Alison is put on a charge when she hits out at Powell, and Don has an accident at work.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 11 March 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 15 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 00:44:17

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Alison ~ Fay Kelton
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Don Page ~ Stuart Finch
Gordon Humphrey ~ Bruce Kerr
Wendy (Receptionist) ~ Helen Noonan
Mrs Reid ~ Marion Edwards
Doctor ~ David Foster
Workman ~ Phillip Ross

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • Bea and Doreen comfort Lizzie and convince her to carry on fighting for the house because Sid wanted her to have it. Bea writes a letter to Gordon with a "reminder" about the earlier conversation between the two of them. Colleen complains to Meg about Erica taking a prisoner's word over hers and says Vera would never have done that - Meg points out that Vera isn't exactly an ideal role model. Don tries to work, but his back problems return when he lifts a sack of cement. Erica discusses with Bea the possibility of her being trained to use a Braille typewriter, and suggests that Bea could take over from Alison in reception. The women arrive at the day centre, but Mouse is afraid to leave the bus. Meg is called to the hospital to see Don and then goes to Wentworth to tell Alison the bad news about her husband. Alison wants to be alone and goes to her cell to cry, but Colleen finds her there and heavies her for leaving reception without permission. She grabs hold of Alison and Alison reacts by pushing her back roughly against a locker. Colleen goes to Erica to demand that Alison is with assault, but Erica doesn't agree. Meg has a proposal to make to Gordon about Sid's house and hands him Bea's letter, though without knowing its contents. Erica lets Alison tell her version of the incident in her cell. Mouse tells the other women why she is afraid to leave the bus: when she was little, her parents left her, and she was afraid of being left behind at the centre. Colleen wants to report Alison herself, and tries to get Jim's signature on the report. Meg has good news for Lizzie: Gordon has accepted a compromise where Lizzie has free use of the house for as long as she lives. Lizzie, Doreen, Judy and Bea celebrate with a little drink. Jim catches them in the act but turns a blind eye to it, and no longer seems to care much about his work in general. Colleen tells Erica about her report: Erica is annoyed that an officer has gone over her head. Erica gets a further surprise when Jim comes to her office and tells her he wants to resign.