Margo is eventually tracked down to one of her old haunts. Chrissie talks to Neil about her childhood, and Spud tries to blackmail Maxine into helping him pull a job before she goes to court.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 04 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:30

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
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Phillip ~ Kirk Alexander
Penny ~ Joy Dunstan
George ~ David Nettheim
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Spud ~ Robert Forza
Magistrate ~ Carl Bleazby
Parole Board Chairman ~ Lawrence Held
Sen. Det. Herbert ~ Allan Stewart
Dr Marsden ~ Chris Sheil
Prosecuting Counsel ~ Kristopher Steele
Police Officer No. 1 ~ Robert McClelland
Cleaner ~ Bill Bennett
Det. Con. Swan ~ Bill McLorinan

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • The police interview Meg and Judy, but Det. Herbert finds it difficult to believe that Margo would have come all the way from Barnhurst without coming inside the halfway house. Meg and Judy are shocked to hear that Margo has been involved in a hit and run accident. Margo abandons the car and continues on foot. Paddy tells Chrissie she isn't taking any more bets. Chrissie contrives an excuse to see Neil, despite Colleen's cynical remark that since the prison had a male nurse, she seems to have contracted everything except leprosy. Chrissie tells Neil that she just wants to talk to him as friend. He is appalled that Penny has been put in to share a cell with "someone like Chrissie": Chrissie acts the innocent and manages to keep a straight face as she agrees with Neil, saying she just doesn't understand how anyone could have sex for money. Margo looks up an old friend, but the police are waiting for her and she is arrested. The police produce clothes taken from the halfway house and trick Judy into providing a sample of her handwriting to compare against the price tickets. Judy is charged with assisting an escapee. Phillip brings George to Wentworth and pretends that he is an associate of the law firm to guarantee privacy for their chat with Barbara. Barbara demands a half share in George's hotel, or she will tell the police what she knows. Margo is brought back to Wentworth, and Colleen asks her what Meg's involvement is; Margo refuses to say anything beyond claiming that Meg is "hers". Joan is about to refuse to let Chrissie see Neil because she only has a headache, but Neil backs Chrissie up saying it could be a side effect of some medicine her gave her before and he needs to take her blood pressure. Margo tries to discredit Judy and the halfway house, but Bea is not impressed and tells her she's an ungrateful bitch. Chrissie tells Neil she was sexually abused by her father. Tony decides to take advantage of the current clamp-down on prostitutes as an easy way of filling the halfway house and making it impossible for the authorities to close it down. Judy warns Spud to keep Maxine out of trouble while she's away in Sydney. Margo attacks Meg with a broken chair when Meg tells her that the man she hit has died in hospital. Steve disarms Margo but Meg says she doesn't want to report the incident. Dr Marsden examines Lizzie and tells she's in remarkably good shape but he will do what he can to help her in his report to the parole board. Tony asks Erica if there are any prisoners being released soon who might be interested in coming to the halfway house: Erica suggests Penny. Penny agrees to put her name down as a potential resident, but tells Tony she has no intention of turning up. Spud makes Maxine agree to do a job with him. Lizzie sees the parole board again and wins her parole - on condition that she goes to live in a nursing home. Maxine asks for Tony's advice but he tells her he can't help her, so she decides to leave town, saying she'll pay back Judy's bail money when she can. At Judy's trial, Meg refuses to answer a question which would incriminate Judy and the magistrate imprisons her for contempt of court. The women see Meg brought to Wentworth under police guard : Margo beams with pleasure when she realises Meg is inside as a prisoner.


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