Franky and Karen have an argument.

First broadcast on 14th March 1979 (Melbourne);
First UK broadcast: Yorkshire Mon 19 Nov 1984 23:00; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) Mon 07 April 1997 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 1 disc 2 (AUS & UK)
Duration: 00:45:44

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
Doug ~ John Arnold
Mrs Bennett ~ Dorothy Bradley
Agency Girl ~ Leonie Collins
Sister ~ Belinda Davey
Instructress ~ Gillian O'Flynn
Gary Doyle ~ Greg Stroud
Pimp ~ Taro Thomas

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • Lizzie befriends a cat she finds in the bushes near the door to reception. Greg reports the loss of surgical alcohol to Meg and says he will have to tell Erica. Franky accosts Karen on the stairs, and when Karen rejects her and she hears Greg and Vera approaching she takes a tumble and accuses Karen of pushing her. Male prisoners come to work outside the wire to repair the drainage. Erica orders a cell search to find the alcohol missing from the surgery. Franky's brother Gary comes to visit her again, and he gives her a copy of the plan of the farmhouse he dreams of building. Marilyn is released: Eddie is waiting outside for her to take her to his flat. Lizzie brings the cat inside: Franky tells her she will wring its neck if she doesn't take it back outside. Lizzie lets the women know there are men outside and they will be back tomorrow. Erica asks Vera and Meg's opinion of Franky's prospects for parole: Vera is against but Meg suggests that her brother might give her some incentive to keep in line. Vera arrives home to find her mother sitting in the dark, but as soon as the curtains are pulled back she goes into full nag mode, eventually sinking back listlessly to watch TV. Lizzie finds the cat dead and attacks Franky for killing it , calling her a "fat pig" and (in a rare use of the word in this series) "queer". Greg attends Vera's mother at home: he tells her she has high blood pressure and prescribes some tablets. After Greg has gone, Vera's mother wonders why she hasn't found herself a nice husband. During the cell search next morning, alcohol is found in Lizzie's cell. When Lizzie takes the opportunity to accuse Franky of killing her cat (Erica suprisingly does not ask "Which cat?"), Greg tells Lizzie she could have killed the cat herself by giving it water tainted with weed killer. Lizzie remembers how she poisoned four shearers to frighten them for criticizing her cooking (apparently "10 years" ago). Mum suggests to Franky she might like to work in the garden to stay out of trouble as she is obviously trying to control her temper. Doreen and Lizzie discuss escape methods: Lizzie seems quite taken with Doreen's idea that she should fake amnesia (or as she says "anaemia") to get transferred to a mental institution, as it would be easier to break out of. She tries it out on Meg, who tells her the act "needs a bit more work". Karen refuses Greg's attempt to help her and Vera sees him slap her in frustration at her obstinate stonewalling. Vera picks up on Greg's remark that it's a "personal matter" and deduces that they they knew each other before. Bea plots to stir up Franky, as she has noticed her unwillingness to fight back. Lynn talks to Doug, one of the male prisoners on work detail on the other side of the fence. Marilyn's attempts to cook do not go too well, and she tells Eddie she wants to look for a job. Greg is invited for dinner by Meg and tells her how he met Karen. Vera's mother has a heart attack and dies, her pills untaken on the table. Franky finds out what the women have decided to do to stir her up: her brother's blueprint has been defaced with the messages such as "Doyle's Pig House" and "Outside Dunny" . Marilyn is refused by a job agency when she is honest about having been in prison. After this rejection, she is obviously tempted when her pimp calls round to suggest she should go back on the game.

    Thanks to Roger Campion for correcting my assumption that Vera's mother is watching children's TV. It is in fact (even more ironically) a public service advert for "Life, Be In It" extolling the virtues of exercise, with the tag line "Live more of your life".

    The set for the "employment agency" seems to be the rec room at Wentworth disguised with a few hastily erected screens.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 19 Nov 1984 23.15; TVS Fri 22 Nov 1985 22.30; Channel Not shown; TSW Thu 05 Mar 1987 23.10; Central Sun 10 May 1987 00.25; Thames Fri 07 Aug 1987 00.00; STV Mon 01 Feb 1988 23.05; Anglia Wed 27 Jan 88 00.30; Granada Sun 06 Mar 1988 23.30; Tyne Tees Thu 19 May 1988 23.05; Border Fri 22 Jul 1988 23.35; HTV Wed 14 Sep 1988 00.05; Grampian Sun 02 Oct 1988 23.30; Ulster Mon 04 Dec 1989 00.10