Bea and the other women are puzzled by the disppearance of Marie and Kate. Janet and Ian's affair becomes increasingly obvious.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 13 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 17 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:59

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Kate ~ Olivia Hamnett
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Janet ~ Kate Sheil
Ian ~ Peter Curtin
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Mark ~ Nick Holland
Charge Nurse ~ Berrie Cameron-Allen
Prosecutor ~ Robert Harrison
Magistrate ~ Alton Harvey
Defence ~ Ron Rodger
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Roger Ford ~ Howard Eynon
Officer Parsons ~ Margo McLennan
Ron ~ Tim Robertson
Julie (Receptionist) ~ Christine Jack
Doctor ~ Norman Hancock

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Juliana Focht
  • When Susie is hitching a lift she stops under a sign reading "To Manna Gum Road" . An Australian local government document on the internet describes this as "within the Pentridge development". So much for the escape attempt...

    Kate refuses to get into the van and accuses Steve of being part of the conspiracy to get rid of her. Meg sees that Kate is in no fit state to travel, so they take her back inside and lock her in a single cell to calm down. Erica is surprised to hear that four trained officers couldn't get Kate into the van. Meg admits to Janet that Kate's behaviour really took her off guard, and this time she doesn't think she was faking being terrified of Marie. The doctor says Susie can go as soon as a prison officer arrives to collect her. Susie asks if she can see Mark, the orderly, before she goes. The women in the laundry note Marie and Kate's absence. Mouse wonders if Marie has already killed Kate and is in solitary for it. Meg tells Judy she'll be going to court with her later that afternoon. Erica goes to talk to Kate in the cell but gets nothing but a stream of contemptuous abuse, so she sends her to solitary. Susie says goodbye to Mark as Officer Parsons arrives to collect her. Ian tells Erica his work at Wentworth has almost finished as the women can operate the machinery. Steve visits Kate in solitary to try again to convince her to sign a confession to Sandy's murder. She refuses, saying she has nothing to worry about with Marie gone, but Steve reminds her that Bea is still around. As Susie leaves the hospital, she sees the lift open as Mark is coming down the corridor towards her. Their eyes meet, and Susie makes a run for it. Mark understands and turns his trolley sideways to block the corridor and give Susie a head start over the officer and policewoman. Despite running into the charge nurse as she gets out of the lift, Susie manages to get away. As Meg collects Judy to take her to court, she tells Bev to take over the press, and is forced to admit Marie has been transferred to Barnhurst. Susie hitches a lift and tells the driver she's heading for Sydney: he says he's happy to drop her in the countryside if she doesn't mind him making a few stops on the way. Bea and Lizzie are in the workshop and still don't know about Kate and Marie. Erica suggests to the women that they could run their own newspaper, and tells that Ian will soon be leaving. Lizzie is given a special job in the kitchen: Bea speculates it might be a tray for solitary and tackles Erica as she approaches along the corridor. Erica admits that Marie has gone to Barnhurst, but won't be drawn on the subject of Kate. Susie spins an elaborate story for the driver to explain why she is hitch hiking alone and how her hands got burnt. Lizzie reports back to Bea that it's Kate in solitary, but Bea has already worked that out. Although Lizzie is pleased that Marie is off the scene, Bea is concerned that it now falls to her to kill Kate. Colleen tells Jane she's glad Ian is leaving: if she were a prisoner the last thing she'd want to have to see is the two of them making eyes at each other all day. Ron Crosby gives a completely distorted version of events, and Judy does herself no good by protesting vocally. Colleen gives cryptic answers when Lizzie tries to find out how Susie is. The driver buys some cans of beer at a service station and presses Susie to join him in a drink. Judy's parole is revoked and she is sentenced to an additional six months. Bea is fretting about the prospect of Kate being released from solitary. Judy is brought back to Wentworth, and Meg takes over from Colleen so that she doesn't have to go through the full induction procedure. Colleen reports to Erica that some cans of fruit are missing from the kitchen. Bea and Lizzie comfort Judy when she breaks down at the thought of telling Lori she's back inside. Judy tells Bea what she has overheard about Susie's escape. The canned fruit is found wrapped in Bea's clothes at the bottom of her locker. Janet and Ian return from a showing of "Sunset Boulevard": he proposes marriage and she accepts. The driver hears a radio report about Susie's escape which gives a full description of her. He pulls the car over and looks at her again as she sleeps on the back seat. Susie shifts in her sleep and reveals the Wentworth emblem embroidered on her denim jacket.


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