Paul Reynolds has a lucky break and Joan's plan is set in motion. A mystery surrounds David's mother.

First broadcast ... 1983 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 02 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 26 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:59

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Minnie ~ Wendy Playfair
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Scott ~ Tim Elston
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
David ~ David Waters
Paul Reynolds ~ Paul Newman
Brenda ~ Carmen Warrington
Belinda ~ Jane Turner
Samantha ~ Dina Mann
Arthur Charlton ~ Roy Edmunds
Ray Foster ~ Thomas Coltrane
Lionel Fellowes ~ Will Deumer
Kylie Dence ~ Sally-Ann Creswick
Det Insp Bates ~ Ian Walker
Driver ~ Henry Gawel

  • Written by James Simmonds & Lyn Ogilvy
  • Directed by Bill Templer
  • Ann asks Joan to continue with the search and to make sure the radio broadcasts are discontinued. Colleen tells Ann to go home and she'll hold the fort: Wally meets her outside and insists they talk. David offers to "help" Judy but when she raises the subject of Randi "getting off OK", he pretends not to know what she means. Ann is prevented from telling Wally about her illness by his confession about his misbehaviour with Sam. This infuriates her so much she sends him away. The women are sent back to their cells early. Wally confides in Paul, who innocently invites Wally to dinner with him and Sam. Joan plays "find the toothpaste" with Belinda , who finds it and spreads it up Joan's leg . Sam makes an excuse to leave at the same time as Wally so she can offer him a "lift". He tells her it's over between him and Ann, which she takes as an excuse to take him home with her "no strings". At muster, Belinda asks to work in the laundry, when she hears that Sonia is going there. Brenda comes out of isolation and Joan tells her she'll have to contact Fellowes by phone as the radio link is down. Wally spends another night with Sam: Ann sees her give him a lift home. Pixie starts to fantasise about a "going away" outfit and Minnie makes it clear that she forbids any other escape attempts. Scott recognizes David's mother from an article on unsolved murders, where it says that she was murdered six years previously. Ann lies to Scott about seeing Dr Bauscomb and pretends he has given her the all-clear. David denies that the article is about his mother when Meg sensitively tries to hide the article from him: he claims his mother died 15 years ago. Minnie tells David the escapes have to stop as they are all suffering with the increased security as a result. Brenda is annoyed that Sonia lagged to Joan, and tells her she'll continue with the rackets on her own. Sam tells Paul she's traced Ray Foster back to Lionel Fellowes. Scott checks with Dr Bauscomb, and Colleen overhears his call. Arthur visits Lizzie to discuss her parole hearing the following day. Joan finds the printing plate in Brenda's cell, and when Brenda walks in, Joan reminds her to make the call to Fellowes. Ann tells Colleen that some women are to be transferred out of Wentworth: Joan suggest Brenda. Lizzie looks forward to being granted parole and being free in only one day's time. Sam and Paul persuade the witness to withdraw her statement, and the charges against Paul are dropped. Ray meets Joan as she leaves work and take her to see Fellowes. Bobbie is told her trial is set for the next day. Colleen lets Ann know she's aware of her illness and urges her to see a doctor before it's too late. Ann insists it is none of her business. Lionel Fellowes tells Joan he has nothing to discuss with her and orders Ray to kill her.

    The article supposedly on unsolved murders with the picture of Martha Bridges unconvincingly pasted in the middle is acually a page from Time magazine dated Jun 27th 1983. Compare the paragraph beginning "Despite his elevation to the presidency last week, Andropov appears to be still moving cautiously." The rest of the page is an article about British politics. Thanks to Mark Caffrey for identifying the woman in the photo - it's Jan Russ, who not only appeared as one of Maxine's mothers but was also casting director from (409) to the end of the series (thanks to Bjorn's Sun and Rain site for the credit info). I'd quite like to look up a copy of the original page: I wonder if the photo may have been pasted over a picture of Margaret Thatcher in the original?


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    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Andrew Kennedy, Alister Webb, Robert Juckes

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