After the dramas of Nick’s secret coming out over the last few episodes, a light episode with simple A and B stories was necessary.
The A story of Angie winning a family trip to Disneyland was sweet and light-hearted without being corny. I did enjoy the opening scene of Angie calling the radio station, although I question the realism of Justin going along with it and the other characters coincidentally listening to the broadcast at the same time. I found the obstacle of Justin’s expired passport to be predictable and Lewis’ appeal to the Passport Services employee a little unrealistic, but I appreciate that it wasn’t overplayed. I was happy to see that Justin and the kids were able to go on their holiday, the outcome was slightly predictable but did manage to keep me on my toes enough, and besides if any of the families deserve a holiday it’s them.
Despite my questioning of the realism of the other characters listening to the broadcast at the same time, I did appreciate its use to connect the A and B stories. The scenes between Rafiq and his boss were well done, with the right amount of ambiguity in each interaction to keep the viewers engaged. While I found the boss’ actions and Justin’s eventual discovery of the situation to be predictable, I did enjoy the interactions between the boss and Gemma throughout the episode and I felt that the inevitable outcome couldn’t have been done better. In writing, the devil is in the detail and as a writer I appreciate how subtle and seemingly insignificant moments can prove to be the most crucial part of a story.
One standout of the episode was Lewis. Usually Lewis is the centre of attention due to his often controlling, dominating and just plain bad behaviour, so his role as a supporting player to the guys and Rafiq was a welcome change. I especially enjoyed his and Gemma’s parental behaviour towards Rafiq and their decision to take him in, which I’m sure will play out in the remaining episodes of the season, however I couldn’t help but question whether this to make up for Justin’s brief absence and the lack of older children in the Crabb household.
On a smaller note, I found Lewis’ encounter at the massage clinic a little ridiculous, but I found it hilarious and writing-wise I was relieved, that it lead to his decision to run for council as it’s true to his character. I’m looking forward to seeing this subplot played out in the remainder of the season. I’m not sure how I feel about the guys’ decision to walk the Kokoda Track, hopefully it won’t be forgotten about in the upcoming episodes.
Overall this episode was solid but not spectacular as I found the stories for the most part to be predictable and subsequently bland, however there was enough heart and humour in it to offset those flaws a little. I have the feeling that this episode is a filler to the remaining episodes of the season and whatever ‘drama’ Delta Goodrem’s character will bring, who is FINALLY being introduced next week.