Marianne makes herself very unpopular.

First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 26 Aug 1985 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Fri 8 Aug 1986 23:00 ; Central Sat 11 Jul 1987 1:00 (Sun) ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 06 May 1997 Tues 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 3 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 00:45:12

Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Brian ~ John Bishop
Caroline ~ Julie Day
Col ~ Brian Granrott
Valerie ~ Billie Hammerberg
Russell ~ Clive Hearne
Noeline ~ Jude Kuring
Yvonne ~ Joanne Lehman
Gate Guard - Brad Lindsay
Clara ~ Betty Lucas
Kathleen ~ Penny Stewart

  • Written by Sheila Sibley
  • Directed by Peita Letchford
    Det Carter ~ Charles Gilroy
    Constable Fallon ~ Wayne Poulton
    Sgt Whitty ~ Rod Williams
    Marianne ~ Suzy Gashler
    Freda (Monica's silent cellmate)
    Bea hides in the garden until the policeman has left, but the girl who lives at the house next door sees Bea hiding outside. Bea and Val see her talking to the policeman outside, but nothing comes of it. Lizzie tells Doreen she intends to try to get back in Monica's favour and if she's got any sense Doreen should join her. Lizzie tries to suck up to Monica with memories of when they were first inside and the previous governor ("Dolly Repton"), which reminds Monica of Lizzie home brewing skills and asks her if she could still cook up something for the women. Meanwhile, Bea is somewhat the worse for wear after a hard night's drinking and is looking forward to another night out with the same blokes. She and Val are interrupted by the girl next door, Yvonne, who wants to meet Bea. Bea is concerned when she hears form Val that Yvonne's parents leave her unsupervised for much of the day, and gets a bit mother-hen-ish. Lizzie can't get yeast for home brew, so Monnie tells Lyn to bring some in, claiming that it's to make some decent "bread". Marianne de Vere, a socialite friend of Steve's, visits him to find out what's happened to Clara and instantly endears herself to all of us with her opening remarks that London is full of "coloureds" and is "no place for a white woman". She expresses an interest in funding the halfway house so Steve says he will arange a visit for her. Karen gets permission for University study. Marianne visits Wentworth and talks to Erica. Monica brings Lizzie a couple of buckets to help make the grog. Erica takes Marianne around the prison and Steve feels the need to apologise to Karen for her snotty attitude. He also tells her about the halfway house project and his hope that she might be able to work there. Yvonne waits for Val to leave and tells Bea she has seen her photo in the paper and wants to find out about what Bea did and why. Noeline finds out about the grog when Doreen comes to ask Doreen advice about it. Lynn manages to hide the yeast in a wheelbarrow in the garden before Vera searches her bag. Lizzie fakes an attack to get out in the garden for some "fresh air" to collect the yeast, involving some shameless manipulation of Meg such as pointing up at the Southern Cross (in broad daylight) to get her to look up. Noeline's brother Col visits and Meg lets him see her after his hard luck story. Monica is forced to agree to give Noeline one of the two buckets of grog. Noeline hears the family are due to lose their home as they can't pay the rent and she suggests to Col that he could burgle the Woods' house where their Mum used to work. Monica sells most of the grog so Noeline and Lizzie are left to tussle over two empty buckets. Col is caught in the act during a burglary. The women suffer the after effects of the grog. Col panics and takes Mrs Woods hostage, having taken his rifle with him, which Noeline advised him not to do. Col sees a routine police patrol outside the house and fires his rifle out of the window at them.

    This episode includes some of Val Lehman's worst ever acting: the "drunken maneater" act and the "hangover" are particularly embarassing. However, Lesley Baker's "hangover" is even worse...

    Thanks to posters on OTI's Recroom for correcting my mishearing of the old Governor's name as "Mollie".


    In the version broadcast by Channel 5, the credits for episode (33) made their third appearance at the end of this episode. Thanks to Matt for providing the credits above as they were shown on KOB (the NBC affiliate for the state of New Mexico), which identify the actors playing Brian, Russell and the Gate Guard]

    Storyliner: Dave Worthington
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 26 Aug 1985 23.10; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Mon 31 Oct 1988 22.35; Central Sun 12 Jul 1987 01.00; Thames Thu 25 Feb 1988 23.35; STV Fri 01 Jul 1988 22.35; Anglia Thu 28 Apr 1988 23.05; Granada Mon 13 Jun 1988 23.05; Tyne Tees Thu 26 Jan 1989 22.35; Border Mon 28 Nov 1988 00.00; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...