Wel­come to Hill­side, Hen­riëtta

Diederik does Ma­trone a huge favour and trans­forms into her fe­male cousin.

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Who knew that a sim­ple card game could lead to so much drama – and hi­lar­ity? But that’s ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing with Ma­trone (An­nel­ize van der Ryst-Hat­tingh) and Diederik (Hen­nie Ja­cobs) when they en­ter a bridge com­pe­ti­tion. There’s just one prob­lem: the rules say that only the fairer sex may play, so Ma­trone comes up with a plan and on Thurs­day 10 Novem­ber, she in­tro­duces her bridge part­ner to Char­maine ( Vinette Ebrahim): her cousin Hen­riëtta aka Diedie in drag!


On Fri­day 11 Novem­ber, Diederik thinks on his feet when his Bruyn­waves boss Vanessa (In­grid Paulus) ques­tions him about the lip­stick she saw on his col­lar on Mon­day 7 Novem­ber. The mark is from his time as Hen­riëtta, Hen­nie ex­plains. “To get Vanessa off his back, he says that it’s his girl­friend Hen­riëtta’s.” But that lie is go­ing to get him into trou­ble be­cause Willem (Markus Hay­wood) is sus­pi­cious of Diederik and his so- called girl­friend. Smelling a rat, Willem ar­rives un­ex­pect­edly at Ma­trone’s house on Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber, where Oubaas (Pierre van Plet­zen), Hilda (An­nelisa Wei­land) and Hen­riëtta are play­ing bridge.

“Diederik is ner­vous but he keeps his cool,” Hen­nie says, adding that Willem’s too smart to be fooled by the dis­guise and recog­nises Hen­riëtta as Diederik. The next day, on Fri­day 18 Novem­ber, Willem con­fronts Diederik, who con­fesses that he’s fak­ing be­ing Hen­riëtta only as a favour to Ma­trone. Willem is amused but agrees to keep Diederik’s se­cret.

Later that even­ing, Willem ar­rives at Bruyn­waves with size 10 high heels and helps Diederik to walk more like a woman. “Where Willem got the heels from is ac­tu­ally the ele­phant in the room, but Diederik de­cides to re­main quiet about it for now,” Hen­nie laughs.

By Mon­day 21 Novem­ber, he’s grown tired of play­ing Hen­riëtta but when he tries to pull out of the com­pe­ti­tion, Ma­trone black­mails him. “She says that she has pho­tos of him as Hen­riëtta and will send them to the pa­pers if he lets her down now,” Hen­nie re­veals.

Ac­tor Hen­nie Ja­cobs goes from all-man Diederik to fairer-sex Hen­riëtta.

Ma­trone needs Diedie’s help for a bridge game.

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