Chrissie is questioned about Penny's murder, and Meg is released. Bea and Chrissie give Margo a home- made tar and feathering.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Thursday 09 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:56

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Phillip ~ Kirk Alexander
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Tina ~ Debbie Cumming
Detective ~ Ian Cuming

Mrs. Daniels ~ Jan Russ
Mr. Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Doctor Weissman ~ Bryon Williams
Enid Watson ~ Elizabeth Wing
Elderly Woman ~ Edna Bartlett
Elderly Man ~ Arnold Riches
Nurse ~ Julie Thompson
Radio Announcer ~ Rob Maynard

  • Written by Andrew Kennedy & Patrea Smallacombe
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • While the women are working in the laundry, Margo hears on the radio that Penny has been murdered. Chrissie is taken from solitary to be questioned by the police to find out if Penny said anything before she was released. Barbara asks Steve to get Phillip to arrange her appeal: Steve reminds her she sacked Phillip as her laywer, but she says she wants to re-instate him. Steve agrees to make the phone call for her. Chrissie remembers Penny telling her about Joan nearly breaking her neck, and tells Bea of her suspicions. Helen Smart is brought back to Wentworth along with another prostitute, Tina Gibson, as part of the clean-up of the streets . Phillip brings the papers for Barbara to sign giving her partnership in the hotel. After she has signed, Phillip tells her he doesn't intend to see her again, but Barbara tells him he will stay with her until she says otherwise. She tells him she will keep her own copy of the documents and look at them every day to remind herself why she's in prison. As he is leaving, Phillip warns Steve that Barbara's only concern is money, but Barbara manages to calm Steve's anxiety about helping her by letting him know about her affair with Phillip, and implies he is bitter about them breaking up. Joan harasses Tina when she comes across her on cleaning duty with Chrissie. Chrissie advises Tina to stay well out of Joan's way. Bea and Chrissie tar (or treacle) and feather Margo in the shower block and put a sign round her neck reading "I BASHED A FELLOW PRISONER" . Erica sends the women to their cells and puts pressure on Meg to identify the culprits, but she refuses to lag. Erica tells her she's to be released next day and the Department still haven't made a decision about whether she can return to work. Maxine is put in to share a cell with Helen, and they discuss Judy and the halfway house. When Helen finds out that Maxine hasn't been in contact with her parents for several years, she suggests that Maxine should use her phone call privelege to get in touch. Meg is released: Erica tells her to come into work next day as usual pending a decision from Ted Douglas. Maxine phones her mother, who agrees to visit her. Lizzie goes with Erica to visit an old people's home. Most of the residents seem suspiciously contented, but when Lizzie goes out into the garden she meets another woman who advises her to look elsewhere if she doesn't want to end up "cut off from the world". Maxine asks permission to wear a dress for her mother's visit. Doctor Weissman sees Paddy after Neil has filled in the background for him. He asks Paddy about her childhood and finds out that she lived with her grandmother from the age of seven. He suggests her may be able to help her with hypnosis, but she refuses point blank. Maxine upsets her mother when she lets slip that this isn't the first time she's been inside: almost as a rebuke, her mother tells her about her sister Pauline who is getting married soon and that her husband-to-be works in a bank. Lizzie collides with Ted Douglas while carrying Erica's tea tray and leaves him in no doubt that she won't go to the home. Ted tells Erica that Meg is to be reinstated and somewhat petulantly adds that Lizzie obviously doesn't need parole, so he is cancelling her application. Erica is furious with Lizzie and tells her she is being very silly: she would only have needed to stay in the home until her parole period was up and then she could have lived anywhere she liked. Lizzie protests that no-one told her that and wants to change her mind, but Erica sharply retorts that it's too late for that. Meg returns to work: she tells Erica that she is now certain that Joan is dealing with the women and knows how to get proof of it.


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