RecapsFebruary 16, 2015

Shorty Street Scandal: Celebrity Cameos and a Stunning New Lounge


Please enjoy this excellent episode of Shorty Street Scandal, wherein James Mustapic recaps the past week of Ferndale hijinks. This week? The characters laugh at the disabled and the elderly, watermelon solves the world’s problems and we witness NZ TV’s greatest background moment thus far:

First of all, may we all pause to take in our new surroundings. Lovely white couch, lovely cane furniture, lovely ornate cross. We all said it couldn’t be done, but it looks like James has found an even fancier fancy lounge. Now that he’s in Auckland, I can’t wait to see what high quality stars he will stash behind that pearly couch. It’s very exciting.

For the past week in Shortland Street land, it looks like the writers have been trying to push the comedy boundaries. Lucy and Kylie laugh raucously in the face of elderly Mr Wilkinson complaining of chest pain, and Garrett makes an insensitive wheelchair joke about Dallas’ potentially paralysed mother. On a side note, is Mr Wilkinson Santa’s evil twin?


The cameo role of the year snuck up on all of us on Friday night, when James announced that he was going to appear in the episode. Seen behind Lucy and Kylie, he amicably chats to another young man. I got the scoop from James on what they were talking about:

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Anyway, it was a groundbreaking moment in New Zealand television history, and one that I worked so fast to capture I couldn’t even move my Jobs DVD out of sight. That’s how much I care, James:

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Leanne has a great week full of quite bad dancing and even worse lunches. After accidentally taking Michael’s lunchbox to work, she finds herself facing the awful culinary disaster known as “weird sandwiches”. I hope that New Zealanders everywhere pray for Leanne during this troubling time.

Whilst Leanne was gagging down some sammies, the new baby had it’s first selfie taken. Except it was less of a selfie and more of just your bog standard photograph. I remain mystified as the why this scene was important to the show, maybe the kid will go viral or something later in life. We already know it can creak up there with the best of them.

Finally, it seems fitting that in Valentine’s week we get a little bit of sexy fruit-based romance. After an explosive fight, Boyd and Harper reconcile over some watermelon and presumedly some offscreen sex. Couldn’t have chosen a seedier fruit to get seedy with. If you are having relationship troubles, why not take a couples counselling course at Garrett’s School of Romance and Wisdom:

bit of action, slice of melon – poof, no more problems

Watch Shortland Street on TVNZ Ondemand here

Watch Shorty Street Scandal on Youtube here 


Image: Tina Tiller

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