|Bad Things Happen|
|Season 1, Episode 7|
|Air date||21 March, 2011|
|Written by||Tim Balme & James Griffin|
|Directed by||Murray Keane|
Goddesses, Axl, Come In All Forms
I Can Give You Frigg
Bad Things Happen is the seventh episode of Season 1 of The Almighty Johnsons
Two nights out drinking lead to two different forms of temptation - both of which could end very badly for the parties concerned.
Mike, with Axl as his slightly less than willing assistant, is risking bankruptcy as he battles away to repair the water damage to Zimbabwean Pete’s house – and also risking a marriage meltdown by keeping the fact he’s doing so secret from Valerie. Axl still doesn’t get Mike’s moral code – why doesn’t he just use his powers to win a truckload of money to pay for everything? All Mike will say is that bad things happen when he uses his powers.
But bad things happen to Mike anyway, as Valerie picks up a phone-call intended for him, about the overdue rent on the place he’s got Pete and his family holed up for the duration. Valerie and Mike argue – about money mainly, and specifically about needing money for more IVF. Mike grabs his coat and stalks out of the house.
At a bar, drowning his sorrows, Mike is tempted into a game of darts. He wins, and nothing bad seems to happen, so he heads off into the night: to the casino, where he sidles up to a blackjack table where a woman we’ll come to know as Jackie is dealing. And Mike, his powers growing with each hand, starts to win big.
But in his God-rush, Mike wins in the most conspicuous way possible and gets hauled from the table by the pit bosses. However, with no proof of how he was cheating, they have no choice but to ban him and toss him out with his winnings – more than enough to pay his debts. And Mike walks away happy, thinking that no bad things happened – until he meets Jackie, who has just lost her job thanks to Mike’s performance.
Being an honorable bloke, Mike tries to make things right with her. They begin to bond, across a night out together, and for a moment it looks like the bad thing happening might be Mike cheating on Valerie. But this isn’t Mike’s way and he and Jackie part company. Then Mike returns home to find a note from Val, leading him to the resting home where it is revealed that Coma Rob has woken up. Did Mike just use his powers and a good thing happened?
Axl, meanwhile, finds out that Gaia has a boyfriend – Jacob. Fuelled by a surge of jealousy he starts drinking – but cannot get drunk. With Zeb he breaks into Anders’ apartment, in search of alcohol – but still, he can’t get wasted. Even when the party of joined by Kylie, Sascha and Leah, three hot girls who know Anders (and who have drugs with them) nothing happens to Axl.
When Anders’ arrives home to find a party in full swing, the true purpose of the three girls is revealed: they are vengeful ex-conquests here to take revenge on Anders. It is only with a surge of God-like power that Axl manages to send them on their way, before they spay Anders. The unfortunate, and unforeseen, upshot of this is that Zeb sees the surge of God-like power, forcing Axl to confess his Odin secret to his mortal mate.
And we all know bad things happen to mortals who get involved with Gods.
- Emmett Skilton - Axl Johnson / Odin
- Tim Balme - Mike Johnson / Ullr
- Dean O'Gorman - Anders Johnson / Bragi
- Jared Turner - Ty Johnson / Höðr
- Ben Barrington - Olaf Johnson / Baldr
- Keisha Castle-Hughes - Gaia
- Hayden Frost - Zeb
- Roz Turnbull - Valerie Johnson
- Richard Knowles - Rob
- Arthur Meek - Jacob
- Adam Gardiner - Brian
- Ascia Maybury - Jackie
- Kerry Lee-Dewing - Kylie
- Kowhai Wilkie - Sascha
- Jessie Garunathan - Leah
- Mark Mitchinson - Senior Pit Boss
- Witters - Tim Balme & James Griffin
- Director - Murray Keane
- Script Editor - James Griffin
- Storyliners - Rachel Lang & Tim Balme
- Producer - Simon Bennett
- Executive Producers - James Griffin, Rachel Lang, Chris Bailey & John Barnett
- Oh My - Performed by Gin Wigmore (Theme Music)
- Die - Performed by Clap Clap Riot
- Here Comes Tomorrow - Performed by Barry Sawnders
- Go Underground - Performed by Sola Rosa
- Freefall - Performed by Pitch Black
- Dimitts Blues - Performed by Luke Buda
- This is the first episode not to feature Ty