Lizzie has disappeared, Bob entertains important clients, and Chrissie is transferred to H Block.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 16 January 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:25

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
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Bob ~ Anthony Hawkins
Dr Evans ~ Ric Harley
Hal Leifenbacker ~ Randall Berger
Lois Leifenbacker ~ Barbara Ramsay
Shop Woman ~ Moira Claux
Shopper ~ Veronica Haywood
Nurse (in the scenes with Dr Evans)
Shop Assistant (in chemist's shop)
Motorcyle Cop

  • Written by Alistair Sharp
  • Directed by John McRae
  • Vera thinks that Lizzie hasn't escaped at all and that the women are hiding her to play a joke on the officers. Jim says the same thing to Erica, and Erica throws a fit of pique and has the women confined to their cells until Lizzie turns up - or the women admit what they are doing. Lizzie selects some clothes and a hat from a charity shop then pretends to have left her bag on the bus: the woman running the shop not only says she can take the clothes and pay for them later, but also give Lizzie two dollars from her own purse. Lizzie makes the money go further by buying something in a chemist's and conning the assistant into giving her change from ten dollars instead of the two she really gives him. Doreen predicts Lizzie will be back by the next day at the latest. David goes to Bea's cell to find out what's going on, as he suspects it's another trick to have his classes cancelled. Vera finds him and tells him off for straying outside his allotted area. Lizzie stops off for "afternoon tea" - but we see her push open the door of a public bar. Erica changes her mind and decides that there should be a full scale search of the prison after all. Lizzie catches a bus to go and visit Sid. Meg asks Vera to work her late shift so she can go home to entertain Bob's clients. When Lizzie arrives at the nursing home, a doctor tells her that Sid isn't there, as he's away visiting his son. Lizzie goes away, but returns at the end of the day even more drunk, and is put in a spare room to sleep it off. Bob phones Meg to ask her to change out of her uniform before she comes home. The women string the officers along by shouting to each other about where Lizzie might be hiding. Mr Leifenbacker recognises Meg from the TV coverage of the siege, and Meg is forced to admit she's a prison officer, not knowing that Bob has told the Leifenbackers a quite different story. After they leave, Meg is furious that Bob lied about her job, and won't speak to him next morning at breakfast. Erica decides the police will have to be notified just at the moment when Lizzie phones up to say she's coming back on her own. The women are let out of their cells. Jim works out how Lizzie managed to get through the gate. David discusses with Erica some ideas for incentives for good behaviour, and suggests the women should be asked what they would like themselves. Chrissie is brought to the laundry to work: she says she'd asked for the transfer to make more money for Elizabeth. Lizzie travels by train without paying and steals a woman's handbag, so when a motorcycle policeman asks her for identification, she is able to show the other woman's documents. David asks Bea to find out from the women what they would like as privileges. After initial scepticism, the ideas start to come from all the women, After hearing David read out the list at the classification meeting, Vera and Jim are strongly opposed to all of them. As Meg is leaving work, Lizzie rolls up in a taxi. Bob tells Meg he didn't get the contract. She senses that he is trying to blame her for it and points out that his lie may have made the Leifenbackers feel they wouldn't be able to trust him. Bob disagrees and says that if they are to make a success of their marriage, Meg will have to give up her job to help him entertain his clients.


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