McLeod's Daughters: episode guide
Out Of The Ashes
Episode 4.01 (75)
Six months on from Claire's death, Tess has thrown herself into her work with an almost manic intensity. She wants to assure Charlotte's future, as well as remain faithful to following Claire's dream for Drovers, even if it means sacrificing her own.
Bushfires sweep through the area and Alex, who is still refusing to face reality, puts the lives of both himself and Jodi at risk.
At Drovers, Tess faces the fire alone until Stevie turns up to fight by her side. The fire has dramatic repurcussions for all involved, forcing Alex and Tess to reconsider their lives.
Note: the sequence of Alex in the rodeo is recycled from episode 1.03 (see gallery)
Episode 4.02 (76)
Stevie's decision comes back to bite her when she agrees to do a seemingly simple favour for Sandra to repay her for not pressing charges for stealing her plane [3.30]. To get out of Sandra's scheme, Tess takes a big gamble, confident she can defeat Sandra in a winner takes all poker game. But will her gamble pay off or is she in for even more heartbreak?
Meanwhile, Alex and Nick are deeply concerned that foreclosure from the bank is imminent and decide to take whatever actions necessary, which in this case means borrowing Drovers' cattle and machinery to impress their bank loan manager when he pays a visit to Wilgul.
As for Terry, he's had more than an earful from the demanding Sandra and takes the matter to Harry. Unfortunately, Terry's not prepared for the consequences of pitting himself against his boss's girlfriend.
Note: Peter Michell's character is listed in the credits as Jason Brown but he introduces himself to Stevie as Jason Turner
Jack Of All Shades
Episode 4.03 (77)
Late at night Tess is woken by a strange noise in the kitchen and discovers Stevie helping herself to a beer from the fridge. Both however are subsequently surprised by a stranger by the name of Jack Blake who knocks at the door looking for Jack McLeod… his father.
Jack tells Tess his mother, Lily Blake, had quite a fling with Jack McLeod thirty-two years before and he is the result. To back it up he produces a photo of his Mum and Jack Snr. Tess's mind is spinning with possibility of a new addition to the family — something she feels is lacking after the death of Claire.
The next morning Nick and Alex join them for breakfast and Nick's suspicions are raised when he gets the feeling that Jack is lying.
Jack's arrival has consequences for Meg too as her affair with Jack McLeod is revealed, a discovery that causes Jodi to reflect on Jack's role in her life as well.
Day Of Reckoning
Episode 4.04 (78)
Brad Whittaker, the new Stock and Station agent, makes a good first impression on the women of Drovers Run, but things quickly go downhill from there.
Harry hopes he can convince Nick and Alex to move back to Killarney but the boys are not interested. Worried that her relationship with Harry will be threatened if Alex and Nick move back to Killarney, Sandra devises a plan that also impacts on their neighbour Tess. Just when it seems relationships are fracturing, a crisis changes the scope of the situation and it is Sandra who has a surprising solution when Alex and Nick are faced a difficult decision.
Stevie is distracted by thoughts of attending her daughter's birthday party but her excitment at the prospect of seeing her daughter again is shattered by a phone call.
Terry begins his new job but Meg and Jodi suspect all may not be as it seems.
Episode 4.05 (79)
Stevie's first encounter with fallen rodeo champion Ken Logan is at the point of his gun when she and Terry stop off at his garage for petrol. Stevie takes an interest in Ken and when he later collapses at work, he leaves Stevie with a cryptic final message mistakenly believing she is his estranged daughter. Stevie is determined to solve the riddle despite the disinterest shown by his daughter who would be just as happy to absolve herself from her father's life.
At Killarney, it hasn't taken long for Sandra and Alex to begin fighting. Harry washes his hands of any involvement leaving it to Nick to lay down some ground rules for the three of them to live by.
Also, Stevie comes clean to Tess about her stash of gemstones, Jodi looks to relieve herself from her guilt over a forgotten incident from her childhood, Terry lands a new job when Jennifer Logan hires him to manage the garage, and Tess's dinner with Nick is sidelined by her cold.©tzuk
Game Of Chance
Episode 4.06 (80)
When Tess's ideal fantasy world collides with reality, she finds herself at a crossroad and is forced to make a decision between Nick and Dave, the two men who love her.
Terry organises an attempt at a line dancing record to promote the grand re-opening of the Gungellan Truck Stop, and learns a difficult lesson about event promotion in the process.
Sheep at Drovers Run are dying from an unknown cause.
When Sparks Fly
Episode 4.07 (81)
Nick and Tess's relationship, or at least what remains of it, is further tested when she discovers that Nick and Alex have started an intensive farming operation and have dammed off the creek. Alex encourages Nick to sort things out with Tess but his eventual attempt at offering an olive branch only makes things worse, pushing Tess to implement Stevie's explosive plan for revenge.
Meg is upset that Terry is focussing all his attention on the garage, ignoring house and home — and Meg.
Jodi and Stevie continue to clash, but a tragedy helps to bring the two closer.©tzuk
Show of Love
Episode 4.08 (82)
Alex can't believe it when his first love, Tracy Morrison, shows up at Killarney. She's certainly moved on from their days together on the rodeo circuit and is now running a very successful rodeo-style show. Tracy soon makes a very tempting offer to Alex — one that appears to involve more than just a business arrangement.
Tracy's arrival gives Stevie cause to reflect on missed opportunities, both personal and professional.
Jodi gets to know a man who stops in at the garage and makes a discovery that forces Alex to reconsider Tracy's offer.
Episode 4.09 (83)
On Charlotte's first birthday, Tess learns she has a fight on her hands when Peter returns wanting full custody of Charlotte. In support, Alex enlists the help of his barrister father Bryce to help Tess in her custody battle.
Flesh And Blood
Episode 4.10 (84)
An old abandoned well on Drovers Run holds a forgotten secret for Tess, forcing her to re-evaluate her stance in the custody battle with Peter, leading her to a difficult decision about Charlotte's future.
Harry and Sandra have a surpise for Alex and Nick.
Fools For Love
Episode 4.11 (85)
Stevie's ex husband arrives at Drovers with some surprising news — their divorce never went through and he's here to win her back.
Stevie asks Alex to act as her decoy boyfriend to get Jared to back off but in spite of her misgivings, Stevie may just be falling for him all over again.
Jodi's fundraising for the CFS gets a boost when she meets new recruit Dylan but finding volunteers to help with a nude calendar isn't easy... unless you know the trick.
Squatters with guns and a fondness for setting fires add to tentions but Alex and Nick prove most understanding.
While seeing to Tess' Ram, Dave and Nick continue to butt heads over Tess.
Make Or Break
Episode 4.12 (86)
It's sale day and Tess is in a hurry to register her cattle so that they can get the best price. The truck stop is crowded with people wanting to do exactly the same thing. Tess hits it off with a friendly stranger, Bree, unaware that Bree seems to have targeted her for something.
When Tess's truck breaks down a little while later en route to the sales, she is keen to accept Bree's conveniently timed offer of help, relieved that she will not be late registering. Bree will radio the Truck Stop for assistance and while Tess waits with the truck, Bree will take the cattle with her to the sales. Tess agrees, not noticing Bree's surprise at seeing Jodi — she was not expecting a passenger. Jodi goes with Bree and the cattle as Tess settles down to wait.
When Nick passes Tess on the road, she's still waiting for help. Nick stops and quickly fixes her engine and they head separately to the sales. On arrival, Tess is confused to find no sign of Jodi. It's like she never arrived. Tess goes to Nick for help but is relieved when she finally sees Bree arrive — until Bree tells Tess she's never seen her, Jodi or her cattle before.
Episode 4.13 (87)
Meg's sister, Celia Rivers, arrives at Drovers. Partly apprehensive, partly excited, Meg has always lived in the shadow of her glamorous, talented, singing sister. But Celia has arrived for a seachange, or a country change. Her career is drying up fast and she thinks Meg was the sensible one in putting down roots.
Meg, on the other hand, is also taking a long hard look at her future and dreams. When she is offered a job in Melbourne, an opportunity that does not come along too often, she has to make a difficult and painful decision. As only sisters can, and do, they have a falling out over their disparate lives and Celia's self-centredness, resulting in Celia heading bush in a huff and becoming lost.
The Drovers women, with Nick and Alex, set out in search of her. Celia eventually finds her own way home, but in the meantime Jodi has been in danger of attack from a feral dog. Finally a remorseful Celia can admit to Meg that her life has hit rock bottom.
Call Me Kate
Episode 4.14 (88)
Meg is full of preparations for her and Jodi's leave taking, but in her excitement fails to notice that Jodi is harbouring a sliver of doubt. This doubt isn't helped when one of the new applicants for a job on Drovers Run turns out to be Kate Manfredi, an old boarding school friend of Jodi's, who, unlike Jodi has turned out to be a very high achiever, going to uni and getting, among other things, her Wool Classing certificate. Despite their differences, they were great friends at school, and Jodi is thrilled to see her again.
While Tess and Stevie are impressed by Kate's qualifications, they worry about her lack of hands-on experience. Tess hires her on a three-month probation period — they need all the help they can get, as Killarney and Drovers are uniting in shearing their flocks, and they're short a number of shearers.
At Killarney, Harry and Sandra arrive back from their honeymoon, and proudly make an announcement to Nick and Alex. Sandra's pregnant! The boys are not overly thrilled, especially Alex, but with prompting from Harry, do their best to sound pleased.
Desperate and Dateless
Episode 4.15 (89)
Heading to the Bachelor and Spinsters' Ball, the girls from Drovers Run are ready for a big night out. On the way, they pass Dave at a roadside field and newcomer Kate is immediately smitten. But do Kate, Jodi, Tess and Stevie know what they're in for when they invite a very handsome hitchhiker named Brendan into their car?
Note: Craig McLachlan's first appearance
Episode 4.16 (90)
When Stevie's 13-year-old daughter Rose arrives unannounced, life at Drovers Run is thrown into turmoil for everyone — and Stevie is faced with revealing the biggest secret of her life.
Kate's attraction to Dave continues to grow. But as she helps him diagnose a sick cow, she manages to embarrass herself. What's more, things only get worse for Kate when she tries to let Dave know how she really feels. Is there any hope for them as a couple?
Alex forms a bond with Kane and even agrees to help him spray-paint a ute a rather startling shade of pink.
Note: Basia A'hern's first appearance as Stevie's daughter Rose. She returns for brief spells in each of series 5 - 8
Every Breath You Take
Episode 4.17 (91)
The weekend of Stevie and Alex's rodeo school has finally arrived and they are excited with the prospect of turning their fresh-faced students into rodeo stars. Kate, as their assistant, wields a whistle and a tight schedule, and she catches the eye of one of the students, Paul, who takes an immediate shine to her.
The school does not get off to a great start as Stevie, eager to prove herself, shows her skills are in demonstrating, not explaining, her lack of formal training proving a hindrance when she shows the students how to ride a mechanical bull, but has no idea how to break it down into steps.
Kate's inexperience with boys and flirting makes her awkward around Paul as he constantly offers to help her, seeks out her encouragement and praise and tries to be around her all the time. It is only when he gives her a completely inappropriate hug that Kate starts to wonder about his motives. Jodi tells Kate just to enjoy flirting but Kate doesn't want to encourage Paul and she tells him she just wants to be friends. To her relief, he tells her that's all he wants too but his continued advances force Kate to bring his behavious out into the open.
Meanwhile Stevie continues to make life hell for the rodeo students, expecting them to be naturals, the way she was. She takes their failures as a personal insult and as a result gets tougher and tougher on them. Alex tries to get her to go easy, but she tells him no one went easy on her, this is the only way they'll learn. Stevie ends up yelling at an enthusiastic but hopeless student, he's no good and he should just quit. Alex is furious with her, these students paid good money to learn and they argue in front of everyone.
My Brother's Keeper
Episode 4.18 (92)
Stevie and Kane meet under less-than-perfect circumstances when they are brought together by a minor car accident at the truck stop. Despite the awkwardness of their introduction, the charismatic Kane makes a huge impression on Stevie.
Alex's growing friendship with Kane creates problemst between the Ryan brothers as Nick has been unimpressed with Kane's ability to manage Wilgul to his own exacting standards.
Dave helps Kate cope with her fears arising from her troubles with Paul Kendall.
Episode 4.19 (93)
Tess's birthday forces her to take a long, hard look at herself, but she "sees" more than she bargained for and unwittingly creates some midsummer night's madness.
Sandra and Harry asks Nick to father a child for them.
Notes: Dean O'Gorman's first appearance. The last episode before going on hiatus due to coverage of the Athens Olympics
Episode 4.20 (94)
Kane's relationships with Stevie and Alex strains their friendship. Unaware that each is competing for Kane's attention: Alex as a mate, Stevie as a lover; they also have no idea that Kane is using them both for his own advantage.
Luke is enjoying working with Terry whom he is fast seeing as a father figure. Wanting to make his mark on the truckstop, Luke takes advantage of Terry's temporary absence and buys a load of cheap fuel but before long, vehicles in the district are breaking down. Harry' puts two and two together and deduces that Terry's truck stop has been selling dirty fuel.
A letter from her parents gets Kate worrying about her career. She pesters Tess for a promotion and when Tess gives her a new title to go with her work plan, Jodi's nose gets out of joint — she wants a title too because she has no intention of being bossed around by Kate. Tess sets the girls a series of tasks and the competition is on.
Secrets And Lies
Episode 4.21 (95)
The course of true love never runs smooth — or at least, it doesn't for Tess. Madly in love with Nick, she's decided to turn traditional courtship on its head and ask him to marry her, but when Tess is sprung "rehearsing" by Dave, it doesn't take long for the rest of the household to find out what she has in mind. Jodi, Kate and Stevie are excited for her. Even Dave appears to be handling it well, but that doesn't last, and a discovery has him jumping to conclusions.
During a charity orienteering race, a well-intentioned Dave tries to tell Tess about his discovery. He isn't successful the first time, so has to work up the courage to reveal his secret. When Dave finally blurts it out, Tess is shattered and leaves without giving Nick a chance to explain himself.
Over achiever Kate is obsessed with winning the race. Jodi just can't understand why she is so driven and doesn't find out until the race is over.
The next day, Tess puts on a brave face and tries to get on with life, but soon realises she can't run away from this. She rides over to Nick's to confront him and gets much more than she bargained for.
When Terry fears his business is losing money, Luke proves to be financially savvy as well as caring. Terry appreciates his loyalty and concedes that young Luke is becoming an asset to the business and a real friend.
Jodi and Luke's relationship continues to blossom with him accepting an invitation from her to the race after-party at Drovers.
When Stevie confronts Kane about not being a real farmer, Kane has a ready answer and uses his charm to convince her. Much to Alex's chagrin, Stevie is falling for Kane big time. But how does confirmed bachelor Kane feel?
For Love Or Money
Episode 4.22 (96)
Stevie is in love with Kane. She's happy for herself and for Tess who has announced her betrothal to Nick. Her happiness is short-lived however when she spots an all-too-familiar face from her past. Vin Riley has come looking for her and, more specifically, for the opals he believes are rightfully his.
Stevie knows Vin could be dangerous. The only way to get away from him, and keep him from making good on his threats to hurt her friends is to make a deal — and move on. In a way it's perfect timing. With Tess and Nick engaged, and talk about Drovers and Killarney merging into one big Ryan empire, Stevie feels the time is right for a break. Stevie is sad to be leaving, she's put down roots, made friends, feels like she belongs, but she believes she has no real claim, no financial or emotional stake in Drovers.
Stevie susses out Kane. How would he like to spend time with her, maybe set themselves up somewhere else? Kane also has been thinking of debunking. Nick is constantly on his back, the lease is shaky, and there have been too many close calls with the neighbours. He has also realised he has genuine feelings for Stevie. And so he agrees. When Stevie shows him the opals — seed money for the future — their future together looks certain.
The other women are stunned at Stevie's sudden decision to leave. Stevie hasn't told them about Vin, so they can't help feeling hurt as she has chosen a life with Kane so quickly.
Meanwhile everyone is busy trying to track down some feral pigs that are wreaking havoc on Drovers and Wilgul. With help from the Ryans they capture a pig and fit it with a tracking device. It's the 'Judas' pig, so named because it will eventually infiltrate the rest of the pigs, giving away their position and enabling our gang to hunt them down.
Stevie visits Kane, only to discover his 'chop shop'. Her faith in him is put to the test and she decides to meet the opal buyer on her own. But after the money changes hands she's ambushed by Vin who takes the money and escapes in his ute. With Kane's help, Stevie manages to track down Vin and recover the money. Kane warns Vin off once and for all, and we see his dark side.
All looks well. However, in tracking down the 'Judas' pig, Alex finds dumped car parts on Wilgul and confronts Kane — he knows what he's up to.
Episode 4.23 (97)
While Tess and Nick work to set up a pump in the dam, talking wedding plans, Tess loses her engagement ring. Nick dives underwater to retrieve it, but he's under for such a long time that Tess begins to panic, thinking that he's drowned. She's relieved when Nick eventually resurfaces with the ring, but the fright stays with her for days.
Feeling that she's been given an omen, Tess becomes increasingly afraid, for Nick, for Charlotte, even for the safety of the pregnant ewes, which she insists be brought in to the house paddock for lambing. Her anxiety grows when, as a part of a CFS recruitment drive being held out at Drovers, Nick takes on the role of a road accident victim. Tess, seeing Nick apparently unconscious, hyperventilates and faints. On recovering Tess protests that she's fine. However, she eventually comes to see the reason for her fear: experience has taught her that she loses all the people she loves. Now that she has committed to Nick, she is scared that if she actually says the words, she will lose him, too. When Tess faints a second time during the lambing, Nick calls the Doctor, who diagnoses panic attacks. This diagnosis convinces Tess that "all she has to fear is fear itself", a conviction that's put to the test when, throwing herself back into work, Tess herself nearly drowns.
Stevie, now part owner of Drovers, proposes a couple of new, money making schemes; a simple cattle agistment, and another, more long term plan, for the establishment of a jillaroo school. Due to her fear that any change will bring disaster, her need to control her environment, Tess is uncharacteristically conservative. Stevie thinks Tess is pulling rank, letting her know she is only a small cog in the big wheel that is Drovers. Stevie is also hurting as a result of Kane's sudden disappearance, and is furious when Alex lets slip that it was he who warned Kane off.
Kate steals her courage to talk to Dave but muddles things up to the point where he ends up setting her up with Craig.
Note: the movie showing at the drive-in is The Postcard Bandit
Where There's Fire
Episode 4.24 (98)
When the Gungellan CFS is called out to a fire at local farmer Barry Davies' place, Nick lets Jodi take control. Despite feeling a twinge of jealousy at the rapport between Luke and Ainsley, Jodi handles the situation well. She and Nick discover the fire was deliberately lit. When Barry is questioned he says he remembers seeing a young man running away from the house after the fire.
Later that day, a second fire breaks out by the roadside and Nick and Jodi are concerned that there's a serial arsonist in the district. Suspicion falls on Luke, who fails to respond to this second fire and is unable to account for the long periods he is absent from the truck stop. However, Jodi is determined to prove Luke innocent and her investigations reveal that Barry lit the house fire deliberately to claim the insurance. It seems for a moment that they've found their arsonist, but when Barry's alibi holds for the second fire, suspicion falls on Luke once more.
Meanwhile, sparks fail to fly between Tess and Nick when they complete their pre-marriage compatibility test and achieve a maximum score of 100%. Tess is concerned that at this level there's no room for them to grow. She's convinced that a good fight is essential to keep the passion alive in any relationship. Alex vainly tries to teach Nick the art of arguing with one's partner.
Stevie is having her own relationship dilemma. After being asked to be Tess's matron of honour (a title which she changes to "Best Woman") she is obliged to work with best man Alex at the wedding rehearsals. She's still furious with him for telling Kane to leave her alone. Their conflict comes to a head during the rehearsals when Stevie doctors a wedding reading to berate Alex about minding his own business.
Trembling On The Brink
Episode 4.25 (99)
After an earth tremor, the cattle are skittish and the bore has dried up on Drovers Run. Tess is going to deal with that while Stevie, performing matron of honour duties, is going to spend the day with Alex on wedding chores, including picking up Tess's grandmother's veil, while Tess is going to stay behind and fix the windmill. Stevie is very proud about being asked, and is taking her Best Woman duties very seriously. She heads off with Alex, but after a few moments they start to bicker about the nature of male/female friendships, with Alex maintaining they're not worth the bother and are impossible to maintain, and Stevie maintaining the opposite. Alex feels she's still upset about his interference re Kane, but Stevie assures him that's not the case, pretending to Alex that he meant nothing to her. Their bickering remains relatively low key until, on the way back home, a small earth tremor hits setting off a chain of events. Alex's ute has a flat tyre, and worse, Tess's veil blows into a creek where it gets torn and muddied. While they wait for a tow-truck, both admit to feelings of hurt over lost loves and finding comfort in each other's arms, they kiss. It could easily lead to more, but both pull away, embarrassed and confused by the moment.
At home Tess is worrying about doing the right thing superstition wise, reading the earth tremor as a 'sign'. Nick comes over, unexpectedly, to help her fix the windmill, and when she needs help getting down, and when they end in each others arms, Tess worries that she's not doing things right. In the interests of harmony and good omens, Tess decides to invite Sandra to the hen's night, something that makes Sandra suspicious, although, after talking to Nick, she eventually accepts, turning up late.
Episode 4.26 (100)
One day to go to the wedding of the millennium at Drovers Run. The wedding preparations are a beautiful thing. But the imminent arrival of Nick's mother, Liz, strikes a discordant note. Nick is happy to see his mother and Tess is happy to play along, but for all her protestations of joy, Liz still has a few bombshells to deliver along with the giftwrapped knives. There are other intruders as well. A fire ant infestation threatens to derail the wedding completely.
Liz comes with lots of baggage. She's been talking to Nick, but has barely spoken to Alex since the truth of his parentage came out. Her relationship with Tess has never been happy, and she has come between Nick and Tess more than once. So many are tense, (though Tess is trying to be relaxed about it) waiting to discover if Liz is here as doting mum, or is here with a plan. Things are tense at Killarney too. Sandra feels deeply threatened by Liz's appearance on the scene and her instant apparent rapor with Harry.
Tess' friend Kirsty arrives to help with the wedding catering, and Meg is also back in town, ready for the celebrations. All is going smoothly, until Liz draws Tess aside and plays her hand at last. She can offer Tess her own restaurant in the city, so she can begin her career anew. Tess gets the idea — give up Nick and she'll get the money. Liz protests that isn't what she meant at all — Nick will surely follow Tess if they love each other truly. But both know the truth — Nick would never leave the land. Even for Tess and a restaurant.
Something To Prove
Episode 4.27 (101)
Change is in the air on the outback cattle property of Drovers Run. While Tess and Nick enjoy their honeymoon in Fiji, Stevie lays down the law on the farm, much to Kate and Jodi's chagrin.
As the new part-owner of Drovers Run, Stevie becomes intent on proving that she can run the property on her own. Her determination frustrates Kate, who has also resolved to prove her worth on the farm. When Stevie undermines Kate's abilities, Kate takes it upon herself to prove that she's got what it takes in the farming stakes. Her decision to hop behind the wheel of the tractor — despite her lack of experience — has disastrous consequences.
Jodi and Luke's sizzling romance is put on the backburner when they are caught in a compromising position by the CFS Regional Commander on the job. Jodi goes to great lengths to make a good impression, without realising that the inspector has more than putting out fires on his mind.
Meanwhile, Alex is flooded with memories of Claire as he moves Nick's belongings to the master bedroom at Drovers, and Harry reveals that Sandra has moved in with her sister
Note: Brett Tucker joins the starring cast as of this episode
My House Is Your House
Episode 4.28 (102)
The Drovers girls have a tough time adjusting to Nick as the new "Man of the House" forcing Tess to set out some boundaries in an attempt to keep Drovers Running in an orderly manner.
Love, loyalty and family ties are called into question when Dave makes a career-threatening mistake when he mistakenly gelds Harry's prize colt.
Episode 4.29 (103)
Ghosts of the past are awakened when Jasmine McLeod arrives in the district with the intention of scattering her father's ashes on Drovers Run.
Hugh McLeod, Jasmine's father, was the younger brother of Jack. A feisty, adventurous spirit, Hugh was in love with and had intended to marry his childhood sweetheart, Prue, upon her return from Britain. But all that changed when Jack and Prue realised they'd fallen in love with each other. When Hugh discovered their secret, he turned his back on both the farm and his brother and took off for the war in Vietnam, never to see either again.
And so Jasmine arrives, having only recently learnt of her father's time on the land and the existence of her uncle Jack. Jasmine is even surprised to find relatives still living on the property, so sketchy was her knowledge of the subject. Tess is equally in the dark as to what caused the family rift and so together they embark on a journey of discovery.
Tess is thrown when Nick asks her to update her will. She gives in, but she's worried the contents may shock him. Meanwhile, Luke gets a rather permanent expression of his love for Jodi — a tattoo! Jodi then makes her way to the tattoo parlour to do the same. But is she really willing to go through with it?
She may still be haunted by the death of her fiancé, Mark, who was killed in a riding accident at an equestrian event where Jaz was competing, but Jaz makes an immediate impression on Alex. Certain he can help Jaz overcome her fear of riding and mend her broken heart, Alex finds himself falling for the newcomer in the process. And it seems the feeling is mutual.
The Things We Do For Love
Episode 4.30 (104)
Jasmine McLeod came to Drovers to lay her father's ashes to rest. Tess is thrilled to have her cousin to stay but soon discovers that Jaz is haunted by the death of her fiancé Mark. Mark was killed in a riding accident at an equestrian event where Jaz was a star on the rise. Since the accident, Jaz has abandoned Eventing and her life seems empty. When Tess offers Jaz a job on Drovers she accepts gratefully. It's a chance to get her life back together, a new start.
Alex is attracted to Jaz and would like her to stay. He has her horse Juno shipped over from Perth, thinking the return of her old riding mate will make her feel more at home. However, the surprise backfires. Jaz has a violent reaction to Juno and refuses to get back in the saddle; Mark's accident has well and truly turned her off horses.
Episode 4.31 (105)
Sally Clements, Nick's ex girlfriend, arrives at Drovers Run with news that is hard to conceal: she is heavily pregnant with Nick's child, conceived during the brief time she and Nick became lovers once more, when Nick was estranged from Tess following the surprise return of Dave into her life. Sally has been agonising over the way to tell Nick he is going to be a father, aware he is newly married to Tess, but the imminent birth has forced her to act.
Nick and Tess are devastated, the news coming just after having made their own decision to try for a baby. Whilst Nick deals with the shock of impending fatherhood, Tess wrestles with feelings of anger, resentment and guilt. Nick will now be having his first child with another woman, instead of her.
Episode 4.32 (106)
Tensions are rife with Kane now living in the cottage with Stevie, and Sally staying in the big house with Nick and Tess. Despite Kane's attempts to get 'straight' work, Stevie's suspicions are aroused when she witnesses him talking to Ray, his old car contact. She tries to help, asking Nick and Alex if there's any work going on Killarney. Later at an awkward dinner, Nick and Kane clash, and Nick inadvertently lets slip Stevie's earlier request. Kane's pride is injured, he would never ask or accept charity from Nick or his woman — he's an old-fashioned guy afterall — and drives off leaving Stevie feeling awful.
Tess isn't feeling too crash hot either, when at the same dinner, Sally lets it be known her favourite baby name is Harrison, not after Harry, but after her own grandfather. Later that night, Tess finds Sally in nesting phase rearranging kitchen cupboards. When Sally sees Tess and Nick's wedding photos the veneer cracks and she confesses to still being in love with Nick.
Meanwhile Kane is playing cards with Terry and Luke at the truckstop when Alex turns up offering some work driving a truck. In no rush to go back to the cottage, Kane stays the night and in the morning is made an offer seemingly too good to refuse by Ray. Kane knocks it back, but Luke is more receptive to the idea.
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