How To Stay Married: episode guide


Episode 1

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Thu, Nov 08, 2018 (9pm)
508,000 viewers (12th)
Written by Peter Helliar
Directed by Natalie Bailey

Need to spice up your marriage? Well, good luck with that. Greg and Em are trying to figure out how to stay married in this funny and honest take on partnership.

Starring: Peter Helliar as Greg Butler, Lisa McCune as Em Butler, Phil Lloyd as Brad Butler, Darren Gilshenan as Terry Roach, Nikki Britton as Marlo Machelski, Willow Ryan-Fuller as Sophie Butler, Vivien Turner as Chloe Butler

With: Michael Denkha as Amir Essa, Judith Lucy as Audrey Price, Keith Brockett as Dean, Grant Denyer as Himself, Geraldine Hickey as Janice, Sally-Anne Upton as Leonie, Alejandro Espino Aldana as Mariachi Man, Billie Ryan as Sonya, Ruben Francis as Tony

Episode 2

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Thu, Nov 15, 2018
507,000 viewers (11th)
Written by Peter Helliar
Directed by Natalie Bailey

It's date night for Greg and Em. Despite the best romantic efforts on both sides (including a trip to the beautician and personalised T-shirts), expectations are not quite met, and friction arises.

With: Elaine Crombie as Carol, Sun Park as Vanessa, Holly Austin as Maître d'

Episode 3

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Thu, Nov 22, 2018
???,000 viewers (24th)
Written by Peter Helliar & Nick Musgrove
Directed by Natalie Bailey

Terry recommends that Greg have a vasectomy to simplify the contraception, and Marlo recommends that Em do something dangerous, like skydiving, to kick-start her libido.

With: Jackson Tozer as Bandit, Nikki Osbourne as KTK, Steve Bastoni as Lenny, Phoebe Mason as Sally, Firdi Billimoria as Servo Attendant [Jason], Geraldine Quinn as Stephanie, Hunter Ribeiro as Tessa,

Episode 4

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Thu, Nov 29, 2018
291,000 viewers (19th)
Written by Peter Helliar & Nick Musgrove
Directed by Natalie Bailey

Em regrets that she hasn't been around enough since going back to work. She makes plans to go to Sophie's basketball game, but gets trapped in a well-known author's impromptu adult fiction reading.

With: Michael Denkha as Amir Essa, Judith Lucy as Audrey Price, Salim Fayad as David, Keith Brockett as Dean, Marta Kaczmarek as Eileen, Stephen Tsembas as Joust Kid, Kate Cole as Liz, John Wood as Maurie Griffiths, Ella Curry as Not Nice Girl, Georgina Naidu as Principal Vencat, Jet Bolt as Raelene, Amaya Kendall as Recorder Kid, Tamiah Bantum as Referee, Alyssa Ohi as Ruby, [an error occurred while processing this directive] Charlie Camilleri as Shoe Lace Kid, Elle Mandalis as Tina

Note: very likely Lisa McCune and John's Wood first time acting together on screen since Lisa's final Blue Heelers episode in 2000

Episode 5

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Thu, Dec 06, 2018
???,000 viewers (<20th)
Written by Trent Roberts
Directed by Colin Cairnes

Who doesn't love a hard rubbish collection? The Butler family is seriously low on personal space, and need to throw out their old things so uncle Brad can move into the cubby house.

With: Michael Denkha as Amir Essa, Maria Angelico as Verity, Eng Chor Khor as Tai Chi Instructor, William Owens as Teenager

Episode 6

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Thu, Dec 13, 2018
281,000 viewers (19th)
Written by Peter Helliar & Nick Musgrove
Directed by Colin Cairnes

It's Em's 25-year high school reunion, and she's looking forward to flaunting her new job. Meanwhile, Greg tries to 'be cool' about meeting Em's significant high school ex.

With: Bernard Curry as Adam, Emily Taheny as Claire, Julie Nihill as Mrs. Veteris, Jason Geary as Tizz, Rik Brown as Wrong Hole Wally, Rose Flanagan as Waitress

Notes: Peter Helliar, Lisa McCune, and Phil Lloyd are the only regulars that appear. Once again, Lisa McCune reunites with a former Blue Heelers co-star, Julie Nihill, for the first time.

Episode 7

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Thu, Dec 20, 2018
272,000 viewers (20th)
Written by Trent Roberts & Peter Helliar
Directed by Colin Cairnes

Greg and Em implement a screen ban to give the family a break from technology. It turns out to be a great idea, in theory.

With: Mitchell Brotz as Clyde, Geraldine Hickey as Siri Apple/Janice

Episode 8 (finale)

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Thu, Dec 20, 2018
???,000 viewers (23rd)
Written by Peter Helliar & Nick Musgrove
Directed by Peter Helliar

It's Greg and Em's 15-year wedding anniversary and, as usual, things don't go as planned.

With: Lucy Durack as Beryl Deep, Nicki Wendt as Nadia, Grant Piro as Michael Fassmember, Ben Anderson as Officer Murphy, Chanella Macri as 2nd AD