The massive cast changes in Winners and Losers that took place at the season three finale is about to add another name to the list of those who have left with Tuesday night’s episode seeing a main character joining those who have moved onto greener pastures.
The season three finale saw characters including Patrick (Jack Pearson), Jasmine (Pia-Grace Moon), Flynn (Tom Hobbs) and Jonathan (Damien Bodie) all exit the series along with Trish Gross (Denise Scott) taking an extended break in Switzerland and Bec (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith) moving to Singapore to be with Ryan (but let’s face it, she hasn’t really gone anywhere with the amount of time she’s spending back home in Melbourne!) is about to see a favorite cast member say goodbye.
Speaking with The Daily Edition yesterday, cast member Melanie Vallejo (Sophie) revealed that yes, a main cast member will be leaving the show! So who is it that’s leaving? I know….but i’m keeping quiet on this one, instead offering up some suggestions as to who it could be.
Is it Francis?: Francis has had a tough time of late between Zach leaving, her surprise pregnancy and the departure of business partner Flynn and co-dependent Jonathan, Francis has found herself relying on the slightly airy Bridget, not only for emotional support but professional support too. Has it all become too much for Francis to handle with her only option to be with Zach in Abu Dhabi?
Is it Jen?: While things haven’t been as tough for Jen as they have been for Francis, Jen’s still been on a very up and down ride that could see her throw it all in and leave for good. With all her winnings now gone, Jen has had a tough time readjusting to life before money that included returning to her old job and suffering through a string of bad relationships. Will new boyfriend Gabe be enough to keep Jen from leaving?
Is it Sophie?: One could say “poor Sophie” if it wasn’t for all the naked fun she was having with Sam’s brother Luke. While her ex Doug has moved on and married Carla and her struggles with revealing what happened to her while in Africa played heavily in the past few seasons, it’s her relationship with Luke that has really started to haunt Sophie. Trying to deny she wants more from him that she currently has is a typical Sophie move, but can she deal with having her heart broken all over again?
Is it Bec?: We’ve seen some very ‘out-of-character’ behavior from our widowed Bec of late. There was the hook up with bikie Jason (who was also dealing dope on the side) then becoming romantically involved with her therapist Ryan (who subsequently lost his job) which then led to her moving to Singapore to continue to be with Ryan and finally back into Jason’s arms, cheating on Ryan. It’s all been very un-Bec like…could this behavior lead to her saying goodbye to it all and leaving?
Is it Sam?: Just like the others, Sam has found herself in a situation she never thought she’d ever be in. One day your working as a nurse, the next you’re marrying a patient dying from cancer and suddenly, you’ve inherited your dead husband’s son he abandoned years ago while his mother is off in Bangers living large with the payout from her ex’s death. Sam somehow managed to get the raw end of the deal here and has found herself single and the legal guardian of a moody 14 year old. How long can she deal with this?
So who leaves? Find out tonight on an all new Winners and Losers, 8:30pm on Channel 7
Well, you can’t say Channel 7 favorite Winners and Losers is one of those shows that just cruises along without offering too much or shaking things up – whether it be for good or for bad.
In the past handful of episodes, leading up-to and including last Tuesdays season three finale (still unsure why we were left dangling for three months to get the last three episodes of the season) we’ve seen Zach (Stephen Phillips) take flight for Abu Dhabi, Patrick (Jack Pearson) and Jasmine (PiaGrace Moon) leave for an extended Europe vacation, Bec (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith), Harrison and Ryan (David Paterson) uproot to Singapore, Jonathan (Damien Bodie) and Rhys (Nick Simpson-Deeks) move to San Francisco and Flynn (Tom Hobbs) making a quick exit for New Zealand (you can tell how happy I am about that last one).
While Bec’s absence won’t be noticeable (she’s back next week and not happy with life in Singapore) the absence of such a large number of characters in such a small space of time is quite apparent, especially with only two new characters – Luke McKenzie (Nathin Butler) and Gabe Reynolds (Nick Russell) to fill the void along with a beefed up role for Bridget Fitzgerald (Sarah Grace) – and then there’s Carla (Sibylla Budd), but I don’t like to talk about her.
There’s no word yet on a return of any of our recently departed, though with the news that Francis (Virginia Gay) is five weeks pregnant, one could hope that Zach or Jonathan may be back earlier than later.
Winners and Losers Season 4 kicks off Tuesday July 1st 8:45pm on Channel 7.
Starting an episode of Winners and Losers off with vodka shots can only lead to good things like icky sexual tension between Flynn (Tom Hobbs) and Sam (Katherine Hicks), a badly dressed random (Savers shopper anyone?) playing sexy eyes at Sophie (Melanie Vellejo) and Jen (Melissa Bergland) happily expressing just how much sex she’s having with her man-child fling.
So what happened to our favorite winners last night?
Frances/Zach/Jasmine/Jonathan: Frances (Virginia Gay) is beginning to find herself on the wrong end of a rather cranky Zach (Stephen Phillips). Either Zach is on a rager of a heavy flow or his mood swings resulting from his stroke are really starting to kick in. Jonathan (Damien Bodie) finally tells Frances that back in the hospital, Zach went (for the better use of the word) mental while Jonathan was throwing purses out of his mouth. it’s here Jonathan comes up with the bright plan to include someone else into this really bad mix of injuries and mental anguish.
Frances decides to rope Doug (Tom Wren) into trying to get Zach to open up about his feelings post stroke, but he does so using beer and the offer of being his best man at his wedding. Personally, I’d have brought a wheel of Brie and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion on DVD to watch but each to their own….
There’s talk of a bucks night (no shaving cream or nudity please) which quickly turns into Doug asking if Zach can use a keyboard. This of course brings on Zach’s Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde persona resulting in Zach taking a fall and yeah….there was wee.
cue awkward pause
Zach finally explodes, literally blaming Frances for everything that’s happened to him. Granted, Frances was the one who brought Shannon into the fold, but last time I checked, Shannon was the one stuffing an unconscious Zach into the boot of his car….case of misguided anger I’m guessing.
This anger continues on including an uncalled for verbal spray at Jasmine (PiaGrace Moon) before Frances and Zach have a decent heart to heart but we all can tell that Frances wants to get the heck out of there and go drinking with her friends. Who’d blame her?
Flynn/Sophie/Sam: Flynn and Sam have decided that to avoid the weird tension hanging thick in the air between them, they decide to go back to being friends – but the kind that eye each other off and get jealous when the other shows interest in someone else. I would say to them “just get a room already” but..they’ve been there, done that.
Random shirt and tie guy tried his luck with Sophie, he’s got a cracker of a pick up line, “Excuse me, you wouldn’t happen to have any raisins? No? How about a date?” How did she not throw him down on that table right then and there?
The two people struggling with their own romantic issues with each other (Flynn and Sam), offer sad and single Sophie some dating advice which was basically them calling her a frosty bitch who glares at everyone around her. To prove she’s not a frosty bitch, Sophie decides to break out the iPad and download Tinder. Well Winners and Losers version of Tinder. This version allows her to list ten attributes she wants in a guy to which, after an hour of thinking, she only come up with two. “Not ugly” and “Not stupid”. I guess while she may be a frosty bitch, one could never claim Sophie to be a picky bitch….
So it’s been hours and Soph is still trawling the internet for men, Sam can’t decide what to have for dinner and Flynn wants to go out to a nice bar with some decent food and find some hot guys….ummm Flynn, I have a stocked wine rack, can cook a mean roast and well…I ain’t ugly looking….
Turns out, Flynn was talking about hot guys for Sophie. Bugger. Sam takes this as an opportunity to get her girls out and pick out rather greasy looking guys for Soph to smile at. Let’s face it, Sam is from the bush and has turned down Flynn…I don’t think she’s the best choice for boyfriend picking….
The night out turns a bit disastrous when the male version of Kelly from My Kitchen Rules begins hitting on Sam and her girls talking about his worldly travels to exotic locations. Flynn is being attacked by a group of horny women on a hens night and Sophie picks up a DJ. Yes, a DJ. I wonder where bad pick-up line guy is….
Anyways, Sam and Flynn decide they can’t be friends without all the tension and decide avoiding each other is the wisest decision. I guess getting all that inner rage out with a round of bed hopping is out of the question.
Bec/Ryan (Psych Doc guy): Oh there’s Bec (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith), I think she was at the bar in the beginning…anyways she’s talking to Jasmine (PiaGrace Moon) about the school councilor who was made part-time. With Dieter Brummer off riding his motorcycle and dolling out spliffs, she needs a project to keep her occupied and this sounds like the perfect distraction.
I do keep forgetting about Bec lately. She doesn’t have much going on right now, well except flirting with Ryan her ex psychologist and making lasagna and now this school counselor issue..oh and a baby that spends a lot of time on the floor….anyways, she’s decided, with the help of Ryan, to sort this school counselor issue out which includes some rather intense eye undressing (on Ryan’s behalf) and Bec realizing she has NO IDEA WHAT AUTO-SAVE IS!
Jen/Man-Child/Gross Family Members: Jen and man-child are trying to find a place to have lie down kisses. His place is no good and Jen has had enough of the back seat of the car (saucy minx) so to her bedroom (in her parents house) they go!
This causes all kinds of awkwardness at the ‘Haus of Gross’ the following morning as Jen (negligee and all) introduces her topless man-child to the Gross clan. Her sister Bridget (Sarah Grace) eyes him off, mum Trish (Denise Scott) offers to cook him breakfast, Dad Brian (Francis Greenslade) basically asks “are you adult cuddle friends?” and brother Patrick (Jack Pearson) offers up the most normal reaction of “ewwww you’re my sister, you’re not supposed to be doing that”.
Off to the beach they go (does Jen work?) where she’s taken a sexy selfie in the change room…probably not the best of locations to take one, I hear there’s bad lighting in those rooms….man-child talks a lot about Jen meeting his parents and how cool it’s going to be and skateboards and playstation and OMGs.
She’s starting to realize (not that he’s a child) that he’s wanting more out of this than she wants and makes the utterly heartbreaking decision to dump his man-child ass. Of course this doesn’t sit well with the child who promptly sends out her sexy selfie to the entire internet.
Talk about your worst nightmare coming true! Though snaps to Jen for having a crack at telling man-child to delete the image and everyone he sent it to. I wonder if she realizes that age old saying “Once it hits the net, it’s out there forever!”
Winners and Losers airs Tuesday nights, Channel 7 at 8:30pm(ish)