The Almighty Johnsons: episode guide

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And Then She Will Come To You

Episode 2.01 (11)
NZ: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 (8:30, TV3)
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Simon Bennett

Since we last saw the Johnsons, things haven't gone swimmingly with the Quest to find the Goddess Frigg. His marriage having fallen apart, Mike has taken over Gaia's old room at Axl and Zeb's place, but rather than turn his hunting powers to the search he seems way more intent on making up for lost time in terms of loose, hedonistic behaviour. Ty, meanwhile, is way too preoccupied with his distinctly dysfunctional and messed up marriage to Eva. And Anders, for his part, is being all weird and elusive, culminating in his departure for Norway, on some kind of top secret business mission. At least Axl has the trusty Zeb to aid him — even if, between them, they have absolutely no idea how to proceed.

Now the season opener makes it clear that there's no such thing as a mother's unconditional love.

Starring: Tim Balme as Mike, Dean O'Gorman as Anders, Jared Turner as Ty, Emmett Skilton as Axl

With: Brooke Williams as Eva, Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Ben Barrington as Olaf

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Britta Brandt as Girlfriend, Chris Easley as Big Scary Guy, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Shane Cortese as Colin, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Jo Davison as Elisabet, Dominic Lydon as Gang Membee, Michael Hurst as Kvasir

Frigg Magnet

Episode 2.02 (12)
NZ: Wed, March 07, 2012
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Simon Bennett

Agnetha is still trying to win the boys over to her side, by taking Ty and Axl out to dinner. But when Ty gets 'detained', Axl is left to face the dragon alone. When Axl decides to reacquaint himself with his building studies, it coincides with the appearance of Colin in his class, as the most depressing guest lecturer ever. Agnetha, meanwhile, is becoming increasingly worried about Ty — and the detrimental effect Eva is having on his health and welfare. Axl wakes up with a beautiful woman leaving his room and no recollection of events the night before. But whatever did take place that night takes a turn towards the dark side when Colin informs Axl that the woman is claiming that some non-consensual sex took place. Axl freaks out, but it is Mike and Olaf who take control of the situation. As Axl and Zeb celebrate the clearing of Axl's good name, they become aware of a new arrival at the flat.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Shane Cortese as Colin, Hayden Frost as Zeb

Guest Cast: Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Brooke Williams as Eva, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Mike Probine as Tutor, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Astrid McLaren as Briana, Arthur Meek as Jacob, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia

Charlie Truman

Episode 2.03 (13)
NZ: Wed, March 14, 2012
Ratings: 209, 310 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

A party is in the offing in the world of the Johnsons: allegedly just a few quiet drinks to celebrate Mike's new bar. Zeb is much keener than Axl on the idea of a Johnson party — but not as keen as Gaia, who seems a changed woman since her mysterious return. The next day, and Axl is rudely awoken by the arrival of Bryn, looking for his daughter. Unfortunately, for both Axl and Bryn, Gaia is has yet to return home from her night out. Thus he is forced to leave Zeb to mind an angry father while he heads off to the Thing — 'Thing' being the old term for an intervention, a family sit down, which in this case involves playing mini-golf while they try to counsel Ty out of his self-destructive downward spiral. Eva, however, does not take the interference of the brothers well, and takes out her frustrations on Stacey and Dawn.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Brooke Williams as Eva

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Shane Cortese as Colin, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Arthur Meek as Jacob, John Leigh as Bryn, et al

Death's Cleansing Embrace

Episode 2.04 (14)
NZ: Wed, March 21, 2012
Written by Ross Hastings and James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

We find Ty as we left him, with Eva's lifeless body. But he is very soon made aware of the fact he is not alone in the house. Agnetha is there; and she freely admits that she killed Eva — because "someone had to". The question, as far as Agnetha is concerned, is very much: what is Ty going to do about this situation? We he call the police on her? Or will he help her with the cover-up?

With: Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Shane Cortese as Colin, Ben Barrington as Olaf

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, et al

A Damn Fine Woman

Episode 2.05 (15)
NZ: Wed, March 28, 2012
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Axl, Zeb and Gaia stumble in, drunk, returning home from a Pimps 'n' Ho's party. Gaia is dressed as a pimp, while Axl and Zeb are her ho's, in dresses. After putting Gaia to bed, Axl retreats to his room, where he falls asleep still wearing the dress. The next morning 'Axl' awakes to find that 'he' is still wearing the dress, but some kind of Godly transformation has taken place and 'he' is now a she: a tall, blonde, very attractive woman.

With: Siobhan Marshall as 'Mia', Hayden Frost as Zeb, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia

Guest Cast: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Shane Cortese as Colin, Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Michelle Langstone as Michele

Folkmoot

Episode 2.06 (16)
NZ: Wed, April 04, 2012
Written by Tim Balme
Directed by Charlie Haskell

As Ty sleeps soundly in his bed, Colin stands over him, speaking in Old Norse. As Colin walks round Ty's bed, flames spring up behind him, and by the time his work is done, Ty sleeps on, surrounded by walls of fire. Later, to a panicked Ingrid, Ty — singed but very much alive — reveals one of the benefits of running cold — the ability to fight fire with ice. And Ty most definitely knows this was an attempt on his life — one he's been expecting.

Michele, meanwhile, is looking to move on from Colin — and in the direction of Mike. Mike loves the flirty thing they've got going but needs proof that she is a Goddess worthy of his attention. He wants to check out the powers she claims to have, the ability to bring couples together. He challenges her to hook Zeb up with a woman — any woman.

With: Shane Cortese as Colin, Alison Bruce as Agnetha, Michelle Langstone as Michele

Guest Cast: Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia

Effortless Manly Coolness

Episode 2.07 (17)
NZ: Wed, April 11, 2012
Written by Fiona Samuel
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorne

Axl's good nature is being taken advantage of as Ty palms Ingrid off on him. Ingrid needs someone to take her to pick up someone named Danny. Despite her assurances it won't take long, Axl then finds himself, with Ingrid, waiting in the middle of nowhere, where it transpires that Danny — an ex-psych nurse/lover of Ingrid's — is just being released from prison.

Mike, meanwhile learns from Michele that Ty is researching ways to kill himself then come back to life. This leads him to Ty, who confesses he wants to find a way his Hod-spirit can leave his body in the way he saw Eva's Hel-spirit leave hers — but then coming back to life, unlike Eva. Mike refuses to help him in this near-suicidal quest, causing a rift between the brothers.

With: Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Errol Shand as Danny

Guest Cast: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia Michelle Langstone as Michele, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, et al

Man-Flu

Episode 2.08 (18)
NZ: Wed, April 18, 2012
Written by Ross Hastings and James Griffin
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorne

A dose of reality for the Johnson clan, as something as simple as a virus turns their world order upside down.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Eve Gordon as Stacey

Guest Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Hayden Frost as Zeb, et al

Everything Starts With Gaia

Episode 2.09 (19)
NZ: Wed, April 25, 2012
Written by Tiffany Zehnal and James Griffin
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Sometimes all it takes is a door getting kicked down, and a large man walking in, for many many truths to be revealed.

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, John Leigh as Bryn, Arthur Meek as Jacob, Oliver Driver as Eggther

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Geoff Dolan as Derrick, Sara Wiseman as Helen

Magical Fluffy Bunny World

Episode 2.10 (20)
NZ: Wed, May 02, 2012
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Charlie Haskell

A rescue mission, a roast chicken, a very small car and, for one particular person, the weirdest day ever.

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Hayden Frost as Zeb, John Leigh as Bryn, Oliver Driver as Eggther

Guest Cast: Geoff Dolan as Derrick, Sara Wiseman as Helen, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn

The House of Jerome

Episode 2.11 (21)
NZ: Wed, May 09, 2012
Written by Ross Hastings, Tim Balme & James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

As Axl deals with duelling prophecies, a cold wind sweeps in from the North, leading to a marriage Anders never saw coming. Meanwhile Olaf makes an intriguing discovery at the bottom of a bottle.

With: Kirk Torrance as George (Punga), Tainui Tukiwaho as Leon (Rongo), Matariki Whatarau as Jerome (Maui)

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Michelle Langstone as Michele, John Leigh as Bryn, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Sara Wiseman as Helen, Natalie Medlock as Natalie Mather, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Michael Hurst as Kvasir, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey

You Call This The Real World?

Episode 2.12 (22)
NZ: Wed, May 16, 2012
Canada: December 03, 2012
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

Axl and Gaia's escape from the real world takes a turn for the surreal, while Mike discovers his world is not his alone, as Dawn's world comes to an unexpected end of the line.

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Natalie Medlock as Natalie Mather, Peter Elliott as Tom, Tania Anderson as Beth

Guest Cast: Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Sara Wiseman as Helen, Kirk Torrance as George, Tainui Tukiwaho as Leon, Matariki Whatarau as Jerome, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Michael Hurst as Kvasir, Shane Cortese as Colin, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey

Does This Look Like Asgard?

Episode 2.13 (23)
NZ: Wed, May 23, 2012
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

On the day of Gaia's actual 21st and, therefore, the day of her attainment, it sucks to be mortal, and being a God isn't exactly plain-sailing either.

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Sara Wiseman as Helen

Guest Cast: Michelle Langstone as Michele, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michael Hurst as Kvasir, Kirk Torrance as George, Tainui Tukiwaho as Leon, Matariki Whatarau as Jerome, Natalie Medlock as Natalie Mather, Shane Cortese as Colin