Wentworth mourns the death of a much-loved inmate. Bea falls in love and lassa fever claims more victims.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 31 October 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 25 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:00

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
Scott ~ Tim Elston
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Belle Peters (Tinker) ~ Lesley Baker
Tony Maguire ~ David Bradshaw
Irene Henderson ~ Beverley Dunn
Don Payne ~ Allan Lander
Rosemary Kaye ~ Jodie Yemm
Mrs Beeton ~ Marion Edwards
Rod Miller ~ Chris Waters
Captain Todd ~ Ed Turley
Betty Daley ~ Suzanne Dudley
Barman ~ Jack Perry
Gate Guard (No. 2) ~ David Bickerstaff

  • Written by Sydney Jackson
  • Directed by Bill Templer
  • Special prize for nonsensical dialogue goes to Scott's lines: "It could be worse. Not much, but it could be a lot worse"

    Rosemary's letter home

    Belle makes it to the hide-out, but the police arrive outside and she has to evade them again. Meg tells Ann that Maxine is dead, and Ann agrees that in the circumstances it may be better to withhold the news, especially from Lizzie. Tammy is brought to the rec room as a new lassa fever case. Belle steals a dress from a washing line. Wally gets the all clear on his and Judy's blood tests, and tries to trace Glynnis' contact at the docks. Pixie's babbling irritates both the PASSIVE visitors and Joan, who throws away a plate of cakes Pixie has brought from the kitchen for Tony Maguire. Wally asks around in bars for a sailor called "Harry": a barman suggests he tries a ship just in from Africa. Judy hears about Maxine's death on the radio, just as Belle arrives at Driscoll. Wally talks to the ship's captain, whose disapproval of drug dealers seems to make him more willing to help and he takes Wally's phone number to pass on any information he hears. Belle asks to stay at the halfway house saying a "friend" had mentioned the place to her. When Tony ventures to express cautious admiration of Bea, Joan warns all the visitors that Bea has killed three people. Maxine's letter to Lizzie arrives at Wentworth and Ann decides to hold it back for a while. Scott passes out with exhaustion and is helped to bed. Belle slips up and a casual mention of Maxine makes it clear to Judy that she knew Maxine, and she sends the other women away to have a serious talk with Belle and find out the truth. Babs is taken ill. Judy blames herself for turning Maxine away. Belle leaves the halfway house. Mrs Henderson changes her mind and volunteers to help look after the sick. Lizzie overhears news of Maxine's death on Mr Payne's radio when she brings him some left-over sandwiches in the staff room. Ann gives Lizzie Maxine's letter. Bea reads it out to her, and this crossfades to Maxine's own voice with a sequence of flashbacks representing Lizzie's memories of Maxine. Rosemary starts work at the supermarket and the manager Rod invites her out for a pizza after work. Irene's views start to change when she sees how the wmoen look after each other. Joan starts to feel ill, and Phyllis finds Petra in a sweat, rushing out of the cell shrieking hysterically in case she might have caught the fever too. Colleen finds Scott tending to Petra and realises it is more than just professional concern. Mr Payne takes Joan's keys while she is sleeping and tries to escape. He runs into Meg and Colleen and pretends he was just coming to fetch them to find help for Joan. He manages to get outside, but is stopped in the grounds by a security guard. Joan is put to bed, and Bea refuses to fetch water for her or do anything else to help "that bitch". Lil dies in Colleen's arms with a tasteful trickle of blood coming from the corner of her mouth . Rod makes a pass at Rosemary as she is getting ready for bed, but she is saved by the intervention of Mrs Beeton, who warns her to lock her bedroom door at night. Lizzie has the fever next morning, prompting Phyllis to another fit of hysterics, as she'd been sharing her cell. Judy finds that Belle has left $20,000 as a going away present - Maxine's share of the proceeds from the robbery.


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