The annual Shortland Street Cliffhanger is a storyline at the end of each year's season that leaves behind a question to be solved the following year.This technique is used to lure viewers back after the long break. Cliffhangers are usually carefully written so that storylines from throughout the year come to a head and interconnect. The following is a list by year of Shortland Street's cliffhangers.
Though there was no break this year as Shortland Street screened throughout the holidays, Alison Raynor discovers she is pregnant with ex-fiancé Chris Warner's child, while Marj Neilson meets up with Jane, the daughter she gave up for adoption.
Again there was no break as the show screened throughout the holidays but the hospital staff faced a difficult choice when Steve, Gina, Hone and Marj all held New Year's Eve parties - and competed for guests. They were all disappointed when Alex McKenna invited everyone to celebrate at the local bar, Kennedy's. Marj was pleasantly surprised to find lover Laurie at her door.
Shortland Street took a two-week break over the Christmas/New Year period. Jenny was shocked to discover she was pregnant. Hone Ropata had to defend himself against Ant, a dodgy (and violent) associate of his nephew, Manny. He punched him and he never got back up. Darryl Neilson persuades Stuart Neilson to interrupt Lionel and Kirsty's until-then fairytale wedding.
Once again Shortland Street screened throughout the holiday period, but on Christmas Day, a truck driver drove into the hospital, knocking down Carmen Roberts and Kirsty. Kirsty was put into a coma and Carmen received a small injury to the head. Guy proposed to her and she died from a brain aneurysm moments later. Kirsty regained consciousness but suffered extreme amnesia and she told Lionel she could not remember loving him. Their marriage was over.
Shortland Street took a break from the end of November 1996 until late January 1997, the longest ever break for the show.
Rangi and Rachel broke up for good and wheelchair-bound Rangi found himself in a tight corner when he was trapped in the garage by a drunk Rachel - who then passed out leaving the car running.
Nick discovered the truth about the garbage company he worked for and found himself in danger. In Fiji Ellen told David she was pregnant. And Lionel and Kirsty decided to give their marriage another go. The year ended on their kiss.
Shortland Street took a six-week break from early December 1997 to mid January 1998.
Jenny realised that her fugitive husband Ian Seymour was the mysterious good Samaritan who had rescued her from a mugger. Donna and Rangi's romance came to a sudden halt when they discovered they were half-brother and sister. Tiffany was rushed to hospital after a potentially fatal collapse. Caroline was sentenced to life imprisonment for Annabel's "murder". And the small plane that Kirsty and Lionel were travelling in crashed.
Oscar's bad deeds began to catch up with him. Fergus attacked Oscar after learning he had raped Minnie and Rachel discovered Oscar had defrauded the hospital of a million dollars.
Lionel proposed to MacKenzie, unaware of her villainous activities. Oscar himself was nowhere to be found - until Minnie discovered him in Ellen and David's dining room, apparently dead.
Meanwhile, Minnie's mother Ellen (who'd just learned of her daughter's rape) and Mike were looking for Minnie, hoping to find her on the harbour cruise they'd planned. The boat hit a reef and began to sink and when Mike and Ellen tried to jump to safety Ellen hit her head. Mike frantically tried to find her underwater...
Moira and Dean were finally reconciled and Alesha told Frank she was pregnant - to him. Wave was shocked that her friend Minnie was using guys for their money. After a fight with lover Laura, Caroline turned to Greg for comfort.
Sofia Martinez arrived, announcing she was the new Director of Shortland Street. Donna discovered Rangi wasn't her brother after all - but while trying to contact him with the good news he was pledging his devotion to policewoman girlfriend Janet, trapped under a vehicle as it went up in flames during attendance at a roadside accident.
From the year 2000 onwards Shortland Street took a shorter break of four weeks every year.
A literal cliffhanger as nasty Eamon begged for his life, but would Kate Larsen (whom Eamon had raped) pull him up?
Fergus proposed to Waverley, then called off the engagement when Wave would not believe he was off drugs; Wave soon realised the error of her ways and proposed to him - but would he accept?
Sofia met a stranger who introduced himself as the new head of the hospital - Chris Warner.
Angela and Nick's son Lucas was born (but it was bittersweet for Nick, as he knew Angela's cancer was spreading). And Frank came under fire when he treated a murderer - and was later seen lying in the carpark in a pool of his own blood.
Disappointed suitor Jack Hewitt attacked Chris and kidnapped Rachel, later staging a creepy mock wedding.
Nick declared his love for Waverley and asked her to come to the UK with him. And Barb's Christmas party turned to tragedy when Marshall's garage drug lab exploded.
2002 saw Waverley be diagnosed with breast cancer and Shannon announce that she was pregnant - to Tama.
Rachel and Chris's relationship was on the rocks and as her alcoholism took control she moved into bartender Zac's place, and nearly drowned in his pool. Chris called it quits and decided to pursue his feelings for Donna. As they celebrated, Rachel was on her way over. Trying to talk to Chris on her mobile while driving drunk she had a serious car accident.
Back at the hospital prisoner Kurt Matakuare (Victor's nemesis) had been brought in for treatment. When everyone else was at the staff Christmas party he overpowered his guard and headed for Victor's office. When Adam tried to stop him, Kurt stabbed Adam with a scalpel leaving him bleeding in the deserted corridor too weak to cry out.
As 2003 drew to a close the question on everyone's lips was 'Who killed Geoff Greenlaw?' and as Geoff's sister Delphi prepared to leave Ferndale for Sydney in the company of Dominic Warner, she was horrified to uncover new evidence suggesting Dom was the murderer.
Chris Warner's world crumbled around him when his girlfriend Donna discovered he'd been unfaithful, and he was arrested on trumped up charges of sexual molestation, both thanks to Dominic.
The on-again, off-again romance between Toni Thompson and Logan King was all on when Logan announced he'd left his wife for Toni.
At the Christmas party, Vinnie kissed Jesse and Waverley fainted for the best possible reason - she was pregnant! And across town at a charity function, Anne and Tama were trapped when the building collapsed around them.
Called to the scene, ambo officer Nelson Copeland tried frantically to get Anne out before the building was completely destroyed.
This year Shortland Street ran right up to Christmas and the year's final episode was a celebratory one-hour special that screened on Christmas Day.
The centerpiece was Tama and Shannon's romantic beach wedding, attended by old favourites Victor, Donna and Mihi. Across town, the hospital social club was performing A Christmas Carol charity and back at the Emergency Department, Sarah and Andrew were coping with the demands of the festive season.
The year ended with a combined wedding reception and A Christmas Carol wrap party at Coltrane, the romantic reunion of Barb and Sticky and the start of Sarah and Andrew's ill-fated relationship.
The final episode of 2005 saw Craig, Sarah, Judy and Maia form a band to entertain their colleagues at the hospital Christmas party it was all to raise money for a good cause, and even though Sarah was dating Hamish and Craig was with Huia, their chemistry was clear as they sang the Dance Exponents hit 'Why Does Love Do This To Me?'
Meanwhile, Tania Jeffries discovered that her boyfriend Mark Weston was a sex addict. During the Christmas party, Tania punched Mark and ended their relationship.
Sarah finally chooses TK Samuels over old flame Craig Valentine at the staff beach party.
Chris Warner begins his ill-fated affair with Justine Jones when they share a passionate kiss.
Chris locates Guy, Toni, Tuesday and Harry but they run away in the car and get in a huge car crash.
After months of murdering the hospital staff, the Ferndale Strangler is revealed to be nice guy nurse Joey Henderson when he attempts to strangle nurse Tania Jeffries.
Tania and boyfriend Kingi get kidnapped by the Whitetails Gang, meanwhile Ethan Pierce decides to ditch the country, stinging several people along the way. He arrives to his house, packs his gear and is then shot three times by an unseen assailant.
Kieran Mitchell discovered that his brother Sid was intent on burning down the IV with his fiancée Sophie sleeping upstairs.
Attempting to leave the party to stop him, Kieran was forced to borrow drunk Rachel's car and ended up hitting and killing nurse Morgan Braithwaite.
He pulled a comatose Rachel across to the driver's side of the car, effectively framing her for the death.
Isaac learns that Luke Durville has been "taken care of" by the Russian gang that kidnapped him, Jennifer learns that Maia has a crush on her, Scotty brutally starts strangling fiancé Tracey Morrison on the dinner table and Evan accidentally starts a fire in Rachel & Callum's apartment block, trapping himself, Chris, Rachel and Callum inside.
The season ends with Callum jumping on top of passed out lovers, Chris and Rachel as another huge explosion rifts the building.
Schoolgirl - Ula Levi, realizes she is pregnant, Chris and Gabrielle start an affair and Hunter breaks into a pharmacy, desperate for a drug fix. Daniel and Jill try to stop Hunter, only for Daniel to get bludgeoned with a crowbar by Bailey and Jill to get stabbed by a security guard.
The wedding of Luke Durville and Bella Cooper goes ahead, after some last minute wedding jitters when Luke found out the day before that he has a brain tumor and most likely only has 3 months to live which he revealed to Bella and suggested they call off the wedding. On the day of the wedding, Chris Warner finds out that Gus Afeaki died and he later informs Vasa Levi. Before the wedding begins, Zac Smith who was previously revealed to the audience as the person targeting TK Samuels, spikes a drink and tricks Josh Gallagher in to giving it to TK. After the wedding Murray Cooper tells his estranged wife Wendy that he wishes to get back together and Wendy agrees to consider it. Under the influence of the spiked drink, TK starts behaving noticeably strangely and gets into his car to chase Josh when he sees him leaving. TK drives into the surrounding group of people with Murray and Wendy in TK's way.
The season ends with TK colliding with Murray as he pushes Wendy out of the way.
The final episode for 2013 was screened midweek and was an hour-long episode.
After Vasa and Travis break up Vasa finds Travis has over $30,000 in cash despite having declared bankruptcy days earlier and leaving both Murray and Nate out of pocket. Vasa manages to get Travis to agree to half of the money and the Cooper's are paid back but not Nate. Ula is called to an Ambulance call out to Vasa's address, Ula rings Vasa in advance but receives no answer, the call out is due to a body found in the car park of Vasa'a apartment which happens to be Travis's body. Vasa and Vinnie are seen coming back into the house drunk but have no idea what has happened to Travis.
Brooke finally has a kidney transplant, a kidney becomes available after Dayna's mother is involved in a car accident. Dayna's mother initially arrived in hospital in a stable condition but Bree and Josh chose to drug her so that she was brain dead and her kidney could be used. Initially Dayna had refused to go ahead with allowing her mother's kidney to be used but agreed at the last minute. The Cooper family agree to take care of Dayna and her brother.
Josh is arrested at the end of the second to last episode of 2013 on a charge of intent to harm for tampering with vitamins given to Wendy.
Chris plans a Christmas party at the Warner family batch. In the lead up Chris and Rachel have run into problems, Chris is wanting to marry Rachel and have children Rachel initially doesn't want either. Grace Kwan has also indicated she wants a baby to which Chris offers to be the father to but stay in a relationship with Rachel. At the end of the episode Rachel accepts Chris's proposal and accepts that Chris and Grace may have a child together.
Nate tries to set Dallas up for a fall, as payback for Dallas suggesting Nate play Santa, Nate finds a ring and places it in a gift-box with a note and hands it to Emma. When Emma sees the ring and reads the note she instantly thinks Dallas was proposing and is keen on the idea but Dallas is surprised and instantly responds with the words "as if." This leads to Emma and Dallas not talking to each other and Kylie also mad at Nate for playing such a prank. After unsuccessfully trying to talk Emma around, Dallas and Kylie are talking together and this leads to Dallas and Kylie kissing only to have Emma catch them both out. Josh is released on bail and places a home made bomb on a timer underneath Chris's batch. Josh then crashes the party saying the police had dropped the charges and he was free and made an attempt to take Bella away with him. Bella was not interested in having anything more to do with Josh and Harper, TK and Roimata did everything to keep Josh away from Bella. After a long altercation between Josh and the rest of the group Roimata discovers the bomb underneath the bach.
The season ends with the bach exploding with everyone's lives at risk.
At the end of the episode a trailer is played showing Rachel, Roimata, Chris, TK, Emma and Josh in a funeral like scene. The audience are told one of these people will die, the audience are given clues as to who will survive.
The campaign "Shortland Street Clues" was launched after the episode with one clue on who lives/dies given to fans each day until the show resumed.
The final episode of 2014 was screened on Thursday, in a double episode/one-hour special. Boyd, TK, Garrett, Murray, Vinnie and Dallas hesitantly agree to participate in the calendar set competition by Kylie and Leanne, in which the winner becomes the front cover. The final two are narrowed down and Dallas beats out Vinnie through audience appreciation.
Meanwhile, Rachel is still trapped in the elevator with Shelley, who threatens to attack her with a knife if she does not get her termination pills. Rachel calls Boyd and references the name 'Derek Foster' - the detective responsible for Toby's father's death. Initially, Boyd doesn't understand the call but Kylie explains who he is and both Boyd and Chris rush to the hospital, sensing something is wrong.
Chris and Boyd begin to search for Rachel, while Leanne calls security and orders them to search for Rachel. Shelley refuses to wait any longer and forces Rachel to a drug room to find the pills herself. She repeatedly says she does not have access to a drug room, but a door is left open by a fellow nurse, granting access into the room.
Rachel begins looking for the pills when Chris, Boyd and the security guards arrive outside the room. Chris is granted access after he states he is a doctor. He asks Shelley questions and asks whose choice it is to abort the baby. After reassurance that everything will be okay, she lets Rachel go, doesn't take the pills and is taken away by the police.
While at the calendar competition, Ula breaks up with Garrett, saying he is trying to be something he isn't. After claiming victory, Dallas calls Bella but to no avail. Dallas and Ula converse as they both relate to each other in which both their relationships have ended.
While being treated in ED, Chris and Rachel share a moment together, and Chris sees this as a golden opportunity to reunite with her, although Rachel is only grateful and does not want anything more. The following morning, she is treated to a large bouquet of flowers and expensive jewellery. Chris and now Harry continue to misread these actions. Chris forces Rachel over to his house where she tells him again that she does not want to get back together.
Back at the hospital, Shelley escapes from the police and subsequently runs into Nicole who is knocked over. She is rushed to ED but is cleared of any damage to her or the baby. After the calendar competition Nicole goes into labour.
The season ends when Chris enters Rachel's apartment and sees Rachel with Garrett and is shocked, Dallas invites a mystery woman over to his place, and Nicole gives birth to a baby boy (Pele), only to suffer a seizure right after, leaving Vinnie and Leanne devastated.
The campaign "Love Hurts" followed and fans were given the chance to write endings for the story lines in the Finale (Nicole's Seizure, Dallas' mystery woman, Chris and Rachel's break up and Harper anguish over TK and Boyd) to win an exclusive perfume of the same name.
The 2015 cliffhanger aired on Monday 14 December as a 90-minute triple episode.
Dr. Drew McCaskill discovers some discrepancies with recent finances and accounting and accuses Margaret Hannah. Victoria and Curtis also take Margaret's side of the story, with Curtis threatening Drew if he goes to Rachel, Virginia also becomes angry with Drew when she believes that he is trying to get with a 15-year-old patient. Gareth Hutchins sneaks into the hospital, takes out the security guard and the cameras, and confronts Drew in his study, seeking revenge for Drew's intervention that involved Gareth's daughter, Millie, to be placed in foster care. He shoots Drew twice and tries to take Kylie hostage to get him out of the hospital.
After attempts to escape via the underground carpark and ambulance bay are foiled, Gareth enters the hospital cafe and takes the staff Christmas party hostage. Michael manages to escape with Vinnie's call, but when Gareth wants Stevie as a shield, Len Cooper lunges forward and confronts him despite still recovering from a shoulder injury. He is shot point-blank in the stomach and passes away having lost a lot of blood. After Len dies, Gareth again wants Stevie, with Bella resisting to obey.
Boyd makes a last-minute dash to the hospital with best man Chris Warner having left the wedding rings in his office desk. However he becomes trapped inside as the police and Armed Offenders Squad surround the hospital. Boyd and Harper are forced to postpone their wedding. Amidst the chaos, Dayna was late to the wedding with George, and had no idea about the situation at Shortland Street, they got married, knowing the Coopers would still have reservations about them getting married.
The season ends when Mo and Vinnie rush Gareth, causing Gareth to fire shots and within firing range were Bella, Stevie, Wendy, Murray, Vinnie, Mo, Jack, Boyd and Leanne. Dayna and George are pronounced husband and wife, and an unknown person picks up the gun and shoots Drew.
The campaign "The Living Moment" was launched on TV and through the website - www.thelivingmoment.co.nz. Each week a password was given on Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram for an exclusive peek into the lives of a character affect. Photos, 111 Calls, Evidence, Christmas Cards and Maps were also unlocked with the password.
When unscrambled the 5 password spelled TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN.
There were four suspects as to who shot Drew at the end
Margaret, Curtis, Victoria and Virginia were the four suspects
In the middle of 2016, it is revealed to be Victoria, revealing her guilt in her final moments
Shortland Street resumed on 18.1.16.
Trina dies from wounds inflicted from Hayden. TK takes Trina's phone and calls Hayden who is upset about Trina dying. TK and Kylie head to TK's house while they are there Hayden abducts Kylie and forces TK to go with him. They go to a distant junkyard and Hayden shoots TK in the arm and forces him to dig his grave.
Meanwhile, Chris, Finn and Sass meet Frank, the eldest out of the triplets. Frank decides to go to the Christmas party and spends the day at the hospital, where he takes a liking for Esther, Finn's girlfriend.
Elsewhere, Glen, Lucy and Ali leave Ferndale for Glen's secret bach as they believe they are not safe. DI Cochrane is secretly hunting them down on the way, and when Ali believes the three aren't safe at the bach either, they drive elsewhere, and Ali gets sick. They nearly bump into another car and they go crashing down a hill.
At the Christmas party, Nicole confesses her love to Ruby and Damo tries to take on the role of DJ. Sass finds out Damo is the secret DJ and knocks him out, and Damo is replaced by rapper Leroy and Blue Nathan as the DJ. Frank confesses to Esther that he likes her while Finn overhears this, Finn is angered by this.
DI Cochrane finally finds the car with Glen, Lucy and Ali in it. Ali has managed to get out but as DI Cochrane lights the car and drowns it with petrol. Ali pulls Lucy out but fails to get Glen out.
Hayden then threatens to kill Kylie, and then TK and Hayden engage in a fight.
The season ends as the car blows up with Glen in it and Ali and Lucy barely escaping the car, Finn tries to punch Frank in the face but misses and hits Leanne, and TK ends the fight by drowning Hayden.
The 2016 finale was followed by the "Past the point of no Return" campaign which will continue through the year of the shows 25th Anniversary. Three videos were released showed the three characters most affected by Ferndale's Christmas - Lucy, TK & Nicole. Each week a video was launched on the shows Facebook page showing memories of the past, parts of the ad, and the character's solemn face.
A shooter hired by Mason Coutts attempts to shoot Finn after Finn receives numerous death threats. Frank jumps in front of the bullet and is shot, but after extensive care, he recovers. The shooter then enters the hospital and then attempts shooting Finn again, but is killed by Chris.
Esther is then kidnapped and is threatened to have her throat slit by one of the prisoners who killed his own son.
A prison bus that was transferring prisoners to a high state max security facility, which is holding Mason, 'deliberately' crashes and Mason escapes. Sass went on a boat with Jasper, only to find that Mason had hijacked the boat, forcing Sass to either sail with him or die trying to make it back to Ferndale. Later, in a heated exchange, Mason kills his own son, Jasper, and then tries to kill Sass, who he accuses of turning Jasper against him. Mason is then shot with a harpoon by Sass and falls overboard, dragging her into the water with him. Eventually, Mason dies of his injuries.
Meanwhile, Leanne takes on the role of Santa during Christmas celebrations, but when the costume is supposedly sabotaged by Dawn (leaving Leanne with a red rash on her face), Leanne sabotages Dawn's Trifle by adding vodka to it, which is completely demolished by Ali in attempt to make Dawn feel better. Drunk, he goes in to kiss Dawn, only to vomit all over her.
The season ends with the boat travelling away, leaving Sass treading water in the middle of sea, Virginia is found unconscious at the bottom of Chris' stairs, and Esther goes into cardiac arrest after escaping from the prisoners car, with Curtis and Finn doing everything in their power to save her.
Jack, Mo, Kate, Chris, Leanne and Damo were to all go on a private plane charter. Unfortunately, Leanne had a vision a plane crash, and she and Damo bailed out. A stranger Denise then joined them on the private charter.
When we last saw Kylie and Dylan, Kylie caused a car to crash after learning about Dylan's murderous past. Kylie frees Dylan from the car and Dylan goes into ED. Nurse Claire is angered by the fact serial rapist Ian Reid has been stabbed in prison and taken into ED. Kylie changes the message on Damo's Christmas lights to cause a well-timed power cut, and an unknown figure (which is revealed to be Claire in September 2019) enters Ian Reid's ward and stabs him.
The plane crashes into the middle of a forest, and the pilot dies. Father and son, Mo and Jack are left with serious injuries. Jack has a broken leg. With Jack's life hanging, Chris and Mo try to find a cell phone tower, Mo blames Chris for the death of his late daughter Pixie. Mo's injuries come to serious terms, but not trying to seem weak, they carry on back to camp.
Back at the hospital, Nurse Dawn is spreading Christmas joy. She is unaware that her husband, Ali, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
When Chris and Mo return to the camp, they discover Denise has been using the secret satellite phone, she then threatens Chris, Mo and Kate with a flare gun, Mo charges at Denise and shoots the flare gun in the air, Denise punches Mo in his injured area and runs off just as the rescue plane comes down.
Kylie goes into Dylan's ward and tells him that Ian Reid died, then Dylan confesses all of his murders and then Kylie uses a kiss to drug Dylan and he says to Kylie that she is perfect. She then tells him she is not perfect and then suffocates him.
The season ends when Mo, Coughs up blood onto Kate's shirt and hears Pixie before passing out, Jack is weak and his life is hanging in the balance, Kylie is now a two time murderer and Damo is squished under a Christmas tree.
Tim Myers kidnaps Zara and straps a bomb to her as revenge for Zara causing the breakup between Tim and Shareez. He takes her to the hospital with him, and gives another bomb to River, wrapped up as a "Christmas gift" to blow up the hospital.
Meanwhile, Cece, Sophia, Dawn and Shareez go on a "men-free" bush walk, however that takes a turn when they unexpectedly meet Dawn's ex-prisoner boyfriend, Jake. As the three make their way back to their car, Jake gets shot by two hunters, they run and are forced to hide in a shed.
Tim takes Zara into Chris' office and holds Zara, Chris and Boyd hostage. Chris tries to calm Tim down but Tim knocks him out and takes Zara and Boyd hostage. Chris tells the police to let Tim leave as he knows they have a bomb. Phoenix's wife goes into labour, and Eddie helps Chris to make it in time to see the arrival of his new granddaughter, Amelie.
In the shed, Shareez discovers that Jake has thousands of dollars worth of weed, and then two hunters, Bronnie and Pete, come inside. They take the five outside and threaten to shoot Sophia and Jake. One of the hunters, Pete, has thoughts of raping Sophia instead of being ordered to shoot her.
Tim drives to where Shareez is, convinced by Boyd and Zara, that Shareez still loves him. He parks there and can't get hold of her. Boyd confesses to Zara about his feelings for her, and Tim threatens to blow up Zara and Boyd. Meanwhile at the hospital, Louis King is convinced that River is up to something, and talks to Dr Marty Walker. He hacks into River's MyLife account and finds out what Tim and River are doing with River's "present" and he and River fight, and River decides to turn himself in. Damo, setting up a secret Santa, accidentally takes River's "gift" to the secret Santa.
Tim gives up trying to find Shareez, and the secret santa with the bomb takes place, and the gift with the bomb gets handed to Pele, Nicole's child. Boyd manages to get the vest of Zara and they attempt to flee the ambulance.
The season ends when Marty stops Pele from opening the gift, Shareez and Cece rush Bronnie and Sophia lights Pete on fire, Kylie and TK embrace and are interrupted by Frank Warner and Tim blows up the ambulance just as Zara and Boyd got out, leaving fans to question who survives.
Brady Nash returns to the hospital and confronts TK about how his arrest caused him to lose his family and his job. Frank then confronts Braydon before he can attack TK, and leaves for the bach, with Brady chasing after him.
Meanwhile, at the IV, Leanne holds a Christmas dinner for all her family and friends. Graham gives Leanne a speech, and she runs off, because she is hiding her true feelings for Rosalyn (Maeve's mother) and Esther surprises Eddie by returning with Kiwa. Desi and Damo also arrive, with Desi heavily intoxicated. Maeve discovers that Theo is still in love with her, when Maeve is sent a gift saying "Forever yours, Theo xx"
Drew and Harper hold a Christmas dinner at their place, with Boyd, Zara and the twins. When the kids have all gone to bed, the adults get very high in Drew's hot tub. Boyd gets the worst of it, and falls asleep on Drew's couch. He is awoken by the noises of walking in Drew's corridor.
At the bach, Chris begins to contemplate his life, and is confronted by ghosts of Phoenix and Mo, saying that he needs to stay and look out for his family. Mo indicates to Chris that Frank is in trouble back at the bach, and he runs back up and discovers Frank being held at gunpoint by Brady, who takes both Chris and Frank down to the basement and holds them hostage. Chris tries to convince Brady against what he is doing but it doesn't work.
Leanne confesses her feelings towards Rosalyn, and Dawn confesses her feelings towards Prince. Leanne and Rosalyn share a kiss, and Graham walks in on it. Meanwhile, Dawn and Prince enter the flat to discover that Dawn's dog, Barry has had puppies. Graham collapses after seeing Leanne and Rosalyn kiss. The sight causes Desi to leave the bar drunk and when Damo tries to stop her, she assaults him. Boyd then checks on the kids, and discovers only Marley and Billy there, Wondering where Romulus and Remus are, he leaves the room and discovers the front door of Drew's house open.
The season ends as Boyd runs out to find Eve driving off with his twins, Graham dies surrounded by family and friends, Desi drives away from the IV heavily intoxicated, and Chris is shot in the chest by Brady while trying to protect Frank.
Christopher Alexander Warner is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who has been portrayed by Michael Galvin since the show's first episode, making him the longest running original character. Galvin quit the show in 1996, but returned to the show four years later when the show underwent a revamp. In total he has been with Shortland Street for 23 of its 27 years.
Te Koha "TK" Samuels is a fictional character in New Zealand's longest running soap opera Shortland Street, played by actor Benjamin Mitchell since early 2006.
Brooke Rolleston is a fictional character from the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, played by Beth Allen. Brooke debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 14 July 2008. The role was written with Allen in mind to play her. Brooke arrived as a locum GP but later advanced in her career. She is played as a manipulative female, who uses her sexuality to advance in her career. She is also characterised by her complex backstory which has resulted in her "messed up" persona. As a stylish female, Allen is required to spend longer in the dressing room with make-up artists. Brooke's style has been attributed to Katharine Hepburn, though she wears dark colours to convey her personality.
Leanne Black-Johnson is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Jennifer Ludlam. Leanne debuted as the mother of established character Nicole Miller in a guest role in 2010, before reprising the role in more central positions in both 2011 and 2014.
Dr. Josh Gallagher is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Chris Tempest between May 2012 and January 2014. The character was mostly known for his change from friendly to villainous when he developed Hero Syndrome.
Boyd Rolleston is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street portrayed by Sam Bunkall. He made his first screen appearance on the episode broadcast on 13 September 2012. Boyd arrives as the hospitals newest surgeon and is portrayed as a no-nonsense doctor, down-to-earth, and unpretentious despite coming from a wealthy and privileged upbringing, making friends regardless of his social-status.
Kylie Samuels is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street portrayed by Kerry-Lee Dewing. She made her first screen appearance on the episode broadcast on 24 September 2012. The character was introduced alongside Emma Franklin as friends to existing character Lana Jacobs. The character's storylines have focused on euthanasia, having a mastectomy, being infertile due to miscarriages from ectopic pregnancy and her relationship with TK Samuels which have all being popular among viewers.
Harper McCaskill is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street portrayed by Ria Vandervis. She made her first screen appearance on the 1 May 2013. She was introduced as close friend to established character, Sarah Potts, who had returned after working in New York. Her storylines have focused on her relationships including her lesbian fling with Nicole Miller and the most notable being her love triangle with characters Boyd Rolleston and Drew McCaskill. Her most recent storylines have seen her suffer from Addison's Disease, and try to battle for Billie's custody after separating from Drew McCaskill, but was later put on hold as she was discovered to have an aggressive brain tumour that need to be removed.
Damien Alex Heath "Damo" Johnson is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Portrayed by comedian Grant Lobban, Damo first appeared over several years in a guest role before becoming a regular character in 2017. Primarily written as comic relief, Damo has also featured in storylines such as his diagnosis of bowel cancer.
Frank Warner is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Born on-screen, Frank was originally played by an uncredited baby actor in 1993 before Luke Patrick took over the role in 2016.