As the executor of Mary's will, Father Ralph begins his meteoric rise in the Church, while Meggie finds herself all alone. An audacious suitor provides a thrilling but risky diversion. Is this the beginning of a new life without Ralph?


Daryl Duke


Carmen Culver (teleplay), Colleen McCullough (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Ralph de Bricassart
Rachel Ward ... Meggie Cleary
Christopher Plummer ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
Jean Simmons ... Fiona 'Fee' Cleary
Richard Kiley ... Paddy Cleary
Bryan Brown ... Luke O'Neill
Philip Anglim ... Dane O'Neill (credit only)
John Friedrich ... Frank Cleary
Stephen W. Burns Stephen W. Burns ... Jack Cleary (as Stephan Burns)
Brett Cullen ... Bob Cleary
Dwier Brown ... Stuart Cleary
Stephanie Faracy ... Judy
Barry Corbin ... Pete
Antoinette Bower ... Sarah MacQueen
John de Lancie ... Alastair MacQueen


After the unrestricted and painful confessions on the night of Mary Carson's seventy-fifth birthday celebration followed by her sudden demise, Father Ralph de Bricassart begins his meteoric rise in the Roman-Catholic Church, as the executor of the deceased's will. As the ambitious priest tries to find his feet in early-1930s-Sydney, for the first time, Meggie finds herself all alone without her mentor, struggling to cope with a new reality and a string of tragic deaths that threaten to take over her life. However, even though Father Ralph seems to have already made up his mind, an audacious and resourceful suitor in the person of the handsome young farmhand, Luke O'Neill, provides a thrilling but risky diversion. Is this the beginning of a new life without Ralph? Written by Nick Riganas

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1980s | 80s | 1930s | 30s | sydney | See All (50) »


Drama | Romance



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28 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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When Paddy is riding around in the thunderstorm that leads to the fires, it clearly bright sunshine and a cloudless sky, as evidenced by the ground around him. See more »


Meggie Cleary: Oh I don't understand you. Neither of you. I don't understand that kind of love!
Frank Cleary: Oh, poor little Meggie. You still think love can save us. It's more killing than hate. Hate is so clean, so simple, like being in the ring. With hate, you just keep hitting; you hit until they stop hitting back. With love, they never stop.
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Luke and Meggie
Written and Performed by Henry Mancini
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