Upper Middle Bogan: episode guide


I'm A Swan

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Episode 1
Thursday, August 15, 1013 (ABC1, 8:30)
Ratings: 927,000 viewers (6th)
Written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Directed by Wayne Hope

When Bess Denyar, a successful doctor with an architect husband, an overbearing mother and twin thirteen year olds at a private school, finds out that she is adopted, she is stunned. Even more so when she is reunited with her birth parents. Wayne and Julie Wheeler, parents also to Amber, Kayne and Brianna, head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs and are shocked and thrilled to discover the daughter they thought they had lost is now found.

Starring: Annie Maynard as Bess, Patrick Brammall as Danny, Robyn Malcolm as Julie, Michala Banas as Amber, Rhys Mitchell as Kayne, Madeleine Jevic as Brianna, Lara Robinson as Edwina, Harrison Feldman as Oscar, Dougie Baldwin as Shawn, Glenn Robbins as Wayne, Robyn Nevin as Margaret

With: Dave Thornton as Troy, Kane Flesinger as Sam, Bert Labonte as Constable Miklis, Eddie Baroo as Scary Patient, Anthea Kondos as Nurse

Forefathers and Two Mothers

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Episode 2
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Ratings: 861,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Directed by Wayne Hope

Still struggling with the news that she's adopted, Bess is angry with Margaret for lying to her all these years and refuses to speak to her. Instead, she concentrates on getting to know Wayne and Julie, her real parents, who, eager to make up for lost time, are keen to reciprocate. Everyone tries hard to get on, in the hope that the two families will quickly feel like one big family.

With: Robyn Butler as Cathy, Ben Grogan as The Smash, Laura Dunemann as Receptionist, Eleanor Webster as Hockey Teacher, Nicholas Bell as French Man, Chloe Boreham as French Woman, Naomi Kilmany as Adriana, Tamala Shelton as Chloe, Nicole Freeman as Sophia, Yoshaan Vincent as Delivery Man, Madeleine O'Shannassy as Shop Assistant, Arenwy Abliyie as Ari, Kaida Bernardo as Ming Le, Chris Goodall as Gay Couple Man #1, Chris Billy as Gay Couple Man #2, Sonya Scriberras as Mother, Richard Davine as ATM Man

Your Roots Are Showing

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Episode 3
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ratings: 823,000 viewers (9th)
Written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Directed by Wayne Hope

When Wayne and Julie give Bess a 'Hot Lap' — a ride in a V8 Supercar, to make up for all the birthdays they've missed, Bess is shocked to discover that she is a natural behind the wheel of a very fast car. Convinced now that she is actually a "Wheeler", Bess sets about making herself as much like the rest of the Wheeler family as she can.

With: Wayne Hope as Tony, Marco Chiappi as Mr. Lloyd, Dave Warneke as Conway, Glenys Armstrong as Zumba Instructor, Robbie Clissold as Bess Stunt Double, Russell Frost as Amber Stunt Double

Picture Perfect

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Episode 4
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Ratings: 881,000 viewers (9th)
Story by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Teleplay by Tony Martin
Directed by Tony Martin

Bess arranges a lunch for her two mothers, Margaret and Julie, which ends in disaster when Julie, unaware of Bess' allergies, puts peanuts in the meal and Bess goes into anaphylactic shock. Julie feels terrible for giving Bess up for adoption and presents her with a rather unusual gift.

With: Dave Thornton as Troy Van Winkle, Ben Ridgwell as Brian, Noel Herriman as Lawnmower Man, Tony Moclair as X-Ray Man, Justin Hamilton as TV Man, Tahu Marumaru as Surgeon

No Angel

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Episode 5
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Ratings: 687,000 viewers (12th)
Story by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Teleplay by Gary McCaffrie
Directed by Wayne Hope

While Bess is thrilled that her two families are coming together, when Danny finds out that Shawn and Edwina have skipped school and gone dirt bike riding, he freaks out, jumping to all sorts of wrong conclusions. Edwina wants to quit the bassoon after relentless bullying at school. She makes everything alright at a music concert where she plays in a way no one expects.

With: Dave Thornton as Troy Van Winkle, Sue Jones as Pat, Steven Gates as Mr. Papps, Naomi Kilmany as Adriana, Tamala Shelton as Chloe, Nicole Freeman as Sophia, Sebastien Harvey as Harley, Najib Bahrami as Ticket Collector

Choir performance arranged by Craig Pilkington, performed by The Princes Hill Secondary School Jazz Choir

Behind You!

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Episode 6
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ratings: 698,000 viewers (11th)
Story by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Teleplay by Gary McCaffrie and Robyn Butler
Directed by Tony Martin

After backing into another car, Wayne is forced to take a driving test because of his glass eye. When he fails the reverse park component of his test, Wayne is crushed. So when Bess asks him to help her with a bullying surgeon at work, he jumps at the chance to come to her rescue — unaware she may also come to his. Kayne finds a new sponsorship deal.

With: Kim Gyngell as Mr. Widdicombe, Tony Martin as Barry, Bert Labonte as Constable Miklis, Gareth Yuen as Lin, Winefred Diasnes as Patient, Russell Frost as Road Rage Driver, Robbie Clissold as Lin Stunt Double

Don't Over Think It

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Episode 7
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Ratings: 673,000 viewers (11th)
Story by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Teleplay by Tony Martin
Directed by Tony Martin

Angry with Margaret for not taking her diabetes seriously and refusing to exercise, so when Brianna becomes a qualified fitness instructor, she sees an opportunity to help both her adoptive mother and her older sister. Margaret reluctantly agrees to train with Brianna but, truthfully, only because she thinks it will make Bess jealous.

With: Sue Jones as Pat, Travis Bird as Man in Lycra, Chloe Foster as Waitress, Russell Frost as Brianna Stunt Double

Nationals

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Episode 8
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Ratings: 602,000 viewers (13th)
Written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
Directed by Wayne Hope

Bess, Danny, Margaret and the kids arrive at a dingy motel for the Drag Racing Championships. Danny is cross because Bess has cancelled their anniversary weekend away to be here but Bess really wants to support Team Wheeler. Bess tries to solve engine problems, however the aftermath is filled with fury. Will they sever ties?

With: Bob Franklin as Bob, Roz Hammond as Sandi, Jacquie Brennann as Celia, John Leary as Terry, Syd Brisbane as Farmer, Scott Parmeter as Race Official