Hannah is returned, but there is a suggestion that she should be transferred to Barnhurst. Meanwhile Donna attempts to smuggle dope in.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 28 June 1998 04:45
DVD release: volume 19 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:37

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
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Hannah ~ Julieanne Newbould
Donna ~ Arkie Whiteley
Gloria ~ Susanna Lopez
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
George ~ David Nettheim
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Phillip ~ Kirk Alexander
Sen. Det. Bradley ~ Peter Tulloch
Off. Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Bank Teller ~ David McLean

  • Written by Graeme Foreman
  • Directed by John McRae
  • Barbara's flat is a strong contender for the title of Most Hideous Interior Decor Ever Seen in Prisoner: the two monstrous flower paintings are particularly unpleasant.

    Steve takes Joan to one side and warns her she's going too far. He goes to fetch a doctor for Lizzie, but Joan returns to Bea and pretends that both she and Steve are going home for the night and walks away, pausing out of sight round the corner to see what Bea's reaction will be. After a few agonized moments, Bea calls Joan back and gives in. When the women dismantle the barricades, Joan lets only Bea out of the dining room in order to send her to solitary. Meg has fortunately remembered about Lizzie's pills and brings them to her. Steve is appalled by Joan's tactics and tells her she'll be in a lot of trouble if Lizzie dies. Sen. Det. Bradley asks George Logan for a list of people who might have a grudge against him, including those who have been sacked recently. Bea hints to Meg that if the officers agree with the prisoners' account of how Lizzie was treated, they could force Joan out. Barbara gets a cheque in Phillip's name in exchange for the $7,000 cash. Phillip is waiting for her outside the bank in his car, and when she asks to be driven to work, he says she can't have heard about the fire on the news. Donna is brought to Wentworth on remand for violating her probation, prostitution and possession of drugs. Hannah returns at the same time on remand pending sentencing. Joan orders Bea off the press and replaces her with Hannah. Bea refuses Donna's appeal for help in getting off drugs. Phillip suggests that Barbara might not have to repay the money if traces of ash from the $3,000 she left behind are found near the safe. However, the police do not find anything, and assume the fire was to cover for a robbery. Meg visits Lizzie in hospital. When she is questioned about the sit-in, Bea's only comment to Erica is to complain about Joan's indifference to Lizzie's illness. As one of the people on the list of recently ex-employees of Logan's, Doreen is interviewed about the fire, and is reminded of her record of starting fires in Wentworth. Erica criticises Joan for her inflexible approach, but Joan surprises everyone by agreeing to Hannah's reclassification and transfer to Barnhurst. Doreen packs a suitcase ready to leave the halfway house, but Judy persuades her to stay. Mouse tells Donna to start a fight during exercise period so she can get a used syringe out of the incinerator. George Logan hides the $3,000 in a cushion in Barbara's flat when she invites him for coffee to discuss how to deal with the police investigation. Donna takes the heroin she brought in, and dies almost instantly in Bea's arms. Bea is distraught at failing Donna and blames Judy and the halfway house for giving Donna the opportunity to get back on drugs, but Meg tells her the heroin was cut with battery acid and may have been sold to Donna deliberately to get rid of her. Doreen tells the police about the deal she saw at the shoe factory. Meg has to intervene to stop Bea feeding Mouse the dope she was given by Donna as a payoff . The police search Barbara's flat and find the money: she is charged with arson, theft and murder.


    Script Editor: Barry Main
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe