A shocking twist to Petra's murder case is revealed by her sister, Emma. An intruder threatens to disrupt Wentworth violently.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 23 October 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 25 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:56

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
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Sharon ~ Liddy Clarke
Wayne Randall ~ William Upjohn
Lucy Ferguson ~ Yoni Prior
Michael Landon ~ John Turnbull
Raymond Gilbert ~ Marc Allan
Frank Barlow ~ Jack Mobbs
Thug ~ Justin Gaffney
Mr Dunstan ~ Brian Granrott
Off. Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Sgt. Lewis ~ Neil Thompson
Emma Roberts ~ Cindy Lee

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Nancy Banks-Smith's Guardian review of this episode suggests a broadcast date on Carlton of Wed 4th August 1993.

    Maxine defends Sharon's lifestyle against Lizzie and Helen's criticisms, saying they are far too old to understand what it's like to be young. Sharon tells Helen she's to be charged with murder. Lucy is thrown out for hitting Joan after an argument over her dog, as Lucy is trying to prevent it revealing the hiding place of the drugs by sniffing around the sofa where she has hidden them. Helen asks Maxine to stop stirring things up between her and Sharon. Lucy recovers the drugs before she leaves, and cons Joan into letting her keep the money she's already been given as a "loan". Petra won't co-operate with the lawyer appointed for her by the court. Ann is contacted by a building inspector who wants to visit Wentworth to examine the rebuilding work done after the fire. Petra agrees to see her sister Emma. The women read a newspaper report exposing James Blackman : Maxine apologises for siding with Sharon after Lizzie rubs it in about her gullibility. Helen points out that it will hurt Sharon's defence, as she was expecting James Blackman to speak up for her in court. The building inspector due to visit Wentworth is kidnapped, and a substitute sent in his place. Lizzie gets a telegram from her friend Mick. Sharon's solicitor warns her that her case looks worse after the exposure of the cult leader, but that Peter has agreed to testify in her defence. Lizzie finds Petra's photo in Scott's wallet when he carelessly leaves it unattended in the surgery: she coyly tells Scott she'll keep his "secret". The substitute Mr Barlow plants a bomb in the laundry. Lizzie tells Petra she knows about her and Scott: in return Petra explains to Lizzie that her father sexually abused her from the age of 15, and was about to start with her sister Emma. Lizzie tells Bea about Petra and Scott when she takes a meal to her in solitary. Wally meets Ann as she is leaving work, and charms her into forgiving him. Colleen directs the false Mr Barlow to the boiler room, and when she insists on staying with him, he ties her up, plants another bomb and punches her in the face to knock her unconscious. Helen tells Sharon she will take part of the blame, and insists that Judy knew nothing about it. Colleen is missed: the police phone Ann to tell her that the real Mr Barlow has been found, but the substitute has already left the building. Emma visits Petra: she is told not to reveal that it was she, and not Petra, who murdered their father. Colleen frees herself and Meg lets her out of the boiler room. Meanwhile, the women are left locked in the laundry and the tense shots between their faces is intercut with a picture of the "timer" on the bomb in the laundry , which unlike the digital display on the other bomb, seems to be an ordinary wristwatch with a sweep second hand.


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