Ep 27: Crash
When young lawyer
Tim (Daniel Gillies) resigns from Wyeth and Associates, citing
lack of direction from David (Jay Laga’aia) and Joni
(Katherine Kennard), Peter Wyeth (Carl Bland) blames them for
poor leadership and tells them he’s unwilling to sell the
company to them.
believe Tim’s reasons and goes to see him at his new job with
a major law firm. They argue. David accuses Tim of sabotaging
his and Joni’s buyout attempt and precipitates a shocking
revelation from Tim which leaves David reeling.
Joni visits her
best friend Adie (Louise Wallace) in hospital, recovering from
a gunshot wound, and is stunned to find Adie in flagrante
delicto with ex-husband Peter. What does this mean for the
is acting for a surprising client - Robbie (Jared Blakely),
the 10-year-old son of his friend Maddy McGuire (Ingrid Park),
who’s being sued for defamation by a car dealer. David calls
in his panel-beater brother Samson (Ben Baker) to check out
the dodgy dealer. Samson finds the dealer is flogging off
flood-damaged cars which are time-bombs.
With the help of
Detective Senior Sergeant (DSS) Kees Van Dam (Charles Mesure),
David and Maddy track the dangerous vehicle down and put the
dodgy dealer out of business.
In the process,
Maddy, who is about to graduate from law school, impresses
David and he urges Joni to offer Maddy Tim’s job. Joni turns
the idea down flat – the firm is not a haven for David
Silesi’s exes. However, they are both taken aback when Maddy
gets another offer from a surprising source - Rory Melville
(Greg Johnson), the dodgy lawyer who acted for the dodgy car
Ep 28: The Good
Kennard) and Kees Van Dam (Charles Mesure) decide on a quick
wedding. Joni stresses to David (Jay Laga’aia) that he be
there, and both Adie (Louise Wallace) and Maddy (Ingrid Park)
see David’s attendance at the wedding as his chance to prove
he’s over Joni…
But David finds it
easy to side-step the issue when Samson (Ben Baker) needs his
help against a gang of car thieves who threaten to ruin
Samson’s panel-beating business.
The gang is
stealing muscle cars repaired and restored at Samson’s panel
shop, and it becomes obvious to David and Samson that the gang
must have an insider at Samson’s supplying addresses and keys.
But when they stake out the gang, David and Samson end up
caught in their own trap when the police arrive.
David and Samson
realise the accomplice is Samson’s book-keeper, Paddy (Mac
Jeffrey Ong), but when they try to confront him, they come
face to face with Paddy’s tragic circumstances – and the
reason he’s forced to work for the gang.
Joni gets ready
for the wedding, forcing David to interview
the long line of
job applicants for Tim’s job. He’s interrupted by news that
Paddy’s been captured by the gang, and when he goes to rescue
Paddy, David takes a typically unconventional approach and
invites one of the applicants, James Peabody (Dwayne Cameron)
along for an interview on the hoof.
They both get
caught up with Samson and Kees Van Dam in a dangerous chase
through a crowded mall and car-park. David’s so impressed with
James, he offers him the job there and then, unbeknownst to
. . .who is taking her vows with Kees in
front of Adie … and looking out the corner of her eye for
David, hoping he’ll come. He does eventually turn up (with
James in tow) and tries to appear pleased but his smile is a
Ep 29: Sea of
The Cup yachties
are in town and it’s party time down at the wharf, with a lot
of money being thrown around. David (Jay Laga’aia) defends
Brendan, (Henry McKenzie), an angry young man accused of
vandalising an America’s Cup yacht.
But what seems to
be a case of industrial sabotage quickly escalates to assault
and murder, when Brendan and his mate Darren (Antony Starr)
attack some yachties, or “gold card wankers” and Darren’s
girlfriend Debbie (Debbie Newby) is found next morning
floating in the harbour.
Kees Van Dam
(Charles Mesure) and Joni (Katherine Kennard) are discussing
when to fit their honeymoon into their schedules, when
Debbie’s body is discovered and Kees is called down to the
Joni gets to the
office to find David has employed James (Dwayne Cameron)
without consulting her. Joni, angry at David, attempts to
re-interview James, who walks out. When Joni reads James’ cv,
she realises she’s made a terrible mistake and has to eat
humble pie to get him back.
interviews Debbie’s sister Maureen (Katrina Devine), and
discovers Maureen’s having an affair with a Cup yachtie and is
terrified of someone. David begins to suspect that Maureen,
not Debbie, was the real target for the murderer, and when he
and James visit Darren, his suspicions are confirmed.
the noose is closing and tries a last desperate act, as Kees
and David reach the same conclusion at the same time and race
to save Maureen from the murderer.
In a tense and
dramatic climax, Darren takes Maureen and her Cup yachtie
boyfriend hostage in an apartment. In a rage he stabs the
boyfriend and then admits that he was the one who killed
Kees & David burst
in just in time to tell him that Debbie died of drowning - not
from the beating but it's small consolation to Darren who's
lost the woman he loves. He dives off the apartment balcony.
below the apartment, hears a sickening thud and ends his first
day on the job staring death in the face.
Ep 30: The Only
Way Is Up
Adie (Louise Wallace) and Peter
(Carl Bland) are planning a future together and Joni
(Katherine Kennard) suspects that Peter will sell the firm to
them, if they can prove they can act responsibly.
When James (Dwayne Cameron)
doesn’t turn up for work after witnessing a suicide while
working with David (Jay Laga’aia), Joni is furious with David
for exposing him to such trauma.
Meanwhile, David opposes Kees
Van Dam (Charles Mesure) and wins parole for Johnny Watts
(Scott Wills), a reformed drug dealer who has served five
years. Johnny wants to be a father to his seven-year-old
daughter, Nicole (Ashley Wallace), but his wife, Kathleen
(Katrina Browne) serves a protection order on him, preventing
access to her or the child.
David goes to negotiate with
Kathleen’s lawyer, Rory Melville (Greg Johnson) and is
surprised to find Maddy (Ingrid Park) acting, putting David
and Maddy on opposite sides. David asks Joni for help, since
family law is her specialist area. Kathleen swears Johnny is
not Nicole’s father, so Joni arranges for a DNA test and
interim access to the child.
The District Commander (George
Henare) tells Kees he can have his honeymoon after he’s
settled in a new detective, Matt Urlich (Manu Bennett), who is
on the “fast track” to police seniority. Kees wonders which
“track” he’s on.
Acting on an anonymous tip-off,
Kees re-arrests Johnny Watts the day before he’s due to see
his daughter. Johnny is so desperate to see her that he
offers, against David’s advice, to set up a drug dealer for
the cops in exchange for his freedom. Matt also argues against
the cops using Johnny, but Kees has seen the misery Johnny
caused as a dealer and has no qualms about using him any way
The undercover operation goes
dramatically wrong when the villains outsmart the cops and by
the time Kees gets to the scene, there is a smoking gun and a
body on the ground.
(To be continued)
No Silver Bullet
Laga’aia) urges James (Dwayne Cameron) to drive at breakneck
speed to get wounded Johnny Watts (Scott Wills) to hospital.
When they get there, Kees Charles Mesure) and Matt (Many
Bennett) are unloading Raymond Compton (John Glass), mortally
wounded by Johnny. Kees suspects a drug war and accuses
Johnny of shooting Raymond. David tells Kees to back off as
the doctors try to resuscitate Raymond.
When David arrives
downcast at Samson’s (Ben Baker), Janine (Elizabeth Skeen)
looks after him. David praises their marriage and admits it’s
hard sometimes to go home alone.
Browne) gives Maddy (Ingrid Park), who is her lawyer, a
confidential box for safe-keeping and tells her Johnny’s
access to daughter Nicole (Ashley Wallace) is a dead issue.
Kathleen seems to know more than she should.
Raymond dies and
Johnny fears the cops will pin the murder on him. David and
James prepare a case for self-defence, but are puzzled when it
emerges that the bullet which killed Raymond doesn’t match the
gun the cops found at the scene. Kees persuades Matt to go
undercover to freak out Mr Big, whom he believes is connected
Wallace) tells Peter (Carl Bland) she doesn’t want to go back
to being a Judge and asks him to join her on a rural estate.
He agrees and they announce the good news to Joni and David,
who are delighted that Peter has finally decided to sell the
firm to them. Everything seems set up for happy continuity at
Wyeth & Associates.
But the villains
are freaked, one in particular, and Kees’ plan to “shake the
tree and see what falls out” works - to devastating and
disastrous effect for Wyeth & Associates and everyone
that David's getting too involved in her husband's affairs and
orders him to be taken out. The gunman turns up at Wyeth and
Associates and fires at the figure in David's office. Only
it's not David working there - it's Peter and he's now in very
very bad shape.
Ep 32: Death In
the Family - Part I
Peter Wyeth (Carl
Bland) has been shot. The doctor gives a distraught David (Jay
Laga’aia), Joni (Katherine Kennard), Adie (Louise Wallace) and
daughter Melanie (Kate Elliot) a grim prognosis.
Park) takes David home and comforts him. Their relationship
Matt Urlich (Manu
Bennett) tells Kees (Charles Mesure) that his strategy of
putting pressure on the villains has worked. Kees is angry
that Matt seems to be blaming him for Peter’s death, but
privately, he tearfully confides in Joni that he feels the
guilt – he clearly pushed Mr Big too hard and Mr Big tried to
take out David but got Peter.
Browne) gives a package to Rory Melville (Greg Johnson) for
safe-keeping, telling Maddy she doesn’t expect to see David
again. She is extremely surprised when David arrives on her
doorstep, asking her to allow Johnny (Scott Wills) access to
pressure drops and he’s taken back into theatre, as Adie
pleads with him to fight.
When Kees proposes
to turn the heat up on Mr Big by sending Johnny Watts
undercover again, Matt accuses Kees of running a personal
vendetta against Johnny, who gets run down by Mr Big’s hitman,
Parry (Marek Sumich).
Parry thinks he’s
got away sweet and reports back to Mr Big who in fact turnd
out to be Mrs Big, Kathleen. She reassures Parry and confirms
a rendezvous, where she betrays him with a kiss and a bullet
from a 45.
Death In the Family - Part
Mesure) traces Parry (Marek Sumich), the man who shot Peter,
to an address, but arrives too late – Parry’s been shot
through the head. Kees is upset – he was counting on Parry
being able to lead him to Mr Big.
Matt (Manu Bennett) tells David (Jay
Laga’aia) he’s resigned from the police and David, who knows
Matt was put through law school by the cops, asks Matt to help
them out at Wyeth & Associates while Peter’s still in
David accepts Kees’
theory about a drug war, but can’t figure out why Mr Big would
try to kill him. Maddy (Ingrid Park) starts to put the clues
together and when she does, faces an ethical dilemma over
client confidentiality. She confides in David and he takes it
anonymously to Kees. As a result of Maddy’s information,
Kathleen (Katrina Browne) is caught delivering the pistol back
to safe-keeping with Rory Melville (Greg Johnson) and is
arrested. David is able to tell Johnny the good news – his
daughter Nicole (Ashley Wallace) will be living with him.
is unsuccessful. He dies. Everyone is shattered and very
distressed. David delivers a moving graveside eulogy at
Kees is summoned
from the funeral to the District Commander’s (George Henare)
office, where Rory Melville does a deal for Kathleen’s
freedom. Kees is furious, but powerless, since there is
insufficient evidence to hold her. He returns to the wake,
desolate and riddled with guilt.
There’s a dramatic
confrontation between Kees and David, which tests to the limit
the negotiating skills of Maddy and Joni (Katherine Kennard).
Eventually everyone accepts that trying to find someone to
blame is a useless exercise and an uneasy truce is declared.
DSS Kees Van Dam
(Charles Mesure) is called to a jeweller’s shop burglary,
which seems to be a perfect job, no mess, clean getaway, big
haul. Kees suspects an inside job and targets the shop
assistant Tracey (Jay Saussey), whose brother, Gary (Kelson
Henderson) is a former drug addict – and client of David’s
David and Joni
(Katherine Kennard) are trying to deal with the emotional and
legal fallout from Peter’s death. David wants to be close to
family and puts his brother Samson (Ben Baker) in a difficult
position with his wife Janine (Elizabeth Skeen) by asking to
move into the spare room. Then David and Joni are both shocked
to learn that the beneficiary of Peter’s estate is his not his
ex-wife, Adie (Louise Wallace), but his daughter, Melanie
(Kate Elliott). It is Melanie they will have to negotiate with
if they want to buy Peter’s share of the firm.
Bennett) gets his first brief as a lawyer and has to front
Kees on behalf of Tracey, the jewellery robbery suspect. Kees
is scathing, accusing Matt of leaving the police for the
money. Later, when Matt finds some critical new information,
Kees refuses to give it any value, forcing Matt to try to
bluff the person he believes is the real perpetrator into
making a mistake.
David and Joni see
an opportunity to benefit from Melanie’s youth and naivete and
decide not to volunteer to her some critical information about
the financial viability of the firm.
gives in to Samson and says David can come to live with them,
providing David passes a test.
Matt is devastated
when his bluff misfires – and he appears to be the cause of a
suicide. But further investigation shows that it was the
store owner himself who was behind the burglary and his
suicide was just a smokescreen.
He's arrested at the airport
fleeing the country with his mistress - the jewellery store's
Forget Me Not
the purchase of the firm are put on hold when Joni (Katherine
Kennard) wakes naked in a strange bed and suspects she’s been
raped. She has no memory of what happened after her second
glass of wine the night before at a legal seminar attended by
senior members of the legal and forensic communities.
Joni struggles on
with a case in the High Court where she is junioring for a
Queen’s Counsel (Stuart Devenie) – whom she suspects of being
the man who raped her. As fragments of her memory return,
other suspects manifest themselves – the manager of the club
(Jon Brazier) where she woke up, the judge of the trial she’s
involved in, and the expert witness for the Crown.
Joni confides in
David (Jay Laga’aia) who tries to investigate discreetly but
comes up against a club members’ code of silence. David urges
Joni to tell her husband, Kees (Charles Mesure), but Joni
can’t remember whether she might have consented to whatever
happened, and feels too guilty to tell him.
When Joni’s doctor
tells her there’s no sign she’s been raped, but finds traces
of the date-rape drug rohypnol in her blood, Joni plucks up
courage to tell Kees. Kees is fired up and starts beating down
walls to get at the truth.
But it’s Joni who
gets there first. The old boys’ network closes rank and Joni
knows that she’ll be the loser if she tries to take it any
further. She tries to tell Kees to back off, but Kees follows
his own trail to the perpetrator and dishes up some rough
justice after first extracting some critical information -
Joni wasn't raped, her would be attacker lost his nerve and
fled teh scene.
of her position convinces Joni that if she wants to be a
player, she needs power. She tells David they’ll do the deal
to buy the firm.
Ep 36: Game of
(Kate Elliott) seduces James (Dwayne Cameron) to get into the
law office late at night. While he’s making coffee, she runs a
computer disc which hacks into the firm’s bank accounts. As
they leave the office, two men who look like burglars pick the
lock and enter the building.
David (Jay Laga’aia) and Joni (Katherine Kennard) discover
that the firm’s trust account funds have been wiped out. James
rushes off to find Melanie, who admits she hacked the bank,
but absolutely denies removing any money. She just wanted to
check the account balances, since she knows David and Joni
tried to conceal unbilled files to reduce the purchase price
of the firm. Adie (Louise Wallace), facing liability, is
furious with her daughter and with David and Joni’s
Joni calls in DSS
Kees Van Dam (Charles Mesure) but David insists they cannot
file a complaint because they would also have to report it to
the Law Society, which would effectively be admitting publicly
the firm is broke. The bank says the money has been
transferred to a Cayman Islands account, denies liability and
denies that it has been hacked.
It seems the
perfect case of computer fraud, where the real thief has
completely covered his tracks . . . until Melanie gets James
and Matt (Manu Bennett) to help trick the hacker.
David has serious
second thoughts about continuing with the buyout of the firm,
and Adie gives them the chance to walk away from the deal, but
Joni is clear in her loyalties. She’s determined to save the
Melanie, Matt and
James work together to uncover vital clues, but get more than
they bargained for when they try to flush the hacker out.
As James & Matt stake out the Bank, Melanie does another
hack. The bank's security team traces Melanie's location and
dispatches a couple of thugs to deal with her. Matt wants to
stay at the bank to catch the real thief but James' heart wins
over Matt's head and they race off to rescue Melanie.
In the meantime, Melanie has called Kees and told him she's
putting herself out there as bait. He too rushes to her
assistance. He arrives just as the heavies are wrestling Mel
into a car. James and Matt are just a heartbeat behind. Kees
stays long enough to make sure Sadie has the situation under
control then races off to the bank to catch the perp - the
bank's security chief -in the act.
James checks that Melanie is ok then deals with her plea to
make things up to him by telling her maybe he'll see her
around. Maybe ... Maybe not.
Ep 37: No Man Put Asunder
Laga’aia) and Matt (Manu Bennett) defend a beautiful Russian,
Natasha (Cherie Bray-Taylor) for bribing a homeless man into a
fraudulent marriage in order to gain citizenship. Natasha is
terrified by the presence of a man in the back of the
courtroom, Yaakov (Vadim Ledogrov), and escapes from custody.
David and Joni
(Katherine Kennard) sign the deal to buy the firm from Adie
(Louise Wallace) and Melanie (Kate Elliott) and the financial
pressures start weighing heavily on Joni.
When Natasha is
refused Legal Aid , Joni asks David and Matt to step back from
the case. David pretends to do so, but covertly encourages
Matt to continue.
When Matt tracks
Natasha down, he discovers she has a terrible secret and is
being hunted by the Russian mafia. He also discovers that he’s
falling for her. Matt asks Kees (Charles Mesure) to arrange
witness protection for Natasha – but Kees lets slip to Joni
that Matt is still actively pursuing the case.
Joni berates David
for not accepting his share of their new responsibilities for
the firm. David challenges her to keep her nerve and remember
why they’re in business together.
her priorities and attempts to persuade Kees to support
Natasha’s application for refugee status. Kees can’t, because
there’s no evidence that Natasha’s life is in danger… until
Yaakov uses Natasha’s friend Tamary (Eva Evguenieva) to get to
Natasha, and Matt becomes involved in a desperate race to save
After a running battle with Yaakov, Natasha
and Tamary appear to be safe, but the case has one more tragic
twist, which Matt, now in love with Natasha, cannot forsee. In
the police cells to keep her safe from Yaakov (still at
large), Natasha has an asthma attack and spends her last few
minutes of life pounding uselessly on her cell door.
Ep 38: Charter
A phone call from
Joni (Katherine Kennard) interrupts David (Jay Laga’aia) just
as he’s refusing to act for Mr Chang (Grant McFarland), who
wants him to deliver money to a blackmailer. She tells him the
bank will not extend their loan and they are technically
insolvent. It’s serious.
This dire news
forces David to accept the large cash fee Chang offers,
calling it a down-payment from the Devil.
Joni confesses to
David that she’s not seeing enough of her husband, Kees Van
Dam (Charles Mesure), because he works all the time. His
sidekick, Sadie (Kama Brown), seems to be keeping Joni away
David and Matt
(Manu Bennett) trace the operator of the boat where the
blackmail sex video was made. It’s a floating illegal gambling
den and they go on the next trip. In a bizarre coincidence,
Van Dam and Sadie are also undercover on the boat, also
looking for a camera. Are they on the same case? Can they all
work together to solve it?
Van Dam finds
himself in a compromising position with Sadie in front of the
video camera. Now not only does he need to find the
blackmailer - he needs to find the incriminating tape.
David beats him to
it after comment from James puts him on the trail of the
blackmailer. Going through the stacks of tapes in the
Balckmailers den, David discovers the one with Kees & Sadie on
it. He pockets it just before the police arrive.
turns the tape over to Kees. Some things are just too hot to
Ep 39: Ladykiller
(Scott Wills) is once again David’s client. His ex-wife,
Kathleen (Katrina Browne), the woman who ordered Peter’s
murder, is coming back from Queensland to fight for custody of
her daughter Nicole (Ashley Wallace).
A betting shop is
robbed and the evidence points to an inside job, but Kees
(Charles Mesure) is preoccupied by his knowledge that David
(Jay Laga’aia) has seen the tape of him in bed with Sadie (Kama
Brown). Sadie doesn’t make it any easier by pressuring him and
telling him she wants an affair with him.
Kennard) senses distance between herself and Kees, and when
Sadie is rude to her, Joni suspects that Kees is having an
affair with her. Joni confides in David, putting him in an
awkward position – given that he’s seen the tape of Kees and
Maddy McGuire (Ingrid Park) asks Rory Melville (Greg Johnson)
for a pay rise, she precipitates a different offer - of
sexual harassment. She resigns, but almost immediately picks
up her first client – Kathleen. David is upset with Maddy –
she’s representing the woman who ordered the hit on Peter.
New evidence from
the armed robbery points to Johnny, so Kees reluctantly
arrests him. Kathleen seizes the opportunity to abduct Nicole.
David and Joni are
thrown back on each other – Joni thinks Kees is having an
affair with Sadie and David feels that Maddy’s turned her back
on him by acting for Kathleen.
tearfully accepts that her hopes of anything happening with
Kees are futile – and tells Kees she’s arranged for a
When news comes through that
Kathleen is making a run for the airport with Nicole,
Sadie and David and Johnny are involved in a desperate chase
and a horrific shoot-out, in which Sadie is shot and killed.
Instead of comforting him for the loss of
his partner, Joni stays at the office where David fills her in
on events. They reconnect and as the series ends they lean
forward for a kiss.