The Family Law: episode guide

Series 1 | Series 2

Queensland's Got Talent

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Episode 1.01
Thu, January 14, 2016
497,000 viewers
Written by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

Benjamin tries to mend his parent's broken marriage by encouraging Danny to be more engaged with the family through his end-of-year talent show, but with disastrous results.

Starring: Trystan Go as Benjamin Law, Fiona Choi as Jenny Law, Anthony Brandon Wong as Danny Law, Shuang Hu as Candy Law, George Zhao as Andrew Law, Karina Lee as Tammy Law, Vivian Wei as Michelle Law

With: Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Takaya Honda as Klaus Thomson, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson, Andrew Buchanan as Anders Thomson, Rumi Kikuchi as Kumi Thomson, Hugh Parker as Mallory Mallory, Loretta Kung as Daisy, Diana (Xiao Jie) Lin as Maisy, Lachlan Sutherland as Russell, Declan Coyle as Troy, Meg McSweeney as Stacey McCann, Piera Forde as Craft Shop Assistant, Russell Ross as Waiter

Tra-la-la-la-Law

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Episode 1.02
Thu, January 21, 2016
Written by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

It's been a week since Jenny kicked Danny out, and things are tense in the Law household in the lead-up to Christmas. As Benjamin struggles to put together the tree (usually Danny's responsibility), Jenny tries to lift the mood by being upbeat, but it's clear Tammy is still resentful towards Jenny for how things have turned out. In the meantime, Benjamin and Melissa visit a local unscrupulous talent agent named Beryl Streep (for marketing purposes) who promises them both stardom as long as they can cough up the exorbitant joining fee.

With: Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Takaya Honda as Klaus Thomson, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson, Andrew Buchanan as Anders Thomson, Rumi Kikuchi as Kumi Thomson, Sam Cotton as Wayne, Caroline Kennison as Beryl Streep, Loretta Kung as Daisy, Diana (Xiao Jie) Lin as Maisy, Stacey De Waard as Checkout Cashier

Asians Gone Wild

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Episode 1.03
Thu, January 28, 2016
Written by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

After Benjamin takes the initiative and forces the family into group therapy, their no-nonsense counselor Sandra suggests Danny takes the children off Jenny on weekends. That way, Jenny can see Danny being engaged with parenthood for once, and Jenny can get much-needed time to herself. Meanwhile, Benjamin is distressed to discover Melissa has scored a role on TV before him. Beryl reveals Melissa has a "special trick" — the ability to cry convincingly on cue.

With: Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson, Sam Cotton as Wayne, Caroline Kennison as Beryl Streep, Sandro Collarelli as Cecil, Barbara Lowing as Sandra, Loretta Kung as Daisy, Diana (Xiao Jie) Lin as Maisy, Alison McKenzie as Buggy Ride Operator, Graham Furness as Older Man, Hanako Yates as Young Girl

Birthday Bash

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Episode 1.04
Thu, February 04, 2016
Written by Marieke Hardy
Additional writing by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

Andrew's 18th birthday is coming up and Jenny — with Benjamin's help — is determined to throw him the perfect party. Only problem is, Andrew really doesn't want Jenny and Benjamin meddling. Meanwhile, Benjamin — demoralised by his lack of auditions — is heartened by getting a promotional job through Beryl Streep… involving handing out sausage samples at the local shopping centre. Upon arrival, he is horrified to discover Klaus Thomson doing the same job, having recently been signed onto Beryl's books.

With: Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Takaya Honda as Klaus Thomson, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson, Sam Cotton as Wayne, Loretta Kung as Daisy, Diana (Xiao Jie) Lin as Maisy, Jane Barry as Promo Assistant, Stephen Tandy as Security Guard, Piera Forde as Craft Shop Assistant, Julie Eckersley as Bratworst Woman

Everything's Coming Up Roses

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Episode 1.05
Thu, February 11, 2016
Written by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

After Andrew moves out with Danny, a heartbroken and catatonic Jenny finds herself caught in the throes of a deep depression. As her illness becomes more severe, Benjamin tries to cheer his mother up by inviting her best — and possibly only — friend from Malaysia, the mysterious Aunty Rose. But when Rose reveals her true colours as a judgmental control freak, Benjamin has to summon his siblings to save Jenny.

With: Ling Hsueh Tang as Aunty Rose, Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Sam Cotton as Wayne, Takaya Honda as Klaus Thomson, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson, Hugh Parker as Mallory Mallory, Lachlan Sutherland as Russell, Helen Howard as Ursula Vandenberg, Steven Tandy as Security Guard

Love Is in the Air

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Episode 1.06
Thu, February 18, 2016
Written by Marieke Hardy
Additional writing by Benjamin Law
Directed by Jonathan Brough

Jenny and Danny's twentieth wedding anniversary looms before them, and in an unfortunate bit of timing, Candy and Wayne have also started their own wedding arrangements via a perky Save the Date video — much to Jenny and Danny's shared displeasure. Meanwhile, Benjamin — who sees Candy and Wayne's nuptials are making Jenny question her marriage to Danny — instigates a performance that will cheer Jenny up.

With: Bethany Whitmore as Melissa, Sam Cotton as Wayne, Kimie Tsukakoshi as Heidi Thomson