Bea is forced to take drastic action when her employer discovers her identity. Nola's parcel containing drugs arrives.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 12 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:10

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
Lainie ~ Marina Finlay
Dianne ~ Rhonda Cressey
Mrs Hanlon ~ Margot Lee
Det Sgt Brent ~ Robin Bowering
John Maxwell ~ Lachlan McDonald
Louise Belmont ~ Louise Cullen
Bill ~ Nik Forster
Doctor ~ Charles Scott
Alice ~ Gery Scott
Suzanne ~ Roberta Hilliers
Julia ~ Denise Otto
Hotel Clerk ~ Iain Murton

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Sydney Location directed by John McRae
  • Judy admits she can't find a job for Tina Murry - though why she bothered beats me, as Tina is never ever going to be released...

    Name checks for Greg Miller (who is supposed to have left three years ago) and Paul Reid.

    Meg anticipates Lizzie when she reports sick as a way of seeing the new doctor. Lizzie suggests that Lainie should talk to Judy about getting fixed up with a job when she complains that she always has trouble when people see her tattoos. There is a long queue for the new doctor after Lizzie's enthusiastic report, but he turns out to be far too old for most of the women. Lizzie is disappointed to find out that the doctor is only temporary. Bea's new identity on the run is as Mrs Hanlon's housemaid Connor: she is shown working in an expensive harbourside property in Sydney. She solves a crossword clue that stumps Mrs Hanlon "Agitates in prison", telling her the answer is "stir" . Judy has great difficulty persuading Lainie that she's employable: she claims that employers take one look at her tattoos and make up their mind what sort of person she is. Joan answers the phone when Alan rings the prison and refuses to let him visit Lainie. Nola gets a food parcel, which is searched thoroughly by Joan after Meg has convinced her that Nola is allowed to have it. Dianne tells the women that the teacher is also temporary. Judy arranges a job interview for Lainie. Mrs Hanlon recognizes Bea from a photo in the newspaper, but only after drawing an artist's impression of a tight curly perm on it which makes the photo look more like Cleo Laine . Bea realises she has been identified and stops Mrs Hanlon alerting the police by tying her up in a garage before making her getaway. Nola sells the contents of her food parcel to the women and Lizzie gets the tea-bags, but when Nola phones Bill, she finds there was dope inside some of them. Nola tries to buy the teabags back from Lizzie but is told she wouldn't even get the lend of one. Lizzie has hidden the teabags and Nola's search of her cell turns up nothing. Dianne suggests they write a letter of complaint about losing the teacher and doctor: Judy suggests it would be even more effective if Dianne tried to write the letter herself and makes her read part of it out aloud when Erica comes to explain about the teacher. Erica is visibly moved . Mrs Hanlon is found when a friend drops by to visit and she is interviewed by the police about Bea. Lizzie demands her money back from Nola when her tea tastes funny. Nola takes the wind out of her sails by instantly returning the money. Maxine sniffs Lizzie's tea and looks thoughtful. Bea books into a hotel room, and changes into a blond wig. Maxine goes to Nola to let her know she's found out what was really in the teabags, asking if she's going to drink them or smoke them. Nola replies that she's back in business and will soon be able to get any drugs inside that the women are willing to pay for.


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

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