Doreen decides to sell the house.

First broadcast ... 1980 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 13 August 1997 Wed 11:30 p.m.
DVD release: volume 8 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:46

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Paul ~ George Mallaby
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Jock ~ Tommy Dysart
Kerry ~ Penny Downie
David ~ Rod Mullinar
Kevin ~ Ian Gilmour
Helen Smart ~ Caroline Gillmer
Marcia Huntley ~ Judith Dick
Josie ~ Michelle Argue

Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Mr Westmore ~ Eugene Schlusser
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott (as a background character)
Leader of the demolition crew
Reporter outside Wentworth
Policeman interviewing Kevin (not seen on Channel 5 - see below)

  • Written by George Mallaby
  • Directed by Bill Hughes
  • The writing is cleverly ambiguous when Paul asks Lizzie if she has any doubts about Marcia's identity. She replies simply: "No doubts at all", without saying what it is she is so sure about.

    Doreen wakes from a nightmare to find Jock is there to remind her how easily she can get a good night's sleep. Kevin's car has been vandalised and the tyres let down. Kerry meets an old acquaintance from her days on the game, Helen Smart, who is inside on a (very) short sentence. Kevin is interviewed by the police about the damage to his car but decides not to pursue the matter when the police ask to speak with his wife. Jock takes Doreen to the staff room phone so she can tell the solicitor to sell, but Vera catches them, so he pretends they were phoning Kevin. Surprisingly, even though she knows that Doreen was supposed to be in solitary, she tells Jock she will have to decide whether to report the matter. Kevin goes to check up on Doreen's house and finds a demolition crew preparing the house and the ones on either side of it to be knocked down so that a block of flats can be built on the site. Kevin rushes to Wentworth to see Doreen, but Meg won't let him see her as she is still in solitary. He denies he had anything to do with smuggling in the bottles and asks to see Bea instead. Helen volunteers to get a message to Doreen and then to pass the reply on to Kevin when she is released the following day. Jock is recognised by Helen and she tells Kerry he's known for his violence against prostitutes (and his nickname is: The Highland Flinger"). Meg overhears and tells Helen to stop peddling smutty gossip. Jock tells Kerry her parole has been granted. When Helen is taking Doreen's meal to solitary, she drops the tray on the floor to give her time to pass a note to her. Jock crawls to Vera to try to get her not to report him and invites her out for a drink after work. Kerry is harassed by reporters at the front gate when she's released. Just as she is starting to feel really uncomfortable in her new home, David phones Kerry to find out how she is, but he reminds her he can't come round to stay with her as she asks. Helen barely has time at her release to read Doreen's reply and flush it away before she is searched. Paul tells Judy she has been refused permission to go Sharon's funeral as she isn't related to her. Kevin phones Paul and asks to meet him on the outside, where he tells Paul about Doreen's claim in the note that she sold the house or: he would have killed me". By some miracle, Helen is right outside the phone box as he makes the call . When he reports Kevin's story back to Erica she tells Paul she can't act on hearsay evidence. When Doreen is questioned, she denies the whole story. However Erica suspects something is not right, and tells all the male officers - Jim, Jock and a token spotty youth - that they must be accompanied by a female member of staff at all times. Lizzie meets Marcia and agrees to see her again the following day when she will bring Lizzie's grand-daughter Josie. Judy attacks Bea in the rec room, so Doreen takes her to one side and tells her it wasn't Bea who killed Sharon. When Judy demands to know who did, Doreen agrees to do so but tells her it doesn't matter as she won't be able to do anything about it anyway without proof. Vera arrives at the bar where she is to meet Jock to see him receiving an envelope from Mr Westmore. David arrives at Kerry's flat angry at newspaper reports that she has a new agent: he tells her he is upset at the though of losing her, and not just as a client. Lizzie meets Josie, who lets slip that she has to have a lot of time off school... Judy waits on the stairs until Jock comes along and tells him she knows he killed Sharon . Vera's suspicions about Jock are confirmed when she hears from Erica about Doreen's complaints against a male officer. She lets Jock know she saw him with Mr Westmore then casually informs him Erica has called a staff meeting on the subject and she'll see him there...


    The scene represented by the sentence in italics was cut for the Channel 5 broadcast. Thanks to Björn Wallgren for highlighting this and for providing this transcript of the dialogue of the missing scene:

  • Kevin: Look, what do you mean just vandalism? What do you call this then? I mean, like slashing tyres, right, that's vandalism, but this to me is a threat.
  • Policeman: Do you have any reason to believe that there is somebody out to get you, sir?
  • Kevin: Oh yes, I do actually. Me and my wife.
  • Policeman: Mind giving me the details?
  • Kevin: Yeah, all right. Look, a couple of months ago, my wife inherited her mother's house, and just recently people have been putting pressure on her to sell, you know. They made her an offer way above what the house is worth.
  • Policeman: Why don't you sell?
  • Kevin: We don't want to. We want to live there.
  • Policeman: I see. Could we talk to your wife?
  • Kevin: Well, no. She's not here at the moment.
  • Policeman: Then perhaps we could drop back later, when she is home?
  • Kevin (after thinking for some moments and obviously changing his mind): Look, I know this sounds pretty stupid, but let's just forget it, shall we? I mean, there have been a lot of vandalism here recently... Well, I'm just a bit uptight about it.
  • Policeman: Yes, but what about these threats?
  • Kevin: Yeah, well, you know, it's probably just my imagination. I mean, somebody did make a fairly big offer on the house and my wife did not accept. Look, probably just been watching too much TV, you know.
  • Policeman: Well, if we catch them, we will let you know.
  • Kevin: Right, thanks a lot.

    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Margaret McClusky
    Script Editors: Patrick Amer

    Confirmed dates: London Thu 14 Dec 1989 0:30 (Fri)

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 08 Aug 1988 23.40; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW ... ; Central Sun 31 Jan 1988 01.20; Thames Fri 15 Dec 1989 00.30; STV Fri 18 Aug 1989 23.35; Anglia ... ; Granada Sun 19 Feb 1989 23.30; Tyne Tees ... ; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...