Martha gives her message to Antonia.

First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 4 Aug 1986 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Thu 19 Mar 1987 22:40 ; Central Mon 7 Sep 1987 22:35 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 05 June 1997 Thurs 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 4 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:48:26

Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Antonia ~ Pat Bishop
Angela ~ Jeanie Drynan
Glenys ~ Roz French
Mansini ~ Burt Cooper
Dr Herbert ~ Henry Cuthbertson
Bert Lynch ~ Nick Kislinski
Hit Man 1 ~ Gene Van Dam
Hit Man 2 ~ Marcel Cugola
Officer Phillip ~ Lise Rodgers
Officer Owen ~ Sue Silver
Tina ~ Joan Brockenshire
Simon ~ Rob Hewett

  • Written by Michael Brindley
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Dr Herbert was credited in (50) and (52) to Henry Blake, but the actor here is obviously the same. Either name could be right.

    Karen is impressed by Angela's house (and indeed, a props buyer with unusually good taste seems to have been used). The women start to express doubts about Toni's ability to deliver further goodies, so Toni blames the "lagger". Toni's solicitor tells her that her husband Sean has instructed him that Toni could fend for herself for a while and he shouldn't use up any more "favours" by helping her. An photograph of Glenys appears on news stands, but it is so unconvincing that the newspaper seller fails to recognise her when she buys a paper from him. Toni returns to the laundry to say she has no goodies as her solicitor was searched on his way in, leaving only Martha in full support of Toni. Karen meets some of Angela's leftie friends, one of whom actually uses the phrase "the day of the revolution" and has been in prison for forgery himself. Toni's solicitor protests at being searched for the second day running, and is taken to see Erica by Officer Owen . He leaves without seeing Toni rather than allow his briefcase to be opened. Vera takes great delight in telling Toni in front of the other women. Martha urges Toni to take action against Monnie for lagging. Angela tells Karen that the PRG has been given $20,000 for their halfway house project by a businessman, Mr Chilton and fills her in on one of the people they might be able to help, a woman called Pat O'Connell. She also says that there is no chance of getting a replacement for Greg, so she should try to use her influence to get him to go back. Unfortunately, she chooses to phone him at the surgery while Meg is visiting. Glenys Buchanan fails to notice that she is being followed by two men. Martha pours hot soup over Monica in the dining room to provoke her . Vera turns a blind eye to the incident until Monica retaliates. As Vera takes Monica to the Governor's office, she maliciously "remembers" that Monica is due to be released that same day. Fortunately for Monica, Meg has seen Martha and Toni signalling to each other, which confirms Monica's claim that it was a set-up. Erica tells Meg to take Monica to her cell and stay with her until her release. Martha has a visitor she's never seen before: he gives her a coded message about Glenys to pass on to Toni. Monica is released, declaring it will be her last time inside. Karen and Angela visit Greg in his surgery, but they fail to persuade him to go back to Wentworth, but Angela leaves her card, hinting that he could get Karen on one of the numbers. The men watch outside Glenys's flat to see her come and go. Dr Herbert tells Greg that Angela is a lesbian, or, as he quaintly puts it, "gay".

    There are a couple of obscure references in this episode. When one of Angela's friends is challenged to come up with other famous forgers, he says "Francis Greenway". From it appears that he was

    Australia's first great architect-the "grand stylist" of early Sydney. Greenway was born in Bristol in 1777 to a building family. In his mid-30s he was found guilty of forging a financial document and sentenced to death (later commuted to 14 years transportation).

    Toni's lawyer sarcactically refers to the officer who demands to search him as "dressed in a little brief authority". As you might expect, it's Shakespeare, from "Measure for measure":

    But man, proud man,
    Dressed in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As makes the angels weep.


    Storyliners: Dave Worthington; Margaret McClusky
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 04 Aug 1986 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW ... ; Central Mon 07 Sep 1987 22.35; Thames Thu 01 Sep 1988 23.45; STV Mon 31 Oct 1988 23.05; Anglia ... ; Granada Sun 21 Aug 1988 23.30; Tyne Tees Thu 07 Sep 1989 23.05; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...