McLeod's Daughters: episode guide


Second Chances

Episode 7.01 (171)
Written by Nick Stevens & Jane Allen
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: Wed, February 07, 2007 (Nine)
Canada: Mon, May 26, 2008 (VisionTV)
Ratings: 1.181 million viewers (9th for the night)

It's shearing time at Drovers Run, the weather is perfect and the girls are keen to get their first day started. However, Jodi's day is thrown into chaos when Matt suddenly returns. Finally free of his assumed identity, he has travelled back with plans to rekindle his relationship with Jodi. Yet their reunion is complicated by her feelings for Riley and the two men are soon in competition for Jodi's attention.

Regan has her hands full with young tear-away Tayler as she tries to cover for her mistakes and provocations. To make things worse Tayler then steals the shearing money and takes off with Stevie's ute. When Alex stops Tayler from leaving town, Regan decides to offer her forgiveness to Tayler and welcomes her into the Drovers circle.

A moment of thoughtless rivalry between Riley and Matt causes a serious accident, leaving them both trapped in danger of being electrocuted as a fire threatens to burn down the shearing shed.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • Reece Horner as Nat,
  • Grant Jericho as Matt Shearing Double,
  • Angela Irlam as Stevie Shearing Double,
  • John Hentschke as Riley Shearing Double,
  • Dean Gould as Matt & Marcus Stunt Double [?],
  • Chris Weir as Patrick Stunt Double,
  • Sarah Grieve as Tayler Stunt Double

Notes: Gillian Alexy and Dustin Clare are added to the opening credits replacing the departed Brett Tucker. Ironically, the title "Second Chances" was previously used with episode 6.15

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All the Wrong Places

Episode 7.02 (172)
Written by Michaeley O'Brien & Sarah Duffy
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: February 14, 2007
Ratings: 1.148 million viewers (7th)

Kate's romantic exit has stirred up some confusing emotions for Jodi who becomes obsessed with building a new dam on Drovers, with near tragic results.

Meanwhile, Stevie is swept off her feet by a handsome stranger, Alex fears he could be losing control over Killarney, and Tayler, who is trying to prove herself to the Drovers' girls, volunteers to do a simple branding job

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • John Stanton as Bryce Redstaff,
  • Reece Horner as Nat,
  • Rebecca Hall as Dana,
  • Sarah Grieve as Tayler Driving Double,
  • Lee Adamson as Alex Driving/Bike Double,
  • Mick Van Morsel as Marcus Bike/Stunt Double,
  • Robert Shook as Marcus Stunt Double

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Digging Up the Past

Episode 7.03 (173)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: February 21, 2007
Ratings: 1.146 million viewers (7th)

Jodi unearths the bizarre 140-year-old mystery of Emma McLeod. Jodi is spooked by a mysterious vision and develops an angry rash on her wrists and ankles.

Believing Regan should be returning from her mother's, Tayler is worried when Regan doesn't arrive and begins to question her future on Drovers Run. When she and Patrick find an injured possum inside the house, Tayler insists on caring for it.

When a sale falls through, Matt, who's started working for Jim Selkirk, arranges for him to buy them but goes too far in trying to impress Jodi.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • Scott Lowe as Jim Selkirk,
  • Amanda Graver as Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Lee Adamson as Alex Bike Double,
  • Mike Van Morsel as Marcus Bike Stunt Double,
  • Clint Dodd as Marcus Bike Stunt Double

Note: Emma McLeod was seen as a child in last year's episode Old Wrongs

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Thicker Than Water

Episode 7.04 (174)
Written by ?
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: February 28, 2007
Ratings: 1.166 million viewers (9th)

Alex and Marcus come to blows over the future of Killarney, and Marcus reveals a secret that will change their lives forever.

Meanwhile, Jodi is determined to help Riley make peace with his estranged father Bill when he visits Drovers Run.

Tayler is thrilled that the baby possum has flourished in her care and decides to become a Fauna Rescue volunteer and finally earns Stevie's respect.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • Peter Kowitz as Bill Ward,
  • Tim Roberts as Craig Leighton,
  • Clint Dodd as Riley Picture/Driving Double,
  • Sarah Grieve as Jodi Picture Double

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Reaching Out

Episode 7.05 (175)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Andrew Prowse
Australia: March 07, 2007
Ratings: 1.213 million viewers (6th)

Jodi questions her sanity when she is haunted by visions of her ancestor Emma McLeod and a murdered convict.

Alex, angry that Marcus lied to him for so long, is doing his best to not deal with the fact that he and Marcus are brothers.

Meanwhile, Patrick accidentally destroys a historic trophy belonging to Drovers Run, and Tayler is injured while secretly training one of Stevie's brumbies

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • Michael Piccirilli as Wyn Rakich,
  • Amanda Graver as Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Lee Adamson as Alex Stunt Double,
  • Mick Van Morsel as Patrick Stunt Double,
  • Scott McLean as Wyn Rakich/Marcus Stunt Double,
  • Allen Heath as Marcus Driving Double

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Returned Favour

Episode 7.06 (176)
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Andrew Prowse
Australia: March 14, 2007
Ratings: 1.321 million viewers (2nd)

Riley and Matt both declare their love for Jodi, but who will she choose?

Stevie risks losing Alex when she helps Marcus with a secret cattle deal.

Jodi has an overnight vigil in the national park with Matt, when her horse Tucker is bitten by a tiger snake.

Tayler gets the wrong message from Riley.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • Scott Lowe as Jim Selkirk,
  • Michelle Blakemore as Isabel Gould,
  • Dean Gould as Matt Bike Riding Double,
  • Allen Heath as Alex Driving Double

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Of Hearts and Hunters

Episode 7.07 (177)
Written by Nick Stevens
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: March 21, 2007
Ratings: 1.320 million viewers (3rd)

For Jodi and Matt, love is blossoming, and the Drovers' world as a whole is looking remarkably sunny. Jodi suggests Matt move in permanently, and we find Matt making plans to ask Jodi to marry. But Jodi faces a gut-wrenching decision when Matt is forced back into witness protection — will she choose love over Drovers Run?

It's sibling rivalry gone mad when Marcus and Alex compete to woo Stevie.

Kate returns to Drovers Run for a funeral — but whose funeral is it?

  • Guest Cast:
  • Doris Younane as Moira Doyle,
  • Sonia Todd as Meg Fountain [voice],
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • John Atkinson as Roger,
  • Michael Piccirilli as Wyn Rakich,
  • Maime Mears as Emma McLeod,
  • Jessica Miels as Bessie,
  • Joey Kennedy as Irene,
  • Scot McLean as Tim Miller,
  • Allen Heath as Trooper,
  • Corrie Cupit as Stranger #1,
  • Harry Dewar as Stranger #2,
  • Kyan Burns as Mum With Pram,
  • Shane Hatchard as Young Man,
  • Tanysha Sarti as Kid #1,
  • Jack Hassett as Kid #2,
  • Chris Gray as Hit Man

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Climb Every Mountain

Episode 7.08 (178)
Written by Michaeley O'Brien
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: April 11, 2007
Ratings: 1.333 millions viewers (2nd)

Kate has a hard time coming to grips with the fact her best friend is truly gone and decides to investigate the case herself. When she tries to get Meg to join her cause, Kate is rebuffed. Meg wants to leave the investigation to the police. Kate is increasingly distressed by everybody's attitudes to Jodi's death, they all seem to be moving on.

Meanwhile Stevie has taken over a meeting that Jodi organised with Natural Resource Management, to tackle a weed problem on Killarney and Drovers. Though schmoozing suits is not Stevie's strong point, she is determined not to let Jodi down.

Facing sudden competition from Marcus, Alex takes drastic action to prove how much he loves Stevie.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Sonia Todd as Meg Fountain,
  • Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner,
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Matt Bosnich,
  • John Atkinson as Roger,
  • Ian Bliss as Detective Montello,
  • Frank Sweet as Darren,
  • Barry Shepherd as Murray Collins,
  • Sarah Grieve as Stevie Driving Double

Notes: Frank Sweet, who plays the mechanic in Fisher, is the son of actor Gary Sweet. Ian Bliss reprises his role of Det Christopher Montello, seen previously in episode 5.12

Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

Episode 7.09 (179)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: April 18, 2007
Ratings: 1.243 millions viewers (4th)
Canada: August 04, 2008 (VisionTV)

Regan tries to reconcile with her wild-at-heart sister, Grace, after Grace inherits part-ownership of Drovers Run from Jodi.

New couple Alex and Stevie can't keep their hands off each other, but Stevie convinces Alex that she wants to keep their relationship a secret for a bit longer but they quickly prove themselves to be utterly hopeless at staying low-key.

In charge of looking after Drovers, Kate throws herself back into work with a vengeance, it's obvious she's missed the farm while she's been away. Her zealousness, however, manages to get Marcus off-side.

Meanwhile, Riley is seduced by a sexy cowgirl, with disastrous results.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Abi Tucker as Grace Kingston,
  • Samantha Tolj as Heather Richardson
  • Rebecca Hall as Dana,
  • Steven Turner as Choffa,
  • Jime Pike as Announcer,
  • Saxon Cordeaux as Groupie,
  • Gerald O'Dea as Buyer,
  • Jane Willoughby as Grace / Stevie / Heather Riding Double,
  • Annette Warnedorf as Stevie Riding Double & Campdraft Rider #6,
  • Ben Smart as Campdraft Rider #1,
  • Dennis Smart as Campdraft Rider #2 & Judge,
  • Christine Roberts as Campdraft Rider #3,
  • Rosemary Vincent as Campdraft Rider #4,
  • Julie Willoughby as Campdraft Rider #5,
  • Malcolm Mitchell as Campdraft Rider #7 & Melaleuca Rider,
  • Cheryl Warland as Campdraft Rider #8,
  • Barry Elliot as Campdraft Rider #9,
  • John Henschke as Campdraft Rider #10,
  • Beven Roberts as Campdraft Rider #11,
  • Tom Willoughby as Campdraft Rider #12,
  • Kym Hamman as Campdraft Rider #13,
  • Allen Heath as Campdraft Rider #14

Notes: Matthew Passmore is promoted into the opening credits. Abi Tucker is introduced as Grace Kingston, Regan's younger sister. Their sister Jasmine appeared in episodes 4.29 and 4.30. Abi Tucker, Doris Younane (Moria), Inge Hornstra (Sandra) and Luke Jacobz (Patrick) all starred at some point in the 90s ABC drama Heartbreak High. Also in that series were John Walton and Kym Wilson, the original Terry and Tess in the 1996 McLeod's Daughters telemovie.

The Rules of Engagement

Episode 7.10 (180)
Written by Jane Allen
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: April 25, 2007
Ratings: 1.355 millions viewers (6th)

Alex's plan to propose to Stevie goes horribly wrong when a series of accidents and disasters threatens to ruin their relationship. Meanwhile, Kate and Riley are caught in a game of theft and deception over stray cattle as Moira finds herself on a date with Phil Rakich. Tayler has a crush on Riley, with humiliating results.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Kelly Butler as Peta Morgan,
  • Philip Dodd as Sergeant Oliver,
  • Matt Connelly as Gerry The Waiter,
  • Peter Rodgers as Don Martin,
  • Steven Turner as Parmer #1,
  • Brendan Rock as Farmer #2,
  • Clint Dodd as Sergeant Driving Double,
  • Sarah Grieve as Stevie Double,
  • Allen Heath as Alex Driving Double,
  • Jenny Heath as Peta Driving Double

Note: Peter Rodgers appears in his third different guest role (episodes 2.18 and 5.09 previously)

Bloodlines

Episode 7.11 (181)
Written by Jane Allen
Directed by Declan Eames
Australia: May 02, 2007
NZ: October 04, 2007
Ratings: 1.242 millions viewers (5th)

When Grace makes an unexpected return to Drovers Run, Regan tries her best to convince her sister to make her stay permanent.

When sheep rustlers steal Drovers' breeding stock, Grace and Stevie takes the law into their own hands

Kate becomes obsessed with organising Stevie and Alex's wedding, as a way of mending her own broken heart but when Stevie bluntly reminds her whose wedding she's planning, Kate has a meltdown before making the decision to return to Africa.

Moira becomes more enamoured of Phil but the path of true love does not run smooth, as Moira is too embarrassed to let anyone know they are dating.

Alex asks Marcus to be his best man after Nick can't make it to the wedding. Marcus, however, is offended feeling that he's a poor second choice.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Todd Lasance as Brad,
  • Brett Sheerin as Nathan Passmore,
  • Stephen Holt as Security Guard,
  • Annette Warendorf as Stevie Riding Double,
  • Jane Willoughby as Grace Riding Double

Note: Abi Tucker is added to the opening credits.

Warts and All

Episode 7.12 (182)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Declan Eames
Australia: May 09, 2007
Ratings: 1.184 millions viewers (10th)

Stevie is not enjoying becoming the new Mrs Alex Ryan. It is clear there are responsibilities that her new position brings, a feeling that is reinforced both by Bryce and Beth Martin, who insists on bringing Stevie on a committee as Killarney's newest representative.

Bryce has arrived for the engagement party, bearing with him a pre-nup for the happy couple. Aware that Alex won't be keen on the idea, Bryce tries to enlist Marcus to help. Marcus refuses to help Bryce, and concentrates instead on buying his dream racehorse, Trailblazer. Bryce offers to put up some cash, in exchange for Marcus doing his bidding with the pre-nup.

Phil surprises Moira with the news he has secretly bought the truckstop. Now they can work together as well as carry on their relationship. What could be better?

Grace buys a billy goat for the herd, choosing a different animal to the one that Stevie suggested despite Tayler's urging.

  • Guest Cast:
  • John Stanton as Bryce Redstaff,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Carmel Johnson as Beth Martin,
  • Denis Noble as Denny Faulkner,
  • Michelle Nightingale as Pip,
  • Chris Koch as Judy,
  • Margaret Bicknell as Elaine,
  • Chris Chalmers as Stunt Guest,
  • Yvonne Forrest as Jockey #1,
  • Phil Cole as Jockey #2

Conflict of Interests

Episode 7.13 (183)
Written by James Walker
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: May 16, 2007
Ratings: 1.184 millions viewers (10th)

The girls fight to stop Drovers Run becoming the site of a toxic waste dump, but loyalties are tested when Grace forces Regan to choose between her family and her rekindled relationship with her married lover who is in charge of site testing

Meanwhile, Alex takes drastic action to lodge his marriage licence application in time.

Phil's cost-cutting at the truck stop backfires when he fires Patrick so he can re-hire him on a new workplace agreement.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Julian Garner as Lyle Dolman Irwin,
  • Emma Harrison as Susan,
  • Krew Boylan as Ava
  • Rodney Van Der Wall as Sanjay Varma,
  • Iain McGuire as Fred,
  • Zeljka Klindzic as Hilda,
  • Heath Palumbo as Bore Worker #1,
  • Wayne Hammat as Bore Worker #2,
  • Doug Bear as Bore Worker #3,
  • Gerald O'Dea as Truckstop Customer

Notes: Rodney Van Der Wall also appeared as Sanjay Varma in episode 3.18 while Zeljka Klindzic was previously in episode 1.04 as "Miss Jennings"

Flesh and Stone

Episode 7.14 (184)
Written by Christopher Hawkshaw
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: May 30, 2007
Ratings: 1.282 millions viewers (6th)

Grace kidnaps a government official to prevent the toxic dump going ahead. Regan fights to save Drovers Run, as her relationships with Grace and Lyle reach crisis point. Phil thinks Riley is having an affair with Moira, and is determined to fight for his girl. Tayler and Patrick use guerrilla tactics to stop the toxic dump going ahead.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Julian Garner as Lyle Dolman Irwin,
  • Matt Potter as Neville Sutcliffe,
  • Iain McGuire as Fred,
  • Heath Palumbo as Bore Worker #1,
  • Wayne Hammat as Bore Worker #2,
  • Doug Bear as Bore Worker #3,
  • Nick Bennett as Driver,
  • Amanda Graver as Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Dean Gould as Patrick Stunt Double,
  • Sarah Grieve as Alex Tractor Driving Double,
  • Brett Sheerin as Patrick Double

Note: Zoe Naylor's final episode

All's Fair in Love and War

Episode 7.15 (185)
Written by Jane Allen
Directed by Steve Jodrell
Australia: June 06, 2007
Ratings: 1.289 millions viewers (9th)

Old wounds are opened when Stevie's daughter Rose arrives at Drovers Run accompanied by a stranger Stevie hasn't seen for seventeen years her mother, Helen. Rose hoped to act as peace-broker in the war between Stevie and her mother but all the ghosts of the past are unleashed as years of bitterness pour out.

Kate has returned from Africa following the demise of her relationship with Dave. Clearly battle-scarred, Kate proceeds to throw herself into a frenzy of tactical planning for the laser skirmish game organised as the combined Hen and Bucks night for Stevie and Alex. She also tussles with Grace over how to solve a spate of mysterious injuries amongst the goat population.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Genevieve Picot as Helen Hall,
  • Basia A'Hern as Rose Hall-Smith,
  • Allen Heath as Al
  • Reece Horner as Nat,
  • Annette Van Moorsel as Helen Stunt Double,
  • Jane Willoughby as Rose Stunt Double,
  • Brett Sheerin as Riley Bike Double

Ever After

Episode 7.16 (186)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Steve Jodrell
Australia: June 20, 2007
Ratings: 1.401 million viewers (4th)

It's Alex and Stevie's wedding day, but after being arrested for cattle theft, will Alex get out of jail in time for the service?

Alex and Marcus' sister Ashleigh arrives for the wedding and seizes an opportunity to take control of Killarney.?

Rose gives Stevie a pre-wedding makeover — with disastrous results.?

Grace and Kate's diffening approaches to organising threaten to wreck Stevie's big day.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Genevieve Picot as Helen Hall,
  • Basia A'Hern as Rose Hall-Smith,
  • John Stanton as Bryce Redstaff,
  • Carmel Johnson as Beth Martin,
  • Brenton Whittle as James Hall,
  • Don Bridges as Jack Waters,
  • Adam Willson as Robbo,
  • Philip Dodd as Sergeant Oliver,
  • Sarah Willoughby as Stevie Riding Double,
  • Jane Willoughby as Grace Riding Double,
  • Deborah Willoughby as Rose Riding Double,
  • Madelaine Willoughby as Kate Riding Double,
  • Sarah Grieve as Taylor Riding Double,
  • Jenny Heath as Moira Riding Double,
  • Allen Heath as Alex Driving Double,
  • Bob O'Sullivan as Alex Motorbike Double

Note: Aaron Jeffery's final episode as a starring cast member.

Grace under Fire

Episode 7.17 (187)
Written by Sarah Smith
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: June 27, 2007
Ratings: 1.262 million viewers (7th)

Grace is convinced she has cursed Drovers Run when a series of bizarre plagues hit the farm.

Meanwhile, it's pride versus prejudice when Grace locks horns with the rich new neighbour of Kinsella's, Heath Barrett.

With Alex away on his honeymoon, Ashleigh undermines Marcus' authority on Killarney.

Ashleigh seduces Patrick, and Tayler is surprised to find herself feeling jealous.

Also, Moira's love is tested when Phil profiteers from high petrol prices.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Jamie Black as Auctioneer,
  • Tim Solly as Truckstop Manager,
  • Julian Jones as Patron #1,
  • Gabriel Parkington as Patron #2,
  • Allen Heath as Heath Driving Double,
  • Raelene Chapman as Grace Driving Double

Notes: Doris Younane is finally promoted into the opening credits replacing the departed Zoe Naylor and Aaron Jeffery. Sandy Winton appeared previously in episode 2.13, "Steer Trek", as Daniel Lewis

Gift Horse

Episode 7.18 (188)
Written by Anthony Ellis
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: July 11, 2007
Ratings: 1.083 million viewers (15th)

Grace is determined to resist Heath's charms — but for how long? Patrick suffers a life-threatening reaction when bitten by a lizard. Grace questions her future on Drovers Run when her best friend dies suddenly. Heath and Marcus clash over a livestock dispute. Moira moonlights as a mechanic, setting herself up in competition with Phil's truck stop.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Patrick Frost as Neil Thompson,
  • Denis Noble as Denny Faulkner,
  • Jane Willoughby as Grace Riding Double

Hot Water

Episode 7.19 (189)
Written by James Walker
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: July 18, 2007
Ratings: 1.122 million viewers (14th)

Grace and Kate are taken hostage by a bankrupt farmer.

Meanwhile, Moira has a premonition that someone will be shot by the gunman — but who will it be?

Also, when the bank refuses credit to Drovers Run, Grace accepts a secret loan from Ashleigh. But has she made a deal with the devil?

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Steven Greig as Jeff Stewart,
  • Jacinta John as Brooke Stewart,
  • Matthew Robertson as Sergeant Michael Hartmann,
  • Jeremy Kewley as Adam Gardiner,
  • Damien Garvey as Dr Jim Cunningham,
  • Leon Stripp as Policeman #1,
  • Jeff Lang as Policeman #2,
  • Chris Burckhardt as Policeman #3,
  • Eddison How as Baby Girl #1,
  • Zayne How as Baby Girl #2,
  • Lee O'Shaughnessy as Rose/Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Amanda Graver as Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Adam Stripp as Adam Driving Double
  • Jane Willoughby as Moira Driving Double,
  • Lee O'Shaughnessy as Moira Driving Double,
  • Amanda Graver as Moira Driving Double

Leaving the Nest

Episode 7.20 (190)
Written by Christopher D. Hawkshaw
Directed by Declan Eames
Australia: July 25, 2007
Ratings: 1.156 million viewers (11th)

Stevie returns from her honeymoon hoping to spend the summer with her daughter Rose before she starts university. Rose however has plans of her own which involve taking a year off to travel overseas with her friend — her male friend.

Grace takes desperate measures to repay her secret loan to Ashleigh.

Riley trains up a new horse for Grace, but will any horse be as good as Baggins?

Rose suffers a tragic farm accident, which will change the lives of everyone on Drovers Run.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Basia A'Hern as Rose Hall-Smith,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Liam Hemsworth as Damo,
  • Kain O'Keeffe as Ross,
  • Adam Saunders as Kim,
  • Damien Garvey as Dr Jim Cunningham,
  • Susie Collins as Justine,
  • Brad Butvila as Male Party Goer,
  • Deidre Noughton as Rose Stunt Double,
  • Catherine Warnest as Kate Shearing Double,
  • Angela Irlam as Grace Shearing Double,
  • Kym Hamman as Rose Riding Double,
  • Jane Willoughby as Kate Riding Double,
  • Jenny Heath as Grace Ridding Double

Note: Grace names her new horse Crackers (not Marmalade as the error-filled summary at the Nine Network's site reads)

A Spark from Heaven

Episode 7.21 (191)
Written by Christopher D. Hawkshaw
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: August 01, 2007
Ratings: 1.205 million viewers (8th)

A guardian angel visits Drovers Run to make the girls' dreams come true. Rose returns from hospital in a wheelchair and is involved in a freak car crash. But was it really an accident? Moira convinces the girls to do a naked rain dance, with unexpected results. Tayler discovers the shocking truth about Rose, but will she tell Stevie? Sceptic Phil meets gains a new respect for Moira's psychic gifts.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Jay Laga'aia as Gabriel,
  • Basia A'Hern as Rose Hall-Smith,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Damien Garvey as Dr Jim Cunningham,
  • Cassandra Liebeknecht as Tayler Rainmaker Double,
  • Joanne Rosmini as Moira Rainmaker Double,
  • Leonie J Davey as Kate Rainmaker Double,
  • Melanie James as Stevie Rainmaker Double

The Courage Within

Episode 7.22 (192)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Declan Eames
Australia: August 08, 2007
Ratings: 1.072 million viewers (12th)

While the girls investigate a mysterious explosion at the fuel dump, wheelchair-bound Rose is trapped in the homestead during a brazen robbery attempt.

Elsewhere, Ashleigh blackmails Grace into lying to the police, and Marcus and Heath clash over Grace's controversial drought-proofing scheme.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Basia A'Hern as Rose Hall-Smith,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Zen Ledden as Arnie,
  • Sam Lewis as Gaz,
  • Matt Robertson as Sgt Michael Hartmann,
  • Leon Stripp as Arnie Stunt Double,
  • Amanda Graver as Tayler Stunt Double,
  • Clint Dodd as Cop #1 Precision Driver,
  • Brett Sheerin as Gaz Driving/Kim Bike Double,
  • Chris Burckhardt as Cop #2

Note: Zen Ledden (Arnie, the blonde thief) appeared previously in episode 1.14 as "Sheep Duffer #2"

Divided We Stand

Episode 7.23 (193)
Written by Jane Allen and Tracey Trinder
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: August 15, 2007
Ratings: 1.083 million viewers (12th)

Stevie's loyalty to Driver's Run and Grace's controversial drought-proofing scheme is tested when she leaves Drovers and moves into Killarney.

Kate falls for Mitch, an ex-army mate of Riley's who arrives with a dark secret.

Riley makes a dangerous enemy when he rejects Ashleigh's advances.

Tayler uncovers a secret about Ashleigh. Will she tell Patrick, knowing it will break his heart?

  • Guest Cast:
  • Aaron Jeffery as Alex Ryan
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Callan Mulvey as Mitch Wahlberg,
  • Nick Farnell as Paul Andrews,
  • David Kerslake as Clerk #1,
  • Andrew Petersen as Clerk #2
  • Tristan Hudson as Declan (Truckstop Asst),
  • Wayne Hammat as Jake (Sprayer)

On The Prowl

Episode 7.24 (194)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: August 22, 2007
Ratings: 1.072 million viewers (13th)

The women of Drovers team up with the men from Killarney to hunt the dangerous beast that is killing Drovers stock — is it a wild dog, or something more exotic as Kate suspects?

Riley discovers his best mate Mitch is trading in stolen army weapons, and while Riley's unwilling to turn him in to the police, Ashleigh has no such qualms.

Tayler and Patrick are determined to get what Phil owes them but instead make a puzzling discovery.

Blinded by love, Kate helps her new beau Mitch hide from the police.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Callan Mulvey as Mitch Wahlberg,
  • Matt Robertson as Sgt Michael Hartmann,
  • Chris Burckhardt as Policeman #1,
  • Chris Weir as Riley Stunt Double,
  • Nigel Harbach as Mitch Stunt Double,
  • Amanda Graver as Kate Stunt Double

Fanning the Flames

Episode 7.25 (195)
Written by Anthony Ellis
Directed by Nick Bufalo
Australia: August 29, 2007
Ratings: 0.989 million viewers (14th)

Blinded by love, Kate decides to go on the run with her outlaw boyfriend Mitch. Meanwhile, Drovers Run and other local farms are the victims of a professional arsonist. Stevie and Grace investigate the arson attacks and uncover a conspiracy to bankrupt local farmers. Could Phil Rakich be responsible? Elsewhere, Moira has trouble shaking off a love-struck new admirer.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Aaron Jeffery as Alex Ryan
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Callan Mulvey as Mitch Wahlberg,
  • Tim Roberts as Craig Leighton,
  • Matt Robertson as Sgt Michael Hartmann,
  • Allen Heath as Heath Stunt Double,
  • Bill Willoughby as Riley Riding Double

My Enemy My Friend

Episode 7.26 (196)
Written by Justine Gillmer
Directed by Nick Bufalo
Australia: September 05, 2007
Ratings: 1.078 million viewers (14th)

Grace faces an uphill battle to save Ashleigh's life after they are left stranded in the bush after being involved in a serious car accident on an isolated road. Meanwhile, an expensive stud bull is poisoned on Drovers Run, and the girls are convinced someone is trying to bankrupt them. But who? Also, Heath and Marcus compete over who can find and rescue Grace first.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Scott Lowe as Jim Selkirk,
  • Luke Arnold as Ryhs Plaidy [sic]
  • Joch Koch as Vet,
  • Vikki Rowe as Ashleigh Stunt Double,
  • Clint Dodd as Grace Stunt/Ryhs Bike Double

Knight in Shining Armour

Episode 7.27 (197)
Written by Greg Millin
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: September 12, 2007
Ratings: 1.181 million viewers (8th)

During preparations for a Medieval Fair organised drought relief, Grace is shocked when Heath proposes marriage. Will she accept?

With Ashleigh having called in her loan and Drovers under threat, the girls decide to hold an auction to raise the necessary cash, selling off everything they can spare.

Meanwhile, Tayler takes a job at the pub and does her best to make Patrick see the truth about Ashleigh.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • John Stanton as Bryce Redstaff [uncredited],
  • Carmel Johnson as Beth Martin,
  • Patrick Frost as Neil Thompson,
  • Paul Pearson as Black Knight (Lance),
  • Kaliopi Eleni as Sister Hoskins,
  • James Cowling as Minstrel,
  • Matt Trevarthen as Fire Artist,
  • Philippe Quolin as Juggler #1,
  • David Cronin as Juggler #2,
  • Emerson Ward as Demo Fighter #1,
  • Jason Cockington as Demo Fighter #2,
  • Orest Bee as Demo Fighter #3,
  • Ian Stratford as Archer #1,
  • Warren Spry as Archer #2,
  • Brad Davidson as Water Balloon Kid #1,
  • Lucy McMillan as Water Balloon Kid #2,
  • Stacey Maxted as Water Balloon Kid #3,
  • Justin Holland as Grace/Patrick/Marcus Jousting Double,
  • Andrew Beattie as Black Knight/Heath Jousting Double

The Short Cut

Episode 7.28 (198)
Written by Alexa Wyatt
Directed by Grant Brown
Australia: September 19, 2007
Ratings: 1.094 million viewers (13th)

Grace takes drastic action to capture a cattle thief, and the girls uncover Ashleigh's plan to bankrupt Drovers Run. But can they stop her before it's too late? Meanwhile, Grace questions her future with Heath after losing her engagement ring, and Marcus and Ashleigh vie for control over Killarney.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Spencer McLaren as Sam Nugent,
  • John Stanton as Bryce Redstaff,
  • Jeremy Kewley as Adam Gardiner,
  • Kaliopi Eleni as Sister Hoskins,
  • Rosie Denny as Tracey

Note: Rosie Denny appeared previously as Emma Brown in episodes 1.11, 1.22, 2.06, 2.13, 2.21, and 3.06

Seeing is Believing

Episode 7.29 (199)
Written by Jane Allen
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: September 26, 2007
Ratings: 0.937 million viewers (16th)

Kate is convinced she has killed Ashleigh in a hit-and-run accident. But where is the body? It's Halloween and the horror stories the girls tell over dinner start to come true. Also, Tayler meets her long-lost mother under bizarre circumstances.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Sam Healy as Ashleigh Redstaff,
  • Trudy Hellier as Barbara Geddes,
  • Hannah Taylor as Girl,
  • Catherine Purling as Cleaner,
  • Julian Jones as Raucous Guy #1,
  • Josh McFarlane as Raucous Guy #2,
  • Tom Gent as Raucous Guy #3,
  • Jane Forbes as Shadow,
  • Rebecca Hall as Dana Rivers,
  • Vikki Rowe as Ashleigh Stunt Double

Second Chances

Episode 7.30 (200)
Written by Christopher D Hawkshaw
Directed by Arnie Custo
Australia: October 03, 2007
Ratings: 1.008 million viewers

The arrival of a mysterious stranger forces Grace to reconsider her future with Heath who wants to move them to Queensland to take over a horse stud and setting up camp drafting school.

Patrick organises a surprise party for Tayler's 18th birthday.

Meanwhile, the sexy new female vet teaches Marcus a lesson.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Aaron Jeffery as Alex Ryan,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Rachael Coopes as Ingrid Marr,
  • Josef Ber as Hugh McLeod,
  • Stewart Armstrong as Old Hugh Stewart,
  • Rebecca Hall as Dana Rivers

Notes: Josef Ber played Hugh McLeod previously in episode 4.29 (from which the flashback scene is taken). Rachael Coopes' first appearance

Mixed Messages

Episode 7.31 (201)
Written by Sarah Duffy
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: October 10, 2007
Ratings: 1.076 million viewers (16th)

Marcus suspects Heath is cheating on Grace. Or is jealousy clouding his judgement? Grace starts to question Heath's love for her, until Heath surprises her with an amazing gift. Meanwhile, Kate makes a bold decision to impress Stevie and get promoted to Overseer, and Ingrid proves indispensable to Marcus, as a vet and a friend.

  • Guest Cast:
  • Aaron Jeffery as Alex Ryan,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Rachael Coopes as Ingrid Marr,
  • Wendy Bos as Karen Aitken,
  • Steven Turner as Ken Mosely

Silent Night

Episode 7.32 (202)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Richard Jasek
Australia: October 17, 2007
Ratings: 1.207 million viewers (9th)

It's Christmas Eve, and Alex makes a surprise return from Argentina to visit Stevie. Meanwhile, Grace finds proof of Heath's infidelity, and Kate and Riley finally admit their attraction to each other when they kiss under the mistletoe. Christmas Day ends tragically when Grace, Riley, Tayler and Patrick are involved in a shocking car accident at the flooded river. Who will survive?

  • Guest Cast:
  • Aaron Jeffery as Alex Ryan,
  • Sandy Winton as Heath Barrett,
  • Rachael Coopes as Ingrid Marr,
  • Peter Hardy as Phil Rakich,
  • Wendy Bos as Karen Aitken,
  • Jasmin Radibratovic as Dakota,
  • Aaron Cottrell as Joseph,
  • Carmel Johnson as Beth Martin,
  • Patrick Frost as Neil Thompson,
  • Reece Horner as Nat
  • Cathy Adamek as Carmel (untrasound tech),
  • Ross Helmons-McConnell as Baby Jesus [Akasha],
  • Stefan Thomas as Alex Double

???: So Alex and Stevie let a woman who is nine months pregnant sleep in a cold shed?