Mercy Peak

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 10

    Love From Bassett

    Aired 3/19/04

  • S 6 : Ep 9

    May the Force Be With You

    Aired 3/19/04

  • S 6 : Ep 8

    Honour Thy Father

    Aired 3/12/04

  • S 6 : Ep 7

    The Fruit of Good Works

    Aired 3/5/04

  • S 6 : Ep 6

    History Lessons

    Aired 2/27/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Parker

    Alistair Kingsley

  • Miriama Smith

    Dana McNichol

  • Jeffrey Thomas

    Dr William Kingsley

  • Sara Wiseman

    Dr Nicky Somerville

  • Alison Bruce

    Louise Duval

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Mercy Peak guide at When Dr. Nicky Somerville's life in the city falls apart, she moves to the small town of Bassett (population 5058 and growing). She thinks the pace will be slower and things more simple. But she learns that life can be complex wherever you are. The series is about Nicky and her fellow Bassett residents. A strong ensemble drama, the relationships between the strongly-scripted and acted characters are the basis of the action. Mercy Peak is home to a cast of colourful, quirky and- above all- complex characters: William, the tenacious head doctor; his son, Alistair, living in the shadow of his father; Louise, the calm centre of the hospital whose personal life is a mess; and Ken, the amiable cop with a penchant for sci-fi and no luck in love. Their stories are the heart of Mercy Peak: Their triumphs, their failings, their foibles and- above all - their passions. And Nicky finds romance- first with social worker Cliff Tairoa, then with the all-too-attached vintner Kieran Masefield. Mercy Peak is about the search for love, forgiveness and mercy, about discovering that the world can be good or bad but that there is always hope and humour.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Guy: Kieran and Amanda, I'm surprised they're still together. They always were an emotional car crash waiting to happen. Alistair: And you find that entertaining?! Guy: Oh, I love them. They're so New Zealand gothic.

    • Doctor: So, how's your sex life? Alistair: Comatose.

    • William: Why did it have to be my plumber?!

    • Chad: This place is way better than the facilities on the Philippines. Dana: Did the locals try to beat the hell out of you over there? Chad: Not at the welcoming party.

    • Liz: (amazed by Alastair's trivia prowess) No, I mean in general, that so much useless information can be crammed into one brain! Alastair: Oh, what can I say? It's a gift. Liz: Can you send it back?

    • Alistair: I am an idiot savant of trivia. Liz: An idiot savant of idiots.

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    Notes (2)

    • Mercy Peak executive producer, co-creator and co-writer Rachel Lang said this episode's nickname was "White Valiant". This comes by a song of that name by Don McGlashan. She says of it, "I like Don McGlashan's songs a lot. A lot of them are like short films or short stories with great mood and characters. 'White Valiant' taps into the great New Zealand hitch-hiking myth, being picked up by the strange guy who may or may not have bad intentions."

    • Craig really disliked his scenes with the pigs, because they tended to smell, squirm, and get him covered with muck.

    Allusions (14)

    • Title The title is a paraphrase of the line from Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, where Hamlet tells Horatio that there are supernatural phenonmenon that can't be explained by nature.

    • Title:

      The title of this episode is a nod to the Dostoevsky novel Crime and Punishment.

    • Title:
      The title of this episode is a nod to the 1990 film LA Confidential.

    • Title This episode's title, "Put Away Childish Things", is an allusion to the Bible verse I Corinthians 13:11, which reads, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things."

    • Title:
      This episode's title, "Fear and Loathing", is an allusion to journalist Hunter S. Thompson's well known 1972 novel Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, which tells the story of how his business trip got side tracked by his "search for the American Dream" fueled by massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. The novel was made into a movie of the same name in 1998 starring Johnny Depp.

    • Title:

      The title is a reference to the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

    • Title:
      The title Reality Bites is the same as the 1994 movie starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke.

    • Title:

      The title is an allusion to the romantic novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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