Wednesday, January 7 at 10.30pm
Ben and Marcus are forced to settle their differences and act as a team when they rescue a stolen dog.
Ben’s ex girlfriend Monique is playing on his mind. He tries to contact her with no luck, and resigns himself to another day in the district without her. Meanwhile,
Marcus has been looking for a new overseer for weeks. Clashing constantly with Ben, neither of them can accept that Ben is right for the job. Marcus isn’t offering and Ben wouldn’t take it – or so they say.
With the district yard dog trials approaching, Ben is unexpectedly befriended by a border collie dog. Marcus, however, is unaware of this, and unwittingly denies any knowledge about the dog to its irate owner, the burly, heavily tattooed Trevor. When Marcus finds out, he insists they take the highly trained dog back. But when Ben steals the dog back, believing it’s being abused, Marcus is furious – Ben has got them into even more trouble.
Ingrid discovers that the dog is stolen. Ben promises to call the police, and hides the dog on Drovers. Curious as to why Ben is so fond of the dog, Stevie presses him until she finds out he used to have a dog just like it – who belonged to his ex girlfriend Monique. Stevie offers advice of the heart, which Jaz overhears. Ben tries to call Monique but still can’t track her down.
Meanwhile, Trevor threatens Killarney, Ben making it worse but baiting the irate man. When Marcus discovers six dead sheep – all shot by Trevor – Ben is forced to reconsider his actions.
Marcus hatches a plan to remedy the situation – if he gives the dog back, then his sheep will be safe and Trevor will be in possession of the stolen dog when the real owner is tracked down, thereby getting him charged with theft. But Ben misinterprets Marcus’s actions, and the pair find themselves in jail awaiting questioning when Trevoe plays innocent, claiming he has bought the dog fair and square. Waiting in the cell, Ben realises there’s more to Marcus than meets the eye. Trevor seems to prove he owns the dog legally and the men are released with a warning to stay away.
When Ben reacts badly to this news and nearly gets himself arrested again, Marcus intervenes – on the proviso that Ben tells him the truth about this dog. Ben confesses about Monique to Marcus.
The next day, Trevor competes the dog at the yard trials – and wins. Luckily Ingrid comes through with the good news – the dog’s real owner has been tracked down. Trevor tries to escape, but Ben and Marcus band together to stop him. They start a brawl, tag team effort – but are saved from Trevor’s wrath when his wife pulls him away. Later, mates now, Marcus and Ben come to a subtle agreement – Ben wants the job and Marcus wants to give it to him. Ben will stay on Killarney permanently. Tayler is going to enter Noisy in the yard dog trials held tomorrow on Drovers. Patrick helps prepare her, but Tayler’s so determined to win the competition, she’s stressed and is having trouble reading the mob of sheep. Noisy in turn is distracted, but Tayler worries that there may be something wrong with her. Moira learns that Tayler is planning to make a name for herself at these dog trials.
Tayler asks Ingrid to check Noisy over. To her shock, they discover Noisy is pregnant to Turbo. Patrick worries that this additional stress will send Tayler over the edge to the point where she shouldn’t compete. Tayler is stressing Noisy and herself out.
However Tayler tells him in no uncertain terms that Noisy is her dog, and she’ll decide if they’ll compete. Hurt, Patrick refuses to help Tayler with the training anymore. Feeling guilty, Tayler seeks advice from Jaz, who helps her realise she was being unfair to Patrick.
Heading to Killarney, Tayler apologises to Patrick, but the couple end up arguing again over Noisy competing – leading to Tayler blurting out that she’s sick of them always doing things together. She wants to be thought of as Tayler, not part of Patrick and Tayler. Tayler realises her mistake in saying it, but it’s too late – Patrick is deeply hurt.
The next day at the dog trial, Tayler tries to apologise and explain but Patrick doesn’t want to hear it. He does however give her advice on reading a mob of sheep – for Noisy’s sake. Tayler competes very well in the trial, coming in second place – but when Trevor is disqualified, she wins the trophy. Tayler thanks Patrick for his help and explains her subtext to him. She’s been feeling lost, like nobody special and thought this dog trial would help fill that gap, help her be someone. Patrick says she’s always been someone special to him. They kiss and makeup. Feeling useless on the farm and needing to prove herself, Jaz offers to drench the goats. Grace is reluctant but agrees to give her sister the chance. Having trouble getting the goats to stay in the yards for drenching, Jaz hits on the idea of putting them in the tennis court instead. After much trial and error, Jaz decides to bribe them with rose clippings from Killarney’s garden. Mission accomplished, Jaz feels satisfied and proud of her work. The next morning, Grace discovers some of the goats are sick. Ingrid confirms a case of poisoning and Jaz realises it must have been the rose clippings. She comes clean, ashamed. Grace learns Jaz’s subtext – since her fall from the world of showjumping, Jaz has felt useless, talentless, and lost. Jaz wants so badly to fit into Drovers but constantly messes up. The sisters bond, with Jaz promising to ask for help next time.
Feeling lonely without Alex, Stevie realises that she’s boring the other women with the gory details of raising a baby. Feeling that it will help assuage her loneliness to be around other parents in her situation, Stevie joins a mother’s club. She has a great time, talking endlessly about babies. However when the other mothers have to return to their husbands, Stevie is left lonely and disappointed. When Stevie suggests making mother’s group more exciting, by taking day trips, having picnics etc, she is gently told that the other women prefer mothers group the way it is. Stevie admits to Moira that mother’s group isn’t for her – it’s not the company of other mums she’s craving, it’s Alex. She misses him, and laments not being able to share Xander’s baby-hood with hi