Bea is ostracised by her fellow inmates. Meg returns to the prison to work as a parole officer.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 20 January 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:39


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
Ken ~ Tom Oliver
Bob Morris ~ Anthony Hawkins
Mick O'Brien ~ Michael Long
Debbie ~ Dina Mann
Gary Grey ~ Peter Hosking

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Juliana Focht
  • No-one will talk to Bea in the rec room, though Hazel and Chrissie pointedly talk about her as if she wasn't there, provoking Bea to speak up in her own defence, but this only leads to a shouting match. When Vera breaks it up, Chrissie demands to see the Governor immediately to ask for another unsupervised visit from Mick to make up for the one she lost. Erica refuses and points out she is being very short-sighted to create so much trouble with her parole coming up. After a promise of a visit the following week if she is still inside, Chrissie calms down, but while Vera is showing her back to her cell, she manages to turn her against Bea again by pointing out that Chrissie is very unlikely to get her parole, so why should she worry about jeopardising it? The argument between Chrissie and Bea duly resumes, this time developing into a real fight: Vera takes Chrissie off to solitary gloating that now she will certainly lose her parole. Bea tells Lizzie that if the women don't want her as top dog, they can fend for themselves. Erica asks Vera to release Chrissie from solitary without punishment. Ken is delighted when Erica phones him to let him know about the unsupervised visit with Bea. The women won't even take a smoko when Bea says, so she steps away from the press and pushes Hazel off the sewing machine. Judy reluctantly takes over the press, but she says it doesn't mean she's agreeing to be top dog. Doreen is sick of all the bickering and asks to be put to work somewhere else. Ken's daughter Debbie comes to stay with him: she asks him about Bea and whether he's serious about her. David tries to persuade Chrissie to come to his class on "modern living". Doreen comes over all secretive when Bea sees her writing a letter and asks who she's writing to. Doreen says she still wants to be Bea's friend but doesn't want to get involved in any trouble. Erica tells the other officers that Meg will be starting soon as a parole officer. At the mail call, Doreen gets a letter and rushes off to read it in private. Vera takes Bea to the visiting suite to see Ken: she has to pretend to be pleased when Ken announces that he's brought Debbie along too. Chrissie mocks Bea when she finds that no "funny business" went on during the meeting with Ken, and asks her if it was worth betraying her mates for. When Ken and Debbie leave after being searched, a reporter catches them at the gate and asks for a comment. Meg is shown at breakfast next morning reading the resulting headline: "LOVE NEST FOR JAIL BIRDS". Bea is appalled when Lizzie brings copies of "The Verity" to the laundry - both she and Ken are identified by name. To try to recover face, Bea comes up with a very unconvincing story that she deliberately engineered the latest press coverage to undermine the good publicity previously given to the visiting suite, and that she selflessly put herself forward to be exposed rather than any of the other women whose relationships might have been destroyed by it. The women are suitably chagrined and guilty for misjudging Bea's motives. Ken phones his solicitor to see if the paper can be sued for misrepresentation. Chrissie ask Meg about having Mick's name put on the birth certificate, and Meg tells her she think she stands a very good chance of getting parole. Mick asks Chrissie to marry him, but later asks Meg why Chrissie wouldn't give him a straight answer. Bea admits privately to Lizzie that the newspaper article wasn't anything to do with her, but that she didn't sell the women out either and only acted as she did because she was desperate for love and male company after so many years without either. Debbie asks permission from Erica to see Bea, partly to explain about the misunderstanding that led to the newspaper article, but also because she has another more personal matter to discuss with Bea. Meg tells Chrissie she will still only have contact visits initially with Elisabeth and advises her to think seriously about Mick's proposal. Debbie apologises about the article to Bea and admits it was her fault that the reporter got Bea and Ken's names. She then launches into her main reason for the visit: she appeals to Bea to try to persuade her father to give up his work with the PRG, and to give his marriage another try.


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