Blue Heelers

Season 11 Episode 25

Pigs Will Fly

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jul 28, 2004 on Seven Network
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Barry Baxter is on assault charges against Tom, and Chris is angry because she was forced to lie for Tom. She confronts him and then tells Susie that Tom needs help. Before Susie can process this, however, she discovers a suspicious package in the foyer, and the cops evacuate. It is revealed as a false alarm, and a simple extortion tactic from a man in need of money, but the threat only heightens the panic in Mt. Thomas. Chris is attacked at the pub by a girl on speed, and Jonesy is interested to know who sold it to her. But the investigation quickly becomes overshadowed by the other events in town. Mark, Joss and Kelly begin to get used to the life of Mt. Thomas when they investigate an alleged break-in, only to discover that the culprit was an injured joey. PJ and Nick desperately attempt to prove Cal Millic is the bomber, and the media agrees with them. Millic begins to crack under the pressure of public opinion, but the situation only ends in tragedy when Millic takes his young daughter and gases them both to death in his car. When Susie and Ben arrive on the scene, they are both shocked by it, and Ben breaks down with grief. At the station, Tom's behaviour convinces Nick that he is guilty of the assaults on two Baxters, but PJ stands up for his boss, setting them on the path toward confrontation. And that night, Ben breaks down again in the locker room. Susie finds him, and comforts him, only it leads to something more passionate. Just then, Jonesy comes to the door. When he sees Susie in Ben's arms, he is shocked...moreless

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  • Everyone, Ben especially, is rattled when a fake bomb is delivered to the station. The Cal Mallic story arc comes to a shocking conclusion.

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    A backback with a mysterious metal object is spotted in the station; no-one knows where it came from. There's a frantic evactuation as they wait for the bomb squad to arrive. They're all on edge, but Ben especially, who makes a last-minute run for the station keys, despite the threat of the bomb. His actions are stupid, and illuststrate his unravelling frame of mind. Paul Bishop was especialy good in this - his last - story arc.



    The 'bomb' turns out to be a thormos of tomato soup executed by a copycatter who wants money, but the experience only serves to put everyone even more on edge (if that were possible).



    Chris lies for Tom, saying that Barry Baxter started their brawl. She's angry at Tom for putting him in that position, especially when Tom is brooding and uncommicative. Great dynamic between Julie Nihill and Tom Woods - both terrific actors who's developed quite a chemistry in the last eleven years. I could feel Chris's frustration and Tom's bitterness in their scenes together.



    The Heelers continue to pursue Cal Mallic, thinking he was responsible for the bomb that killed Jo and Clany. He's also in trouble for 'stalking' his daughter, and becoming increasingly unstable.



    His instability ends with him kidnapping his daughter, and gassing them both to death in his car. Ben and Susie arrive too late to save them, with Ben dragging Dimity out of the car and breaking down. It illustrated his unravelling stability - he never had the best judgement or most stable life, and the last few month's events have pushed him further over the edge - and I thought Paul Bishop was absolutely amazing in that scene.



    Later on, when they're talking about what drove Cal to it, Ben leaves. Susie finds him crying in another room, and comfort to him.The end up kiising just in time for Jonsey to walk in on them.



    This triangle is going to end badly for Ben. I really felt for him - he could never find a woman who he could be happy with. His wife, Maggie, Felcity, the SA Captain, now Susie. But I do think Bishop did a brilliant job of playing Ben as he unravells, although it was obvious to me watching the first time around that he didn't have much time left in Mt. Thomas.



    A really good episode.moreless
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

Ditch Davey

Ditch Davey

Senior Constable Evan "Jonesy" Jones (2001 - )

Simone McAullay

Simone McAullay

Senior Constable Susie Raynor (2003 - )

Damien Richardson

Damien Richardson

Cal Millic

Guest Star

Sarah Sutherland

Sarah Sutherland

Jenny Millic

Guest Star

William McInnes

William McInnes

Detective Sergeant Nick Schultz

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Danny Adcock

Danny Adcock

Barry Baxter

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