McLeod's Daughters (season 5)

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McLeod's Daughters
season 5
McLeod's Daughters Season 5 Cast.png
Season 5 Cast
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 32[1]
Original network Nine Network
Original release 9 February (2005-02-09) – 23 November 2005 (2005-11-23)
Season chronology
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The fifth season of the long-running Australian outback drama McLeod's Daughters began airing on 9 February 2005 and concluded on 23 November 2005 with a total of 32 episodes.[2]

This is the first season where the opening credits are changed. They now feature both the actor's or actress' name and the character's name. Also, the theme song is now a remixed version of the original, still performed by Rebecca Lavelle.[3]

Bridie Carter (Tess), Simmone Jade Mackinnon (Stevie), Aaron Jeffery (Alex), Brett Tucker (Dave), and Michala Banas (Kate) return as main cast members. Myles Pollard (Nick) returns as a main cast member before his character leaves for Argentina. He will return in the sixth season as a recurring character when it is discovered Nick is still alive. Sonia Todd returns as a recurring character for several episodes after being a main character during the first four seasons. Jonny Pasvolsky joins the main cast in the middle of season as Rob Shelton, the new overseer on Killarney.



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No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
107 1 "No Man's Land" Richard Jasek Chris McCourt 9 February 2005 (2005-02-09)
In the fifth season premiere, with Sally living on Wigul with new baby Harrison, Nick's attention is more on his new family than it is on Tess. When the girls head out on a muster, Tess tries forgoing the usual route, which leads them on an overnight trip. Meanwhile, Sally is sick and Nick stays to take care of the baby. When Tess discovers he was not home, she is furious not only because she wants him to choose her, but also because of a devastating incident with one of her alpacas. Elsewhere, Jodi and Kate tries to make up after a game they played with Stevie, and Alex and Dave try to get Harry back in the Killarney state of mind now that Sandra has left.
108 2 "Little White Lies" Richard Jasek Rick Held 16 February 2005 (2005-02-16)
Nick begins lying to Tess about making visits to Sally and Harrison, and Stevie, Alex, and Dave decide to keep the information from Tess. With the strain the situation is putting on them, Nick decides it's best if him and Tess take a break from each other. Meanwhile, Tess has hopes of showing The Colonel in the Wool Board Expo, but The Colonel develops an infection. Elsewhere, Jodi is excited to model clothes for a local fashion designer and drags Stevie into being a model, but she is less enthusiastic about it. Kate, not asked to model, feels passed by on being involved.
109 3 "Rules of Disengagement" Steve Jodrell Kym Goldsworthy 23 February 2005 (2005-02-23)
Meg returns from the city, with new surprises, including Luke's drag racing and Jodi involvement with it. She also tries giving the truck stop a more city-fresh feel. Meg, Stevie, and Alex are all worried about Tess's state after Nick moves out for a break. Nick realizes he has to make a tough decision to get back the woman he loves, even if it costs him something else.
110 4 "Once Were Heroes" Chris Martin-Jones Denise Morgan 2 March 2005 (2005-03-02)
When Dave comes across a waler, injured and in bad shape, he is ready to take action and find who neglected it. He soon finds more walers and that they are on the property of Jeremy Quaid, a politician running for pre-selection. With a tip off from Quaids manager, Dave ropes Alex, Stevie, and Kate into taking the horses after Quaid claims he would something about their condition, but is really planning on killing them. Meanwhile, Jodi's lack of work ethic and frequent absences cause Stevie to fire her from Drover's. Elsewhere, Sally is sent to the hospital and Nick must look after Harrison.
111 5 "Return of the Black Queen" Steve Jodrell Sarah Smith 9 March 2005 (2005-03-09)
Sandra returns, much to Harry's excitement. However, Jeremy Quaid comes between the two of them, including making an offer to buy Sandra's farm and trying to push Harry off of the farming council. Tess, meanwhile, has the chicken pox, separating her from Nick, who finds out what it is like being a single father with a baby. And, Kate tries to win Jodi her job back.
112 6 "Do You Read Me?" Arnie Custo Meg Mappin 16 March 2005 (2005-03-16)
Tess and Nick's lack of a relationship is becoming public knowledge, especially when women are sending Nick food. Meanwhile, Stevie's fascination with Alex's two way radio leads her to the cover-up of a valuable horse. Elsewhere, Kate and Sandra work together on a fence and Sandra offers Kate a station manager position on her farm. And, Jodi convinces Luke to makes another bet with Greg to get his car back- only this time it involves her as bait.
113 7 "Taking Care of Business" Chris Martin-Jones Sally Webb 6 April 2005 (2005-04-06)
The women of Drover's Run have gone their separate ways, with each of them experiencing difficulties. Kate is now working for Sandra, but her crew are less than willing to obey her orders and Sandra is too quick to get over on Kate and her relationship with Drover's. Jodi is struggling with her new job as a cosmetics saleswoman. And, Tess and Stevie are having difficulties running the farm, now down two hands. However, the women all come together when one of them is in need.
114 8 "Old Flames" Arnie Custo Hadass Segal 13 April 2005 (2005-04-13)
Sally returns from the hospital and is ready to take Harrison home to the city. Tess and Nick are excited to get their marriage back on track, but an outburst from Nick when he sees Sally and Dave kissing doesn't sit well with Tess. Meanwhile, Kate has organized a high school reunion hike. She gets a surprise when her first love, Daniel, joins the reunion and old memories flood back for the two of them. Jodi, however, is more worried about her old nemesis Natalie. Elsewhere, Luke and Meg gets stuck driving together and end up on a trip that gets them on better terms with each other.
115 9 "Body Blows" Ray Qunit Kym Goldsworthy 20 April 2005 (2005-04-20)
Harry's heart condition worsens, causing him to have hallucinations of a woman bike rider. His condition makes him rethink the future of Killarney, so he appoints Alex the head of Killarney. Meanwhile, Alex asks Jodi to parade his bull because he knows the judges likes blondes. Also, Meg is running against Harry in the local election, but some of her platforms may affect others.
116 10 "Sins of the Father" Ray Quint Chris McCourt 27 April 2005 (2005-04-27)
Sandra is beside herself with Harry's decision to leave Alex in charge of Killarney, and makes a point to make trouble because of it. Meanwhile, Nick discovers he has the same genetic heart condition as Harry. Tess, angered at Harry, soon finds out her husband's secret. Elsewhere, the girls win $10,000 in the lottery, but the ticket has gone missing.
117 11 "Boy Made Good" Chris Martin-Jones Denise Morgan 4 May 2005 (2005-05-04)
Stevie's old boyfriend and father of her daughter, Will Hamilton, turns up in Gungellan. Stevie is nervous at first, but then excited at the prospect of being able to tell her daughter the truth and having Rose's father in the picture as well. But, Will might not be who is says he is. Meanwhile, Luke continues trying to prove himself to Terry and makes financial decisions he can't handle, putting Rick Burns back in the picture and Luke on a bad track. And, Tess finds a picture of Harrison hidden in Nick's drawer and wants him to know Harrison should be displayed in their home.
118 12 "The Pearl" Chris Martin-Jones Giula Sandler 11 May 2005 (2005-05-11)
Luke continues down a bad path with Rick Burns and begins to involve everyone else when he stocks cigars in Stevie's car. When Stevie discovers this she tries to get Jodi to stay out of Luke's trouble. Jodi, however, continues to support Luke and gets herself into more trouble when the police begin investigating Rick Burns and Luke. Jodi urges Luke to extricate himself, but she soon discovers more secrets and when her life is at risk Luke decides to flee. Jodi is heartbroken by everything and the two have begun to face big decisions.
119 13 "The Prodigal Daughter" Richard Jasek Elizabeth Coleman 18 May 2005 (2005-05-18)
Regan, Jasmine's sister, and Tess's cousin comes to Drover's for a visit. But her intentions are not what she makes them to believe- she wants to see what should have been her father's- and what should have been hers. Tess and Regan do not hit it off initially, but Stevie and Regan find they have similar personalities. Dave, meanwhile, falls instantly for Regan, much to Kate's dislike. Elsewhere, Tess discusses starting a family, but Nick is apprehensive about having children, children whom he could give the genetic heart condition to.
120 14 "Love and Obsession" Richard Jasek Blake Ayshford 25 May 2005 (2005-05-25)
Tess finds it hard connecting with Regan, who does not seem interested in her or Drover's. Meanwhile, Tess discovers Nick sleepwalks. Kate, however, has misgivings about Regan and her reason for being on Drover's. Jodi thinks this is because Kate is jealous of Regan and Dave's relationship. Elsewhere, Alex tries to get rid of a girl he went out with who becomes obsessed with him and he wants to break up with her. And, Stevie discovers Phoenix, Blaze's foal, and wants to bring Phoenix back to Drover's for Tess.
121 15 "One Long Long Day" Kevin Carlin Dave Warner 27 July 2005 (2005-07-27)
Tess leaves Charlotte in Stevie's hands, but Charlotte goes missing, creating a rift between Tess and Stevie. Tess' reaction to Stevie's negligence lies heavily on Stevie. Meanwhile, Nick gets offered a job in Argentina and Tess wants him to take it. And, Kate is still pining after Dave, whose relationship with Regan continues to blossom.
122 16 "Down to Earth" Kevin Carlin Fin Edquist 3 August 2005 (2005-08-03)
Tess discovers Regan wants to dig for gold under Drover's and when Regan will not back off from the idea Tess makes the decision to stay behind and fight. Nick, meanwhile, goes to Argentina. Elsewhere, Rob Shelton arrives as Killarney's new overseer, but he doesn't seem to have the right impression on Alex, Stevie, or Jodi, but he does stick up for Kate when a Killarney shearer disrespects her.
123 17 "Heart of Gold" Chris Martin-Jones Chris Phillips & Chris McCourt 10 August 2005 (2005-08-10)
Tess, Stevie, and Kate team up and battle Regan and her decision to mine on Drover's. The law seems to be on Regan's side, and Dave is still infatuated with Regan, so Tess tries as much as she can to find some legal way to stop or delay Regan's actions. Meanwhile, Rob finds it hard to have authority over Sandra, who is taking advantage of using Killarney's materials and equipment. And, Jodi thinks Terry is missing Meg when he returns from their trip solo while Meg stayed to write a book.
124 18 "Taking Flight" Chris Martin-Jones Sally Webb 17 August 2005 (2005-08-17)
Stevie tries her best to take charge of Drover's now that Tess has left. Meanwhile, Alex gets stuck with driving Sandra to Fisher and he makes the best of it by purposely making Sandra reach her boiling point and discovering a surprise along the way about Sandra. Elsewhere, Kate and Dave team up for the Twitchathon.
125 19 "Make Believe" Richard Jasek Michaeley O'Brien 24 August 2005 (2005-08-24)
Kate's grandmother is coming for a visit, except that Kate has told her grandmother that she is in charge of Drover's and that Dave is going to ask her to marry him! The whole team follows along to keep Kate's story realistic for the loving, but overbearing grandmother. Meanwhile, Moira joins the party after having car trouble with Terry giving her husband her car and Jodi's breaking down while the two try to get to Fisher.
126 20 "Heaven and Earth" Richard Jasek Rick Held 31 August 2005 (2005-08-31)
Stevie continues trying to keep Drover's running during Tess' absence, but an impending sale has her trying to impress a client. Meanwhile, a dust storm approaching and Oscar (Tess's horse) is sick because he ate contaminated feed, so Stevie, Jodi, and Kate must try to help him during the storm. Elsewhere, Terry discovers that Harry has purchased the truck stop and has hired Moira to manage it, leaving Terry thinking about his future. Terry, however, also discovers Moria is thinking about her future when she shares something personal with him while being stuck at the truck stop during the storm. And, Rob thinks he may have been recognized and tries to push off the situation.
127 21 "Moonstruck" Arnie Custo Giula Sandler 7 September 2005 (2005-09-07)
Meg returns and surprises Terry, but Meg feels out of place with Terry and Moira's new working relationship, especially with Moira's own marriage falling apart. Stevie, however, is curious with Meg on notes he has made in his ledger regarding Jodi. Meanwhile, Alex asks Stevie to accompany him to the Farmer's Council Ball, but when he is contacted by an ex-flame, Alex takes her instead. Instead of admitting jealousy, Stevie blows it off, but her negligence because of it leads Alex to be stuck in a tank with toxic fumes and Stevie risks her own life to go in and save him.
128 22 "If You Build It..." Arnie Custo Andrew Kelly 14 September 2005 (2005-09-14)
Sandra and Stevie go head to head regarding the current drought, with Sandra only thinking of herself and Killarney. Sandra's stubbornness is discovered by Stevie to be related to the death of Sandra's mother, who abandoned her at a young age. Meanwhile, Rob is not thrilled when Charlotte spends time at their place and she gets into his belongings. His anger and apology to her begin to open up new lights on someone that is still a mystery to Alex. Elsewhere, Jodi is determined that Rob is gay, going to great lengths to prove it.
129 23 "Out of Time" Chris Martin-Jones Kym Goldsworthy 21 September 2005 (2005-09-21)
Rose returns to Drover's for a visit, but this time brings along Michelle, Stevie's sister. Michelle and Stevie argue about the decision to tell Rose the truth. Michelle begins realizing that Stevie could potentially take the only child she's ever had, and the only child she may ever have since she and her husband cannot have children of their own.
130 24 "Betwixt and Between" Chris Martin-Jones Denise Morgan 28 September 2005 (2005-09-28)
Stevie puts her work into the embryo transplant program after making a promise to Michelle not to tell Rose the truth. Rose, however, comes across Stevie's personal belongings from the past, revealing Stevie had a baby. When Rose begins putting the pieces together about Stevie's past and relationship with her family, Stevie reveals the secret to Rose. Stevie, however, is heartbroken at Rose's reaction and isn't sure of her future relationship with her daughter.
131 25 "Truth or Dare" Steve Jodrell Chris McCourt 12 October 2005 (2005-10-12)
Dave's brother, Patrick, literally flies in for a visit by jumping out of a plane. Patrick soon forms a bond with Kate, but Patrick's unstable mentality, and his anger at Dave's ignorance of their father on the anniversary of his death, cause him to take unprecedented and dangerous actions. Dave also has a big truth to reveal to his brother. Meanwhile, Stevie and Alex stake out a predator killing animals on the farms.
132 26 "The King and I" Steve Jodrell Margaret Wilson 19 October 2005 (2005-10-19)
Jodi receives a letter stating Jack McLeod left her a trust fund of $1,000, making her wonder why he would do that while also reliving the past with Jack. Meg is apprehensive of a truth coming out and does her best to distract Jodi from the discussion while working on Jodi's surprise party. Jodi, however, discovers that there is more than just the $1,000 and Meg reveals a truth that changes Jodi's life. Elsewhere, Dave welcomes a veterinary student who isn't interested in being taught, but wants to prove herself. Also, Rob gets roped into doing a radio interview for Killarney and does his best to get out of the spotlight.
133 27 "Intentions" Arnie Custo Lily Taylor 26 October 2005 (2005-10-26)
Catriona threatens Dave with a sexual harassment suit, so Dave tries his best to mend any hard feelings he may have caused her. Meanwhile, Jodi's realization that he life may be a lie leads her to Rob and he allows her to tag along driving with him and she opens up more than she thought she would. Elsewhere, Meg tries to pick up the pieces from the bombshell, and that includes how the information could threaten her relationship with Terry.
134 28 "Stranger than Fiction" Arnie Custo Alexa Wyatt 2 November 2005 (2005-11-02)
Moira predicts ringing will precede bad events. Alex argues with Harry about a lucrative deal, with unfavorable comparisons to Nick, causing Alex to relive the Nick/Alex comparisons and brother against brother moments. Meg, meanwhile, is torn apart when her book is printed and the publisher wants to promote it in Gungallen. The big issue is that the novel is a recount of Jodi and Meg's life- right down to the big question- is Jodi Jack McLeod's daughter?
135 29 "Twelve and a Half Hours Behind" Chris Martin-Jones Dave Warner 9 November 2005 (2005-11-09)
Tess returns to Drover's Run with Nick presumably behind her. Tess' illness upon arrival has her in for a big surprise- she's pregnant. Tess begins to worry, however, when she doesn't hear from Nick and it is reported that his plane has crashed, and he is presumed dead. Elsewhere, Jodi tries to find something that would have Jack's DNA so she can truly find out who her father is.
136 30 "Anniversary" Chris Martin-Jones Dave Warner 16 November 2005 (2005-11-16)
Tess is acting the complete opposite of a grieving widow. Instead of mourning Nick, she wants everyone to celebrate his life with a party. She is waiting for Nick to appear to her as Claire did before she died. Alex, meanwhile, is trying to grieve in his own way, but ends up blaming Harry for Nick's death, while Harry is more worried about the arrival of his grandson, Harrison, than he is about Alex or Sandra. Elsewhere, Dave has a surprise for Tess and Kate practices to sing for the celebration.
137 31 "Body and Soul" Steve Jodrell Fin Edquist 16 November 2005 (2005-11-16)
Tess receives a letter Nick wrote before he died. She continues trying to move on from Nick, but something continues holding her back. Meanwhile, Alex has gone missing and Stevie goes out to look for him. Alex meets two young boys along his grieving path who help him do his best to grieve for the brother he lost. At Killarney, Harry is adamant that Sally and Harrison stay, going to great lengths to give them everything they need. Sally, however, isn't keen on the idea; neither is Tess when Harry presumes he will be running her life with the baby now that Nick is gone. Elsewhere, Dave asks Kate to watch over a handful of baby chicks, but unforeseen circumstances leave Kate feeling un-motherly.
138 32 "New Beginnings" Steve Jodrell Kym Goldsworthy & Sarah Duffy 23 November 2005 (2005-11-23)
In the fifth season finale, Tess has a recurring dream about Nick. Meanwhile, Stevie tries to put off her feelings about Alex, but can't do it anymore, so she goes to lay it on the line. Alex and Sandra, however, suffer from Harry's dismissal of them and the moving on Nick, and the two end up in the shack Harry wants renovated to lure Sally back. The shack catches on fire and Stevie is there to save them, but the timing for Alex isn't right for Stevie to tell him her feelings. And, Jodi gets the DNA results back- she is Jack McLeod's daughter, but when she goes to tell Tess, Tess is sleeping. The two do not notice that Nick's watch has started to tick again.

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