Chrissie arrives home; Doreen reveals her secret about the Lonely Hearts Club to Judy; and Lizzie receives a letter from America.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 23 January 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:16

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Mick ~ Michael Long
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Matron ~ Valma Pratt
Peter Hope ~ Ernie Bourne

  • Written by George Mallaby
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Meg's ID letter has a photo of her in prison uniform and is headed with the Wentworth crest and address, even though she no longer works there. Thanks to Dave Smith pointing out that it also has her name wrong - it reads "Mrs Elizabeth Morris"

    Chrissie lays into Mick as soon as she's through the front door of the new flat , accusing him of only being nice to her as a way of getting her to have sex with him. She changes her tune immediately she hears that he's arranged a visit to Elizabeth. Vera finds herself outnumbered in a discussion of how to handle Bea after her break-up with Ken - oddly she seems to be the only one to favour sending Bea to solitary. Chrissie tells Mick she doesn't want anything from him. Doreen tells Judy she's done something stupid: not only has she got herself a pen friend through a lonely hearts' club but she's painted a very flattering picture of herself and can't work out how to satisfy her pen friend's request for her photo without revealing the truth. Judy asks Meg for help and she agrees to bring in a Polaroid camera from home. Mick and Chrissie visit the children's home: the wire fence around it appals Chrissie and she says it looks just like a prison. The matron won't let Chrissie give Elizabeth a teddy bear in case it makes the children jealous. David tries to interest Bea once again in working for improvements in prison conditions, but Bea tells him she's sick of do-gooders like him using her as an intermediary to get through to the women. Elizabeth plays contentedly with her teddy bear (even though the matron took it away in a previous scene and returns it to Chrissie in the next!) Meg agrees to take close-ups of Doreen (with a wide angle lens?) to try to make her look as good as she can. Mick phones the matron to ask if they would be allowed to take Elizabeth out of the home if they were accompanied by a responsible person - like Chrissie's parole officer. David shows Bea details of a new project and tells her she could be trained to use a Braille typewriter . Several days later, Doreen gets a reply from her pen friend Peter Hope and immediately asks to use her phone call privilege. Chrissie agrees with Mick's complaint that she's only interested in him as a means of getting Elizabeth back and throws a tantrum and a few piles of crockery. Jim and Meg overhear Doreen arranging to meet her pen friend by a lake in a park. Jim takes Doreen to the Governor's office, where she and Meg have to face the full force of Erica's indignation. Erica decides that Doreen should be made to face up to her responsibilities by being forced to take a day out of prison to meet Peter Hope and tell him the whole truth about herself. Chrissie demands to know why Mick didn't contact her sooner which might have prevented Elizabeth being taken from her. Mick confesses he didn't want to attract attention, as 10 years earlier he'd escaped from prison and was still wanted under the name Mark Brendan. Meg shows identification to the matron who allows Elizabeth out, but only if she is returned promptly at 4 o'clock. Erica and Doreen meet Peter, who is quite sympathetic to Doreen, as he's a shy sensitive music lover. He even wants to see her again and offers to visit her in Wentworth, but Doreen isn't keen and tells him he isn't her "type". Erica tells Doreen that not only will she lose her telephone privileges indefinitely, but that all the women's mail will be censored from now on. The matron tells Meg off when Elizabeth is returned 10 minutes late. Chrissie mutters under her breath that next time she won't have to worry about Elizabeth being late back...


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