McLeod's Daughters (season 3)

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McLeod's Daughters
season 3
McLeod's Daughters (season 3).jpg
Season 3 DVD
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 30[1]
Original network Nine Network
Original release 12 February – 29 October 2003
Season chronology
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The third season of the long-running Australian outback drama McLeod's Daughters began airing on 12 February 2003, and concluded on 29 October 2003, with a total of 30 episodes.







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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
45 1 "Fairy Tale" Karl Zwicky Chris McCourt 12 February 2003 (2003-02-12)

Claire is home from her stint in hospital, but it's far from easy for the single mum-to-be. She has to face the truth about her baby's father, the lies she and Alex have concocted, the fact that Drover's has stayed afloat without her instruction... and on top of that, Alex is involved in a chopper crash.

First appearance of Brett Tucker as Dave Brewer
46 2 "Better the Devil You Know" Karl Zwicky Vicki Madden 19 February 2003 (2003-02-19)
Alex and Claire's secret brings one family together and brings another to the brink. Tess and Liz clash over the lie – each with their own family's best interests at heart – while Jodi arrives home with a secret of her own.
47 3 "The Road Home" Bill Hughes Giula Sandler 26 February 2003 (2003-02-26)
After months of searching, Becky finally finds out what happened to Brick. She and Jodi discover the horrible truth after Becky is led to Brick by a dream.
48 4 "An Affair to Forget" Bill Hughes Christina Milligan 5 March 2003 (2003-03-05)
It seems Sally is taking advantage of Nick's absence in town by inviting a stranger over to Wilgul. Claire warns Tess against putting her nose in, but she just can't resist.
49 5 "Put to the Test" Richard Jasek Alexa Wyatt & Robert Armin 12 March 2003 (2003-03-12)
A careless prank on the groom threatens to put a stop to the impending nuptials of Jodi and Alberto. Meanwhile, Claire's expanding waistline is causing her all kinds of problems!
50 6 "The Wedding" Richard Jasek Jeff Truman 19 March 2003 (2003-03-19)
The Wedding Day is here and nearly everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But for one couple, it will be a day to remember for all the right reasons!
51 7 "Gone to the Dogs" Cath Roden Ysabelle Dean 2 April 2003 (2003-04-02)
When Becky and Jake are forced to steal a horse, they find new depths to their relationship and Alex is dismayed when Claire starts buying up old nags from the sale yards.
52 8 "The Ghost of Things to Come" Cath Roden Denise Morgan 9 April 2003 (2003-04-09)
Claire discovers a hidden treasure which brings back ghostly memories of her mother and unleashes the fear that she too will die in childbirth.
53 9 "House of Cards" Karl Zwicky Chris McCourt 23 April 2003 (2003-04-23)
A thirtieth wedding anniversary is no protection for Liz when Harry, suspicious about Claire's baby, discovers an even bigger lie.
54 10 "Three Little Words" Karl Zwicky Dave Warner 30 April 2003 (2003-04-30)
Alex struggles with the truth about his family as Harry tries to win his son back the only way he knows how. Sally comes to the realisation that her relationship with Nick is going nowhere and she makes a heartbreaking decision.
55 11 "Repeat Offenders" Bill Hughes Chris Hawkshaw 7 May 2003 (2003-05-07)
An old friend of Tess' makes a visit to Drover's planning to portray the lives of the woman in her next article. Becky and Meg clash over Jake's appointment as Killarney's new overseer.
56 12 "Sins of the Father" Bill Hughes Shane Brennan & Giula Sandler 14 May 2003 (2003-05-14)
Jake's true identity is revealed after his father and brother turn up wanting him to come home. Whilst weaning Phoenix from Blaze, Claire starts to realise that the lie about her baby isn't right and cannot last forever.
57 13 "Jokers to the Right" Cath Roden Margaret Kelly 21 May 2003 (2003-05-21)
Sandra Kinsella is back and her meddling brings Alex and Claire to the brink. Will they go their separate ways and end the lie?
58 14 "Chain Reaction" Cath Roden Jeff Truman 28 May 2003 (2003-05-28)
After Jodi tears up a chain letter, things start to go wrong at Drover's. As Dave shares his grief with Tess, Alex and Claire start to mend their wounds despite Sandra's presence.
59 15 "The Awful Truth" Chris Martin-Jones Chris McCourt 4 June 2003 (2003-06-04)
Harry is back in town and up to his old tricks. Sandra Kinsella's influence continues to spread, but just which Ryan man is she manipulating this time?
60 16 "Seeing the Light" Chris Martin-Jones Ysabelle Dean 23 July 2003 (2003-07-23)
The appearance of mysterious Min Min lights over Drover's Run coincides with events that will alter the course of Claire & Tess' life forever.
61 17 "A Slight Interruption" Karl Zwicky Elizabeth Packett 30 July 2003 (2003-07-30)
An emu plague interrupts life at Drover's Run. As Claire chooses to battle alone with her baby, Meg gets caught in a crossfire.
62 18 "Old Beginnings" Karl Zwicky Denise Morgan 6 August 2003 (2003-08-06)
Peter returns to Drover's Run during the naming ceremony of his and Claire's baby, leading to a very important decision. Tess and Dave set out on an impulsive trip to the altar, which has an unexpected result.
63 19 "Where There's Smoke" Ali Ali Chris Hawkshaw 13 August 2003 (2003-08-13)
As Claire discovers more about her new neighbour, Jodi is determined to prove herself at the Fire Service training weekend – but it's going to be far more difficult than she anticipated.
64 20 "Perfect Match" Ali Ali Jutta Goetze & Giula Sandler 20 August 2003 (2003-08-20)
Jake's ambitions with Storm Cloud threaten his relationships with Becky and Claire. Speed Dating doesn't provide Claire with a match, but an internet ad reveals a rather interesting perfect match.
65 21 "Let the Best Man Win" Chris Martin-Jones Chris Pearce & Alexa Wyatt 27 August 2003 (2003-08-27)
Both Nick and Alex practically fall over each other trying to win the affections of a newcomer to the district – but they are both in for a shock as the competition heats up.
66 22 "Majority Rules" Chris Martin-Jones Chris Hawkshaw 3 September 2003 (2003-09-03)
Claire is coaxed into running for the Gungellan Farmers Council by Vince, but she won't win if Sandra Kinsella gets her way.
67 23 "The Ties That Bind" Karl Zwicky Dave Warner 10 September 2003 (2003-09-10)
When Claire and Alex hit big smoke, a long-lost father is found and a hidden passion is finally ignited. Will Alex finally acknowledge his true feelings?
68 24 "One Step at a Time" Karl Zwicky Chris McCourt 17 September 2003 (2003-09-17)
Claire and Alex are still in Melbourne with Charlotte and making plans to extend their stay. At Drover's, Tess discovers a lump on her breast and fearing her mother's fate, tells no one...not even Dave.
69 25 "Time Frames" Ali Ali Katherine Thomson 24 September 2003 (2003-09-24)
Tess and Dave reach a crossroads, as her cancer scare reveals that Dave is not completely over grieving his wife Leanne
70 26 "Body Language" Ali Ali Giula Sandler 1 October 2003 (2003-10-01)

Drovers Run hosts the Regional Young Farmer of the Year Award and Becky is surprised to find herself competing with Jake. As the old spark between them returns, Becky is torn between the man she loves and Drover's Run.

Final appearance of Jessica Napier as Becky Howard
71 27 "To Catch a Thief" Chris Martin-Jones Christina Milligan 8 October 2003 (2003-10-08)

Surgery is not the only worry for Tess in this episode, as her fear and worry about cancer is compounded by the unsettling arrival of Claire's old friend, Stevie Hall.

First appearance of Simmone Jade Mackinnon as Stevie Hall
72 28 "My Noon, My Midnight" Chris Martin-Jones Chris Hawkshaw 15 October 2003 (2003-10-15)
Joy at Tess' biopsy result soon turns to tragedy, when Claire, Tess and Charlotte are involved in a serious car accident and one sister must make the ultimate sacrifice.
73 29 "The Long Goodbye" Karl Zwicky Denise Morgan 22 October 2003 (2003-10-22)

Tess is struggling with Claire's death and survivor guilt, but a surprise visitor may help when she needs it most.

Final appearance of Lisa Chappell as Claire McLeod
74 30 "Turbulence" Karl Zwicky Lily Taylor & Sarah Smith 29 October 2003 (2003-10-29)
Tess is having a hard time getting along with Stevie. But when Charlotte's life is threatened, Tess and Stevie put aside their differences to save her.

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  1. ^ "McLeod's Daughters: episode guide Series 3". Retrieved 10 December 2014.