The women return to Wentworth and Erica invites Judy to an opening party at the prison.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 09 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:18

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
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
Jean ~ Carole Skinner
Jerry ~ Peter Harvey-Wright
Mr. Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Det. Cons. Crosby ~ Jeffrey Hodgson
Ellen ~ Dawn Klingberg
Customer ~ Iain Murton
Shop Assistant ~ Louise Siversen

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Colleen's cell allocation gives a handy list of H block inmates, though some don't seem to square with the people we see...

  • 1) Brent and Kennedy [shot of "Mary Adler" and another woman whose face we can't see]
  • 2) Dobbs, Young and Corbett [shot of Angie, Ronnie Kennedy and Lorna]
  • 3) Gaffney
  • 4) Smith, Latham and Lawson
  • 5) Birdsworth and Daniels
  • 6) Bourne and Murray [no-one is shown for this]

    In the official statement read by Ted Douglas, Mouse and Barbara acquire the middle names "Reylene" and "Louise", neither of which were used at their inductions in earlier episodes.

  • The women are taken back to Wentworth . Jean is on the warpath about Hazel stealing her money, but Judy can't persuade her to report it to the police. The women find out there are some changes at Wentworth: the rec room is completely bare apart from a few chairs and tables, but apparently other parts of the prison, such as the laundry, are hardly damaged at all. Bea impresses on Chrissie that they musn't tell anyone about their "deal" with the police and the Department. Colleen tells the women about their new cell allocation and Erica announces that because the food truck hasn't been able to make a delivery, the women's first meal will be sandwiches. She does however give permission for the women to have a small welcome back party if they manage to finish their work early. Meg passes on Bea's idea to give Judy money from the women's wages so she can buy a few things to brighten up the rec room. Maxine improvises a pack of cards, but they are useless as they are made from paper and the faces can be seen through the backs when they are held up to the light. Bea is a bit worried when the grog starts to make the women a bit boisterous so she asks Paddy to start a scuffle as an excuse to have the women sent back to their cells earlier than usual. There they continue boozing and reminiscing about the old times: Lizzie tells Maxine about spending her compensation on helping her grandaughter get an operation, and tries to impress on Maxine not to lose contact with her family. Next morning the women are all hung over. Erica gives Colleen a rocket about her mistake over the turps and is not pleased not to have been told about the deal with Bea and Chrissie. Jean steals a camera from a shop while the assistant's back is turned, then takes a woman's handbag from her car while she's across the road in a launderette. Judy brings in soft drinks for the welcome back party as Jerry Steel arrives to negotiate with Ted Douglas over the fine detail of the deal. When Ted Douglas tries to stall, he suggests that if Ted can't make a decision without hearing from the Minister, he should phone the Minster's office and ask him. Bea and Chrissie are called to the Governor's office as Ted Douglas passes on the Minster's orders: Barbara and Mouse are to be blamed for the fire, Bea is only to be charged with the assault on Joan, and Chrissie with criminal damage. Bea accepts these terms sadly, and tells the women they should make the party a wake for Mouse and Barbara. Colleen offers her resignation but Erica won't accept it. Jean pays up and is packing to leave the halfway house when the police arrive to interview Hazel after money she'd put down as a down payment on a flat turns out to have been stolen in an armed robbery in Queensland. When the police search Hazel's room, Jean is found in possession of stolen credit cards. The welcome back party is going with a swing thanks to the booze added to some of the soft drinks bottles. Bea makes an emotional speech in memory of Barbara and Mouse. As the women's spirits are starting to lift again, they are abruptly squashed when Joan returns to work, striding determinedly into the rec room, looking even more sinister than ever in a hospital issue neck brace .


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