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The Awakening


Episode 3.01 (53)
UK: Mon, Oct 26, 2009 (9am, Nickelodeon UK)
Australia: Sun, January 30, 2011 (5pm, Ten)
Written by Joss King
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Cleo and Rikki are about to face their final year at school together without Emma, who's gone overseas. They're confident they've overcome the affect of the full moon and know everything about Mako Island and its magic. Zane surprises Rikki with an offer for her to join him as a partner in a new upmarket café, while Lewis is taking his relationship with Cleo a little too comfortably.When Will, a boy with remarkable skills underwater, stumbles upon the Moon Pool, he encounters a strange water force and is knocked unconscious. That night, at the opening of the new café, Rikki and Cleo meet Bella, a new girl who helps Rikki out of a tricky situation by stepping in to sing in Nate's band. In a break outside, Rikki is attacked by water and dragged out to sea. Bella sees this and joins Cleo to rescue Rikki. Cleo's shocked to find Bella is a mermaid too! Rikki is saved from the encounter but they find the new boy Will in the Moon Pool. The girls realise something has changed on Mako Island, and it appears Will is now on the trail of their magic and secret.

Starring: Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Indiana Evans, Angus Mclaren, Luke Mitchell

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Ben Timony as Jason, Jarreau La Castra as Lead Guitarist, Remy Hill as Bass Guitarist, Clinton Stewart as Surfer #1, Jordan Patrick Smith as Surfer #2, Rick Mitchell as Surfer #3 and Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

Notes: Claire Holt has left the series, Indiana Evans and Luke Mitchell join the main cast, and there is yet another new version of the theme song, this time performed by Indiana Evans.

Jungle Hunt

Indiana Evans

Episode 3.02 (54)
UK: Tue, October 27, 2009
Australia: Sun, February 06, 2011
Written by Joss King
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

First day back at school and the girls are surprised to discover Will is attending too. Will's thrilled to find Rikki and approaches her seeking help to return to Mako Island to find any confirmation of his earlier experience. Bella is smitten with Will and enthusiastically volunteers to accompany him instead — to keep him from relocating the Moon Pool. Cleo and Lewis use the opportunity to do their own investigation in the cavern. Concerned Bella is in over her head, Rikki trails her and Will on the island and when Bella falls into the creek, she is able to dry her out. Will becomes suspicious when he finds Rikki on the island and doubly so when Bella accidentally uncovers the land entrance of the Moon Pool and they catch Cleo and Lewis in the cavern. The girls use the opportunity to interrogate Will to learn what he encountered on the night of the full moon. Sensing how close he is to their secrets, Rikki takes action and discounts his memory of the night. Will is defused and Bella's left conflicted by what they did to convince him. After he has left, the girls and Lewis find evidence that the Moon Pool has changed and that it has new magic.

With: Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

Keep Your Enemies Close


Episode 3.03 (55)
UK: Wed, October 28, 2009
Australia: Sun, February 20, 2011
Written by Sam Carroll
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Cleo applies for a new job at the Marine Park as an assistant dolphin trainer. Bella is supportive but Rikki is wary. Cleo's soon in over her head when she catches Will innocently swimming with Ronnie the dolphin in the holding pool. He's a natural and has Ronnie leaping through the air. Cleo's supervisor Laurie is impressed with Cleo when he sees Ronnie do the amazing leap — apparently at her own instruction, and arranges for Cleo to join the main performance show. After hearing Nate's latest love song at rehearsal in the café Rikki fires the band. She doesn't want customers vanishing! Bella spars with Rikki, thinking it's her she's really upset with — until she finds that the issue is really with Nate! Cleo feels pressured when she's certain she won't be able to retain her job. Will steps in to help her and Cleo wows the audience with her main performance. Bella and Rikki come to an understanding: the band can stay as long as Bella continues as the lead singer. Bella rounds off a busy day with a terrific performance at the café.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Cleo Massey as Kim, Matthew Okine as Laurie, Jarreau La Castra as Lead Guitarist, Remy Hill as Bass Guitarist, Tanya Hockman as Marine Park Manager and Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

Valentine's Day


Episode 3.04 (56)
UK: Thu, October 29, 2009
Australia: Sun, February 27, 2011
Written by Simon Butters
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Valentine's day hits, but the girls are at the point in their lives where it presents them with challenges, not care-free romance. Rikki finds all the work to establish the new café is eroding her relationship with Zane, not bringing them closer. Cleo is forced to put Lewis' plans for a date on hold to restrain Kim's out of control love-life, while Bella's crush on Will deepens and she struggles to communicate her interest toward him. A routine Marine licensing inspection leads to a romantic encounter for Don but is brought to a rapid halt when the representative, Samantha, is knocked overboard and it looks like Don is set to be fined. Rikki and Zane find a way to connect when it's apparent some one-on-one time is required. Cleo helps Kim understand what real love is and following Don's encounter with Samantha, he's now inspired to find some of his own.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Cleo Massey as Kim, Penni Gray as Sam, Brenton Bell as Kyle, Ryan Sheldrake as Corey, Zelie Bullen as Sam Stunt Double and Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

Big Ideas

Episode 3.05 (57)
UK: Fri, October 30, 2009
Written by Philip Dalkin
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Zane's management style is steering the café into debt and Rikki's not impressed by his latest plans for a complementary dirt bike hire business. He concocts a dirt bike race, knowing he's the best bike racer in town, to raise some urgent funds for the café. Bella helps Will enter and Zane's surety of winning is threatened. Making amends for his disinterest in the water attacks, Lewis accompanies Cleo to Mako Island to investigate the new waterfall in the Moon Pool. When Bella discovers that Nate and Zane plan to rig the race, Rikki decides to teach them a lesson. Bella uses her mermaid power to ensure their plan falls flat. Rikki makes her own event to help get the café out of debt, while Cleo and Lewis make a surprising discovery when they mix the waters from the pool and cascade in the Moon Pool.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Cleo Massey as Kim, et al

Secrets & Lies

Episode 3.06 (58)
UK: Mon, November 02, 2009
Written by Simon Butters
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Bella's infatuation with Will deepens and she can't help but follow him around! She tries to set up a study date, but finding herself stood up she confronts Will at the Boatshed only to discover he's apparently already got another girl! Lewis' apparatus to test the properties of the magical Mako water attracts the attention of his Science teacher — Ms Taylor who believes it is his science project. Caught with evidence of their Mako secrets, Lewis is in trouble until Cleo uses her powers to replicate the effect and helps him submit an alternative project. Ignoring Rikki's advice, Bella continues to pursue the truth about Will and the mystery girl and follows them diving. She is almost discovered as a mermaid until Rikki comes to her aid. Bella's embarrassed, but relieved to find that the girl is only Will's sister Sophie and there's hope for a relationship with Will after all.

With: Mouche Phillips as Ms Taylor, Taryn Marler as Sophie, et al

Note: Taryn Marler (Sophie) appeared previously (as a blonde) in episodes 2.19 and 2.20 as Julia, one of the previous generation mermaids (see pic #8 from episode 2.19)

Happy Families

Episode 3.07 (59)
UK: Tue, November 03, 2009
Written by Max Dann
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Cleo is placed in an awkward situation when Don takes the family to the beach to help his daughters bond with his new girlfriend Samantha. When Cleo is unable to join them in the water and accidentally hits Sam in the face with a towel, Don interprets Cleo's behaviour as a disapproval of Samantha and draws his relationship with Sam to an end. Seeing the upset she's caused, Cleo's quick to convince Don that she is cool with Sam and counsel Kim who's not. Rikki's put in the middle when Will's ambitious sister Sophie competes with Bella for a job at the café. Bella's alert to Sophie's manipulations and schemes but Zane's impressed. Rikki's mindful of her best friend, but Sophie's obvious enthusiasm leads Rikki to give her a try. Cleo finds Don takes her counsel to heart when he announces he and Sam are engaged!

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Cleo Massey as Kim, Taryn Marler as Sophie, Penni Gray as Sam, Alan David Lee as Don Sertori, et al


Episode 3.08 (60)
UK: Wed, November 04, 2009
Written by Chris Roache
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

The girls prepare to sleepover at Cleo's in an effort to protect themselves from any water attack on the night of the full moon. Lewis too is on the front foot and has installed a camera in the cavern of the Moon Pool to capture any evidence of the mysterious water force. Reminded of his previous experience on the last full moon, Will is inspired to return to Mako Island. When he arrives at Cleo's seeking Bella's assistance — Bella disappears! She's apparently been taken by a water tentacle to Mako Island. The girls rush to her rescue and charge Lewis to keep Will away. They encounter a frightening development in the Moon Pool and are able to rescue Bella — but Lewis is unable to keep Will away and he finds proof there's magic in the Moon Pool cavern when he relocates his missing torch from the previous full moon. The girls now face an inquisitive and wary Will who's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Cleo Massey as Kim, Taryn Marler as Sophie, Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Episode 3.09 (61)
UK: Thu, November 05, 2009
Written by Philip Dalkin
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Disregarding Lewis' advice not to experiment with the gravity defying water they created from the Moon Pool, Cleo contrives an opportunity to keep him occupied for a day so she can. When Rikki accidentally gets the magic water in Cleo's aquarium, Cleo's favourite fish Hector becomes suspended in a floating bubble of water! Cleo is aghast when all their hasty efforts to retrieve Hector result in him going down the drain. Joined by Bella, the girls use their powers to retrieve Hector from the canal outside Cleo's home before he's lost forever — but Will appears to have seen too much. Lewis returns after an eventful day of golf with Don where, to keep things amicable, he's successfully devised his own loss! Lewis is now regretting suggesting Cleo hold back from her experiment but Cleo's now wishing she had.

With: Cleo Massey as Kim, Alan David Lee as Don Sertori


Episode 3.10 (62)
UK: Fri, November 06, 2009
Written by Sam Carroll
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Cleo and Rikki warn Bella to back off from Will as they know he's on the trail of their mermaid secrets. It's difficult for her as Will is becoming more intrigued by Bella and his increasing interest is making her feel a relationship may finally happen between them. Bella's left with no option but to stop seeing Will. Unfortunately, the directive comes too late as a close encounter with water leads Will to recognise Bella's secret and discover she's a mermaid! Bella's left on tenterhooks when Will stalls at keeping his incredible discovery private. Bella prepares for the worst at that night's gig at the café, but Will pledges to keep her secret — only a relationship between them appears unlikely for the minute.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Jamie Timony as Nate, Taryn Marler as Sophie, et al

Just A Girl At Heart

Episode 3.11 (63)
UK: Monday, January 18, 2010
Written by Anthony Morris
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Riled by Sophie's approach to Will's free-diving training and keen to keep him onside now that he knows her secret, Bella offers to be his 'guest coach' while Sophie's away. Bella gives him swimming advice from her special perspective as a mermaid. It results in her training in the swimming pool with Will and he's captivated. It seems a connection between them has finally been forged, however Bella's interference in Will's training makes her an instant enemy of Sophie. When Bella realises Will's fascination in her is only as a mermaid — she's hurt and rejects him, taking comfort in her friends Cleo and Rikki instead. Rikki's plans to host corporate functions in the café go awry when a misunderstanding between Rikki and Zane leaves her and Cleo to cater for a demanding group of kids who are expecting a performing clown. Fortunately Cleo helps put their mermaid powers to good use to turn the event into a success.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Taryn Marler as Sophie, Graham More as Rob, Liz Buchanan as Sheryl, Jarrad Pon as Dustin, Frazer Jack Crane as Marlon and Alan David Lee as Don Sertori

Crime & Punishment

Episode 3.12 (64)
UK: Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Written by Max Dann
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Rikki inadvertently uncovers some counterfeit cash from a sale at the café and when following it up, finds herself held by criminals on their boat. It's her birthday and when Rikki fails to arrive at her own surprise party in the Moon Pool, Cleo and Bella go in search of her. They find themselves needing Will's help and through this are forced to reveal to him the truth about the whole trios' identities as mermaids. Will helps them free Rikki from the criminals on the boat only to narrowly escape when it catches fire in the rescue. At the café, Sophie finds the girls' mermaid inspired birthday gift for Rikki and edges closer to their secret. Fortunately Will retrieves it and delivers it to Rikki, sensing it required saving from his suspicious sister. Will's actions seal his place in the group — but it's something Zane isn't happy about.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Taryn Marler as Sophie, Damien Garvey, et al

To Have & To Hold Back

Episode 3.13 (65)
UK: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Written by Simon Butters
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Lewis is given the chance of a lifetime with an opportunity to study overseas. But he's interrupted from telling Cleo by Sam and Don surprising everyone and announcing an early wedding ceremony. When Kim learns about Lewis' impending departure, she sees an opportunity to sabotage the event and breaks the news to Cleo. Distraught but determined, Cleo focuses her attention on organising the entire ceremony for Don and Sam on her own, outside the café. With Lewis as Best Man and Cleo as Maid of Honour, the ceremony is icy. Another stunt from Kim gives Lewis the opportunity to declare his love for Cleo and let her know his decision — he's not going. Not to be foiled by her sister, Kim plots yet another way to derail everything and this time succeeds, nearly exposing the trio as mermaids. But with Rikki, Bella, Will and Lewis' help, Cleo recovers the ceremony and transports it to Mako, to finally give Don and Sam the wedding they deserve. In the process, she realises she must let Lewis go to follow his dreams — and in a bittersweet goodbye, Lewis departs.

With: Burgess Abernathy as Zane, Penni Gray as Sam, Alan David Lee as Don Sertori, et al

Note: Angus McLaren's departs to focus on Packed to the Rafters (see article).

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