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Gold and Greene v Red

Episode 5.04
Sunday, September 09, 2018
430,000 viewers (12th)
Written by Andrew Knight
Directed by Jennifer Leacey

A new PM is sworn in on the eve of Anzac Day, and Cleaver is served with a summons in the defamation case Evans vs Greene ahead of a heated debate over the sell-off of the Aussie ice cream icon — the Oz Ripple.

Out with the old and in with the new as yet another Prime Minister is sworn in on the eve of Anzac Day. Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) receives more BuzzStay guests, just as he is being served with a summons in the defamation case: Evans vs Greene.

With Penny Evans’ (Jane Turner) approval ratings soaring as she leads the charge to save Aussie ice cream icon — The Oz Ripple — from Chinese ownership, Cleaver uses Nicole’s (Kate Box) recollection of deeply personal memories as his own and causes an interoffice meltdown. However, David Potter (Matt Day) gets to the heart of the matter revealing that three ministers received ‘gifts’ in return for their support of the sale — resulting in one resignation and two others fighting to maintain their seats.

Under the misapprehension she’s to be Cleaver’s new Press Secretary, Missy (Adrienne Pickering) and baby Winsome have moved to Canberra, and in with him, forcing Cleaver to move media advisor Frank (Jim Daly) not so much on, as up.

Presenting a school science award, Cleaver becomes enamoured with the very intelligent and charming international climate science advocate Li-Ming Wu (Tasneem Roc), who is well out of his league.

Meanwhile Cal (Damien Garvey) is fighting battles of his own as Caitlin Farquhar (Sara Wiseman) is appointed co-host of his show, whilst his wife Jane (Sonia Todd) is determined to fulfil her own political ambitions by filling a seat made vacant in the House. However, the new PM has his own ideas and offers Cal the seat — complete with ministerial portfolio.


  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Adrienne Pickering as Missy
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor
  • Jacek Koman as Jakub
  • William McInnes as Gareth Morrow
  • Mark Mitchinson as Joe McGregor
  • Jane Turner as Penny Evans
  • Jim Daly as Frank O'Brien
  • Sara Wiseman as Caitlin
  • Sonia Todd as Jane Greene
  • Roy Billing as Senate President [James Jordan]
  • Tasneem Roc as Li-Ming Wu
  • Ferdinand Hoang as Mr Wang
  • Wayne Pygram as Ryland Webster
  • James Lugton as Dennis Clifford
  • Sandra Eldridge as Mrs Clifford
  • Renee Lim as Tina
  • Mary Regan as Cal's Producer
  • Milan Pulvermacher as Cal's Floor Manager
  • Sophie Cheeseman as Cal's AD
  • David Nicholl as Senator Wells
  • Christian Charisiou as Senator Nick Selek
  • Lisbeth Kennelly as Presenter Marilyn
  • Charli Dwyer as Sherri McIvor
  • Belinda Bromilow as Patrice Devine
  • Martin Grelis as David's Chief Of Staff
  • Bobby Babin as Liberal Power Broker
  • Oliver Thomson as Lone Man
  • Benjamin Scott as Joe's Assistant
  • Sam Alhaje as Dell
  • Greg Eccleston as Suited Man
  • Allan Lim as Wang's MaitreD
  • Eric So as Wang's Waiter
  • Steve Corner as Oz Ripple Dad
  • Jude Hyland as Oz Ripple Boy