Packed to the Rafters
Packed To The Rafters is a drama-comedy that turns a microscope on the lives of would-be empty-nesters Dave and Julie Rafter. Less than forty-eight hours after their reluctant middle son moves himself next door, all dreams of freedom and personal fulfilment are put on hold as one by one their youngest son and his princess wife, troubled eldest daughter and Julie's emotionally vulnerable father return to the family house. Ensuring that once again they are literally packed to the rafters.
S01:E01 - Packed to the Rafters
The episode is focused around the 25th wedding anniversary of Julie and Dave, as their last child at home moves out and they look forward to a new life together, as empty-nesters.
S01:E02 - Playing the Googly
Dave processes the reality of sudden unemployment and a house that has been unexpectedly inundated with family members.
S01:E03 - She Ain't Heavy
Ben deals with the repercussions of his move next door and the shift in household dynamics as their new house-mate Melissa joins them there.
S01:E04 - How Did We Get Here
During a sleepless night Nathan reflects on his life and his relationship with Sammy.
S01:E05 - Lines of Communication
Julie is starting to feel very much the financial strain of the family's new living arrangements.
S01:E06 - Facing Demons
Ted decides to move back home, but it is not long before Julie realises he may be hiding something.
S01:E07 - Self Made Man
Despite Nathan's attempts to hide their invitation the Rafters attend a party at the Westaways'.
S01:E08 - Taking the Lead
Ben faces up to his true feelings for Melissa after their one night stand, just as Carbo sparks a surprising friendship with Chrissy.
S01:E09 - Suburban Boy
Tormented by the sudden endless replays on the radio of "Suburban Boy", the hit song Dave co-wrote many moons ago but never received credit nor remuneration for.
S01:E10 - All In the Planning
Rachel faces the very scary possibility that she might be pregnant - with Daniel the only possible father
S01:E11 - Away from It All
Julie spontaneously decides to drag her seemingly exhausted and dispirited family away for a restorative weekend
S01:E12 - Removing the Block
Struggling with the loneliness of the Christmas season and encouraged to embrace life by Louise's 'letter to the future' Ted attends a meeting of Friend Finders.
S01:E13 - Smile Through the Pain
A few days into the new year Dave's dreading his upcoming birthday.
S01:E14 - a Mothers Radar
Julie struggles to deal with the secrets her family - and she herself - are keeping
S01:E15 - Natural Justice
Ben, still dealing with the trauma of being held up, is critical of Nathan when his lack of concentration during a cricket match costs Dave his first ever century
S01:E16 - Having it All
Rachel becomes a woman on a mission as she immerses herself in a an autobiographical novel - An Angel At My Table
S01:E17 - Changes
Dave's fatherly instincts are in overdrive when he learns that the new man in Rachel's life is Rob "Dumbo" Dunstan an old cricket chum of his
S01:E18 - House of Cards
Ben deals with the consequences of his one night stand with Kat - he has to tell Melissa.
S01:E19 - Over the Moon
With help from Dad, Ben challenges fate to give him one last chance to redeem himself with Mel.
S01:E20 - Losing the Touch
Julie fears that she's losing the `mojo' that lets her give sound wisdom to family & friends.
S01:E21 - What a Difference a Year Makes Part 1
Two Rafter family anniversaries.
S01:E22 - What a Difference a Year Makes Part 2
Rachel reveals a secret from her past.