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How we wish we could write that, since we last met our hero he has found the road to Damascus instead of the road to perdition; that he has learned to love wisely instead of too often, and that going another 25 grand into debt to back a 'sure thing' roughie at Moonee Valley paid off. The nag didn't even finish the race.Sadly, that epicentre of chaos otherwise known as Cleaver Greene has learned nothing in this time and hasn't changed one whit. If anything, he's a little worse. Like any genuine addict, Cleaver is on a constant search for higher highs and faster rushes.When we first re-discover Cleaver, he is in the back of a limo with a woman he really, really shouldn't be with. When her husband finds out about their affair, he resolves to make it his life's work to destroy our hapless hero.But for Cleaver, foes are a dime a dozen. The Shadow Attorney-General (none other than Harry-Sorry-David Potter) still has Cleaver firmly in his sights and, of course, Cleaver can't help but give David ample opportunities to gun him down.Money for Cleaver is, as ever, too tight to mention. Fortunately for him, his biggest creditor, Kirsty Corella (imprisoned crime boss Mick Corella's wife), has taken a bit of a shine to Cleaver and is more than happy to cut a generous deal... This isn't entirely convenient as his ex-wife, Wendy, has been reluctantly entertaining the odd romantic thought about him.Cleaver occasionally wonders if Missy is entertaining similar thoughts. But he doesn't have a clue where she is. She could be anywhere on the planet by now. And with anyone.Meanwhile, Barney and Scarlet are throwing all their might (maybe a little too much) into resurrecting their marriage and becoming perfect parents. Of course, for Scarlet, this means they have to have a life without Cleaver... which proves to be a little difficult for everyone.All this whilst Cleaver defends his usual array of suicide bombers, thieves, murderers, sex offenders, traitors, and psychotic school girls.More than most people (more than anyone perhaps), Cleaver Greene believes in the Chinese adage that it's a curse to live in interesting times... the problem is his times seem to be perpetually interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cleaver defends David but 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.
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.
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.
Matt Day((Harry Sorry) David Potter)
Richard Roxburgh(Cleaver Greene)
Robyn Malcolm(Kirsty Corella)
Adrienne Pickering(Missy (Melissa))
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