Blue Heelers

Season 5 Episode 4

Moving House

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 11, 1998 on Seven Network
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Moving House
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A new resident, Bob Barker, comes in to the station to report a burglary. This seems normal enough until Maggie and PJ realise that Bob has had, not his contents, but his whole house stolen.

They go out to investigate the property which Bob claims he hasn't seen for five years (since his aunt left it to him in her will) and find only the stumps on which the house sat. The Heelers tell Bob and his daughter Pippa that they will chase up the matter but it could be difficult, considering the theft could have occurred any time over the past five years. Financially strapped, Bob wonders where he can now spend the night. Tom organises for him to work a shift at the Imperial in return for a room.

PJ and Maggie get on the trail of the missing house but find every lead dead. The only local house moving company in town hasn't done that sort of business for years. The other avenues the Heelers pursue, such as crooks selling off the parts for money, are equally fruitless. The next day, PJ and Maggie are called out to a dispute at Bob's property. He and his daughter decided to camp there until their house was found but an elderly lady, Pamela Saunders, is determined to pull down the tent. She claims that the property is hers and that the man camping here lost it to her because he reneged on a loan. Bob vigorously denies this, and when he tells Pamela his name she becomes flustered. She loaned money to Mr Smith, so who is Bob? The Heelers do some background work on Bob and discover he is actually an ex-con who had done time for fraud. Is he up to his old tricks? Meanwhile, Tom has nervously asked Sally Downie to dinner. While Tom and Sally are enjoying each other's company, they are interrupted by an old friend of Sally's: her husband, Ray. The fact that she has a husband is news to Tom and presents a huge obstacle to their growing friendship. Next, Maggie and PJ have a breakthrough on the trail of the missing house. It seems that an over eager worker at the house relocation company is behind it. They have also made headway in discovering the real owner of the land. It seems that Bob does have a claim and that Pamela has been conned out of tens of thousands of dollars. Maggie and PJ are now positive that fraud has been perpetrated, but not by Bob. They look into the whereabouts of the original land title and find that the lawyer who has been holding it is none other than Sally Downie. Tom attempts to remain unbiased as the investigation increasingly points towards Sally. He does, however, take control when PJ and Maggie discover that perhaps more than one house in Mt. Thomas has been sold under false pretences. Faced with the mounting evidence Tom is forced to consider the idea that Sally may have committed fraud to supplement her income. The intrusion of her very suspicious husband only seems to compound the issue. Tom is faced with a dilemma: should he risk his bias and continue to try to prove her innocence, or leave it to Maggie and PJ in case their investigation reveals a side of Sally that he is unwilling to face?moreless

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    Tasma Walton

    Tasma Walton

    Constable Deirdre "Dash" McKinley (1996 - 1999)

    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

    Lisa McCune

    Lisa McCune

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

    Joseph Spany

    Joseph Spany

    Ray Downie

    Guest Star

    Bruce Alexander

    Bruce Alexander

    Bob Barker

    Guest Star

    Renee Moulett

    Renee Moulett

    Pippa Barker

    Guest Star

    Catherine Wilkin

    Catherine Wilkin

    Sally Downie

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Tom is on his date with Sally and showing her pictures of his daughters, you can see that one of the photos was actually of Danusha (a Polish exchange student, who went missing in 'Left in Trust').

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Mr Barker: Everything was fine the last time I was here.
        Maggie: Exactly when was that Mr Barker?
        Mr Barker: About 5 years ago.
        PJ: That narrows it down a bit. So when was the last time we had a report of someone stealing a whole house Doyle?

        Dash: Maggie, my social life is going right down the tubes.
        Maggie: (on the phone talking about the stolen house) Not so far it hasn't? OK, look thanks for your time anyway. Bye!
        Maggie puts down the phone.
        Dash: See, because I have to cycle into work every morning, it means I'm in bed by nine thirty each night. My sex-life is virtually non-existent!

        PJ: Alright, so where did it go?
        Nick: Er, it could have been zapped by little green men from Mars.
        PJ: That's very true, it could have been demolished or sold for scrap.
        Nick: Anytime in the last five years because it's been that long since Bob Barker's seen the place.
        PJ: Yeah we should get the removalists and demolition guys to check it out.
        Nick: Do you want me to do it?
        PJ: Do you wanna do it? (smiling)
        Nick shakes his head.
        PJ: No well Doyle and I'll do it.
        Nick: OK!
        PJ: OK!

        Dash: It's Welter.
        PJ: Yeah, yeah I meant Welter.
        Dash: (looking incredulously) You've heard of them?
        PJ: Yeah, just because I'm ancient doesn't mean I'm err, out of touch with the music scene Dash.

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