Bea is persuaded to help out with the beauty class.

First broadcast 21st March 1979 (Melbourne);
First UK broadcast: Yorkshire Mon 3 Dec 1984 23:00 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 09 April 1997 Wed 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 1 disc 3 (AUS & UK)
Duration: 00:45:01

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
Yvonne ~ Jane Clifton
Mr Guthrie ~ Barry Michael
Helen Masters ~ Louise Pajo
James Brandon ~ Brandon Smith
Harry ~ Veron Weaver
Officer ~ Margaret Younger
Paul Bentley ~ Frank Gallacher
Mrs Bentley ~ Adrianthe Galani
Susie ~ Marilyn Rodgers
Police Officer (arresting Mrs Bentley)

  • Written by Ian Bradley
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • Vernon Weaver's name is misspelt in the credits. Thanks to John in for identifying the actress who plays Susie.

    Helen is taken back to her cell and Meg tells Bea of Helen's decision to stay in Wentworth. Erica decides that Helen will have to forego her priveliges and therefore the officer assigned to protect her will be withdrawn and she will be put to share a cell, with Bea for instance. Marilyn goes back to Eddie and apologises to him. Vera notices Helen and Bea squaring up to each other and breaks the news that Helen is to be moved in with Bea and Doreen. Greg suggests that Helen could help herself by distracting the women from their boredom by running beauty classes for the inmates. Mum sees Lynn looking out for Doug and tells her to try and forget everything to do with prison. Helen asks her lawyer Mr Guthrie to arrange Lynn's appeal and let everyone know who's paying for it. She also gives him Meg's name and he visits her at home to get her opinion on Lynn's case. Marilyn's friend (and fellow prostitute) Yvonne turns up and goes out for a bottle of booze. Meg gets into trouble over press coverage of Lynn's case, as it says that the investigation of her case has been abandoned. (And a fascinating article it is too : it begins "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.") Erica isn't the only one who has seen the press coverage: the Bentleys also discuss the newspaper article. Mrs Bentley agrees to go to stay with her mother, despite her suspicion that it will just give her husband the opportunity to get one of his girlfriends to stay overnight. In Helen's absence, the women make a mess with the cosmetics and the class is cancelled. Eddie arrives home to find Marilyn and Yvonne getting drunk: he asks Yvonne to leave and Marilyn goes with her. Sure enough, Paul Bentley is straight on the phone to invite an air hostess round for the night. Their night of passion is interrupted by Mrs Bentley's unexpected return home. The air hostess overhears their argument in the course of which Mrs Bentley admits to burying Richie and when he picks up the phone to call the police, she threatens to report him for raping Lynn. Bea shows the paper to Lynn, who is distraught that Meg seems to have broken her promise. Mrs Bentley is arrested (but, oddly, Mr Bentley is not). Mr Guthrie assures Helen that she will not be convicted unless something "drastic" happens, but James attempts to blackmail Helen to give him control of part of her cosmetics empire by threatening to give incriminating evidence about her "accident" to the police. He tells her he came back to the hotel room and she wasn't there. After saying goodbye to Mum (and getting the same old lecture about forgetting prison), Lynn is released.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 03 Dec 1984 23.00; TVS Fri 20 Dec 1985 22.30; Channel Not shown; TSW Thu 26 Mar 1987 23.00; Central Tue 12 May 1987 00.30; Thames Fri 21 Aug 1987 00.00; STV Mon 15 Feb 1988 23.05; Anglia Wed 03 Feb 88 00.30; Granada Sun 13 Mar 1988 23.35; Tyne Tees Thu 09 Jun 1988 23.05; Border Fri 05 Aug 1988 23.35; HTV Tue 20 Sep 1988 23.50; Grampian Sun 09 Oct 1988 23.30; Ulster Sun 17 Dec 1989 23.05