Bea warns Nola to stop giving Maxie drugs.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 18 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:47:00

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Lainie ~ Marina Finlay
Dianne ~ Rhonda Cressey
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Denise ~ Geraldene Morrow
Lil ~ Judith McLorinan
Mary ~ Bev Hay
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
John Barker ~ Chris Gregory
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Checkout Girl ~ Robyn Hughan
Mr Thomas ~ Richard Hurst
Policewoman ~ Tanya Siminon

  • Written by Wendy Jackson & Billie Morton
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Meg mentions other prisoners who have died of drugs overdoses - Donna Mason and Sally Lee.

    When Meg comes to Erica's office to look for her, Ted Douglas tells her that Erica has resigned and shows Meg the resignation letter, but he admits under pressure it might be more accurate to say that Erica was sacked. He cautions Meg against making too much fuss, as she might ruin her chances of being considered a candidate for the post. Lainie tells Lizzie and Maxine that the real credit for the tattoo program should go to Judy for embarassing Ted Douglas. Nola reacts furiously to Lizzie's suggestion that her protest was useless after all, and insists the women should support her as she's the only one who can stand up to the officers. Bea is brought back to Wentworth, and Meg has to take over from Joan and induct Bea herself to prevent an incident. Colleen comes into work in a tan suit and tells the officers she has been appointed Acting Governor, and has chosen Meg as Deputy. Joan looks askance at this and tries to push Colleen into tightening security, but she resists. Lizzie sees Bea in solitary when she delivers the meal tray and tells the women Bea is back. Nola vows to bash Bea for taking her money. Colleen urges Meg to apply for the Governorship - at least to stop Joan getting it. Meg suggests that now Bea is back, Colleen could ask her for help stamping out the drugs trade and earn herself a few good marks with the Department. Colleen puts this proposal to Bea, but she just shrugs and says she doesn't lag. Maxine pleads with Nola not to let on to Bea that she's been involved in the drug dealing. Joan visits Bea in solitary to tell her she hasn't forgotten how Bea made her look foolish, then goes to Nola and tells her she wants her to bash Bea. Bea tells Lizzie she doesn't intend to try to get back as top dog and resists Meg's emotional blackmail about stopping drugs getting into the prison. Dianne operates the sewing machine while stoned and puts a needle right through her finger. Ted Douglas makes it clear to Colleen that he wanted her to appoint Joan as Acting Deputy, and privately encourages Joan to apply for the Governorship. Lizzie tells Bea about the phoney priest so Bea forces Mr Barker to hold a Bible class for the women to expose him. Nola tells Phyllis that when she's got enough money she's escaping and not coming back, unlike Bea. Lizzie tells the women Erica has been sacked. Judy sees Denise Tyler shop-lifting and pays for the food she's trying to steal to get her out of trouble: she gives Denise the phone number of the halfway house if she needs help in future . Mr Barker exposes his ignorance of the Bible, but passes prayer cards to Nola impregnated with LSD. Joan checks Mr Barker's credentials by phone, and calls in the police before Colleen gets the chance: he is arrested by Det. Insp. Grace . Nothing is found in a cell search and Nola overhears Colleen saying that they will bring in sniffer dogs. Maxine remarks that if that doesn't bother Nola, she must have a very safe hiding place. Bea looks pensive and leaves the room. Nola follows, dragging Lizzie along as a witness and catches Bea looking in her hiding place .


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

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