|[this was a rather spooky
episode, with weird music and odd camera shots
that seemed to point to something sinister about
to happen to Kate]
Hugo presses Tom for a tip in the horse
races but Tom won't oblige. There are reports of
a brumby horse in the area and Tom decides to
investigate. Frank recommends going in on
horseback. Frank is very crabby. Terence is bored
with sick leave. The clinic is very busy. Anna is
planning a surprise cubby house for Billy and
leaves him with Bernice to go get the supplies.
Billy starts reading Bernice's I Ching book and
starts pestering her about it until she teaches
him. Hugo wins $50 on the races and Frank warns
him not to get suckered in. Anna stops to
refasten the bungee cord holding the lumber to
the top of her car and the other side of the cord
slips while she is pulling on it, striking her in
the forehead. Kate offers to come with Tom to
look for the brumby. Esme tells them the story of
Connor McCray and the legend of Hanging Tree
suddenly realizes why Frank is so cranky -- it's
Frank and Shirl's anniversary. Kate invites Anna
to come along with her and Tom so Bernice agrees
to continue looking after Billy. Terence gives
Frank a note that Shirl gave him when she thought
she had cancer. The letter outlines four tasks
for Frank to perform on the first anniversary
after Shirl's death. As task #1, Frank invites
Terence and Rosemary to dinner ("dinner with
friends"). Hugo gets caught up in betting.
Darcy sets Billy up at the computer playing games
to keep him occupied. Anna keeps imagining hoof
beats. Harry complains about being so busy. Billy
worries that something has happened Anna. Mr.
Kelly is spooked and throws Kate, though she's
not hurt. At the same time, Harry spills water on
Rosemary's desk and onto a notebook with Kate's
name written on it, causing the red ink to run.
Frank's second task is to dance with a beautiful
woman so he dances with Rosemary after dinner.
Kate finds Mr.
Kelly and accidentally slides down a hill. The
fall injures her and she is subsequently struck
by a rock which injures her further. Anna decides
to ride out to get help, since she is the better
rider. Tom is left behind to look after Kate as
well as he can. Frank's third task is to give
Killer Burke a piece of his mind but this isn't
necessary since he is no longer on the police
force. Task #4 is to go to Kelly's Bluff and do
something embarrassing (he won't tell Terence or
Rosemary what that is). He puts on the last video
he took of Shirley and talks to her -- he agrees
to perform the final task. It's dark as Anna
makes her way through the bush. Bernice tells
Billy about the little boy she had after Amber.
His name was Bobby and he died soon after birth.
Tom does his best to keep Kate warm. Her leg
hurts and she can't feel anything. Harry is
worried about them and decides to go look for
them. Frank goes to Kelly's Bluff in the morning
and strips naked. He stands there at the edge and
yells out "I'm a free spirit" several
times, with increasing vigor, then quietly says
"I know you are, Shirl".
Hugo is on a
winning streak. He tells Frank about Harry going
out to find Kate, Anna, and Tom. Darcy tries to
talk to Bernice about Bobby. Harry comes upon
Anna, who got lost trying to make her way through
the unfamiliar bush. Harry takes her horse and
instructs her to take his car back into town to
get help. He gets after her for leaving Tom there
when Anna was the medical person. Anna is
understandably upset. Darcy is having to go to
the toilet too often and Bernice is concerned. A
rescue team is put together. Harry finds Tom and
Kate. Her leg is bleeding internally. Terence is
called in to perform the vascular surgery on her
leg because all other doctors are unavailable.
Frank tells Hugo to put his money in the bank and
Esme asks him to place a bet for her on the way
(Georgia's Decade, the horse that won Bob all
that money). Harry is frantic about Kate's
surgery but it all goes well. Georgia's Decade
loses and Hugo is despondent -- he placed all his
previous winnings on the horse and lost
Hugo gets a sure
win tip from Lennie Sawyer who also tells him
that Shorty Price will give him credit. Tom comes
in to check on Kate and is pushed aside by a very
curt Harry. Darcy sees Terence and learns she has
cystitis [also known as the very common and
very unpleasant urinary tract infection].
Bernice thought for sure she was going to be a
grandmother and tells Darcy to use a condom next
time. Darcy is upset at this assumption because
she hasn't been sexually active [there are
many non-sexual ways to contract a UTI].
Harry is short tempered with everyone. Darcy
brings Frank some incense for his and Shirl's
anniversary and talks to him about Bernice.
Hugo's horse loses and he's in debt to Shorty
Price. Harry sits by Kate's bedside. He blows up
at Tom because Tom didn't bring Mr. Kelly back
with him (he couldn't find him). Kate overhears.
Harry goes to find Mr. Kelly.
Darcy talks to
Bernice again about Bobby. Bernice felt guilty
after he died, because she'd been doing drugs,
and so she left the family. Tom talks to Kate
about Harry. Harry finds Mr. Kelly...he's hurt.
Anna finds them both. As they are leaving, they
see the brumby horse. Harry apologizes to Terence
for being so critical during the operation. Tom
arrives with flowers for Kate and Harry
apologizes to him as well. Tom accepts the
apology and gives the flowers to Harry to give to
Kate. Frank arranges a three-month payment plan
with Shorty Price for Hugo. Harry tries to have a
heart to heart talk with Kate about their true
feelings but they are interrupted by Frank and