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Equal & Opposite Forces

Episode 8
Thu, March 30, 2017
460,000 viewers (16th)
Written by Michael Voigt
Additional writer: Elizabeth Coleman
Directed by Jennifer Leacey

The upstairs and downstairs teams join forces in a class action, taking on a pharmaceutical company that tried to cover up the side effects resulting from their drug trials.

After Josephine realises that her sister Rose and Lewis' client Harry have both experienced serious side effects from the same drug trial, she and Lewis assemble enough fellow trial participants to mount a class action against the manufacturer. It's an ambitious project requiring the combined resources of the Knox barristers and the Chatterjees team.

They have barely stepped into court, however, when their case is cut off at the knees by a formidable opposing QC with a startling claim. Meanwhile, a chilling campaign of intimidation begins and fear rapidly spreads among the plaintiffs. Faced with losing their entire case, Knox goes into lock-down, with all parties staying overnight in chambers for their protection.

While a workplace sleepover seems like the perfect opportunity for Lewis and Josephine to get closer, a bombshell awaits that will change everything.


  • 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
  • Freya Stafford as Rose Newton
  • Ming-Zhu Hii as Claire Zhang
  • Will Ewing as Craig Allen
  • Ella Newton as Lydia Newton-Docker
  • Makwaya Musudi as Zareb Mulumba
  • Christian Byers as Harry Sutton
  • Wahyu Kapa as Duncan
  • Ivy D'Orsogna as Izzy
  • Eddie Baroo as Shane
  • Brenda Addie as Rhonda
  • Harlene Hercules as Renee
  • Heather Mitchell as Caroline Gale
  • Neil Melville as Justice Christopher Elvin
  • Dave Lawson as Adam Steadman
  • Francesca Waters as Susie Wexler
  • Matt Boesenberg as Ryan Wexler