The Almighty Johnsons: episode guide

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An Orchard of Trees

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Episode 3.01 (24)
NZ: Thu, July 04, 2013 (8:30, TV3)
Can: Thu, July 04, 2013 (9e, Space)
UK: Wed, August 28, 2013 (SyFy UK)
NZ Ratings: 137,770
Written by James Griffin
Produced by Mark Beesley
Directed by Murray Keane

We pick up the action mere hours after the ceremony at the lake, wherein Gaia became neither Frigg nor Papatuanuku, but the Goddess Idun — the grower of the apples of the Gods and eternal beloved of Bragi. Meanwhile, the rest of the Godly Johnson clan are cleaning up the mess resulting from the intervention by (and demise of) Natalie the God-hunter.

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

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia, Ben Barrington as Olaf, Michelle Langstone as Michele

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

This Thing Inside

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Episode 3.02 (25)
NZ/Canada: Thu, July 11, 2013
Ratings: 114, 830
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

The morning after the night before, and Gaia is doing the walk of shame, returning to the flat from her tryst with Anders. Axl is waiting, along with the ruins of the apple tree, and Gaia has the opportunity to tell the truth; to confess her sins. But does she? Like hell she does, and in a spectacular fit of denial she instead suggests to Axl that they bring the wedding forward and get married as soon as humanly possible.

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

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

Bergerbar

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Episode 3.03 (26)
NZ/Canada: Thu, July 18, 2013
Written by Tim Balme
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorne

Axl is still not dealing with Gaia's departure. He is not studying, not working and not paying his way at the flat, and even actively getting in the way of Zeb getting in a new flatmate. Ty, meanwhile, is at the other end of the spectrum, and is making life-changing decisions. After a failed attempt by Olaf to pull Axl out of his rut, Mike attempts his own intervention.

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

Guest Cast: Sophia Johnson as Erin, Ross Brannigan as Restaurant Owner, Michelle Leuthart as Real Estate Agent, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Mike Probine as Course Supervisor, Millen Baird as Lance, Cassandra Woodhouse as Melanie, Fern Sutherland as Dawn

Like the Berserkers of Old

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Episode 3.04 (27)
NZ/Canada: Thu, July 25, 2013
Written by Natalie Medlock and James Griffin
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorne

As the righteous are vanquished, Anders is made an offer he should refuse; Mike finds out his is not the only family with issues; and Axl makes a new and interesting friend.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Shane Cortese as Colin

Guest Cast: Michelle Langstone as Michele, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Karen, Curtis Vowell as Bevan, Andre King as Minister, Jason Payne as Godhunter, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Mikassa Cornwall as Tansy, Matt Barker as Jake, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Millen Baird as Lance, Stuart Devinie as Joe

Unleash The Kraken!

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Episode 3.05 (28)
NZ/Canada: Thu, August 01, 2013
Ratings: 143,720
Written by Nick Ward and James Giffin
Directed by Mike Smith

An awkward family reunion, as Mike and his father are reunited after many years apart. Joe has no real explanation for his absence of many years, other than to say it is in his nature. In fact the best Mike gets out of the reunion/introduction is the knowledge that Joe had no idea he was "dating" the Goddess Lofn when he was shagging Karen, Michele's Mum.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Kimberley Crossman as Amelia, Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Karen, Stuart Devinie as Joe, Hayden Frost as Zeb

Guest Cast: Shane Cortese as Colin, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Millen Baird as Lance, et al

And Then on to Norsewood

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Episode 3.06 (29)
NZ/Canada: Thu, August 08, 2013
Ratings: 126,590 viewers
Written by Ross Hastings
Directed by Mike Smith

Axl is still on the road with his father, Joe. They are allegedly sorting out Axl's life while en route to Norsewood, but mainly they seem to be having loads of touristy fun. Meanwhile, in Auckland, Zeb is not a happy lease-holder. This, in turn, is making Mike unhappy because Zeb is hassling him to cover Axl's rent. Axl, for his part, cares not at all about this. In fact, Axl is thinking strongly about never coming back at all. Over at j:pr the Colin Gundersen for Mayor campaign is about to launch. Dawn, however, has many misgivings about what they're doing.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Shane Cortese as Colin, Stuart Devinie as Joe

Guest Cast: Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Karen, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Geoff Dolan as Derrick, Colleen Davis as Suzie, et al

Typical Auckland God

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Episode 3.07 (30)
NZ/Canada: Thu, August 15, 2013
Ratings: 134,160 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Michael Hurst

Axl wakes up in a strange bed, with a beautiful barmaid called Suzie. It transpires that after getting thrown up on by Derrick, Whangamaungamoa rather improved, with Axl getting to drink lots of beer and then, obviously, getting on rather fabulously with Suzie. Of course that might all change because there is the small matter of Derrick having lost Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, to be attended to.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Geoff Dolan as Derrick, Colleen Davis as Suzie, Fern Sutherland as Dawn

Guest Cast: Kevin Keys as Thom, Ryan Lampp as Kerry, Shane Cortese as Colin, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Millen Baird as Lance, Matthew Saville as Martin, ? as Alana, et al

The Asparagus Is Kicking In

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Episode 3.08 (31)
NZ/Canada: Thu, August 22, 2013
Ratings: 111,860 viewers
Written by Tim Balme
Directed by Michael Hurst

The Gundersen for Mayor campaign is in full swing now, with Dawn front and centre, keeping Colin and Anders on message and on track. Axl and Mike return from their road trip from Norsewood back to Auckland. Mike is satisfied that Axl is over his dramas and traumas, and ready to resume a normal life. But Axl is keen to move on the whole Jormungand thing — whatever that means.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Shane Cortese as Colin

Guest Cast: Millen Baird as Lance, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Mario Gaoa as Tigilau, Matthew Saville as Martin

Mike in the Mirror

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Episode 3.09 (32)
NZ/Canada: Thu, August 29, 2013
Ratings: 164,140 viewers
Written by Michael Bennett and James Griffin
Directed by Geoffrey Cawthorne

Zeb dreams of a beautiful Frigg, rising from the waters of a fjord, in a beer commercial. When he awakes he shares this vision with Axl, suggesting that they can find the Frigg by doing a casting call for a fictional Frigg in a fictional commercial for this fictional beer. Meanwhile, Mike is getting suspicious of Michele's continued absences from his life. But he's not going to use his Godly powers to track down where she's going because that would be distrustful. He suspects it is Goddess-business. Olaf warns him to stay well clear of that.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Rachel Nash as Ingrid

Guest Cast: Felicia Brunsting as Frigg Model, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Michele Hine as Ngaire, Matthew Saville as Martin Rachel King as Joelle, Rebecca Trelease as Frigg #1, Scarlet Hemingway as Frigg #2, Aaron Jackson as Boyfriend

Playing God

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Episode 3.10 (33)
NZ/Canada: Thu, Sept 05, 2013
Written by Natalie Medlock and James Griffin
Directed by

A chance discovery leads Axl to consider the possibility of using The Stick to assist in the Frigg-hunt. Ty and Dawn, meanwhile, have moved fast to settle into their new life together and is Ty being over-protective because of the 'bad things happen to mortals who get involved in God business' rule?

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Rachel Nash as Ingrid

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Peter Feeney as Guy, Matthew Saville as Martin

A Bit Like Buses Really

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Episode 3.11 (34)
NZ/Canada: Thu, Sept 12, 2013
Written by Ross Hastings and James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

Two pretenders must overcome a host of obstacles, mortal and Godly, as they race for the prize.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Matthew Saville as Martin

Guest Cast: Rachel Nash as Ingrid Eve Gordon as Stacey, Mercedes Van Baarle as Twin Nurses, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Siobhan Marshall as Hanna

Late to the Point of Knowledge

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Episode 3.12 (35)
NZ/Canada: Thu, Sept 19, 2013
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

Forget what you think you know. Throw away all your preconceived notions, and how you think things will go. Because today is the day everything changes.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Siobhan Marshall as Hanna, Matthew Saville as Martin, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele

Guest Cast: Hayden Frost as Zeb, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Shane Cortese as Colin

The End of the World as We Know It

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Episode 3.13 (36)
NZ/Canada: Thu, Sept 26, 2013
Ratings: 142,000 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Mike Smith

If you had one night left, and in the morning everything changes forever, what would you do with that night? The Johnsons face this very question in the season finale.

With: Ben Barrington as Olaf, Hayden Frost as Zeb, Fern Sutherland as Dawn, Rachel Nash as Ingrid, Michelle Langstone as Michele, Eve Gordon as Stacey, Shane Cortese as Colin

Guest Cast: Siobhan Marshall as Hanna, Matthew Saville as Martin

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