Sonia realises that there is only one way to stop Belinda. The new Joan takes everyone by surprise. Belinda at last gets a chance to fulfil her ambition.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 19 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 27 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:44

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
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Belinda ~ Jane Turner
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Stanley ~ Brian James
Major Ferguson ~ Carl Bleazby
Sergeant Mott ~ Peter Black
Ralph Cranton ~ Mark Morrisey
Mr Schumann ~ Mark Zandle
Policewoman ~ Sue O'Neill
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Officer Riley ~ Kathy Gordon
Constable Sparks ~ Colin Sparks

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux & Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • The Major tells the police the shooting was accidental, and implies that he was holding it when it went off. The police set off in pursuit of Reb and Kevin. Judy is surprised at how keen Belinda suddenly is to get started on her Braille lesson, but this is mainly because it gives her another opportunity to visit the library. Sonia asks Phyllis to recover the spanner before Belinda finds it, but she has already found it where Minnie taped it under a table and she moves it to the top of a bookcase. Joan is forced to tell the Major that she's had to resign when he tells her he lied about Gary's shooting to save her career. Sonia complains she feels ill, but is only given some pills and locked in with Belinda. Unfortunately one of the tablets is a sleeping pill and Sonia soon starts to nod off even though she is standing upright. Belinda attacks her and Sonia calls for help. Rick puts Sonia in solitary for the night, telling her he doesn't believe her story, as he knew her husband Eddie and the effect she had on him. Bobbie comes to breakfast with multicoloured hair and has to wash it out. Joan tells the Major she's going to see someone to sort out her future. Fran tells the women she's heard on her transistor that Reb has been caught. Colleen tells Rick that Reb is coming back to Wentworth and hopes that Joan won't insist on working out on her resignation. However, Joan is paying a visit to Ann to ask her to withdraw her resignation: Ann phones the prison and talks to Erica, passing on Joan's assurances that her attitude has changed and pointing out the strain Joan has been under. Reb is brought back and has to be man-handled into solitary. Erica tells Colleen she'll be backing whatever decision the Governor and Department make about Joan's future. The women are busy speculating what job Joan would be better suited to when they are astonished to see her back at work, and even more so by her assurances that she will make every effort to change her ways. Sonia tries to recruit Reb while they are both in solitary but is rebuffed. Joan is listening, but for once she isn't gloating. Ann worried she's made a dreadful mistake especially as she won't have to face the consequences: she is determined not to return to Wentworth. Ralph takes Pixie for a picnic and is horrified by what she tells him of her life inside: he promises to get her out. Cass amazes the women by saying she thinks they should give the women a chance. Joan tells Sonia that she knows she's been hard on her in the past, but she won't be involved in any more rackets and will now be doing her job completely by the book. Minnie warns Judy that the spanner has gone missing. Stan takes Belinda inside for her lesson. Ralph takes Pixie for a drive after work and convinces her Colleen has bound her over into his care, and produces a wedding card and dress to prove it. Belinda corners Sonia in the library , and finds the spanner when the lights are suddenly switched off.


    Script Editor: ...
    Storyliners: Alister Webb, Betty Quin, Ray Kolle, Coral Drouyn, Christine Madafferi

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