Blue Heelers

Season 3 Episode 18

Art of Deception

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM May 28, 1996 on Seven Network
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Art of Deception
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The Mt. Thomas Festival of the Arts causes headaches for Tom and Chris while Nick attempts to break down the fence between two feuding neighbours.

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  • Nick attempts to settle a heated ongoing dispute between two neighbours, who are unaware that their offspring are in a romantic relationship, while Tom takes in interest in art when a local painting contest is staged. Nothing special, but a nice ep...moreless

    8.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    The episode of this title kind of suggests what to expect with this one… much of 'The Art of Deception' revolves around an art contest being held at the Imperial, and the dodgy organiser, who swindles Tom out of a seemingly valuable painting that he finds in a local bric-a-brac shop.



    This story actually consists of a number of multiple threads – the heated dispute between two neighbours (one of whom owns the aforementioned shop), who are unaware that their offspring are engaged in a romance; P.J. and Maggie investigating a local drugs operation, Tom's dealings with the slippery art dealer, and also a minor plot about a house being broken into… and tied up!



    In wonderful BH style, all of these threads eventually all come together and, with the exception of the art dealer plot, all interlink and explain each other; a style of plot that I really enjoyed.



    If the episode has any flaws, it's that, to be honest, the "main" plot, about the feuding neighbours and their romancing offspring, is a little tedious and unengaging. Also, the whole sub-subplot section about P.J. investigating the local drugs operation (which has seen several local users beaten up) is rather sketchy and not really developed enough to be totally clear, especially for the more casual viewer who doesn't grasp and analyze every line of dialogue.



    But even allowing for these (relatively minor) gripes, the overall story, and the way that the various threads finally link up with each other, is very pleasing indeed. The whole art contest setting also makes for a nice community feel, something that the series thrives on.



    In all, this episode is probably nothing particularly outstanding in terms of 'Blue Heelers' overall run, but on it's own merit, it is a nice, enjoyable episode, for which I give it a reasonable 8.5 rating.moreless
Martin Sacks

Martin Sacks

Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "PJ" Hasham

John Wood

John Wood

Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon

Julie Nihill

Julie Nihill

Christine "Chris" Reilly

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune

Senior Constable Margaret "Maggie" Doyle

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Constable Adam Cooper

William McInnes

William McInnes

Sergeant Nick Schultz

Vince d'Amico

Vince d'Amico

George Katsoulis

Guest Star

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas

Ross Danders

Guest Star

Annie Gagliardi

Annie Gagliardi

Helen Katsoulis

Guest Star

John Jacobs

John Jacobs

Benny Danders

Recurring Role

Alexandra Sangster

Alexandra Sangster

Anna Croydon

Recurring Role

Taylor Dow

Taylor Dow

Baby Sam Croydon

Recurring Role

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