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Year: 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Welcome Home

8 August 2001
Following the death of her father, Jack McLeod, Tess Silverman leaves her home in the city for Drovers Run, to claim her share of the property which she plans to sell off. She receives a frosty reception from her half-sister Claire McLeod, who has her own plans for the property that she has lived on all her life, which don't include Tess.

Season 1, Episode 2: Ducks on the Pond

15 August 2001
Tess tries to realize some cash from Drovers Run without hurting Claire. One of the shearers Claire hired disappears; did he leave because his wife was in labor, or was he murdered?

Season 1, Episode 3: Don't Mess with the Girls

22 August 2001
It's time for the annual rodeo. Claire wants to ride Jack's horse Sirocco to a championship, and Tess tries to get Becky to report being raped.

Season 1, Episode 4: Who's the Boss?

29 September 2001
Claire buys a herd of thin sheep at auction to fatten up and resell. Jodie finds she did badly on her examination. Tess applies her therapist mother's techniques to encourage the women at Drovers Run to open up emotionally.

Season 1, Episode 5: Taking the Reins

19 September 2001
Tess tries to improve her riding skills. Sirocco becomes ill. Jody wants to go out and night and party like she thinks Becki does.

Season 1, Episode 6: Reality Bites

26 September 2001
Claire starts to gentle Blaze. Tess' espresso maker arrives but is not a hit with the Drovers Run women. Becki's mother wants her to come back home. Tess visits Killarney and is floored by its luxury, then appalled when everyone except her knows about the Drovers Run overdraft.

Season 1, Episode 7: Pride and Joy

3 October 2001
An un-neutered bull is roaming Drovers Run. Tess traded her cappuccino machine for a milk cow, but doesn't know how to take care of her. Harry Ryan replaces a boundary fence that Claire had planned on just fixing, and Claire insists on paying half but doesn't have the cash.

Season 1, Episode 8: Stir Crazy

10 October 2001
Tess introduces Claire to chat rooms. Jody finds her mother in bed with Terry. A wild stallion lures Blaze away, and Claire calls the Ryans to help recapture her.

Season 1, Episode 9: Into the Woods

17 October 2001
Feral pigs have attacked Roy as well as sheep and cattle, so Claire, Becky and the Ryans go hunting. Meg feels awkward about having Terry over now that Jody knows about them.

Season 1, Episode 10: Haunted

24 October 2001
Tess sorts through her mother's belongings. An orphaned lamb thinks a possibly pregnant Becky is its mother. Encountering a fatal car accident leaves Claire and Tess distracted but desperately trying to act normal. Brian confronts Becky and demands his new wheels back.

Season 1, Episode 11: Who's a Big Girl Now?

31 October 2001
The Drovers Run crew throw a surprise party for Jody's 18th birthday, and she complains she is the oldest virgin in the country. But her interest in the handsome DJ doesn't lead to what she had hoped.

Season 1, Episode 12: Pandora's Box

7 November 2001
Claire and Harry Ryan make a bet as to whether Claire can gentle his new prize stallion. Tess keeps asking about Nick's injured leg and not getting answers. The herd Bill is paying Claire to run develops lepto and Bill blames Claire, but Claire and Tess discover his herd on his own land also has it.

Season 1, Episode 13: True Love and Consequences

14 November 2001
Bill is selling his land and moving to the city, but tries to kill himself. Tess blames him for not living for his family, while Claire keeps remembering that his family has lived on that land for a long time. Tess invites Bill to stay at Drovers Run until his family gets back - but are they coming? Claire breaks a rib trying to clear some land to grow crops.

Season 1, Episode 14: Dirty Pool

21 November 2001
Rustlers have hit Killarney and Claire is worried about Drovers Run being hit. Tess finds an old man who worked under her father who may be rather balmy. Meg, disgusted with being taken for granted, moves to the hotel in town. Brian threatens Becky and puts the moves on Meg.

Season 1, Episode 15: If the Boot Fits...

28 November 2001
Claire and Alex go off to a horse-insemination seminar. Tess, left in charge and delightedly wearing her new work boots, decides to round up and treat some fly-blown sheep. Becky's brother is out of jail and dumping pesticides into the creek, killing stock. Tess has to get the cattle away from the creek single-handed.

Season 1, Episode 16: Playing to Win

5 December 2001
Deceased farmer Max leaves Meg his prize Brown Leghorn rooster, and rumor says it was because Meg slept with him. Claire enters the annual hay bale race. Harry is badly injured in a bulldozer accident and promises Nick half of Killarney while waiting for the ambulance. Terry demands Meg tell him about her relationship with Max, and when the rooster is found dead, Meg blames Terry. A distraught Liz tells Tess that Max could have prevented Nick's accident, and Tess tells Claire. Harry, now recovering, tells Claire he's not changing his will to leave anything to Nick, and Claire tells Nick.

Season 1, Episode 17: Girls Night Out

13 February 2002
Becky and Jodi see Brian grabbing his new bar girl Kimmy. Nick buys Bill's ranch. Brian threatens Becky's family if she reports his rape, but Tess says they need to catch him in the act and Meg volunteers to seduce him, but can't seem to catch his interest -- until she's alone in her hotel room and her witnesses are back in the pub. Brian announces he and his wife are leaving Gungellan to care for an aged mother. Becky convinces Kimmy that they should report Brian together.

Season 1, Episode 18: More Than One Way

20 February 2002
Claire is annoyed at Tess' and Alex' bedroom antics at Drovers Run and doesn't understand why she hasn't gone back to the city to buy her dream café. Jodi decides to enter the Miss Gungellan quest, but Liz Ryan is her interviewer. Claire falls and injures her knee just before she has to demonstrate her horse-training skills to the expert from Australian Bloodlines. Jodi rides Blaze but is unable to control her.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Italian Stallion

27 February 2002
A gorgeous young Italian, Alberto, travelling through Australia has Jodi smitten. After he is bitten by a brown snake he pulled Jodi away from, he winds up staying at Drovers Run even though Meg wants him gone. Peter is also staying at Drovers Run to help Wildfire cover Blaze. Jodi thinks Alberto betrayed her with Becky so she turns him in to Immigration for overstaying his visa, but he promises to come back after he has done his military service in Italy.

Season 1, Episode 20: Lover Come Back

6 March 2002
Claire sells Loverboy to Nick. Tess is tired of Alex' lack of romance. Jodi is so obsessed with the memory of Alberto that she is shirking her work, and when Becky reproaches her, Meg threatens that she and Jodi will leave if Claire doesn't fire Becky.

Season 1, Episode 21: Friends Like These

13 March 2002
Some old friends of Tess' show up with a lease on a café and plan to take Tess with them. Jody sneaks some of the drugs one of the visitors brought. Tess longs for someone to ask her to stay, but Claire is afraid that Tess will hate her if she interferes with Tess' dream.

Season 1, Episode 22: Deep Water

20 March 2002
The charges against Brian are dropped when Kimmy changes her story. Jodi gets ready for a bush polo game that is part of her Miss Gungellan quest. When Meg finds Brian dead, she and Claire are sure Becky killed him and try to protect her.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Drover's Connection

27 March 2002
Sean shows up at Drovers Run asking for Becky's help, but Jody thinks he is just after Tess' hemp crop to sell for dope, not knowing it doesn't have THC in it. Meg is trying too hard to show Terry she still likes him. Claire and Peter continue to send each other mixed signals.

Season 2, Episode 2: Through the Looking Glass

3 April 2002
An abandoned baby causes problems for Alex and Tess, and rabbits decimate the Drovers Run garden. Peter and Claire agree their relationship needs to stay strictly professional.

Season 2, Episode 3: Desperate Measures

10 April 2002
When some wild horses break out of the national forest, Tess herds them back rather than see them shot. Becky is thrown and injured when someone fires a rifle at her. Sean is tired of working at Killarney. Brian Cronin's widow blames both Becky and herself for the loss of her comfortable life.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Bore War

17 April 2002
Summer has brought the water table so low there isn't enough for both Claire's stock and Nick's crops. The women suffer from not being able to shower.

Season 2, Episode 5: Hello Stranger

24 April 2002
Jodi's father shows up at Drovers Run and what he has to say shatters Jodi's belief in her mother. Harry makes sure Nick can't get his sheep to the sale, so Nick and Claire organize an on-farm sale at Wilgul. Alex is torn between his father and Nick, while both Jodi and Meg fall under Kevin's spell.

Season 2, Episode 6: A Dry Spell

1 May 2002
Kevin wants Meg and Jodi to come work with him on a tourist boat he's buying, but he keeps the details to himself. Meg misses much of the Miss Gungellan final because Kevin left urea in the cattle feeders and the women have to clean it out before the cattle are poisoned.

Season 2, Episode 7: Three's a Crowd

8 May 2002
Jodi is angry at her father's desertion and Meg is regretting letting Terry go. Nick is working desperately hard to reclaim Wilgul. Tess tells Alex that Harry could have stopped Nick's accident, and Alex moves out of Killarney. Liz blames Tess for meddling. Harry's private detective makes a surprising discovery about Peter. Tess is concerned about Peter spending Australian Bloodlines' money on Drovers Run without knowing what Drovers Run is liable for.

Season 2, Episode 8: The Bridle Waltz

15 May 2002
Harry guilt-trips Becky into telling Claire that Peter is married. Liz tries to reconcile Harry and the boys. Tess decides to leave Drovers Run and work in the café with Simon and Briny.

Season 2, Episode 9: To Have and to Hold

3 July 2002
Peter admits he's married and Claire tries to break up with him. Tess finds the café is not nearly as busy as Simon claimed. Nick appears at Tess' café. Claire follows Peter to Gungellan, where he's going to meet with his wife. Briony makes Simon tell Tess that the café is going broke.

Season 2, Episode 10: Home Is Where the Heart Is

10 July 2002
Tess' revamping of the restaurant's menu brings in crowds of customers. Claire's depression interferes with running Drover's Run. Simon intercepts Jodi's Emails to Tess, afraid Tess will leave the city. Claire announces she is selling Drover's Run and Harry Ryan agrees to buy it. Tess finally learns what is happening at Drover's Run and comes back. She tells Harry Ryan Drover's Run is not for sale.

Season 2, Episode 11: Wildfire

17 July 2002
Becky's brother Mark reappears, determined to drag Sean away from his wholesome life at Killarney. Mark knocks Nick out and coerces Sean into helping steal the Ryans' prize stallion, Wildfire.

Season 2, Episode 12: Hounded

24 July 2002
A fox is killing lambs, and Terry provides Drover's Run with a pair of fox-killing alpacas that turn out to be stolen. Becky is furious that Brett has taken a new job in Queensland even though their relationship is progressing. Sgt. Da Costa arrests Terry and is determined to prove he stole the alpacas himself.

Season 2, Episode 13: Steer Trek

31 July 2002
The drought is starving the cattle at both Drovers Run and Wilgul, so Claire, Tess, Nick, Terry, and Meg take them on a drove to find food and water. Becky is left in charge at Drovers Run, but Jodi invites her friends to a big party at the main house. When the cattle develop eczema, Tess wheedles rancher Daniel to let the cattle onto his property. Becky breaks up Jodi's party.

Season 2, Episode 14: Brave J

7 August 2002
While Australian Bloodlines is negotiating a contract with Harry Ryan, the owner of Brave J wants Claire to resume training him. Becky's poor reading handicaps her in figuring a feed order. Peter wants Claire back, and Alex wants to keep her friendship more than he wants the training contract. Becky overdoses the sheep because she can't read the drenching label, and confesses to Claire that she can't read.

Season 2, Episode 15: You Can Leave Your Hat On

14 August 2002
A broken-down van strands a group of male strippers at Drover's Run, who say they are raising money for the crippled brother of one of the dancers. Alex disturbs Claire when he makes impossible promises to lure clients to their new horse-training service. When Jodi accidentally gives the strippers food poisoning, she recruits local men to take their place.

Season 2, Episode 16: Stripped Bare

21 August 2002
When Drover's Run and then Wilgul are emptied by thieves, the Drover's Run women use Killarney as bait to trap the thieves and get their belongings back.

Season 2, Episode 17: Blame It on the Moonlight

4 September 2002
Marty returns with the shearers and he and Claire seem to be getting along too well. Jodi's Italian boyfriend Alberto returns, and Jodi discovers Craig has been interfering with his letters. Tess has advertised, offering "working vacations" on the ranch, and her first guests arrive during the frantic activity of shearing.

Season 2, Episode 18: Made to Be Broken

18 September 2002
Becky takes up boxing. Claire and Alex are losing horse-training contracts because Peter spread an old story about Alex. Meg hears that Jody and Alberto are planning to travel the world and is desperate to keep her home. Nick and Tess acknowledge their mutual attraction.

Season 2, Episode 19: Best of Enemies

25 September 2002
An old enemy of Claire's steals her calves, and the only way to prove it is to steal them back. Alberto and Jody are broke so they throw a party.

Season 2, Episode 20: Wind Change

2 October 2002
When Harry insists on spraying his fields so newly-organic Wilgul is contaminated, Tess and Nick steal the chopper. Unable to pay the rent, Alberto & Jodi are evicted and move back to Drover's Run. Claire admits she is scared of jumping Brave J. Becky feels abandoned because Brick hasn't written. Tess invites the Ryans for dinner at Wilgul to try to defuse Harry's ire over the stolen helicopter, and Liz tells Tess she should dump Nick if she cares for him.

Season 2, Episode 21: No More Mr Nice Guy

9 October 2002
It's the annual Gungellan Show. Australian Bloodlines takes Claire to court for breach of contract because Peter denies she ever gave him a letter of resignation. Alberto and Jodi try to raise traveling money by selling homemade Italian sausage, but have to drop the price. Becky eagerly awaits Brick's arrival on the noon bus. Tess breaks into Peter's hotel room looking for the missing letter.

Season 2, Episode 22: Future Perfect

16 October 2002
Peter tells Claire he'll clear her legal problems if she will marry him. A rumor that Jodi is pregnant flusters Meg and delights Alberto. Sally makes it clear she is after Nick, but when Nick invites Tess to move in with him, she declines because she thinks Claire needs her. Becky leaves to find Brick. When Alex is injured and has to drop out of the cross-country race, Claire is determined to ride Brave J and whip Peter.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Fairy Tale Ending

12 February 2003

Season 3, Episode 2: Better the Devil You Know

19 February 2003

Season 3, Episode 3: The Road Home

26 February 2003

Season 3, Episode 4: An Affair to Forget

5 March 2003

Season 3, Episode 5: Put to the Test

12 March 2003

Season 3, Episode 6: The Wedding

19 March 2003

Season 3, Episode 7: Gone to the Dogs

2 April 2003

Season 3, Episode 8: The Ghost of Things to Come

9 April 2003

Season 3, Episode 9: A House of Cards

23 April 2003

Season 3, Episode 10: Three Little Words

30 April 2003

Season 3, Episode 11: Repeat Offenders

7 May 2003

Season 3, Episode 12: Sins of the Father

14 May 2003

Season 3, Episode 13: Jokers to the Right

21 May 2003

Season 3, Episode 14: Chain Reaction

28 May 2003

Season 3, Episode 15: The Awful Truth

4 June 2003

Season 3, Episode 16: Seeing the Light

23 July 2003

Season 3, Episode 17: A Slight Interruption

30 July 2003

Season 3, Episode 18: Old Beginnings

6 August 2003

Season 3, Episode 19: Where There's Smoke

13 August 2003

Season 3, Episode 20: Perfect Match

20 August 2003

Season 3, Episode 21: Let the Best Man Win

27 August 2003

Season 3, Episode 22: Majority Rules

3 September 2003

Season 3, Episode 23: The Ties That Bind

10 September 2003

Season 3, Episode 24: One Step at a Time

17 September 2003

Season 3, Episode 25: Time Frame

24 September 2003

Season 3, Episode 26: Body Language

1 October 2003

Season 3, Episode 27: To Catch a Thief

8 October 2003

Season 3, Episode 28: My Noon, My Midnight

15 October 2003

Season 3, Episode 29: The Long Goodbye

22 October 2003

Season 3, Episode 30: Turbulence

29 October 2003


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Out of the Ashes

11 February 2004

Season 4, Episode 2: Double Dealing

18 February 2004

Season 4, Episode 3: Jack of All Shades

3 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 4: Day of Reckoning

10 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 5: Great Expectations

10 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 6: Game of Chance

17 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 7: When Sparks Fly

24 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 8: Show of Love

31 March 2004

Season 4, Episode 9: Father's Day

14 April 2004

Season 4, Episode 10: Flesh and Blood

21 April 2004

Season 4, Episode 11: Fool for Love

28 April 2004

Season 4, Episode 12: Make or Break

5 May 2004


Bridie Carter ... Tess Silverman McLeod

Simmone Mackinnon ... Stevie Hall

Aaron Jeffery ... Alex Ryan

Myles Pollard ... Nick Ryan

Sonia Todd ... Meg Fountain

Rachael Carpani ... Jodi Fountain

Maris J. Caune ... Saleyard Truckie

Craig H. Davidson ... Farmer at Sale
B.J. Elliott ... Saleyard Local
Alan Heath ... Bloodstained Local

John Jarratt ... Terry Dodge
Kirsty Klose ... Saleyard Woman
Rebecca Oliver ... Jodi Look-a-like

Anna Lise Phillips ... Bree Plummer

Michael Piccirilli ... Tim Oldman
Matt Robertson ... Officer Simmons
Craig Smith ... Saleyard Man
Sam Trapolino ... Truckstop Local

Season 4, Episode 13: Second Chance

12 May 2004

Season 4, Episode 14: Call Me Kate

19 May 2004

Season 4, Episode 15: Desperate and Dateless

14 July 2004

Season 4, Episode 16: Magnetic Attraction

21 July 2004

Season 4, Episode 17: Every Breath You Take

28 July 2004

Season 4, Episode 18: My Brother's Keeper

4 August 2004
A minor car accident at the truckstop brings Stevie and Kane Morgan together for the first time. Stevie, at fault, is smitten by this handsome stranger when he tells her not to worry about the damage to his car. Later, Alex and Kane play golf on Wilgul while Nick discovers, the farm is not being maintained. He tells Kane to clean up his act. Alex is annoyed. He feels Nick is acting like a school prefect over what are not major matters and tells him he needs to learn to relax. Nick takes this criticism to heart and, later that day, humorously attempts to "kick back" with Tess. An outbreak of potentially virulent and serious footrot is found on Drovers, and the finger is soon pointed at Wilgul's new tenant. Stevie is ready to give them a piece of her mind, but is taken aback when she meets Kane for the second time that day. The attraction between the couple is instant. Outrage forgotten, Stevie accepts his explanation that, new to farming, he's been fool enough to pick up a bargain that was obviously too good to be true. Kane convinces Stevie to help him treat Wilgul's sheep, taking the opportunity to pick her brains about the brothers, learning that Tess is Nick's Achilles Heel. When Nick learns that Tess's mob have been infected with footrot, he decides enough is enough and, without consulting Alex, gives Kane an eviction notice. Kane is gutted, but approaches Alex, hoping to salvage the situation. Alex is outraged that Nick has presumed to make such a decision over a property he half owns, and refuses to be party to the eviction. He reassures Kane there is nothing to worry about - he'll sort it out with Nick. At Terry's trivia night, tensions between the brothers erupt after Kane wins a prize for Tess on Nick's behalf - Kane's way of thanking Nick for letting him stay on at Wilgul. Nick is thrown by the gesture and it becomes apparent that Alex never spoke to Nick about keeping Kane on. The brothers' subsequent argument results in Alex pushing past Nick and leaving the truckstop early. Next day, Alex and Nick attempt to sort out their differences over Kane. Nick is willing to accept that he might be too subjective over Wilgul and agrees that if the inspector gives Wilgul the all clear in his initial and subsequent reports, then he'll let the matter go. News of an inspector on Wilgul freaks Kane out. He thought he had done all that needed to be done. Alex is horrified to find him later, having shot all his sheep. Alex begins to seriously question his friendship with Kane. Feeling guilty about Kane's stock loss, Nick offers his version of an apology, playing the good landlord by telling Kane that he will take care of the other maintenance tasks on Wilgul. But it is clear these two will never be close mates. Nick puts to bed any suggestion he doesn't know how relax by surprising Tess with an open air candle-lit dinner and, the next day, a conciliatory round of paddock golf with Alex. Meanwhile, Kate has responded to the terrifying attentions of a stalker last week by throwing herself into her work and quiz night preparations. Outwardly, Kate appears her usual chipper self, but in reality she is a bundle of nerves, her dreams plagued by terrifying visions of Paul, her stalker. On edge and sleep deprived, cracks begin to form in her façade, her work is sloppy and she injures herself on a fence. Jodi and Dave are worried about Kate, however Dave, who has himself experienced post-traumatic stress after the death of is wife, picks up on Kate's inner turmoil and tries to talk to her. Kate tells him she is fine. Later, at the quiz night, Kate panics when Dave, trying to calm her frazzled nerves, touches her on the wrist. Kate runs outside and finally breaks down, and tells Dave the extent of her problem. Next day reveals Kate still has a long way to go in returning to her old self but she does accept Dave's suggestion to go see a counselor, the first step on her way to recovery.

Season 4, Episode 19: Saturn Returns

11 August 2004

Season 4, Episode 20: Friendly Fire

1 September 2004

Season 4, Episode 21: Secrets and Lies

8 September 2004

Season 4, Episode 22: For Love or Money

15 September 2004

Season 4, Episode 23: Dangerous Waters

22 September 2004

Season 4, Episode 24: Where There's Fire

29 September 2004

Season 4, Episode 25: Trembling on the Brink

6 October 2004

Season 4, Episode 26: This Moment Forward

13 October 2004

Season 4, Episode 27: Something to Prove

20 October 2004

Season 4, Episode 28: My House Is Your House

27 October 2004

Season 4, Episode 29: A McLeod Daughter

3 November 2004

Season 4, Episode 30: The Things We Do for Love

10 November 2004

Season 4, Episode 31: Love Interrupted

17 November 2004

Season 4, Episode 32: Twice Bitten

24 November 2004


Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: No Man's Land

9 February 2005
Nick and Tess struggle to stay together. The arrival of Sally with Harrison, Nick's child, stresses their already strained relationship.

Season 5, Episode 2: Little White Lies

16 February 2005
Struggling to deal with the continued presence of Sally, the mother of Nick's newborn child, Harrison, Tess throws herself into various preparations for an upcoming Wool Board Expo. She places all her hopes for a successful Expo showing for Drovers in a sheep named the Colonel, and their plans to create a new line in organic wool with his progeny - plans which are placed in jeopardy when the Colonel develops a serious infection. Jodi is very excited about the event - she has been selected to model some creations by a local fashion designer. Stevie, who at the last minute is also asked to model, is less enthusiastic - she's a stranger to high heels, and even more so to parading her stuff down a catwalk. Kate's put out that she's not been asked to walk the carpet, but has her own pet project to present at the Expo - sheep coats, designed to improve quality and yield. Jodi gets caught out in a deception of her own when a local cop, Dan, issues Kate with a speeding fine incurred whilst her car was on loan - to Jodi, with Luke driving. Kate is hurt by the betrayal and lack of trust. Jodi has confessed the real reason she didn't ask Kate to model was an unfortunate incident at a party once when Kate trod on a dress and ripped it - yet Kate trusted Jodi sufficiently to loan her her car, with that trust subsequently betrayed. During a dry run for the fashion parade, it is Jodi who accidentally steps on Stevie's dress and rips it, forcing her to seek Kate's help, the only one who can use the sewing machine. Kate reveals her insecurities about her looks compared with Jodi, who finally understands why it was so important that Kate not be overlooked as a model. Also during the parade rehearsal, events come to an explosive head when Nick feels compelled to come clean with Tess. The others go on to the Expo without them, and Nick and Tess have a long and honest talk about their situation and come to the painful conclusion that it is best they part for a while, in order that Nick can continue seeing Harrison without causing Tess further pain. They part in sorrow, with Nick moving back into the Boys Cottage, and Tess again the head of an all-female household. Returning from the Expo, the girls try to cheer up Tess with their good news - the fashion show was a hit, Kate has received a Young Farmer's Award for the sheep coats. But at the end of the day, it's Stevie's friendship for which Tess is grateful most of all, and we know that Tess will move on with grit and her ever-present optimism.

Season 5, Episode 3: Rules of Disengagement

23 February 2005
Alex and Stevie do their best to reunite Tess and Nick, but things do not go as planned.

Season 5, Episode 4: Once Were Heroes

2 March 2005

Season 5, Episode 5: Return of the Black Queen

9 March 2005

Season 5, Episode 6: Do You Read Me...?

16 March 2005

Season 5, Episode 7: Taking Care of Business

6 April 2005

Season 5, Episode 8: Old Flames

13 April 2005
A reunion is set up by Daniel Ponter, a former teacher at Kate and Jodi's high school. He thinks that it is a good idea for a group to get together in which they go on a hike. Jodi's nemesis turns up and Daniel Ponter happens to be a student teacher who Kate was going out with. Kate isn't prepared for the old feelings it's about to stir up. Jodi isn't thrilled to see her nemesis, Natalie, again, but it's Kate herself who's in for a shock when her first love and ex student-teacher, Daniel Ponter, arrives. Although Daniel insists he has something he needs to talk to her about, Kate initially avoids engaging with him, fearful she will fall for him again. But when she reveals that he broke her heart, Daniel, shocked to hear it, tries to make amends. Kate forgives him for the past and resolves that it's over between them. Then Daniel saves her from a snake on the hiking trail, and Kate can't help but fall for him again. A fireside kiss confirms Kate's feelings but it's only when they're back from the hike that Daniel reveals his true agenda. However all ends well with Jodi becoming friends with Natalie and when Jodi finds that Daniel has broken Kates heart again, she helps Kate resolve her feelings as Kate tells Daniel that she doesn't need him and it was only Daniel who had feelings the whole time him and Kate were together.

Season 5, Episode 9: Body Blows

20 April 2005

Season 5, Episode 10: Sins of the Father

27 April 2005

Season 5, Episode 11: Boy Made Good

4 May 2005

Season 5, Episode 12: The Pearl

11 May 2005
Jodi is excited about her growing love for Luke, unaware that at the same time he is making a deal with a local criminal to deliver stolen cigars. When a policeman chases after Luke for speeding, he is forced to transfer the contraband to the back of Stevie's Ute and she unwittingly takes off with it before Luke can stop her. When Stevie discovers the cigars she burns them immediately, despite Jodi's protests that there must be an innocent explanation. Kate and Stevie are put in the uncomfortable position of keeping this mess from Tess. And Stevie, her own relationship with a Morgan not far from her mind, clashes with Jodi over Luke - he's no good as far as Stevie is concerned. When Luke finds out the cigars are gone, he knows he is in trouble - he now owes eight grand to Rick Burns. Luke promises a concerned Jodi that he will extricate himself from the criminal's grasp. But his problems escalate when Burns' boss Chambers pressures Luke to deliver a consignment of illegal drugs. For Luke, drugs are beyond the pale, but he feels trapped in the criminal web. Jodi doggedly defends Luke's integrity to Stevie and Alex, who are both concerned about the poor decisions these young lovers are making. But when Jodi learns that Luke has not been entirely truthful with her, she confronts him. Luke admits he has had further dealings with the criminals, but withholds the information about the drugs. Jodi convinces Luke to extricate himself once and for all. But when Chambers makes a thinly veiled threat against Jodi's safety, Luke decides his only option is to flee Gungellan, even though it means breaching his court order and running from the criminals. Jodi insists on coming with him and the young lovers formulate a desperate and romantic plan to move to Broome. During all this, Detective Montello has been on the trail of Rick and his ring of thieves and Luke is the weakest link. He questions Luke and when that doesn't get him anywhere he pressures Jodi, telling her that Luke could be involved in drugs, but if he comes clean he can save himself a lot of jail time. Stevie urges Jodi to distance herself from Luke, but Jodi needs to give one final chance. She rushes to the truckstop and is shattered to discover the drugs hidden in Luke's wardrobe. Jodi cries on Stevie's shoulder, heartbroken, and Stevie, Tess and Kate support her as she makes the hardest decision of her life - she turns Luke in. But she cannot let him go through it alone and drives to the truckstop, passing a fatal car accident on the way. Jodi collapses when she sees the car is Luke's. Jodi's despair turns to joy when she realises the driver was Rick Burns and Luke is safe, having turned himself in on his own. They embrace before Montello leads Luke away to face the music.

Season 5, Episode 13: The Prodigal Daughter

18 May 2005
A new member of the McLeod family is on her way and Tess is naturally excited about the prospect of meeting her cousin Regan. The meeting sours in the rear drive however - Regan has a fear of dogs, and most other animals beside. Not a good start to a visit to the farm. Things deteriorate further as Regan is shown around the property. By the time she gets into the homestead and feels the full weight of history, her resentment of the treatment of Hugh takes over and she storms from Drovers Run, telling Tess she could never stay in a place where her father had been so cheated and dispossessed. Tess has had no luck getting to know Regan, as Regan's resentment has placed a barrier between them. Stevie however, after confronting Regan over her rudeness, finds herself laughing with the visitor. Regan comes to stay with Stevie, who is disarmed by her blunt manner of speech and quick wit. When Regan returns she manages an apology to Tess, but things remain cool between them. Tess has the grace to invite her to a BBQ later that night. After failing to bond with Regan, Tess looks inward for family and confronts the issue of children with Nick. Nick does not want his own children because of the genetic risks, but will not talk about other options. When Tess looks into sperm donation as an option the couple argue into the night. It is up to Alex to spell out the truth to Nick with some childhood memories - all life is a risk, if we really want something to happen we just have to shut our eyes and roll the dice. Dave falls for Regan, which puts Regan into Kate's very bad books. Meanwhile Jodi is still reeling from Luke's arrest, and her moping is starting to drive Kate crazy, although Jodi insists she is fine. Kate's tried everything; she even enlists Alex to give some brotherly advice. Still trying, Kate borrows Alex's prize bull and suggests Jodi handle the animal at a show in Coonarra. To her surprise Jodi agrees and the girls set off on a road trip. It's fun until Jodi stops at the end of a road and looks towards the road that leads to Luke's detention. Jodi's wants to visit him since it was on the way. Kate takes the keys out the ignition and hides them. Jodi gets of the car angrily and says to Kate that she will walk all the way there if she had to. Kate Jodi stops and breaks down. She confesses she is a mess and that she misses him so much and just wants to see him. Later, they return to Drovers with the first prize and Jodi feeling a lot worse after having come so close to seeing Luke. Kate tells her she will back off a little - and gives Jodi a two year plan she has drawn up. It's up to Jodi to pull life together on her own or with Kates help as she offers. Jodi takes a small step back into the real world. Regan sneaks away in her car and takes some soil samples from a creek bed. Her car gets bogged in the mud. Stevie comes to Regan's assistance, but Stevie ends up wedged between the car and a tree trunk, in danger of being crushed. Regan is forced to confront her worst fear, and ride Banjo to get help. As Banjo takes off through the paddocks, she clings to him, utterly petrified. She alerts the others, and Stevie is rescued. Regan is feted for her courage and taken into the Drovers fold. With all the fuss, nobody thinks to ask about why she was out there in the first place. After Stevie's brush with death and Alex's advice, Nick makes a decision about children. He disappears to Killarney but returns with his childhood cricket bat and gives it to Tess; he wants to pass it onto their children, their own children. Tess is right, life is too short. They will have kids, come what may.

Season 5, Episode 14: Love and Obsession

25 May 2005

Season 5, Episode 15: One Long, Long Day

27 July 2005

Season 5, Episode 16: Down to Earth

3 August 2005

Season 5, Episode 17: Heart of Gold

10 August 2005

Season 5, Episode 18: Taking Flight

17 August 2005

Season 5, Episode 19: Make Believe

24 August 2005
Jodi is surprised when Kate reacts badly to news that her Nonna - Alessa Manfredi - the hero-worshipped matriarch of the family, is on her way to Drovers. Kate is forced to confess she has been sending letters implying she is the boss of Drovers, the head of the CFS and, worst of all, that she is practically engaged to the to the local vet, Dave. Alessa meanwhile, has a secret of her own and on arrival Kate is surprised to see her Nonna with a new look and traveling alone. What has come over her? Mortified, Kate has to confess the lie to Dave, asking him to go along with the deception as she cannot bear the thought of Nonna discovering the truth. Dave is reluctant, but eventually steps up to play the part of her boyfriend. However things come to a head at Jodi's 1920's murder mystery party when the truth about her sham relationship is revealed. Kate had been feeling guilty and upset by all the deception, but the eventual unraveling of it all seems to make matters worse and may cost her friendship with Dave. Alessa is devastated to learn of the pressure she has been putting on her granddaughter, but it seems she has some confessions of her own to make - she's thinking of leaving her husband, having come to the realisation (post illness) that she has had no life of her own, but her visit to Drovers makes her realise running away can't turn back the clock. She's shared a beautiful life with Carlo and now what she really wants is to share her future with him. Meanwhile, Alex is perplexed by Rob's turn-the-other-cheek attitude after an incident at the Truckstop. Alex doesn't buy it. What's the point of all Rob's martial arts training if he doesn't do anything with it? Alex sets out to prove that deep down Rob is like every other bloke - competitive and reactive. Alex gets more than he bargained for when Rob flattens him when Alex approaches him in the dark after leaving Jodi's dinner. Rob is mortified by his actions and although Alex laughs it off - he was right, Rob is a typical bloke after all - he's curious about what's really going on with Rob. Jodi continues to be unimpressed with Rob - although she is rather intrigued by Moira's psychic impressions of him. However, hitting Alex is the final nail in the coffin of her party and Jodi is left, once more, with the distinct impression that Rob is nothing but an arrogant jerk. Although one cannot help but wonder if she protesteth too much. Moira - aka Mystic Miranda - takes it out on Terry when he hands her car over to her husband and she has no transport to a gig in Fisher. Jodi volunteers to drive her. But when their car breaks down it's the final blow in Moira's already bad day. (What Moira is not revealing is her car and financial problems are the result of her acrimonious ex). Jodi convinces her to join the party at Drovers, where Moira gets a chance to apologise to Terry for her earlier rudeness.

Season 5, Episode 20: Heaven and Earth

31 August 2005

Season 5, Episode 21: Moonstruck

7 September 2005

Season 5, Episode 22: If You Build It...

14 September 2005

Season 5, Episode 23: Out of Time

21 September 2005

Season 5, Episode 24: Betwixt and Between

28 September 2005
The painful promise of keeping the truth from Rose about her parentage drives Stevie to throw herself into working on the new embryo transplant programme for cows. Having Rose to stay is now almost too painful to bear. Rose, however, is keen to have a family Christmas on Drovers now Stevie is settled down and wants Stevie to mend the rift with her parents, certain that whatever the falling out may have been over, it cannot be irreparable. However Rose senses her enquiries re the estrangement are being brushed off, increasing her curiosity. She tries plumbing Kate for information, who accidentally lets slip a hint that Rose takes after Stevie. Kate warns Stevie about the slip, but Rose has taken another course of action; going into Stevie's room and discovering the baby mementos she has kept, concluding the reason Stevie left home was because she was pregnant. Rose contrives to get Stevie alone and drops the bombshell - you had a baby, didn't you? Caught off guard, Stevie tells a half-truth, admitting she did have a baby and that she adopted her out. And further lies begin, with Kate and Michelle aiding and abetting the half-truth. Although Rose is not judgemental about Stevie having adopted a baby out, she believes she must be extremely hard hearted if she has never wanted to trace or make contact with her child, and for this, she cannot forgive her. Stevie's desperation to explain herself to Rose and to prove her undying love for the child prompts her to reveal that Rose was the baby Stevie adopted out. Devastated, Rose takes off in Stevie's Ute, after accidentally reversing into the gate to the yards holding the surrogate cattle. Michelle and Stevie follow, but with Rose only a novice driver incapable of handling high speeds, they stop the chase, not wanting to risk an accident. Stevie calls Alex, warning him that Rose is heading unwittingly towards Killarney, hoping he can come to the rescue. Back at Drovers the cows have got out and the embryo programme is in danger. It is up to Kate and Meg to round up the cows and perform the vital checks with Dave, Kate feeling partly responsible for causing such upheaval in Stevie's life. Alex takes a hurt, angry and confused Rose under his wing where he shares his own experience of finding out that Harry was not his real father. Alex returns Rose to Drovers, and Michelle pleads their case. Rose finally hears Stevie's side of the story and she reveals the real reason she took so long to tell Rose the truth: deep down she felt unworthy, having given up her daughter, of ever claiming her again. Rose wants to go home and it is a bittersweet parting. Stevie recites the letter she wrote to her daughter years ago, envisaging the dream of returning to claim her and living happily ever after. Rose appears unmoved but at the last minute, turns to look at Stevie as they drive off. There is hope, no matter how small. Jodi and Rob are thrust together on a long trip, getting their respective cattle to new sale yards. Jodi is on the defensive with Rob. Is his politeness just another form of chauvinism. Is his reticence towards her because he sees her as a lesser human being? Having backed herself into a corner with her own arguments about chivalry versus sexism, Jodi finds she is unable to put down a cow with a broken leg and is grateful when Rob steps into the breech. She realizes that Rob's form of chivalry has nothing to do with sexism.

Season 5, Episode 25: Truth or Dare

12 October 2005

Season 5, Episode 26: The King and I

19 October 2005

Season 5, Episode 27: Intentions

26 October 2005

Season 5, Episode 28: Stranger Than Fiction

2 November 2005

Season 5, Episode 29: Twelve and a Half Hours Behind

9 November 2005

Season 5, Episode 30: Anniversary

16 November 2005
Tess holds a celebration of life for Nick. Stevie, Jodi, and Kate try their best to help give Tess what she needs as she come to term with Nick's death. Alex and Harry struggle as they grieve for Nick.