Sea Patrol

Channel Nine (ended 2011)
Rate Show
214 votes
  • show Description
  • Spotlighting the drama found aboard a patrol boat for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), this much-anticipated show hails from creative mind of Hal McElroy, the producer of Water Rats and Blue Heelers, and stars some of Australia's best talent in Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers), Ian Stenlake (Stingers), John Batchelor (All Saints, Stingers, Farscape) and Josh Lawson (Home And Away, Thank God You're Here). Tune in to see how this crew protects Australia's watery borders.The series cost $15 million to make, making it one of Australia's most expensive television series of all time. It was filmed between the 9th of October 2006 and the 20th of February 2007. The second season, titled Sea Patrol II: The Coup, saw the addition of Kirsty Lee Allan to the series in a starring role for her first proper role on television. Also joining the cast, in a recurring position, are Alan Dale (Neighbours, Lost, The OC, 24, Ugly Betty), Dajana Cahill (Mortified, Monarch Cove) and Ditch Davey (Blue Heelers, Police Files: Unlocked).moreless

  • Latest News
  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 13

    One Perfect Day

    Aired 7/12/11

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Saving Ryan

    Aired 7/5/11

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Morning After

    Aired 6/28/11

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Morning After

    Aired 6/28/11

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Hunted

    Aired 6/21/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ian Stenlake

    Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Mike Flynn

  • Lisa McCune

    Lieutenant Kate "XO" McGregor RAN

  • Saskia Burmeister

    Lieutenant Nicole (Nikki) "Nav" Caetano RAN: Season 1 - 3

  • John Batchelor

    Chief Engineer Andy "Charge" Thorpe

  • Jeremy Lindsay Taylor

    Petty Officer Pete "Buffer" Tomaszewski: Season 1 - 3

  • Photos (1)
  • Top Contributor
  • neomichel

    User Score: 288


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (358)

    • Kate "XO" McGregor: Fishing vessel on my port-bow. This is an Australian Warship. Stop or heave-to or I will fire upon you.

    • Buffer: I'd like to include Swain and ET in the boarding party, sir. CO: Did they come to you about this? Buffer: No they didn't, sir. The men on board that cruiser tried to kill them. I'd like to give them the satisfaction of being in it at the end. Unless you think there might be a breach of discipline, sir. CO: No, Buffer. No I don't think that. They're shipmates.

    • Spider: (About the muffins) Nah, they're good. As good as my mum's, Chefo. Chefo: You're lucky to have any, with a skipper who stops engines without asking permission of the chef. Buffer: The new X running into something on the high seas. Charge: Should have known. Woman driver. (Laughter, then abrupt silence after the XO walks in.) XO: Don't let the prescence of a woman driver stop you, fellas.

    • CO: (Observing Bright Island) Feds? Buffer: Looks like it, sir. CO: I dropped off two agents, but I can see another six. What the hell are they doing? Buffer: Breeding, sir?

    • Buffer: Chefo, you've go to get down on one knee and do it properly. Chefo: (Laughs) And who's this coming from? Charge: Last of the red-hot lovers?

    • Kate McGregor: (About Robert Dixon) For a communicator he's strangely uncommunicative.

    • XO: Hello, sailors. How are you both feeling? Spider: Oh, much better, thank you, ma'am. Buffer: X, I am so hungry, I could the sleep out of cow's eye. ET: Well, that's good, mate, 'cause I think Chefo just ordered for you.

    • (Talking about Claire Watts' yacht) Buffer: Pretty neat pirates. XO: Or maybe just a messy sailor.

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (61)

    • This episode was watched by 1.971 million viewers, making it the 1st most watched show of the night.

    • Arc Development: Murphy and Turnball arrive on Bright Island to investigate Lisa Holmes' death. Kate voices her mistrust of Ursula.

    • Ratings: Sea Patrol topped the ratings for the night, achieving 1,663,000 viewers, placing it seventh for the week.

    • Arc Development: Murphy and Turnball, along with several other AFP officers, wrap up their investigation into the death of Dr. Lisa Holmes, having apparently found nothing suspicious.

    • Ratings: Sea Patrol managed to improve on its performance from last week, topping the night with 1,798,000 viewers, making it the fourth most watched program for the week.

    • This is the only episode of the season to have no relevance to the ongoing Bright Island mystery. However, it is not entirely a standalone episode, as it involves the death of a previously recurring character.

    • This was the last appearance of Tye Harper as Seaman John Jaffah. He was credited only as a guest, and not included in the end credits.

    • Ratings: Sea Patrol returned 1,624,000 viewers, topping the night and ranking seventh for the week.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When the launch leaves the patrol boat there are four people on board, but as it's approaching the 'pirate' vessel in the next shot there are five people on it.

    • Apparent Goof-

      The mercenary's use of a hand held GPS is a critical plot point- but a hand held GPS would not be able to acquire satellites within the confines of a steel vessel and therefore would not be able to function. It is possible that there was some sort of a data link to an external antenna on the vessel topside, but another plot point had power cut off to the upper portion of the vessel.

    • Goof:
      When the team board the small fishing vessel the water is dead calm with no waves. When the scene cuts back to the bridge of the Hammersley, you can see waves and white caps of the waves in the background.

    • When the bodies of the divers are transferred off Hammersley, the caption states that the other ship is HMAS Anzac (Hull number: FFH 150). The ship to which the bodies are transferred clearly bears the hull number L 50 which is in fact HMAS Tobruk.

    • In the last episode, 3-6, "Oh Danny Boy", Buffer gets an embarrassing tatoo on the back of his left shoulder. It was a heart with XO appearing on the banner. However, in this episode, 3-7, " Half Life" and the next episode, 3-8, "Red Sky Morning" (and perhaps others), Buffer appears shirtless, but there is no evidence of the tattoo.

    • At the start of the episode, this message appears on screen: 'Mission Beach has been our home for all five series of Sea Patrol. We dedicate this show to all its brave residents and those of Dunk Island, Tully, Cardwell, and Innisfail – who faced the Cyclone Yasi – and won.'

    • At the end of the episode, a series of title cards inform the audience what happened to each member of the current Hammersley crew:

      2Dads went A.W.OL in Singapore.
      Bird is now a qualified Navy Medic.
      Dutchy is currently serving in Afghanistan.
      RO continues to serve on patrol boats.
      Swain's daughter is planning to join the Australian Navy.
      Charge is now a mining engineer in Western Australia.
      Mike was promoted to Captain and is now at NavCom.
      Kate and Mike married. They are expecting their first child.

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (11)

    • The Flying Dutchman The Flying Dutchman is mentioned early in this episode by Jones and Blake. The legend of The Flying Dutchman is said to have started in 1641 when a Dutch ship sank off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope, and was doomed to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa forever. This is mentioned when the crew discuss tales of ghost ships.

    • Jaffah and Spider quoted a few phrases from the movies Star Wars - Episodes IV and V (1977 and 1980, respectively)
      Jaffah: You slimy, double crossing, no-good swindler. You got a lot of guts turning up here after what you pulled. - Lando Calrissian (Star Wars - Episode V)
      Jaffah: I find your lack of faith disturbing. - Darth Vader (Star Wars - Episode IV)
      Spider: Would someone get this big hollering carpet out of my way. - Princess Leia (Star Wars - Episode IV)

    • Dr. Soong may be a reference to the Star Trek character Dr. Noonien Soong who created Data. Which may be a comment on the "cold fish" aspect of the communications officer character.

    • The title of the episode "Chinese Whispers" is a reference to what happened in the plot, whereby Alicia Turnbull told LT. Smith a rumour, who then told Mike Flynn. Mike Flynn then acted upon the rumour.

    • Title 'The dogs of war' is a part of famous quote from the Shakepeare play Julius Caesar - "Cry 'havoc' and let slip the dogs of war." It is likely referring to the Samaru Islands arc that begins with this episode.

    • Title 'Oh Danny Boy' is a very well-known song, a ballad written by Frederic Weatherly in 1910. Set to the tune of 'Londonderry Air', the song is closely associated with the Irish and has been recorded by many different artists and bands. In this episode, it is what 2Dads and Charge sing to wake up a sleeping RO.

    • Title Paradise Lost is the title of a famous poem by the English poet John Milton. The poem is about the Christian story of the Fall of Man, about Adam & Eve being forced to leave the Garden of Eden.

    • Title 'The Rumble in the Jungle' is an infamous boxing match that took place in Zaire in 1974. It featured George Foreman fighting Muhammad Ali. Ali won by knockout.

    Show More Allusions
  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • What a shame

    By marg1308, Dec 26, 2015

  • Nothing on the scope!

    By JimC39, Sep 01, 2015

  • whats up with spider?

    By RayLoyed, Jul 14, 2015

  • Brilliant

    By johnorr11555, Mar 05, 2015

  • Sea Patrol

    By pbrownbill, Aug 10, 2014