All good, hilarious family sitcoms must come to end, and so the fond goodbye begins as The Family Law wraps up with typical irreverence and poignancy in its third season.
It’s been a tumultuous time for the dysfunctional Sunshine Coast family over the series so far. Here's what you need to know before you watch season three...
Benjamin’s wish to be a star finally seemed to be coming true
The high-achieving, youngest Law man, our narrator and protagonist Benjamin (Trystan Go), has always had a flare for the dramatic, and it appeared his dreams of stardom were taking flight. Benjamin scored the lead in Sacred Heart College’s production of Euripides’ Ancient Greek tragedy Medea in season two. But he was not impressed he’d be forced to share the role with best friend Melissa (Bethany Whitmore), who used to have a crush on him.
Yet fame beckoned when the very dramatic drama teacher Mr Mallory Mallory (Hugh Parker) secured the broadcast of the play on community-access television. The show was a smashing success – playing to a potential 700 viewers no less – and led to a tri-state tour of the production.
And the slow burn of Benjamin’s burgeoning sexuality continued with a literal brush with his handsome nemesis-in-high-achieving and fellow actor Klaus (Takaya Honda), in the closing moments of season two.
Jenny found her independence, and a new friend
The Family’s Law’s resident loose cannon, devoted mum of five Jenny (Fiona Choi), struggled to see her estranged husband Danny (Anthony Brandon Wong) move on with a new business and girlfriend, the divisive Ming-Zhu (Jing Xuan Chan).
She had put all her time into raising her family, and now, as Jenny put it in her charmingly bawdy way of mincing words, “it’s time to stretch out, discover the world, spread my flaps.”
And stretch she did, with some unintended help from Benjamin, who attempted to set her up with a hunky yoga instructor in a private lesson. That plan fell to howls of laughter as Jenny bonded with unexpected attendee, the spirited single mum Diane (Erika Heynatz), over stretches – those from giving birth, and yoga ones that elicited some mighty flatulence.
Diane got Jenny a job as a cleaner at the Flowing Waters Retirement Centre, and Jenny was proud to be able to support her family as a “working girl”.
Candy and Wayne got married
Eldest Law sibling Candy (Shuang Hu) and her dinky-di Aussie fiancé Wayne (Sam Cotton) finally tied the knot in season two after overcoming racism, played with typically edgy The Family Law humour. (Candy declined to take Wayne’s surname Kerr, though.)
But not before a massive blow-up between Candy and Jenny, who thought Candy was making a huge mistake moving to Wayne’s hometown of Mt Isa. Candy told her mum not to bother attending the wedding and Jenny almost didn’t. But after an eleventh-hour intervention from “Man of Honour” Benjamin, she arrived via a nasty high-heel mishap.
The mother of the bride gave a moving, typically inappropriate speech.
“Make sure you have plenty of sexy time. After children, you might be sore down there, but you still have other holes,” she said to gasps from the wedding guests. “Your family loves you very much, wherever you are, no matter what.”
Danny’s heart attack brought the family together
After the failure of his Chinese restaurant in season one, Danny opened his grocery store Asian Alley in season two. But with the business in dire financial straits, the pressure saw the Law family patriarch suffer a heart attack.
Putting their differences aside, Jenny cared for Danny at the family home in a poignant reunion, much to the displeasure of Ming-Zhu, who broke up with Danny.
“You will never touch my soft meats again!” she said as she stormed out.
For a short while at least, the Family Law were together again under the one roof, except eldest son Andrew (George Zhao), who had moved out.
The family rallied together to save the store: Jenny took out a bank loan and became a silent partner (which of course for Jenny meant a vocal partner), Candy and Wayne put off their move to Mt Isa, and Benjamin decided to forgo the tour of Medea. But Jenny was having none of that.
“F that sh*t. You getting on that bus,” she ordered Benjamin. “My boy spreading his flaps for the first time.”
What’s next for the Laws in season 3?
It’s a season of change in the lead-up to the series finale, with a new love interest for Jenny in single dad Pete (Jeremy Lindsay Taylor), and an announcement from Candy and Wayne (it’s not quite what you might think).
Meanwhile, Danny has a new business venture (clue: it vibrates), and the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here… after a painful, comical struggle with his sexuality, Benjamin comes out in a way only Benjamin can.
The final season of The Family Law starts with episodes 1 and 2 on Saturday, 12 January at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS VICELAND simultaneously. All 6 episodes will be available at SBS On Demand later that night.
Need to catch up on the first two seasons? Watch now at On Demand: