Ian apologises to Meg for embarrassing her in front of the women. Judy visits Doreen in Wentworth and asks her to find out from Sandy where she can get a gun.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 26 April 1998 04:45
DVD release: volume 17 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:34

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Geoff ~ Andrew Clarke
Jock ~ Tommy Dysart
Lori ~ Susannah Fowle
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • David Breeze comments: "As Jock Stewart confronts Meg and Judy in Judy's flat, he calls her Mrs. Morris. It seems highly unlikely that he would have heard anything of Meg and he hadn't seen her since he left Wentworth."

    Kate tells Marie that she passed the letter on to her mother. Lori is hesitant about leaving Judy alone, but Judy is adamant. Ted Douglas comes to Wentworth and explains to Erica what the women will be doing with the printing press. Meg asks about the dogs' "viciousness" and is told they are there to stay. Sandy tells Kate about a cabin where Megan Barnett's wallet and murder weapon are hidden. A stunned Bea sends Kate off on an errand and asks Sandy if she's crazy telling Kate that stuff. Sandy tells Bea it was all a bunch of lies - and if Kate is the lagger, someone's not going to be too happy with her. Marie flirts with Steve. Kate tells Colleen that she must have another visit. Colleen says she'll think about it. Judy says good bye to Geoff and Lori, promising to visit them on the weekend. Steve visits Sandy and accuses her of using him. She apologizes. Jock bursts into Judy's flat, punches her in the face and rapes her. When he leaves, he says he'll be back next day for more, or maybe he'll pay Lori a visit instead. Colleen threatens to cancel the printing class when Ian is late, but it turns out the governor wanted to see him. Judy comes to Wentworth and asks Meg to see Doreen. Hazel tells Sandy about the letter Marie received addressed to her. Sandy promises to protect Hazel and to give "That white-haired bitch" what's coming to her. [*] Judy is allowed to speak to Doreen in the garden and reveals that she really wants a favour from Sandy, as she needs a small handgun to fix Jock Stewart. Doreen is shunned in the dining room by everyone except Lizzie: she asks Lizzie's advice about Judy and Lizzie agrees it wouldn't really be lagging to tell someone about Judy's plans, so Doreen speaks to Meg. Judy fixes the broken lock on her door and attaches a security chain. Doreen is horrified when she finds out that Lizzie has told the women, but Lizzie says she wanted to make sure they got the story straight. This evidently did not work: Hazel has already told Sandy that Doreen has been lagging again. Meg goes to visit Judy, but Judy says she doesn't want the police involved, so Meg devises an alternative plan. Lizzie tears into Sandy for her treatment of Doreen and tells her to call the women off, or she'll "bring her down a peg or two" (much to Sandy's amusement). Meg hides in the bedroom when Jock calls round and overhears him pressurising Judy for the $5,000. She comes out of the bedroom when she hears a noise and sees Jock holding a broken bottle to Judy's face. He threatens to kill both of them, but Meg coolly tells him to leave and never come back, pointing out that his next stretch in Pentridge will be less comfortable if he's inside for killing a fellow officer. Doreen pockets some tools from the workshop, and when Janet finds her, she claims to be looking for an officer to take her out into the garden. Jock watches Meg drive away, then goes back up the stairs to Judy's flat. Doreen feeds the dogs again and tells them she's fed up with the "bitches" inside and intends to escape: she starts to cut through the chain link fence. Judy answers the door, thinking Meg has returned, but instead sees Jock's hand grasping round the door to undo the security chain. He bursts in and demands a drink. Sandy announces to the women that Doreen is to be treated normally from now on. Jock tells Judy he intends to kill her slowly and painfully then leave for Queensland: Judy grabs the nearest plate and throws it at him. When Jock makes a lunge for her, she sprays an aerosol can in his face and makes her escape. Jock chases her out of the flat and, temporarily blinded, stumbles and falls headlong down the stairs. He begs her to help him as he can't move, but she tells him "This one's for Sharon ... and Dor .. and me, and all the women you've bashed and hurt" and turns and walks away. Doreen cuts through the second fence and tells the dogs to go back and keep watch for her. Janet notices Doreen is missing then sees the hole in the fence. She runs towards it, which attracts the dogs to her. Doreen hears them barking and comes back to investigate: she sees Janet backed against a wall with the dogs ready to attack her.

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


    [*] The first half of episode (258) was the last the USA saw of Prisoner: it was shown in February 1982 in New Mexico. Most other regions had already stopped showing the show much earlier than this.