Being Eve

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Being Eve
Directed by Peter Salmon
Vanessa Alexander
Armagan Ballantyne
Zane Holmes
Starring Fleur Saville
David de Lautour
Stephen Lovatt
James Napier
Opening theme "The Girl In the Song"
Country of origin New Zealand
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Vanessa Alexander
Running time 30 min
Broadcast
Original channel TV3
Original run 2001 – 2002

Being Eve is a television series from New Zealand, originally shown on TV3 from 2001–2002, and rebroadcast on The N. Being Eve focuses on a teenage girl, Eve Baxter, and her daily problems. Her parents are divorced but live next door to each other. Eve was in love with a boy named Adam. They broke up at the beginning of the second season, and she ends up with another boy named Sam Hooper, whom she had her first kiss with when they were kids.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Todd Emerson ... Harley (8 episodes, 2002)
  • James Napier ... Jared Preston (7 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Hannah Banks ... Imogen (6 episodes, 2002)
  • Lee Wenham ... Gus (6 episodes, 2001)
  • Sherril Cooper ... Ms Grieveley (5 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Ben Crowder ... Librarian (5 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Rosalie Carey ... Mrs. Sparrow (5 episodes, 2001)
  • Brett O'Gorman ... Oliver Tucker (4 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Wendy Meyer ... Mrs. Whittering (4 episodes, 2001)
  • Martin Baynton ... Leo (3 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Nicole Whippy ... Elektra (3 episodes, 2002)
  • Margaret-Mary Hollins ... Sukhita (3 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Jacob Teleiai ... Jason (3 episodes, 2001–2002)
  • Tania Anderson ... Sal (2 episodes, 2001)
  • Michelle Langstone ... Miss Renee (2 episodes, 2001)
  • Jimmy Berkeley ... 8 Year Old Ned (2 episodes, 2002)
  • James Stanton ... Jack Sherwin (2 episodes, 2002)
  • Sam Wallace ... Daniel (2 episodes, 2002)
  • Jodi Russell ... Cheerleader Barbie (2 episodes, 2002)
  • Vanessa Saunders ... Cheerleader Barbie (2 episodes, 2002)
  • Mandy McMullin ... Josie Le Beau (2 episodes, 2001)
  • Richard Lambeth ... Scott (2 episodes, 2001)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Summary
'Being In Love' 1 The first episode of Being Eve: Introducing Eve Baxter, a 15-year-old New Zealand girl who leads us through her life through voiceover. She attends Eden Heights High School with her two best friends: Matt, who dreams of becoming a dancer one day, and Sylvie, who is only interested in boys and is supposedly in 'love' with Jared Preston, though Eve finds him disturbing. Eve's parents are divorced but live next door to each other: Eve lives with her mother and younger brother Caleb; her older brother Ned ('King of the Couch Potatoes') lives with their father and his new girlfriend Alannah. Eve's mother is a caterer and her father is a plumber. Eve dreams of her perfect match, but when presenting speeches on Modern Romances, she expresses her doubts about love. Then Adam LeBeau enters her class...
'Being Popular' 2 Sylvie, Matt, Adam, and most of the Eden Heights High student body are invited to beautiful, popular, blonde Charlotte's party—except for Eve and other so-called 'geeks'. Crestfallen at not being invited to the party, Eve seeks advice from her kind elderly neighbor. She tries going to a movie on her own, but finds out she has a better time talking with her mother. Matt is displeased that Charlotte didn't invite Eve and asks her to call and invite her. Eve politely declines, so Matt sabotages the party: everybody flees because someone had 'crapped' in the pool (Matt had actually thrown a sausage into it). Matt, Sylvie, and Adam go to Eve's and the 4 have a good laugh about Charlotte's disastrous party.
'Being Beautiful' 3 Watching Charlotte get Adam's attention, Eve wishes she could be the lucky recipient, so when Alannah invites her to come shopping, Eve eagerly agrees: maybe some new fashions will catch his eye. Meanwhile, Sylvie's Yoga-enthusiast parents monitor her food intake, but Sylvie says she's fine as she is. Eve returns to school dressed quite differently; she does catch Adam's eye, but doesn't notice his annoyed expression. Eve returns home to change into her school uniform and get her art project. A sudden thought of something Adam said causes her to accidentally drop her project and she runs home, humiliated. Sylvie is also sent home early: she fainted in art class when Eve ran away. When she feels stronger, she stands up to her parents about her appearance. Eve cheers up when her mother has a talk with her. All ends well.
'Being Bad' 4 Eve is tired of always being the 'good girl' so she skips study hall and sneaks out of school with Matt. Sylvie remains behind covering their trail and basking in a male classmate's interest in her. Eve and Matt hang out near a bus stop until they're spotted by a bus driver and flee. They see a group of protesters trying to protect a tree from construction works, and Eve joins their protest. The people are thrilled when she speaks up for their causes, but then the police. Eve gets a lecture from her parents when they see her on TV, chained to the tree, but they don't follow up with a punishment. The next day, Adam and her English teacher commend her for her protest speech. Eve realizes that she cannot be the 'bad' girl: just being the girl she has always been, like everyone knows her, is enough. (Especially when in the course of being 'bad,' she ends up getting involved in something good.)
'Being Kissed' 5 The day before the big Social dance evening, the robotic principal warns all the students about being too intimate with one another at the event. This only gives Eve the urge to kiss Adam, and she confesses to viewers that she has only kissed 3 boys. Eve, Sylvie, and Matt have planned to attend together, then Sylvie invites Adam along. That night, Eve's mother has a date arranged for her by a friend, though Eve feels unsure of her moving on from Dad so quickly. Matt arrives at Eve's without Adam, which disappoints her, but she heads out with Matt and Sylvie. Only when Eve is about to leave the dance, she bumps into Adam, who explains that something had come up at home that made him late to meet Matt. Eve kisses him passionately, and his surprise disappoints her. The next day she tells Sylvie she really likes Adam.
'Being Betrayed' 6 Adam invites Sylvie to a movie, to her delight—which turns to disappointment when he tells her to bring Eve and Matt. Sylvie too has developed a crush on Adam. Adam questions Sylvie about how close Eve and Matt are; she says they're really close, and Adam wonders if they had been dating. After school, Sylvie feels guilty that she didn't tell Eve about the movie, so she tells her then—omitting that Adam wanted Eve and Matt to join them. Eve says she has plans of her own, but does express surprise that Sylvie and Adam are going somewhere alone together. She tells herself she can trust her best friend, but later that evening she second-guesses herself on that. At the movie Adam and Sylvie are enjoying a light, friendly conversation...unaware that Matt is watching them! They run into him afterward and Matt mentions to Sylvie that it should be obvious that Eve likes Adam. Meanwhile, Eve watches Adam and Sylvie drive off on his scooter, but they don't see her because she is standing near a group of people wearing masks. When Eve gets to school the next day, she sadly realizes that Sylvie and Adam look very much like a new couple. Matt confronts Adam about his obliviousness to Eve's feelings for him. Adam has a talk with Eve about her and Matt, but she says she only likes Adam as a friend...and remains deeply unhappy that her best friend is dating the boy she'd grown to like.
Being Scared 7 Eve is plagued by nightmares about being forced to choose between Adam and Sylvie. Later, Eve and her schoolmates going on a camping trip chaperoned by her mother and Mr. Inglewood. Eve, Adam, and Sylvie get lost when Sylvie, paranoid about Eve and Adam's relationshiop, runs off into the forest and they pursue her. Back at home, Alannah forces Ned to get a job when their TV dies.
Being Just Mates 8 Adam's alcoholic mother has had an accident and Eve's family invites him to stay with them while she recovers. Eve finds having her crush in her home strange, and ponders if a boy and girl really can be 'just friends.' Additionally, she and Matt discover that they might be closer than they think they are. Meanwhile, Sylvie tries to improve her relationship with Adam but fails at everything she tries... or does Adam just not like her as a girlfriend?
Being Different 9 Eve and Matt have a difficult time communicating after their kiss; she also has trouble reconciling her feelings towards Adam. Matt endures bullying from Jared while preparing for a dance audition. Sylvie seeks revenge on Charlotte for egging her on with Adam by using Eve's doll as a voodoo doll, seemingly causing several maladies to befall Charlotte.
Being a Couple 10 Eve deals with her feelings about being in a committed relationship with Matt, as well as her unease about dating someone of Māorian descent. Their relationship is further strained when Caleb's Māorian friend is chosen to be in Matt's music video and Caleb is excluded. Sylvie fends off the advances of a new Indian student who falls in love with her after she helps him avoid Jared's bullying.
Being Dead 11 A classmate, Philippa, suddenly passes away and Eve is anxious about attending her funeral. Sylvie believes she is cursed because she forgot to return Philippa's pen, so she holds a séance to seek Philippa's absolution. Adam gives Caleb a pet rabbit, then spends the rest of his time trying to rescue it from harm—Caleb doesn't have the best track-record with pets.
Being Pregnant 12 Alannah's driving desire to get pregnant puts a stress on both Baxter households. After numerous failed attempts at getting pregnant, Tim and Alannah decide to marry, ruining Eve's hopes that her parents will reunite. Matt's romantic intensity, when added to the stress of the impending wedding, drives Eve into Adam's arms. Pravesh and Sylvie have a disastrous date when he becomes nauseated after eating pizza.
Being Married 13 Eve intends to break up with Matt so she can begin dating Adam, but she chickens out of telling Matt, though she tells Adam she did tell Matt. Heartbroken over Tim's wedding, Vivienne goes out with a stripper she dated in the past. Sylvie breaks up with Pravesh over his inability to kiss. Adam accompanies Eve to the wedding, as Matt is busy with dance rehearsals, but the rehearsal is cancelled and Matt shows up at the wedding, where he and Adam learn that Eve has been lying to them. They decide to remain friends, but they now have negative emotions toward Eve. At the wedding's first dance, Matt begins dancing with Sylvie, and Adam reluctantly joins Eve, unsure of his feelings or their future.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Summary
1 Being Heartbroken When Adam moves away, Eve throws herself into extracurricular activities to channel her feelings; unfortunately, her schoolwork suffers. To show solidarity with Eve, Sylvie vows not to date for 2 weeks, but then a handsome new boy shows interest in her. Sylvie tries to rush Eve's healing process by coaching the awkward Lenny to ask her out. Desperate when she can't find anyone to commiserate with her, Eve turns to Alannah.
2 Being History Sam, a new boy at school, has piqued the interest of all the girls. It turns out that Sam is the boy that kissed Eve when they were little. Sylvie spreads this story, and Eve's classmates ridicule her when Sam denies the kiss occurred. Meanwhile, Vivienne and Tim argue over ownership of an old toilet-seat cover discovered in a bathroom cabinet.
3 Being Famous Sam gets a job filming students for a local youth-TV program and fame-hungry Sylvie tries out, enlisting Eve to write her material. Worrying that Sylvie's fame will strain their friendship, Eve also tries out, but totally fumbles her audition. Eve becomes irate with Sam when Sam edits Eve's audition footage to make her appear even more inept—and it airs on TV. To cure Vivienne's supposed loneliness, Alannah adopts a famous local hero dog for Vivienne as a gift, which totally disrupts Vivienne's routine.
4 Being Alien The pretty and popular Imogen transfers to Eden Heights High, and instantly becomes the center of attention of the entire school body. Eve worries that Imogen seeks to undermine her friendship with Sylvie, which motivates Eve to defeat Imogen in the upcoming class debate on the topic of friendship. Ned is estatic over the installation of his new TV satellite dish, but it ruins Alannah's yard landscaping plans. Ned eventually becomes convinced that the signal interference on his TV is communication transmissions from alien beings.
5 Being Individual The school hires a new sexually charismatic science teacher that encourages independent thought. Eve bows to peer pressure when she agrees to co-head the cheerleading squad with Imogen. This creates friction with Sylvie who fails to make first string on the squad. Tim becomes jealous of Vivienne's new plumber, who happens to be the spitting image of himself.
6 Being Grown Up Eve and Ned celebrate their birthdays, as their birthdays are two days apart. Ned sporadically decides to move out, but Tim's dad moves in for a visit, and proves to be more of a nuisance and TV hog than Ned. On Eve's birthday, Matt, Eve, Imogen, and Sylvie try to sneak into a nightclub, but Eve is denied entrance because she looks too young, and her friends go in anyway. Realizing her friends are growing apart from her, Eve breaks up with Sylvie the next day. Ned returns home after he realizes real life is nothing like a sitcom.
7 Being a Winner Eve attempts to hide from her friends by ducking into the boys' room. When Sylvie and Imogen follow her in, Sylvie is caught with another student's marijuana stash—and expelled. Eve and Imogen are entered into an exchange-student speech competition, and neither one wants to come to Sylvie's defense fearing that the negative stigma will ruin their chances at traveling to Japan. Alannah grooms the family to appear more successful than they are in order to impress an old friend that's visiting.
8 Being Reborn Sylvie has a near-death moment, decides to find religion, and ends up joining a local cult when she develops a crush on its leader. Eve attempts an intervention when she suspects the cult is a sham. Meanwhile, Ned develops a crush on a local TV hostess.
9 Being Upstaged Mr. Inglewood's class begins a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Eve tries out for play director but ends up deeply, deeply in the shadows as Sam's assistant. Caleb develops a crush on Sylvie when he hits his head and subsequently spies her dressed up as Hermia for the play.
10 Being Obsessed Eve worries that she is becoming obsessed with Sam when she repeatedly dreams of them falling in love on the Titanic. Sylvie convinces herself she's interested in Matt and uses witchcraft to cast a love spell on his handkerchief—but is it his? Alannah's co-worker attempts to seduce Tim.
11 Being at War Ned, Tim, and Caleb become obsessed with a new multiplayer battlefield video game, forcing Alannah to move in with Vivienne. Mr. Inglewood signs up his class for a paintball battle so they might better understand the psychological and physical concepts of war. Feeling that this glorifies war, Eve plans to conscientiously-object by sitting it out. But her exasperation towards Sam's arrogance eventually motivates her to join the competition.
12 Being Tested Sam enlists Eve to help him plant a hidden camera in Principal Grievely's house. Eve finds it difficult to study for her upcoming exams due to Sam's demands. Ned cannot find anyone to help him pass his driving test.
13 Being True Eve is saddened that Sam has decided to take Imogen to the school ball instead of her. Tim and Alannah plan to move away from next door, but first they must catch the neighborhood thief who is stealing women's underwear. Eve plans to stay home from the dance, but Tim convinces her to go. To ditch their annoying dates, Sylvie and Matt hook up at the dance. Realizing the true nature of his relationship with Eve, Sam gets on stage and proclaims his feelings for her. Sam and Eve join together for a slow romantic dance.

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Artwork Details
BeingEve DVD.jpg South Pacific Pictures released Being Eve on DVD in Region 4 for on 24 October 2007 (2007-10-24).

Both season one and season two were combined on the same DVD release, which includes all 26 episodes of the series which is spread over three discs.

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