Chrissie must flee the state having broken her parole. A friendship blossoms between Meg and Steve.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 05 June 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 18 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:07

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
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Brenda ~ Jan Friedl
Greg Dixon ~ Bruce Kilpatrick
Phil Sutton ~ Neil Melville
Chief Insp. Finlay ~ James Taylor
Mrs O'Reagan ~ Christine Calcutt
Policewoman ~ Lesley Caust
Policeman ~ Gary McConville
Male Clerk ~ John Ramsay

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by John Duncan
  • Brenda clearly does not deserve custody of Lizbuff just on the grounds of buying those frightening Fraggle Rock style stuffed toys

    Helen is indignant when Bea and some of the other women wonder if she might not be better off taking her solicitor's advice: she points out that once you have drugs on your record the police never leave you alone. Chrissie's boss at the bar offers to let her stay with him rent free when he hears she is having accommodation problems (though you sense he will demand payment in some other form). Meg takes a casserole round to Steve's expecting to find the invalid still in bed, but he's up and about and working on his boat. Bea suggests to Helen that she ought to write a follow-up article on her. A customer in the bar called Phil chats Chrissie up: he's supposed to be a travelling salesman (but looks more like a trucker) and offers to take her with him on his next trip. They make a date to meet later, and Chrissie resigns and collects her wages, as she does so making a mental note of her bosses safe and security arrangements. Chief Inspector Finlay of Internal Affairs arrives to question Helen in connection with his investigation of Det. Insp. Ryan. Colleen goes to collect her from Bea's cell where she makes a snide remark about Bea's journalistic abilities. Helen tells the investigators she wasn't in the room when Detective Ryan "found" the drugs and is positive they weren't there before. Chief Inspector Finlay tells her it fits with other evidence they have against Ryan, so suggests that if Helen were to apply for bail he would make sure it was granted. The other women are pleased for Helen, but a bit dubious about the prospect of there being an honest cop. Steve invites Meg to come sailing with him when his boat is fixed. Helen is released on bail and mock-generously offers Colleen a job if she ever needs one - though, she adds, it would have to be in "the bargain basement". When Phil calls round to collect Chrissie and finds she is intending to bring Elizabeth with her, he angrily tells her to forget it and leaves. Chrissie looks surprised and mutters (guess!...) "Bastard!". Steve returns to work and delicately enquires of Lizzie and Judy how the extinguisher got to be full of alcohol: Lizzie suggests that the contents were so old they must have fermented. Chrissie phones her old boss to beg for her job back: he suggests she comes to the bar after closing time to "talk things over". Judy and Lizzie are put on kitchen duty and plan to call in on the boiler room to collect the remaining booze for Susie's leaving do, but Lizzie drops the key into the mince for the meat loaf. They have to wait until it is cooked and skewer it thoroughly to search for it. Unfortunately, Lizzie has just found it when Mrs O'Reagan commandeers the meat loaf to cut a piece off for Erica's lunch. Lizzie volunteers to deliver the tray and Erica is astonished to catch her cutting up her dinner when her back is turned. Chrissie books a flight to Darwin for the following morning under a false name. Erica's tray is brought back to the kitchen. Unsurprisingly, she has barely touched her meal, and Lizzie has to cram the whole lot in her mouth to stop it getting thrown out. Helen comes back to Wentworth with an armful of presents for the women. Colleen insists that they must be checked and Erica backs her up, but promises Helen the women will get them in the evening. Lizzie knocks back the booze at Susie's farewell party, and the women unwrap their presents: Lizzie gets a voluminous pair of pink knickers, Bea a book on journalism, and Susie a new outfit for her release. Chrissie keeps her date with her boss, but there is no time discuss matters, so they get straight to the main business. Lizzie has another nip of the booze she has smuggled to her cell. Bea warns Susie not to look up to her as a role model and tells her it would be better if she forgot everyone she knows in Wentworth. Chrissie sneaks out, leaving her boss still in bed, and helps herself from the safe in the next room. Brenda wakes up when Chrissie comes back in the middle of the night to collect Elizabeth. During the inevitable argument, Brenda gets a glimpse of Chrissie's air ticket and after Chrissie leaves she phones the police and reports that a parolee is leaving the state. Two police officers arrive at the airport: Chrissie tries to hide from them but Brenda points her out. Chrissie is arrested and Elizabeth is taken from her.