Tales of the South Seas (1998–2000)

The Devil's Pearl 

An exotic black pearl suspected of having supernatural powers finds its way into Matavai and into Grief's possession. A mysterious foreigner arrives to claim it.


Donald Crombie


Peter McCabe, 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 (credit only)
Adrian Wright ... Lieutenant Jean Morlais
Bruce Spence ... Naari Herring
Robert Grubb
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs
Marcus Eyre
Sani Muliaumaseali'i Sani Muliaumaseali'i
Anzac Wallace ... (as Zac Wallace)
Kee Chan
Terry Binding Terry Binding


An exotic black pearl suspected of having supernatural powers finds its way into Matavai and into David Grief's possession. We see the vast cultural differences between our Western-educated hero and the native woman, Lavinia, who loves him. She is highly superstitious, a belief reinforced by the fact that the pearl's last several owners have met with sudden and inexplicable deaths. Isabelle has managed by deceptive means to convince the authorities that charges against her have been dropped, and she steals the pearl from Grief. A mysterious and threatening stranger, Naari Herring, comes to town to reclaim the pearl he says is his or Grief will die. Grief doesn't believe in Herring's claims until the end of the episode, when there is no other explanation for another man's death. To all appearances, Lavinia's superstitious are not without foundation, and David gains a better understanding of their differences. Written by Anonymous

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[to Grief after he crashed his motorcycle]
Mauriri Lepau: You tasted island dirt at 30 miles an hour.
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1 January 2000 (Australia) See more »

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