Blue Heelers

Season 2 Episode 17

Shadow Man

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jun 13, 1995 on Seven Network
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When Nick and Adam responding to a domestic disturbance in the outlying town of Widgeree, they find a man who claims his wife has been raped. Maggie and PJ investigate the case, but Maggie becomes convinced that something isn't quite right.

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  • Responding to a domestic disturbance in the outlying town of Widgeree, Nick and Adam find a man who claims his wife has been raped. Maggie and PJ investigate the case, but Maggie becomes convinced that something isn't quite right. Another good episode...moreless

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    'Shadow Man' is another of the second season's more serious episodes, with very little of the series' frequent light heartedness on display. After Nick and Adam being called out to the disturbance at the very start of the story, is it Maggie and PJ that the episode focuses on, with the rest of the Mount Thomas Police taking a backseat for this tale. And that's fine, because the Maggie / PJ interaction is always good to watch (even here, pre-romance).



    The housewife claiming she has been raped is played by Kerry Armstrong. Fans of cult Australian TV shows, such as myself, will recognise her from playing Lynn Warner, one of the very first prisoners in 'Prisoner: Cell Block H'. PCBH cast-spotting is one of the fun elements with 'Blue Heelers' (and, of course, John "Tom Croydon" Wood wrote a number of 'Prisoner' episodes).



    Anyway, from the off it is obvious that Sandy is not telling the complete truth. As a result of wasting far too much of my life watching crime dramas, I guessed early on that the brother-in-law had something to do with it, but it was not obvious as to mar the plot.



    The end of the story is left very open ended, with it not clear whether Sandy will drop her accusation of rape and tell her husband that she's been having an affair with his brother, or if she will uphold the claim of rape, or just what will happen. While I'm glad that they didn't pull this trick too often in the series, they get away with it here.



    'Shadow Man' is a good episode in itself, although probably not one of my personal favourites of the season. But it has decent guest performances and plot; I give this one a decent 8 out of 10.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)

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    • Goof - When PJ and Maggie arrive at the garage where they spot Steve and Sandy, there are very large numbers on the wall outside giving the phone number 742 1360. Telephone numbers in 1995 in country towns in Victoria like Mt Thomas would only have six digits. Metropolitan Melbourne had seven digit numbers and had an address of 800 Duncans Road. Duncans Road is in Werribee part of Metropolitan Melbourne.

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