Blue Heelers

Season 3 Episode 1

Once Only Withdrawal (1)

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Feb 12, 1996 on Seven Network
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Once Only Withdrawal (1)
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Fierce bush fires are raging around Mount Thomas. The Heelers are struggling to keep public order and stop looters and opportunists. But when Wayne and Maggie apprehend a gunman, he deliberately swallows some thumbtacks back at the station and is taken to the local hospital, undergoing renovations. With the man's two dangerous accomplices on the loose, Wayne is left to watch guard, but is overpowered by the man's armed cohorts. Off-duty Maggie is left alone in the hospital to try and defuse the hostage situation...moreless

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  • Bush fires are raging around Mt. Thomas. When Wayne and Maggie apprehend a gunman, he deliberately swallows thumbtacks at the station to be taken to the local hospital. There, the man's armed cohorts overpower Wayne. Terrific opener to the third season...moreless

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    Wow, the third season really kicks off with a bang. The first half of this two-parter is really impressive, and one of the very best episodes 'Blue Heelers' has done thus far.



    With the third season, updated opening credits are introduced, keeping the same general style, but with updated character shots and background images. This episode also opens with a recap of some of the running story threads from the previous season; from this season onwards, episodes will open with pre-credits sequence opening scene(s).

    There also seems to be a definite break and resume of production between the second and third seasons, as opposed to the second season which seemed to continue production directly on from the first season.



    BH does 'hustle bustle' well, and this is exemplified in this episode. Just the general commotion around the station, as the Heelers try to both keep the public safe from the raging bush fires, and prevent looters and opportunists from striking. And as always in BH, even with the more serious stories, there are some nice humorous lines to lighten things a little, mostly coming from Tom on this occasion, delivered as expertly as always by the ever reliable John Wood.



    The hospital siege is filmed very well, with Wayne overpowered and stripped of his Police uniform, and Maggie creeping around trying to find a way to stop the hostage takers (the power and phone lines go out, preventing her from calling in to the Station).



    In terms of filming, this is probably one of the slickest offerings BH has given thus far, everything feels very well executed indeed. This high quality would continue throughout the third season, with many fans considering it to be the shows "golden era".



    I can't think of anything, not even a small niggle, with this story – there are no slack moments, or moments that don't quite work, and the exciting pace keeps up throughout. Of particular note is Radha Mitchell, as pretty yet ferocious gunwoman Nerida, who feels like a true menace and does not show a moments weakness.



    As covered on many of my previous episode reviews for the series, I was just starting to become aware of the series in the latter stages of the second season, when it was run on my local ITV region here in the U.K. on Monday afternoons (I was at college at the time, but would sometimes get Monday afternoons off, and have the TV on in the background, discovering the series pretty much by chance). As I watched this episode, it brought back memories, as it was one of the first episodes that I really sat down and "watched properly".



    I'm really looking forward to watching Part 2, and hope it keeps up the quality of this first half. I give Part 1 a solid 10 out of 10; it's one of the classics of the series.moreless
Grant Bowler

Grant Bowler

Constable Wayne Patterson (1994 - 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)

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Constable Adam Cooper (1994 - 1998)

Simon Wilton

Simon Wilton

Jason Bennett

Guest Star

Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell

Nerinda Davidson

Guest Star

Caroline Lee

Caroline Lee

Tracey Mitchell

Guest Star

Reg Evans

Reg Evans

Keith Purvis

Recurring Role

Karen Davitt

Karen Davitt

Dr. Zoe Hamilton

Recurring Role

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    • There is a new opening credit sequence, similar to the old except with new shots of the characters and the characters alternate between the right side and the left, as opposed to two on one side, two on the other. In addition, the guest credits are no longer put in the opening sequence, instead saved for the end.

    • Originally aired in Australia on Monday Night as a double episode season opener with the conclusion, 'Once Only Withdrawal'(Part 2).

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