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Saturday 19th September 7.05pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing at-risk children. This week, a mother tries to stop her learning-disabled son from being exploited by a drug dealer. Elsewhere, a car accident leaves Jake facing a jail term.

Nick is assigned the case of Malcolm Dempsey, a 25- year-old man with learning difficulties. Malcolm has a job and is living in his own apartment, but his mother, Alice, wants him to move back in with her. “She’s mad at me,” Malcolm says. It transpires that Malcolm is friends with a drug dealer called Freddie Paddock. Alice claims that Freddie is using Malcolm to deliver narcotics, and is seeking guardianship of her son.

During the hearing, Nick argues that Alice has her own motives for wanting her son at home. “I’m sure you could really do with Malcolm’s social-security cheque,” he suggests. Alice is distraught and insists her son is in real danger. “He doesn’t understand what he’s doing,” she pleads. “He just wants to have a friend!” But the judge rules in Nick’s favour and allows Malcolm to continue living by himself.

It seems the lawyer has made an error of judgment, however, when Freddie is shot dead, and Malcolm is spotted fleeing the dead man’s apartment. As the prime suspect in the murder investigation, Malcolm now faces a jail term. Alice visits Nick at Fallin and Associates and begs for his help. “You told me that Malcolm was in trouble, not that he was the trouble,” Nick says. “There’s no way he killed Freddie Paddock. It isn’t in him,” Alice insists.

Alvin attempts to reassign Malcolm’s case to a different attorney. “We don’t handle criminal cases,” he says. However, when Nick learns the case will be given to a disreputable lawyer, he resolves to help Malcolm himself. Nick asks his former drug dealer, Colin Bryant, for information about the case. The slimy Bryant says he can put Nick in touch with a possible witness to the murder – but as Nick leaves, the dealer slips a bag of cocaine into his old client’s jacket. In seeking to help Malcolm, will Nick be tempted by his old demons?

Elsewhere, Jake finds himself in serious trouble when he accidentally hits lawyer Frank Furnari with his car while delivering some papers for the firm. “He just bounced off my windshield,” says the distraught attorney. Things look bad for Jake, however, when it emerges that he was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident – and the judge in his trial is keen to make an example of him in a bid to ban the use of cellphones behind the wheel. With Jake already facing a potential jail term, the situation becomes graver still when Burton discovers that the victim’s wife is suing Fallin and Associates over the accident. She claims that Jake was distracted because he was delivering work for the firm.

To avoid jail and retain his law licence, Jake sets out to prove that the victim was responsible for the accident himself. He has a lucky break when he sees an old college friend at the court house who also works at Furnari’s firm. Jake discovers that Furnari was facing fraud charges, and becomes convinced he committed suicide so his family could benefit from a large insurance payout. When Furnari dies from his injuries, Jake is slapped with a homicide charge. Can he persuade Furnari’s wife to exonerate him?

Saturday 12th September 8.00pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing at-risk children. This week, a mother tries to stop her learning disabled son from being exploited by a drug dealer. Elsewhere, a car accident leaves Jake facing a jail term.

Nick is assigned the case of Malcolm Dempsey, a 25-year-old man with learning difficulties. Malcolm has a job and is living in his own apartment, but his mother, Alice, wants him to move back in with her. “She’s mad at me,” Malcolm says. It transpires that Malcolm is friends with a drug dealer called Freddie Paddock. Alice claims that Freddie is using Malcolm to deliver narcotics, and is seeking guardianship of her son.

During the hearing, Nick argues that Alice has her own motives for wanting her son at home. “I’m sure you could really do with Malcolm’s social-security cheque,” he suggests. Alice is distraught and insists her son is in real danger. “He doesn’t understand what he’s doing,” she pleads. “He just wants to have a friend!” But the judge rules in Nick’s favour and allows Malcolm to continue living by himself.

It seems the lawyer has made an error of judgment, however, when Freddie is shot dead, and Malcolm is seen running out of his apartment. As the prime suspect in the murder investigation, Malcolm now faces a jail term. Alice visits Nick at Fallin and Associates and begs for his help. “You told me that Malcolm was in trouble, not that he was the trouble,” Nick says. “There’s no way he killed Freddie Paddock. It isn’t in him,” Alice insists.

Alvin attempts to reassign Malcolm’s case to a different attorney. “We don’t handle criminal cases,” he says. However, when Nick learns the case will be given to a disreputable lawyer, he resolves to help Malcolm himself. Nick asks his former drug dealer, Colin Bryant, for information about the case. The slimy Bryant says he can put Nick in touch with a possible witness to the murder – but as Nick leaves, the dealer slips a bag of cocaine into his old client’s jacket. In seeking to help Malcolm, will Nick be tempted by his old demons?

Elsewhere, Jake finds himself in serious trouble when he accidentally hits lawyer Frank Furnari with his car while delivering some papers for the firm. “He just bounced off my windshield,” says the distraught attorney. Things look bad for Jake, however, when it emerges that he was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident – and the judge in his trial is keen to make an example of him in a bid to ban the use of cellphones behind the wheel. With Jake already facing a potential jail term, the situation becomes graver still when Burton discovers that the victim’s wife is suing Fallin and Associates over the accident. She claims that Jake was distracted because he was delivering work for the firm.

To avoid jail and retain his law licence, Jake sets out to prove that the victim was responsible for the accident himself. He has a lucky break when he sees an old college friend at the court house who also works at Furnari’s firm. Jake discovers that Furnari was facing fraud charges, and becomes convinced he committed suicide so his family could benefit from a large insurance payout. When Furnari dies from his injuries, Jake is slapped with a homicide charge. Can he persuade Furnari’s wife to exonerate him?

Saturday 5th September 7.30pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing at-risk children. This week, a teenage runaway coerces Nick into helping her stay with her sister. Elsewhere, a crumbling Alvin faces a loss of funding for the clinic.

While sitting in a bar, Nick is propositioned by an attractive young woman and takes her home. When he arrives at Children’s Legal Services the following day, he is given the case of Dina Jameson, a 15-year-old girl who faces separation from her younger sister. Nick is horrified when he comes face to face with his new client – and realises she is the same girl he took home. “When I told you I was 25, you should have asked to see my ID,” she says.

Dina explains that her foster parents, the Hallers, kicked her out after she had an affair with their friend and business partner, Fletcher Sachs. However, they are keen to adopt her eight-year-old sister, Lisa. Dina admits she propositioned Nick because she needed a lawyer to help her stay with her sister. In order to ensure his help, she threatens to report him for statutory rape. “Maybe I could tell the police about what we did last night,” she suggests. Nick visits the Hallers and is astounded to find that Sachs is still in business with the family. “You don’t know Dina. If you did, you’d understand where we’re coming from,” Wayne Haller says.

Nick meets with Dina again and explains that he cannot force the Hallers to adopt her. He also suggests that her best chance of getting custody of Lisa herself is to get a job. “No jobs, no training courses. Just get it done,” she replies. When Nick attempts to dig into Dina’s past, she claims that her parents abandoned her and Lisa. “One day they left us at a rest stop and never came back,” she says. Alvin insists that the best option for Lisa is to be left with the Hallers. “There’s an eight-year-old girl who stands a chance of having a good home,” he says.

The Hallers come into the clinic and Alvin questions them about Fletcher Sachs. “He’s human. He slipped,” Wayne says. He also tells Alvin that they reported Sachs as soon as they knew about his relationship with Dina. Nick takes the opportunity to ask Lisa about her past, but he is surprised to discover that her recollections differ from Dina’s. “We lived in an old school bus. We parked it under a bridge,” she says. Nick visits Dina’s school and confronts her. She retaliates by again threatening to tell the police about their night together. “I know an awful lot about you,” she says, ominously.

Desperate to find a way out of the situation, Nick gets his car dusted for Dina’s prints and asks a friend in the police force to trace her. He discovers Dina’s real name is Ava Donaldson. Following a rape at just ten years old, she went on the run. When he tracks down Ava’s real parents and brings them into the clinic, Nick is astonished to learn she is 28! Why is the troubled woman lying about her age? And is Lisa really her sister?

Elsewhere, Alvin loses funding for the clinic when a rival firm wins the contract to provide legal services for children. Nick tells Alvin that Fallin and Associates are trying to redistribute leftover funds from a class action law suit – and CLS could qualify for a donation. “Don’t push too hard. Don’t demand it. Just be humble,” he says. Facing a shortfall of $300,000, Alvin also agrees to take part in a charity auction to try and raise some funds. The harassed lawyer hits a new low when he goes to bed with the woman who ‘bought’ him…

The following day, Alvin arrives at Fallin and Associates to plead his case for a donation. His lack of preparation does not impress, and he breaks off the presentation. “You’ve already made up your minds haven’t you? You’re not giving this money to me,” he says. Could Children’s Legal Services face permanent closure?

Saturday 29th August 7.15pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing at-risk children. This week, Nick argues the case for a gay teenager whose application to be adopted by a gay couple has been turned down. Elsewhere, Amanda defends a philandering executive against a sexual harassment suit.

Laurie Solt asks Nick to take on the case of 16-yearold Ethan Ritter, a gay teenager who was arrested and beaten for propositioning a police officer. “I think he actually enjoyed hitting me,” Ethan says at the station. The hard-working attorney agrees to represent Ethan if he promises to show up for his custody hearing and go back to his group home. However, when the troubled boy is aggressive and uncooperative, Nick refuses to take the case.

Nick tells Laurie that he is tired of giving people second chances, but she insists that Ethan needs his help. “He’s a gay teenager whose father threw him out of the house when he came out,” she says. Laurie explains that she previously tried to place Ethan in the care of a gay couple, but the judge ruled against the motion. Nick visits Ethan’s prospective foster parents, Dave and Ed, and they reiterate their desire to adopt the youngster. “You’d be amazed at the homophobia out there,” Ed sighs.

When Ethan misses his court hearing and runs away from the home once again, Nick is infuriated. “I have other things to do with my life than community service. I did what you guys asked of me,” he shouts. However, when Laurie learns that Ethan has been spotted at a gay club called the Eagle, the disgruntled lawyer reluctantly agrees to try and help him. Although he is unable to find Ethan, Nick is surprised to see a well-known judge called Smitrovich at the bar…

After tracking Ethan down, Nick persuades the boy to stay with Dave and Ed until his court date. Despite Alvin’s belief that it is too risky, Nick suggests that they try and judge-pick Smitrovich for the hearing, hoping he will be more sympathetic. When the hearing begins, Nick is optimistic that the case is going well – but he is stunned when Ethan’s mother suddenly arrives and insists that her son should not be placed in a gay home. Can Nick still persuade the judge to reverse the decision?

Elsewhere, Nick and his father take on the case of Franklin Derwitt, a longtime client who has been accused of sexual harassment. Nick is not sure the firm should be taking on a harassment case. “I don’t understand why we’re even handling this one,” he tells Burton. The sleazy Derwitt insists that although he did have sex with Suzanna Clemons, it was consensual, and the lawsuit is her attempt to get revenge for being passed over for a promotion.

Concerned that Derwitt is a highly unsympathetic witness, Nick decides that Amanda should take the lead in the case. After a bad performance in court, Burton takes Amanda to task for her lack of aggression. “You’ve got to be tougher,” he tells her. “Because I’m a woman?” she asks. “No, because you’re a lawyer!” he shouts. Will Amanda be able take a harder stance against a woman she believes is telling the truth?

 

Saturday 15th August 8.00pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing abused, neglected and at-risk children. In this instalment, Nick takes on the case of a disabled boy who is desperate to live with his stepfather.

In the third episode of the series, Nick is asked to represent Lawrence Neal, a wheelchair-bound boy who faces being sent to a state-run facility. Lawrence tells Nick that his mother, Summer, is about to begin a two-year jail term for prostitution. The boy is keen to stay with his stepfather, Jerry, but he has a previous conviction for assault and battery. Nick attempts to persuade Lawrence’s social worker, Laurie Solt, to let him stay with his stepfather, but she insists that the Riley centre is the best option. “There’s no way I’m changing my recommendation,” she says.

Nick visits the Neal residence and sees Lawrence happily playing with Jerry. When he looks into Jerry’s case, Nick finds that he was convicted for assaulting his mother. He goes to meet Jerry’s sister, who reveals that Jerry was trying to protect her from their mother’s boyfriend. “He didn’t hit my mum – all he did was block my mum and give her boyfriend a beating,” she says. Nick speaks to Laurie again, but she tells him that even if Jerry’s sister testifies on his behalf, the family home is still not suitable for a wheelchair user. She also believes that Lawrence would be better off at the centre. “I’ve seen what can happen when a placement goes bad,” she says.

Nick and the Neal family visit the Riley centre, but when Lawrence sees that most of children have learning difficulties he is even more determined not to live there. “How come just because I’m in a wheelchair I get stuck with kids like this?” he asks. When Summer is distracted, Lawrence tells Jerry and Nick that he thinks he has tracked down his real father, and hopes that if he can convince him to pay child support, it may help Jerry’s case. However, a visit to the man in question ends in disaster when he denies any responsibility. “Your mother is a whore!” he shouts.

Nick realises that Lawrence’s illness could be the key to finding his natural father. Examining Summer’s client book he comes across a number for Derek Johnson, a man he knew when he was still using drugs. Nick remembers that Derek’s brother has neurofibromatosis, the same disease that caused Lawrence’s spinal condition. Nick meets with Derek and tells him he thinks Lawrence could be his son. “The kid is going to end up in a state home for mentally disabled children,” he says. However, Derek refuses to agree to any financial support. “I have two kids in private school – I can’t afford this!” he insists.

Despite Nick’s insistence that Lawrence should stay with his stepfather, it seems that the assault charge and the fact that Jerry is working two jobs will count against him. But the hearing to decide where Lawrence should live is interrupted when Derek and his wife, Emily, suddenly arrive and offer to look after Lawrence themselves. In the heated debate that follows, it seems that Lawrence’s wishes could be ignored once again…

Elsewhere, Nick faces a tricky situation when his childhood friend Rachel Shell asks for his help in taking over her father’s firm. “My father called me into his office last week and told me he was going to promote my brother over me,” she tells him. With Rachel’s father, Bart, asking the firm to represent his interests, Nick must decide where his loyalty really lies.

Saturday 8th August 8.00pm

The legal drama starring ‘The Mentalist’ actor Simon Baker continues. Having been arrested for possession of narcotics, disgraced corporate lawyer Nick Fallin (Baker) is sentenced to perform community service representing abused, neglected and at-risk children. In this instalment, Nick takes on a pharmaceutical company that produced a drug inciting a man to kill his wife.

In the second episode of the series, Nick takes on the case of Hunter Reed, the son of a doctor who killed his wife after taking an experimental drug. Nick decides to sue the pharmaceutical company that made the drug for $10million, in an attempt to safeguard Hunter’s financial future. However, when Dr Thomas Reed’s criminal defence attorney seeks a dismissal of the murder charge, Nick realises that the civil suit will be in danger – unless Hunter testifies that he saw his father kill his mother.

In order to make his case against Bendaprine Pharmaceuticals, Nick must first go through their legal counsel, Meghan Barstow, who offers him $200,000 to settle the case. Nick knows Hunter’s case is worth much more – but only if the boy tells the truth in court. Although Nick tries to keep him off the witness stand, the judge in the case orders Hunter to appear. But when the boy tries to divert any blame from his dad, Dr Reed asks his son to tell the truth…

Elsewhere, when Marcus Greenwood is arrested for dealing drugs, James looks for a family member to take custody of his 11-year-old brother, Andre. After locating an uncle who is willing to take the boy in, James must first get the boy’s imprisoned mother to give up her parental rights. Although Andre begs to be put in prison with his older brother, James ultimately convinces the judge to award custody to his uncle. But before Andre can be taken to his new home, he runs away. Is the boy prepared to get himself arrested just to stay with his brother?

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