Colleen saves Sally from strangulation; Chrissie's cheque is hidden backstage

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 22 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 20 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:11

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
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Sally ~ Liz Harris
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Kerry ~ Keely Macarow
Geoff ~ Danny Adcock
Benny ~ Peter Ford
Lou ~ Kevin Summers
Andy ~ Ric Herbert
Neil ~ Adrian Wright
Peter ~ Peter Carmody
Cookie ~ Judi Connelli
Errol ~ Stewart Faichney
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Julie ~ Christine Jack
Off. Wilson ~ Ross Williams
Thug ~ Rod Densley
Paul White ~ Gary Roonan
Dempster Child ~ Michelle Saundry

  • Written by John Mortimore
  • Directed by Sam Simmonds
  • Julie has her longest stretch of dialogue ever, but her flat delivery of the following urgent lines is rather funny in context: "What? Yes, straight away. Mrs Morris, one of the women has hung herself". We also find out the location of Sally's cell is in East Corridor.

    There is a handy roll call of the background prisoners when Meg counts them back in on their return from Woodridge: Barker; (Ronnie) Kennedy ; (Jacko) Shepherd ; (Tina) Murray ; Worth; (Babs) Martin ; (Angie) Dobbs . With Gaffney, Stokes, Latham, Lawson and Birdsworth this makes one more than the eleven in the lineup outside Woodridge in (318) - the odd one out is Jacko.

    Phyllis happens to pass by Sally's cell and raises the alarm: she and Colleen support Sally while the noose is untied. Meg returns from holiday just as the phone call comes through to reception about Sally's suicide attempt. Sally is able to speak but Colleen refuses to give her an easy ride: she berates Sally for causing trouble for everyone and looking for sympathy - or in finding a way to get back at her husband that he could not answer. Lizzie warns Paddy that prison romances never last, though she is forced to admit that her own (with Sid, we assume) didn't turn out so badly. Colleen calls Peter to the prison to talk to him about Sally, but is infuriated when his main concern seems to be the potential effect on his clients: she tells him the conversation is useful because it helps her to understand why his wife tried to kill herself. She urges him to speak to her and admit his own responsibility for some of Sally's problems. Peter and Sally are duly reconciled and he agrees to help her in court by taking the blame for provoking her. Meg brings a scarf for Sally to hide the bruises on her neck for her court appearance. Sally is not very confident that she will be able to cope but becomes more optimistic after a pep talk from Meg. Errol gives Kerry a lift to school and checks out that she hasn't told anyone about their "relationship", but he explodes in a jealous rage after she hops out of the car to talk to a boy from school. Benny tells Chrissie he has hidden her cheque backstage. Paddy gives Andy an excuse to sneak away with her for a quick canoodle, but has to force herself to overcome her fear of the dark confined space he chooses for them to hide in. Peter takes Sally home after she is freed by the court. Lou takes Neil with him on the rounds with the tea trolley so he can smuggle him into the rehearsal room where Chrissie is. Benny sends Chrissie off to look for her money just when the tea break is announced, and signals to Margo to start her diversion to distract the officers. Chrissie cannot find what she looking for, but is startled to come face to face with Neil. Paddy hears them talking and Andy goes to investigate, just as Lou pushes Chrissie forward into Neil's arms . Paddy and Andy rescue Chrissie and Neil is dragged away by male officers. Andy's state of undress reveals what he has just been doing, but Carlson seems willing to turn a blind eye. Neil admits it was Lou who led him to Chrissie. Kerry returns to the halfway house to talk to Maxine after an argument with her father: she tells Maxine she wants an abortion, but refuses to discuss who made her pregnant. Judy calls Kerry's parents to the halfway house and tells them about Kerry's pregnancy. Errol blames Kerry's friend Paul White, but from Kerry's reaction when he asks her directly who the father of her child is, Judy seems to realise the truth. Later, Maxine and Judy swap impressions and agree that they both suspect Kerry's father of incest. Colleen is smug and Joan is miffed when Erica decides that the concert will go ahead. Joan protests that it is common gossip that Paddy is having an affair with a male prisoner, but Erica puts on her steeliest manner to remind her that if all decisions were made on the basis of gossip very few would escape blame - present company very definitely included. Lou and Benny are transferred out of Woodridge. Joan puts more pressure on Barbara to hurry up and get hold of her file, so when Barbara is left alone in reception for a moment, she calls Phillip, gives him Joan's address and tells him to do something to get Joan off her back. Margo tries to stall when Joan repeats her demand that she should get the concert stopped. A workman with a clipboard calls at Joan's house and after briefly checking the security, he throws something over the fence to her dog. Judy tells Kerry about Chrissie and how her life was ruined by being raped by her father, and urges Kerry to at least tell her mother the truth. The "workman" returns to Joan's house after dark and breaks in. Judy tells Kerry she will be able to have an abortion if that is what she wants. Joan gets no response when she calls for her dog ("Hanno"?) on arriving home: she finds him dead in the back yard and falls grieving upon his body. Kerry tells her mother she doesn't want to have the baby, but Cookie's proposal that she and Errol could bring the child up as their own makes Maxine lose patience and hint at the truth so clearly that even Cookie can no longer ignore it . Cookie reacts immediately by slapping Kerry's face, but then takes her in her arms to comfort her.


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