It's the wet season: a crazy 'troppo' time. Bernadette has returned to the island - and to Paul. Their Blue Hawaii wedding goes ahead in the Gaibui beach pavilion; in the afternoon it rains joyously, drenching everyone. But with the rains comes mosquito-borne dengue fever. Soon the entire island population seems to be ravaged by it. Helen, Nancy and the health workers are frantic. In the midst of this chaos, the election is held. Russ is shocked at the emergence of another serious contender for the position of Chairman - his son Eddie. Russ cannot compete with the energy and charisma of the younger man and is shattered when he loses. Through all of this, the dengue outbreak grows more severe - there are deaths. And talk abounds of Puri-puri: bad magic. When Helen believes things can't possibly get any worse, Robbo presents with severe, life threatening, dengue fever. Russ and Helen now find themselves at curiously similar points in their lives: Russ, without the position of chairman, ...
9 February 2006 (Australia)
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