Blue Heelers

Season 3 Episode 4

The Spider Man

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Feb 20, 1996 on Seven Network
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Nick is haunted by memories of his daughter's death when a child killer is discovered operating in the Mt. Thomas area.

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  • When the body of a young girl who had been abducted, sexually molested and murdered, is found in a nearby lake, the Heelers are certain they know who is behind it, but have trouble proving it before he strikes again, enraging Nick. A powerful episode...moreless

    9.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    'Spider Man'... what a strong episode. After finding the body of a missing schoolgirl who has been sexually assaulted, they set about trying to prove who they – and us, the viewer – all know who it was before he can strike again.



    As the main suspect, Vince Platt, Jerome Pride gives a perfectly sickly, dislikeable performance. In such a repulsive role, it is sometimes easy to forget the skill of the actor behind it; Pride beings the role to life perfectly.

    It is interesting to note, though, that the world "paedophile" is never used at any point during this episode; maybe Australian TV in the mid-1990s wasn't quite ready to fully venture into that (disgusting) territory just yet.



    The plot takes another sharp twist when Platt is found dead in his Police cell, with injuries to his head. Both Nick and P.J. are suspected – Nick due to his natural hatred of Platt (especially after the death of another young girl, Fleur, in the second season's excellent 'The Best of Rivals', which is referenced several times during this story), and P.J. after he goes into Platt's cell when the rest of the station is deserted, to try and push him into breaking down and confessing.



    The ending, with P.J. offering to cover up for Nick, regarding a photo of Platt's latest victim that Nick had left in his cell when seeing Platt, and it being suggested that Nick actually did kill Platt, is quite shocking and unexpected (as with most viewers I would imagine, I quite expected it to be revealed how Platt had managed to kill himself). I've (unintentionally) read ahead and found that the plotline continues on into the next episode, so will be interested to see what revelations emerge there.



    Either way, this is a very strong episode. Considering the rather dud 'Second Innings' that followed the very impressive two-part season opener ('Once Only Withdrawal), on which I commented in that review about feeling out of place and dragging the strong start to the season down, part of me wonders why they didn't move 'Spider Man' up a slot, to keep the high momentum of quality going. Maybe they just wanted to mix the story vibes up a bit, and didn't want too powerful stories coming in a row?



    In all, this is a solid episode, and I really look forward to seeing the next instalment to see what happens to Nick' I give 'Spider Man' a very high rating of 9.5 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)

Jerome Pride

Jerome Pride

Vince Platt

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Humphrey Bower

Humphrey Bower

Shane Sutcliffe

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Jan Frazer

Jan Frazer

Coroner

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Terry Gill

Terry Gill

Superintendent Clive Adamson

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