The BEST Episodes of Rake

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Network: ABC (AU)

On any single day, Cleaver Greene is described as many things. Whilst his ex-wife may call him 'unreliable', his son will call him 'a mate'. To his learned friends at the bar table he is 'a real wag', to his jurors he is 'hilarious', and to most judges he is 'an outrage'. To the Tax Office, he is 'a defendant', to a certain brothel owner 'a legend', and to his former cocaine dealer 'a tragic loss'.

Episode 8

#1 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 8.24
80 votes
Episode 8

#2 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8

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?

star 8.22
81 votes
Directors: Kate Dennis
Writers: Peter Duncan
R v Corella

#3 - R v Corella

Season 1 - Episode 8

Cleaver is forced to defend his loan shark Mick Corella on murder charges, and it means working with Barney again. But hope of dodging his back taxes is fading fast

star 8.07
59 votes
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.06
69 votes
Directors: Rowan Woods
Writers: Peter Duncan
R v Tanner

#5 - R v Tanner

Season 1 - Episode 7

As Barney (Russell Dykstra) starts to rebound from his recent marriage woes, Joe Sandilands (Geoff Morrell) is publicly outed as one of the MPs who patronise brothel Club Jules. Meanwhile, seeking relief for a hang-over, Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) gets hit over the head during a botched robbery at a local pharmacy. So too does one of the hapless robbers when his accomplice takes a wild swing at a CCTV camera and misses, badly injuring his mate.

star 8.05
63 votes
Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

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.

star 8.00
67 votes
Directors: Rowan Woods
Writers: Andrew Knight
R v Langhorn

#7 - R v Langhorn

Season 1 - Episode 6

Unable to resist her charms, Cleaver agrees to defend an old flame - now a successful radio shock jock Eddie Langhorn - who's charged with inciting racial hatred. Meanwhile, his tax case catches up with him and he's placed on remand. Then he learns his father has had a stroke. Scarlet, acting as prosecutor on the Langhorn case, is stumped by Cleaver's impressive defense, but Barney comes to her rescue. Cleaver despairs when he realizes his client has conned him but allows himself a glimmer of hope when Missy arrives unannounced once more. But she's come to tell him that she and David are getting married!

star 7.97
63 votes
R v Greene

#8 - R v Greene

Season 2 - Episode 8

Cleaver is in prison, charged with the manslaughter of Lane Hole's sweet, elderly neighbour. He is bailed out by Missy, flush with funds since optioning the rights to her story to Hollywood. Polly Nesbitt moves on him, but has her own agenda. Kirsty will allow Cleaver to retain his extremities, if she and Col are not implicated in his trial and he pays every last cent he owes, now. Barney warns Cleaver that he will go down for manslaughter but advises he is likely to beat a murder charge. Cleaver goads Cal McGregor into having the charge upgraded, but Cal didn't get to be Attorney-General without a few devious tricks of his own. Cleaver will need the help of all his friends and several enemies if he is to escape a hefty stretch behind bars.

star 7.96
49 votes
R v Floyd

#9 - R v Floyd

Season 2 - Episode 4

Missy and Joshua Floyd are Australia's most newsworthy couple: the bestselling author of a controversial memoir, and the founder of an on-line leaks site currently facing treason charges. A bitter Cleaver, having been ditched by Barney, represents a 'mammophile' peeping tom for the incompetent solicitor Lincoln Lincoln.

star 7.94
48 votes
R v Dana

#10 - R v Dana

Season 1 - Episode 3

Consumed by remorse after sleeping with his best friend's wife Scarlet, and facing his ninth appearance before the Bar Association, Cleaver gets a needed distraction defending a famous chef charged with bigamy. And to add insult to injury, as he and Barney commiserate at a favorite bar, Missy arrives once more with David Potter. The bigamy case is going well...that is until Cleaver discovers his client had left out some very important details. As Cleaver receives another late night phone call from Missy, they're both left wondering what it is they can't let go of.

star 7.86
86 votes
R v Fenton

#11 - R v Fenton

Season 2 - Episode 2

Cleaver's affair with the Premier proves costly when her husband begins a campaign of harassment against him. David Potter sues Cleaver for defamation, and after the clown punch-up at Max's birthday party, he's persona non grata to Barney as well.

star 7.86
49 votes
R v Chandler

#12 - R v Chandler

Season 1 - Episode 5

Cleaver prepares to defend family friend Dr. Bruce Chandler, when a very incriminating DVD finds its way to the local police. Meanwhile, Barney won't speak to him, and ex-wife Wendy blames him for Fuzz's predicament, so Cleaver turns to gambling and cocaine, scoring another beating from Mick Corella's stand-over man. Then a homeless Scarlet arrives on his doorstep, followed closely by Missy railing at the realities of partner David's new political life. And when Wendy arrives looking for Fuzz, Cleaver is left reeling. A call from Joe Sandilands has Missy scurrying back to dependable David, while Cleaver seeks solace in another line of coke.

star 7.85
67 votes
R v Lorton

#13 - R v Lorton

Season 1 - Episode 4

Cleaver takes on a case defending a once famous but now homeless artist who is accused of murdering a 15-year old male prostitute. Cleaver's guilt about Barney and Scarlet sees him make a drunken spectacle of himself in front of Missy and David. But Missy is struggling to keep up her charade with David as he considers running for public office. To add to Cleaver's woes, he and Wendy discover that Fuzz is dating his very young and attractive English teacher. At Barney's insistence Scarlet relents and makes up a name for the man she slept with...a name that implicates Cleaver.

star 7.84
73 votes
Episode 7

#14 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.82
74 votes
Directors: Kate Dennis
Writers: Andrew Knight
Greene v The Unflushables

#15 - Greene v The Unflushables

Season 5 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.82
34 votes
R v Wooldridge & Anor

#16 - R v Wooldridge & Anor

Season 2 - Episode 3

Missy's novel based on her life as a prostitute has caused a sensation. At her book signing she reveals to David that she's now engaged to the infamous founder of an on-line leaks site. Meanwhile, Cleaver's roving eye has led him to stray again, this time with Michelle, who tells him she's making a short film for Tropfest. He discovers she's not yet 16, and is horrified, but it's too late. Michelle is soon charged with accidentally killing a fellow actor while filming a scene, and blackmails Cleaver into defending her.

star 7.81
52 votes
Episode 2

#17 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.80
65 votes
Episode 1

#18 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.80
74 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Peter Duncan
Episode 5

#19 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.78
92 votes
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.75
91 votes
Episode 3

#21 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.74
66 votes
Writers: Peter Duncan
Episode 4

#22 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.74
72 votes
Writers: Andrew Knight
R v Turner

#23 - R v Turner

Season 2 - Episode 5

Missy is on trial for murdering her fiancé. The only way Cleaver can save her is to expose the conspiracy by the security apparatus Joshua humiliated. Assisted by a mysterious smoking man, he follows the money trail to ASIO, the CIA and towards information that may bring down the international banking system and several governments. Kirsty is furious that Cleaver is spending so much time with Missy, but when Col threatens to express that disapproval in the usual manner, Cleaver recognises that Col has a secret. Delirious after a mosquito-induced broken arm, Barney confesses to Scarlet that he has met someone else. Hurt and confused, Scarlet allows an innocent lunch with Harry-Sorry-David to progress down a primrose path that, with some help from Cal McGregor, will lead to perdition. Can Cleaver maintain professional standards long enough to have Missy acquitted? Will ASIO and the CIA allow him to win?

star 7.73
48 votes
Greene v The Reckoning

#24 - Greene v The Reckoning

Season 5 - Episode 8

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?

star 7.71
35 votes
Episode 2

#25 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.71
98 votes