Blue Heelers (season 3)

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Blue Heelers (season 3)
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 42
Original network Seven Network
Original release 12 February –
26 November 1996
Season chronology
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The third season of the Australian police-drama Blue Heelers premiered on the Seven Network on 12 February 1996 and aired on Monday nights, and later Tuesday nights, at 8:30 PM. The 42-episode season concluded 26 November 1996.


Main cast for this season consisted of:

Semi-regular cast members for this season include:

Notable guest stars included Frances O'Connor, Marg Downey, Lee Kernaghan, Radha Mitchell, Terry Gill, Raelee Hill, Louise Siversen, Rhys Muldoon, David Wenham, Norman Yemm, Andrew Blackman, Frankie J. Holden, Anne Phelan, Annie Jones, Asher Keddie, and Andrew McKaige.

With Grant Bowler's exit from the show, Ann Burbrook also returned to Blue Heelers to temporarily reprise her role as Roz Patterson.



DVD season no. Episode no. Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original airdate (Aust.)
3.2 087 "Once Only Withdrawal (1)" TBA TBA 12 February 1996 (1996-02-12)
Maggie and Wayne are held hostage in the hospital, while a bushfire rages through Mount Thomas.
3.2 088 "Once Only Withdrawal (2)" TBA TBA 12 February 1996 (1996-02-12)
The Heelers do everything in their power to get everyone out of the hospital alive, but can they do it?
3.2 089 "Second Innings" TBA TBA 13 February 1996 (1996-02-13)
A bank robber's second innings is ended.
3.2 090 "Spider Man" TBA TBA 20 February 1996 (1996-02-20)
Nick loses control when a suspected child killer is brought in for investigation and, when he is found dead in the cells, Nick is the prime suspect.
3.2 091 "Day of Reckoning" Richard Sarell TBA 27 February 1996 (1996-02-27)
It's D-Day for Nick, when he learns at the coroner's inquest he is the prime suspect in the man's death.
3.2 092 "Sex and Death" TBA TBA 5 March 1996 (1996-03-05)
Adam fights for his life after a drag-racing incident while the Heelers fight to save his career.
3.2 093 "Not in my Backyard" TBA TBA 12 March 1996 (1996-03-12)
Feelings run high when a prison is proposed in Mount Thomas.
3.2 094 "All Part of the Service" TBA TBA 19 March 1996 (1996-03-19)
Tom creates a monster and has to deal with explosive consequences.
3.2 095 "Dog Days" TBA TBA 26 March 1996 (1996-03-26)
Mount Thomas is out hunting for a phantom sheep killer, while Wayne plays the field at home.
3.2 096 "An Act of Random Violence" TBA TBA 2 April 1996 (1996-04-02)

Wayne is taken hostage by someone from his past. His girlfriend, whose young son was caught up in the siege, leaves him when it's over. Wayne is run over and killed outside the police station saving his her son.

Final appearance of Constable Wayne Patterson
4.1 097 "Unfinished Business" TBA TBA 9 April 1996 (1996-04-09)
Roz returns to town for Wayne's funeral, much to Nick's dismay and the aftermath of Wayne's death sees each officer coming to terms with their grief and at the same time out to clear his name.
4.1 098 "Happy Families" TBA TBA 16 April 1996 (1996-04-16)
Maggie's father and two brothers arrive for her 25th birthday. But not everyone is being honest, when Maggie discovers her brother, Robbie, is on drugs. Tom's pregnant daughter Anna, turns up in Mount Thomas and finds out that Nell is dead.
4.1 099 "Priorities" TBA TBA 23 April 1996 (1996-04-23)
The Mount Thomas staff are understaffed and overworked, the computers are down, Inspector Faulkner turns up, a stolen car with a baby still in it, and the station finally boils over, with devastating and near tragic consequences for a young man who considers committing suicide.
4.1 100 "A Fair Crack of the Whip (1)" TBA TBA 30 April 1996 (1996-04-30)
Wayne's replacement, Det. Jack Woodley, finally arrives in time to deal with a cowboy rodeo who is sending his young son to steal for him. Tom deals with his daughter Anna's pregnancy.
4.1 101 "A Fair Crack of the Whip (2)" Steve Mann TBA 7 May 1996 (1996-05-07)
The investigation into the assault of an elderly woman causes P.J. to suffer a crisis of confidence.
4.1 102 "Under Pressure" TBA TBA 14 May 1996 (1996-05-14)
The Heelers investigate a dispute between two sheep shearers and one of them is responsible for another's death which sparks a series of events about his new partner Jack Woodley
4.1 103 "Fight Dirty" TBA TBA 21 May 1996 (1996-05-21)
Maggie is set to prosecute the Dean Crocker Case but P.J. has doubts about the investigation and accuracy of the evidence and discovers the truth about Jack Woodley.
4.1 104 "Art of Deception" TBA TBA 28 May 1996 (1996-05-28)
The Mount Thomas Festival of the Arts causes headaches for Tom and Chris while Nick attempts to break down the fence between two feuding neighbors
4.1 105 "Old Sins, Long Shadows" Steve Mann TBA 4 June 1996 (1996-06-04)
Maggie discovers a homicide on the sly and Adam deals with a complaint from a high school principal about pornography
4.1 106 "In Unity Is Strength" TBA TBA 11 June 1996 (1996-06-11)
Adam is upset after he and Nick discover the dead body of a teenager who has died from alcohol abuse. Chris' dismissal of a cellarman results in a strike at the Imperial
4.1 107 "The Kremin Factor" TBA TBA 18 June 1996 (1996-06-18)

Deirdre 'Dash' McKinley arrives for her first day, much to Adam's pleasure. A crime dating back 18 years ago is uncovered.

First appearance of Constable Deirdre McKinley
4.1 108 "Shelter from the Storm" TBA TBA 25 June 1996 (1996-06-25)
Clancy's mother, Rachel, dies and places Tom in a dilemma and Clancy in Jeopardy
4.1 109 "Principle of the Thing" TBA TBA 2 July 1996 (1996-07-02)
As the Heelers necessarily become involved with the high school, Tom realises his own problems are nothing in comparison to the school principal's.
4.1 110 "Mind Games" TBA TBA 9 July 1996 (1996-07-09)
P.J. and Maggie have to examine events of the past when a woman unleashes some powerful memories from her childhood.
4.1 111 "Duty of Care" TBA TBA 16 July 1996 (1996-07-16)
Dash and Nick are called to an old farmhouse, where they discover a vandalised room, a terrified child, and a lamb hanging from the light fitting.
4.1 112 "Other People's Lives" TBA TBA 6 August 1996 (1996-08-06)
P.J. and Maggie investigate the death of a young ballet dancer but P.J. is upset by Maggie's pas de deux with her varsity tutor.
4.1 113 "A Gift From God" TBA TBA 13 August 1996 (1996-08-13)
A paraplegic farmer is found battered and Tom suspects a water diviner; however little does he know that the stranger is the father of Anna's baby.
4.1 114 "Waiting to Happen" Richard Sarell TBA 20 August 1996 (1996-08-20)
Nick is surprised by Dash's unprofessional behaviour at the scene of an accident until he learns that both the victims were friends of hers. Dash insists she can cope but Nick feels that there is more to it. P.J. investigates Roman discovers he's married.
4.1 115 "Bewitched" TBA TBA 27 August 1996 (1996-08-27)
Nick and Dash attempt to look after a hairdresser-witch when she is pursued by bigots.
4.1 116 "Mudsticks" Steve Mann TBA 3 September 1996 (1996-09-03)
Tom accepts the possibility that his daughter is gone for good, the team investigate baby bashing at a creche and Dash is very taken with P.J's replacement-Johnny Kowalski
4.1 117 "The Angel's Share" TBA TBA 10 September 1996 (1996-09-10)
Maggie and Johnny are trying to determine who stole the wine of an old man. Johnny does not miss the chance of wooing Maggie.
4.1 118 "Something for Nothing" TBA TBA 17 September 1996 (1996-09-17)
Dash loses out on Chris's new poker machines.
4.1 119 "Winner Takes All" TBA TBA 24 September 1996 (1996-09-24)
A horse endurance race presents problems for the Heelers with both a thief and a sabateur on the loose and Dash and Maggie can't escape Johnny Kowalski's womanising
4.2 120 "I Spy" TBA TBA 1 October 1996 (1996-10-01)
PJ gets back, but somewhere, a kid needs the police's help, while his mother is lying unconscious on the floor. Maggie apologizes for her behaviour.
4.2 121 "Reality Bytes" Steve Mann TBA 8 October 1996 (1996-10-08)
A young boy is discovered to be behind a series of break-ins when Dash discovers that the suspects all encountered computer-generated messages on their phones.
4.2 122 "In The Gun (1)" TBA TBA 15 October 1996 (1996-10-15)
The Darcy family causes trouble for the Heelers, ending in a fatal police shooting.
4.2 123 "In The Gun (2)" TBA TBA 22 October 1996 (1996-10-22)
The aftermath of the shooting looks to bring one of the Heelers down.
4.2 124 "Buck Naked" TBA TBA 29 October 1996 (1996-10-29)
Dash uncovers the truth about her brothers fiance.
4.2 125 "Friendly Fire" Steve Mann TBA 5 November 1996 (1996-11-05)
Nick meets an old friend, but the things go wrong when the paintball addiction nearly kills a lawyer.
4.2 126 "Half a Second" Graham Thorburn Anthony Ellis 12 November 1996 (1996-11-12)
The hearing into the shooting finally arrives.
4.2 127 "Miss Mount Thomas" TBA TBA 19 November 1996 (1996-11-19)
The favourite in the Miss Mount Thomas contest claims she is being stalked and then mysteriously disappears
4.2 128 "Dead or Alive" Steve Mann David Allen 26 November 1996 (1996-11-26)
Dash's mother desperately needs a kidney transplant, so what happens when it's stolen? Tom is found on the floor of his house, after an unexpected heart attack.

DVD release[edit]

The Complete Third Season: Part 1
Bh dvd3.1.jpg Set Details Special Features
  • 22 Episodes (990 Mins.)
  • Episodes 55 - 76
  • 6-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Slipcase Packaging
  • Photo Gallery (10 Pics)
Release Dates
16 February 2006[1]
The Complete Third Season: Part 2
Bh dvd3.2.jpg Set Details Special Features
  • 20 Episodes (900 Mins.)
  • Episodes 77 - 96
  • 5-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Slipcase Packaging
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
16 February 2006[1]
The Complete Third Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 42 Episodes (1890 Mins.)
  • Episodes 55 - 96
  • 11-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Slipcase Packaging
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
16 February 2006[1]


  1. ^ a b c Editors. Blue Heelers: Season 3, Part 1 DVD Archived 8 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 26 April 2008.