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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Crazy10 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.
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: Haunted24 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.
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.
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.
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 Pool21 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Water20 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Wildfire17 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: Hounded24 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 Trek31 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 J7 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 February 2003
Claire is home from her stint in hospital, but it's far from easy for the single mum-to-be. She has to face the truth about her baby's father, the lies she and Alex have concocted, and the fact that Drover's has stayed afloat without her instruction.
19 February 2003
Alex and Claire's secret brings one family together and brings another to the brink. Tess and Liz clash over the lie âEUR" each with their own family's best interests at heart âEUR" while Jodi arrives home with a secret of her own.
26 February 2003
After months of searching, Becky finally finds out what happened to Brick. She and Jodi discover the horrible truth after Becky is led to Brick by a dream.
5 March 2003
It seems Sally is taking advantage of Nick's absence in town by inviting a stranger over to Wilgul. Claire warns Tess against putting her nose in, but she just can't resist.
12 March 2003
A careless prank on the groom threatens to put a stop to the impending nuptials of Jodi and Alberto. Meanwhile, Claire's expanding waistline is causing her all kinds of problems!
19 March 2003
The Wedding Day is here and nearly everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But for one couple, it will be a day to remember for all the right reasons!
2 April 2003
When Becky and Jake are forced to steal a horse, they find new depths to their relationship and Alex is dismayed when Claire starts buying up old nags from the sale yards.
9 April 2003
Claire is haunted by memories of her mother's death.
23 April 2003
A thirtieth wedding anniversary is no protection for Liz when Harry, suspicious about Claire's baby, discovers an even bigger lie.
30 April 2003
Alex struggles with the truth about his family as Harry tries to win his son back the only way he knows how. Sally comes to the realisation that her relationship with Nick is going nowhere and she makes a heartbreaking decision.
7 May 2003
An old friend of Tess' makes a visit to Drover's planning to portray the lives of the woman in her next article. Becky and Meg clash over Jake's appointment as Killarney's new overseer.
14 May 2003
Jake's true identity is revealed after his father and brother turn up wanting him to come home. Whilst weaning Phoenix from Blaze, Claire starts to realise that the lie about her baby isn't right and cannot last forever.
21 May 2003
Sandra Kinsella is back and her meddling brings Alex and Claire to the brink. Will they go their separate ways and end the lie?
28 May 2003
After Jodi tears up a chain letter, things start to go wrong at Drover's. As Dave shares his grief with Tess, Alex and Claire start to mend their wounds despite Sandra's presence.
4 June 2003
Harry is back in town and up to his old tricks. Sandra Kinsella's influence continues to spread, but just which Ryan man is she manipulating this time?
23 July 2003
The appearance of mysterious Min Min lights over Drover's Run coincides with events that will alter the course of Claire & Tess' life forever.
30 July 2003
An emu plague interrupts life at Drover's Run. As Claire chooses to battle alone with her baby, Meg gets caught in a crossfire.
6 August 2003
Peter returns to Drover's Run during the naming ceremony of his and Claire's baby, leading to a very important decision. Tess and Dave set out on an impulsive trip to the altar, which has an unexpected result.
13 August 2003
As Claire discovers more about her new neighbour, Jodi is determined to prove herself at the Fire Service training weekend âEUR" but it's going to be far more difficult than she anticipated.
20 August 2003
Jake's ambitions with Storm Cloud threaten his relationships with Becky and Claire. Speed Dating doesn't provide Claire with a match, but an internet ad reveals a rather interesting perfect match.
27 August 2003
Both Nick and Alex practically fall over each other trying to win the affections of a newcomer to the district âEUR" but they are both in for a shock as the competition heats up.
3 September 2003
Claire is coaxed into running for the Gungellan Farmers Council by Vince, but she won't win if Sandra Kinsella gets her way.
10 September 2003
When Claire and Alex hit big smoke, a long-lost father is found and a hidden passion is finally ignited. Will Alex finally acknowledge his true feelings?
17 September 2003
Claire and Alex are still in Melbourne with Charlotte and making plans to extend their stay. At Drover's, Tess discovers a lump on her breast and fearing her mother's fate, tells no one...not even Dave.
Season 3, Episode 25: Time Frame24 September 2003
Tess and Dave reach a crossroads, as her cancer scare reveals that Dave is not completely over grieving his wife Leanne.
1 October 2003
Drovers Run hosts the Regional Young Farmer of the Year Award and Becky is surprised to find herself competing with Jake. As the old spark between them returns, Becky is torn between the man she loves and Drover's Run.
8 October 2003
Tess's upcoming operation has thoughts of mortality creeping in and Tess begins to write a letter to Charlotte so that her niece can know her should she no longer be around. Claire reminisces when an old friend turns up unexpectedly.
15 October 2003
Joy at Tess' biopsy result soon turns to tragedy, when Claire, Tess and Charlotte are involved in a serious car accident and one sister must make the ultimate sacrifice.
22 October 2003
Claire's death has everyone dealing with it in their own way. Tess tries to keep her emotions in check, unable to deal with her grief and burdened by survivors guilt. A surprise visitor at Drovers Run helps Tess when she needs it most.
Season 3, Episode 30: Turbulence29 October 2003
Tess is having a hard time getting along with Stevie. But when Charlotte's life is threatened, Tess and Stevie put aside their differences to save her.
11 February 2004
A stolen horse, a raging bushfire and Stevie defying orders push Tess to the limit now she is in charge of Drovers Run.
18 February 2004
It's high noon at Drovers when Tess and Stevie get caught in a sting by Sandra.
3 March 2004
Tess' world is turned upside down by the arrival of a man claiming to be Jack McLoed's long lost son.
10 March 2004
Sandra has a surprising solution when Alex and Nick face a heart wrenching decision, while Tess tackles her own problems with a charging bull and a gate.
10 March 2004
Stevie uncovers a dying man's secret and some secrets of her own are ready to rock Drovers Run.
17 March 2004
When Tess' fantasy world collides with reality, she finds herself pulled in two different directions and must decide between the two men who love her.
24 March 2004
Tess and Nick try to put their faltering relationship back on track, but there is an explosion that neither sees coming.
31 March 2004
Alex's first love arrives in town with a proposition for Alex - which turns out to be a lot more complicated than it seems.
14 April 2004
Tess has a fight on her hands when Peter claims custody of Charlotte. Alex enlists the help of his barrister father, Bryce.
21 April 2004
An old well on Drovers Run holds a forgotten secret for Tess, leading her to a devastating decision about the future.
28 April 2004
5 May 2004
12 May 2004
19 May 2004
As Meg and Jodi plan to move to Melborn, Drover's Run needs to hire a new hand. Kate, a school friend of Jodi's gets the job. Working with Kilarney proves a challenge for Kate with her first run in with Sandra.
14 July 2004
On the way to the B and S ball, little goes as planned. Kate's car is stolen, Dave's car breaks down, Alex gets in a bar fight, and Stevie misses a big chance to unload some items on the black market.
21 July 2004
When Stevie's daughter Rose arrived unannounced, life at Drovers is thrown into turmoil for everyone, and Stevie is faced with revealing the biggest secret of her life.
28 July 2004
An innocent flirtation turns into something more dangerous for Kate as Stevie and Alex finally realise their dream of starting a rodeo school.
4 August 2004
Stevie falls for the charismatic Kane, while Alex's growing friendship with him creates estrangement between the Ryan brothers.
11 August 2004
Tess' birthday forces her to take a long hard look at herself, but she "sees" more than she bargained for and unwittingly creates some midsummer nights madness.
1 September 2004
Alex and Stevie's friendship is put to the test when Kane comes between them. Terry discovers that his new mechanic has bought bad fuel.
8 September 2004
Tess' plans to propose to Nick go haywire when Dave makes a discovery that threatens to derail the proposal permanently.
15 September 2004
When Stevie's past catches up with her, she decides to run again - and this time she asks Kane to come with her.
22 September 2004
As marriage looms for Tess and Nick, Tess finds herself in over her head.
29 September 2004
Jodi's new position in the Country Fire Service is compromised when Luke becomes the prime suspect in a series of fires.
6 October 2004
An earth tremor makes Tess worried about the omens for her wedding to Nick, but when the earth moves for Stevie and Alex, they try to pretend that nothing happened.
13 October 2004
Nick and Tess approach the altar at last, but there's family heartache to endure before any glimpse of a gold ring.
20 October 2004
Stevie and Kate let pride get in the way as they both try to prove themselves in preparation for Tess and Nick's return from their honeymoon.
27 October 2004
The Drovers girls have a tough time adjusting to Nick as the new 'man of the house' and when Dave makes a career-threatening mistake, love, loyalty and family ties are called into question.
3 November 2004
10 November 2004
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9 February 2005
Nick and Tess struggle to stay together. The arrival of Sally with Harrison, Nick's child, stresses their already strained relationship.
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.
23 February 2005
Alex and Stevie do their best to reunite Tess and Nick, but things do not go as planned.
2 March 2005
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Season 5, Episode 8: Old Flames13 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 Blows20 April 2005
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Season 5, Episode 12: The Pearl11 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.
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.
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17 August 2005
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.
31 August 2005
Season 5, Episode 21: Moonstruck7 September 2005
14 September 2005
21 September 2005
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.
12 October 2005
19 October 2005
Season 5, Episode 27: Intentions26 October 2005
2 November 2005
9 November 2005
Tess returns home to Drovers Run with news that she's pregnant. But her joy is soon turned to grief when Nick's plane crashes and he is presumed dead. Meanwhile, Jodi attempts to verify that she is Jack McLeod's daughter.