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Water Rats: Dead in the Water (1)

The Sydney Water Police investigates the bombing of a charter ferry, which killed a school girl, while at the same time, trying to locate other explosive devices that may still be located in the harbour.

Meanwhile, Kevin Holloway, Frank's youngest brother, joins Homicide and is partnered with Knocker Harrison.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday February 12th, 1996

Director: Tim Burstall
Writer: Tony Morphett

Alternate Airdates:

Germany Aug 18, 1996

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alan David Lee
As Jim Flemming
Anja Coleby
As Woman Jogger
Bryan Marshall
As Inspector Michael Farrell
Don Atkinson
As Snr. Cons. Russel
Jinny Mccallister
As Mrs. Hansen
John Samaha
As Radio operator
Katy Edwards (1)
As Student
Kelly Butler
As Greta Ritchie
Kristen Duff
As Carly Hansen
Lex Marinos
As Bellamy
Peter Heath
As Mr. Hansen
Peter Hehir
As Clifford Bowen
Andrew Lewis (3)
As Ferry skipper
Damian Foley
As Danny Forrest
Gary Deacon
As Charter skipper
Jacqueline Linke
As Negligee Bandit
Jeremy Chance
As Powell
Ken Goodlet
As Mr Fredericks
Pat Hutchinson
As Mrs Fredericks
Patsy Stephen
As Daphne Bridgeman

Co-Guest Stars
Andrew S. Gilbert
As Jimmy Holloway
Jeremy Callaghan
As Kevin Holloway
Peter Mochrie
As John "Knocker" Harrison
Main Cast
Peter Bensley
As Jeff Hawker
Toni Scanlan
As Helen Blakemore
Brett Partridge
As Gavin Sykes
Colin Friels
As Frank Holloway
Catherine McClements
As Rachel Goldstein
Jay Laga'aia
As Tommy Tavita
Scott Burgess
As Dave McCall
Aaron Jeffery
As Terry Watson
Sophie Heathcote
As Fiona Cassidy
Bill Young (1)
As Clarke Webb


The episode begins with the Water Police getting a mayday call about a fire on board a charter boat. Clarke tells Jeff that he is going out there with the crew. The Nemesis attend quickly, and they see someone on board the ferry covered in flames. When they pull her out of the water, she's badly injured. The ferry then explodes. Terry says the explosion could have been caused by radio, so everyone has to cease their radio transmission. Fiona tries to resuscitate the injured girl, but with no luck...

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Episode Notes
The first two episodes are the only episodes throughout the series, which have a continuing storyline, that have the same title.

The character of Tommy Tavita (played by Jay Laga'aia) was originally meant to be called Marcello Tucci, and of Italian origin. However, when Jay was cast, the producers changed it to fit in with Jay's background, Samoan.

Episode Quotes
Frank: Are you still seeing that creep?
Rachel: Which one?
Frank: The phone call.
Rachel: No!
Frank: He's got a wife and three kids!
Rachel: Yeah, and girlfriend in Records, I know, I know.
Frank: And he's in uniform! How could you sleep with anyone in uniform?
Rachel: (stops walking) You have!
Frank: (walks back to her) But they were sheilas!
Rachel: Jeez you're a jerk, Holloway!

Rachel: Frank said you were starting at Homicide today. How's it going?
Kevin: (slight hesitation) Good...

Helen: He's now a minister.
Frank: What, of police or something?
Helen: Of religion Frank. You heard of it?
Frank: Yeah, I was an altar boy.

Dave: Remember, we're doing medicals tomorrow. The roster's on the board. Do yourselves a favour and take it easy on the booze.
Terry: Yes mum.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTony Morphett  |  John Hugginson
Executive ProducerHal McElroy
Co-Executive ProducerKris Noble  |  Errol Sullivan
Supervising ProducerJohn Hugginson
CastingFaith Martin
First Assistant DirectorBrett Popplewell
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Walton (1)  |  Guy Norris
CinematographerDanny Batterham
Series DirectorTim Burstall
Post Production SoundSteve Witherow
Series Original MusicLes Gock
Second Unit DirectorGuy Norris
WriterTony Morphett
Script ExecutiveBevan Lee  |  John Hugginson
Production DesignMichael Bridges
Warning: Water Rats season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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