Packed to the Rafters: episode guide


Out Of Left Field

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Episode 2.12 (34)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (8.30)
Ratings: 1.806 million viewers (1st)
Written by Abe Pogos
Directed by Kevin Carlin

Carbo's mother Rita arrives from Lesbos to stay for six weeks with Artemis, the 18-year-old daughter of her best friend. Despite Ben and Melissa's insinuations that this may be a romantic set-up, Carbo sees Artie like a little sister.
However she's hardly the innocent young girl Rita seems to think she is. At a trip to the beach, she hooks up with Dane, a guy she has met on Facebook. With Rita breathing down his neck, Carbo alienates the rebellious Artemis with his attempts to curb her wild behaviour. But despite acting like a big brother, a quick, innocent kiss between them leaves Carbo floored by a rush of romantic feelings. Was this Rita's plan all along?
Meanwhile, Sammy has to interview two young professionals for her first feature writing assignment. To her surprise, Nathan, eager to play the supportive husband, suggests she contact her former flame Owen. Is Nathan hiding his guilt over a cocaine-fuelled kiss with Layla? And when Sammy interviews Layla too, will the truth slip out?

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, Caroline Brazier as Chrissy Merchant, Ria Vandervis as Layla, Dina Panozza as Rita Karandonis, Sophia Katos as Artmeis, Anthony Gooley as Owen Matheson, Pedro Virgil as Dane, Lachlan Campbell as Young Ben, Narek Armaganian as Young Carbo, Demi-Love Kassem as Young Artemis

Blurring The Lines

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Episode 2.13 (35)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ratings: 1.766 million viewers (1st)
Written by Kris Mrksa
Directed by Cherie Nowlan

Sammy's father Tony is facing the first hearing of his trial tomorrow, and she has to go along as moral support for her mother Trish. She's given a boost when Nathan insists he'll take the day off work and accompany her — a seemingly generous act, although he's really doing it as much to avoid Layla as to help his wife.
Over at the Karandonis house, Artie is preparing for her first day of work at the boat club with Ben. Carbo, who's aware of his romantic feelings for her, is happy with her choice of job — after all, how much trouble can she get into under the watchful eye of Ben? But he hasn't met her co-worker Lexi yet. The pair strike up a friendship and it isn't long before Lexi leads Artie astray much to Carbo's dismay.
Nathan's sudden sexual attraction for Layla spirals out of control with potentially tragic consequences.
Chrissy finds herself having a surprising and unwelcome fantasy of her own― about Dave. And an unexpected romance blossoms between Warney and Trish.

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, Caroline Brazier as Chrissy Merchant, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Ria Vandervis as Layla, Sarah Chadwick as Trish Westaway, Sophia Katos as Artmeis, Phoebe Tonkin as Lexi, Brooke Sheehan as Suki

Note: Angus McLaren and Phoebe Tonkin starred together in H2O: Just Add Water. Unfortunately, they have no scenes together in PTTR.

First Instinct

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Episode 2.14 (36)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Ratings: 1.697 million viewers (1st)
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Cherie Nowlan

The Rafters throw a surprise party for Dave's mum, Chel, who is swept up in the family history and moved by the love shown to her. But clouds are gathering. Meanwhile, Carbo works hard to fan the flames of his relationship with Artie.

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Kristian Schmid as Alex Barton, Mercia Deane-Jones as Grace Barton, Sophia Katos as Artemis, Phoebe Tonkin as Lexi, William Snow as Gavin

It's My Party

Episode 2.15 (37)

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Ratings: 1.755 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

Dave is determined to give Ben and Melissa the engagement party that he and Julie never had. But his focus is sidetracked by the accidental discovery that Chel's increasingly regular hospital visits are in fact to the Renal Ward. Nathan is nervous when he hears Steve Wilson is returning overseas to attend the engagement party. Having slept with Layla, Nathan is terrified that Steve, and more importantly, Sammy could find out.

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Caroline Brazier as Chrissy Merchant, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Craig McLachlan as Steve Wilson, Ria Vandervis as Layla, Ben Guerens as Dermott

Mr Fix-It

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Episode 2.16 (38)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Ratings: 1.841 million viewers (1st)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

Nathan has been calling and texting Sammy hoping for the chance to explain his infidelity. However, she's not answering him. Ted takes a tough love approach, telling Nathan that if he isn't willing to put everything on the line to get Sammy back, then maybe Nathan doesn't love Sammy enough. Dave has been searching for Chel since she ran from the engagement party, with no luck. She has left town with no forwarding address. Ted gallops to the rescue, persuading Melissa to find out which hospital Chel is now going to for her dialysis.

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Sarah Chadwick as Trish Westaway, Craig McLachlan as Steve Wilson, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Michelle Collins as Registered Nurse

Putting the House in Order

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Episode 2.17 (39)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ratings: 1.701 million viewers (1st)
Written by Dave Warner
Directed by Catherine Millar

On her last day at work Julie quizzes psychic tea lady Bonnie about the troubling prediction she'd made months earlier. Rachel spies Sammy having lunch with her ex Owen, and becomes concerned.

With: George Houvardas as Nick "Carbo" Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Caroline Brazier as Chrissey, Kristian Schmid as Alex Barton, Denise Roberts as Bonnie Bright, Diarmid Heidenreich as Camel, Christian Barratt-Hill as Don Barrett, Anthony Gooley as Owen Matheson, Claire Scott as Tania, Rachel Magi as Holly

Space Junk

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Episode 2.18 (40)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Ratings: 1.958 million viewers (1st)
Written by Abe Pogos
Directed by Catherine Millar

When a bunch of flowers arrive for her at work with no card, Rachel assumes Jake must've sent them. However, she soon discovers that they are from her ex-boyfriend, meth addict Daniel. Now clean and sober, he has been rehired by CBM Advertising to produce a TV ad for men's cologne Rampant using Jake as the star. But when Jake arrives late on the ad shoot, having brought his brother Alex along, the client complains to Daniel. Daniel agrees to sort it out and speaks down to Alex. Unfortunately, Jake overhears and quits not only the shoot but the whole campaign.

With: George Houvardas as Nick "Carbo" Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Kristian Schmid as Alex Barton, Belinda Bromilow as Libby Sanders, Michael Booth as George Spiteri, Luke Pegler as Daniel Griggs, Silvia Colloca as Verna

A Small, Traditional Affair…

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Episode 2.19 (41)
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Ratings: 2.072 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Marieke Hardy
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

At the bucks night, Ben is having a fantastic time until the stripper Carbo has organised arrives. It turns out to be Kat, the woman he slept with and who came between him and Melissa. She questions why Melissa would want to marry someone who's just the manager of a Boat Club — something that, deep down, Ben has often wondered himself.
Ben is shaken by her words. His feeling of pressure increases with the surprise early arrival of Melissa's parents, Linda and Pat. It becomes increasingly clear that Pat thinks Ben isn't good enough for his daughter — he has no ambition, no drive, no plans for the future.
Ben panics and, on the morning of their wedding day, disappears. The Rafters throw themselves into finding Ben and hiding the news from Melissa. Will they be able to track him down before the bride finds out?

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Sarah Chadwick as Trish Westaway, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Peter Kowitz as Pat Bannon, Linden Wilkinson as Linda Bannon, Melanie Vallejo as Kat, Tanya Sharp as Celebrant

Note: Despite being the most watched episode to date (episode 1.11 had 2.067m), PTTR finished second in the day's ratings to the Melbourne Cup (also on Seven) which drew an audience of 2.563 million viewers

Only A Heartbeat Away

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Episode 2.20 (42)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ratings: 1.853 million viewers (1st)
Written by Jeff Truman
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

Ben and Melissa's honeymoon takes an unexpected turn. At the five-star resort they're staying at, they meet another couple, Adrian and Nicole, and hit it off. They become new besties. There might even be a new job in it for Ben. But there's more than meets the eye with this friendly duo.
Dave is very aware that Chel is keeping her distance since the wedding. Chel insists they're fine but Dave feels like his mum is a stranger. Julie, who's under strict bed rest after her collapse on the wedding, suggests he try harder.
He does by turning up in Ted's place to take Chel to her dialysis treatment. She initially refuses but backs down. At the hospital, she opens up abut his father Tom Jenkins. She admits she doesn't even know where he's buried. Dave decides to do some investigative work to find his father's grave, and with the help of Nathan, makes a shocking discovery.

With: George Houvardas as Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Paul Barry as Adrian, Lake Kallista Kaval as Nicole Lake, Hayley McInerney as Izzy Cartwright

Unlimited Options

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Episode 2.21 (43)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ratings: 1.804 million viewers (1st)
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Pino Amenta

Nathan makes a shocking discovery about Dave's father. Meanwhile, Rachel is feeling the pressure of organising a baby shower for Julie, while Ben and Melissa try to get rid of their new housemate.

With: George Houvardas as Nick "Carbo" Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, Caroline Brazier as Chrissey, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Sarah Chadwick as Maria Westaway, Kelly Paterniti as Summer, Graham Rouse as Andrew Malouf, Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, et al

Note: Seven's end credits were incorrect

Nativity Play

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Episode 2.22 (44)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ratings: 2.048 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Pino Amenta

After Dave leaves for his vasectomy, Julie begins to have contractions, and though she thinks they're probably Braxton Hicks, Melissa and Ben insist on getting her to a hospital. Once in hospital, Julie's obstetrician Sandra Marsh observes that the signs of labour have disappeared — but now that Julie is in hospital, she's not allowed to leave until she gives birth. Julie reluctantly gives in — and tells Ben not to worry Dave as he will undoubtedly call them once his procedure is over. However Julie's labour pains start up again — this time for real. Ben leaves frantic voice messages for Dave, realising they don't know the name of the clinic where his vasectomy is taking place. Will Dave make it to the hospital in time?
Meanwhile, Jake invites Rachel to lunch with his family — at his mother's Grace's insistence. When Rachel expresses surprise, Jake admits that he has told Grace that she is going to be in his life long term. Rachel is taken aback — what kind of commitment is Jake talking about? However, the family lunch takes a dark turn when Jake begins to fit, collapsing on the floor.
Nathan surprises Sammy with a cheque for $14,000. He took some spare chips back to the casino and won — enough for them to pay off the remainder of their debt and put down bond on an apartment. They're finally able to move out of the Rafter house. Despite their good fortune, Nathan can't help but think what he and Sammy could do if they had more money — maybe even put down a deposit on a place. So instead of taking the cheque to the bank… Nathan heads back to the casino. Will he come up trumps or lose the lot?

With: George Houvardas as Nick "Carbo" Karandonis, Zoe Ventoura as Melissa Bannon, James Stewart as Jake, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Justin Rosniak as Warney, Mercia Deane-Johns as Grace, Fiona Press as Doctor Sandra Marsh, Nicholas Holland as Doctor, Imogen Strong as Ruby Rafter