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Okavango Episode Guide


    SO THIS IS AFRICA
    The McKenzies arrive in Africa for a short stay to resolve the affairs
    of a dead uncle only to discover they have inherited a struggling game
    preserve and the uncle's last wish was that they stay and run it.
    
    THE GREY GHOST
    Recently settled in their new home in Africa, the McKenzies face their
    first enormous challenge - capturing a legendary wild rhinosaurus.
    
    WHAT PRICE PROGRESS
    When the government begins construction of a new asphalt road through an
    ancient tribal burial ground, Jack is dragged into conflict that pits
    ancient cultures against the march of progress.
    
    WEAVERS AND SHAKERS
    When Jessica discovers that the local African women make beautiful
    handcrafted cloth, she convinces them to go into business selling it,
    but it ends up stirring a fevered fight between the women and the
    traditional family breadwinners - their husbands.
    
    NOTHING IS BLACK AND WHITE
    Jessica is thrilled to learn that a world famous artist is coming to
    Okavango to paint. But when she discovers the artist is also a hateful
    racist, her idealized image of him is shattered.
    
    IT HAPPENED DOWN BY THE RIVER
    Two Day's is accused of a murder. But when the McKenzies discover the
    true killer to be a renegade crocodile, the news comes too late to keep
    Kyle from wandering right into the crocodile's territory.
    
    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    Poachers pose a dangerous threat to Okavango's animals and an even more
    ominous threat to Jessica when they take her captive.
    
    THE HUNGRY THIEF
    The McKenzies offer shelter to Two Days' cousin whose home was destroyed
    by poachers but soon discover they are actually harboring a fugitive
    from the law.
    
    FATHERS AND SONS
    When Jack takes Kyle into the wild to teach him how to hunt, their trip
    nearly comes to an abrupt, deadly end because of Kyle's trigger-happy
    attitude.
    
    KILL OR BE KILLED
    When Nealy runs away because she thinks her parents have forgotten her
    birthday, she becomes the prey of a stalking lion, forcing Jessica into
    a stand-off where she must choose between her daughter and one of the
    beautiful animals she's sworn to protect.
    
    WHICH DOCTOR
    When the local witch doctor refuses to let a sick little girl get the
    medical attention she needs, Jessica kidnaps her to take her to the
    hospital, only to find that the witch doctor's cures may have been just
    as effective as her modern medicine.
    
    WATER, WATER NOWHERE
    J.D. bleeds Okavango dry by damming up the river that flows through both
    properties, forcing the McKenzies into a desperate search to find
    another source of water before them must abandon Okavango.
    
    THE ANGRY CHEETAH
    A highly vicious cheetah arrives at Okavango and everyone is convinced
    it will never be friendly enough to return to its zoo -- except Jessica,
    who climbs into the cheetah's pen to prove them wrong.
    
    THE BATTLE OF OKAVANGO
    When two warring African tribes clash on Okavango property, a desperate
    Jack intervenes with a long-shot solution to try to prevent bloodshed.
    
    NATURE'S NATURE
    Wild Africa is no place to go off in a huff alone, but Jessica discovers
    this too late when a cobra bites her miles away from the house on a
    mountainside only reachable by foot.
    
    LIVE FOREVER
    Saddened, as if losing one of their pets, the McKenzies release their
    first animal into the wild - and quickly learn that the natural world
    around them may be beautiful but it's also a hard, harsh place to
    survive.
    
    THE END OF LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
    Visitors from Los Angeles have the McKenzies feeling homesick until the
    initial excitement passes and they are vividly reminded why they left
    phony Los Angeles behind.
    
    YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN
    Poachers are on the loose and Jack and Kyle are quick to take up arms to
    combat them. But when a horrified Jack suddenly comes face to face with
    one, he is forced to pull the trigger... and become a killer himself.
    
    FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
    Jack and Jessica head off on a mini vacation to spend some time alone
    together. But when their Jeep breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they
    spend more time together than they figured -- with no food, water or
    shelter.
    
    FALLING IN THE LOVE CANAL
    Under the McKenzies, Okavango is finally starting to thrive, its natural
    beauty untouched - until a toxic waste dump moves in only a few miles up
    the road.
    
    THE LEOPARD INCIDENT
    With Jack temporarily gone, Kyle takes a group of sightseers into the
    bush only to realize too late that they're actually hunters intent on
    bagging a rare leopard.
    
    BOY SOLDIERS
    Barely adolescents, two young rebel boys take Okavango hostage while one
    heals from gunshot wounds, and for the first time they see the love and
    generosity that comes from being part of a family.
    
    JACK GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    Jack gets hired as an actor on a tv show filming in Okavango. But when
    the show's star pulls a stupid move on a hunt putting people and animals
    in jeopardy, Jack goes head to head with the tv idol.
    
    THE ACTING FATHER
    Out of the blue, Nealy's biological father appears at Okavango, drawing
    out jealousy from Jack, anger from Jessica and a flood of mixed emotions
    from Nealy.
    
    GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR CHRISTMAS
    Jessica's prim and proper mother arrives at Christmas and cannot believe
    the disgusting, rustic conditions under which her daughter lives - until
    she is the only one who can help midwife the birth of a baby eland and,
    has come to love Okavango.
    
    I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
    For the first time, Jessica's visiting mother seems to be treating Jack
    with respect, but then she drops a bomb on him - she's dying, and asks
    him to swear not to tell Jessica the truth.
    
    EXTINCT ANIMALS
    Jack and Jessica trek into a remote jungle, but are stuck with a
    selfish, conceited companion who nearly destroys their chances of
    finding their goal - a legendary animal previously thought to be
    extinct.
    
    LENA COMES TO OKAVANGO
    Because Okavango will receive a much needed grant, the McKenzies have no
    choice but to accept a new ranch hand - a European socialite who has
    never worked one good day in her life.
    
    KYLE AND KIMBERLY'S PLANE TRIP
    Using her feminine wiles, J.D.'s daughter, kimberly, tricks Kyle into
    flying her to see a different boy for the weekend - and nearly pays for
    it with their lives when his plane goes down in the remote African
    mountains.
    
    MARCO
    The McKenzies are thrilled when Lena's boyfriend arrives and lures her
    back with an engagement ring, until they recognize that Lena's making
    the wrong decision and put aside their differences to help her see the
    light.
    
    CANNED HUNT
    The McKenzies are horrified to learn that J.D. is going to release an
    aged lion he acquired from a zoo to be hunted down by some clients,
    until J.D. offers them a share of the fee - money the McKenzies
    desperately need or else three new baby elephants may die of starvation.
    
    JACK AND J.D. IN THE BUSH
    The battle between Jack and his neighbor, J.D., has been brewing for a
    long time and finally comes to a head when an ancient tribal ritual
    forces the two men to work together to survive alone in the wild.
    
    KYLE'S RITES OF MANHOOD
    When Jack insists on treating Kyle like a little boy, Kyle sets out to
    prove that he's a man by surviving the death-defying tribal rituals of
    adulthood.
    
    J. D.'S WAR BUDDY
    The jungles of Africa become the jungles of Vietnam when an old army
    buddy of J.D.'s leads J. D. on a perilous hunt, and sweeps him back to a
    time and a war he'd much prefer to forget.
    
    SQUATTERS
    When Okavango opens its doors to a group of homeless refugees, J.D.
    accuses them of stealing and the McKenzies wind up caught in the middle.
    
    GIRAFFE
    Against Jessica's objections, Jack helps a visiting zookeeper capture a
    wild giraffe and quickly regrets it when the animal comes down with a
    potentially deadly disease as a result.
    
    KYLE'S TAMBU GIRL
    Kyle saves a local young woman from a charging elephant and, as a
    reward, her father insists Kyle accept a precious gift - his daughter's
    hand in marriage.
    
    TWO DAYS WANTS A RAISE
    Okavango could not run without the leadership of its foreman, Two Days -
    but that's exactly what it must do when Two Days asks for a raise and
    the McKenzies are unable to meet his demands.
    
    THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
    Kyle is snapped out of a spell of loneliness by the affections of a
    stray dog, but is devastated when Jessica discovers the dog has a deadly
    case of sleeping sickness and is a grave danger to all of Okavango's
    other animals.
    
    BEN THE BUG MAN
    Deeply affected by the death of a pet, Nealy wanders off into deepest
    Africa where she meets a strange hermit whose unusual tactics help her
    accept the painful truth.
    
    STRIP MINING
    A huge deposit of coal found on Okavango sparks a digging frenzy which
    comes to an abrupt end when Lena and Jack are nearly buried alive in a
    mine collapse.
    
    DOCUMENTARY
    The McKenzies are hired as guides to a television nature program. But
    when the director and producer come down with malaria, the inexperienced
    McKenzies must push on to finish the show alone.
    
    J.D.'S WIFE
    When J.D's ex-wife returns to Africa, the McKenzies get dragged into the
    middle of a fight between J.D. and his ex over the love of their
    daughter.
    
    JACK'S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT
    An ex-convict whom Jack helped put in prison shows up at remote Okavango
    bent on vengeance.
    
    ARCHEOLOGY
    A remarkable archaelogical find convinces the McKenzies that Okavango
    sits on top of the remains of the Garden of Eden, until they discover
    that the dig leader is actually stealing priceless artifacts for the
    black market.
    
    DID J. D. MURDER UNCLE BILL?
    The McKenzies are startled to learn that the original owner of Okavango,
    Jessica's uncle, may have been murdered - and all evidence is pointing
    an accusing finger at J.D. helms.
    
    ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
    Jack proudly brags about convincing a renowned vet to make Okavango a
    new client, until he discovers that the vet's "special method" is to
    actually talk to the animals.
    
    ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISTS
    A radical environmental group kidnaps Jessica and Lena, intent on
    killing them unless Lena's industrialist father destroys all of his
    factories.
    
    BED AND BREAKFAST
    For a change of pace, Jessica convinces the family to pitch in and open
    a bed and breakfast. But when their first guests turn out to be
    nightmares, she quickly regrets ever having thought of the idea in the
    first place.
    
    QUARANTINE
    When the entire human population of Okavango is struck down by a
    terrible flu, a hopeless J.D. is forced to play nursemaid to a house
    full of very unhappy patients.
    
    THE CAMPING TRIP
    Jack and Kyle secretly follow Jessica and Nealy to safeguard them when
    they go on a camping trip, but it quickly becomes apparent that the guys
    are the ones who could really use the protection.
    
    SO LONG OKAVANGO
    When the McKenzies discover tht J.D. has bought up all the land
    surrounding Okavango, they end up in a battle to keep their property
    from being confiscated by the government... and spelling an end to
    Okavango forever.
    

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