A Spark from Heaven – by Christopher D. Hawkshaw
Gabe, an angel, brings wisdom and healing to the girls.
Wishing on a star
The girls are outside at night sharing a picnic, beers and cooling their feet in the bath, waiting for Stevie to get back from visiting Rose.
The weather forecast is for more hot dry weather. They joke about rain dancing in the nude.
When Stevie returns, she tells them that Rose is a bit low and she gets the last of the test results tomorrow.
They look up and suddenly they see a meteor shower and decide to make wishes. Tayler wishes for Rose to be well again and for it to rain. Stevie wants Rose to walk again and for Alex to be here to see her do it. Grace wishes for a man who doesn’t run away and a decent night’s sleep. Moira wishes for a little more understanding and less arguing. Kate wishes for something exciting, something new.
Gabe (an angel!) arrives to drill their bore
The girls work on redirecting the creek so that when it rains again, the water won’t run through so fast and are spreading the weeds out.
They look up to see a bore driller named Gabe (played by Kiwi Jay Laga’aia) turns up. The girls are confused since they hadn’t booked one. He says someone called him. They suppose it was Stevie. He says he’s the answer to their prayers.
Rose has psychsomatic paralysis
At the hospital, Rose is told that the swelling has gone completely and there’s no sign of permanent damage. Rose still can’t walk or feel her legs and is desperate to go home. The doctor tells Stevie that it’s psychosomatic paralysis – it’s in her mind, there’s something else going on. Stevie can’t believe it. Rose needs a full assessment by a psychiatric registrar in a few days’ time. Meantime, Stevie takes her home.
Gabe introduces himself to Rose when she comes back and carries her inside.
Tayler and Stevie try cheer up Rose, but Gabe says she just needs to see more of the sky and opens up the windows before going off to work on the bore.
Gabe’s also a water diviner and wants to look for a new spot for the bore. Kate questions his knowledge.
Grace and Heath talk about “the kiss”
Marcus comes over and offers cheap hay to the girls from Heath Barrett who is back in town. Grace is awkward at the mention of Heath and heads back to work.
Later, Grace goes to visit Heath.
Grace: “Nice trip? You could have called… about the hay, but I guess sending a lackey is more your style. So what, I’m second best? You were keeping your options open? Looking out for something better? You kiss me and then bugger off for a month. No phone call, nothing. But that’s just your style, right?”
Heath: “Hang on, you kissed me!”
Grace: “Please, I just went along with it!”
Heath: “I had no idea it meant that much to you. You’ve been thinking about me all this time?”
Grace: “In your dreams!”
Heath: “No, I think you’ve dreamt about me.”
Grace: “Look, as far as snogs go, it was ordinary. But, a real man would follow up at least once.”
Heath: “So the hay deal?”
Grace: “I’m going to keep my options open.”
Does Rose want to die?
Tayler tries to teach Rose a card game but Rose just wants to go for a drive, without Stevie knowing.
When Tayler gets the picnic gear out of the back of the car, the car suddenly starts rolling down a hill and straight into a tree. Tayler comes running yelling and is totally freaked out. Rose is ok but crying.
Later, Patrick checks out the car – the radiator has been damaged. He’s amazed that Rose didn’t get killed and thinks someone must be watching over them. Tayler assumes the brakes failed and thinks it’s all her fault.
Marcus comes to talk more to Grace about the hay but the deal isn’t going to happen. Gabe tells Grace about some other cheap hay and says her weed strategy is right on the money.
Stevie fires Tayler, temporarily
Tayler tells Stevie about the trip with Rose. Stevie is furious and fires her, telling her she never wants to see her again.
Grace chases after Tayler and says Stevie will calm down and forgive her. Grace says it’s not her fault and to stick around.
Grace convinces Stevie she overreacted and to talk to her in the morning.
Gabe talks with Tayler about the accident. The handbrake isn’t broken. Gabe encourages her to find out more about what happened with Rose.
Patrick comes over to see Tayler. She tells him she’s sure Rose caused the accident but can’t figure out how to tell Stevie that her daughter is suicidal.
Tayler goes and asks Rose if she took the handbrake off. Rose denies it and tells her to get out.
Stevie rehires Tayler. Tayler finally tells a shocked Stevie that it was Rose who took the handbrake off and needs help.
Stevie tells Rose they’re going to see the doctor tomorrow. Rose doesn’t want to talk to her or anyone and would rather die than not walk again. Stevie says she has to be brave and not give up. Rose bursts into tears and they hug. Stevie promises her they will get through this.
Moira sees an angel
Moira checks out the car for Tayler – nothing is wrong with the handbrake. Tayler tells Moira she thinks Rose took it off to hurt herself but is scared of telling Stevie.
Moira sees a silhouette of an angel against the barn wall and turns around to see Gabe, dressed in white.
“Sorry, did I frighten you?” he says. He takes her hand and everything goes into slow motion.
“Who are you? You’re here for Rose, aren’t you? Are you here to help her or take her away? Please, leave.”
“Not yet,” he says before walking off.
That night, Moira is freaked out about Gabe being an angel. Phil doesn’t believe her. The next morning, she’s mad – it’s one more thing she can’t discuss with him.
Gabe turns up for morning tea and Moira’s surprised he eats. He says Phil will learn to appreciate her, sooner than she thinks.
Later, Phil brings some flowers over to Moira but sees Gabe disappearing in front of him. When Moira turns up, Phil is in shock. “Believe me now?” she says.
Kate’s promised a bright future
Riley invites Kate out to a dart competition but she makes excuses. He calls her a hermit.
Gabe finds Kate eating alone and joins her. He loves strawberries, the symbol of venus. He tells her she has a brilliant future, romance included.
In the middle of the night, Gabriel comes to Kate and brings her a bowl of strawberries. “This is a dream, isn’t it?” “Do you want it to be?” They kiss passionately. When she wakes up the next morning, there is a white feather in her hair.
In the morning, Kate’s in a much better mood. Gabe suggests she go to the pub with Riley, for her heart’s sake.
Grace and Heath kiss
Grace goes to see Heath for some mew hay, as their current lot is contaminate and has caused some sort of poisoning to the cows.
Gabe secretly causes Marcus’ tire to be flat so Grace goes alone to see Heath!
After talking about the hay…
Grace: “You’re looking at my lips.”
Heath: “Well, you’re talking with them.”
They kiss passionately.
Heath: “You’re right, I’ve been a bit of an arse. This time I’ll definitely call.”
Rose regains feeling in her legs
Gabe tells Rose how beautiful the world is out there and says she’s not crazy. Her mind is protecting her from something, so if she really wants to walk, she needs to stop falling. He touches her face and she remembers what happened – the paper flying, falling down. The scene is rewound and she climbs down this time, holding a white feather in her hand which floats up into the sky and then down into her window where she is lying asleep. When she wakes up, Gabriel is gone. Rose tells Stevie about the amazing dream she had. She can feel her legs again! They hug excitedly!
Rose and Tayler make up. Rose says she doesn’t know why she did it, she felt like she was in a black hole with no way out. Rose says she feels like she can breathe again, now she has to learn how to walk.
Gabe tells the girls it’s time to move on. They thank him for his help. They realise he hasn’t done any real work on the bore and that no-one hired him!
The rain dance works
The girls strip off and decide to do a naked rain dance! They put on some music and dance around in a circle in front of a disturbed Rose. Gabe looks on from a distance and the rain pelts down on them! They laugh hysterically.