The Best Episodes of Outrageous Fortune
Last Updated: May 25, 2019
The Wests are a one-family crime wave with a proud tradition in thievery, larceny and petty crime, until now. When patriarch Wolfgang West is sentenced to four years in jail, his wife Cheryl decides enough is enough; the family are cleaning up their act and going straight. Can the Wests live up to Cheryl's resolve and stay out of crime? It's not easy to be a saint when you have the DNA of a sinner. Outrageous Fortune follows one cheerfully trashy crime family's attempts to stay out of trouble: matriarch Cheryl, determined to save her brood from following in their father's footsteps, eldest son Jethro, an ambitious lawyer-to-be with a few secrets, Jethro's twin Van (identical except in the brains department) who only wants to be like his dad, 18-year-old Pascalle, who wants to be Rachel Hunter, 15-year-old movie buff Loretta, who is blackmailing her teacher, and Grandpa Ted, who may have Alzheimer's - unless he's just playing it up to annoy people. Then there's Detective Sergeant Wayne Judd, the West family nemesis; the Hongs, a wealthy Asian family who may or may not have Triad connections, Caroline Darling, Loretta's deputy principal, who has been having an affair with Jethro since he was a 15-year-old student, Munter, Van's best mate and partner in crime, and Wolf himself, who does not intend to take his wife's sudden wave of righteousness lying down. Outrageous Fortune is a family comedy-drama about the wrong sort of people trying to do the right thing when the rewards for going straight are neither immediate nor bountiful. Outrageous Fortune is a bold, fresh comedy-drama which is by turns bawdy, action-packed, satirical and trashy - but only ever a heartbeat away from reality.
#1 - Let the Door Be Lock'd
Season 6 - Episode 12
Judd puts a lock on the bathroom door, but will it be enough to stop Mandy the Mauler?
#3 - Tis So Concluded
Season 6 - Episode 18
Cheryl is determined to set her house in order as there are scores to settle, wrongs to right, and something very ugly in the driveway in the last ever Outrageous Fortune episode
#4 - The King, The King's to Blame
Season 4 - Episode 10
Cheryl blames Wolf for his lies, but discovers instead a terrible truth, and all in all, a hell of a lot of stuff happens on Kasey’s birthday.
#7 - Desperate Undertakings
Season 6 - Episode 15
Van gets in the crapper for love; and Hayden and Loretta fight for public enemy number one.
#9 - All My Sins Remember'd
Season 5 - Episode 1
If love is a drug, then Loretta is tempted; and Van faces a threat to all he holds most dear. A new day, a new series and there’s a ‘raid’ on the West House - as dangerous thugs break down the door and attack Van and Sheree. Judd and Cheryl arrive to Sheree and Van’s defence, only to discover that the assailants are none other than cops, led by tough DS Gerard - who is there to arrest Sheree. Van puts up a spirited defence of his beloved, but many boxes of household appliances and surveillance footage suggest she is guilty of a brazen shop lifting spree. Cheryl is ropeable, and Van upset, as Sheree is taken away. Van tries to get legal assistance from Jethro, but the answer is no way. Jethro is busy with some mystery project, one which is driving Loretta mad with curiosity. While he’s out of the office, Loretta breaks into his desk, as he knew she would, then confronts Jethro with the evidence – figures. He offers to reveal all if she buys in. Loretta takes the bait, but instantly bails when she finds the other business partner is none other than Hayden Peters. Hayden has to work to bring her round to a venture that could be profitable, as well as fun. Meanwhile, Van’s only supporter is Judd, who is happy to take on Gerard about his dodgy arrest methods. But Judd now finds that Gerard’s real interest is not Sheree, but Nicky. Gerard releases Sheree on bail, but Judd is aware there is an outstanding grudge here against Nicky. As a result, Cheryl is all the more worried for Pascalle and makes an offer of détente: fish pie. But this backfires when Pascalle announces she’s already hosting her own fish pie dinner. Van fears for Sheree, and is under pressure to get a new place for them. But now Gerard contacts Van, wanting to discuss Sheree’s case. Gerard claims to want to help her, but Van then finds the trade off would be information on Nicky. Van is appalled that Gerard wants him to be a narc. Cheryl is not happy to find that Pascalle has commandeered most family members for her fish pie night. But now Sheree gets good news: the charges against her have been dropped. Van suggests Judd’s intervention is the reason for this, but Judd is rather mystified that Gerard would give up so easily . . . Loretta now meets the other member of the new business, Jethro’s much-changed old school friend, Nadine. She discovers that Nadine is the inventor of a new party pill. Loretta is sceptical, but goaded into sampling the product. Loretta finds it actually works and there seems to be a rekindling of feelings between her and Hayden. But then he goes home with Nadine. Jethro and Loretta take comfort in Mum’s fish pie and dreams of greatness. As Pascalle finally serves her fish pie to a pissed party, and everyone is pleased at Sheree’s good news. But now we find the real reason that the charges have been dropped. Van refused to be a narc, but Gerard insisted it was the only way to keep Sheree out of jail. Van, torn, demanded proof: that the charges be dropped. Gerard’s deal was if this happened, then Van would provide information on Nicky. This has now happened, so it seems that Van is embarking on a new career as a narc…
#10 - Who Comes Here?
Season 4 - Episode 18
It’s the day of Grandpa’s wedding and everyone is in for a surprise or two. Judd is surprised that Cheryl has over-ruled Ngaire’s instructions and allowed Loretta to come to the wedding. Loretta finds that Hayden has been invited. And Cheryl discovers Van and Sheree in bed together. Judd also finds Munter getting Grandpa stoned before his wedding. All in all, it will be a good do . .
#11 - O Villany!
Season 5 - Episode 10
Van has decided once and for all to quit being a nark. Gerard appears to accept this and Van has other important matters to deal with, like showing Cheryl his house. She’s just got the all clear on the pregnancy front, and is as nice as she can be, but how can he afford this? And she still feels strange about Van leaving home. She never thought the day would come!
#12 - Make Mad the Guilty and Appal the Free
Season 6 - Episode 4
Bad girls abound as Cheryl becomes a prison vixen and Jethro unleashes the most unstoppable female force.
#15 - Blood and Judgement
Season 6 - Episode 17
As the Wests are divided over vengeance and lynching, there are tribulations and also some trials.
#16 - Rest Her Soul
Season 4 - Episode 14
Jesus wants Baby Jane, but Cheryl isn’t so sure, as Judd sets out to save Kasey from the Bahama Triangle.
#17 - Most Valiant
Season 4 - Episode 11
Cheryl takes on Sheree, but hasn’t reckoned on a guardian angel. And Van is jealous as Munter takes inspiration from his new mentor.
#18 - A Serpent Stung Me
Season 5 - Episode 11
The Wests are stung; catastrophe abounds and no one is safe from a woman on the warpath.
#21 - The Power to Seduce
Season 6 - Episode 5
Van goes all out for love as Pascalle discovers Hayden and Loretta’s marriage is based on lies.
#22 - A Good Child and a True Gentleman
Season 4 - Episode 6
Times are tough for the Wests. Loretta is still suffering after the petshop incident while Cheryl is laid up after hurting her back, leaving Pascalle caring for baby Jane. Sensing opportunity, Wolf starts to weasel his way back into Cheryl's good books, much to Sheree's anger. Wolf also attempts to make Loretta see that she has a problem and needs to make amends however when this fails, he throws her out of the house. Wolf and Judd compete to be the better man, however a disaster of Sherre's making captures Wolf's attention once again.
#23 - What Company at What Expense?
Season 5 - Episode 5
The slings, arrows and infomercials of outrageous fortune cause Cheryl to doubt her offspring, with potentially tragic results.
#24 - We Will Our Kingdom Give
Season 5 - Episode 6
Cheryl is forced to let go, Loretta is forced to take hold and the Mighty Munt is put to the test.