Fisk: episode guide


Portrait of a Lady

Episode 1
Wed, March 17, 2021 (ABC, 9pm)
532,000 viewers (11th)
Writers: Kitty Flanagan and Penny Flanagan
Directed by Tom Peterson and Kitty Flanagan

Helen Tudor-Fisk (Kitty Flanagan) is a contracts lawyer who is not good with people. When her personal and professional lives implode spectacularly in Sydney, Helen runs home to Melbourne and takes a job at Gruber & Gruber, a small suburban law firm. Helen is brought in to replace Roz Gruber (Zemiro), a recently-suspended solicitor who has temporarily appointed herself the office manager. No longer allowed to sit in with clients, Roz now has nothing else to do but get all up in Helen’s business.

Ray Gruber (Sheargold), Roz’s brother, hires Helen in a fit of laziness but also because Helen is a ‘mature lady’ which has proven to be the preferred option for clients who are grieving. Unfortunately, Helen is not that kind of mature lady.

Roz is always lurking, Ray is always skiving off and there’s often a scuffle in reception that Helen is forced to take control of. With the help of the idiosyncratic probate clerk, George (Chen), Helen attempts to find her feet in the messy world of probate; where the clients are at their most irrational and it’s never as simple as just dividing up the money.

Cast: Kitty Flanagan as Helen, Julia Zemiro as Roz, Marty Sheargold as Ray, Aaron Chen as George, Alison Whyte as Ruth, Glenn Robbins as Dean, Libby Tanner as Annabelle, Rhys Nicholson as Male Assistant, Lien Yeomans as Minh, Chi Nguyen as Juliana, Max Brown as Seb, Zenya Carmellotti as Waitress, Rohan Ganju as Michael

Cremains of the Day

Episode 2
Wed, March 24, 2021
515,000 viewers (10th)
Writers: Kitty Flanagan and Penny Flanagan
Directed by Tom Peterson and Kitty Flanagan

Helen mediates a case about division of cremains between a bereaved daughter and the new, much younger partner of her dead father. She also has an awkward family lunch at Dad and Viktor's house.

Cast: Kitty Flanagan as Helen, Julia Zemiro as Roz, Marty Sheargold as Ray, Aaron Chen as George, John Gaden as Anthony Fisk, Glenn Butcher as Viktor, Debra Lawrance as May, George Henare as Graham, Lien Yeomans as Minh, Chi Nguyen as Juliana, Dave O'Neil as Bob, Daniela Farinacci as Gina, Jessica Redmayne as Kellie-Joy, Max Brown as Seb

Taken

Episode 3
Wed, March 31, 2021
594,000 viewers (10th)
Writers: Kitty Flanagan and Penny Flanagan
Directed by Tom Peterson and Kitty Flanagan

Helen meets with a woman who is demanding power of attorney over her mother, and attends her ex-husband William's writers' festival run by literary interlocutor Lindy Baxter-Smythe.

Cast: Kitty Flanagan as Helen, Julia Zemiro as Roz, Marty Sheargold as Ray, Aaron Chen as George, Bert LaBonté as William, Debra Lawrance as May, George Henare as Graham, Colette Mann as Mrs Popovitch, Annie Lee as Eileen Popovitch, Marg Downey as Lindy, Miki Oikawa as Akiko, Fiona Stewart as Valerie

Dead Man Texting

Episode 4
Wed, April 07, 2021
Writers: Kitty Flanagan and Penny Flanagan
Directed by Tom Peterson and Kitty Flanagan

The office is abuzz because their favourite temp Peggy is coming in to help out with a deceased estate. Helen doesn't understand what's so fun about Fun Peggy, but everyone else, including George, thinks she's "a hoot".

Cast: Kitty Flanagan as Helen, Julia Zemiro as Roz, Marty Sheargold as Ray, Aaron Chen as George, Bessie Holland as Peggy, John Gaden as Anthony Fisk, Glenn Butcher as Viktor, Debra Lawrance as May, George Henare as Graham, Robyn Arthur as Carole, Michael Nkiou as Des

Ladies in Black

Episode 5
Wed, April 14, 2021
Written by
Directed by

Helen meets formidable opposing counsel Alice Pike, and stumbles upon Roz's passion project: an all-woman harmony group for funerals called, The Sadrigals; Alice Pike makes a complaint to the board about Roz.

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Honour Thy Father

Episode 6
Wed, April 21, 2021
Written by
Directed by

Gruber & Gruber is nominated for a Small Business Award; Helen consults with a man who believes he is the son of a famous newsreader; at Dad's house, Helen meets personal trainer Blayden Tork.

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