Watched Not Such Great Expectations today and its a pretty great episode – better than Playing With Fire I’d say.
- You can read the episode summary on the official ABC website: Not Such Great Expectations
Here’s my own outlined analysis (for students and tutors), but I won’t give too much away. Watch the episode, note their techniques and, most importantly, explain their effect/purpose!
This episodes utilises multiple plot lines and parallel plots. Some questions you should think about: what is the purpose of using parallel plots? How do all the plot lines connect?
Here’s a rundown of the (MULTIPLE!) plot lines:
- Max/Laura: Max wants to know what Laura thinks of the first line of his novel.
- Bob/Craig: Bob wants to train Craig up to be a real estate agent just like him.
- Laura/Rupert: Laura tries to pressure Rupert into doing better at school.
- Laura/Miranda: Miranda gets Laura to “agree” to her becoming an archeologist in the future.
- Theo: an old man evicted from one of Bob’s properties. We learn the mystery behind who he is and what happened to him.
- William: a kid who stole a bike and ends up in Court in front of Laura.
- Max/Carmen: Max and Carmen get into a poignant talk ghosts.
- Laura/Angus: Angus criticises Laura for applying the law blindly.
- The pressures/expectations that parents exert upon their children.
- The need for praise and encouragement.
- That life can change dramatically depending on the opportunities and mishaps that people encounter.
- Parallel plots and contrast
- Bob’s speech about the wonders of real estate – wonderful humour!
- Bob and Craig’s bright red suits
- The ghost character/plot device
- Slapstick – Heather and the ice cubes (good example to show students)
- Repetition of Max/Laura’s scene at the beach
- The recurring tea and “first line of Max’s novel” motif
Theo: One stupid punch and my whole life disappeared.
Bob Jelly: What is the one belief that unites the whole world? Real estate.
Bob Jelly: Everybody believes in property.
Max: I’ll just stay here and work on my completely pointless novel.
Carmen: Sometimes I hate you.
Angus: What’s the point of having you here if you’re just applying the law – any fool can do that.