Susie loses her job and her home. Joan agrees to appear in court for Brenda and support her claim for custody of Chrissie's daughter.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 12 June 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 19 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:17

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
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Hannah ~ Julieanne Newbould
Brenda ~ Jan Friedl
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Mrs Beamish ~ Carmel Millhouse
Wendy ~ Helen Noonan
Mr Strachan ~ Gerry Thomas
Journalist ~ Rob Hewett
Customer ~ Neville Stonehouse

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Doreen's reference to "that freak, Ferguson" is the first hint of her future nickname.

    The address of the halfway house is "32 Worthington Street" according to Meg. Any relation to a certain scriptwriter and storyliner?

    Bea is already in Erica's office facing the third degree about the article. She tells Erica that one of the women saw Steve alone on the night he was supposed to have raped Chrissie. Chrissie is brought in: she denies that the rape took place. Bea is incredulous. Erica tells Bea she will have to tell the reporters who are waiting to speak to her that there will be no need for an "investigation" into something that never happened: they are disgusted that they will have to print a retraction. Joan is supervising the meeting and points out that the officers union will also want an apology. Bea threatens to kill Chrissie if she crosses her again. Joan corners Doreen to tell her she has to take over running the book, probably picking in on her as she knows that Doreen only has seven weeks left to serve. Bea wants to know what Joan was talking to her about and Doreen pretends that Joan was making sexual advances to her. Joan goes to see Brenda to ask her to take Elizabeth to visit Chrissie, as this might increase Brenda's chances of getting custody. Judy tells Hannah she's not after her body and is only trying to prevent her falling victim to Joan. Joan hints to Wendy that Steve might be guilty of associating with Chrissie, and points out it wouldn't be the first time. Doreen puts the idea of starting up the book again to Bea as if it were her own idea, and gets Bea's permission. Hannah is appalled by Joan's suggestion that they "console each other" when Judy is released. Brenda brings Elizabeth to see Chrissie, but lets her know how little she likes coming to prison. Wendy confronts Steve about Sandy Edwards and breaks off their relationship. Bea offers to get the women to help the halfway house by making soft toys to sell and says she write about it in her next column. Hannah explains to Chrissie why she held up her father's business and offers to have Duncan Campbell bring Elizabeth to see her in place of Brenda and as contact for their escape: Chrissie suggests they use Judy's release to pass a letter to him. Bea is told her newspaper column has been cancelled. Judy goes to see the premises for the halfway house and Wally tags along. Lizzie loses money from her knickers: Bea conspires with her in a trap to catch the thief. Susie has had enough at work and resigns from her job when her boss threatens to sack her. Hannah convinces Judy to get a letter out of Wentworth for her by pretending it's about getting money to her sick mother. Doreen makes a presentation to Judy as she leaves: Lizzie excuses herself to prepare inked notes for the peter thief. Joan puts on the leather gloves to give Judy a body search in reception as she leaves and finds the letter , but Judy threatens to ruin Joan's chances with Hannah if she has to stay inside. Hannah and Chrissie watch Judy leave, and comment that the letter must have got through.


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