CLEAVER AND THE PARTY POOPERS
Everyone’s favourite pollie looks to have met his match, even when he tries to unwind a little on Rake
Senator Greene certainly has a full plate at the moment, what with an in ux of new BuzzStay guests, ghting the defamation suit that his new nemesis, the pesky right-wing Senator Penny Evans, has dumped him in, and stealing Nicole’s personal memories to cause an inter-office meltdown. What’s a harried guy to do to catch a break from all the madness? Enjoy a few of his much-loved vices, of course! But even that’s easier said than done when those pastimes are Females, Football and Free Lunches. Here’s how Cleaver’s plans for all three go pear-shaped.
Missy, Li-Ming & Wendy
Ah, women! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them – and although former prostitute Missy (Adrienne Pickering) left Cleaver’s (Richard Roxburgh) orbit quite a while ago, she’s back and under some weird misapprehensions about her place in his life! Appearing on Cleaver’s doorstep with his baby grandson Winsome in tow, she insists she’s moving in and putting down roots in Canberra! She’s also got it into her head that she has a new job as Cleaver’s new press secretary! Desperately wanting to just have fun with the ladies who leave their baggage at the door, Cleaver succumbs to a headache and seeks refuge via science...
Presenting a school science award, he’s soon enamoured with all parts of the female anatomy when he meets climate science advocate Li-Ming Wu (Tasneem Roc). She’s beautiful, charming and very intelligent. There’s only one thing wrong: Cleaver knows she’s way out of his league.
The one woman who is – or at least used to be – into him is his psychologist ex-wife Wendy (Caroline Brazier), who’s now counselling politicians with personal problems. Cleaver has plenty, including the new governmental edict that ministerial diaries are to be published, forcing him to invent ways to categorise his hours to placate his ex and the public. Time for his second vice...
Off to the footy
Needing another breather, Cleaver is doing his best to get to the game in time and see his beloved Bunnies post a win. Unfortunately, fate conspires against him again when he gets caught in a traffic snarl caused by a car crash. Thinking quickly, Cleaver bills the stoppage time as a meeting with emergency healthcare professionals! After all, pollies are all about perks of the job, aren’t they? Finally arriving at the ground, things appear to be on an upswing when he meets gaming producer Bevan Lee (Ewen Leslie). Bevan’s ensconced in a corporate box and suggests Cleaver watch the action in luxury and comfort. Ah, the sweet life! Until, of course, his third vice conspires against him…
Price of a free lunch
Expecting to be fed and watered for free, Cleaver settles back to be indulged, but his suspicions about Bevan are overwhelming. He’s faintly familiar to Cleaver from the past and he wonders if he can trust him. That fear proves correct when Bevan asks him to support some questionable policy moves he wants enacted. Distracted by the game, Cleaver gives his stamp of approval, only to realise there’s no such thing as a free lunch! TVS
MISS ME? Missy’s (Adrienne Pickering) back on the scene