First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 17 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:26

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
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Sally ~ Liz Harris
Peter ~ Peter Carmody
Michelle ~ Michelle Saundry
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Cookie ~ Judi Connelli
Fred (Foreman) ~ Reg Evans
Errol ~ Stewart Faichney
Detective ~ Patrick Aimer
Police Officer ~ Bill Binks
Police Officer ~ Rohan Glen
Stunts (Peter's) ~ Archie Roberts
Stunts (Driver) ~ Glen Rowland
T.V. Newsreader ~ Rob Maynard
Errol's "girl"friend: identified independantly by two people on the Digest as Lucinda Cowden

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by John Gauci
  • Four extras reacting furiously : Ronnie, Lil, Joy Andrews, Angie Dobbs

    Nancy Banks-Smith's Guardian review of this episode suggests a broadcast date on Carlton of Friday 10th July 1992

    Neil takes Chrissie inside the house and unpacks a picnic for her "last meal" as he explains why he has to kill her. Steve tells the police about Neil's place in the country. The women hear on the news about Chrissie's "escape". Margo comments that Chrissie must have done it to have a go at getting inside Neil's shorts: Bea replies that in that case Chrissie is even more stupid than she thought. The police surround Neil's house as he moves in for the kill: Chrissie makes a run for it, Neil catches her on the front porch, and the police open fire. Despite the fact that he is holding her in front of him, Chrissie somehow escapes injury but Neil is carried away on a stretcher. When a policeman remarks that Neil would be better off dead, Chrissie says sadly that he was the only man who'd ever treated her as if she were worth anything. Barbara tells the women what she's overheard about Neil and Chrissie but they don't believe her: especially Lizzie who commends Neil for his "lovely manners". Steve leaves as Chrissie is brought back to Wentworth under sedation. Joan pays Chrissie a special visit to taunt her that her "boyfriend turned out to be a psycho". Colleen suggests to Meg that if she feels so strongly about the way Steve was treated, she should complain. As Bea is leaving for her work release, Joan is just coming on duty and shrugs off Bea's insinuation that Steve was the wrong person and someone else should have resigned. Cookie and Bea make friends again: Cookie tells Bea about her troubles with her daughter Kerry, who is doing badly at school and arguing all the time with her father. Sally's husband cancels a lunch treat and she hits the bottle. Cookie is called away from work when her daughter walks out of school. Judy tells Erica about the concert, and after initial misgivings, she says she is happy for the Wentworth women to be involved. Maxine finds out how empty Sally's life is. When Meg tries to complain to Erica about Steve's treatment, she is told she is on suspension for two weeks until the Department's investigation is over. Colleen finds she's been volunteered for liaison over the Woodridge concert. Maxine is sacked again - this time by Peter Dempster, when Maxine blames Sally's drunken state on him letting his wife down over the lunch date. Colleen tells the women about Steve's resignation and asks for volunteers for the concert. Only Lizzie volunteers, as Colleen deliberately doesn't say where the concert is to be given, for fear that the women will volunteer just for the contact with men. Bea goes home for lunch with Cookie: they find her husband Errol smuggling out a young woman he's been sleeping with. Back at work, Bea tells Cookie a cautionary tale about a "neighbour" who killed her husband's lover and then her husband. Cookie cottons on when she notices the neighbour's daughter is called Debbie: she thanks Bea for her honesty and agrees she will try to make her marriage work. Sally drives Peter to the airport then, as he walks away from her after an argument , she starts the car up again and knocks him over .


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