Doreen becomes involved in Bea's attempts to hide from the police. Joan hears about Nola's dangerous scheme.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 13 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:16

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
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Lainie ~ Marina Finlay
Dianne ~ Rhonda Cressey
Det Sgt Brent ~ Robin Bowering
Babs Martin ~ Marianne Brooke
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Plain-clothes Policeman ~ Bill Summers
Debbie Phillips ~ Deborah Masters
Sue Crowley ~ Suzanne Dudley
Mr Couttes ~ Alex Porteous
Mrs Dennis ~ Eve Godley
Dierdre Makin ~ Kristine Karman
Newsreader ~ Nick Kislinski

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Sydney location directed by John McRae
  • Maxine passes the word around that Nola has got grass for sale. Lainie seems interested but Lizzie is appalled to find out the dope had been in her possession. The police visit Doreen to check whether Bea has contacted her: her flatmate Debbie isn't pleased to find out that she has been renting a room to an ex-criminal. Bea turns up to see Doreen as the police talk outside, so she slips away without them seeing her. Lainie tries to buy two joints from Nola, but Nola will only sell her one and tells her she has to save it until lockup. Debbie insists on being paid for rent and food before she goes away for the weekend, making the unnecessarily cruel calculation that Doreen's share of the food bill is two-thirds... Lizzie refuses to lend Maxine money when she admits she wants it to buy a joint, so she gets it from Dianne instead. Colleen detects a tinge of resentment in Joan's attitude towards Bea. Lainie practises trying to cover up the tattoos on her arms with makeup. Doreen makes friends with the policewoman tailing her and says that since they're obviously going the same way, she ought to give her a lift to work in her car in future. Maxine smokes a joint in the laundry and tries to hide the smell by blowing the smoke into the air conditioning ducts but it only spreads the smell to some far distant parts of the prison: Colleen sniffs it in the staff room and asks if Joan has changed her brand of cigarettes, but Joan has a cold and says she can't smell anything. Erica has smelt it too in her office but decides to hold off a search until Joan is off duty in case there is evidence she is involved. Colleen looks in the register and finds that Nola's parcel was checked in by Joan. Lainie ruins her chances at an interview when she accidentally reveals her tattoos: Judy takes her for lunch to cheer her up. Joan goes to the doctor at lunchtime: as soon as she leaves, the cell search starts. Lainie explains to Judy how she got into tattoos with the gang of girls she was involved with in an institution. She says she has considered plastic surgery but the scars are worse than the tattoos. Nola heavies Maxine for lying to her that the second joint she bought was for Lizzie. Erica nostalgically looks back to the good old days when Bea could be relied on to keep the drugs problem under control. A new employee at the dress shop where Doreen works makes her suspicious, especially when she hears her make a phone call where she mentions the name "Smith". Judy tries to convince Erica that the Department ought to fund a tattoo removal programme, and she agrees to raise the matter with Ted Douglas. Joyce lets Joan know about the cell search carried out in her absence, so she goes straight to Nola and demands fifty dollars in compensation. Lainie asks Babs to get her some caustic soda from the kitchen, and dips her arms in it to try to remove the tattoos but collapses on the floor from the pain . Doreen serves a heavyset blond woman in a headscarf: she turns round to reveal herself as Bea.


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

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