A cri­sis of faith

Jean fears her fu­ture with Lu­cien is at risk ... while he looks into the strange murder of a re­tired car­pen­ter

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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.

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