A crisis of faith
Jean fears her future with Lucien is at risk ... while he looks into the strange murder of a retired carpenter
Lucien and Jean’s plans to get married are hitting snag after snag. They have gossips, the church and now Lucien’s difficult divorce proceedings to deal with. While Jean worries about their relationship, Lucien is helping the Ballarat police look into another puzzling murder.
A retired carpenter is dead and there appears to be only one suspect. A young Jehovah’s Witness man was covered in blood and praying at the scene of the crime. He says he’s innocent but something just doesn’t add up. Could he be hiding something?
Not one to baulk at the first hurdle, Lucien (Craig McLachlan) digs deeper into the ex-carpenter’s history. It seems his family life was far from simple and he had an almost obsessive approach to his work. But soon enough Lucien and Charlie (Charlie Cousins) follow the clues to a cafe, which is actually the location for a high-stakes card game.
The case brings up Lawson’s (Joel Tobeck) family history with gambling, making it difficult for the chief superintendent to remain impartial during the investigation. And religion also seems to be a theme in the case, making everyone question their faith.
Rose (Anna McGahan), in particular, doesn’t seem to be her usual self. She’s momentarily lost her journalistic enthusiasm and not going after this story with the same dogged approach. Has something happened in her on-off relationship with Charlie?
Meanwhile Jean is finding herself distracted by the obstacles threatening her engagement to Lucien. He needs to get a divorce from Mei Lin (Ling-Hsueh Tang) but the few reasons they can cite to make the divorce happen either aren’t true or will tarnish Lucien and Jean’s reputations. Can they sort this out without anyone getting hurt? TVS
SETBACKS Jean (Nadine Garner) worries about the obstacles to marrying Lucien (Craig McLachlan).
CRIME SCENE A young man (Matt Testro) is covered in blood next to the dead man (Peter Roberts) as Trent (Connor Crawford) and Florence (Jem Nicholas) look on.