A man walks through Hyde Park and without warning explodes.
Never out of the headlines for long, Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is caught in an affair with Claudia Marshall (Toni Collette), the Premier of New South Wales, making himself a sworn enemy of her husband, Attorney-General and Police Minister, Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey).
David Potter (Matt Day), now Shadow Attorney General, sees this as his chance to bury Cleaver Greene once and for all, calling him "a dishonest low-life who spends his time defending society's scum, and spends his nights carousing with them". When Cleaver uses the media to retaliate, it's a race to see who will sue for defamation first.
In Parliament, David savages the fact that Cleaver is defending Zuharah (Sapidah Kian), a beautiful Muslim woman who's been charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act after her husband accidentally blew himself up in a botched suicide-bombing. The case is circumstantial but the hounds of the media and Macquarie St are convinced that any woman in a head scarf must be a terrorist. Cleaver and Barney (Russell Dykstra) are determined to save her.
Cleaver's ex Wendy (Caroline Brazier) is having troubles of her own, having just discovered that her recently acquired husband has been cheating. Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) and Barney are playing happy families, and are preparing for Max's 7th birthday party. At Scarlet's behest, Cleaver has been banned from all family gatherings.
Battling to save her own skin, the Premier alleges that Cleaver has been blackmailing her – threatening to destroy her career. And although Cleaver has text messages that could bring her undone, will he be able to use them with the Attorney-General, the Shadow Attorney-General and the full weight of police and judiciary lined up against him?