Donna is suffering severe withdrawal symptoms from her heroin addiction, and the women learn of the horrific injuries inflicted on Chrissie by Joan.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 20 June 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 19 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:55

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
Donna ~ Arkie Whiteley
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Des ~ Gary Down
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Derek ~ William Zappa
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Det. Carter ~ Graham Dow
Client ~ Peter Black

  • Written by Patrea Smallacombe & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Ray Kolle
  • Is this the first appearance of this extra getting out of the van before Maxine?

    In view of Sheila Florance's filmography, Lizzie's nickname for the new prisoner is amusing: she calles her "Mad Maxine"

    Joan easily disarms Chrissie, knocks her to the floor and gives her a severe kicking , then walks out of the cell leaving Chrissie in a heap on the floor . Judy is interviewed by Insp. Grace on suspicion of dealing drugs to Donna, but he really wants information on Susie's whereabouts and Judy is allowed to go without charges. Joan brings Colllen to Chrissie's cell and admits to her that she bashed Chrissie - but claims it was in self-defence. Colleen is appalled by Chrissie's condition and informs Erica, who immediately assumes that Chrissie was to blame. Colleen tells her to see Chrissie before she forms an opinion. Bea calls for help for Donna, who is suffering withdrawal symptoms. Erica is not convinced that Chrissie's injuries are consistent with Joan's claim of self-defence and decides to call in Ted Douglas to hear Chrissie's story. Joan "suggests" to Chrissie that she blames the other women for her bashing. Insp. Grace arrives at Wentworth to interview Donna, but she refuses to see him. Doreen takes a tray to Chrissie in the infirmary and reports back to Bea her remark about having a "Freak accident". Chrissie clears Joan in an interview with Ted Douglas when she admits to attacking Joan and takes all the blame for the incident. Ted Douglas is annoyed to be called in over such a trivial matter, but Erica is convinced there is something wrong. She demands that he tells her more about Joan's service in Queensland, but gets only the usual whitewash in reply. Maxine Daniels is brought to Wentworth, and Officer Barry has difficulty getting her out of the van . Joan goes to help and it is obvious the two of them have met before: Maxine jumps to attention pretty quickly when she sees Joan. Derek visits Chrissie: as soon as she has sent Steve away to fetch the sister, Chrissie tells Derek it was Joan who bashed her. Donna asks to phone her "brother", but contacts Des to ask him to bring heroin in for her: he hangs up on her. On his way out, Derek confronts Joan and asks to see Erica to make a complaint about her. Des spins an elaborate tale for Susie about her needing more money so that he can keep her working for him. He offers to bring clients to her so she doesn't have to go on the streets, but when he leaves he locks her in the room. Derek challenges Erica about why Joan is still working after what she's done and flatly contradicts Joan's earlier denial that she had agreed to testify against Chrissie. Maxine decides she fancies a bit of rest and falls on the floor and fakes a back injury to get a spell in hospital. Steve has been clued up by Joan about Maxine's tricks, but when he refuses to help Maxine get up, Colleen order him to help her. Susie asks her customer for a little extra money to help her leave town, but Des comes back and tells her he's lined up more clients for her. Erica tries to persuade Chrissie to change her story, pointing out that Joan's evidence in the custody hearing may not be valid, so Chrissie accuses Joan of beating her out of jealousy because she thinks she and Hannah are lovers. Derek returns to tell Chrissie he won't support Brenda and is asking for custody himself: Chrissie says it's the same thing and she would rather see Elisabeth fostered out than let either of them have her. Des holds Susie down and injects her with heroin when she refuses to work for him any more.


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