Returning soon to Seven is ratings winner and Aussie favourite, Packed to the Rafters. Called “Sweet Sorrow” we will farewell the beloved Rachel Rafter played by Jessica Marais, who has headed to the US to further her career.
Parting is such sweet sorrow as Rachel prepares to leave for New York for 6 months. Julie is obviously upset but knows that it’s her daughters opportunity of a lifetime. Carbo and his annoying girlfriend are back, as Rachel and Jake (her real life boyfriend, James Stewart) are having a strained time.
In what is already quite an emotional episode you know that the tears are going to flow – that, for those on the show and the viewers. “Sweet Sorrow” is aptly titled as the emotions are getting intense already. Baby Ruby has grown and is absolutely adorable.
Tom, the crim grandfather is out of jail, not sure I care for this story line. He’s creepy and odd. The brothers are emotional and rivalry sets in, before they show their sister a cliched moment. Is a good episode – but way too cheesy so far.
Julie is suffering and being a typical mum as Rachel is as usual, being selfish. Yet the viewer understands both sides, something Rafters has always done well at. Loving the cousin Coby, who is confronted by Tom. He is obviously up to no good yet declares he isn’t.
At a farewell dinner at the local Chinese that Tom is at, with everyone else, we see a suprise visitor. Toasts are abound and emotions are high, and the tears are flowing. As Rachel prepares to leave, there is a real feeling of loss and impending sadness. The farewell isn’t as sad as imagined but OMG!!!! Something major needs to be said and there is a mad airport dash.
Hahaha – Rachels taxi has an ad for My Kitchen Rules on the back of it! An emotional time ensues. Rebecca Gibney as Julie is brilliant and conveys so much with quite little to say. Overall a good episode that is sure to be a ratings winner.
Channel Seven will air Packed to the Rafters later this month on August 30.