build a barricade to keep Herb out. Flo tries talking some sense into Dorrie. Gary drags Liz into the wine bar to make her confess but he is quickly rearrested. Trevor worries that his bad publicity will affect Prim. Dorrie has given Herb an ultimatum. Dudley finds him trying to sleep on the landing and invites him into his flat. Don is angry with Gary for escaping. Gary says that Don either believes him or drops the case. Prim tells Trevor that she's ashamed to be his daughter. Don takes Herb back to Flat 3 and tells Dorrie about Herb's rights. Racing car driver Guy Sutton (Peter Whitford) brings a busty broad into The House of Danielle salon but makes a play for Vera while he's there. Don questions Liz about Eunice, as their stories are different. Liz threatens Eunice to get her story straight - or else. Scott continues to work on Prim's attitude to Trevor. Dorrie is having a barbecue and Dudley lights the fire for her. Jaja reacts again, shouting, "David! Jump!" Warwick is the target of more harsh words from Muriel; he is trying to help her too much. Vera takes Guy on a tour of the flat to keep him from pestering to see the bedroom. Jaja's memory has returned and she knows that David is dead. Warwick catches up with Vera and Guy for lunch and tells Vera that he still loves her. Vera tells him it's hopeless, and later sees Don about dissolving the partnership. Don makes a surprising decision which may help Gary; he is off to New Zealand to investigate Liz's background. Jaja and Dudley go with the police to find the wrecked and burnt-out taxi, with three dead bodies in it - including David Palmer's. Vera lectures Prim about her attitude to her father. Warwick is not interested in talking to Don and Laura about the salon partnership. Vera tells Guy that she'll marry him. Prim goes to see Trevor but Scott tells her that he's missing. Dudley and Jaja plan to move into David's flat together, meaning that Laura can move in with Don. Guy is looking for Vera, but she is visiting Muriel, who demands that if Vera doesn't take Warwick off her hands, she will kill herself - and it will be Vera's fault. [Episodes written by Susan Swinford & David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

917, 918. (27/01) Scott tells Prim that Trevor has returned, and is desperate to reunite with her, but Prim is not interested. Dorrie is still shutting Herb out of her life. Norma mentions to Liz about Don's trip to New Zealand. Gary's barrister, Vaughn (Peter Williams), tells Laura that Gary's case is weak. The prosecutor (Kevin Healey) thinks the case is a forgone conclusion, and discussion turns to a golf game he is planning with Vaughn. Arthur has been called as a witness in Gary's case. Junior is racking up bills at the nursing home for Herb. Don is stranded in New Zealand due to an air strike. Dudley and Jaja hold the fort at the deli, while Prim, Arnold, Norma and Liz give evidence. Liz breaks down in the witness box, and things look grim for Gary. Scott is giving up, to return to the USA alone, but Prim finally agrees to go back to Hollywood with Trevor. Vera again tells Warwick that it is over between them. Don finally returns and confronts Liz about her name change - and a previous dead husband! Liz gives Arnold a sob story and he says that he understands. Vaughn doesn't believe the new evidence can prove Gary's innocence, dampening Don's excitement. Herb receives a letter from Junior, who will be coming back to Flat 3 for his birthday. Flo realises that if that date really is Junior's birthday, then Herb could not be the father. Warwick questions Muriel about her threat to Vera. From the witness box, Gary blames Liz for everything. Don wants to testify, too, but Vaughn and Laura won't let him. Warwick and Guy meet up at the salon and have a fight. Flo attempts to smooth Dorrie's problems, but she won't make up with Herb because it still means he once had an affair before he met Dorrie. Flo reminds Dorrie that Joan, the Evans' daughter, was conceived before marriage. Warwick tells Muriel he won't leave her. Arnold believes he has reason to be angry with Don and intends to take action. Dorrie undergoes a change of heart and manages to confuse Herb. Gary is found guilty and the judge (Eric Wright) sentences him to 15 years of penal servitude. Gary becomes hysterical, blaming Liz. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Kevin Healey, who plays the prosecutor in Gary Whittaker's court case, previously appeared as Doctor Wilson in several early episodes of 1973.

919, 920. (2/02) Liz again threatens Eunice over the phone, telling her to stick to her story. She tells Arnold to forget about Gary. Dorrie won't listen to reason about Junior not being Herb's son. She still wants a divorce. Dudley tries to cheer up Don, who is beside himself with worry. Don is convinced of Gary's innocence. Arthur is offered jobs in both the deli and the wine bar. Arnold and Liz make plans to visit the Sutcliffes in Perth. Dorrie acts all motherly to Junior and insists that Herb sleeps in the same bed with him. A client overhears Laura making plans with Don to move into Flat 8. Herb and Junior play on the swings in the park. When Junior tries to help out in the deli, he eats the food off the plate he is serving to Jaja. While helping Laura move her things upstairs, Jaja remembers something of vital importance: Liz was in love with Gary. Don reopens the case. Dorrie puts a stop to Junior working in the deli. Jaja lets slip to Liz that Don is reopening the case. Arthur suggests that Herb get in touch with Shagger Stevens to confirm what they know about Junior. Dudley gets annoyed with Arthur for not doing his job properly. Don can't track down Eunice and he worries that Liz will get to her first. Liz convinces Arnold to sell the deli and leave Number 96. It seems that Liz is poisoning Arnold again. Reg is finding it difficult to cope now that Edie is on the Council. He is working from home while his office is being redecorated, but Edie is getting ready for a Cubs & Brownies meeting. Muriel notices the bruise on Warwick's chin. Guy offers Vera a lift to the salon, which she eventually accepts. The Chesters arrive back at Number 96 from their holiday, but Jane and Eileen are arguing and Jane threatens to move out. Dorrie gives Junior one of Herb's old ties for his birthday. Warwick is jealous of the arrival of Guy into Vera's life. Guy flirts with Vera in the wine bar. Arthur is still looking for a wife. Maybe Norma would be suitable? Edie returns from the meeting with Elspeth Vale (Maggie Kirkpatrick), the Cubs Mistress, and tells Reg that she promised Elspeth and the Cubs some land, but it is already earmarked for senior citizens' housing. Warwick takes Vera to dinner and Guy invites himself along. Dorrie and Herb wonder how much longer Junior will stay on in their flat. Junior decides to celebrate his birthday at Luna Park. He thoroughly enjoys himself, but Dorrie, Herb and Flo barely survive the rides, hot dogs and fairy floss. Arthur proposes to Norma but she laughs too hard to answer him. Jane asks Vera if she can move in with her, but Eileen manages to insult Vera. Jane is welcome to move into Flat 7. Edie and Elspeth throw a party for Junior and they manage to set fire to Reg's work papers. Muriel pushes Warwick away from her and towards Vera. Recovering from their day at Luna Park in the wine bar, Flo tells Dorrie about Herb looking for Shagger. He has been successful, but it will make no difference to Dorrie. Norma feels bad for turning Arthur down, so agrees to help him find a wife. Warwick proposes marriage to Vera, but she says that she has already agreed to marry Guy. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

The amusing sequences at Luna Park Sydney in Episode #920 were essentially filmed unscripted. The children of director Peter Benardos can be spotted in some scenes. Greg Benardos recalls, "My brother and I were paid $50.00 (shared) to appear as extras in the episode, to be on the rides and generally have fun."

921, 922. (3/02) Muriel confides in Laura, while Liz attempts to persuade Arnold to let them make a new start. Don holds a trump card up his sleeve. Jane and Jaja are horrified by Dudley's plans for their new living arrangement: a ménage à trois. Edie meets Mabel Butterfield (Sheila Helpmann) on the stairs. She has turned up to help put his life in order while her sister, Brenda, is overseas. Arnold's enthusiastic new employee, Giovanni Lenzi (Harry Michaels), introduces his boss to his extended family: Uncle Umberto, Aunt Theresa and little Fabio, three cousins on his father's side, Luigi, Antonio and Carlo Jr, and Sophia, a cousin twice-removed (who is currently taking singing lessons). Herb has tracked down his old pal from his Bundaberg cane-cutting days, Cecil "Shagger" Stevens (Edward Howell), and they prepare to have him meet Junior. Liz pulls a gun on Eunice when she tries to back out of their plans. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Herb Evans' and "Shagger" Stevens' days as womanising cane-cutters in Bundaberg seems reminiscent of "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll", the 1955 Australian play written by Ray Lawler. Edward Howell plays the oft-mentioned "Shagger" Stevens, now shown onscreen. Originally, the first name was "Bernard", but this changed to Cecil probably to avoid a clash with the forthcoming character, Bernard Chandler. Edward Howell returns to play Mr Fitzgerald (Elderly Man) in Episode #981.

923, 924. (9/02) A new turn in events has a shattering effect on Arnold. Detective Johns interviews Eunice. Jaja presents Dudley with an ultimatum. Debbie tries to assist Eileen, while Vera turns to Guy for help. A farmer (Tom Farley) finds a collapsed Liz in a Warralumba field, and Laura locked in the boot of her own car. Eileen receives an unwelcome phone call from a man named Ian. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Tom Farley, who plays the Warralumba farmer, previously appeared as Mr Sheridan in 1973.

925, 926. (10/02) Vera can't believe her newfound happiness. Norma must face a difficult situation. Arnold is desperately unhappy, while Arthur expresses relief that his proposition did not work out as planned. Eileen's longheld secrets are exposed: Ian Chester is definitely Jane's father, but not Debbie's. [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte; directed by Brian Phillis.]

927, 928. (16/02) Eileen's disclosure proves a shock to Jane. Reg will stand by his ultimatum to Edie. Guy's mechanic, Larry Maguire (Tim Eliott) wants to know where Guy has been lately; the car has been ready for a month. What is the secret Guy seems to be keeping from Vera? Norma puts things straight with Gary via some serious talk. Arnold answers a knock at the door. A man named Colin Morris (David Foster) tells him of their common problem: they are seemingly both married to the same woman. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Tim Eliott, who portrays Larry Maguire, was previously seen as Mr Poreski from Episode #439. David Foster, who plays Colin Morris, will return as Rocky in Episode #1080, and have the recurring role of Paul Sheldon in 1977.

929, 930. (17/02) Arnold has some shocking news, while Eileen is convinced that Debbie has run away from home. Debbie tracks down Ian Chester (Stuart Finch), but finds out some home truths. Mabel has a system which Herb is positive will make them all a lot of money. Jaja declares that she is fed up with Dudley and his possessiveness. Dorrie antagonises the T.A.B. Lady (Kay Eklund) at the racetrack. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

In 1973, Stuart Finch had played Tim Grose, the porno film creator, and also returned to play Lieutenant Swanson of the CIB in 1975. Kay Eklund, who plays the T.A.B. Lady, previously appeared as Miss Frobisher in Episode #70. Margo Lloyd's character of Jessie Blanchard gets a namedrop; Dorrie lies that she was making a charitable visit because "old Mrs Blanchard" was feeling poorly.

931, 932. (23/02) Dorrie, Herb and Flo undergo a terrifying experience, with gaol escapee Peter Raikes (John Paramor) holding them at gunpoint. Not only is he a petty thief, but a murderer and rapist. A Channel TEN news report by Brian Proud (Himself) reveals details of Peter's involvement in a Ranwick bank robbery and murder. Reg's change of heart about his wife's council career is disconcerting to Edie. Eileen worries that all the police cars in Paddington have something to do with Debbie's disappearance. Dorrie phones Norma and tells her everyone in Flat 3 has the flu. Dudley discovers he cannot use his $15000 nest egg from Aunty Brenda for five years. Vera finally meets Larry and is perturbed by Guy's attempts at secrecy. Mabel moves in on Edie. Giovanni attempts to impress Jaja. Laura visits Ian to ask about Debbie, but has the door slammed in her face. Trouble looms for Dudley: Mabel won't invest in Dudley's restaurant idea, but decides to buy the Bun 'n Oven herself. Ian realises that Eileen has lied to the girls about the past. Norma inadvertently makes matters worse when she stops a plainclothes policeman (Bill Charlton) and his partner, Sergeant Davey (David Williams), from disturbing the elderly, sick residents in Flat 3. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Channel TEN TV reporter Brian Proud makes his second appearance as himself. Previously, he had presented a story for TV on the Paddington garbage strike in Episode #892. He would return to report on the skyjacking of Herb's plane in Episode #1136, and to interview Opal Wilkinson in Episode #1207. Bill Charlton, who plays a policeman, would become the regular character, Len Crosby, in the TV series "Arcade". David Williams again appears as his recurring character of Sergeant Davey.

933, 934. (24/02) Eileen admits that Debbie was not the result of a rape, but an affair. The news causes a violent reaction from Jane. Georges (Philip Jay) applies for the chef position that Norma advertised, but when he is found drunk on the job, Weppo takes over. A policeman arrives at Flat 3, but it's actually Raikes' friend, Kyley (Robert Quilter), in disguise. Ian and Eileen discuss future possibilities. Mabel gives in her notice. Debbie is back, but quickly runs into serious trouble in Flat 3. Guy will have to confront his fear head-on during a publicity shoot at Amaroo Park. Will Giovanni convince his father to buy the deli for him? Weppo is back - and swiftly hired as the new chef of Norma's Bar. Raikes makes advances towards Debbie. Guy reacts strangely during the photo shoot. No-one seems to understand the situation in Flat 3. Guy makes a confession to Vera: he feels responsible for an accident which caused the death of a racing colleague. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Robert Quilter, who portrays Kyley, previously appeared as Doctor Tobius in Episode #608.

935, 936. (1/03) Passing himself off as a doctor (and Dorrie's cousin), Kyley warns everyone away from Flat 3 and barely saves Debbie from Raikes' attack. Dudley gets jealous of Giovanni's attentions to Jaja. Vera tries to reassure Guy. Herb manages to raise Gary's suspicions. Arnold has some astonishing news for Dudley; Arnold is the new owner of the Bun 'n Oven. Dudley is ecstatic, but Arnold doesn't want a partner. Reg spoils Edie and Weppo's surprise. A knock at the door of Flat 3 means more terror for the hostages. The implications of Debbie's disappearance while on probation worries Eileen greatly. Raikes stabs Kyley. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

937, 938. (2/03) Kyley is dead - and Herb's attempt at a coded remark about Les is a source of worry for Gary and Norma. Arnold fears Mabel's interference if Dudley becomes his partner in the restaurant. Debbie and Gary overpower Raikes, but Herb is caught in the crossfire. Guy has made a decision to sell his racing car and the workshop and he is determined to stick with it. Dorrie claims the limelight. Dudley is thrilled to hear that his mother is returning to Beecroft. Larry warns Vera not to pester Guy about returning to racing. Phillip Chambers (Henri Szeps) surprises Laura by returning early from England. Jane is unbending about moving out, despite Eileen's pleas. Carlo Lenzi (Joseph Furst) is unimpressed by Giovanni's business manner. Weppo tries to teach Edie the rules of Two-Up, to Reg's horror. Vera and Guy argue about money. Laura plans a move. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Henri Szeps, who portrays Phillip Chambers, was previously seen as Mr Mayhew (from Episode #687) and would return as Solly Goldman in Episodes #1147-1148.

939, 940. (8/03) Dudley and Arnold have reason to celebrate while Don reacts with scorn and anger over Laura's decision. Jaja suggests a menage a trois with Giovanni and Dudley. Carlo and Arnold discuss the sale of the deli. Don and Phillip meet to clarify their relationships with Laura. Jane must decide what to do about the flat Gary has found her. Ian has decided to stay with Eileen. Arnold is persuaded to lease the deli. Eileen is distraught and Gary is excited. Ian has harsh words for Gary. Laura tells Phillip that Don is a homosexual. Edie has the Two-Up bug. Larry has a disclosure to make: Guy killed his own best friend, not an enemy. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

941, 942. (9/03) Carlo infuriates Giovanni. Debbie begins calling Ian "Dad". Weppo and Edie plan a secret rendezvous. Jaja moves out on Dudley, so Carlo offers her the use of Flat 2. Gary is angry over some accusations made by Jane and is warned off by both Weppo and Ian. Guy spends the morning making four TV commercials for Hume Tyres, but suffers a severe delayed reaction. Phillip and Laura have a problem to resolve. Arnold and Dudley argue over decor, but agree to flat together. Dorrie overhears more than she should about the Two-Up tournament, which is attended by the Ringie (Jimmy Haines) and his mates. A reporter (Craig Berry) quizzes Guy about the Spanish Grand Prix incident, which killed his colleague, Owen Truscott, and several spectators. Phillip is concerned over the strange behaviour of the boys at Kennard House. Weppo tries to sound a warning. Reg gets himself arrested. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

From 1971, most NSW high schools began using Years 7 to Year 12 as grade designations, rather than First Form to Twelfth Form. "Class 4A" at the very traditional private boarding school, Kennard House, is equivalent to the A-stream class of Year 10 (Fourth Form) elsewhere. The story arc concerning the boys of "4A" is reminiscent of the 1971 UK movie, "Unman, Wittering and Zigo". The character name of Mr Pelham, from that movie, has also been featured in episodes of late 1972.

943, 944. (15/03) Reg has an explanation to make. Flo and Herb disagree with Dorrie. Confusion overtakes Edie, but she tries to help Reg. Vera faces a difficult situation. Mr Cormack (Michael Barnacoat) shows Phillip around the school and mentions the fire that broke out in the office of his predecessor, Mr Tizzard, a few weeks ago. They are interrupted by Robin Dunmore (Mark Lee), the class captain of 4A, who has come to welcome his new teacher on behalf of the other boys. A live snake is an unwelcome guest at Laura's dinner party for Phillip in Flat 8. It is a gift from the students at Kennard House. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

945, 946. (16/03) Eileen has an important decision to make about Ian. His brother, Bob, wants him to travel to Rockhampton to go into partnership with him in an engineering business. He wants them to go together and become a family again. Jane wants to stay in Sydney. Gary is placed in a strange situation. Guy is troubled and Vera is worried. At the racetrack, the advertising man (Ed Lemic) tells Guy exactly what is expected from him. Eileen organises for Debbie to take a note upstairs to Flat 7, so that Guy knows to come down to join the Chester family's farewell party in Norma's Bar. Something has upset Debbie; a phone call to Flat 7 claims that Guy has been killed in an racing accident at Amaroo Park. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

The opening zoom shot aims for Flat 4, Don Finlayson's old flat, instead of Flat 8.

947, 948. (22/03) Debbie makes a disclosure about Guy which shocks Vera. Jaja has a problem and Reg is dismayed. Edie and Weppo have made a discovery, while Norma's plan may prove of assistance to Jaja. Diana Truscott (Maggie Oehlbeck), widow, arrives at Flat 7 to see Guy. George Henderson (Ron Butchard) has told Weppo that people in high places are involved in the Two-Up sessions. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

949, 950. (23/03) A visitor brings news to Flat 7. Dudley has made Gary angry. Laura pays a visit. Vera confides in Carlo. Phillip is puzzled. Larry knows all about Guy's previous affair with Diana. Norma finds it impossible to remain calm about a situation. What has happened to Laura? [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Peter Benardos.]

951, 952. (29/03) Something has angered Guy and Vera is determined to find the answer. Carlo has an admirer. Jaja changes her ways. Norma's stand gains Edie's support. The Principal of Kennard House, Mr Bingham (Redmond Phillips), finds it hard to believe Phillip's account of Laura's assault by the students. Robin has scratches on his arm and a large bruise on his forehead. Back at Flat 8, the Sheriff's officer (Bill Ayers) delivers a summons; Robin's father, Henry Dunmore, is having Phillip charged with assault. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Bill Ayers, who plays the sheriff's officer, returns as Stoboe in Episode #1083.

953, 954. (30/03) Dorrie's statement shocks Flo. Don agrees to help Phillip. Giovanni has developed a plan. He brings home his new Italian girlfriend, Janine Vezulla (Delores Ernst). Carlo knows of the family and assumes she was born in Torino, Italy, but Janine is "as dinky-di as Cole's", and born in Leichhardt. In fact, that's where she works: in Cole's at Leichhardt, on the Starlet Cosmetics counter. ("We make you look like a Stollywood Harlot.") Vera seeks Don's advice. Herb and Weppo carry on with a plan. Carlo outrages Giovanni. Gary has a job for Richie Jansen (Clifford Hallett). At a table booked under "Charles Lloyd Smith", Richie, his drunken mate (Paul Chubb) and two other friends instigate a huge brawl at the opening of Dudley and Arnold's The Continental restaurant. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Paul Chubb, who portrays the drunken mate of Richie Jansen, makes another of his uncredited cameos. Previously, he played a deliveryman in the 1974 movie and in Episode #592. Paul Chubb returns in Episodes #995/996, this time as a cranky removalist who abandons all of the Chandler family's furniture on the footpath.

955, 956. (5/04) Havoc breaks out following The Continental restaurant's disastrous opening night. Phillip's situation concerns him greatly. Arnold's decision shocks Dudley. Norma is furious. Terror mars Debbie's first few happy days with her reunited parents in Rockhampton. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

957, 958. (6/04) Disaster strikes as Eileen and Ian are devoured by sharks. Carlo's advice is taken up by Dorrie. Dudley is determined to stand his ground. Gary tries to prepare Weppo to go up against Cannonball Kennedy (Goff Vokler). Cannonball arrives for rehearsal holding his kitten, Tinkerbell. Robin's father, Henry Dunmore (Don Pascoe), gives Don a piece of his mind. Jaja gives Flo a special coiffure for her date with Carlo. A surprise visitor arrives at Vera's door: Warwick Thompson! [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

The Eileen/Ian departure storyline was written as a spoof on the now-classic 1975 motion picture, "Jaws".

959, 960. (12/04) Guy is outraged, while Dudley has an idea to put to Arnold. Dorrie pays a visit to Debbie. Weppo is unbending and Herb makes an ultimatum. Jane is worried about Debbie's future. Phillip makes a confession: he's in love with Don! [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Warwick Thompson mentions how cold London was before he left, and that his children had enjoyed their "first white Christmas". Christmas was never usually mentioned in "Number 96" due to the show's end-of-year hiatus and its cliffhangers.

961, 962. (13/04) Weppo's decision angers Gary, but he quickly finds an unlikely replacement wrestler: Junior Winthrop! Jaja and Giovanni shock Carlo by claiming to have eloped at the Registry Office. Carlo realises they are trying to bluff him so he announces that there will see Father Costello to organise a proper Catholic ceremony, requiring Jaja's conversion to Catholicism. Giovanni must invite all of his brothers and their families from South Australia. Something has infuriated Don. Guy and Larry have a disagreement. Dudley interrupts Don's important phonecall with Sir George Everingham. Debbie confides in Carlo. Gary and Herb's plan results in success. Jerry Handthorn (Al Kenny), from the local Leagues Club, brings over "Jack the Ripper" (Bob Lee) to meet The Masked Bard. Junior, wearing Weppo's hood, is soon aloft over the Ripper's head. What has shocked Guy? [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Bob Lee returns as a new character, the professional wrestler known as "Jack the Ripper", having played two different characters in 1972: Helen Eastwood's friend, John, and Alf Sutcliffe's boss, Bob Gerrold. Al Kenny regularly played an enebriated patron of the pub throughout 1972 and 1973. Carlo's recollection of Enrico Caruso being the 18th of 21 children has been proven to be an urban legend. Carlo himself claims to be one of 14.

963, 964. (19/04) Carlo is worried. Don's anger stuns Dudley. Laura offers Guy some advice. Arnold surprises Dudley. Edie's actions are mysterious. Gary manages to insult Carlo. Guy is up to something. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

965, 966. (20/04) Giovanni is concerned with his father's actions. Jaja has a decision to make. Weppo has a point to prove when wrestling "Jack the Ripper" in a televised event commentated by Ray Mitchell (Himself). Don manages to surprise everyone at Number 96. Phillip has a shock for Laura. Herb is in a quandary; what can he do about Junior? [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Ray Mitchell was a former world title judge, television commentator and boxing historian, who was involved in Australian boxing for many decades. He also plays himself as a TV journalist in Episode #450.

967, 968. (26/04) Vera tells Guy about Don being made Debbie's legal guardian. She also tries to reassure him about New Zealand. Phillip tells Laura that Don propositioned him. In the wine bar, everyone is estatic about Debbie's news. Phillip sleeps with Laura and she is convinced that he isn't camp. Gary is angry about Norma receiving gifts from a secret admirer. Laura has accusations about Don, but he denies propositioning Phillip. She will be moving out, and Don tells Vera about it when she drops in to visit. Everyone wonders whatever happened to Christina but Giovanni is hoping that she never turns up. Gary convinces himself that it is Herb giving Norma the presents. Laura tells Vera about Phillip and Don, but Vera comes to Don's defence. Laura refuses to listen to Vera's interpretation of events: that Phillip is in the wrong. Warwick reassures Guy that he is not trying to come between him and Vera. Guy is unimpressed. Reg realises that someone has been going through his files. Phillip had managed to convince Laura about his situation with Don. Dudley is excited about the opening of the hair salon because he thinks it will bring in the girls who will be chasing him. Gary assures Giovanni that he will make sure Christina won't want to marry him, should she ever turn up. Reg thinks Edie is up to something sneaky behind his back. Christina Vettare (Karen Petersen) finally arrives at Number 96. When Carlo and Giovanni were not at the airport to meet her, she decided to see the sights of Sydney by herself. Guy tells Vera that he is needed in New Zealand earlier than planned. She won't be able to accompany him yet, as Guy wants her to sort out things with Warwick. Giovanni is stunned by Christina's beauty; he was expecting "a frump". Don visits Laura at her hotel to explain about the situation with Phillip. She refuses to listen and slaps his face. Reg is confused by Edie's actions. He finds a mysterious man in the bathroom and Edie tells him it is a plumber, but he doesn't believe her. Debbie is tidying up Don's flat when Laura arrives to collect the rest of her belongings. Debbie manages to get the idea that Laura has departed because of her. Guy stuns Vera with a proposal of marriage. Phillip admits to Don that he did bash the student, Robin Dunmore. Don hits Phillip - but Phillip enjoys it! [Episodes written by Susan Swinford; directed by Peter Benardos.]

969, 970. (27/04) Junior has taken a vocational test on a computer and Dorrie is convinced that he is suited to become a lawyer. Jaja is furious with Giovanni, who has been busily entertaining Christina, leaving the deli shortstaffed. Dudley and Gary are both smitten by Christina, and they keep trying to steal her away from Giovanni. Laura wants Phillip to sue Don for attacking him and volunteers to represent him. Laura is oblivious to Phillip's attempt to discourage her. Vera meets Warwick for lunch but Guy is not the topic of conversation; she wants his opinion about Don's situation. Dorrie, Flo and Junior go to ask Don about how to become a lawyer. Don tells them it is a hopeless cause and to forget all about it. Jaja tells off Giovanni for always being away from the shop with Christina. Carlo has a private chat with Christina, who admits that she is not the real Christina Vettare. Laura is determined to discredit Don. She tells Warwick that she will report Don to the welfare authorities, so that Debbie will be removed from his care. Debbie has taken responsibility for Laura's reaction to Don. She makes him breakfast but he is not in the mood to eat. Debbie worries that he regrets taking on her guardianship and Don wants to know what gave her this impression. Norma asks Flo if she has any ideas about where all the anonymous gifts are coming from. Debbie overhears a conversation between Laura and Don, in which the possibilty of Debbie going into home is mentioned. Warwick invites Phillip to visit him at the Penthouse. Christina is missing, but soon turns up in the wine bar with Gary. Debbie unloads her problems onto Flo, who tells her not to worry. Warwick has decided to assist Vera in tricking a confession out of Phillip. He organises for Laura to wait in his bedroom while he attends to a client. Warwick then coerces a series of admissions from Phillip: that he is a homosexual and has done some terrible things. Laura is shocked to overhear the disclosures and leaves the Penthouse in a daze. Norma is furious with Gary for shirking his wine bar duties to be with Christina. Debbie goes to Kennard House to speak to Phillip - just in time to see Don leaving the scene of Phillip's grisly murder? [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Peter Benardos.]

971, 972. (3/05) Vera goes off with Warwick for the day. Debbie is shaken by something she has seen and Jane tries to get her to explain where she went last night. Jane takes her to Don. While they are there, Police Sergeant Coombs (Ben Gabriel) comes in, asking for Laura's whereabouts. Vera and Warwick arrive at his cruiser. Junior receives a letter from the Vocational Guidance people which suggests he might need an eyesight test. The computer's advice about studying law was incorrect. Junior misunderstands and thinks the letter says he should become a private eye. Don is very worried. He tries to contact Warwick about Laura. Giovanni gets stood up by Christina and he goes out with Dudley instead. Dorrie and Junior are searching for Herb. Flo reckons that Herb has "done a bunk". Junior boasts to Don that he is now a private eye. Dudley decides that Junior needs to see a Humphrey Bogart movie to learn all about the profession. Sergeant Coombs tells Don that Phillip has been murdered. Don feigns shock. Warwick tells Vera not to worry about Don and Laura as he has resolved the situation with Phillip, once and for all. Flo suggests that Dorrie rid herself of Junior if she wants to keep Herb. Norma won't allow Gary any time off to see Christina. Reg tells Carlo that he suspects his enemies at the TH have corrupted Edie. Don buys a newspaper and sees that Phillip's death is the major headline. Word soon spreads around the wine bar. Giovanni is upset about Christina spending time with Dudley and Gary. Jaja is jealous of her. Reg arrives home to find a repairman fixing the stove. He doesn't believe the story and throws him out of the flat. Dorrie and Flo get ready for Christina's welcome party, but suddenly Dorrie won't go without Herb to escort her. Everyone else but Jaja heads off to the party. An angry Jaja barges in and announces that she is fed up; she is quitting her job immediately. Don and Warwick arrange a meeting. Warwick and Vera leave the cruiser and go back to the Penthouse. Don rushes in to show them the day's headlines. Vera leaves but Don shows the paper to Warwick. Dorrie finally gives in to Flo and they head down to the Lenzis' party. Carlo worries about the police who will be swarming around Number 96, asking questions about Phillip. Warwick tells Don that Laura found out the truth about Phillip just before his murder was discovered. Don admits that he found Phillip's dead body, with Laura's scarf beside it. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

973, 974. (4/05) Dorrie and Flo get a surprise when Junior arrives at Flat 3, dressed as Humphrey Bogart, Private Eye. Herb's decision shocks Dorrie. He has left a note saying he will not return until Junior is gone. Carlo decides to give Giovanni some tips about acquiring "style", in order to impress Christina and win back her attention. Gary vists Christina in her hotel room but she throws him out. Don confesses to Vera about his involvement with the discovery of Phillip's body and she worries that he will get disbarred again. Dorrie has no luck tracking down Herb and decides she must tell Junior to leave. Meanwhile, Junior is practising his private eye skills by spying on Gary. Junior eventually falls into the garbage bags and Gary gives him a new assignment. He tells Junior to follow Edie instead. Giovanni learns "How to Speak to a Lady" from Carlo. Herb rings Dorrie to say that he has left for good. Gary is chatting up Christina when a perfectly-groomed Giovanni arrives to take her to lunch at the Holiday Inn's restaurant, "The Red Baron". His hair, clothes and manner are immaculate. Christina says that she can never marry Giovanni as he will always be "a peasant" to her eyes. Carlo tells Christina to do as he says or he will have her deported. Christina confesses her knowledge to Carlo: she will blackmail him with her knowledge of his secret past. Junior trails Edie to the local park. Reg comes into the wine bar looking for Edie and Gary explains that he already has Junior on the case. Edie meets a mysterious man in the park but Junior sets off the sprinklers. Jaja apologises for quitting and recommences her job in the deli. Jane informs Arnold that police are in the building investigating Phillip's death. Overhearing, Carlo slips away. Warwick tells Don that he suspects Don of having a motive for killing Phillip. Don replies that Warwick is now just as involved, since Don informed him about the removal of Laura's scarf from the scene of the crime. Edie is aware that Junior followed her all afternoon and tells him so. Jaja and Arnold are frustrated by Carlo and Giovanni's frequent absences from the deli. Jane wants to know what Debbie's problem is so she makes something up. Jane tells her to talk to Don, which she can't do, of course. Edie makes Junior promise not to tell Reg about the man she met in the park. She tells Reg that he owes Junior $50 for his afternoon's work. Jaja speculates about who might have killed Phillip and Debbie jumps down her throat. Gary, Norma and Jane have all been quizzed by the police and warn Carlo that it will be his turn next. Arnold is confused by Carlo's anxious reactions. Reg drags Junior into the wine bar, asking Gary if he set up his wife to be followed. Gary says yes, and now Reg owes Junior $50. Gary explains to Junior that he had only been joking, but now he has a real case for the private eye: find out the origin of Norma's gifts. Laura goes missing. Warwick is at the Penthouse and is on the phone to Vera, saying that he suspects that Laura is the killer. Laura emerges from Warwick's bedroom. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

975, 976. (10/05) Warwick drops the phone in shock when Laura confronts him. Vera is still on the line and can't work out what has happened. Debbie arrives, planning to tell Vera that she knows about the night Phillip was murdered, but then decides to pretend that she saw it all in a dream, instead. Vera is unconvinced and tells her not to be so stupid. Laura doesn't really remember where she's been, but tells Warwick that she suspects Don to be the killer. Dudley describes to Arnold the distressing state of the salon. Don comes home to find Debbie doing his ironing; he tells her to go back down to Flat 4 and relax. Vera tells Don that Laura is back. He rushes over to see her, taking the scarf with him. Laura knows that the last time she saw the scarf was the night she was attacked by the schoolboys at Kennard House. Vera insists that Don not go to the police. He refuses to listen. But then he discovers that the scarf has been removed from his briefcase and now they have no evidence to support their theories. Warwick and Don work together on Laura's situation; Don is convinced that Robin has taken the scarf. Giovanni is feuding with his father and decides to go to Uncle Eduardo's in the country - and Jaja will be meeting him at the train station. Dorrie is still moping around Flat 3 because Herb won't come home until Junior is gone. Junior is pestering Arnold in the deli and Arnold's patience is wearing thin. Over lunch with Vera and Warwick, Don suddenly announces he must leave to look for Robin. Norma has a heated argument with Dorrie in the wine bar. Junior has been annoying the customers and two have complained. But Junior has already disappeared so Dorrie barges out, taking Flo with her. Norma learns that Gary has been encouraging Junior to practise being a private eye and tells them both to knock it off. Carlo and Christina are having lunch when Dudley rushes in to order Carlo back to the deli. When Carlo does arrive back, he doesn't offer much assistance. Warwick is still trying to win Vera's affections. Don goes to the school to see Principal Bingham. Don spots Robin, who almost runs him over with a motor scooter. Norma offers Dorrie an apology which Dorrie accepts graciously. Warwick brings Vera home from their lunch. The phone rings and Warwick answers it. It is Guy, who hangs up. [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte; directed by Peter Benardos.]

977, 978. (11/05) Robin comes to Don's office and threatens him. Edie is on the phone to Alderman St John Farmer, but when an annoyed Reg questions her, she denies it. Christina is complaining about conditions in her hotel and decides to move in with the MacDonalds, rejecting offers by Dudley and Gary. The police finally locate Laura and question her about Phillip. They do not seem too concerned about her previous disappearance. Don is plagued by the implications of the statement made by Robin. He tells Warwick and Laura that Robin knows who killed Phillip. Edie's new lodger does not meet with Reg's approval; Christina is being very demanding and is not paying any board. Henry comes to see Don and tells him to leave his son, Robin, alone or there will be trouble. Christina is in the bath when Carlo drops in to see her. She wants money from him or she will exposes him as an international jewel thief. Once again, Herb delivers his ultimatum by phone; he won't return until Dorrie has sent Junior packing. Junior tells Dorrie that he loves her and gives her the $50 her earned by being a private eye for Gary. Dorrie tells Junior he can stay and Flo is furious that she has chosen Junior over Herb. Junior reveals that Weppo is Norma's secret admirer - and Weppo is ready to kill him! Mr Bingham comes to see Don. He is concerned he is about to be fired by the school board. Robin phones Don to arrange a meeting on a clifftop, during which he will reveal the identity of Phillip's killer. Don arrives at the Picnic Point Kiosk and waits for hours, but there is no sign of Robin. As Don leaves, Robin's lifeless body is being buffeted by waves on the rocks below. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

979, 980. (17/05) Robin's body has been washed off the rocks. Laura has some explaining to do: Don has phoned Laura's hotel and discovered that she didn't actually check in until after Phillip's murder, so she has been lying to him. She tells Sergeant Coombs that, when she arrived at the hotel, the night receptionist was drunk and she felt scared by him. Laura slept the night in her car, instead, and checked in the next morning. Vera and Warwick think that Laura's lies are an attempt to plant a false trail. Junior has a new camera. Flo rings Herb to tell him that she suspects the camera is stolen, but Junior admits that bought it especially for his private eye venture. Christina boasts that she must tell Junior about "The Raven" some day, and Carlo is suddenly very uneasy as Arnold and Christina continue to discuss the story. Junior's admission has excited Dorrie and Flo. He explains that his mother left $50,000 in her will: half for himself and half for his father. Dorrie says that she was never convinced that Herb was not Junior's real father. Debbie is sent home, sick, from school. Jane thinks she is worried about Don and Debbie keeps calling out his name in her sleep. Sergeant Coombs has several difficult questions for Don. Why did Laura leave Don's flat? Why did they choose to dissolve their business partnership? He also asks about Don's homosexuality. During a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour, Christina tells Carlo that he can never repay the debt owed for allowing her father to languish in gaol for 15 years. Don is still waiting to hear from Robin. Warwick propositions Vera but she wants to stay married to Guy. Dudley and Arnold decide they will have to engage a new hairdresser to replace Jaja in their salon. Vera urges Don to stop covering for Laura and to go and see the police. Don believes his sexual orientation makes him a prime suspect. Mr Bingham calls on Don to say that Henry hasn't heard from Robin either. Warwick tells Laura he won't be the one to report her to the police. Reg mentions to Christina that his birthday is tomorrow. Edie implores Christina not to spoil the surprise and tells her about her plans. Debbie is unable to tell Don what is really worrying her. Dorrie and Flo need Don to prove that Herb is Junior's father. Arnold has found an article about "The Raven" in Time magazine and believes that Interpol may have more information. Don asks Warwick to see Henry, but Warwick wants nothing more to do with Phillip's murder. Laura's interpretation of Gladys Winthrop's will is that, if Junior's father can't be traced within six weeks, the money will go to the Home for the Unloved. Edie invites everyone to Reg's surprise party. Henry rings Don. Robin's body has been found floating in the harbour and Henry blames Don for driving his son to suicide. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

981, 982. (18/05) Don is shocked by a grim finding. Did he really drive Robin to suicide? Warwick goes to see Henry. Vera informs Laura that, due to her telling one lie, she now has doubts about the rest of her story. Don admits to Sergeant Coombs that he hated Phillip after finding out that he really did assault Robin. Reg is still concerned about the whispers behind his back at the TH. Guy arrives home from New Zealand but Vera is out. He rings the Penthouse. Vera answers the phone and Guy tells her that he is glad that she finally made her choice - and hangs up! Reg drops hints to Edie that it is his birthday. Guy tells Vera that their relationship is over and won't listen when she tries to tell him about the murder. Coombs questions Don about Robin and Don takes him to the clifftop rendezvous point. Reg goes to the wine bar to celebrate his birthday alone. Don expects to be charged with Robin's murder and asks Vera to see Debbie for him. She has a talk with her in an attempt to discover exactly what she has seen. Reg trudges up the staircase to Flat 5. It is full of party guests, gathered in secret to celebrate his 47th birthday! Edie announces: "Reginald P MacDonald, This Is Your Past." A procession of old friends and acquaintances emerge from the other rooms, but none of them seem to remember Reg. Mr Fitzgerald (Edward Howell) from Rooty Hill, former headmaster at Bankstown Primary, misremembers Reg as Ronnie MacDonald, "international rugger star". Former classmate, Harold Parkins (Guy Pennington-Bird), recalls how he once set up Reg for stealing apples - and Reg was punished for it. Miss Mavis Pennyquick (Sandra Bates), an early work colleague, slaps Reg's face and leaves. Norma tells Gary that she will be attending a party with her friends, the Redways, after Edie's function. She will be staying the night in Parramatta. Debbie confesses to Vera that she was at the school the night of the murder, but she won't say what she saw. Dorrie is still trying to contact Herb over the inheritance. Edie's disastrous party is saved by an announcement from Mr Duncan (Brian Moll) that he is retiring as TC and that Reg is to be his replacement at the Paddington TH. Vera tells Don that Debbie knows who killed Phillip. Don rushes off to Number 96 to find her before the killer does. Dorrie and Flo finally track down Herb, but not even the promise of $25,000 will bring him home. Edie has one more surprise for Reg's birthday, announcing that she is retiring as an alderman to devote more time to looking after "Daddy". Don is caught speeding by a traffic cop on his way to protect Debbie. Meanwhile, in Flat 4, a dark, hooded shadow falls across Debbie's bed as she sleeps. [Episodes written by Lynn Foster; directed by Brian Phillis.]

"This is Your Past", of course, satires the actual TV series, "This is Your Life". The script includes the actual Sydney airdate as Reg's birthday. Edward Howell, who plays Mr Fitzgerald, previously portrayed "Shagger" Stevens in Episode #921. Brian Moll returns as TC Edward Duncan, having last been seen in Episode #684.

983, 984. (24/05) Jaja unknowingly scares away a hooded intruder. She tells Debbie about Uncle Eduardo's son eldest son, Guiseppe, who looks like actor Dirk Bogarde, only Italian and bronzed from weeks of fruit-picking. Giovanni has opted to stay on with Uncle Eduardo. Dudley and Arnold place an advertisement for an experienced hairstylist for their new salon. Debbie finally confirms to Don that she was at Kennard House the night of Phillip's murder. Warwick has a stern warning for Vera: not even her marriage to Guy will prevent him from winning back her affections. Miss Madelaine (Joanna Lockwood), currently on lunchbreak from Maison Maisie's, was interviewed by Mr Dudley this morning. She auditions as hairstylist - on the hapless Mr Arnold! After pleas from Laura and Debbie, Don reluctantly agrees to wait two days before reporting to the police about Phillip's murderer. Jaja still wants the hairdressing job at the salon. Warwick is convinced about the truth regarding Laura's alibi. Debbie, Guy and Vera retreat to a secret countryside hideaway in an attempt to avoid Debbie's deadly pursuer. Arnold is furious to find that Jaja and Dudley have seemingly abandoned the salon during working hours. Junior is disappointed that no one is interested in his private detective services. The MacDonalds agree to allow Christina to stay on as a non-paying guest. Dudley explains to Arnold and Jaja that he has been out trying to find a hairstylist because Jaja is so unreliable. Jaja is furious. Carlo finally relents to letting Jaja return to her deli job. But Arnold and Dudley want her back, so she quits again, leaving Carlo speechless. Dorrie and Flo again pester Don about Herb's inheritance. Dorrie must prove that Herb is Junior's father. Jaja is throwing her weight around in the salon, but Arnold and Dudley can't argue too much because Jaja is the only trained hairdresser. Don has set a trap for the murderer and he tells Warwick. Henry threatens Warwick: if he interferes in the murder case, Henry can prove that Don was responsible for Robin's death. Edie is overwhelmed by the gifts presented to Christina by her many admirers. Christina accidentally reveals to Reg and Edie that her stories of life in a convent may really be a dangerous lie. Arnold walks past the deli and notices it is closed. He loses his temper. [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Joanna Lockwood, daughter of Johnny Lockwood, appears as Miss Madelaine. She will return as the regular character, Ros Halliday, in 1977.

985, 986. (25/05) Carlo tells Arnold that he is not interested in keeping the lease on the deli. He wants Arnold to take it on again. Laura's disappearance has only strengthened Warwick's belief that she could be guilty of murdering Phillip. Jane is being evasive about Debbie's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Debbie, Vera and Guy are enjoying life on Prospect Farm, and they try to forget their recent troubles. Laura and Don realise that Debbie must report back to her probation officer within 48 hours. Chaos in the deli: Carlo still refuses to serve any customers and poor Arnold is the only one left on duty. Mr Bingham tells Don that Henry killed Phillip; Don urges him to go to the police with the information. Norma has been hiding a secret interest in the enchanting Carlo. Henry sends his chauffeur (Digby Thomas) to collect Don for a meeting - and he makes it difficult for Don to refuse. Weppo is jealous of the attention being paid to Norma by Carlo. Gary warns Weppo not to interfere. Henry tells Don that he knows where Debbie is hiding and shows him Robin's diary, which is full of crucial details about the murder case. On the farm, Vera falls and injures her ankle. Guy goes for the doctor. Junior returns from Bundaburg with his mother's love letters. Shagger Stevens rings Dorrie and she and Flo think that he has heard about the inheritance. Christina threatens to reveal Carlo's enigmatic past to make him pay for what he did to her father 30 years ago. Herb arrives home and, thinking Junior has gone for good, decides to stay. Can Debbie and Vera elude a ruthless, determined killer? A mysterious figure appears. [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Digby Thomas, who plays Henry Dunmore's chauffeur, was previously the police station desk sergeant in Episode #904.

987, 988. (31/05) Laura walks into the farmhouse. Behind her is Principal Bingham with a shotgun. The identity of Phillip's murderer is revealed to Vera when Mr Bingham locks Laura and Debbie into a pantry. Henry shows Don a passage in Robin's diary: about how Robin witnessed the death of his "lover-boy, Phillip Chambers" - and that Mr Bingham was the murderer. Another passage mentions seeing Don take the scarf from the crime scene and of Robin's intention to blackmail Don. Bingham reveals to Vera that he had to kill Phillip and Robin "for the sake of the school". He boasts that he had tampered with Guy's car - and then sets fire to the building. Don and Henry find Guy, alongside his broken-down car, and the three men race to the rescue. Arriving at the burning farmhouse, Guy rushes in to save Vera as Don chases Bingham. Bingham shoots himself. Guy goes back into the building to save Laura and Debbie from the locked pantry. Norma realises she has no bed to sleep on, and Weppo offers to put her up for the night. Gary reacts very badly to this suggestion and he goes to Weppo's instead, leaving Norma with the couch in Flat 1. The farmhouse drama is over and everyone arrives back safely. Norma sneaks out and stays overnight in Carlo's flat. Gary and Weppo catch her leaving Flat 2 in the morning and they jump to conclusions. Vera and Guy are very much in love after their ordeal. Christina wants $10,000 in cash from Carlo in order to leave the country. She also knows that his wine business is failing. Jane is stalked, stripped and raped by an ominous, hooded intruder. Carlo tells Christina that he needs a week to raise the funds she requires. She wants the money tomorrow and suggests that "The Raven" could raise the money quickly, by simply stealing the Moritza Diamond. Reg prepares his belongings - such as a framed portrait of the Queen for his desk - so he can take over as TC tomorrow. Junior is back in Bundaberg and Dorrie tells him by phone to stay there for the present. Carlo returns Norma's toothbrush and tells her that his bed is always there for her whenever she needs it. Dorrie overhears. Giovanni tells Carlo that Arnold has renewed his services in the deli and that accommodation in Flat 2 comes with the job, but Carlo is welcome to stay on. Norma explains to Flo that "nothing happened" in Carlo's flat overnight. Jane calls Norma and tells her that she is unavailable for her lunchtime shift in the wine bar, then collapses in a sobbing heap. Dorrie questions Norma about her night in Flat 2 and gets put in her place swiftly. Reg and Mr Duncan get soaked in a downpour while inspecting the streets of Paddington. Dorrie and Flo help Edie to prepare a special cocktail party and they all get tipsy. Reg and Mr Duncan arrive at Flat 5 sopping wet. Jane turns up for her evening shift but her manner is abrupt, concerning Norma. Herb tells the rather drunk Dorrie and Flo that Junior has phoned to say he is on his way back from Bundaberg. Herb is becoming more interested in the inheritance. Several Number 96 tenants are under suspicion: Carlo hears a radio news report that the Moritza Diamond has been stolen in a daring jewel robbery. Christina believes that Carlo did it. He claims he was at home, but Giovanni disagrees. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

When Vera Sutton is carried from the farmhouse inferno, she is still wearing her high cork platform shoes, despite having a sprained ankle. The "Moritza Diamond" is presumably named for Udi Moritz, a private diamond wholesaler who has maintained business relationships with every major diamond wholesaler in the world.

989, 990. (1/06) Rhonda Jackson (Justine Saunders), the new hairdresser, meets Arnold and Jaja, but Jaja expresses concern about having to work beside "an Aboriginal girl" in the salon. Arnold, too, worries that employing Miss Rhonda might keep potential clients away. Dorrie and Herb are on the verge of tremendous wealth. Guy has been invited to race on the international circuits by Global Petroleum and Vera wants to accompany him. Flo suspects that Weppo is Norma's secret admirer. Reg's sister, Fay Chandler (Lynne Murphy), has arrived from Townsville. Reg wants Edie to ask Christina to move out so that Fay can stay in the spare room. Warwick has been lying about Vera's contract and she soon finds out. Christina demands money from Carlo. Fay wants to keep her sons, Lee and Grant, away from the hippy influences in Townsville. Reg asks Fay to stop calling him "Bubbles", his boyhood nickname. Arnold and Jaja change their attitudes to Rhonda. Reg is apprehended as a Peeping Tom. The policeman (Ted Egan) says that there is an alert out about a hooded rapist in the area. Guy's mechanic (Bartholomew John) has not seen Vera arrive yet and encourages him to get out onto the track. Vera tells Michelle over the phone that she won't be coming into the salon. Warwick reveals himself to be a dangerously jealous and violent man. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Lynne Murphy, who plays Fay Chandler, previously played Mrs L. Macreadie in Episode #876. There is rare scene, between Reg MacDonald and Fay: a night shot with bluescreen from the open balcony of Flat 5. This angle was last seen in the climax to Sonia Hunter's arc in the 1974 movie. Bartholomew John's character is seemingly given a first name in the script, but the line is garbled. He is simply "Mechanic" in the closing credits.

991, 992. (7/06) Carlo swears he did not steal the Moritza Diamond, but Christina doesn't believe him. Vera is forced to relate the terrifying story of how she received her injuries. Dudley wants to become a hairdresser, but refuses to be apprenticed to Jaja. Jane's recollections of being raped by a masked intruder grow more frightening. Her attempt at suicide is unsuccessful and Jane explains to Norma that she actually enjoyed being raped. Dudley is excited that socialite Mrs Pickering-Smythe (Joanna Boulken) has become the first client at The Continental. Dorrie is spending the inheritance, but her fondest dream may quickly become a nightmare. A Tropicana caravan arrives for Fay's family to live in, courtesy of Edie. Vera is tricked into taking a boat trip with Warwick, which turns nasty. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

993, 994. (8/06) Jane begs Don not to report the rape to the police. Jaja makes unfriendly, racist remarks to Rhonda. Guy thinks Vera has run out on him, but Don sets him straight. Norma's secret admirer is revealed and she is stunned. Don tells Warwick that Vera and Guy have departed for Europe. Dudley and Jaja's hopes for the future are placed under threat by Arnold. Gary's attempts to blackmail Christina backfire on him. Giovanni finds the Moritza Diamond amongst Carlo's things and and Detective Sergeant Banning (Harold Jones) and Detective Bowers turn up at the door of Flat 2. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Faux script page Number 96 episode 993

Elaine Lee's final regular episode in "Number 96" was #993. It was reported in the media that the writers had played a practical joke on her, concerning Vera and Guy Sutton's departure to Europe. They had slipped an extra page into the script featuring a fantasy ending on a jumbo jet. When the show's cast took their final curtain calls in Episode #1218, Peter Whitford and Elaine Lee returned and actually acted out a version of this sequence.

995, 996. (14/06) The police explain to Carlo that they are responding to an anonymous tip-off from a woman. As Giovanni goes into the deli to relieve Arnold behind the counter, Detective Sergeant Banning and Detective Bowers show Carlo a search warrant. Edie tells Reg to say hello to Mrs Porteous of Ilkley Street, who is sure to be one of the protestors of the road closure. He will recognise her by the warts down her arm. Fay visits Don's office to sign a lease on Flat 7. Policewoman Barbara Gates (Shirley Sunners) and a colleague interview Jane about Don's report. Carlo must reveal the amazing truth of his background. Jane has come to believe that the Hooded Rapist is a resident of Number 96. Dorrie makes plans for a trip to the opera for herself, Herb, Flo and Junior. On a rainy afternoon, the Chandlers' furniture gets dumped in the entrance to Number 96 by the impatient removalist (Paul Chubb) and his offsider. Fay gets nostalgic for the sounds from the Pianola drifting up the stairwell, not realising it is her own Pianola. A traffic policeman (Alan Faulkner) orders Reg to clear it off the public thoroughfare. Jane makes several shocking accusations; she tells Gary that the rapist was Don, but tells Weppo that it was Gary. Dorrie goes house-hunting in Point Piper, and is shown through a mansion by its owner, Mrs Worthington (Lannie Dalziel). $300 per week, plus staff wages (three maids, a cook, a chauffeur and two gardeners. They had to let the butler go. He drank.) Jane is deluded into thinking that Debbie is the Hooded Rapist and chokes her to unconsciousness. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Paul Chubb portrays the removalist. Previously, he made uncredited cameos as a deliveryman in the 1974 movie and in Episode #592, and then as the drunken mate of Richie Jansen in Episodes #953/954.

997, 998. (15/06) Jane has inadvertently attacked Debbie and calls for help. Carlo and Christina accuse each other of the recent robberies. A reception is held at The Continental hair salon, but most of the guests are professional party-goers, including the lady (Shirley McDonald) from Aldelphine Service Agency, who chats to Dorrie. The serial rapist terrorises his next victim: Miss Rhonda. Business improves at the salon due to the publicity. Rhonda is interviewed by a reporter (Graeme Roberts). Bernard Chandler (James Moss) arrives at Flat 5 and is almost hit over the head by Edie's crocheted poodle gin bottle. Their sons have not arrived in Sydney yet, but Bernard reminds Fay that they were calling in to visit their Aunt Ursula in Brisbane and the Thurlows of Gympie. Junior discovers true love at the Sydney Opera House and her name is Isobel Mainwaring (Jill McKay). The Hooded Rapist's leather mask is found in Dudley's drawer by Arnold. Dudley and Rhonda admit to their publicity stunt at the salon, but Arnold and Jaja do not approve. Someone perpetrates another Raven-style robbery: of the Czarina's Easter Egg, once owned by the Romanovs! But it's Giovanni attempting the heist and he gets trapped by a security grill. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

The House of Romanov was the reigning imperial house of Russia from 1613 to 1917. They achieved prominence after Anastasia Romanovna married Ivan the Terrible, the first crowned tsar of all Russia. Nicholas II and his immediate family were executed in 1918, but there are still living descendants. From this episode, guests of the production now stay at "Ramada Inn", Crows Nest, formerly the "Holiday Inn". The hotel continues to be the venue for regular meetings of the series' writers.

999, 1000. (21/06) Gary threatens to break up his mother's love affair with Weppo. Carlo and Christina race to free Giovanni. A valuable necklace disappears and Junior finds one in the groceries. Reg has reservations about Fay and Bernard living in the flat above his, especially with the imminent arrival of their two sons. Junior presents Isobel with a gift. Don is on the verge of a dangerous homosexual liaison with Grant Chandler (Michael Howard). The rapist attacks Laura, but he is chased off by Lee Chandler (Stephen McDonald). [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte; directed by Peter Benardos.]

The role of Lee Chandler was first offered to Tony Sheldon (Benjy in "The Unisexers"), son of Toni Lamond (Karen Winters in the first year of "Number 96"). Tony's agent talked him out of accepting the role. "My agent wouldn't let me do it because she said, 'They'll turn your character gay, darling, they always do' and I'd played too many gay roles onstage for her liking. I extracted a promise from David Sale that Lee would remain heterosexual but my agent remained firm and I watched, heartbroken, as the part went to Stephen McDonald." The complete script of Episode #1000, titled "This Is It, Kids", was included in the 1977 MacMillan paperback, "Zoom In: Television Scripts of the Seventies". On the leaderstrip of the master for these episodes, there is a bizarre "recorded rehearsal" of the identification board, accompanied by Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

1001, 1002. (22/06) Edie is afraid of confronting Fay about her idea of alternating the cooking tasks. Grant and Debbie go to the beach. Jaja is put out because Dudley has fallen in love with Rhonda and wants her to move in with him. Don invites Grant to a pop concert. Dorrie makes plans to rescue Junior from Isobel, whom she perceives as a fortune hunter. Carlo has a plan to retrieve the stolen necklace. Rhonda tells Arnold she is actually in love with him, not Dudley! [Episodes written by Johnny Whyte & Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

The synopsis of Episode #1001 was included in the 1977 MacMillan paperback, "Zoom In: Television Scripts of the Seventies".

SPECIAL: Number 96: And They Said It Wouldn't Last. (24/06) Introduced by Elaine Lee, Johnny Lockwood, Philippa Baker, Abigail, Gordon McDougall, Elisabeth Kirkby, James Elliott and Bettina Welch. [Special compiled by Johnny Whyte; directed by Peter Benardos.]

A two-hour special, screened at 8.30pm, celebrated 1000 episodes of "Number 96". Featuring flashback footage of favourite scenes. However, TV magazines had scheduled a movie, "Taste the Blood of Dracula", for the timeslot. The special was repeated in Sydney on 17/01/1977 (with a new ending featuring Dina Mann, and narration by Dal Myles), prior to the return of the final season. On 21/11/1994, a revamped version, "Number 96: They Said It Wouldn't Last", included most of the content of the original special, with new commentary from Abigail, and concluded with the actors' "curtain call" from the final episode.

1003, 1004. (28/06) Dorrie is relentless in her attempt to break up Junior's romance. Norma has a shocking announcement to make. Business is booming at the salon. Lenny Fisher (Terry Peck) is hired to work in the wine bar. Gary disapproves of Norma's relationship, but she accepts Weppo's proposal of marriage. Bernard's job hunting is unsuccessful and his sons neglect their studies. Isobel is wearing Lady Fairmont's emeralds during her trip to the movies with Junior - and gets arrested as a jewel thief! Don is being drawn deeper into a dangerous relationship. Carlo and Giovanni hear a radio news reporter (Dal Myles) give an update on the missing Fairmont emeralds. Dorrie and Herb receive bad news about the inheritance; Herb's claim has been rejected. [Episodes written by Susan Swinford; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1005, 1006. (29/06) The necklace's owner, Lady Fairmont, reports that her jewellery has been returned and has been authenticated, so the detective sergeant in charge (Gordon Piper) releases Junior and Isobel. Dudley's life is endangered by his own practical joke when he scares Jaja with the leather mask. The residents object to the rent increases. Junior announces his engagement to Isobel and learns that his true father was "Shagger" Stevens. Gary offers to teach Lenny about women. The Hooded Rapist finds his latest victim helpless; Rhonda assumes it is only Dudley again. Giovanni and Gary are prime suspects for the attacks. A new admirer both confuses and alarms Laura, Debbie steps closer to danger; the Hooded Rapist is hiding in Flat 4, but he flees when Jaja arrives home. [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Brian Phillis.]

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

1007, 1008. (5/07) Lenny's activities as the Hooded Rapist make him late for work. Jaja nags Debbie about leaving the flat door unlocked and worries about her spending time alone in the deli with Giovanni. Norma and Weppo pretend that they are living in sin to annoy Dorrie. Dorrie is thrilled to learn that Isobel is well-connected socially. The guest list should include "the creme de la cream" of the Point Piper set: including Claire Houghton, the Rhinegolds, Lord & Lady Lumberdale and Lady Mendl. Jaja unwittingly puts her life in jeopardy. Fay has involved Reg in a dangerous web of intrigue. None of the invited socialites turn up for the big party. Dorrie mistakes Isobel's father, Sir William Mainwaring (Les Foxcroft), for a delivery man. Giovanni becomes an unwitting victim of mistaken identity. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Coralie Neville's role of Mrs Stevens seems to have been greatly reduced in editing, although her credit still appears. Mrs Carson, accompanying her, is sometimes played by Joyce Jacobs, but not in this episode. Les Foxcroft, who portrays Sir William Mainwaring, previously played Mr Holloway's office caretaker in Episode #22, a Magistrate in Episode #831, and Quentin Flemming in Episode #905.

1009, 1010. (6/07) Giovanni interrupts the Hood Rapist and is knocked unconscious, awakening in the rapist's jacket and hood. Jaja is convinced that Giovanni is the rapist. Lee and Gary continue to harass Lenny about his bashfulness around girls. Norma is visited by a figure from the past: Trixie O'Toole. A bizarre romantic triangle includes Don, Debbie and Grant. Trixie is taken in once again, as a boarder, by the MacDonalds. Norma and Weppo's happiness is under threat. Debbie puts her safety in the hands of a trusted friend, but she is mistaken. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Trixie O'Toole's line, "All autographs will be signed!" was a catchcry from Thelma Scott (who plays Claire Houghton), from the first "Spirit of 96" Logie Train to Melbourne.

1011, 1012. (12/07) The revelation of Don and Grant's homosexual relationship stuns Debbie and she seeks consolation from Lenny. Trixie entertains Edie with stories of her trip to Hong Kong and the amorous Chinese man she met there. Jane puts her life at risk to unmask the Hooded Rapist. Gary notices Trixie's attraction to Weppo and tells Norma. Dorrie attempts to take over the arrangements for Junior's wedding. Bernard is irate and threatens Don with accusations of sexual perversion. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1013, 1014. (13/07) Gary is upset about his mother's engagement to Weppo. Arnold objects to Dudley about Rhonda's presence in their flat. Trixie O'Toole continues to create havoc in the deli. Edie receive a phone call which embroils her in a wild Hong Kong adventure. Rhonda's relationship with Arnold races towards a shattering climax when she accuses him of racism. Will Edie become a victim of mistaken identity? Bill gives Junior a job in his factory and a wedding is planned. Two hired thugs, Blackie (Barney Combes) and Tank (Kevin Howard), kidnap Edie in a laundry basket instead of Trixie. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1015, 1016. (19/07) Edie finds herself in a Dixon Street shop in Chinatown, but assumes she is in Hong Kong. Fay wants to move her family away from Number 96, but Bernard won't let her run away from her problems yet again. An ongoing controversy shatters Don's reputation. Edie begins to confuse her kidnappers while Junior is destined for an explosive bucks' night. Trixie gives up her job for the returning Carlo. Dorrie becomes convinced that Edie is a victim of Oriental white slavers. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1017, 1018. (20/07) Blackie puts an end to Edie's bid for freedom. Dudley and Arnold have a confrontation over Dudley's love affair with Rhonda. Dorrie takes seasick pills to prepare for her cruise. Despite the best efforts of marriage celebrant Mrs Hooper (May Turner), Junior and Isobel's wedding is a series of fiascos. Lee and Grant treat Jaja and Jane to a night on the town. Flo has a new admirer in Sir William. Edie breaks free from her kidnappers again and manages to send Reg on a wild goose chase. Some news concerning Maggie Cameron upsets Norma. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1019, 1020. (26/07) Grant hits a bump in the road while driving, so Lee takes over at the wheel... and is pulled over for drunk driving. Reg makes a mercy mission to Hong Kong to rescue Edie. Jane and Jaja are worried about what happened during their night out with the Chandler boys. Blackie and Tank make a second attempt to kidnap Trixie, but they are swiftly overpowered. A serious rift develops between Norma and Don over Maggie's impending murder trial. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1021, 1022. (27/07) Dudley wonders where Rhonda goes at night. Jaja is acting hysterically and Dudley suspects she is pregnant but, if she is, who is the father? Carlo has a solution to his financial worries and turns on the charm. Debbie is suffering through puppy love, but it takes a dangerous turn when Dudley suggests that Giovanni is the father of Jaja's baby. Rhonda is caught moonlighting. Despite the deaths of four of his friends in the deli blast, Don is being drawn towards the defence side in the Maggie Cameron case. Norma and Arnold make their feelings known. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1023, 1024. (2/08) Grant and Lee are terrified to find that the body of evidence about a hit-and-run accident implicates them. Don makes a startling decision about Maggie's guilt. Laura is concerned about Don's popularity at Number 96. Flo has her suspicions about Carlo when she sees him out with Claire Houghton; is he a fortune hunter? Gary loses his cool with Don and punches him. The MacDonalds are facing bankruptcy. Weppo is unable to console Norma after she relives the bomb explosion in a nightmare. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Norma Whittaker's nightmare includes flashback footage of the deli explosion from Episode #839.

1025, 1026. (3/08) An eager team of Gary and Weppo start a new business venture, but it is one which may soon draw the attention of the police. Rhonda tells Dudley that she can go out with whomever she wants. Mrs Stevens (Margaret Ede) of Point Piper castigates Jaja over botching her last hairstyle. Grant is urged by Jane to face up to his responsibilities, but she is unprepared for his response. Fay thinks Jaja is a bad influence on her sons. Norma and Weppo call off their engagement. Edie and Trixie work hard at their new jobs as SP bookmakers. Claire plans to invest in Carlo's business ventures. When Bill bumps into Claire and her poodle, Serena (Herself), outside her new townhouse, she explains that Buckingham Lodge had to be sold due to endless servent problems. Don warns Norma and Gary that they will be called to testify at Maggie's trial. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Coralie Neville's role of Mrs Stevens (Episode #1007) seems to have been recast with Margaret Ede now playing the role. Claire Houghton's pet poodle, Serena, was actually owned by Thelma Scott.

1027, 1028. (9/08) The illegal betting operation leads Trixie and Edie into big trouble. Bernard is adamant that, despite the serious consequences, Grant's accident must be reported. Claire finds a way to test Carlo's affections. Gary plans some time away with his army mates. Rhonda's new photographer boyfriend, Geoffrey Matthews (Don Swanell), is cheating on her. Reg is mystified about Edie's nest egg. Arnold swears to have revenge on Maggie. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Arnold Feather's thoughts include flashback footage of Aldo and Roma Godolfus.

1029, 1030. (10/08) Claire tells Carlo the truth about her financial situation and says she intends to marry him. Grant has disappeared, but when a bizarre postcard arrives it only deepens the mystery. Bernard searches for Grant in Townsville. Don locates a retired lawyer friend, Charles Thurgood (Malcolm Phillips), to assist him in defending Maggie. Claire tries to coerce Carlo into accompanying her to the Lumberdales' party. Trixie disguises herself as Carlo's long lost wife to scare off Claire. Geoffrey tries to convince Jaja of her talent as a photographic model. Trixie is left abandoned under a hair drier at the salon. The identity of Laura's new lover startles Don. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1031, 1032. (16/08) Reg receives a troubling phone call. Laura uncovers Grant's connections with a criminal group. Dorrie and Herb return from their holiday, but Flo seems to have vanished. Dorrie assumes that Mrs Houghton has married Sir William, but Claire was only there to be the witness. The new Lady Mainwaring is... Flo! [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1033, 1034. (17/08) Dudley plans to hit the big time as a male model. A strange, young woman named Mandy Ward (Ingrid Mason) arrives at Flat 7 and announces that she is Grant's girlfriend. However, there is still no sign of Grant. Maggie believes that her lawyer is conspiring against her; she is full of accusations. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1035, 1036. (23/08) Mandy's urgent insistence that the search for Grant be continued puzzles Lee. Maggie's lawyer believes he can clear her of guilt. Dorrie insists that Flo must learn to live like a member of high society. Mandy reveals the truth about her interest in finding Grant and Lee takes her to Bondi Beach to look for him. Dorrie has a bizarre dream featuring Claire as a Queen. The Master (Jon English) is in Mandy's thoughts, reminding her of her mission in Sydney: to bring Grant back to The Family. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1037, 1038. (24/08) Giovanni becomes the owner of a sports car as part of his inheritance. Edie's idea looks like it will be a real money-spinner. Weppo interferes in Norma's life, infuriating her. Arnold predicts a disaster if Maggie is acquitted of murder. Mr Thurgood has spoken to leading Macquarie Street psychiatrist, Clive Maxwell, who has agreed to examine Maggie for the defence. Bill and Flo celebrate their imminent departure in the wine bar. They are off to Ayers Rock in Central Australia. After his heart attack, his physician, Doctor Bennett (John Dease), warns Don that taking on Maggie's court case will kill him. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Ayers Rock is now known as Uluru. Lady Florence Mainwaring is still being credited as "Flo Patterson".

1039, 1040. (30/08) Giovanni strikes out again, but this time the reason is a puzzling one. Gary and Weppo's illegal bookie operation moves to a new locale. It's the MacDonalds versus a swarm of bull ants! Don has doubts when he becomes Maggie's sole defence lawyer. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1041, 1042. (31/08) Mandy's bizarre sexual hang-ups seem to have returned to haunt her. Lee wants to know about The Master and his connection to the commune at Bower Tree Farm. Dorrie and Herb must play out a painful pretence to protect Flo from the truth about Mr Perky's demise. The identity of Norma's new cook is a shock for Gary: it's Dudley! Arnold is stunned to see Maggie out of prison. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1043, 1044. (6/09) The Evans' new talking bird has a colourful vocabulary. Maggie has a damning accusation against Don and the other residents. Giovanni is closer than ever to his first romantic conquest. Reg is worried when he discovers the likely source of his allergy. Laura is furious; It appears that Maggie has skipped bail. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1045, 1046. (7/09) Dorrie has come to an alarming conclusion about Jane's new lifestyle and the source of her money. Maggie's sudden freedom has an ominous consequence. Gary wants vengeance and Norma worries that he will succeed. Reg and an unexpected partner make strange bedfellows. Bernard brings a Mr Hogan (John Larking) down to the cellar to put a price on the Chandler's stored Pianola. They almost catch Grant in his hiding place. Trixie shows Edie her Goldybix costume for her new job at the shopping centre. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

John Larking, who portrays Mr Hogan, previously appeared as Mr Pelham in Episode #183 and Debbie's doctor in Episode #902.

1047, 1048. (13/09) Don finds himself in the midst of a deadly drug-smuggling operation. The MacDonalds realise that life together has become impossible; separation may be their only solution. Trixie dons a bizarre costume to promote Goldybix Yummy Bickies, which achieves equally bizarre results. A young man (Brian Hinselwood) criticises her script because it doesn't scan - and her display collapses. Dorrie worries that Number 96 is becoming a House of Ill Repute. Norma is appalled that Maggie is out on bail. Grant is still missing, but Lee knows his secret. The Goldybix advertising executive (Guy Matthews) is displeased with Trixie's performance. Norma uncovers evidence which suggests that Jane has been earning money in immoral ways. A surprise dinner invitation comes Trixie's way, complete with an advertising contract. [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Trixie: "Now listen to me you bloody no-hopers, get yourselves over here! Trixie O'Toole's got a message for you - and it ain't from no three bears!
'Goldy, Goldy, Goldybix,
Have your breakfast where it sticks!
Oh, c'mon all you guys and chicks,
This is where ya get your kicks.
Goldy, Goldy, Goldybix
Take a tip from fat, ol' Trix!
Goldy, Goldy, Goldybix,
Get your tips from fat, ol' Triiiiiix!'"

These episodes were recorded on 23/08/1976.

1049, 1050. (14/09) According to Charles, Maggie's psychiatrist has deliverered a most alarming opinion in regard to her sanity at the time of the bombing. A phone call spells disaster for Mandy. The death of Uncle Umberto will dramatically change Giovanni's life. Gary will ensure that if Maggie is acquitted, she will not live to enjoy her freedom. [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1051, 1052. (20/09) The residents are startled by the unexpected return of Vera Sutton, whom they thought had gone forever. Giovanni proposes to Debbie and is alarmed by her reply. Sir William and his new wife, Lady Flo, return from their honeymoon, but Flo's behaviour shocks Dorrie. Mandy receives orders which will endanger Grant from The Master. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Don Finlayson suffers flashbacks to the aftermath of the deli bomb blast. Flo Patterson is now being credited as Lady Mainwaring.

1053, 1054. (21/09) Giovanni's search for a room-mate seems to be at an end and this one is very beautiful. Maggie's court case commences, with Mervin Baker (Gordon Poole), the general manager of Prospect Developments, the first witness, but it is the residents of Number 96 who find themselves on trial. Don is faced with another agonising decision regarding Maggie's defence. Flo has returned to work in the wine bar, leading to speculation about her marriage to Sir William. At the Ramada Inn, Prosecutor Larry Berringer (Tony Girdler) congratulates his oppononent, Charles, on his courtroom tactics but promises to retaliate in kind. During Norma's testimony, she lets fly at everyone, including the judge (Don Crosby). Charles suffers a massive heart attack. Returning from the hospital, Don tells Maggie that Charles Thurgood been pronounced dead. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Gordon Poole, who portrays Mervin Baker, previously played Stinky's owner in Episode #588. He will return to play Alan in Episode #1177 and Dr Marshall in Episode #1201. Tony Girdler, who portrays Maggie Cameron's prosecutor, Larry Berringer, returns as the second actor to play Doctor Pearman in Episode #1090, and later in Episode #1210.

1055, 1056. (27/09) Dorrie continues to ensure that Flo is living up to her status as a member of the upper class. Don makes a difficult decision concerning Maggie, while Gary's attitude to his father's murderer confuses Jane. Giovanni's love affair is successfully consummated. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

In the end credits, announcer Dal Myles thanks, on behalf of the producers, the NSW Departments of the Attorney-General and of Justice.

1057, 1058. (28/09) Trixie's new television career takes off, but she must try to keep Edie from becoming involved. Lee and Grant attempt to hitch-hike to safety, but their deadly pursuer knows of their plan. Reg fears he has been trapped. A verdict has been reached by the jury and disaster looms. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

1059, 1060. (4/10) Reg's life and career are both headed for disaster. Gary's violent temper may leave Norma with no family at all. Flo acquiesces and transforms herself into a fashionable society matron, but her choice of assistants is bizarre. Mayor Charles Gough (David Whitford) has an irresistible proposal for Reg. The lives of Lee, Grant and Mandy are now in the hands of The Master, a deranged heroin addict. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by John Matthews.]

David Whitford, who portrays Charles Gough, first appeared as Paul Mathews in Episode #228. He then played Mayor Gough in Episode #861. Since David was a taxi driver in real life, when not acting, he can often be seen as an extra, driving his own taxi, in many Australian productions of the day. David is the brother of Peter Whitford, who played the regular character of Guy Sutton.

1061, 1062. (5/10) Giovanni may have found a satisfactory substitute for his unsuccessful love life. Jane puts herself in a dangerous position when she becomes romantically involved with a former employer, Frank Hobson (Alister Smart). Reg puts Mayor Gough into his place, with Trixie ready to back up Reg's claims. Debbie opens the door to Frank's wife, Melissa Hobson (Pat Bishop), who has arrived to give Jane a warning. Dorrie and Herb are caught in the middle of a spectacular liquid display. A totally unexpected visitor turns up in Arnold's bed. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by John Matthews.]

Alister Smart, who portrays Frank Hobson, previously appeared as Duncan Hunter in the 1974 movie.

1063, 1064. (11/10) Kerry Braddon has come to live with Arnold and Dudley. Jane is concerned about her increasing attraction to Frank; he is much older than Jane and, furthermore, is a married man. Lady Flo's new marriage is under threat when Wally Jarvis (Colin Croft), an old friend of Bill's, arrives. Dudley urges Arnold to send Kerry back to the boarding school. Trixie is placed in a tight situation. Fay catches Lee in bed with Mandy. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Colin Croft, who portrays Wally Jarvis, previously appeared as Mr Evans-Jones in Episodes #73 and #74.

1065, 1066. (12/10) Gary begins to rearrange his life, but one decision puts Norma's life in danger. Edie attempts an improbable impersonation. Can she fool Trixie's father-in-law, George Snow (Scott Griffiths), by pretending to be his grandaughter, Penny? Arnold seems to have become a father figure for 17-year old Kerry Braddon. The nicknames of "Skinny" and "Buttercup", commonly used by Kerry, have to be replaced with "Uncle Arnold" and "Uncle Dudley". Trixie collects George from the Casa del Sol Motel. She tells him that, if his son, Cliff, had had George's get-up-and-go, her marriage might have lasted. Les's look-alike brother, Lord Andrew Whittaker (Gordon McDougall), arrives for a visit to Number 96. Giovanni finds it hard to explain the tiny red g-string that Kerry finds in the bathroom of Flat 2. Andrew explains how the troubled MacCraddonow Castle renovations led to his wife, Myrtle catching pneumonia and dying an early death. Andrew is staying at the Hotel Beauregard, but is thinking of settling in Sydney. Is Gary's firey demeanour due to Scotch blood or Scotch whisky? Flo's marriage is being haunted by a ghost, but is it real or imagined? [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

The character of Penny Snow was last seen in Episode #533, but the character is often namedropped in scripts.

1067, 1068. (18/10) Edie's impersonation of Trixie's teenaged daughter appears to be successful... at least until Reg becomes unexpectedly involved in the charade. Jane finds out more about the ardent Frank. The Mainwarings' marriage faces a threat from an unexpected source. George wants to horsewhip Reg. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

The Lady Flo/Sir Bill storyline was written as a spoof on the classic motion picture, "Rebecca".

1069, 1070. (19/10) Gary learns that he may soon inherit the MacCraddanow title from his uncle. Is Gary ready to become a member of the British aristocracy? Mandy causes new difficulties for Giovanni. Bernard's departure leaves Grant and Lee with a new freedom, but can they cope with it? Dorrie is shocked that Herb has taken in a new, and most unusual, boarder: Lord Andrew himself. Claire reluctantly tells Flo about Lady Kate Mainwaring's death. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1071, 1072. (25/10) The Chester girls see a way out of their difficulties. Flo learns more about the ten-year-old mystery surrounding the death of the first Lady Mainwaring. Arnold and Dudley worry that Kerry is heading for trouble again. Reg considers a new career option, thanks to the return of Nigel Murston-Morgan (John Allen). Reg impresses advertising executive O.P. Piper (John Ewart). [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Episode #1072 contains scenes from the first half of the unsuccessful 30-minute comedy spin-off pilot, "Mummy and Me".

1073, 1074. (26/10) In the hospital, Gary discovers some startling facts about his deceased father, Les. Debbie is puzzled over Jane's sudden wealth, but learns the answer in a way she never expected. Nigel's "ideas man" lunchdate turns out to be a prospective model named Glamour Hanzy. Reg manages to impress Mr Tyman (Kenneth Laird) of Tyman Tyres. Flo fears that a ghost occupies her new home and Andrew contends with a ghost of his own. Reg tries to make it in advertising working on O.P. Piper Promotion's campaign for Mr Tyman. Glanda Vasseline (Lorna Lesley) is more of a hindrance than a stenographer. Dorothy Murston-Morgan (Jacqueline Kott) thinks that Edie is applying to be Nigel's housekeeper. After Reg secures a $500,000 contract, O.P. wants to hire him permanently, giving Nigel's large office - and Glanda - to Reg. Nigel will move to the small space near the lavatories, and 70-year-old Phoebe Throgmore will be Nigel's new secretary. Dudley hits it off with Gary's beautiful nurse, Annabelle (Nostalgia Mason). Grant and Kerry make themselves scarce after realising that Dudley is entertaining in his bedroom. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

These episodes contain scenes from the second half of the 30-minute comedy spin-off pilot, "Mummy and Me". Kenneth Laird, who portrays Mr Tyman, previously played Stephan Duval in episodes in 1972. On Friday 29/10, the "Number 96" movie had its television premiere in Sydney. It would not air in Melbourne until 16/11. (According to Andrew Mercado, the first time the movie screened on Brisbane television, it was as a last-minute replacement for "Midnight Cowboy" which hadn't passed "modification" muster, so the "Number 96" movie - uncut! - was screened, instead. Ironically, this was a more controversial decision.)

1075, 1076. (1/11) Dudley and Annabelle's lovemaking results in even more fireworks than they had hoped, thanks to Kerry's new smoking habit. Vera is back for a brief visit, but it turns into a startling moment of truth: her marriage to Guy Sutton has been over for some time. Sir William is positive that Flo's nightmares require medical aid, but she discovers that Bill himself may be the cause of her problems. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Coincidentally for Kerry Bradden, cigarette and tobacco advertising was banned on Australian television and radio on this day. Nostalgia Mason, as Nurse Annabel, makes a very brief full-frontal naked dash down the main stairwell to escape the fire in Flat 6, but Deborah Gray, as Miss Hemingway would make such scenes an artform in the next season. Vera is again credited as "Collins", not "Sutton", in preparation for the comedy pilot, "Fair Game".

1077, 1078. (2/11) Jane's romance receives a jolt when she receives an ominous phone call from Frank's wife, which leads Jane to make a crucial decision. Bill has disappeared from Mainwaring House, without a warning or an explanation. Meanwhile, Flo changes her mind about leaving when she makes a strange discovery; has she found the body of Bill's long-dead wife? Vera is flat-minding for the holidaying Reg and Edie, who are off to New Zealand. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1079, 1080. (8/11) The ghost of Bill's first wife is even more real and terrifying than Flo had suspected. Vera and her friend Eve (Abigail) are flat-hunting, and Vera must use all of her feminine wiles to satisfy a reluctant landlord, Edgar Eggerton (Terry O'Neill) to secure an apartment in Kirribilli. Hans Schmidt (Horst Pladdies), a German muscle man, is introduced as "the cleaning lady", but he doubles as a masseur. He learned English from a wharfie, so his conversation is limited. The recently-divorced Samantha Minerver (Lynette Curran) has a date with her ex-husband. Joe Minerver (Peter Flett) chats up Eve in the wine bar while waiting for Samantha to arrive. Vera's ex-nun guise has limited effectiveness when Samantha mistakes Edgar for Vera's date, Rocky (David Foster). Eve is expecting the arrival of her own date, Abdul. Meanwhile, Sebastian keeps ringing Eve for sexual advice. Two deliverymen arrive with 48 bottles of gin. Abdul arrives in Arab robes - and everyone sings, "For he's a jolly good fellow." Laura begins taking an interest in Gary's health and Don tried to warn her off. Vera tries to pass Hans off as "an ex-priest cousin, forced to be a cleaner". When the handsome James turns up to take Vera out, Eve tries to steal him. [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Peter Benardos.]

These episodes contain scenes from the first half of the unsuccessful 30-minute comedy spin-off pilot, "Fair Game". Joe Minerver's credit is misspelt "Minerva". Horst Pladdies' character is identified in the credits as "Sven Jensen", not Hans Schmidt. Terry O'Neill, who portrays Edgar Eggerton, once played a similar role, Mr Tinto, in "The Group". He was briefly considered to play a fussy antique shop owner in early drafts of the "Number 96" premise, before the shop became a pharmacy. He then played Roger Wotherspoon in Episode #381. David Foster portrays Rocky. He previously played Colin Morris in Episodes #928 and #929, and will return as a new recurring character, Paul Sheldon, from Episode #1153.

1081, 1082. (9/11) Dorrie attempts to pry information from Debbie about Jane and Frank. Samantha disapproves of the immoral ways of her carefree flatmates, Vera and Eve. Eve becomes trapped in the flat by Sam's ex-husband, Joe, whose sexual appetite is as great as her own. Edgar makes another visit at the worst possible time. Laura gives Lee a piece of her mind. Sam cheekily steals Eve and Vera's double dates, the Italian twins, Dino and Reno. Is there a spirit haunting Flat 3? Fay is hoping to commence work as a doctor's receptionist. Jane's stormy romance with Frank rushes toward a horrifying climax of violence and death. His wife, Melissa, pays Jane a visit. [Episodes written by Dick Barry; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Episode #1081 contains scenes from the second half of the 30-minute comedy spin-off pilot, "Fair Game".

1083, 1084. (15/11) Jane is charged with the brutal murder of Frank's wife, Melissa. Don is spending time at Laming's Gym. One of the boxers, Stoboe (Bill Ayers), enjoys taunting Don and goading him into sparring with him. When Don takes over Jane's defence, he stuns the police with his aggressive and unorthodox tactics. Frank avoids answering Don's questions and introduces his son, Mark Hobson (Alan Wilson), but shunts Mark from the room quickly. Giovanni tries to break away from his indomitable Aunt Maria's incessent phone calls and her increasing influence over his life. She is missing his late Uncle Umberto. Dudley is off to Beecroft to look after his mother and Aunty Brenda, who are both ill. Fay, a former nurse, promises Arnold that she will check in on Kerry. The Ghost of McAllister seems to have followed Andrew from Scotland to Flat 3. John Braddon (Revelly Jones) threatens his son, Kerry. John has returned the Norman Lindsay painting because it was "too hot to unload". [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Episode #1083 contains the opening scenes from the unsuccessful spin-off pilot, "A Law To Himself", a 60-minute drama. Bill Ayers, who plays Stoboe, was also the sheriff's officer in Episode #952. Alan Wilson, who portrays Mark Hobson, previously appeared as the recurring Ian Daniels, from Episode #400. Although credited in these episodes, Henry Novak (Allan Penney) appears in the next episodes. "Laming's Gym", where Don Finlayson is shown training, was at 49 Glebe Point Road, currently the site of "Gleebooks" bookshop in Glebe.

1085, 1086. (16/11) Don cashes in a favour from Edna (Shirley Cameron), a madam he has previously represented in court. She is to spread the word that Frank has plans to leave the country with a lot of cash. Grant and Lee invite Bev (Sharon Higgins) and Judy (Deborah Gray) to Flat 2 for a party. Host Giovanni has a blind date organised by the Chandler boys; Lenore (Bronwyn Winter) is extremely reserved. Aunt Maria Panucci (Arianthe Galani) arrives at Flat 2 in time to see that her naked nephew, Giovanni, has lost the game of strip poker. Detective Sergeant Reeper (John Gaden) questions Don's methods. Mark takes Debbie to lunch, then tries to kiss her. Giovanni has been helping out in the Panuccis' fruit shop in Leichhardt. Frank is hiding out in "the old Mason house" and speaks to a Steve over the phone. Don uses an outrageous, but effective, technique to force an incriminating confession from Leone Novac-Armstrong (Anne Semler), the frightened mistress of underworld figure Frank Hobson. Investment broker, Henry Novak (Allan Penney), who is Mark's grandfather, has organised his Aunt Leone to watch out for him. Debbie witnesses Don's fierce determination to free Jane, but no one anticipates the bizarre murder that is to come: when Mark kills his father, Frank. Don tricks a ute driver (Stuart Finch) into giving up his vehicle. [Episodes written by Ross Napier; directed by Brian Phillis.]

Deborah Gray, who portrays the topless Judy, will return in the controversial recurring role of Miss Hemingway, from Episode #1147. These episodes also contain scenes from the spin-off pilot, "A Law To Himself", a 60-minute drama. Shirley Cameron, who appears as Edna, previously portrayed the recurring character of Sylvia Vansard (from Episode #35) and her twin sister, Daphne Bryant (from Episode #123). Anne Semler's character of Leone Armstrong is credited only as "Leone Novac". Anne would eventually portray Magda Yokochek in the 1980 series "Arcade". Stuart Finch's screen credit does not appear onscreen until the next episode. Stuart Finch previously played Tim Grose, a porno film creator, in episodes aired in 1973, and would return as the recurring character, Ian Chester, in 1976. In Melbourne, the "Number 96" movie also had its (censored) television premiere on this night.

1087, 1088. (22/11) Don finds Frank's helicopter but is challenged by a local farmer (Robert Quilter). He explains that the Mason Estate is used as a base by cropdusters. When a man is hunted by a hired executioner, Don follows him, but soon Don himself becomes a target. Dorrie has invited the spirit medium Madame Puccini (Vola Vandere), and sets up the dining room of Flat 3 for a seance. Don shows Jane photos of Frank in bed with Leone, and reveals that she is the sister of Melissa, and Mark's aunt. Don tells Edna that Frank and Henry are big wheels in the criminal organisation known as The Company. Nigel needs Trixie in at O.P.P. (aka O.P. Piper Promotions). The sole source of information about Don's pursuers, Edna, also suffers a violent death. Don is in desperate need of Debbie's help, but she has become involved with Mark, the son of the murdered man. Don witnesses Mark's sudden violence towards a young man (Jaye Paul) who attempts to chat to Debbie on the Boulevard Cafe. At Lavender Beach, Don confronts Leone about her affair with Frank and threatens to tell her father. Mark arrives and confronts first Don, whom he knocks out, and then Aunt Leone, whom he fatally shoots. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

These episodes contain scenes from the spin-off pilot, "A Law To Himself", a 60-minute drama. Stuart Finch's first scene was in the previous episode, but credited here.

1089, 1090. (23/11) Don awakens holding the gun that killed Leone. He hears the approach of a police siren. Detective Sergeant Reeper interviews Mark. Rattling water pipes are to blame for the ghost in Flat 3. A radio announcement is made regarding the search for Don Finlayson. Dorrie and Herb become embroiled in a poker machine scandal. Don and his enemies meet in a sudden and unanticipated confrontation in Flat 4. A stunned Henry Novak learns the truth about his grandson, killer of both of his daughters. Fay starts working for Dr Mike Purcell (Graham Corry), who introduces himself to Grant as "an old friend of the family". Reg recognises Mike as the man Fay was engaged to before she met Bernard. According to Dr Pearman (Tony Girdler), Arnold has become the prime suspect after Kerry was discovered badly beaten and near death. [Episodes written by Derek Strahan; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Episode #1089 contains the concluding scenes from the spin-off pilot, "A Law To Himself", a 60-minute drama. Tony Girdler, who replaces Edward Lansdowne as Doctor Pearman, returns as that character in Episode #1210. Previously, he played Larry Berringer in an arc from Episode #1053.

1091, 1092. (29/11) Arnold and Dudley are accused of child-bashing, but only the testimony of the unconscious Kerry can clear them. Reg fears that Fay has renewed an affair with a former lover in Bernard's absence. The police reject Kerry's explanation of the beating he received and the result is a sinister threat of blackmail. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1093, 1094. (30/11) Laura's growing relationship with Gary alarms those who know of his unstable, and sometimes dangerous, emotions. Herb's dealings with a shady poker machine vendor turn sour and he is ordered to pay $10,000 to a creditor. Vince Connor (Wallis Eaton) rings Dorrie but she assumes the "ten thousand" relates to her lamington drive. Bernard writes to say that he has found a house about 40 miles from Mount Pearson. [Episodes written by Ken Shadie; directed by Brian Phillis.]

1095, 1096. (6/12) Aunt Maria promises Giovanni that she will no longer interfere in his sex life, but he suspects that she is planning something even more aggravating. The unexpected return of an old problem, Gary's impotence, threatens to ruin his relationship with Laura. He rings a girl from his little black book, Jody (Judy McBurney). She mentions her recent encounter with a weightlifter who had started putting on her underwear and earrings. Gary is again unable to perform. Jody gleefully declares him "Impotent!" and Gary turns violent. Lee has news of an accident in Mount Pearson. He is devastated to find his mother in bed with Mike. He tells them that Bernard is fighting for his life. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Judy McBurney, who appears here as Jody, was the first to play new sex symbol, Marilyn MacDonald, although none of her scenes (filmed in late 1973) ever aired. All of Marilyn's introductory storyline had to be reshot with her replacement, Frances Hargreaves. This included several brief nude scenes, something that Frances was not keen to continue, so Marilyn's comedy contributions were increased in future episodes.

1097, 1098. (7/12) Fay is about to leave for the airport when she is informed that Bernard has died. The MacDonalds are horrified to learn that they are stuck with two impossible house-guests: Nigel and Trixie, who have injured themselves on the stairwell. Kerry suffers a dizzy spell and failing eyesight. Norma receives a letter which infers that Andrew is a murderer. Don is surprised by Dudley's offer: he is in Don's bed. Herb seems to have disappeared on a train with a tart (Robyn Moase) - and so has the entire contents of the Paddington Senior Citizens Club bank account. [Episodes written by David Sale; directed by Peter Benardos.]

Robyn Moase returns to this series after two brief appearances in 1972. Here she is the "tart" who accompanies Herb Evans onto a Newcastle-bound train. This episode's cliffhanger endings would not be resolved until the 1977 ratings season.

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 (including synopses by Richard Barry and David Phillips) 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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