The police discover Nola's real identity and that she is wanted for killing a policeman in Western Australia.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 14 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 21 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:40

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
Paddy ~ Anna Hruby
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Jean ~ Carole Skinner
Trixie ~ Anna Mizza
Ellen ~ Dawn Klingberg
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Det. Sgt. Tanner ~ Peter Paulsen
Frances ~ Barbara Ramsay
Gate Guard ~ Brad Lindsay
Ron Patterson ~ Brian Granrott

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • Although the gate guard is referred to by Meg (as "Ted") when she complains to Erica about being searched, we don't actually see him. Was his scene cut?

    Frances tells Judy she's now married to Wilbur Hunter and Judy is now an aunt. She can't understand when Judy tells her Frances is also an aunt, as she has a daughte rof her own. Judy doesn't believe Frances' claim that she wants to make up for lost time together, and tells her she suspects her of wanting to prevent her getting any share of their father's estate. Hazel is brought to Wentworth (still drunk!): Meg is incredulous at the charge of armed robbery and starts to question her, but Joan overhears and asks if she needs any help with the "official" induction procedure. Hazel is welcomed by the other women in the dining room and is just starting to explain that she was caught passing money she didn't know was stolen when she meets the eyes of Jean glaring at her from another table and freezes. Jean catches up with her later as the women leave the dining room and warns her to keep her mouth shut. Bea notices and wants to know what's going on, but Hazel won't say. When Judy comes to visit Jean, Erica explains about the no-communication rule and asks her to act as liaison with the women until a social worker can be appointed. Judy is taken to see Jean in the garden and asks her to get Hazel off the hook, but she refuses. As Judy arrives to visit Frances at her hotel, she is on the phone to America, which reveals that she is conniving to trick Judy out of her share of the inheritance. Maxine and Lizzie make a lot of noise arguing about Lizzie taking food from the dining room to give to Hazel. Meg tells them to keep their voices down slightly ahead of the arrival of Joan, who takes a different approach and wants to dock the women by twelve points, but Meg overrules her. Judy gets drunk with Frances and tells her she never hated her or any of the family. Frances accepts Judy's invitation to come and stay at the halfway house. Lizzie suggests that the points chart could be amended as the officers change shift, if she could get into the staff room to change the book there to match it. Meg objects to Erica that her car was searched by the gate guard, but Erica explains that Joan has mentioned to Ted Douglas that they are stepping up security so she has to go along with it. Hazel sees a solicitor, who warns her the police have a strong case, including a signed confession, which he shows to Hazel. She says that she can't really remember but even if she'd been drunk she wouldn't have confessed to a robbery in a place she's never even been to. Bea works out that since Hazel seems to have got the money while she was in the halfway house, it's likely she stole it from Jean, and confronts her but Jean denies any knowledge of it and asks Bea for her proof. Bea says she'll get it somehow. Trixie Mann arrives in Wentworth charged with soliciting. Judy confirms Bea's suspicions that Hazel is innocent of the bank robbery and that Jean complained of having money stolen but wouldn't go to the police. Paddy is indignant that Hazel has to suffer as a result of the "no-lagging" rule. Joan tells Colleen that the women seem to have a lot of goods they shouldn't have and accuses Meg of bringing goods in. As Meg is just leaving at the end of her shift, Joan insists that she should be bodysearched. Meg agrees if Joan will be searched too, so she backs down. Lizzie hovers around outside Erica's door while delivering her tea tray and overhears Meg complaining about Meg wanting to body search her. Paddy asks to see Erica and tells her who really did the bank job Hazel is accused of. Colleen delivers Paddy back to the laundry as Jean is taken to see the Governor, making the connection plain to everyone. Bea admits that Paddy has guts, but says she'll need them if she's lagged on Jean. DS Tanner visits Erica in response to her phone call: although he still believes Hazel did the bank job, he has checked Jean's fingerprints and they reveal her to be Nola McKenzie. Nola comes back to the laundry wanting a talk to Hazel, and admits she's an escapee from Parkwoods in Western Australia and was inside for a double murder, one of them a cop. Bea and Chrissie realise this means she was facing a death sentence and Nola sarcastically thanks Paddy for putting a noose back around her neck.


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