Sally becomes depressed after news of the divorce. Meanwhile, Lou decides to find out about Neil.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 21 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:46

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Tony ~ Alan David Lee
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Sally ~ Liz Harris
Kerry ~ Keely Macarow
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Benny ~ Peter Ford
Lou ~ Kevin Summers
Andy ~ Ric Herbert
Geoff ~ Danny Adcock
Cookie ~ Judi Connelli
Errol ~ Stewart Faichney
Policewoman ~ Liz Stevenson

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Sam Simmonds
  • The end of this episode seems to have been one of the few sequences involving attempted suicide by hanging that has never been cut in any UK broadcast, possibly because it is suggested rather than shown, despite a gruesomely explicit soundtrack and a very brief shot of Sally Demspter's face while she is choking .

    Colleen notices how withdrawn Sally is when she accompanies her back to isolation. Maxine reassures "Kim" that Tony wouldn't tell anyone how old she really is, but is worried when "Kim" seems more than just hung over and jokes that anyone would think she was pregnant. "Kim" tells Maxine that she fears that might be true: her period is a month late. Judy is furious that Tony has informed on "Kim" and points out that it could undermine all the work of the halfway house if it got to be widely known as a "dob-in" centre. A policewoman arrives to talk to "Kim" and produces a photo of her taken with her family, telling her that she knows her real name is Kerry Brodie. Benny talks to a new prisoner mopping the corridor at Woodridge: the shambling wreck turns round eventually to reveal that he is Neil Murray . Colleen asks Joan to keep an eye on Sally, but Joan has very little sympathy and tells her she thinks it's a waste of time. Colleen says she hopes she is making herself clear: she is giving Joan an order to check on Sally regularly. Lou thinks he knows who Neil is, but has Andy talk to an officer to confirm his identity, and looks well pleased with the information. Judy tells Kerry she can call at any time if she wants to talk as Cookie and Errol come to collect Kerry from the halfway house. Lou gets Neil worked up by offering to fix him up with one of the women from Wentworth, then deliberately suggests Chrissie as a possibility. He tells Benny he hopes to set Neil up to kill Chrissie then collect the cash himself. When Kerry gets home, she seems about to tell her mother something, but clams up when her father walks into the room. Margo collects Sally's uneaten meal from her cell in isolation then demonstrates to her that it wasn't poisoned by eating some of it in front of her. Joan reports to Colleen that Sally is "off her food". Colleen persuades Erica that it would probably be safe to move Sally out of isolation provided that she is watched closely. Colleen takes Sally to the rec room, then underlines to all the women that if there is any trouble, the concert will be cancelled. Meg visits the halfway house and tells Judy that she won't let Joan push her out of the job. Paddy talks to Sally when the other women ignore her, but her suggestion that her own violent impulses had their roots in her childhood only makes Sally worse. She frets that she may have damaged Michelle for life and says that she only wanted a happy married life, not the life of a nothing like her own mother. At this all the women fall silent and listen: even Margo looks thoughtful. Meg visits Wentworth to talk to Colleen: she suggests that in the interests of better staff relations she thinks they should make an effort to get to know Joan better and proposes that she invites Colleen and Joan to dinner at her house. When Colleen has picked her jaw up off the floor, she says she has no confidence at all that the idea will work, but if Meg wants to give it a go, she will come. Chrissie wants to know where her money is, but Benny claims he hasn't been in touch with Duncan Campbell yet. Meg visits Joan at home and gets a frosty reception: Joan thanks her for her attempt to clear the air, but turns the dinner invitation down flat. When she arrives at work, Joan hears Erica ask Barbara to do some filing in her office, and demands that Barbara checks her file to see if there is anything written in it about the recent attempt to set her up. Barbara protests that she wouldn't be likely to be able to see an officer's file, but Joan reminds her that she still has Barbara's papers. Colleen suggests that Doctor Weissman should be asked to talk to Sally. Joan is ordered to try to persuade Sally to go back to work to get her mind off her problems: she interprets this very loosely and taunts Sally for idling around and tells her to get off her backside and do something. Benny offers to give Margo information on Woodridge to help her escape: in return he wants her to stage a little diversion during the concert. Sally wakes up and notices a pipe (somewhat implausibly) running along the ceiling of her cell. She rigs up a noose with a pair of tights , climbs onto the edge of her bed and kicks it away .


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