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Water Rats: Heads or Tales

A man's severed head is found washed up on a beach in a gym bag. Jack and Rachel investigate, trying to find out who killed him and where the rest of the body is. During a party on Fort Denison, a teenage boy runs from Gavin and Tommy, whose pursuit is scrutinised when the boy goes missing.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x17
Airdate: Tuesday May 26th, 1998

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Guest Stars
Allison Cratchley
As Emma Woods
Anthony Martin (1)
As Chopper Lewis
Jen Apostolou
As Cynthia
John Walton (1)
As Walton
Steve Bisley
As Jack Christey
Anthony Hayes
As Jarrad Masters
Lorna Lesley
As Mrs. Gleeson
Renato Bartolomei
As Jonah Moty
Scott McRae
As Arnie Silverton
Susie Porter
As Julie Drummond
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
Raelee Hill
As Tayler Johnson
Episode Notes
This episode is also known as Handyman.

Episode Quotes
Rachel: Do you always eat like that?
Jack: What are you saying, like a pig?
Rachel: Yeah, like a pig.
Jack: Like we have time to eat any other way.

Jack: (pointing at his suit) Do you know that this is an Armani?
Rachel: Well I know your undies are!
Jack: (smiles and shakes his head) Well, I've got a three week tour of Fairfield tomorrow.
Rachel: Should be fun.
Jack: Yeah, I'm rigid with excitement.
Rachel: (stares at him) Yeah well... I don't reckon we can avoid it any longer you know...
Jack: Last night.
Rachel: Last night, yeah.
Jack: It was good.
Rachel: Yeah, it was good.

Jonah: (about Marty) He's dead, isn't he?
Rachel: What? What makes you say that?
Jonah: Because you wouldn't be here otherwise. Not for a dickhead like him.
Jack: That's not necessarily so, bro.

Jack: Makes me feel like a kid.
Rachel: What?
Jack: The lights.
Rachel: Yeah. Yeah, when I was a kid they used to drive me absolutely wild.
Jack: I've heard a few girls say that!
Rachel: Oh yeah? Who?
Jack: No, no... mostly on... on late night TV, movies.
Rachel: Yeah, I can see you sitting there, watching the telly late at night.
Jack: Oh no, mostly I only half watch and I half listen. Sort of fills in the space.
Rachel: You're a lonely guy!

(being lowered into a septic tank)
Emma: Oh, just great!

Jack: How's your arm?
Tayler: I've had to give up weightlifting. (smiles as Jack walks away)

Rachel: What did you have for brekky?
Jack: Cereal. A couple of cold sausages. Egg flip.
Rachel: Right, well I'd be watching that fake Amarni, because you might be looking at it twice!

(looking at a head in a gym bag)
Jack: He's a good lookin' bloke.
Rachel: I like them a bit taller.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTony Morphett  |  John Hugginson
Executive ProducerTed Roberts
Co-Executive ProducerKris Noble  |  Errol Sullivan
CastingFaith Martin
Line ProducerBrett Popplewell
Camera OperatorBruce Young (2)
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Walton (1)
Art DirectorMark Dawson
CinematographerLouis Irving
Series DirectorPeter Andrikidis
Series Original MusicLes Gock
WriterChris McCourt
Script ExecutiveJohn Hugginson  |  Bevan Lee
Production DesignMichael Bridges
Warning: Water Rats season 3 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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