Wicked game

Yvonne is an ace card up her sneaky sleeve to get her hands on Neo’s cash.

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It’s one thing to wear a di­a­mond col­lar, it’s quite another to feel the tug of a leash on it. Ever since Yvonne (Kgo­motso Christo­pher) was forced to crawl back to Neo (Jerry Mo­fo­keng Wa Makhetha) fol­low­ing her botched wed­ding to Damon (Craig Ur­bani) on Thursday 9 Fe­bru­ary, she’s gone from be­ing Neo’s part­ner in crime to be­ing his “pet”. “She’s run­ning all these poker games for him and get­ting loads of money and he just gives her R2 and says, ‘Well done,’ and takes the rest of the money,” ex­plains Kgo­motso. “Or he’ll give her R50 to buy a Wimpy’s lunch. She feels trapped. She loves the easy life that comes with Neo, but she feels ill-treated and not taken se­ri­ously.” Now Yvonne is out to bite the hand that feeds her… but she doesn’t want to show her teeth.

THE PER­FECT PART­NER

Fate drops the per­fect solution at her feet on Thursday 6 April af­ter ex- con­vict Neo beats up poker player Phillip (Dan Rob­bertse) fol­low­ing a “mis­com- mu­ni­ca­tion” about Yvonne’s sta­tus as Neo’s host­ess – that’s host­ess, not es­cort. “Yvonne re­alises that Phillip is the one per­son she can go back to and say, ‘If you want re­venge, how about this?’” And they come up with a twisty plan for a casino heist that will leave Yvonne look­ing like the vic­tim along­side Neo. “She is so des­per­ate that all she is ex­pect­ing is that it’s not go­ing to go wrong and they will never be sus­pected,” adds Kgo­motso.

THE PER­FOR­MANCE OF HER LIFE

Yvonne puts on an award-win­ning per­for­mance for the se­cu­rity cam­eras on Mon­day 10 April.” I needed to play it as a real hostage sit­u­a­tion,” ex­plains Kgo­motso. “As a viewer, you’ve got to be­lieve it. And Neo, when he looks at the CCTV footage af­ter­wards, he has to be­lieve it. That is how a lot of in­side jobs are ac­tu­ally cracked – you see that the per­son isn’t so con­vinc­ing at be­ing a vic­tim in that sit­u­a­tion.” But even if they do pull it off, Yvonne won’t be out of the woods just yet. Neo will be watch­ing and if he sees her sud­denly rolling in di­a­monds, we guar­an­tee that he’ll do some­thing a lot worse than smack­ing her nose with a rolled up news­pa­per!

Yvonne spots her op­por­tu­nity and grabs it. Phillip could be Yvonne’s win­ning card to free­dom.

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