When Erica sends Jackie's confession to the police, the prospects look brighter for Judy's appeal. Bea tries to persuade Steve to help her smuggle Helen's letter to the press.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 31 May 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:00

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
Jackie ~ Catherine Lynch
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Carol ~ Elisabeth Crosby
Patrick ~ Rob Steele
Jennifer ~ Sarah Machin
Off. Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Det. Sgt. Ryan ~ Will Deumer
Mrs Beamish ~ Carmel Millhouse
Solicitor ~ David Kendall

  • Written by Bryon Williams
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Bea thinks that they will have to involve an officer if they are to get Helen's statement out of the prison, and that Steve is the most likely to help. Jackie asks Steve if she can go back in with the other women for her last four days. Erica tells Judy she's sending Jackie's confession to Judy's solicitor for him to send on to the police. However, Judy will have to re-apply for a parole licence before she can be released. Bea tells Steve a whole lot of stuff about Helen that he already knows (doesn't he read the Stir?), but he is not convinced to risk his job taking out a message from Helen. Sgt. Ryan spins Erica a yarn about Helen needing to be kept in solitary in case the drug gang try to get to her. Steve asks if Helen is to be let out of solitary, but Erica says she must stay there, although her priveleges will be restored. For no apparent reason at all, Sgt. Ryan comes to interview Helen again, but she merely repeats what she has already told him. Steve sees how distressed Helen becomes when she finds out she must stay in solitary. Sgt. Ryan tells Steve he's finished with the case anyway, as he's leaving the police force to become manager of a security company called Guards Incorporated. Judy tastes the first drops of the brew and finds them satisfactorily strong. Steve thinks something is wrong with Sgt. Ryan's story and phones Matt Thomas for information on Guards Incorporated: he is told it is a subsidiary of Stanfield Industries. Helen asks Steve for a pen and paper and offers to "service" him in return. He declines, and Helen says she'll just have to try her luck with Erica, but with her luck even if Erica were a lesbian Helen would probably turn out not to be her type. Judy thanks Jackie for her statement. Meg tries to find a place for Susie in a church hostel for young girls: the warden Mrs Beamish is initially hostile until Meg shows her the newspaper article about Susie. Steve brings Helen a transistor radio to cheer her up, but it only makes things worse with a cheery little song about a "ball and chain". Jackie gets ready to go to court. On arriving at work, Colleen goes straight to Carol's cell and orders Margo out so she can have a "private chat" with Carol. She demands that Carol gives her the letter from Jenny. Margo brings Meg to check that Colleen isn't bashing Carol. Colleen takes the letter to the staff room and burns it in an ashtray. Susie tells the women the parole board have brought her case forward, but she's worried that she doesn't have a job. Carol's solicitor wants to use Jenny as a sympathetic witness to get Carol's charge reduced to manslaughter. Margo suggests they could get to Helen by bashing the lock with a hammer, and Judy says she will organise all the women to make a loud enough racket at a pre-arranged time to drown out the noise. Jackie gets a $500 fine and is released. Lizzie checks up on the brew and gives it a thorough tasting. Carol's solicitor calls to see Jennifer at home, but Colleen tells him Jenny is not at home. Margo has to duck under the stairs on her way to solitary to avoid Colleen and Officer Barry. She drops the chisel and Colleen goes back to check on the noise, but doesn't see Margo. Colleen is about to leave the prison to attend Carol's trial when the women start up with their diversionary noise. Margo starts to bash the locked security gate. Colleen remembers the noise on the stairs and goes back to check: from there she can clearly distinguish the noise Margo is making and goes up the stairs to investigate.