Gillespie attempts to introduce blanket censorship as unrest mounts within the prison; and both Judy and Lizzie write letters to the Ombudsman.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 2nd December 1997 23:45
DVD release: volume 11 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:20

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Gillespie ~ Wynn Roberts
Bob Morris ~ Anthony Hawkins
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Sgt Parker ~ John Murphy
Hazel Kent ~ Belinda Davey

  • Written by Margaret McClusky
  • Directed by John McRae
  • Wally tells Judy he saw her photo in the newspaper, but tells her he has no intention of telling the police where she is, inviting her to stay as long as he likes. He is surprised when she turns down the offer of "a smoke", so Judy offers to explain why she is so opposed to drugs by telling him her story. Lizzie and Doreen are allowed out of sickbay. The women are delighted by the TV news that Judy is still on the run: Gillespie is annoyed and wants to have TV and radio privileges taken away. Erica tells him she will only agree to have the newspapers censored. Bea regrets that Anne has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital before she had the chance to fix her. Gillespie tells Vera to censor the papers but cuts her down to size when she suggests his own idea about TV and radio. Judy is disappointed that the letter she left in her cell hasn't been mentioned in the newspapers and is inspired by Wally's' suggestion that she writes to the Ombudsman. Doreen is told she'll be facing an additional charge for the escape at her trial for kidnapping. When Erica suggests that she hires some legal representation, Doreen is forced to admit that she has no money left in her account. Wally tries to persuade Judy not to send her letters, but ends up agreeing to post them for her. Lizzie takes an old packet of yeast from the kitchen to make grog and sets to work in the rec room store cupboard using two cleaning buckets. The TV and radio in the rec room mysteriously stop working. Next day a diversion is arranged as Vera is carrying the papers inside, so that Lizzie can get hold of an uncensored paper. Bea is pleased that Judy's letter has made the press after all. Gillespie tells the officers that they must work in pairs from now on: Erica is forced to agree with him. Lizzie hands Vera a letter she's written to the Ombudsman, but is told it has to be posted in a special envelope. Erica goes to see Ted Douglas to ask him again to do something about Gillespie, and he agrees to put her case to the Minister. Colleen sarcastically offers to act as escort for Gillespie when she finds him walking the corridors alone: she tells him the security arrangements have been raised with the Union. Gillespie and Colleen overhear Bea dictating a letter to the Ombudsman full of untrue accusations: he tells Bea not to waste her time sending it. Jim phones Meg to ask her to cover for an officer on sick leave, but she refuses. Bea's cunning plan is to provoke Gillespie to substitute another letter for the one he overheard her dictating, as even opening a letter to the Ombudsman is a criminal offence and would get him sacked: she knows that Colleen overheard and would be a witness to what was in the original letter. A detective interviews Doreen about her bank account, but she refuses to say who drew the money out. Vera is appalled to see Gillespie opening Lizzie's letter to the Ombudsman (with Wentworth crest visible ), and Ted Douglas turns up right on cue to witness it. Gillespie is told he will be reported to the Minister and to take leave of absence immediately: his parting shot is to threaten to make Erica look bad if there is ever a Royal Commission. Vera investigates an unpleasant smell in the rec room. Lizzie arrives at top speed, but too late to stop Vera finding the home brew. When Lizzie collapses , Vera is convinced she's faking but Bea tells her it's a real heart attack and Lizzie needs medical help.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Alastair Sharp