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This Is Not The Washing Powder, My Friend
Season 1, Episode 5
Air date 7 March, 2011
Written by Maxine Fleming & James Griffin
Directed by Mark Beesley
Episode guide
You Gotta Love Life, Babe
Goddesses, Axl, Come In All Forms

This Is Not The Washing Powder, My Friend is the fifth episode of Season 1 of The Almighty Johnsons


When something seems too good to be true, this is inevitably because it is too good to be true. And this is a lesson Axl Johnson is about to learn.


The day does not start well for Axl when he learns that the imminent visit to their flat of Gaia’s father, Bryn, is to hold Gaia to her promise to return to WaihekeIsland when she finished her nursing training.The thought of Gaia leaving his world hits Axl hard.

But Axl also has other things on his mind, as he must front up to the hospital for a check-up on his arrow-wound. However, after waiting for hours in the appointed room, with no-one showing, he bails on this in favour of takeaways with Zeb.It ishere, in the drive-through, as they search for change in Axl’s car, that the boys discover a very large bag of cocaine under one of the seats.Axl has no idea how it got there, although suspicion falls on Anders, but Zeb has things well in hand – and he takes off the with the drugs and a plan to solve all their financial problems. And so Zeb disappears, leaving Axl alone, to face the wrath of Bryn – who, it turns out, really, really doesn’t like Axl.Firmly planting himself in the midst of the Gaia/Bryn leaving issue, Axl’s attempts to keep Gaia in the flat do not help matters or glean Gaia’s appreciation.And then matters become distinctly worse when many cops raid the flat, looking for the drugs Axl allegedly stole from the hospital.Of course they do not find them, because Zeb has them, but they do find a quantity of marijuana in Bryn’s bag so they arrest him instead.

This leaves Axl with: a pissed off Gaia; a missing Zeb; the police wanting to arrest him; and no idea where all of this came from.It is Anders who figures things out: if Axl is inside for stealing a big bag of cocaine, then that rather takes him out of play for the search for the Frigg.Clearly it is their rivals, the Goddesses, playing dirty in the war they have got going.While Anders relishes this challenge, Axl is really not thrilled at the thought of prison.

While under orders not to do anything, while Anders and Ty go on a Goddess hunt at the hospital, Axl is left to try and deal with the Bryn/Gaia situation.Naturally, getting arrested has not improved Bryn’s mood, so things are at an even worse ebb between the two of them and Gaia’s departure is looking more and more likely.But at least Zeb makes contact – though he has managed to lose all the drugs.

So Axl rides to Zeb’s rescue, retrieves the drugs and sets about returning them to the hospital.But there they meet Anders and Ty, who have identified Michele as the Goddess behind the frame-up.Anders takes the drugs and tells Axl he will deal with it.Anders then plants the drugs in Michele’s car, and lets her know that he’s on to her game.And it seems the two of them rather enjoy this game – it gets their juices flowing.

This leaves Axl to sort of the Gaia mess, which he does by opening up to her how much she means to him.He stops just short of telling her he loves her, but it’s enough to make her stand up to her father: she’s not going back to the island with him.Bryn departs, but not before issuing a warning to Axl: do anything to hurt my daughter, I’ll come after you.



  • Witters - Maxine Fleeming & James Griffin
  • Director - Mark Beesley
  • Script Editors - James Griffin & Rachel Lang
  • 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)
  • All Of This - Performed by The Naked and Famous
  • Love Alone - Performed by Sola Rose