Suspicions grow when Sandy is found to be missing. Hazel breaks down when she hears that her husband is applying for custody of their children.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 06 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:11

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
George Goscombe ~ Geoff Parry
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott

  • Written by Ian Bradley
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • As the women troop back through reception, Marie hangs back near the door to check who's coming in. Kate saunters into reception just as it is noticed that she and Sandy haven't come back in. Marie asked her what happened. Kate replies "nothing, just getting rid of the rubbish". Steve reports back to Meg that Sandy isn't in the garden. The garbage truck is checked by a gate guard at the outer fence and allowed through. All the women are locked in their cells while the officers search for Sandy. Erica decides the police should be informed: she asks if any vehicles have left the prison and Steve tells her about the garbage truck, adding that no-one could have hidden inside it, as it was the crusher type. The women are assembled in the rec room and Erica tries to get information on Sandy's whereabouts, and to find out the reason for the fight between Marie and Hazel. Hazel won't say what it was about, and Erica concludes that she was in on the plot and tells her she will be charged with abetting an escape as well as assault. Ian tells Janet he has to go interstate for a few days to sort out some personal business. Marie is puzzled when Judy tells her Sandy had been planning to escape since her husband's death, and used Marie as a cover. Marie goes to ask Kate if she knew Sandy was planning to escape and advances on her menacingly. Kate is just feeling behind her for something hidden under her pillow when Steve interrupts and sends Marie packing. He also wants to know what happened outside: in return for a promise of protection, Kate tells him there was an escape plan and Marie and all the women were in on it. Judy persuades Hazel she should pass on the contents of Bea's note to Marie. When he takes her to the VJ later , Steve tells Marie to hide nothing about the escape attempt: he is worried that there are many people on the outside who'd want to harm Sandy. Marie says she doesn't think Sandy got out at all, or at least not alive. Hazel is worried how to break it to George that she's lost three months remission. Colleen is put in charge of an internal investigation into Sandy's disappearance, and asks Steve what he knows: he repeats to her the conflicting versions of Kate and Marie. George arrives unexpectedly to visit Hazel. Colleen tells Kate she's taking away her protection as she's evidently telling a pack of lies: she is particularly scornful of the idea of Sandy and Marie working together. Kate points out it was Steve who sent Sandy to the garbage dump where she was last seen, and wonders if Steve was helping Sandy because they were having an affair. Meg tells Hazel she can't keep her increased sentence from George indefinitely and urges her to tell him that day. Colleen informs Steve that there is one matter on which both Marie and Kate agree: that he and Sandy were sleeping together. She says that if she finds out he's been abusing his position, she'll make sure he is thrown out of the service. Susie is also pondering the potential of the garbage truck as a means of escape. Near the end of the visit, George explains he is at long last divorcing his wife, but not to marry Hazel, but his new housekeeper Joan. Hazel says she is welcome to him, but vows that she will not get her kids. Marie plots with Margo and Lil to ambush Kate on the stairs when she's on kitchen duty and collecting the dirty dishes from solitary. Lizzie gives Susie the money she's collected from the women to help with her escape. Hazel is served papers for George's application for custody of the children. Janet sends Kate alone down the stairs from solitary. Arriving at the bottom, she finds Margo and Lil waiting for her, so turns around and goes back up, coming face to face with Marie. Kate pulls out a knife and Lil and Margo scatter. Marie recognises the knife as the one she sharpened up to kill Kate. The last person to have it was Sandy: Marie concludes that Kate could only have got if from Sandy by killing her.