Blue Heelers (season 8)

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Blue Heelers - Season 8
Country of origin  Australia
No. of episodes 42
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Original run 21 February 2001 –
28 November 2001
Home video release
DVD release date 2 October 2008
Season chronology
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The eighth season of the Australian police-drama Blue Heelers premiered on the Seven Network on 21 February 2001 and aired on Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM. The 41-episode season concluded 28 November 2001.

Casting[edit]

Main cast for this season consisted of:


Notable guest actors who appeared in this season included Carol Burns, Richard Cawthorne, Norman Yemm, Val Lehman, David Clencie, Simon Burke, Terry Gill, Alethea McGrath, Gary Sweet, Rhys Muldoon, Gary Day, Lisa Crittenden, Julia Blake, Alan Hopgood, Gerard Kennedy, Lesley Baker and Kirsty Child.

Plot[edit]

Jack beginning to get the hang of his legs again after the 5% operation became a Success! and Tess begins to have feelings for Jack up to a point where they start a Secret Relationship in episode Manly Art. Their relationship was going somewhere until a case comes up about an old time drug dealer who just got out of prison and Jack begins to put his Emotions in front of the job and will do anything to get his own justice.Jack is suspect for murder by Killy the drug dealer he recalls scum and Tess says one of them should get a Transfer to st Davids because they could never work together if they can't trust one and other. Jack then admits he could have saved the guy but instead watched him slowly fall to his death Jack is then charged and is quickly Dismissed from the force while Tess is feeling sad the members are disappointed by the fact he did kill the guy and didn't admit the truth earlier. his last episode the Falling pt2. New probationary Constable Jones has arrived with a secret plot to find out what really happened to his father's death. and Tess&Jo quickly takes a likeness into him but Tess remembers what happened to her last secret Relationship with Jack and doesn't want to relive that moment so she keeps it to herself and gets on with her job as a sergeant. after all Tess noes not to mix work with play.

Reception[edit]

Ratings in the 8th season began to decline ever so slowly, with many fans feeling that Maggie's absence, or the absence of the so-called "McCune-Factor",[1] (as well as the absence of several other popular characters) and the slightly repetitive storylines were getting in the way of the show's feel.

Awards[edit]

Episodes[edit]

DVD Season # Episode # Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original airdate (Aust.)
8.2 295 "The Blame Game (1)" 21 February 2001 (2001-02-21)
A woman rushes into the station claiming a man has kidnapped her children, and Ben's work starts to mirror his private life
8.2 296 "The Blame Game (2)" 28 February 2001 (2001-02-28)
The father of the children appears in court with a bomb stapped to his body and abducts Ben
8.2 297 "Deadly Fascination" 7 March 2001 (2001-03-07)
A crime fiction writer is asking a lot of questions about the death of a baby 25 years ago
8.2 298 "Letter of the Law" 14 March 2001 (2001-03-14)
Tess and Tom must choose a new policeman for nearby Widgeree
8.2 299 "A Bit on the Side" 21 March 2001 (2001-03-21)
PJ is faced with the opportunity to move back to the city when two detectives turn up
8.2 300 "Tough Nut" 28 March 2001 (2001-03-28)
Tess takes on more than her job demands when she tries to help the three children of a local woman
8.2 301 "The Fine Print" 4 April 2001 (2001-04-04)
PJ's mother comes to stay and trouble quickly follows. Can he keep a professional distance while allowing his mother to play a vital role in solving the case?
8.2 302 "Family Reserve" 11 April 2001 (2001-04-11)
Jo is under pressure when her parents arrive in town to find their "princess" another career
8.2 303 "Chop Chop" 18 April 2001 (2001-04-18)
PJ's plans for an illegal tobacco raid are blown
8.2 304 "Blood" 25 April 2001 (2001-04-25)

Mick Boyce has just finished doing time. What is he doing in Mount Thomas?

Jack decides to make him feel unwelcome and Tess tires of his apologies and begins to doubt him as an objective member of the team
8.2 305 "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" 2 May 2001 (2001-05-02)
Jo takes on a case involving Mount Thomas' only cinema which goes back 30 years
8.2 306 "On the Run" 9 May 2001 (2001-05-09)
Arnie Briggs is out of prison and Jack is after him dragging Tess into a highly volitaile situation
9.1 307 "Fowl Play" 16 May 2001 (2001-05-16)
Jo takes on a case as an amusing diversion from paperwork, onlt to find it could have life threatening consequences for the people of Mount Thomas.
9.1 308 "Fooling Around" 23 May 2001 (2001-05-23)
Ben's love of drink and woman lead him into dangerous terrain - both personally and professionally.
9.1 309 "Death By Flight" 30 May 2001 (2001-05-30)
A plane crashes into a farmhouse, killing three people, and P.J. and Ben face emotional barriers while investigating a complex case.
9.1 310 "A Friend Indeed" 6 June 2001 (2001-06-06)
Jo defends a simple young man who appears manipulated by so called friends, willing to let him be the fall guy, and in the process questions her own idea of friendship and betrayal.
9.1 311 "The Manly Art" 13 June 2001 (2001-06-13)
P.J. plays cupid in helping Jack form a romantic bond with Tess.
9.1 312 "Falling Part 1" 20 June 2001 (2001-06-20)
Tess is forced to confront her worst fears - that Jack will do anything, even lie to her, in order to carry out his own version of justice.
9.1 313 "Falling Part 2" 20 June 2001 (2001-06-20)

Jack's and Tess' romance is on full throttle, but neither of them are aware of what lies ahead professionally, and how far Jack is prepared to go in order to see his own version of justice done.


Final Appearance of Constable Jack Lawson
9.1 314 "Winners And Losers" 27 June 2001 (2001-06-27)
Tess must put Jack out of her mind when her attempts to rescue a kidnapped boy place her own life in danger.
9.1 315 "No Place Like Home" 11 July 2001 (2001-07-11)
P.J. must confront his deepest beliefs when a desperate young man needs his help.
9.1 316 "Dragged" 18 July 2001 (2001-07-18)

Tess must accept the help of Jonesy, the rebellious new constable, when a young suspect becomes bent on revenge


First Appearance of Constable Evan Jones
9.1 317 "Baby Love" 25 July 2001 (2001-07-25)
Jonesy's preconceptions about the sanctity of parenthood are challenged when he befriends a young mother in trouble.
9.1 318 "An Inspector Calls" 1 August 2001 (2001-08-01)
Jo and Falcon-Price have no choice but to work as a team when both their lives are threatened.
9.1 319 "Dinosaurs" 8 August 2001 (2001-08-08)
Tom is faced with one of the toughest decisions of his career when two old friends are suspected of theft.
9.1 320 "Charming" 15 August 2001 (2001-08-15)
Ben's protective instincts threaten to overcome him as he races to save a young girl from certain harm.
9.1 321 "The Sins of the Father" 22 August 2001 (2001-08-22)
Jo must confront her prejudices when a local politician dies under suspicious circumstances.
9.1 322 "Poisoned Fruit Part 1" 29 August 2001 (2001-08-29)
Jonesy risks everything to avenge his father's death.
9.1 323 "Poisoned Fruit Part 2" 5 September 2001 (2001-09-05)
As Jonesy fights to discover the truth, the Commander's reputation is placed against the wall. Have his protective instincts allowed a murderer to walk free?
9.1 324 "Fifteen Minutes" 19 September 2001 (2001-09-19)
Jo's vanity threatens to undermine her ability to do her job.
9.1 325 "Copping The Flak" 26 September 2001 (2001-09-26)
Ben and Jonesy's essential differences threaten to complicate an investigation.
9.1 326 "Strays" 3 October 2001 (2001-10-03)
Tess questions her own happiness when that of a little girl is threatened.
9.1 327 "The Lord Giveth" 10 October 2001 (2001-10-10)
An investigation into a nobly motivated burglar leads Tom to discover the identity of a mysterious and attractive woman.
9.1 328 "Credit Limit" 17 October 2001 (2001-10-17)
Jonesy's inexperience and good intentions place lives at risk.
9.1 329 "A Hard Call" 17 October 2001 (2001-10-17)
Tess' actions are placed under scrutiny when she makes a life and death decision.
9.1 330 "Role Model" 24 October 2001 (2001-10-24)
Tom questions the role of a mentor when a burglar's bid to impress leads to a serious crime.
9.2 331 "A Safe Bet" 31 October 2001 (2001-10-31)
Jo fights to help a young man when he lacks the strength to help himself.
9.2 332 "A Matter Of Faith" 7 November 2001 (2001-11-07)
Jo marvels at the human capacity for forgiveness when a faith healer is assaulted.
9.2 333 "Who Can You Trust?" 11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)
Jonesy risks Tess' trust when she suspects him of influencing a witness to suit his own prejudice.
9.2 334 "Best Eaten Cold" 21 November 2001 (2001-11-21)
Jonesy must reevaluate his place on the force when he learns the truth about his father's death.
9.2 335 "The Real Santa" 28 November 2001 (2001-11-28)
Does Ben's hunger for the perfect Christmas place his children's happiness at risk?
9.2 336 "Dreaming Of A White Christmas" 28 November 2001 (2001-11-28)
It's Christmas and everyone celebrates it or avoids it in their own way.

DVD release[edit]

Similarly to the release of Blue Heelers' seventh season, the eight season has also been postponed due to the contractual negotiations but everything has been finalised for a 1 October 2008[2] release. Like the seventh season, "The Complete Eight Season" will be released as a complete boxset.

The Complete Eighth Season: Part 1
Set Details Special Features
  • 22 Episodes (970 Mins.)
  • Episodes 266-287
  • 6-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
 Australia
1 October 2008[2]
The Complete Eighth Season: Part 2
Set Details Special Features
  • 19 Episodes (842 Mins.)
  • Episodes 288-306
  • 5-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
 Australia
1 October 2008[2]
The Complete Eighth Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 41 Episodes (1812 Mins.)
  • Episodes 266-306
  • 11-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
 Australia
1 October 2008[2]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Johnston, Peter. "Wood fears the axe, The Herald Sun, 25 January 2004.
  2. ^ a b c d Editors. Blue Heelers: Season 8, Part 1 DVD. EzyDVD.com. Retrieved 14 July 2008.