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Rain Shadow

Season 1
Rain Shadow is set in the fictional district of Paringa, a dry land farming area in a rain shadow. It tells the story of two characters who become the means of each other's future. It stars Rachel Ward as district vet Kate McDonald and Victoria Thaine as new veterinary assistant Jill Blake.
Rachel WardGrant PiroVictoria Thaine
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  1. 1. The Long Paddock
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    October 6, 2007
    Enthusiastic young vet Jill Blake arrives in the dusty one-horse town of Paringa to find only a curt note directing her to her spartan new home. When her new boss, the notoriously "difficult" Kate McDonald, turns up, her attitude is as dry as the drought-stricken landscape...
  2. 2. You Can't Eat Scenery
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    October 13, 2007
    Jill is shocked by the austerity of life in the drought stricken area, and is sensitive to every sign of distress and decline. From the bruise on Gail Klein's cheek to Kate's attempt to exclude her from Tom Huppatz's father's funeral, Jill senses there is much amiss in this place, and it goes far beyond the lack of rain.
  3. 3. Paringa Rules
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    October 27, 2007
    Achmed Aziz, an Iraqi agronomist, arrives on a study tour and Kate fears he will submit a report on the condition of the local sheep. Having rebuffed Jill's attempts to empathise with her, Kate then forces her to co-operate with a plan to cover up the sheep problem until the drought breaks, after which it will be irrelevant.
  4. 4. Black and White
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    October 3, 2007
    Kate is injured in a cattle yard accident, forcing Jill to run the practice on her own. It seems the order of the world has been restored when Jill gets to do some refreshingly routine vet work and achieves results, mostly without Kate's help or interference. But her world is thrown off kilter again when she and Kate perform highly illegal life-saving surgery on Larry Riley.
  5. 5. The Call of the Wind
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    October 10, 2007
    With Jill almost reconciled to the idea of an imperfect future with Kate, the past catches up with her when her father and brother, then Shane (the drover from episode 1), all descend on them for an impromptu country lunch.
  6. 6. The Soldiers Choice
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    October 17, 2007
    Relieved of the burden of her secret, Kate appears to have lost the will to challenge the area's destiny.