Crim­i­nal in the ranks?

One of Lu­cien’s po­lice col­leagues be­comes a sus­pect in the mur­der of a French chef

TV Soap - - Primetime -

The Bal­larat Po­lice nd them­selves in­ves­ti­gat­ing one of their own when a French chef is found dead in a res­tau­rant freezer. Sergeant Bill Ho­bart had been at the res­tau­rant dur­ing the night to lead a spon­ta­neous po­lice raid there, which turned vi­o­lent.

Ho­bart (David White­ley) by his own ad­mis­sion re­veals that he handed out some pun­ish­ment and see­ing as Philippe looks to have been bashed Ho­bart is now rmly in the spot­light. It raises many ques­tions about why the raid was car­ried out and what made Ho­bart so ag­gres­sive.

Be­fore Lu­cien (Craig McLach­lan) can ex­am­ine the dead body he has to wait for it to thaw, so other in­quiries are made. The po­lice nd out that ru­mours about Philippe have been cir­cu­lat­ing for a long time. The sus­pi­cion is that he was gay and pos­si­bly in a re­la­tion­ship with Henry (Felix No­bis), the res­tau­rant’s owner who has just re­turned to town.

Henry ba­si­cally ad­mits as much to the po­lice, lead­ing Law­son (Joel Tobeck) and Char­lie (Char­lie Cousins) to sus­pect ho­mo­pho­bia might be the mo­tive. Things aren’t look­ing any bet­ter for Ho­bart as Lu­cien’s au­topsy re­sults seem to in­crim­i­nate him fur­ther.

It is a dif­fi­cult case for Lu­cien and the team who now must try to treat one of their own as they would any other sus­pect. Could some­one they know and trust be ca­pa­ble of mur­der?

The ru­mour mill is also go­ing into overdrive about Lu­cien and Jean’s (Na­dine Gar­ner) re­la­tion­ship. While the pair have main­tained a very re­spectable sit­u­a­tion within the home where Jean was once just Lu­cien’s house­keeper, the town gos­sips are sug­gest­ing other­wise.

Jean is cop­ping much of the un­fair com­ments and it is putting a damper on what should be a happy time for this newly en­gaged cou­ple. Will their love nd a way?

OUT COLD Dr Blake (Craig McLach­lan) looks at the body of chef Philippe, which was found in a res­tau­rant freezer. ABC SE­VERE Se­nior Sergeant Bill Ho­bart (David White­ley) gets tough with Phillipe dur­ing a raid at the res­tau­rant.

SUB­JECTS OF GOS­SIP Jean (Na­dine Gar­ner) and Lu­cien. TVS

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