From clinic receptionist to politician - in addition to being one of our favourite screen Mums - Marj Brasch (formerly Neilson)'s story arc puts

House of Cards

to shame.

Here Elizabeth McRae reflects on playing the "lemon-lipped" character, and on uttering the very first line on Shortland Street.

See more great Shortland Street moments here, in NZ on Screen's collection.

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