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Members on Street Talk have been enjoying playing a game over the past couple of months so we have decided to open this up to Throng members as well.

Here’s how the game works: you choose four Shortland Street characters for the month.

Points are earned each time your character does one of the following:

100 points if your character: leaves the show, marries, divorces, proposes, gets pregnant (mother or father of child)
90 points if your character: gets fired, Breaks off relationship
80 points if your character: moves house, starts a new job
50 points if your character: sleeps with someone, receives medical treatment/advice
40 points if your male character is seen with his top off or if your female character is seen in her bra/bikini
25 points if your character: says the name of a character who has left the show
20 points if your character: is seen on a non-set location (max of one per episode. e.g. park, outside hospital, gym, beach)
15 points if your character says a New Zealand placename (Ferndale doesn’t count) or says a sentence in another language (not just hello)
12 points if your character: is seen reading/looking through a book or magazine, seen holding money or EFTPOS/credit card
10 pointsif your character: kisses or hugs someone, operates or assists in surgery
5 pointsif your character: says Ferndale, Shortland Street or DHB
3 points if your character: gets in or out of a lift
2 points if your character uses a computer or phone
1 point if your character: has a drink (of any sort)

Twists:

The first character you choose earns you double points on Mondays.
Triple points for your first character and double points for your second character during the 4000th episode (Friday June 6th).
-20 points if your character says bitch/bastard/slag or is seen doing smoking or doing drugs

Pick four four characters – remembering that the order matters for the two twists!

Characters to pick from:
Hone Chris Toni Craig Alice Scotty Shanti Sarah TK Libby Yvonne Kip Maia Morgan Hunter Sophie Tania Gerald Justine Callum Riley Kieran Kingi Wiremu

When do I make my picks by? Can I change my picks?

You can make your picks at any time.
If you make your picks after 7pm Monday 2 June, you will only get points for episodes which haven’t aired.

You can change your picks by editing your post before 7pm Monday 2 June.

Dr. Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) plays the bearer of bad news when he proffers a diagnosis for friend Sarah Potts’ (Amanda Billing) mystery illness. Despite Sarah’s many attempts to self diagnose over the last few months, it’s Craig who is finally able to offer this troubled Doctor the answer she’s been waiting for. But as is often said – no news is good news.
When Sarah hears what Craig has to say she is determined to dispute it, instead proposing that she has already discovered the reason for her symptoms.
Is Sarah avoiding the truth, or has Craig made a wrong turn?

Stay tuned for the the makings of a very successful partnership, as ambitious Doctor Callum McKay (Peter Mochrie) befriends hospital auditor Riley (Jacque Drew). Softened by the relaxed atmosphere of an evening meal, Callum and Riley soon learn they have much more in common than work and sparks begin to fly. Could this be the beginning of a very significant relationship, or is Callum using his charms to impress the powerful Martha Riley for his own personal gains?

Meanwhile, meddling receptionist Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) finds himself in an interesting position when he decides to do some snooping on his boss’ behalf. Trying to get the inside information on Riley’s plans for the clinic, Gerald takes the law into his own hands and adds a spot of breaking-and-entering onto his many lists of talents. Things take a turn for the worst when Riley arrives home with a very unexpected guest. Will Gerald be able to make his escape with a juicy piece of gossip up his sleeve or has this would-be super sleuth gotten himself caught in his own trap?

And coming soon – Friday 6th June marks Shortland Street’s 4000th episode, with the return of character Dr. Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison).
His dramatic arrival at the hospital clinic is indicative of things to come. While old mate Dr. Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) is pleased to see Hone’s return, it’s clear within one day, Hone is going to ruffle a few feathers with his worldly attitude and wandering eye.
One young nurse in particular gets picked up by Hone’s radar, but she may not be an easy target.

More will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite drama.

Exclusive to the official Shorty website! All the latest news and views, straight from the set this June.

It’s another action packed month on New Zealand’s favourite soap. Especially for the fans – here’s a brief glimpse of some of the highlights of this coming month:

When it’s good

When Shortland Street first hit New Zealand television screens on May 25th 1992 it was met with mixed reviews.

However, headlines like “New soap has dead-end feel to it” and “Soap gets thumbs down” didn’t dampen the spirits of TVNZ’s prime time serial drama which will celebrate its milestone 4000th episode on Friday June 6th 2008 with the return of original cast character Dr. Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison).

But that’s not all that is happening in June as Shortland Street rocks on into its 17th year!

Fight for your mind

Dr. Ropata has always been thought of as an easy-going kind of guy but this month we see a darker side to his character. When Hone becomes easily angered while out for a drink with old friend Dr. Chris Warner (Michael Galvin), Chris is forced to take him home before any further trouble starts. When Hone reflects on his time in Africa it becomes clear to Chris that despite his calm exterior, Hone is suffering from some very serious inner turmoil. What could possibly have happened in his past to affect Hone so badly?

Bring the funk

Businessman Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) becomes a creature of the night when his new business venture gets off the ground.

After seeing a gap in the entertainment market, IV Bar owner Kieran decides to take his hospitality skills to the next level, by organising illegal dance parties – much to the dismay of his uptight girlfriend Libby (Fleur Saville).

And Libby’s not the only one who’s not pleased with this arrangement. Kieran’s new right hand man Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) is caught in the midst of a moral dilemma when younger sister Sophie (Kimberley Crossman) sneaks into one of the dance parties and starts hanging out with some pretty suspect characters. But it seems Kieran may have bigger issues at hand when local gang – and rival dance party organisers, the Whitetails, get wind of his plans and vow to put him out of business using what ever means necessary.

With a huge financial investment at stake, Kieran has to take some pretty serious risks to ensure that his new business venture doesn’t fail – but at what personal cost?

Diamonds on the inside

After her last crush was revealed to be a serial killer, it would be fair to assume that Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) is a bit apprehensive about starting a new relationship. This month however, she wonders whether she might get a second chance at love when her friendship with metro-sexual receptionist Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) blossoms.

Despite their obvious interest in each other, is Gerald really ready for a woman like Morgan? With his disastrous relationship with Lindsay still fresh in his mind, Gerald decides to seek ‘expert’ advice on how to treat a lady. Only problem is – he asks Kieran and Kip for their opinions.

Just what do these two boys suggest to get Gerald and Morgan’s fledgling romance off the ground? And are they really the best men to be offering relationship advice?

Poor old Gerald’s about to find himself in a rather unusual situation with this one!

Glory and Consequence

It seems that the longer Riley (Jacque Drew) is about Shortland Street hospital – the more trouble she causes.

This month Riley decides to implement a new health care initiative for the emergency department, in the form of a scheme which rewards patients who have been kept waiting.

It doesn’t take long before the plan starts to backfire – causing all sorts of problems in a department that is already stretched to its limit. Will the staff stand up for themselves and let Riley know what they think of her far-fetched schemes? Or will they let her get away with more meddling?

Meanwhile, the flirtation between Callum and Riley steps up a notch when Callum sees that it may help in his bid to move further up the career ladder. But is the married man playing with fire by leading Riley on? And just what will Callum’s wife, Justine have to say about her husband’s new career plans if she finds out?

Another Lonely Day

It seems the novelty of dating Dr. Denton (Will Hall) may be wearing off for Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe). When these two first got their relationship off the ground just months ago, Kip’s tomfoolery and blokey behaviour seemed to be a constant form of entertainment for the fun loving Jeffries sister.

But recently, Tania has started to find the things she used to love about Kip – are now the things she likes the least.

What is it about Tania’s lifestyle that is making her question the love of a good man? Is it just a phase she’s going through, or could it be time for Tania to call it quits with Kip?

Find out more about the loves, lives and dramas of your favourite characters when Shortland Street continues this June.

Clinic PA Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) is about to make her true value known. When an opportunity for a performance review comes up, Libby decides that her loyalty to Dr. Warner (Michael Galvin) may come with a higher price. But the question is, will Dr. Warner agree? With eager receptionist Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) waiting in the wings with his eye on a promotion, Libby may find that her dollar value on the market has officially dropped. Could Libby have finally asked too much of Dr. Warner?

Dr. Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) plays the bearer of bad news when he proffers a diagnosis for friend Sarah Potts’ (Amanda Billing) mystery illness. Despite Sarah’s many attempts to self diagnose over the last few months, it’s Craig who is finally able to offer this troubled Doctor the answer she’s been waiting for. But as is often said – no news is good news.
When Sarah hears what Craig has to say she is determined to dispute it, instead proposing that she has already discovered the reason for her symptoms.
Is Sarah avoiding the truth, or has Craig made a wrong turn?

Stay tuned for the the makings of a very successful partnership, as ambitious Doctor Callum McKay (Peter Mochrie) befriends hospital auditor Riley (Jacque Drew). Softened by the relaxed atmosphere of an evening meal, Callum and Riley soon learn they have much more in common than work and sparks begin to fly. Could this be the beginning of a very significant relationship, or is Callum using his charms to impress the powerful Martha Riley for his own personal gains?

More will be revealed in upcoming episodes of New Zealand’s favourite drama.

Sneak preview: we bring you the hottest highlights of the Shortland Street week ahead, right here.

Shortland Street is placed on high alert when psych patient Rufus (Luke Bodle) is admitted to the hospital in an aggravated state. Already in a volatile condition, he soon loses his grip on reality and ends up taking a staff member hostage. As the drama of the evening unfolds a life is left hanging in the balance and another staff member is left terrified that they may lose the person they truly love.

Despite being out of favour with Nurse Shanti Kumari (Nisha Madhan) Dr. Dinesh Jivani (Amin Sheikh) proves he’s still got the looks and charm to command the attention of a lady or two.
In particular he strikes up an unexpected rapport with Nurse Toni Warner (Laura Hill) as they share a drink at the I.V. Bar. Could this connection lead to an unlikely relationship match? Find out in upcoming episodes.

Meanwhile, the Doctors of Shortland Street change out of scrubs, into sporting gear, as a schmoozey work golf game has the potential to turn in to a bitter slagging match.
When Riley (Jacque Drew) gets together some of the key hospital players, they fail to realise there are ulterior motives at play. Former lovers Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) and Justine Jones (Lucy Wigmore) are the first to feel the not-so-subtle burn of Riley’s sharp tongue and sarcastic wit, and with resentful spouses standing by, it’s only a matter of time before tensions overflow. Catch Shortland Street to see a true manipulator in action!

Beleaguered Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) has to face up to his fears about being a father third-time-round. But it’s not the usual jitters that are causing this doctor to worry, it’s the knowledge that Guy Warner (Craig Parker) may be the father of Alice’s (Toni Potter) baby. Is there a slim chance a Warner family hereditary disease may have been passed on to the unborn child?
When Craig tries to raise this with Alice, she’s convinced he’s looking for a loophole in his promise to be there no matter what. Is Craig having second thoughts about his role as a father-to-be?

It’s another action packed week on New Zealand’s favourite drama.

Remember if you miss any episode of Shortland Street when it screens on TV2, you can watch it for FREE at TVNZondemand.

This week , a surprising offer creates food for thought. When Nurse Toni Warner is looking for a place to live she gets handed a metaphorical olive branch by ex-husband Dr. Chris Warner (Michael Galvin), when he proposes she move into her old house as a ‘flatmate’.
But Toni is unsure of his intentions and suspects there may be strings attached to his offer. Will we be seeing Toni’s return to the Warner household and if so, is there a chance reconciliation is on the cards for these two old lovebirds?

Meanwhile P.A. Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) gets a new task to sink her teeth into when boss Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) encourages her to do a little snooping. With the arrival of Riley (Jacque Drew), Dr. Warner has been suspicious of her intentions and implores Libby to be his eyes and ears while Riley is around. Why is Chris so suspicious of Riley and does Libby have the tact to execute this task without anyone finding out?

An old bond is reformed when former lovers Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) and Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) are brought together by a common mission.
Lately, Sarah has been suspicious that something is seriously wrong with her, but has tried to keep her worries secret from the ones she loves.
However Craig extends the hand of friendship when he vows he’ll help her diagnose the mystery illness, no matter how long it takes.
With husband TK (Benjamin Mitchell) still in the dark about Sarah’s concerns, Craig is the nearest shoulder to cry on. Could this bond be enough to bring Craig and Sarah closer together than ever before?

Later in the week, Shortland Street is placed on high alert when psych patient Rufus (Luke Bodle) is admitted to the hospital in an aggravated state. Already in a volatile condition, he soon loses his grip on reality and ends up taking a staff member hostage. As the drama of the evening unfolds a life is left hanging in the balance and another staff member is left terrified that they may lose the person they truly love.

Ever the business man, Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) reveals his ruthless side on Shortland Street when he decides to sell some of serial killer Joey Henderson’s (Johnny Barker) drawings on the internet.
When the winning bidder turns up at El Rancho to collect their purchase, Kieran and flatmate Gerald (Harry McNaughton) are appalled, but intrigued, to find it’s a face from the past. Who is back in Ferndale, and what business do they have with the last possessions of Shorty’s darkest villain?
Find out, 7pm on TV2.

Nurse Shanti Kumari (Nisha Madhan) has more than dessert on her mind when she invites Dr. Dinesh Jivani (Amin Sheikh) over for dinner. When Dinesh starts making assumptions about the traditional future they may have together, Shanti decides to take control in the boldest way she knows how – by seducing him.
But how will Dinesh react to this determined modern woman attitude – and is this really what Shanti wants?

Meanwhile, a surprising offer creates food for thought. When Nurse Toni Warner is looking for a place to live she gets handed a metaphorical olive branch by ex-husband Dr. Chris Warner (Michael Galvin), when he proposes she move into her old house as a ‘flatmate’.
But Toni is unsure of his intentions and suspects there may be strings attached to his offer. Will we be seeing Toni’s return to the Warner household and if so, is there a chance reconciliation is on the cards for these two old lovebirds?

Exclusive to the official Shorty website! All the latest news and views, straight from the set this May.

People get ready

It’s a month of fresh faces this May with the return of two characters – and the arrival of two new ones.

After a six month maternity leave, Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) decides to return to Ferndale and resume her post as nursing manager at Shortland Street Hospital. Of course, with her comes baby Jay Jeffries. What Maia has failed to realise, is that life as a working solo mother is much more difficult that she ever anticipated. Will Maia cope with raising a child and running a nursing unit or is something (or someone) going to suffer?

Another blast from the past comes in the form of theatre nurse Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper). After her abrupt departure from Ferndale, it comes as a shock to some to witness the return of the nurse who had such a special bond with Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker). But are the staff ready to welcome Morgan back to Shortland Street? Or will her link with Joey mean that she’s permanently ostracised?

Also arriving this month is Martha Riley. Sent by the D.H.B. to audit the hospital, Riley (as she prefers to be known) bowls into Ferndale with a suitcase full of wit and a strong American accent which may catch some kiwi viewers by surprise. While initially her charming manner puts staff and management at ease, it soon becomes clear that Riley is in Ferndale to stir things up, and no ones jobs are safe while she’s around.

Waiting in vain

Dr. Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) has been battling with a mystery illness for months now, but this month her investigation gathers momentum. Though she’s chosen to keep her concerns a secret from the ones she loves, old flame Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) has proved an ally in the search for a diagnosis. Despite impending fatherhood with nurse Alice Piper (Toni Potter), Craig offers Sarah a shoulder to cry on when she needs it the most. Could Sarah’s secret rekindle an old bond between the former lovers?

Sun is shining

Just when it looks like Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) is destined to lead a life in hospitality, opportunity comes knocking and he gets offered the modelling gig of a life-time. Landing a full advertising campaign for a brand of designer jeans, Hunter is even more floored when he finds out he’ll be working with international model Anja Sadovenko (Reanin Johannink). But despite being put up in a lavish house and having his every whim catered for, Hunter soon learns that there’s more to modelling than meets the eye.

No woman, no cry

Toni Warner (Laura Hill) gets an offer she can refuse this month on Shortland Street. When Toni decides she needs to move on from living with friends Sarah and TK, ex-husband Dr. Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) proposes she move into her old house as a ‘flatmate’. Despite wanting to maintain a healthy relationship with Chris for the sake of their son Harry (Henry Williams), Toni realises that Chris’ offer may come with restrictions she’s not prepared for.
Excited about the idea of meeting and dating new people, Toni declines his offer, but the original problem still remains – where is Toni going to live?

Hot and Bothered

Things get a little cheeky on Shortland Street when Libby (Fleur Saville) and Kieran (Adam Rickitt) decide to hire some naughty adult DVD’s. However, this isn’t some crazy new fetish to spice up their love life; more a chance to meddle in the love life of Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) and spark up his rather lack-lustre libido.
Poor Gerald is soon flustered by all this unwanted information and begins to read sexual references in the most banal of circumstances at work.
Could Libby and Kieran’s plan have worked a little too well? Find out, as Gerald gets hot and bothered on Shortland Street.

Double blow

Reeling from the car accident which has left Tane in hospital, TK Samuels (Ben Mitchell) has to take off his doctor’s hat this week and step into the role of caring uncle, when his other nephew Wiremu Potae (Scott Cotter), is brought into the ED in a critical condition.
Just when TK thought that his luck couldn’t get any worse, he is devastated to hear that Wiremu is here because of his own actions.
What terrible thing has Wiremu done to end up in hospital? And why does TK feel that he’s to blame? It’s a double blow as the fallout continues from a car-race gone wrong.

What’s wrong with Sarah?

There’s no denying things have been going downhill for Dr. Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) of late. This week on Shortland Street, her problems get too big to hide. When Sarah starts getting patients confused, and breaks down in tears in front of management, she decides she needs to get to the bottom of her medical problems once and for all.
Despite blood tests coming back negative, Sarah continues her search for answers and faces her fears by investigating neurological disorders in a medical text book.
Could Sarah be getting closer to a diagnosis?