Winners & Losers: episode guide

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Covert Aggression in Netball

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Episode 1.01
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (Seven, 8.30)
Ratings: 1.611 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson, Bevan Lee
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

Four old friends from high school have little in common, besides the fact that they were 'the losers' in high school who tried to avoid the attentions of the popular school bully, Tiffany Turner. Now twenty seven-years-old and content with their lives, the friends receive a surprise invite to their ten year reunion. Will facing Tiffany mean sweet revenge or a re-evaluation of their current lives?

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Lawrence Mooney as Trevor Myers, Michala Banas as Tiffany Turner, Jansen Spencer as Jim, Kristy Barnes-Cullen as Deb Barton, Christie Whelan as Kylie MacDonald, Elise Jansen as Bree Callahan, Carla Kissane as Heidi Kesper, Kate Ellis as Jessica Kennedy, Joanne Trentini as Magda Schaffer, Madsion Browne as Reunion Guest, Scott McGregor as Brett, Paul Cousins as Ryan Nelson

Note: for comparison, City Homicide's debut had an audience of 1.648 million viewers, All Saints 1.68, McLeod's Daughters 1.89, Packed to the Rafters 1.945, Sea Patrol 1.971, and Always Greener 2.06. The final episode of PTTR prior to W&L had 1.709 which was its lowest rating for the year.

Those People in the Paper

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Episode 1.02
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ratings: 1.700 million viewers (1st)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

As Bec, Frances and Sophie celebrate their eight million dollar lottery win, Jenny reacts badly to missing out. Despite Bec's best attempts to help talk Sophie and Frances into sharing, Jenny's over-the-top rant seemingly seals her fate. But when a series of events leads the girls to question the value of friendship in their lives, a collective decision is made to split the prize money four ways. Now all of them are multi-millionaires. And, more importantly, well and truly part of each other's lives once more.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Nell Feeney as Carolyn Gilbert, Lawrence Mooney as Trevor Myers, Natalie Walker as Donna Wong, Todd McKenney as Jenny's Boss, George Ginis as Police Officer, Paul Davis-Goddard as Michael, Rien Low as Todd, Kelly Harrison as Party Girl, Samantha Davis as Shop Assistant

Reality Bites

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Episode 1.03
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ratings: 1.544 million viewers (3rd)
Written by Margaret Wilson
Directed by Steve Jodrell

As the arrival of the money looms, the reality of the win forces Bec, Jenny, Frances and Sophie to reassess direction of their lives. A misunderstanding, a friendship challenged and a relationship on the brink forces them all to make some life altering decisions.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Bruce Hughes as Adam Towers, Lachlan Woods as Chris Jones, Sally-Anne Upton as Lyn Hopkins, Hayley Butcher as Waxing Client, Nick Du Bois as Cute Waiter, Kylie Gulliver as Hot Girl, Mark Smith as Locksmith

Note: the 'double episode' appears to have been severly edited leaving only ~65 minutes of show content over a 90 minute broadcast. The combined cast credits have been assigned accordingly.

World's Collide

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Episode 1.04
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 (8.30)
Ratings: 1.392 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Dan Bennett
Directed by Steve Jodrell

Jenny throws a party to celebrate Bec and Matt setting the wedding date. The event brings everyone together for the first time ― and with it, more than a few surprises. The morning after the night before sees all the girls dealing with ramifications of the evening, before Bec makes a shock announcement regarding her special day.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Michala Banas as Tiffany Turner, Nell Feeney as Carolyn Gilbert, Lachlan Woods as Chris Jones, Katherine Innes as Kelli Franklin, Chris Bunworth as Greg O'Connor, Nicki Paul as Leanne O'Connor, Soolin Ong-Tan as Shop Assistant

Fascinator Rhythm

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Episode 1.05
Tuesday, April 13, 2011
Ratings: 1.389 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Bevan Lee
Directed by Ian Gilmour

The girls take to the fields on Race Day. Launching their new business, Zach and Frances have organised a marquee, but some nasty advice from one of Zach's former female colleagues leaves Frances wondering if her new partner can be trusted. Meanwhile, a coincidental meeting with a former university professor reignites a painful memory for Sophie and she hits the races in anxious party mode. But her new-found sobriety means no alcohol, and she throws herself into any action going. Then, Tiffany Turner underestimates the girls' reformed friendship when she arrives with a big announcement for Jenny.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Michala Banas as Tiffany Turner, Greg Stone as Steve Gilbert, Marisa Warrington as Simone Diamond, Carmen Duncan as Prof. Kerry Green, Daniel Whyte as Elliot Clare, Yesse Spence as Carly Longmire, Alex Perry as Fashion Presenter, Cooper Mahar as Ben Turner, Paris Mahar as Brianna Turner, Bec Jamieson as Lisa Lurphy, Jim McKinnin as Photographer, Melanie Peyton-Smith as Bex Stunt Double

Peace of the Past

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Episode 1.06
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (8.30)
Ratings: 1.220 million viewers (3rd)
Written by Boaz Stark
Directed by Ian Gilmour

Bec is faced with a tough choice when Tiffany Turner reveals her life is in tatters and risks losing custody of her children. All she needs is cash for a lawyer. Bec is left torn. Jenny doesn't buy Tiffany's sob story and advises Bec not to give her the money. Against her better judgement, Bec refuses to lend Tiffany the money. Having been asked to help organise Bridget and Wes' big day, Jenny gets a little too carried away and changes all of Bridget's wedding plans. Annoyed, Bridget accuses Jenny of interfering because Jenny's never going to find a guy and have one of her own. Sophie invites her parents over for lunch to tell them about her lottery win. Softening them with expensive gifts, Sophie's offended when her father concludes she's in the money because she's a prostitute.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Michala Banas as Tiffany Turner; Natalie Walker as Donna Wong, Carolyn Bock as Louise Wong, Ferdinand Hoang as Charles Wong, Paul Moore as Wes Fitzpatrick, Lachlan Woods as Chris Jones, Mahalia Brown as Tracy Robinson

Live A Virgin

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Episode 1.07
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 (9pm)
Ratings: 1.237 million viewers (5th)
Written by Faith McKinnon
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

When Bec, Frances and Sophie swap stories of their 'first time' Jenny is forced to admit she's still a virgin. Sick of feeling like it's a noose around her neck, Jenny sets out to find a man to do the deed with. Frances is stunned to realise she has romantic feelings for Zach. Jonathan insists it's been obvious for a while but it's thrown Frances. The realisation that Zach just sees her as 'one of the blokes' leads Frances to declare she's going to quash her feelings at all costs. Bec visits Tiffany to check how she's doing in the wake of her suicide attempt. Whilst helping her pack up her things, Bec realises that Tiffany's the only one of them holding on to the past.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Michala Banas as Tiffany Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks as Rhys Mitchell, Paul Moore as Wes Fitzpatrick, Daniel Whyte as Elliot Clarke, Shane Fox Neville as Cute Barman, Elise Hamilton as Check-Out Operator Bryce Hardy as Stunt Bar Person, Siros Niaros as Taxi Driver, Simon Potter as Tall Guy, Addam Bramich as Young Guy

Secrets and Lies

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Episode 1.08
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (8.30)
Ratings: 1.328 million viewers (5th)
Written by Sandy Webster
Directed by Nicholas Bufalo

Bec confronts Matt and demands to know if he really wants to marry her. Meanwhile, Frances's feelings for Zach start to get the better of her. Then, Sophie's lawyer presses her for information to provoke sympathy from the judge, but Sophie keeps certain details to herself.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Carolyn Bock as Louise Wong, Paul Moore as Wes Fitzpatrick, Nick Simpson-Deeks as Rhys Mitchell, Natalie Walker as Donna Wong, Simon Maiden as Dylan Anderson, Andrea Swifte as Justice Patricia Gilroy, Yesse Spence as Carly Longmire, Ross McCaffer as Judge's Tipstaff

One Door Opens

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Episode 1.09
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 (8.30)
Ratings: 1.367 million viewers (3rd)
Written by Phil Lloyd
Directed by Grant Brown

Bec grapples with her suspicions over Matt's fidelity. Despite trying not to think the worst, Bec finally confronts him. Sophie faces the demons of her past but her increasingly reclusive lifestyle begins to affect her relationships with her friends. After shutting everyone out, Doug finally gets through to her via some harsh home truths. Meanwhile, Frances becomes caught in the middle of Zach and his father, and Jenny gears up for her first date with Rhys.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Nell Feeney as Carolyn Gilbert, Geoff Morrell as Paul Armstrong, Judith McGrath as Maria Crawley, Nick Simpson-Deeks as Rhys Mitchell, Tim Hughes as Priest, Susan-Ann Walker as Joan Davis, Simone Ball as Penny Fisher, Denise Bechaz as Shop Assistant, Marcus Beegling as Waiter #1, Richard Griffin as Waiter #2

Music: "I Do" performed by Gin Wigmore, "Hang With Me" performed by Robyn, "Jenny" performed by Paris Wells

Countdown

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Episode 1.10
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ratings: 1.410 million viewers (2nd)
Written by Faith McKinnon
Directed by Grant Brown

Bec and Matt's dinner proves to be a night of highs and lows for the four friends as they navigate very different romantic entanglements. Frances still has no clue how Zach feels about her dating his dad, Sophie is worried that Doug is distancing himself from her, and Jenny is falling hard for Rhys, despite opinions about his genuineness. Meanwhile, Bec tries to put the tension from the last few weeks behind them. For one of these women, the end of the night brings a shocking conclusion.

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Geoff Morrell as Paul Armstrong, Paul Moore as Wes Fitzpatrick, Nick Simpson-Deeks as Rhys Mitchell, Mark Leonard Winter as James 'JB' Bartlett, Jacob Allan as Charles 'Chugg' McKinnon

Smelling the Roses

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Episode 1.11
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ratings: 1.310 million viewers (5th)
Written by Dan Bennett
Directed by Bill Hughes

When Bec experiences an emotional breakdown, Jenny and Mrs Gross are there to support her, but it's Matt she really wants to see. JB's frustrated as Sophie negates his attempts to get to know her better. Will Sophie eventually let her guard down? Meanwhile, Frances is left to babysit Jonathan's niece and nephew, and after watching Paul and Zach with the kids, she realises just how different they are. But what does this mean for her relationship with Paul?

Cast: Melissa Bergland as Jenny Gross, Virginia Gay as Frances James, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as Rebecca Gilbert, Melanie Vallejo as Sophie Wong, Damien Bodie as Jonathan Kurtiss, Blair McDonough as Matt O'Connor, Stephen Phillips as Zach Armstrong, Tom Wren as Doug Graham, Denise Scott as Trish Gross, Francis Greenslade as Brian Gross, Jack Pearson as Patrick Gross, Sarah Grace as Bridget Gross, Mike Smith as Callum Gilbert, Nell Feeney as Carolyn Gilbert, Geoff Morrell as Paul Armstrong, Nick Simpson-Deeks as Rhys Mitchell, Mark Leonard Winter as James 'JB' Bartlett, Nicki Paul as Leanne O'Connor, Paul Moore as Wes Fitzpatrick, Kandice Bannister as Isobel Kurtiss, William Crittenden as Ethan Kurtiss, Chris Weir as JB Precision Rider

Episodes 1.12 - 1.22