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Episode 2

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Writer: Shelley Birse
Director: Jeffrey Walker

Eadie’s (Joanne Froggatt) desperation to conceive leads to a dangerous bargain with Shay (Ryan Corr). Her offer to take his National Service days at one of the city’s Resettlement Centres will seem a small price to pay for the chance to have a child but it will be the first of many costs.

Eadie (Joanne Froggatt) and Shay (Ryan Corr) cross a dangerous rubicon when Shay helps cover up an ‘off the books’, immunity-compromising IVF procedure with serious potential side effects for mother and baby. At the same time Eadie and Lloyd’s (David Lyons) fertility woes deliver an unlikely bonus in the form of a major breakthrough in the fight against Chagas disease. Lloyd discovers the final piece of a ten year long scientific puzzle, putting him and Shay in the driver’s seat of a breakthrough which could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

While Eadie waits to see whether the final implanted embryo will deliver a viable pregnancy she calls in to help her brother, Dom (Rupert Penry-Jones) and his wife, Francesca (Simone McAullay) chart the difficult terrain that comes with parenting a child on the spectrum. Eadie helps young Cosmo (Bede Warnock) make his own breakthrough and deliver his parents an unexpected gift. As the weather intensifies, Dom’s experiences on the front line of disaster capitalism make him more convinced that a Plan B for when things get really bad, is the only real way to keep his family safe.

Cast (in order of appearance):

  • Bede Warnock as Cosmo Boulay
  • Susan Prior as Mayor Lena Gordon
  • Felix Williamson as Carl Anderson
  • Claire Kitchingman as Auslan Interpreter
  • Simone Mcaullay as Francesca Boulay
  • Alex Chard as Archie Boulay
  • Bailey Holmes as Sage Boulay
  • Hayden Holmes as Tillie Boulay
  • Joanne Froggatt as Eadie Boulay
  • Madeleine Withington as AI Voice Over
  • Ryan Corr as Shay Levine
  • David Lyons as Lloyd Green
  • John Waters as Herman Fischer
  • Inez Currò as Ivy Green
  • Damon Herriman as Ben Childers
  • Harry Greenwood as Tully
  • Rupert Penry-Jones as Dom Boulay
  • Anthony Brandon Wong as Harlow
  • Fletcher Humphreys as Angry Driver
  • Rodney Afif as Syrian Shooter
  • Greg Hatton as Jad
  • Aileen Huynh as Tien
  • Gabrielle Chan as Grandmother
  • Ethan Pham as Sang
  • Zara Michales as Salinda
  • Maryam Saligheh as IVF Technician
  • Leah McQueen as Nurse
  • Dominic Ona-Ariki as Israel Latu
  • Ashley Douglass as Stand-In
  • Gavin Miller as Stand-In

Stunt Performers:

  • Luke Davis
  • Matt De Souza
  • Paul Doyle
  • Mark Duncan
  • Aiden Gillett
  • Sean Harnett
  • Ali Kadhim
  • Jordan Le Goueff
  • Kyran Lynch
  • Cyrus Ning
  • Tim Parsons
  • Dean Povic