When Tom is personally affected by the impending departure of the chemist, he launches a campaign to keep him in town, thoughtlessly sparking a feud with the neighbouring town of Bullandra. There are signs that a bug of some kind is affecting the town's health, until the source of this viral epidemic is revealed, Stuart's pub falls under suspicion. Conspiracy theories abound when the health crisis, the water crisis and the Russell crisis seem linked in a Bullandra plot to destroy Emu Springs. Len has been focussed on his own health throughout - especially the fact that, against the odds, he feels so well at the moment. It is a shock when it is Mon, not Len, who collapses in the general store.