Westside: episode guide

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All That Impedes Thee From The Golden Round [1974]

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Episode 1.01
NZ: Sun, May 31, 2015
Aus: tba (Nine)
294,920 viewers (5th)
Written by Rachel Lang
Directed by Mark Beesley

The premiere of this Outrageous Fortune prequel sees Ted West reunited with his love, Rita. But she has a secret, and he has a lot to prove if he's to get back on top of his game...

As New Zealand joins together for the Commonwealth Games, Ted West gets out of jail after a three year stretch for a robbery that went wrong at Smith & Caughey's. Ted finds he's been ditched as leader of his gang and is determined to root out the rat who put him in jail. Meanwhile, young Wolf resents his father being back home and Rita has problems of her own, including a tenacious young admirer. But should Ted go solo to prove his mettle?

Starring: Antonia Prebble as Rita West, David de Lautour as Ted West, Dan Musgrove as Lefty Munroe, Esther Stephens as Ngaire Munroe, Todd Emerson as Bilkey Van Heeder, Pana Hema-Taylor as Bert Thompson, Xavier Horan as Phineas O'Driscoll, Sophie Hambleton as Carol O'Driscoll

With: Will Hall as Mike, Reon Bell as Wolf, Jordan Maugher as Rod, Jarred Blakiston as Vern, Angelina Cottrell as Desiree

Notes: The details of the Smith & Caughey krugerrand heist are covered in episode 3.07 of Outrageous Fortune, a good refresher episode for this prequel series along with episode 4.04. While Outrageous Fortune took its episode titles from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Westside's series 1 titles are taken from Macbeth.

Is't Far You Ride? [1975]

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Episode 1.02
NZ: Sun, June 07, 2015
220,650 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Mark Beesley

Ted confronts his great white whale, as Rita battles boredom. And a war with the Dallies turns up unexpected opportunities.

With: Will Hall as Mike, Reon Bell as Wolf, Jordan Maugher as Rod, Eve Gordon as Pat, Luke Carroll as The Miner, Jamaica Vaughan as Maria, Tatiana Hotere as Dafna, Glen Levy as Darijo

Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truths [1976]

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Episode 1.03
NZ: Sun, June 14, 2015
151,330 viewers
Written by Rachel Lang
Directed by Murray Keane

Ted and Rita both champion good causes: a disco dancing overstayer and a mouse who needs to roar.

With: Will Hall as Mike, Liam Ferguson as Wolf, Patrick Tafa as Falani, Teuila Blakely as Talita, Jo Davison as Lois, David Fane as Falani Senior

Notes: David Fane played Falani and Jo Davison was Mrs Hong in Outrageous Fortune

Dedicated in the memory of Frank Whitten
(15 November 1942 – 12 February 2011)

Our Poison'd Chalice [1977]

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Episode 1.04
NZ: Sun, June 21, 2015
224,130 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by Murray Keane

The matter of the poisoned lamington splits the house of West and leads Ted and Rita to sex, drugs and rock & roll.

With: Will Hall as Mike, Liam Ferguson as Wolf, Patrick Tafa as Falani, Joel Tobeck as Des McEwen, Jamie Irvine as Marty Johnstone, Elliot Wrightson as The Artist, Gabriel McArtney as Captain Hook, Jimmy Hazelwood as Guy; The Band: Adam Jackson (Vocals), Corné Coetzee (Guitar), Hayden Strait (Bass), Paul Barry (Drums)

Note: guest star Gabriel McArtney is the son of late Hello Sailor guitarist/vocalist Dave McArtney and appears in this episode as his father, composing Gutter Black, the song that was used as the Outrageous Fortune title music.

Fiction meets Fact: Dan Musgrove (Lefty) played real-life drug trafficker Marty Johnstone in Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud in which Jamie Irvine (now playing Marty Johnstone) was the lead detective pursuing him.

Dire Combustion [1978]

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Episode 1.05
NZ: Sun, June 28, 2015
214,780 viewers
Written by James Griffin
Directed by SImon Bennett

A lucrative heist goes horribly wrong leaving Ted with blood on his hands, two more kids under his roof, and both pigs and Horsemen on his trail. Rita plays matchmaker for Phineas and Carol while trying to keep the reins on Wolf and his new girlfriend.©tzuk

With: Will Hall as Mike, Liam Ferguson as Wolf, Patrick Tafa as Falani, Caleb Wells as Sparky, Aaron Jackson as Cannonball, Jaime McDermott as Anne Marie, John Leigh as Dougal, John Rawls as Gang Leader

Notes: like David Fane in episode 3, John Leigh appears as the father of the character he played in Outrageous Fortune. The character of Anne-Marie, Sparky's sister, was played by Rachel Nash in Outrageous Fortune (2.13-2.15).

But For a Wayward Son [1979]

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Episode 1.06
NZ: Sun, July 05, 2015
Written by Rachel Lang
Directed by SImon Bennett

The season finale sees Ted and Rita realise they have raised a problem child. But how to do deal with him? They both have the answer...

With: Will Hall as Mike, Liam Ferguson as Wolf, Patrick Tafa as Falani, Caleb Wells as Sparky, Aaron Jackson as Cannonball, Natalie Welch as Desiree, Jordan Mooney as Eric, Cole Jenkins as Traffic Cop