Halifax FP

Season 5 Episode 2

The Spider and the Fly

Aired Unknown Aug 27, 2000 on The Nine Network
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Episode Summary

The Spider and the Fly
Jane rushes back from New Zealand where she has been lecturing, for the funeral of her best friend, Dr. Lisa Hardman. Staying to help Lisa's husband with the children and to wind up Lisa's psychiatric practice, she discovers a patient who displays a dangerous obsession with Lisa's family. Jane begins to suspect that Lisa's death was not due to natural causes and when first she, then Lisa's husband, get sick, Jane realises that she is dealing with a serial poisoner.moreless

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  • Jane is devastated when her best friend and fellow psychiatrist passes away suddenly and even more so when she suspects murder.

    Dr. Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) is in New Zealand when she hears of the death of her best friend, Dr. Lisa Hardman. (Fiona Corke). Lisa, also a psychiatrist, has been Jane's friend many years and her sudden passing is a great shock to everyone, especially her husband and two young sons. The autopsy reveals that Lisa died of natural causes but this is no comfort to the bereft family.

    Jane temporarily moves into the home to help with the boys and to close up Lisa's practice and refer her current patients on to other doctors. One patient in particular, Alison Blount, (Essie Davis) seems particularly saddened by her doctor's death and isn't keen on the idea of having to see another practitioner. To add to this, Alison, a highly talented musician, begins to slowly ingratiate herself with Lisa's family by cooking meals for them and offering music lessons to one of the boys.

    Alison's behaviour is disturbing to Jane, but Lisa's widower, Dr. Tim McNamara, (Andrew McKaige) and the two young boys are delighted with her friendship and assistance. Tim passes Jane's worries off as paranoia and Jane hopes that he is right until she and then Tim get very sick and Jane is convinced that Alison is poisoning everyone and means to kill them. Investigations into Alison's past reveal the suspicious death of her sister many years previously and problems with the families of music students Alison has taught in the past who had trouble keeping her out of their lives.

    Armed with lab reports and all the evidence she needs, Jane and the police close in on Alison, who has the last laugh by taking her own life with cyanide while in police custody. It should, theoretically, all be over, but will Jane be in time to save the last of Alison's intended victims?

    A brilliant episode from start to finish and a riveting performance by Essie Davis give this episode a definite place in the "Halifax fp" Top 10. Watch this one. You won't be sorry.moreless
Fiona Corke

Fiona Corke

Lisa McNamara

Guest Star

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis

George McNamara

Guest Star

Essie Davis

Essie Davis

Alison Blount

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At Lisa's funeral the song All My Friends Are Getting Married, by the Skyhooks, is played. It is taken from their 1970 album Ego Is Not A Dirty Word.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • In Lisa's office, reading the name and address of someone called Jane on a sheet of paper.
      Jane: Do you have any idea who that might be?
      Claire: Jane? Well wouldn't that be you?
      Jane: Boarderline, anti-social, histrionic, narcissistic. We're talking the criminal end of the spectrum. I imagine she's referring to a patient she thought might be dangerous.
      Claire: (Unconcerned) Oh, it doesn't ring any bells!

    • Jane: I can't take over Lisa's practice.
      Tim: No, I'm not asking you to. Shut it down. Farm out all the deperates who need someone to hold their hand and give the wankers the boot.
      Jane: You know that's what I like about you, your unqualified suppoort for her work.

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