We are SO excited that Farmer Wants a Wife is FINALLY airing on our TV screens. So, to celebrate, we asked some of our favourite Aussie authors to recap each episode for us. For the third & fourth episodes recap we asked author of rural romance, Meet Me In Bendigo, Eva Scott.
I know you’re dying to talk about the frenemy fire shot over Farmer Andrew’s bows and I promise we’ll get to it, but first let’s chat about all the other juicy things that happened in last night’s episode.
Things seem to be going well for our farmers so far. They’re all genuinely keen on finding someone to stave off the loneliness and isolation that is a part of rural life. The question is, can the love candidates handle being so far from the creature comforts of suburbia? A day on the farm might help find out.
Last night, Farmer Will sent Tammy home. You could see how much this cost him but I think he did the right thing. At breakfast the next morning everyone is subdued with the emotional hangover of losing Tammy. Things have become real for the remaining ladies.
Not to be daunted, Farmer Will takes them out on a practical endeavour. He needs them to find and fix a leak in a pipe. Jaimee, our fun-lovin’ Canadian, creates laughter by throwing mud. Literally. The attraction between her and Will is solid. But today Will has his eye on Caitlyn, who dazzles him with her work ethic and practicality. She finds the leak and, by a process of logic, gets it fixed. Will begins to pay attention to the smart, capable veterinary surgeon. Might make a good match. Let’s wait and see.
Later that evening, while everyone is toasting marshmallows, Farmer Will and Jaimee sneak off for a little snog in the shadows. This creates an awkward vibe with the other ladies and leaves Caitlyn wondering if there’s room in Will’s heart for the rest of them.
Farmer Andrew has his ladies busy learning how to burn off with the Rural Fire Brigade standing by. The girls get to grips with the drip torch. While Jess might be Andrew’s front runner, Rachel is showing herself to be a keen, hard worker. Lucy refers to herself as the boss bitch of the drip torch and, even though there’s trouble coming, I think you can get a sense of the vulnerability she hides under a guarded exterior. (Although, I reserve my right to change my mind later.)
Over at Farmer Matt’s, Tara is gaining ground on Hayley, who is beginning to show the strain. While Matt flirts with Tara in the farm buggy, the other girls get to muster cows on foot. Not everyone seems pleased with the arrangement.
Farmer Sam has decided to share one of his favourite occupations, opting to take his ladies out tubing on the lake. It’s all fun in the sun until the girls confront Sam about his pash session with Mackenzie the night before, the evidence of which is on her neck. They pile on their disgruntlement until Sam can’t bear it a moment longer and stalks off to be alone. The girls all want some time with him while he seems to want to spend his time with Mackenzie. He’s struggling with the harsh reality of dating five women on TV. To his credit, he gets up the next morning and cooks them an apology breakfast. They all sit around the kitchen table and discuss yesterday’s happenings in what appears to be a mature, level-headed manner. But I wonder what Mackenzie really thinks.
This week the lads must choose which lady to take on the romantic solo dates. In honour of this occasion, they attend a ute muster. This is the first time they’ve all got together since they left for the farms so there’s a lot to talk about. The men catch up at the event site near Cowra while the ladies gather at a pub in town.
The farmers compare notes. With Farmer Will the only one to send anyone home, they’re keen to hear how he coped with the obviously difficult task. Sam confesses to stealing Mackenzie’s kisses and to the hickey, leading the others to rib him about his ‘rookie error’. ‘Pump the brakes, brother,’ suggests Farmer Matt.
Farmer Rob asks Farmer Matt if he thinks Hayley is the one, and Matt confesses to a growing attraction for Tara.
Meanwhile, over at the pub, the ladies are delighted to be reunited with one another. Mackenzie tells Hayley about her feelings for Sam, while Demi dishes on Mackenzie’s pash session. She wants her time in the sun with Sam and is determined to get it.
Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it. Let’s talk all things Lucy and Rachel.
So, Lucy tells Rachel she has something to get off of her chest but that it’s not a big deal (this will be important later). Apparently, Farmer Andrew told her that his front-runners from the get-go were Jess and Lucy, based on their profiles. And that he tried to kiss her, but she turned her head away at the last minute in some misguided sisterly act of loyalty. ‘…it was the right thing to do.’
All of this leads to the line of the night courtesy of Rachel: ‘So, if it’s not a big deal, do you mind if I ask why you want to get it off your chest.’ She’s right to question Lucy’s motives. I think she wanted to rattle Rachel’s confidence.
The conversation has upset and angered Rachel, and rightly so. I don’t think Lucy expected Rach’s forthright pushback. The fuse is lit. Meanwhile, Farmer Andrew is over at the ute muster wishing for a drama-free night … LOL.
Everyone arrives for the ute muster, and the girls reunite with their farmers for a fun night under the stars.
Mackenzie has been withdrawn since the incident at the lake. Demi takes advantage of the situation to take Farmer Andrew off for a chat. They talk about kids and potential futures. They kiss. They return to the others holding hands. Mackenzie is shocked and withdraws further into herself.
Farmer Rob and Luce have an intimate chat. Farmer Will and Jaimee also take some time together. They flirt and laugh. Things look very encouraging for both couples. Jaimee tells Will she was up-front with the other girls about their kiss. She has her feet on the ground and I doubt we’ll get much drama from her. But you never know.
Rach is simmering with pain and anger. She can’t take it any more and leaves the group to be by herself. Andrew follows, and she tells him about her conversation with Lucy. Back at the picnic table, Lucy is also telling her story to the other girls. They give her the same angry reaction Rach did. You’d think she’d have learned.
Farmer Andrew confesses to Rachel that he did indeed say his natural attraction was to both Jess and Lucy at the profile picking stage, but that he finds the other girls just as interesting now he’s met them. He admits he was wrong to say anything at all because its clear Lucy has misconstrued his meaning. He calls the incident ‘a storm in a teacup’ but Rach is having none of that. She points out how much this has hurt her and that she’s questioning why she’s here at all.
Lucy is telling the girls about her near-kiss with Farmer Andrew and the ladies are questioning the authenticity of her story. So does Andrew, who vehemently denies trying to kiss Lucy. Later on, he’ll go so far as calling it a lie.
Lucy seems surprised by the negative reaction she’s received, saying the girls have ambushed her. Mmm … not so sure about that. She dashes off, crying and saying she can’t do the drama. Might want to consider not creating it then. Just a thought.
The girls confront Farmer Andrew upon his return with Rachel. He explains what he said and that he owns his mistake but absolutely did not try to kiss Lucy.
Lucy is busy telling her side of the story to one of the other girls, saying that she’s been attacked, and she wants to go home. But opts to huddle in a port-a-loo instead.
Farmer Matt and Tara have a one-on-one chat. Tara confesses to having feelings for Matt, leaving her feeling vulnerable. Farmer Sam is worried that he’s hurt Mackenzie by kissing Demi. He reassures her how much he cares for her and how much it hurts him to see her so sad. While all this is going on, Farmer Will and Farmer Rob, along with their ladies, all seem to be having fun.
Farmer Andrew talks to Lucy about the situation when she returns, confronting her about the supposed kiss. Lucy accuses Rachel of taking everything out of context (again, not so sure about that). Andrew gives her the choice to stay if she can get past this mess.
While Lucy contemplates her options, Caitlyn takes Farmer Will for a stroll. Will shoots straight about where his affections currently lie (Jaimee). Caitlyn takes this in her stride, simply asking for a chance to get to know him better.
Lucy returns with her decision. She’s going to stay, even though the other girls have misconstrued her words and made things into a bigger deal than they needed to be. Translation: she’ll stay even though they called her out.
The ladies take her decision with grace, Rachel going so far as to suggest now is a good time to talk things through and lay some ground rules for showing each other respect. Lucy refuses. She’s seems determined to be the wronged party here. Perhaps self-reflection is not one of her strongest characteristics.
The time for solo date selection arrives. Thank goodness. All that drama! So here we go: Farmer Sam selects Demi. Farmer Will selects Caitlyn. Farmer Rob selects Luce. Farmer Matt selects Tara. And Farmer Andrew selects Rachel.
Wednesday night’s show is all about the one-on-one dates, always a good fun day out. Farmer Matt takes Tara out on a classic car cruise to a wine tasting and lunch. Matt lays it out there, telling Tara that farming is in his blood and he needs a partner who can respect that. Tara opens up about her view of the future. They do make a super cute couple and it will be interesting to see if they can progress any further.
Farmer Will takes Caitlyn horse riding, the perfect choice for our favourite vet. Cantering about the countryside is followed by a picnic with a view. They seem well matched, both being grounded and reserved. But is there a spark? Time will tell.
Farmer Andrew takes Rach cherry picking with a picnic in the orchard. Their date, while filled with laughter, also feels cautious. Rachel explains that she is wary after past relationships and now refuses to take any crap (her words). Andrew encourages her to let him in and they begin to renegotiate their trust. Fingers crossed there will be enough time.
Farmer Sam and Demi have a fabulous time go-karting. Both are competitive, and Demi beats Sam soundly. They like the same kind of fun and she rolls with his bad jokes, so maybe this could be a match.
Farmer Rob takes Luce out rowing on a lake followed by – you guessed it – a picnic. They chat about their past love experiences and while the exchange is warm and laugh-filled, I’m not feeling the kind of connection that will take them over the line.
Back on Farmer Matt’s farm the girls are cleaning and wondering where they fit in Matt’s plans. Brydie is questioning the wisdom of staying. She has a frank conversation with Matt when he returns home. Matt is upfront about where his connection lies but he doesn’t want her to leave yet.
He takes the girls down the pub to sell raffle tickets and see how they fit into the community. Brydie is a fave with the locals, with one gentleman stating that if Matt lands her as a wife he’ll be punching above his weight. Later on, Matt takes Brydie to check a pump and commits to spending more time alone with her. Maybe her star is starting to rise.
Farmer Rob spends the day with the local fire fighters teaching his ladies how to put out fires. Given the events of the last couple of years, this is an essential skill for rural life.
Farmer Will takes his girls over to his neighbour’s farm to help with the harvest. It’s a good chance for him to see the girls at work before he has to make a decision about who to send home tonight. He takes Jaimee out on the harvester. Will she stay or will she go?
Farmer Andrew’s mum, Robyn, works on the local paper and she sends the ladies out to interview the local characters of Delegate. The girls begin to question the social isolation and whether they’re cut out for it. Robyn’s co-workers put forward their opinions on who would suit Andrew best – Ashley and Rachel are their top picks.
Back on the farm, Lucy pulls Andrew aside to talk about the drama of the night before. Lucy pleads her case. She does not want to go home. Will the drama influence Andrew’s choice? We’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Caity has been ill and struggling with homesickness. She’s wondering if there’s a chance to connect with Andrew and if she should stay.
Farmer Sam’s girls take on golf at Ladies Day and learn some lessons on swinging a club as well as how to integrate into a country community. Later, they try their hand at sheep herding and learn the drenching process, giving them a real taste of a working farm.
Night falls and it’s time for the farewell dinners. Who will depart tonight?
Farmer Andrew talks to Lucy about the incident at the ute muster. He can’t get past the taint it’s put on their relationship and he sends her home.
Farmer Rob’s dinner is warm but someone has to go. He sends Shannon home but then hits us right between the eyes with a second send-home. Jodie leaves and it becomes clear that Rob is not mucking about here. He’s looking for love and intends to find it.
Farmer Sam’s dinner looks like fun, yet I think it comes as no surprise that he picks Dayna to pack her bags. She’s sweet but the connection between them is just not there.
Farmer Matt has had an eye-opening week. He checks in with Brydie – who hasn’t even unpacked yet btw – to see if she’s still considering going home. She wants to stay so let’s see where future weeks take them. Matt sends home KJ instead.
Farmer Will’s farewell dinner is pre-empted by Caitlyn, who takes matters into her own hands and pulls Will aside. She doesn’t want to end up in another unrequited love situation where her heart gets broken, so she wants to know – is it love or friendship? Will has her in the friend-zone so the two mutually agree to call it quits. Caitlyn bows out gracefully.
When Farmer Rob has cute-as-a-bug Luce assess a ram’s balls. More power to her as she tackles the task with confidence. It’s an intimidating job for many reasons, and she totally deserves the curry Rob cooks up later for dinner.
The scene at Farmer Matt’s local pub where the girls get a chance to interact with the community they might one day join.
Lucy’s behaviour, which creates havoc for Farmer Andrew and the girls. Okay, Andrew shouldn’t have said what he said but she was cruel to tell the others, knowing it would hurt them.
Lucy declaring she’d been ambushed and taken out of context. I’m still working through that. Maybe it’s a case of production and editing?
I’m not sure of Jess’s staying power. I know she likes Farmer Matt but I’m not sure the isolation of farming life will prove to be for her. Will she stay or will she withdraw?
I think Sunday’s Mother’s Choice episode will set the proverbial cat among the pigeons so don’t be surprised to see some girls wanting to go home in the face of new competition. Jealousy will certainly be a theme. Trouble is ahead. Buckle your seatbelts, we’re in for a bumpy ride.
Who’s ready for Sunday?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eva Scott
Eva comes from a family of storytellers and has been writing her own stories since she could hold a pencil. Growing up in a multicultural neighbourhood in Melbourne, Eva developed her wanderlust and a passion for culture and language. She travelled the world, living in Britain before coming home to Australia to study Anthropology. Wanderlust got the better of her again, so Eva packed up and headed to Papua New Guinea to live and work where she was completely in her element. Eva’s passion for the Australian country is born of her large extended family, which is spread out across the land. She volunteers at the local primary schools, teaching writing and working with children to incite a love of books and reading. Eva’s books explore relationships, culture, our roles in changing society, love and loss. She loves finding connections with readers over shared experiences.
If you’d like to know more about Eva, her books, or to connect with her online, you can visit her website: evascottwriter.com