After the long-awaited tombstone opening for Paul and Bernadette's infant son, relationships on the island are under real strain. While the traditional ceremony is meant to con- clude the grieving period, new tensions emerge for the boy's parents - both severely stressed by the financial load of the event. And at the all-night feasting and dancing following the ceremony it all gets worse. Helen watches, helpless, as Paul loses the plot and possibly his lover and his job. Later in the night, a crisis engulfs Helen - she has to perform emergency surgery on a man who is choking. Although she saves the man's life, he later dies of an unrelated condition. Helen is shunned by the community, with only Nancy rallying to her support. And when Ina leaves Russ and goes to stay with relatives on another island, rumours begin to spread that in addition to her incompetence, Helen is "the other woman". Russ, desperate not to make a political mistake this close to the election, is even tougher than ...
2 February 2006 (Australia)
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