Cass defends her idol against the accusation of rape, and Doreen and Helen make plans to humiliate the Freak. An infamous ex-inmate is about to stage her return.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 08 January 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 28 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:23

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Helen ~ Caroline Gillmer
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Sarah ~ Fiona Paul
Barry Rockman ~ Chris Milne
Bert Gibbs ~ Reg Gorman
Ian Simpson ~ Mark Neil
Hans Luffner ~ Wayne Cull
Officer Barfield ~ Delva Hunter
Police Driver ~ Chris Anderson
Police Officer ~ Glen Ruehland
Pantech Bloke ~ Mark Bradley

The opening credits have no writer and director credits overlaid on top of the mugshots. It is therefore impossible to say who wrote the episode, but as director credits come in pairs it is probably directed by Steve Mann.

Meg tells Ann about Bobbie's accusation and adds that she has seen Rick grabbing hold of Sonia. Ann adds that she has seen Meg about finding Colleen drinking at work and requests her to step in as Acting Deputy. Sarah feeds Reb the story that Judy suggested. Sonia tells the women that Bobbie has accused Rick of rape: Cass tells them all to stop talking rubbish, as she can't believe Rick could be guilty. Ann interviews Rick about the rape accusation and suspends him. Reb is caught between Phyllis and Sarah, each one urging her to tell a different version of the kidnapping story. Ann talks to Bobbie unofficially and impresses on her the consequences of her accusation on Rick's career. Cass also puts pressure on Bobbie to tell the truth. Myra is inclined to believe Rick, especially when Sonia starts to insists he'd tried it on with her. Sonia approaches Bobbie and tells her she will support her story. Doreen gets an extra two weeks from the VJ, but shortly afterwards she is visited by Hans who tells her he no longer wants to marry her as he has met someone else: an older woman called Felicity. Cass goes to Ann to defend Rick and emphasises the concern he has for the women. Ann decides she has to settle the matter by arranging a confrontation. Helen passes Bert in the corridor and broadly hints that she's off to the library. Bobbie backs down when asked to repeat the accusation to Rick's face. Helen meets up with Bert in the library: she gives him a freebie in return for him speaking a few words into a tape recorder. After a heavying from Phyllis, Sarah tells Reb it is all a set-up to make her talk and Reb tells her the women won't make her change her story about the kidnapping. Joan nearly catches Helen and Bert. Ann visits Colleen to ask her to step down as Deputy Governor: Meg officially takes her place. Barry visits Sarah to attempt to make up with her. Helen gets the women in the laundry to agree and tells Joan they are all on strike. Ann tells Rick that the Department has asked for Sonia to be transferred in exchange for a prisoner from Barnhurst, and she intends to send Bobbie with her. Ann goes with Joan to see what's going on in the laundry while Doreen fixes up the doctored tape for Ann and Joan to hear over the PA, making it appear that Joan was receiving a sexual proposition from Bert. Sarah is told Tim Carter has been caught and has cleared her, so she is released. Helen is transferred to B block for arranging the joke tape. Sarah says goodbye to the women and lets Cass hold the baby to make up for her earlier mistrust. Joan tells Cass that Margo is being transferred from Barnhurst. Sonia and Bobbie are put in the car to go to Barnhurst, but the driver pulls a gun on them and backs the car into a lorry in a layby .

When Doreen and Helen are shown pretending to read while waiting for Bert in the library, someone has chosen their books with care: Doreen's is "Killing Time" and Helen's is "Murderer on Duty" ...Not to mention the book propped up on the shelves as Helen gives Bert a freebie .


Script Editors: Ian Smith (442), Fay Rousseaux (442),(445)
Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Ray Kolle, Betty Quin, Christine Madafferi, Ysabelle Dean (442),(445), Alister Webb (445)

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