Top of the Lake: episode guide

Searchers Search

Episode 1.02
Written by Jane Campion and Gerald Lee
Directed by Garth Davis with Jane Campion

Early afternoon, Bunny slaps a hundred dollar bill down on the bar of the pub in Laketop and offers it to the first man who agrees to have sex with her. Bunny wants sex but, on her guru GJ's orders, is limiting her exposure to men to seven minutes in a bid to reduce the risk of emotional entanglement.

Robin briefs the officers assigned to the investigation into the disappearance of Tui Mitcham. Against a hostile atmosphere of know-it-all bravado, she lays out the list of possible suspects: her family members, the Mitchams, and Wolfgang Zanic, a local barman with a paedophile record. Later at a coffee bar Al Parker opens up and tells Robin he is impressed and moved by the passion she shows for the investigation and agrees to give her two helicopters for an aerial search of the bush.

Tui's father addresses a crowd assembled in the local pub asking anyone who knows anything to come forward, but his threatening words hardly seem to encourage hope. Robin pursues the accused pedophile to his house for questioning, but the encounter spirals quickly out of control.

Robin goes to the Women's Camp at Paradise where Tui was last seen. She intends to ask questions but is interrogated herself by the gnomic GJ. She gets a warrant to search Matt Mitcham's house but while there discovers something she hoped not to hear.

Cast (order of appearance):

  • Skye Wansey as Grishina
  • Genevieve Lemon as Bunny
  • Jacek Koman as Wolfgang Zanic
  • Oscar Redding as Sarge
  • Elisabeth Moss as Robin
  • Jacqueline Joe as Tui
  • Madeleine Sami as Zena
  • Stephen Lovatt as Officer Pete
  • David Wenham as Al
  • Gavin Rutherford as Officer Joy
  • Andrew Grainger as John Wilson
  • Sam Dickson as Jase
  • Georgi Kay as Melissa
  • Chris Haywood as Jock
  • Robyn Malcolm as Anita
  • Holly Hunter as GJ
  • Pat West as Choppy 1
  • Griz Pomirska as The Naked Lady
  • Thomas M. Wright as Johnno
  • Peter Mullan as Matt
  • Kip Chapman as Luke
  • Jay Ryan as Mark
  • Byron Coll as Penguin
  • Edward Campbell as Putty
  • James Blake as Shotover
  • Ben Barrington as Terry
  • Cohen Holloway as Mike
  • Alison Bruce as Anne-Marie
  • Calvin Tuteao as Turangi
  • Robyn Nevin as Jude
  • Melissa Nickerson as Woman at Bar 1
  • Danielle Will as Woman at bar 2
  • Dra McKay as Delia
  • Maria Walker as Sara
  • Ewen Leslie as Voice of Steve
  • Matthew Sunderland as Voice of Choppy 1
  • Toni Mager as Voice of Choppy 2
  • Luke Hawker as Stunt Performer
  • Shayne Blaikie as Stunt Performer
  • Glen Levy as Stunt Performer
  • Aaron Lupton as Stunt Performer