PLOTS OF LAND

SAV­ING CEMETERIES AND FARMS, MATCH­MAK­ING THE LOVELORN AND PLAY­ING DR MUM – IT’S ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR Meryl

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Meryl thinks she has all the an­swers to Why­hope’s woes

ama­teur farmer Hugh has lit­er­ally dug him­self into a hole and stuffed his back (above), leav­ing it to Meryl to play ma­ter­nal medico and sort him out. Her un­ortho­dox med­i­cal so­lu­tion does the trick and Hugh’s rar­ing to go!

No sooner has one son’s lit­tle drama been rec­ti­fied than Ajax (Matt Cast­ley) steps up with a prob­lem to solve. The Why­hope Ceme­tery is to be re­placed by a foot­ball field, ne­ces­si­tat­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of all graves! Out­raged, Ajax plans to stage a grave­yard demon­stra­tion... un­til he calms down and pon­ders a more ra­tio­nal idea. Ap­proach­ing Meryl, Ajax sug­gests up­root­ing the en­tire ceme­tery and trans­plant­ing it to Ar­ca­dia, which will en­able the Knights to share in the prof­its.

Dol­lar signs danc­ing in her eyes, Meryl jumps aboard to en­act the most cru­cial part of the plan, to trick Hugh (as the farm’s owner) to sign the forms for the re­lo­ca­tion. Mum saves the day yet again, not paus­ing to weigh up the price she might pay down the track for dup­ing her son!

With the ceme­tery safe and Hugh’s spine be­hav­ing it­self, it’s back to the busi­ness of love and money for Meryl, who soon strikes it lucky! Af­ter de­cree­ing that Penny (Hay­ley McEl­hin­ney) needs a man, Meryl thinks she’s found the one! His name’s Raph (Don Hany) and Meryl wants Penny to go out on a date with him. He­si­tantly agree­ing, Penny be­gins to har­bour high hopes for the evening, how­ever, they’re soon dashed when is­sues sur­round­ing their re­spec­tive chil­dren prompt an ar­gu­ment. Could Meryl’s res­cue ef­forts blow up in her face?

That’s the cru­cial ques­tion hov­er­ing over her next, and most im­por­tant, prob­lem! Thanks to Meryl con­ning Hugh re­gard­ing Ar­ca­dia’s ac­quir­ing the ceme­tery, a de­ter­mined Hugh has gone and sold the farm out from un­der the fam­ily! Meryl’s shock is pal­pa­ble, es­pe­cially when she dis­cov­ers who’s bought it. Con­fronting Hugh, in­tent on learn­ing why the new owner paid such a high price for the prop­erty, Meryl sus­pects there’s some­thing about the land the fam­ily doesn’t know about. Ev­i­dence soon emerges that the owner wants to re-sell to a min­ing gi­ant and Meryl’s livid! How is she go­ing to fix this?

That’s easy... be­cause once the new owner ends up in the car­diac unit for pace­maker surgery, Meryl busts in and in­ter­ro­gates the pa­tient while they’re un­der twi­light anaes­thetic! Mrs Knight knows the fam­ily’s for­tunes are rid­ing on her suc­cess or fail­ure right here, right now – be­cause if she gets the an­swers she needs, the Knights will be a cool $3 mil­lion richer!

MERYL

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