CAN LOVE LAST?
Nina AND Billie’s FEAR ABOUT THE FUTURE BEGS THE QUESTION: ARE THEY ALWAYS UNLUCKY IN LOVE?
Sisters Nina and Billie’s fear about the future begs the question: Are they always unlucky in love?
T he Proudman sisters have always struggled in the romance department and this time is no different. Nina’s happiness with Harry might not be enough to survive the many challenges threatening to come their way.
And Billie’s (Kat Stewart) marriage to Mick (Eddie Perfect) continues to be a long-distance arrangement. The pressures of this situation could push their relationship to breaking point as Billie enters a new phase of her life without her muso hubby.
For Nina (Asher Keddie), Harry (Alexander England) was a love that came out of the blue and more like hate at first sight. When Harry entered Nina’s life he was managing the PR crisis that emerged after a viral video threw the hospital into disrepute.
Harry unsettled the casual and quirky atmosphere of St Francis Hospital by promoting more professional behaviour. Nina was confronted by Harry’s approach, which seemed like an attack on her friends. But Harry was just doing his job and when the dust settled she realised that.
Soon after, a slow-burning romance emerged as Harry pursued a nervous Nina who was still clinging tightly on to her late partner Patrick (Matthew Le Nevez). Eventually Nina decided to let go of the past and jump head first into an uncertain future with the dashing crisis consultant Harry.
Now they are in the blissful throes of new love. But just how long the good times will last is anyone’s guess because Nina has a tendency to get in the way of her own happiness.
Anxieties, fears and her extraordinary ability to catastrophise could wreck what might otherwise be a long and successful romance.
However, the threats to their relationship aren’t just those created in Nina’s mind. There are so many other factors at play here. Of most importance is where Nina’s daughter Zoe (Isabella Monaghan) fits in all of this. The toddler is growing up fast and intrigued by the new man in her mum’s life.
But Zoe is first priority for Nina. She needs to put her little girl’s welfare before Harry and sometimes that might mean putting her relationship second. While Harry understands, there may come a time when he is no longer happy participating from the sidelines.
What may happen is that Harry will want to take a more active role in Zoe’s life if things with Nina get serious. This will pose quite a dilemma for Nina who already suffered a great heartbreak when Patrick died, which left her raising Zoe alone.
What if she was to let Harry become a permanent fixture in their life only for things to end suddenly? Nina wouldn’t only be nursing her own shattered heart but Zoe’s as well. This is a pain she will want to shield her daughter from ever experiencing.
So Nina will be conflicted over what relationship Zoe has with Harry in this early stage of the relationship. There are so many things that could destroy Nina and Harry’s romance but it’s her sister Billie’s love life that we should probably be more worried about.
Billie and Mick have been living on opposite sides of the globe for some time now while Mick pursues his music career. And this situation doesn’t look like changing any time soon. Billie is committed to life in Melbourne, with a new house, new career and new role caring for troubled teen Brody (Shannon Berry) as well as Brody’s newborn son.
In many ways Billie is living the life she always dreamed of. She is a mother figure to Brody and her baby, which fulfils her long-standing desire to be a parent. Billie is also kicking goals career-wise, finding her niche with a recruitment firm, where she is making use of her brash and forward nature.
She still loves Mick dearly but their lives are just heading in different directions and they don’t want the same things. Both are living their dreams — the problem is those ambitions just don’t involve each other. And Billie might soon come to the realisation that Mick is not coming home and it’s time to move on without him.
Billie’s future may instead lie in a different kind of love and as devastating as that will be to admit — it’s the truth. While Billie comes to grips with whether she can carry on a marriage from the other side of the world, Nina must also face letting Harry fully into her life or they will both face heartbreak.
Billie might soon come to the realisation that Mick is not coming home and it’s time to move on without him.
OFFSPRING ON TEN
Nina (Asher Keddie) and Harry (Alexander England) are in love but uncertain of the future. MICK Billie (Kat Stewart) has been living in Melbourne while Mick (Eddie Perfect) pursues his music in the UK. Are they going too far in different directions?