Cookie and Kerry face decisions about Kerry's pregnancy. Margo gets on to a breakout and agrees to keep quiet provided she can go along. Phillip Langdon trades with Barbara using diaries stolen from Joan's house.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 24 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:37

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Kerry ~ Keely Macarow
Andy ~ Ric Herbert
Geoff ~ Danny Adcock
Cookie ~ Judi Connelli
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Errol ~ Stewart Faichney
Mr. Crawford ~ John Proper
Phillip ~ Kirk Alexander
Foreman ~ Reg Evans
Dan ~ Peter Hosking
Thug ~ Rod Densley
Ellen - the silent guest at the halfway house. She doesn't seem to be Dawn Klingberg, who appears as a character with the same name in (333)-(336), but she scuttles down the stairs and into the back room so fast you can't really see her face.

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • Cookie suggest that rather than have an abortion, Kerry could go ahead with the pregnancy and put the child up for adoption. Judy tells Kerry of her own experiences, and even though she didn't see her daughter for twenty years, she was glad she went through with the pregnancy. Kerry is still bitter and says any child of her and her father's is more likely to turn out a "monster". Bea goes out to work as the women go for the final rehearsal at Woodridge. Errol gets drunk at home and tries to stop Cookie leaving, offering the usual excuses: he didn't force Kerry, he thought she wanted it as much as he did, and so on. Cookie refuses to accept any of it and tells him bluntly that he raped his own daughter, and turns down his offer of money. Dan Proctor is drafted into the concert party to take the place of Lou: Margo notices him skulking about suspiciously and sees him hide a rope and grappling iron backstage. Bea is concerned when Cookie fails to turn up for work due to "family problems". Judy tells Kerry that if she decides to have an abortion after all she will give her all the help she can, but Kerry says she has decided to go ahead and have the baby. Cookie collects Kerry from the halfway house: they will be going to live with her sister. Paddy and Andy sneak off for a little privacy, but unfortunately the Governor of Woodridge comes to observe the rehearsal and wants to take a look "behind the scenes". Margo tells Dan she'll inform on him if he doesn't let her go with him. Andy and Paddy are discovered and the Governor says he wants both of them taken off the show, but Geoff Carlson argues that Andy can't be replaced at such short notice. Paddy is taken to isolation until the women return to Wentworth. Phillip gets Joan's papers from the thug he hired to break into her house: he finds Barbara's contract and burns it, and is intrigued to see that Joan's personal diaries are also amongst the haul. Joan arrives at work the next day in a fury and seeing Barbara in reception, she tells her to stop work and go to her cell. She follows and turns the cell upside down to search for the missing documents, and is just pulling on the black leather gloves to give Barbara a body search when Meg arrives on the scene. Meg obviously doesn't believe Joan's story that she has information that Barbara has stolen files from reception. When she is left alone to clean up the mess, Barbara smiles to herself with the realisation that her call to Phillip had been acted upon. Erica is relieved that the Governor of Woodridge isn't pressing for the concert to be cancelled, and confesses herself surprised as she had thought he was "as stuffy as Ted Douglas". Colleen questions the very minimal punishment decided on for Paddy, but Erica points out that not being allowed to take part in the concert will be punishment in itself. Mouse is nominated to take Paddy's place. Meg warns Joan she is sailing close to the wind by taking action against Barbara without good reason, so Joan tells her about the burglary and the death of her dog. Joan adds that for all she knows Meg herself could be behind it, as it had to be someone who knew she was at work, and Meg's recent surprise visit to her home might look like an attempt to check the place out. Meg is indignant, but Joan drily comments that she'll accept her denial and cross her name off the list of suspects. Colleen decides Joan is getting above herself and rosters her to go to Woodridge so she can keep an eye on her. Phillip visits Barbara to get her to sign a statement that she didn't know about the land re-zoning until after he became involved in the deal. With his back duly covered, he is happy to hand over in return Joan's diaries, and points out to Barbara a particularly spicy passge about a prisoner in Queensland called Audrey. Barbara hides the diaries under her locker. Margo wants Dan to tell her more details of the escape, but he just says to follow him. Lizzie sees them talking and wants to know what Margo is plotting. The foreman tells Bea the firm has lost a big contract so he has to lay her off. Margo sings "St. James' Infirmary" . Bea tells Cookie she won't be seeing her again and hopes everything goes well for Kerry. When Andy calls for Dan to go on-stage, Margo notices he has disappeared and goes off to look for him. Lizzie follows and sees Margo climbing up a ladder to get out of a window in the shower block. She tries to climb up after Margo to stop her , but Joan is on the scene and pushes Lizzie roughly out of the way. Despite Geoff Carlson's order not to sound the alarm and disrupt the concert, Joan looks him straight in the eye and turns the key. Lizzie lies unnoticed on the floor behind the shower cubicles.


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

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