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Open House - Happy Birthday (First Episode) Television (Full Length Episode) – 1986 Drama

Open House - Happy Birthday (First Episode)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1986 Drama

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Open House revolved around the ups and downs of a drop-in house run by Tony Van Der Berg (Frank Whitten, later Outrageous Fortune's Grandpa Ted). In this first episode there's money trouble, court trouble, domestics, a pregnant teenager and an abandoned baby ... but there's community spirit aplenty as the house's whānau prepares for its first birthday celebration, complete with Scottish brass band and Samoan drums. Tony's first lines to a raving old man on Petone Beach? "Good onya mate!". Features author Emily Perkins as Tony's idealistic stepdaughter.

Good onya mate!
– Frank Whitten’s first line in the episode (to a alcoholic raving on the beach)

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