A TV news team arrives at Wentworth. Nola defies Joan and sets about trading in drugs.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 11 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:28

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
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Mr. Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Lainie ~ Marina Finlay
Dianne ~ Rhonda Cressey
Mark Hayes ~ Barry McQueen
Jim Payne ~ Warwick Comber
Brad Henson ~ Frankie J Holden
Bill ~ Nik Forster
John Maxwell ~ Lachlan McDonald

  • Written by Andrew Kennedy & Billie Morton
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Bea does not appear in this episode

    When Nola's contact says "Look, most of the Taxation Department gets that" I guess he was really supposed to say "Look, the Taxation Department gets most of that". Unless Nola's old chum is very rich indeed, of course.

    Helen tells the other women that Alan has been released to cover up the Department's original mistake in accepting him as a woman in the first place. Erica arrives as Alan leaves and criticises Colleen for letting the women see him go: Colleen replies that she thought the point was to get him off the premises as quickly as possible. Erica decrees that "Ellen Farmer" did not exist and that if any visitor mentions him/her, the interview is to be terminated and they should be thrown out. Helen suggests that Lainie may have originally got her tattoos because she wanted to "stand out from the crowd". Lainie says that she and Alan took to shoplifting to raise money to have her tattoos removed. Colleen attributes the Department's change of heart in liberalising the prison regime to Jill Clark's report. Lizzie refuses to buy tobaccco from Nola and cadges a freebie from Maxine instead. Nola sarcastically announces she's going to open a book on how long the new priveleges will last - but it seems that they are already cutting into her trading and the women aren't interested in buying. Helen is asked to go to the Governor's office as spokeswoman, but tries to get someone else to stand in for her as she'll be out soon. Nola is the only one to volunteer, so Helen decides she'd better go after all. Ted Douglas tells Helen the women will get a teacher, doctor and social worker: she is impressed but sceptical and points out that the women are sure to figure out that there must be some ulterior motive. John Maxwell arrives the same day as teacher for Dianne. Joan complains to Erica officially that with the new regulations, the women are starting to enjoy their stay in prison: Erica sends her back to work. Lizzie advises Lainie not to worry when she says she fears she may not see Alan for months if her court appearance doesn't go well. Nola points out to Joan that business is suffering under the new reforms and wants to bring in booze and drugs: Joan vetoes the drugs. Helen is released and tries to hitch a lift with Ted Douglas . Erica tells Colleen that a TV documentary is to be made about Wentworth and tells her to adjust the rosters so that sufficient officers are available. Nola tells the women the TV programme is a setup to make the Department look good and wonders how long all their new benefits will last after the TV crew leave. Lainie is sentenced to four weeks, and asks if she can see Alan. Meg advises her to wait for a while, as it might be possible for him to visit later on. The TV crew arrive. Nola asks one of the presenters to get a message to her old friend Brad Henson about a "few things he might like to forget". Ted Douglas tells Joan off for causing trouble by confiscating the cigarettes that Maxine gets from one of the TV crew. Maxine and Lizzie are interviewed, but can't understand the interviewer's use of words with more than three syllables. Mark Hayes passes on Nola's message to Brad Henson, but he pretends he doesn't know who Nola is. Joan rips down Maxine's posters to pay her back for making her look stupid in front of Ted Douglas. A friend of Brad's visits Nola, she demands to be supplied with drugs in return for her silence.


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

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