Bea ends up in solitary. And Tony resigns from his job at Driscoll House.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 05 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:59

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Chrissie ~ Amanda Muggleton
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Sara ~ Celia de Burgh
Valerie ~ Barbara Angell
Andy ~ Ric Herbert
Geoff ~ Danny Adcock
Det. Sgt. Farmer ~ Simon Chilvers
Barry Nicholls ~ Sean Myers
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Off. Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Mr Jefferies ~ Syd Conabere

  • Written by Patrea Smallacombe
  • Directed by Leigh Spence
  • DS Farmer tells Colleen he's charged both Chrissie and Bea with arson and murder but he is convinced there must have been a third person involved. Paddy is taken to Woodridge at the same time as a new prisoner, Val Jacobs, who greets Colleen as an old friend. Colleen recognises her too and is taken by surprise. Val says she's relieved to see a friendly face. Paddy tells the women that she's in for 5 weeks for aiding Andy's escape, and blames Tony for lagging, causing Maxine to pipe up in his defence. When the women want to know who Val is, Paddy tells them she's a friend of Colleen's, and advises Val she'd better forget about expecting any favours from Colleen. Colleen tells Meg that she's in a difficult situation through knowing Val, and that in fact it was Val who introduced her to her husband Patrick. Margo loiters nearby while Colleen warns Val not to mention their acquaintance to the women. Geoff Carlson tells Andy he's trying to organise a transfer for him and next morning he confirms that he will be moved to a prison farm. Lizzie asks him where Chrissie and Lizzie are and he tells her they're in solitary charged with arson and murder. Colleen speaks sharply to Val for complaining about the food and tells her not to use her first name, but call her "Mrs Powell". Carlson arranges it so Andy is left alone with Paddy briefly so he can say goodbye to her before he goes. Geoff hears that Colleen's husband is away and invites her to dinner: she accepts. Judy comes to visit the women and mentions that Tony has left: Maxine regrets the way she spoke to him on his last visit to see her. DS Farmer asks Colleen if there is anyone among the women who could plant information and report back on the reaction: he also wants Bea and Chrissie put back with the other women as a way of forcing the third conspirator to betray herself. Colleen approaches Val to ask her to spy on the women. Val says she doesn't think she'll be much good at spying but agrees to give it a try. Hazel turns up at the halfway house asking to stay until she can get a job. Meg is anxious to see Chrissie back with the other women and sure enough Chrissie is looking for supporters to help her bash Bea for lagging. Sara suggests that Judy could contact the State Health Department and ask them to overrule the decision by the local council. Bea is brought back to the other women and she and Chrissie square up for a fight . Meg blames Bea for the fight and takes her back to solitary. Sara's suggestion works and the decision goes in favour of the halfway house. Barry Nicholls tells Mr Jeffries he can't do anything more to get Driscoll closed without having to go through a lengthy court battle. Hazel goes for a job interview and Judy gives her some cash for fares and lunch. Meg asks Colleen what's going on between the police and Bea and Chrissie, as she doesn't believe either of them lagged on the other, but when she tells Colleen that she put Bea in solitary, Colleen tells her to go and fetch Bea back again. Colleen finds that Val has changed her mind about spying on the women after seeing what happens to laggers. Hazel comes back to the halfway house: she tells Judy she didn't get the job, but Judy realises that she is drunk and spent the money Judy gave her on booze . Hazel breaks down and tells Judy she's lost access to her kids altogether. Val tells the women an embarrassing story about Colleen: Colleen overhears and is furious with Val, but Val tells her it might do her a bit of good - at least the women now think she might be a little bit human and fallible like them. Bea and Chrissie meet once again, and Bea tries to convince Chrissie that the police are trying to use them to find out the truth about the fire . Margo sews mailbags shiftily in the background.


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

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