The Insiders Guide to Happiness

Season 1 Episode 1

Is Happiness an Accident?

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 19, 2004 on TVNZ
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Is Happiness an Accident?
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Julie, a thirty-something caterer, meets her husband Simon at a cafe to tell him the good news that she is pregnant, but his response is to choke on a mushroom and collapse. In the ambulance on the way to hospital Simon revives, just in time for the ambulance to swerve, lose control and smash into a parked car at a busy intersection. At the hospital, a doctor, William is ill-equipped to tell Julie that Simon died in the crash. Julie, in shock, goes home, collects all Simon's possessions and burns them in the bath. Then she returns to the café, demanding to know how one of their mushrooms can kill a man? The waitress is sympathetic and comments that maybe accidents happen for a reason. Julie suggests that maybe Simon lives on in the baby. We are introduced to Matthew, a good Samoan boy, and our narrator. Matthew runs across the road at a busy intersection - just in time to be hit by the out of control ambulance carrying Simon and Julie. Matthew is killed. Then Matthew lets us in on a secret - he spent the entire morning cheating on his fiancee with a woman called Tess. Later, in the morgue looking at his own body, Matthew is confused that he still appears to be walking about conscious. Matthew speculates that maybe his death was punishment from God. Or maybe it was just an accident? Lindy, a disgraced ex-TV news presenter, has been evicted from her apartment, and has nowhere to stay. As she approaches the fateful intersection, she hears loud tooting and drops a vase, which smashes on the road. The broken vase causes a cyclist to swerve, the cyclist causes the approaching ambulance to swerve, which then loses control and smashes into a parked car. Distraught, and feeling surrounded by publicity images of her ex-co-anchor John and his family, Lindy escapes and drives to John's home. She breaks in, steals money and lingerie and wreaks revenge on him. Lindy books into a hotel, where she watches John read the news. Sam, a.k.a. Mr Karaoke, DJs another tasteless wedding. While getting equipment from his van, he stops Lindy de Jong from stepping into the path of an approaching ambulance - which then loses control and crashes into parked cars. When the wedding's over, a sexy girl, Kat, invites him home, and Sam says yes please. Later we find that Sam has a girlfriend - the very sweet and devoted Tina. James, a straightforward, 20-something bloke, wins a free carwash. But the carwash, positioned near the fateful intersection, stops in the middle of the cycle. His confusion grows when the radio begins playing Eastern music and no-one responds to his insistent tooting for help. James is stuck. Finally, the wash restarts randomly, his car radio reverts to its usual channel and he can drive out of the car wash. But the forecourt is dark, the intersection empty, everyone's gone home. What just happened?moreless

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