Linda and Ricky break into Erica's flat and threaten her with a shotgun when she arrives home.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 17 March 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 15 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:36

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
Andrea ~ Bethany Lee
Linda ~ Mary Charlston
Ricky ~ Kate Turner
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Peter ~ Stefan Dennis
Martin ~ Paul Colombani
Mrs Reid ~ Marion Edwards
Constable ~ Ian Clutterham
Wendy (Receptionist) ~ Helen Noonan

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Juliana Focht
  • Erica has borrowed one of the props department's Vermeers

    Lizzie discovers that Doreen is missing, and starts to go after her. Jim brings Mrs Reid inside the house with the police, who find that there are only five prisoners there, not six. Mrs Reid is indignant and threatens to hold a neighbourhood meeting about the centre. Andrea wants Judy to smuggle the letter out, and lets her read a fake one rather than the ones containing the cuttings about Erica. Colleen finds out about Doreen's escape, but won't tell Judy when she asks. Erica gets the message that Doreen has run away when she is at home. Peter has a hideout in a boat house and finds Martin there, suffering from his asthma condition. Jim is furious with Colleen for coming to the centre in uniform. Bea thinks it was Meg who called the, but Lizzie doesn't believe it. Judy adds that she was working in reception and says she got the impression that Meg didn't know that the police had been called out. Once again Judy and Bea have a furious argument and almost come to blows. Jim gets the blame from Erica when she finds out about Colleen visiting the centre in uniform. Martin's condition gets worse, and Peter and Doreen are concerned for him. Erica warns Colleen that her temporary senior officer rank is at risk. Lizzie tells Meg that many of prisoners believes that she lagged to police about Peter, but that she doesn't believe it herself. Erica asks Meg what she knows about any possible reason for Doreen's escape: Meg pretends not to know anything and doesn't mention Peter. Linda and Ricky receive the letter with the newspaper cuttings. With the information contained they work out where Erica lives, and they break into her house and wait for her to arrive home. Jim sees that Erica is tired out, and persuades her to go home and rest. Lizzie knows that Peter has a hiding place, but not where it is. Erica discovers a window broken at home, and Linda and Ricky come out of hiding and hold her at gunpoint.