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Newton's Law of Cooling

Episode 5
Thu, March 09, 2017
480,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Belinda Chayko
Directed by Jonathan Brough

Josephine is surprised that Whitley wants her to represent him in a property dispute, and the downstairs team make their own discoveries in what is ostensibly a simple assault case.

Johnny brings his apprentice mechanic friend Spike to Chatterjees when he's charged with assault after hurling a spanner at his boss. Spike initially agrees to go to restorative justice and apologise, but to Helena and Johnny's dismay, Spike recants. Determined to help his mate, Johnny and Skye team up on a stake-out at the garage, where their unorthodox approach captures some unexpected evidence.

Meanwhile, in chambers, Whitley wants Josephine to represent him in a bitter property dispute against Melinda, his ex-wife. Lewis believes Josephine will have an advantage as the judge has an enduring soft spot for her — although chambers colleague Claire Zhang, acting for Melinda, gives her some stiff competition. While at first Josephine thinks that Melinda's real motive is revenge, she gradually uncovers that the case stems from a far deeper place.


  • 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
  • Miranda Tapsell as Skye Stewart
  • Andrew McFarlane as Eric Whitley
  • Jane Hall as Jackie Russo
  • Grant Piro as Sgt. Robert Malouf
  • Ming-Zhu Hii as Claire Zhang
  • Ella Newton as Lydia Newton-Docker
  • Marg Downey as Melinda Whitley
  • Greg Stone as Judge Greg Halliday
  • Peter Richards as Malcolm Dougall
  • Lester Ellis Jnr. as Gregor 'Spike' Zdunowski
  • Sally Bourne as Di Dougall
  • Candy Bowers as Sasha
  • Jamal Ali as Delivery Driver