Lizzie plays into Nola's hands when she unwittingly organises a drugs delivery, and Doreen tries to save Bea from arrest.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 16 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:59

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
Debbie ~ Deborah Masters
Ellen ~ Michael Cormick
John Barker ~ Chris Gregory
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Plain-clothes Policeman ~ Robert Hensley
Plain-clothes Policeman ~ Bob Baines

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Lex Van Os
  • Sydney location directed by John McRae
  • Doreen mentions Barbara Fields

    When censoring the letters, Colleen comments that Kennedy's sex life is pretty "hot" (... and who would she be having it with...?)

    Maxine pretends to be writing to her cousin, but tells Lizzie she's decided not to post it: Lizzie takes it and asks Meg to get it out. Doreen gets the man tailing her to give her a lift to work: Bea slips into the flat after they have gone, using the keys Doreen gave her. Meg puts Maxine's letter into the already censored pile: Colleen decides from a glance at the envelope that she can't cope with Lizzie's spelling anyway and lets it through. Lizzie tells Maxine she's posted the letter for her. Maxine pretends to be annoyed then pretends to forgive Lizzie, and nods to Nola to indicate that the plan has worked. Doreen arrives home after dark to find Bea still hiding there so she lets her stay the night. Dianne changes her mind and buys joints from Nola. Maxine gets a single joint as payment for acting as postman. Bea and Doreen have a home cooked meal and Bea wonders how Doreen can afford this appartment: Dorren admits she is using her savings as well as her wages to pay the rent. John Barker offers his services as prison chaplain and Erica sees the advantages, thinking that he might be able to make up in part for the prison not having a social worker. Judy visits Alan to find out if he is sill waiting for Lainie and tells him to visit her when she finds out no-one has told him about Lainie's injuries. Lizzie talks to Mr Barker and they agree to try to make Nola their special project, and Lizzie goes over to Nola to persuade her to see the new chaplain. Mr Barker asks Colleen for permission to see Nola privately to get her on his side, Colleen agrees and asks him to pass on anything he finds out about Nola's role in the drugs trade. He agrees to help but left alone with Nola he shows her a Bible which has a bag of drugs inside in a hollowed out compartment . Nola returns to the laundry announcing she's back in business again. Lainie buys some speed from her and snorts it straight away . Joan finds Lainie under the influence of drugs , and checking the register, finds that John Barker has been the only visitor that day. She goes to Nola's cell to order her to take over as top dog, or she'll expose Mr Barker. Nola starts a protest in the dining room and demands to see someone from the Department. Joan locks the women in and Lizzie gloomily realises Nola is making a bid to take over as top dog . Doreen's flat-mate Debbie arrives back unexpectedly, so Bea pulls a knife on Doreen to make it look as though she has forced her way in and ties them both up. Mr Douglas arrives at Wentworth, and Judy embarrasses him by introducing him to Alan who she has brought along with her to see Lainie. She gets him to agree to pay for the tattoo removal programme, though he tries to pretend that was the purpose of his visit in any case. Bea is recaptured leaving Doreen's flat after Debbie manages to get to the window and signal to the police outside. Nola repeats the demands to Ted Douglas , and he says that a decision on the tattoo removal programme has already been made. Plainly enraged, he summons Erica to follow him to her office. Doreen tells Debbie she's moving out. Bea glances back up at the flat as she is being put into the police car and sees Doreen giving her a tiny wave goodbye.


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

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