Sea Patrol (season 4)
|Sea Patrol IV: The Right Stuff|
Sea Patrol 4 Main Cast
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original channel||Nine Network|
Sea Patrol III: Red Gold
Sea Patrol V: Damage Control
The fourth season of the Australian drama Sea Patrol began airing as Sea Patrol 4: The Right Stuff on 15 April 2010. Most regular cast members have returned. The season began with a major reshuffle of senior crew members, including a new Commander Maxine 'Knocker' White (Tammy McIntosh) replacing Steve Bisley (Commander Marshall), Mike Flynn being promoted to Commander, Steve Coburn (Steve Bastoni) becoming the new Lieutenant Commander, and the departure of the Navigation Officer (Nav). Other non returning cast members included Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Buffer), whose position has been filled by Conrad Coleby (Dutchy) and Jay Ryan (Spider), replaced by Danielle Horvat (Bird). Filming began in September 2009 and the number of episodes has been extended from the usual 13 to 16.
|Ian Stenlake||Mike "CO" Flynn RAN||Commander||Commander|
|Lisa McCune||Kate "XO" McGregor RAN||Lieutenant||Executive Officer|
|John Batchelor||Andy "Charge" Thorpe||Chief Petty Officer||Chief Engineer|
|Matthew Holmes||Chris "Swain" Blake||Petty Officer||Coxswain/Chief Medic|
|Conrad Coleby||Dylan "Dutchy" Mulholland||Petty Officer||Boatswain|
|Kristian Schmid||Robert "RO" Dixon||Leading Seaman||Radio Operator|
|Nikolai Nikolaeff||Leo "2Dads" Kosov-Meyer||Leading Seaman||Electronics Technician|
|Kirsty Lee Allan||Rebecca "Bomber" Brown||Able Seaman||Chef/Assistant Medic|
|Danielle Horvat||Jessica "Gap Girl" Bird||Seaman||Boatswain's Mate|
|Tammy MacIntosh||Commander Maxine "Knocker" White|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Viewers
|40||1||"Night of the Long Knives"||Steve Mann||John Ridley||15 April 2010||1.30|
|The crew of HMAS Hammersley save the life of an American citizen when her boat is attacked by people trying to kill the United States Ambassador, who is on a vacation at a classified location. Joined by their new buffer, Dylan "Dutchy" Mullholland (Conrad Coleby), the Hammersley crew intervenes in an assassination attempt. Invited to a party by the ambassador to say thank you, Mike tackles a remaining assassin and saves the American ambassador. Mike is promoted to Commander and takes a shore posting. He invites Kate out for a drink to celebrate, and they restart their relationship.|
|41||2||"Crocodile Tears"||Geoff Bennett||Marcia Gardner||22 April 2010||1.10|
|Hammersley sets sail with new CO, Coburn, in command. During a night of R & R, 2Dads gets into a bar brawl over the capture of crocodiles taken from Australian waters illegally, and then has to decide whether to reveal that the CO was involved or get discharged from the Navy. Mike tries to settle into his new position, and, during a heated argument over impartiality versus loyalty to the crew, Kate and Mike spend the night together. After the fallout of the crocodile incident, Mike is re-appointed CO of Hammersley, interrupting his relationship with Kate.|
|42||3||"The Right Stuff"||Steve Mann||Philip Dalkin||29 April 2010||1.04|
|During a routine patrol in the Arafura Sea, the crew of HMAS Hammersley encounter hostiles attempting to ship stolen uranium out of Australia. A representative of the shipping company comes aboard to assist in the investigation. Dutchy and 2Dads are tasked with guarding the shipment, but discover the transport is only carrying ordinary building bricks. The real shipment is on another ship, which the crew tracks down. Mike's godson Ryan, working at the docks, gets caught up in the encounter and taken hostage. Ryan and the uranium transport are rescued after a helicopter insertion and shootout. The company representative, involved in the scheme, attempts to assist the hijackers, but is thwarted by Mike who was suspicious.|
|43||4||"Ransom"||Geoff Bennett||Jeff Truman||6 May 2010||1.07|
|While relaxing at a tropical island resort, a young girl is kidnapped, prompting the crew of HMAS Hammersley to cut their break short in pursuit of the suspects. Kate's concern for the girl and determination to lead the operation to save her clash with Mike's personal fears for Kate's safety. The investigation leads to the girl's biological father, where Dutchy is overly aggressive. Charge proposes his own theory regarding Dutchy's odd behavior towards Kate, leading the XO to have an awkward, and misguided, talk with Dutchy about fraternization regulations. The ransom drop goes awry, and Kate gets taken hostage as well. She discovers the kidnapping was organized by the girl's stepfather, who is killed by a co-conspirator. Kate and the girl are rescued by the Hammersley crew.|
|44||5||"Paradise Lost"||Steve Mann||Philip Dalkin||13 May 2010||1.13|
|On patrol in the Indian Ocean, HMAS Hammersley is disabled by a mess of long line fishing nets that tangle the props. The unfouling of the screws is complicated by the discovery of a body tangled in the net. During repairs, the crew take a break on a nearby seemingly deserted island, where they encounter a small carbon neutral community. Evidence linking the body in the net to the island leads to the discovery of a drug operation being run by the community leader. Meanwhile, RO's ongoing infatuation with a fellow crewmember and social awkwardness compel him to make an unfortunate admission.|
|45||6||"Big Fish"||Steve Mann||John Ridley||20 May 2010||1.22|
|While fishing in the Torres Strait, Charge's attempts to catch a big fish are foiled by a small Cessna plane flying haphazardly. Charge looks into the origins of the plane, planning to get revenge somehow, but is dissuaded by the CO, who surmises the plane was just thrill seekers. The Hammersley comes across wreckage from the plane and rescues a single survivor wearing a prison overalls. Forced to stop at Tiparu Island for medical supplies, the crew comes across murders and escaped convicts. Dutchy breaks protocol and endangers Bird. A mixup in the identity of the plane crash survivor threatens Bomber's life, but Charge shows compassion to a convict who helps him to intervene just in time.|
|46||7||"Shoes of the Fisherman"||Geoff Bennett||Marcia Gardner||27 May 2010||1.17|
|During a routine patrol in the Arafura Sea, the Hammersley comes across an old foe of theirs, Hannibal. On boarding, RO comes into contact with a rabid dog and is bitten. Anxiety over the dog attack and possible rabies infection, exacerbated by the crew's teasing over hypochondria, prompt him to seek sleeping pills from Swain. An overdose on the pills causes RO to sleepwalk overboard. He is recovered by Hannibal's boat and becomes an unwilling member of the fishing crew. He is rescued by a Navy boarding party from another patrol, but after first being mistaken for a criminal.|
|47||8||"The Universal Donor"||Geoff Bennett||Jeff Truman||3 June 2010||1.19|
|The crew of the Hammersley are brushing up their first aid skills when they encounter an unknown object in the water. On recovery, they discover that it is a freezer full of human organs, most likely destined for the black market. Maxine informs Mike and Kate that there is still no new CO for the Hammersley. On patrol, the crew discover a ship full of refugees, with records of their blood types and Rohypnol. Swain and Bird are tasked to sail the ship back to port, but are intercepted by another boat holding the organ traffickers. The leader of the traffickers attempts to force Swain to harvest a kidney from Bird to satisfy a customer, but Swain avoids having to operate through quick action and the timely arrival of the Hammersley.|
|48||9||"Dutch Courage"||Steve Mann||John Ridley||10 June 2010||1.18|
|The Hammersley is on a routine FFV inspection in the Torres Strait when they discover grog runners. During boarding, Kate's life is threatened and under pressure Dutchy fails to do his job, letting them go with Kate as hostage and the guns and radios of the boarding party. Kate is shoved overboard, however, and is picked up by the Hammersley. RO confronts Dutchy on board, telling him the stuff up was his fault. The ship docks at Port Johnson, an alcohol-free town. Dutchy feels the need to prove himself to the crew and investigates the grog runners alone at night. Meanwhile, 2Dads tries to prove to RO that Dutchy's medal is real and steals it without thinking, almost losing it. Kate confronts Dutchy about his behaviour, but the conversation is interrupted by sighting of the grog runners' truck. Giving pursuit, Dutchy and Kate are taken hostage by the grog runners. The two escape their confines and confront the local policeman, revealed to be the ringleader of the grog syndicate.|
|49||10||"Rawhide"||Geoff Bennett||Marcia Gardner||17 June 2010||1.10|
|En route to Karumba to provide flood relief, Hammersley receives a mayday from a vessel that was rammed by a cattle barge. The passengers are recovered, though RO's failure to disclose an injury endangers the survivors and recovery team. The barge turns out to have been hijacked by cattle thieves. The crew intervenes in an a second hijacking and captures the rustlers. Bird faces a drug addicted ex-boyfriend involved in the cattle rustling who impersonates RO to gain access to the ship. RO, struggling with social isolation and learning to be a team player, pulls through and apprehends the stalker ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Kate tells Mike she needs to make decisions about her direction in life.|
|50||11||"Brotherhood of the Sea"||Steve Mann||Jeff Truman||24 June 2010||1.19|
|2Dads gets left behind on a reef dive by a charter boat, prompting a search. The severed leg of his dive buddy is recovered and the assumption is shark attack. Charge, who faked a cold to avoid going on the dive, has doubts about the theory. His guilt and conspiracy theories begin to wear on the rest of the crew. However, his persistence pays off, leading to the discovery of drug money on a North Korean freighter. 2Dads is located on a cay far away from the dive zone given by the charter. He explains the charter was making the drug pickup, and he managed to steal the stash and escape underwater. The drug runners are apprehended after a shootout on the freighter.|
|51||12||"Rumble in the Jungle"||Geoff Bennett||Philip Dalkin||1 July 2010||1.12|
|52||13||"Soft Target (Soft Touch)"||Marcia Gardner||Steve Mann||8 July 2010||1.04|
|53||14||"Live Catch"||Geoff Bennett||Jeff Truman||15 July 2010||1.16|
|54||15||"Flotsam and Jetsam"||Steve Mann||Philip Dalkin||22 July 2010||1.042|
|55||16||"In Too Deep"||Geoff Bennett||John Ridley||29 July 2010||1.085|
- "Night of the Long Knives". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Crocodile Tears". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "The Right Stuff". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Ransom". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Paradise Lost". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Big Fish". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Shoes of the Fisherman". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "The Universal Donor". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Dutch Courage". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- "Rawhide". Sea Patrol Episodes. Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Brotherhood of the sea". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- "Rumble in the Jungle". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- "Soft Target". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
- "Live Catch". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- "Flotsam and Jetsam". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- "In Too Deep". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- General references
- "Sea Patrol: Episode Guide". MSN TV. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- "Sea Patrol Season 4 Episode Guide". TV.com. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- "Sea Patrol Episodes". Sea-Patrol.com. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- T. Zuk. "Series 4". Sea Patrol 4: episode guide. Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 17 April 2010.