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The great suspenders

Author: RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 22/11/1998
Words: 635
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Television
Page: 9
Be prepared to be left deliciously dangling by your favourite TV series during the ratings hiatus.

TODAY marks the beginning of the final week of ratings but before all your favourite series shut up shop for the summer, they will leave you with a irresistible invitation to come back and watch next year.

This is known as the cliffhanger episode, where lives are left in the balance, jobs on the line and burning questions unanswered ... at least until the 1999 ratings season.

We compare some of this week's best-of cliffhanger episodes:

HOME AND AWAY

Weekdays, Channel 7, 7pm

Story: Chloe (Kristy Wright) goes to the US to track down her ex, Lachie (Richard Grieve), who is in hospital recuperating from a brain tumour. The Nash family is stalked by Robert Perez (Tony Poli), who bears a grudge against Joel Nash (David Woodley) for having him jailed for 15 years. Sally (Kate Ritchie) is falling for flatmate Vinnie (Ryan Kwanten).

Shock value: Just how far Perez will go to even the score with the Nashes.

Burning questions: Will Chloe be ready for the state she discovers Lachie in? Will the Nash family survive the vengeful plot engineered by Perez? Will Sally succumb to Vinnie, the male stripper?

JAG

Wednesday, Channel 7, 7.30pm

Story: Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb Jnr (David James Elliott) gets a tip that his father, who went missing in the Vietnam War in, may still be alive and living in Russia. He and his partner Major Sarah Mackenzie (Catherine Bell) go to Moscow to look for him.

Shock factor: The web of lies they must untangle before they can finally start their search.

Burning questions: Is Harm's father really alive or is it a KGB plot? Will Harm and Mac survive their mission?

BLUE HEELERS

Wednesday, Channel 7, 8.30pm

Story: Constable Adam Cooper (Damian Walshe-Howling) is suspected when videotaped evidence is stolen and, in a separate incident, $250 goes missing from a crime scene.

Shock value: Adam's violent confrontation with his boss, Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon (John Wood).

Burning question: Will Adam be cleared of wrongdoing and allowed to keep his job?

NEIGHBOURS

Weekdays, Channel 10, 6.30pm

Story: A romantic camping trip takes a deadly turn after Anne (Brooke Satchwell) overhears Billy (Jesse Spencer) making disparaging remarks about their night of passion. She takes off in the ute and ends up putting Joel's (Daniel MacPherson) life in danger.

Shock factor: The fact that Billy and Anne finally consummate their relationship; Anne's truly woeful lack of skill behind the wheel.

Burning questions: Will Anne and Billy kiss and make up? Will Joel make it, or meet a watery grave?

ALLY MCBEAL

Monday, Channel 7,8.30pm

Story: While representing a politician accused of splitting up his wife's first marriage, Ally's (Calista Flockhart) legal arguments about love and loyalty cause tension with her ex Billy (Gil Bellows) and his wife, Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith).

Shock value: Georgia tells Billy he should spend the night with Ally to find out whether he really loves her.

Burning question: Will Billy and Ally ever damn the consequences and just do it?

THE PRACTICE

Tuesday, Channel 7, 10pm

Story: Lindsay Dole (Kelli Williams) demands a partnership in the firm in front of all the staff. Her boss, Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott), feels she is holding a gun to his head, despite the fact she generates more than half the firm's revenue.

Shock value: Lindsay also tells Bobby she is still in love with him.

Burning question: Will Lindsay get her partnership or will she leave the practice? Will Bobby ever love her back?

 
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