The riot continues apace. Bobbie is charged with causing Reb's fall. Ann announces that she has been fired.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 13 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 1 (AUS) duration: 0:38:12 (cut version)
Uncut version released on "The Edna Pearson story" duration 0:46:21

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
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Off. Radcliff ~ Marrion Dimmick
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
Diedre ~ Anne Charleston
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Dr Brian Copeland ~ Mark Gogall
Police Inspector ~ Ian Walker
Gate Guard Roger ~ Brad Lindsay
Fireman ~ Glen Raymond
Fireman ~ Greg Cass

  • Written by James Simmonds & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • The label over Reb's hospital bed reads "Rebecca Kean 14/8/84" (which would have been in the future when the episode was first broadcast in July 1984!) but worryingly she seems to be under the care of a certain "Doctor Kilmore".

    Joan tells Shane her birthday is December 21st.

    Bobbie protests her innocence, but Joan doesn't believe her. Myra smells smoke and shouts to be let out of solitary. Ann comes round and starts to organise help: she sets off alone to get the women outside. Marlene helps Dot to safety. Meg arrives and sends the gate guard Trevor to phone for an ambulance and Officer Radcliffe to let Myra out of solitary. Ann rescues Leigh from her blazing cell. Judy sees ? get punched by Marie, and makes Lou tell her that Marie has Joan's keys and is going to escape through the kitchen. The women assemble outside and Dot remembers the last time there was a fire in Wentworth. Marie and Judy fight and Judy knocks Marie out to stop her escaping . Bobbie, Myra and Marie are taken to solitary. Marie tells Joan she wants to be cleared of involvement in the riot, but Joan persuades her to accept punishment and wait until Ann is sacked. Heather tells the police that Bobbie was the only person near Reb when she found her. Joan apologises to Shane for hitting him and when she finds out it's his birthday, she says she will give him a birthday treat. Edna assures Marlene that everything will turn out for the best and says how much she misses her husband Harry. She suggests to Marlene that she drinks some lemon barley water to take away the taste of the smoke, but Marlene finds someone has stolen the bottle from her cupboard. Joan phones her father to ask him to use his influence to help her adopt Shane. The police interview Reb in hospital and take her dazed repetition of Bobbie's name as an accusation. The women complain to Joyce that their things have been stolen in the riot. Alice and Frances are both ill with severe stomach pains and vomiting. Shane sees that Joan has left her purse open on the counter top in the kitchen. The women wonder why only Frances and Alice were taken ill and whether Bobbie attacked Reb. Joan grudgingly admits that Heather handled herself well during the riot. Bobbie is told she will face the VJ and Meg will testify about hearing Bobbie threaten Reb. Marlene finds the stolen goods, including the barley water, in Frances and Alice's cell. Bobbie looks forward to Myra getting back and making Reb tell the truth. Leigh thanks Ann and is told that the Minister has resigned because of her allegations against him. Reb is surprised when Diedre tells her she has accused Bobbie of attacking her. Edna inquires after Marlene's health: Marlene lies and says she has been drinking the barley water as Edna suggested. Judy is bitter at the women's enthusiasm for Myra's return. Frances and Alice heavy Marlene to find out what was in the barley water. Marlene stops Bobbie in time from drinking some of it, and holds the bottle up to the light. Judy gives Myra the cold shoulder in the laundry. Marlene tells Judy she can see "flecks of stuff" in the barley water and says she thinks Edna has poisoned it: Judy agrees to take a look. Meg gets a postcard from Colleen on her European tour. Marlene clumsily knocks the bottle to the floor and destroys the evidence, and fails to convince Judy by argument of Edna's guilt. Ann shows Meg the letter discharging her as Governor of Wentworth.


    Channel 5 showed the original uncut version. The version shown on Granada lasted only 38 minutes, with cuts indicated by the passages in italics.

    Malta's Super 1 took a break at this point after 31st March 2000 and resumed on 29th September, but jumping back to (449).

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