Sandy's seduction of Steve is interrupted and Janet is mistaken for a prisoner, with unfortunate consequences.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 14 April 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 16 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:14

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Gordon ~ Bruce Kerr
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Prosecutor ~ Robbie McGregor
Magistrate ~ David Nettheim
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Policeman ~ Michael Rowan
Nurse ~ Saturday Brander
Mr. Oliver ~ Nik Forster

  • Written by John Mortimore
  • Directed by John Duncan
  • Sandy is with Steve in his cell. Steve makes a comment about being exploited which makes Sandy chuckle. She then gives Steve the choice of her or some of her mates outside. Steve quickly chooses her. They hear noise from outside. Sandy goes to investigate and Steve overpowers her , knocking her to the floor. He takes her keys and makes a run for it. Kate and a group of screaming women scramble down the halls with the police right behind them. They attempt to barricade a security gate, but it is easily broken down. Janet pops out of her cell, clutching at the police and thanking them. Since she is in prison garb, one of the men takes it upon himself to whack her over the head with a baton. Her unconscious body is dragged into a cell and locked in. Some of the women wrestle Jim to the floor, but Steve comes along and the two men regain control and herd the prisoners into a cell. Marie leaves the prison, disguised as an officer, and makes her way to the gate. She covers her mouth with a hankie and tells the guards that the tear gas has overcome her and she must go for fresh air. She is just about out the gate when Erica discovers her . "It was worth a try", says Marie coolly . The women are rounded up in the rec room. Janet remains unaccounted for. Jim finds her in the cell and she falls into his arms. The women take notice and Janet turns on them. Sandy is brought back to her cell. Kate informs her that her absence during the police attack was noticed by the women and that they weren't impressed. She also lets Sandy know that the riot was pretty much a waste of time. Sandy looks hurt. Janet, desperate to get out of her torn prison dress, grabs the uniform taken from Marie. Its a loose fit, but she doesn't care. Steve hands the keys over to Jim. The gates are padlocked until new locks can be installed. Erica has Sandy brought to her office. She blames the riot on Sandy and sends her to solitary. Steve escorts Sandy to solitary. She tells him that he may visit her whenever he likes. Steve says that will never happen, but hovers about her door a long time before leaving. The next day, Jim organizes clean-up crews. Janet arrives - having insisted upon working - and speaks nastily to Marie, who is helping to clear reception. Erica comes in on this, but merely asks Janet to get Jim for her. Erica informs Jim that security measures are to be increased. She also advises him to keep an eye on Janet. In the dining room, the women are disgusted at their cold porridge. Janet yells at them and Marie dumps her bowl at Janet's feet. The women gather around Marie. Janet wants to put Marie in solitary, but Jim just makes her clean up the mess. He pulls Janet aside and warns her to ease up. Meanwhile, the women turn to Marie for leadership. In the laundry, Kate finds Marie writing to Fitzwater. Marie intends to take over the laundry racket, and is asking Fitzwater to send pills instead of money. She asks Kate if she has a problem with that. "He likes to be called Jack", is Kate's response. Jim reads of an opening for Governorship of a youth remand centre. Janet asks how he could think of just up and leaving their relationship. Jim says he probably wouldn't get it anyhow. Lizzie's trial begins. She enters a plea of "not guilty". Marie lets Kate know she has taken over as Top Dog. Colleen takes the stand and testifies she saw Lizzie dispose of a kerosene bottle moments before the house erupted in flames. The defence asks her how she could possibly make out a kerosene bottle from great distance at night. When Colleen states that that's what the police took out of the garbage the next morning, the defence is quick to point out that that doesn't mean that is what Lizzie put in the garbage. Ted Douglas visits Erica and demands stricter security. On his way out, Jim asks if it would be worth his while to apply for governor of Beachmount. Ted thinks it would be. Gordon takes the stand. It is revealed that he wanted the house rezoned in order to build flats on the site. Lizzie yells out against Gordon and says she's glad he didn't get his hands on Sid's lovely house. Lizzie is returned to Wentworth, where she tells Jim she should have kept her mouth shut. Jim tells her not to worry. Colleen sourly returns Lizzie to her cell, where Kate asks make a phone call. Colleen tells Kate that all privileges - even hers - have been suspended. As Colleen leaves, Kate cries out that she must see her little boy. Lizzie expresses her opinion of Colleen, talks about her trial and worries about Bea. Kate reads the paper. Bea is going out of her mind with boredom in hospital. The sister tells her she'll be "going home" soon. Janet wakes Jim up in the middle of the night saying she can't sleep and asks to come in. Jim lets her in, rolls his eyes and closes the door. During the defence's summation it is brought up that technically Lizzie was the owner of the house while the will is in probate. This causes some confusion. The laundry delivery comes in. Marie gets a note from Jack saying that its money this time - but will be drugs the next. Colleen comes into the laundry and puts Kate on cleaning duty. Once outside, she tells Kate Inspector Grace has arrived to see her. Lizzie is acquitted.

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


    Storyliners: John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Freundt, Dave Worthington
    Script Editors: Ian Smith