Hospital staff worry that Lizzie is not responding to treatment. Joan turns the tables on the masked prisoners.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 28 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:21

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
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Barbara ~ Susan Guerin
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Tony ~ Alan Lee
Melissa ~ Robyn Gibbes
Drug Counsellor ~ Chris Gaffney
Sara ~ Celia de Burgh

  • Written by Geoffrey Nottage
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Bea claims that Debbie was 16 when she died, despite the evidence of the tombstone in (2) which reads "Deborah Smith 1957-1977 Daughter of Beatrice".

    Joan deflects the blow and lands a few kicks and punches as the other women join in the attack. Finally she grabs hold of Paddy and uses her a shield to get away, as her attackers follow. She even makes them unlock a security gate and locks herself on the other side. Joan finds Barbara in her cell and demands to know where Bea is, but Babrara says she doesn't know. Joan sounds the alarm as her attackers sneak late into breakfast. Colleen asks those responsible for the attack to own up and when no-one does she supsends all priveleges and sends the women back to their cells. Bea is annoyed that she is likely to get the blame for the attack, but Chrissie accuses her of only being concerned with her parole. The women are questioned individually: Bea denies any involvement when her turn comes, but she is disturbed when Lizzie's things are cleared out of their cell to be put in store "until she's better". Meg asks Judy to give Bea a job at the halfway house. Paddy is all for having another crack at Joan, but Margo says she won't get involved again. Meg tells Bea about the offer of a job at Driscoll, and Bea agrees but she uses the opportunity to protest to Meg about Joan enforcing the "no coffee" rule. Meg points out that Joan was technically within her rights, but Bea asks if her rights extend to body searching inmates in the middle of the night. Melissa is shown round the halfway house, but can only manage to be frigidly polite. Maxine turns up and tries to embarass Tony by claiming to be cooking a meal for the two of them that night, so Tony gives her the money to go the cinema as he and Melissa want the flat to themselves. Meg asks Colleen what they can do about Joan's body search: Colleen gloomily suspects that Joan would have made sure somehow that she could excuse what she did. Joan orders Bea to clean out the filter of the washing machine and refuses any offer of help from the other women as she knows Joan is just itching to charge her with insubordination. Judy advises Maxine to play it a bit cooler with Tony. After a hard day of dirty jobs given her by Joan, Bea is just about ready to snap when Joan questions her ability to deal with the drug addicts in Driscoll after failing to help Donna ... or even her own daughter. Paddy walks in just as Bea is about to land a blow on Joan and manages to grab hold of her in time, but Joan points out that an attempt to strike an officer is enough to justify a charge. Colleen also arrives on the scene (just too late to see what happened) and calls Joan to one side. She makes it clear to Joan that she would not support her if she's thinking of laying a charge against Bea. However, Colleen does tell Erica about the incident and they agree that neither of them can understand why Joan seems so determined to stop Bea's parole. Erica assures Colleen that Bea's parole will be considere on its merits and will not be granted just to spite Joan. A drugs counsellor calls Judy about referring a young woman on a drugs possession charge to the halfway house. When Bea is called to Erica's office, she is surprised to find out that she hasn't been reported for the assault on Joan. In fact, Erica offers to place her in isolation until her parole hearing to give her her some "peace and quiet". Judy goes to talk to Sara Hamilton, who is a law student and is despondent at the prospect of a conviction putting an end to her career, but she agrees to go to the halfway house to avoid having to go to prison on remand. Maxine arrives home early from the cinema and interrupts Tony and Melissa, but this only makes them go to his bedroom together to get out of Maxine's way. Next morning, Melissa tells Maxine she's got a job in Sydney and and she's trying to persuade Tony to give up the halfway house and come with her. Tony interviews Sara and she asks to see her boyfriend Alan, but she is insistent that Tony must contact him at University, not at home, as his father doesn't approve of their relationship. Meg tells Bea there is no improvement in Lizzie's condition and Paddy promises to get a message to Bea somehow if there's any news. Tony tells Judy he suspects Sara is so keen to see Alan because he's her supplier rather than just her boyfriend. The women hint that they hold Joan responsible for Lizzie's condition but she throws it back at back at them and suggests they should look closer to home - at Margo, for instance. Judy complains at Tony's change in attitude and lack of commitment, so he tells her he's considering going away with Melissa. Joan stays on night duty as Erica and Meg leave to visit Lizzie in hospital, and she hears them express their disappointment that the Department have refused to give Bea permission to visit Lizzie herself. Chrissie tells Paddy she's not going to get involved in any scheme to get back at Joan. Bea hears a whistle and goes to the gate of isolation to find that someone has thrown her a note - it reads "BEA - LIZZIE DEAD - PADDY".


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, John Mortimore, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe

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