Kate's ploy to poison Sandy backfires and Sandy forces her to drink the lethal draught herself.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 03 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:04

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Sandy ~ Louise Le Nay
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Det. Sgt. Ross ~ Bill Garner
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Sister Franklin ~ Diana Greentree
Mr Andrews ~ Alan Madden
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Ted Williams ~ Roy Edmunds

  • Written by Michael Freundt & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Wayne Cameron
  • The film posters happen to include two for films featuring Prisoner actresses: not only "Picnic at Hanging Rock" but also "The last wave" one of the stars of which is Olivia Hamnett.

    Kate rushes out of the sick room and bumps into Sister Franklin, who has returned already. To give herself time to search the medicine cabinet, she tells the sister she ought to check on Sandy but can't find what she wants. Instead she rushes to the dining room, takes a salt dispenser and goes back to her cell. Marie taunts Judy about being back inside. Kate makes a salt solution and drinks it to make herself sick. Sandy is allowed to leave the infirmary and goes to the dining room: she warns Marie that if she's the lagger, she's as good as dead. After the meal, Sandy goes to see Kate in her cell and notices the empty salt container. Meg tells Erica about Bea's suspicion that Kate may be lagging to Colleen: Erica delicately inquires if this has anything to do with Colleen's promotion. Sandy meets Kate in a corridor and challenges her about the salt: Kate claims she wanted it to remove a stain. Mouse asks Marie if she has any drugs to sell, and this swiftly develops into a face-off between Marie and Judy: Mouse chips in and unthinkingly tells Marie about Judy's pacemaker. Hazel finds Bea's note in the laundry bag. Marie demands to see it, and to stop her Hazel slams the drier door hard into Marie's arm. Meg breaks up the scuffle, but Hazel is unable to prove it was self-defence, as no-one apart from Judy will support her. Erica makes Hazel admit Marie didn't strike the first blow, and sends her to solitary for 24 hours. Kate's new solicitor tells her that her sentence could be reduced to manslaughter and she could be released within six months. Judy tells Sandy about the note but admits she didn't see it, and thinks Hazel must still have it. In solitary, Hazel opens the note, reads it and frowns. Sandy and Judy play with Kate by talking about Bea's note: Kate pushes her plate away so Sandy covers it with salt to improve the taste for her. Kate leaves the dining room and runs into Colleen. She offers Colleen money if she will have Sandy put in isolation, but Colleen firmly refuses. Ian tricks Janet into going to see an old movie with him. Lizzie tries to remember what a visitor's pass looks like, so Susie can fake one for her escape. Erica gives Colleen a tactful warning that a Deputy Governor should be more "reserved" in her dealings with the women. Inspector Grace is planning a major raid on McNally's drug operation and tells Sgt. Ross that afterwards they will have no further use for Kate. Susie collects a bundle from the garden including the fake visitor's pass and the women gather round her while she takes off her uniform to reveal her "disguise" beneath - the dress made from a sheet on the laundry sewing machine. Lizzie distracts Colleen while Susie tries to mingle with a group of visitors who are just leaving, but Colleen spots her in the distance. The gate guard stops Susie and Colleen turns her round to see Joyce's glasses perched on her nose. Colleen tells Erica she didn't think it was a serious escape attempt and would be inclined to be lenient, so Susie just loses her privileges. As she is sent away, Susie asks Erica why she is in Wentworth. Erica gives her the official explanation, which is that she was charged with vagrancy and was in moral danger living with a known prostitute, but it is clear she doesn't really understand herself either. Colleen strings Kate along by pretending to be willing to be bribed and finds out about Kate's bank accounts in her mother's name. Janet seems to be a convert to old movies after seeing "Now, Voyager" with Ian. When Inspector Grace arrives to see Erica, Colleen nervously asks him to be discreet about the meetings she arranged between him and Kate. Erica is outraged that the Inspector knew about the drug drops in Wentworth, but didn't inform her. He says that they have stopped now anyway and they are ready to charge Marie and Kate. He wants to interview them both individually. When Colleen adds that he can also charge Kate with attempted bribery, Erica is forced to wonder aloud if she'd even be told if Wentworth were on fire. Susie is already planning her next escape attempt. Kate is taken to see a "visitor" in Erica's office. Her reaction when she hears the charges and recognises her "witness" taking notes is a paranoid outburst about being used by everyone. She launches herself at Inspector Grace and tries to throttle him, and is dragged away shrieking to solitary.