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Episode 1.01

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Aus: Tue, Sept 15, 2015
1.219 million viewers (2nd)
NZ: Thu, Nov 05, 2015
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Pino Amenta

Erik Thomson plays George Turner, a man who once skated through life but is now stumbling. After his wife's sudden death, George moves his family from Sydney to the small town of Weld in New Zealand. But George's plans for a fresh start don't go as smoothly as he had hoped.

Starring: Erik Thomson as George Turner, Melina Vidler as Shay Turner, Bensen Jack Anthony as Arlo Turner, Rick Donald as Woody, Anna Jullienne as Katie, Michelle Langstone as Fiona, Emma Leonard as Tracey, Cian Elyse White as Hannah

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Peter Hayden as Roger, Elizabeth Hawthorne as Trish, Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie, Jesse Griffin as Sean

Episode 1.02

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Tue, September 22, 2015
1.192 million viewers (1st)
Written by Maxine Fleming and James Griffin
Directed by Pino Amenta

George's latest column causes quite a stir among the residents of Weld after he calls it a "dead-end town." Shay and Arlo also feel the heat from their dad's article and decide it's time to stand up to their schoolmates.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Rob Williams as Zac, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Alex Tarrant as Ike, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Paul Glover as Bill Jnr, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie, Jesse Griffin as Sean, Renee Lyons as Brenda, Matt Holden as Jared

Episode 1.03

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Tue, September 29, 2015
1.170 million viewers (1st)
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Mike Smith

Questions are raised over Laura's death, and the Weld rumour mill goes into overdrive. George goes on an epic manhunt through the local populous to learn the source of the scandalous gossip. Shay and Arlo believe their father is overreacting when he complains about the school bus driver's recklessness behind the wheel.

With: Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Rob Williams as Zac, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Paul Glover as Bill Jnr, Tandi Wright as Laura, Jesse Griffin as Sean, Greg Smith as Dennis, Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie, Phil Brown as Bevan, Ascia Maybury as Penny

Episode 1.04

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Tue, October 06, 2015
1.055 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Maxine Fleming and James Griffin
Directed by Mike Smith

Shay warns her father about the Weld women's interest in him, and George soon becomes hyper-vigilant around the ladies. But at the museum's annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser, the locals' behavior gets a bit out of control.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Paul Glover as Bill Jnr, Jesse Griffin as Sean, Ascia Maybury as Penny, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Tandi Wright as Laura, Phil Brown as Bevan, Renee Lyons as Brenda

Episode 1.05

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Tue, October 13, 2015
1.082 million viewers (1st)
Written by Tim Balme
Directed by Mike Smith

The family's attempts to commemorate Laura's birthday are disrupted by the discovery that their new home's piles are on the verge of collapsing, forcing them to move temporarily into the local motel. Then George runs into his teen surfing nemesis, Dean "The Orca" Marshall, whom George blames for his current surfing troubles.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Mark Mitchinson as Dean, David Fane as Smiler, Taylor Dean as Taylor O'Leary, Jude Stevens as Young George

Episode 1.06

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Tue, October 20, 2015
1.019 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Natalie Medlock and James Griffin
Directed by Mike Smith

George throws himself into solving the mystery of the missing head of the Sir Frederick Weld statue. While wrapped up in the mystery, he fails to notice Shay and Ike's artistic crimes escalating.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Paul Glover as Bill Jnr, Phil Smith as Bevan, Greg Smith as Dennis, Ascia Maybury as Penny

Episode 1.07

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Tue, October 27, 2015
1.027 million viewers (3rd)
Written by Maxine Fleming and James Griffin
Directed by Pino Amenta

George feels Laura's absence more than ever as he tries to deal with Shay's recent behaviour. In the midst of the stress, he struggles to finish his column but can't get in touch with Jan back in Sydney.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Peter Hayden as Roger, Elizabeth Hawthorne as Trish, Tandi Wright as Laura, Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie, Phil Brown as Bevan, Cameron MacDonald as Noah

Episode 1.08 (finale)

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Tue, November 03, 2015
1.151 million viewers (6rd)
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Pino Amenta

George must accept that Shay will not return to Weld any time soon and that Jan is there to stay while she figures out her next move. At a local peaceful protest, the women of Weld scrutinize the newest Aussie.

With: Bridie Carter as Jan, Peter Elliott as Big Mac, Jonny Brugh as Monty, Alex Tarrant as Ike, Rob Williams as Zac, John Leigh as Constable Tom, Manon Blackman as Lindsay, Paul Glover as Bill Jnr, Reon To Aorangi Bell as Billy, Peter Hayden as Roger, Elizabeth Hawthorne as Trish, Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie, Jesse Griffin as Sean, Phil Brown as Bevan, Cameron MacDonald as Noah, Stephen Papps as Doug

Episodes 2.01 - 2.08