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Business As Usual

Episode 2.04
February 23, 2009
Ratings: 2.291 million viewers (1st)
Written by Felicity Packard
Directed by Shawn Seet

Melbourne standover men Brian and Les Kane have ventured into unfamiliar heroin territory in providing protection for Bob Trimbole's Melbourne dealers. But things turn sour when dealer Wayne Robb is robbed of $200,000 hard cash, on the Kane's turf. The Kane's suspect it was Vinnie Mikkelsen and Laurie Prendergast, two of Ray Chuck's mates from the Great Bookie Robbery.

Terry Clark's not happy to learn he's been ripped off, and puts pressure on Bob Trimbole to sort out distribution problems in Melbourne. But the Kane brothers need little prompting from Aussie Bob solve the crime. Les Kane sees the robbery as a sign that Ray Chuck and his mates are muscling in on the Kane's turf. He wants to take instant revenge. His calmer, cannier brother Brian urges a more restrained and strategic response.

Brian's advice falls on deaf ears. But Les's attempts to muscle Ray Chuck backfire when Les is on the receiving end of a nasty pistol whipping. Enraged, and determined to stand up for his feisty brother, Brian confronts Vinnie and Ray. The end result is that Brian loses an ear between Mikkelsen's teeth. It's an insult that Brian cannot tolerate.

Brian vows deadly revenge on Ray Chuck, and sets in train a deadly gangland war. Melbourne is not big enough for both the Kanes and Ray Chuck. Before long, one of them will be dead.


  • Martin Dingle Wall as Les Kane
  • Tim McCunn as Brian Kane
  • Elan Zavelsky as Young Alphonse
  • Jake Lindesay as Wayne Robb
  • Tony Poli as Frank Tizzoni
  • Wayne Bradley as Vinnie Mikkelsen
  • Teo Gebert as Laurie Prendergast
  • Anna Hutchison as Allison Dine
  • Matthew Newton as Terry Clark
  • Roy Billing as Bob Trimbole
  • Peter O'Brien as George Freeman
  • Anthony Phelan as Merv Wood
  • Don Halbert as Barry Walker
  • Kate Ritchie as Judi Kane
  • Harry Ikimis Healey as Justin Kane
  • Charlie Rose Maclennan as Martine Kane
  • Asher Keddie as Liz Cruickshank
  • Peter Phelps as Joe Messina
  • Nathan Page as Ray Chuck
  • Jonny Pasvolsky as Dave Priest
  • Gareth Reeves as Doug Wilson
  • Simone Kessell as Isabel Wilson
  • Jenna Lind as Maria Muhary
  • Cooper Gibson as Jarrod Clark
  • John McNeill as Lennie McPherson
  • Estelle Chown as Young Jacqui Cruickshank
  • Tynan Davey as Barman Brendan
  • Ron Haddrick as Bertie Ron
  • Ellie Cork as Prostitute
  • Dieter Brummer as Trevor
  • Jeff Truman as Bill Allen
  • Paul Tassone as Dennis Kelly
  • Brett Sheerin as Stunt Actor
  • Greg Robinson as Stunt Actor
  • Sebastian Dickens as Stunt Actor
  • Steve Morris as Stunt Actor
  • Caroline Craig as Jacqui James / Narrator


  • "Yesterday's Hero" performed by John Paul Young
  • "Good Behaviour" performed by Powersolo
  • "Rack 'Em Up" performed by The Cheats
  • "Let The Little Girl Dance" performed by Billy Bland
  • "Theme From Burning Winchesters" performed by The Winston Glies Orchestra
  • "Fight Song" performed by Little Red
  • "Jouhet" performed by Lau Nau
  • "Tiny Bubbles" performed by Alex Kaeck and his Keikis
  • "Painovoima Valoa" performed by Lau Nau
  • "G. Macainsh" performed by Skyhooks