Marie realises how Kate got rid of Sandy, and Hazel realises what her chances are of stopping George's custody application.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 08 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:39

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
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Mother ~ Fiona Murphy

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • Hazel's snapshots of her children

    Erica tells Colleen that Kate could be released from solitary tomorrow, but it is two days later by the time she is released in (267) - thanks David Breeze.

    Mouse's attempt at Scrabble: before correction and after.

    Marie taunts Kate, saying she's finding it hard to believe that she really did manage to dispose of Sandy, but Kate insists Sandy was still alive the last time she saw her. They hear someone approaching and Marie scuttles back up the stairs. Kate's saviour turns out to be Colleen, who tells her to pick up the dishes she's dropped and clean up the mess. Lizzie explains to Susie why Judy won't work the press, due to the tradition that the job belongs to the top dog. Susie steps forward when Steve asks for volunteers for kitchen duty, as she knows she will be able to take the bins out. At the first opportunity, she empties the dustbin and climbs into the skip after it. Colleen suggests to Erica that Kate could be transferred to Barnhurst, but Erica thinks the Department is unlikely to agree to that so soon before her trial. Instead she suggests that Kate could be moved out of her single cell to share with Judy. Marie mooches around by the garbage skips looking for clues until Colleen notices and comes over to tell her to move away. They hear a cough and Colleen discovers Susie's hiding place : she tells her the only ride she'd be hitching would be to the morgue as the truck compresses the rubbish after the skips are emptied. A light seems to go over Marie's head... Erica ask Judy if she could look after Kate if she was moved into her cell. Susie is sent o solitary for 24 hours, though Erica tells her she won't be charged with attempted escape. Marie tries to recruit Judy when she hears who's moving into her cell, but Judy says she won't put up with violence in her space. Colleen relents and takes a meal to Susie in solitary, having told her earlier she'd have to wait until breakfast. Kate sees the outline of a body in her bed. She pulls back the sheet and finds a pile of rubbish topped off with a solitary playing card - the ace of spades. Kate refuses Steve's order to clean up the mess, so he strips off the sheets and tells her she will have to take the filthy ones to her new cell. Next morning. Marie sees Judy and Kate walk out of their cell to the shower and asks how "the honeymoon couple" enjoyed their first night together. At breakfast, Judy warns Kate she's not interested being friends with her, and tells her to go and sit at another table. Marie, Lil and Bev call on Kate in her new cell: Marie says she wants to know exactly what Kate did to Sandy. She tells Kate she's not going to kill her for getting rid of Sandy - she's actually going to kill her for lagging - but she's just curious. Marie has a ligature round Kate's throat ready to strangle her when Judy enters the cell and tells Marie to go right ahead. Only then she will have to kill her too, and doesn't think Marie will be able to explain away two dead bodies and three unconscious attackers. The three of them leave, and Kate immediately fetches out a handful of pills and grinds them to a powder, telling Judy it's the nearest thing she has to "a life insurance policy". Kate is just slipping the powder into the kettle in Marie's cell when she hears someone coming and slams the door in their face. Unfortunately, it is Colleen. Meg tells Hazel the court have given custody to George. Colleen reports back to Erica after locking Kate in solitary, and says she is beginning to agree with Erica's suggestion that Kate is becoming paranoid. Meg asks Janet to take Hazel out in the garden for some fresh air, but she gets upset again when a visitor tells her little girl to get away from the strange woman when Hazel tries to talk to her. [Though the little girl looks like she can take care of herself if this cold stare is anything to go on] Susie is returned from solitary to the laundry. Ian arrives at the prison and asks to speak with Janet somewhere private. He tells her he is divorced not separated, and he has just come back from dissolving his business partnership with his ex-wife ready to move on to something new. Janet is alarmed by this and tells him he's presuming rather a lot. Meg has to persuade Officer Bailey not to put Hazel on a charge for insolence when she refuses to get out of bed. At breakfast, Hazel overhears Susie talking about escaping, and loses control shouting that she's not the only one who wants to get out. She runs out of the dining room, followed by Officer Bailey, until she runs into a locked security gate. Cornered, she pushes Officer Bailey to the ground and starts to beat on her with her fists.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith (269)
    Storyliners: John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Freundt, Dave Worthington