Marie starts throwing her weight around, and Susie begins her escape attempt.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 09 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:51

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Sister Franklin ~ Diana Greentree
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Maintenance Man (Max) ~ Burt Cooper
Offsider (Ernie) ~ Benjamin Franklin

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Thanks to David Breeze for pointing out Marie's (well, the scriptwriters' really) error when she says that Hazel can keep Kate company in "isolation". She means "solitary".

    And also that Judy seems to get through two shirts in one morning. Try anti-perspirant, love...

    Colleen and Judy drag Hazel away from Officer Bailey and Sister Franklin is summoned to give her a sedative. Susie tells Judy she doesn't want to end up like Hazel and is going to get out as soon as she can. Judy warns her to be careful about who she talks to about her plans. Marie announces in the laundry that she's taking over, but Judy tells her she will need the women's support. if she wants to stay on top. Margo refuses to support Marie unless she can see some benefit for herself. Susie asks Mouse if she's ever been up on the roof. Mouse tells her about the riot after Sharon's death and tells her she only remembers two big air vents from the air conditioning. Marie gets an extra 12 months from the VJ. Erica tells Meg that Sandy is now officially listed as an escapee. Mouse notices Susie swapping buyup goods and works out that she's laying in supplies for an escape. Marie snatches half of the buyup from the women who aren't likely to fight back. Judy tells her to give it back, but she just throws it over to Margo, Lil and Bev to buy a little instant support. Hazel pounds on the door of solitary demanding to be let out, but she only attracts the attention of one of the mute prison officers who goes to Colleen and mouths a quick report. Colleen sends Sister Franklin to sedate Hazel again. Meg catches Mouse trying to smuggle out scraps of material as Susie had asked her to, and tells Meg she is making a patchwork quilt. Even Mouse is surprised that Meg falls for such an obvious lie. She takes the scraps to Susie, who jumps about a foot in the air when Mouse creeps into her cell as she's weaving the strips into a rope to climb down from the roof. Erica overrules Colleen's objection and follows Sister Franklin's recommendation to put Hazel back in her own cell. Marie announces she's going to be running a book. Margo tries to object but realises it's futile. Colleen walks in on Ian's "hilarious" imitation of Joyce Barry after losing her specs and hauls Janet out of the workshop to demand to know why she stood there and let him carry on. Janet puts up a good defence of Ian, pointing out that the women aren't going to making trouble if they are in good spirits. Colleen is for once lost for an answer. Susie excuses herself from lunch and is sent to her cell to lie down: she collects the rope and arranges pillows under the sheet to make it look as if she's in bed. Marie demands that Kate acts the waitress and gets the meals for her and her supporters. Bea walks in at that moment and tells Marie to get it herself. Having seen off Marie, Bea sits down opposite Kate and tells her to go and get her a meal. Susie unscrews the grille on the air-conditioning vent in the workshop and climbs in. Judy has to bring Bea up to date and tells her that Sandy has gone. Marie comes to Margo's cell to heavy her for changing sides, but Margo points out that she doesn't have Bea's natural advantage which is that people actually like her and will do what she says without being heavied. Marie gives Margo a punch in the stomach and tells her to pass the "message" along to Lil and Bev. Susie crawls through the the ducting and comes upon a set of vertical bars at a corner joint. Trying to squeeze through, she just gets wedged tight and can't move either way. Bea wants to know where Susie has gone, but Lizzie says she didn't tell anyone. Susie's cries for help are drowned out by the sound of the printing press. The temperature in the laundry rises as the air-conditioning stops working. Margo tells Marie she's passed the "message" on, and the three of them show Marie what they think of it by holding her head under the press. Janet checks on Susie, but only looks through the peephole and assumes she is asleep in bed. Colleen sends the women from the laundry outside for an early exercise period until the maintenance men arrive. The workmen think it must be a blockage and say they can clear it by blowing chemicals back through the ducts. The women in the workshop hear banging but assume it's only the workmen. Mouse tells Bea about the rope and Susie's plan to get up on the roof. Bea works out how Susie is planning to get up there, and Lizzie tells her what she's overheard from the workmen. Bea dashes off to alert someone and runs into Colleen. But the workmen have already released the chemicals. Susie screams as she sees the fumes coming towards her.


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