Blue Heelers

Season 3 Episode 15

Fair Crack of the Whip (2)

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM May 07, 1996 on Seven Network
6.0
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Fair Crack of the Whip (2)
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PJ and Jack are at odds over how to handle the case of an elderly woman who is the victim of a vicious assault.

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  • Just as the Heelers think they've put an end to the spate of burglaries, another one takes place, and this time, an elderly woman is viciously assaulted. Several officers notice Jack's forceful work practice. A dull conclusion to a disappointing story...moreless

    6.0
    This review contains spoilers. As already covered on Part 1 of this story, I was really expected something special to mark the show's 100th episode, so was quite letdown by the rather half-hearted, run-of-the-mill story we got. At least that first half had a few moments of interest, such as the horse chase through the woods, but for whatever reason the writers / producers felt would be a good idea, the rather uninteresting tale limps on into an unnecessary second half. I've pretty much covered most of my thoughts on 'Fair Crack of the Whip' on that review for Part 1, and there's not much more of note to pick up on in Part 2. I found the guest characters to be very dull and uninteresting (although young Rowdy is ably played by Jeffrey Walker, to be honest by the end of the tale, I couldn't really care less what happened to any of the guest characters). A story revolving around a rodeo could potentially have been very interesting, especially to mark such a milestone as the 100th instalment, but I don't think we even get to *see* the rodeo in this second half (and even in Part 1, it was clearly pre-existing stock footage used to illustrate the rodeo, with the new material just filmed in a field with a few trailers and horses). There are only very mild points of interest with this concluding half: a couple of the Heelers begin to notice new officer Jack's slightly "questionable" work ethics, and, at the end, Gina exits her brief relationship with P.J., realising he is in love with Maggie. As I've covered on a number of previous episode reviews, the whole lovey dovey "soap opera" aspects of the series aren't particularly my favourite elements (although very well played by the main cast, making such threads much more interesting than they might have been otherwise), although the scene on Maggie's porch earlier in the episode, with Gina on the phone to P.J. and Maggie obviously trying to hide her feelings, is fairly good. But on the whole, that's far too little to bolster up an already dull and, to be frank, totally unnecessary second half to this limp tale. At most, this entire two-part story could easily have been done as a standard length episode, and watching this story, I've got the distinct impression that the producers realised it feel on the 100th episode and hastily extended it into a stretched two-parter at the last minute to mark the occasion. But after such classic two-parters such as 'Paranoia' and 'Once Only Withdrawal' previously in the series (which showed what BH was capable of regarding two-part stories), 'Fair Crack…' just feels so hollow and uninteresting. All-in-all, I'll say it one more time, considering it was the conclusion to the hundredth episode, this just feels like such a disappointment. I give it a few notches for the odd character development moment, but I can only bring myself to rate this one 6 out of 10, one of my lowest ratings for a BH episode thus far.moreless
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)

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Constable Adam Cooper (1994 - 1998)

William McInnes

William McInnes

Sergeant Nick Schultz (1994 - 1998, recurring 2004 and 2005)

Neville Stonehouse

Neville Stonehouse

Dave

Guest Star

Andrew Blackman

Andrew Blackman

Joel Willis

Guest Star

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker

Rowdy Willis

Guest Star

Pepe Trevor

Pepe Trevor

Maria

Recurring Role

Rachel Blakely

Rachel Blakely

Gina Belfanti

Recurring Role

Frankie J. Holden

Frankie J. Holden

Snr Det Sgt Jack Woodley

Recurring Role

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    • (Rowdy Willis is telling Adam about the rodeo bull.)
      Adam: So who's this Cream Bun?
      Rowdy: (sighs) Creampuff, only one of the most fearsome bulls out. Dad stayed on him for 7.2 seconds.
      Adam: 7.2 seconds? That doesn't sound very long for all the effort.
      Rowdy: Oh, I'd like to see you sitting on 1500 pounds of bucking flesh.
      Nick: (grinning dirtily) Yeah, so would.

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