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About RAKE (US) & Episode Guides

About RAKE (US) & Episode Guides

Rake (US) Premiered on FOX on January 19, 2014

About the Show:
RAKE, a character-driven drama based on the Australian nominee for Best Television Drama series of the same name, follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer KEEGAN DEANE (Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear, “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Kennedys”).

On a single day, Keegan Deane is described as many things. His ex-wife-calls him “unreliable”; his son calls him a “pal”; most judges think he’s “an outrage”; the IRS calls him a “defendant”; and to his former dealer, he’s simply a “tragic loss.”

Brilliant, frustratingly charming and with zero filter, Keegan is one of life’s great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. He always tries to do the right thing, but at the same time struggles to save himself from the many self-destructive elements that plague his own life, such as his overindulgence of various excesses, including women and gambling.

Keegan gets a majority of his cases from BEN LEON (John Ortiz, “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Luck”), his best friend since law school. Ben is married to SCARLET (Necar Zadegan, “Emily Owens, M.D.,” “The Event”), another of Keegan’s old friends and, as Assistant District Attorney for the city of Los Angeles, quite often his opponent in court.

In addition to Keegan’s cases within the justice system, the series follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his mounting debt to his bookie and his overlapping liaisons with various women, including MELISSA “MIKKI” PARTRIDGE (Bojana Novakovic, “Edge of Darkness,” “Drag Me To Hell”), Keegan’s favorite prostitute and de-facto love interest. Also among his predicaments is his ongoing battle with the IRS. But always there to help Keegan clean up his mess is LEANNE ZANDER (Tara Summers, “Ringer,” “Damages”), his extremely put-upon, no-nonsense assistant.

Meanwhile, Keegan’s ex-wife, MADDY (Miranda Otto, “The Starter Wife,” “War of the Worlds”), a psychologist by profession, begrudgingly acts as his therapist. She also is the mother of their hormonal son, FINN (Ian Colletti, “ Phoebe In Wonderland”), who displays many of the same proclivities as his father.

Each morning, Keegan tends to wake up bruised – physically, emotionally, spiritually. Usually it’s a combination of them all. Then it’s out into the world – onto the battleground of Keegan’s day.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Greg KinnearKeegan Deane
John OrtizBen Leon
Miranda OttoMaddy Deane
Necar ZadeganScarlet Leon
Bojana NovakovicMelissa "Mikki" Partridge
Tara SummersLeanne Zander
David HarbourDavid "Harry" Potter
Ian CollettiFinn Deane

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Season 1

Episode 1: Serial Killer (Jan/23/2014)
Attorney Keegan Deane gets a new client as payment of a poker debt. The client seems like a simple guilty plea but turns out to possibly be the case of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Deane is constantly on the move, avoiding debt collectors while trying to collect his fees from deadbeat clients.

Episode 2: A Close Shave (Jan/30/2014)
Keegan's new clients are three reformed Amish men who own a bakery. They are accused of attempted murder but in actuality, they forcibly shaved the beard from an elder who wanted to retrieve a woman who the elder thought was being forced to remain in Los Angeles. Ben and Scarlet hold a recommitment ceremony while Keegan meets a new girl that seems to be the perfect woman.

Episode 3: Cancer (Feb/06/2014)
Keegan's new client is a mother who faked her son's cancer diagnosis and defrauded the insurance company. Keegan also causes skateboarder Tony Hawk to bail on Finn's school charity auction.

Episode 4: Cannibal (Feb/13/2014)
Keegan's next client is a brilliant financial planner for the city who is accused of murder, then eating his victim. While that is going on, Keegan continues to defend himself against the IRS while his call-girl girlfriend disappears from his life.

Episode 5: Bigamist (Feb/20/2014)
Keegan has an impossible case to win, a man who has married two women and doesn't deny it, he actually embraces it. Mikki has a problem with a former client who refuses to accept she has left the business. Scarlet has an emotional crisis.

Episode 6: Jury Tamperer (Feb/27/2014)
Keegan has to try and lose a case to make the city look accountable for Lucy's daughters wrongful conviction - after it's revealed Lucy has been charged with jury tampering after sleeping with a juror. However her motives are soon questioned when new evidence appears. Finn continues seeing his teacher. Mikki and David's relationship has a weakness that Keegan is keen to exploit.

Episode 7: Three Strikes (Mar/06/2014)
Keegan takes the case of a man accused of committing his third strike, a man who credits Keegan with inspiring him to become sober and is now a sponsor himself. Meanwhile, Keegan's primary creditor has upped the stakes for repayment; Ben asserts himself in his father's, now his company, and Scarlet considers running for District Attorney.

Episode 8: Staple Holes (Mar/14/2014)
Ben hires Keegan into his firm and immediately throws him into an important case. Maddy's breakup with Bruce doesn't seem to have phased Bruce while Keegan treads into dangerous territory with the Mayor's wife and Scarlet's campaign for D.A. becomes more complicated.

Episode 9: Hey, Good Looking (Mar/21/2014)
Keegan defends an artist charged with the murder of her apparently much younger husband, while Keegan himself is arrested for murdering the mayor. The accusations against Keegan divide Ben and Scarlet while Maddy tries to figure out what to do about Bruce.

Episode 10: 50 Shades of Gay (Mar/28/2014)
Keegan's new client is Jules, the pimp who first introduced him to Mikki. Jules is accused of assaulting a powerful Hollywood agent, and Keegan struggles to find witnesses willing to help his client. Meanwhile Maddy gets into trouble when she punches Finn's teacher and former lover while Scarlet's campaign is stuck in neutral and Potter gets more serious with Mikki.

Episode 11: Remembrance of Taxis Past (Apr/05/2014)
Keegan defends ex-governor Mitch Markham, accused of assault, who is vital for his support of Scarlet's campaign. The campaign is in jeopardy with the entrance of a legitimate opponent, namely David Potter, so Ben, Scarlet and Maddy decide to bring in a consultant who has a past with Maddy and Kee.

Episode 12: A Man's Best Friend (Apr/05/2014)
Keegan's next defendant is a respected doctor accused of doing unspeakable things with the family dog. Scarlet and Potter's campaign descends to mud slinging. The suicide of one of Ben's partners brings an FBI investigation that threatens to fall on Ben.

Episode 13: Mammophile (Jun/27/2014)
Keegan must use a highly unusual tactic to defend a new client and his mother, who both confess to committing the same murder, in order to protect the other. Meanwhile, as a result of Finn's school auction, Keegan is stuck with Louis, an annoying boy whose father was the only bidder on the "A Day with a Lawyer" auction item. Also, Keegan discovers that Mikki is dating someone he knows.