Denise and Russell Tyler have a harrowing experience in court, and Maxie is forced to change her plans for the future.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 26 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 23 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:06

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
Denise ~ Geraldene Morrow
Russell ~ Eden Gill
Zara ~ Ilona Rodgers
Solicitor ~ John Firman
Det. Insp. Morton ~ Laurie Dobson
Magistrate ~ Clive Hearn
Clerk of Courts ~ Malcolm Fuller Darby

  • Written by Marcus Cole
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Ann's remarks about her family are largely ignored by later writers - her daughter is called "Julie" again, but has changed to Pippa when she actually appears in person. Paul is not an 18 year old trainee super market manager when he appears, either. Her late husband, who supposedly died six years previously, is never mentioned again.

    Bea is questioned about the bashing. She is upset and confused, but when she realises she can't prove she was in her cell she shrugs and says "if you like" which is taken as an admission of guilt and she is put back in solitary. Lizzie lays into Maxine for getting Bea into trouble, but Nola points out there's very little she can do without lagging on Maxine and Phyllis. Judy tells Ann of her suspicions about Denise. Nola teases Maxine when Lizzie is taken out of the laundry to see a visitor, and points out how easy it would be for her to lag on Maxine when she's out of her sight. Lizzie's visitor is Judy who asks her to tell the women to lay off Denise. Maxine is taken to the Governor, thinking that Lizzie has lagged on her. Nola tells Joan that it was Maxine who bashed Denise. Ann has news for Maxine: her parole is approved on condition that she can find a job and a place to live. Joan uses the excuse of offering to help Ann with her paperwork to invite her for dinner. Maxine is alarmed when Joan lets her know that she is very well aware she bashed Denise, and she might let it drop if she causes any trouble. Joan socialises with Ann in order to get across her views of other staff members, and informs Ann of the officers who are a little soft on the prisoners and why - with particular reference to Meg having been a prisoner herself and Colleen's short-lived affair with a prisoner's husband. Bea sits in solitary, apparently listening to a Tangerine Dream tape, as if solitary weren't torture enough. Meg takes Lizzie to talk to Bea in solitary to try to convince her not to dwell so much on thoughts of Debbie. Next morning, Meg tries to persuade Ann how important it is for Bea to see Dr Weissman and Ann agrees to let Bea go back to the women. Bea harasses Zara until she agrees to hold a Ouija board session: Joan tells Zara what she has to do to push Bea even nearer the edge. Nola gives Joan a shopping list of the materials she needs to make a zip gun. Judy suggests to Maxine she could go home to live with her parents, but when she refuses to even consider it, she offers to let her live and work at the halfway house. Bea tells Lizzie she's looking forward to being together with Debbie again. Lizzie realises Bea is close to suicide and begs Zara not to go ahead with the Ouija board session. Zara is so appalled she nearly reveals the truth to Lizzie, but is prevented by the arrival of Nola. The Ouija board session goes ahead : the board spells out KERRY, the name of Debbie's best friend and Zara pushes the glass off the table towards Bea who collapses in hysterical sobs. Joan interrupts and puts Zara on report, for the sake of appearances. At Denise's trial, Russell shouts out his guilt in court, and tells the full story to Denise's solicitor and Det. Insp. Morton in private. Maxine is told her father has had a heart attack and is dead. The charges against Denise are dropped. Maxine tells Lizzie that she now feels she has to go back home to try to make amends for all the trouble she has caused her family.


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