Doreen decides to hide the spirits in the fire extinguishers, and Lizzie's plans for Susie's farewell are scuppered by Colleen.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 02 June 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:07

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
Patrick ~ Rob Steele
Judge ~ Arthur Barradell-Smith
Prosecutor ~ Kristopher Steele
Defence Counsel ~ Earl Francis
Parole Board Chairman ~ Lawrence Held
Mr Strachan ~ Gerry Thomas
Bailiff ~ Peter Black
Photographer ~ Alan Pentland
Lil (Judith McLorinan) has one line ("Screws!")

  • Written by Ian Smith & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Colleen approaches Margo even though she can see she's armed with a heavy mallet, and manages to face her down. Erica orders the women in the laundry to be quiet. After a suitable pause to show who's boss, Bea signals them to stop. Bea is brought to Erica's office along with Margo, but Bea tells Erica she wants answers about why Helen is being denied legal representation. Bea goes too far and accuses Erica of being on Harry Stanfield's payroll, so Erica sends Bea and Margo to the rec room with the others and tells them she will talk to all the women. She phones Helen's solicitor and tells the women that in his opinion Helen has no chance of winning an appeal. Even though it is clear who started the protest, Erica tells them they will all be punished. At Carol's trial, the judge announces that the charge has been reduced to manslaughter and therefore Carol will be pleading guilty. Doreen brings a plastic bucket of grog to the laundry to bottle in empty shampoo bottles. Steve hints that he will look the other way if the women work out a way to get to solitary. Susie reminds Doreen of the idea about putting the grog in fire extinguishers, and this time she is determined to do it. Bea has the idea of leaving a pen and paper wrapped in polythene for Helen in a shower cubicle, as she is taken for her shower later in the day than the rest of the women. Susie gets a telegram inviting her for a job interview: Meg says she will try and arrange a half day release for her so she can go. Jenny gives evidence: the prosecutor forces her to agree that Carol did nothing to help her escape, but the defence barrister allows her to say how much Carol helped her in other ways and that she couldn't do anything or Doug would beat her. Colleen looks mortified during Jenny's evidence, and at breakfast next day is downright snotty with the whole family. Bea fixes the other shower taps so they can't be turned on to make sure that Helen will go to the right cubicle. Helen finds the packet and slips it in her dressing gown pocket. The women find an empty fire extinguisher and fill it up with grog. Carol is sentenced to three years for manslaughter to be served concurrently: Colleen gapes in disbelief. Meg insists that the pizza chain owner, Mr Strachan, must put his job offer to Susie in writing so the parole board can see it, and is perplexed when he calls in a photographer to take a snap of him and Susie together. Erica brings transfer papers to reception for Carol and Margo: they are both to go to Barnhurst. Susie comes back from her job interview bubbling over with her good luck. Lizzie insists that they all have a party for Carol and Susie. Meg tells Steve she doesn't trust Mr Strachan, and suspects he's only employing Susie as a publicity stunt. Bea notices how Colleen is glaring at Carol and decides she will need a bit of protection until her transfer. Lizzie steals food from the kitchen for the party, and lays out the grog on the rec room table. Colleen walks into the rec room, and though the grog is hidden in time, she sends the women back to their cells for the recreation period. Helen sticks the paper back on the shower cubicle door, and Bea collects it later. Colleen finds Lizzie asleep with a hangover and an empty grog bottle beside her. Carol and Margo are transferred to Barnhurst as Colleen arrives in reception to report finding the booze. Carol tries to apologise, but Colleen freezes her out. Lizzie tries to claim that alcohol is a natural ingredient of her shampoo, but Erica realises it is distilled spirit and orders a thorough search to find out how it was made. Bea immediately suspects the search is for Helen's letter, which she hid in a coffee jar in her cell, and asks Doreen to organise a small fire as a diversion to give her time to recover it. The parole board chairman is displeased by an advert for the pizza chain using the photo of Mr Strachan and Susie. Doreen pulls a mattress to pieces and sets it alight in an empty cell. Bea alerts Colleen to the fire, and she calls Steve to help put it out. Bea manages to get the letter back. Doreen realises that Steve has got the fire extinguisher filled with spirits, and she and Bea go to warn him not to use it. Steve can't get the extinguisher to work and throws it aside, spilling the contents all over the floor. Bea has to wrestle with Colleen to get past her to try to warn Steve. But it is too late, the stream of spirits catches fire and the extinguisher explodes. The force of the blast blows Steve face first into a wall and knocks him out.