Blossom asks Jim for help

First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 10 Mar 1986 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Thu 27 Nov 1986 22:30 ; Central Sun 9 Aug 1987 0:30 (Mon) ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 21 May 1997 Wed 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 3 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:37

Jean ~ Christine Amor
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Edith ~ Colleen Clifford
Peter ~ Carrillo Gantner
Det Sgt Grace ~ Terry Gill
Martha ~ Kate Jason
Denise ~ Linda Keane
Joyce ~ Judy Nunn
Melinda ~ Lulu Pinkus
Tom ~ Hu Pryce
Officer Grahame ~ Susan Arnold
Officer ~ Jean Cain
Leila ~ Penny Ramsay
Carol ~ Judith Roberts
Paula ~ Trudy Simms
Suzanne ~ Joanna Weir

  • Written by John Upton
  • Directed by Philip East
  • Doreen is supposed to be in hospital and does not appear in this episode. Her next appearance is in (55) though the credits continue to list her in the interim.

    Monica is released from solitary and asks to see the Governor. Jim wants everyone leaving the prison to be searched with a metal detector, in case the key is smuggled out. Monica asks if she could be told the result of Fred's trial and Erica agrees though she thinks it odd in view of what Monica is inside for. Jean tells Karen she'll be eligible for parole in four weeks and wants her opinion of Dr Clements, as she's concerned about the effect he is having on some of the women. Monnie learns that Fred has been given 2 years. Erica announces the new security measures to all the women, but does not say what the "item" they are looking for is. Lizzie accuses Dr Clements of driving Doreen mad: Greg asks him to leave the infirmary then goes to Erica to complain. Bea warns Monica she can't count on any support from her if she insists on going ahead with her plan to bash Blossom. Dr Clements takes his reprimand from Erica cooly and invites her for dinner to find out more about the prisoners: she reluctantly accepts. Joyce accuses Jim of having the key: he smugly thanks her for confirming that the key does really exist. Blossom wants help from Jim, and in return offers to share the money. Despite appearing to refuse her offer of a deal, Jim does protects Blossom from another attack from Monnie. Jim visits Leila to discuss whether they could get back together if he suddenly got a lot of money. Blossom calls in Sgt Grace to tell him the full story before she goes to court so he will speak up for her. Jim now tells Blossom he will help her to get the key out in return for half the money. One of the officers objects to the search with the metal detector . When Blossom sees the metal detector as she is due to go to court, she asks to go the toilet (and Vera doesn't find this in the least bit suspicious). Tom, a colleague of Peter's, invites him to dinner to try to help him convince his wife he isn't sleeping with one of his students. Bea drops a hint to Vera that Jim is having sex with a prisoner. Tom of course is sleeping with one of his students: he is cautious about leaving his wife, as he evidently married her for her money. Vera reports Bea's allegation to Erica and suggests that it might have been Blossom. Blossom is released on probation: she visits her sister purely to have someone to talk to about her problem with the key still being inside Wentworth. Blossom decides to phone Jim to arrange a meeting, but Vera hears the end of the conversation. Tom's wife Carol is bitter about the state of her marriage and during after dinner conversation she drunkenly vows to kill her husband if he she found out he had a mistress. Jim is suspended after Vera reports his phone call


    Storyliners: Dave Worthington
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 10 Mar 1986 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW ... ; Central Mon 10 Aug 1987 00.30; Thames Fri 03 Jun 1988 00.35; STV Mon 15 Aug 1988 23.45; Anglia ... ; Granada Thu 21 Jul 1988 22.35; Tyne Tees Thu 08 Jun 1989 23.05; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...