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Episode 8

Written by Ro Hume and Susan Macgillicuddy
Directed by Scott Hartford-Davis

Beth and Vincent return from Western Australia, to find that their changed relationship is a source of unwelcome interest for everyone in the small town. What seemed so easy out west is much harder back in the everyday world of gossip and prejudice. But their hardest task is coming to terms with the different ways they look at the world.

When Mary dies, the community insists on approaching Ben Lovell with the news. Beth feels that his right to privacy must come first, Vincent feels that his obligations to his family outweigh his personal wishes.

Tension between them grows as Vincent's visit to tell Ben of Mary's death ends in apparent disaster, when he realises that Ben has not even told his wife Fiona (Genevieve Lemon) the truth about his past.

But Beth is forced to admit Vincent was right when Ben returns to the community, and is welcomed by Alf, Sally and the others, as he comes to accept the family he was taken from so long ago.

Vincent learns of another murder in a nearby town, and becomes convinced that this is linked with Wilga's death. He comes under pressure from Phil for neglecting his work to compulsively follow a lead that is tenuous at best.

When Jason Sutton (Luke Carroll) is accused of stealing at school, Beth realises she is still an outsider, when her well meaning attempts to help cause Leila to turn on her.

Hurt and angry by Vincent's apparent refusal to defend her to Leila, Beth decides that all she is risking by staying with him is further hurt. Her recent marriage break-up has convinced her that she doesn't need any more pain, and what starts as a seemingly small quarrel ends with them deciding that the only sensible course is to call it quits.


  • Ernie Dingo as Vincent Burunga
  • Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth Ashton
  • Bob Maza as Alf Dyer
  • Justine Saunders as Millie Carmichael
  • Steven Vidler as Phil McCarthy
  • Shane Connor as Ben Lovell
  • Paul Caesar as Macka Hargraves
  • Lisa Kinchela as Sally Dyer
  • Lillian Crombie as Mary Dyer
  • Auriel Andrew as Vi Murray
  • Wes Patten as Chris Dyer
  • Rachael Maza as Leila Sutton
  • Luke Carroll as Jason Sutton
  • Genevieve Lemon as Fiona Lovell
  • Ali and Zoe Neill as Sherri Lovell
  • David Kaff as Steve Purcell
  • Beth Champion as Lucy Mitchel
  • Joel Emerton as Derek
  • Joshua Rosenthal as Baz Timms
  • Leanne Bundy as Robyn
  • Hugh Devaney as Frank
  • Jie Pittman as Mal