Meg is determined not to be pushed out of her job, and Judy begins to see through Frances. Nola threatens Paddy and Hazel for exposing her.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 15 August 1998 04:45
DVD release: volume 22 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:44

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
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Frances ~ Barbara Ramsay
Barry ~ Ken James
Trixie ~ Anna Mizza
Det. Insp. Lovell ~ Terry Trimble
Mr Askin ~ Telford Jackson

  • Written by Angela Barr & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • When Chrissie brings Colleen back to the rec room after seeing Barry Simmonds, they seem to come from the wrong end of the rec room - out of the door leading to the store cupboard.

    Nola tells her story : she killed her drunken wastrel husband after an argument then when his best mate the local cop came after her, she shot him too. She repeats (ominously this time) to Hazel and Paddy that she's got a lot to thank them for. Meg demands that Colleen tries to find a social worker and tells her that she refuses to let Joan undermine what little good can be done for the women. Trixie wants to know why no-one's doing anything about Hazel and Paddy lagging, but Bea tells her that if anyone does they'll have to go through her first. Bea suggests to Paddy that she asks to see a career's advisor for when she leaves in four days' time. Frances offers Judy $10,000 if she will give up any claim to her father's estate. Judy is upset by the revelation of Frances' true motives. Nola gets Trixie to follow Paddy to the shower block, where she joins her later and they both bash her. DI Lovell arrives to interview Nola and Hazel as Judy is leaving: she tells him that Hazel had too much of a drink problem to be capable of doing over a bank. When he interviews Nola, she tells him much the same thing, then openly admits to the robbery. Nola is taken to solitary, and asks how long the extradition is likely to take, assuming that she's safe in solitray for a few days at least. Colleen warns Meg not to cause trouble over Hazel's fake confession, as the police seem keen to forget about it. Barry Simmons arrives as social worker: he knows Meg from when she was a welfare worker. Erica asks him to see Chrissie and Paddy who are both due for release soon. Frances tries to get Judy to accept the money by tempting her with what she spend it on to improve the halfway house. Meg asks Barry to get round the no communication rule by passing on to Hazel the police's advice not to make too much fuss about being framed, but to claim that she deliberately made a false statement to protect herself from the other women. Barry agrees to Paddy's request that he could smuggle in some cigarettes. Chrissie suggests that the women should start a points system for the officers. Frances pretends to be Judy when Mr Askin calls at Driscoll and finds out that the case will go to court in a few days and that the will is sound and will be upheld in court. Judy agrees to sign an statement giving up any claim to her father's estate but Frances seems to want to drag her off to a JP to do it at that moment. Joan finds a points chart for the officers pinned on the rec room noticeboard, tears it up and orders the women to clear up the mess. Bea is intrigued by Joan's reaction, and how she seemed to regard the points chart as a serious threat. Mr Askin phones Judy: she finds that the estate is valued at $100,000 and that her father asked her forgiveness in the will. She rounds on Frances, who defends herself with an easily shattered prop vase and Judy has her hands around Frances' throat when Erica arrives on a visit. Erica pulls Judy off Frances.


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