Helen tries to save her sister from brainwashing by a religious cult, and Meg discovers the identity of her obscene caller.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 18 October 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 24 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:34

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Maxine ~ Lisa Crittenden
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Petra ~ Penny Maegraith
Brother Red Earth ~ Peter Flett
Marty Jackson ~ Andrew McKaige
Dennis Quinn ~ Chris Connelly
Sharon ~ Liddy Clarke
Dr Scott Collins ~ Tim Elston
Peter Shannon ~ Nick Holland
Colin Burton ~ Peter Crossley
Mandy Stevens ~ Jill Butler
Lindy Peters ~ Julie Nihill
Insp. Tate ~ Russell Newman
Sergeant Willis ~ Derek Williams
Janie ~ Michelle Thomas
Woman Shopper ~ Ruth Jaffe
Young Man Shopper ~ Iain Murton

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Bill Templer
  • The police question Meg: she tells them that the intruder must be someone who knows her. Helen is to be sued by Alpha Centauri on her sister's behalf: the fact that Sharon has a right to the money means that he will probably win unless Sharon is declared insane. Ted Douglas is charged with corruption: Joan expresses her regret, as he was a "good Department man", but Ann points out he was a criminal. Meg's house is put under round-the-clock surveillance. Lizzie hears a message from an old friend on the radio, inviting his old friends to write to him at an address in Knightsbridge. Helen goes to see Sharon, but fails to convince her that she's been brainwashed. Sharon tells Helen she will be married to whoever the leader decides. Lizzie writes to her friend Mick using Meg's address. Dennis offers to stay with Meg if Marty wants a night off. Bea and Maxine egg Lizzie on to embroider the truth in her first letter to Mick. Helen approaches Sharon in the street to try again to convince her to leave the cult, but two strangers join in the argument on opposing sides. Colleen agrees to stay overnight with Meg. so Marty and Dennis are told to go out and enjoy themelves. Peter introduces Helen to the de-programmer Colin Burton. Colleen fields a phone call for Meg and gives the person on the other end a good blast on the whistle. Helen tells Judy she's pallning to take Sharon away from the cult by force: Judy offers the use of the use of the attic at Driscoll House for the deprogramming. Ann sees a new remand prisoner, Petra Roberts, who is willing to admit to killing her father but refuses to explain or say anything else. Helen and Judy prepare the attic at Driscoll for the de-programming, and tell Wally a drug addict is drying out. He sees through the story, but Judy tells him he'll just have to pretend to belive it as she can't tell him what they are really doing. Ann tells Pixie she isn't to be transferred, but must continue to see Dr Weissmann. The women decide to write a love letter for Pixie to cheer her up: Petra offers to help. As an English teacher, her spelling should be better than Lizzie's or Bea's. Marty and Dennis pick up a couple of girls in a bar. Dennis is too shy when his date gets him back to her flat, so she decides to give him a lesson in loving and puts a tape in her recorder to save it all for posterity. Phyllis gets the letter to Pixie by pretending she's been given it by mistake at the mail call. Pixie is delighted. A new doctor attends the women in the halfway house: Judy suggests he helps out at Wentworth. Meg gets another call: this time the caller plays back a tape of the murder of a girl. Helen and her accomplices kidnap Sharon and bundle her into a van. Dennis visits Meg, revealing himself as her anonymous caller and pulling a knife on her .


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    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Andrew Kennedy, Billie Morton

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