Lizzie requests a day out. Meg arranges a job for Georgie. And Sally has a run-in with Doreen and Bea.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 14 January 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:45:25

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Georgie ~ Tracey Mann
Sally ~ Debra Lawrence
Mike ~ Jon Geros
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Nancy ~ Mariette Rups
Mr Justice Myles ~ Frank Wilson
Ivy Butcher ~ Elizabeth Wing
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Supermarket Manager ~ Will Deumer

  • Written by Barbara Ramsay
  • Directed by Mike Murphy
  • From the carelessly handled visitor's pass we can see that Erica's middle initial is P. Perhaps this stands for "Penelope"?

    Erica tells Sally she's fallen for the oldest trick in the book and warns her that her work must improve. Vera sympathises with Sally, but only as a means of impressing on her once again the need to imitate her own methods. David tells Erica he will try talking to Bea directly. Lizzie asks permission to have a day on the outside to recover from her recent sickness. Erica refuses, but after Lizzie has left the office she tells David that she intends to find a prison visitor for Lizzie - someone of her own age. Meg has found Georgie a job in a supermarket, and Mike visits Georgie to tell her they could share a room when she's paroled. Bea reiterates that David must withdraw his objection to Georgie's parole if he wants the women to come back to his classes, so he is forced to agree. The parole board chairman allows David to change his recommendation, but points out that Georgie's record in prison will also have to be taken into account. Ivy Butcher arrives as Lizzie's prison visitor. Bea notices Meg looking pained at Sally's heavy handed attempts to impose discipline. Ivy leaves her visitor's pass on the bench next to Lizzie, who palms it and hides it in her pocket. Georgie tells the parole board her life story. After hearing that Meg has fixed a job for her, she is granted parole. Doreen tells Sally the women laugh at her for imitating Vera. Meg is interested by the parole chairman's idea of having a resident parole officer in each prison. Bea says goodbye to Georgie and tells her to forget all of her friends inside if she wants to make a go of life on the outside. Lizzie's surreptitious sewing makes Bea and Doreen suspicious. After being sent on a false errand to find Vera, Sally is furious at being tricked and storms back to the laundry. When the women just laugh at her, she raises her arm to hit Doreen, but Vera stops her in time. Georgie is collected at the gate by Mike on his bike. Vera invites Sally for dinner to talk over her problems at work. Georgie isn't impressed by the room Mike has fixed up, nor the fact that he only seems interested in her for sex (nor even his impressively miniscule briefs). During the exercise period, Lizzie hides a bag in the rubbish skip. Georgie has had enough of Mike's attitude and after an argument, she walks out on him. Sally asks Vera if she thinks she's cut out to be an officer: Vera replies that Sally lacks the self discipline. Meg goes to pick up Georgie to drive her to work, but Mike tells her Georgie's gone. Sally tells Erica she knows she will never be any better at the job and hands in her resignation. The pots made in the class are to be taken outside to be fired and Lizzie gets Jim to agree to let her help David carry them to his car. Meg goes to the supermarket and finds Georgie is already there, having turned up for work on her own. After helping David to his car, Lizzie comes back into the grounds and collects the bag from the garbage. At muster, Jim wants to know where Lizzie is, so Doreen reads from a note Lizzie left for her. It says that as she'd asked for a day out and been refused, she's decided to have a day off without permission.


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