Series 1 of Outrageous Fortune ran from July 12, 2005 to October 12, 2005. This series is the shortest of the show with only 13 episodes.
When career criminal Wolfgang West is jailed for four years for assorted criminal acts, his wife Cheryl makes the decision that the family will get honest employment, instead of continuing to embark on their life of crime. Wolf is not pleased about this, but there's not much he can do from jail. Cheryl is initially disillusioned by her attempts at earning a legal living, but she and a couple of her friends start a business called "Hoochie Mama" making and selling sexy underwear.
Cheryl and Wolf have four children. Jethro has already set himself up with an honest career: he's just graduated law school and has a job with a law firm, although he wasn't entirely upfront with his employers about his ethnic background (he claims he is half-Māori at the end of his job interview). His identical twin brother Van (who was trapped in a freezer as a child, and is somewhat slower than Jethro) severely offends the Hong family who might be linked to the triads, and works as their pool boy to repay his debt. Both the mother and daughter (Tracy) of the Hong family had designs on Van. The mother becomes pregnant, and it is later revealed that the child is Van's and is a girl named Jasmine.
Pascalle, the eldest daughter, wants to become a model, and is trying to raise money to pay for the shots that an unscrupulous photographer has taken of her. At the opening of the series, she is forcibly removed from the offices of Work and Income New Zealand, after her attempt at applying for an advance on her unemployment benefit to finance further modelling shots was rejected. Male staff tried to copy the raunchy photos she presented in support of her application, and she reacted explosively.
Loretta is the younger daughter. She is bored by school and is blackmailing the deputy principal, who she caught having an affair with Jethro some years earlier when he was her student. Loretta has a significant entrepreneurial talent and shares her family's lack of respect for the law. She is interested in film and spends most of her time at a video shop, although she doesn't officially work there.
The final member of the family is Ted West, Wolf's father, who is suspected to have Alzheimer's (later revealed to be a brain tumour), resulting in significant lapses of lucidity. When he was young, he was a safe cracker, and had unconventional relationships with his late wife Rita (for whom he frequently mistakes Loretta) and others. He has a good heart but only Loretta can see it. Besides Wolf, Loretta is the only one in the family that can relate to him.
Over the course of the series, Detective Sergeant Judd, who is responsible for Wolf's imprisonment, develops an attraction to Cheryl, who is torn between her determination to live the straight life and her love for her family and Wolf.
- WINZ Guy - James Ashcroft
- Kurt Walminster - Dane Dawson
- Suzy Hong - Josephine Davison
- Noel Greenwood - Jeff Kingsford-Brown
- Draska Doslic - Aidee Walker
- Mrs Tusitala - Ana Tuigamala
- Braelee - Alice Potter
- Rene - Phil Brown
- Oscar Fusilama - Michael Koloi
- Robby - Eryn Wilson
Episode 1: Slings And ArrowsEdit
Original Air Date—12 July 2005
Original Air Date—19 July 2005
Working for the Hong family, Van finds himself the object of Mrs Hong's affections; Pascalle suffers through the indignity of working for a living; Cheryl sticks up for her fellow checkout chicks and learns that being on the right side of the law doesn't necessarily mean being honest.
Episode 3: A Little More Than KinEdit
Original Air Date—26 July 2005
Cheryl receives some unwanted attention from two of Wolf's best mates; Jethro's supposed Māori heritage comes under fire when a lawyerly 'colleague' starts to question the West family whakapapa; and Pascalle has a new line of work.
Episode 4: The Cause Of This DefectEdit
Original Air Date—2 August 2005
Wolf comes home. Just for a day. But a lot can happen in a day.
Episode 5: The Infants Of SpringEdit
Original Air Date—9 August 2005
Episode 6: But Never Doubt I LoveEdit
Original Air Date—16 August 2005
Episode 7: Foul Deeds Will RiseEdit
Original Air Date—23 August 2005
Grandpa announces that he and Margaret are moving away together - but not before one last job. Jethro and Caroline decide to 'out' themselves as a couple. When blackmail fails, Loretta faces the horror of going to school.
Episode 8: My Dearest FoeEdit
Original Air Date—30 August 2005
Episode 9: When The Blood BurnsEdit
Original Air Date—6 September 2005
Episode 10: The Fat Weed That Roots ItselfEdit
Original Air Date—13 September 2005
Episode 11: It Cannot Come To GoodEdit
Original Air Date—20 September 2005
Episode 12: To Be Honest As This World GoesEdit
Original Air Date—27 September 2005
Episode 13: Go, Bid The Soldiers ShootEdit
Original Air Date—4 October 2005