There is a hint of discomfort among the officers with Meg at the centre of it. Judy's sister arrives from America.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 12 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:27

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
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Det. Sgt. Tanner ~ Peter Paulsen
Frances ~ Barbara Ramsay
Detective Constable ~ Jeffrey Hodgson
Ellen ~ Dawn Klingberg

  • Written by Ian Bradley
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • Nola's mugshot replaces Judy's in the opening credits. Perhaps they belatedly realised that Judy stopped being a prisoner well before her mugshot was included!

    Chrissie gets three months and Margo claims the credit for making Meg give evidence. Colleen dismisses Meg's assumption that Joan will now be investigated: he was only giving Bea and Chrissie the benefit of the doubt and although he will be maing a report, it isn't likely to implicate Joan. Joan is champing at the bit to have more rules enforced and gives as an example the "no communication" rule, where officers only speak to prisoners to give orders. Colleen picks up on Joan's casual remark "if I were Deputy Governor" and reminds her bluntly that she isn't, and so Joan will just have to take orders from her. Margo doesn't believe Jean's claim that it is her first time inside. Erica tells the officers that a new points system will be introduced as an incentive for good behaviour: each woman will get one point a day for good behaviour, but will lose five points if put on a charge. When the women earn 1,000 points, for instance, they could have a television: Erica claims the whole prison could earn this many points in under three weeks (which implies that there are round about 46 prisoners in total ?!). Joan suggests the officers could take off one point for minor infringements of rules. Colleen is keen to rub Meg's nose in it for siding with the women, so picks up Joan's suggestion that the no communication rule should be enforced. Erica is in "tough" mode, so she agrees to the suggestion. When the women hear about the scheme, they are stolidly unimpressed, even when Erica offers to start them off at 200 points. As they aren't suitably grateful, she withdraws the offer and tells them they will start at zero. Bea cynically comments that this shows the whole point of the scheme is to make a gesture of giving them something only so there is something to be taken away again. Colleen and Meg eat lunch in silence, until Colleen tries to break the ice and Meg responds by listing the subjects they can no longer talk about, sarcastically suggesting that Colleen talks about her family. Colleen says that all isn't rosy on that front either, and the reason she's keen to avoid trouble is thats he's worried about the financial implications if Patrick loses his job, as seems likely to happen. Bea tries to get Nola to talk about herself, but Nola says she only wants to be left alone until she's released. Erica senses Meg's contempt for the points scheme when she asks her to draw up the charts. Bea hints to Meg that it was Margo who threw the Molotov cocktail and that the police know it. When Erica is informed, she refuses to re-open the case. Meg grudgingly explains the points charts to the women and tells them there's no point changing it as a duplicate count will be kept in the Governor's office. Bea makes a mildly critical remark and Joan takes a point off. Jean is a bit worried when Margo remarks that her fingerprints will be put on the police computer and when she asks whether it covers other states, Margo expansively claims it covers "the rest of the world" (as if!). Meg tries to convince Erica that the women's knowledge of a coverup and Margo getting away with starting the fire will not do any good for their credibility. Erica still refuses to have the investigation re-opened and suggests they will just have to deal with it in their own way. Consequently. Margo is taken out of the dining room in front of the other women to be taken somewhere unspecified ... possibly solitary? [But wherever it is, it's the last we see of Margo until episode (442)] Hazel phones Judy from a police station, having been arrested for passing stolen money. The women use some of their points to buy the use of ball and net to play volleyball. DS Tanner gets Hazel to sign a statement while she's still drunk, without getting legal advice and even though he has a description of the bank robber faxed from Western Australia that doesn't fit her. He sends the constable out of the room and adds a sentence to the signed statement to make it a confession to the bank job. Joan orders Lizzie to take off her cardigan as it's not part of the regulation uniform. Judy is surprised when her sister Frances arrives at the halfway house on a visit from the States.

    When Meg and Colleen are discussing involvement with prisoners, there are name checks for Susie Driscoll, Carol Lewis, Hannah Simpson, Sandy Edwards and Myra Desmond.

    The names on the points charts on the rec room noticeboard bear little resemblance to the known inmates of H block. Although the lower chart begins well with SMITH, LATHAM, B'WORTH, GAFFNEY, LAWSON and DANIELS it drifts off into fantasy with another 7 madeup names including HEADING, STONEY and HOOD. None of the thirteen names on the top chart are familiar - indeed some are downright odd - TARDIF, MANJOURIDIS (?), MENU (!!), SOMERMAN, PHILAGREEN, KAPLER, CHEW, IZACK, PARKER, PIRRIE, WILSON, STONE, WILTON. (I suspect these are the names of a favourite sports team of someone in the props department). And are there supposed to be only 26 prisoners in H block, or in the whole prison?


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