Ann talks with Sister Hall
Ann: All right to come in, Jenny?
Sister Hall: Yes of course, Mrs Reynolds. She'll be all right. I've called Dr Pemburton in to check her over, just in case.
Ann: Have you any idea what brought it on?
SH: Well, the symptoms definitely point to some sort of poisoning, but I can't find any sign of a bite, so she must have ingested it.
Ann: The meat?
SH: No, I don't think so. We'd have a lot more cases. You know it's strange: I had Harvey and Jenkins down with similar symptoms yesterday, but it can't be coming from the kitchen or we'd have everyone sick.
Ann: We'll just have to wait and see what the doctor says. Can I have a few words with Warren?
SH: Sure. I'll just be next door in case you need me.
Marlene in the prison hospital
Ann: Feeling any better, Marlene?
Marlene: Yes thanks, a bit.
Ann: Got any idea what made you sick?
Marlene: Yeah, the meat. It's the only thing she could have got hold of.
Ann: What are you saying?
Marlene: I'm saying that she tried to poison me.
Ann: Who? (Marlene turns her head away) Are you sure you're not just letting your imagination run away with you?
Marlene: Look I know it sounds silly Mrs R, but it's not the first time she's ... Oh what the hell, Jude thought I was off with the fairies too.
Ann: Marlene, it's not that I don't believe you. But how can I even check your story out if you won't tell me who's trying to poison you?
Marlene: Can't say. Dumb, isn't it?
Ann: Yes, it is. All right, you get some rest.
The women discuss Marlene
Rec room, Judy and Rachel come in.
Marie: How's your mate with the gut ache?
Judy: It's not like you to be concerned with her.
Lou: We're not. This way she's getting some of her own for a change. She's been giving me a gut ache for weeks.
Bobbie: Jude, how's Marlene?
Judy: I don't know. Myra's trying to find out. I was just saying goodbye to Edna.
Bobbie: Oh yeah, lucky bitch.
Rachel: Now every time someone gets out, it reminds me how long I'm going to be stuck in this dump.
Judy: Hey come on, don't be like that. You admitted that you did it: they're not going to stick you away for ever. You had good reason: they'll take that into account.
Frances: Yeah, they'll just take your licence away so you can't run down any more pedestrians.
Judy: Why don't you shut up?
Marie: Yeah, shut your mouth, Fran. Let the Yank do all the wishful thinking.
Rachel: She's right, though. No way I'll be let off.
[Myra walks in]
Myra: Well, Marlene must be OK, she's still here. Food poisoning or something.
Fran: Hey you were right Lou, she is getting her own back.
Alice: Must have drunk some of her own barley water.
Judy: God, do you think she was telling the truth...?
Judy: (to Myra) You feel like a cuppa?
Myra: No. After the news, thanks, love.
Judy: Ok, well I'm going to go and see how Marlene is.
Myra: I wish you luck. They wouldn't let me in
Judy: Yeah but I just (indistinct) the wounded. [At this point, the cut version of the episode starts!] Ah Mr Cruickshank, I'm glad you're here. Could I go and get some aspirin?
Judy and Bobbie are taken to see the Governor: Marie comments that she has found a way of taking out the rubbish.
Judy tells Ann Marlene's story
Ann: Now that's three people, Judy, in two days. Of course, Warren's the only one claiming she was deliberately poisoned but Sister thinks they could be linked.
Judy: Yeah well it's possible.
Judy: Look at first I didn't believe Marlene when she was saying that someone had spiked her drink, but it's all looking a bit suss now.
Ann: Did she say who it might have been?
Judy: Yeah, but I think it's a stab in the dark. That person would have no reason.
Ann: Was it Bobbie Mitchell?
Judy: Course not! Now just a minute, is that why you've got Bobbie outside? You couldn't believe that Bobbie had anything to do with it, Mrs Reynolds.
Ann: We've got to face facts, Judy. Mrs Barry told me it was Bobbie who cooked Marlene's steak.
Judy: Well that doesn't prove anything.
Ann: I know. But it doesn't look good when you link up the poisoning. Just remember, Harvey and Jenkins are friends of Kean's and Warren shares Mitchell's cell. It's quite probable she's trying to get rid of anyone who could give evidence about her attack on Kean.
Judy: Well, she didn't attack Kean.
Ann: I'm sorry Judy the police don't believe that and I don't think they're going to believe she's innocent of this, either.
The women watch Edna on TV
Judy: What's that all about?
Myra: Just giving Edna a second sendoff. Her release made the news. Well, obviously you haven't got good news from Mrs R.
Judy: No, I haven't. Mrs Reynolds thinks that Marlene was deliberately poisoned.
Rachel: Is she alright?
Myra: Does she know who did it?
Judy: She thinks Bobbie did it.
Myra: Oh come on. Well, did you talk her out of it? Oh hell, the poor kid.
The women realise who poisoned Marlene, Bobbie is on three attempted murder charges
Rachel: Who'd want to poison Marlene?
Judy: Yesterday, she said that Edna tried to poison her.
Rachel: But why, when her appeal was coming up?
Myra: Her appeal... Obviously the Rabbit has seen or heard something she shouldn't have and Edna's tried to stop her from blowing her story.
Judy: And do you realise that makes Edna as guilty as hell? Thank God she isn't here.
Rachel: You're joking. Now everyone believes she's innocent, she'll probably try again on dear Harry.
[Bobbie appears at the door of the rec room]
Bobbie: So where's the rope? Well, you all reckon I tried to poison Rabbit don't you, so why don't get a rope and put it round my neck and be done with it?
Myra: Calm down Bobbie, no-one believes that bull.
Judy: That's right love, we know who did it. We're going to back your story all the way so they don't pin it on you.
Bobbie: Oh you, you two faced bitch. It was you who lagged to the screws. Well you did pretty good, lady, cos now they're trying to lumber me with three attempted murders. You hear that? Three. (storms out)
Myra: (holding Judy back from following Bobby) Better if I talk to her.
Marie: Don't tell me there's trouble in the camp.
Rachel: Just shut up, Marie. Don't worry Jude. There must be some way we can prove it was Edna
Judy: Yeah sure.
Joan catches Shane putting the money back in her purse: he explains he was going to buy himself a birthday present to impress his friends.
Bobbie is to be interviewed by the police
Judy: Anyone heard how Warren is this morning?
Rachel: Oh yeah, sorry I forgot. Elaine says she's bouncing around the hospital.
Myra: It'll take a lot to keep that one down. (To Bobbie) Hello love, what did Mrs M want?
Bobbie: I've got to see the cops after breakfast.
Myra: Don't worry, they can't pin the poisoning on you.
Bobbie: Why not, they didn't have any trouble blaming me for trying to kill Reb.
Judy: Oh come on, honey, we're working on that.
Rachel: We just have to find something that will convince them it was Edna.
Bobbie: Jeez you lot make me laugh. There's no way you can prove that so how the hell are you going to prove it wasn't me? I cooked Rabbit's meat, remember? (moves to another table)
Myra: We're going to have to do something quick otherwise she'll admit to it just to get everyone off her back.
Rachel: Can't we go to Mrs Reynolds? It can't be lagging if Edna's gone, can it?
Judy: Well I wouldn't care if it was lagging. All I'm interested in is Bobbie.
Rachel wants to warn Harry by telephone
Myra: Spare a thought for Edna's husband.
Rachel: She's probably giving him breakfast right now. For Pete's sake, we have to ring him. Warn him or something.
Myra: He's not going to believe us. Even the courts couldn't convince him.
Rachel: We have to at least let him know what happened in here. It would be up to him if he wants to believe it or not.
Judy: I'll have to see Mrs Reynolds after breakfast.
Myra: I wouldn't mention the phone call to Harry, though. I don't think she'd go along with it.
Judy: I am going to see her about Bobbie. That is top priority. We'll worry about Harry later.
Shane is feeling sick, and Joan realises he isn't faking to get off school.
Judy asks Ann to drop the charges against Bobbie
Ann: So what proof do you have?
Judy: Well, none really, just that Marlene was scared silly for days before the last attack.
Rachel: And we know it wasn't Bobbie, Mrs Reynolds.
Judy: You've got to help her. Miss Ferguson won't lift a finger to help her when she takes over.
Ann: We don't know yet that Miss Ferguson will be taking over Judy and I can't drop these charges nor can my replacement just on the sayso of Mitchell's friends.
Judy: Then why can't you at least take our word about the barley water? Edna had to have fixed that.
Rachel: Please Mrs Reynolds, you've got nothing to prove it was Bobbie. You have to believe us.
Ann: I'd like to, Milsom. But it seems awfully convenient to point to Edna Pearson as soon as a poisoning happens. I only hope for everyone's sake that Bobbie isn't trying to use her as a scapegoat. She certainly had more motive than Edna for the poisonings. (Judy starts to protest) No Judy I'm sorry there's nothing I can do. (Judy turns and walks out of the office)
Reb tells Bobbie she can't get her off the hook, because she can't lag, and won't even tell Bobbie who pushed her. Joan amazes Heather by thanking her for her help during the riot, and confides to her that Marie is going to Blackmoor. Heather challenges her to explain why she didn't sound the alarm, but is not convinced by what Joan says.
Judy tells Myra about the phone call
Myra: Hey, did Rachel get to phone Harry?
Judy: Yes, she's there now. I hope there aren't too many H. Pearsons in the phone book but I'm pretty sure Edna said they lived in Woddleton (?) I wish I'd been the staff room when Mrs Barry sprung her.
Myra: Fancy buying a story like that.
Judy: Well, why not? Everybody uses phone books to do bust exercises. Almost everybody. (end of cut, start of scene as broadcast)
Myra: Want a game of chequers?
Myra: No I think even chequers is beyond me today.
Judy: Myra, is something bothering you?
Bobbie is not impressed by her friends attempt to get her off the poisoning charge and says that Reb knows who pushed her, and since she isn't saying it must have been Marie.
Marlene asks Frances and Alice to tell Ann about the barley water
Alice: Look at that one! (showing Frances what is probably supposed to be a male pinup in a magazine)
Frances: Musn't have much. That figleaf's pretty small.
Alice: I wouldn't mind waiting for autumn.
Frances: I would. [Marlene knocks on the open cell door] What do you want?
Marlene: I just got out of hospital and they're blaming Bobbie for making me sick.
Marlene: Well yous know that the barley water Edna gave me was poisoned so I though if you could tell Reno it would get her of the hook.
Frances: Why should we? We don't owe you nothing. In fact, you owe us. Right, Alice?
Alice: Yeah, we heard it was you pinched all our buyup goods. You've got a nerve coming asking us for favours.
Marlene: They weren't your buyup goods. I was giving them back to the people that owned them.
Frances: Well now we're going to show you what playing Goody Two Shoes is going to get you. Hold her, Jenks.
Marlene: I'm warning you if you touch me, Myra and Judy are going to get you.
Frances: Since when?
Marlene: Since they said they'd keep their eyes open for me in case you decided to pay me back.
Frances: Well, we'll just wait until they're out of action, Lardbelly. Then we'll mop the floor with you.
Alice: Come on, before she cacks her pants.
Marie tells Lou, Alice and Frances that she has Joan under her thumb and tells them to fix Myra and her mates. Lou leads Myra and Judy into a trap, but they turn the tables. Heather refuses to bring more drugs in for Marie and tells her that Joan is planning to have her sent to Blackmoor.
Rachel comments on Marlene's appetite
Rachel: God, you must have a cast iron stomach. I couldn't eat for a week if I'd been poisoned.
Marlene: I'm starving. Must have cleaned me out. Did you get through to poor old Harry? [end of cut] Hey you two (to Myra and Judy) I've got your lunches for you. They're probably cold by now, but.
Marlene finds a suicide note on Bobbie's bed.
Rachel wonders if Harry will believe her story
Judy: Do you think Harry believed you?
Rachel: I don't know. I think I managed to convince him I wasn't just a crank caller.
Myra: It's a long shot to expect a phone call from a jail bird to change his mind about Edna.
Judy: Well it might get him to think for a minute. You know: if in doubt, eat out. [end of cut]
Joan: Milsom you've got a visitor. Come on, I haven't got all day. Are you in a hurry Warren?
Marlene shows Judy and Myra the "suicide" note and they go in search of Bobbie. Rachel's solicitor tells her she has a good chance at her trial. Meg tells Marlene that Bobbie has gone to the infirmary with a headache. Dennis rescues a man from a crashed car just before it catches fire. Mrs O'Reagan rejects Rachel's menu ideas. Marie checks up on Joan's idea of her side of the deal, loses her temper and slaps Joan: she threatens to expose Joan's involvement in the riot and demands that Joan helps her to escape.
Meg admits she may have misjudged Edna, Ann reprimands Joan about the orders
Meg: (on the staff room phone) No, not tomorrow. This afternoon. I want it cut down, the roots dug out and carted away. Right, thank you.
Joan: Organising your garden, eh? Tsk, tsk. Personal business on prison time?
Meg: For your information it was prison business. And in case you're interested, I have some new evidence on the Warren poisoning.
Joan: Eager little beaver, aren't you? I thought you'd be better off spending your time looking at the situations vacant.
Meg: As you well know, Joan, if they make you Governor, I'll resign. Meanwhile, I hope we're both professional enough to still work together.
Joan: Hmm, right. Well, what about this new "evidence"?
Meg: Well, no-one else got sick after that barbecue and the meat that was left over was as fresh as a daisy so that just about rules out food poisoning. Today I searched up near the barbecue area and I found a skewer made out of an oleander bush.
Joan: Oleander? That rings a bell.
Meg: Yes, it's a poisonous shrub. We've got one outside: I'm having it removed today.
Joan: So you're suggesting that someone has used this oleander skewer to poison Warren's steak. Well, that puts the blame right on Mitchell doesn't it?
Meg: No. It just doesn't add up.
Joan: I could think of a number of people who'd like to get rid of Warren. Justifiable homicide, I'd call it.
Meg: Mitchell wouldn't know the difference between an oldeander and a buttercup and neither would any of the other women. But one thing does stick in my mind. Two days ago out in the garden, Edna Pearson was spouting on to all the women about gardening and she named every plant she could see.
Joan: Well. Maybe she was guilty. And you and the Governor were so pleased when she was released.
Meg: I have been wrong before.
Joan: Many times. Anyway, it's all a waste of time. Your new evidence wouldn't stand up in a court of law.
Meg: I'm well aware of that, Joan.
Ann (coming into the staff room): Meg, a fistful of invoices just landed on my desk I know nothing about. Did you authorise them while I was out?
Joan: I authorised them.
Ann: With what authority?
Joan: When I'm appointed Governor there are certain things I'll need. I thought it was in the interests of efficiency to be prepared.
Ann: Once you're appointed - if you're appointed - you can and no doubt will do whatever the hell you like, but as long as I'm Governor I will not be treated with contempt by you of all people. Make sure these are cancelled (slamming the invoices down in front of Joan, who is smirking at having had the desired effect)
To prove that Bobbie isn't forgotten, Judy reads Pixie's letter to the women, asking after her and saying she's visited Cass. Joan tries to reprimand Heather and Dennis for turning up late to work. Meg reports back to Myra that she's had a call from Kay. Dot scalds Mrs O'Reagan and herself with hot fat.
Marlene wonders if Harry will be okay
Marlene: (writing a letter) Can't really tell my mum and dad about that maniac trying to poison me, can I? I hope her husband wakes up to himself. [end of cut] I'm really sorry about carrying on like a chook with its head cut off today.
Bobbie tells Marlene she was going to kill herself, but she stole the wrong pills. The Minister's secretary visits Wentworth to tell Joan that Ann is to be reinstated.