The fourth season of the Australian drama Sea Patrol began airing as Sea Patrol 4: The Right Stuff on 15 April 2010. Most regular cast members have returned.
The Hammersley is on a routine FFV inspection in the Torres Strait when they discover grog runners. During boarding, Kate’s life is threatened and under pressure Dutchy fails to do his job, suffering flash-backs to a similar situation where his previous XO had been killed, and letting the grog runners go with Kate as hostage together with the boarding parties guns and radios. Kate is shoved overboard shortly after by another of the armed men who turns out to be an undercover cop, and is picked up by the Hammersley unharmed. Called to account for their actions and for losing the guns and radios RO confronts Dutchy, telling him the stuff up was his fault.
Hammersley docks at Port Johnson, an alcohol-free town. Dutchy feels the need to prove himself to the crew and investigates the grog runners alone at night. Meanwhile, 2Dads tries to prove to RO that Dutchy’s medal for Gallantry is real and steals it without thinking, almost losing it. Without back-up Dutchy gets into trouble and takes a beating for his efforts, further angering the CO about his cowboy attitude. Later Kate confronts Dutchy about his behaviour, but the conversation is interrupted by sighting of the grog runners’ truck. Giving pursuit, Dutchy and Kate are taken hostage by the grog runners. The two escape their confines but find themselves adrift miles from land and with no hope or rescue. Hoping he can swim for land Dutchy sets off, but a boat soon arrives carrying the local policeman, and Kate is thankful of the rescue until it is revealed that he is the ringleader of the grog syndicate, and the most dangerous member of all.
Sea Patrol Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 10 June 2010.
- Running Time: 42 minutes.
- Rating: 12+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.