Sunday, 12 February 2012, 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Danny is in prison, accused of murdering Peeters, but Du Plessis is determined to prove his friend’s innocence by any means he can. Du Plessis’ first attempt backfires disastrously when he harangues a police officer and ends up in a cell next to Danny. However he’s not deterred, and promises Danny that he’ll get him out. Upon his release Du Plessis enlists Fatani in his investigation. They hope that the CCTV at the Big Five will show that Danny had an alibi for the night that Peeters was killed, but this turns out to be futile. However they are taken aback when the CCTV reveals Ed sneaking off into the night. Did Ed kill Peeters?
When Du Plessis questions Ed about what he was doing that night, and Ed says he was fast asleep, Du Plessis knows he’s lying. His suspicions grow when Ed gets a mysterious call, so Du Plessis follows him, while Fatani searches Ed’s room at Mara. Ed realises that Du Plessis has been trailing him and confronts him with a gun. Du Plessis is terrified that Ed is going to shoot him but instead he shoots a snake that was about to bite him. At Mara, Fatani finds more evidence against Ed – a letter of termination from the Big Five, signed by Peeters himself. When Ed returns to Mara, Du Plessis and Fatani have to hide and they overhear him having a highly dubious conversation.
Meanwhile, because Ed and Du Plessis have both been so preoccupied, Rosie is left to manage everything herself, to her increasing frustration. She’s due to visit Danny in prison, but when the ailing three legged cheetah runs off, there is no-one else around to go after it, so she sets off into the bush. Finally she manages to catch up with it, and discovers that it went to find its brother. However the wild cheetah turns on Rosie and savages her leg, leaving her unable to move. Danny waits in his cell, getting more and more worried. He calls Caroline, who can’t find Rosie anywhere and raises the alarm. The concerned family form search parties and begin looking for her.
Caroline meanwhile has managed to secure an emergency hearing for Danny. After some tense moments in court, the judge grants bail.
Having searched all night long, Du Plessis and Ed finally find Rosie. She’s lost a lot of blood and is in a bad way, so Ed talks to her to keep her conscious while he carries her to the jeep. Seeing Ed with Rosie, Du Plessis starts to think he was wrong about him.
Danny hurries home to his injured daughter. He’s relieved to see Rosie, but angry with both Ed and Du Plessis for letting her get into danger.
Fatani finds cash and a flight ticket, which seems to confirm their earlier suspicions of Ed. Du Plessis tries to outline their theory to Danny, but he doesn’t want to hear it, so Du Plessis confronts Ed, accusing him of murder. An astounded Ed, furious at the accusations, explains that all the secrecy was because he was trying to move a rhino to Leopard’s Den. Du Plessis is stymied and Danny turns on him, telling him that this whole mess is his fault.
Danny and Ed head off to collect the rhino, but on their return the road is blocked by poachers. Ed urges caution, but Danny doesn’t want to comply. However when the poachers force him to hand over the keys, they discover that instead of a rhino in the truck, there’s merely a cow. Danny can’t believe that Ed didn’t trust him enough to tell him that they were a decoy.
Meanwhile a downcast Du Plessis is buoyed when Rosie and Fatani tell him not to give up trying to prove Danny’s innocence. He re-enacts Peeters’ last moments with Fatani, and they discover a deadly snake near the verandah. Du Plessis realises that Peeters died after he was bitten by a snake. He takes it to the police station and shows the officer the “killer”.
Danny and Ed return, having made up their differences over the release of the rhino. The family are delighted to tell Danny what Du Plessis discovered – it looks like Danny will be able to fly home for the birth of his baby after all. Danny apologises to Du Plessis and thanks him profusely.
As the family wave Danny off, Danny urges Du Plessis to make an effort with Ed, but Ed is clearly not relishing the prospect of working with the man who called him a murderer. It looks like fireworks are in store…