Phoenix: series one

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A Dog's Life

Episode 1.05
Australia: March 05, 1992
Written by Alison Nisselle
Directed by Michael Carson
Guest Cast:
  • Stephen Millichamp as Rosco
  • Tiriel Mora as Gaspar Balcescu
  • Jeff Kovski as Thomasz Balcescu
  • Nico Lathouris as Lenny Ryan
  • Nicholas Polites as Nick
  • George Fairfax as Dep. Commissioner
  • Paul Dawber as Snapper
  • Paul Hampton as Don
  • John Arthurs as Larry
  • Felice Arena as Uniform Constable
  • Dominic McDonald as Roy Lindsay

Laz is still trying to earn the trust and respect of his new colleagues in Major Crime, but nevertheless, the immediate focus of the investigation is now on the Balcescu Brothers garage, which Laz believes handled the bomb car. It's "the kind of thing they specialise in and they're very bloody jumpy".

The Major Crime squad is running over the Drug Squad, who has the garage under surveillance for drug offences. However, the Drug Squad submits to the Major Crime squad investigation; "it all comes down to two poor bloody dead coppers, doesn't it?"

Application for Special Operation Group assistance on a raid of the Balcescu garage is knocked back by the Deputy Commissioner, leaving the Majors with no choice but to conduct the raid themselves. Brennan insists Laz be first through the door, ending his undercover days for good.

While the raid is successful in execution, Forensic finds no direct link to the manufacture of the bomb. Several arrests are made, including Nick Panopolous and Lenny, but only Gaspar Balcescu is charged, for firearm and immigration offences.