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The very first episode

The billings for the first ever episode of Shortland Street said:  "Tom and Marj are shocked by Stuart's claim. Chris is sprung in a compromising situation. Hone has a dramatic introduction to Shortland Street."

The opening scene was: An ambulance speeds towards an accident scene.

The first piece of dialogue was: Marj Neilson answering the phone in reception and saying, "Good afternoon, Shortland Street Accident and Emergency Centre".

The first episode contained a birth, a sex scene (between Dr Chris Warner and an aerobics instructor played by Suzy Aitken) and what remains the show's most famous line: "You're not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata" , delivered by Nurse Carrie Burton.

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