The Insiders Guide to Happiness

Season 1 Episode 2

Who Controls Your Happiness?

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 26, 2004 on TVNZ
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Who Controls Your Happiness?
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Tina rescues an old lottery ticket from under a stray cat at the accident intersection - and gets scratched in the process. Because she suffers from Von Willebrand's, a rare blood disease, she goes to hospital for treatment. She calls Sam, unknowingly disturbing him from a tryst with Kat. Sam lies and tells Kat that Tina is his sister, and is then angry with Tina at her 'neediness'. He leaves her at the hospital. On a whim, Tina checks the lottery ticket at a dairy - only to find that it's a first division winner. She has just won 6.3 million dollars! She gets a call from Julie (who we discover is her sister) to say that Simon died in an accident. Tina rushes to Julie's side and is taken aback by her sister's pragmatism regarding Simon's death. Julie has cremated Simon privately, then collected the ashes and divided them up into little boxes, sending one to each of his relations. Tina can't understand this. She thinks how she'd react if she lost Sam& Tina takes her ticket to the lotteries commission, and the money is hers. She splashes out on a sexy red convertible for Sam, and prepares a special dinner to celebrate the news. But before Tina can tell him about her good fortune, Sam breaks up with her. Distraught, Tina takes off in the convertible, picking up her friend Tess along the way. Tess believes she has been stood up by Matthew, and the two console each other about men. Lindy meets up with John and they flirt, then have sex in his car. But when they talk afterwards of how Lindy lost her job when their affair was discovered, Lindy realises that John sold her out to protect his pregnant wife (and weather girl) Sophie. Lindy is furious and takes off. They are so over. James is still rattled by his carwash experience, and now finds himself confused about what day it is. He thinks it's Monday, but then he sees another James entering the carwash on what was Saturday and what's going on? He passes the bank where he works, only to find it's Monday again, and he's in trouble with the boss. James fakes a friend's death as the reason for his unusual behaviour and gets sympathy from an unexpected quarter - an attractive co-worker, Olive. Matthew is disturbed to find that although he is conscious and able to move around, he can't affect the real world in any way- he can't even open the door and get out of the morgue. Eventually he escapes, but only to get stuck in a supply room. While there, Matthew hears about his own funeral tomorrow, and muses that he spent his whole life trying to make his family happy. But what about his own happiness?moreless

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