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Glossary: R
First Air Date: November 4th, 2010
Last Air Date: October 7th, 2018
Created By: Richard Roxburgh, Peter Duncan, Charles Waterstreet
Star Casts: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Adrienne Pickering, Caroline Brazier, Kate Box, Keegan Joyce, Damien Garvey
Aired On: ABC
Episode Runtime: 55 minutes
Total Seasons: 5 Seasons
Total Episodes: 40 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Ended
Homepage: ABC - Rake

Last Updated: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:31:57 +0000

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Cleaver Greene is not about politics or morality or even justice. Cleaver Greene is about the law. And it is his passion for the law that drives him to use his formidable intelligence to defend people whom society and the justice system might otherwise convict without a fair trial. He uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of human nature and the Byzantine intricacies of our legal codes to guarantee that his clients get what is theirs by the law; the right to a diligent defence.

Seasons and Episodes

Series 1 (8 Episodes)

1: R v Murray - Aired: 2010-11-04

Barrister Cleaver Greene's life continues to spiral out of control. As usual, he runs to Missy, a high class call girl who works at a brothel also frequented by Cleaver's friend, Attorney General, Joe Sandilands.

2: R v Marx - Aired: 2010-11-11

Cleaver sees his 'Missy' out on the arm of his nemesis David Potter; and is hoodwinked into defending a scheming woman.

3: R v Dana - Aired: 2010-11-18

Cleaver defends a chef who is being tried for bigamy, while trying to deal with his guilt over sleeping with Barney's wife Scarlet.

4: R v Lorton - Aired: 2010-11-25

Cleaver makes a spectacle of himself in front of Missy and David; and Cleaver and Wendy discover their son Fuzz is learning a lot more than English from his attractive young teacher.

5: R v Chandler - Aired: 2010-12-02

Cleaver's friend Dr. Bruce Chandler finds himself in hot water; but on the home front Cleaver's life is also spiralling out of control.

6: R v Langhorn - Aired: 2010-12-09

Cleaver is roped into defending an old flame, and is in trouble in his tax case. But when Missy tells him she is marrying David, his world collapses.

7: R v Tanner - Aired: 2010-12-16

Joe Sandilands' suicide leaves Cleaver, Barney, Missy, Scarlet and Wendy reeling; while Missy's secret life is about to be revealed when she tricks Cleaver into defending her brother.

8: R v Corella - Aired: 2010-12-23

Cleaver defends Mick Corella on a murder charge; and David finds out about Missy's past.

Series 2 (8 Episodes)

1: R v Mohammed - Aired: 2012-09-06

We re-discover Cleaver in the back of a limo with a woman he really, really shouldn't be with. When her husband finds out, he resolves to make it his life's work to destroy our hapless hero.

2: R v Fenton - Aired: 2012-09-13

Cleaver is in the bad books with the Attorney General, while having to defend a slimy corporate thief as he sees an innocent client punished. And, best friend Barney now hates him.

3: R v Wooldridge & Anor - Aired: 2012-09-20

Missy's book about her life as a prostitute has caused a sensation, and she's engaged. Meanwhile, Cleaver is faced with gambling debts, his psychopathic client, and David Potter.

4: R v Floyd - Aired: 2012-09-27

Missy and fiancé Joshua Floyd are Australia's most newsworthy couple; but luckily for Cleaver, when his woes are at their worst, he's given the case of the decade.

5: R v Turner - Aired: 2012-10-04

Cleaver defends Missy for murder, while Scarlet inadvertently, through an indiscretion with David, gives Cal the ammunition he needs.

6: R v Alford - Aired: 2012-10-11

Cleaver and Barney are defending a man accused of severing his neighbour's penis. Barney and Nicole's affair continues, while Scarlet and David are firmly on Cal McGregor's hook.

7: Greene v Hole - Aired: 2012-10-18

Red and David's affair is front page news; Missy decides she wants marriage and children; Cleaver is facing the consequences of the dark path he trod to recover his father's estate.

8: R v Greene - Aired: 2012-10-25

Cleaver is charged with manslaughter; his journalist girlfriend betrays him; and Kirsty wants his debt paid in full. His strategy is to have Cal McGregor upgrade the charge to murder.

Series 3 (8 Episodes)

1: Episode 1 - Aired: 2014-02-09

Cleaver Greene languishes in prison surrounded by enemies and friends. Many former colleagues from Macquarie St and the bench are also inside, courtesy of corruption scandals.

2: Episode 2 - Aired: 2014-02-16

Cleaver outsmarts the appeals judges, but life outside is not good. He is a legal pariah, jobless, homeless and phoneless, and while he has been inside, his world has been sliding towards chaos.

3: Episode 3 - Aired: 2014-02-23

At Malcolm's funeral Cleaver meets Mal's sister Felicity, a honey blonde with an acid wit; and baulks at being Scarlet's junior in the case of a gambling-addicted client.

4: Episode 4 - Aired: 2014-03-02

A murder brings Felicity back into Cleaver's life. He knows he needs Barney, despite everything that's happening in Barney's life; and he can't say goodbye to Wendy or Missy.

5: Episode 5 - Aired: 2014-03-09

Cleaver is retained for a low rent tawdry sex offence, but the Royal Commissions that have decimated David's front bench mean that even barrel-bottom Cleaver Greene is getting lots of briefs.

6: Episode 6 - Aired: 2014-03-16

Roger bans Cleaver from Wendy's, and Fuzz has returned with a Congolese wife, a Cleaveresque attitude, and (according to the AFP) a suitcase full of stolen blood diamonds.

7: Episode 7 - Aired: 2014-03-23

Siege veteran Cleaver leads Wendy, Fuzz and Prue out of Roger's hostage crisis, but is accidentally shot in the buttock.

8: Episode 8 - Aired: 2014-03-30

Something is seriously awry in Cleaver's world. His practice is booming. Barney is thriving. And he is falling in love with Felicity. But does fate have some nasty surprises in store?

Series 4 (8 Episodes)

1: Episode 1 - Aired: 2016-05-19

Cleaver's descent to earth lands him straight into the clutches of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson. Meanwhile Barney is adrift above the Pacific.

2: Episode 2 - Aired: 2016-05-26

Cleaver's been hiding out in the country posing as a writer, but his cover's blown when Barney appears on Australian Story, complete with images of his best friend. It isn't long before Thompson's goons arrive on the scene.

3: Episode 3 - Aired: 2016-06-02

Wendy reluctantly takes Cleaver in when he's evicted, while Barney is reeling from the costs of his rescue. David and Scarlet's romance is slowly being scuttled by her children; and Missy is desperate for drugs.

4: Episode 4 - Aired: 2016-06-09

Thompson has Cleaver in the frame for drug trafficking, but Wendy comes to the rescue. David is desperate to save his relationship with Scarlet, and Nicole is scrolling through her ex-husband posts.

5: Episode 5 - Aired: 2016-06-16

Barney & Cleaver are back on speaking terms and share a case; Cleaver rescues Missy who's been enjoying a cocaine-hazed few days with Cal McGregor, and appeals to Wendy's better nature to take her in.

6: Episode 6 - Aired: 2016-06-23

Cleaver defends David and Barney sees it as a betrayal; Fuzz gets Missy drugs and then she seduces him. Wendy has a date with an old flame; and a free David announces he's standing for the Senate.

7: Episode 7 - Aired: 2016-06-30

After David's acquittal Cleaver and Nicole worry about Barney, but then Cleaver gets himself disbarred and Wendy kicks him out. But Jack is determined to get him out of Wendy's life forever.

8: Episode 8 - Aired: 2016-07-07

Cleaver considers a career change but David throws a spanner in the works. Cleaver's determined to win Wendy back, but Jack is scheming to get rid of him for good. Will it work? Fuzz has some surprising news.

Season 5 (8 Episodes)

1: Greene v The World - Aired: 2018-08-19

After taking up residency in Canberra as a Senator in Federal Parliament, Cleaver has old foes and new. A terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House causes the seat of government to move down the hill to its old home.

2: Greene v The United States - Aired: 2018-08-26

Incriminating multimedia and a missing US Defence Secretary puts Cleaver firmly in the sights of the Secret Service as it comes to light that the suspected terrorist attack may have been caused by something much more benign.

3: Evans v Greene - Aired: 2018-09-02

After mislaying his suit at a fancy-dress party Cleaver is not only forced to do the walk of shame, but to speak to the house... dressed as a zebra; and he becomes the prime suspect in an assassination attempt.

4: Gold and Greene v Red - Aired: 2018-09-09

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.

5: Greene v Diaries - Aired: 2018-09-16

It's a new week and a new Prime Minister. Indigenous Liberal Greg Peters has come to the fore to lead the country with his own agenda; just as there's panic in the Capital as ministerial diaries are to be published.

6: Greene v The Unflushables - Aired: 2018-09-23

After a 21-week term Peters is out as PM and Morrow is in; Cleaver's own plumbing issues shed light on the true cause of the explosion at Parliament House; and an intended hit gone wrong results in a Senate resignation.

7: Greene v Mid-Winter - Aired: 2018-09-30

War is looming in the South China Sea; a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards, and the plumbers handled! The move back to New Parliament House is on, but not before the Mid-Winter Ball; and a feud is buried for political gain.

8: Greene v The Reckoning - Aired: 2018-10-07

Morrow has been toppled, aided and abetted by his half-brother Joe, Cal McGregor is now PM. Following an international incident and a monumental cover up, will the capitol implode whilst our heroes chose to explode?