Jill is unnerved when she discovers the extent of Nola's brutality. And Patrick realises that Colleen is seeing another man.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 01 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 22 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:41

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Faye ~ Anne Lucas
Janice ~ Catherine Wilkin
Chris ~ Roger Oakley
Jill ~ Kathleen Brinson
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Trevor ~ Darius Perkins
Betty ~ Babs Wheelton
Glynis ~ Kirsty Child
Billy ~ Allan Chaplin
Patrick ~ Rob Steele
Lindy ~ Vivien McGrath
Sonya ~ Helen Zervopoulos
Jenny ~ Susan Prendergast

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Most of the names of the women selected for the working bee do seem to match those who go: Smith, Stokes, Daniels, Murray, Clark, Birdsworth. So presumably the tall prisoner with blond hair in the group is "Andrews"?

    This is the first time Colleen is credited by her first name.

    Nola refers to her death sentence "in Freemantle".

    Janice tells Jill about her suspicions that Chris is having an affair. Nola suggests tricking Lizzie into thinking she's gone deaf: and bets that she won't realise what's going on. Later in the laundry, the women start silently mouthing to each other instead of talking. Bea is confident that Lizzie will see through the joke, but in reality she's starting to get worried about her health. Judy meets Betty Collins, her next-door neighbour at the new halfway house. Lizzie reminisces about how hard life was in the old prison. Janice apologises to Colleen, and Colleen excuses herself on the grounds that she was under the impression that Chris was going to tell her about the housekeeper. Erica announces the women who will be going on the working bee to the halfway house next day. Jill notices her stern warning about the consequences of making trouble and starts to pump Lizzie for more details about what had happened previously to make Erica deliver the warning. Joan tells Maxine to sell Jill insurance. Helen brings Lindy to the halfway house after she has been beaten up by her pimp. Maxine catches Jill writing notes in her cell as she comes to persuade to take out insurance, which gives Jill the opportunity to find out the details of that little scam too. Lizzie walks into a totally silent rec room: Bea is convinced she has seen through the joke. Maxine finds Jill's notes, which are in shorthand, but she recognizes some names. Jill has to explain herself to Bea: she claims to be doing a psychological study for a university thesis, so Bea contributes some details about Joan. Glynis allows Billy to go to a cricket match with Faye, but she takes him to the races instead. Nola sees Lizzie all dressed up to go the the halfway house and teases her that she's missed the bus as the bell went hours ago: didn't she hear it? Lizzie rushes off to reception at top speed, but Meg tells her she's far too early, just as the bell sounds. The working bee party goes to the halfway house. Maxine talks to Trevor, but his mother stops him and calls him inside. Glynis forbids Faye to see Billy again. Colleen invites Chris for dinner with her and Meg. Fay goes to the (old) halfway house rather than stay with her mother. While Chris is on his way, Meg gets a phone call and has to go to work to cover for Officer Barfield and Colleen tries to phone Chris to tell him not to come round. Before Chris arrives at Meg's, Patrick comes round to talk to Colleen, which causes a row and Chris leaves. Colleen tells Patrick to go home. Jill is surprised by Nola's apparent apathy about improvements to conditions, but Nola explains that she doesn't want things "changing" - after all, she's committed murder to get things exactly the way she wanted them. Colleen goes to see Chris afterwards to apologise: he wants to know why she couldn't just phone and suggests she must have another reason. He also wonders if the reason Colleen is so persistent in denying there is anything going on between them is that she wants it to happen. He moves forward to kiss her, challenging her to stop him if she doesn't want it to happen. She doesn't .


    Script Editor: Fay Rousseaux
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe

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