Tonight Offspring returns to Channel Ten, Patrick-less. Or, is it?
It turns out that producers of Offspring fully understand we have not yet recovered from the death of our beloved, and we need a bit more time to say goodbye. Thankfully, this is exactly how Nina feels as well.
The series jumps in six months after the death of Nina’s fiance Dr Patrick Reid, who died after being hit by a car. She is a single mum, supported by her sister Billie and surrounded by family and friends as she struggles to move on from the loss of her fiance.
Just in case you were planning a dramatic boycott of the show (we considered it too), here are 6 reasons to watch a Patrick-free Offspring tonight. It’s going to be brilliant.
1. The babies who play Nina's daughter are ridiculously cute.
Three babies play the daughter of Nina and Patrick. In the first half of the series baby Zoe is played by twins Mia and Willow Sindle and in the latter half she is played by Isabelle Monaghan. Asher Keddie says working with the babies was a delight.
“People say ‘never work with kids or animals’ but I totally disagree,” she told News Ltd. “I love it because it is so spontaneous. ”
Asher says the baby gives viewers hope and from the moment Zoe comes on screen the mourning masses immediately understand how Nina is surviving. “When Zoe comes on screen you go ‘Oh my God — that is what Nina has to live for’. I might go so far as to say this is the most uplifting series of the whole five."
2. Chrissie Swan has a hilarious guest spot this season.
Chrissie Swan has a hilarious guest spot this season on Offspring. Nina has a fantasy where she is awarded Mother of the Year by Chrissie Swan. You'll see this scene in Episode Two.
Nina is conflicted about motherhood, doubting herself and getting upset when Zoe wants Aunty Billie instead of her. She dreams that she is an amazing mother and that's when Chrissie appears.
The show is filmed in Melbourne where Chrissie is based working as a radio announcer as one half of a successful duo alongside Jane Hall on Mix.
3. There are HEAPS of fantasy scenes, hallucinations and dreams of Patrick.
Mattew Le Nevez who plays Dr Patrick Reid has been kept busy this season, despite his character being killed off. Nina is thrown into several fantasy sequences involving Patrick. She really struggles to let go, even though it is six months since his death.
After all they'd been through they were finally engaged, expecting a baby and totally happy. Then a random act took him from her. She's happy to be a mother, sad not to be with Patrick and angry whenever she thinks about the life they could have had together.