Janet thinks that Meg is having an affair with Jim and accuses her of betrayal. Sandy Edwards makes moves to consolidate her romantic meeting with Steve

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 18 April 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 16 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:02

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
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
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Ernie (Barman) ~ Syd Conabere
Newsreader ~ Rob Maynard
Saleswoman ~ Val Jellay
Cab Driver ~ Vince D'Amico
Policeman ~ Robert McClelland

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Lizzie realises she's absolutely exhausted

    Meg comes into the staff room, where she is called a two-faced bitch by Janet. Jim marches in before the stunned Meg can say anything. He demands to know why Janet trashed his flat. Janet demands to know how long he and Meg have been seeing one another. She storms out, followed by Meg and Jim. At muster, Steve informs the women the strike is over and security returned to normal. Sandy whispers to him about getting her a private cell. Judy asks to speak to Erica. Lizzie sees a pretty frock in a store window and discovers all her money is gone. Judy is told by Erica that even if her parole comes through she may have trouble obtaining permission to travel to Queensland. Lizzie returns to the hotel bar. Jim explains to Janet exactly what he was doing at Meg's and she believes him. Judy asks Meg if she could have a half day out to buy a dress for the wedding. Lizzie, once more intoxicated, tells the bartender that she has lost all her money, but that her friend, Myra Desmond, will lend her some. Ernie, the bartender, goes to fetch the hotel manager. When he returns, Lizzie has slipped away. Lizzie stumbles out to the street, nearly gets herself run over and hails a cab. She realizes she has lost Myra's address, but tells the taxi driver the street is the name of a colour. 21 White Street, she thinks. Meg clears Judy's half day with Erica. In the laundry, Marie tells Sandy that she's taken over the laundry racket and switched from money to drugs. Sandy is angered, but backs down for the moment. The taxi driver wakes Lizzie up to tell her 21 White St. must be incorrect. Lizzie suggests Black. When he reminds her she's running up quite a bill, she says that Myra will pay it. Realizing she has no money on her, he insists on taking her home. Lizzie says she lives at Wentworth Detention Centre. Janet apologizes to Meg, who accepts. The taxi driver delivers Lizzie to the police station. Sandy hears a TV report that the McNally massage parlours have been raided and drug supplies found. Both Sandy and Marie are concerned that McNally is going to point blame at them and accuse someone inside of tipping off the cops. Kate, meanwhile, plays a quiet game of solitaire. Colleen advises Janet to handle her romantic squabble as if it's much ado about nothing and to get "a little romantic". Janet takes her advice and Jim thinks she's nuttier than ever. Bea and Judy let Colleen overhear them talk about all the drugs floating around the prison. They then pull Hazel aside. Bea and Marie have a slight confrontation in the laundry, after which Hazel goes up to Marie and asks to buy some pills. On Colleen's information, Jim begins to prepare for a cell search while Colleen prepares to take Judy shopping. Hazel sneaks into Marie's cell and plants a bag of pills underneath Marie's bed. The "laundry delivery" arrives from Fitzwater. Hazel sees Marie take a note addressed to Sandy and pocket it. Bea sees the laundry bag stuffed with drugs. When Jim walks in, Bea starts hauling the back over to the washer and pretends to hurt herself. Jim asks why she's trying to lift such a heavy bag. Bea complains that no one else is doing any work. Jim then makes Marie empty the bag herself into the washer. Bea quickly starts the machine. Marie looks none too pleased as all her "happiness" is washed away. Judy picks out a rather awful dress and an even worse hat. Colleen is too embarrassed to tell her the truth about them (Even though Judy realises the hat is pretty bad, but its all she can afford). Janet pleads with Jim to meet her at the local pub. Jim reluctantly agrees to take a short break and meet her there. Judy runs into a travel agents to purchase a ticket to Queensland. Colleen tries to talk her out of it, but Judy is determined. Marie asks Hazel about seeing the letter. Hazel promises not to tell Sandy. At the pub, Janet begs Jim for another chance. He's not too keen on the prospect, but Janet promises to ease up and so he agrees. The cell search begins. The drugs are found under Marie's bed and she is dragged off to solitary.

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


    Storyliners: John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Freundt, Dave Worthington
    Script Editors: Ian Smith (251)