Packed to the Rafters: episode guide


Moments Of Truth

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Episode 3.12 (56)
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Ratings: 1.739 million viewers (1st)
Written by Jeff Truman
Directed by Chris Martin-Jones

Nathan faces a life-changing moment of truth — the operation to donate a kidney to beloved grandmother Chel. With only three days to go until the transplant procedure, Chel's need to put her affairs in order inspires Nathan to write letters to his family. However when it comes to writing to grandfather Tom, Nathan struggles to find the words — and resolves to visit him in prison against Dave's wishes. Ben reacts badly to Nathan's letter writing scheme — anxiety and concern for his brother manifesting as irritation. Melissa calls Ben on this behaviour, and Ben makes his peace with Nathan before the big operation. Meanwhile Carbo's "twitching" date with Solar Panel agent Amy proves to be a disaster. Undaunted he vows to continue the hunt for a wife.

Featuring: John Howard as Tom Jennings
With: Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Kristian Schmid as Alex Barton, Amy Mathews as Erin Moore, Peter Mcallum as Dr Spence, Andrew Crabbe as Michael O'Leary, Angus King as Alan, Neil Phipps as Jamie, Chloe Gardner as Theatre Nurse, Shane C Rodrigo as Male Nurse, Andrew Anderson as Hoon, Chris Martin as Hoon, Ruby & Emily Langley as Ruby Rafter

Live and Let Live

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Episode 3.13 (57)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Ratings: 1.867 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Pino Amenta

Julie explores the principle of "live and let live" as she and others struggle to implement the philosophy in various areas of their lives. A possum has taken up residence in the Rafter roof, keeping the family up at night with its nocturnal activities. Meanwhile, Nathan and Chel are both enjoying a new lease of life, despite still being in hospital. Rachel is enjoying the last few days of freedom before starting her new job, and Carbo, still searching for "The One", is excited about his date with Erin but there's some serious crossed wires in play...

Featuring: John Howard as Tom Jennings
With: Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Amy Mathews as Erin, Neil Phipps as Jamie, George Gravanis as Prisoner, Will Ward as Prisoner, Barry Fielding as Security Guard, David Wilson as Prison Guard, Ruby & Emily Langley as Ruby Rafter

Know Yourself

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Episode 3.14 (58)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Ratings: 1.873 million viewers (1st)
Written by Tony Morphett
Directed by Pino Amenta

Dave Rafter prides himself on being easy going and uncomplicated. He knows himself and life is going well — or so he thought. In rapid succession, life teaches him that no human ever has total control of things — and Dave's easy going ability to roll with the punches starts to fail him. Meanwhile, Rachel is trying to settle into her new job at EMB agency but her first day proves disconcertingly frustrating, and Carbo's wife-hunting on internet dating sites brings immediate success in the form of Loretta. It's love at first sight, despite warnings from Ben and Melissa that things are moving way too fast. Having secured a job in Dave's business, Coby is behaving suspiciously. Does he have a secret agenda?

With: Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Martin Lynes as Paul Morgan, Kelly Butler as Medusa, Kain O'Keeffe as Liam, Ruby & Emily Langley as Ruby Rafter

Don't Go There!

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Episode 3.15 (59)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ratings: 1.685 million viewers (1st)
Written by Nick Stevens
Directed by Catherine Millar

When Melissa feels queasy during dinner, Ben immediately assumes she is pregnant and is beside himself with excitement. Next door, there's little rest and relaxation for Dave, who is working extra-long hours, saving up for a holiday to Fiji. But his plans cop a setback when an unexpected tax bill lobs on the doorstep.

With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta, Martin Lynes as Paul Morgan, Kelly Butler as Medusa, Kain O'Keeffe as Liam, Bruno Xavier as Sanjay Anand, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

When Worlds Collide

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Episode 3.16 (60)
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Ratings: 1.671 million viewers (1st)
Written by Chris Hawkshaw
Directed by Catherine Millar

Rachel's relationship with Jake is pushed to breaking point when her work and personal lives collide. Dave's money and work woes are stressing him out, so Julie offers to help the business by doing accounts, freeing Nathan up to do some light labouring. Carbo has failed to talk his mother out of selling the house. As real estate agent Penny Malory and potential buyers rock around, Carbo puts on a desperate show, hoping to scare everyone away. When bathroom fittings go missing from their work-site, Coby pleads with Nathan to believe he is innocent.

With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta, Zoe Carrides as Penny Mallory, Kain O'Keeffe as Liam, Kelly Butler as Medusa, Bruno Zavier as Sanjay Anand, Michael Cullen as Home Buyer, Kate Naughton as Buyer's Wife, Patricia Holt as Young Rachel, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

Spark of Life

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Episode 3.17 (61)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Ratings: 1.765 million viewers (1st)
Written by Chris McCourt
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

Ted returns with renewed spark from a rejuvenating break, only to find all is not well with his family. Due to work and money pressures, Julie and Dave are snapping at each other and Julie seeks respite in light conversation with Hamish, one of her friends from mothers' group. Meanwhile, to the consternation of his flatmates, Carbo is totally besotted by the irrepressible Retta and valiantly trying to go along with her no-sex rule.

Featuring: John Howard as Tom Jennings
With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Torquil Nelson as Hamish, Melissa Ambrosini as Stephanie, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

Between the Covers

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Episode 3.18 (62)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ratings: 1.795 million viewers (1st)
Written by Martin McKenna
Directed by Lynn Hegarty

A wild night in Kings Cross teaches Nathan not to judge a book by its cover. Meanwhile, Carbo is making big plans for his proposal to Retta, but Ben is determined to intervene. Rachel's deal with Liam to stop playing games and join forces seems to be working, even if their pitch ideas for a sports drink aren't.

Featuring: John Howard as Tom Jennings
With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Kain O'Keeffe as Liam, Megan Drury as Laura, Simon Corfield as Petra, Damien Hughes as Jared Maric, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

Breathe

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Episode 3.19 (63)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ratings: 1.686 million viewers (1st)
Written by Rick Held
Directed by Chris Martin-Jones

Rachel takes a crash course in remembering to breathe as she juggles a toxic workplace and an estranged boyfriend. Something's got to give. Desperate to see each other, Jake arrives in the middle of the night with a gift for Rachel. But once again their issues flare and they fight bitterly. Rachel's life seems to be out of control. Finally opening the present Jake bought her, Rachel realises that Jake truly respects her ambitions, and that she's misjudged him. Dave too is taking a crash course in remembering to stop and breathe. A welcome distraction arrives when Julie wins a phone-in radio competition but Dave can't seem to fully enjoy it, finally admitting to Julie he's been suffering from a nagging but inexplicable malaise. Meanwhile, Melissa and Ben are still trying, unsuccessfully, to conceive, and Nathan finds a way to help Coby face the challenge of learning to write.

With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Kristian Schmid as Alex Barton, Martin Lynes as Paul Morgan, Kain O'Keeffe as Liam, Kelly Butler as Medusa, Diarmid Heidenreich as Camel, Olivia Stambouliah as Alison, Simone Bennett-Smith as Olivia, Nick Hunter as Trent, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

Perfect Bubble

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Episode 3.20 (64)
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Ratings: 2.335 million viewers (3rd)
Written by Boaz Stark
Directed by Chris Martin-Jones

Newly unemployed Rachel is seeing the world in a new light — as her oyster. But first what she'd love more than anything is a holiday with Jake. Unbeknownst to her, Jake takes the hint and organises time off — but before he can spring the surprise, Rachel gets a phone call from former boss Paul Morgan offering her job back. For Rachel, the choice is simple — but for Jake, it's a disappointing slap in the face. The world isn't their oyster, it's Rachel's. If their relationship is going to survive, she needs to start considering his future, too. Still resisting any suggestion of depression, Dave throws himself into normality, suggesting a Rafter family dinner and offering Coby an apprenticeship. After proving his "swimmers" are perfectly sound, Ben is even more determined to start a family with beloved wife Melissa.

With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Martin Lynes as Paul Morgan, Kelly Butler as Medusa, Megan Drury as Laura, Gabriella Maselli-McGrail as Detective Bryant, James Jack as Cosntable Davis, Amber Hailes as Constable, Nick Zemaitis as Morgue Attendant, Adam Marsden as Detective Collins, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

Rest In Peace

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Episode 3.21 (65)
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Ratings: 2.093 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Pino Amenta

Julie and Dave struggle to help their family rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the devastating tragedy as additional support comes from unlikely quarters. Dave is determined to shelve his battle with depression, but as tensions build, his temper becomes explosive. Meanwhile, Coby realises he can't escape his grandfather as easily as he thought, and Chel returns to be on hand in her beloved new family's hour of need.

Featuring: John Howard as Tom Jennings
With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Gillian Jones as Rachel 'Chel' Warne, Peter Kowitz as Pat Bannon, Linden Wilkinson as Linda Bannon, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter

One Day at a Time

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Episode 3.22 (66)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Ratings: 2.080 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Jeff Truman
Directed by Pino Amenta

With Christmas and Ruby's first birthday fast approaching, Dave searches for the words to put himself and his family back on track. Dave is struggling with his own demons. Julie gently convinces him to give therapy another try. Finally able to find the words his therapist's been pushing for, it seems that Dave might finally be starting to address some of his issues. And then when the whole family gathers for Ruby's first birthday and she takes a first tentative step, it seems all could be coming right in the Rafter world. Julie discovers that Coby's apprenticeship papers have arrived. In the spirit of moving on, the Rafters feel that life is too short to hold grudges. Dave speaks to Coby, who promises never to let them down again and Dave renews his offer of an apprenticeship to a grateful nephew.

With: Ryan Corr as Coby Jennings, Hannah Marshall as Loretta 'Retta' Schembri, Aaron Geier as Dylan Sharpe, Sabella & Hannah Storey as Ruby Rafter