Cass gives Phyllis, Frances and Alice a taste of their own medicine, whilst Pixie is relieved when the police drop the charges against her.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 19 January 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 29 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:01

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Jonathan Edmunds ~ Bryan Marshall
Ross Heineman ~ Rod McLennan
Ralph Cranton ~ Mark Morrisey
Charlie ~ Daryl Pellizer
Det. Mears ~ Ian McFadyen
Det. Birmingham ~ Christopher Barry
Det. Crabbe ~ James Patrick
Det. Insp. Maynard ~ Neil Thompson
Husband ~ Glen Robbins
Wife ~ Jema Pledger
Ambulanceman 1 ~ Colin McKay
Ambulanceman 2 ~ David Armstrong
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Francis ~ Wanda Davidson
Ruth ~ Mary Murphy
Constable Long ~ Stephen Hutchinson

  • Written by Ian Smith and Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Margo's credit is an error - she was transferred in the previous episode (thanks Mark C)

    Poor continuity during the fight at the start: first Cass grabs Frances by the hair , then Frances is shown in a solo closeup , then Cass punches her , then is once again holding her hair .

    Cass hears Alice and Fran beating up Bobbie and rushes to the cell to dispose of both of them and their look-out Phyllis. Det Mears has apparently transferred effortlessly to the front passenger seat, still holding Rick at gunpoint (how, unless he forced Rick to stop the car?) and gives him directions for their journey. Cass won't lag on Alice and Phyllis who got away, but Ann takes away Cass's buyup for two weeks for the attack on Frances rather than send her to solitary. Jonathan flatters her on her handling of the situation and puts himself forward as a solution, asking if he can help Cass. Ruth and Pixie complain their buyup has been stolen. Phyllis is terrified when Cass advances on her assuming she was guilty of the thefts. The police stake out Rick's place, but he's been taken to the woods. Birmingham prepares to shoot Rick, but is shot by Mears, who then tries to kill Rick to make it look like they shot each other. Rick overpowers him and shoots him in the head, but not before forcing him to say who did the bank job in which his girlfriend died and whom Mears and Birmingham allowed to escape justice (it was apparently a certain Mr Doherty, and Det Birmingham had already disposed of him). Dr Edmunds talks to Meg in the staff room, and asks her out to dinner ostensibly to find out more about the women, but warns her not to let "the Governor" know about the date. Pixie tells Cass she won't be going to Blackmoor after all and is puzzled that the police didn't charge her for Ralph's murder. Inspector Maynard tells Rick he'd have got a promotion if he'd still been in the police force, but Rick says he has alreday got what he wanted. When he tells Colleen that he has killed the man who planted the bomb that wiped out her family, they agree that revenge is no compensation for what they have lost. Ann invites Jonathan to dinner at her house, but he makes an excuse to decline, not mentioning that he's already invited Meg out. When an estate agent shows a couple around her house, Colleen objects to their disparaging remarks about her husband's DIY efforts and the state of the children's bedrooms and orders them to leave her property. Judy and Bobbie retrun to the rec room (leaving Myra and Frances still in sickbay). Jonathan demonstrates some relaxation techniques on Meg when he is invited back to her place for coffee after their dinner date, then pops round to visit Ann, dragging her out of bed in her old red dressing gown. She sends him away, saying she has something important to tell him first. Reb silences Judy by quickly standing up to Ann over the go slow, saying they will not retrun to work until all the machines are replaced. Phyllis and Cass are called to the Governor's office, but it is only to be introduced to Dr Edmunds. Judy remembers Scott mentioning a Dr Edmunds, but can't remember why. Joan tells Reb her terms for supporting her bid to become top dog. Phyllis talks to Dr Edmunds about her family, including her drunken parents and her brothers Mick (who lives in Darwin and sometimes visits, apparently) and Timmy, and her daughter who has been adopted. Charlie Grayson pays a surprise visit to Cass to show her a photo of her old friend Lucy the pig , and tells her he's put her in for the show. Cass tries to persuade Bobbie she ought to ask to see Dr Edmunds too. Reb runs a two up game for the women, but the "prizes" turn out to be their own stolen buyup. After a chat to Cass, Dr Edmunds reveals his real motivation to his dictaphone (and us), and strokes his moustache in a calculating way. Pixie has a surprise visitor - Ralph - which makes her fall in faint in Joan's arms. After the game, Reb finds her money has been lifted and warns the women not to cross her again. Her plan to become top dog is somewhat undermined when Myra walks into the laundry.


    A rare sponsor type message was left near the end of the credits on the Granada broadcast:

    The Producers wish to thank:

    TELECOM Australia

    Channel 5's version omitted it.

    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn (a new credit from 449 onwards, when the storyliners also drop from six to four names)
    Script Editor: Fay Rousseaux;
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Alister Webb, Christine Madafferi, Ysabelle Dean

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