Margo confronts Bea. Nick is amazed at Bob's trust in him. And Vera makes a decision about Terry.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 08 February 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 13 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:44:45

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Mum ~ Mary Ward
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Terry ~ Brian Hannan
Nick ~ Ned Manning
Bob ~ Anthony Hawkins
Mr Muirhead ~ Denzil Howson
Det. Sgt. Rouse ~ Paul Karo
Foreman ~ James Shaw
Judge ~ Leslie Wright
Waller ~ Jonathan Hardy
Hartman ~ Peter Cummins

  • Written by Margaret McClusky
  • Directed by Marcus Cole
  • Bea tells her counsel that she wishes to change her plea to guilty. On the stand, Bea testifies that she only had amnesia for a few hours immediately following the accident but that she knew who she was when she went to Mum and forced Mum to help her. Mum is asked if this is true. She looks at Bea and then agrees that it is. Margo tells the women in the laundry that she gave evidence against Bea. Judy says that Margo had better be prepared if Bea doesn't get off. Margo laughs and says that she's being transferred to Barnhurst. Vera, who is listening outside the laundry, has her own private laugh. Mum is acquitted and Bea is sentenced to an additional 18 months. Outside the court, Mum thanks Meg and then says good-bye to Bea (and a quiet thank you). Bea smiles at her as she is driven away. Margo asks Jim when she's being transfered to Barnhurst. Jim doesn't know anything about it. Bea is returned. Erica asks her, confidentially, when her memory really returned. Bea tells her it was when she was locked in the storeroom. Margo is in the rec room bullying Doreen when Bea enters. Vera enjoys the tension. Bea tells the women her story, Doreen is not too happy with her. Terry has a talk with Margo and offers to bring her in cigarettes. Meg asks Bob to give Nick a job. Bob refuses. Terry tells Vera that she must go to Erica and try to honor her deal with Margo. Vera tries to argue but her libido soon gets the better of her. Nick phones Meg threatening suicide. Bob refuses to let her run to him. They later find out it was a hoax. None of the women will even acknowledge Margo's presense, let alone speak to her. Nick throws a rock through Meg's window. Bob chases him and Nick (running pretty darn slowly) is caught. Bob says he'll give him a job and a room in the house (!) just to prove that Nick hasn't got what it takes. Terry and Vera talk to Erica. At first Terry takes the blame for making the promise to Margo, but Vera quickly owns up. Erica is disgusted with both of them and says there is no chance Margo going to Barnhurst. Terry gives Margo the bad news and also some cigarettes. The book is taken away from Margo and given to Lizzie. Margo asks Terry to place a bet for her and he agrees - Doreen overhears. Nick moves in with Bob and Meg. Terry tells Vera that he believes in cultivating "tame" prisoners and feels that Margo is a good person to start with. Vera doesn't agree. Terry then asks her if he can move in with her. Vera agrees. Meg is not feeling well so, without asking her, Nick takes some of her probation reports to deliver to her office. Margo gives Terry her betting ticket, a few minutes later she informs Vera that her boyfriend's a bent screw. At breakfast, Doreen tells the others that she thinks Terry and Margo are having it off. Nick brings the reports to Meg's office. Her boss walks in and asks Nick how he got hold of the files. Nick says he "brought them from home".

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


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