Myra fears that she's lost her daughter for good and Colleen is furious at her treatment at work. Meanwhile, Rick's detective work leads him into dangerous trouble.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 23 December 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 27 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:43

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Minnie ~ Wendy Playfair
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Mo ~ Bronwyn Gibbs
Camilla ~ Annette Andre
Meryl ~ Marilyn Maguire
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Stanley ~ Brian James
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Eddie Stevens ~ Norman Yemm
Myra Desmond ~ Anne Phelan
Alan Desmond ~ Peter Craig
Kay Desmond ~ Sally-Anne Bourne
Bill Desmond ~ Vince D'Amico
Gloria Payne ~ Totty Goldsmith
Ray Foster ~ Thomas Coltrane
Kathy Silver ~ Tina Darby
Annie Ross ~ Tracey Kelley
Daryl Stone ~ Tony Porter
Taxi Driver ~ Rod West
Delivery Man 1 ~ Ron Bingham
Delivery Man 2 ~ Rick Bufalo
Interviewer 1 ~ Ian Gilbert
Interviewer 2 ~ Liz Walley
Interviewer 3 ~ Jamie Jackson
Reporter 1 ~ Tracey Hannigan
Reporter 2 ~ Bill Manderson
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff
TV reporter ~ Anne Sutherland

  • Written by Lyn Ogilvy & Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Ross Jennings
  • Judy has a word with Camilla to remind her that the women have feelings too and she's antagonising everybody with her pretence of superiority. Joan surprises Meg and Rick with the news that she's been allowed to take back her resignation and is glad to be "part of the team" again. Myra sorts out the halfway house, but still finds time to worry about her daughter Kay. Camilla apologises to the women, but makes it clear she can't offer anything more than free publicity when she gets out. The Glee club's first sing-along is disrupted by Cass's tone deaf bawling, but Bobbie turns out to have hidden talents. Meryl tells Sonia the story behind Rick leaving the police force. Camilla can hardly believe her ears when she is told that Cass and Judy are inside for murder. Ann is stopped at the gates by reporters wanting to know about Camilla: Camilla suggests the media could be pacified if she is allowed to hold a press conference. Joan's veneer of good behaviour cracks when Mo backchats her. Sonia tries to make a deal with Rick in return for protection and gives him information of Detectives Mears and Birmingham, but he rejects her accusation that he husband Eddie is involved in their corrupt schemes. Mo is put in solitary and slaps Joan to provoke her: she is told she will be charged with assault. A billiard table arrives for the women: Colleen is outraged that she didn't know about it even though the order went through while she was Acting Governor. She tries to pretend that it is the security aspect that bothers her most, but Ann tells her she will just have to get used to the fact that she has returned to work and displaced her. Reb returns from solitary and challenges Helen to a game of billiards for money. Myra finds out that Kay hasn't been going to school because she's been living with her father and his girlfriend Gloria. Cass accepts a bet from Reb, after admitting that all she knows about billiards is what her Uncle Eddie taught her. Myra goes to see her husband Bill: he tells her he doesn't want Kay to live with him as it would cramp his style with Gloria. Camilla behaves herself at her press conference, apart from putting on of the reporters onto Mo's story. All the women bet on Cass to win at billiards which makes Judy and Helen suspect Reb is hustling - until they see how good Cass really is. Rick meets Eddie outside work and he seems to admit getting involved in some underhand deals. Cass beats Reb at billiards (or is it snooker?). Myra tries to open Kay's eyes to her father by telling her what he said about not wanting her to live with him, but it misfires and Kay just threatens to move out and live with her boyfriend. Rick follows Eddie to a junk yard and sees him being paid off by one of the Fellowes gang, but Rick is knocked out and put in a car due to go in the crusher.


    It's already hard enough to distinguish the actors playing the reporters in this episode without a crucial mistake that makes it appear that there are not enough men's names for the actors who have dialogue. However, two of the actors also appear as reporters in (453) and from his ludicrously large speca alone it's obvious that "Jan Gilbert" is a mistake for Ian Gilbert.

    The reporters who approach Ann as she leaves Wentworth seem to come last in the cast list, in a block with the Gate Guard and the "TV reporter" (on the right of this shot ), who is clearly Anne Sutherland. Therefore Reporter 1 would be on the left of this shot and Reporter 2 would be this man ? They are both credited again as reporters in (524).

    Thanks to Roger Campion for asking the very pertinent question "So who the hell in this episode is Annie Ross?". I assume she is the second halfway house resident in an early scene. She comes downstairs to say that Kathy has been sick. Odd that, since the last time we saw her she left the shot to the right and although the stairs are in full view the whole time, we never see her go up them.

    Script Editor: Ian Smith (430)
    Storyliners: Alister Webb, Betty Quin, Ray Kolle, Coral Drouyn, Christine Madafferi

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