Dr Kennedy visits Bea and confirms that Doreen has agreed to donate her kidney.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 07 April 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 16 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:13

Erica ~ Patsy King
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Dr Kennedy ~ Brian James
Officer Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
John Fitzwater ~ Paul Glen
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Mighty Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Sister Johnston ~ Gael Andrews

  • Written by Barbara Ramsay
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • There is a cell search, and Colleen tries to get Meg to leave her alone to search Sandy's cell, but Meg points out that the regulations require there to be two officers present. Sandy gets a visit from her "lawyer", John Fitzwater, who is really working for McNally. He wants Sandy to recruit women from the prison to work as prostitutes on their release. Sandy asks for him to arrange to smuggle extra washing along with the normal deliveries. Sandy ransacks her cell, just as Colleen and Meg turn up. Sandy takes the opportunity to annoy Colleen by making hints about the letter. Meg discovers that her ID badge is missing. Meg goes to find Colleen and discovers her searching Sandy's cell. Colleen tries to explain it away, and finds the ID badge on the floor, but instead of giving it to Meg, she puts it in her own pocket. Lizzie collects the "extra" orders from the kitchen. Jim, Colleen and Meg have a meeting with Erica, and Erica notices that Meg has lost her badge. Colleen takes the chance to play the part of Meg's guardian angel: she says that she found the badge a while ago, but forgot to give it back to Meg. Lizzie has made sure that yeast was among the goods she ordered, so that she can start making home brew. Meg comes out of Erica's office after a dressing down. Janet discovers that Lizzie has a stash of cigarettes. The prisoners get new uniforms. Sandy tells Bea that they can earn more money by having extra washing smuggled in. Lizzie's talk of operations makes Doreen nervous. Erica tries to get Sandy to influence the other women to accept the new rules, but gets the cold shoulder from her. Kate sees where Sandy has hidden Colleen's letter. Doreen starts to feel that she's been put under pressure to agree to the operation when she didn't really want it. Kate tells Colleen that she knows where the letter is and will tell her if Colleen will organise a visit for her. Doreen explains to the other women in the dining room that the operation to donate a kidney to Bea has been called off. Sandy lets Doreen explain why she changed her mind, and Doreen explains that she is afraid. Colleen arranges Kate's visit, but Kate is a little sly and won't tell her straight out where the letter is. She hints that people under stress like Colleen get sweaty palms and recommends she use talcum powder on them. The letter is hidden in Sandy's talcum powder container. The first delivery of extra laundry arrives, with money hidden among it. Colleen asks Sandy to tidy up her cell, and Sandy finds the letter has gone. The visitor Kate wanted turns out to be Inspector Grace, and she offers to be a informer for him

    Thanks to David Breeze for an interesting communication about the change in uniform at the halfway point of this episode. He remembers an article at the time of the first Australian showing which revealed the real reason for the change: the original costumes weren't designed to have lasted this long and were literally dropping to bits. The change seems to have caused a few continuity problems, though. It is perhaps forgiveable that Doreen should be the only one still to be wearing an old uniform on her first appearance: after all, she has just returned from clinic and wasn't present at the fitting session in the rec room. However, she seems to be have been issued with a new uniform pretty swiftly in time for her next scene only a few moments later. Kate always wears the new (less faded) denim with the embroidered crest, but two scenes with Sandy appear to have been shot at a different time when she was wearing one of the old navy knitted polo necked tops under it. These are intercut between scenes of her wearing a new style blue checked shirt then a similar green checked shirt - thus appearing to give her five costume changes in a very short space of time.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Freundt