Trouble comes calling
Wendy gets an unasked for blast from her past when her exboyfriend Clive arrives in The Deep. And it’s no coincidence.
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Michelle Beling is the first to admit that her character Wendy has made mistakes, “But she is almost finished with her parole meetings and she is ready to be ‘a normal person’ again. But then he shows up.” “He” would be Clive (Stefan Ludik, Gustav in medical soap Binnelanders, 2005- current), who Wendy knew better by his real name Jacques. “She didn’t see him during her five-year prison sentence. He robbed a bottle store during one of their dates and she was caught and he got away,” says Michelle. “When she first sees him [on Wednesday 23 May], she’s like, ‘Is this real? This is not happening!’”
IT’S A SMALL WORLD
Forget about Jacques just stumbling upon Horizon Deep randomly – “He’s in town for a reason,” warns Michelle. “It’s not clear what he wants from her at first, but she’s spooked when she sees him.” And she’s going to be seeing a lot of “Clive” because he’s the new Bokamoso hotel PR manager, where Wendy’s sister Lalage (Elma Postma) recently quit. “She even drops the plates at the Rec Club [where she’s the manager] when ‘Clive’ comes over to her,” adds Michelle. “Wendy crumbles. She’s in pieces and she has a meltdown when she tells Lalage about Clive and how he’s really Jacques, the reason she was in prison [on Thursday 24 May].” Lalage is sceptical because Wendy hasn’t always been honest, but she offers Wendy a shoulder to cry on.
Despite her fears, Jacques surprises Wendy on Monday 28 May by asking for forgiveness. “Jacques has moved on. He has a nice job and a family. Wendy has nothing,” sighs Michelle. But the old Jacques returns on Thursday 31 May when he uses emotional blackmail to get his way. “This is one huge mess looking for a place,” says Michelle. But there’s something going on between them that isn’t explained, hints the actress. Lalage urges her sister to tell Bokamoso boss Sechaba (Motlatsi Mafatshe) who he’s hired, but “Wendy didn’t rat Jacques out when she was arrested, so she may not do it now. I think there are feelings and that’s why she can’t bring herself to do it,” says Michelle. Wendy may regret that, because “Clive” is going to be mixing with The Deep’s underworld and he could drag her with…
There’s no love lost between Wendy and her ex-boyfriend Clive.