Who says romance is dead? Spirited is a romantic look at life and love after death with a rock'n'roll twist. From the producers of Love My Way, Spirited, is a blackly funny exploration of love, death and life seen through the lives of a group of people who are extreme, complicated and unique. SUZY is a dentist. She is married to a brilliant but messed up jerk. At one awful dinner party too many - she leaves him. Ever practical, Suzy has long been establishing an escape plan; she moves her two children, Verity and Elis into the penthouse apartment above her dental surgery. She quickly discovers that she has to share her penthouse with Henry, who is no ordinary man. Henry is, apparently, a gho... (more)st. HENRY is a British rock star, the lead singer and front man of The Nerve, a successful seventies punk band, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Sydney in 1985. Rumour and myth surround his disappearance, with many fans believing he faked his death. To this day fans still report sightings of him. In fact, no one has definitively known until now that Henry is actually dead. Baffled by Henry's existence, Suzy seeks the insight of her younger sister; the lonely, childless, new age therapist JONQUIL. But Suzy soon realises revealing the existence of Henry to anyone will lead her to being labelled crazy. Henry awakens from 20 years of deathly slumber when Suzy and her kids move into the apartment. Initially he struggles to understand what is happening to him. What karmic crimes could have left him stuck locking horns for eternity with an uptight dentist in the Antipodes? Meanwhile, Suzy's husband, STEVE a brilliant, blue-blooded trustafarian with more ideas than sense, dedicates most of his time to either sabotaging his ex-wife's attempts at independence or concocting plans to woo her back. Henry and Suzy are poles apart - a truly odd couple thrown together by fate and circumstance.
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Aired on September 21, 2011
The Elysian is swarming with men in hard hats. They’ve come to investigate the large crack that appeared in the building when Jonquil held her ‘healing ceremony’. Suzy reassures He... (more)nry. This is not a supernatural problem. This is a real world problem, and real men are going to fix it. Jonquil meanwhile, has woken up in the gutter after another all night bender. Zac is alarmed about her new penchant for self-destructive behaviour. Why is his girlfriend suddenly acting so … lasciviously? Back at the Elysian, the men in hard hats have agreed. This building can’t be fixed. On hearing the news, Adam and Juan throw a party and introduce a lawyer who reports he can get top dollar payouts for residents. Everyone is relieved and happy. Everyone except Suzy and Henry. What will happen to Henry if the building goes down? Will he be doomed to haunt a construction site forever? Or will he just crumble into dust with the building? The party spreads. All sorts of folk are turning up, including Jonquil, tethered securely to Zac with handcuffs. Jonquil is freaking Antonia out – did she just look at her? Then Antonia realises why Jonquil’s been acting so strangely - and where the King has gone. He’s possessed her! While Suzy and Henry set about trying to expel The King from Jonquil, the King himself decides he’s bored with this female body. He’s going to possess Steve instead. And while Suzy and Henry frantically switch tactics to figure out how to expel The King from Steve, it’s Verity who comes to the rescue, just as the entire building tilts again. And that’s it. The King’s dead. The party’s over. The emergency crews arrive and everyone has to evacuate. Everyone except Henry, who can’t leave. Suzy is adamant. She’s not going. As she clings desperately to the rapidly disintegrating building, it is Helen who comes up with the solution. Spiriting. She brokers a deal – she will look after Suzy in her ‘fugue’ state, keep her on the straight and narrow and the kids close. But can Helen keep her promise? As the building lurches again, there’s nothing for it. Henry and Suzy swirl through the black space to bliss. To safety in each other’s arms. But when Suzy arrives back a year later, something strange has happened. It looks like she’s getting married! Where are the kids? But more importantly – what has happened to Helen? And where, oh where is Henry?
Aired on September 14, 2011
Everyone’s excited about the biopic of Henry’s life being filmed at the Elysian – everyone, that is, except Henry. He’s not interested in who or what he was. He’s interested in who... (more) he is now. And in Suzy, who gets dragged into the madness as an extra. But as per usual when Henry’s around, she winds up distracted and the director winds up very, very wet - and very unimpressed. Meanwhile, the kids are on the move. Elvis is off to boarding school in London. Henry has some words of wisdom for him. And Verity wants to spend all her time at Steve’s house. Jennifer is delighted. Especially with her young admirer’s olfactory abilities, which are spookily similar to her own. With the kids away, Henry and Suzy decide to try some sexy dreaming but end up, yet again, in a bizarre place. And they’re not the only ones having bizarre dreams. With Zac preoccupied, enthusiastically ‘consulting’ on the Mallet biopic, Jonquil still dreams of the King in graphic, technicolour detail. When an acolyte whispers The King’s real name to her in a dream and wistfully hints at his dark past, Jonquil wakes up inspired. She’s going to hold a ‘grieving ceremony’ for the living relatives of the King’s victims, and set everyone free. But as per usual when Jonquil has an idea, not everyone jumps on board. Things have a tendency to go ever so slightly awry. But Jonquil’s ceremony is, for once, a great success. The King vanishes and the acolytes are freed. She should be flushed with triumph, but unable to see them move on, she is blissfully unaware. So why is she behaving so … eccentrically? Things aren’t so rosy between Helen and her ghost lover, Robbie. Robbie is convinced that Helen’s inability to see or hear him has driven her into the arms of someone else. His worst nightmare. A living, breathing, corporeal man. Suzy tries to assuage his fears, but he grows more bitter and more convinced of Helen’s infidelity until Helen herself confesses. And Robbie responds with a heroic gesture. Meanwhile, a giant crack appears in the bottom of the Elysian. An earthquake or some other natural disaster? Or have the ghostly antics of the Elysian’s residents caused another tear in the veil that protects the real world from the supernatural?
Aired on September 07, 2011
Zac is delirious with joy. All his dreams have come true because Henry Mallet – the real, living, breathing, 60 year old Henry Mallet – just knocked on his door. He’s not dead! He’... (more)s been living incognito in Geneva for the last thirty years, eating cheese and breeding schnauzers. Zac may be in seventh heaven, but Suzy is seriously confused. And a little worried – is this the real Henry Mallet, or a fraud? And if this old man is the real Henry Mallet, then who or what is her Henry? The other ghosts are delighted. Ghostworld is alive with theories and chatter and gossip – is Henry just some dude who died at Nerve party in a Henry Mallet costume? Maybe Henry’s soul split in two when he died … but which part is the good part and which is the bad? Even Henry starts to doubt himself. When Jonquil reports that the elderly Mr Mallet seems to have the hots for her, Suzy is despondent. Everything seems to point to this man being real. Perhaps she really is slowly going mad … Meanwhile Steve and Jennifer’s romance blossoms. Jennifer may not be willing or able to have sex with Steve, but now that her saliva glands are fully functioning again, there’s plenty she can do to help him out – including ‘emancipating’ the ghost of his mother. Suzy decides there’s nothing for it – she’s going to prove it’s Old Henry who is the fraud. She and Henry hit on some harebrained schemes – fingerprints! Dental records! Verbal traps! But the man is indestructible. He defeats them at every turn. Then the realisation slowly dawns on them – it doesn’t matter whether Old Henry is real or not. What matters is that they believe in each other ... While Zac is busily befriending Old Henry, Jonquil’s dreams become more and more interesting and more more realistic, until she realises she’s been having wild dream sex with one Darren Bonney – Adelaide mass murderer and cult leader also known as “The King”. But Jonquil is not afraid, she’s intrigued …
Aired on August 31, 2011
Henry is intrigued to learn of Helen’s relationship with her ghost lover. It is scarily similar to his own relationship with Suzy. He plies Suzy with questions: did a taxi ever com... (more)e for Robbie? Has Robbie seen any other ghosts? Why can’t Helen see him any more? Could this be what the future has in store for them? Suzy in turn is intrigued to learn that Robbie and Helen have found a way to be together physically. “Spiriting” they call it. But while Robbie’s happy to expound upon the delights of spiriting, he’s less forthcoming with details on the downside. And Helen herself is tight-lipped. Why is she giving nothing away. Henry and Suzy decide to try spiriting for themselves. They are delighted to find themselves in a place where they can touch ... but before they know it, they’re whisked away from this corporeal bliss, smack bang into the hurly burly reality of their everyday lives. But something strange has happened. Two weeks have passed. Two weeks which they have no memory of. Two weeks during which Steve’s relationship with Jennifer has blossomed. Helen is furious. She explains that spiriting is a way for a ghost and a mortal who are in love to be together. But every hour spent together means a year of Suzy’s life is forfeited; a year which she will have no memory of. Suddenly, all Helen’s strange absences make sense. Suzy is appalled not just at her mother’s selfishness, but at her own. How could she have lost two weeks of her own children’s lives!? Meanwhile, Zac’s finest hour is upon him. His definitive biography of Henry Mallet is being launched. Right there in the building Henry disappeared from! Zac is excited to announce he has solved the mystery of Henry Mallet’s disappearance once and for all: Henry is dead! He fell off the back of a ferry! But it’s far from a great moment for Zac... or for Henry, for that matter. While Zac’s busy with his book and his newfound status, Jonquil retaliates by revealing to him every detail of the raunchy dreams she’s been having. But Jonquil is unaware the handsome stranger in her dreams is The King. He’s found his way into her subconscious. But what exactly is he up to now? And what does this charismatic and dangerous ghost want with Suzy’s sister?
Aired on August 24, 2011
Suzy’s neighbour Rita has a new friend. A sweet young woman who sells make up door to door. Jennifer can transform people from plain to beautiful with one sweep of her blusher brus... (more)h. But Jennifer has other skills. She can also transform spirits - from trapped and tortured to emancipated and free. And there’s something about The Elysian that’s making her just quiver all over …. Meanwhile, Jonquil is on a rampage. She decides to ‘therapise’ her mother about her abandonment issues. And she takes Suzy to Helen’s old house to show her some dusty relics from their childhood, where Suzy discovers a dusty relic of a different kind. Robbie. A ghost. And Suzy is astonished to learn that she and Helen have more in common than she could ever have imagined. Back at the Elysian, more ghosts are mysteriously dying. But Paperback Pete is oblivious. Much to Suzy’s amusement, he’s developed a crush on her new dental assistant, Penelope. He’s spending all his time in the dental surgery, pining over her, despite the fact she can’t see or hear him. Meanwhile, Henry is roaming the hallways and corridors when he comes across Jennifer. When she tries to spit on him, he’s not only disgusted, he’s terrified! He manages to evade her but not before she runs into a wall and chips her tooth. She winds up in Suzy’s surgery, where she spits on sweet Paperback Pete and he shrivels to nothing. Could Rita’s new friend, the nice make-up lady, be a ghost killer? Or is she really a sweet, innocent girl who thinks she’s helping to move these tortured souls to a better place? Either way, Jennifer is on the hunt for Henry. Just the scent of him is driving her crazy. So Suzy and Henry devise a cunning plan. They lure Jennifer into the surgery and put a stop to her spitting on anyone for a long, long time … With Jennifer out of the way, Suzy delivers a special message from the ghost Robbie to her mother, Helen. Helen rushes to the old house, where Suzy witnesses an emotional reunion between her mother and the ghost she fell in love with many years ago. But the question remains - why can’t Helen see or hear him anymore? Could this be what the future has in store for her and Henry?