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Greene v The United States

Episode 5.02
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Written by Andrew Knight
Directed by Rowan Woods

Incriminating multimedia and a missing US Defence Secretary puts Cleaver firmly in the sights of the US Secret Service as it comes to light that the suspected terrorist attack may have been caused by something much more benign.

Awaking from the debauchery of the night before, Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) is faced with an overdosed party goer and a missing US Defence Secretary, Linus Potemkin (Anthony LaPaglia), who, in the throes of the party, has taken a happy snap of his genitalia and sent it to several leaders of the free world. Assisted by his allegiant (if not Machiavellian) COMCAR driver Jakub (Jacek Koman), Cleaver is midway through getting medical assistance for one of the partiers, when the Secret Service abduct him to find out the whereabouts of the Defence Secretary.

Framed for the sexting in a Secret Service cover up, Cleaver fights to clear his name, while the Prime Minister, Angela Sway (Helen Thomson) and Minister for Homeland Security Gareth Morrow (William McInnes) work to placate an increasingly hostile Asian Security delegation.

Encouraged to get out of town for a while by Leader of the Government in the Senate (and Cal's half-brother) Joe McGregor (Mark Mitchinson), Cleaver joins the Primary Produce Sub- Committee, and he and his Chief of Staff Nicole (Kate Box) literally go on a milk run. Now a single mother, Nicole has enlisted her mother Maria (Marta Kaczmarek) to help her with childcare, using the Senatorial offices as a working crèche.

With Linus located and on his way to China, a deal is done to make incriminating multimedia disappear… just as it comes to light that the noxious gas explosion at New Parliament House was not a terrorist attack — but in fact a faulty flange causing a lethal mix of effluent and bleach to combust.

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