7de Laan

Vows, wows from fa­mil­iar faces and drama – 7de Laan cel­e­brates episode 4 000 in true soapie style.

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The res­i­dents of fic­tional Jozi sub­urb Hill­side have been on TV since 2000 and how bet­ter to cel­e­brate 7de Laan’s episode #4 000 than with a wed­ding… or at least a vow re­newal? And while fans still miss the likes of ar­chi­tect Leon de Lange (David Min­naar), su­per-vil­lain San­dra Stut­ter­heim (Heléne Lom­bard) and ma­tri­arch Madel Terblanche ( Wilna Sny­man), a few fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters were back for Thurs­day 9 March to watch as Xan­der and Vanessa (Theo Jan­tjies and In­grid Paulus) recom­mit in a ro­man­tic cer­e­mony – while on the set, tv­plus spot­ted Dezi (Elma Postma), Karien (Christi Pana­gio) and next to them Wilmien (Nina Swart).


Vanessa and Xan­der didn’t re­ally have a wed­ding in 2007 – they got hitched by the mag­is­trate, so this is their shot at “do­ing it right,” laughs In­grid. And there’s added in­cen­tive af­ter a rather tur­bu­lent Fe­bru­ary – their mar­riage was fail­ing un­der their ca­reers and they were ig­nor­ing their daugh­ter Kar­men (Gabriella Lin­ton) to the point where they for­got her in the car one night. But what’s a soap wed­ding with­out drama? Kar­men’s miss­ing at the end of the episode on 9 March and Theo re­veals that “she’s been kid­napped. It’s go­ing to be a while be­fore Xan­der and Vanessa find out who’s got her”.


It hits Vanessa es­pe­cially hard and the stressed mother is an emo­tional mess on Wed­nes­day 15 March. “She’s hold­ing Kar­men’s doll Muriel and be­lieves that it’s her daugh­ter,” In­grid re­veals. “Xan­der goes ice cold when he sees this be­hav­iour and he doesn’t want her to go back to work [on Mon­day 20 March].” Vanessa ig­nores him but later Xan­der bumps into Vanessa’s em­ployee Justin (Dann-Jac­ques Mou­ton) who tells him that Vanessa never ar­rived at the Bruyn­waves of­fices and no one’s heard from her all day…

The day starts well for in-love Vanessa and Xan­der…

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