Joan finds herself in a terrible dilemma. Belinda nearly achieves her sole ambition. Judy takes action to force Joan to clear Colleen.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 16 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 27 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:05

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Minnie ~ Wendy Playfair
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Belinda ~ Jane Turner
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Stanley ~ Brian James
Off. Barfield ~ Delva Hunter
Det. Insp. Thorn ~ Peter Aanensen
Major Ferguson ~ Carl Bleazby
Rod Lewis ~ Keir Saltmarsh
Mr Schumann ~ Mark Zandle
Gary Wilder ~ Nick Waters
Kevin Stansfield ~ Tiriel Mora
Hugh Bennett ~ Steve Cummins
Ruth ~ Mary Murphy

  • Written by Wendy Jackson & Lyn Ogilvy
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • The library is said to be "on the first floor, second corridor on the right".

    Joan is outraged that Erica is prepared to take Judy's word over hers but Erica points out that her own daily reports support all of Judy's complaints. Erica tells Joan she is dissatisfied with her performance as Acting Governor, and tells her work release must be resumed, and that Judy will be made a trustee. Helen follows Belinda when she leaves the rec room. Joan cannot get an answer when she phones home. Belinda thrashes Helen with her white stick to make her leave her alone, but she manages to get hold of a kettle flex. When Helen returns to the rec room alone and tells Judy what happened with Belinda, Judy goes to talk to her. When the women tell Pixie that Reb has $50,000 on the outside, Pixie replies innocently that must be why Reb is planning to escape. Belinda overhears Joan telling Sonia to get rid of Judy. Judy catches Belinda with the kettle flex. Erica tells Meg she is Acting Deputy Governor again. Sonia passes on the job of getting rid of Judy on to Phyllis. Joan arrives home to find the Major has gone and picks up a heavy candlestick that is lying on the floor by the door... Belinda offers to finish Judy off if Sonia will knock her out first. Joan gets a call from her father's kidnappers: Gary says he wants Reb out of Wentworth and in return he will return her father unharmed. Phyllis, Belinda and Judy leave the rec room one after the other. Phyllis knocks out Judy: Belinda sends her to fetch Sonia. Joan waits at home, unsure what to do: she phones the police but hangs up without saying anything. Minnie finds Phyllis in the shower block hiding a wrench . Belinda gets Sonia to bend over Judy, then attempts to strangle her with the cord : She is stopped by Minnie. Joan drops in at work to check checks the visitors' book to look up who's visited Reb. Belinda is hustled back to her cell: Minnie tells her she musn't ever try anything like that again. Judy tells Sonia to keep quiet about the attack on her, or she'll tell all the women she tried to have her killed. Joan sees Reb before lockup to suggest she informs on her accomplice "Alec Carter", but Reb just laughs in her face. The Major has a gun held to his head by Gary who pulls the trigger as a sadistic joke (.. he'll get his...) The Major recovers quickly and tries to make a deal with Gary's accomplice Kevin. Gary phones Joan to tell her to have Reb at Wentworth General Hospital by 2 that afternoon. The new officer Stan Dobson arrives and makes friends with Cass in the garden. Wally returns to visit Ann. Meg finds out that Stan has been sent as a new officer: she'd assumed he was the new gardener. Joan tells Reb she has to fake an attack of food poisoning as part of the escape plan . Judy overhears Meg telling Rick that Joan was a witness to Colleen's accident. Reb brags that she's getting Joan's help to get out and foolishly brags to the women about the whole plan. Wally takes Ann for a day in the country, but she isn't happy that he has planned for Paul to stay with him so that she could resume her career. Belinda's Braille teacher arrives. Reb starts to fake her attack, but the women grab her and hold her hostage.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-