Blue Heelers

Season 11 Episode 24

A Time For Mourning

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jul 21, 2004 on Seven Network
8.7
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A Time For Mourning
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Troy Baxter has been crushed underneath a car at his property. Barry blames Tom and, while most of the cops brush this off as grief, Nick thinks it may be true. As Jonesy, Ben and Susie move things in to the new station, PJ and Nick focus on Cal Millic, who Tom thinks is just a distraction. Probationary Constable Kelly O'Rourke arrives. She's fresh from the Academy, ambitious and enthusiastic, and determined to prove her worth. Her father, who was an old friend of Tom's, died in the course of his duty as a policeman. However, her attempts to convey her sympathy to Tom end in him disciplining her. She is quickly aware that Tom Croydon is a changed man. Grace's autopsy report comes back: she was raped before, presumably, struggling to escape and falling into the river, where she drowned. Tom wants it kept out of the press, but it has already appeared on the radio. Jonesy and Susie pull over a speeder and discover it is Probationary Constable Joss Peroni. He's an enthusiastic cowboy who loves the job for its perks: guns, fast cars, women, and catching the bad guys. Jonesy takes an instant dislike for him; and Kelly - who served with him at the Academy - isn't far behind. Nick threatens Cal Millic - who is denying any involvement in Grace's death. A nurse is raped and assaulted near where Grace was found. While Tom suspects a link, PJ refuses to let Amy take over the case, and does so himself. Before long, however, they realise that the rape was an intimate affair and does not concern Grace or the bombing. An old man named Albert Jenks claims he was robbed, and so begins the first case to be investigated from the new quarters. Joss and Kelly are left in charge of investigating the so-called robbery, and both end up learning things about police work, and Mt. Thomas. Tom is particularly annoyed at PJ and Nick's handling of the case, and their refusal to link Grace's rape with the bombing. Meanwhile, the grief and tension that has been put aside since the bombing surfaces, as Ben and Jonesy's fighting causes Susie to snap and breakdown. She eventually proposes a memorial service, and the cops join Chris at the Imperial to swap stories about Clancy and Jo – during which an emotional Ben leaves. However, just as Tom is convinced to talk about Grace, a drunk Barry Baxter shows up – shouting abuse about Tom and his late wife, and blaming Tom for Troy's death. Tom punches Barry violently, but Chris – the only witness – stands up for him and claims Barry started it. Tom stares at Nick defiantly, and now Nick is determined to prove that his boss has gone over the edge…moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Tensions ar still rising at the Mt Thomas station, with new people coming in and the old crew getting at each other's throats.

    8.6
    This episode shows how every one is feeling, With Jonesy and Ben getting very annoyed at each other, and it is well written and well performed, with Susie breaking down. They havent had any time to even think about grieving with everything going on and new cases pouring in. I think that at the wake, people should have talked about Jo, Grace and Clancy a whole lot more, mostly PJ, I mean this is the only time he really does grieve for Jo and it's hardly anything. A good episode, The Susie/Ben/Jonesy bits made it woth watching.moreless
  • The introduction of some new faces

    7.0
    Tensions mount between Tom and the Baxters - Troy was found crushed under his car, which Tom is claiming was an accident (says he found Troy like that) but Barry Baxter says Tom killed him. Barry shows up at the wake for Clancy, Jo and Grace and gets into a drunken brawl with Tom.



    New recruit Kelly O'Rourke shows up, all blond and fresh and pretty. Not too fussed on her character, she seems to perky and contrived. And pretty. There doesn't seem anything to her beyond her blond prettiness.



    Meanwhile, the old crew - Susie, Jonsey, Ben and PJ - are all on edge, and Ben and Jonsey start squabbling, causing Susie to break down. I really like the way the characters are struggling to deal with the aftermath of the bombing and deaths, which is why Kelly and Amy grate on me - they're too much like intruders.



    These new episodes don't sit with me as well as the older episodes did. Maybe its the intrduction of newer characters, maybe there was only so much bitter vengenace I could swallow before I longed for the mor epeaceful Blue Heelers, but I wasn't nearly as big a fan of these new eps on first viewing, and second viewing didn't change things.moreless
Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop

Sergeant Ben Stewart (1998 - 2004)

Martin Sacks

Martin Sacks

Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "PJ" Hasham (1994 - 2005)

John Wood

John Wood

Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon

Julie Nihill

Julie Nihill

Christine "Chris" Reilly

Ditch Davey

Ditch Davey

Senior Constable Evan "Jonesy" Jones (2001 - )

Simone McAullay

Simone McAullay

Senior Constable Susie Raynor (2003 - )

Mark Currie

Mark Currie

Kendall Grieves

Guest Star

Jane Bayly

Jane Bayly

Margaret

Guest Star

Joanne Dobbin

Joanne Dobbin

Phoebe Jelks

Guest Star

William McInnes

William McInnes

Detective Sergeant Nick Schultz

Recurring Role

Danny Adcock

Danny Adcock

Barry Baxter

Recurring Role

Winston Brearley

Winston Brearley

Matthew Baxter

Recurring Role

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