Hilda is trau­ma­tised af­ter spend­ing a night be­hind bars.

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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.


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.


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.

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