Series / McLeod's Daughters

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McLeod's Daughters is an Australian Soap Opera revolving around the McLeod family farm, Drovers Run. (No relation to that McLeod family.) The series ran for eight seasons from 2001 to 2009. Its focus began on two sisters, Claire and Tess, attempting to run the family farm after the death of their father.

McLeod's Tropes:

  • Anyone Can Die: Averted with Nick but played tragically straight with Claire and much later Alex.
  • Artifact Title: All of McLeod's daughters had left the series by the final season.
  • Back for the Finale: Sonia Todd and Rachael Carpani. Bridie Carter did a voiceover.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Claire and Alex.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Jodi in the first season. She failed her HSC and constantly moaned about how she would rather be living a glamorous life in the city than be on the farm. She also looked to Becky as a role model (for the wrong reasons).
    • Rose, especially for some time after it's revealed that Stevie is her Mother, not her Aunt.
  • Character Development: The most notable is probably Tess, who at first as a city girl only came to Drovers to claim a share of inheritance and dreamed of running a cafe in the city. She ended up switching allegiance to the country completely and ran Drovers after Claire died.
  • The City vs. the Country: The basic premise of the first season.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Xander Ryan.
  • Dead Person Conversation: The episode after Claire's death centres around Tess accepting it and saying goodbye, with help from her ghost.
  • Death by Childbirth: Claire's mother, Prudence, when giving birth to Claire's little brother, Adam. In addition to Prudence dying in childbirth, the baby was stillborn.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Both Claire and Alex managed to give one to Tess and Stevie respectively.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Becky Howard.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: In some of the earlier episodes, this trope is used to demonstrate Claire's loneliness since Jack died (though she'd never admit it). Tess was shocked that Meg and Jodi would eat dinner in their own house, leaving Claire to eat alone. Of course, once Tess moved in, this was no longer an issue.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Brick. Because he can't swim and would sink like one if he tried.
  • Ensemble Cast
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After Becky is raped and Claire takes her in at Drovers and employs her, she self-cuts her long blonde hair extremely short, shedding her previous Really Gets Around image.
  • Evil Matriarch: The word evil might be a bit harsh, but Liz Ryan certainly thinks she knows what is best for her boys. Particularly when it comes to women.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Stevie and Rose. She's not her Aunt but her Mother.
  • Farmer's Daughter
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Both Claire and Tess are desperate to prove that they have what it takes to run Drovers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Regan McLeod who originally wanted to mine Drovers for gold and destroy much of the land to do so.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Nick and Tess.
  • I Choose to Stay: Tess. At least until she lives with Nick in Argentina, never to return.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: Craig hides Alberto's letters to Jodi, despite being the postman. Somehow, he did not get fired for it. Also, Tess finds out that Jack sent her birthday and Christmas cards when she was a child. Her mother returned to sender without ever telling her.
  • Iron Lady: Claire most notably, but most of the women that end up bosses on the farm show traits when they need to given the mostly male-dominated farming community.
  • Love Thy Neighbour: Too many pairings of the Drovers girls/Killarney boys to mention here.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Jodi learns that Jack McLeod was her biological father via an affair with Meg.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Alex to Bryce Redstaff, in the season 3 episode The Ties that Bind
  • Manipulative Bastard: Harry Ryan.
  • May–December Romance: Harry and Sandra.
  • Meaningful Funeral: Claire's.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Tess blows up the house's electricity and gets her car stuck in the mud respectively in her quest for a decent coffee.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Tess
  • Naked First Impression: Nick walking into the bathroom and seeing Tess's bum in the mirror.
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: Becky leaving with Jake, leaning out the car window waving goodbye, sad to be leaving but excited for the future.
  • Put on a Bus: Nick and Tess. Meg and Jodi. Meg and Jodi actually did return for the final episode.
  • Rape as Drama: Becky is raped by Brian, the publican. He thinks he can get away scot-free and tells her that if she reports it, no-one will believe her anyway due to the fact that she really gets around.
  • Revolving Door Casting: Due to the show's turnover, ways writers kept a 'McLeod's Daughter' in the show included childbirth, having Jodi been a McLeod all along without realizing, and previously unmentioned relatives being introduced in the later seasons.
  • Romance on the Set: Rachael Carpani and Matt Passmore started dating during the show's filming. Sadly, they split in 2011.
  • Runaway Bride: Subverted with Jodi, who went through with her vows (however doubtful she was) to Alberto but broke up with him later that day, telling him she wasn't ready to be a wife. A 'running away' part was still filmed.
  • Scenery Porn: There are constant shots of beautiful South Australian farmland. Both Drover's Run and Killarney are breathtaking.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Nick and Alex Ryan, respectively.
  • Sexy Priest: Dan, the new priest in town. Kate first meets him as an SES volunteer and thinks he's hitting on her.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Stevie was heavily pregnant with his baby when Alex died.
  • Staircase Tumble: Just one of many ways the main characters get injured. At worst someone falls off a horse, a windmill, stairs, ATV, etc about every other episode.
  • Straight Gay: Vernon in the season one episode "Ducks on the Pond". Everyone thinks he is an axe murderer who killed his wife and children. Until he reveals to Tess that the reason his wife is not in the picture is because he is gay
  • Teen Pregnancy: Stevie gave birth to Rose when she was very young and irresponsible, and gave Rose to her (older) sister to raise.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tough as nails, Claire has been on the farm her whole life and knows very well how things work in the bush as opposed to Tess, the idealist city girl who initially struggles to adapt to life on the farm.
  • Wedding Day: Alex and Stevie's.. Alex almost doesn't make it when pulled over by the new cop in town who thinks he is a cattle thief.
  • You Look Familiar: Matt Passmore originally appeared in the season 4 episode "The Calling" as landowner Greg Hope. He returned in season 7 as Alex's half-brother, Marcus.

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