Bea suspects that her birthday has been forgotten, and Joanne tries to persuade Susie as gently as possible that she is not her mother.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 20 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:43

Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Steve ~Wayne Jarratt
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon
Robert ~ Benjamin
Mel ~ David Cameron
Jennifer ~ Sarah Machin
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Doug ~ Martin Phelan
Joanne ~ Carole Yelland
Off. Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Phil Slater ~ Ian Scott
Jason Slater ~ Jason Sole
V.J. ~ Howard Priddle
Matthew Thomas ~ Peter Dunn
Male Stripper ~ Erwin Martens

  • Written by Bryon Williams
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • At least the Stir is starting to shape up

    But is Bea really forty or is she lying about her age?

    When Doreen asks if Helen can help with the paper, Steve reminds her that she's been released. As Doreen also says that the paper is an article short, Steve tries again to persuade Bea to write a column for the paper: she agrees to his suggestion that she writes about Susie's case, but only when he promises to show the article to a reporter friend. Doreen gives Jo a hard time as she thinks she is trying too hard to establish she isn't Susie's mother. Susie is treated leniently by the VJ and only gets an extra month, but is warned what will happen if she tries to escape again. Steve is puzzled by Susie's claim that she can't wait to tell her mother and so finds out what Susie thinks of Jo. After Steve approves of Bea's article, the first issue of The Stir comes out. Bea is convinced by Jo and tells her she's in the clear, but Jo tells Bea that after reading her article she will let Susie think she is really her mother after all. Joanne's husband and son visit , and her son Jason plays with Susie. Steve invites Wendy out for a drink when he finds out she has just broken up with her boyfriend. Colleen is shown discussing "disco pants" with her daughter Jenny as they wait for their car to be filled up at a garage. The garage attendant overcharges them and pockets the difference. Steve and Wendy meet Matt Thomas in the bar and Steve passes on a copy of the Stir and draws Matt's attentions to Bea's column. Matt is impressed and says he will show a copy to his editor. Steve asks Bea to give her permission for her article to be reprinted and she agrees (though when we see the article it comprehensively fails to mention Susie and favours instead an extensive discussion of the benefits of a property development called Westall Grange). Colleen catches Lizzie helping herself to some extras when she's supposed to be cooking Bea's cake. Jo asks Erica if she can help Susie by offering her a home to go to when she is released. Erica agrees and says she will apply for an early release for Susie. Jenny compromises and wears canary yellow jeans instead of the threatened disco pants, but is still sent out to look for her brother, who runs away fromm her after blowing a raspberry . Bea's party is enlivened by the male stripper arranged by Helen: Steve and Erica arrive in the staff room just in time to see Officer Barry trying to cover him up with her jacket . Jenny is kidnapped when she recognizes the man from the petrol station who is swapping getaway cars after a bank robbery.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith (274)-(275)
    Storyliners: John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Freundt, Dave Worthington