The Slap

The Slap TV seriesNetwork: DirecTV
Episodes: Eight (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: February 15, 2012 — April 4, 2012
Series status: Ended

Performers include: Alex Dimitriades, Essie Davis, Jonathan LaPaglia, Melissa George, Sophie Lowe, and Sophie Okonedo.

TV show description:      
The TV series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children’s cricket game, a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child’s parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained.

The story is told through the points of view of eight characters as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change. Each character’s life is profoundly affected by “the slap”, and each of the main character is metaphorically slapped as they are forced to face up to fundamental truths about themselves.

This show explores what happens when the veil of civility that binds us as a society, is rent aside by one disturbing action. It brings to vivid life questions of parenting, the rights of children, race, class, sexuality, and the different perspectives of men and women.

Series Finale:     
Episode #8 — Richie
The burden of Connie’s secret is taking its toll on Richie. He’s worried about her, and disgusted with himself for obsessing about Hector. Whilst everyone knows he’s gay, Richie is still struggling to come to terms with it. He feels increasingly alienated from Connie, who’s wrapped up in her new boyfriend and friends, so spends more and more time with Hugo, to fill the gap. When Rosie and Gary announce they’re moving to the country, Richie is devastated.

After swimming laps at the pool, Richie bumps into Hector. As Hector dries off naked, Richie takes a surreptitious photo on his phone. Hector springs him and protests, and Richie bolts into a cubicle. Thinking quickly, Hector calls the number that has been sending him anonymous messages, and Richie’s phone rings, exposing him.

That night, Richie goes to Connie’s house panicked and insists that she tell the police about Hector. Connie refuses, angry that Richie has brought it up again. The next day after school Richie spies Hector talking to Connie, and feeling his world cave in, seeks refuge at Rosie and Gary’s house. When he arrives clearly distressed, they press him for the reason, and Richie blurts out the secret that’s been eating him up: Hector raped Connie.

Gary and Rosie jump on the revelation and immediately march Richie to Aisha’s vet clinic. When Gary confronts Aisha about it, she feels sick, refusing to believe it. Connie arrives and denies it, turning on Richie and accusing him of making it all up out of his obsession with Hector. Confused and distraught, Richie runs home and swallows a bottle of pills. His mother finds him just in time and rushes him to the hospital, saving his life.

Later, Connie explains herself and apologises by taking Richie to a music festival. Richie is relieved to have his friend back and surprised when Lenin kisses him.
First aired: TBD


What do you think? Do you like The Slap TV series? Are you sorry to hear there won’t be another season?

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  1. Pat says

    Did I miss something? I have been waiting for it to return and now I’m reading about a finale ???.?.

  2. eva robles says

    Loved It ! L0ved It Loved It. My sister and I call each other the next day to talk about
    it. Now I’ have to tell her the bad news.

  3. Liz says

    I watched the finale last night, and I am certainly glad that is over.
    This was a terrible series about too many immature adults, obsessing over
    a really bratty kid. This was a show about NOTHING. Please do not entertain
    the idea of showing this show again. I am sorry I wasted my time watching
    it. Know better should anybody be stupid enough to try to bring it back.

  4. says

    My wife and I have enjoyed this show. I find it difficult to piece together at times, leaving me frustrated. It’s NOT a MUST SEE, like Bluebloods is for us, or the Blacklist, but we were just learning the characters’ personalities. I told her originally that the title, “The Slap” was ambiguous and should have been something else. Don’t ask me what exactly, but it needed to be better, more catching…….and have the actual slap just be part of what transpired in the show. I’m surprised it made it this long!

  5. Tina Vargas says

    Finally a TV show that my husband I looked forward to watching together. I can’t believe it was canceled. Bring it back. I even chose to watch The Slap over Grey’s Anatomy.

  6. Suzanna says

    I am so disappointed to hear that The Slap has not been picked up for another season. What is wrong with the networks? Finally a show with deep characters, superbly acted and a great story line, and it won’t come back? All of my friends watch this show every week. This is a ig mistake. Bring it back.

  7. terry karloff says

    I am so disappointed to hear that the show has been cancelled. The actors are great and the same goes for the stories. I hope it comes back because this is one of the best shows that ABC has put on in quite awhile.

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