Saturday January 3, 8.30pm
Grace, Jaz, Marcus and Frank head off to the city to confront the Minister responsible for a dam proposal that will take away their ground water. Marcus manages to get in to see Ayres and arranges a meeting for later that day. But instead of the face to face they’d imagined, Ayres leads them directly into a press conference. They’ve been set up. Grace is furious but it’s Frank who takes it to heart. Before they can stop him he goes off on a personal tirade, blaming Ayres for the loss of his farm and family. The media turn their cameras on Frank and his emotional outburst becomes the story of the day.
Furious with Frank, Grace and Marcus head off to cool down. Jaz defends Frank and takes him under her wing. Marcus takes Grace to the footy ground where his career went bung, and she learns more about his days as a footballer. As they leave they discover that Ayres will be at that ground tomorrow to open a stand.
Jaz and Frank deal with the fall out from Frank’s outburst. Not only is the story now about protestor “crackpots”, Lily’s mum rings and tells him she doesn’t want Lily to see him that night. Jaz tries to cheer Frank up, but somehow a friendly hug turns into a kiss. Grace returns to the room to spring them mid-kiss. She and Marcus have to retire to Frank’s car to sleep for the night.
Next morning at the footy ground, the gang turn the tables on Ayres, and deluge his car with pages of their petition, in front of the cameras. He’s forced to announce that he’ll tour the areas which will be adversely affected by the dam. And Marcus finally dispels the curse of the last football game he played.
B Story: Marcus tasks Ben to move a herd of cattle to a particular paddock while he’s in the city. Stevie overhears Ben telling Patrick to move the cows to a different paddock, and her fears about him being no good as an overseer are confirmed.
Stevie demands Patrick follow Marcus’ orders. Then Ben, out riding the endurance horse, which he has been asked not to do, discovers the cows have been moved, gives Patrick a serve. Before Patrick can defend himself, the endurance horse is spooked and gallops away. Stevie finds out about the lost horse and, feeling hugely guilty, drops everything to help find it. When Ben discovers her role in the day’s events he is furious. Night falls and they still haven’t found the horse.
The next day, Taylor and Moira discover the horse. Ben takes him back but is still mad at Stevie. Stevie apologises and explains that she just doesn’t want him to leave.
C Story: Phil gives Moira a gift, the script of his musical – “The Girl from Gungellan”. Moira reads it and is impressed. But when Phil tells her the main character is based on her, she is overwhelmed.
D Story: It’s Stevie and Alex’s first wedding anniversary but Stevie wants to forget about it. Moira dresses Xander in pink to help Stevie with her grieving. Stevie leads the others in a toast to Alex.