The department backs down to the women's strike demands. Hannah has nightmares about the concentration camp. Cass threatens Bobbie.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 23 January 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 29 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:00

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Erica ~ Patsy King
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Colleen ~ Judith McGrath
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Rick ~ Andy Anderson
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Cass ~ Babs McMillan
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Jonathan Edmunds ~ Bryan Marshall
Pop Milsom ~ Ron Shand
Rachel Milsom ~ Kim Trengove
Hannah ~ Agnieszka Perepeczko
Hannah's mother ~ Ziggy Baitz
Male Nazi Guard ~ Peter Schofield
3 Year Old Hannah ~ Ada Sobieszcuk

  • Written by James Simmonds & Betty Quin
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Hannah's nightmare is done with such clumsiness that it makes it look like a joke (in staggeringly bad taste, it must be said). As such it deserves a page all to itself....

    Cass sits in the dining room with Judy and Myra: when Judy asks where Bobbie is, Cass replies it doesn't matter as she "won't be needing lunch". When Bobbie fetches Colleen to help Pixie, Cass realises she got the wrong person. Still in her "Joan" persona, Meg heavies Hannah when she finds her in her cell and Hannah replies that she doesn't want to eat. Pixie tells Colleen she didn't see who attacked her: Colleen is puzzled as she can't think of anyone who would want to hurt her. Cass demands to see Dr Edmunds, who hypnotises her again to convince her of her alibi, but also to reinforce her hatred for Bobbie. Alice and Lou make smutty suggestions about what goes on in Dr Edmunds' sessions. Hannah panics when Ann tells her she is to be deported. Bobbie finds out from the police that the drugs fed to Reb were angel dust not cocaine. Cass accuses Bobbie of attacking Pixie out of jealousy over the amount of time she spends talking to Rick. Jonathan invites Meg out to a restaurant to dinner. Ann warns Judy and Myra not to be stubborn about the Department's offer and tells them privately that they are willing to pay 30%. Lou and Alice torment Hannah - ironically, for being a "Nazi". The women are disgusted with Erica's duplicity and vote to hold out for the full 50%. Jonathan slimily gets Ann to postpone their date for the following evening. Ann says she considering putting Hannah in isolation but is determined that Hannah will not be sent back to East Germany. Jonathan suggests Hannah should try to claim refugee status, as if she was sent back to East Germany she could be declared an "enemy of the state" and sent to a "labour camp". Judy and Myra take Hannah some food: she tells them how she escaped to West Germany and travelled from there on a forged passport and a two week visa to look for relatives in Australia. They take Hannah to the rec room to prove that all the women aren't hostile - an exercise somewhat undermined by Lou's wisecracks. Rick is invited to dinner with Rachel and her father: she warns him not to feel under pressure from his clumsy attempts at matchmaking. Hannah is locked in her cell despite her protests and has a nightmare of her childhood featuring Joan as a Nazi concentration camp guard: she is woken by Joan and when Colleen arrives on the scene she accuses Joan of stubbing a cigarette out in her hand, as the guard did in her nightmare. When Joan challenges Meg about her recent inconsistencies of behaviour and Colleen admits even she was surprised, she indignantly denies it. Cass makes friends with Bobbie and asks her to meet her later in the shower block to uncover the identity of Pixie's attacker. Erica announces the Department's new offer: 30% and all other conditions, but Myra tells her the women won't accept anything less than 50%, and accuses Ann of priming them to accept the lower offer. When Myra and Judy have left, Ann tells Erica she only has herself to blame for the way she handled the strike. Bobbie goes to meet Cass, armed with a broken saucer. Ann tells Meg the Department have caved in, and announces over the PA that Erica will be coming round after work to make an announcement. Pixie tells Bobbie she knows she didn't attack her and pointedly asks if Cass has said anything to her about it. Erica announces that all conditions and the 50% pay rise have been agreed by the Department. Bobbie meets Cass in the shower block and Cass pulls out the broken saucer behind her back. The women return to the rec room to find Reb waiting for them.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Fay Rousseaux & Ian Smith
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Alister Webb, Christine Madafferi, Ysabelle Dean

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