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The Butterfly Effect

Episode 2
Thu, February 16, 2017
546,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Chris Corbett
Directed by Jennifer Leacey

Josephine is handed the reins in a case petitioning hormone treatment for a transgender child, leaving Callum to look after Lydia. While her father rallies his troops at a bushland protest, Lydia finds herself at the controls of the developer's earthmover and unwittingly becomes a newsworthy eco-warrior with criminal charges to defend. Josephine wrangles Helena into briefing Lewis to defend Lydia. While Helena's terrified at the prospect of briefing a Senior Counsel, Josephine's terrified of Lewis discovering their carpark secret.

Upstairs, a highly suspicious Chambers Manager, Jackie Russo, raises her misgivings about Josephine to Chambers boss Eric Whitley but his attention is firmly elsewhere.

Downstairs, an investigator on the developer's side, Skye, arrives prompting Johnny to try his own hand at investigating, much to Skye's chagrin. However, when their separate investigations reveal something far murkier underfoot, an unexpected collaboration occurs.

As secrets are revealed on both legal cases, Lewis finds himself in the downstairs carpark with more than a few questions for Josephine.


  • Claudia Karvan as Josephine Newton
  • Toby Schmitz as Lewis Hughes
  • Brett Tucker as Callum Docker
  • Georgina Naidu as Helena Chatterjee
  • Sean Keenan as Johnny Allbright
  • Andrew McFarlane as Eric Whitley
  • Jane Hall as Jackie Russo
  • Miranda Tapsell as Skye Stewart
  • Ella Newton as Lydia Newton-Docker
  • Makwaya Musudi as Zareb Mulumba
  • Harry Borland as Mitch Winters
  • Michael Francis Cahill as Laurie Trencherman
  • Opal King as Sam Chen
  • Ed Deganos as Jiao Chen
  • Simon Maiden as Alan Edgeworth
  • Victoria Eagger as Justice Gloria Stokes
  • Anthony Brandon Wong as Gang Chen
  • Sun Park as Ying Chen
  • Lloyd Bissell as Site Manager
  • Anton Berezin as Dr Christou