8:30pm – Thursday, June 17 on Channel Nine
In an unusual assignment, HMAS Hammersley is deployed to the Gulf of Carpentaria where flood waters have blocked the major highways.
As the ship is loaded with the emergency supplies at home port, RO (Kristian Schmid) returns from shore leave with no idea of the flood situation, the CO (Ian Stenlake) returns from a course at Jervis Bay and Dutchy (Conrad Coleby) rolls up in a snazzy sports car, driven by a slinky – and affectionate – blonde.
It is Dutchy’s arrival that attracts the attention of XO, Kate McGregor (Lisa McCune), but soon after the Navy vessel leaves for Karumba all are distracted by a Mayday call from a sinking boat with 10 flood escapees on board.
By the time the Hammersley reaches the desperate people, their boat has sunk, and during a swimming recovery by Bomber (Kirsty Lee Allan) and Two Dads (Nikolai Nikolaeff), lives are put at risk when RO fails his team and a drowning man drops into the water, taking Bomber under too.
It is only after this incident that RO admits he spent his leave having an appendectomy, and tried to keep the operation a secret in case the ship left without him.
The admission prompts the CO to upbraid him for not being a team player, and place him on light duties.
When it is discovered that the sunken boat had been hit, at night, by a barge carrying stolen cattle, the Hammersley is ordered to track the rustler’s craft down, a task slightly hampered by personal feelings on board.
Bird (Danielle Horvat) is deeply disturbed by a meeting with her ex-boyfriend Darryl (Ryan Johnson), a man she fled from in fear because his involvement in drugs saw him become violent and unpredictable.
RO becomes absorbed by the suggestion that he is not a team player – and should “be more like Dutchy”, while Kate shows signs of deepening frustration at the stalling of her relationship with CO, Mike Flynn.
The revelation of the man behind the cattle rustling scam sees RO spring into action in a dramatic water chase, redeeming himself in the eyes of his crew-mates, and earning special praise from Bird.
And heart to heart girl talk with the frightened young Navy recruit sees Kate show signs of a steely new resolve when it comes to relationships.
Is the XO thinking of becoming the ex.