Tracey's fear of Joan leads to a serious accusation. Meg and Colleen endeavour to find out the truth about the murder.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 30 September 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 24 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:05

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
Zara ~ Ilona Rodgers
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Tracey Belman ~ Alyson Best
Wally Wallace ~ Alan Hopgood
Pauline Carter ~ Linden Wilkinson
Roger Carter ~ Bruce Kilpatrick
Spud ~ Robert Forza
Cliff Morrison ~ Robbie McGregor
Mrs Daniels ~ Marie Redshaw
Mikki Wallace ~ Christine Keogh
Wayne Belman ~ Paul Trehair
Mary Adler ~ Bev Hay
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Lizta Stathopolous ~ Christine Totos
Sister Kelly ~ Liddy Holloway
Kerry Jacobs ~ Penny May
Peter Hemmings ~ John Black
Mr Grimmons ~ Charles Gilroy

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • I suppose Carole Skinner does deserve her credit here, even though she's playing a corpse ...

    Ann refuses to send Bea to solitary because of her mental state, even though Colleen insists it would be the normal procedure. Bea tells Meg an officer had to be involved in the plot to drive her mad and names Joan as the most obvious candidate. Nola's branding is revealed when her body is examined: Sister Kelly does not remember it when Nola was admitted. Meg tells Lizzie she's in as much trouble as Bea and could well be charged as an accessory to murder. Joan warns Zara to keep quiet about the events leading up to Nola's murder, and congratulates her (perhaps sarcastically?) that Bea is sure now never to be released from prison. Lizzie tells her story to Ann, but Zara denies it after Joan has reminded her that her trial will be coming up soon. Bea tells Joan she will give the note in Debbie's handwriting to the police, but Joan counters that they will think she must have been saving it up for years. Bea points out that everything she had of Debbie's was destroyed in the fire. Ann questions Joan about elements in the story that don't seem to add up and confesses she is suspicious about how Bea could have got hold of a gun and gunpowder. Zara goes to court. Colleen tells Meg that Tracey's medical report indicates that her paralysis is psychosomatic. Debbie's friend Kerry comes to see Joan and Bea: Joan takes her outside and sends her away, telling her Bea is criminally insane and cannot receive visitors. Ann tells Joan the police report has cleared her of any involvement, mainly because of Dr Pulman's report into Bea's mental state. Joan volunteers to look after Tracey as a way of making herself look good again with the Department. Tracey isn't pleased when Joan tells her she'll be looking after her, but Joan tells her there isn't anything either of them can do about it. Judy takes Mikki on a visit to Wentworth to see the sort of people and problems she will have to deal with. Tracey's solicitor tells her he wants her to plead temporary insanity and us the psychosomatic illness as proof, but she refuses. Roger's boss at the bank asks her to tidy up the affairs of the woman whose account he has stolen from: he realises he has been operating on the account after she was already dead. Maxine is suspicious when Pauline starts paying bills with large amounts of cash. Mrs Daniels accuses Maxine of taking money from the till and forbids her to see Spud again. Colllen tells Bea a solicitor is to be found for her and that Lizzie wil probably be charged as well. Judy leaves Mikki and her boyfriend Cliff in chargeof Driscoll: a young Greek woman called Litza arrives having run away from home. Tracey has a nightmare about the car accident: she wakes up screaming to find Joan standing over her and tells Colleen that Joan was trying to kiss her.


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