How we wish we could write that, since we last met our hero he has found the road to Damascus instead of the road to perdition; that he has learned to love wisely instead of too often, and that going another 25 grand into debt to back a 'sure thing' roughie at Moonee Valley paid off. The nag didn't even finish the race.Sadly, that epicentre of chaos otherwise known as Cleaver Greene has learned nothing in this time and hasn't changed one whit. If anything, he's a little worse. Like any genuine addict, Cleaver is on a constant search for higher highs and faster rushes.When we first re-discover Cleaver, he is in the back of a limo with a woman he really, really shouldn't be with. When her husband finds out about their affair, he resolves to make it his life's work to destroy our hapless hero.But for Cleaver, foes are a dime a dozen. The Shadow Attorney-General (none other than Harry-Sorry-David Potter) still has Cleaver firmly in his sights and, of course, Cleaver can't help but give David ample opportunities to gun him down.Money for Cleaver is, as ever, too tight to mention. Fortunately for him, his biggest creditor, Kirsty Corella (imprisoned crime boss Mick Corella's wife), has taken a bit of a shine to Cleaver and is more than happy to cut a generous deal... This isn't entirely convenient as his ex-wife, Wendy, has been reluctantly entertaining the odd romantic thought about him.Cleaver occasionally wonders if Missy is entertaining similar thoughts. But he doesn't have a clue where she is. She could be anywhere on the planet by now. And with anyone.Meanwhile, Barney and Scarlet are throwing all their might (maybe a little too much) into resurrecting their marriage and becoming perfect parents. Of course, for Scarlet, this means they have to have a life without Cleaver... which proves to be a little difficult for everyone.All this whilst Cleaver defends his usual array of suicide bombers, thieves, murderers, sex offenders, traitors, and psychotic school girls.More than most people (more than anyone perhaps), Cleaver Greene believes in the Chinese adage that it's a curse to live in interesting times... the problem is his times seem to be perpetually interesting.
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Greene v The Reckoning 05x08
Greene v Mid-Winter 05x07
Greene v The Unflushables 05x06
Greene v Diaries 05x05
Gold and Greene v Red 05x04
Evans v Greene 05x03
After mislaying his suit at a fancy-dress party Cleaver is not only forced to do the walk of shame, but to speak to the house.... dressed as a zebra; and he becomes the prime suspect in an assassination attempt.
Greene v The United States 05x02
Incriminating multimedia and a missing US Defence Secretary puts Cleaver firmly in the sights of the Secret Service as it comes to light that the suspected terrorist attack may have been caused by something much more benign.
Greene v The World 05x01
One year on from taking up residency in Canberra as a Senator in Federal Parliament, Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) has old foes and new: Cleaver has a new nemesis in the formidable and right wing Senator Penny Evans (Jane Turner) and a new comrade in his COMCAR driver Jakub (Jacek Koman).Nicole Vargas (Kate Box) is now Cleaver's Chief of Staff, and Jack (Tasma Walton) lurks in the Parliamentary shadows, ready to make or break careers. David Potter (Matt Day) has made the transition to a Senator for the Greens and Cal's arch rival and half-brother Joe (Mark Mitchinson) is the Leader of the Government in the Senate who, with Minister for Homeland Security Gareth Morrow (William McInnes), runs the government with an iron fist - or so he thinks.Wendy (Caroline Brazier) is encouraged to set up her practice in the Capital, whilst Missy (Adrienne Pickering) somehow becomes Cleaver's Press Secretary and, with Fuzz (Keegan Joyce) missing in action in Silicon Valley, she (and their daughter Winsome) move in with Cleaver. Cal (Damien Garvey) is fighting his own battles both at home with Jane (Sonia Todd), and at work with the appointment of Caitlin Farquhar (Sara Wiseman) as co-host of his show, until opportunity knocks and he is given both a seat and a ministerial portfolio, with the promise of something more.With a suspected terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House, an unfortunate incident during a visit by US Defence Secretary Linus Potemkin (Anthony LaPaglia), calling for a banking boycott whilst dressed as a zebra, an assassination attempt, a defamation case, the fight to maintain an Aussie ice cream icon, and the ever-rotating Prime Ministers and BuzzStay guests – none of Cleaver's ensuing chaos has abated … but will he step up to help Australia keep calm and carry on – in this the final season of Rake?
Episode 8 04x08
Cleaver considers a career change but David throws a spanner in the works. Cleaver's determined to win Wendy back, but Jack is scheming to get rid of him for good. Will it work? Fuzz has some surprising news.
Episode 7 04x07
After David's acquittal Cleaver and Nicole worry about Barney, but then Cleaver gets himself disbarred and Wendy kicks him out. But Jack is determined to get him out of Wendy's life forever.