McLeod's Daughters: episode guide
Episode 7.01 (171)
It's shearing time at Drovers Run, the weather is perfect and the girls are keen to get their first day started. However, Jodi's day is thrown into chaos when Matt suddenly returns. Finally free of his assumed identity, he has travelled back with plans to rekindle his relationship with Jodi. Yet their reunion is complicated by her feelings for Riley and the two men are soon in competition for Jodi's attention.
Regan has her hands full with young tear-away Tayler as she tries to cover for her mistakes and provocations. To make things worse Tayler then steals the shearing money and takes off with Stevie's ute. When Alex stops Tayler from leaving town, Regan decides to offer her forgiveness to Tayler and welcomes her into the Drovers circle.
A moment of thoughtless rivalry between Riley and Matt causes a serious accident, leaving them both trapped in danger of being electrocuted as a fire threatens to burn down the shearing shed.
Notes: Gillian Alexy and Dustin Clare are added to the opening credits replacing the departed Brett Tucker. Ironically, the title "Second Chances" was previously used with episode 6.15
All the Wrong Places
Episode 7.02 (172)
Kate's romantic exit has stirred up some confusing emotions for Jodi who becomes obsessed with building a new dam on Drovers, with near tragic results.
Meanwhile, Stevie is swept off her feet by a handsome stranger, Alex fears he could be losing control over Killarney, and Tayler, who is trying to prove herself to the Drovers' girls, volunteers to do a simple branding job
Digging Up the Past
Episode 7.03 (173)
Jodi unearths the bizarre 140-year-old mystery of Emma McLeod. Jodi is spooked by a mysterious vision and develops an angry rash on her wrists and ankles.
Believing Regan should be returning from her mother's, Tayler is worried when Regan doesn't arrive and begins to question her future on Drovers Run. When she and Patrick find an injured possum inside the house, Tayler insists on caring for it.
When a sale falls through, Matt, who's started working for Jim Selkirk, arranges for him to buy them but goes too far in trying to impress Jodi.
Note: Emma McLeod was seen as a child in last year's episode Old Wrongs
Thicker Than Water
Episode 7.04 (174)
Alex and Marcus come to blows over the future of Killarney, and Marcus reveals a secret that will change their lives forever.
Meanwhile, Jodi is determined to help Riley make peace with his estranged father Bill when he visits Drovers Run.
Tayler is thrilled that the baby possum has flourished in her care and decides to become a Fauna Rescue volunteer and finally earns Stevie's respect.
Episode 7.05 (175)
Jodi questions her sanity when she is haunted by visions of her ancestor Emma McLeod and a murdered convict.
Alex, angry that Marcus lied to him for so long, is doing his best to not deal with the fact that he and Marcus are brothers.
Meanwhile, Patrick accidentally destroys a historic trophy belonging to Drovers Run, and Tayler is injured while secretly training one of Stevie's brumbies
Episode 7.06 (176)
Riley and Matt both declare their love for Jodi, but who will she choose?
Stevie risks losing Alex when she helps Marcus with a secret cattle deal.
Jodi has an overnight vigil in the national park with Matt, when her horse Tucker is bitten by a tiger snake.
Tayler gets the wrong message from Riley.
Of Hearts and Hunters
Episode 7.07 (177)
For Jodi and Matt, love is blossoming, and the Drovers' world as a whole is looking remarkably sunny. Jodi suggests Matt move in permanently, and we find Matt making plans to ask Jodi to marry. But Jodi faces a gut-wrenching decision when Matt is forced back into witness protection — will she choose love over Drovers Run?
It's sibling rivalry gone mad when Marcus and Alex compete to woo Stevie.
Kate returns to Drovers Run for a funeral — but whose funeral is it?
Climb Every Mountain
Episode 7.08 (178)
Kate has a hard time coming to grips with the fact her best friend is truly gone and decides to investigate the case herself. When she tries to get Meg to join her cause, Kate is rebuffed. Meg wants to leave the investigation to the police. Kate is increasingly distressed by everybody's attitudes to Jodi's death, they all seem to be moving on.
Meanwhile Stevie has taken over a meeting that Jodi organised with Natural Resource Management, to tackle a weed problem on Killarney and Drovers. Though schmoozing suits is not Stevie's strong point, she is determined not to let Jodi down.
Facing sudden competition from Marcus, Alex takes drastic action to prove how much he loves Stevie.
Notes: Frank Sweet, who plays the mechanic in Fisher, is the son of actor Gary Sweet. Ian Bliss reprises his role of Det Christopher Montello, seen previously in episode 5.12
Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves
Episode 7.09 (179)
Regan tries to reconcile with her wild-at-heart sister, Grace, after Grace inherits part-ownership of Drovers Run from Jodi.
New couple Alex and Stevie can't keep their hands off each other, but Stevie convinces Alex that she wants to keep their relationship a secret for a bit longer but they quickly prove themselves to be utterly hopeless at staying low-key.
In charge of looking after Drovers, Kate throws herself back into work with a vengeance, it's obvious she's missed the farm while she's been away. Her zealousness, however, manages to get Marcus off-side.
Meanwhile, Riley is seduced by a sexy cowgirl, with disastrous results.
Notes: Matthew Passmore is promoted into the opening credits. Abi Tucker is introduced as Grace Kingston, Regan's younger sister. Their sister Jasmine appeared in episodes 4.29 and 4.30. Abi Tucker, Doris Younane (Moria), Inge Hornstra (Sandra) and Luke Jacobz (Patrick) all starred at some point in the 90s ABC drama Heartbreak High. Also in that series were John Walton and Kym Wilson, the original Terry and Tess in the 1996 McLeod's Daughters telemovie.
The Rules of Engagement
Episode 7.10 (180)
Alex's plan to propose to Stevie goes horribly wrong when a series of accidents and disasters threatens to ruin their relationship. Meanwhile, Kate and Riley are caught in a game of theft and deception over stray cattle as Moira finds herself on a date with Phil Rakich. Tayler has a crush on Riley, with humiliating results.
Note: Peter Rodgers appears in his third different guest role (episodes 2.18 and 5.09 previously)
Episode 7.11 (181)
When Grace makes an unexpected return to Drovers Run, Regan tries her best to convince her sister to make her stay permanent.
When sheep rustlers steal Drovers' breeding stock, Grace and Stevie takes the law into their own hands
Kate becomes obsessed with organising Stevie and Alex's wedding, as a way of mending her own broken heart but when Stevie bluntly reminds her whose wedding she's planning, Kate has a meltdown before making the decision to return to Africa.
Moira becomes more enamoured of Phil but the path of true love does not run smooth, as Moira is too embarrassed to let anyone know they are dating.
Alex asks Marcus to be his best man after Nick can't make it to the wedding. Marcus, however, is offended feeling that he's a poor second choice.
Note: Abi Tucker is added to the opening credits.
Warts and All
Episode 7.12 (182)
Stevie is not enjoying becoming the new Mrs Alex Ryan. It is clear there are responsibilities that her new position brings, a feeling that is reinforced both by Bryce and Beth Martin, who insists on bringing Stevie on a committee as Killarney's newest representative.
Bryce has arrived for the engagement party, bearing with him a pre-nup for the happy couple. Aware that Alex won't be keen on the idea, Bryce tries to enlist Marcus to help. Marcus refuses to help Bryce, and concentrates instead on buying his dream racehorse, Trailblazer. Bryce offers to put up some cash, in exchange for Marcus doing his bidding with the pre-nup.
Phil surprises Moira with the news he has secretly bought the truckstop. Now they can work together as well as carry on their relationship. What could be better?
Grace buys a billy goat for the herd, choosing a different animal to the one that Stevie suggested despite Tayler's urging.
Conflict of Interests
Episode 7.13 (183)
The girls fight to stop Drovers Run becoming the site of a toxic waste dump, but loyalties are tested when Grace forces Regan to choose between her family and her rekindled relationship with her married lover who is in charge of site testing
Meanwhile, Alex takes drastic action to lodge his marriage licence application in time.
Phil's cost-cutting at the truck stop backfires when he fires Patrick so he can re-hire him on a new workplace agreement.
Notes: Rodney Van Der Wall also appeared as Sanjay Varma in episode 3.18 while Zeljka Klindzic was previously in episode 1.04 as "Miss Jennings"
Flesh and Stone
Episode 7.14 (184)
Grace kidnaps a government official to prevent the toxic dump going ahead. Regan fights to save Drovers Run, as her relationships with Grace and Lyle reach crisis point. Phil thinks Riley is having an affair with Moira, and is determined to fight for his girl. Tayler and Patrick use guerrilla tactics to stop the toxic dump going ahead.
Note: Zoe Naylor's final episode
All's Fair in Love and War
Episode 7.15 (185)
Old wounds are opened when Stevie's daughter Rose arrives at Drovers Run accompanied by a stranger Stevie hasn't seen for seventeen years her mother, Helen. Rose hoped to act as peace-broker in the war between Stevie and her mother but all the ghosts of the past are unleashed as years of bitterness pour out.
Kate has returned from Africa following the demise of her relationship with Dave. Clearly battle-scarred, Kate proceeds to throw herself into a frenzy of tactical planning for the laser skirmish game organised as the combined Hen and Bucks night for Stevie and Alex. She also tussles with Grace over how to solve a spate of mysterious injuries amongst the goat population.
Episode 7.16 (186)
It's Alex and Stevie's wedding day, but after being arrested for cattle theft, will Alex get out of jail in time for the service?
Alex and Marcus' sister Ashleigh arrives for the wedding and seizes an opportunity to take control of Killarney.?
Rose gives Stevie a pre-wedding makeover — with disastrous results.?
Grace and Kate's diffening approaches to organising threaten to wreck Stevie's big day.
Note: Aaron Jeffery's final episode as a starring cast member.
Grace under Fire
Episode 7.17 (187)
Grace is convinced she has cursed Drovers Run when a series of bizarre plagues hit the farm.
Meanwhile, it's pride versus prejudice when Grace locks horns with the rich new neighbour of Kinsella's, Heath Barrett.
With Alex away on his honeymoon, Ashleigh undermines Marcus' authority on Killarney.
Ashleigh seduces Patrick, and Tayler is surprised to find herself feeling jealous.
Also, Moira's love is tested when Phil profiteers from high petrol prices.
Notes: Doris Younane is finally promoted into the opening credits replacing the departed Zoe Naylor and Aaron Jeffery. Sandy Winton appeared previously in episode 2.13, "Steer Trek", as Daniel Lewis
Episode 7.18 (188)
Grace is determined to resist Heath's charms — but for how long? Patrick suffers a life-threatening reaction when bitten by a lizard. Grace questions her future on Drovers Run when her best friend dies suddenly. Heath and Marcus clash over a livestock dispute. Moira moonlights as a mechanic, setting herself up in competition with Phil's truck stop.
Episode 7.19 (189)
Grace and Kate are taken hostage by a bankrupt farmer.
Meanwhile, Moira has a premonition that someone will be shot by the gunman — but who will it be?
Also, when the bank refuses credit to Drovers Run, Grace accepts a secret loan from Ashleigh. But has she made a deal with the devil?
Leaving the Nest
Episode 7.20 (190)
Stevie returns from her honeymoon hoping to spend the summer with her daughter Rose before she starts university. Rose however has plans of her own which involve taking a year off to travel overseas with her friend — her male friend.
Grace takes desperate measures to repay her secret loan to Ashleigh.
Riley trains up a new horse for Grace, but will any horse be as good as Baggins?
Rose suffers a tragic farm accident, which will change the lives of everyone on Drovers Run.
Note: Grace names her new horse Crackers (not Marmalade as the error-filled summary at the Nine Network's site reads)
A Spark from Heaven
Episode 7.21 (191)
A guardian angel visits Drovers Run to make the girls' dreams come true. Rose returns from hospital in a wheelchair and is involved in a freak car crash. But was it really an accident? Moira convinces the girls to do a naked rain dance, with unexpected results. Tayler discovers the shocking truth about Rose, but will she tell Stevie? Sceptic Phil meets gains a new respect for Moira's psychic gifts.
The Courage Within
Episode 7.22 (192)
While the girls investigate a mysterious explosion at the fuel dump, wheelchair-bound Rose is trapped in the homestead during a brazen robbery attempt.
Elsewhere, Ashleigh blackmails Grace into lying to the police, and Marcus and Heath clash over Grace's controversial drought-proofing scheme.
Note: Zen Ledden (Arnie, the blonde thief) appeared previously in episode 1.14 as "Sheep Duffer #2"
Divided We Stand
Episode 7.23 (193)
Stevie's loyalty to Driver's Run and Grace's controversial drought-proofing scheme is tested when she leaves Drovers and moves into Killarney.
Kate falls for Mitch, an ex-army mate of Riley's who arrives with a dark secret.
Riley makes a dangerous enemy when he rejects Ashleigh's advances.
Tayler uncovers a secret about Ashleigh. Will she tell Patrick, knowing it will break his heart?
On The Prowl
Episode 7.24 (194)
The women of Drovers team up with the men from Killarney to hunt the dangerous beast that is killing Drovers stock — is it a wild dog, or something more exotic as Kate suspects?
Riley discovers his best mate Mitch is trading in stolen army weapons, and while Riley's unwilling to turn him in to the police, Ashleigh has no such qualms.
Tayler and Patrick are determined to get what Phil owes them but instead make a puzzling discovery.
Blinded by love, Kate helps her new beau Mitch hide from the police.
Fanning the Flames
Episode 7.25 (195)
Blinded by love, Kate decides to go on the run with her outlaw boyfriend Mitch. Meanwhile, Drovers Run and other local farms are the victims of a professional arsonist. Stevie and Grace investigate the arson attacks and uncover a conspiracy to bankrupt local farmers. Could Phil Rakich be responsible? Elsewhere, Moira has trouble shaking off a love-struck new admirer.
My Enemy My Friend
Episode 7.26 (196)
Grace faces an uphill battle to save Ashleigh's life after they are left stranded in the bush after being involved in a serious car accident on an isolated road. Meanwhile, an expensive stud bull is poisoned on Drovers Run, and the girls are convinced someone is trying to bankrupt them. But who? Also, Heath and Marcus compete over who can find and rescue Grace first.
Knight in Shining Armour
Episode 7.27 (197)
During preparations for a Medieval Fair organised drought relief, Grace is shocked when Heath proposes marriage. Will she accept?
With Ashleigh having called in her loan and Drovers under threat, the girls decide to hold an auction to raise the necessary cash, selling off everything they can spare.
Meanwhile, Tayler takes a job at the pub and does her best to make Patrick see the truth about Ashleigh.
The Short Cut
Episode 7.28 (198)
Grace takes drastic action to capture a cattle thief, and the girls uncover Ashleigh's plan to bankrupt Drovers Run. But can they stop her before it's too late? Meanwhile, Grace questions her future with Heath after losing her engagement ring, and Marcus and Ashleigh vie for control over Killarney.
Note: Rosie Denny appeared previously as Emma Brown in episodes 1.11, 1.22, 2.06, 2.13, 2.21, and 3.06
Seeing is Believing
Episode 7.29 (199)
Kate is convinced she has killed Ashleigh in a hit-and-run accident. But where is the body? It's Halloween and the horror stories the girls tell over dinner start to come true. Also, Tayler meets her long-lost mother under bizarre circumstances.
Episode 7.30 (200)
The arrival of a mysterious stranger forces Grace to reconsider her future with Heath who wants to move them to Queensland to take over a horse stud and setting up camp drafting school.
Patrick organises a surprise party for Tayler's 18th birthday.
Meanwhile, the sexy new female vet teaches Marcus a lesson.
Notes: Josef Ber played Hugh McLeod previously in episode 4.29 (from which the flashback scene is taken). Rachael Coopes' first appearance
Episode 7.31 (201)
Marcus suspects Heath is cheating on Grace. Or is jealousy clouding his judgement? Grace starts to question Heath's love for her, until Heath surprises her with an amazing gift. Meanwhile, Kate makes a bold decision to impress Stevie and get promoted to Overseer, and Ingrid proves indispensable to Marcus, as a vet and a friend.
Episode 7.32 (202)
It's Christmas Eve, and Alex makes a surprise return from Argentina to visit Stevie. Meanwhile, Grace finds proof of Heath's infidelity, and Kate and Riley finally admit their attraction to each other when they kiss under the mistletoe. Christmas Day ends tragically when Grace, Riley, Tayler and Patrick are involved in a shocking car accident at the flooded river. Who will survive?
???: So Alex and Stevie let a woman who is nine months pregnant sleep in a cold shed?
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