Wentworth is isolated after a tropical disease breaks out, believed to be carried by Jenny. Judy strikes up a friendship with Georgie. Meg contracts the disease and is put in the prison hospital with Lizzie and Evelyn.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 23 December 1997 23:35
DVD release: volume 12 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:29

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Evelyn ~ Julia Blake
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Georgie ~ Tracey Mann
Sandra ~ Candy Raymond
Dr Granger ~ Peter Regan
Sister Haines ~ Liddy Holloway
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore

  • Written by Ian Bradley
  • Directed by Mike Murphy
  • The scene where Doreen gives Meg Evelyn's remedy produced a memorable out-take, as Elspeth Ballantyne choked and sprayed it back all over Colette Mann.

    A doctor arrives to carry out tests for tropical diseases: Evelyn scoffs at him from her bed in the infirmary. Dr Granger warns Erica that if Sally was the contact there could be an epidemic. No-one can explain how Lizzie became infected until Jim remembers that she'd brought Sally a meal when she was in sickbay. Georgie is forcibly removed from solitary for an examination and an injection of antibiotics. Dr Granger suspects typhoid and orders all food in the kitchen to be destroyed and that block H should be isolated from the rest of the prison. He also tells the officers they won't be allowed to go home. Judy reports back to Bea that she wasn't allowed to get out of the block to go to the library. Evelyn challenges the nurse, claiming that she could cure herself and refusing the injection. Sandra is moved out of isolation to make room for the female officers: when she finds out about the quarantine she begs Vera not to put her back with the other women. Georgie is put in Judy's cell. Sandra tells Bea she nursed her mother when she was dying of cancer, which is the reason she is so scared of illness. Judy enjoys the show as Georgie strips off for bed : Vera happens to spy through the peephole and tells Meg about it when she goes back to the cell they are sharing. Vera is also put out that there's no-one to bring clothes in for her so she has to wear a prison issue nightie. Meg's temperature shoots up even though she's been immunized. Erica sleeps at her desk overnight. There is only porridge for breakfast, so most of the women stick to tea. Jim sets them to work disinfecting the building and burning the food (conveniently forgetting that they are supposed to be isolated from the rest of the prison). David asks Georgie why she did her sums but not the written questions: Georgie privately admits to Judy that she can hardly read or write. Dr Granger gets a phone message that the original contact has died, but typhoid is not suspected. Food is to be brought in from the outside. Evelyn tries to leave sickbay to get her herbs, but Dr Granger stops her, so when Doreen comes to deliver meals to sickbay, Evelyn takes the opportunity to get her to bring the stuff she needs. Meg slips into a coma. Doreen asks Bea whether she should help Evelyn and Bea tells her to keep out of it. Erica has to slap Sandra when she becomes hysterical after being refused permission to make a phone call. Hazel comes out of the infirmary just afterwards and realises what has happened. Doreen decides to help Evelyn after both Judy and Bea fall ill. Some of the women are sent outside to collect a food delivery under armed guard: Sandra considers whether she can risk making a break for it. Doreen gives a jar to Evelyn, but Evelyn makes her give the medicine to Meg herself so she doesn't have to get out of bed. Sandra elbows Joyce aside and makes a run for it. Jim fires over her head to scare her, but when she falls over, he aims the gun directly at her , telling her to stop where she is or he will shoot.


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