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Sisters–Season 1 Finale

The purpose of a season finale is to conclude the season’s story arcs and set up potential new ones for the next season (if there is one). This season finale didn’t really achieve either goal. If it was made clear if Sisters had or has been renewed, I could give this episode a pass, because in all honesty it didn’t feel like a finale at all, it felt like any other episode.

The episode starts off with Kasey inviting Julia to dinner in her own home, Roxy points out what the viewers would be thinking, in that Kasey is only having the dinner to butter Julia up when she reveals she’s not a sister. Isaac reveals that Kasey’s DNA sample was negative and she is subsequently confronted after Julius’ funeral, where she reveals that her efforts in the previous episode to swipe Julia’s DNA were successful. Due to her efforts being shown in the previous episode, in all honesty, I did guess that she managed to swipe Julia’s DNA and that this plot twist would present itself. It’s a good plot twist nonetheless, but it was still predictable, especially with Genevieve’s revelation earlier in the series that Julia’s mother met Julius first as a doctor and then fell in love with him.

One way that the season finale actually succeeded in concluding a story arc and setting up a potential one for next season, came in the form of Roxy’s drug addiction story arc. Just when we thought that she hit rock bottom when she threatened a colleague for his stash, she well and truly hits it when she steals Julius’ drugs while his dead body is still lying on his bed. While it’s not entirely established whether Roxy losing Julius, losing her job, finding out that she has some sort of reproductive problem, and finding out from Diane that she knew all along that Julius was her father, and her subsequent breakdown in front of Isaac, was enough to send her over the edge to the point of overdosing, you could form a strong argument that, that would be the case. I enjoyed the ending of her story arc as it was a nice full circle without being cliche—in the pilot Roxy is forced into rehab by her mother, in the finale she goes there willingly with the support of her sisters.

You could also argue that Edie’s story arc was also close to both being concluded and providing potential for the next season. Edie forces Amanda to resign, which leads to a great one liner and walk out by Amanda, however the troubles between Edie and Tim aren’t completely done and dusted. Tim admits in therapy that he hired a prostitute and the therapist oddly sides with him, which leads to another great one liner from Edie. I felt Tim’s choice to move out was a logical ending to this story arc and I appreciated that it happened without the drama.

While Julius’ death does make sense as its impending nature has been hinted at all season and it is the finale, there’s a part of me that still didn’t see it coming, which I’ll chalk up to good writing. I enjoyed Isaac’s brutally honest eulogy and I found Julius’ last words to Julia that “she’s keeping him hostage” an interesting one liner as it could also apply to Julia. I found Barbara’s confession to Julia that she was in love with Julius didn’t add anything to her character or the episode.

I felt that the final moments of the finale of Julia randomly riding her bike with a smile on her face just after the scene where Roxy went to rehab, was a letdown. There is no context to these moments or any indication of where Julia is going and what she is feeling. One interpretation that can be taken from it is that Julia is now free of Julius and is riding off to her next adventure in life, but that’s probably a bit of stretch. I felt these final moments were random and didn’t add anything or close off the season properly.

Overall the first season of Sisters was mostly good, especially with solid character development, however I also feel that the premise was underdeveloped. This could be partly due to the limitations of having a seven episode season and an uncertain future, however I feel there needs to be improvement in the writing. I felt that the finale was a letdown as there was no complete closure on this season’s story arcs and not much in the way of potential story arcs for next season (if there is one) presenting themselves. A finale should feel like a finale and it should be clear to the viewers. As I stated in the beginning of my review, it could have been any other episode if it wasn’t advertised as a finale. A finale being so underwhelming (writing wise) that it felt like it could have been any other episode, is never a good thing. That being said the acting and one liners were superb.

I hope Sisters is reviewed for another season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Genevieve is a runner just like Edie.

-Roxy remembers Julius through the Snapchat photos she took of him in a previous episode.

-Sam makes a reappearance and seemed to be the only other IVF child outside of the girls, Kasey and Oscar to be present at Julius’ funeral.

-Apparently Carl plays the piano.

Best one liners:

  • “Just remember that the night my father died you slapped me!” (Julia to Edie—the best one liner of the season)
  • “Don’t cream yourself too much Angela, you might slide off the seat.” (Edie to Angela, her therapist)
  • “Do you realise you put everyone in a position of compromise without being willing to compromise yourself?” (Amanda to Edie)
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Sisters–Season 1, Episode 6

So we have reached the penultimate episode of the season, usually a penultimate episode starts to tie up the season’s loose ends but doesn’t completely as that is the finale’s job, rather it focuses on the loose ends that need tying up.

The loose ends are the reveal of whether Kasey is a sister or not, Roxy’s pill taking, whether the class action will happen, the disintegration of Edie and Tim’s marriage, and the possibility of Julius’ death.

The episode kicks off with Kasey trying to swab Julia for the DNA test, which again is another strong hint that Kasey isn’t a sister. While I understand the need to keep a story arc going, in all honesty, the to-ing and fro-ing of if she is a sister and the kind of person she is has gone on long enough, and I’m hoping the writers will confirm this in next week’s finale. That being said I personally enjoyed the foils to Kasey’s plan with Julia rolling over in bed and then almost catching her in the act as her alarm woke her up.

Meanwhile Abraham has been confirmed as another sibling, although whether he is the first IVF child hasn’t been established. Abraham claims his innocence to Julia, Edie and Roxy, who don’t seem to believe him. While his story is briefly touched on, I am wondering whether it will actually be addressed in the season finale.

Roxy’s virginity and Isaac as her love interest is fully addressed in this episode. I appreciated the awkwardness of the first moments of the date, which is something I think a lot of people can relate to. However what I appreciated even more was Isaac’s reaction to the revelation that Roxy is a virgin through her assumption that Julia told him. It was true to their characters and I was amused by their conversation of their similar dating troubles, while I felt the outcome was obvious, I felt it was sweet and well done. Julia and Carl’s scenes and their own sexual encounter contrasted well with Isaac and Roxy’s scenes and blossoming romance, and Edie and Tim’s mediation scenes and disintegrating marriage.

The mediation between Edie, Tim and Amanda were the best scenes of the episode, with a great combination of humour and tension. While I’m glad the cheating and their disintegrating marriage has finally been fully addressed, it’s a bit of a letdown that the fate of the marriage still hasn’t been made clear, however it is highly likely this is being saved for the finale. Unless Tim’s hiring of the prostitute is going to be addressed in the finale, I didn’t see the point of their brief scene, other than Tim getting a little bit of revenge, it really didn’t add to the episode as a whole.

Ron and Diane reappear in this episode, Diane for the first time in a while and it was pulled off brilliantly. Considering how much of an acting powerhouse Szubanski is, frankly I feel her and her character have been underused. Like Edie and Amanda, I wasn’t expecting her to reveal that she had a child when she was fifteen to a Father. It certainly adds to her character and Szubanski’s performance was outstanding, however I do question what purpose this revelation serves.

Overall this was a solid episode albeit with a few flaws and a great springboard for next week’s finale.

 

Stray Observations:

-Em Rusciano and Harley Breen make a cameo appearance.

-Abraham’s reaction to seeing Julia, Edie and Roxy, especially Roxy was oddly sweet.

-Roxy’s pill addiction is getting to the point where she’s threatening her colleague for pills.

Best one liners:

  • “Oh my God, I think I found 1980s babywear!” (Oscar).
  • “He’s marvellously Scandinavian isn’t he?” (Julius on Oscar).
  • “Did you get a DNA test first?” (Oscar to Julia on her sexual encounter with Carl).

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 5

So Edie’s secret is out or at least to Tim anyway.

While Edie’s secret was bound to come out eventually, I was surprised by the writers’ choice to not only have Edie reveal her secret of her own volition but also to have the majority of the episode revolved around it. While it was never in Julia to spill her secret, I was honestly expecting her secret to come out via the cliche method of a stranger or a work colleague exposing it. By having Edie expose her secret to Tim, the ramifications of it are dealt with on her own terms, which is more interesting by far than having the choice taken out of her hands.

The exposure of Edie’s secret enables for humorous scenes of sisterly bonding with another reveal, a surprising one, that Roxy is still a virgin, as well as providing a distraction from the IVF scandal. As this is episode five and there are two more to go, I think it was a good time in the season to have the distraction and to enable serious character development.

I felt that the soundtrack choices in the moments leading up to Edie telling Tim the truth were excellent, Edie’s collapse and subsequent almost catatonic state was thrilling, and Amanda’s anger at Edie’s naivety justified. Despite the good portrayal by all three actors, I felt Edie’s request to Julia to not sleep with Tim was unreasonable, and that Tim’s reactions and choices were entirely unrealistic altogether until the moment that he broke down in Carl’s office. One writing nitpick I have about this whole A story was the fact that no explanation was given as to why Edie cracked in the first place. The most obvious explanation would be her declaration of her feelings to Amanda, however this isn’t made crystal clear.

On smaller notes, I felt the scene between Isaac and Julia didn’t really add anything to the episode as the ramifications on the Institute that Isaac mentions never actually played out. I also felt that the introduction of Abraham as the possible first IVF child was also a letdown as it was never confirmed whether he was the first child, and he is never mentioned again in the episode once he has been introduced.

An interesting and underrated moment in this episode for me was the moment that Roxy was called out for stealing Julius’ pain medication by Oscar only for Kasey to cover for her. This moment shows that Oscar is more observant than he lets on, possibly due to working in aged care, as well as the fact that, at least for now, Kasey has no intention of taking advantage of Roxy’s problem. This moment is especially important as Edie and Roxy unsuccessfully try to get Julia to deal with Kasey’s unwillingness to take the DNA test.

Overall this was an interesting episode but not a spectacular one, especially as there was a great amount of potential for subplots and story arcs that weren’t explored, it felt like a filler that is paving the way for the final two episodes.

 

Stray Observations:

-I was seriously bothered by the fact that Edie was lying on the floor and no-one bothered to call an ambulance to make sure she was okay.

-I’m also seriously annoyed by the fact that Kasey still hasn’t been confirmed as another sister.

-Julia’s nickname for Edie is “Eeds”.

-Ron makes a reappearance but Diane doesn’t.

-Julia pays another visit to her mother’s grave.

-Genevieve’s Huntington’s Disease diagnosis isn’t touched on in this episode.

-While Carl is clearly a bit of a jerk he is not a complete jerk as he doesn’t take advantage of Roxy, that being said I would have liked to have known why he wasn’t interested in her.

Best one liners:

  • “In jail…you know how we feel about that” (Oscar to Julia on visiting Abraham).
  • “I’m a virgin, I don’t know why” (Roxy).
  • “You two are in for a shitty couple of months” (Genevieve to Tim and Edie).
  • “If it’s any consolation, you two would have had lovely children…with extra hands” (Oscar to Julia on her and Sam).

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 4

This episode mainly revolved around Julia, Edie, Roxy and even Genevieve, being interviewed for a piece on the obvious A Current Affair spoof, Sunday Spotlight. I felt Natasha’s (Jane Hall) calls to everyone was a nice thread throughout, with it coming to a hilarious head when the piece airs with Genevieve’s anecdote on Edie’s experience at a nudist beach and her apparent subsequent obsession with penises. When Roxy wanted to promote her single on the show, I was expecting a reveal that she doesn’t have singing talent, however it was nice to see that she does have talent and it lead to the disastrous but hilarious piece ending on a happy note. Overall, the Sunday Spotlight subplot provided hilarious moments, but between Genevieve’s interview, the lack of content from the girls themselves and Roxy’s oddly inserted single promotion, it didn’t really come together to form a coherent piece of journalism, even though it was fictional.

Meanwhile, Julia is digging deeper into the IVF scandal and actually formulating a formal timeline of each IVF child through Julius’ photo gallery, with her and Isaac deducing that Julius was using his own sperm from 1978 until 1987. To me this was the most interesting development in the episode and it left me wondering whether both the first and last child will show themselves next week, especially as it was a bit of a letdown that they weren’t revealed this week. Another letdown was the question of why Julius started using his own sperm being left unanswered.

Just as I was feeling disappointed that Kasey didn’t appear in this episode, especially as the previous one revolved around her, sure enough she showed up at Julius’ physio session with Oscar. Again it hasn’t been established whether she actually is Julius’ child due to her reluctance to take the DNA test, I’m wondering how long that’s going to be dragged out for, not to mention I find it unrealistic that Julia would allow her to stay with them if she’s so reluctant to prove herself as her sister. However Kasey is emerging as an interesting character, despite the fact that her character is currently “flat”—she’s a little odd, possibly a con artist, yet she hasn’t shown any malicious intent towards anyone, despite her reluctance to prove she is another sister. That being said whether she uses her witnessing Roxy stealing Julius’ pills to her advantage remains to be seen.

Another interesting aspect in this episode was Zanetti’s choice to have discovery of Edie’s secret touched on but not directly addressed, through Tim’s inadvertent guess and suspicions of Edie’s true sexual nature. Tim asking Amanda about her “gaydar” and Edie’s sexuality, and subsequently quitting her job added some great tension, however I found the opportunity for Edie to reveal herself only to end up deflecting to be a cliche.

While I’m yet to receive confirmation that next week’s episode is the season finale (I suspect it isn’t due to the network not promoting it as such or whether my count of what episode we’re up to is off), I am getting the impression that the end of the season is coming as certain tensions and story arcs are coming to head, specifically the Edie story arc. In this episode, Edie’s secret nearly comes out, her mother reveals that she has Huntington’s Disease (and therefore it’s possible Edie has it) and she realises she has fallen for Amanda. I didn’t see the Huntington’s Disease reveal coming and it will be interesting to see it played out.

Overall this was a mostly solid episode, an improvement on last week, however there were a few too many letdowns, specifically the lack of reveal of the first and last IVF children, whether Kasey is another sister, and why Julius started it all in the first place.

 

Stray Observations:

-Interestingly Ron and Diane didn’t make an appearance (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall seeing them), I thought this would be the episode where they would want to be front and centre.

-Genevieve makes possibly the most hilarious reappearance after not being present in the previous episode.

-Sam makes a reappearance with the reveal that his marriage has broken down, however whether this is because his wife found out about his encounter with Julia in the pilot wasn’t made clear.

-Genevieve’s anecdote on Edie’s nudist beach experience made me think of the penile impression scene at the beginning of Bridesmaids.

-Not that I condone drug use/abuse, but Roxy is funny when she’s high.

-Julia cleaning up nasty graffiti at her home was another subtle reference to the consequences of the saga.

-Both Julius and Julia visited Julia’s mother’s grave.

-Loving the bonding sessions between Oscar and Julius, I hope we see more of them.

Best one liners:

  • “In aged care we call this fake sleeping” (Oscar on Julius).
  • “Making up is good” (Roxy to Edie and Julia after their first fight as sisters).
  • “It was circumcised, it did look aggressive” (Genevieve on Edie seeing a penis for the first time at a nudist beach).

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 3

So there’s a potential new sister.

In all honesty Kasey’s (Emily Barclay) appearance was a real let down. She only appears sporadically throughout the episode, being an imposition to Julia, and whether she is Julius’ daughter is never established. While the writers would be leaving this open to keep the arc going, I felt that the build up and the lingering feeling weren’t established well enough or strong enough to justify dragging it out.

I felt that Julia feeling overwhelmed at the situation was predictable, as it was inevitable and hinted at in the previous episode. I also felt the scenes with her trying to find relief fell flat, as the outcome of trying to hook up with a man who turned out not to be her sibling, only for him to be married with a family, was predictable. However these predictable moments redeemed themselves, when they lead to the most surprising moment of the episode of Julia catching Edie and Amanda in the act on her way home.

I felt that the MVP of this episode was Roxy, the focus was more on her whilst Julia and Edie were really in the background this week. Roxy genuinely tries to look after and have fun with Julius, with her own problems resurfacing in the process as she is becoming addicted to drugs again, which comes to a head when Ron sees this (but not Diane) when she returns to work.

On smaller notes, the brief emotional moments involving Mr Browning added another side to the IVF saga, by exploring how paternity would be made clear for an IVF child who has died. It was also an interesting moment for Julia as she steps up and is there for a stranger, rather than someone she knows, who is affected by the saga. I also felt that the parallel of Tim and Julia’s history and sexual tension, and Edie and Amanda’s sexual tension and kiss was executed perfectly. Also Roxy and Julius getting high, and the reveal of the origin of Tim’s “cleaning in undies” fantasy were the comic highlights of the episode.

Overall this episode wasn’t terrible but it did fall a little flat, in all honesty it felt like a filler.

 

Stray Observations:

-Roxy getting Julius into Snapchatting was gold.

-WWJD, no not Jesus, What Would Julia Do?

-Roxy got her “princess with a hammer” wishes at work.

-Genevieve (Catherine McClements) didn’t appear in this episode, but judging by the promo it looks like she’s going to cause trouble next week.

-Ron and Diane only appeared briefly and surprisingly Ron was the one to make the biggest decision in regards to the class action.

-Roxy felt like a middle sister when she was sitting between Edie and Julia at breakfast and trying to get them to be more optimistic.

Best one liners:

  • “I’m driving a car with no brakes heading into a tidal wave of shit” (Julia).
  • “Date guys whose DNA tested negative, easy!” (Isaac to Julia on how to avoid accidentally dating another sibling).
  • “I’m just a lady that’s really good at avoiding her own life.” (Julia)

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 2

So the Pilot established the show’s premise and dealt with the fallout of the IVF scandal on the three sisters, shortly after they all met. This episode dealt with the fallout on some of the girls’ family members, as well as their developing relationships, getting off to a great start by picking up where the viewers were left off–the girls’ impromptu sleepover.

While the Pilot introduced the three sisters to the viewers by separating them and their stories through obvious chapters, this episode continues this technique by alternating between the three of them with subtlety.

The most interesting themes present throughout this episode was the two sides presented within the characters, and also the loneliness they feel. With Edie, she describes the homosexual or bisexual side to herself without revealing it outright in therapy, and she’s struggling not only with the two sides of her sexuality, but also the two sides of simultaneously trying to be a good sister and trying to be a good solicitor. With Roxy, her two sides is being her happy self which could possibly be a front due to her profession, and trying to have the strength to stand up for herself both at work and with her mother, which she manages with success. With Julia, her two sides are basically trying to make everyone happy while trying to keep her head above water.

The two sides theme really comes to a head at the best awkward family dinner I’ve seen on a television show in years. While a family dinner of this nature was never going to go well, I felt for this situation it was quite realistic. Ron, Diane and Roxy air their issues, in the midst of Oscar (Joel Creasey) letting the cat out of the bag in regards to Edie’s lawsuit, whilst Genevieve provides a harsh but honest voice of reason and commentary on the recent events. While the tension was executed beautifully, I felt that the dinner being the moment that the lawsuit truth comes out was predictable.

In regards to the loneliness theme, this is shown beautifully with the soundtrack and dialogue-less scenes with all of the main characters at the end of the episode. All of the characters are lonely in different ways–Edie with turning on her siblings and her unexplored sexuality, Julia with trying to take care of everything on her own (which Roxy points out that she doesn’t have to), Roxy with her strained maternal relationship, and Diane and Ron missing Roxy.

Another highlight of the episode was the reappearance of Sam and Oscar, especially as I wasn’t sure when the Pilot concluded whether any of the other siblings would be reappearing. As Sam was portrayed as an unlikeable character, I’m glad his reappearance was only brief. In contrast, I loved Oscar’s reappearance, who provided much needed comic relief. While Creasey’s talents are in comedy and he provides this in spades with the character of Oscar, he also started to show his acting chops in this episode, especially during the dinner scene, as his presence was of a more subtle nature. I’m looking forward to seeing Oscar in future episodes. The reappearances of Sam and Oscar also provided some subtle foreshadowing at the reappearance of another unknown sister at the end of the episode, although that being said, it is yet to be revealed if this woman actually is another sister, which will be the focus of next week’s episode.

On smaller notes there are some loose ends that haven’t been tied up, which leaves me wondering if they will be addressed in future episodes or whether they were just random mishaps. These include Sam’s desire to meet Julius, Roxy’s “negotiations” at work, and Amanda’s (Zindzi Okenyo) anger towards Edie.

Overall this was a solid episode, but I wouldn’t say as spectacular as the previous two episodes. Perhaps this is because as the premise and characters have been established, the focus is now shifting to more subtle character development. Interestingly, according to IMDB, there are only six episodes, so we are already halfway through the first season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Oscar Skyping or Facetiming with Roxy whilst at lunch with Edie was a nice, if not awkward attempt at sibling bonding.

-The way Julia was fired would not happen in real life, or at least if it did it wouldn’t be legal.

-Ron, Diane, Genevieve, Isaac and Julius only make brief appearances in this episode.

Best one liners:

  • “I want a hammer!” (Roxy)
  • “As an adult, I’m coming for you.” (Edie to Julius)
  • “I am not scum!” (Diane to Julia)

 

Sisters–Pilot

So after much promotion, Sisters finally premiered last night.

The job of a pilot is to establish a show’s premise and characters and set up story arcs for the season. This pilot managed to accomplish this beautifully. What I didn’t expect was the chapter-like introduction to the three sisters: Julia (Maria Angelico), Roxy (Lucy Durack) and Edie (Antonia Prebble). It was something that I had never seen before and it was well executed, as while rarely used writing techniques can provide a breath of fresh air to a TV show, if they drag on, especially a technique like this, it can bore and confuse the viewer. While the pilot does go back-and-forth between the three of them, it doesn’t go out of its way to knock the viewer on the head with the chapter technique.

In the first chapter we are introduced to Julia Bechly, the daughter of IVF pioneer, Julius Bechly (Barry Otto), who is portrayed as a clutzy and awkward woman, and a devoted albeit struggling carer to her father.  Her disastrous first date with Sam was the first comedic moment of the episode and a fine one to start with, the payoff later in the episode was beautiful, but I’ll get to that. She is the first out of the three sisters to find out about Julius using his own sperm when he provided IVF treatment. The fact that she found out by reading the paper left on the front lawn made chronological sense, as well as sense as a whole as she should be the first to find out.

In the next chapter we are introduced to Roxy Karibas, a children’s entertainer who is struggling with an unidentified medical problem that has lead her to overdose on painkillers. While it’s clear as day that Roxy is someone who loves attention, to me it wasn’t so clear if she actually had an addiction or whether her stage mother, Diane (portrayed brilliantly by Magda Szubanski) is just as dramatic as Roxy is and sees her issues for more than what they are. While Roxy isn’t the first to find out about Julius’ actions, she is the first IVF child to come forward. While Roxy is an attention seeker and I briefly wondered a con artist, I appreciated the writers’ choice to reveal that Roxy has most likely turned out that way due to the influence and parenting choices made by Diane.

In the next chapter, we are introduced to Edie Flanagan, a solicitor who appears to have it all–the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect life in general. However this is torn to shreds within seconds of her introduction in a marriage therapy session with her husband, Tim (Dan Spielman). While I enjoyed the honest scenes of Edie expressing her dissatisfaction of her sex life with Tim, what I appreciated even more was the payoff later in the episode, which again I’ll get to.

After these three chapters, the floodgates open with Julia organising a party for all of the IVF children to meet each other and this is where the fun really begins. The first surprise, for Julia anyway, is discovering that Sam is actually her married brother. The second surprise for Julia is discovering that her former childhood friend, who she apparently despises now, is her sister. The third surprise for everyone is that even though there are hundreds of brothers, there are only three sisters, and that right there is where the premise of the show is officially established. I loved Roxy’s behaviour on stage, cheerfully and happily encouraging everyone and her subsequent disappointment when she discovered that there are, in her own words only “three of us”.

The fallout of both the revelation of Julius’ actions and the discovery that there are only three sisters was executed beautifully and clearly will be explored throughout the season. I enjoyed Edie’s tense interactions with her own mother, Genevieve (Catherine McClements) about the situation, providing a nice insight into their clearly strained relationship. I was also pleasantly surprised by Genevieve revealing to Julia that her mother went to see Julius for treatment and then fell in love with him. Julia’s subsequent reaction of kicking her mother’s grave in anger was incredibly heartbreaking and well acted by Angelico. Diane kicking Roxy out of home for wanting to find out for sure whether Julius is her father was equally heartbreaking. Edie’s reaction of asking her assistant to play devil’s advocate on the possibility of a class action against Julius provided necessary variety within these reactions, not to mention their hook-up was a beautiful and unexpected payoff to the marriage therapy session earlier in the episode, revealing one of the major reasons behind her marital woes and unsatisfactory sex life.

While the premise of the show revolves around the actions of the girls’ father, I’m also interested in seeing the development of the relationships with their mothers. Interestingly both Diane and Genevieve have tense relationships with their respective daughters and both emphasise to them that Julius “helped a lot of women”. Due to the fact that Julia’s mother is dead, we’ll only ever discover what their relationship was like from Julia’s and possibly Julius’ perspective, something which I hope is touched on further, other than through Julia’s obviously regular visits to her mother’s grave. I’m also interested in seeing Edie and Julia’s history of being childhood friends, and Edie stealing Tim away from Julia explored further.

On smaller notes, I’m wondering whether Julia will end up with Isaac (Charlie Garber), Julius’ protege, or Tim, that being said I’m hoping there’s no love triangle business as that is a cliche that has been done to death. I also felt that Julius’ informal list of his patients, through the baby photos of his IVF children on his wall, was genius. I also appreciated the small twist of Julia turning out to be Julius’ first born child, as well as the girls possibly being the eldest out of all of the children.

Overall this was an excellent pilot, which did its job establishing its premise, characters and story arcs. For those who feel the premise is unrealistic, if you Google it, you will be surprised to find the amount of cases of “real life” doctors actually having done this. The performances and the writing so far have been superb and I’m looking forward to reviewing the rest of the season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Julia took the wine being spilled on her like a pro, turning the dress around was an absolute bonus and probably something I’d consider if I was in a similar situation.

-Joel Creasey as Oscar, one of the IVF children, was an unexpected highlight of the episode. I’m wondering if his appearance is a cameo or whether he’ll appear throughout the season. Not only did I love his first appearance and reaction to meeting Julia, but also his subtle actions throughout the party.

-One little writing nitpick I have is how Julia would have been able to give her siblings the right “show bag” at the party, when she was seen filling them with birth records or patient files. I’m open to being wrong about what she was stapling and putting in the bags, it may have not been birth records or patient files at all, but that’s what it looked like.

-Special mention for the episode goes to Magda Szubanski, although I’m aware of her distinguished career, this is the first time I’ve seen her in a dramatic role.

-Roxy’s, Julia’s and Edie’s behaviour when they were on stage at the party perfectly reflects their personalities.

Best one liners:

  • “I don’t want to know you’re not my daughter” (Ron to Roxy)
  • “I’m hanging up…I love you” (Diane to Roxy)