Rake: episode guide

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Episode 3.01

Sun, February 09, 2014 (ABC1, 8:30)
Ratings: 0.645 million viewers (13th)
Written by Peter Duncan
Directed by Jessica Hobbs

Cleaver Greene languishes in prison surrounded by enemies — Cal McGregor, Col and the Corella brothers, but also friends. Many former colleagues from Macquarie Street and the bench are also guests of Her Majesty courtesy of corruption scandals. His cell-mate Mal fancies himself as more than a friend. A convicted murderer, he watches Cleaver's back — constantly. Cleaver even gets appearance work before the kangaroo court that metes out prison justice. But he needs all his cunning and a dose of luck to avoid assaults, protect his friends and find a way to outwit an appeals bench deliberately selected to keep him locked away forever.

Cleaver might not be so keen on freedom if he knew what was happening in the outside world. Wendy has plans underway to finally move on from Cleaver and start a new life with Roger, whose sports medicine practice is thriving. Fuzz is making plans with his deeply Christian girlfriend Tara that will take him a long way from his father both physically and morally.

Scarlet has taken over Cleaver's clients along with his assistant, Nicole, despite her being the mother of Barney's love child. Scarlet, Barney and Nicole have formed an uneasy menage, locked together by a challenge in Barney's life that would rock Cleaver to the core — if he knew.

Scarlet and David are torn between love for each other and duties that make their affair impossible. David's tenuous grip on opposition leadership could not survive exposure, and he is the only thing standing between media and mining magnate Tikki Wendon and her monstrous casino slated for prime harbourside land. However, Tikki has an insurance plan involving a weak government, an aggressive merchant bank and former Attorney General, Cal McGregor as soon as he gets out of prison.

Cleaver is better off not knowing Missy's biopic is about to hit cinema screens with a surprise casting choice. Nor discover Kirsty Corella's plans for him, or just how much trouble can be caused by a pair of coke-fuelled rogue traders, or a sexy drug and alcohol counsellor, or a Medicare scammer with a plate of special muffins. If Cleaver knew the avalanche of disasters set to fall on his nearest and dearest, he would probably prefer to stay inside.


  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Adrienne Pickering as Missy
  • Russell Dykstra as Barney Meagher
  • Danielle Cormack as Scarlet Meagher
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Steve Le Marquand as Col
  • Robyn Malcolm as Kirsty
  • Keegan Joyce as Fuzz (Finnegan) Greene
  • Dan Wyllie as Malcolm Finnane
  • Bruce Spence as George Corella
  • Richard Carter as Mick Corella
  • Emil Wolk as Justice Kieran Webster
  • Sam Parsonson as Connor Fitzgibbons
  • Martin Vaughan as Dream Judge
  • Martin Jacobs as Kangaroo Court Prosecutor
  • Michael Bremer as Kangaroo Court Judge
  • John Mcleod as Griffo
  • Lynden Jones as Homicide Detective
  • Neil Modra as Vince McCarthy
  • Richard Cotter as Prison Governor
  • Aaron Smith as Prison Guard Fergie
  • Martin Teplitzky as Patrice
  • Catherine Ross as News Reader
  • Dean Gould as Stunt Double