Ready For This: episode guide
Brand New Me
Six elite teens from around Australia find placement in Arcadia House, a hostel in Sydney. Coming from a religious and conservative family, shy island girl Ava must cope with a new, cool music school, a haunted bedroom and her desire to make friends despite her crippling shyness.
Zoe moves to Sydney to attend a sports high school in the hope of fulfilling her long-held Olympic dreams. A rising talent in the AFL world, Levi reunites with his estranged father and deals with his tumultuous relationship with Zoe. Away from parental pressures, Arcadia House is an avenue for Dylan to pursue his passion for electronic music and graffiti art.
After her mother passed away, Lily got caught up with the wrong crowd. Her father moves her to Arcadia House in the hope that new friendships and her passion for school debating will allow her to finally overcome her grief. In order to survive the year, the teenagers will need to come together. They start off as strangers, but will they end up as a family?
Starring: Majeda Beatty as Ava Ban, Christian Byers as Reece Scott, Madeleine Madden as Zoe Preston, Aaron McGrath as Levi Mackay, Liam Talty as Dylan Brockman, Leonie Whyman as Lily Carney, Lasarus Ratuere as Mick, Christine Anu as Vee
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Chloe Boreham as Mrs Melick, Tony Briggs as Neville Preston, Tammy Clarkson Jones as Grace Mackay, Bonnie Ferguson as Jasmine, Holly Kingston as Alice, Djakapurra Beatty as Ava's Little Brother, Honey Beatty as Ava's Cousin, Simone Davidson as Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Alec Doomadgee as Lily's Dad, Jayden Hall as Mayhem, Mi-Kaisha Masella as Ava Piano Double, Lochy Nolan as Surfer Dude, Marea Rayment as Policewoman, Ian Ike See as Dulan Violin Double, Val Weldon as Zoe's Little Sister
The Golden Sneaker
Mick and Vee resort to a team-building scavenger hunt to get the kids to bond but Lily escapes the event and heads out to find the Sydney she remembers from her early years with her mother. Disappointed that things have changed and her quest was hopeless, Reece shows her a part of Sydney that is still the same.
Meanwhile, as Dylan, Levi, Ava and Zoe find a new connection through the competition, Reece and Lily return to the house with the winning item in the scavenger hunt at the last minute. Because of this Lily finally starts to accept that maybe Arcadia House is the right place for her after all.
With: Hamish Michael as Mr Bott, Harrison Saunders as Garrett, Ben Borg as South Sydney Rabbitoh, Ti-Alee Pitt Compton as Little Lily, Nicole Yardley as Lily's Mum
When an opportunity to further develop her budding friendship with Jasmine leads to an opportunity to sing with a famous DJ, Ava must face the question of how far she is prepared to go to succeed in this new city.
But coming face to face with her overpowering fear of performing in public and the realisation that she has let herself be pressured into this whole situation because she is too shy to speak up for herself, makes Ava face some tough lessons.
When all the housemates sneak out to watch Ava sing, and are inevitably caught, Vee is furious. Her punishment fits their crime but the night out helps to bond them as a group.
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Christian Charisiou as DJ Visage, Bonnie Ferguson as Jasmine, Holly Kingston as Alice, JR Laveta as Bouncer; Jasmine's Singing Group: Maria Costa, Chelsea Diehm, Alexander Dilley, Bayley Edmends, Emily Alice Green, Maddisen Panuccio
Levi discovers Reece is homeless and sleeping rough in the school gym. After spending the day with Reece and seeing the grim reality of his home life, Levi invites Reece to come back and stay at Arcadia House.
Meanwhile, Dylan receives a visit from his high-profile dad who organizes what he thinks will be a treat. Lily challenges Zoe to a boxing match to settle things between them, and Ava and Zoe discover the truth about Lily's mum.
With: Jimi Bani as Nat Brockman, Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Ryan Johnson as Dave, Holly Kingston as Alice, Damian de Montemas as Coach Domaleski, Suzannah McDonald as Lindsay Scott, David Towney as Frank, Richard Tognetti as Himself
Out one night doing his stencil work, Dylan is confronted by the local graffiti crew. He gets away but the next day realises that one of the crew is Ryan, a student at SIM. He finds the courage to come clean to Ryan and before he knows it, is finally part of a 'graff' crew.
Reece is handed a form that he thinks requests him to identify as Aboriginal. Torn by his desire to stay in the house, and emboldened by Levi, he asks Lily if he should just lie. Will a last minute reprieve from Mick and Vee, as well as support from all the other housemates, save the day and allow Reece to be part of the 'Arcadia House Mob'?
With: Jimi Bani as Nat Brockman, Chloe Boreham as Mrs. Melick, Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Zoe Carides as Principal Hardy, Jayden Hall as Mayhem, Holly Kingston as Alice, Damian de Montemas as Coach Domaleski, Rahel Romahn as Ryan; Hans Ahwang, Karwin Knox & Bradley Smith as TSI Dancers, Kyran Lynch as Rat, Geoff Moon as Policeman, Jon Prasida as Derek, Jimmy Turner as Scrapper, Genevieve Volk as Police Officer
Back On Track
A major athletics meet brings Zoe's family down from Darwin to visit, compelling Levi and Zoe to suppress their growing romance. But tensions explode when the two families meet and discover that Zoe and Levi have been secretly seeing one another.
Zoe is forced by her father to admit that she was feeling ashamed by the arrival of her large and enthusiastic family and he tells her that she should never forget where she came from — and never stop being proud of that. Faced with a choice between family obligation and teen romance, will Zoe choose her family and break up with Levi?
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Tony Briggs as Neville Preston, Tammy Clarkson as Grace Mackay, Holly Kingston as Alice, Lisa Flanagan as Rose Preston, Damian de Montemas as Coach Domaleski; Jordan Finn, Jarrakai Simpson, Jeanette-Lee Tuitavake & Val Weldon as Zoe's Brothers and Sisters; Burford Sampson as Carnival Announcer, Dan Suchy as Race Starter
Ava meets cool roller-derby-chick Macy who encourages her, Zoe and Lily to join her roller derby 'fresh meat' trials. Dylan gets into deeper waters with Ryan and the lads, and his allegiance to the crew is finally tested when he says no to their request to steal some spray cans.
Meanwhile, Levi's charm offensive to woo back Zoe implodes when he makes a brave confession of his affection.
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Maggie Dence as Mabel, Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Holly Kingston as Alice, Hamish Michael as Mr. Bolt, Rahel Romahn as Ryan, Graham Rouse as Tom, Kyran Lynch as Rat, Jimmy Turner as Scrapper, Robert Veitch as Security Guard
Levi's Dad, Jimmy, is released from jail and Levi is forced to face a lot of unresolved questions about their relationship. When Jimmy fails to show up to an important football game, it is Zoe who secretly brings father and son together.
Meanwhile, Dylan and Ava struggle when they are forced to work together on a song. Lily meets Macy's girlfriend, Bridie, who tells her that she's really needed on the debating team. Will Lily finally accept that debating is something that she loves and join the team?
With: Chloe Boreham as Mrs. Melick, Bruce Carter as Jimmy Baxter, Airlie Dodds as Bridie, Jayden Hall as Mayhem, Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Hamish Michael as Mr Bott, Damian de Montemas as Coach Domaleski, Harrison Saunders as Garrett
The Birthday Party
Lily overcompensates when she organises a 16th birthday party for Reece. He's never had a party before and Lily pulls out all stops, but when Mick is called away to a family emergency, the inevitable happens: gatecrashers swamp the house. Just as the party is in full swing, Lily takes herself away and realises that the whole thing has been a tactic to avoid facing the anniversary of her mother's death. A chance encounter with some rowdy gatecrashers will have dire effects in the weeks to come.
Meanwhile Ava and Macy kiss for the first time; and Zoe's jealousy over Levi and Alice being together results in her tipping an entire bowl of punch on Alice's head.
With: Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Holly Kingston as Alice, Harrison Saunders as Garrett, Steve Brazel as Jasper, Jayden Hall as Mayhem, Darcy McGrath as Macca, Ben Robinson as Curtis
It's Not You
The dream draws closer for Zoe when she learns about an Australian Athletics Federation high altitude training camp in Colorado, and for Levi when he learns that his grand final game will be watched by an AFL Scout. Lily discovers a photo of her has become a meme and suddenly her face is all over the internet. She tries to shake it off but in the end confesses to Vee that all she wants is her mother. Out of anger at Alice and Levi, Zoe risks everything by participating in the roller derby.
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Chloe Boreham as Mrs. Melick, Bruce Carter as Jimmy Baxter, Tammy Clarkson Jones as Grace Mackay, Airlie Dodds as Bridie, Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Holly Kingston as Alice, Damian de Montemas as Coach Domaleski, Gregory Kavadas as Schoolboy, Jayden Hall as Mayhem, Ellis Hoare as Blonde Boy, Chas Wilkinson as AFL Scout, Omar Musa as himself
A Wonderful Day
A 'boys day' at the beach leads Dylan and Levi to get into trouble with the Police and Ava is introduced to a day of fame with Ngaiire.
Meanwhile, Lily is still upset and has spent the last three weeks doing nothing but going to school and spending the weekends in her room. Despite everyone's efforts to get her out, she needs this time to recover.
With: Dina Gillespie as Officer Doran, Airlie Dodds as Bridie, Alex Dyson as Alex, Genevieve Hegney as Cherie the Publicist, Natalia Ladyko as Beach Mum, Benedict Wall as Officer Waters, Matt Matthew Okine as Matt, Liz Doran as Dog-Walking Lady, Jake Paul Green as Hipster, Henry Junor as Young Boy, Yasmine Knight as Car Park Mum, Ti-Alee Pitt Compton as Little Lily, Sumon as Receptionist, Nicole Yardley as Lily's Mum
It's the lead up to Ava's final showcase and her stage fright is causing her serious issues. Macy tries to help but it's Vee who has the best solution — Koorioke. When Ava takes Vee's advice and sings only to Macy — she finally has the courage to be a star. Plus, an unexpected arrival makes the night complete.
Meanwhile, Zoe's best friend Kodie arrives from Darwin for time trials but instead of a happy reunion simmering resentments overflow and Zoe finds herself unexpectedly in competition with Kodie and Alice. Determined not to let Alice beat her again, Zoe underestimates Kodie and finds herself knocked out of contention for the summer training camp in Colorado. The only consolation is a late breaking admission of her feelings for Levi - which he gladly reciprocates.
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Airlie Dodds as Bridie, Bruce Carter as Jimmy Baxter, Tammy Clarkson Jones as Grace Mackay, Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Hamish Michael as Mr Bott, Harrison Saunders as Garrett, Suriya Ticehurst as Ruby, Merwez Whaleboat as Mrs Ban, Dubs Yunupingu as Kodie, Honey Beatty as Ava's Cousin, Andrew Gobran as Race Starter, Mary Kerr as Zoe Running Double
As the year closes, each housemate attempts to cling onto the dream they began with.
Zoe must swallow her pride, make up for Colorado by winning the relay for Kellett St.
Levi has to stop trying to please everyone, including Zoe, and finally make a choice about where he's going to spend the summer.
Lily faces her fear when she confronts the 'meme' boys at debating, and Reece questions his place in the house.
And Dylan races off to get Ava back to SIM in time to do her showcase, but she's not allowed to sing. She encourages Dylan to go onstage where he performs a spoken word piece that blows his teachers away. In spite of everything — Dylan is starting to find his voice.
With: Carla Bonner as Coach Beaton, Chloe Boreham as Mrs Melick, Steve Brazel as Jasper, Airlie Dodds as Bridie, Tessa de Josselin as Macy, Holly Kingston as Alice, Hamish Michael as Mr Bott, Ben Robinson as Curtis, Harrison Saunders as Garrett, Suriya Ticehurst as Ruby, Merwez Whaleboat as Mrs Ban, Dubs Yunupingu as Kodie; Graham Abbott & Deji Adiatu as Debating Judges; Mary Kerr as Zoe Running Double; Sophie McGovern & Tess Nelson as Kellett St Relay Runners; Dan Suchy as Race Starter
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