Episode 144 'The calling'
Just as Tess is slowly piecing her life together, she receives a phone call that threatens to bring it crashing down again. The Australian embassy in Argentina advises her that Nick's remains will be repatriated in the next few days; she needs to make preparations for a funeral. Tess is thrown into turmoil. Accepting Nick's remains means accepting his death as something real and concrete.
Meanwhile, Tess has already crossed paths with Greg, a charming young widower and overreacted to his gentle propositions. She is unable to contemplate a relationship with another man to the extent of avoiding a simple friendship. Later, on a muster, while single-handedly attempting to round up a breakaway heifer, she falls into a disused well and blacks out. While her friends search desperately for her, Tess lapses in and out of consciousness, tormented by a strange dream. Could it be about Nick?
Over on Killarney, Fiona is disappointed when a freelance contract with her old employer falls through. Determined to impress and find a productive role for herself, Fiona takes some clandestine mustering lessons from Jodi. However, Fiona discovers she needs to walk before she can run after a mistake on the muster humiliates her in front of the Drovers girls and puts Tess's life in danger. But Alex is moved by her attempt to impress. He reassures her she doesn't have to change for him; his love for her is undiminished.
Working, Kate trips and falls heavily and is unable to go on the muster. Dave gives her a cursory examination and notices, along with the bruise around her ribs, a small sunspot on her back. After numerous attempts to convince her to see the doctor, Dave kidnaps Kate and drives her to the Gungellan GP. She emerges from her checkup upbeat, assuring Dave there's nothing to worry about. But a secret call to a melanoma specialist for an emergency appointment betrays Kate's assurances.
Meanwhile, Moira begins to question her psychic gift. More often than not it seems to get her into trouble and both Terry and Stevie chide her about it. Deciding that interfering in other people's lives is more trouble than it's worth, she closes up her Mystic Miranda business at the truck stop. But when she starts having premonitions about Tess and Nick, she finds herself compelled to unravel their significance. Moira's gift and her fears are finally proven accurate when Tess receives a stunning phone call. Nick is alive!