Joe Scully Shane
Parents: Pat and Mrs Scully
Marital Status: Lyn O'Rourke
Mick and Tom
Felicity, Michelle and Oscar
Family Tree: Scully
Occupation: Builder, Truck Driver, Taxi Driver
and stubborn, with a gruff exterior but a heart of gold, Joe
Scully is enormously proud of his family and would do anything
for them. He married Lyn O'Rourke in 1978 and they went on
to have four children - Stephanie, Jack, Felicity and Michelle.
Stephanie proved to be a favourite of Joe's, due to her tomboyish
nature and interest in cricket and soccer, just like her father.
And Joe's proudest moment came when only son Jack was signed
to Barnsford in the English soccer premiership. Joe always
had a more volatile relationship with middle daughter, Flick,
who always stood up to him and questioned the decisions he
made more than the rest of the children. Michelle, meanwhile,
was always the apple of Joe's eye, and he spoiled her at every
started as an apprentice in the building trade, Joe gradually
worked his way up to forming his own construction company,
Ozebuilt, although he regularly sailed close to the wind financially,
and experienced various financial crises over the years. In
1999, the Scullys moved to the neighbouring suburb of Erinsborough,
and Joe immediately got up his neighbour's noses by making
plans to subdivide his land and build a second house.
door neighbour Dr. Karl Kennedy
was particularly opposed to the idea, especially since Joe
also claimed that the Kennedy family were taking up 46cm of
his land and demanded it back. A long running feud erupted
between Joe and Karl, and was made worse when they bought
fought for the position of coach on the local cricket team.
Lyn and Karl's wife, Susan,
succeeded in getting the two men to try and resolve their
differences after they put a stop to their respective sex
lives until the rift was healed. However, Joe's plans to subdivide
No.26 failed after the council revealed that all the houses
on Ramsay Street were 46 cm over, meaning Joe wouldn't obtain
the extra land from the Kennedys after all.
Joe was thrilled when the cricket team won a place in the
regional finals and Joe celebrated the victory with the team
in Lou's Place. But when he complimented Joel
Samuels on a suggestion which helped secure the team's
success, Joe was furious when it was revealed that the idea
had actually been Karl's but that everyone felt Joe would
be more open to the suggestion if it came from someone else.
Furious that his team had felt they couldn't be truthful with
him, Joe resigned as coach. However, Karl made Joe see sense,
and he returned to the fold, in time to see the team win the
final against Eden Hills thanks to a winning hit from Karl.
one to see his family treated properly, Joe was furious when
Ivan Hart, Lyn's boss at the hair salon she had started managing
at Lassiter's, was leaving Lyn to pay the staff out of her
own pocket. When Lyn's attempts at raising the subject with
Ivan failed, Joe intervened, and ended up getting Lyn the
sack. With Lyn then out of a job, Joe was forced to reveal
to her that it had actually come at a really bad time - he
was encountering severe financial difficulties with his building
company. Matters were made worse for Joe when Lyn's parents,
Henry and Connie, came to stay unexpectedly, and Henry stunned
Joe by asking him for a loan. Joe initially attempted to conceal
his money worries from his in-laws but Henry and Connie learnt
the truth when one of Joe's sub-contractors turned up at No.
26 looking for payment. Even though Lyn was eventually re-instated
at the salon, Joe was forced to start looking for a second
job to keep the family afloat. He soon found a job that suited
him really well - working part-time as a cab driver for the
Eden Hills Taxi Service.
his first day in the job delivered a surprise when Joe picked
up a young couple, and discovered it was Flick and a new boyfriend,
Sean Edwards. Joe was immediately opposed to Flick's new romance,
particularly given Sean was a few years older than schoolgirl
Flick, and also because Flick had failed to even tell her
parents she was seeing someone. And when Flick rejected her
father's opposition and insisted that he couldn't stop her
from seeing Sean, Joe was furious. Lyn eventually persuaded
him to give Sean a chance, and invited him over for a family
dinner. Although Joe gave Sean a frosty reception, he began
to see that Sean appeared to be a decent enough bloke, and
decided to give him a chance.
when Flick took the day off school with a bad headache, Sean
turned up to spend the day with her, despite Flick's concerns
that her parents would think she faked the sickness to spend
time with him. Flick managed to prevent Lyn from finding Sean
hiding in the bathroom when she stopped in for lunch, but
when Joe took the afternoon off to make sure Flick was okay,
he arrived home just as Sean had stripped off and gotten into
the spa. Flick tried to distract Joe while Sean escaped through
her bedroom window, but Joe heard a noise and ran out the
back to find a half-naked Sean climbing over the garden fence.
A disgusted Joe angrily confronted Sean and Flick, before
telling Sean to get out of the house. But Flick was furious
with Joe for jumping to the wrong conclusion, and accused
him of only ever seeing what he wanted. And when Sean broke
up with Flick because of the hassle from Joe, Flick decided
to run away. After pleading with her mates, Tad
Reeves and Paul McClain,
to tell him where Flick was headed, Joe followed her to the
bus depot and had a heart to heart with her, eventually getting
her to come home where they could sort out their problems.
totally devoted to each other, Joe and Lyn's marriage was
often a volatile one. They regularly argued and bickered over
the kids, and money, but both knew that they could trust each
other 100 per cent. However, when Joe started having secret
meetings with attractive teacher Tess
Bell from No. 32, Lyn became suspicious and started to
fear Joe was having an affair. After Lyn confronted him about
her suspicions, Joe was disgusted at Lyn for even thinking
he would cheat on her and stormed off to Lassiter's, where
he ended up having a coffee with Tess. When Flick mentioned
to Lyn that she had just seen Joe with Tess at the Coffee
Shop, Lyn raced down to confront Joe again, but felt awful
when Joe admitted that he had been relying on Tess' help in
planning a surprise second honeymoon for him and Lyn at a
small caravan park in Pelican Point. After putting the mix-up
behind them, Joe and Lyn set off to re-visit the romantic
spot where they had honeymooned together first time round.
But the trip got off to a bad start when they arrived to find
most of the caravan park had become the Pelican Point Petrochemical
Plant, and the remaining caravans were run-down and shoddy.
The second honeymoon came to a romantic end, however, when
Joe gave Lyn a new engagement ring to replace the one she
had lost on their original honeymoon 22 years before.
Joe's brother Mick showed up at the Scully house looking for
somewhere to stay after falling out with his wife, Di, Joe
was happy to help out, and even threw some work Mick's way.
However, Lyn worried that Mick was taking advantage of Joe's
generosity, especially after discovering that Mick wasn't
looking for any work elsewhere or even trying to patch things
up with Di. When Joe finally confronted Mick about his behaviour,
Mick angrily offered to pack his bags and get out of Joe's
hair. But he later confessed to Joe that being out of work
had seriously damaged his self esteem, and it had been the
reason he left Di and the kids. Joe supported his brother,
appreciating exactly how it felt to experience financial difficulties.
Luckily, Mick managed to find a job and reunite with Di soon
afterwards, and Joe drove him back to Bendigo in his cab.
his way back, Joe picked up a pregnant passenger, Tina Nguyen,
but they were caught in a bush fire just as she started having
contractions. As Joe realised they were stuck in the bush,
he was forced to call an ambulance and then Karl, to guide
him through delivering the baby. After successfully delivering
a baby boy, the battery on Joe's mobile phone went dead and
he lost connection with Karl, just as the bush fires started
to close in on them. Joe, Tina and the baby tried to escape
the approaching fire and smoke by taking cover from it in
the taxi. Luckily, the fire brigade arrived just in time,
and they were airlifted safely to Erinsborough Hospital. As
a thank you gesture to Joe, the Nguyens named their baby Joseph
and Joe was thrilled when they asked him to be the baby's
caused major headaches for Joe with her previous boyfriends,
Flick infuriated Joe when she fell in love with Joel Samuels.
Joe instantly disapproved of the relationship, given that
Flick was in her final year of high school and Joel was just
finishing a university degree. And when Joe mistakenly thought
that some lingerie Flick got as present had come from Joel,
he hit the roof and forbid Joel from taking Flick to her debutante
ball. However, after realising Michelle had actually given
Flick the lingerie, Joe was forced to apologise, and he agreed
to Flick and Joel going to the ball together, although only
as friends. Therefore, when Flick and Joel started dating,
they opted to keep their relationship a secret from Joe.
they finally told Joe the truth, he was disappointed in them
for betraying him, and told Flick she couldn't see Joel anymore.
But the couple continued to see each other in private, and
managed to con Joe into thinking they were over each other
for several weeks. Events came to a head one night, however,
when Joel had difficulty starting his car and was helped by
Joe, who didn't realise that Joel was actually on his way
to meet Flick at Grease Monkeys. After getting the car started
and arriving at Grease Monkeys, the engine gave in again,
but Joel and Flick left the car by the road and kissed behind
the building. However, Joe was passing in his cab at the time
and stopped to help Joel again, only to find Joel and Flick
kissing. Joe was disgusted to discover that they had been
seeing each other behind his back for so long and demanded
Flick come home with him. But she refused and insisted she
was not leaving Joel, particularly after Joe accidentally
shoved Joel and hurt his shoulder.
night, Lyn and Joe went over to No.30 to discuss things with
the couple, but more bitter arguments erupted between Joe
and Felicity resulting in Flick insisting she was staying
the night at No. 30. The next morning, Flick returned to the
Scully house with a list of conditions for her father concerning
her rights and freedom to see Joel. Joe was outraged at his
17 year-old daughter giving him a list of conditions and vowed
never to let her see Joel while she lived under his roof.
The ultimatum prompted Flick to move out and she moved in
with Joel at No. 30. Joel, however, began to regret the speed
with which things were developing with Flick, and told her
it would be best if she returned home, particularly since
he was going to London for a few weeks for his mate, Mal Kennedy's
wedding. After begrudgingly returning home, Flick remained
cold towards Joe, and accused Joe of having double standards
after he allowed Steph's boyfriend Woody to stay with the
Joel returned a few weeks later, Flick moved back into No.30
with him, and the distance between father and daughter increased.
However, when Michelle told Joe and Lyn that Flick was finding
living at No.30 miserable and lonely, Joe called over to see
Flick and they had a heart to heart, where Flick confided
in her father about how tough it was being out on her own.
Joe apologised to Flick for not treating her like more of
an adult sooner, and invited her home. Flick accepted Joe's
offer and he welcomed her back the next day with open arms.
was faced with more trouble from his children when Jack ran
away from England and showed up in Erinsborough announcing
he wanted out of his soccer career. Joe had a hard time dealing
with Jack's decision, but got used to it after he realised
how much he missed having a son around. Having accepted Jack's
decision, Joe took him on as a labourer, but Jack failed to
show an interest in the building trade. Despite his disappointment
at his son's disinterest in the family business, Joe told
Jack he didn't expect him to stick with the labouring, and
sensing that he missed his footy career, Joe turned to talking
Jack into returning to the club. Joe confessed to Jack that
he had always regretted not trying out for the state cricket
team in his youth when he had the chance because it always
made him think about what might have been, prompting Jack
to re-evaluate his decision and return to Barnsford.
the building trade experienced a slump, Joe was forced to
take on a job as a long-haul truck driver. But disaster struck
on one haul when Joe's eyesight started to act up on him,
and he lost control of his truck on a sharp bend. Joe and
Tad, who had come along with Joe to earn some extra cash,
escaped the accident largely unhurt, but a guilty Joe confessed
to Lyn that his eyesight had been failing for weeks and after
causing the accident, he gave in and got glasses. The accident
also cost Joe his truck driving job since the company had
no insurance and couldn't risk offering him any more work.
Joe's financial situation was dealt a further blow when his
own insurance company, Reinholt, went bankrupt. Despite advance
warning from Toadie Rebecchi
- who had learnt Reinholt was on the brink of collapse while
working at the law firm representing them - Joe was too late
to cancel his policy. And on top of having no insurance cover,
Joe was also liable for any work he had done in the last six
years, making the future look decidedly bleak for the Scullys.
major building contract to erect a housing development at
Waratah Creek promised to lift the pressure off Joe, but
he was furious when the council vetoed the plans to develop
the site. Frustrated with the goings-on at the council, Joe
decided to run as a councillor in the upcoming elections.
Neighbour Evan Hancock stood
in opposition to Joe, and a bitter campaign race was fought
between the two. Joe was disgusted when his campaign poster
was vandalised and when he caught Evan gloating over the damage,
Joe accused him of being involved. Evan laughed off Joe's
accusations, prompting an irate Joe to threaten him with the
police. But Joe was stunned when Michelle revealed that she
had vandalised his posters, because she strongly objected
to the plans to build at the creek. Michelle added salt to
Joe's wounds by even canvassing around the neighbourhood for
Evan, and Joe was disgusted that his own daughter was supporting
his main rival. After the ballots were cast, Michelle apologised
to Joe for upsetting him, but assured him that her alliance
with Evan was purely because she agreed with his platform,
and had nothing to do with her feelings for Joe as a father.
Joe was touched by Michelle's extension of the olive branch,
and he, too, expressed his pride in her, and told her he admired
her strong views.
subsequently won the council seat, and Joe took his failure
to get elected badly, since Evan's victory would probably
spell serious financial difficulties for the Scullys because
of his determination to block the development at the creek.
Luckily, Joe's business received a huge boost when Steph's
fiancee, Marc Lambert offered Joe some work renovating Lasssiter's
Hotel, and later, Joe secured a lucrative contract for renovations
at Erinsborough High School.
visit from Joe's estranged father, Pat, re-opened some old
wounds for Joe. Pat had never been around for Joe and his
brothers when they were kids, and used to regularly hit them
and their mother causing Joe to deeply resent him. Although
the family was all thrilled to see Pat for the first time
in years, Joe was reluctant to share their excitement, and
refused to trust him. When Joe walked in on Pat opening Lyn's
purse, Joe doubted Pat's explanation that he had simply been
putting $50 in the purse for his board and keep, after Lyn
had declined an earlier attempt by him to pay her some money.
Joe made Lyn check her purse for missing money, but when she
found that there was an extra $50 in it, Joe realised Pat
had been telling the truth. After apologising to Pat, Joe
began to make an effort to get to know him better again, and
tried to put the tensions that existed between them aside.
But the abuse that Joe and his brothers had received at the
hands of their father eventually reared its head, and Joe
confronted Pat about all the times he had been hit by him.
Pat maintained that it was only ever a clip round the ear,
prompting Joe to ask him to leave. Pat apologised to Joe before
he left, and Joe accepted after Pat admitted for the first
time that the way he treated him as a kid was wrong. After
dropping Pat to the train station, Joe returned home and opened
up to Lyn and the family about the beatings he, Mick and their
mum used to get from Pat, and they supported Joe as he finally
got closure on the difficult time in his history.
lived in a house full of girls for so long, Joe was thrilled
when Irish lad Connor O'Neill
showed up on the Scully doorstep and announced he was a friend
of Jack's from England, and needed a place to stay in Australia.
Although Joe was initially suspicious of Connor, he quickly
warmed to him and welcomed him into the family as a sort of
surrogate son in the absence of Jack. Connor also proved to
be a good worker, and Joe was happy to take him on as a labourer.
The only real problem Joe had with Connor was when he started
seeing Michelle, and Joe worried about the dangers of Michelle
living under the same roof as her boyfriend. But Connor assured
Joe that he respected him too much to mess around with Michelle,
and he promised to take things slowly with her.
of Joe's loud snoring, Lyn insisted he go to see a doctor
about it. Refusing to see Karl, Joe compromised and agreed
to see Karl's partner Darcy Tyler
instead. But he was shocked when Darcy suggested he have an
operation to resolve the problem. Joe rejected the idea outright
despite Darcy's assurances that it was all perfectly safe.
But Lyn made Joe reconsider his refusal when she threatened
to move out of the bedroom all together unless he had the
operation. Darcy came to Joe's rescue, however, when he suggested
a new treatment involving a small injection into the soft
palate to prevent any further snoring. Joe remained reluctant
to have anything done, but it did provide him with an alternative
remedy to an operation, and with little choice than to appease
Lyn, he agreed to have the injection. However, panic set in
after the procedure when Joe lost his voice due to his nervousness
about the injection, and he feared he wouldn't be able to
make his speech at Steph and Marc's wedding the next day.
However, the shock of discovering that Flick had been having
an affair with Marc behind Steph's back just as the wedding
was about to commence prompted Joe's voice to quickly return,
as the Scullys faced their biggest upheaval yet. Joe and Lyn
found themselves in the difficult position of having to try
and understand both girls' points of view, and they had to
be very careful not to take sides between the girls. Flick
removed herself from the situation for a time by running off
to Sydney, and later, to America for a few months, while Steph
took a long time to get over the humiliation and hurt she
had experienced and forgive her sister for her betrayal.
all their children grown up, Lyn was stunned when Joe suggested
they have another baby. She initially dismissed the idea as
ridiculous, thinking Joe had simply become broody after spending
some time with Libby Kennedy's
baby, Ben. But after Joe told Lyn
he was serious about the idea, she came to favour the idea
too, and they agreed to start trying for a baby. The kids
were delighted by the idea, except for Michelle, who reacted
by accusing her parents of being disgusting for even considering
having a baby at their ages. But Michelle was simply worried
about her position as the baby of the family being threatened,
and in time, came to offer Joe and Lyn her support. Meanwhile,
Joe began to have second thoughts about having another baby
after he and Lyn visited the gynaecologist and he realised
the dangers involved for a woman of Lyn's age. But the couple
agreed to take the risk and pressed ahead with their plans.
Lyn soon started pushing Joe into trying for a baby at every
appropriate opportunity, quickly exhausting him.
Lyn failed to get pregnant after the couple's first month
of trying, Joe started to lose interest in the idea, and refused
to speak about his feelings to Lyn. Whenever she broached
the subject of them trying again, he avoided getting into
the issue, and he started to spend increasing amounts of time
out in the garage. Lyn's concern deepened when Joe announced
his plans to turn the garage into a room for the boys only,
and he started having his mates come over to listen to old
records and drink beer in the garage. Connor and the recently
returned Jack also became regular visitors to the garage,
and Lyn made plans to put a stop to Joe's sudden obsession
by using it for meetings of the Erinsborough Players and dress-fittings
for Susan Kennedy's wedding. However, Joe's mid-life-crisis
was stopped dead in its tracks when Lyn discovered she was
pregnant - and Joe began to look forward to becoming a father
for the fifth time.
It came as a huge surprise to Lyn when Joe announced his plans to stay at
home and raise the new baby while she went to work. Joe was the last person
anyone would have expected to be a house husband, but he was adamant that he
would fulfil the role since he had missed out on it with the other children.
Lyn, however, was also keen to stay at home, and the issue of who stays at
home and who goes out to work looked set to be a prickly subject as the
pregnancy progressed. Joe and Lyn also argued over whether or not to find
out the sex of the baby. While Lyn wanted to find out the old fashioned way,
Joe was determined to find out from Karl whether he would be the father of a
boy or girl, secretly hoping for a boy to even things out at the Scully
house. Despite making a pact with Lyn not to find out, Joe couldn't resist
and went to see Karl to ask him. Karl broke the news to Joe that it was
another girl, and Joe was actually quite thrilled with the idea. The only
difficulty now was keeping the information to himself for the rest of the
pregnancy so that Lyn wouldn't discover he had gone behind her back to find
out the sex. But it transpired that Lyn had also secretly gone to see Karl
to find out the baby's sex, and when she and Joe both realised the other
knew, they were hugely relieved and looked forward to welcoming a fourth
When Flick - who had moved to the States to work for the New York branch of
Lassiters - won a return ticket to Australia in a competition, she was
unable to make it home because of her work commitments and offered the
ticket to Joe instead. But Joe was horrified by the idea of flying all the
way to America, although he insisted it had nothing to do with a fear of
flying. Lyn enlisted Karl's help to rid Joe of his problem by having Joe
undergo visualisation treatment. The treatment worked, but Joe was still
somewhat reluctant to fly to New York - because Karl was travelling on the
same flight to visit an ill aunt in New Jersey and Joe was dreading the
prospect of having to listen to his sometime nemesis for eighteen hours!
After an enjoyable few weeks in New York with Flick, and for the final few
days Michelle - who had arrived there to begin a student exchange programme - Joe returned to Erinsborough to find that Lyn's overbearing Aunt Valda had
made herself well and truly at home in the Scully house, along with her pet
poodles, Blanche and Stella. Joe tried to persuade Lyn that they needed to
get rid of the interfering Valda as soon as possible, but after Valda
overheard Joe, she announced her decision to move down to the garage until
she could find somewhere else to live. Joe felt a slight twang of guilt, but
remained firm in his belief that Valda was too much for the family to have
to put up with in the household. But events were complicated when Lyn
stumbled upon a burglary at the Kennedy house and was knocked down by the
robber as he ran out of the house. Joe, Steph and Jack kept a bedside vigil
as they awaited news of Lyn and the baby, but Valda's presence in the
hospital corridor annoyed Joe, and he insisted she wait until Lyn came round
before she went in to see her. However, while Joe was getting a cup of
coffee and Lyn was alone, Valda crept into her room for a second to see how
she was - only to be caught by Joe, who exploded at her in a furious rage.
Joe's outburst led Valda to go home and pack her things, and leave
Erinsborough. It was only after Lyn and the baby were declared safe that Joe
discovered a note in the Scully kitchen from Valda, claiming to have
reunited with her estranged boyfriend Andreas. Joe and Jack immediately
embarked on a desperate scramble to try and track Valda down, not wanting to
worry Lyn further, but they were unsuccessful and Joe was forced to tell Lyn
what had happened. Joe admitted he felt responsible for Valda's
disappearance due to his outburst at the hospital, but Lyn insisted the
entire family had all played a part in Valda feeling unwanted, including
her. Of course, what Joe, Lyn and the rest of the family didn't know was
that Valda was more than an interfering auntie - she was actually Lyn's
Valda was tracked down by Steph and Lou soon afterwards, penniless and sleeping
on a park bench. She was hospitalised with pneumonia on her return to Erinsborough,
and Joe apologised to her for the way he had spoken to her, before assuring her she
was very welcome at the Scully house. Meanwhile, the truth about Lyn’s parentage
emerged by accident when Henry sent down some old boxes to Lyn whilst doing
a spring clean up in Maroochydore. Included in the boxes were some old home movies,
and after Joe rigged up a projector in the Scully living room, the family sat down
to watch the exploits of Henry, Connie and Valda in their youth. However, Lyn was
left numb with shock when she realised that the film was made only a few weeks
before she was born, and that Connie wasn’t pregnant in it - Valda was! Rocked by
the realisation, Lyn disowned Valda, forcing her to stay with Lou. And after
confronting Henry about the circumstances surrounding her birth, Lyn cut off all
ties with him too. She then set out on a quest to meet her real father, Charlie
Cassidy, and after tracking him down to Shelley Bay, Lyn discovered he was
seriously ill with emphysema and was dying. The meeting with Charlie helped Lyn
deal with the events of recent weeks, and she made her peace with Valda on the
back of the visit too. Joe was of enormous support to Lyn throughout the ordeal,
and it only served to strengthen their bond as husband and wife.
Joe’s feud with Karl was re-ignited when they both signed up for gourmet cookery
classes at Lassiter’s Hotel. Karl took great pleasure in showing off his culinary
knowledge in class, whereas Joe knew very little about cooking. And when Joe
overheard Karl describe him to the teacher as “just a neighbour”, he was disgusted.
As a result, Joe refused to have Karl as the baby’s godfather, despite the fact
that Lyn had asked Susan to be godmother and badly wanted Karl as the other godparent.
Tensions increased further down the track when Steph was diagnosed with breast
cancer and insisted Karl - as her GP - not tell any of her family. When the truth
came out about Steph’s illness, Joe - on top of being desperately concerned for
his eldest child’s health - was seething with Karl for not telling him sooner.
Karl tried to explain to Joe that he couldn’t break his doctor/patient
confidentiality but Joe insisted he should have been told sooner, pointing out
that Karl wouldn’t have liked it if Joe had known Libby was seriously ill and never
told him. However, after pressure from Susan and Lyn, Joe and Karl put their
differences aside and before long, Joe was helping the Kennedys fix a plumbing
problem in their kitchen.
As the birth of the baby neared, Joe decided to take Lyn away for a break at a beach
house. However, after a couple of days at the beach house, Lyn started experiencing
terrible stomach pains and Joe rushed her to hospital. After recovering from this,
Lyn was told that the baby was in breach position and would have to undergo a Caesarean
section rather than a natural labour. But despite Joe’s concerns, Lyn was determined
all her children would be natural births and went home to exercise in the hope of
turning the baby around. Luckily, by the following morning, the baby had indeed turned
and a relieved Joe brought home again. However, moments after arriving back at No.26,
Lyn’s waters broke and she was whisked back to hospital by Joe. Finally, after a
difficult labour, Lyn have birth to her fifth child - and there was shock all round
when it was discovered the baby was a boy, and not a girl as they had been expecting.
Joe was over the moon at the prospect of having a second son, and while Lyn caught
up on some much-needed rest, he retreated to the pub to wet the baby’s head. It was
in the pub that Joe came up with a name for the baby - Oscar, or ‘Ozzy’ for short.
Lyn, however, was decidedly unenthused by the new addition to the family, and after
a few weeks of avoiding being with the baby, Joe began to realise something wasn’t
quite right with her. After she was caught shoplifting on the day of Oscar’s christening
and days later, carelessly left Oscar in the car while she went browsing in the mall,
Lyn sought medical advice and it was discovered she was suffering from post-natal-depression.
Joe was shocked by the diagnosis, but gave Lyn his full support as she underwent counselling.
And as soon as she was feeling better, Joe threw a second christening party for Oscar -
one that Lyn could enjoy fully this time.
With Lyn feeling better, the Scullys were able to turn their full attentions to Steph’s health
crisis. In Joe’s case, that entailed giving Steph’s boyfriend Max Hoyland a stern talking to
when he began to mope around about Steph’s decision to end their relationship. Max reacted
angrily to Joe’s words of wisdom, and a bitter argument erupted in which Max accused Joe of
never really wanting him and Steph to be together in the first place. But Max was at that
stage unaware of Steph’s cancer, and it was only by chance that he discovered the truth when
he was at the hospital one afternoon and caught a glimpse of Joe, Lyn and Steph in the
oncology department. After Max found Steph lying in her hospital bed, receiving her first
course of chemotherapy, he was devastated. But Joe was furious to walk in and find Max there,
and demanded he get out. Things eventually settled down between Joe and Max after Steph agreed
to give things another go with Max, and when Max asked Joe’s permission to marry Steph, Joe
deeply touched him by admitting he’d be honoured to have him as a son-in-law.
Joe’s plans for the family’s first Christmas with Oscar were thwarted when he and Jack were forced
to make an urgent dash to help out at Mick’s farm when bush fires began to spread dangerously out of
control near his property. After a couple of weeks in Bendigo, Joe returned with Jack desperately wanting
to work for him as an apprentice now that he had finished school. Jack valiantly tried to prove to Joe that
he could cut it as an apprentice by fixing up an old chest of drawers for Oscar. But Joe wasn’t overly
impressed with the end result. Despite Lyn desperately trying to get him to give Jack a break, Joe was
adamant that he was not going to take Jack on as an apprentice. But he was left with no choice when one
of his workers had to leave town suddenly, and Joe gave Jack a day’s work - stressing that he would receive
no special treatment or a full apprenticeship out of it.
Soon afterwards, the family applied to be part of a new reality tv show, Making Mansions. Everyone was shocked when they were picked to be the family whose home would be made over on the cable tv series and filming began. However, becoming a minor celebrity was the last thing on Joe's mind when he got a call to say that his father and brother had been injured on the farm in Bendigo and were seriously ill in hospital. Without any hesitation, he drove up there, vowing to look after their property for as long as it took to get them back on their feet.
• Before landing the role of Joe, actor Shane Connor appeared as a guest on Neighbours in 1991, in the role of Phil Hoffman
• Shane Connor is the ex-husband of Nell Feeney (Janelle Timmins)
• Joe Scully's favourite band were Status Quo
• He had a phobia of flying
• He also didn't like the sight of blood
• Joe gave up his chain smoking just before moving to Ramsay Street