Tales of the South Seas (1998–2000)

Trent in Love 

Grief and Lavinia work to keep their relationship on track. However, Lavinia becomes doubtful when Grief is given the daughter of a tribal chief in a trade transaction. Luckily, the Reverend Trent takes a liking to her.


Ian Barry


Jennifer Cecil (teleplay), Jennifer Cecil (executive story editor)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Snow ... David Grief
Rene Naufahu Rene Naufahu ... Mauriri Lepau
Rachel Blakely ... Isabelle Reed
Rowena King ... Lavinia Timoto
Mark Lee ... Reverend Colin Trent
Kimberley Joseph ... Clare Devon
Adrian Wright ... Lieutenant Jean Morlais
Chuti Tiu ... Tahura Savue
Brian Vriends ... Cannibal Jack McGonnigal
Bruce Hughes Bruce Hughes ... Roger Addison
Tuvae Toleafoat Tuvae Toleafoat
Abigail Bianca ... Celeste Ambrose
John Noble ... Christian Ambrose
Brad Carrigan Brad Carrigan
Harley Djenic Harley Djenic


Grief and Lavinia work to keep their relationship on track. Isabelle, who has an eye for Grief, decides to bide her time, whiling away the long, guilty Tahitian evening with the new British consul. Grief and Mauriti find a stowaway aboard the Rattler - a beautiful young Tongan woman named Tahura, who's chief has banished her because she refused an arranged marriage. Grief introduces her to Reverend Trent, who offers her work at the rectory, and ultimately falls in love with her, causing quite a scandal. In the process of discovering their stowaway, Mauriti finds bricks of opium - the Rattler has unwittingly become a drug smuggling ship. To Isabelle's horror, her British consul lover proves to be the criminal mastermind. Although Grief would love to kill the man with his bare hands, his deep concern for Isabelle prevents him. At her behest, the consul is sent to a new posting, leaving Isabelle behind with a broken heart and Grief knowing he didn't disappoint a friend. Written by Anonymous

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[first lines]
David Grief: You know, I love dealing with royalty. Give me a descendant of the Sun God over a bureaucrat any day.
[raising his glass to make a toast]
David Grief: To Tonga, the Jewel of the Pacific, to their beautiful women, their peerless hospitality and the wise and just Chief Haro.
Mauriri Lepau: The same chief you once called the Scourge of the South Seas and dumber than a sack of coconuts.
David Grief: [chuckling] But that was last year.
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15 January 2000 (Australia) See more »

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