Seven’s move on a Rafters finale next week was reportedly chosen because Episode 15 gave the show a cliffhanger.
Otherwise the show would have ended on Episode 19 in ratings season with no cliffhanger.
It is expected to be replaced by retrospective specials of Australia’s Got Talent.
But Seven is planning to return the show in February with a pile of Rafters up its sleeve.
Here’s the synopsis for that ‘cliffhanger finale.’
This week on Packed to the Rafters, Nathan finds out that sometimes taking a risk can lead to big rewards, while Ben finds that when rolling the dice doesn’t pay off, the consequences can be devastating.
Ben initiates a night on the town with the boys and everyone is impressed by the upmarket city nightclub he takes them to. But when they get the full VIP treatment, including all drinks on the house, Nathan presses Ben for information on who is paying for their night out – and why? When Ben reveals that Tom has put him in touch with Chris (guest star STEVE ANDERTON) a nightclub owner who is courting Ben as a potential investor in his next business venture, alarm bells immediately sound for Nathan – can Ben really trust Tom to take care of his best interests?
At the club Nathan realises how rusty he is at chatting to women – he can‟t read their signals and he‟s scared of taking risks. Prompted by his mates‟ teasing, Nathan forces himself to take a chance, and he ends up having an intimate encounter in a broom closet with the attractive club hostess, Courtney (guest star ALEXANDRA PARK). He feels better for having taken the risk, but when it comes to backing Ben‟s venture, he‟s strangely more conservative.
Meanwhile Carbo and Retta, inspired by Nathan‟s encounter, reassess their own sex life. While they‟re more than satisfied now, they‟re both keen to make sure things don‟t get stale in that department, and they promise to always surprise each other. So a return to the club prompts them to take their own public risks, with comic results.
8:30pm Tuesday on Seven.