George Logan visits Barbara [not in this episode!], and Lizzie pretends to be a sick old woman at her parole hearing. Maxine is brought back to the Halfway House by police, and Penny Seymour is brought into Wentworth on a prostitution charge.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 04 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:59

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Phillip ~ Kirk Alexander
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Penny ~ Joy Dunstan
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Mr Horton ~ Selwyn Crockett
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Parole Board Chairman ~ Lawrence Held
Magistrate ~ Carl Bleazby
Senior Detective Herbert ~ Allan Stewart

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • The mugshots at the start of the episode change to include Judy for the first time, in place of Doreen.

    Barbara is taken back to Wentworth: she is confident of getting a light sentence for the theft charges and also expects that George will be visiting her soon, especially as she saw how George reacted when he recognised Steve in court. Maxine is brought back to the halfway house by police wanting to search her room. Paddy tries to force Barbara to
    place a bet: Lizzie steps in when she see that Bea is about to blow her top. Tony is angry with the police's attitude when questioning him and Judy. Maxine is arrested and the detective refuses Judy's offer to stand bail for her. Lizzie goes before the parole board and asks to sit down, coughing delicately as she does so. The parole board chair is not swayed by the theatricals and turns down Lizzie's application for lack of concrete medical evidence that a longer stay in prison will put her health at greater risk. Erica mentions to Neil that she intends to contact the doctor who last examined Lizzie for parole on health grounds. She then pays a visit to the halfway house, and offers to get her brother to help speed up the application for council approval, but she is concerned to find out about the police investigation into Maxine's activities. Bea decides she had better at least try to be friendly to Paddy, but tells her she wants to know what hold Joan has over her. Maxine goes to court and refuses to plead guilty, because she wants to claim in mitigation that she was only trying to help out the charity whose bin she used to dump the stuff in. Neil examines Lizzie and advises her not to fake symptoms she hasn't really got or she'll risk being found out. Maxine's solicitor tells he he can't stay until her case is heard and tells her to request a postponement. Barbara tricks Steve into letting her phone Phillip: her real intention is to pressurize him to bring George Logan to Wentworth by hinting that otherwise she will tell the police about the money she gave him for the land deal. Maxine's case is postponed to let her find a solicitor and she is bailed at $300, which Judy has to stump up for her. Joan tells Paddy to try harder to stir Bea up. Penny Seymour is admitted to Wentworth for soliciting and is examined by Neil: he ignores her offer of a cut price rate if he wants to do "business" with her. Paddy spills detergent over Bea to provoke her to a scuffle which Joan walks in on right on cue. Joan is about to send Bea to solitary but Colleen walks into the laundry through the other gate and says she clearly saw Paddy strike the first blow so it is Paddy who should be sent to solitary. Joan takes Paddy to be examined by Neil for a minor injury she suffered in the scuffle with Bea. Bea goes to Colleen to tell her that Paddy was set up: she refuses to say who was responsible but asks Colleen to think back who was there on the scene at the time. Penny meets her new cellmate: Chrissie warns her to keep her hands off Neil and takes Penny's report that he didn't seem very interested in her as further proof that he's keeping himself pure for her. Neil realises Paddy suffers from claustrophobia and tells Colleen to let her out of solitary. Judy gets back to the halfway house and finds the back door unlocked: Margo has broken in after escaping from Barnhurst . Paddy is very unwilling to see a psychiatrist, until she finds that the alternative is to be sent back to solitary. Meg arrives at the halfway house just as Judy is about to send Margo on her way: Judy takes Meg upstairs to give Margo a chance to escape without being seen. Unfortunately, Meg leaves her car keys on the table and Margo sneaks out and steals Meg's car. Meg sees someone tampering with her her car from an upstairs window, and recognises Margo. Judy pleads with her not to report it to the police, but Meg will only agree not to mention the halfway house. Margo's reckless driving leads her to run over a pedestrian . A witness notes down the registration number as Margo drives off at high speed.

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    Dave Worthington again manages to work in many little allusions to Prisoner "history" such as Lizzie's age (73 apparently, though shouldn't she be 74 by now?); to Dr Marsden, who had previously examined Lizzie; to Officer Roberts from Barnhurst; Margo's middle name ("Joyce"!); and allusions to real life prisoner Sandy Willson who was a consultant to the series; her halfway house Guthrie House in Sydney; and real life prison Mulawa, which was the one of the main models for the fictional Wentworth.

    Thanks to Karris Evans in Digest 1352 for drawing attention to a rare (perhaps unique?) use of split screen in Prisoner. And thanks also to Andy Dolman for pointing out an earlier use of the same necktie in (291). He thinks Greg Miller may also have worn it earlier on - over to you, tie spotters!


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