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Episode 2701
Network Ten: 16/09/1996
BBC: 21/03/1997
UK Gold: 13/03/2003

Written by Victoria Osborne
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Shona Munro: Bryony Price
Steve George: Alex Dimitriades
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Debbie is outraged when Danni slaps her, but she vows revenge after hearing Philip's news. After hearing that Helen has given up any hope of returning to a normal life after her stroke, Luke's tries to inspirer her to fight back by his shining example. Darren is forced to give someone a few harsh words.

Episode 2702
Network Ten: 17/09/1996
BBC: 24/03/1997
UK Gold: 14/03/2003

Written by John Hanlon
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Shona Munro: Bryony Price
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Stonie has returned from his visit to Tasmania with a surprise for Angie. Malcolm is finding it difficult to maintain his relationship with Shona, and Libby is devastated by the news that Darren is guilty of theft - and his sudden announcement that he no longer cares for her.

Episode 2703
Network Ten: 18/09/1996
BBC: 25/03/1997
UK Gold: 17/03/2003

Written by Ray Kolle
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Ben Aarons: Brad Lindsay
Sgt. Richardson: Mark Cutler
Scott Bradley: Chris Kemp
Peter Hollows: Shane Luther
Shop Assistant: John Cramer
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Helen's recuperation continues and Cheryl turns detective in an effort to save Darren's neck. A groovy new duo hit the Erinsborough airwaves - with a remarkable resemblance to Toadie and Billy.

Episode 2704
Network Ten: 19/09/1996
BBC: 26/03/1997
UK Gold: 18/03/2003

Written by Clare Mendes
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Steve George: Alex Dimitriades
Tessa George: Louise Miller
Teenage Customer 1: Kit Webster
Teenage Customer 2: Laura Fitzpatrick
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Despite Libby and Darren's pledge of love and commitment to each other, their respective families aren't exactly being supportive. Toadie and Billy continue their radio antics, unaware that they are breaking the law - just how long will the terrible twosome's success last? Danni makes a decision to commence a relationship with Steve, but a has a shock visit from his wife.

Episode 2705
Network Ten: 20/09/1996
BBC: 27/03/1997
UK Gold: 19/03/2003

Written by David Allen
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Steve George: Alex Dimitriades
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Roz Kemp: Lee Collins
Tessa George: Louise Miller
Casper Mack: Adam Fiorentino
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Hannah desperately wants to got to the ball with Casper, but Phil insists she is too young for nightclubs. The Masquerade ball promises as much intrigue as fun and Debbie finds her plan to humiliate Steve and Danni, foiled by Danni's earlier contact with Mrs Tessa George. Karl reaches the end of his tether with Darren, venting his fury on Libby's lover-boy when he hears the unmistakable sound of sweet seduction.

Episode 2706
Network Ten: 23/09/1996
BBC: 28/03/1997
UK Gold: 20/03/2003

Written by Lyn Ogilvy
Directed by Robert Meillon

Summary:-
Sparks continue to fly between Marlene and Cheryl, who has enough on her plate coping with her ongoing custody battle for baby Louise. Toadie's disappointment over leaving Erinsborough High and grows and Melissa becomes the latest victim of his twisted sense of humour. Darren and Libby's refusal to give up on their relationship causes untold friction in their families.

Episode 2707
Network Ten: 24/09/1996
BBC: 31/03/1997
UK Gold: 21/03/2003

Written by Jenny Lewis
Directed by Robert Meillon
Guest stars
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Tea Lady: Vanessa Ready
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Helen grows tired of being stuck in hospital and tries to persuade Karl she's well enough to leave. Libby struggles to make do at the flop house and her morale reaches an all-time low after Darren is once again left out in the cold by her family, while Danni and Luke's relationship looks like it might be back on again - at poor Debbie's expense.

Episode 2708
Network Ten: 25/09/1996
BBC: 01/04/1997
UK Gold: 24/03/2003

Written by Hugh Stuckey
Directed by Robert Meillon
Guest stars
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Gerald Thwaites: David McVay
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Luke is surprised when Sarah phones up regarding the ad he put in the paper looking for tenants, but mystery surrounds the new resident's local relative. Luke backs out of plans to accompany Debbie to Perth - much to her annoyance - while Danni only sees it as an opportunity to reignite an old flame. Shockwaves goes from strength to strength.

Episode 2709
Network Ten: 26/09/1996
BBC: 02/04/1997
UK Gold: 25/03/2003

Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Robert Meillon
Guest stars
Melissa Drenth: Aimee Robertson
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Johnny Popgun: Brendan Suhr
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Shockwaves proves a runaway success all over Erinsborough and fame beckons the radio gang. When Melissa steps in to haul Billy off to a body shaping demonstration, tension inevitably flares - but this time their row becomes public knowledge. Stonie is now making big plans involving Catherine.

Episode 2710
Network Ten: 27/09/1996
BBC: 03/04/1997
UK Gold: 26/03/2003

Written by Sally Webb
Directed by Robert Meillon
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Stonie is absolutely shattered by the news that Catherine is no longer interested in a relationship with him - forcing him to think again about his future in Erinsborough. Cheryl's had enough of fighting with her loved ones, while Darren can't stand seeing Libby so despondent and takes action - will she thank him for making such a bold decision on her behalf? Tragedy leaves the Stark family in a state of shock.
Scene from episode 2710

Episode 2711
Network Ten: 30/09/1996
BBC: 04/04/1997
UK Gold: 27/03/2003

Written by Scott Taylor
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo
Guest stars
Ralph Johns: Bob Halsall
Ian Weiss: Martin Newton
Ginny Taylor: Hayley Giemza
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Helen arrives home and prepares to settle back into regular Ramsay Street life. Whilst her homecoming is even more wonderful than she had originally imagined, the rest of the street is trying to come to terms with the shock of Cheryl's death, and each family member must try to cope with the death in their own way. An investigation begins into how Cheryl died and, more importantly, who was responsible.

Notes: Script Producer: Greg Stevens now credited at start.
Executive Producer: Stanley Walsh, Story Consultant: Ray Kolle
Final appearance of Caroline Gillmer as Cheryl Stark.

Scene from episode 2711

Episode 2712
Network Ten: 01/10/1996
BBC: 07/04/1997
UK Gold: 28/03/2003

Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo
Guest stars
Kim Richards: Lisa Mulcahy
Girlfriend: Adele Schober
Handsome Blonde Boy: Chris Ryan
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Helen is upset to find that Philip kept the news of Cheryl's death from her and immediately offers a distraught Marlene moral support in her hour of need. Karl feels an enormous amount of guilt regarding Cheryl's death and decides he must tell Marlene of his feelings. Toadfish's popularity skyrockets - at least among Erinsborough's female population.

Episode 2713
Network Ten: 02/10/1996
BBC: 08/04/1997
UK Gold: 31/03/2003

Written by Michael O'Rourke
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
When a lease problem arises, Angie fears for the Coffee Shop's future, but Stonie has an idea that would save the family from a financial burden if he can pull it off. Darren's fall-out with Karl over his mother's death looks set to drive the odd-job business to the wall, while Sarah uncovers a plot to sabotage Danni's clothes collection.

Episode 2714
Network Ten: 03/10/1996
BBC: 09/04/1997
UK Gold: 01/04/2003

Written by Ian Coughlan
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Ruth Wilkinson: Ailsa Piper

Summary:-
The actual cause of Cheryl's death is determined and Susan's worst fears are confirmed. Philip clashes with Ruth Wilkinson over the strenuous physiotherapy regime Helen is attempting. When Debbie offers to help Danni fix up the mess the saboteur left behind in the shop, Danni begins to think Debbie has an ulterior motive.

Episode 2715
Network Ten: 04/10/1996
BBC: 10/04/1997
UK Gold: 02/04/2003

Written by Helen MacWhirter
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Graeme Williams: Mark Neal
Ben Aarons: Brad Lindsay
Peter Hollows: Shane Luther

Summary:-
Danni has an amazing stroke of good luck when a fashion curator from a gallery comes to view her designs. Feeling an obligation to their fans, Hannah and Toadie decide to make one last radio broadcast, but Billy doesn't want to have anything to do with the illegal act.

Episode 2716
Network Ten: 07/10/1996
BBC: 11/04/1997
UK Gold: 03/04/2003

Written by Jeff Truman
Directed by Tony Osicka
Guest stars
Melissa Drenth: Aimee Robertson
Dahl & Casserole: Trained by Jason Hura
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Billy and Toadie's friendship is put to the test after they are taken to the police station by the radio authorities. Karl is finding life incredibly difficult since Cheryl's death and Libby is forced to decide where her loyalties lie when Darren begins hurling bitter accusations at Karl over Cheryl's death.

Note: New opening titles.


Episode 2717
Network Ten: 08/10/1996
BBC: 14/04/1997
UK Gold: 04/04/2003

Written by C.M. Covington
Directed by Tony Osicka
Guest stars
Brett Stark: Brett Blewitt
Melissa Drenth: Aimee Robertson
Lou Carpenter: Tom Oliver
Priest: Donald Hirst
Anthony Davies: Justin Braine
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
A surprise guest arrives as the Ramsay Street residents gather to pay their last respects to Cheryl, and Brett gets a frosty reception from Darren. Mal suspects Melissa isn't being honest with his brother when he catches her kissing a young guy that isn't Billy.

Episode 2718
Network Ten: 09/10/1996
BBC: 15/04/1997
UK Gold: 07/04/2003

Written by Piers Hobson
Directed by Tony Osicka
Guest stars
Lou Carpenter: Tom Oliver
Brett Stark: Brett Blewitt
Ruth Wilkinson: Ailsa Piper
Bruce Smith: Richard Neal
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Casserole: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
The level of responsibility Karl has placed on himself over Cheryl's death has reached breaking point, forcing a him to make a drastic change in his life. Debbie begins to realise the enormity of what she did to Danni's clothing business, and Lou learns he is the sole benefactor of Cheryl's will.

Episode 2719
Network Ten: 10/10/1996
BBC: 16/04/1997
UK Gold: 08/04/2003

Written by Susan Bower
Directed by Tony Osicka
Guest stars
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Lou Carpenter: Tom Oliver

Summary:-
Stonie does his best to prick Toadie's conscience. Lou's plans to take over the pub doesn't settle well with Darren and battle lines are drawn for control of Chez Chez. Debbie finally calls on every ounce of courage she possesses and tells Danni she's responsible for the clothes fiasco, while Hannah sets up a meeting between Karl and Toadie to organise his living arrangements in Erinsborough.

Episode 2720
Network Ten: 11/10/1996
BBC: 17/04/1997
UK Gold: 09/04/2003

Written by Craig Wilkins
Directed by Tony Osicka
Guest stars
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Tony Farmer: Anthony Morton
C.J. Dunn: Paul Tiewes
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Toadie's dream of staying in Erinsborough comes close to being shattered when Angie emotionally pleads with him to keep the family together. Certain members of the Kennedy family aren't altogether pleased with Toadie's arrival. Sarah is thrown into a spin when she catches wind of a UK journalist who has tracked her down.

Note: Final appearance of Angie and Stonefish

Scene from episode 2720

Episode 2721
Network Ten: 14/10/1996
BBC: 18/04/1997
UK Gold: 10/04/2003

Written by Xenia Michael
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Ruth Wilkinson: Ailsa Piper
Brett Stark: Brett Blewitt
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Tony Farmer: Anthony Morton
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Phil finds himself in a compromising situation with Helen's physiotherapist Ruth, while Darren promises to give Lou a welcome home he won't forget. Catherine discovers Sarah's dark secret.

Notes: New opening titles. (Sarah added)
Lou Carpenter uncredited.
Angie and Stonefish gone from permanent cast.

Scene from episode 2721

Episode 2722
Network Ten: 15/10/1996
BBC: 21/04/1997
UK Gold: 11/04/2003

Written by John Hanlon
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Ruth Wilkinson: Ailsa Piper
Catherine O'Brien: Radha Mitchell
Sarah Beaumont: Nicola Charles
Lou Carpenter: Tom Oliver
Brett Stark: Brett Blewitt
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura

Summary:-
Sarah reveals her secret - much to Catherine's horror. Brett is determined to build a relationship with Darren - even though his older brother seems determined on pushing him away, and Philip has had enough of Ruth's pushiness and goes behind Helen's back to give her the sack.

Episode 2723
Network Ten: 16/10/1996
BBC: 22/04/1997
UK Gold: 14/04/2003

Written by Ray Kolle
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Ruth Wilkinson: Ailsa Piper
Grumpy Man: Bob Stevens
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Toadie, in the quest for more money, decides to become a pet minder. Hannah alerts Debbie to the fact she knows about the unstitching of Danni's designs and makes her sister pay for her wicked deeds. Mal and Karl sample the difficulties of working in unison at a lawn mowing gig.

Episode 2724
Network Ten: 17/10/1996
BBC: 23/04/1997
UK Gold: 15/04/2003

Written by Christopher Gist
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Melissa Drenth: Aimee Robertson
Mildred Pearson: Judy Johnson
Anthony Davies: Justin Braine
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Dahl & Claude: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Debbie is becoming increasingly sick of being Hannah's slave. Karl gives Mal some much-needed advice on public relations. Toadie is shocked when he spies Melissa kissing someone in a car while on his way home with the cat and becomes convinced his best mate's girl is a love-cheat.

Episode 2725
Network Ten: 18/10/1996
BBC: 24/04/1997
UK Gold: 16/04/2003

Written by Rick Held
Directed by T. Grant Fenn
Guest stars
Lou Carpenter: Tom Oliver
Melissa Drenth: Aimee Robertson
Brett Stark: Brett Blewitt
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura

Summary:-
Both Mal and Darren are angling for the same business deal and the gullible Mal is taken for a ride by ex-business partner Darren. Jo is being strangely evasive about her experiences in Europe, but finally bares her soul to Marlene. A very worried Melissa entreats Toadie not to tell Billy that she was kissing another boy.
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