Erica is upset.

First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 15 Sep 1986 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Thu 9 Apr 1987 23:00 ; Central Mon 14 Sep 1987 22:35 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 08 June 1997 Sun 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 4 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:27

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Antonia McNally ~ Pat Bishop
Angela Jeffries ~ Jeanie Drynan
Kathleen Leach ~ Penny Stewart
Martha Eaves ~ Kate Jason
Roslyn Coulson ~ Sigrid Thornton
Mum ~ Mary Ward
Glenys Buchanan ~ Roz French
Terry Mansini ~ Burt Cooper
Pearl Price ~ Valerie Thompson
Prosecutor ~ James Wright
Clerk of Court ~ Travis Keyes
Judge ~ John Gould
Jury Foreman ~ Bill McLorinan
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Officer Owen ~ Anne Sutherland
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Sean McNally ~ Barry Donnelly
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Announcer ~ Ivor Bowyer

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Leon Thau
  • On the walls of Pearl's lurid mauve and crimson bordello, we can see yet another appearance of the reproduction Leonardo and out in the hall we can see the Vermeer .

    Names mentioned during the cell swap are the unseen Gaffney, Higgins, Dwyer, Barton and Armstrong.

    Meg calls round in time to find Mum collapsed and phones Greg. Dorreen is there in reception when he takes the call so hears that Mum is sick. Vera's only concern is what Meg was doing at Mum's house. Bea taunts Martha in face of Toni's offer to protect her. Bea offers Doreen the chance to make up, but she can't forgive Bea for hitting her. After examining Mum, Greg diagnoses pleurisy. Despite Meg's assumption that Vera will shop her over visiting Mum, she only tells Erica that Mum is ill and to ask Greg for further details. Meg goes to visit Karen at Angela's to tell her Mum is ill, but largely to try to make her feel guilty about refusing to live in and look after Mum. Erica inspects the laundry as part of her preparations to leave which makes Lizzie suspicious. Angela tells Karen she does not think she is suitable to run the halfway house, as she failed to help Mum. Jacqui Coulson's daughter Ros arrives to visit Toni, claiming to be her niece, and is searched then has to be interviewed by Erica. Doreen takes the opportunity of delivering Erica's tea tray to say how much all the women like and respect her. Ros tells Toni her real surname and threatens Toni that she has evidence that Toni killed her mother. Toni points out that she only has hearsay evidence from her mother which would not be admissible in court. Doreen carries on with her buttering up campaign but lets it slip that Meg had been visiting Mum. Erica is furious and blames Greg and Vera for not telling her sooner. Ros visits Pearl's where her mother used to work, and finds a gun in a drawer while packing up her mother's things. Erica tells the women she is taking extended leave: Jim will be Acting Governor and Vera Acting Deputy. Jim returns early from holiday to take up the position: Erica tells him about her concerns for Doreen's mental health. Doreen follows Erica to reception to say goodbye to her. Glenys retracts her evidence at Toni's trial, claiming she was shortsighted and only saw the back of the murderer's head. Erica mopes at home and in desperation phones up an old friend Nancy to invite her to dinner, but is turned down. Doreen makes it up with Lizzie. Jim announces the changes he has ben planning since Erica left: he swaps the cell allocations and tells them they will be moved on a regular basis in future. Bea is shocked when Vera refuses to let the women send flowers to Mum. When Meg tries to reason with her, Vera reminds her that it's not too late for her association with Mum to be reported. Bea organises a protest, which both Martha and Doreen say they will join. Meg goes for a sherry at Erica's and is surprised to find that Erica is planning to get involved with the halfway house. During the cell change the following morning, Bea rushes Vera and grabs her keys , locking Vera and Jim on the other side of a security gate and threatening to set fire to a pile of mattresses as a bargaining ploy. The officers find the fire extinguishers have been emptied. Jim is forced to take back the new cell allocations, promising that no-one will be sent to solitary as a result of the protest. Erica relaxes in a new kaftan and is busy organising her social life over the phone: she airily tells her caller "I can't remember the last time I went to a ball, let alone the Lord Mayor's". The women find the rec room has been stripped and that Jim has put them all on report. When Bea repsonds by calling him a "baarstard", Jim takes away their buyup. Toni is found not guilty of both first and second degree muder, but Sean rejects her and Ros shoots her as she leaves the court.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 15 Sep 1986 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW ... ; Central Mon 14 Sep 1987 22.35; Thames Thu 22 Sep 1988 23.35; STV Mon 19 Dec 1988 23.05; Anglia ... ; Granada Sun 28 Aug 1988 23.00; Tyne Tees Thu 28 Sep 1989 23.05; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...