McLeod's Daughters: episode guide
Episode 6.01 (139)
A week has passed since the fire and Alex's mysterious disappearance. Tess is starting to feel human again and is slowly feeling her way to getting back into work on Drovers Run. But just when she's starting to get on top of things, she gets a call that sets her back: Nick's remains have been found.
Counting down the days until Alex returns to Killarney so she can tell him how she really feels about him, Stevie has no idea that her heart is about to be broken. Stevie's shock soon turns to despair, for her dreams of finding happiness with Alex, whom she now realises she loves deeply, have just been shattered with the arrival of Fiona, Alex's new fiancée.
Jodi has been trying to get up the courage to tell Tess about being sisters, and has told the others that today is the day. But things don't go quite to plan thanks to Dave.
Meanwhile, all hell breaks loose over Harry's new racehorse when it escapes.
Episode 6.02 (140)
Alex and Fiona's engagement becomes official after a notice appears in the Gungellan Gazette. Fiona is delighted by what she naturally assumes is Alex's romantic gesture and so he takes credit for it, not telling her Harry placed it.
Seeds of doubt have also been planted in Stevie's head courtesy of Dave, then Sandra, about Fiona's haste in wanting to marry Alex. Stevie eventually succumbs to her curiosity over Fiona's past life by putting Fiona's name into an Internet search engine. She is shocked to learn Fiona had been engaged to another man only weeks ago, and is torn over what to do, knowing for a fact that Alex has no idea of this. She eventually reveals the information to Alex who, shocked, confronts Fiona about it. The discussion quickly escalates into an argument when Alex accuses Fiona of lying to him in order to trap him into marriage. Fiona is deeply upset by the argument and drives off, declaring she is going home.
Tess, desperate to forge a close relationship with her new sister, asks Jodi to move into the main house. However, bonding between them is not easy. Preoccupied by the loss of her friend to the main house, Kate is distracted during a difficult birth of a lamb, with the result that the lamb dies. Angry with herself and compensating for missing Jodi, Kate becomes obsessed with not losing another lamb.
Episode 6.03 (141)
Stevie is trying to deal with the fact that Alex, now engaged to Fiona, will never be hers, but she's not coping with it at all. She ends up bringing home a very young guy for the night, which causes Tess to worry.
Devastated over the news of his father's death, Rob turns to Jodi for comfort. The chemistry between Rob and Jodi has been undeniable from the start, but the pair have done everything they can to deny their attraction to each other. Now, more vulnerable than he's ever been, a distraught Rob can't help but open up to Jodi. Before long, he finds himself telling Jodi far too much about himself and why he is here.
Stevie's one-night-stand Leo is, unbeknownst to her, a pilot whom Harry has hired to do an aerial spray of Killarney. Leo does not take rejection well and when he finds out about Drovers' concern that Harry's spraying will threaten Drovers' organic certification, he formulates his plan for revenge.
With Moira's house sold out from under her, Terry's chivalrous nature comes to the fore and he helps her find a temporary home at Drovers Run.
Meanwhile, at Killarney, a turf war between Sandra and Fiona begins to take hold, one which Fiona seems to be winning.
Episode 6.04 (142)
In the wake of the crop-dusting incident, Drovers has lost all its forward contracts for organic produce. With no cash flow, the bank gives Tess an ultimatum: come up with new contracts in 36 hours or the bank will take possession of the farm. When Tess discovers that Stevie, in a desperate, ill-considered bid to stave off financial ruin, has lost Drovers' money in a poker game, all Tess's bottled-up anger at Stevie finally erupts.
The situation looks hopeless until Dave saves the day with a buyer. Getting wind of this development, Sandra sees her chance to impress Harry, who she has falsely assumed is trying to take over Drovers, and gazumps Drovers' deal by selling Kinsella's lambs at a rock bottom price. Suspecting that it was Harry, Tess confronts him. Harry is genuinely hurt, and reveals that he was in fact putting wheels in motion to bail out Drovers. Witnessing this, Sandra realises what a tactical blunder she's made and keeps to herself what she's done but when Fiona oh-so-innocently tells Harry, the fallout is swift and severe.
At the truckstop, Stevie crosses paths with Geoff, the guy who skinned her at cards, and discovers from Moira that he's a buyer for a large city meat wholesaler, on his way to conclude a deal with Killarney. With the clock ticking loudly, and nothing to lose, Stevie launches a desperate, half-baked sting to divert Geoff to Drovers. When Geoff twigs to the sting, the sale is off again until Stevie, acting on a hunch, bluffs Geoff into changing his mind again and winds up saving the day.
Note: Rebecca Hall, who plays barmaid Dana Rivers, served as a body double for Bridie Carter in series 5
Episode 6.05 (143)
Jodi is stunned when Tess offers her half her share of Drovers Run. Tess feels that, as a McLeod, Jodi should have an equity in the family heritage, as well as sharing their current massive debt. However, Tess is optimistic about the future. In particular, they have hit on the concept of "Gungellan Fresh natural beef" to get a premium for their produce.
Leo Coombes, the pilot who dumped pesticide on Drovers Run, returns to the district. His career has been cruelled by Harry and he wants Harry to remove the black ban. Harry refuses and Stevie rejects Leo's request to intercede. When Harry's prize bull is found dead from poisoning, Harry suspects Leo, but there is no clear evidence. Harry is unnerved when he returns home to find a bullet with his initials engraved on it. But it seems Leo has an alibi. Harry is thrown. Who has sent the threat and why?
Moira has difficulty getting the over-considerate Drovers women to let her work for her board. She is determined not to be treated as a charity case and forces them to let her accept her help—and her cooking.
Episode 6.06 (144)
Just as Tess is slowly piecing her life together she receives a phone call that threatens to shatter it again. The Australian Embassy in Argentina advises her that Nick's remains will be repatriated and she will need to make funeral arrangements.
Fiona is disappointed when a freelance contract with her old employer falls through. Determined to impress and find a productive role for herself, Fiona takes some clandestine mustering lessons from Jodi. However, Fiona discovers she needs to walk before she can run after a mistake on the muster puts Tess's life in danger.
Working, Kate trips and falls heavily and is unable to go on the muster. Dave gives her a cursory examination and notices, along with the bruise around her ribs, a small sunspot on her back. After numerous attempts to convince her to see the doctor, Dave abducts Kate and drives her to the Gungellan GP.
Meanwhile, Moira begins to question her psychic gift. More often than not it seems to get her into trouble and both Terry and Stevie chide her about it. Deciding that interfering in other people's lives is more trouble than it's worth, she closes up her Mystic Miranda business at the truck stop. But when she starts having premonitions about Tess and Nick, she finds herself compelled to unravel their significance. Moira's gift and her fears are finally proven accurate when Tess receives a stunning phone call. The voice she hears on the other end of the phone rocks her to the core with just two words, "Hey, wifey."
Notes: Matt Passmore will return in 2007 as new regular character, Marcus Turner. The footage of Nick comes from episode 3.16.
Episode 6.07 (145)
Tess's excitement about Nick's return is tempered only by an underlying fear that it's all a dream. She finds it hard to believe that, just as she'd accepted he was never coming back, he will be here this very morning. Stevie promises the nightmare will soon be over—everything will be okay once Nick is here.
And when he arrives at the air strip it seems they are right, although Nick seems a little overwhelmed by the joyous welcome of family and friends. For them his return is nothing short of a miracle but for Nick it feels like there has been a strange time jump. Apart from some shadowy flashbacks of the man who mugged him at the airstrip he has no memory of what happened to him.
Meanwhile, Kate heads off into the city to have a melanoma removed without telling her Drovers family. But a courtesy call from the doctor's clinic soon has Jodi on the trail. After hitching a lift to the city she turns up in the waiting room to support her friend only to receive a frosty welcome. Kate accuses Jodi of over-reacting just before being whisked away by the doctor.
Episode 6.08 (146)
After a week back in Australia, Nick finds it hard to settle. Killarney has no need of him and so he sets his eyes on Wilgul once more, anxious to start up the cattle breeding program he never had the chance to realise in Argentina. He becomes obsessed with getting the property working again and when Tess discovers he's also been doing some work on the side for Carlos in Buenos Aires, she accuses him of wanting his old job back, in spite of what happened last time.
A journalist, Tom Braiden, arrives, claiming to do a story on Nick's return from the dead. Sick of the media attention, Nick fobs him off, but Tom immediately zeros in on Jodi—he is very interested to know whether or not she has a boyfriend, it seems there's a lot more to Tom than meets the eye. Is it just coincidence that his arrival takes place on the same day that Jodi gives Rob the photos she took of his father's grave?
Meanwhile, Phoenix is seemingly agitated as the brumbies return, ostensibly to take her back. Tess and Stevie move her to a safer paddock but another visit from the brumbies leads to the discovery that Phoenix is already pregnant, no doubt to the brumby stallion.
Episode 6.09 (147)
Driving flat out to escape from Tom, Rob and Jodi are forced to abandon their vehicle and flee into the scrub. As they scramble for safety, Tom shoots Rob, and only Jodi's courage, common sense and bush craft see them survive the daylight risk.
Meanwhile, Patrick has turned up at the boys' cottage with a surprise "present" for Dave. A dozen "liberated" goats! There's no way Harry will allow goats to roam Killarney so—despite Patrick's reservations—Dave approaches Drovers to see if they'll help out while he searches for a more permanent solution.
Elsewhere, Meg and Terry are re-discovering the pleasures—and perils—of mutual attraction. A tense dinner date ultimately leads to a night of renewed romance, and next morning Meg finally pops the question, receiving a yes.
Notes: Jonny Pasvolsky's final episode
Episode 6.10 (148)
Meg's job is not going so well. She's trying to write, but getting nowhere. She's trying to embrace Terry's old dream of a settled life in the house they are building, but Terry soon realises her heart isn't in it. They cast around for a dream they can share. Meg discovers a box of postcards belonging to Terry… tourist attractions Terry links to his travelling father. He had a plan to retrace his father's steps around the country. This is the dream they both adopt—they're going to hit the road and hopefully both find something that's been missing from their life.
Dave's brother Patrick loses his sight in an unfortunate farming accident and must rely on Kate for help.
Stevie and Fiona take on a dodgy horse dealer together, gaining a new-found respect for each other.
Notes: Luke Jacobz is added to the opening credits replacing the departed Jonny Pasvolsky. The last episode for John Jarratt as Terry.
Episode 6.11 (149)
The Drovers girls are shocked to find Regan rattling through the homestead, desperate to speak with Tess. When she finds out Tess now lives in Argentina, she is shattered. Jodi tries to find out what is going on but Regan clams up and is gone as suddenly as she came. Jodi runs into Regan at the truckstop and convinces her to spend the night at Drovers at which time Regan tells her that she was involved in a mining accident that killed two men. Jodi, with the consent of Kate and Stevie, invites her to stay at Drovers.
When Charlotte comes to visit it is clear there is at least one issue Fiona and Alex agree on: having children as soon as possible. But Fiona's hopes are horribly dashed when hospital tests following an accident reveal she will be unable to have children. Frightened that Alex might refuse to marry her if he knows the truth, Fiona makes the decision to keep this information to herself.
Frustrated by Jodi's lack inability to make decisions, Stevie forces Jodi to take her place and responsibility as a part owner of Drovers Run.
Dave, sensing that Patrick might return to his wandering ways, tries to sell him the adventure that can be found in the daily grind. Patrick takes heed of Dave's words and adopts an "untrainable" dog.
Episode 6.12 (150)
When Harry's stud ram is stolen, the Drovers women unmask an unlikely sheep rustler.
Alex and Fiona have sent out wedding invitations and are making plans. Fiona feels it's possible that Nick will be unable to get back to Australia in time to fulfil his duties as best man, and suggests to Alex that he should come up with a plan B. Alex is stumped for a contender, until he realises that Stevie fits every criterion other than the physical. The last thing Stevie wants is to be Alex's main man, while he marries Fiona, but for him, she agrees to do it.
Stevie's daughter Rose has decided that she wants work experience as a Jillaroo, but wants it to be at Killarney. Stevie is forced to ask Harry for a favour, and Harry's refusal cuts her to the quick.
Sandra is in for a shock when Harry serves her with divorce papers. However, formalising the end of his marriage to Sandra is far from the only thing on Harry's mind. The head of Killarney, who has many enemies, receives more death threats. And he's deeply unsettled by the prospect that someone wants to take his life.
Kate and Moira are not getting along brilliantly. Kate feels usurped in the kitchen, and Moira feels that she has no real place in the pecking order at Drovers. When Kate hears Moira on air, competing in the nightly radio quiz, a timely correct answer helps Moira to become carry-over champ. She invites Kate to be her brains trust then discovers how much they enjoy working together.
Note: Zoe Naylor is added to the opening credits
Episode 6.13 (151)
Jodi is driving back to Drovers Run when her mobile phone rings. For a split second, she takes her eyes off the road. She looks up again... but it's too late. She's unable to avoid a head-on collision with a ute. In a frantic, dazed state, an injured Jodi climbs out of her vehicle and is horrified to see that the other driver is slumped over. Rushing to him, Jodi can't believe her eyes when she realises the person behind the wheel is Alex's father, Harry—and he's dead!
Meanwhile, Japanese trade delegation visits Drovers to make a lucrative export deal with 'Gungellan Fresh'. Jodi returns, numb and shattered, and tries to play hostess, but the strain is too much. The girls hustle her away and she confides the awful truth—Harry Ryan is dead. Alex arrives at Drovers and it is up to Stevie to break the awful news.
Stevie helps a Japanese delegate's Australian wife reconcile with her husband and her new life in Tokyo.
Note: this episode aired at a later date in Qld and NSW
Episode 6.14 (152)
As he prepares for his father's funeral, Alex is finding it difficult to compose a eulogy. What can he say in remembrance of a man who had so few redeeming characteristics? A welcome distraction arrives in the form of a mysterious box containing a boxing medallion in the name of Karl Weatherdon. Alex becomes obsessed with the mystery of who Karl Weatherdon was and why Harry had secreted away his things. Solving this mystery also gives Alex an excuse to avoid dealing with the turf wars talking place on Killarney now that visiting Liz, Sandra and Fiona (the three Mrs Ryan's) are jockeying for status.
Stevie meanwhile is keeping her distance from Alex, harbouring a secret she eventually feels compelled to confess (after being counselled by Jodi); she had a big blow-up with Harry on the day he died, and fears that it might have prompted the heart attack that killed him.
Jodi also has to deal with the continuing friction between Kate and Regan, which is finally resolved when, in the course of solving the mystery of lead poisoning afflicting some livestock, Regan ends up saving Kate from Jodi's wrath, prompting Kate to develop a new respect for Regan.
Note: this episode aired at a later date in Qld and NSW
Episode 6.15 (153)
Jodi's father Kevin makes an unexpected return to Drovers Run wanting to get back into his daughter's life. Jodi is thrilled a the opportunity but not at having the task of telling him that she is not his daughter but Jack's. Kevin takes the news is stride and Jodi even offers to help fund his new business venture but Stevie is suspicious. When it comes out that Kevin knew all along about not being Jodi's father, she is devastated that he would use her for her inheritance money.
Fiona's mother Trudie arrives at Killarney, determined to see the wedding through, but her planning only serves to highlight the differences between Alex and Fiona.
With Alex helping the girls in a race against time to shear 500 sheep before morning in order to make an important Gungellan Fresh sale, Fiona becomes jealous of Stevie and desperate not to lose Alex, Fiona tells him she's pregnant.
Episode 6.16 (154)
It's the day before Alex's wedding to Fiona, and as if Stevie isn't feeling wretched enough, as bridesmaid, she's suddenly lumbered with looking after Fiona for the day. While mustering cattle, Fiona takes a spill from her horse. She seems unconcerned and the other women don't think anything of it. But when Alex hears about it, he's frantic, wondering if the baby's all right. Fiona's secret is out ... and for Stevie, the news that Fiona is carrying Alex's baby, is another dagger through her heart. Fiona's reactions arouse Stevie's suspicions and they are all but confirmed at the hens' night during a game of Truth or Dare… Fiona is not pregnant.
Stevie confronts Fiona and demands she tell Alex the truth. Fiona retaliates, accusing Stevie of wanting to break them up, simply so she can have Alex for herself. Stevie stands firm—either Fiona tells Alex the truth, or she will. Tearfully, Fiona agrees. The next morning, however, with the wedding ceremony looming, suddenly there's no sign of Fiona. When Stevie discovers Fiona's wedding dress is also missing, she knows Fiona has lied to her. Stevie makes a frantic dash upon horseback only to arrive just as Alex and Fiona, who have had quick private ceremony, are announced husband and wife.
All the wedding talk is making Kate wistful, and she can't help but wonder, when will it ever be her turn? She gazes lovingly at Fiona's dress and decides to try it on. Jodi catches her in the act, and Kate manages to stain the dress. Getting the stain out proves easy—it's the scorch marks from drying it that prove disastrous.
Dave is astounded to learn Regan thinks marriage is an unnatural proposal. But he's convinced, that just like every cynic he's ever met, Regan is really a romantic at heart. He's in a slight pickle of his own, however, given he's just discovered there will be dancing at Alex's wedding, and as best man, he's expected to join in. Regan agrees to teach him the basics, bringing them closer together.
Episode 6.17 (155)
Shooters have encroached on Drovers Run, leaving a trail of dead brumbies in their wake. A chance encounter with Riley, a handsome bushie encamped on the property, leads the girls to believe that he is the killer. Desperate to stop the cull of these beautiful animals, the girls are brought into direct and perilous conflict with this enigmatic stranger.
Taking advantage of Alex's absence, Sandra moves back into Killarney with plans to see through his vision. Her plans to sell off Alex's prized cattle alarms the girls on Drovers who realise they have to act if they're to prevent a complete takeover of Killarney.
Ever since their kiss at the wedding, Kate has been driven by doubts that she and Patrick can work as a couple. Kate fears she's boring and predictable and decides to make herself over, to find her inner daredevil.
Moira has a mountain of bills and a daughter who needs money for a school excursion. To make matters worse, Sandra is threatening to sell the truckstop. Regan is moved to offer Moira a loan to secure a potentially lucrative fuel-carting contract and the two agree to go into partnership, taking on a newly unemployed Patrick as their driver.
Episode 6.18 (156)
Stevie and Riley have gone into partnership to train the brumbies they saved from the national park. But when Jodi discovers Stevie has spent the money she'd earmarked for a new cattle crush, the pressure is on Stevie to find a buyer. Stevie finds one but she's agreed to have a horse broken and ready by five o'clock the next day. When Riley finds out about the deadline he's furious and refuses to have any part of it, revealing that he's a horse-gentler, not a horse-breaker, and objects to Stevie's hard-headed attitude to the brumbies they've rescued.
Regan's inability to ride a horse is proving to be a problem so when she sees a quad bike for sale at the truckstop, Regan thinks she's found the solution. But when she has an accident she realises she can't go on resisting. If she wants to stay on Drovers, she's going to have to learn how to ride.
Patrick has to pass a safety exam in order to keep his job hauling diesel for Moira, but he's constitutionally incapable of studying. Kate fears that if he fails he will lose his job and leave town so she makes it her mission to help Patrick pass the exam, and guarantee his future in the district and in her life.
Fiona has returned from her honeymoon, leaving Alex to spend a few extra weeks with Nick in Argentina, to discover Sandra installed at Killarney. Sandra threatens to reveal Fiona's fake pregnancy to Alex, but the timely discovery of a letter from Harry's solicitor gives Fiona ammunition of her own, leaving the two Mrs Ryans in an uneasy stalemate.
Episode 6.19 (157)
The Drovers girls are excited—Jodi has won a new beef contract with Worthingtons; and Drovers Run is about to host the first Gungellan Fresh Cross Country Challenge. The race is important to the entire district—good publicity for Gungellan Fresh, Drovers Run and even Stevie and Riley's brumby business.
Regan's horse-riding lessons have paid off—feeling confident in her ability, Regan is excited by the prospect of riding in the Drovers Cross Country team. Keen on proving her horse skills, Regan eagerly musters a mob of cattle for Jodi. However, Regan parks the mob in the wrong paddock. The cattle stray through a broken fence onto Killarney land, where Sandra is strangely pleased to find them.
The next day Regan and Jodi claim their cattle back from an agreeable Sandra. But as Dave inspects them before shipping, he finds several of the cattle have paratyphoid and Drovers lose the beef contract, which Killarney is 'lucky' enough to pick up.
Jodi, desperate to impress Tess in some way, decides they must do everything to win the challenge. Regan is dumped from the team, and Stevie installed in her place. This feeds into Regan's isolation, and Dave finds her checking job ads.
Moira's ex-husband, Hugh, turns up wanting her back. Having broken up with the woman he left Moira for, a transformed Hugh promises a better future. Moira initially declines but she can't deny that a reformed Hugh is an attractive proposition.
News arrives that Tess has had a baby daughter—Claire Ruth Ryan.
Episode 6.20 (158)
When evidence begins to mount against Stevie, Kate starts to believe that she could be guilty of Harry Ryan's murder and must decide if she should go to the police with her suspicions.
His partnership with Stevie is already reaping financial rewards, but horse-whisperer Riley is outraged when he suspects a local trainer of abusing his beloved animals. And with his short fuse, Riley may may do something he'll live to regret.
Kate and Patrick's night of passion is interrupted by Kate's preoccupation with the evidence against Stevie.
Episode 6.21 (159)
Kate, who went to the police with her suspicions about Stevie's involvement in Harry's death, struggles to deal with the consequences of her actions. Although Kate continues to insist that she did the right thing, she may soon have a change of heart—but one that may comes too late for Stevie.
Meanwhile, Jodi and Regan have never wavered in their support for Stevie, and clearly find it hard to be around Kate who contemplates accepting Patrick's offer and leaving Drovers.
Alex returns from Argentina to find much has changed since he left on his honeymoon; Sandra has moved back to Kilarney, Stevie is the prime suspect in his father's murder and there's this new Riley guy he's got to fire. His thoughts however are soon with is wife however when Fiona tells him she's lost the baby.
Episode 6.22 (160)
The women of Drovers Run are determined to discover who killed Harry Ryan, and when Leo returns to the district and locks horns with Stevie she becomes convinced that he is the killer. However, with Stevie already the prime suspect, the police are not interested in her suspicions. She decides to take matters into her own hands and get proof that can't be ignored. Kate and Stevie break into Leo's cottage, where they find a pistol and newspaper clippings on Harry Ryan, but not enough evidence to prove Leo is the killer.
Then Regan's flirty attempts to coerce a confession from Leo go horribly wrong. When he discovers he has been conned by both Regan and Stevie he reacts violently. Stevie then takes him hostage at gunpoint - but can she get him to confess to the murder?
Meanwhile at Killarney, Alex discovers that Fiona has lied about her pregnancy. When Alex confronts her, she admits to her deep-seated insecurity and reveals that Sandra has been blackmailing her. Alex kicks Sandra off the property, but will this be the end of her meddling ways?
Episode 6.23 (161)
Drovers has been offered a renewal on a lucrative cattle program. Careful not to tell Stevie, the other women debate whether or not to take it. If Stevie ends up in jail, an outcome they reluctantly have to acknowledge is possible, they'll need to hire a new farmhand to replace her. It's a debate that puts Kate and Jodi at loggerheads.
Fiona and Alex have vowed to try to make the marriage work. Keen to impress, Fiona pulls out all the stops, starting by organising a top QC for Stevie's defence. Stevie can hardly say no and Alex couldn't be more proud of Fiona's kindness, until he discovers that the QC isn't taking on the case for free — Fiona's father is paying him on mates rates. Alex is furious that Fiona has lied to him yet again.
Taking a short cut along the stock route, Moira is horrified when her petrol tanker has a dangerous fuel spill. Thankfully Riley isn't far away. But will Moira, who had earlier been quick to tell Riley she was anything but a damsel in distress, allow him to help her? The pair will have learnt quite a bit about each other by day's end.
Episode 6.24 (162)
Having received word that her trial date has been moved up, Stevie is kept busy during her last day at Drovers Run tying up loose ends.
Alex is at loggerheads with Riley when gates are mysteriously left open all over Killarney.
Fiona joins the CFS hoping to integrate herself into the community, and more importantly, save her marriage. Her first day on the job takes her and Jodi to Kinsella's where Sandra's possessions have been set ablaze—deliberately.
With a storm raging, the women of Drovers Run sit down for a farewell dinner but Sandra's arrival changes everything with Stevie pursuing her through the driving rain to the the cliff-top site of Harry's grave where the truth about his death is finally revealed.
Episode 6.25 (163)
Stevie's daughter, Rose, is coming to stay for a month, and it's the first time in two years since she has seen her. Stevie sees it as an opportunity to rebuild their relationship, but Rose sees it differently and makes it clear to Stevie that she is here to do work experience, and that there is no hope of any relationship developing between them. Also on Stevie's mind is the kiss she and Alex shared.
The whole thing is being run by Phil Rakich. This is his moment to shine as a descendant of the first mayor and founding father of Gungellan and nobody else is getting a look in. It seems to be an all male affair, until Jodi stands up for the rights of women in the town. Jodi decides to put things right by researching her own family history hoping the truth of women's involvement in the history of the town will emerge. Jodi finds out, through a hidden diary, that Henrietta McLeod, her great, great, great Grandmother, was also fighting her own battles with another Rakich, Joseph Rakich, a man twisted by love for Henri who, after Henrietta rejects him, tries to ruin her by stealing her sheep.
Kate is fighting to finish a song she has composed for the celebrations. The shy Bindy Martin is helping her out. Bindy seems mouse like, but when Kate's voice deserts her, Bindy steps up and sings the song.
Notes: look for soundtrack vocalist Rebecca Lavelle in the role of Bindy Martin, Kate's song writing partner (she's pretty unmistakable once she starts singing)
Episode 6.26 (164)
A chance roadside encounter with a seemingly reformed Leo sets Rose's heart a flutter. Rose decides to keep the ensuing romance a secret from her mother and arranges a series of clandestine meets with the much older Leo. Rose is clearly falling for him in a major way but does Leo really care about Rose? Or is he harbouring a far more sinister agenda?
An overnight muster brings Jodi and Riley into sparring range for an extended period leading to a series of pranks which result in Riley opening up and revealing a bit more of himself to Jodi.
Disappointed by an anticipated marriage proposal from Dave that does not materialise, Regan takes stock of her feelings and presents him with the idea that they should get married. When he assumes she's joking and laughs at the idea, Regan is devastated.
Episode 6.27 (165)
After Rose and Stevie enthusiastically prepare for dinner with Rose's "mystery man", the girls are horrified when they see who the date turns out to be. Urged by Regan to keep her cool or risk losing Rose, Stevie tries, but the tense dinner eventually erupts into chaos and Stevie kicks Leo out and forbids Rose from seeing him again. After a night's rest Rose seems to have accepted the truth but she makes an excuse to head off on her own and meets up with Leo. When Rose finds a newspaper clipping of her and her mother at the sesquicentenary, she becomes unnerved. Perhaps Stevie was telling the truth about Leo? Perhaps he is dangerous? Rose's worst fears are very quickly realised.
Kate wants to apply for Young Farmer of the Year Award, but is crushed when she discovers Jodi has entered ‹ Kate has never beaten Jodi at anything. Patrick tries to encourage Kate, but she won't listen and refuses to pursue her application. After Patrick tells Jodi about Kate's desire to enter, Jodi offers to pull out to allow Kate to win. Kate is infuriated and tells Jodi that they both have to enter and battle it out fair and square.
Fiona presses Alex to make a decision about Christmas with her family, and it's clear that he doesn't really want to go. He goes to see Stevie, wanting some resolution to their relationship but Stevie's head is with Rose and in no frame of mind to think about anything else.
Dave and Regan are awkward with each other, neither knowing what to do with their relationship, neither referring to Regan's proposal.
Episode 6.28 (166)
Jodi has introduced Boer goats onto Drovers and wants to associate them with Gungellan Fresh. Phil Rakich is instantly opposed to the idea and bad mouths the animals to Jodi. Riley overhears and gets his revenge by publicly humiliating Phil in front of the local MP. Rakich threatens to sue and Jodi is furious.
While in town learning the finer points of dress shopping with Rose before she leaves for home, Stevie bumps into Alex and Fiona, who have been visiting a fertility specialist. Stevie wonders about the implications of this on her possible future with Alex, but he reassures her he is going to end his marriage with Fiona, in the city over the weekend.
Dave and Regan make some decisions about their relationship, Dave decides to meet Regan halfway and suggests they move in together ‹ but is it really what they both want?
Episode 6.29 (167)
When Alex returns from the city with Fiona, Stevie fears he's changed his mind about leaving his wife. Alex promises he'll do the deed this afternoon and agrees to meet Stevie later. When Alex does his best to let Fiona down gently she will have none of his assurances that their marriage is over, regardless of his feelings for Stevie.
A argument between Patrick and Jodi has erupted over who knows Kate best. While Jodi has assumed it's her, Kate's not so convinced. Keen to resolve the matter once and for all, she decides there's only one thing to be done—set Patrick and Jodi a "Kate quiz". Not surprisingly, Patrick looks set for failure—until, unbeknown to him or Kate, Dave corrects his answers.
The Boer goats are refusing to drink from a trough in their paddock. The affliction causes Dave to visit Drovers several times, bringing him into awkward encounters with Regan post their break up. They eventually bury the hatchet when they realise, with Alex and Stevie as an example, they shouldn't let romance ruin a friendship.
Episode 6.30 (168)
In the midst of the storm, Jodi wakes from a devastating nightmare about fleeing from the hitman with Rob. Stevie wakes in the morning, alone and full of remorse while Alex wakes up alone in his ute, heartbroken after he thinks he has seen Stevie in the arms of another man.
Fiona is free to leave the hospital and the newly-separated couple endure a tense return to Killarney when Fiona packs her bags.
Riley and Jodi find a brumby that escaped during the storm, but it is injured and Riley has no choice but to put it down. The incident uncovers more traumatic memories about Rob for Jodi.
Kate is shortlisted for the Young Farmer's Award but struggles to choose a topic for her speech. Dave gives ideas to Patrick who passes them on to Kate who is very impressed with Patrick's efforts and declares him her perfect man.
Stevie confronts Alex after learning he missed their rendezvous only due to circumstance but is brutally rejected by Alex after she lies about her whereabouts the previous night. Having broken up with both the women in his life, Alex loses all faith in the existence of love, believing he is completely alone. After her own traumatic day, however, Stevie returns to the undying friendship and support of the girls.
Episode 6.31 (169)
Dave gets offered a research job in Africa for two years and although he's tempted, he convinces himself, and everyone else, that he's not interested.
Kate wins the Young Farmers Award, but risks losing the man she loves when Patrick discovers he doesn't know Kate as well as he though—and certainly not as well as his brother Dave.
Alex gets offered a deal on some sheep by Phil Rakich, which he can only avail himself of if he turfs out some cattle he's been agisting cheap for Drovers. Furious, Stevie is now determined that if Alex wants a war, that's what he's going to get.
When Moira, newly divorced, finds herself being admired by less-than-likeable town local Phil Rakich, she realises that maybe he's not quite as bad as she thought.
Jodi and Riley flirt, circling each other, becoming closer.
Episode 6.32 (170)
Kate is rattled. Dave's imminent move to Africa has awoken old feelings and whenever she sees him now she lapses into daydreams of Dave declaring his love for her. Jodi challenges Kate to tell Dave she still loves him but Kate won't do it. She doesn't want to interfere with his plans and she is also scared of having her heart broken once again.
Over at Killarney, Fiona turns up claiming half the furniture and sets the tone of the conflict by chainsawing the dining room table in half. Alex reluctantly phones his biological father Bryce for help whose advice is to settle or Fiona will make Alex's life an expensive misery. Bryce offers to put up the money through an investment in Killarney.
Riley wants to join the CFS, but Jodi takes this as a clumsy ploy to get near her and just as things between the two appear to be warming up, a familiar face returns to town.
A vengeful stalker threatens to destroy Drovers Run. After Regan discovers her trying to torch her room, the truth comes out; Tayler is the daughter of a mine disaster victim and wants revenge on Regan. Regan's heart crumbles—she will take this girl under her wing and see if they can find some healing together.
Note: Gillian Alexy returns in 2007 along with newcomers Abi Tucker and Matt Passmore. Brett Tucker's final episode as vet Dave Brewer.
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