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Series / All Saints

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Left to right: Von Ryan, Dr Mitch Stevens, Bronwyn Craig, Dr Luke Forlano, Jared Levine, Stephanie Markham, Ben Markham, Connor Costello and Terri Sullivan
All Saints is an Australian Medical Drama series created by Bevan Lee and developed by Jo Porter, which ran on Seven Network for 493 episodes over 12 seasons, from 1998 to 2009. The series was set at the fictitious All Saints Western General Hospital, in Sydney's Western suburbs.

Initially, the series revolved around Ward 17 (nicknamed the Garbage Ward because it took the overflow from other wards), and the nursing unit attached to it, managed by Sister Therese Sullivan (Georgie Parker). In 2004, the series received a retool, with Ward 17 closing several characters being written out and Terri and her surviving staff being transferred to the Emergency Department, under Dr. Frank Campion (John Howard). A second retool followed in 2009, with a new focus on rescue operations in the field and the show being renamed All Saints: Medical Response Unit. The series ended in October that year with the resignation of Von Ryan (Judith McGrath), the only main character remaining from the first episode.


All Saints provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Nelson rebukes Sterling over his amusement at the mobile phone guy below, Von approaches and mutters, "It's a little bit funny." Going by his expression, Nelson agrees.
  • The Alcoholic: Nelson (introduced as a Recovered Addict, though he did have relapses), Mitch (implied to be the result of the brain tumour that would kill him) and Steve.
  • Artistic Licence Medicine: Occasionally. One particularly controversial incident involved a claim that a case of Brother–Sister Incest resulting in pregnancy could result in the baby being born with Down syndrome.
  • Ass Shove: In the first episode of the Emergency era, a patient's mobile phone goes off in the waiting room, and he sheepishly tells Von that he can't turn it off. Cut to Nelson. "Up his bum?!" Ends up being played for drama when a call results in a perforated bowel, and the call turns out to have come from Sterlo.
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  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: "Hard Rain" has a particularly sad case where the young girl who drowns turns out to be the daughter of the woman currently giving birth at All Saints.
  • Date Rape: Jaz is raped by her boyfriend Danny late in the first season. Complicated by the fact that she would have consented if he'd been willing to wait to get a condom.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Jared's fiance Amanda in the first season, a snob who disapproves of him staying a nurse and especially doing so in the Weteern suburbs. She eventually leaves him for good when he has an HIV scare and she thinks he may have infected her (for the record, he was negative and he hadn't done anything beyond kissing her).
  • Dr. Jerk: Professor Richard Craig, who regularly tries to bully patients into going along with his (usually experimental) treatment ideas while paying no respect to the nurses, and at one point lies to a patient about his wife surviving their car accident. He also blackmails his daughter Bron into resigning from the ward if he saves the life of her friend, though he didn't technically hold her to it (the patient died in surgery and Bron left of her own accord, as did Craig shortly after).
  • Hello, Nurse!/Hospital Hottie: All over the place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Von Ryan, who's perfectly willing to act the part of a Battleaxe Nurse to particularly obnoxious patients or coworkers, but she does have a softer side.
  • Killed Off for Real: Of the main cast, Stephanie (car accident), Mitch (brain tumour), Sean (hit by a car), Erica (murdered),
  • Love Dodecahedron: Mainly between Stephanie, Ben, Bron, Luke, Paula and possibly Connor and Jodi.
  • MD Envy: Subverted with Jared. He was initially introduced as a medical student only to give that up after becoming more enthusiastic about nursing over the course of the first season.
  • Number Two:
    • Stephanie was Terri's second-in-command of the nursing unit, later succeeded by Connor, who in turn was succeeded by Nelson.
    • Charlotte was second-in-command of the Emergency department before being replaced by Zoe.
  • Parental Incest: the twist in an early episode involving an abandoned baby, whose teenaged mother was trying to get her away from their father.
  • Precision F-Strike: In Frank's introductory episode, during a heated argument with Terri:
    Frank: If you ever use your influence with your previous employees to white-ant me again, you will never work in Emergency. Can I make it any fucking clearer?
  • Promotion to Opening Titles:
    • Brian Vriends as Ben Markham, who had been recurring for over a hundred episodes before being promoted after Stephanie's death halfway through season 3.
    • Celia Ireland as Regina Butcher, who had been recurring since season two before being promoted in season 6.
    • Jenni Baird as Paula Morgan and Paul Tassone as Nelson Curtis, who had been recurring since season 4 before being promoted in season 6.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: The episode "Hard Rain" in which Ben and Bron try to save a young girl from a storm drain. They fail.
  • Romantic False Lead: Rose, who married Mitch in season 3 only for the relationship to fall apart due to him still being in love with Terri and her bipolar disorder.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: A rather misleading one where the character in question left the show quietly and temporarily.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With a few of the couples, especially Terri and Mitch, with such obstacles as her being a nun and him getting married to Rose.
  • Working with the Ex: Mitch and Terri, after he returns to All Saints in season 2.

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