The Insiders Guide to Happiness

Season 1 Episode 9

Who Taught You To Be Happy?

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jul 15, 2004 on TVNZ
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Who Taught You To Be Happy?
Tina's 25th birthday is coming up and she feels lost without Sam, so she moves in with Julie, despite her sister's protestations. However when Tina messes up a catering order, old family tensions erupt and Julie tells Tina she's hopeless and she's sick of having to look after her. In the heat of the argument the reason for Julie's resentment bursts out - when they were children Julie was forced to stay living with their alcoholic mother Annette because she had to look after Tina. Tina is so hurt by this that she takes off from her birthday party, only to end up on a deserted road with a flat tyre and no cellphone reception. As she tries to change the tyre, she is badly wounded by the nail that caused the puncture and starts to bleed heavily. Because Tina suffers from Von Willebrand's disorder, this is serious - she could bleed to death if she doesn't get help. During her struggle to fix the tyre and get out of there, she has flashbacks to the time Annette tried to kill herself, and how Annette told Tina then that she was 'just like me, hopeless'. William and Lindy have a pregnancy scare, and it causes them to consider the idea of children. William starts to think that would be okay, but by the time he communicates this to Lindy, she's already taken the morning after pill. Lindy is adamant it can't happen. William is disappointed and tries to get her to experience the joy of new parents in the maternity ward. Lindy's response is to secretly apply for a job in Toronto. Matthew gives blood, hoping it will help someone and musing on families. He misses his. This leads him to a group of Samoan men who run a kava den. There he gains some escape from his overwrought mind, until he comes face to face with his father. Matthew tells his father his unbelievable story about being half-dead and coming back& and is amazed when his father says he believes him.moreless

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