Episode 8.01 (295) Wednesday, February 21, 2001 Written by Bill Garner Directed by Grant Brown Nothing is what it seems when a woman rushes into the Mt.Thomas police station claiming a man has kidnapped her children.As a custody battle unfolds between the feuding parents, Ben's work eerily starts to mirror his private life.

Guest Starring: Rob Carlton as Barry Lancer, Elise Mc Credie as Rachel Stewart, Nicholas Bell as Frank Schumaker, Kate Fitzpatrick as Justice Naomi Burke, Frank Gallacher as Don 'Pop' Watson, Kat Stewart as Gail Watson, Eboni Rutherford as Liana Watson, Liam Briggs as Cory Watson, Jessica Clarke as Madeleine Stewart, Nikita Plummer as Emma Stewart, Nicholas Mayer as Josh Stewart, Tom Considine as Wally Ogden, Chris Waters as Bernard Mc Phee, Zev Eleftherious as Bob Pearce Episode 8.02 (296) February 28, 2001 Written by Bill Garner, Harriet Smith Directed by Declan Eames A custody battle gets out of hand when the father of the two children appears in court with a bomb strapped to his body and threatens to blow himself and everyone else in the courtroom. Will the Heelers find them in time and can they set the children free from their irrational father?

Guest Starring: Rob Carlton as Barry Lancer, Elise Mc Credie as Rachel Stewart, Nicholas Bell as Frank Schumaker, Kate Fitzpatrick as Justice Naomi Burke, Frank Gallacher as Don 'Pop' Watson, Kat Stewart as Gail Watson, Eboni Rutherford as Liana Watson, Liam Briggs as Cory Watson, Jessica Clarke as Madeleine Stewart, Nikita Plummer as Emma Stewart, Nicholas Mayer as Josh Stewart, Chris Waters as Bernard Mc Phee, Claire Thomas as Tracy Episode 8.03 (297) March 07, 2001 Written by David Boutland Directed by Kevin Carlin A famous crime-fiction writer visiting Mt Thomas for research purposes is asking a lot of questions about the death of a baby 25 years ago.

When he discovers the body of a missing child, Tess wonders if he is capable of committing the very acts of violence he writes about.

Tom confronts the author, who reveals his intimate connection to the long-closed case of the baby's death. Guest Starring: Carol Burns as Eunice Johnson, Peter Houghton as James Dark, Aiden Orr-O'Farrell as Jason Johnson, Jessica Lombardi as Tracy Johnson, Peter Aanensen as Merv Poole, Merron Cullum as Mrs Taylor Episode 8.04 (298) March 14, 2001 Written by Tony Morphett Directed by Chris Langman Tess and Tom must choose a new policeman for nearby Widgeree.

Guest Starring: Roy Billing as Senior Constable Ian Goss, Todd Mac Donald as Simon Barclay, Jack Mayers as Jack Riordan, Lynda Gibson as Kath Riordan, Katie Barnes as Sinead Riordan, Clayton Watson as Brendan Harmer, Carmen Warrington as Maureen Harmer, Angus Sampson as Glenn Rossiter, Alex Marriott as Widgeree Kid; Neil Pigot as Inspector Falcon-Price (uncredited).

Episode 8.05 (299) March 21, 2001 Written by Dave Worthington Directed by Grant Brown When a brash pair of city detectives arrive in Mt Thomas, PJ is faced with the opportunity to move back to homicide in the big smoke and have an affair.

But a limbless corpse leads to another dilemma — has a spurned lover gone mad with a chain saw or could it be a brilliant set-up by a criminal mind?

Tom thinks old fashion policing is the way to go and suggests Senior Constable Ian "Gossie" Goss but Tess disagrees.

She picks a different candidate — a modern by-the-book policeman Simon Barclay.