Lizzie's condition improves, but Erica realises her prison record will preclude her from being allowed into America. Doreen goes to trial. And Micki and Judy see Wally being taken in by the police.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Monday 08 December 1997 23:45
DVD release: volume 11 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:40

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Micki ~ Deborah Coulls
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Graeme Hopkins ~ Peter Flett
Martin Handley ~ David Hursthouse
Dr Marsden ~ Gary Gray
Sid ~ Edward Hepple
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott

  • Written by George Mallaby
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Thanks to Matt for opening credits.

    The non-speaking Ambulance Attendant looks like Norman Handcock

    Thanks to Andy Dolman for pointing out that Judy's folk embroidered smock was carefully set aside by the wardrobe department to be dusted off for another amply proportioned American lady in (371).

    Wally tells Judy he's concerned that Micki is getting too involved in Judy's campaign to improve conditions, and Judy agrees to talk to Micki. Erica tells Meg that Lizzie won't be able to get a visa to enter the United States with a criminal record. Meg tells the women to humour Lizzie's plans to emigrate until she is fully recovered. Wally tries to warn Micki of the risks she's running, and when Judy sees she is not convinced, she tells Micki that she won't do the interview. Doreen gets two years for escaping and three months for the kidnapping. News of Lizzie being returned to Wentworth persuades Judy to do the interview after all, and Judy suggests that the tape could be posted to the TV station, but Micki wants to hand it to Graeme Hopkins in person. Erica visits Lizzie in hospital and asks the doctor the effect of telling her truth about America: he advises against it, and Erica thinks it best he just tells Lizzie she isn't strong enough to travel. Micki phones Graeme Hopkins and fixes a meeting in a car park near the TV station. Lizzie is returned to Wentworth in a wheelchair, though she insists on getting out as soon as she's inside reception. Micki delivers the tape by throwing it to Graeme Hopkins and driving off fast, but not before he's had time to write down part of the licence plate number. Judy, Micki and Wally wait impatiently for Judy's tape to be broadcast , but at the end of the program there is only a brief report about Lizzie being returned to Wentworth. Micki thinks the tape wasn't shown because the reporter didn't get a personal interview with Judy. Bea dons a pair of Marigolds and fiddles with the light in the store room to fuse the lights in the whole prison as a way of giving Sid more work to do: the lights go out in the staff room just as Vera is telling Jim that Lizzie must be told the truth about the America trip. The women are locked in their cells and they realise the trick has backfired on them when Jim tells them that Sid has been appointed as Wentworth's regular handyman anyway. Lizzie meets Sid when he is fixing the lights next day: he recognises her from the news report, and inadvertently lets slip that she won't be able to go to the US as she plans. Graeme Hopkins' boss tells him to forget about Judy's story as he's already passed the tape on to the police, but this makes him even more determined and having got the number plate traced, he knows where to go to find Judy. The police are waiting outside and they follow him. Lizzie asks Erica to tell her the truth, and Erica has to apologise for keeping the information from her. Judy and Micki go for a walk away from the cottage and Judy tells her about the four deaths she feels responsible for: Barbara (her lover), Sharon, Leanne and Irene. Bea and Doreen try to comfort Lizzie. Judy and Micki arrive back to see Graeme Hopkins arrive followed by the police. They have to watch as Wally is arrested when he tries to make a run for it to distract their attention from Judy hiding (not very well) behind a bush. Lizzie rejects Vera's attempt to console her. Judy decides to leave Wally's place and go back on the run .


    Script Editor: Patrick Amer
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Alastair Sharp