Maggie tries to gain popularity by making up a story, with unforeseen consequences. Roger's guilt gets the better of him, and Pauline tries to incriminate Maxine.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 03 October 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 24 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:21

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Tracey ~ Alyson Best
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Maggie May Kennedy ~ Davina Whitehouse
Pauline ~ Linden Wilkinson
Roger ~ Bruce Kilpatrick
Spud ~ Robert Forza
Mrs Daniels ~ Marie Redshaw
Mikki Wallace ~ Christine Keogh
Mary Adler ~ Bev Hay
Lizta Stathopolous ~ Christine Totos
Sister Kelly ~ Liddy Holloway
Det. Insp. Grady ~ David Hursthouse
Mr Grimmons ~ Charles Gilroy

  • Written by Billie Morton
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Roger runs into his boss near the alley and explains he got the wrong day for his dentist's appointment. Lizzie and Maggie catch up by reminiscing about the old times. Maggie admits to Lizzie she suspected she was carrying drugs, but the pay was so good she didn't care: Lizzie warns her to be careful of Bea. Maxine and Spud split the money. Colleen wonders if recent events might have made Ann a bit more wary about trusting Joan. Lizzie introduces Maggie to the other women in the laundry - Bea isn't impressed, but the others seem interested in Maggie's tall tales and agree that she is right to fight for extradition to be tried in America. Tracey wonders if she killed her husband for nothing if her paralysis had only been psychological. Maxine gives her share to Pauline. Maggie spins another yarn for the women, but Bea cuts her off until she gets onto the subject of drug running. Lizzie tells Bea that Maggie claims she was set up. Roger tells Pauline the man he was going to rob was mugged by someone else, and she shows him the money Maxine has given her. He is worried that he was seen by his boss near the alley where the robbery took place. Colleen finds Maggie writing her diary: Maggie tries to bribe Colleen with a bottle of booze. Meg persuades Wally to help with the educational programme by giving pottery classes for the women. Tracey goes to court and apologises to Joan, telling her she's grateful to her for her help. The police interview Roger: he repeats his alibi about the dentist's appointment, but finds that the police already know of his whereabouts from Mr Grimmons. Lizta returns to the halfway house. Maggie fakes a coughing fit to get hold of some cough syrup, and asks for a particular brand by name that she likes to "keep handy". Judy tells Mikki she might have made a mistake allowing Litza to stay at the halfway house. Pauline asks Maxine if she kept any of the money from the robbery, but she denies it. Bea tells the women that Tracey has been sent to Barnhurst on a three year sentence. Bea decides to help Maggie get extradition by writing to the press. Litza's father hangs up on her when she phones him: Judy sees how the rejection upsets her, but Mikki puts all the blame on her father's attitudes. Spud tells Maxine he's leaving town, and refuses to let her come with him. Meg discovers an empty bottle in Maggie's bed the morning after Lizzie's cough mixture binge. Pauline makes an anonymous call to the police and informs on Maxine for the payroll snatch.

    Maggie's "diary" entry consists of her first line in the scene repeated over and over.

    This must be a serious contender for the top five worst ever episodes: not only two of the feeblest actors portraying characters who deserve the severest possible slapping (Maggie May and Litza) but also some poor writing for the unutterably tedious Mikki Wallace and her inadequacies as a human being.


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