Blue Heelers

Season 3 Episode 21

The Kremin Factor

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jun 18, 1996 on Seven Network
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The Kremin Factor
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The new probationary Constable, Dash McKinley, arrives in Mount Thomas much to Tom's annoyance and Adam's delight. Meanwhile, a young woman turns up to confront a wealthy family with the news that she is a long-lost daughter, returned from the dead.

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  • A teenage woman is in Mt. Thomas claiming to be the young girl that disappeared in the area 18 years ago and was presumed dead. Meanwhile, new Probationary Constable "Dash" McKinley reports for duty. A great story, and an episode special to me personally…moreless

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    This episode holds a special place in my memory. As covered in a number of my previous episode reviews for the series, I sort of slowly became "aware" of 'Blue Heelers' when my local ITV region, Carlton, ran the series on Monday afternoons in the mid/late 1990s; I'd occasionally catch a bit of it when I had the afternoon off for "studying"(!). Before long, I was watching it far more regularly, but due to my college pattern, took me a while to start following the series properly.

    Anyway, by this episode, I had really taken to the series, to the extent that this was the first episode that I set my video timer for! That day I had to cycle up on some bizarre mission to visit a local Aunt to do some chore or other, and remember on the way coming flying off of my bike in the middle of a busy road, gashing my knees open. To make matters worse, my Aunt was out, leaving me to work away bleeding to death! =) When I finally limped home I remember sitting and watching this great episode on playback as I tended to my wounds. …Not an interesting story, but I've just always associated it with this episode!!



    Anyway, the episode itself... Well, it is a really good story, concerning a young woman who has suddenly arrived in the area claiming to be the daughter of a woman who vanished at a young age 18 years previously, never to be found. Of course, other members of the family are convinced that she's a fraud, and only after the money that they have recently come into. This is a fascinating plot, and the conclusion, with literally twist after twist after twist, is really impressive.



    But the episode is of course more notable than for just that alone; it also marks the arrival of one Dorothy "Dash" McKinley, the feisty 19-year-old former tearaway (once almost busted by Tom for smoking dope) who arrives to fill the hole left in the station's ranks left by the deceased Wayne. Tasma Walton (who had previously played a different, "one off" character in the second season episode 'The Lolita Blues') captures the spirited Dash perfectly, and it is clear from this first appearance why the character became a favourite with many. There are also some really nice character conflicts between Dash and Tom (whom she insists on calling by his Christian name, not the traditional "Boss"), perfectly played by Walton and John Wood.



    Where I had this episode on VHS, I had kept the recording for many years (think I still have it somewhere), as I found it such a strong instalment. As such, I watched it numerous times (I think I even put it onto audio cassette at one point, as I did with many of my favourite shows to listen to out and about, being a nerd, as it made for a good audio play), and pretty much know every word of it!



    If I had to nitpick: I did find the mother's acting a bit dodgy and not totally convincing, but the overall quality of the episode allowed them to get away with this. Also, a *very minor* b-plot about a series of local thefts, and the final capturing of a local Hearse driver being behind it, seems extremely minimal – it is not really touched through the bulk of the episode – but can be seen to serve as scene setting, for other matters at the station while the main case of the woman claiming to be the missing young girl is looked into.



    All-in-all, this is a top notch episode. As covered above, it has a special nostalgic place for me, but even beyond that, it has a fascinating plot, as well as the introduction of one of the show's most popular characters. For all of those reasons, I give 'The Kremin Factor' 10/10.moreless
Martin Sacks

Martin Sacks

Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "PJ" Hasham

John Wood

John Wood

Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon

Julie Nihill

Julie Nihill

Christine "Chris" Reilly

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune

Senior Constable Margaret "Maggie" Doyle

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Constable Adam Cooper

William McInnes

William McInnes

Sergeant Nick Schultz

Sue Jones

Sue Jones

Janet Lennox

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Pam Western

Pam Western

Coral Sheridan

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Asher Keddie

Asher Keddie

Marianne Sheridan

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