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R v Mohammed

Episode 2.01
Thu, September 13, 2012 (ABC1, 8:30)
Ratings: 0.798 million viewers (10th)
Written by Peter Duncan
Directed by Peter Duncan

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' 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, and hasn't changed one whit. If anything, he's a little worse.

Never out of the headlines for long, Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is caught in an affair with the Premier of New South Wales (Toni Collette), making himself a sworn enemy of her husband, Attorney-General and Police Minister Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey).

David Potter (Matt Day), now Shadow Attorney-General, sees this as his chance to bury Cleaver Greene once and for all, calling him "a dishonest low-life who spends his time defending society's scum, and spends his nights carousing with them". When Cleaver uses the media to retaliate, it's a race to see who will sue for defamation first.

In Parliament, David savages the fact that Cleaver is defending Zuharah (Sapidah Kian), a beautiful Muslim woman who's been charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act after her husband accidentally blew himself up in a botched suicide-bombing. The case is circumstantial but the hounds of the media and Macquarie St are convinced that any woman in a head scarf must be a terrorist. Cleaver and Barney (Russell Dykstra) are determined to save her.

Cleaver's ex Wendy (Caroline Brazier) has just discovered that her recently acquired husband has been cheating, while Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) has banished Cleaver from their lives as she and Barney try to play happy families. How will Cleaver survive with the Attorney-General, the Shadow Attorney-General, and the full weight of police and judiciary lined up against him?

Cast:

  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Russell Dykstra as Barney Meagher
  • Danielle Cormack as Scarlet Meagher
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Keegan Joyce as Fuzz (Finnegan) Greene
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  • Ben Ager as Bouncing Castle Operator
  • Roy Billing as Mohammed Trial Judge
  • Lyall Brooks as Detective Smithy
  • Mitchell Butel as Paul
  • Gerard Carroll as Mark at Party
  • Toni Collette as Premier Claudia
  • Bianca Costa as Daughter
  • Rhondda Findleton as Dr Fisher
  • Deborah Galanos as Karen
  • Dina Gillespie as Tracey
  • Richard Glover as Radio Presenter
  • David Gorr as Speaker
  • Craig Hall as Todd
  • Dan Henshall as Clown
  • Lachlan Judd as Adam Meagher
  • Sapidah Kian as Zuharah
  • Philippe Klaus as Mark
  • Colin McCarlie as Huan
  • Adam Marsden as David's Assistant
  • Nathaniel Middleton as Terry
  • Indira Naidoo as TV Presenter
  • Paul Newton as Barman Gordy
  • Tom Poulton as Max Meagher
  • Diana Popovska as Cal's Secretary, Lilah,
  • Olivia Scarfo as Daughter
  • Katherine Shearer as Summons Server
  • Georgina Symes as Emily
  • Madeline Towns as Zoe Meagher
  • Bryce Youngman as Detective Murphy
  • Rowan Woods as Yousef
  • William Zappa as Ken Forsythe