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R v Lorton

Episode 1.04
Thu, November 25, 2010
Ratings: 0.701 million viewers (16th)
Written by Andrew Knight
Directed by Rachel Ward

Cleaver takes on a case defending Denny Lorton — known as Pica — a once famous but now homeless artist who is accused of murdering a 15-year-old male prostitute in a city back lane.

Still struggling with his Scarlet-related demons, and nervous about working with Barney on the case, Cleaver arrives drunk to an art gallery event, making a spectacle of himself in front of Missy and David.

But Missy has her own problems as she continues the charade about her past in her new life with David. When David introduces her to Attorney General Joe Sandilands — a client from her Club Jules days — her heart skips a beat. But Joe keeps schtum. With Joe encouraging David to run for office, Missy finds herself at a parliamentary garden party and out of her depth, and once again turns to Cleaver for support.

Meanwhile, the atmosphere between Scarlet and Cleaver is less sexual and more combative, while at home Barney gives Scarlet the cold shoulder.

At a school visit to discuss their son's lack of progress, Cleaver and Wendy find one ray of hope when Fuzz's English teacher sings his praises. But they are soon to discover the attractive Fiona is teaching Fuzz much more than English.

Meanwhile, Cleaver, believing in his client Lorton's innocence, manages to win the court case by shifting suspicion to the prosecution's key witness Stanley Shrimpton. Soon after however, he is given information about Lorton's past, and shaken to the core, decides to exact his own punishment on Lorton.

But his day gets even worse and he loses his temper as Fuzz arrives with Fiona, expecting his father to be his usual indulgent self.

Meanwhile at Barney's insistence, Scarlet relents and gives him the name of the man she slept with… except it's a name that implicates his best friend Cleaver.


  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Adrienne Pickering as Melissa (Missy) Partridge
  • Russell Dykstra as Barney Meagher
  • Danielle Cormack as Scarlet Meagher
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Erryn Arkin as Cop
  • Myriam Besso as Judge Barrett
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Michael Bremer as Wal Duncan
  • Matilda Brown as Female Police Officer
  • Joe Brown as Ben Rigby
  • Nell Campbell as Flick Moyers
  • Alison Cox as Woman in Taxi
  • Alan Dearth as Judge McGough
  • Anthony Di Placido as Constable
  • David Field as Denny Lorton
  • Jane Fullerton-Smith as Sally Sandilands
  • Damon Herriman as Detective Maraco
  • Georgina Johnston as Mrs. Wal Duncan
  • Keegan Joyce as Fuzz (Finnegan) Greene
  • Lachlan Judd as Adam Meagher
  • Sarah Kirkwood as Taral
  • Geoff Morrell as Joe Sandilands
  • Cristian Saliadarre as Manos
  • Noah Taylor as Shrimpton
  • Victoria Thaine as Fiona McReady
  • Annette Van Roden as Jill