When security cameras are installed, Meg organises a strike. Lizzie befriends a con man.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 17 April 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 16 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:24

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Ernie (Barman) ~ Syd Conabere
Errol ~ Frankie J. Holden
Mighty Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Barman ~ Lazar Rodic
Reporter (No. 1) ~ Bill Manderson
Reporter (No. 2) ~ Jon Evans

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Reporter 2 is credited to Brian Rock, but I have changed this to the name of the actor who later plays Neville Sloan, as they seem to be the same

    Bea accuses Marie of selling drugs to Mouse, who is giggling and gurning in the dining room . Marie feigns ignorance, but also lets Bea know that she is now in charge of the women. Bea moves to another table. Meg informs Erica of the intended strike if the department does not meet the officers' demands. Bea comes in and asks not to be stuck in the infirmary but at least given light duties. A distracted Erica agrees and tells Colleen of the impending strike. Colleen starts to speak, thinks better of it and leaves. Lizzie meets a young man in the hotel bar named Errol. Lizzie is reminded of Errol Flynn and offers to buy the man a drink. Not too enthusiastic about the company, he accepts nonetheless. Erica receives a none-too-promising call from Ted Douglas and becomes increasingly frustrated about the strike. She tells Meg that Judy Bryant is returning from Barnhurst to await a parole hearing and if there is a strike who will do the report on Judy? Meg says that even if there is a strike she will see to Judy's report. Judy returns. Bea asks her for help against Marie, but Judy has to keep her nose clean for her parole. To Colleen's immense disapproval, Meg speaks to the press about the possible strike. A barely coherent Lizzie falls for Errol's sob story of his ailing sister and his mum's upcoming birthday and hands him a huge wad of cash, not noticing that the slip of paper with the list of contacts Meg gave her has fallen from her handbag . Ted Douglas says he'll visit the Minister and do what he can. Marie bangs on her cell door demanding to know why they've been locked in their cells and not fed. Colleen lets it be known the officers are on strike. Meg visits Judy and tells her the chances of parole are good, provided she has a place to live and a job. Judy is not sure if she can get her taxi driving licence back. Meg promises to check into it. Kate makes small talk with Bea and soon notices Bea's attitude towards her. Bea wonders why the goody-goody image and what's in it for her? Kate looks worried. The bartender helps a near-comatose LIzzie back to her room. Meg is happy to report to Judy that she can have her certificate back. Judy thinks she might be able to stay with Pauline. Colleen comes in with a letter for Judy. She tells Meg that if she's on strike she should be on strike. Judy's letter is from Lori, who has invited her to her wedding - which is two days after Judy's hearing. Judy is ecstatic. Ted yells at Erica about Meg's press interview and blames Erica for everything. Erica defends Meg, but after Douglas leaves she turns on Meg, who snaps back. The two women lock stares. Steve arrives to replace Meg as on-duty strike officer. He asks if he'll still make night wages. Meg decides to snap at him, too. Taking advantage of the strike, Steve visits Sandy in solitary. After apparently spending a cosy evening together, Jim decides to go home and Janet gets upset. Jim suggests they cool down their relationship a bit and Janet gets more upset. Jim leaves and Janet really gets upset. Jim arrives home to a ringing phone. It's Janet. He says good night. She calls back. He hangs up and takes the phone off the hook. Kate, unable to contain herself, wakes Bea up and asks if Bea has heard something about her. Bea teases her for a bit, then drops Dr. Gibson's name and how he was a good friend of Kate's late boyfriend. Janet bursts into Jim's flat, finds it empty and leaves. Steve gets dressed and gives Sandy a pack of cigarettes. They're both sad it's her last night in solitary. Jim arrives at Meg's and asks to spend the night in order to avoid Janet. Meg doesn't want to take sides, but offers Jim the spare room. Janet drives by and sees Jim's car. She is about to get out when she sees the house lights shut off. Her mouth falls open and she hits the gas. Erica phones Meg to apologize. Jim thanks Meg for letting him stay over. Sandy is returned to her cell and Bea is quick to make some pointed remarks about Kate which Sandy is confused over. Kate says it's because Bea doesn't want to be indebted to her for diagnosing her kidney ailment. Bea scoffs at this. Sandy looks perplexed, but promises to help Bea fight Marie and the new drug trade. Bea, glancing towards Kate, suggests they discuss it later. Erica informs Meg that the department has agreed to leave in-prison security to her discretion, but the perimeter gates must be arm-guarded and guard dogs will also be brought in. Meg's a bit unsure about the guard dogs, but, as a trainer will be provided, agrees to end the strike. Jim comes home to find his living room trashed .

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


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