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Rake (AU)

TVMA • Crime, Comedy, Legal, Drama, International • TV Series • 2010

Criminal barrister, Cleaver Greene, has a practice that somehow seems to be devoted to the most hopeless of hopeless cases - from cannibals to dog lov...more

Criminal barrister, Cleaver Greene, has a practice that somehow seems to be devoted to the most hopeless of hopeless cases - from cannibals to dog lov...more

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2 seasons available (16 episodes)

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(16 episodes)

Episode 1

R v Mohammed

A man walks through Hyde Park and without warning explodes. Never out of the headlines for long, Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is caught in an affair with Claudia Marshall, the Premier of New South Wales, making himself a sworn enemy of her husband, Attorney General and Police Minister, Cal McGregor. David Potter (Matt Day), now Shadow Attorney General, sees this as his chance to bury Cleaver Greene once and for all, calling him “a dishonest lowlife who spends his time defending society’s scum, and spends his nights carousing with them”. When Cleaver uses the media to retaliate, it’s a race to see who will sue for defamation first.
Episode 2

R v Fenton

Cleaver’s affair with the Premier is proving costly when her husband, Attorney General Cal McGregor begins a campaign of harassment against him. And not only is David Potter suing him for defamation, but, after his clown punch-up at Max’s birthday party, he’s lost Barney as a friend and colleague as well. Meanwhile, Barney and Scarlet are seeing a counselor, but Scarlet’s efforts at being the perfect wife are falling flat, with Barney wishing she would just go back to work. He’s busy defending Lawrence Fenton, who’s charged with fraud for posing as a board member at various meetings around town, in an effort to stamp out meaningless corporate language.
Episode 3

R v Woolgridge & Anor.

Missy’s (Adrienne Pickering) book about her life as a prostitute has caused a sensation with everyone in town speculating about who the characters really are. At her book signing, she apologises to David (Matt Day) for obvious details that implicated him, but reveals that she’s now engaged to the infamous founder of an on-line leak site, Joshua Floyd. Meanwhile, Cleaver’s roving eye has led him stray again – this time with Michelle, the niece of an ex-girlfriend, who tells him she’s making a short film for Tropfest and loves Alfred Hitchcock movies. He discovers she’s only 16, and is horrified - but it’s too late. Michelle is soon charged with ‘accidentally’ killing her protagonist while filming a scene, and after their sex romp she wants Cleaver to defend her, because she knows he can get her off. After another horse race, Cleaver’s debt to the Corellas is now insurmountable and prison-widow Kirsty has some amorous plans for his repayments schedule. In court, he’s fighting David Potter over the defamation case, and with claims and counter-claims, the judge decides they should try mediation. Scarlet applies for a job with Attorney General Cal McGregor, and is successful when he discovers she loathes Cleaver Greene almost as much as he does. But later, she finds a note from Cleaver in Barney’s pocket and feels betrayed. Barney confesses that he’s much happier when he and Cleaver are mates. Meanwhile, Cleaver’s woes escalate when Fuzz reveals that for a year he has been having an affair with their neighbor Sally – the very woman that Cleaver fancied - and that they’re expecting! But an Alfred Hitchcock thriller on late night TV opens Cleaver’s eyes to the fact that his client may well be a blossoming psychopath, who intended to commit the perfect murder. Just when he thinks things could not be more complicated, Missy walks back into his life.
Episode 4

R v Floyd

Missy and Joshua Floyd are Australia's most newsworthy couple: the bestselling author of a controversial memoir, and the founder of an on-line leaks site currently facing treason charges.
Episode 5

R v Turner

Missy is on trial for murdering her fiancé. The only way Cleaver can save her is to expose the conspiracy to murder Joshua by the security apparatus he humiliated. Assisted by a mysterious smoking man, he follows the money trail to ASIO, the CIA and towards information that may bring down the international banking system and several governments. He knows they’ve murdered Joshua Floyd and framed Missy, but he needs to find a way to get them onto the stand. His ugly enemies and the professionalism with which he pursues them, reawaken a long dormant emotion in Wendy – admiration, but Fuzz has the deepest misgivings about his parents returning to each other’s orbit. Kirsty is furious that Cleaver is spending so much time with Missy, but when Col threatens to express that disapproval in the usual manner, Cleaver recognizes that Col has a secret. Will a favor from Cleaver to Col be enough to protect him from a serious beating? Delirious after a mosquito-induced broken arm, Barney confesses to Scarlet that he has met someone else. Hurt and confused, Scarlet allows an innocent lunch with Harry-Sorry-David to progress down a primrose path, that with some help from Cal McGregor, will lead to perdition. Cal asks Scarlet to provide an alibi for his skipped meeting with the Premier. She does, believing it will also cover her indiscretion with David, but Cal has a darker purpose. Some of Joshua’s personal secrets are revealed in the prosecution brief. Missy is horrified, not only by Joshua’s betrayal, but by the fact that they can finally accuse her of having a motive for murder. Can Cleaver maintain professional standards long enough to have Missy acquitted? Will ASIO and the CIA allow him to win?
Episode 6

R v Alford

A piercing scream splits the dawn silence of a leafy, suburban arcadia and Cleaver and Barney are soon defending an IT lecturer accused of severing his neighbour’s penis with garden shears after an escalating dispute over a child’s birthday party. Cleaver and Barney wade into the unfamiliar swamp of Rotarians, golf and backyard barbecues to uncover the truth behind the ‘bobbitting’. However, their biggest obstacle may be a conservative judge determined that this trial will not be allowed to lower the tone of his courtroom. Barney and Nicole have failed in their determined attempts to end their affair, despite Nicole’s approaching wedding. And even legendarily incurious Cleaver works out that the emotional roller-coasters of both Nicole and Barney are moving in sync. Only one thing could worsen their situation – Cleaver deciding to help. Wendy is falling for Roger, the husband of Fuzz’s ex-lover, while Fuzz has an age-appropriate girlfriend with a surprise of her own. When Cleaver attempts to cure Missy’s depression at a dinner with his extended family, he ends up being everyone’s target. Scarlet and David are firmly on Cal McGregor’s hook, but David’s colleagues push him to sacrifice Scarlet to save himself. Poised between political oblivion and the dangled promise of the Opposition Leadership, David, typically, prevaricates. Cal will happily fire a bullet at Scarlet in the hope it also takes out David, even better if he can wing Cleaver too. Scarlet knows there is only one lawyer devious and unethical enough to get her out from under the sword of Damocles, but can she bring herself to ask for help?
Episode 7

Greene v Hole

Scarlet and David’s affair is front page news, and Scarlet is terrified of the disapproval of the private school mothers, unaware that Barney is taking this far harder than he’ll let on. Barney and Nicole agree to be ‘just friends’ but their definitions of friendship differ somewhat. Spurned Kirsty is in no mood to forgive debts that Cleaver has no way of paying. Cleaver and Missy set out to attend his father’s funeral, but end up at the service for a retired travel agent. Keith Nankervis’ funeral convinces Missy that life’s meaning is to be found in marriage and children and the most likely candidate is Cleaver. However, Cleaver is seeking redemption elsewhere. Although he has been cut from his father’s will, he sets out to recover his father’s estate from swindler Lane Hole, via the courts, the media and worse methods if he must. He enlists the talents of tabloid TV reporter Polly Nesbitt – promiscuous, unethical and a chaotic force of nature, she seems like the female version of himself. He publicly slams Lane Hole on Polly’s current affairs show. He launches legal action and needs to do some serious bridge-building to get advice on corporate prosecution from Sydney most boring barrister – who turns out to have an interesting side after all. Wendy wants Cleaver to rescue Fuzz from the clutches of his born-again girlfriend, whose pert and shapely buttocks and insistence on virginity until marriage strike Wendy as a recipe for disastrously early marriage. Cleaver finds himself with no moral ground on which to argue against experimentation – even with religion, so he joins Fuzz and Tara at her church, the worst possible place to be confronted with the consequences of the dark path he trod in pursuit of Lane Hole.
Episode 8

R v Greene

Cleaver is in prison, charged with the manslaughter of Lane Hole’s sweet, elderly neighbor. He is bailed out by Missy, flush with funds since optioning the rights to her story to Hollywood. Missy has to stand aside for Polly Nesbitt who retains her interest in Cleaver. Unfortunately, Kirsty also has an interest but no longer a fond one. Kirsty will allow Cleaver to retain his extremities, if she and Col are not implicated in his trial and he pays every last cent he owes, in thirty days. While Wendy blames Cleaver for Fuzz’s desperate embrace of a merciful God. Polly does an old-fashioned, on-air hatchet job on Cleaver. Nothing personal, she owes her EP a favor after seducing his niece. Cleaver seems friendless. Even Barney is down for the count, felled in another mosquito-borne disaster. Emboldened by her confrontation with the private school mothers, Scarlet steps in to help Cleaver at his directions hearing. Barney recovers and warns Cleaver that while he will go down for manslaughter, he is likely to beat the murder charge. Helped by Barney and Scarlet, Cleaver goads Cal McGregor into having the charge upgraded, but Cal didn’t get to be Attorney General without a few devious tricks of his own. His tame Solicitor General, Angus Blossom, finds a charge that will stick and send Cleaver down for a very long time, and the judge who is likely to do it. Cleaver will need the help of all his friends and several enemies if he is to escape the Scylla of Kirsty and Col and the Charybdis of a hefty stretch behind bars.


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