Powell is suspicious of the women's good behaviour after Vera leaves and Lizzie is ecstatic when she is told of her release.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 10 March 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 15 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 00:46:37

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Alison ~ Fay Kelton
Gordon Humphrey ~ Bruce Kerr
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore

  • Written by Bryon Williams
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • The women bet on who will replace Vera and tease Jim for not getting the Barnhurst job. Officer Powell is offered a temporary position as Acting Chief Prison Officer, with the possibility of a permanent promotion if her work is satisfactory. Jim is unhappy and goes into a sulk for a while. Colleen tells the women about her new position and warns them she'll be keeping an eye on them all. Lizzie regrets all the fuss about the house and tells Bea that she wants to give the house to Gordon. Erica asks Jim to keep an eye on Officer Powell, though when Colleen comes to him with her suspicions that the women are up to something, Jim is bad tempered and too busy organising the rota to pay much attention. Erica tells Lizzie that her application for parole wasn't cancelled after all due to a bureaucratic mixup: instead it has been approved and she will be released in five weeks. Lizzie is overjoyed at first, but then realises that her main reason for release was Sid. Colleen is confused when Judy and Lizzie volunteer to clean the corridors. Bea and Erica have a conversation in private, which makes Doreen and Judy curious. Jim gets more and more grumpy. Judy and Doreen steal official writing paper from Erica's office and while Alison's help as lookout, Judy uses the typewriter in reception to make up a fake notice making fun of the officers. Doreen tells Lizzie that she will be coming to live with Lizzie after she is released, so Lizzie will need the house after all. Lizzie asks Meg to arrange a solicitor for her. The "official" letter found on the notice board, much to Colleen's annoyance: Colleen is sure that Alison is involved with the letter somehow, and wants to punish her, but Erica points out that if Alison had been supervised all the time, someone would have noticed her typing the notice. Colleen goes quiet, as she did indeed leave Alison alone in reception. When Gordon threatens Lizzie during his visit and Bea overhears, she storms into the visitors' room and has to be held off by the guards. Meg tells Colleen that she's starting to sound more and more like Vera. Colleen objects to having six prisoners working on the day centre, since supervising them properly would leave the prison understaffed, and wants to make it a union matter. Erica tells her she will have to make her mind up whether she's a union representative or a senior officer. Bea, Doreen, Lizzie and Mouse are among the six women chosen for the work party to clean the day centre. Lizzie grieves for Sid and finally comes to terms with his death.