Party Tricks: episode guide


The Announcement

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Episode 1
Mon, October 06, 2014
710,000 viewers (14th)
Written by Michael Lucas
Directed by Kate Dennis

State Premier Kate Ballard is shocked when the Opposition reveals its new election candidate David McLeod. Unbeknown to the public, Kate and David share a secret past. Let the games begin.

Starring: Asher Keddie as Kate Ballard, Rodger Corser as David McLeod, Angus Sampson as Wayne Duffy, Adam Zwar as Trevor Bailey, Ash Ricardo as Charlotte Wynn, Charlie Garber as Oliver Parkham, Doris Younane as Paula Doumani, Colin Moody as Geoff Ballard, Kaiya Jones as Matilda McLeod, Oliver Ackland as Tom Worland

With: Neil Melville as Duncan Guthrie, Catherine Glavicic as Ann-Marie Dwyer, Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Peter Curtin as Neil Thorby, Ming-Zhu Hii as Natasha Lee, Cameron Box as Producer, Jon Faine as Radio Host, Natalie Carr as Woman #1, Amanda Armstrong as Woman #2, Lauren Williams as Journo #1, Conor Gallacher as Journo #2, Georgia Bolton as Kez, Andy Matthews as James, Sanjeev Singh as Kate's Driver, Ben Jones as Crew Member

In memory of Peter Curtin

The Meeting

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Episode 2
Mon, October 13, 2014
476,000 viewers (<20th)
Written by Michael Lucas
Directed by Kate Dennis

Petrified of the consequences of their secret coming out publicly, Kate stealthily enlists the help of her trusted speechwriter Ollie to organise a covert meeting with David.

With: Catherine Glavicic as Ann-Marie Dwyer, Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Georgia Bolton as Kez, Inouk Mackay as ABC Reporter, Molly Daniels as Andie, Mia Albers as Jasmine, Grant Carter as Cameraman, Tas Dimitrakakis as Colin, Andy Matthews as James, Richard Askin as Journalist #1, Sally Mclean as Journalist #2, Emma Hall as Journalist #3, Ben Clements as Journalist #4, Fleur Dean as Journalist #5, Francesca Waters as Lyn, Rowan Howard as Network Reporter, Ronald Jacobson as Richard, Mark Kenny as Younger Reporter, Mark Griffiths as Fire Chief, Katherine Bragagnolo as Janine, Travis Gillett as David's Driver, Sanjeev Singh as Kate's Driver

The Launch

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Episode 3
Mon, October 20, 2014
ratings unknown (<20th)
Written by Michael Lucas
Directed by Kate Dennis

David's teenage daughter steps into the public eye and is caught in a scandal which triggers a media storm. Has his daughter destroyed David's unstoppable popularity and saved Kate's campaign?

With: Neil Melville as Duncan Guthrie, Ming-Zhu Hii as Natasha Lee, Andy Matthews as James, Blair Ippolito as Waitress, Em Rusciano as Singer, Vince Rusciano as Guitarist, Tim Bell as Older Guy, Sherryn Pickering as Young Wife, Travis Gillett as David's Driver, Pat Pitney as Barb, Angela Johnson as Floor Manager, Peter Little as Trevor's Driver, Jon Faine as Radio Announcer

The Campaign Trail

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Episode 4
Mon, October 27, 2014
ratings unknown (<20th)
Written by Michael Lucas
Directed by Emma Freeman

David McLeod and Kate Ballard head out of town on the campaign trail trying to win over country Victoria. In the wake of negative publicity, the pressure is on Kate and her team to improve her public image. Her press secretary Wayne is keen for Kate to participate in a personal interview with her husband Geoff. While David's alliance with the cunning Deputy Opposition Leader Trevor is proving to be shaky, his media advisor Charlotte tries get ahead of a potential breaking exposé. Kate's speechwriter Ollie is struggling to help Kate manage the situation with David, but partner Tom's actions could derail the entire campaign.

With: Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Ming-Zhu Hii as Natasha Lee, Adam Zwar as Trevor Bailey, Georgia Bolton as Kez, Thomas Campbell as Jonathan, Andy Matthews as James, James Saunders as Russell Anderson, Kate Denborough as Mother, Mieke Billing-Smith as Daughter, Ray Chong Nee as David's Producer, Rowan Howard as Reporter One, Tracee Hutchison as Reporter Two, Richard Askin as Reporter Three, Alex De Vos as Kid One, Daniel Wilson as Kid Two, Mat Stevenson as Farming Manager, Peter Thackrah as Senior Producer, Adam Haddrick as Photographer, Susie Godfrey as Lyn Randall, Lily Constantine as Receptionist, Michael Lucas as Speechwriter, Belinda Bortone as Waitress, Sanjeev Singh as Kate's Driver, Travis Gillett as David's Driver, Rocco Fantauzzo as Neville

The Debate

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Episode 5
Mon, November 03, 2014
430,000 viewers (<20th)
Written by Jonathan Gavin
Directed by Emma Freeman

Kate is forced to come clean to husband Geoff about her secret past with David. Her confession will either jeopardise her marriage or ruin her chances of an election victory. Which will it be?

With: Neil Melville as Duncan Guthrie, Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Ming-Zhu Hii as Natasha Lee, Michala Banas as Tanya Keegan, Georgia Bolton as Kez, Andy Matthews as James, Ray Martin as Moderator, Tamiah Bantum as Stage Manager, Sanjeev Singh as Kate's Driver, Rocco Fantauzzo as Neville

The Election

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Episode 6 (finale)
Mon, November 10, 2014
529,000 viewers (<20th)
Written by Michael Lucas
Directed by Emma Freeman

Kate's team preps for the big day — Election Day, while across town the exposť and campaign have taken its toll on David. Who will concede defeat and who will lead Victoria in the next term?

With: Neil Melville as Duncan Guthrie, Catherine Glavcic as Anne-Marie Dwyer, Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Ming-Zhu Hii as Natasha Lee, Adam Zwar as Trevor Bailey, Georgia Bolton as Kez, Antony Green as Himself, Andy Matthews as James, Anthony West as Press #1, Fleur Dean as Press #2, Sara Grenfell as Volunteer 1, Steven Fleiner as Volunteer 2, Dinesh Mathew as Volunteer 3, Jillian Murray as Speaker, Laurence Corneschi as Waiter, Anita Bortolotto as Make Up Artist, Rocco Fantauzzo as Neville, Travis Gillett as David's Driver