First Appearance: Episode 554 (1985)
Last Appearance: Episode 971 (1987)
Known Family: Husband - Stephen Morrell: divorced;
Daughter - Amanda Morrell; Daughter - Samantha Morrell;
Mother-in-law - Dee Morrell; Husband - Doug Fletcher
In a relationship with Ron Castle until Amanda
comes back into her life; Fling with Gary Evans; Falls
in love with and marries Doug Fletcher.
Glamorous Caroline Morrell was married to socialite,
Stephen Morrell, for many years, and had two children
with him: Samantha and Amanda. The couple eventually separated,
however, and in early-1985 Caroline is in a new relationship,
with a guy named Ron Castle. Ron is a lot more down-to-earth
than Stephen, and Caroline tries to fit in with his lifestyle
by playing the dowdy housewife - but secretly glamming
herself up when Ron isn't around and she wants to go out.
She hasn't seen her daughters for some time, when she
spots Amanda while out shopping in Sydney. She initially
tries to hide from her daughter, but curiosity gets the
better of her and she goes to visit Amanda to get to know
her again. When Ron finds out, he warns Caroline that
he doesn't want her getting involved with her snobby family
and friends again - but the rot sets in quickly and Caroline
ends up choosing Stephen and Amanda over Ron.
Caroline is annoyed when she learns that Stephen is seeing
another woman - Jenny Turner. She tries to take revenge
by entering into a relationship with Wayne Hamilton -
only Wayne treats her badly and she ends up shooting him!
She then learns to her shock that the guy she thought
was Wayne was actually a double called Gary Evans - but
it was the real Wayne that she shot after he chose that
moment to turn up at her apartment!
Having only recently got to know Amanda again, Caroline
is stunned when her daughter disappears suddenly at Woombai.
Her other daughter, Samantha, returns from overseas and
starts helping Caroline with her enquiries into Amanda's
disappearance. When she fails to find any clues to Amanda's
whereabouts, Caroline turns to a psychic, Eloise Treece,
for help after Eloise contacts Caroline and claims to
have a message from Amanda. Sadly, Eloise turns
out to be a fake - although Caroline finds it difficult
to believe that she's been conned.
Caroline is horrified when (the real) Wayne discovers
that Samantha - who had been involved with a cult in America
when she was younger - appears on a pornographic videotape
made by the cult while she was drugged-up and unaware
of what she was being made to do. Wayne blackmails Caroline,
demanding money to stop him revealing the tape's existence
to Samantha. A desperate Caroline asks Ron for help: Ron
sneaks into the Hamilton house at Dural to try and steal
Wayne's evidence - but the plan goes wrong and Wayne catches
him. A nervous Ron reacts badly to being sprung - and
he uses a gun he's carrying to force Wayne and Caroline
out to a shack in the middle of nowhere. He holds Caroline
and Wayne captive for several days. When they're finally
rescued, a lamp burning at the shack is knocked over and
sets the place alight. Ron is killed in the ensuing fire.
A confused Caroline tries to help the gay Colin Turner
come to terms with his sexuality: she seduces him to try
and 'turn him' into a straight guy. The plan fails, though.
A few weeks later, Caroline hears distressing news about
Amanda: that she has turned to prostitution in order to
find a drugs habit. Caroline decides to go undercover
at the brothel where Amanda works - but all she finds
out is that Amanda is no longer there. Further investigations
leads Caroline to the shocking discovery that Amanda died
recently amidst a group of junkies.
Looking for a new direction in her life, Caroline decides
to get a job - but when she ends up dressed as a bunny,
handing out leaflets, she's rather put-out! She determines
to prove she's worth more by going after the owner of
the shopping centre where she's working. She finds out
that his name is Doug Fletcher and she confronts him.
From that moment, it doesn't take long for a relationship
to develop. Sadly, it doesn't last long, and when Doug
is offered work in the US, the two of them agree that
he should go.
Caroline gets into an argument with Alison Carr while
the two women are in a car together. Alison is driving.
Their argument becomes so heated that Alison doesn't notice
a car heading straight towards them. The two vehicles
collide and Caroline is knocked out. When she comes round,
she's shocked to discover that she's sitting in the driver's
seat and that Alison is nowhere to be seen. She's arrested
and, when she stands trial, found guilty. She's sent to
Upon her release, Caroline is astonished but delighted
to discover that Doug has returned from America in order
to be with her. However, Caroline has further traumas
to deal with after an altercation with Wayne: he starts
trying to convince people that she's mad - and ends up
arranging for a fake doctor to commit her to a nursing
home. Caroline manages to escape, but ends up in a fight
with the owner of the nursing home, Mrs. Boyle, during
which Mrs. Boyle plunges to her death from a factory roof.
Doug asks Caroline to marry him - and she says 'yes'!
Problems soon ensue, however, when an American woman,
Billie, turns up at Doug and Caroline's house and announces
that she's Doug's wife! Billie tries to cause trouble
for Doug and Caroline, but reveals eventually that she's
been lying and that she and Doug just had a bit of fun
together in the US. That isn't the end of Caroline and
Doug's problems, though: they marry, but Caroline is then
revealed as the author of a book entitled My Sister
My Love, which is based very obviously on the lives
of the Hamiltons and the Palmers, despite the changes
of character names. Doug tries to stop Caroline promoting
the book, warning her that they're going to lose all their
friends - but Caroline ignores him. She even makes plans
for a sequel. Meanwhile, Doug loses money in a failed
business venture, making the couple's problems even worse.
Just as Caroline and Doug's marriage appears to be falling
apart, Caroline discovers that she's pregnant; but she
also learns that the baby could be born with Down's Syndrome.
She opts to have an abortion - but then decides that she
can't go through with it. She doesn't tell Doug that she's
pregnant, but instead decides to leave him and start life
afresh elsewhere. Doug learns about the pregnancy, though,
and he chases after Caroline and tells her that he loves
her, and that he wants her to have the baby and that he
doesn't care if it's handicapped: he wants them all to
be together as a family. A relieved Caroline agrees to
give the marriage another go. Doug decides to reduce the
risks he takes in business and buys a fish shop in Melbourne!
It's a strange present, but he tells a happy Caroline
that it's for her. The couple look forward to happy family