Bea is driven to the depths of despair by Joan and Nola, and Denise is given a rough time by fellow prisoners who accuse her of child abuse.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 23 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:19

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Nola ~ Carole Skinner
Lainie ~ Marina Finlay
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Denise ~ Geraldene Morrow
Russell ~ Eden Gill
Zara ~ Ilona Rodgers
Major Ferguson ~ Carl Bleazby
Marion Seymour ~ Helen Tripp
Mr Douglas ~ Ian Smith
Kerry Jacobs ~ Penny May
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Julie ~ Christine Jack
Gate Guard Trevor ~ Brad Lindsay

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • I have corrected the misspelling Kerry "Jocobs".

    Lizzie claims as a proof of the range of her experiences that she has "the kiss of life from Vinegar Tits". She is presumably referring back to episode (169).

    Colleen attempts to be gracious in defeat and offers to show Ann to her office. Ted Douglas shows his usual tact and crudely hints that Meg should leave him alone with Joan so they can talk. From his talk of "putting the Department first", Joan correctly surmises that Ann was not Mr Douglas' own first choice as Governor. Colleen and Meg are surprised at how well prepared Ann is for her job, but when she admits she's been reading up on it for two weeks, they realise that their own interviews were a sham. Ted Douglas come in just as Ann is mentioning contacting the PRG and he tries to dissuade her from it. Bea is very touchy when Lizzie tries to get her to defend Zara from the women's taunts. Joan visits Kerry Jacobs, a school friend of Debbie's, and gets her to give her some letters from Kerry under the pretence that it will help with Bea' s defence. Joyce Barry fails to recognise the new Governor's name when someone phones the switchboard asking for her, and she tells Meg she thinks she or Colleen ought to have got the job. Denise is brought to Wentworth on remand for murder: her main concern is how Russell is and she asks to phone Driscoll to find out, but is refused permission. Ann questions the decision to have Nola put back with the other women, but agrees to follow Colleen's advice. As Colleen fetches Nola to see the Governor, they pass Denise being taken to solitary. Nola hails her as a fellow murderer, upsetting Denise as she can't understand how Nola knows. Ann warns Nola to expect things to be a bit different now she is Governor: privately, she asks Colleen for the background on Nola's contraband and finds out about the suspicion that an officer is involved. The Major comes to Wentworth to make amends with Joan, though he seems to have forgotten that Joan even applied for the Governor's job and might be disappointed not to have got it until Meg reminds him. Judy meets Ann and tips her off about the women's attitude to prisoners who mistreat children (strange that a supposed ex welfare officer should not know this?). She also asks Bea to keep a look-out for Denise - which is a mistake, especially in Bea's current state of mind. Ann goes to see Denise in solitary to tell her Russell is OK, but also to warn her to keep quiet about what she is charged with. The women in the laundry get their first sight of the new Governor when Ann drops in to give them a totally misjudged speech on how she will want to get to know them all individually rather than from the details in their files. Bea reacts cagily that she won't be trying to put one over on Ann in a hurry. Nola tells Joan she's noticed the change in Bea and wants to know what's going on, so Joan tells her she will need her help to make sure that Bea gets another message from Debbie - this time in writing. Joan disabuses Denise of her naive faith that she can keep her crime secret from the other women, and points it up by telling Maxine, who is delivering the meals to solitary, that she hopes she wasn't eavesdropping on the conversation. Maxine duly reports back to the other women in the laundry, but Bea says she already knows. Judy visits Russell at the children's home: he tells her that what happened to Gary wasn't his mother's fault. Bea corners Lizzie and asks her if she can remember hearing voices in the night, but Lizzie reminds her she's a very deep sleeper. Zara tries to convince Bea that Debbie won't be trying to pass any more messages through her, and that it is now up to Bea to see if she can contact Debbie in her own way. Joan pretends she's too busy to see her father to avoid having to say goodbye to him face to face. Ann visits the halfway house and has to pass on the Department's ruling that Russell can't see his mother: Judy points out to Ann that she is able to make her own decision on this matter. Denise happens to choose Bea to ask for directions to the rec room: when Bea works out who she is, she pulls her into her cell and throws her on the bed ready to give her a bashing. Joan finds Denise later crawling along the corridor and Denise immediately tells her it was Bea who bashed her. Ann wants to know why Denise wasn't being watched more closely, so Collen retorts that the staff are too busy correcting paperwork at Ann's insistence. Joan lets the women know that Denise lagged as she collects Bea from the rec room to see the Governor. Ann sends Bea to solitary for 48 hours. The gate guard brings in a cardboard box to Joan left at the gate by the Major: it contains a Rottweiler puppy, which she decides to call "Major" . Colleen makes a routine check on Bea in solitary and sees her sobbing on her bed calling Debbie's name.


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    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Andrew Kennedy, Patrea Smallacombe, Billie Morton

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