Marie makes threats against Heather Rodgers's family. Meg is taken hostage by her stepdaughter. And Joan uses Marie to make trouble for Ann.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 07 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 29 disc 4 (AUS) duration: 0:41:53 (cut version)
Uncut version released on "The Edna Pearson story" duration 45:36

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Leigh ~ Virginia Hey
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Dot ~ Alethea McGrath
Marie ~ Maggie Millar
Heather ~ Victoria Nicolls
Rachel ~ Kim Trengove
Off. Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Edna Pearson ~ Vivean Gray

Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Kay Desmond ~ SallyAnn Bourne
Tracey Morris ~ Michelle Thomas
Mark Sanders ~ William Upjohn
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Vet (Terry Dickinson) ~ Peter Sinclair
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
Policewoman ~ Sue O'Neill

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Mandy Smith
  • Reb takes the place of Cass in the opening mugshot credits

    The fourth screen of credits (in italics above) is removed from cut versions of the episode to suppress any mention of Edna Pearson, all of whose (dialogue) scenes in this episode are cut.

    Marie backs off from bashing Marlene when she begs her not to, and demands instead that Marlene gives her as much information on Heather as she knows, even apparently trivial stuff. Joan takes Shane's dog to the vet: he keeps the dog in overnight, but Nocky survives. Meg has a surprise visitor: her step-daughter Tracey, who tells her about Bob's new wife Tricia. She invites herself to stay with Meg while she's town. Marlene asks to be friends with Bobbie, but she is still bitter at the friends she's just lost. Heather decides she is going to stand up to Joan's sniping, and when she makes a catty remark she tells Joan to get off her back. Marie makes Judy work the drier, and finds out about Judy's pace-maker from Bobbie's protest. Kay has a bad time with withdrawal symptoms and has to be held down by Wally and Myra. Joan quizzes Dennis about children's homes and as a result of what he tells her, she becomes more determined to help Shane and keep him out of an institution. Marlene is put on a charge by Joan for putting too much powder in the washing machine and making it overflow. Judy apologises to Dennis for blaming him for Bobbie's miscarriage. Meg refuses to back Joan's charge: Joan warns her she expects Ann will soon be out and she will be Governor. Reb returns from solitary and agrees to deal drugs for Marie. Ann tells Meg that because of Joan's report to the Department she has been put on six week's notice and will get the sack if anything else goes wrong. Dennis apologise to Bobbie for hurting her. Ann takes up Marlene's suggestion that the women should have aerobics classes and puts her in charge of running one rather than punishing her. Judy is held against the drier by Marie when she objects to her drug dealing. Edna Pearson arrives at Wentworth having been found guilty of attempting to murder her husband: she is inducted by Joyce, who is sympathetic to her plight when she protests her innocence. Marlene slaps a notice on Heather's back reading "RUNNING IN PLEASE PASS", but Meg notices it and suggests she have a word with Marlene. Heather catches Marie hiding a cigarette packet under her pillow, but when challenged to hand it over, Marie issues veiled threats to get Heather's family. Meg arrives home and is introduced to Tracey's boyfriend Mark, who nervily pulls a gun on Meg. The women watch Leigh's interview on TV, which gives Marlene an idea to hold a fashion parade. Edna is taken to the rec room and introduced to the women. Heather tells Marlene not to play any more jokes on her, and finds out that she told Marie about her family. Joan is listening outside and tells her it isn't wise to get to know prisoners on a "social" level. The women talk to Edna about how unfair her conviction is. Mark and Tracey are using Meg's as a hide-out after a robbery on a TAB office: he has been out of work for 3 years because he's diabetic. Meg makes a run for the door when he leaves the room to inject his insulin: Tracey alerts Mark and he returns and knocks Meg out. Joan tells Marie to go ahead with the drug racket: in return she wants her to cause as much trouble for Ann as possible.


    Episodes involving Edna Pearson were broadcast in a cut version in all regions of the UK apart from Meridian, which showed some of the the original versions, possibly due to some mistake on Grundy's part.

    Channel 5 only managed to show two of the four original versions shown by Meridian.

    Three of the episodes appear never to have been shown uncut in the UK. For reasons best known to themselves, Grundy supplied the original version of this episode (and of the other six too) to Channel One for showing in Malta in March 2000.

    Thanks to all the people who provided me with the information about the scenes Grundy had to cut out.

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 30 July 1996