Jackson's Wharf: episode guide

Series 1 | Series 2

Jackson's Return

Episode 1.1 & 1.2
Written by Niki Caro
Directed by Laurence Wilson, Murray Keane

Ben Jackson, the small town guy made good, arrives back in Jackson’s Wharf with his family in tow following the death of his father. His brother Frank, the local cop, seems resentful of his return home, while Frank’s wife Mahina has reasons of her own for not wanting Ben back in town.

With: Heather Lindsay as Betty Jackson, Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Janine Burchett as Jacqui Corrigan, Taungaroa Emile as Victor Rewiti, Mertyl Purenara as Autie Kiri, Ross Buckingham as Crow

First Meetings Back in Jackson's Wharf

Episode 1.3

Ben settles into running the pub, but is escaping the city as easy as he thought?; Lucy is rescued by local bad boy Zane; Larissa organises a 21st bash but Natalie wants to party alone with Jesse.

First Meetings Back in Jackson's Wharf

Episode 1.4

Natalie tries to make a move on Jesse with disastrous results; Calvin has a serious crush on Larissa, but she has worries of her own; Frank pretends he has no problem with Ben—deciding that revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

The New Couple

Episode 1.5

A new couple come to Jackson’s Wharf wanting to make a fresh start. Mahina and Ben try to help, but Frank has different views; Kath puts Ronnie, the football coach, out to pasture; and Jesse finds his first day at school more appealing than he had predicted.

With: Joel Tobeck as Greg Smith, Annmarie Dennis as Tanya Warren

The New Couple

Episode 1.6

Ben spurs the rugby team on while Ronnie drowns his sorrows; Ben gives newcomer Greg a chance, but Frank pushes the matter; Jesse finds his new teacher Serena has more to teach after school.

With: Joel Tobeck as Greg Smith, Annmarie Dennis as Tanya Warren

Truths

Episode 1.7

Mahina and Ben discover the truth about Greg and Tanya; Jesse tries to get back in his teacher’s good books; Aroha and Charlie’s trick on Natalie’s backfires with tragic consequences.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Kim Michalis as Serena Bennett, Joel Tobeck as Greg Smith, Annmarie Dennis as Tanya Warren

Big Decisions

Episode 1.8
Written by David Geary
Directed by Laurence Wilson, Murray Keane

Lucy invites Serena to dinner, and Jesse is stunned by his teacher’s proposition; a small death leads Maggie to a big decision; Frank pushes Greg over the edge.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Kim Michalis as Serena Bennett, Joel Tobeck as Greg Smith, Annmarie Dennis as Tanya Warren

A Dog Hunt

Episode 1.9
Written by Niki Caro
Directed by Murray Keane

A dog hunt leads to a strange discovery—the Naked Guy arrives in Jackson’s Wharf; Charlie makes a new friend; Jesse and Serena break all the rules.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Kim Michalis as Serena Bennett, Jodi Dorday as Dr Elspeth Scott, Teresa Woodham as Diane Trotter, Clint Sharplin as Jordan Trotter

The Naked Guy

Episode 1.10
Written by Niki Caro
Directed by Murray Keane

The Naked Guy’s secret is revealed; Ben proves that romance is not dead; Jesse finds a good reason to walk the dog.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Kim Michalis as Serena Bennett, Jodi Dorday as Dr Elspeth Scott, Teresa Woodham as Diane Trotter, Clint Sharplin as Jordan Trotter, Tania Simon as Pip

Big Breaks, Mood Swings, Fatherhood, and Dangerous Sides

Episode 1.11

Ben gives Zane his big break; Lucy worries about Jesse’s strange mood swings; Zane uses Larissa and she turns to Calvin in despair.

Big Breaks, Mood Swings, Fatherhood, and Dangerous Sides

Episode 1.12

Calvin prepares for fatherhood; Mahina worries about Jesse and Serena’s extra-curricular activities; Zane sees the dangerous side of Calvin.

Accusations, Illicit Love, and High Hopes

Episode 1.13
Written by Steven Zanoski, Gavin Strawhan, Liddy Holloway
Directed by John Laing

Brian accuses a neighbour of trying to ruin him, but Mahina refuses to take sides; Lucy plays nurse to Zane; the pressure of illicit love weighs heavy on Jesse and Serena.

Accusations, Illicit Love, and High Hopes

Episode 1.14

Ben and Frank worry about Larissa’s relationship with their father; how will Calvin react to Larissa’s revelation?; a happy reunion for Maggie; Mahina has high hopes for the fish factory.

Episode 1.15

Written by Ellen Driver
Directed by John Callan

Frank’s attempts to come between Calvin and Larissa backfires; Ben worries about Lucy and Zane relationship; Natalie’s party goes horribly wrong.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Kim Michalis as Serena Bennett, Tammy Davis as Worm, Barnie Duncan as Mullet, Madeline Lynch as Karen Price, Frank Tresevant as Christian Pierce, Dug Hastings as George Stanley, Paul Paice as Bob

Episode 1.16

Written by Ellen Driver
Directed by John Callan

Frank investigates a mysterious death, but does Calvin know more than he’s letting on?; Natalie tries to cover her tracks while Ben gives her a very clear warning.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Tammy Davis as Worm, Barnie Duncan as Mullet, Madeline Lynch as Karen Price, Frank Tresevant as Christian Pierce, Dug Hastings as George Stanley, Paul Paice as Bob

Episode 1.17

Written by Nick Malmolt
Directed by Laurence Wilson

Calvin and Larissa have hopes to purchase Maggie's house but are short on money. Ronnie makes Larissa an offer that, when revealed, unleashes a wave of secrets from the past. Maggie is forced to make wedding plans. Calvin learns the truth about Larissa's past.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Rachelle Davis as Abby Chambers, Geoff Snell as Eric Martin, Fa'api'o Sagaga as Mrs Enari

Confontation

Episode 1.18
Written by Nick Malmolt
Directed by Laurence Wilson

Calvin is gutted to hear about Larissa’s relationship with his father; Ben and Frank force Ronnie to reveal his secret; the arrival of Maggie’s old friend throws the future of Jackson’s Wharf into doubt.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Rachelle Davis as Abby Chambers, Geoff Snell as Eric Martin, Fa'api'o Sagaga as Mrs Enari

Wedding Nerves

Episode 1.19

Calvin confronts Zane about Larissa’s pregnancy; Chantelle asks Jesse if she can spend the night; Maggie has more than just wedding nerves.

A Secret Past

Episode 1.20

Brian learns of Maggie and Abby’s secret past; Frank endeavors to get Maggie to the church on time; Chantelle makes Jesse a dangerous offer.

Investigation

Episode 1.21

Mason investigates cash cropping in Jackson’s Wharf; Lucy defends Zane but is he as innocent as he claims?; Ben agrees to Kath’s matchmaking attempts.

Frightening

Episode 1.22

Mahina is horrified to learn of Ben’s date, but not as horrified as Jesse; a frightening incident brings Ben and Mahina closer together; Frank accuses Zane of an armed robbery, but Lucy is his willing alibi.

Episode 1.23

Maggie tries to mend bridges with Brian, but he’s got bigger things to prove; Calvin and Larissa take a big gamble with her inheritance; Mason is sexually harassed on the job.

Episode 1.24

Ben learns the truth about Kim and her horse; Ben’s liaison with Serena is interrupted by a stoned Jesse; will Mason succumb to Natalie’s plans for the Blue Light Disco

Episode 1.25

Mahina and Ben fight to save the town from financial ruin; Frank worries about escalating violence in the town; Ben learns the truth about Jesse and Serena.

Episode 1.26

Abandoned by Ben, Mahina struggles to save the fish factory from closure; Frank plays chicken with Mahina’s nephew with tragic results.

Episode 1.27

Written by Paul Sonne
Directed by John Laing

Ben asks Shane to put the rugby team through a new workout regime. Tension builts between Frank and Mason.

Episode 1.28

Mason’s safety rests in Frank’s hands as the rugby team steps up its training; Natalie’s elation over her Mum’s visit soon turns to devastation; the rugby boys learn a new dance; and Jesse takes a shine to gay Shayne.

Episode 1.29

Written by Peter Allison
Directed by Niko Caro

Mahina suspects Frank is having an affair with his ex; Jesse and Shayne are on the receiving end of homophobic jibes; Natalie is serious about moving to Sydney with her mum; Ronnie signs up for Kath's matchmaking service.

Episode 1.30

Written by David Geary
Directed by Niko Caro

Mason knows the truth about Frank’s affair and struggles to keep it a secret; Shayne refuses to identify his attacker; Ronnie gives Kath’s new dating agency a go; and Jesse makes a shock discovery.

Episode 1.31

Written by Miranda Wilson
Directed by Niko Caro

Lucy gets herself into a dodgy situation with a sleaze while a long way from home; Ben tells Mahina about Frank’s affair; and Ronnie is inundated by women wanting a date.

Episode 1.32

Written by Deborah Wilton
Directed by Niko Caro

Mahina is devastated when she learns the truth about Frank’s affair; Lucy and Chantelle make a narrow escape from the creepy Craig; and Ronnie thinks he is in with a grin with Prue.

Episode 1.33

Written by Liddy Holloway
Directed by Murray Keane

Larissa is shattered by her scan results; Mahina feels humiliated by Frank’s affair; and Charlie and Aroha wonder if Frank’s ever coming home.

Episode 1.34

Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

Calvin can’t cope with Larissa’s plan for terminating her pregnancy and lashes out; drunk Frank tries to reconcile with Mahina; and Aroha has high hopes for the Hoki Queen contest.

With: Calvin Tuteao as Dany Cooper

Episode 1.35

Written by Maxine Fleming
Directed by Murray Keane

Aroha’s real dad Danny returns to Jackson’s Wharf after being released from prison; Lucy is cool with Zane who admits he has been comforting Larissa; and Ronnie’s fitness test has shocking results.

With: Calvin Tuteao as Danny Cooper

Episode 1.36

Written by Rachel Lang
Directed by Murray Keane

Frank and Aroha’s dad Danny come to blows; Zane comforts Larissa in her time of need; Ben takes Mahina on a date; and Ronnie’s new exercise regime leads to a nasty injury.

Episode 1.37

Written by Rachel Lang
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorn

Calvin can’t cope with the break-up from Larissa and takes solace in the bottle; Danny and Frank fight for Aroha’s affections; and Mason revisits the evidence of Danny’s murder trial.

Episode 1.37

Written by David Geary
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorn

Ben and Frank both open their hearts to Mahina; Frank gets off an official police complaint, much to Mason’s disgust; and Danny convinces Aroha to got for one last drive before his goes away—with terrifying consequences.

Episode 1.39

APTN: Dec 31, 2003 / June 30, 2004

Frank finds a drunk and depressed Calvin crashed in a ditch; Mahina gives her marriage another chance, much to Ben’s dismay; and Chantelle has an ulterior motive for hanging around Lucy.

Episode 1.40

Ronnie is furious when he catches Calvin using his new boat to poach business, but lack of customers drives Calvin to drink with disastrous results; Chantelle takes the law into her own hands; and Ronnie has a proposition for Prue.

Episode 1.41

Prue accepts Ronnie’s marriage proposal, but Kath is dubious about Prue’s motives; when Charlie gets a cold, Ben sees his chance to catch up with the lovely Dr Elspeth Scott; Shayne has a proposition for Brian; and Lucy wants to spend her holidays with Zane, but he’s more interested in smoking dope and lying around.

Episode 1.42

Policing a dance party stretches Frank and Mason—especially when it is discovered that potentially lethal drugs have been stolen from the vet’s surgery; Natalie is back in town and is rapt to see Chantelle, but her friend doesn’t seem to be her normal self; and a pre-nuptial agreement settles Ronnie and Prue’s wedding blues…or does it?

Episode 1.43

Written by Jan Prettejohns
Directed by Niko Caro

Chantelle is missing and a search party gets underway. Frank fears the worst when Calvin confesses they took drugs at the dance party; Ben thinks his relationship with Elspeth is still under wraps, but his children have already guessed; and a recuperating Brian is under siege from Ronnie and Kath.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Jodi Dorday as Dr Elspeth Scott, Gilda Proietti as Sally Judd, Alistair Browning as Craig Royal

Episode 1.44

Written by James Griffin
Directed by Niko Caro

Zane is questioned in connection with Chantelle’s disappearance; Zane confront Lucy about talking to the cops; Ben and Charlie have a man to man discussion about Ben’s new girlfriend Elspeth; and Calvin panics when he discovers blood in the backseat of his car.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Jodi Dorday as Dr Elspeth Scott, Bruce Burfiled as Malcolm Judd, Gilda Proietti as Sally Judd, Tammy Davis as Worm, Barnie Duncan as Mullett, Crawford Thomson as Alan Schuster, Peter McCann as Truck Driver

Episode 1.45

Written by David Geary
Directed by Murray Keane

Frank finds leads on a missing Chantelle, but does Calvin know more than he is letting on; Elspeth spends the night with Ben, but is horrified by a discovery at the end of the bed in the morning; and Mahina is outraged by redundancies at the fish factory.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Jodi Dorday as Dr Elspeth Scott, Gilda Proietti as Sally Judd, Bruce Burfiled as Malcolm Judd, Hemi Rudolph as Ricky Rewiti, Anita Marshall as Shirley Cobb

Episode 1.46

Calvin makes a shocking confession about the night Chantelle went missing; Ben senses tension between Lucy and Elspeth; and a strike looms at the fish factory.

Episode 1.47

Written by Niki Caro
Directed by Murray Keane

Detective Senior Sergeant Christine Walsh from CIB takes control of the Chantelle Judd investigation and quickly finds holes in Frank’s inquiries; Natalie is distressed by her friends’ morbid fascination in the case; and Calvin comes clean to the cops about his last night with Chantelle.

With: Geoffrey Knight as Terry Bridges, Alison Bruce as Det Sgt Christine Walsh, Gilda Proietti as Sally Judd, Grant Triplow as Cop 1, Darren White as Cop 2, Julia Sproull as Kerry, Joanna Morrison as Tracey

Episode 1.48

Frank tries to protect Calvin by putting the murder investigation back on Zane; Lucy tells Frank about Chantelle trashing Craig Royal’s cabin, prompting a full-scale search of his property; and Natalie finds solace in Mason’s faith.

Episode 1.49

The pressure of the murder inquiry proves too much for Calvin; Prue has psychic feelings about Chantelle’s disappearance; Zane and Calvin come to blows over Larissa; Mahina has concerns about Natalie’s conversion to Christianity; and Ronnie is stunned when he finally meets Prue’s girls.

Episode 1.50

Frank is shocked to learn of Calvin’s murder confession; Ronnie takes the law into his own hands and spies on Chantelle’s dad; Mahina accuses Mason of taking advantage of Natalie at a vulnerable time; and Larissa and Calvin declare their love.

Episode 1.51

Natalie’s Christian conversion leads to new clues about Chantelle’s disappearance; Calvin struggles to cope with life behind bars; and Frank tries to come between Natalie and Mason

Episode 1.52

Canada: March 31, 2004 (APTN)

Romance abounds at Ronnie and Prue’s wedding; Mahina confesses her love to Ben, while Frank’s police inquiries lead to a devastating discovery about his wife and brother; Larissa fears for Calvin’s safety in prison; and Natalie invites her family to her baptism.