Competition intensifies between Meg and Officer Powell. A 16-year-old is inducted into Wentworth, where she is bewildered by her new surroundings. A murder is being plotted.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 29 April 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:17

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
Lori ~ Susannah Fowle
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Bob ~ Anthony Hawkins
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Mighty Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Margo Gaffney ~ Jane Clifton
Policewoman ~ Ginny Geraghty

  • Written by Bryon Williams
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Meg seems not to have noticed that escaped prisoner Ronnie Kennedy is sitting behind her at the bar where she meets Bob

    Ian tries to apologise to Meg, but it is really only an excuse to pressure her further: Meg repeats that she's a married woman, just as Bob arrives on cue to take her to lunch. Susie Driscoll is brought to Wentworth (along with another silent character called Mary Vaughan ). Colleen is appalled when she sees from the charge sheet that Susie is only sixteen. From her file it appears that Susie has been escaping repeatedly from juvenile institutions since the age of eleven. Colleen reports to Erica that Susie doesn't look like a troublemaker, and in fact reminds her of her own daughter. Nevertheless, Erica puts on her sternest manner to warn Susie that attempting to escape is taken very seriously indeed. Bob asks Meg about Ian, and seems  a little jealous. Susie meets the other women for the first time in the dining room, and Bea takes her under her wing when Marie seems about to blast Susie with the full force of her sarcasm. Meg tells Bob that her own career is as important as his, and tells him she has a good chance of being made Deputy Governor. Susie tells the women that her father is a "traveller" and her mother has been ill. Marie says she means that he's on the run and she's an alcoholic. Mouse recognises Susie and claims to have been her babysitter when Susie was about eight. Wally visits Wentworth to speak to Meg, who agrees to come with him and talk to Judy. Erica isn't happy about this and tells Meg she won't be able to carry acting like a parole officer if she is made Deputy Governor. Bea asks Mouse about Susie's parents, and it seems that Marie's cynical comments were all too accurate. Lori also arrives at Wentworth asking for Meg and agrees to go to Wally's cottage with her. Marie warns Susie to keep in line and not upset the boss - meaning herself. Meg tells Judy she's in the clear but the police still want to talk to her. Susie asks Bea if Marie is really top dog and Bea warns her to steer clear and stick by Sandy instead. Colleen and Meg are both called to Erica's office to hear the decision about the Deputy Governor post: Meg is told she is the Board's choice. Doreen thanks Sandy for sticking up for her and assures her the lagging at Barnhurst was only because of the pressure she was under. Marie asks Margo to get herself put on serving meals so she can add the powdered pills to Sandy's meal. Meg tells Joyce Barry she's decided to turn down the promotion and go to Jakarta with Bob. Meanwhile, Bob arrives to collect Meg in reception and Steve lets slip about Meg's promotion: Bob leaves in a huff, saying not to bother fetching Meg as she will no doubt be staying late to celebrate. Lori wants to know the whole story about Jock Stewart, so Judy tells her all about Sharon and the massage parlour episode. Margo makes a very clumsy job of spiking Sandy's food, but Sandy is too busy talking to the woman behind her in the queue to notice. Kate tells Marie to stay away from her, as they mustn't be seen together until it all over, but Marie insists that Kate's part isn't over yet: when the drugs start to take effect, Kate is to get Sandy to the shower block. Susie starts to plug Doreen for the details of her escape. Sandy starts to feel funny and leaves the rec room to go back to her cell: Marie nods to Kate that she should follow her. Meg arrives home to find that Bob has gone leaving a note saying only CONGRATULATIONS. Kate finds Sandy in her cell complaining of stomach pains and nausea: she tells Sandy she should try to make herself vomit and pushes her off towards the shower block. As Sandy is heaving up her guts, Marie, Lil and Bev arrive. Marie carries a knotted sheet: she tells Sandy that after all she's been through recently no-one would be surprised if she killed herself. So Marie has decided to fake her suicide: she slips the noose over Sandy's neck and strings her up on the pipe over the toilet cubicle.