Sandy and Marie are in dispute about who will deal the death blow to Kate. Janet finds herself attracted to Ian Mahoney.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 05 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:08

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
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Det. Sgt. Ross ~ Bill Garner
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Officer Parsons ~ Margo McLennan
George ~ Geoff Parry

  • Written by John Mortimore
  • Directed by Wayne Cameron
  • Two of the extras in the garden

    Erica admits to Inspector Grace she is surprised at Kate using physical violence, but he tells her Kate is cold, calculating and treacherous. Marie tries to order Sandy around in the laundry, but her heavies don't move when she orders them to bash Sandy. Margo explains that they don't feel they've got proper payment for their services and wants to know when the drugs will be coming in. Colleen takes Marie away to the Governor's office, and tells Sandy to take over the press while she's gone. Marie challenges Inspector Grace to prove her involvement in drugs: Sgt. Ross holds up one of the letters she wrote to Fitzwater, and tells her that Kate gave it to him. Marie is fuming at lunch and tells her supporters that Kate was lagging all along: she warns them all to leave Kate to her to deal with in her own way. Hazel returns from solitary and gives Bea's note to Sandy. After reading it, Sandy says she will do to Kate what Kate tried to do to her, and hints that she plans to escape afterwards. Sandy goes to Marie's cell and finds her sharpening a knife she got from the dining room: she warns Marie not to touch Kate. Hazel gets a visit from her bloke George, who is annoyed with her for getting into trouble. He tells her he's got a new live-in housekeeper to help look after the kids. Meg warns Janet that the women are already passing comments about her and Ian. Marie conceals the knife in Kate's mattress with the blade pointing upwards so it will stick into her when she lies down on it. Hazel is upset after George's visit: she knows something is wrong, but is unable (or unwilling) to draw the obvious conclusion. Colleen walks into the staff room as Ian is doing an imitation of Erica: she says she hopes he doesn't repeat the performance in front of the women. Sandy searches around Kate's cell, and cuts her hand on the knife in the matters: she hands the knife back to Marie at lunch and tells Marie she'll have to do better than that if she wants to get Kate. Marie agrees to Sandy's suggestion that they play a game of cards to decide between them: whoever draws the ace of spades first will be the one to kill Kate. Colleen returns Kate to the rec room while the game is still going on. Sandy eventually draws the ace, walks over to Kate and drops the card in her lap without saying a word. Judy suggests Susie should try to get herself put in hospital as it's easier to escape from there. Kate shows the card to Meg and Colleen next morning. Meg suggests moving Kate to isolation, but Colleen won't hear of it and sends her to work in the laundry. Susie and Lizzie decide to fake a broken arm, so Sandy tells them to ask Kate how to make it look good. It is decided that Susie will pretend to have fallen while cleaning the air vent over the drier, and a scream brings Steve on the scene. He carries her to the infirmary to await an ambulance to take her for an X-ray. Colleen stops Kate in the corridor and finds out from her that Susie is faking, and exposes the trick in front of Steve by throwing a paperweight to Susie, which she catches with both hands. Steve admires Colleen's skill in seeing through the deception, but Meg tells him that Colleen has an informant, and points out how Kate appears to have vanished into thin air. Colleen tells Susie she hasn't decided yet whether to report the incident. Later in the rec room, Colleen tells the women they are lucky they aren't all being punished, but singles out Kate to take to the Governor. Sandy works out that it must have been Kate who lagged on Susie. Judy is surprised to get a letter from Lori and leaves the rec room in tears just at the sight of the envelope. Hazel notices she hasn't had a letter at all. Sandy and Marie agree on a plan: Marie is to set up the diversion to give Sandy time to act. They both go to Kate's cell and tell her there are things they need to discuss with her and she is to meet them both in the shower block during the exercise period, thus guaranteeing that Kate will be at the head of the head of the queue to go outside. She sees them join on the end at the last minute, but is swept along by the others. Kate runs over to the rubbish bins when she sees Marie and her cronies approach, but Sandy is hiding behind the bins and knocks one of them over so Steve will tell them both to clear it up. He tells them to clear up the mess and carry the bins to the dump as the garbage truck is due. Kate is seen to pick up a dustbin lid as she appears to follow Sandy. Marie taunts Hazel with her husband's infidelity, and Hazel attacks Marie with a hoe. Steve hears the disturbance and leaves Kate and Sandy alone near the garbage container. As the fight is broken up and the women are sent back inside, the truck slowly drives away in the background. Marie chuckles to Bev and Lil that she wouldn't be at all surprised if the officers found that one of the women had gone missing ...