Series 2 Episode 14 - Fathers, mothers, daughters, sons
If you accidentally sleep with your half-brother, can that be counted as incest?
Cheryl has assembled all the family. She has a big announcement for them: you have another brother.
She explains about Wolf’s infidelity with Anne-Marie Gibbs and that they have a half-brother as a result of that affair. Loretta bursts out laughing – and Pascalle bursts into tears and runs from the room. Loretta gleefully explains that Brandon has been one of Pascalle’s many sexual conquests.
When one night stands go bad.Loretta
Cheryl just hopes that seeing Loretta’s film at the screening tonight will cheer everyone up. It was mentioned in the school newsletter. Loretta blanches.
At the Video Hut Jools is unapologetic. Just have everyone sit in the back and leave right away. Loretta is staunch. No way is her mother getting anywhere near this film.
That night, the news just gets worse for Loretta, in that Cheryl has recruited Van and Aurora and Kasey to come along. Pascalle is trying to worm her way out of it when Dr Khan arrives to pick her up for their date. Cheryl insists Bruce join the family in watching Loretta’s film. Being a gentleman, he accepts. Pascalle is mortified.
At the film screening, a brief introduction from the film teacher to the film by Loretta West, and the lights go down…we see a story about a girl being sexually molested by an older male. Oh shit.
At home, caught in her own web of lies, Loretta’s response is to try and convince Cheryl that the film was all made up. But Cheryl points out that it had ‘this is a true story’ at the beginning. Loretta’s passionate reassurances that none of that ever happened to her are falling on deaf ears.
Cheryl and Kasey debate at the West house. Eric’s been an old family friend for ages, right? And of course, since Loretta’s a lesbian… Enter Loretta, who catching on, launches vehemently into a defense of her film and sexuality. She eventually reveals her affair with Hayden.
At Janet Frame Rest Home, Pascalle is cornered by Dr Khan, who assures her he doesn’t mind her family in the least. Pascalle still can’t get her head round any guy being as nice to her as he is – maybe it’s a cultural thing. Anyway, on to Grandpa. He does not have, as presumed, Alzheimer’s – he has a brain tumour. But the good news is it’s completely operable!
At the Video Hut, Loretta tells Jools she may have to admit to the scam. Jools disagrees. If Loretta can hold out, Jools will finish up the year then quietly head off to Wellington where Peter Jackson has offered her a job as a lowly runner. He really liked her film. And in other news, Jools has changed her name by deed poll – she’s now Loretta West.
Our Loretta is stunned. Although the two girls carry on fighting, there is a mutual acknowledgement that they could fuck up each others lives pretty bad. Neither wants to go there.
And so Loretta goes to her mother to ‘confess’. And the abuser was… Bert Thompson, Grandpa’s old mate who died eight years ago. And it really wasn’t much more than a kiss in return for some sweets. Gotta up the drama in film, eh? The book is finally closed.
Cheryl is with Judd, distraught and enraged with Wolf over his infidelity. Judd comforts her as she fights away the tears – but he is now a man with a mission; to find Wolf. To give Cheryl the satisfaction she needs.
Judd inquires at Anne-Marie’s house and finds Brandon. Uncle Wolf is my father? …Oops. Next comes an earful from Anne-Marie along the lines of get the hell out of my house.
At the station a call from an angry Anne-Marie prompts a ‘discussion’ between Grisham and Judd. The boss tells Judd he’s treading a pretty bloody thin line here – he’s getting more and more compromised by the day.
Jethro arrives at his office to find Judd. It’s an appeal to Jethro’s love of his mother – Judd speaks honestly about how it has gutted her and about how much she wants to find Wolf. At last he gets through. Jethro tells him to talk to Grandpa.
A trace of Grandpa’s phone records reveal a repeating cell phone number. One which Wolf answers. Judd tells him his father is in the hospital with a brain tumour. And, by the way, people are looking for you.
Judd gives the number to Cheryl, but she is more concerned about Judd getting into trouble for doing this on her behalf. Judd shrugs it off – he’s seriously thinking about taking a payout and leaving the force. Cheryl smiles – she thinks that is a magnificent idea.
At the station, Grisham learns Judd is leaving and take his rightful pension with him. But Grisham is not buying it. What is Judd up to? And more importantly, what are the Wests up to now?