Crownies Episode 14

Air Date: 6th October 2011

Cast: Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriades, Indiana Evans, Marta Dusseldorp, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Jerome Ehlers, Jeanette Cronin, Peter Kowitz

Synopsis: The Quinn case goes to a pre-trial hearing, leaving an anxious David outside the court awaiting the result, which may have far-reaching implications for the DPP.   Richard asks Tracey for some more challenging cases, and ends up with a loopy woman in a feng shui battle with her loud karaoke-loving neighbours.   Tatum and Tony are prosecuting at a coronial enquiry concerning the death of a police officer in an extreme training exercise.

The strong story telling of the last few weeks continues with this episode, an impressive feat given that the main in-court action actually side-steps the Quinn case that has been hanging in the air since the first episode, and instead focusses more on the coronial enquiry being prosecuted by Tony.   This is the second episode to focus on this oafish character, and once again it peels away his boy’s club facade and shows a character of real heart, to the benefit of the whole episode, if not the series.

At the beginning of this case, Tony is in complete agreement with opposing counsel that this was a simple matter of an accident, a young man in a late night training exercise on little sleep falling to his death.   It is only when the father of the officer confronts Tony that he questions the wisdom of this training exercise being held in the first place.   There are a few hints of A Few Good Men in this story, including the stony commanding officer training those under his command to be more than men.   It does not suffer poorly from comparison though, given a large focus is on Tony and his moral dilemma.

As stated above, the Quinn pre-trial hearing is not actually shown, with the audience just as anxious as David to hear the result.   SPOILERS AHEAD.   When the result is heard, it is not favourable for the DPP, however they have grounds to pursue the matter further.   Interestingly, it comes down to a choice between what will be popular and beneficial for the public perception of the DPP, or what is right, protecting the rights of two innocent but lower class citizens whom have been victims of a crime from someone perceiving himself above the law.   It results in an incredible episode cliff-hanger.

Crownies is building from strength to strength at the moment, and has really fond its feet.

4.5 stars out of 5

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