Wayne is out on patrol when he spots the white van that was reported stolen. Wayne radios back to inform that he will check it out and Nick instructions Wayne to start the van and he will send Maggie to pick up the patrol car. The owner of the van George Pearson comes into the station to pick up his van and states their are two missing leather jackets. A neighbour who witnessed Wayne checking out the van makes allegations that Wayne is responsible for the missing jackets. PJ interviews the neighbour to establish the facts of what he exactly witnessed and the neighbour believes that it will be a police cover-up to protect the officer. Tom pulls Maggie into his office to ask her about the van's contents. Maggie states that she was just there to pick up the van and there is nothing out of the ordinary. The Boss then speaks to Wayne about what happened and he asks Wayne if he carried anything away from the back of the van. Wayne denies that he has stolen the jackets and Tom informs him that IIS will have to be called in since an allegation has been made. Roz asks Wayne if there is something wrong and Wayne tells her that he is under suspicion of stealing the jackets. Internal Affairs arrives to investigate the theft and they inform Wayne that they have a warrant to search his premises, which they turn up nothing in their search. The nosy neigbour is interviewed by IIS about his eye witness account of the events, during the interview the neighbour also states that Maggie might have also been involved in assisting Wayne with the theft. Wayne is interviewed by the IIS and they establish that Wayne stopped off at the bank to attend to personal business while on duty driving the stolen van back to the station, this story differs from what Wayne told the Boss - that he had come back to the station directly without stopping anywhere. IIS inform Tom that they haven't found anything conclusive and the only evidence they have is from the eye witness and his accounts are patchy at best. They advise that Tom will be notified whether any further action needs to be taken or not. Meanwhile PJ is investigating a burglary at a local shop where the safe has been broken into and the contents stolen, which included some medals. The owner on requests brings a list of employees into PJ so they can checkout their stories. The safe is recovered and the owner wishes to take the contents out, but PJ objects as he wants to nail the thieves and he puts the safe under surveillance. PJ is on night surveillance watching the safe. It is early in the morning and PJ is startled by a noise, it appears that while PJ was meant to be on watch he fell asleep and the thieves sole the safe again. The owner wants to lodge a formal compliant. A report of an explosion at the quarry and Nick and PJ are sent to investigate and discover that the thieves are trying to blow the safe open but were unsuccessful. It turns out that they were also responsible for stealing the jackets and Wayne is in the clear.moreless
The fate of a five-year-old boy hangs in the balance due to a maze of untruths; his mother is bashed unconscious. Mrs Hart has come into the station and is hysterical and claims that Barry Hart has taken her son Zack. PJ asks Mrs Hart if Barry took Zack what would have happened to the sister, Jenny as she is not Barry's child. Tom gets a call about a couple of shoplifters which turn out to be the Hart children, Nick and Wayne are out patrolling and spot the children and take them into custody. The children are reunited with their Mother. Tom has a word with Jenny regarding her shoplifting. Tom informs Mrs Hart that as they let Jenny off last time with a warning, this time they will have to charge her. Out at the Hart residence, Mrs Hart has been bashed and the Heelers organise an ambulance to take her to the hospital. The little boy, Zack is missing. Jenny who was away from the property at the time, swears it was Barry Hart driving off with Zack in the car. Boss informs Wayne that as the social worker is tied up with an emergency that Roz can mind Jenny until she can arrive. Jenny and Roz do not exactly get along and it is not going very well at all. Out on patrol, Nick spots an abandon vehicle and he finds Barry Hart. Back at the station, Hart is interviewed by PJ and Tom and Barry tells them that he doesn't have Zack. Tom informs Barry that Zack is missing and that noone has seen him since Barry left his ex-wife house. Jenny tells Roz that it was her fault, that Zack wanted to come to the shops with her but Jenny wouldn't let him. Jenny tells Roz that her mum wouldn't hurt Zack not on purpose, but when Zack let the water out of the bath her Mum was really angry. Roz manages to get the information of were Zack would hide from and the Heelers arrive in time to save him.moreless
Tom asks Chris Riley to identify the body of her ex-husband. Chris goes to the mortuary with the support of Tom and confirms that it is indeed her ex-husband Terry.
Tom attends dawn parade for Anzac Day and Tom tells Chris that he saw Terry Kennedy at the dawn service. Chris tells Tom that his eyes are playing tricks on him and Tom responds that Chris has identified the wrong body.moreless
The Heelers attend a burglary at a local farm to discover the place has been trashed and the owner has been bashed. This is the third burglary this week and Tom decides to call in the Special Response Squad to help deal with the growing problem. The squad and PJ interview Mr Blakely regarding the break-in and the assault on him but he doesn't remember who attacked him and Maggie along with the squad search the premises again looking for new leads and they discover an earring that doesn't belong to Mrs Blakely.moreless
Roz Patterson is attending a local flea market when she is asked to give a presentation to the Country Women's Association. The Boss asks Wayne what Roz is going to talk about and he informs Tom that she will be talking on what its like the be a country policeman's wife. Tom is miffed because they have never asked Nell.
Nick catches Barry Taylor starkers down by the river. He claims he was washing in the river because he is homeless. Nick suspects he is a pervert. He claims he has lost his pack which is somewhere between Mount Thomas and Brisbane. Nick is called out to the Imperial by Chris to find that Barry has locked himself in one of the rooms and is refusing to come out. Down at the station Barry tells Nick that he has lost everything - his home and his wife and kids have left him.moreless
Its Roz Patterson first day at work as the Administration Assistant at the Mount Thomas police station. Roz wonders what to call the Boss, he suggests she call him Sir, but Roz decides to stick to calling him Boss. She is not having the best of first days on the job and offers her resignation.
Nick is called out to the railway station to investigate the abandonment of a baby. Nick and Maggie takes the baby to the hospital to be checked out. Nick instructs Maggie to put a call out for all the cabbies to call into the police station to be questioned about the baby.
Maggie and Wayne are out at Mrs Harris place following up her missing tractor, they find the tractor on her farm. Mrs Harris believes that it is kids who had taken it. The Heelers suspect it is the son in law who has been harassing Mrs Harris but they cannot prove it. Roz talks to Mrs Harris about it and she informs Roz that Eric believed if he could shame his wife he might get her to shift back to the country.moreless
Wayne returns to work after the shooting and the Boss informs the rest of the members to treat Wayne as normal and he's bound to be a bit jumpy at first. Nell has baked Wayne a cake for morning tea and all the Heelers sing to him.
A Mrs Stewart comes into the station with the diary of her daughters. It contains references to drug use and she claims that a Damian Parker is corrupting her daughter. Maggie and Wayne pick up Kim from school to bring her down to the station for questioning about the entries in the diary.
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Roz tells Wayne there is nothing for her in Mount Thomas and she feels like a failure, she asks Wayne if he will consider a transfer back to the city.
Tom sends Wayne out to the Henderson farm to investigate some fence damage. While investigating the incident Wayne spots a car that appears to be broken down and he offers his assistance. As he approaches the car they occupants shoot Wayne and drive off. Wayne who is bleeding from the gun shot attempts to drag himself back to his vehicle to call for help, but he passes out. Meanwhile Maggie is trying to get hold of Wayne on the radio but is unsuccessful.
A women who was passing by noticed the injured officer and uses the police radio in Wayne's vehicle to call for help and Maggie and Nick rush out to the scene to assist. Maggie takes Roz to the hospital to see Wayne. Roz informs Wayne she won't be taking the job in Melbourne and that she loves him and doesn't know what she was thinking and thought Wayne was going to die before she had a chance to tell him.
PJ brings in Ronny Fields as his service station has been robbed and it appears that the two that robbed and bashed him might be the same people who shoot Wayne. PJ and the Detective stake out at the Hayley farmhouse waiting for the suspects that shot Wayne. They capture them both and bring them back to the police station for questioning.
PJ asks Mr Hayley to come down the the police station and he questions him about the money that they found at his hobby farm. It also turns out that he defended the suspect in the payroll robbery. Larry and Sandra who shot Wayne state that Mr Hayley gave them permission to stay at his hobby farm. Maggie and Nick retrace the steps that Larry and Sandra took after shooting Wayne looking for the gun and they find the gun in the Conway Creek. Sandra tells PJ that the gun was in the bag in the wardrobe. Mr Hayley tells PJ that his client after the orginal robbery handed him the bag for safe keeping. Mr Hayley is charged.moreless