Original air date: 5 September 1985
Marietjie Barnhoorn has dedicated her life to her family and her husband's career. But just when Andries Barnhoorn finally gets that promotion to top manager of a steel manufacturer, he tells her that he wants a divorce. Suddenly, Marietjie is tired of being the subservient wife and starts standing up for herself. We also meat Leana Steyn, the private secretary to Kemkor founder Albert Jooste. Leana's live-in boyfriend, Steve, is a young and talented engineer who works for Andries Barnhoorn. Steve proposes to Leana, but she refuses to marry him until they have more money. Then, to save his own position within the company, Albert asks Leana to help him buy back his ex-wife and daughter's Kemkor shares. She agrees, but on one condition: that he marries her. Meanwhile, Albert's daughter Mercia returns to South Africa after spending years as a ballet dancer abroad. But Mercia is tired of her mother's control and her father's obsession with business, and she feels that she is becoming to old for ballet.
Original air date: 12 September 1985
Leana approaches Anna Meyer, Albert Jooste's ex-wife, to buy her shares in Kemkor. It takes some convincing to get her to agree to the transaction, but it soon becomes clear that Leana is a master manipulator. She even uses her guiles to convince Andries Barnhoorn to sell his company's Kemkor shares, and gets Albert to make her his sole heir. Meanwhile, Mercia is under a lot of pressure. Not only is she past her prime as a ballerina, but the South African press and public are angry about her anti-South African statements abroad.
Original air date: 19 September 1985
Leana - the new Mrs. Jooste - gets an unwelcome visit from her mother. As always, Stienie asks her daughter for money, but this time Leana sends her mom packing. Steve presents a new manufacturing process to Andries, who recognises it as potentially revolutionary and promises to give it some thought. Leana admits to Albert that she married him for his money, and he tells her that he spent all his money to buy back the shares and that the company is on the brink of bankruptcy. Shortly afterwards, Albert has a heartattack. Anna Meyer uses Albert's demise to manipulate public opinion.
Original air date: 26 September 1985
Leana tries to convince Anna that Albert Jooste's house, along with everything else he owned, now belongs to her and that Anna and Mercia will inherit nothing. Anna vows to fight for Mercia's inheritance. The planning committee rejects Steve's proposed project as an unnecessary gamble, but Andries promises to present it to top management anyway. He warns Steve that it will take time and determination to let the plan succeed, and Steve feels very despondent. Anna Meyer is relentless in her efforts to try and save Mercia's ailing career and is furious to find Mercia with an old flame, Dr. Kobus Dreyer. Van Breda, an old adversory of Albert Jooste, tries to exploit Albert's death to gain control of the company, but he hasn't counted on Leana's ambitions. Andries returns home unexpectedly and gets an earful from his daughter Annemarie. Leana's plans to marry Steve are dealt a blow: according to Albert's will, the moment she remarries, everything goes to Mercia. Leana makes plans to take Steve's project forward for Kemkor, but he refuses to sell the plans to her. Stienie arrives at the office to see Leana. Anna arranges to stage a production of Giselle, Mercia's biggest role yet, but Mercia warns that this will also be her last.
Original air date: 3 October 1985
Years ago, Anna Meyer bribed Kobus Dreyer to stay away from her daughter. Now she threatens to tell Mercia everything if he rekindles their romance. Kobus leaves the country. Marietjie and Hettie see Leana get into a car with Andries, and the two of them go to a nightclub. Leana convinces Andries to rethink Steve's plans, this time with Kemkor's backing. Andries decides to take the gamble and sends Steve to sell the project to their colleagues in Israel. Wynand Toerien vows to continue his protest action against Mercia Meyer, which causes tension between him and Annemarie. The pressure from her mother and her grief over Kobus finally get to Mercia, and when the protesters disrupt a performance, she simply walks off stage and packs her bags to go find Kobus in Israel. At the airport she meets Steve and they become friends. Wessel leaves the army and Andries and Marietjie arrive separately to take him home. Wessel realises that they've split up and walks off. Leana takes her mother some money, but Stienie refuses to take the cash and locks her out of the house. After Leana and Andries have sealed the deal on the new manufacturing process, she reveals that Steve owns the copyright to the plans and that he will have to be managing director of the new consortium. Marietjie is worried that Wessel hasn't returned home yet. Wessel goes to stay with an old army friend, Leana's brother Jack.