Everyone tries to dissuade Lizzie from giving her money away. Is Marcia an impostor?

First broadcast ... 1980 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 20 August 1997 Wed 11:30 p.m.
DVD release: volume 8 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:48:03

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
Kerry ~ Penny Downie
Noeline ~ Jude Kuring
David ~ Rod Mullinar
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Marcia ~ Judith Dick
Josie ~ Michelle Argue
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Officer ~ Dawn Klingberg
Sally ~ Nanette Wallace
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Drunk ~ Alan Rowe
Jimmy ~ Rob Hewett
Sgt. Martin ~ Tim Hughes (see comment for the previous episode)
Sgt Frost (unseen in the version shown on Channel 5 - see below) ~ Charles Gilroy
Demolition Man - the same as in (118)

  • Written by John Upton
  • Directed by Michael Pattinson
  • Kerry runs from the scene of the crime. Paul tells Meg he's going to get Marcia's marriage certificate to find her maiden name to prove that she isn't Lizzie's daughter. Noeline has a disagreement with Doreen and has to be calmed down by Judy. Bea tells Lizzie that they only have to find out if Lizzie's son was called Robert, but when they ask her Lizzie says her three sons were called Richard, Arthur and Henry. Paul calls in on Kerry, but she seems to have cleared out of her flat. When Paul goes to trace her at the gallery, David is still alive and sporting a head bandage, but he has no idea where Kerry has gone. Meanwhile, Kerry is shown talking to a drunk in the park. Bea tells Margo to arrange a message to be delivered to Marcia warning her off via Phyllis' brother, who is due to visit. Meg tells Erica that she's selling up her flat and moving. Paul belatedly reports Kerry's breach of parole to Erica and tells her that Kerry may believe that she's killed David. A plainclothes Sergeant (Frost?) questions Paul in his office and rebukes him for not reporting Kerry and David's liaison, saying that it's always the police who have to pick up the pieces. Lizzie tells Marcia that she's going to settle out of court to get the money to pay for Josie's operation, but Marcia suddenly doesn't seem too keen. (*) As Marcia is leaving, Paul happens to find out Josie's birth date and gives the details to Sally to trace Josie's birth certificate. Lizzie asks Margo if she can be paid in cigarettes if her bet comes in. Noeline is starting to use Judy's promise of protection as a way of aggravating Bea. Margo tells Noeline about Judy's pacemaker. Erica calls Judy to her office to warn her against getting too friendly with Noeline: she points out that Noeline could be regarded as just to much to blame for Leanne's death, as her lagging led directly to the roof demonstration. Noeline offers to sell Margo her buyup cigarettes as everyone seems to want to be paid in fags. Judy tells Noeline she doesn't owe her anything, but Noeline gives her a sob story about needing to get money out to her mother to support the whole family (or what is left of it after Col and Leanne's deaths). Bea gives Phyllis a note to pass out to her brother to deliver to Marcia. Kerry asks Helen for help, believing she's killed David. Helen's pimp sells Kerry some pills, but warns her not to take them with alcohol. Judy gives Noeline the hint to steal Margo's stash. Marcia finds a message on her doorstep and panics when she realises that someone knows the truth. Paul finally finds definite proof that Marcia is an impostor when Josie's birth certificate shows that Marcia's maiden name was Morgan. Kerry takes the pills and washes them down with alcohol, but passes out before she can put the chain on her door. Marcia and Josie leave Doreen's house. When Paul tries to track them down he finds from a demolition man that they left a half an hour ago. Margo complains to Bea that someone has turned over her cell. Noeline comes under immediate suspicion, but Bea realises that Judy put her up to it. Paul tells Lizzie that Marcia isn't really her daughter. Later on, Lizzie tells Bea that she knew this from her first meeting with Marcia. David finds Kerry unconscious, but instead of helping her, he helps himself to a few of her canvases.


    Thanks to Björn Wallgren for deducing from the original episode summary that a whole scene and the start of another had been cut out of this episode when it was shown on Channel 5 compared to the version shown on Sweden's TV4 in September 2001. The scene represented by the passage in italics was completely removed and start of the scene at the point marked (*) has also gone. Possibly the cut was originally just to shorten the running time: it is hard to think of any other reason. If the scene featuring Sgt Frost was removed, the start of the other scene had to go as well as this was the point at which Sgt Frost is seen leaving the prison through reception. The shorter cut coincided with the commercial break with the sound faded in and out over an unusual credit screen showing Lizzie.

  • Sgt Frost: So you knew several days ago that Vincent was breaking parole?
  • Paul: Afraid so.
  • Sgt Frost: Oh, you certainly made things a lot more difficult.
  • Paul: Look, sergeant, in my job there are times when one must make judgements.
  • Sgt Frost: Oh, your judgement was way out in this one.
  • Paul: Yes, agreed, agreed. The important thing now is to find her.
  • Sgt Frost: Well, it could be easier said than done. Always the way, of course, the police department will pick up the pieces.
  • Paul: Look, I will give you every assistance, I assure you.
  • Sgt Frost: Oh, we will put out a general description and keep an eye on her flat.
  • Paul: Did Austin tell you what happened?
  • Sgt Frost: He went on and on like an old woman, till we mentioned pressing charges, then he didn't want to know.
  • Paul: But we have to find her before something else happens.
  • Sgt Frost: We will do everything we can, Mr Reid, but we can't put out a search party on every defaulting parolee.
  • Paul: Yes, all right, all right, of course, of course.

    After seeing the version of this episode on the DVD release, it seems more likely that the episode was cut for reasons of time as it runs for 48:03. I am also fairly sure that the actor playing Sgt Frost is Charles Gilroy.

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 19 Sep 1988 23.35; TVS Thu 11 May 1989 23.05; Channel Thu 11 May 1989 23.05; TSW ... ; Central Mon 08 Feb 1988 23.05; Thames Thu 25 Jan 90 23.40; STV Mon 11 Sep 1989 23.20; Anglia ... ; Granada Sun 12 Mar 1989 23.30; Tyne Tees ... ; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...