Doreen misunderstands Evelyn's herbal remedy instructions. Georgie attends class in the library, but goes beserk when the women laugh at her. Lizzie collects pollen and weeds for Evelyn when she visits Sid.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Monday 22 December 1997 23:45
DVD release: volume 11 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:48:07

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Georgie ~ Tracey Mann
Mike The Bike ~ Jon Geros
Sister Franklin ~ Diane Greentree
Evelyn ~ Julia Blake

  • Written by Margaret McClusky
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Bea dashes off to make Evelyn reveal what was in the the mixture she gave Doreen. When Evelyn finds out that Doreen heated up the mixture, making it toxic, she says she can take no responsibility if people ignore her instructions - just as her unfortunate patient who died had done, by eating the preparation for skin cancer that was supposed to be an ointment. David offers to talk to Georgie when she is released from solitary later that day. Doreen is soon back to normal and both she and Lizzie apologise to Evelyn, much to Bea's disgust. Evelyn is worried when she finds out that Sandra is in isolation, and won't be able to write the article to help her case, but Judy suggests it would be just as good if she could cure some illness while inside prison, such as the rare tropical illness they've just heard about: Evelyn points out that none of them seem to be suffering from it. Judy and Lizzie both offer to help Evelyn get the herbs and plants she needs to carry on her work, despite Bea's protests. Georgie's boyfriend Mike ("The Bike") comes to visit her, but Jim sends him away, saying she's in solitary and to come back next week. David follows Mike and tells him to come back again that afternoon. Georgie agrees to David's suggestion that she could wear uniform overalls rather than a skirt, but still won't promise to come to his classes. Erica refuses to let Evelyn have any books on herbalism, but reluctantly allows her to have "decorative" plants in her cell when Evelyn points out that the other women have them. Lizzie reads out the shopping list for Evelyn, which includes belladonna... Judy pinches some mouldy bread out of the skip for Evelyn to use to grow "cultures". Georgie turns up at David's classes, but as soon as she sees the women laughing amongst themselves, she assumes it about her and attacks Bea. Bea notices how David tries to stand up for Georgie. Mike returns for his visit and has it approved by Erica in person. Lizzie offers to hide Evelyn's "cultures" in the laundry where the warmth would help them grow faster. Bea has a nasty cough next morning, but refuses any help. Lizzie meets Evelyn outside sickbay as she is delivering tea and biscuits to Sister Franklin: Evelyn is left alone with the tea trolley for a moment after Lizzie has helpfully explained the staff's different tastes in biscuits... Georgie's excuse for not being interested in school is that everyone called her stupid: she refuses to go the classes and is taken to the laundry to work, where Bea gives her a quick rundown on who's boss. Georgie retorts that she doesn't take orders from anyone. Their antagonism boils over at lunch when Bea calls Georgie stupid after she burns her hand on a plate when she's been warned it's hot. Georgie attacks Bea and is taken off to see the Governor and put back in solitary. Sister Franklin tells Meg she feels ill as she leaves work: Meg suggest it may have been something she ate. David finds that Georgie is in solitary and goes to Erica to plead her case. Lizzie tells Evelyn about the time Ros Coulson drugged the staff room tea urn. After eating one of Evelyn's biscuits washed down with comfrey tea, Lizzie has a bad stomach ache next morning. Sister Franklin phones in sick. David tries to give Georgie an intelligence test, promising to have her taken from solitary if she finishes it. Meg finds out that Lizzie has the same symptoms as Sister Franklin. When Bea is told that Evelyn had access to herbs, she tells Jim she has to see Erica urgently. Georgie rips up the test paper and trashes her cell. Bea tells Erica that it was Evelyn who's responsible for poisoning Lizzie. When Jim is sent to look for Evelyn to bring her to Erica's office, he and Bea find her collapsed in a heap in the corridor outside the staff room.


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