STOP RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SEASON 4 FINALE OF OFFSPRING.
Seriously. STOP READING NOW. I would prefer to not receive any more emails from fans up in arms that they had the episode spoiled for them because they read my blog/email/Facebook post/Tweet beforehand.
Feel free to come back when you’re ready, willing and able to join in the debrief.
Right … so let’s get down to it.
What an emotional episode. Nina said it all with her opening line, “how do you grieve for a man and prepare for a baby at the same time?”.
How do you?
When you’re Nina Proudman, family rallies round, that’s how.
From arranging flowers and organising storage of food drops, to returning from travelling around Australia (Darcy and Cherie), to completely setting up the baby’s nursery while Nina was with Billie on what was supposed to be her “babymoon” with Patrick at the Crown Metropol, to all arriving at the hospital just as Nina gives birth. On the floor!
Rising above it all was Billie. Finally classic Billie was back, bringing with her sisterly support and one-liners only Billie can deliver … and get away with.
On arrival at the Metropol to Nina: “I packed a few voluminous maternity garments.”
On Nina’s fear she won’t be able to love the baby: “I’ll love the baby till you’re ready to.”
On Nina undressing to swim in the Metropol pool: “You’re like a giant sea mammal stranded on land.”
On Nina almost giving birth in the car: “Hold it in Neens.”
On warning a woman about getting into a lift with them at the hospital: “A baby could fly out of this woman at any second.”
On claiming special birthing rights after the delivery: “I was the first human she eye contact with, we’ll always have a special bond. They’ve done research on ducklings.”
Now, I know a lot of women out there who have given birth to babies will be shaking their head at how quickly it all happened for a first baby. Truth is, it does happen this way for a small percentage and I guess it made better TV than having a protracted 24 hour labour that ends with an emergency C-section?
And so, Offspring Season 4 ends with Nina alone with her new baby girl and her visions of Patrick. Bittersweet, yes, but I think there’s life in Season 5.
Offspring has always been about family – either connected by birth or brought into the fold by circumstance. It’s about family that may seem imperfect on many fronts but not at the core of what keeps them all together – love.
Nina wore numerous covetable outfits in this episode … the silk, kimono-style pyjamas in the opening scene; the funeral outfit of a black sheer top (similar here) over a stretch slip dress; the long white kaftan (think it may have been this one) worn over a red and white polkadot tankini (may have been this one without the tie: buy here) at the hotel; and a navy and white tunic (perhaps One Season) after giving birth at the hospital.
For this final Nina Proudman post for 2013, I thought I’d do a little recap for you on where to shop this spring-summer for Nina-inspired clothes. As I’ve mentioned throughout the series, your best time to stock up will be in the next couple of months as labels release their spring 2013 collections.
Ok, so it’s the final Offspring de-brief for 2013 … make it a good one!
Tell me in the comments below what you loved about this episode and the whole season? Also, if you would like to share a label or store where you’ve sourced Nina-inspired clothes, leave a link in the comments so I can add it to this post.
Thanks so much for playing along. I’ve loved turning up here every Thursday to chat with you. x
Offspring photo: Channel TEN