The women go out on a general strike. Pixie stuns Judy by confessing to killing Ralph. And Sonia's disappearance is swathed in mystery.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 16 January 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 28 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:50

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Sonia ~ Tina Bursill
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Eddie Stevens ~ Norman Yemm
Jack Gordon ~ Glennen Faye
Keith Scott ~ Jonathan Sweet
Det. Insp. Maynard ~ Neil Thompson
Det. Coglin ~ Doug Bennett
Uniformed Policeman 1 ~ Stewart McLennan
Uniformed Policeman 2 ~ Nick Jeanes
Uniformed Policeman 3 ~ Mark Clark
Uniformed Policeman 4 ~ Bryscen Davis
Thug ~ Christopher Stevens
Car Park Attendant ~ Barry Branchflower
Detective ~ John Bayliss

  • Written by Christopher Milne & Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Julian McSwiney
  • Joan takes Bobbie back to her room and gets Bobbie to try to contact Sonia to bring her there. Eddie phones Rick to get him to tell Inspector Maynard about the meeting. Renner invites Sonia to come along with him and watch Eddie be killed: she casually replies "Why not? There's nothing on TV". Pixie is relieved to move cells to share with Cass. Cass reads a letter from her family and finds out that her brother had been ill. Bobbie fails to contact Sonia, and Joan is amazed to find Eddie is still alive. Sonia goes with Renner to an underground storage shed, gets Eddie to reveal his hiding place and watches impassively as Renner shoots him. Bobbie eventually contacts Sonia and asks her to come round early next morning. Sonia tries to creep out while Renner is asleep but has to knock him out with a gun to make her escape. Rick asks Meg about Cass's message and she realises she forgot to pass it on. Myra gets a shock from one of the washers when she rests her hand on it and Meg says she will call the electrician. Sonia is disgusted to be tricked by Joan but when the police siren is heard, she fools Joan into looking out of the window and smacks her over the head with her handbag. Jack arrives to meet Bobbie to see her being put into a police car. Inspector Maynard tells Rick that Bobbie has been recaptured, Sonia has escaped and Eddie is in hospital. Meg forgets to report the faulty washing machine and Rick tells her she's also forgotten to lock a prisoner in solitary. Pixie is electrocuted trying to turn the washer off : when Ann comes to the laundry, Myra tells her the women in the block are on strike. Two Sydney detectives interview Eddie in hospital and he tells them he suspects Sonia may be heading for her parents' house in Sydney where they spent their honeymoon. Sonia swaps cars in a multistory car park. One of the detectives passes on the information about Sonia directly to Renner. The women decide to form a union to fight for better conditions. Ann questions Meg about forgetting to report the electrical fault and tells her she will have to put in a report to the deaprtment. Phyllis follows Reb and sees where she has hidden the cocaine. Colleen suggests Meg should see a doctor about her memory lapses. Myra catches Phyllis with the cocaine in the toilet block and flushes it away. Sonia parks her car at the edge of a cliff and looks down onto the rocks way below . Myra tells Reb her cocaine has been flushed and Reb teases Margo that it was hidden in her cell taped under the hand basin. Colleen refuses Ann's offer to take over from Meg as Deputy Governor. Reb warns Phyllis not to cross her again. The police find Sonia's abandoned car with a bullet hole in the windscreen, but no sign of Sonia. Margo offers Myra a truce for bringing Barnhurst out on strike too - and manages to negotiate a rider that she should be allowed to run a book. Pixie tells Judy that the shock has made her remember killing Ralph.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Ray Kolle, Betty Quin, Alister Webb, Christine Madafferi, Ysabelle Dean

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