Chrissie receives a surprise visit, while Meg approaches Erica with an interesting offer.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 17 January 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:12

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
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
George Goscombe ~ Geoff Parry
Bob Morris ~ Anthony Hawkins
Mick O'Brien ~ Michael Long
Johnnie Kent ~ Braedon Lord
Barbara Kent ~ Fincina Hopgood
Detective (interviewing Lizzie)

  • Written by Ian Bradley
  • Directed by John McRae
  • Bob tries to apologise to Meg, but he still wants her to change her job. Lizzie is interviewed by the police about her escape and is warned she may face some serious charges. Meg tells Erica she wants to look for another job, but one where her existing qualifications will be sufficient. Erica agrees to make enquiries for her. Vera and Jim oppose the conjugal visits scheme, so Meg is given the job of organising the women to get the garden tool shed screened off and cleaned up for use as a visiting suite. Jim tells Vera it's pointless objecting to the scheme, and they can just rely on the women to ruin it without any help from them. Bea won't let anyone help clean out the shed, even though Hazel and Chrissie are keen. Chrissie's accuses Bea of being selfish and blocking the scheme just because she can't see Ken. David reports back to Erica and recommends that the visiting ban on Ken should be lifted. Erica announces that all existing bans on visitors will be lifted, but that the visiting suite is for the use of husbands and de factos only. Bea promptly volunteers to help clean up and decorate the shed. Lizzie sneaks into Erica's office and steals her table lamp, helping herself to a swig from the decanter as she leaves. Erica inspects the new visiting suite and notices the lamp , but doesn't make a fuss about it. Meg is delighted when Erica tells her about an opportunity as a welfare officer, but Erica also asks her to make sure she's doing this for the right reasons. Hazel applies for a conjugal visit, though she has to suffer Vera's sarcastic comments when she admits the man isn't her husband. Meg hands her application for the parole and probation officer to Erica for her approval. Lizzie is refused permission to have a visit from Sid. Chrissie has a surprise visit from Mick O'Brien, an ex boyfriend who tells her he has a job and offers to give Chrissie and Elizabeth a place to live when she is paroled. Chrissie is called to the Governor's office for bad news: Child Welfare have refused permission for her to have Elizabeth returned to her on the grounds that Wentworth is not a suitable environment for bringing up a child. Vera is to supervise the first conjugal visit, and Jim instructs her that she should be as unobtrusive as possible. George arrives to see Hazel with their two children. When Hazel and George are just about to go into the shed for a little conjugation, Vera butts in and asks if they expect to nursemaid the kids in the meantime. Jim angrily sends Vera back inside and takes over supervision of the visit. It seems that George cannot marry Hazel as he's unwilling to divorce his wife, who seems to be in a mental hospital. Vera bitches at Meg and reveals that she knows of Meg's job application. When Chrissie learns that Hazel's kids were allowed to see her even though she isn't married to their father, the gears start turning and she is lost in thought. Sure enough, she goes to apply for a conjugal visit from Mick on the grounds that he is Elizabeth's father. Judy suggests that Bea could test out the Department's promise not to censor the mail by writing to Ken and inviting him to visit. The women are openly sceptical about Chrissie's claim that she's getting a conjugal visit, so she tells them something else they don't know: she's just overheard in reception that Meg is resigning to become a social worker. Jim and Meg are amazed when Mick arrives to visit Chrissie and Vera admits she gave special permission for an extra visit. Bea asks Meg if the rumours about her leaving are true, and points out that the last person most women would want as a parole officer is an ex prison officer. Mick tells Chrissie it would be easier for him to see Elizabeth if his name were on the birth certificate, but he seems unhappy when Chrissie says she's already told the officers that he's Elizabeth's father. When Chrissie thanks Vera for letting her have an extra visit, Vera replies that it's the least she could do, since she's seen to it that it will be the last visit she gets from Mick while she's inside. Barnhurst have confirmed that he was a prisoner there, and the rules on association mean that Chrissie will not be able to have any further contact with him .


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