Cleaver's (Richard Roxburgh) affair with the Premier proves to be costly when her husband, Attorney-General Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey) begins a campaign of harassment against him. And not only is David Potter (Matt Day) suing him for defamation, but, after the clown punch-up at seven-year-old Max's birthday party, he's lost Barney (Russell Dykstra) as a friend and colleague as well.
Meanwhile, Barney and Scarlet (Danielle Cormack) are seeing a counsellor, but Scarlet's efforts at being the perfect wife are falling flat, with Barney hoping she will just go back to work. He's busy defending Lawrence Fenton (Garry McDonald), who's charged with fraud for posing as a board member at various meetings around town in a campaign aimed against the corporate debasement of the English language.
Cleaver, meanwhile, has been asked to defend Damien Trengrove (Don Hany), who's been accused of stealing two million dollars from a children's leukemia foundation run by his glamorous wife Clover.
Cleaver, looking to Wendy (Caroline Brazier) for solace, arrives just as her book group is winding up their chat about A Thousand Lies I Have Told by a new author, J. M. Doolan. Cleaver's in his element, taking special notice of newly-divorced neighbour Sally (Katrina Hobbs), while Wendy can't wait to tell him how Fuzz (Keegan Joyce) is applying himself to his studies and even jogging every day.
Cleaver is yet to discover that both neighbour Sally and author J.M. Doolan have surprises in store for him.
Cal McGregor's campaign of police harassment continues. Cleaver is hauled in for questioning again, and runs into Barney and his client Lawrence Fenton, who wants Cleaver to join them on his case. Barney won't have a bar of it, but when Lawrence gatecrashes a conference on global security being held by Cal with the British Home Secretary in attendance, Barney can't resist Cleaver's entreaties. David Potter uses the breach of security to embarrass the A-G, who pulls out all the stops – charging Lawrence with terrorism.
Cleaver is now defending an innocent ex-school teacher whom Cal is determined to persecute, and a slimy corporate thief who for some unknown reason, Cal wants to set free. Is there any chance that he will see justice done?