Colleen breaks down in front of Meg and admits she's desperately unhappy. Hazel discovers an abandoned baby.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 23 August 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 22 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:56

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Off. Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Faye ~ Anne Lucas
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Ruth ~ Mary Murphy
Patrick ~ Rob Steele
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Malcolm ~ Nick Harvey
Waiter ~ Lazar Rodic
Baby David ~ Eugene Samolin

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • Nola orders Faye to help her by putting some water on the burn. Bea returns to the laundry refusing to say where she's been. Faye tells the women what Bea has done: some are appalled but gradually they come round to the view that Nola got what she deserved. Bea tells them it will be better than killing Nola - every time she looks at the scar it will remind her of what she did to Paddy. Lizzie claims her insurance money off Faye when she comes to the dining room. Nola tells Faye she doesn't care about being top dog: instead she's going to tie up all the money in Wenworth so the women will have to come to her rather than Bea. Later, she buys into the insurance scheme, claiming the offices will be bound to catch her in action soon, which is a remark aimed, as a threat, at Bea. Erica asks Judy to find out why the women don't seem bothered to lose their privileges: Judy agrees but only if she thinks passing on the information will help the women. Colleen's marriage is on the rocks: she tells Patrick she is moving out. Lizzie tells Judy that she's not keen to be seen outside as she's trying to pretend she's confined to her cell for the insurance. Colleen snaps at Meg when she misunderstands Meg to be making a snide comment that she's back late from lunch. Judy sees Bea and asks her about the insurance scheme: they agree it can't have been Faye's idea, but Bea resists Judy's attempts to get her to say what she did to Nola. Judy and Meg find Hazel drunk in a bar and take her to the halfway house. Maxine tells Lizzie she's going for the jackpot by trying to get put in solitary: Faye gives Maxine the ten dollars payoff when she delivers a meal to her in solitary. Meg calls round to see Colleen at home and tells her next day she knows she's moved out. Colleen's bad mood means that Maxine finds it pretty easy to get sent to solitary. Hazel adopts a stray cat, but Helen takes it away from her and puts it outside. Faye overhears Lizzie trying to con Colleen when she challenges her about why she's lying around when she should be working. Judy returns to the halfway house and has to separate Hazel from the stray cat for a second time. Meg tells Lizzie to go back to work. Colleen moves into a hotel and has to share a table with a man called Malcolm in the restaurant , but turns down his proposition that they spend the night together. Later she replays the scene in her mind and seems to be having regrets that she turned him down. Nola plans to steal buyup goods from the storeroom as currency to make payouts on the insurance. Colleen goes round to Meg's in the middle of the night wanting someone to talk to: Meg advises her it takes a while after a breakup to think of yourself as an individual again. Hazel hears a noise outside the halfway house and thinking it's the cat back again, looks outside and sees a holdall on the back steps. Inside it is an abandoned baby .


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe

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