Erica is stunned with the news about officer corruption, and Bea gets a rare taste of freedom.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 15 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:12

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Steve ~ Wayne Jarratt
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Sally ~ Liz Harris
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Michelle ~ Michelle Saundry
Cookie ~ Judi Connelli
Fred (Foreman) ~ Reg Evans
Mr. Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Mr. Marshall ~ Warwick Randall
Policewoman Hargreaves ~ Abbie Holmes
Doctor ~ Peter Tabor
Nurse ~ Julie Nihill
Gate Guard ~ Roy Edmunds
Bus Driver ~ Harry Reid

  • Written by Graeme Foreman
  • Directed by John Gauci
  • Margo is not in this episode (thanks Mark C)

    Bea calls the Gate Guard "Mr Williams" as she passes the gatehouse.

    Joan offers to help with the investigation and adds that Colleen and Meg are probably involved along with Steve: Erica tells her the matter must be kept between the two of them for now. Judy gets a letter giving permission to open the house and the shop. Steve tells Bea her work release has been approved: Joan interrupts to tell Steve to report to the Governor's office, where the conspirators are arguing about what to do next. Steve can't understand how Joan outsmarted them, but Erica says this is now irrelevant as Ted Douglas is expected at any moment and Joan has got in before them and already filed her report. Maxine confronts Sally about hitting Michelle and is given the sack. Ted Douglas arrives in response to Joan's report: he is annoyed that Erica didn't tell him before going ahead with the plot. Steve accuses Barbara of showing Joan the requisition form that confirmed her suspicion of a set-up, then has to tell Bea of the failure of the plot against Joan. Bea goes for her first day on the outside on work release. Judy tells Tony that the Woodridge prisoners are giving a benefit for the halfway house, and that she intends to ask Erica if the Wentworth women can be involved. Tony suggests to Maxine that she should contact the Child Protection Society about Michelle. Sally visits the halfway house with Michelle to ask Maxine to come back to work for her. Joan hands Barbara's papers over to her, but tells her she is keeping a copy as insurance in case Barbara ever feels like telling anyone how she helped her by passing on information about the plot. Chrissie is taken for tests, having worked out with Neil a plan to slip away from the hospital for a few hours together. Steve hands Erica his resignation and a statement admitting full responsibility: Erica has to accept, but says she is sorry to see him go, and will ask the Department if he can finish the week rather than leave immediately. Bea is introduced to her work mates in the print-shop , and meets Cookie, who will keep an eye on her and show her the job. Neil phones the hospital and the police station to find out the name of the policewoman accompanying Chrissie, and then leaves work. Posing as a doctor, he calls the real doctor and the policewoman away from Chrissie's room. Bea snaps at Cookie for asking too many questions about her private life, but apologises immediately. Chrissie changes in a storeroom and meets Neil outside in the hospital car park. Steve prepares to leave, and while recovering a tape recorder he lent Neil, he finds Joan's other glove underneath it in a cupboard in the sickbay. Erica is told and she contacts the police. Neil's absence from the prison is noticed just as the hospital ring up to report Chrissie missing from the hospital: Steve makes the connection and suggests that Chrissie's accomplice must have been Neil. Neil drives Chrissie out to a house in the country. When she says she wants to go back or she will get into trouble, he tells her not to worry as no-one is going to catch her. When Chrissie insists, Neil turns nasty and accuses her of "getting her legs apart for anyone with money". He tells her that those who seek the "wages of sin" will surely find what they seek ... and the wage of sin is death .


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