Kay panics when Andrew decides to audit the factory books and steals the payroll. The prisoners plan a surprise birthday party for Lizzie.

First broadcast ... 1980 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 09 September 1997 Tues 11:45 p.m.
DVD release: volume 9 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:17

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Kay ~ Sandy Gore
Andrew ~ John Lee
Vince ~ John Larking
Captain Barton ~ Paul Young
Ellen Huntley ~ Judith Dick
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
June ~ Yvonne Foley
Hazel ~ Maureen Edwards
Sally ~ Nanette Wallace
Ted Douglas (on the phone) ~ Ian Smith

  • Written by George Mallaby
  • Directed by Bill Hughes
  • Erica phones Andrew to let him know she won't let him take advantage of her or the women, though she does not cancel the project entirely. Doreen wonders why Lizzie has sweets instead of fags in her buyup. Captain Barton asks Bea what she thinks of the idea of a birthday party for Lizzie: Bea suggests that they keep it quiet and make it a surprise party. Jim clashes with Erica when he assumes the factory project has been cancelled. Hazel Crowe takes Andrew out onto the fire escape to discuss the issue of the prison workers: she lays down a list of conditions and threatens a strike knowing he can't afford to risk it. Meg takes Lizzie out of the laundry at Bea's request so she doesn't find out about the arrangements for the party. Jim finds Lizzie moping in her cell alone: their conversation prompts Lizzie to a flashback to Edie's death, but she looks up to find she's addressing her sob story to empty air as Jim has walked away. Ellen arrives to visit Lizzie and finds her in a very black mood. Ted phones Erica to tell her Paul has resigned, and she asks if a replacement can be found. Bea and Doreen give Lizzie the cold shoulder in the rec room to get rid of her so they can put up the decorations. Andrew visits Erica at home to plead his case. He admits to using her and the women, and Erica immediately forgives him. Lizzie's birthday breakfast is a miserable affair, and Meg asks her to take a tray to isolation to get her out of the way. Judy isn't in any better spirits, but when she hears it's Lizzie's birthday, she gives her Sharon's cigarette lighter as a present. Vera disapproves when Jim and Meg both seem to be giving presents to Lizzie and wants to know what is in the bottles Ellen has brought in for the party. Meg fetches Lizzie from her cell where she is celebrating on her own with a party hat made out of newspaper . When Meg switches on the rec room lights, Lizzie realises she hasn't been forgotten after all. Ted Douglas tells Erica that Paul's replacement will be Agnes Forster. Lizzie even gets a present from Erica . When Lizzie seems to be well oiled, Vera checks the bottles and points out she's been drinking non-alcoholic wine. Andrew Reynolds tells Vince and Kay that the firm's accounts are already being audited. Vera stops Lizzie taking Judy a piece of birthday cake to Judy in isolation. Kay tells Vince the bank hasn't supplied enough money for the payroll, and she leaves claiming to be going to the bank to sort it out. Andrew and Vince find later that Kay has taken all the cash with her and the pay packets are stuffed with paper. Andrew phones to tell Erica he's had to call in the police and she should put in a written report immediately to withdraw her support from the scheme so she isn't compromised. At that moment, Kay returns to the office.


    Storyliners: Alistair Sharp
    Script Editors: Patrick Amer