The woman who abducted Colleen's daughter arrives at Wentworth, and Bea gets all the details from Helen about her business deal with Harry Stanfield.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 27 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:06

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
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
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Carol ~ Elisabeth Crosby
Jennifer ~ Sarah Machin
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Jackie ~ Catherine Lynch
Gary ~ Wayne Cull
Neil ~ Colin Setches

  • Written by Dave Worthington & Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by John McRae
  • Colleen tries to send Meg off to patrol D block and continues to read Carol's charges, only faltering when she reads "accessory to rape". Judy tells Bea that they've got no hope of getting an article on Helen in the Dispatch, as Harry Stanfield is already suing the paper for libel, but Bea likes the idea of putting it in The Stir anyway. Meg tells Erica about Colleen taking over the induction and that she has taken Carol to a single cell, so Erica decides they had better check what's going on. Colleen is being coldly efficient, but is obviously upset to see she's being spied on when she finds Erica and Meg outside the cell. Carol asks Meg if she can work. Doreen reports to the others on the new prisoner and says they should give her a bashing for standing by and letting a child be raped. Margo replies that she knows herself what it's like to get involved in a job with a couple of useless men and they ought to hear Carol's own story before they judge her. Erica lets Colleen know none-too-tactfully about her concern that she will be able to deal with Carol objectively. Margo comes to check that Carol is "still in one piece" and takes here off to meet the other women. Doreen manages to get hold of some yeast in the kitchen, and has to hide it when Meg sends her off with a lunch tray for two workmen in the boiler room. Margo introduces Carol to Bea: Carol tells her story, and though Bea is obviously not very impressed she decides Carol has enough trouble watching her back for Colleen. Doreen flirts with the workmen and finds out that one of the small boilers is to be disconnected, even though the thermostat is still working. Helen worries about the effect on her career if details of Bea's article leaks out, but is angry enough with her treatment by Harry Stanfield to let it go ahead. Judy thinks of a use for the boiler, telling Doreen that she knows how to make moonshine from seeing one of her uncles make it. Bea wants copies of the paper printed up quickly for the PRG to collect before an officer has chance to read it. Colleen finds Jenny at home when she returns from work, and Jenny asks her if Carol is all right. Colleen dismisses Jenny's claim that Carol was good to her, and says Carol deserves what's coming to her. Lizzie hears about the plan to set up a still and asks if she can be put on kitchen duty. Steve takes the tied-up bundle of papers for the PRG to collect from reception, but Bea isn't able to stop him taking a few loose ones too. He distributes these around the prison, giving one to Erica, several to officers in the staff room and even one to Wendy who's just leaving to go to a dental appointment. Lizzie volunteers to take the tray to the workmen, and takes with her a ball of pastry saying she'll get an impression of Officer Bailey's key. Erica reads her Stir and demands that Steve confiscates every copy: he claims later to have done the job, but obviously bites his tongue when he mentions reception and remembers the copy he gave to Wendy. More copies of the paper are found hidden under tables in the dining room. Lizzie fakes a fainting fit and quickly presses a key from Officer Bailey's bunch into the pastry while she is being supported. Erica tells Bea that her latest article could involve the Department in legal proceedings, but Bea argues that as it is all true, and Erica knows it is, she is holding Helen when she is innocent. Bea is taken back to the workshop by Steve and she tears into him for his cowardice. The women make a copy of the key in the workshop and look for other bits for the still. However, the key won't open the boiler room door, as Lizzie has taken the impression of the wrong key. Jackie Donohue is brought to Wentworth on a two week sentence for soliciting. Judy manages to get the key to work by wiping a smear of Susie's lipstick on it to see where it is catching in the lock and filing it down. Bea sees Jackie unpacking her things in Margo's cell, introduces herself and takes her to the dining room for the evening meal. Judy can hardly believe her eyes when she catches sight of Jackie and when Bea asks her what's up, Judy points out Jackie to her as "the bitch who's responsible for me being back in here".


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