Zini is confused when gamblers barter for her.
Season 1, Episode 8
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Air date January 19, 2013
Written by Dominic Cooper
Directed by Gary George
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"Strained" is the eighth episode of the series.


Blake's return is Ollie's cue to threaten him involving Sellie, spurring on a natural rivalry between the two. Gala and Sellie's new friendship is threatened when Lari ignores Gala's heartfelt advice in favour of Sellie's. Caught in a conflict between two gamblers, Zini finds she cannot rely on her powers for everything. Ana's strength begins to fade and a concerned Kira abandons her search for the vital vortex to help Ana discover why her powers are lacking. Finally, Dax cautiously steps in to help Zini, unaware of what her reaction to his assistance will be.