A clean slate
Vince might move to Cape Town to open up a new deli.
ince (jacques blignaut) has been in a dark place ever since he found out in november that neville (zane meas) isn’t his real dad. in the meantime, he’s contacted his biological father, the wealthy businessman arnold langley (simon bruinders), but despite vince’s hopes, their first meeting as father and son went pear-shaped. “arnold hasn’t had another soul – let alone a child – in his life, so he comes across as very cold, making it difficult for vince to build a relationship with him,” jacques explains. but arnold does try to extend a fatherly hand to vince and offers to buy him a brand-new deli in cape town. that means a new beginning for vince, who can build a relationship with his real dad – but he’ll then have to leave the rest of the meintjies family in hillside. vince now has to choose and it’s not going to be an easy decision to make.
on thursday 11 december, xander (theo meintjies) hears about his brother’s new job opportunity and kindly offers to draw up the legal documents for the new deli. but jacques says that vince takes xander’s olive branch the wrong way. “it gets his back up immediately and he takes xander’s offer as a way to get him to cape town and finally work him out of the meintjies family. to make matters worse, later that same day, arnold puts vince under pressure to either accept his offer or decline it. vince is an emotional wreck,” jacques says. “but he won’t show it. the stubbornness is eating him alive and he expects the meintjies family to apologise for how they handled the situation. the possibility to start over with a clean slate in cape town is something that he now strongly considers.”
the punching bag
and the person stuck in the middle of this mess is vince’s long-suffering wife bonita (hildegardt whites). hildegardt says that her character’s become vince’s punching bag lately. “he’s abrupt and moody all the time. it affects his work and personal life and poor bonita is in the crossfire,” she reveals.
discouraged about the situation, bonita tries to help vince on friday 12 december by phoning arnold behind her hubby’s back and organising a meeting. the two meet at a restaurant and bonita tries to explain vince’s troubled mindset to arnold. she asks him if they can’t get a bit of time before vince takes a final decision as
while vince is weighing things up, bonita tries to help father and son to establish a better bond and she convinces vince on monday 15 december to show arnold his skills in the kitchen by inviting him for a meal in the deli. “vince’s mood is cheerful for a change; he’s excited about the prospect of cooking for his dad,” hildegard says. jacques adds that it’s the perfect opportunity for vince to prove himself. “up until now, vince felt very intimidated by arnold. now he can show arnold that he’s a chef to be reckoned with.” but when the food’s on the table and it’s time to eat, arnold doesn’t pitch. “it’s a big disappointment for vince and he just falls deeper into the dark hole of depression,” jacques says.
stay or go?
for a second time, bonita tries to get the men together on tuesday 16 december, but when they sit down at the table arnold’s attention is not with his son at all. arnold’s on his phone, answering calls, with vince trying to get a word in edgeways – until vince loses it and storms off. hildegard explains that this is the final straw. “bonita’s priority is to stand behind her man and arnold’s behaviour is unacceptable,” she says.
a worried wife.