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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

Guest Stars
Alan David LeeAlan David Lee
As Jim Flemming
Anja ColebyAnja Coleby
As Woman Jogger
Bryan MarshallBryan Marshall
As Inspector Michael Farrell
Don AtkinsonDon Atkinson
As Snr. Cons. Russel
Jinny MccallisterJinny Mccallister
As Mrs. Hansen
John SamahaJohn Samaha
As Radio operator
Katy Edwards (1)Katy Edwards (1)
As Student
Kelly ButlerKelly Butler
As Greta Ritchie
Kristen DuffKristen Duff
As Carly Hansen
Lex MarinosLex Marinos
As Bellamy
Peter HeathPeter Heath
As Mr. Hansen
Peter HehirPeter Hehir
As Clifford Bowen
Andrew Lewis (3)Andrew Lewis (3)
As Ferry skipper
Damian FoleyDamian Foley
As Danny Forrest
Gary DeaconGary Deacon
As Charter skipper
Jacqueline LinkeJacqueline Linke
As Negligee Bandit
Jeremy ChanceJeremy Chance
As Powell
Ken GoodletKen Goodlet
As Mr Fredericks
Pat HutchinsonPat Hutchinson
As Mrs Fredericks
Patsy StephenPatsy Stephen
As Daphne Bridgeman

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