Judy blasts Doreen and Margo for ruining her chances of release by bashing Jackie, and Matt closes in on Harry as the man who framed Helen Smart.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 30 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:56

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
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Carol ~ Elisabeth Crosby
Jennifer ~ Sarah Machin
Jackie ~ Catherine Lynch
Patrick ~ Rob Steele
Matt ~ Peter Dunn
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Det. Sgt. Burke ~ Neil Thompson
Harry Stanfield ~ Blaise Antony
Secretary ~ Tanya Simonow
Susie ~ Jacqui Gordon

  • Written by John Mortimore
  • Directed by Marcus Cole
  • Erica does not appear in this episode

    Colleen orders Matt inside to be searched. When he protests that he has rights, she tells him that he'd better not also have any message from Helen on him. Judy tells Meg she had nothing to do with Jackie's bashing: Meg says she has already phoned Sen. Det. Burke to get him to hear Jackie's confession. Colleen takes Helen to solitary and shrugs off her complaint that she wants proper legal representation. Steve confirms that he found nothing on Matt in the search. Bea wants to know who was responsible for bashing Jackie: a few of the women in the rec room suddenly find their shoes very fascinating. Right on cue, Doreen waltzes into the rec room and brags that she's sorted out Judy's problem with Jackie. Judy explodes and tells Doreen exactly what she's done. Susie tells Judy not to give up hope. Doreen takes her frustration out on Carol, and gives her a punch in the kidneys as she is passing in the corridor. Meg sees her clutching her side and asks what the matter is. Carol points out the facts about Colleen's campaign of persecution against her and invites Meg to draw her own conclusions. Judy decides to forgive Doreen, but tells her not to try and do her any more favours. Susie finds out that Helen is in solitary, but none of the women can work out why. Matt goes to interview Harry Stanfield, who acts the innocent. As Matt is leaving, he sneaks a look at the notepad on the secretary's desk and sees that Mr Stanfield has just had a phone call from Sen. Det. Ryan. Meg becomes suspicious at Colleen's smug reaction when she hears about Carol being punched. The women discuss how to get a message out about Helen: Carol suggests that they write a message on the sheets with laundry marker. Unfortunately, the message is discovered during Meg's routine inspection of the outgoing laundry . Doreen sarcastically comments that Carol is jinxed, but Carol lists the evidence that suggests another interpretation. Bea takes note and sees how Colleen's face changes from a smile to a frown when Margo comes to sit next to Carol in the dining room. As a test, Bea invites Carol to come and sit at her table. Sure enough, Colleen tackles Bea later for her "unfortunate choice of company". Bea says she understands how Colleen must be feeling, but she's taking it out on the wrong person. Colleen threatens to put Bea on a charge for insolence, but Bea tells her she is happy to repeat what she's just said to the Governor if necessary. Carol gets a letter from Jenny Powell thanking her for looking after her. Sen. Det. Burke comes to see Judy, but he keeps referring to Jackie as Judy's "friend". Judy realises too late that he isn't interested in clearing her, but only wants Judy to identify Jackie as the passenger in her cab so that Jackie can also be charged with assault and theft. Meg tells Jackie she could help both Judy and herself if she just told the truth. Steve shows Meg the reply Carol writes to Jenny's letter, but Colleen overhears, snatches the letter and rushes out without even signing off. Lizzie shows Doreen how to skim the scum off the top of the brew and warns her it needs doing regularly. Colleen tells Jenny her letter to Carol could be used in court to get her a lighter sentence. Bea is dubious when Doreen tells her the brew is going along so well that she's added extra yeast. Jackie is taken outside for an exercise period and Meg sends Susie over to talk to her and persuade her to confess. Steve is fed up with having to follow regulations, and lets Lizzie into solitary to talk to Helen. Doreen checks on the brew and finds it is foaming down the side of the boiler (cue "comic" scene of her falling on her arse cleaning it up ). Jackie hands Meg a written statement to clear Judy. Meg tells Steve that he shouldn't bend the rules, or at least not in front of the prisoners. Doreen comes to dinner smelling a bit yeasty. Lizzie reports back that the newspaper need a written authorisation from Helen to give them access to her bank account. Bea says that if Helen isn't released next day they will have to work out a way to get it out to them.