Alison is upset and confused; Kathy worries about getting out; and Vera goes for an interview.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 01 March 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 14 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:50

Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Terry ~ Brian Hannan
Alison ~ Fay Kelton
Kathy ~ Sue Jones
Sid ~ Edward Hepple
Don Page ~ Stuart Finch
Chris ~ Simon Finch
Susan ~ Jennifer Finch
Janet ~ Amanda Irving
Mr Williamson ~ Paul Bertram
Wendy Scott ~ Helen Noonan
Colin Lester ~ Jon Sidney
Officer Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Mr Martin ~ Peter de Salis
Inspector ~ David Scott
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Lorna ~ Barbara Jungwirth

  • Written by Margaret McClusky
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Jim warns Alison not to be so stand-offish with the other prisoners. Wendy is pleased with Alison's quickness in picking up the job in reception. Kathy's parole comes through. Erica is offered a house to rent as a possible halfway house. Kathy tells Bea and the others that she doesn't want to be released, so she steals something from the kitchen and hides it in her bed to try to have her sentence extended. Vera tries to scare Alison with what will happen if she makes the slightest mistake in reception. Bea and Doreen discover the stolen goods in Kathy's bed and they think that someone is trying to set her up. Bea tells Kathy that she can't do anything about her parole, since Kathy has already signed her parole papers, and in any case theft from the kitchen only counts as a minor offence. Kathy tries to get caught for something more serious, and steals a handbag and radio from Officer Bailey. When the theft is discovered, Vera orders a cell search, and finds the stolen goods in Kathy's cell. Terry convinces Vera that their problems have a better chance of being resolved if Kathy is released, so Vera lets Kathy off. Bea warns Kathy against trying anything that would affect the other prisoners. Erica gives Alison permission to take typing lessons. Vera and Erica believe that one of the prisoners is out to get Kathy, and try to find out the person concerned. Kathy sabotages the washing machine so that it catches fire. When a police inspector arrives, Kathy hopes to get punished for the fire. Bea is glad to get a little rest from laundry work. Don, Alison's husband, meets Mr. Martin at work to explain why he has problems meeting a deadline. Janet, Don's neighbour invites him out. Don and Alison's son, Chris, has problems at school, and his teacher, Frank Williamson, arranges a meeting with Don. Terry tells Kathy that the fire was blamed on an electrical fault, even though Kathy insists it was her who started the fire. Vera takes the morning off work, to everyone's great surprise. Alison gets visit from her family, which annoys Doreen, so she and Kathy decide to put Alison in her place. Doreen and Kathy attack Alison in front of her family and try to make Alison say aloud that she is no better than anyone else. Terry intervenes and sends Doreen and Kathy to Governor. Erica takes the assault seriously, especially because it happened in the presence of Alsion's children. Terry convinces Erica that Kathy was led astray by Doreen, so Erica only gives Kathy extra work duties and withdraws her priveleges until her release. Doreen on the other hand is sent to solitary until the VJ's next visit, and is told that she will also be charged with assault. Vera has taken leave to meet Ted Douglas at the Department, as she is going to apply for the Governorship of Barnhurst. Mr Douglas admits he has not always agreed with Vera in the past, but tells her he is delighted with her application.