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Offspring, Wednesday, June 13

Channel Ten, 8.30pm

ONE of the small pleasures of this excellent series is that just when you're thinking, ''Oh, come on'' or ''Oh, really?'' or ''Why doesn't she just …'', the writers step up and deal with matters for you. Things start off in the usual bubbly fashion as Phillip (Garry McDonald) pursues Geraldine. Things are understandably rather awkward between Patrick and Nina. Jimmy is definitely not helping with Zara's recovery. There's the whole business with Mick and Rosanna. Tonight's complex denouement, beautifully underplayed by all, really made my heart ache. Keep tissues handy.