All Saints

Season 1 Episode 6

Give and Take

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Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Mar 24, 1998 on Seven Network
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Robbie Watson has been on dialysis for years and now he has been admitted to hospital to receive a kidney transplant from his sister Emily. While Emily appears to have no problem with giving a piece of herself to her brother, as the operation draws closer, Connor goes for a beer at Cougar's and finds Emily there. If she has a drink though, it will mean the operation will be off. Connor is surprised at her taking the risk and Emily confesses what is annoying her about the operation. But the question is - will Emily go through with it?moreless

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  • A young woman gets cold feet about giving her brother a kidney, and Bron nurses a woman who's having her arm amputated.

    8.0
    A young woman is giving a kidney to her brother, who's suffered from kidney disease and been on dialyses all his life. The deeper we go, the more we realised the sister has been neglected all her life in favor of her sick brother, her kidney being seen as a case of 'share and share alike for the sick brother' rather then the sacrifice it is. She runs away and it's up to Conner to convince her to return.



    I really liked that storyline - a fascinating exploration of duty to family and our right to be treasured. Having a mentally ill sister, I can relate to the feeling of being ignored because you can fend for yourself. I loved its resolution, with the brother being forced to evaluate his own part in her emotional neglect.



    Bron nurses an athlete who's having her arm amputated. Her positive attitude disintegrates quickly following the surgery, and Bron has to try and keep it together. Really enjoyed that storyline, too.



    Watching seasons one and nine simultaneously, I find season nine is lacking something that season one had in abundance - comaraderie, character arcs, backstories. I REALLY hope the Alll Saints PTP go back and have a long, hard look at what made this show a success in the first place.moreless
  • Connor cares for a kidney donor and Bron nurses a tri-athlete who is having her arm amputated.

    9.4
    This is All Saints at its very best. There was just the right balance between the humorous and the dramatic cases. And there were even some personal developments of the characters as well. The script was well written, the storylines intriguing and the acting solid. In particular I enjoyed the development of Connor’s character, as well as Bron’s and Peter’s.



    Connor and Steph are nursing twins Emily and Robbie- Emily is donating one of her kidneys to Robbie who has been on dialysis for the last five years. Emily shrugs off her actions and underplays the brave decision that she has made. However, underneath all the bravado, it becomes clear that she is hiding some deep issues. Even counselling with Peter does nothing to undercover what is going on with her. Sure enough, she walks out of hospital before the operation, leaving her devastated brother behind. Connor finds his patient at Cougars that night and Emily explains to him that she’s always had to be the responsible and dutiful daughter and that she had just had enough. I thought this storyline was great in showing that not all medical cases are black and white. It was good seeing how these types of issues affect the families just as much as the patient.



    Bron nurses Rachel, a tri-athlete who has cancer in her arm and who must have her arm amputated because of it. Bron remarks how well Rachel appears to be handling the situation. But Peter is not so sure. He thinks that all Rachel’s braveness is just a defence mechanism. And sure enough, he is right. After the operation, Rachel is a mess. She is having false limb pains and deep psychological issues. I thought that this story was particularly touching- One of the best in this season. It was also great to see a different side of Bron.



    On the other side of things, we see a man who has been admitted to hospital with stomach pains. Luke wants to give him exploratory surgery, but the man is terrified. Best of all is the man in the bed next door- An out and proud homosexual who thinks that Jared, his nurse, is too, thanks to a little help from Von. Come the middle of the night, and we see Luke’s patient wondering around, unable to sleep. In the morning, he is found with his “Comfort blanket”- His pink nightie! This is exactly the type of story that is missing in the ED of recent times. The humour was really all there in the early Ward 17 days and I for one, miss it heaps.



    This is also the first episode that Peter’s wife, Jenny, makes her first appearance.



    All up, I think that this has to be one of the best episodes so far this season. It had everything for me: Drama, humour, intrigue, interesting cases and good acting. I hope that this standard continues on for the remainder of the season.moreless
  • It will be a classic.

    8.1
    This is the best episode of season one so far.



    Von was the best of the main cast as far as the humor went. She knew a patient was gay and she didn't inform Jared of this. Which gave some very funny moments. All excellent played.



    The poor woman whoes arm needs to be amputated. It was a strong part and excellently played.



    The sister of the kidney patient, had a very strong part too.



    Everything was brought so brilliantly to the front and well written. The main cast and guest stars gave a wonderful performance. I think this one will become a series classic.moreless
Brian Rooney

Brian Rooney

Robbie Watson

Guest Star

Annie Byron

Annie Byron

Julie Costello

Guest Star

Paul Barry

Paul Barry

John Fisher

Guest Star

Steve Rodgers

Steve Rodgers

Dean Johnston

Recurring Role

Terry Binding

Terry Binding

Sister Jane Foster

Recurring Role

Brian Vriends

Brian Vriends

Ben Markham

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