The Heart Guy (Doctor, Doctor) season 5: so long, Whyhope

Hayley McElhinney and Rodger Corser in The Heart Guy

The Heart Guy (Doctor, Doctor), a family dramedy from Australia, finished its very successful run with a 5th season which is now on Acorn TV. Fans of the series will be delighted with the way everything turned out, although the suspense was held until the very end of the final episode.

The Heart Guy (Doctor, Doctor) was all about relationships and love, family and friends, and the struggle to keep the town of Whyhope afloat.

When the season begins we learn that Whyhope is failing. Drought and other disasters have businesses failing. Asbestos in the hospital closes the place down and the doctors have to set up shop in a shuttered veterinary clinic.

Chantelle Jamieson in The Heart Guy

The state sends in an administrator named Sharna (Chantelle Jamieson) to take over running the place. Her first task is to charge Meryl (Tina Bursill) with corruption and have her arrested. If the temporary clinic doesn’t bring in enough patients, it will be closed. Meryl sends Hugh (Rodger Corser) in to seduce Sharna into letting Meryl go. That backfires when Sharna and Hugh turn out to be into each other.

Before long Penny (Hayley McElhinney) is discovered to be divorced and working in a clinic just miles away. She’s lured into coming back to Whyhope. With Hugh and Penny back in the same clinic it’s a race to see whether Sharna can win the man or Penny can get him back.

Many issues that riled up fans in season 4 were settled in season 5. Penny’s son Floyd (Winta McGrath) left boarding school and rejoined the cast. Hugh quit partying so much and became a better dad.

Ryan Johnson and Nicole da Silva in The Heart Guy

Matt (Ryan Johnson) and Charlie (Nicole Da Silva) were back, and together, but divorced. Matt’s beer was a hit.

Chloe Bayliss and Matt Castley in The Heart Guy

Hayley (Chloe Bayliss) and Ajax (Matt Castley) were married but not together. And, ooh la la, about that guy Ajax hired to help on the farm, Tom (Lincoln Younes). Yikes.

Tina Bursill and John Waters in The Heart Guy

Meryl hired Michael (John Waters), an old lover from 40 years ago, as her lawyer in the corruption case. Definitely still some heat there.

While all the relationships winning and losing was happening, there were the medical emergencies and the staff at the clinic to learn about. Betty (Belinda Bromilow) left early in the season and was replaced by an equally competent but flaky Melody (Contessa Treffone). Ken (Charles Wu) kept the place running.

Suspense throughout the season kept questions such as who would end up with which person, where Hugh would practice medicine, and who would be running Whyhope, going to the very end. The final episode was a sweet farewell to the fans, with the last scene being a colorful road sign that read “Thanks for visiting Whyhope.”

Women directors in season 5 were Lisa Matthews, Erin White, Catherine Millar, and Hattie Dalton.

the Heart Guy poster with Nicole Da Silva

Here’s the season 5 preview.

Were you happy with the final season? Did everything turn out the way you hoped?

11 thoughts on “The Heart Guy (Doctor, Doctor) season 5: so long, Whyhope”

  1. We need Season 6 or at least an annual movie keeping us up to date on the latest developments. Good shows just seem to end with no follow up. Everyone knows there is always a a follow up in the medical field when hearts are involved!

    1. Without even seeing season 5, the uk is missing this type of programme, its lite hearted, but draws you in to the characters and their relationships, don’t give up now. There are people out there that appreciate what your doing.

    2. I agree, I am in the UK and waiting for season 5. Very disappointed that its the last, can somewhat understand finishing it, but I still think with imagination, it could be elongated in to another season, as long as the surgery and doctor is alive, then anything can be created around them. Keep writing and keep this program alive

  2. Without giving away the ending, I just wish they would have moved that ending up in the last episode a little sooner. I felt like the fans deserved to see more of what goes on with how it turned out. Otherwise, I was happy with the finale. I agree with Jan G above, we need an annual movie to keep us updated on Whyhope shenanigans.

  3. Ah no,was just Googling for season 6 update & found out it’s not happening,boooo that’s disappointing & a real shame. Am on last ep of season 5,it better give me happily ever after vibes. Cheers Whyhope

  4. Jammer dat even Niet komt, las ik, pas in april weer??? tbe aussie serrie, voor mij mag n nieuwe komen , bij ons in NL komt t op net 5,. love hugh and penny ans all of thw cast

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