Love and money
Mariah makes a heartfelt personal confession to Kevin, adding that a financial incentive would sweeten her options, too
Their sex life may be lacklustre but there’s still a lot of things that Mariah likes about Kevin. He treats her with respect for the person she is without trying to change her and his constant straddling of the borderlines between the law and crime provide her with endless fascination and thrills.
Now that Kevin has developed an online relationship with fellow cyber hacker Natalie Soderberg, Mariah is bristling with romantic jealousy, a feeling that’s often foreign to her.
Since learning of Natalie’s existence, Mariah (Camryn Grimes) has done her best to keep Kevin (Greg Rikaart) distracted but it isn’t working. The enigmatic Ms Soderberg is tempting Kevin with the offer of joining her lucrative business venture by proffering the funds to develop a computer program that prevents computer systems from being hacked.
With Kevin frantically struggling to raise the capital to invest, Mariah is at her wits’ end, especially when Billy (Burgess Jenkins) pumps her for information on the business, desperately wanting to bolster his sagging fortunes now that he’s been ostracised from Jabot.
Losing her temper, Mariah handcuffs Kevin and rants that Billy has been interrogating her about Kevin’s Swiss-based hacker friend, a woman she believes may be a scam artist who’s trying to seduce Kevin or may not even exist at all.
Unfortunately, Mariah quickly realises she’s talking to a proverbial brick wall, finally deciding to join in on Kevin’s scheme, if only to keep an eye on him.
Realising that she has beaten Natalie at her own game, Mariah suggests that they should lure Billy into the investment but demand more capital than they need. It’s just a little creative accounting that would give them a hefty bank balance, whispers an eager Mariah.
Again lured to the dark side, Kevin reluctantly asks Billy for $2 million instead of the $1 million actually required. Pleased that Billy doesn’t even question the inflated figure, Kevin celebrates with Mariah, who is moved by his passion.
Laying her heart on the line, Mariah confesses that she’s not motivated by money. All she really wants is to be loved. Heartened when Kevin says “you already have that”, Mariah clearly hints that she could always put some cash to good use, too.
The couple makes a pact to work on the project together, both wondering if their criminal actions will be enough of an aphrodisiac for them to forge a strong long-term relationship well into the future. TVS
DESPERATE Billy (Burgess Jenkins) asks Mariah for all the facts about Kevin’s new business interests, longing to bolster his own sagging fortunes. MASTERMIND Mariah (Camryn Grimes) talks Kevin into asking Billy for far more money than they need for their latest scheme.