Margo tries to see Bea, and Georgie returns to prison after the operation.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 07 January 1998 4:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:45:31

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Wayne ~ Vince Gil
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Georgie ~ Tracey Mann
Bob ~ Anthony Hawkins
Jeannie Baxter ~ Leila Hayes
Charlie ~ John Bishop

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Juliana Focht
  • Vera wants to censor a letter from Ken Pearce to Bea when she sees it contains praise for Bea for setting his daughter straight, but Meg persuades Vera to let Bea have the letter uncut. Meg also passes on to Bea the message from Margo, so Bea realises that Margo had come to get her money. After hearing about the latest scene with Georgie, Bea advises Judy to stick to her own age group in future. Judy asks Bea what she would do if her own daughter had been lesbian, and Bea answers honestly that she'd prefer any of her kids not to be gay, if only because of the unhappiness it seems to have brought Judy. Erica agrees to David's suggestion to encourage Bea to look after Georgie by putting Georgie in to share a cell. To make room, Doreen has to be moved out to share with Judy. Vera can't help herself and makes the obvious remark: that Judy might have more luck with Doreen in view of her past experience of "warped" relationships. Georgie taunts Judy by pulling down the shoulder strap of her overalls as if she's going to do a strip for her: Judy slaps her face, and unfortunately Vera happens to walk in at that moment and come to the wrong conclusion. Meg is overheard by Vera trying to arrange a job for Margo using the staff room phone. Doreen uses David's class to make a protest about the way he's having her moved around like a piece of furniture, and goads Georgie into a fight. David asks Bea to come outside to discuss Georgie, thinking they are too far away for her to hear, but forgetting Georgie's lip-reading skills. He tells Bea she can help Georgie just as she helped Debbie Pearce. Margo hangs around by the perimeter fence until she can talk to Bea, who tells her to be in the same place later that afternoon if she wants her money. Lizzie overhears Vera reduce Judy to tears with a series of insults, culminating with "lumbering 40 year old degenerate". Bea asks Judy to arrange for Margo to have her money using the same tennis-ball trick as was used for Helen to get the plans inside. Georgie pretends to be dizzy so Meg lets her go and lie down, but instead she follows Judy to see what she's up to. Georgie is just examining the hollow tennis ball stuffed with Margo's money when she's caught red-handed by Vera, who demands to know who's really behind the set-up. Having found out who's responsible, Vera lets the fake tennis game ahead and matches to catch Doreen and Margo as well as Judy. Margo's money is confiscated and Judy loses two days privileges. Meg pleads with Erica to let Margo have the money, but Erica won't give in. However, she offers Meg the job of careers officer, and says she can help recently released women too. Bea takes up David's challenge to do something to help Georgie, but then finds out from Doreen that it was Georgie who lagged. She goes to their cell and lays down the law to Georgie and seems about to back it up with a bashing till Georgie quotes back her own words that Georgie was a "bad seed". Georgie's mother is meanwhile being processed in reception on a seven day sentence for living off immoral earnings. Georgie has just finished her apologies to Judy and Doreen when Jeannie comes into the rec room and tells everyone that Georgie is her daughter. Next day, Judy refuses to let Jeannie sit down at the table with her. Wayne's mate Charlie offers Margo a job as a stripper, so when Margo calls round to offer her a job as cleaner, she's able to tell Meg to stick it. Jeannie attacks Georgie for humiliating her, but Bea intervenes and sends Jeannie packing. Meg calls on Margo on her way to work to find out more about her job as a "night club dancer". Jeannie defends the way she brought Georgie up in face of Bea's criticisms, but Doreen is showing clear signs of jealousy over the interest Bea seem to be taking in Georgie. Margo is practising her strip routine (though thankfully without taking any clothes off ) when Wayne comes home to tell her he's got a job washing dishes. Doreen once again taunts Georgie into attacking her but this time Bea tells Jim and Vera that the fight was Doreen's fault. On her way to solitary, Doreen tells Judy that Bea lagged on her. Judy warns Bea that if she ever treats Doreen like that again, she will have to answer to her for it.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Alastair Sharp (181)-(185), Peter Brennan: from (185)