Joan seems determined to make Bea's parole unsuccessful.

First broadcast ... 1982 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 29 July 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:31

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
Sara ~ Celia de Burgh
Jeannie Stanton ~ Rona McLeod
Alan ~ Roger Stephens
Parole Board Chairman ~ Lawrence Held
Mr. Jeffries ~ Syd Conabere
Paula ~ Kate Fell

  • Written by Graeme Foreman
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Joan hints to Mouse that Lizzie is dead, but in such an ambiguous way that it won't be possible to trace it back to her. As Joan expects, Mouse gets the wrong end of the stick and tells the others. Margo decides the women should give Lizzie a good send-off. Sara is gloomy about her court appearance. The parole board members arrive and Colleen has them sent to Erica's office just as the women start up a chant of "Killer" at breakfast. Bea hears it in isolation and joins in, bashing her tin cup against the security gate. Joan hints to the parole board chairman that Bea is behind the protest : the hearing is postponed until the following day when the situation might have calmed down. Colleen silences the women and tells them that Lizzie is not dead. Margo reckons they shouldn't blame Mouse, as she was tricked into spreading the bad news. Alan turns up at the halfway house but leaves when she finds Sarah has gone to court. Colleen tells Bea that Lizzie is alive and Bea realises the note was a fake - and who must have been behind it. Mouse is questioned by Meg about what exactly it was that Joan said to her, but she manages to get it even more garbled than the first time round: Meg loses her temper with Mouse and says she's got the whole prison in uproar for nothing. Sarah is remanded to the halfway house, and she immediately asks to phone Alan. Colleen directly accuses Joan of starting the rumour about Lizzie but Joan's version of what she said is close enough to Mouse's to make it impossible to prove either way. Melissa tells Tony she's fed up of taking second place to his job. As soon as she leaves, he starts to get drunk on a bottle of cold tea with a rum label plastered on it. Joan has a run in with Jeannie, a pregnant prisoner, who answers her back. Meg sees the incident and tells Joan that she can't stop her putting in a report, but if she does Meg will put in her own report directly contradicting it. Colleen officially "reprimands" Jeannie and tells her not to do it again. Tony gets so drunk that Maxine has to put him to bed , but Tony wakes up next morning with Maxine asleep next to him and realises they have done the deed of darkness somehow while he was unconscious. Bea faces the parole board again and is reminded of her behaviour after being granted parole last time. She admits her feelings haven't changed, but says she now knows what she did then was wrong. Melissa calls on Tony wanting to make up, until she sees Maxine strutting around half-dressed at the flat. She goes to see Tony at the halfway house and tells him she now knows why he is so "dedicated" to his job. Margo pressurises Barbara to tell her what it is she has on Joan and she and Chrissie strip her to check her over for incriminating documents, assuming that Barbara must have got something from Joan's personnel file. Colleen sends Barbara to isolation for 24 hours when she refuses to say who was responsible for heavying her. Bea is dismayed to find that after long and detailed questioning, the parole board are going to postpone their final decision for yet another day. Alan Jeffries' father tracks him down to the halfway house and has an argument with him which Sara joins in, though Alan refuses to leave with his father. Bea sees Barbara in isolation and wants to know why she is there: Barbara gets Bea to agree to give her protection in return for telling her that she has Joan's diaries. Judy agrees to let Alan stay overnight in Sara's room. Alan and Sara discuss their problems - intercut with the story of a new arrival at the halfway house, an addict and prostitute who Judy is trying to patch up after a beating. Alan eventually tells Sara what he sees as the only solution to their problems: he holds out a bottle of pills and suggests they both take an overdose. The women turn over Barbara's cell to look for information, but end up just trashing it for the sake of it. Erica decides to do nothing, but asks Colleen and Meg to be extra vigilant. She tells them there is good news for a change: Paddy's case is to be reviewed and Erica thinks the parole board are looking favourably on Bea's application. Judy finds Alan and Sara unconscious in their room next day. Bea is told her record is good, and she should have no difficulty keeping the slate clean until the parole board consider her case again ... in six months time.


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

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