Episode 14: Good Cop / Bad Cop Part I
Joni wakes up from
a nightmare, Dean Stirling with a shotgun at her head asking
her to choose between the two children, Which one will die?
She rolls over to find David in bed with her. She stares at
his sleeping form, recalling their previous night together.
How will she tell Kees that she’s back on with David?
Kees has got other
concerns – he’s commanding an undercover drugs sting which
takes an unexpected twist when the drug courier, Miller,
demands Sadie, the police undercover, snort a line to test the
merchandise. Kees cannot let Sadie jeopardise her career and
terminates the operation early. Everyone is frustrated as the
operation has failed in its prime objective; nailing the
methamphetamine drugs baron, Neilson. To make matters worse,
once back at the police station Kees receives some devastating
news. The District Commander removes him from active duty, due
to an internal investigation into Kees’ conduct on the hostage
operation, where Kees let his personal fears for Joni take
over and assumed command of the Armed Offenders Squad when he
knew the Duty Commander was on the way. The implication is
clear: Kees’ career is on the line.
Kees asks David to
defend him. David tries to wriggle out of it, but can’t tell
the Kees the real reason for his reluctance – he’s sleeping
with Joni. Oblivious, Kees berates David for not taking him on
and becomes very emotional. David can see no way out and
agrees reluctantly to act for Kees.
Joni is preparing
to tell Kees about David, when Kees throws her by telling her
that David is now acting for him. Kees expresses concern for
trauma fallout Joni might be suffering from being taken
hostage, but Joni takes it as a personal attack on her mental
stability and orders him out of her apartment. Kees is
understanding and leaves whilst urging her to seek help.
increasingly frustrated with Joni’s delay in telling Kees. She
insists that she will tell him only when the time is right.
Meanwhile, plagued by her conscience about the two boys she
was taken hostage with, she becomes their temporary guardian.
Adie has serious reservations about Joni’s state of mind but
pledges her support anyway. The boys are delighted to see a
familiar face and come alive.
DSS Jack Clifford,
Kees’ arch-rival, has taken over the undercover operation
against Neilson and has kept Sadie out there despite Kees’
suspicions that Sadie’s cover is blown. Kees tries to take a
short-cut to Neilson by heavying Miller into telling him
Neilson’s whereabouts. After a shakedown by Kees, Miller
reluctantly pledges to meet with Kees the next day and give
Kees the goods on Neilson.
Joni reveals to a
psychologist the depth of her trauma. She tells the
psychologist that she was forced at gun-point to choose which
of the 2 boys was to die and she had done so, she had made
that choice. Although all escaped unharmed she is appalled
that she could have done such a thing. The trauma of that
terrible choice is now confused in Joni’s mind with the choice
between David and Kees.
She takes some
comfort from the psychologist, but is plunged back into the
depths, when a social worker arrives to take the boys to their
aunty in the country. Joni is mortified with losing them and
breaks up as they are driven away.
Kees’ plan to heavy Miller into
potting Neilson backfires seriously, when he discovers
Miller’s fresh corpse at their arranged rendezvous. Just as he
is picking up the dead man’s cellphone the police swoop in led
by DSS Clifford, his investigating officer. Kees has been set
up to take the fall for Miller, but by whom?
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Good Cop / Bad Cop Part II
After being found
alone with the still warm body of Miller, Kees is brought in
to the police station for questioning. He maintains his
innocence as David arrives to attempt to extricate him from
this mess. As they are leaving Kees rings the last number
dialled on Millers’ prepay and is startled to see Jack
Clifford’s mobile ring. Not as shocked as Clifford though when
he sees that a dead man is making the call.
Kees is now
convinced that Clifford is on the take from the
methamphetamine ring and warns his undercover oppo, Sadie, to
be wary of him. Clifford seems intent on putting Kees away and
when an audio tape is discovered of Kees threatening Miller,
he is arrested and charged with murder. This causes Kees to
snap and he attempts to physically attack Clifford but is
Meanwhile Joni is
still agonising over her lack of ability to face Kees with the
truth about her rekindled relationship with David. Rather than
be confronted by either man she is instead avoiding the office
altogether. Peter Wyeth has noticed her prolonged absences and
confronts David, convinced he is to blame somehow. David
reveals that an old fashioned love triangle is the cause and
Peter cannot believe their adolescent behaviour. Joni visits
her counsellor once more and realises that, in fact, she is
not ready for a relationship at all. She meets with David to
tell him of her need for more space. He acts understanding and
supportive but his smile falls away as soon as she cannot see
how much pain he is really in.
Out on bail Kees
decides to take matters into his own hands once more, and
begins a surveillance campaign. He is tailing a car when it
instead comes after him and shoots out his driver’s window. He
is lucky and survives this attack but it is clear the time has
come to lay low. David takes him to his brother Samson’s car
yard who reluctantly agrees to let Kees shelter there for a
Clifford contacts Kees to set up a meeting. Kees warily
attends, leaving David in the car. Clifford admits he is on
the take but is now scared as he believes he will be Nielson’s
next victim. He outlines a plan using Sadie as a decoy to lure
Nielson into a trap. Kees is uncertain at first as he is
worried about Sadie’s blown cover. Eventually though he
David and Kees are
in the middle of Kees’ police complaints hearing when they
receive a call that the drug bust is going down. They make an
excuse to secure an adjournment and rush to the scene. Kees
enters first to find he is the victim of a trap. Sadie has
been injected by Clifford and needs urgent medical attention.
As she slips further into unconsciousness Clifford, who is
holding Kees at gunpoint, reveals that he was Neilson the Drug
Baron all along. Clifford did not count on David however and
just as he is about to kill Kees and then frame him for
Sadie’s murder, David knocks him out and saves the day.
The police arrive
and take a bitter Clifford into custody as David and Kees rush
back to conclude the police complaints hearing. They arrive to
find the District Commander has taken over the case and is
willing to dismiss the complaint. All seems well for Kees
until Joni arrives and tells him of her night of passion with
David and her wish to end their relationship. He is devastated
by this and when David returns to tell him of their victory
his anger explodes with a right hook. David is down but not
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Episode 16: Baby
On a community
radio station Tim advises a woman seeking paternity
information to employ a lawyer and nail the alleged father for
as much as she can get. David is less than impressed when the
father turns out to be him. Joni, who is worried she may be
may be pregnant to David, insists on "defending" him.
The child in
question is an engaging 10yr old, Robbie, son of Maddy
McGuire, David’s law school lover. Ignoring Joni’s
instructions, David makes contact with Robbie and is enchanted
by the boy – and by the idea of fatherhood. Joni is less
enchanted by David’s readiness to assume responsibility for a
child by another woman and insists on DNA blood tests for
David and Robbie.
Meanwhile the case
against DSS Jack Clifford is looking shaky at best. All hope
of a conviction is hinging purely on Kees and David’s
testimony that Clifford identified himself as Neilson, the
drug baron, and Kees is concerned that Clifford’s henchmen
will try to eliminate them.
Kees’ fears are
confirmed when David is shot at in his apartment. Kees
appoints himself David’s bodyguard and tries to stay close,
much to David’s annoyance.
David gives Kees
the slip and, against Joni’s advice, visits Maddy. She is
surprised to see him after so long and questions his motives.
She believes David has come out of charity and declares Robbie
is not his son and she’s doing fine. David leaves still
believing Robbie is his son and goes to visit him at school.
He arrives during rugby practice and is happily roped into a
Joni visits Maddy
at home and convinces her to let Robbie take the blood test.
After his blood test David pays Robbie another visit. His
grandmother is minding cannot help herself – she reveals to
him that to make ends meet Maddy is working in a massage
parlour. David is shocked and when he confirms that the
grandmother is telling the truth, he tells Joni to draw up a
maintenance agreement for Robbie.
policeman DSS Clifford makes an abortive attempt to get bail,
but when he’s refused, his reasons for applying become clear
when he engineers his escape from the security van taking him
from court back to prison. Clifford ruthlessly guns down the
security guards and makes a speedy exit with his henchmen.
When Joni tells
David that the blood test results are back, David asks her not
to open them - his heart has already told him what the truth
is. Joni can’t help herself. She tells David he’s not Robbie’s
father. David is furious at Joni for telling him the news, and
signs the maintenance agreement anyway – and instructs Joni
not to send the blood test results to Maddy.
When Kees hears of
Clifford’s escape, he tells a disconsolate David and that he’s
going to hunt Clifford down and take him out before he takes
them out. David reminds Kees he’s no longer a cop, but Kees is
already off on his mission.
Joni decides to
finally confirm things one way or the other and takes the
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Corrupt cop Jack
Clifford has escaped custody, killing two security guards.
David warns Kees to stay clear of the manhunt, and let the
cops take clear of Clifford.
David tries to
persuade the District Commander to drop the murder charges
against Kees, because it’s now obvious that Clifford set Kees
up. The District Commander says that while they can’t drop the
charges yet, they will as soon as Clifford can be re-captured
– in the meantime, Kees should stay out of the way and keep
his nose clean.
But Kees is
worried that Clifford knows too much about police procedures
and is anxious to make sure Clifford doesn’t outsmart them.
Kees finds out Clifford has sold his gin palace and warns his
off-sider Mike Butterworth to be on the lookout for someone
who has purchased a plane or a boat capable of international
insists that Joni doesn’t send Maddy the blood test results
which prove he’s not Robbie’s father, and delivers the
maintenance agreement in person to Maddy at the massage
parlour where she works. David makes it clear the quid pro quo
for him supporting Robbie is that Maddy stops working at the
parlour. Maddy makes it equally clear that whatever assistance
David gives will be for helping Robbie and not to control her.
Commander receives a surprising call - from Jack Clifford
requesting help. Clifford maintains it was the drugs baron
Neilson who organised Clifford’s breakout, so that Neilson can
silence Clifford – by killing him. District Commander, not
taking any chances, organises an Armed Offenders Squad to meet
Clifford at an agreed rendezvous. Just as the AOS is about to
swoop a massive explosion lights the sky. It is a car
containing a dead body with identification pointing to
Clifford. No one can be sure it is Clifford until the DNA
tests confirm it, and Kees isn’t prepared to wait. He enlists
a reluctant David’s help, who then involves Tim, and the three
of them embark on a private manhunt in an attempt to find a
recently-purchased blue-water vessel or plane.
David – she’s received the blood test results and is mystified
by David’s offer of support when he’s clearly no Robbie’s
father. David is furious with Joni, who admits to sending
Maddy the results. Joni asks David, unaware that Joni might be
pregnant to him, to think of the financial ramifications on
his future children.
Joni knows the
truth however: she’s let her feelings for David compromise her
professional integrity. She laments to Adie that though she
loves David, she doesn’t like herself when she’s with him.
Tim strikes gold
down on the Coromandel – a blue water yacht with three men has
been cleared to sail to Fiji tomorrow. David and Kees stop
bickering long enough to get down there. They recognise two of
Clifford’s cohorts and hire a boat to trail the yacht. Off
shore, the yacht rendezvous with Clifford’s outboard, and
David and Kees, seeing that Clifford’s about to kill the third
man and assume his identity, take matters into their own
hands, ram the yacht and grapple with Clifford and his
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Episode 18: Ave
David gets a cry
for help from his ex-girlfriend Maddy, who’s been arrested for
brothel-keeping after a police and Immigration raid on the
massage parlour where she works.
she is just the receptionist but the only person who can
verify this, one of the Thai prostitutes, is refusing to talk.
It is assumed this woman is an illegal immigrant like the
others, but she is petrified of something or someone and will
not break her silence. Instead, she passes Maddy a note with
instructions of where she needs it to be delivered.
Maddy on her errand and insists on going with her to deliver
the note. They leave it in a letterbox and as they watch,
hidden, it is collected by a woman with a number of children
in tow. One child is part Asian. David is nearly bowled over
by a man in a ute – the same man who’s been aggressively
interrogating the new receptionist at the massage parlour
about the whereabouts of a woman called Maria.
David pays a visit
to Frank, the sleazy owner of the massage parlour to get him
to swear that Maddy was employed solely as a receptionist. The
owner, however, will only play ball if David convinces the
mute woman to ID herself so she can be deported with the other
Thai girls. Then, with no witnesses, he will get off his
brothel keeping charge. David is repulsed by this offer and
asks Kees to put some pressure on Frank to make him
David then visits
the very frightened mute woman in jail and appeals to her to
clear Maddy’s name. She responds to David’s kindness and
reveals in perfect English that her name is Maria and she was
a mail order bride who got trapped in an abusive relationship.
She ran away from her husband, but he got custody of their
daughter because she had never been allowed to apply for
residency. Rather than leave her daughter with this monster
Maria abducted her and went into hiding. She is terrified of
what will happen if he finds them.
David gets Maria
bail and calls Joni in. Joni convinces Maria her that she can
get custody of her daughter and a protection order against her
husband. Maria, though still petrified, agrees to attempt
things legally. Her fears of her husband’s violent intentions
are confirmed when he breaks into the house where Maria has
been re-united with her daughter. He is scared off by the
arrival of David and Maddy.
after a bit of "gentle persuasion" from Kees, confirms that
Maddy’s only role was as receptionist and the brothel-keeping
charges against her are dropped.
David and Joni are
finding it awkward working together. Joni has asked for space,
David wants to know how much space is enough space. Joni,
aware of the chemistry between David and Maddy, suggests that
if he’s that desperate, he should ask Maddy out: David accuses
her of being jealous. Joni gets out of the Jailbar and catches
hearing is disastrous. Scoles, the abusive husband, presents
well, and tells the Judge Maria has charges for soliciting
pending and Maria’s fate is sealed. The Judge confirms the
custody order in favour of Scoles and his mother, Eva.
devastated as Scoles, revealing his true character, grabs the
daughter out of Maria’s arms and puts her in the ute. Maria
cannot abandon her daughter and gets in too. Maddy sees all
this and fears that Maria will be beaten when Scoles gets her
back to his farm.
Maddy pleads with
David or Joni to do something. Joni attempts an indifferent
face and says they’ve done all they can within the law. She’ll
file for an appeal - Maddy is astounded at what she sees as
David and Joni’s lack of compassion and heads off to Scoles’
farm determined to save Maria. When Maddy’s gone, David tells
Joni he agrees with Maddy – they blew it, are blowing it. He
walks out, after putting the heat on her to finish it with him
if that’s what she wants.
Joni reveals to
Adie that she’s devastated at failing Maria and is utterly
sick of the horrors of Family Law – she wants to move into
criminal law, where people are guilty or not guilty but never
drives him to Scoles’ farm, where Maddy has followed the sound
of a nail-gun to disturb Scoles in the act of building a
coffin for a semi-conscious Maria. As Maddy grapples Scoles
for control of his shot-gun, Maria comes round sufficiently to
grab the nail-gun and kill him with a nail through the temple.
David arrives too late to avert the mayhem.
with Kees, as Maria is taken into custody again, this time for
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19: Maria’s Trial
Maria’s on trial
for murdering her husband and there are a couple of major
complications for David and Joni in mounting a defence. The
first is that Maria is so terrified of her daughter April
being harmed by Eva, her mother-in-law, that she refuses to
give evidence or even talk about the abuse perpetrated on her
by her deceased husband, Scoles. The second complication is
that Joni tells David that their relationship is over.
to stay focused, knows that their only hope is to prove a
history of physical abuse of Maria by Scoles, and in the
absence of any evidence from Maria, David sends Tim out on to
scout local hospitals for any evidence that Maria has been
admitted with injuries.
Peter is perplexed
by David’s lack of focus, and when Joni reveals to Peter that
she has just ended their relationship, Peter is forced to ask
David to lift his game and try not to let the Joni thing
impinge on his defence of Maria. Peter’s not entirely
reassured by David’s reply.
Kees visits Maddy
to serve her with a witness summons and is angry to find David
there with a Crown Witness. He threatens to get David thrown
off Maria’s case unless he leaves. David, disillusioned with
life in general, angrily declares he doesn’t care, but Maddy
convinces him to leave for Maria’s sake. Kees then warns Maddy
that unless she plays by the rules he will lodge a formal
complaint against her, making her future career as a lawyer
Maddy is freaked
and decides to visit Kees the next day to tell him the full
story after all. But while he is out of the room she rifles
through his file on Maria and removes a document and stuffs it
in her satchel.
As they go to
trial, Maria’s defence is looking shaky: Maria still won’t
talk, Tim has found no evidence that Maria was ever admitted
to hospital and David and Joni aren’t talking…
is a nightmare. She behaves in a manner so prejudicial she’s
declared hostile by Judge Adie. Sina, the Crown Prosecutor,
elicits some confusion in Maddy’s account of the tussle that
lead to Scole’s death and so throws doubt on whether or not
Maria was justified. David declines to cross-examine her
believing Maddy’s already done enough damage.
Then a hospital
admission record for Maria under her maiden name anonymously
arrives in the mail. Believing there could be more records for
her beatings under this name, Tim is again dispatched to check
things out in person. Joni’s concerned that this document has
obviously come from the police, and wants to tell, but David
disagrees, telling Joni to toughen up. David suspects he knows
who sent the document to them.
Back in Court,
David gets Eva Scoles in the stand and tries to get her to
confirm that Maria was savagely beaten by her son. Eva is in
complete denial, and paints her son as an angel.
David stalls and
requests an adjournment, hoping for some last minute evidence
before tomorrow from Tim.
discovers Maria’s hospital admission was for an appendectomy.
But he does find out something: the nurse on duty knows Eva
Scoles personally – Eva used to work at the hospital.
David visits Maddy
and tells her she is an idiot for jeopardising her career by
filching the document from the police file. Maddy maintains
Maria’s life is more important than her career and pours scorn
on David’s urgings that she should work within the system.
decides to visit Eva herself hoping to save the situation. The
old lady is petrified of Maddy and screams at her to leave.
Maddy does so very quickly after Eva produces a shotgun. Once
she is on her own Eva breaks down into sobs. But Maddy has
seen something important…
examination of Eva next morning confirms that Eva was fired
from the hospital for stealing supplies. David puts it to her
that she was using these supplies to nurse Maria through
injuries from beatings by her son. As Eva repeatedly denies
this, Maddy is outside relaying vital information to Joni, who
comes into Court and takes over Eva’s cross-examination. Joni
asks Eva to remove her gloves. Eva does so, revealing hideous
scarring from burns which she eventually breaks down and
admits were caused by her son. She was a victim of his abuse
also and she then verifies how he tortured Maria.
Maria wins her
case and is reunited with April. David rushes to tell Maddy
the good news but finds that she has been arrested by Kees for
subverting the course of justice. Kees has deduced that Maddy
stole the document and knows she visited Eva. David argues
vociferously on Maddy’s behalf, that justice wouldn’t have
been done without Maddy’s intervention, but Maddy is saved
from prosecution when new comes through that Eva, consumed
with shame, has committed suicide. Kees no longer has a
witness against Maddy.
compassion, Joni visits a distraught Maddy and tells her Eva’s
death was not her fault. David arrives to ask Maddy out for
dinner and is just a little thrown to see Joni there. Joni’s
just as thrown to hear David’s invitation to Maddy.
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Episode 20: The
at the beach with Maddy and Robbie, David stops Mark, a car
thief, trying to make a break for it. David gives Mark Tim’s
name as the cops close in. Mark is a first offender but police
oppose bail as they believe him to be linked to an organised
car theft ring. As there is no evidence however, bail is
Mark then invites
Tim to a poker game that evening to meet some possible
character witnesses. The game is led by Eddie, and is played
in an opulent house in the suburbs. Tim plays poker and signs
for chips at 1 cent for a dollar. Mark disappears and Tim
finds from Eddie that the $250 he thought he owed is actually
$25 000. Eddie, coked to eyeballs threatens Tim that unless he
pays up, the book’s underwriter, a Mr Lombard, will set his
henchman, Pliers, on him.
tells David she saw his cosy scene at the beach with Maddy and
wonders if this new relationship is a bit too close on the
heels of theirs. David becomes defensive and says it is now
none of her business. However when pushed by Maddy, David
admits he is not fully over Joni. She tells him she won’t be
his rebound baby and to give her a call when he is able to put
the past behind him.
David and Peter’s
assurances to Tim that Eddie and company are just kids trying
to scare him does little to help when that evening Mark falls
through his door badly beaten. Mark tells Tim his beating is a
warning from Eddie that Tim should pay up – and a punishment
to Mark for bringing a lawyer to the poker game. Mark was
supposed to bring in someone with a clean record to induct
into the car theft ring. Mark begs Tim not to call the police
but Tim insists that they’ll go to the cops in the morning. By
morning, Mark has fled. Tim then gets a visit from Eddie’s
heavy, Pliers who takes his DVD as a down payment. Pliers also
says if Tim goes to the police he will never be able to talk
There’s not a lot
Kees can do, so Tim hits the road with David to try to find
the house the poker game took place in. They are unsuccessful
in finding the house – and Tim is rattled because they’re
trailed by Eddie. David concocts a plan to throw Eddie and
Pliers off Tim’s track, but it doesn’t work and Pliers pounces
on Tim and drags him off to a warehouse – Eddie’s base.
At the warehouse
the group of kids from the poker match, led by Billie, an
attractive twenty-something, are pleading with Eddie to stop,
things have gone too far, they want out. They back down
quickly when Eddie goes berserk and threatens them with a gun.
Eddie tells them he always wanted a tame lawyer, but when he
puts the deal to Tim that he can work off his debt by
providing Mr Lombard with legal advice, Tim refuses to act
unethically and turns him down.
about Tim’s disappearance is compounded when Eddie jumps in
the Jailbar and tells him to back off or Tim will be hurt.
David gets Eddie’s rego but it leads to a cul de sac, when it
becomes clear Eddie’s plates are stolen.
Eddie sets out to
compromise Tim, by allowing him to drive off in a car with
Mark. Unbeknownst to Tim, the car is stolen and Eddie’s
motives become clear when he calls the police to alert them to
A car chase follows in
which Mark just manages to lose the cops and a freaked Tim
makes it back to the office. He and David then head off to the
address of the poker match, which Mark let slip, to find
Billie. She is there and agrees to talk.
She tells them that there
is no Mr Lombard at all, just Eddie. He gets young clean
recruits and hooks them in with the poker match. He then uses
this debt as leverage to get these lackeys to steal cars for
him, which he then flogs off to a syndicate. It started as a
rich kids’ thrill, but now he’s hooked on the money to feed
his coke habit.
of Eddie, but David eventually persuades her to talk, on the
basis that he’ll try to cut a deal with the police. Tim and
David accompany Billie and the other kids to the warehouse but
Eddie arrives brandishing a gun. David warns him not to do
anything stupid, as there are police all over the building.
Eddie calls his ‘bluff’ but can’t resist looking out the door,
as he does so, David and Kees do a classic one-two – David
knocks the gun out of Eddie’s hand as Kees knocks him out
arrested and charged while the other kids are all granted
immunity. Amongst the names of the kids is one that Kees
recognises: Tim O’Connor. Kees asks Tim what he’s doing on the
list. David tells Tim mum’s the word.
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Episode 21: The
Joni is distraught
when her old swimming coach Scott Farmer is accused of raping
one of his pupils, Miranda. She agrees to defend him with
David acting as her "junior" as this is her first criminal
case. David puts the heat on Scott – Miranda had sex with
someone and the DNA in the semen will be analysed. Scott
denies everything and is infuriated when he visits the pool to
find he has been stood down and his squad taken over by his
assistant, Joni’s old swimming rival, Judith. His star pupil
Hayley is inconsolable at Scott’s removal and reacts
Kees creates a
media frenzy, in the hope that other victims will come
forward. Scott has his tires slashed and his home vandalised.
Joni is appalled at Kees, and takes Scott home to stay in her
apartment, against Kees’ advice.
Scott’s case turns
for the worse when swimming togs belonging to Miranda are
found in his office. He is crushed, believing his career as a
coach is over. Joni pledges her support and urges him to be
strong. She agrees to Scott having a medical.
Hayley tells David
of her devotion to Scott and reveals that Miranda’s stepdad
Des is an old lech throwing suspicion his way. Judith listens
very intently. She seems to know more than she’s letting on.
David decides to
visit the victim’s mother accompanied by a reluctant Tim. When
they arrive Miranda’s step-father Des tries to attack them but
her mother insists on talking. Miranda’s father left 3 years
ago and she threw herself into swimming for consolation. She
was infatuated with Scott and would do anything for him. When
Miranda missed out on the Olympic squad, she was devastated,
but her mother was delighted, because she "got her daughter
Miranda, telling her he believes she was raped by someone, but
it wasn't Scott – he implies it was Des. Miranda denies it.
Kees warns David to keep away from her as Des is certainly
guilty of slashing Scott’s tires and vandalising his house,
but has a solid alibi for the night of the rape.
David feels Joni’s
becoming irrational and not mounting a proper defence due to
her blind allegiance to Scott. He urges Peter to take her off
the case. Peter agrees with David. Joni is furious and strikes
a deal: she will step aside as counsel only if she can give
evidence for Scott as a character witness. David argues
against Joni allowing herself to go on the stand for Scott,
but has to give in to get her to step aside as counsel.
Tests reveal an
absence of DNA in the semen taken from Miranda. David is
delighted until Kees tells him men who’ve had a vasectomy
don’t leave DNA in their semen. Scott has had a vasectomy.
Kees arrests Scott, who immediately gets bail. Kees is now
extremely worried that Joni is putting herself on the line –
he’s convinced she has a rapist staying at her apartment and
she is on the trial list as a character witness, risking a
At her apartment
Scott apologises to Joni for causing her so much distress. His
affections take an inappropriate turn as he speaks of how
beautiful and youthful she’s remained, but he pulls back when
he realises he’s gone too far. Joni is disturbed and no longer
wants to be a character witness for Scott and takes herself
off the witness list. The prosecution leaps on this and
subpoenas her. On the stand Joni is emotionally skewered: she
cannot perjure herself when asked if Scott has ever behaved in
an inappropriate way towards her. She refuses to answer, but
her refusal speaks volumes.
Miranda takes the
stand and reveals how distraught and hurt she was when she was
dropped from Scott’s squad. She was humiliated and begged to
be taken back. Kees calls for a recess as he now believes
Miranda may be lying to get back at Scott for this pain.
Miranda breaks down in the interview room and confesses she
fabricated the rape story. When the charges are dropped Judith
becomes hysterical at the back of the Courtroom at the
prospect of Scott getting away with it. She alleges Scott had
underage sex with her and with Miranda and with others in his
charge over the years.
Scott runs up to
the roof of the courthouse and is poised on the edge about to
jump when Joni finds him. He finally tells the truth. He was
having an affair with Miranda but had broken it off to be with
Hayley. Miranda had seduced him on the night in question for
old times’ sake. He also had an affair with Judith years ago.
Joni realises that she’d have been next if she hadn’t moved
away. Scott says he’s disgusted with himself, breaks down,
looking for sympathy. But Joni is scathing, tells him to jump
as he is pathetic and dead to her anyway. Kees arrives and
invites Scott to make up his mind whether he’s going to jump,
he’s easy either way. But Scott breaks down, lacking even the
courage to jump and is taken into custody.
David is called on
to help when Samson’s mate Ricky is identified as the key
suspect in the violent mugging of a young Asian boy, Michael
Choy. Ricky admits to beating ‘some guy’ up on the night in
question but not the Asian victim. His wife sheds more light
by saying Ricky runs with a group of guys who use fighting for
sport. They meet late at night and voluntarily participate in
organised streetfights. She is worried about him but maintains
he is a good husband and father.
Her fears are
confirmed when Ricky gets horrendously beaten in prison. David
visits Ricky in hospital and is disgusted when he learns that
Ricky was a willing participant. Ricky’s wife pleads with
David to protect him, but as David points out, Ricky needs to
want to be protected first.
agrees to accompany David to the bar Ricky frequented in a
dodgy part of town. Once there, David tries to induce the
streetfighters to talk by pretending that Samson is a
challenger. David tries to talk his way out of fighting, but
can’t – and Samson ends up fighting, and winning the group’s
respect, at some cost to his own face. The guys reveal that
Ricky was around on the night of the mugging but only after
the police arrived. They also say that they have never seen an
Asian face in their scene but that there is more than one
scene in this part of town.
Kees and Joni meet
up for a drink. Kees wants to asks if she’s OK after the
trauma with her swimming coach, Scott. He also lets her know
that as a result of that case, he understands more about her,
and is aware she didn’t sleep with David out of malice or to
hurt him. She thanks him for his kindness but overcome, she
has to leave. She later discusses it with Adie who tells her
to go for it with Kees if it’s what she really wants.
Keen to place
Ricky away from the crime scene David and Tim trace the route
he took on the night of the mugging. They discover a security
camera outside a club that may be able to help. The club is a
thinly disguised brothel and the owner fights through the
courts to prevent his clientele being viewed on tape. Adie
makes a decision in favour of David and he and Tim have to
sift through a pile of surveillance tapes.
Joni sees Kees
leaving the High Court and loiters to try and catch his eye –
but his mobile distracts him and Joni loses her nerve.
David and Tim view
hours of tape until they eventually strike the jackpot and
place Ricky too far from the crime scene to have committed the
murder – Michael Choy has died of his injuries - in the
time-frame. It all clicks into place for David when Tim is
propositioned for sex and a fight whilst running Ricky's
supposed escape route.
Ricky is gay and
cruising the streets at night. That is what he was doing on
the night of the mugging and why he cannot talk. It is his
secret life. David goes to Kees who is now willing to talk as
Michael Choy’s wallet has surfaced with none of Ricky’s
fingerprints on it.
Ricky is wired and
goes looking for the man he was with on the night of the
mugging, who can give him an alibi. That man is found and
eventually leads the police to a man who knows the truth. This
man was having sex with the assailant when Michael Choy
interrupted them – and recognised the assailant as a
celebrity. The celebrity, a rugby league star, panicked at
being recognised beat Choy to a pulp.
Kees marches into
the celebrity’s tv show and arrests him - and the charges
against Ricky are dropped. David threatens Ricky that if he
doesn’t tell his wife of his nocturnal activities then he will
have no choice but to tell her himself.
Meanwhile, Kees is
completing the paperwork, when Joni, having plucked up her
courage, apologises for rushing off on him earlier and offers
to buy him a drink.
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Episode 23: For
Better or For Worse
A car with a man
suffering from serious gunshot wounds pulls into Accident &
Emergency. The driver, Melissa Yorke, is almost hysterical as
Kees interviews her: an unknown gunman has shot her husband.
When Kees discovers the car Melissa was driving was stolen,
Kees calls Joni in to act for her.
While her husband
Tommy fights for his life in intensive care, Kees and Joni try
to unravel the background. Melissa reveals that Tommy had a
serious gambling problem and owed money all over town. She
maintains she had no idea the car was stolen saying her
husband told her he won it at the casino. She says a man named
Jason kept ringing the Yorke’s house demanding money. When
Kees asks Melissa what she might gain by her husband’s death,
Joni angrily terminates the interview believing that Kees only
suggested her as counsel because she was a pushover.
of events is supported by the discovery of a penknife with the
initials J.S. at the scene of the attack. Joni calls David in
to assist, and he enlists Samson’s help in discovering that
Tommy’s original car was repossessed as he was behind on his
payments. David informs Kees, and Kees then discovers that
Tommy borrowed the "stolen" car from a notorious loan shark.
When Tommy was late in returning it, the loan shark reported
it stolen to teach him a lesson. Kees suspects the loan shark
also carried out the attack on Tommy, but the loan shark has a
firm alibi for the time of the shooting.
A man we will come
to know as Jason, comes to visit Tommy at hospital, but
Melissa warns him off with a look, as Tommy recovers
consciousness briefly. Sadie, on guard, sees Tommy look at his
wife with wide-eyed terror. Melissa seems very concerned and
calls for help but Tommy has a heart attack and his condition
in Joni that she is 13 weeks pregnant and is terrified of
facing parenthood alone. Kees brings Melissa in for further
questioning when it comes to light that her husband’s life was
insured for $200 000. Melissa is again horrified at his
insinuation and so is Joni.
Joni tells David
she’s upset at Kees’ tactics but David tells her if she is to
make it in the world of criminal law she has to take
everything less personally. Joni accuses David of having
doubts about Melissa’s innocence. Their disagreement is
overtaken by the news that Tommy has died in The charge is now
funeral Melissa tells David she recognises the face of a man
in the crowd – he’s the gunman. David chases and tackles the
man. He is taken in for questioning where he identifies
himself as Jason Schwarz – and admits the initialled penknife
is his and that Tommy, a friend of his, owed him money. Jason
has no alibi for the time of the shooting, and a bloodstained
sweatshirt is discovered in his house. When he is told that
Melissa has identified him as her husband’s killer he is
incredulous: he reveals that he and Melissa were lovers, until
about three months ago.
to Joni for his conduct, and asks if they can get together
some time soon. Joni agrees.
When Jason’s claim
is put to Melissa, she denies it and tells Joni she was so
committed to Tommy that they were seeing a marriage counsellor.
David, ever wary, asks Joni to speak to Melissa’s counsellor
off the record and Joni is shocked to discover that Tommy was
sterile – there’s no way he could be the father of Melissa’s
Joni is incensed
with Melissa’s lies, and wants to tell Kees of this
development but David stops her, reminds her she is acting for
aware of Joni’s re-kindled interest in Kees, and when he gets
a call from a distraught Melissa that the police are searching
her house, he suspects the worst – that Joni has let slip to
Kees the information regarding Tommy’s infertility.
But it’s David who
inadvertently gives that information to the police – he
assumes they already have it and alerts them to Melissa’s
pregnancy and Tommy’s infertility.
Kees has been
pursuing another link between Melissa and Jason – the police
search located two keys in Melissa’s apartment: a key to
Jason’s apartment, proving their affair, and a key to a safety
deposit box. The safety deposit box reveals the murder weapon.
Melissa crumbles in the face of such overwhelming evidence,
claiming that Tommy had been a nightmare husband who couldn’t
give her the child she desperately wanted, so she engineered
the affair with Jason, then saw a way of getting rid of both
men with one blow. She is taken into custody.
Joni laments to
Kees that she has lost her first case but he points out that
justice was served and finishes by asking her out for a drink
later – watched by David. David apologises to Joni for
assuming that she breached confidence with Kees. Joni lets him
off the hook, says the police had the keys anyway. David notes
that she and Kees are on again, but tells her Kees isn’t the
man for her: he’s not saying he is the right man, but Kees
isn’t. Joni turns and walks away, leaving David looking very
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Episode 24: The
When Trudi, a
young waitress, is found strangled, David is called upon to
defend her employer, Daniel Kent. Daniel’s protestations of
innocence aren’t helped by the fact that he was tried and
acquitted of a murder with exactly the same MO 6 years
earlier. However, Daniel’s father Alan assures David that he
will leave no stone unturned to prove his son’s innocence.
Trudi was having a relationship with a retired barrister,
Ritchie Wells, despite their 40 year age gap. Wells was also
the barrister who acted for Daniel in the last trial. When
Wells rings David and arranges to meet, David is anxious to
talk to him, but David and Tim arrive too late – they find
Wells’ body. He appears to have taken his own life.
David appeals to
Kees to drop the case against Daniel as Wells was obviously
the murderer – Wells’ suicide confirms his guilt. Kees is
swayed, but not convinced.
David and Joni
find it increasingly difficult to work together as David’s
jealousy of Joni and Kees’ relationship starts to infect the
workplace. Tim backs away from their bickering and follows his
own line of enquiry - the pathologist’s report reveals small
amounts of gold found in Trudi’s stomach.
Joni is contacted
by an old client of hers, Joy, who has a shocking admission.
She claims to have been forewoman of the jury on the original
murder case 6 years ago and says she was paid by Ritchie Wells
to convince the jury of Daniel’s innocence. When Joni brings
David in to hear the news he quickly terminates the
discussion, telling Joni this is detrimental to their client
and puts them in a dangerous position, ethically. But David
puts it to Daniel that he corrupted the jury last time around.
Daniel denies all knowledge of Joy.
That night, Joy
gets a threatening visit from a figure who throws bleach in
her face then warns her that next time it will be acid. She is
petrified and decides to recant her story.
When DNA results
come back putting Daniel’s skin under Trudi’s fingernails and
her blood on his shirt, he is arrested for murder. Under
pressure from David, Daniel admits he was indeed there the
night Trudi was killed– he was responding to a call for help
from Trudi. Ritchie had become violent. Daniel intervened in
the fight, stopped Wells from beating Trudi, then left,
thinking Wells had calmed down and the situation was under
persuades Joy to talk to them. Joy tells Kees about the attack
on her. David tells Daniel that Daniel must have orchestrated
the attack on Joy, because Daniel was the only one who knew
about Joy. He’s disgusted with the under-hand tactics and
tells Daniel to get another lawyer.
That seems like a
good decision, when Kees tells David that Wells did not commit
suicide but was in fact murdered. And it seems an even better
decision when Tim tells David that Wells also had the same
gold residue in his stomach as Trudi – and the victim murdered
6 yrs earlier. Tim’s also spotted that the two girls were
murdered on the same day and date.
father tries to bribe him to continue with a new car, David
returns the keys, then realises who bribed Joy 6 years ago. He
also sees something else of interest in Alan’s office, which
helps convince him not to abandon Daniel’s defence.
Samson’s reluctant help to break into Alan’s office and secure
a critical piece of evidence for analysis – a bottle of the
gold liqueur habitually imbibed by Alan.
David gives it to
Kees to analyse believing it will match the gold found in all
3 victim’s stomachs. David then cross-examines Daniel who
finally breaks down and admits that it is his father he is
protecting. David passes the information to Kees who becomes
extremely agitated because he knows that Joni, unaware of
developments pointing towards Alan as the murderer, has gone
to interview Alan about whether the dates the girls were both
murdered on have any significance for Daniel. Kees tries to
ring Joni but her phone is off.
In Alan’s office,
Joni’s questions about the date produce a dangerous reaction
in Alan. It becomes apparent that the date in question is when
Daniel’s mother abandoned them. Alan is clearly bitter and
twisted towards Daniel’s mother – and women generally. Joni
realises the link too late – Alan locks the door and attacks
her. Joni is fighting for her life, when Kees bursts into the
room and beats Alan into submission.
Daniel he is a free man and that his father can now get the
help he needs.
As Kees cradles
Joni, David walks alone down the long corridor from Daniel’s
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Adie informs Peter
he needs to make the firm pay its way or accept the offer of a
buy-out from a major central city firm. Peter tries to fend
off the take-over by convincing Joni to go back to lucrative
family law cases, but Joni refuses.
Meanwhile Kees and
Joni’s relationship progress to the bedroom, and Kees,
smitten, decides to buy a ring. At work, he’s being pressured
to forget the minnows and get to the source of a major
methamphetamine ring flooding the city. Kees starts by busting
a pool cleaner whose chlorine granules prove to be more likely
to blow up pools than clean them.
David agrees to
defend Tim’s old mate from uni, Stan, a stand-up comedian
whose material is so offensive it provokes a fight in the
club. Out on bail, Tim and Stan go for a drink, and when Stan
challenges Tim about selling out to a suit, a drunken Tim ends
up in a tattoo parlour.
Tim arrives in
late to the office the next morning with a hangover and a very
tender posterior, to be informed by Peter that he’s selling
the business. David and Joni accuse Peter of selling out,
especially when he informs them he will not be part of the
deal. Joni feels persecuted as she thinks he is blaming her
for her switch to family law. David and Joni decide that Joni
should approach Adie to try and stop Peter.
While David and
Joni and Tim are out conspiring, Stan turns up for an
appointment and is panicked when Kees turns up – with good
reason, he’s carrying speed, which he dumps in Tim’s desk.
Kees is making
progress up the speed pyramid, busting a couple of labs and
finally getting the baker.
Tim is in David’s
office showing David and Joni the tattoo on his butt – not a
tasteful flower, but a well endowed naked woman on a motorbike
– as Peter is showing the potential buyers the premises. Peter
is furious with David and Joni for trying to sabotage the sale
and storms off for some damage control.
Joni is shocked to
discover that Adie knew of Peter’s plans all along and is
leaning towards the sale.
David reads the
rap sheet on Stan delivered by Kees, and realises Stan has
problems - which Stan confirms by snorting speed in front of
he and Tim before his gig. They drop Stan’s case – and Tim,
angry at the tattoo and disgusted with Stan’s blatant
drug-taking declares their friendship is over. Stan warns Tim
to watch his back.
When the police
receive and anonymous tip-off, they search Wyeth & Associates
and find the speed planted by Stan – and Peter’s stash of
recreational marijuana. Peter and Tim are charged and have to
apply for bail and name suppression. Peter visits the
prospective buyers and informs them of the unfortunate
situation, expecting them to back out of the deal. But the big
city boys want the firm as an entrée into the catchment area
serviced by the firm – they make it clear that David, Joni and
Tim are not part of their plans. Peter is shocked and calls
off the deal.
heavies the baker into revealing who the king-pin is. Kees is
shocked to discover that the methamphetamine ring is being run
from prison by a man he put away – corrupt cop, Jack Clifford.
Clifford’s cell and finds the mobile phone Clifford has been
sending instructions on. When he charges Clifford, he finds
he’s undergone a remarkable transformation – Clifford has
become a tattooed Adonis, a King Rat of the prison system.
Clifford is unshaken by the new charges and gives Kees a gift.
When Kees sits in his car and unwraps Clifford’s gift, he
finds it’s a welded coffin with the inscription "Lest We
Forget." Chilled, Kees places it beside the ring in the
glove-box and considers his future.
David and Tim
scour the city looking for the man who set Tim up – Stan. They
eventually sight him at the bus terminal. A chase ensues and
David has to haul a furious Tim off Stan before he beats Stan
to a pulp. They find speed on Stan and drag him to the police
station, where Stan admits to planting the speed on Tim.
Peter tells David
and Joni the good news – that the sale of the firm is off.
David sees an opportunity and tells Peter that unless he and
Joni get some ownership of the firm they’re out of there.
Peter is left to ponder this. Outside, Joni tells David he
should have consulted her. David says he wanted to seize the
day – is that okay with her? Joni says it is. David’s
Kees meets Joni
and finally produces the ring. He tells her life is short and
he’s a simple man who knows what he wants. He wants to marry
her. Joni needs some air and rushes outside. Kees thinks her
answer is no and tries to let her off the hook. But surprises
him with a yes, and the credits roll on Kees catching her in
surprised delight and whirling her in his arms…
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