Margo is ostracised by the women. The inquest into Alan's death begins. Sara leaves the Halfway House.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 08 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:02

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
Geoff ~ Danny Adcock
Det. Sgt Farmer ~ Simon Chilvers
Mr Jeffries ~ Syd Conabere
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Jerry ~ Peter Harvey-Wright
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Det. Gilbert ~ Ian Cuming
Barrister ~ Colin Vancao
Coroner ~ Alan Rowe
Clerk ~ Malcolm Fuller-Darby

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Chrissie is amazed by Bea's apparent forgiveness of Margo, but she only thinks that no-one should get extra time for an accident - and that includes them. Bea says she hopes Judy gets them a good solicitor. Colleen hears that the women are to go back to Wentworth the following day. Geoff advises her not to report what she heard Val say, but then immediately contradicts himself, leaving Colleen to make up her own mind. The inquest into Alan's death begins. Bea sees Jerry Steel, a solicitor from Legal Aid. She gives him information about the second fire, but refuses to name Margo as the person who started it. Sara tells the inquest about the suicide pact, but the opposing barrister accuses her of murdering Alan to prevent him testifying against her over the possession charge. Sara replies that Alan was originally charged as well, but his father used his influence to have the charge dropped, but she is unable to support the allegation and has to withdraw it. DS Farmer helps Bea's solicitor make up for Bea's refusal to co-operate by letting him see the papers on the case: he leaves them on his desk and goes out "to make a coffee". Colleen goes to dinner with Geoff again and they make a token attempt to discuss work: when the conversation turns to more personal matters, she refuses to commit herself to seeing him again, though she is obviously tempted. Judy confronts Mr Jeffries outside court about his wife's suicide, which Sara didn't feel able to mention. She asks him if he now trying to ruin a third person's life. When the court resumes he gives evidence that Alan was depressed about his mother's death and admits his share of responsibility for both deaths. A verdict of death by misadventure is brought in and the charges against Sara are dropped. Jerry asks Bea to confirm what he's learnt from the police file about Barbara and why she would have been found in The Governor's office. In return, he tells her about the illegally stored turps, which he intends to use as the basis of a new line of defence. Judy refuses to lend Hazel money, fearing that she will only spend it on drink. Lizzie gets some marked cards from the men and involves Maxine in setting up a poker game to win some money to buy booze from the men. Lizzie deals and Maxine clears out the other women. The women are told they are going back to Wentworth that afternoon. Bea tells the women to lay off Margo, as she now has information to suggest that it wasn't entirely her fault. Val is released and thanks Colleen for keeping quiet, remarking that she'd made lots of mistakes in her life and reminding Colleen how lucky she is to have a family and a happy home life. Colleen tells Geoff she can't have dinner with him again as she values her family too much to lose them over an affair. Maxine and Lizzie sneak off to have a quick drink but Margo follows and exposes them to the other women. Bea makes them share the booze around. sees them Hazel finds Jean's money when she searches her half of the room, so she packs up hastily and leaves the halfway house. Mr Douglas turns up at Woodridge and demands to see Chrissie and Bea immediately. Jean complains to Judy that Hazel has stolen her moeny but refuses to involve the police. Lizzie tells the women to fill their hot water bottles with the leftover booze so they can smuggle it back to Wentworth. Jerry embarrasses Ted Douglas into reducing the charges against Bea and Chrissie by threatening to bring the whole story out in court.


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