Packed to the Rafters - Season 1

Tuesday 8:30 PM on Seven Network Premiered Aug 26, 2008 Between Seasons




Episode Guide

  • Last week saw a huge surprise bestowed on Dave and Julie. With three grown up kids, and the youngest being born 21 years ago, just how will Dave and Julie cope? What with the nappies, school runs and the lack of sleep and time; let alone the actual delivery? Dave and Julie have some serious life changing decisions to make, that not only have ramifications for themselves as individuals and a couple, but may shake the very foundation of the family. And what about Ben and Mel? The First Rule of Love – Don't be a Desperado! Well that is according to Eros, no I mean Carbo! With Eros (Carbo) giving Ben love advice, everything has to be right doesn't it? Does Ben ring Mel or not? Or does that seem desperate? Just what is happening with the ex fiancé, Shannon and Mel? "Just dinner" Mel said. It's all too much and Ben is beside himself with angst. And with everything happening in the family stirring up old and new emotions alike, Rachel finds it necessary to reveal another painful secret from the past in order to cope with the current situation. Will this revelation help other members of the family, or just make the situation worse? This is the final episode for the second series.moreless
  • 3/17/09
    What a difference a year makes! It has been a year in TV land according to the Packed to the Rafters show, and therefore two special anniversaries are marked in the lives of the Rafter family. The first one is that of Nathan and Sammy's marriage. They say that first of year of marriage is one like no other, and Nathan and Sammy can attest to that. Not only is their marriage in a bit of "hot water" at present due to Sammy's jaunt over in the States, but her father is also having to battle with the tribulations of dealing with investments gone wrong. Sammy is still at her parents house where last weeks show left her, and Nathan has to "run the gauntlet" with security just to speak with his wife. But he has to try. After all it is their first wedding anniversary. The second anniversary is that of the death of Louise, Ted's wife and Julie's mother. Louise was never one for treating life with a "doom and gloom" attitude, so Ted decides that the family has cried enough tears and it's time to celebrate this first anniversary of Louise's death with a party atmosphere. The trip to the grave is rather different than most. And much to Julie's consternation, her father Ted, invites Marjorie over for dinner on this most important night. She just can't understand her father at all! And when she realises she is feeling "out of sorts" just a bit too much, she decides that a trip to the doctor has been put off for far too long. But what will she learn is wrong with her? And just how will it affect the whole family? Things are about to change in the Rafter household!moreless
  • Losing the Touch
    Episode 20
    "Once upon a time in Dave's Magic Castle." All should be well in the world of King Dave, but with Queen Julie heading into menopause, the Rafter household is a bit tumultuous. Julie fears that her ability to dispense sound wisdom to family and friends, is severly impeeded by her hormonal fluctuations. Sammy returns from New York with many more bags than she left with, and Julie fears that Sammy's spending may cause problems between her and Nathan. Sammy then advises Julie that the money she has spent on gifts for the family, came from her mother as an early birthday present. Once again Julie worries! Meanwhile, Ben makes up his mind to declare his love for Melissa on national television, and comic results ensue. Life is always full when it is "Packed to the Rafters".moreless
  • Over The Moon
    Episode 19
    This week Rachel is blown away by Rob's idea of "Happy Families". His idea is a bit over the top, but not in a bad way really. With a bit of help from Dad, Ben challenges fate to give him one last chance to redeem himself with Mel. In the end honesty seems to be the best policy, and asking for a second chance may just work. Plus Carbo's parents drop in for a visit to see how things are going with the house and the neighbourhood. This makes for some interesting times, especially when they catch Carbo and Chrissy kissing as they pull into the driveway. Meanwhile, Julie reaches some startling conclusions about the state of her health and believes it is fast becoming an issue. I think grabbing the chainsaw and threatening Carbo's parents with it gives that bit away! This week's episode sees big changes that bring tears, broken hearts and a shock announcement.moreless
  • House of Cards
    Episode 18
    What do you get when you mix too much alcohol with sex? A one night stand! It would almost be crazy, or somehow forgettable if it wasn't our favourite Rafter involved. That's right - It's Ben! Maybe there's some residual stress left over after the robbery and he still has not dealt with it honestly? Maybe he was truly so intoxicated that he didn't know what he was doing? Who knows? But no excuse can take away the act. So once again Ben faces a gut wrenching dilemma, but this time its one of his own making. This week sees Dave keen to spice up his marriage, so he organises a rather romantic rendezvous with Julie. Whereas at the other end of the spectrum Sammy and Nathan's marriage hits a "rocky patch" when Nathan discovers Sammy has been lying to him. Just another week in the Rafter household really.moreless
  • Changes
    Episode 17
    Dads and their daughters have a very special relationship. In fact, most Dads' like to think that their precious daughters are "Daddy's Little Girl". So when Dave learns that Rachel is dating an old cricket mate of his from years ago, he is naturally concerned for Rachel's welfare. This new man in Rachel's life is about the same age as Dave and has two teenage sons who are very close to Rachel's own age. Melissa and Chrissy are still very suspicious of Kat. And the both of them are trying to work out Kat's motivation for the trouble she is causing between all of the housemates. And once again Ted ventures into the world of dating with some not so predictable results.moreless
  • Having It All
    Episode 16
    This week sees Rachel still trying to find her life's path. With much direction and focus she starts a new chapter in her life. Meanwhile, since finding a new business partner, Dave's life should have been made much easier – shouldn't it? Things just aren't going smoothly and instead it's all a bit of a struggle.moreless
  • Natural Justice
    Episode 15
    Being on the electoral roll has its advantages; some may argue but voting being one. And others say it's not a good thing at all, as they don't want to be called up for jury duty. In this, the first episode of Season 2, Ben Rafter thinks jury duty sounds just fine and he approaches it with a willing attitude. Whilst doing jury duty he meets a Massage Therapist named Kat, who has a rather refreshing perspective on life, love and everything else. Meanwhile the beginnings of Dave's business comes up with a huge hurdle – he has too much work! In fact Dave is struggling so badly under the weight of so much work that until he gets a helping hand he cannot cope.moreless
  • A Mother's Radar
    Episode 14
    Following on from last weeks adventure in the car, Sammy and Nathan decide to organise some time for themselves with a romantic rendezvous. Julie's predictions about Rachel's true desire to pursue an interest in yoga are proven correct when her relationship with her hot yoga teacher is exposed to the family. But it is not to soon before Julie realises that her mother's radar is not always on track.moreless
  • 11/18/08
    This week Dave reluctantly starts to develop a friendship with Warney, and discovers that they may indeed have a lot in common. In fact enough to possibly begin a good friendship. Rachel is still on her health kick after last week's disastrous results between the plumbing and her macrobiotic cooking, and decides to enrol in a yoga class. And Julie (still trying to grab time for herself), also decides that yoga sounds like a great idea, and enrols in the same class as Rachel, only to cramp her style.moreless
  • Removing The Block
    Episode 12
    It seems as though Ted is thinking of dating again - or is he? Ted suddenly finds himself the "fresh flesh" for the over fifties, ladies dating club, with some rather unexpected results. With Christmas just around the corner its time to start preparing yourself for the party season, so Julie lets her hair down with a night of pre Christmas clubbing. And Rachel tries to embrace the macrobiotic lifestyle but disaster soon follows.moreless
  • Away From It All
    Episode 11
    The Rafter household is feeling "down in the dumps" this week, so Julie decides that the whole family needs a weekend away to restore their spirits. After much cajoling, the Rafters head for the beach to enjoy themselves. But Julie herself just can't seem to relax! And in the end everyone else feels as though their spirits have been restored except Julie. Meanwhile Ted receives advice from "beyond the grave" and something about a social BBQ doesn't agree with Melissa.moreless
  • All in the Planning
    Episode 10
    What happens when you mess around with a woman's handbag? Ben Rafter is about to find out when stumbles across "a secret" in Melissa's handbag. And Sammy has some hard decisions to make when she is offered the possibility of a glamorous job in London. Does she leave Nathan behind, or do Sammy and Nathan leave the show to go off to London? Sound familiar? And just to even out the drama amongst all the Rafter kids in this episode, Rachel also has some very hard decisions to make as well. Life is never boring in the Rafter house!moreless
  • Suburban Boy
    Episode 9
    Not everyone can say they have an 80's rock star as their foster brother; but Dave Rafter can! In this episode Dave reconnects with his foster brother Steve Wilson, and they relive many moments of the 1980's together. This leads to Steve making Dave an offer he just can't refuse. Meanwhile Nathan has taken a gamble on a very risky investment and may lose his boss's money. And as his time becomes shorter and shorter to make the deal work, he becomes more and more anxious. And then there's Carbo. He finally declares his feelings for Chrissy but will she return them? You will have to watch to find out.moreless
  • Taking The Lead
    Episode 8
    After a drunken one night stand, Ben's world is turned upside down. Dave's past comes back to haunt him as he has to face up to a long held secret. And Carbo develops a friendship that leads to unexpected romantic results.
  • Self Made Man
    Episode 7
    Eldest son of the Rafter family Nathan, is in for a tumultuous time this week, as hilarity and humility teach him many valuable life lessons. The two quite different worlds of his own family, and that of his wife's, collide at his father in law's 50th birthday party thanks to the antics of his parents. When the life Nathan has and the life he wants meet head on, he learns a valuable lesson about wealth and happiness. And of course the family is always there to pull him back in line anyway. Like Rachel dating one of his rich and snobby friends just to humiliate him. Through many seemingly minor events, Nathan learns that he is not so different from the rest of the Rafter family, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.moreless
  • Facing Demons
    Episode 6
    This episode is told from the perspective of Rachel, the eldest child of the Rafter family. In a series of flashbacks we learn how she met, fell in love with and consequently left Daniel. This episode also explores the aftermath of Rachel and Daniel's sex video scandal and the effect that is has on the whole Rafter family. And in amongst all this, Ted decides to move back into the Rafter family home, but it is not long before Julie realises he may be hiding something.moreless
  • 9/23/08
    This episode explores the financial complications of the Rafter family. Dave's freelance working career does not begin well at all and fails to take off. This has Julie feeling the financial strain of her family coming back to live with her and Dave. Julie makes some tough decisions which tests the strength of her marriage and she tells Dave a white lie which she later regrets terribly. As Dave struggles to find work, he decides to buy a new van without telling Julie and tempers in the Rafter household flare. All this while Ben keeps mum on a very uncomfortable secret that has the potential to blow his family apart.moreless
  • 9/16/08
    Sammy and Nathan's marriage is in crisis when she can no longer bear keeping the secret reason for their move into the Rafter home. This leaves Nathan no option but to count on the family he's always taken for granted.
  • She Ain't Heavy
    Episode 3
    Narrated by Ben Rafter, this episode deals with many themes including alcohol abuse, independence and responsibility. Julie and Dave look on as they see their daughter Rachel, being consumed by alcoholism, and the effect that it is having on their family. To try and get everyone together, Julie puts on a family barbecue but tensions erupt and puts a strain on Julie and Dave as they struggle to deal with the family's dark secrets.moreless
  • Playing a Googly
    Episode 2
    Narrated by Dave, this episode sees him struggling to come to terms with being unemployed and most of his kids and father-in-law living under the same roof. Meanwhile, Rachel is coming to terms with leaving her abusive boyfriend and her own secrets. This episode sees many references to the Cricketing term, "The Googly," a bowling delivery that curves and is very hard to hit. It is used as a metaphor for life throwing curve balls at you and the way that you deal with them.moreless
  • Pilot
    Episode 1
    After raising 3 children and working hard to help them through life, Dave and Julie's last child, Ben moves out, albeit, next door. For the first time in over 20 years, they have the house to themselves. But you must take the good with the bad and they soon find out that being alone was never meant to be. Meanwhile, Julie's dad, Ted is struggling to deal with the passing of his wife and Rachel is finding it hard to cope in an abusive relationship.moreless
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