Pixie finds the perfect job and, thanks to Joan, Minnie is violently ill. Judy takes over and campaigns against `killer screws'.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 08 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 27 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:08

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
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
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Belinda ~ Jane Turner
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Junior Officer Riley ~ Kathy Gordon
Officer Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Marge Briggs ~ Christine Best
Charles Harnsworth ~ Tom Lake
Barnhurst Officer ~ Dorothy Cutts
Stuntwoman (baddie) ~ Maureen Jones
Stuntwoman (baddie) ~ Sue May Chong
Stuntwoman (goodie) ~ Anthea Mott
Miss Schumann ~ Ruth Jaffe
Dr. Bauscomb ~ Vic Gordon
Reporter (Sam) ~ Mal Billings
Reporter (Merv) ~ Adrian Patterson
Reporter (Gordon) ~ John Gibbard
Reporter (Ernie) ~ Gino Varricchio
Gate Guard Trevor ~ Brad Lindsay
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff

  • Written by Wendy Jackson
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • The role of Miss Schumann is credited to Ruth "Yaffe".

    Lizzie's place in the opening mugshot credits is taken by Bobbie.

    And look who suddenly pops up in the background

    Minnie is found next morning in pain, but manages to speak to Phyllis to tell her of her suspicion she was poisoned. Meg agrees to see Miss Schumann to explain about Pixie, but tells Pixie she should prepare herself to lose the job. Joan tells Cass to get used to being on her own as Minnie won't be back in a hurry. When Cass wonders aloud what she means, Phyllis tells the women that Minnie accused Joan of poisoning her. Colleen assures Judy that she will send Minnie for tests, but Judy isn't satisfied and says they could all be dead by the time the results come through. Judy organises a roof-top protest, seemingly having forgotten what happened the last time she did this. Meg fends off reporters wanting the story about Cass killing David Bridges, and makes an incautious remark about Cass only doing what she did to defend herself. Colleen tells Joan she will hear the charges against Minnie herself rather than call in the VJ. Joan stops Bobbie and Cass in the corridor with the laundry skip: she finds Cass's mouse hidden among the laundry and tells her to get rid of it. The women refuse to eat lunch: Joan tastes it to defuse the implication that it is poisoned. Miss Schumann phones Colleen to say she will give Pixie a week's trial. The women prevent Joyce from leaving the dining room while Cass and Judy slip away. Colleen gives Minnie an extra 7 days on her as yet non-existent sentence. Judy and Cass unfurl a banner on the roof reading "KILLER SCREWS MUST GO!" for the benefit of the reporters at the gate, confirming the off-hand remark made by Meg. Colleen agrees to Joan's demands for discipline but only gives a mild punishment by taking away the women's buyup and visiting rights. Ann asks Colleen to come to hospital to visit her after seeing partial reports of the protest on the news. Helen Smart is transferred back from Barnhurst for assaulting an officer who tried to force her to have sex with him. Lizzie sends a hamper as a present for the women: Joan hands it over to Sonia, and tells her she's transferred Marge Briggs from D block as muscle for her. Joan sees the Minister while Colleen is away visiting Ann and hands him a report on recent events and her suggestions for improvements in security. He also wants to know who spoke to the press : Meg is blamed and demoted, while Joan takes over as Acting Deputy. Marge goads Cass into a fight, which has developed into a general brawl by the time the Minister arrives on his tour of inspection. Cass slips out of the rec room before Meg locks the door, and goes to her cell: she finds her pet mouse dead .


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