Bea and Judy escort a drunken Doreen to Judy's cell. Meg is distressed at her failure with Nick, and Bob is unable to console her.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 14 February 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 13 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:15

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Terry ~ Brian Hannan
Bob ~ Anthony Hawkins
Nick ~ Ned Manning
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Florence Marne ~ Aileen Britton
James Marne ~ John Frawley
Gwen Hill ~ Jackie Kelleher (misspelt as "Jacqui Kelleher")
Dr Vaughn ~ Graham Dow
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Police Sergeant ~ Telford Jackson
Policeman (when he leads the silent Drunk away)

  • Written by Alistair Sharp
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Thanks to Jeff for pointing out a case of wall trouble. Not the famed wobbliness, but the distinctly hollow plasterboard sound when the women put their hands on the wall during the cell search.

    Vera refers to Bev as "Cavelli" .

    Judy asks Bea what she intends to do with the cassette, but Bea is not yet sure. Meg gets to Nick as he is being escorted to prison. She says how sorry she is for the misunderstanding. A very bitter Nick tells her he could care less. Erica visits her mother in the country (in a rather grand house with Art Deco style railings ). Her mother, Florence, is just like Vera's mum except better groomed and wealthy. Jim, as Acting Governor, has all of the women's' recorders and tapes confiscated and says that since they have proven to be a security risk they will no longer be allowed. He also orders a cell search for the incriminating tape. They do not find it - Bea has it taped behind the glass of her over-sink cabinet. Erica and her mother argue. Florence has a bad spell. As Erica runs out of the room to get help, Florence peeks after her. Erica is outraged when Gwen, her mother's companion, tells her the "fainting spell" was just Florence's way of ending an unpleasant conversation. Bea decides it is as good a time as any to organize the Prisoners Needs Committee and takes a group of women to meet with Jim about the return of the tapes and recorders. Jim is very abrupt with them and says no. Meanwhile in the staff room, Terry, Vera and Jim are busy listening to hard rock tapes in an effort to find Margo's. Erica has dinner with Meg and Bob (who seem to have got over Nick quite easily) and complains about her mother. While Terry is conducting late night rounds he finds Bea waiting for him in her cell. She hands him over the tape. He is wary of taking it. Bea says that he's a decent screw and as long as he's prepared to do a favour in return, she's happy to return it. As soon as he departs, Bea pulls a copy from her pyjama pocket. Terry informs Vera that Bea has handed over the tape, but Vera is certain there's a copy. Erica visits her mother again, this time with her brother, James. She is determined to have a decent conversation with her mother and feels that James' presence will help since she prefers him. The conversation goes typically, ending with Erica snapping and Florence moaning that she'll die soon. Doreen bounces into the laundry waving her now empty bottle of scotch. Bea snatches it away and tells Judy to dispose of it in the wastebasket. Vera catches Judy doing this. The laundry gets pretty quiet for a moment. Vera tells Stokes to empty the garbage outside and tells the women to "get back to work". Erica returns to work and, upon finding out about the confiscated tapes, orders everything returned to the women. Bea thinks Terry is responsible for this until she finds out that it was Erica. She then tells Erica about Jim's attitude to her Prisoners Needs Committee. Erica reprimands Jim severely and then scolds Terry as well for compromising himself. Bea then reminds Terry that he owes her a favour and also lets on that she does, indeed, have a copy (or even copies). Erica tries phoning her mother. Florence attempts to answer, but collapses in the process. Terry meets Vera in the staff room and says he's resigning. He also tells her that he has to move out, before the scandal increases and gets her in trouble as well. He walks away, leaving Vera to cry by herself.

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


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