Joan gets hold of Erica's office keys, and confidential files go missing. Chrissie and Margo discuss the possibilities of getting rid of Joan once and for all

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 25 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:33

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Melissa ~ Robyn Gibbes
Kathy Hudson ~ Kaarin Fairfax
Denise ~ Sue Chapman

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Colleen says at one point "Kennedy, come with me", but it is Jacko who moves rather than Ronnie. To add to the confusion, Margo calls after her "See you, Jacko".

    Two other backgrounders with Paddy

    Tony sets Maxine straight, telling her that he isn't interested in her in that way and suggesting she gets out of his bed and goes to sleep on the sofa. Bea asks Meg to check up on the progress of her job application, but when she mentions the name of her employer, Meg realises who Joan was talking to on the phone. Tony has to endure a certain amount of teasing at the halfway house, as everyone assumes that he would have had his wicked way with Maxine (or, more likely, vice versa). He tells Judy that he is in fact expecting a call from his girlfriend, who's visiting from Adelaide. Meg finds out that Joan's spoiling tactics worked, and Bea is not going to be offered the hairdresser's job. At a staff meeting, there is general agreement that Barbara has worked well in reception, but Meg uses the topic to remark on the harm someone could do if they got hold of the wrong files. The subject moves to Bea's parole, and Meg reports that Bea now has no immediate prospect of getting a job. Colleen chips in that she understands that someone from the prison gave out personal information on a prisoner over the phone and asks Joan if she knows anything about it. Joan coolly admits that it was her and says she only read out the written record in Bea's file without any personal comments. Erica admits she was within her authority to do so, but asks that any character references should be left to her in future. Bea overhears Margo criticising her during an exercise period and taunting her for watching the gate: Bea makes Margo stand and watch the gate herself and tell her "if any top dogs come through". Meg reports to Bea about her job, and Bea works out that it was Joan who ruined her chances: Meg urges her to forget about it and look to the future. Joan notices Erica deposit her office keys in a security box at reception and establishes that she will be out for the rest of the afternoon. She pretends to take the library keys from the box, but pockets Erica's instead, but she can't use them straight away as Colleen sends her to supervise in the kitchen. Tony's girlfriend Melissa drops in at Tony's flat and assumes that Maxine is the cleaner. Maxine tells her she moved in the day before, but Melissa doesn't stay long enough to get the whole story. Joan stonewalls Bea's hints about losing her job and demands that Bea ask her a straight question. So Bea asks "Did you sabotage my job?" and Joan looks her straight in the eye and says she did. Bea tells Paddy and Margo she isn't going to do anything about it for now, as that will have considerable irritation value in itself. Tony finds out where Melissa is staying and goes round to see her: she is very cold and distant and won't listen to him, saying she is still very tired from her trip. Joan finally gets the chance to let herself into Erica's office: she takes some files from a drawer marked "K-L" but has to hide behind the door when Colleen pops in to file something else away. Joan manages to put the keys back without anyone seeing. Tony arrives home and finds Melissa has visited earlier. Joan hides the papers from Erica's office in Barbara's locker: meanwhile Colleen has been given some stock sheets to file away and has noticed that some of the folders are empty. Joan gives Barbara one last chance to hand over the diaries, but she saucily replies that that if Joan is good she'll give them to her when she is released: if not, she'll give them to the women. Colleen arrives in reception looking for the missing papers and asks Joan to make a search there, but at that point Kathy Hudson arrives to see Paddy, so Colleen takes Barbara off to search her cell. Colleen finds the files without much difficulty, and Barbara protests that she wouldn't jeapordise her release for them. Colleen points out that she couldn't have known about her release without seeing the very papers she has just found. Joan sees Kathy slip a note in Paddy's pocket, but does not react. Bea is suspicious that Joan took so much trouble to frame Barbara and wants to know what she has on Joan. Chrissie suggests to Margo that she should fix Joan herself, so when Bea goes she would be the next top dog. Margo tries to recruit others to join her, but with no success. Colleen calls Barbara out of the rec room and manoeuvres her into naming Joan as the person who is framing her, but won't say why. Colleen tells her she will lose a week's priveleges and her recommendation for early release. Joan turns up in Bea and Paddy's cell before lights out and enforces the "regulation" that no beverages are allowed in the cells, pouring their coffee powder into the sink. Colleen goes home and leaves Joan on night shift. She makes a call on Barbara to point out that she has had her stay in Wentworth extended without even trying, and more will follow if she doesn't get her diaries back. She then lets herself into Bea and Paddy's cell and demands the note passed by Kathy. When Paddy refuses, Joan gives her a body search and even continues when Bea waves the note in her face. Joan puts Paddy on a trafficking charge. Next morning, Bea lets Colleen know about their visitor in the night. Paddy tells Margo she wants to be part of the attack on Joan and Bea agrees to let them go ahead with it. Paddy and Chrissie blow the fuse box so there is no light in the staircase to solitary and Mouse leads Joan there by hinting that something is going on. Joan comes face to face with three hooded figures with baseball bats and turns to see two more. She tells them to get on with it as she already knows who they are - she guesses Smith (wrong), Gaffney, Lawson (both right) and Fields (wrong again) as a baseball bat is raised to strike her from behind.


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

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