As Wentworth prepares for the arrival of the inspector, the women discover a vast subterranean drainage system beneath the prison. A new prisoner arrives after being charged with robbery. And Bea is assaulted.

First broadcast ... 1980 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 12th November 1997 23:40
DVD release: volume 10 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:08

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Anne Griffin ~ Rowena Wallace
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Gillespie ~ Wynn Roberts
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Officer Carter ~ Dawn Klingberg
Officer ~ Kate Fell
Gate Guard ~ Roy Edmunds
Policewoman (interviewing Anne). She seems to be the same as the one credited in (162) as Joy Mitchell

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Erica tells Jim to organise a special work programme to give the inspector less opportunity to find fault, but Vera thinks putting up a good front amounts to defrauding the Department. Lizzie and Doreen are set to work sorting out the books in the library and Lizzie finds a history of the Wentworth area, which mentions extensive wine cellars which form the prison's storm water drainage system. Meg asks Erica to be her matron of honour. A new prisoner, Anne Griffin , is brought to Wentworth charged with armed robbery after holding up a shopkeeper with a knife. She seems very distressed and says that the money the police found on her was a loan from her friend Megan. The women on the work detail clear the earth from around a concrete slab in the garden and manage to lift it. Anne tells a policewoman that her friend Megan is on holiday which is why they can't trace her. Doreen suggest Mouse is sent down the drains to investigate as she's less likely to be missed. Bea and Judy create a diversion in the garden by pretending to chase a snake and Mouse manages to get down the drain unseen by the officers. Anne tells Lizzie and Doreen that her husband took their daughter away from her when she was only a baby. The inspector arrives at Wentworth and pretends to be Phyllis' uncle to test if regulations on visitors are being followed. The women have to go inside for lunch leaving Mouse still underground. Vera doesn't realise who Stuart Gillespie is and is rude to him. The receptionist Julie phones Erica to warn her that the inspector has arrived a day early and is on his way to her office. Bea shouts down the drain to get Mouse to come back up. Gillespie goes into the grounds and questions the safety of having unarmed officers supervising a bunch of prisoners carrying garden tools, though he misses seeing Mouse popping her head out of the hole to see what's going on. Towards the end of the day Gillespie asks Erica why no-one has asked to see his identification and points out she could have been giving a criminal a guided tour of the prison. Mouse reports that the drainage system extends for miles and she got lost wandering around the tunnels. Gillespie suggests to Erica that disturbing the status quo by dethroning Bea as top dog might help to get the prisoners back under control. Anne questions why everyone does what Bea says. Later, Bea is walking down a corridor when someone hiding in a cell hits her over the head with a length of wood and knocks her out.