Monday, September 6, 2010

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 1.3

Series One, Episode Three
Original Air Date:  September 5, 2010

Nina goes back to work Monday after obsessing over the situation between Chris and Zara all weekend.  Darcy and Cherie are giving a naming ceremony for their son, Ray, and they've sent invitations to all of the family and friends.  Cherie wants everyone to bring one object that "defines" them for a time capsule.  Mick tries to work on his music but struggles because he's missing Billie.

Nina is still upset over the incident at work with Chris and Zara and wants to send him an e-mail about it but Billie advises her against it saying she'll look like a total psycho.  Billie is full of advice for her, it seems.

Every time she sees Chris or Zara she envisions them together.  At work, things are rather uncomfortable between Nina and Chris.  When Chris finally does talk to her and tries to explain the incident in the storeroom, Nina takes Billies advice and tells him she hasn't given it a second thought and that she has a date with someone named Ricardo.  Note to Nina:  Billies advice might not always be right, you know.

The family isn't really keen about the naming ceremony Darcy and Cherie want to do and Nina definitely is uncomfortable that Cherie has invited Chris and Zara.  Jimmy and Odile (who is quite the con artist) help Cherie plan the ceremony.  Billie wants to boycott the ceremony and tries to get Nina in on it.  After talking with her father and Cherie, Billie (who blames the boycott idea on Nina!) pulls her claws back in after Cherie tells her she wants Billie to be the baby's godmother.

Everyone prepares for the naming ceremony in their own way and wants to attend for different reasons.  Geraldine arrives with a much younger man.  Billie sets Nina up with a date but then takes him for herself when she learns Mick is at the ceremony to do a song for Cherie and Darcy.  Unbeknownst to Nina, Chris shows up with his daughter, while she is going on about how she feels about what she saw between Chris and Zara.

Chris and Nina have an uncomfortable conversation where she tells him how difficult it is for her to even flirt with someone.  Chris finally gets to tell her that nothing happened between he and Zara in the storeroom.  He almost tells her if that if he could commit to anything it would (apparently) be her.

It took a few episodes for me to really get to like this show.  Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it when I first saw it and have never disliked it.  It was one of those shows that, while I didn't hate it, I didn't love it either.  The more I see of it, though, the more I'm liking it.  The characters are all great, particularly Chris and Nina.  Of course, I love Kat Stewart in anything she's in and I loved Don Hany in Tangle.  I like the hour format for this show much better than the 2 hour movie.  It feels more comfortable.  I'm sincerely hoping that as we progress even further into the first season, Offspring becomes one of my favorite shows that makes me look forward to Sunday nights the way I looked forward to Tuesday nights because of Tangle and to Wednesday nights for City Homicide.

Offspring airs on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on Ten Network.
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