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Episode 2.02

Sun, July 15, 2018
681,000 viewers (8th)
Screenwriter: Matt Cameron
Director: Mark Joffe

As Jack Irish investigates Eddie’s and Lakshmi’s deaths, he delves deeper into the murky world of international colleges.

Looking into Eddie’s calendar, Jack discovers that Lakshmi was seeing a psychiatrist, Dr Rory Finch. She and Jack have instant chemistry, but she refuses to tell him anything that may break doctor/patient confidentiality and Jack notes a wedding ring on her finger. Rory looks into the details of Lakshmi’s autopsy and finds out the body was shipped back to India. When Jack discovers that Lakshmi’s father, Ajeet, is in Melbourne to find out what happened to his daughter’s remains, he realises Lakshmi’s body never made it home to India. As he considers this, Jack springs a burglar in his courtyard, only to realise that it’s Charlie Taub’s granddaughter, Gus. Suspecting that she may be struggling, Jack tells her she’s welcome to stay any time, an offer met with derision from the damaged teenager.

Jack receives a cryptic message that tells him to meet at a restaurant later that day. Cautious, Jack enlists the help of hapless hitman, Brendan O’Grady, as back up. When Jack shows up at the restaurant, Brendan isn’t there and Jack is joined by a man who has clearly been sleeping rough. He refuses to tell Jack anything until he’s sure that Jack isn’t working for ‘them’ — but before he can tell Jack anything, he’s shot in the back of the head by an unseen drive-by gunman. Homicide detective Barry Tregear attends the crime scene and informs Jack that the murder victim is off the grid; a man with no known identity.

With Harry’s wife having lost all their money in a bad investment deal, Harry is elated to return to the track to win it back. He and Cam are eager to make their mark on the first race but when the favourite is disqualified after testing positive in a random drug test Harry is immediately suspicious. Cherry Blossom battles with the Fitzroy Youth Club against the changes she’s making, but Stan is left horrified after Immigration show up and deport Cherry back to China, claiming their marriage is a sham.

Jack visits Meritus’ migration agent, Denis Bontempelli, who admits that a group of students were deported the day after Lakshmi died. One of them who escaped Immigration — Javed Nazeem — has recently been arrested and placed in detention after an attempted terrorist attack at a corporate building in Doncaster. But, to Jack’s surprise, Eddie Chin wasn’t on the list of those to be deported. Jack pokes around at Immigration, but they give him nothing. On his way home, he’s grabbed in the street, shoved in the boot of a car and abandoned in the middle of nowhere. A clear warning. Meanwhile, in detention, Javed Nazeem is in a near catatonic state. The guard lets in a visitor to see him… Dr Rory Finch.


  • Guy Pearce as Jack Irish
  • Danielle Cormack as Rory Finch
  • Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray
  • Roy Billing as Harry Strang
  • Shane Jacobson as Barry Tregear
  • Kate Atkinson as Simone
  • Damien Richardson as Drew Greer
  • Damien Garvey as Stan
  • John Flaus as Wilbur
  • Terry Norris as Eric
  • Deborah Mailman as Cynthia
  • Bob Franklin as Brendan O'Grady
  • Tiarnie Coupland as Gus
  • Leah Vandenberg as Anoushka
  • David James as Denis Bontempelli
  • Ron Jacobson as Des Connors
  • Don Bridges as Dougie Smalls
  • Tony Rickards as Razor Ray
  • Robert Menzies as Dr Greaves
  • Dion Mills as Martin Reed
  • Sachin Joab as Ajeet Agarwal
  • David Whiteley as Phillip Quinn
  • Carlin Briggs as Ollie
  • Heidi Arena as Helen Dapcevich
  • Rubi Balasingam as Lakshmi Agarwal
  • Ivy Mak as Cherry Blossom
  • Alex Ward as Gavin
  • Malith Jay as Javed Nazeem
  • Helmut Bakaitis as Thornton Finch
  • Natalia Novikova as Jaeger
  • Rachel Kamath as Shakti Naidu
  • Greg Pandelidis as Warwick
  • Daniel Solis as Immigration Officer
  • Kanupriya as Bhavna Agarwal
  • Anthony Defazio as Waiter
  • Tom Heath as IT Worker
  • Jillian Murray as Yvonne
  • Rowan Francis as Cop [Sgt. Bill Larosa]
  • Bernadette Cranage as Operator
  • Terry McEvoy as Dave
  • Kevin Dee as Detention Centre Guard
  • Chris Weir as Stunt Performer
  • Lincoln Barros as Stunt Performer
  • Philli Anderson as Stunt Performer
  • Graham Jahne as Stunt Performer
  • Will Jones as Stunt Performer
  • Chris Goodall as Jack Stand In