Ep 40: Blast From
The Past - Part 1
When repo men take
furniture from Wyeth & Associates’ office, Joni is forced to
go to Adie for a loan to keep the practice afloat. Adie
reluctantly agrees, provided David and Joni reduce overheads
by cutting staff. Joni tells David he has to fire Matt, but
finding the right moment proves difficult, when Matt’s car is
blown up – luckily without Matt in it.
Matt says he has
no idea who did it, but James is suspicious, senses Matt’s
hiding the car-bomber’s identity from the police.
Maddy is given the
cold shoulder by David. He makes other excuses, but Maddy’s no
fool and senses that the real reason is David’s unresolved
feelings for Joni.
Joni, desperate to
make her marriage to Kees work, tells David that what happened
between them at the end of the previous episode was just a
supportive hug between colleagues. David tries to respect her
wishes, even though he thinks Kees was having an affair with
Sadie before she was killed. David says nothing to Joni, but
questions Kees as to whether the affair clouded Sadie’s
judgement on the day she was killed. Kees is freaked – thinks
David will tell Joni about Sadie. He decides to show her the
video of he and Sadie in bed. Joni is furious, but eventually
believes Kees that nothing happened.
Kees and David are
meantime both trying to pressure Matt into telling them what
he knows of the car-bomber. Matt knows it’s a vengeful Charlie
Clark, an old-style criminal just out of jail. Matt feels
protective of Charlie because he became part of Charlie’s
family, yet still had to testify against Charlie and put him
away….And there was another complication. Matt fell for
Charlie’s beautiful daughter, Linda, who is still in jail.
visits Linda in jail to implore her to tell Charlie to back
off, he finds that Linda has become a junkie while inside. And
she blames him. Matt is consumed with guilt, as he finally
realises why Charlie is after him.
Ep 41: Blast From
The Past Pt 2
(Continuing story from Ep 40)
Joni lies to Adie that they’ve fired Matt, but David can’t
bring himself to sack Matt when Matt is under so much stress.
Instead, he tries to pressure Matt to tell the cops what he
knows about the car-bomber – and Matt seems to agree.
Meanwhile. the District Commissioner offers Kees a promotion
to a desk job, but while Kees isn’t sure, Joni sees the
regular hours as the salvation of their marriage.
Instead of going to the cops, Matt confronts Charlie, tries to
make peace. Charlie is scathing, tells Matt that jail broke
Linda, turned her into a junkie. Matt offers to help, but
Charlie rejects him as a traitor.
Matt looks for Linda finds her in heroin
overdose and rescues her, but she later takes more and dies.
Charlie is distraught at his daughter’s death and kills the
dealer who sold to her. Matt realises what’s happened, tells
David he’s worried now that Linda’s dead, Charlie has nothing
to live for – he won’t be just trying to scare Matt anymore,
he’ll be out to kill him for destroying Linda. David gets
angry, and finally persuades Matt to tell the police about
Charlie… But he still can’t fire Matt, to Joni’s chagrin.
Joni is having better luck with Kees, persuading him that the
promotion to Inspector and a desk job would be a good idea.
Meanwhile, Matt gets tired of being baby-sat by the police and
asks to see the District Commissioner, his old boss. Matt puts
a plan to the District Commissioner, and –
That night goes to Linda’s fresh grave to pay his respects…And
is followed by an armed Charlie Clark.
Episode 42: Blast From The Past Pt 3
(Continuing story from Ep 41)
Matt has put Charlie Clark back inside –
and when David finally gets around to firing him, Matt resigns
first, telling David he’s been offered his old job back at the
Joni’s new client is Wendy, a gossip
columnist facing a libel suit for writing that Rory Melville
was a sexual harassser. David warns Joni it could get dirty,
has she got the balls for a case like this? Rory persuades
Maddy, who resigned when Rory harrassed her, to represent him.
Maddy is disgusted, but is down on her luck and agrees – for a
Joni struggles through the court case,
keeping her newly-discovered pregnancy a secret and battling
morning sickness. It does get dirty. Wendy confesses she had
an affair with Rory years ago when she was his client, but
refuses to let Joni use that information against Rory, because
she doesn’t want her present husband to find out.
Joni gets home to Kees and breaks down
in tears. Kees’ promotion has become even more important, now
she thinks she might be pregnant. She’s about to tell Kees,
when he tells her the looming inquiry into Sadie’s death on
duty is likely to scupper any promotion, if he’s found to be
Joni is fearful that Kees’ sense of honour
will see him take the blame and tells David that if Kees does
that and ruins his chance of promotion, she fears for her
marriage. Instead of taking advantage, David does the noble
thing, and blames himself for Sadie’s death when he gives
evidence to the inquiry. Kees is exonerated, but…
Kees is shattered when the District
Commissioner tells him the promotion has gone to none other
than Matt Urlich. Joni is also upset when she hears the news
just as she’s about to step back into the libel case at a
critical juncture – and decides, what the hell, she’s going to
take her own client to the wire, even if it means they crash
Episode 43: Juice Pt 1
Joni, determined to prove she has balls, puts Wendy on the
stand as a hostile witness and forces her to reveal her past
relationship with Rory Melville. But when Maddy challenges
her, Wendy’s emotional outburst destroys her credibility, and
Joni’s case looks to be ruined.
Conflict escalates between Kees and Matt, when Kees, feeling
sidelined, questions Matt’s strategy and is sent on
surveillance outside a known drug venue, the Endorphin Club.
At a low ebb, Joni tells David that Maddy is acting for Rory.
David tells her he’s surprised, considering Maddy told him
Rory had sexually harrassed her. Joni, acting on Adie’s
advice, introduces this as new evidence, putting Maddy on the
stand. Maddy, furious with both Joni and David, has no option
but to try to protect Rory, especially when he offers her a
profit share if they win.
Meanwhile, rugby league stars with the
Troopers team, Alby and his brother Tomas, are arrested for
fighting in the Endorphin Club and blood tests reveal Alby
takes anabolic steroids. David maintains that’s not illegal
and accuses Kees of blackmail when he’s told it will still go
on Alby’s record and will finish his career.
When another Troopers player has a heart attack caused by
steroids and methamphetamine use, Kees concludes that Alby is
dealing speed as well as steroids and organises a raid on his
house – and traces of methamphetamine are found. David and
James make a connection between the Team Coach and the steroid
Alby was found to have taken – the particular steroid is used
on horses… and the Team Coach has a stud farm.
Battling her morning sickness, Joni cross-examines Maddy about
her messy relationship with Rory and does enough to convince
the Judge that Rory is a sleazebag who deserves one dollar in
damages. Wendy is delighted and so is Joni – she’s toughed it
out and won. She and David share a moment of triumph.
Juice Pt 2
(Continuing story from Ep 43)
Joni is worried that she has no clients and all of David’s –
as usual - seem to be non-payers. She gives Adie, who has lent
the firm money, an optimistic cashflow projection. Adie’s
drinking too much and can’t understand why Joni won’t join
At the stake-out of the Endorphin Club, Kees spots the blonde
woman again with Alby, the league star. Concluding she’s a
drug dealer, he catches up with her at the gym and arranges to
buy speed. Then finds out she’s an undercover cop. Kees is
furious at Matt for not telling him, and when Joni, concerned
about having a child while Kees is in the front line, pushes
him to appeal Matt’s promotion, Kees agrees.
Meanwhile, David’s client, league player Tomas, Alby’s
brother, has tested positive for steroids, but denies he’s
taken any. David and James suspect the Coach at the Troopers
club is spiking the player’s drinks, but the Team Doctor won’t
give evidence against his employer. David takes his steroid
spiking theory to Kees, but the police aren’t interested in
steroids, unless they’re connected to the speed ring they
suspect Alby is involved in. But David gets Tomas off, when
the Team Doctor makes a surprising U turn and agrees to give
evidence on Tomas’ behalf that steroids can occur naturally in
Under pressure from Kees, Matt has introduced him to the
blonde undercover cop – Ange Watson. Ange tells them the big
speed deal is going down that night at the Endorphin Club.
That night in the surveillance van, Kees sees Ange come into
the club with Alby. Kees mis-reads the situation and tries to
warn the cops, but in doing so blows their cover. One of the
cops is shot, and Ange and Alby take off. When Matt bawls Kees
out for blowing the operation, Kees is livid and accuses Matt
of being so paranoid that he’s put Ange’s life in danger –
she’s out there with the criminals and her cover’s blown. Matt
punches Kees, who tells Matt he’ll keep.
Meanwhile, Ange tries to comfort Alby in a motel. Alby’s
distraught that a cop’s been shot, when all he’s been trying
to do is protect his little brother Tomas. Just as they kiss,
there’s a knock on the door.
Juice Pt 3
(Continuing story from Ep 44)
The knock at the motel door signals the arrival of the
mysterious speed ring Mr Big. He tells Alby the bust at the
Endorphin Club was set up by an undercover cop. Ange, hiding
in the bathroom, hears Mr Big, but doesn’t see him, as Alby
takes him outside..
Alby refuses to believe that Ange is a cop and she allays any
doubts by seducing him. But in the early morning he takes off.
As soon as he’s gone, Ange calls for help and escapes just in
time as one of Mr Big’s henchmen arrives to take her out.
Alby way-lays David on the street and
tells him the whole club is on drugs and pleads with David to
save Tomas. When David asks Alby if he gave Tomas drugs, Alby
attacks him and warns him to keep out of it – “these people
are dangerous” – before disappearing. Alby’s advice seems to
be confirmed when another Trooper player dies in hospital
after a heart attack and the post-mortem finds huge quantities
of performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals.
When Alby hears on the radio that his brother Tomas is playing
in the big game despite his injured shoulder, Alby knows that
Tomas is being given the needle and storms into the Troopers
club to save his brother. Alby catches the Team Doctor in the
act and is about to kill him, when Kees and David intervene.
Alby and the Team Doctor admit the link at the Troopers
between speed and performance-enhancing drugs, but neither
will reveal the identity of the Mr Big. When Ange goes back
that night to Alby’s cell to persuade him to give her a name,
she makes a shocking discovery.
Joni, meanwhile, convinced that Kees will get promotion off
the front-line, buys some baby’s booties on the way to meet
Adie for a drink. But Kees decides present satisfaction is
worth more than future promotion , and punches Matt out.
Ange is driving home, reeling from shock, when she sees a car
crossing the centre-line in front of her. She pulls the car
over and interviews the driver – Adie, drunk and.abusive.
OFFICER DOWN PART 1
Adie, stopped by Ange Watson for drunk driving, tries to use
her position as a judge to get off the charge. But Ange
doesn’t buy it and lodges a complaint. Joni tells Adie she has
a drinking problem, but she denies it. Joni refuses to
represent her and recommends David, who is already
representing a young man on a hit and run charge.
Joni calls Kees, wanting a heart-to-heart and he promises to
go straight home. But tragedy intervenes and Kees doesn’t make
it home. Joni sees a news report about a police officer dead
and rushes to police station, distraught, thinking it’s Kees.
Maddy, furious, blames David for losing her first case. He
admits he told Joni what Maddy had told him about Rory
harrassing her. David tells Joni even though she dropped him
in it with Maddy, he approves of her new ruthlessness. It’s
good for business.
A businessman, Barry Roberts, reports his car stolen. It’s the
one driven by the gang members who shot Mike Butterworth and
was later found to contain traces of methamphetamine. Kees,
determined to find who killed Mike, senses something
suspicious about Roberts and vows to get him.
Roberts calls Joni to be his lawyer but when she finds out his
connection to the cop killing, she’s uneasy. David tells her
they need the money, so they work out a strategy.
Kees and Joni finally talk. He says he’d like kids but not
now, so she doesn’t tell him she’s pregnant.
David defends the hit and run case and is surprised to be
followed by a TV crew. Then he finds out that the victim has
OFFICER DOWN PART 2
story from Ep 46)
Kees pleads with Joni not to represent Barry Roberts, who he
believes is the cop killer. “Of all the lawyers in the city,
why you?” This is the question Joni is forced to face when she
realises that Roberts has been ordered to have her as his
lawyer. But by whom?
David asks Matt and Kees who’s tipping off the media in his
hit and run case. Seems odd.
After running from an AA meeting, Adie drinks and drives
again. This time she hits something and is thrown into panic
when she hears on the news that a homeless man has been
injured and she sees blood on her car.
Joni makes a major decision, realising that if she does defend
Roberts, Kees will feel betrayed and their marriage will be
over. David believes that as defence lawyers they can’t pick
and choose the types of criminals they represent and he agrees
to take over the case. But Roberts doesn’t want David.
Kees is severely beaten when he tries to arrest the two men
who killed Mike Butterworth. When he tries to extract his
revenge on them, Ange is horrified and intervenes.
With help from Maddy, David finally gets Matt and Kees to drop
the charges in the hit and run case. Matt putting his career
on the line, makes a television statement about it.
Kees is delighted to learn that Joni is not defending Roberts
and realises she’s made a big sacrifice for him. Tipped off by
Ange that perhaps Joni’s talk of babies is more than just talk
and feeling loving and buoyant, he buys flowers, only to
arrive home to news that absolutely devastates him - Joni has
terminated her pregnancy.
OFFICER DOWN PART 3
story from Ep 47)
When Kees asks Ange to turn a blind eye to his beating up
Billy, the young prisoner, she refuses and orders him to go
home. She is furious. Then Billy confesses to her that he shot
David receives a call from someone saying he’s Billy’s uncle,
asking him to be his defence lawyer. Billy won’t tell David
who beat him, but when he is clearly afraid Kees might return,
David realises the awful truth and files a complaint against
When David tells Adie about a procedural oversight which may
get her off the drink-drive charge, she leaps at the
opportunity, in spite of David’s warnings of consequences.
Later, David discovers that Adie hasn’t been entirely honest
with him and that Ange has filed a complaint against her for
threatening Ange’s job when she was stopped.
David and Joni realise that as a firm they have serious
conflict of interest problems and that one of them has to walk
away from a client – David from Billy or Joni from Barry
Roberts. But which one? Roberts extends his trap around Joni
so that she cannot drop him without major repercussions.
Meanwhile, David gets in further with Billy after Rory
Melville deviously gets bail for Billy, releasing him into the
clutches of the Fists gang, who have their reasons for wanting
Kees, investigating Robert’s import/export business, sees the
Fists of Freedom gang on his client list, which connects
Roberts to the methamphetamine ring. Is he Mr Big?
Billy’s girlfriend Donna has rather unorthodox photographic
proof of Billy’s alibi and David persuades her to get Billy to
do a deal with the police. They go looking for Billy, only to
be followed by Fists members, who threaten David with a Luger
pistol – the weapon which killed Mike Butterworth.
A horrified Joni witnesses the stand-off in which a vindicated
Kees kills the Fist who killed his off-sider. Joni realises
that she cannot live with his job. “It’s over, Kees.”
DEVIL IN DISGUISE
Kees and Ange are trying to find the Mr Big behind the
methamphetamine ring, while David and Joni are wondering who’s
pulling the strings behind the scenes and getting them clients
like Roberts and Billy, who both seem to have connections to
To Ange, Joni’s client Barry Roberts feels more like middle
management, not someone the Fists of Freedom gang would take
orders from. So she and Kees release Roberts to see where
he’ll lead them. Roberts goes straight to Rory Melville.
David tries to do a deal with Kees to protect Billy from the
Fists, but Billy’s information on the speed labs is already
out of date. All David can do is tell Billy and Donna to hide.
Billy and Donna have a short-lived spending spree before the
Fists catch up with them. David and Kees are both angry about
their helplessness to protect these kids.
At Melville’s office, now under police surveillance, Maddy
meets the nameless man we have seen before, the real Mr Big,
who introduces himself as Don Finch. Maddy finds him
powerfully attractive – even more so when Rory warns her to
keep away from him.
David gets Adie an adjournment of her drink driving charge –
the first step in their strategy to expose a procedural flaw
in the charge. But the Judge involved, Crowe, calls Adie into
his chambers and tells her he’s rumbled her little scheme.
When Adie asks what he wants, Judge Crowe persuades her to
have a drink with him, then suggests dinner….
Roberts, thinking he’s about to be killed, gives Joni an
envelope and instructions to open it if he dies. He says it
will reveal all. He gives her a large cash payment. She
manages to extract from him the name of the person who sent
him to her: Rory Melville.
The police have bugged Melville’s office, and they hear Maddy
making love with Finch. Ange, listening to the tape, almost
crashes the car when she recognises the voice of the man from
the motel, the man who led Alby to kill himself.
Episode 50: A GIRL LIKE
Ange needs to put a face to the voice she’s heard on the
surveillance tape and pulls Finch’s car over. Ange stares at
the man she knows killed Alby, the man who might be behind the
speed ring…and can do nothing other than ask for his licence.
Joni’s still struggling to come to terms with her separation
from Kees and gets some home truths from David. Against
David’s advice, Joni takes on a sensitive and confusing rape
case involving identical twins, Alice and Kelly, in a saga of
layers of truth and mystery. James helps Joni with the case
and they become close, socially.
Adie is being harassed by Judge Crowe,
who has rumbled David’s strategy to get her off the
drink-driving charge. Feeling the pressure, she drinks and
drives again. Appalled, she decides to remove temptation and
sell her car, only to meet another form of temptation in the
person of an attractive car dealer, Daniel Kent.
The police bug picks up Barry Roberts telling Rory Melville
about the envelope of secrets held by his lawyer, Joni, and
making threats against Finch. Now Kees and Ange know that
Finch is the Mr Big they are after. But his papers appear
legitimate, until word comes from UK Interpol that Donald
Finch doesn’t exist.
Meanwhile, warned by Melville that David and Joni are holding
a document from Roberts which incriminates him, Finch offers
David a huge ongoing retainer to act for him. David is
suspicious and wants to be a free agent, but Joni argues that
they’re running a business and Finch’s retainer will be their
economic salvation. David banks the cheque.
Adie uses Daniel Kent to back Judge Crowe off, but Crowe
recognises Kent and threatens Adie with conduct unbecoming if
she consorts with a criminal – and Adie is trapped again.
As are David and Joni, when Barry Roberts is found murdered
and they open his document and find that the man who is
documented there as Mr Big is none other than their new
client, Donald Finch.
Episode 51: A FINCH IN
(Continuing story from Episode 50)
David and Joni realise that Finch came to them because he knew
Barry Roberts was going to die. How did Finch know that if he
didn’t kill Roberts himself? They decide to give the retainer
back to Finch and cancel the deal. But Finch won’t let them
off the hook and instead offers David a pile of cash for the
Roberts document they’re holding. David and Joni consider
their options. Joni wants to give the Roberts document to
Finch, David wants to give it to the cops. Joni says if Finch
finds out they’ve done that, they’re dead.
A war, sparked by Barry Roberts’ death,
breaks out between Finch and the Fists of Freedom. When an
unsuspecting Maddy is seen by the Fists on Finch’s gin palace,
Rory is warned by Fists leader Manuel Sala that Maddy could be
a useful means of getting at Finch.
Joni’s rape case gets more mysterious when both twins declare
their hatred for each other. One twin provides an alibi for
the alleged rapist, but the semen DNA analysis taken from the
other matches the suspect to the act. When Joni and James pay
a visit to Alice’s house and discover that Kelly doesn’t live
there, the tragic solution is found.
Kees is taken aback when Joni gives him a cheque for his half
share of their chattels as a full and final settlement of
their matrimonial property. Kees and Ange are still trying to
untangle Finch’s true identity, with the help of Interpol.
After Adie tells David she now wants to plead guilty, he is
surprised by the vindictive fine Judge Crowe imposes. When
Adie realises Judge Crowe has leaked her case to the media,
she makes a big decision about her future, forcing him to help
her, under threat of sexual harassment charges.
Rory tries desperately to warn Maddy off her romantic
entanglement with Finch, as Kees takes Joni aside to tell her
he knows she and David are acting for Finch and that he’s the
closest thing in this country to a Godfather.
Episode 52: LOYAL
While David wants to give the Roberts document with the goods
on Finch to the police, Joni forbids him to do it and warns
him that both their lives are at stake.
Rory Melville suspects the Fists are going to use Maddy to get
to Finch and pleads with Maddy to keep away from Finch. She
ignores him. In desperation, Rory turns to David, but Maddy
also rejects David’s advice. However, she still goes to Finch
to ask him what’s going on. He tells her he loves her,
deflecting her concerns.
Meanwhile, a distraught Yalena asks David for help. She’s
being sued for repayment of a loan to buy a gift of intimate
jewellery she has made to a lover she believes is Kurt Cobain.
When David’s legal remedies fail, Yalena reveals other
Adie forces Judge Crowe to give her
dispensation to practice as a barrister again, and she tries
to woo Joni away from the grim reality of criminal law to her
Kees and Ange find out Finch’s true
identity through Interpol, and Kees approaches David for the
Roberts document, offering to conceal the source
Joni, furious with David for endangering her life without
consultation, issues an ultimatum: if he gives the Roberts
document to the cops, that’s it. Finito.
David is worried about betraying Joni, but more worried that
Finch will get away with murder and drug dealing – and that
Maddy will be caught in the firing line between Finch and the
Fists. He gives the Roberts document to Kees. Joni starts
When Rory Melville sees the Fists tailing Maddy, he alerts
David, who calls Kees. When Ange sees a Fists gang member put
explosives in Maddy’s car, she and Kees and David are joined
in a desperate chase to get to the detonator first.
But their strategy seems to fall apart when Maddy and Finch
change their travel plans.