Blue Heelers

Season 2 Episode 6

Breaking the Cycle

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 28, 1995 on Seven Network
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Breaking the Cycle
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A boy at a local school has severely assaulted one of his classmates. After questioning at the station, the boy is charged and sent home. The next morning, the police are called to a tragic case of domestic violence, a case that forces Rose to confront her past when she makes a very wrong assumption.moreless

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  • The Heelers deal with a young schoolboy who has attacked a classmate, but the case escalates when the boy's parents seem to be locked in a violent relationship. Rose faces her own problems – which taints her handling of the case. Not the best, but fair...moreless

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    At first, I thought 'Breaking the Cycle' was going to be a watchable but ultimately rather average 'Blue Heelers' instalment. And to an extent, it is; but as with all good 'BH' instalments, it is the handling, and the odd twist, that raises this one above some of its contemporaries.



    The early scenes set up the scenario very well, with the demanding, "never in the wrong" mother Jane Roper (a perfectly dislikeable performance by guest Toni Scanlon) clearly the one who calls the shots in her household, and Ebsen Storm as Col, the rather meek father, who apologises for all of the trouble.



    I half-guessed the true events early on in this one, but there was a nice double-bluff mid-way though. From the off, I guessed that it was the mother, not the father, who was the violent factor in the relationship. However, mid-way through, when the father is killed from a fall during one such row, it is set up to suggest that young Sam (the boy the Heelers initially deal with at school), was maybe responsible for the death. This is a nice red-herring-of-sorts, in a case that I thought I had worked out from the off.

    But it ultimately turns out that it was the mother behind it after all, after years of taunting and belittling her "underachieving" husband.



    After being introduced as a rather distant, unlikable character in her debut episode, 'Damage Control' (the last broadcast episode of series one), but by this point, the character has grown deeper, and more sympathetic to the audience, and Dale Stevens puts in a good performance on this one.



    All-in-all, at the end of the day, revelations over Rose's history of being a domestic abuse victim aside, this one does wind up as a rather good-but-average episode, but the solid execution of it, as well as the "red herring" mid-story, lead me to give this one 9 out of 10.moreless
Grant Bowler

Grant Bowler

Constable Wayne Patterson (1994 - 1996)

Ann Burbrook

Ann Burbrook

Roz Patterson (1994, recurring 1996)

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

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune

Senior Constable Margaret "Maggie" Doyle (1994 - 2000)

David Swann

David Swann

Jeff Rice

Guest Star

Esben Storm

Esben Storm

Colin Roper

Guest Star

Toni Scanlan

Toni Scanlan

Jane Roper

Guest Star

Dale Stevens

Dale Stevens

Rose Egan

Recurring Role

Christopher Lyons

Christopher Lyons

Sam Roper

Recurring Role

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