Lynn is told she cannot have an abortion.

First broadcast on 13th March 1979 (Melbourne);
First UK broadcast: Yorkshire Mon 12 Nov 1984 23:00; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 06 April 1997 Sun 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 1 disc 2 (AUS & UK)
Duration: 00:47:37

Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Franky ~ Carol Burns
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Marilyn ~ Margaret Laurence
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Eddie ~ Richard Moir
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Mum ~ Mary Ward
Old man ~ John Gould
Larry ~ David John
Cheryl ~ Tracey Kelly
Marty ~ Ronald Korosy
Nurse ~ Helen O'Neill
Gary Doyle ~ Greg Stroud
Det Sgt Thomas ~ Neil Thompson
Officer ~ Susan Arnold
Lorraine ~ Anne Charleston
Magistrate ~ Syd Conabere
Sister ~ Belinda Davey
Judith-Anne ~ Kim Deacon
Paul Bentley ~ Frank Gallacher

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Graeme Arthur
  • Greg lets Meg know how disgusted he is by her attitude to Lynn when she claims she is only "looking for attention". Franky is still working the press in the laundry, but Bea walks in and claims it back. Mum is sent back to Wentworth on a three year sentence (just for shoplifting and breaking parole?). She is taken aback to see Judith-Anne has bunked off school to be in court. We see the first buyup of the series: Lizzie tries to hide her cigarettes from her cell mate Franky by putting them in her knickers under her pillow. Lizzie has to take a big gulp of surgical spirit when Franky issues threats if she doesn't hand them over. Eddie and Marilyn have a near escape and are only saved from being caught together in the rec room store cupboard by Vera until Bea starts a squabble with Cheryl as a distraction. Erica sees Marilyn after six months of her sentence and tells her that her parole is due and she is due to be released in two days. Lorraine tells Judith-Anne why Mum was in prison. Meg changes back into her nice persona and talks to Lynn about the rape. Lynn says she was only with the Bentleys two days when Mrs Bentley went away to visit her mother and she found herself alone in the house with Mr Bentley. After giving her dinner, he made drunken advances to her, then when she went to her room he forced his way in and raped her. Franky takes a packet of cigarettes from Lizzie and crushes it underfoot. Eddie proposes, but Marilyn turns him down, to Bea's surprise. Meg hints to Erica that she believes Lynn's story, but Erica says it is already known she was raped, probably by some of "her bikie friends" (eh?). Meg is back to Mrs Harsh Officer when she lets Mum know she is disgusted by her being back inside, but softens enough to ask Mum for help by talking to Lynn and getting a second opinion on her story. Bea tells Marilyn that if she doesn't marry Eddie and go straight she will end up back inside. When Mum talks to her, Lynn's flashback to her rape continues when she is returned to the Bentleys house after running away to be interviewed by the police. She says that Richie was found buried in a box in the garden with only an airtube keeping him alive. Franky steals Lizzie's teeth while she is asleep when she annoys her by snoring, so she has to go to breakfast without them . Franky will only give them back for twice the usual cut of Lizzie's buyup. Vera consults Greg about her mother. Greg suggests she consider finding her mother a place in a home, but Vera refuses to even ask her. To Marilyn's disappointment, another electrican has taken Eddie's place. Lizzie tells Doreen she's planning to escape and shows her some wire cutters. Franky gets a surprise visit from her 16 year old brother Gary. Doreen sneaks a peek through the door of the visitor's room and surprises everyone in the laundry by announcing that Franky has got a "fellah". Franky pours scorn on Gary for his plan to build a farm in the country. Marilyn gets a visit from Eddie, and tells him she still won't marry him straight away but suggests they try living together first. Doreen changes her mind about escaping with Lizzie when Franky calls her outside the laundry to give her nipples a good tweaking. Meg visits the Bentleys house to see Larry, the gardener, but as soon as she mentions Lynn, he refuses to talk to her. Erica phones the police to suggest there is enough evidence to reopen Lynn's case. Doreen plants the rusty wire cutters near the fence: Mum tries them out and finds they won't even cut through a blade of grass. Judith-Ann comes to Wentworth to visit Mum to hear Mum's explanation of why she killed her husband: she says she only helped him to commit suicide after a six month's of agonising pain. When Doreen comes to collect her for the escape, Lizzie is far too drunk to even stand. For the credit sequence , Doreen tucks Lizzie in and leaves her snoring to herself.

    Cheryl gives her surname in the buyup queue, but it's hard to hear. Cheryl Brown?

    A prisoner called "Ferguson" is supposedly occupying Mum's old cell. Not Monnie though , even though Erica's comment that she'd be "safe from Franky" is cruel but accurate.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 12 Nov 1984 23.00; TVS Fri 15 Nov 1985 23.00; Channel Not shown; TSW Thu 19 Feb 1987 23.05; Central Tue 05 May 1987 00.30; Thames Fri 31 Jul 1987 00.00; STV Mon 18 Jan 1988 23.05; Anglia Thu 21 Jan 88 23.05; Granada Tue 01 Mar 1988 00.15; Tyne Tees Thu 12 May 1988 23.10; Border Fri 15 Jul 1988 23.30; HTV Mon 12 Sep 1988 23.35; Grampian Mon 26 Sep 1988 23.35; Ulster Sun 26 Nov 1989 23.35