Joan forces the women to take an all-night sauna. Judy is degraded, but cannot speak up for herself. Colleen's last hopes of being cleared are dashed.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 13 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 27 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:28

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Minnie ~ Wendy Playfair
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Belinda ~ Jane Turner
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Paul ~ Paul Newman
Major Ferguson ~ Carl Bleazby
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Rod Lewis ~ Keir Saltmarsh
Doctor Rice ~ Merfyn Owen
Doctor Weissman ~ Bryon Williams
Doctor Perry ~ Ian Clutterham
Dr Bauscomb ~ Vic Gordon
Nursing Sister ~ Robyn Grundy
Wardsman ~ Jonas Leigh
Ruth Shaw ~ Mary Murphy
Detective ~ Greg Smith
Young Male Passerby ~ Kevin Hopkins

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Bill Templer
  • Didn't take Joan long to get her personal effects stowed in the Governor's office - note the photo behind her .

    Belinda asks Meg to keep Judy away from her and to lock her in her cell. Meg tells Judy she knows she is telling the truth, and that something funny is going on as Belinda could only have known it was a pair of scissors Judy was holding to her neck if she'd handled them. Judy doesn't lag, but admits Belinda has it in for someone else, not her. Paul is taken straight to the operating theatre. Meg takes a call at the prison about Paul and goes to the hospital to see Ann. Reb rebuffs an approach from Sonia, when she suggests that Reb isn't overkeen on Minnie and her friends. Judy decides it's time to take action against Joan and leads a sit-in protest in the rec room: Joan tells Officer Radcliffe that the officers on duty should leave them locked in all night and not open the gate under any circumstances. She then goes to turn up the heating , locks the boiler room and snaps the key off in the lock. The women refuse to go back to their cells, so they are left in the rec room overnight. Next morning the staff notice a list of new restrictions posted by Joan. The protest collapses when Joan threatens to turn the fire hoses on them when the women refuse to go for breakfast. Reb disobeys the order to wait to be seated in the dining room, and the protest continues with the women tipping over their plates. Sonia tries to claim she had nothing to do with the protest but Joan tells her their partnership is over. When the women are locked in the laundry to work, they fuse one of the washing machines. Joan orders the women to clean the prison as a punishment and strip their cells. Meg compiles a report for the Department. Joan tries to hint to Dr Weissman that Cass might be better off "somewhere else". After talking to Cass, he tells Joan he is prepared to recommend Cass's transfer to Ingleside. Joan's father is visiting her when she is called to the dining room when the women smash their plates after dinner. Joan agrees to discuss terms with Judy, but her terms are that she will act on Dr Weissman's report unless Judy makes the women fall in line. Judy tells the women the protest is over, but they are not happy with the minimal concessions she has gained. Colleen talks to Rod Lewis, who demands money to make the statement she wants. Ann is taken to see Paul. Colleen follows Rod Lewis home and reports his whereabouts to the police. Joan visits the rec room while the women are cleaning it to gloat and pointedly tells Cass that she can stay at Wentworth. To humiliate Judy, she kicks over a bucket onto her foot and makes Judy clean her shoe . Rod is furious to be reported to the police and tells the police Colleen deliberately ran the man over.


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