Hilda is traumatised after spending a night behind bars.
Maria’s “good deed” lands Hilda in jail. Weekdays SABC2 (*192) 19:00
Retiring might seem like something to look forward to, but in Hilda’s (Annelisa Weiland) case, sitting at home twiddling her thumbs is a recipe for disaster. Since quitting her job at the deli on Monday 8 August, Hilda’s been bored. So when she gets an idea to start making copper jewellery, she’s newly energised. “Hilda has a spring in her step and she’s excited to be doing something that inspires her,” says Annelisa. But little does Hilda know that her plan will land her in jail.
STOP BOTHERING ME!
At the start of her retirement, Hilda’s hubby Oubaas (Pierre van Pletzen) was delighted to have her at home to spend more time with him, but by Friday 19 August, he’s fed up with her constant interference with his maintenance work at The Heights. “She has no idea that she’s irritating Oubaas,” Annelisa says. “She just wants to feel useful.” His frustration increases on Monday 22 August when Hilda refuses to take a part-time job at a nearby restaurant and their domestic worker Maria (Themsie Times) won’t take Hilda off Oubaas’s hands. But by Tuesday 23 August, Hilda discovers her knack for making copper jewellery while playing with a piece and making an armband. “She’s overjoyed about making something beautiful,” reveals Annelisa.
Maria spots an opportunity to make a profit and tells Hilda on Wednesday 24 August that she can source cheap copper cables. It doesn’t occur to naive Hilda that Maria’s plan could be illegal. Later that day, Maria and Hilda walk down the street with the copper cable from Maria’s connection when the pair hear a police siren. Maria quickly disappears but Hilda is too slow – she gets the fright of her life when the cop takes out his handcuffs and arrests her for buying stolen copper cables.
WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY?
After spending an awful night in jail, Hilda is released the next morning, on Thursday 25 August, after Maria pins the crime on the guy who sold them the copper. Annelisa says that Hilda is an emotional wreck after her ordeal. “She can’t believe what happened and of course she is extremely concerned about what the Hillsiders will think of her,” she adds. It’s definitely going to take some time for Hilda to get over this harrowing experience.