8:30pm – Tuesday, March 1 on Seven
- MARTIN LYNES AND ANNETTE SHUN WAH GUEST STAR
This week on PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, the aftermath of Jake’s ill-fated rugby weekend is fully felt as Julie realises how much perception and misperception can affect the lives of her family and friends.
Rachel is determined to support Jake in light of his charges of attempted sexual assault – if only he’d let her. Jake has gone to ground, reeling from the momentary doubt he felt he saw in Rachel’s eyes. And when Rachel forces him to talk to her, assuring him of her love and belief, it’s clear that Rachel, unlike resigned Jake, is unlikely to wait patiently for a court to reach its verdict. When it comes to light that it is in fact Camel (guest star DIARMID HEIDENREICH) who is truly to blame – not only for the charges but also for not sticking up for Jake – a furious Rachel goes to confront him. But is she only making the situation worse for Jake?
Rachel’s woes are compounded when her boss, Paul Morgan (guest star MARTIN LYNES) tells her he expects her to deliver a contract signed by Coby as the main artist for their new alcopop campaign. However, Coby can’t be shaken from his perception that Rachel showing his work without permission is an unforgivable betrayal of trust. Paul makes it clear that the client won’t take no for an answer. With a major campaign and now her job on the line, can Rachel convince Coby to change his mind?
Ted meanwhile reveals to Julie that he’s developed a crush on a beautiful Chinese woman, Mai (guest star ANNETTE SHUN WAH) who teaches Tai Chi in the park every morning. Feeling simultaneously like an old fool and a teenage boy, his attraction to her has been fuelled by her daily smile and wave to him. But when he reveals he’s been learning Cantonese in an attempt to forge a connection with Mai, we see how powerful his crush is. Will Mai respond to Ted’s advances, or has he set himself up for a fall?
When Julie bites the “child care” bullet and goes to check the place out before enrolling Ruby, she is surprised to find Hamish (guest star TORQUIL NEILSON) at the centre. His son Jack has been enrolled five days a week since Hamish’s marriage broke up. Despite the awkwardness of their last meeting, Julie’s heart goes out to him as he reveals he has lost his custody case thanks to a judge whose perception of the world is that children belong with their mothers. Overwhelmed by the unfairness of life towards good men – Ted, Jake, Hamish – Julie can’t help but feel that sometimes, despite your best intentions, you can’t change people’s perceptions.
PACKED TO THE RAFTERS stars REBECCA GIBNEY as Julie Rafter, ERIK THOMSON as Dave Rafter, MICHAEL CATON as Ted Taylor, JESSICA MARAIS as Rachel Rafter, HUGH SHERIDAN as Ben Rafter, ANGUS McLAREN as Nathan Rafter, GEORGE HOUVARDAS as Nick ‘Carbo’ Karandonis, JAMES STEWART as Jake Barton, RYAN CORR as Coby Jennings and HANNAH MARSHALL as Retta Schembri.