Five Mile Creek

Season 3 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 07, 1985 on Seven Network
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Con is offered the chance to return to the United States and run coach lines all across New Mexico. He asks Kate to marry him, so they can go to America together; however, she turns him down, then later changes her mind when she sees he is serious this time. Maggie breaks down over Charles' death and losing her best friend, and Sam fears he will be forgotten when Con and Kate settle in America.moreless

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  • They were just getting settled, sad it had to end.....


    Probably my least favorite episode of the series. There isn't much of an overall storyline, and for a series like Five Mile Creek which was always capable of having quite a few different plots going on each ep, it's almost odd. The plot is straightforward, Con gets a letter from America and receives an offer to start a coach-line there. He and Kate choose to have their wedding before leaving for the states. Maggie is mourning over Mr. Withers, while domestically impaired Annie is determined to make Con and Kate's wedding cake. Sam is being left behind in Australia and has to deal with that. Beyond that, there's no real driving point for the episode.

    During the three seasons of the series, the 'hang together' theme of the Five Mile Creek family was the enduring hallmark of the show's premise. No matter the odds, and troubles the characters always came around to 'sticking together'. It was part of the series' backbone and charm. I think that's the reason this last episode doesn't set entirely well with me. Con and Kate's departure for America seems strange. Even stranger is the fact they leave Sam behind. It feels slightly off-key.

    The creator said before this episode would never have been written if the series had not been canceled, so I get the feeling the script was intended to explain why the series was ending. By having the Five Mile family break up and go in different directions, perhaps it was suppose to bring some sadness to the viewers, the same sadness the cast and crew felt in having to close production?

    About the best bit is the last scene with Jack and Maggie seeing Con and Kate off at the train station. It gives the impression Jack is thinking ahead and will eventually go into the railroad business (another of his brilliant risky schemes), giving the Australian Express a future beyond the coach-line. Still, had the Five Mile Creek family stayed intact, as a fan and viewer, I would have felt better.

    Five Mile Creek was a great series. The characters were very lifelike, the stories fun, the setting well rendered and interesting. I often wish it had lasted into a forth season, and this episode would have been different as a result. After everything the characters had been through, it would have been nice to see how their lives turned out in their new home. They were just getting settled, sad it had to end.....


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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Had Five Mile Creek continued with a fourth season, this episode wouldn't have been written. Producer Henry Crawford once said that it was cheaper to film from Australia than from the U.S. The series would have stayed in Australia and Con and Kate wouldn't have moved to America.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Train scenes are used in the closing credits instead of the stage coach scene. This is the series finale. Peter Carroll does not appear in this episode.