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There are two new faces in Ferndale this week on Shortland Street with the arrival of TK’s cousins, Tane and Wiremu.
Newlyweds TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell) and Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) receive a big surprise this week with the arrival of TK’s two mischievous cousins, Tane (Dominic Ona-Ariki) and Wiremu (Scott Cotter), to Ferndale. Having nowhere else to stay, TK is reluctantly forced to welcome the boys into his honeymoon home, much to Sarah’s dismay.
“TK has always felt a sense of obligation towards his whanau but after the rocky period TK and Sarah have had recently, now is probably not the best time for his cousins to arrive,” says Benjamin Mitchell. “He knows the boys can be a bit of a handful but they are family, and he has no choice but to welcome them with open arms.”
The boys cheeky reputation is quickly confirmed when they let lose in Ferndale with a series of antics. After the trouble Sarah has recently been through, the arrival of the boys is possibly more than she can cope with. But to compound the matter, TK stuns his wife by telling her they must visit the family Marae for the first time since the tangi of TK’s cousin, Huia Samuels (Nicola Kawana). Sarah is far from confident about the reception she’ll get after inappropriate comments she made at the tangi, but is determined to put on a brave face for the sake of her man.
“It’s very much a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire,” says Amanda Billing. “Sarah is aware that when she went to the tangi she made some enemies, even though she was just trying to be straight up. She has been on the marae before, but she found that quite an alienating experience and she is prepared to feel that way again.” Not helping matters is TK and Sarah’s decision not to invite a lot of the whanau to their exclusive Auckland wedding.
“She is definitely feeling apprehensive because they decided not to invite a lot of the whanau to the wedding and she realises she might get some flack for that. But she realises going to the Marae is important for TK’s sake and her relationship’s sake, and it is important she doesn’t make any more enemies. She is determined to put on a brave face and be nice and show she is capable of integrating into the family.”
It seems marrying a man with such a strong family heritage is going to be a huge challenge for Sarah. “Culturally, Sarah is a fish out of water,” says Billing. “She doesn’t find it easy to be in a place like that because she doesn’t know about their protocol and in a way Sarah feels like she shouldn’t have to change her behaviour just because protocol says so.”
Will TK’s whanau finally welcome Sarah with open arms or will she further alienate herself? Find out this week on Shortland Street, weeknights at 7.00pm on TV2.