Pixie's plan to hook a man is put into action.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 20 October 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 24 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:42:53

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
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Petra ~ Penny Maegraith
Dr Scott Collins ~ Tim Elston
Dr Weissman ~ Bryon Williams
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Sharon ~ Liddy Clarke
Brother Red Earth ~ Peter Flett
Marty Jackson ~ Andrew McKaige
Dennis Quinn ~ Chris Connelly
Rev. Alpha Centauri ~ Kevin Summers
Peter Shannon ~ Nick Holland
Colin Burton ~ Peter Crossley
Insp. Tate ~ Russell Newman
Mrs Collins ~ Babs Wheelton
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Mandy Stevens ~ Jill Butler
Lindy Peters ~ Julie Nihill
Off. Barfield ~ Delva Hunter
Van Driver ~ Gary McConville
Constable ~ John Ramsay
Desk Sergeant ~ Peter Black

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Bill Templer
  • Nancy Banks-Smith's Guardian review of this episode suggests a broadcast date on Carlton of Weds 21st July 1993

    Judy refers to "Wanda" who is one of the non-speaking residents (as seen in the following episode), not a mistake for actress Wanda Davidson who plays Frances.

    We see that the car driver watching Meg's house has had his throat cut . Dennis gets more openly pervy and unhinged , alternately slashing Meg's clothes and talking to her as if she's his mother. The police try to contact Meg by phone and when she doesn't answer send a patrol car round. Sharon is taken to the attic at Driscoll House. Meg takes advantage of Dennis's delusion and persuades Dennis to drop the knife: the police turn up on cue to arrest him. Maxine tells Pixie the love letter could be from Dan the delivery man. The police have the impertinence to ask Meg if she "encouraged" Dennis in any way and Meg asks Marty to stay over as she's feeling a bit "shaky". Alpha Centauri gives a sermon to his followers ("Blend with the Force, my children") breaking off to phone Helen at the halfway house to threaten her over Sharon's disappearance. Helen makes a counterthreat to expose his fraud and his real identity and the cult leader tells her she can keep Helen. The deprogammers discuss the best tactics to help Sharon. Bea suggests to Petra that she could help by teaching the women in Wentworth. Meg returns to normal remarkably quickly after her ordeal and Colleen drops in to see how she is. Meg explains that the police think the first caller may have given Dennis the idea. Pixie flirts with Danny but when it becomes obvious he doesn't even know her name it becomes obvious to Pixie that he couldn't have written the letter. Petra's trial is postponed to get her legal representation, even though she wants to plead guilty and not offer any evidence. Maxie and Pixie are among the first to agree to attend Petras's classes. Helen explains the noise coming from the attic to the other halfway house residents as a friend who is trying to come off drugs. Lizzie tells the others about her friend Mick. Wally is the next to be identified as the writer of Pixie's letter. Colin and Peter do the bad cop / good cop routine on Sharon. Wally has to invite Ann to dinner to stop her when she announces she intends to visit Driscoll House. At Wally's life drawing class where she is the only pupil, Pixie and Wally talk at cross purposes until he has to admit he didn't write the letter. Scott visits Driscoll House and hears the shrieking from the attic: he is given the standard excuse about a resident going "cold turkey". Pixie now believes it was Dr Weissmann who wrote the letter nd adds a few supposedly seductive frills to her uniform, but is disappointed yet again when he interviews her in the Governor's office. Judy comforts Helen when she starts to find Sharon's deprogramming distressing. The women finally tell Pixie the truth about who wrote the love letter. A neighbour phones the police to complain about the noise at Driscoll, and the de-programming ends in disaster when Sharon first attacks Helen when she tries to intervene and then accidentally stabs Colin Burton with the cheese knife he was waving around earlier in the episode.


    Script Editor: ...
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Andrew Kennedy, Billie Morton

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