Several rooms in the prison are wrecked. Myra rings Ann with news. And Joan launches a new scheme with Marie.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 10 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 1 (AUS) duration: 0:37:20 (cut version)
Uncut version released on "The Edna Pearson story" duration 0:46:02

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Edna ~ Vivean Gray
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
Wally ~ Alan Hopgood
Kay Desmond ~ SallyAnn Bourne
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
James Walker ~ Noel Maloney
Mrs O'Reagan ~ Christine Calcutt
Harry Pearson ~ Denzil Howson
Roland van Dyke ~ Barry Michael

  • Written by Betty Quin & Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Christine Calcutt's surname is spelt "Culcutt" in the credits for this episode and the next.

    Bobbie returns to her cell after the aerobics class and doesn't notice that Marlene has been bashed. Marie tells Reb about the plot to replace Ann with Joan. Shane agrees with Joan that they will both give up smoking. Edna tells Rachel that Harry will try to get her out and tells her about her first husband. Kay seems to be over the worst of her withdrawal systems. Marlene tells everyone her swollen face is due to toothache. Heather tells Dennis her brother has had an accident on his bike when a car forced him off the road, but doesn't want to report it to the police. Mrs O'Reagan is impressed with Rachel when she does kitchen duty, but when she finds out who Edna is, she goes the Governor to have her taken off kitchen duty. Heather hands over the drugs she brought in for Marie, but tells her she won't do it again: Marie tells her she ought to remember who's really got the upper hand. Edna protests to Ann that taking her out of the kitchen will make it look as if she's not to be trusted. Back in the kitchen, Marlene pretends to have been poisoned to teach Mrs O'Reagan a lesson, but this only results in being taken out of the kitchen as well. Heather goes to see Ann to offer her resignation: Ann assumes the problem is with Joan and says she should give it another couple of weeks. Myra phones Ann to tell her she isn't guilty of the crimes she's been accused of in the newspapers and is about to turn herself in: Ann hears Wally's voice in the background and realises he is helping Myra. Leigh sees her solicitor, who tells her that her lover did have the films at the time she attacked him and he thinks Roland has them now. Marlene rips up a skirt to convert it into a high fashion ensemble. The women listen to a radio interview with Harry Pearson, in which he repeats his belief in her innocence. Meg tells Ann the building society will replace her missing money as they were at fault. Edna makes an unwise remark in front of Marlene, and wromgly believes that Marlene has heard it. Joan is furious with Shane for staying out all night with his friends. Roland confirms he has the films and tells Leigh he will release them at the time of her trial if she doesn't do the publicity he wants. Dot is suffering from indigestion after lunch, and so is Marlene. Judy tries to help Marlene when she has to do a job for Marie. Edna is visited by Harry: he suggests she tries to get work in the garden and points out an oleander to her, reminding her as he does so that it is a poisonous plant. Dot and Bobbie find their cells wrecked, but Judy is suspicious that nothing is actually damaged. Ann tells Meg that Myra has returned and is in solitary: Joan brings her news that the rec room has been trashed as well as the library. Ann tells the women they will pay for the damage out of their wages. Judy confronts Marlene, who admits the damage but notes that Joan saw her and did nothing to prevent her. Judy realises that Joan is plotting to undermine Ann and take over from her. Joan orders Marie to start a full scale riot.


    Substantial cuts indicated by italics were made to this episode, which lasted 37 minutes in the version shown on Granada and Channel 5. The original version was shown on Meridian.

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 13 August 1996