Blue Heelers

Season 9 Episode 5

The Real Thing

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Mar 13, 2002 on Seven Network
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Jo's new romance is firing up with her fencing tutor - world class athlete, silver medal winner and sports journalist Guy Merrin and the Heelers are impressed. PJ and Jo are called when a 17 year old athlete named Callum Stiles collapses on the track and dies. Jo finds syringes in his bag. His mother tells them Callum was under a lot of stress over winning the games but she wouldn't have given him drugs, she was once an athlete in a scandal herself. Jonesy suspects a drug called EPO which increases oxygen flow and might not be detected in regular drug tests.

Guy soon comes to the station looking for information after he heard a rumour that drugs were involved. Tom and PJ are worried Jo's personal life is getting in the way, but she is also intrigued as to these "rumours". Neither Assistant Coach Dan Reed or runner Fiona Bartram believe that Callum was using drugs, and Dan is publicly against them. Callum's world coach Frank Jarvis is also known to have spoke out against drugs, but when PJ discovered Callum was doing more partying than running lately, questions are raised.

With the exception of PJ, the Heelers are truly impressed with Guy, especially his silver medal. And that night Jo and Guy do more than just kiss goodnight. The next morning, Tess receives the results of the tests - symptoms of excessive use of EPO are found in Callum's body, but who was supplying them? Guy tells Jo that he believes Frank Jarvis supplied the drugs, and he got his information from a source he refuses to reveal. But Frank vehemently denies this. Jo believes he did it but PJ goes against her and, using his sources, launches an attack on the mother. When he is disgraced and discovers she knows nothing, Jo begins to feel more powerful and convinces Guy to tell her who his source is. He says it was Dan Reed, but Reed too denies it. PJ gets suspicious when everyone denies everything. Frank claims Guy is out to get him and that Jo shouldn't be involved on the case. She convinces Tom to leave her on it, but she is at odds with PJ.

That afternoon, Frank tells Jo that Guy never won a silver medal. She confronts her lover and he tells her it is true - he made a small lie to get a job and it got blown out of proportion. But she is confused over whether she can now trust him. PJ is also intrigued when he discovers Dan, Frank and Fiona fighting but they refuse to divulge their information. Jo is suspected of leaking information when Guy has the autopsy results on the news.

Jo is now untrusting of Guy, and knows their jobs conflict each other, but he is willing to confess that Callum's mother told him the results to protect other athletes from the same fate. Jo and PJ convince Dan Reed to tell all - Frank was supplying drugs to Callum, and eventually Fiona gives in to and confesses she was also receiving drugs. When they trap Frank in a corner he spills his guts - Calumm began to favour partying instead so Frank gave him drugs once to make him win and bring him back to running. Callum liked the effect and threatened to find a new trainer if Frank didn't keep up the supply.

Jo goes to see Guy where they realise that they can't be together. But her brooding is stopped by PJ who, surprisingly, cheers her up.moreless

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    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

    Jane Allsop

    Jane Allsop

    Senior Constable Joanna "Jo" Parrish (1999 - 2004)

    Caroline Craig

    Caroline Craig

    Sergeant Teresa "Tess" Gallagher (2000 - 2003)

    Damian de Montemas

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    Guy Merrin

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    Fiona Bartram

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    Frank Jarvis

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