Blue Heelers

Season 2 Episode 5

Out of Harm's Way

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 21, 1995 on Seven Network
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Out of Harm's Way
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A man's abduction of his daughter from his ex-wife gets Adam personally involved when the father insists on only negotiating with him. Nick finds Adam's rifle missing from his locker. He is concerned, knowing that Adam is worried at the prospect of being HIV positive. Adam gets his HIV-test results.moreless

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  • As Adam awaits the results of his HIV test, a young girl is abducted by her father, who claims that the girl's new step-father is molesting her, and insists on only talking to Adam, by phone. A corker of an episode, one of my favourites thus far...moreless

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    Well, things certainly seemed to be on a roll around the start of the second season, especially regarding Adam's HIV scare storyline, and this episode is one of the show's classics in my opinion.



    I love the scene(s) near the beginning, of Adam up on the rock with a rifle borrowed from the Station. He claims he's just out rabbit hunting... but is he contemplating taking his own life? It's left up to the viewer to decide, but the scene is shot beautifully against the sunset and both Damian Walshe-Howling and, as the usually gruff Nick, William McInnes play the scene perfectly.



    I love the plot of nothing-left-to-lose Michael Fielding (a great turn by guest performer John Howard), abducting his daughter, possibly commit suicide with her. In some ways, this story reminds me of the excellent 1993 Michael Douglas movie 'Falling Down', about a seemingly ordinary businessman pushed to the very edge.

    I love that the plot leaves you guessing throughout – is Fielding at breaking point and making it up in vain attempt to win back custody of his daughter, or is the girl's step-father Ian Rasheed really sexually abusing her (certainly, records of previous Police charges come to light)?



    All of the main cast have things to do in this one, and all carry it off perfectly. This was the fiftieth episode of the series as originally broadcast, and whether this is mere coincidence or they decided to mark it I'm not sure, but either way they certainly pulled out the stops with the production of this one, Police cars racing around and chopper up in the sky et al. The scenes in the Station, with Adam being the only one Fielding will talk to, are very well executed, with just the right amount of tension and adrenaline.



    I only have two very minor niggles with the episode. My first is the conclusion – although Fielding is caught just in time as he presumably plans to shoot daughter Rebecca, the whole sexual molestation allegations element against Rasheed is suddenly dropped. Yes Rebecca runs up to him and hugs him, but it's never settled in any real manner – if they were going for ambiguity, I feel they could have deliberately left it up to the viewer to make up their own minds.

    Second is the "madman" (as he is credited) who keeps visiting the station with bizarre reports. At first it seems he might be there as part of a developing plotline, but by the end he seems to be there just as a "comedy character". I felt he added nothing, and as someone who has had experience of psychological problems in my own family (albeit due to dementia), I wasn't too keen on the "let's laugh at the loon" idea.



    ...But they are extremely minor niggles, and do not spoil my overall love for this episode. I really like this one, definitely one of my favourite 'Blue Heelers' episodes thus far. I give it a solid 10 / 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)

John Howard

John Howard

Michael Fielding

Guest Star

Richard Healy

Richard Healy

Ian Rasheed

Guest Star

Robyn Gibbes

Robyn Gibbes

Sharon Rasheed

Guest Star

Dale Stevens

Dale Stevens

Rose Egan

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