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A Free Ranger

Episode 3
USA: June 15, 2016
Aus: June 16, 2016
Written by Michael Miller
Directed by Leah Purcell

Waruu and Harry break in to the Containment Centre on their reconnaissance mission, filming the deplorable conditions the inmates are kept in.

But when Djukara appeals to Harry, as a fellow Hairy, to let them out, Harry can't refuse. Three prisoners pile out, a guard appears, and Djukara is shot. Waruu, rushes to Djukara's aid, and pulls the guard off him, trapping him in a headlock.

Waruu, Harry, and the prisoners escape to The Zone, and take Djukara to the medical clinic for assistance. He's tended by Slade's wife Charlotte, a doctor. She's thrown when she realises Djukara is an escapee — even more so when the news reports state that a guard was killed in the breakout. And that his heart was ripped out. Waruu is furious, and assures everyone that the boys did not kill the guard, let alone rip out his heart.

What Waruu does not know is that McIntyre, the head of the Containment Authority, has used his own knife to remove the guard's heart, to frame the Hairy escapees. Matthews, unaware of this, demands the Hairy story be broadcast for the world to see that the vicious Hairies have struck again.

Koen, Blair and Ash have dubbed the mystery woman from the lab 'Kora', and are trying to work out who and what she is. But she won't, or can't, talk, and behaves as if she from another world and time, intrigued by all she comes across. When Koen grabs Kora's arm in frustration at her silence, he is knocked clear across the room by a jolt of extraordinary power.

It turns out that Slade is the owner of the lab in which Kora was found. He's a man with an established interest in Indigenous culture; a man who was a friend and business associate of Uncle Jimmy's. He wants to know who the new Cleverman is — so that he can continue the work he started with Jimmy. Slade enters The Zone to find Waruu, who he assumes is now Cleverman. But Waruu isn't interested in Slade's overtures, and Slade discovers Waruu is not the one. Koen is, but he rejects Slade and his offers of wealth and power, too.

Nerida, Waruu's wife, has heard the reports of the breakout, and is beside herself with worry. But Waruu locks himself away from her, and obsessively watches the footage — which reveals he is the man who killed the guard. Not in self-defence, but by choice.


  • Hunter Page-Lochard as Koen West
  • Rob Collins as Waruu West
  • Ryan Corr as Blair Finch
  • Tasma Walton as Araluen
  • Stef Dawson as Ash Kerry
  • Jada Alberts as Nerida
  • Tamala Shelton as Alinta
  • Rarriwuy Hick as Latani
  • Tysan Towney as Djukara
  • Andrew McFarlane as Geoff Matthews
  • Marcus Graham as McIntyre
  • Deborah Mailman as Aunty Linda
  • Frances O'Connor as Charlotte Cleary
  • Iain Glen as Jarrod Slade
  • Waverley Stanley Jr as Kulya
  • Kamil Ellis as Mungo
  • Isaac Drandic as Harry
  • Josh McConville as Dickson
  • Eric Grothe as CA Checkpoint Guard #1
  • Jason Stevens as CA Checkpoint Guard #2
  • Nancy Denis as Eve
  • Alexis Lane as Kora
  • Mansoor Noor as McIntyre's 2IC [uncredited]
  • Mark Simpson as Holbeck
  • Georgia Wilde as Melissa
  • Julian Maroun as Anton
  • Mathew Wilkinson as Kennedy
  • Trevor Jamieson as Uncle Max
  • Adam Briggs as Maliyan [uncredited]
  • Benson Jack Anthony as Gub
  • Rhondda Findleton as Frankie
  • Jeremy Ambrum as Jake
  • Katie Wall as Rowena