The women register a protest over Ann's dismissal. Bobbie injures an officer, and Reb tries to clear her.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 14 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 1 (AUS) duration: 0:40:30 (cut version)
Uncut version released on "The Edna Pearson story" duration 0:44:41

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
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
Diedre ~ Anne Charleston
Douglas ~ Andrew Gilmore
Mrs O'Reagan ~ Christine Calcutt
Blonde Woman ~ Carol Reason
Male Escort ~ Colin Nicoll
Drunk ~ Brian Worth
Fairy Floss Attendant ~ Lily Steiner
Shooting Gallery Attendant ~ Rob O'Hara
Larrikin Kid 1 ~ Nicholas Brennan
Larrikin Kid 2 ~ Michael Seen

  • Written by Sally Webb
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • We do not know how many women are in Wentworth, but apparently five dozen steaks are enough to feed them all at the barbecue.

    The role of Diedre is miscredited to Gael Andrews. The misspelling Christine "Culcutt" is repeated and we also get "Brain" Worth for good measure.

    Marlene overhears Ann telling the officers she's been asked to resign. Joan is smugly confident of being appointed, but Meg warns her that she may find there won't be any staff to boss around if she does. Marlene passes the news on to the women. Judy is scornful of Myra's intention to let the Department know of their feelings and demand Ann's reinstatement. Heather points out that it is odd that Joan didn't sound the alarm straight away. Judy lets Myra know her feelings about the thankless task of looking after things while she was out having a "good time". Joan gives Shane his birthday present. Marie sees Myra for the first time in the dining room and trades threats with her new cell mate. The women sort through Leigh's clothes to select items for the fashion show. Marlene snubs Edna's offer of help, making her frown and produce a doom laden chord on the soundtrack. Ann tells Meg that it was Wally who helped Myra when she was on the run. Joan takes Shane to Luna Park and finds her purse is lighter than she expected. Leigh comperes the fashion parade: Marie keeps up a running commentary and rips Marlene's skirt. Shane thinks he sees his mother at the fairground. Judy confronts Marie about her behaviour at the fashion show: Marie is about to punch her in the chest, but Myra intervenes, but gets no thanks from Judy. The women hold a sit-in protest in the dining room in support of Ann, but she persuades them it will not help her. Marie gives up the press on Myra's orders. Ann suggests a barbecue to use up steak donated by a local butcher after the riot. Marie taunts Bobbie accusing her of the attack on Reb: Bobbie grabs a pair of scissors and when Dennis tries to calm her down, she stabs him in the arm. Joan insists that Bobbie should be put on a charge. Reb returns from hospital: she tells Ann that Bobbie didn't push her, but refuses to say who did. Judy and Myra start to make friends again. Marie punches Reb in the stomach to make sure she will continue to incriminate Bobbie. Ann tells Joan that the Department wants them to work together until Joan officially becomes Governor [*]: Joan suggests the answer to the problem of Marie is to transfer her to Blackmoor. Reb agrees to see her father: he apologises for not being a better father and they are reconciled. Joan tells the women to make the best of the barbecue, as things will be different when she takes over. Marlene does the cooking at the barbecue, except for her own steak which is cooked by Bobbie. Edna notices and digs up a root from the garden and shows Bobbie how to use an "old busher's trick" of prodding it thoroughly into the steak while it's cooking. Ann tells Meg that Edna's appeal has been upheld on the grounds that inadmissible evidence about her first husband was given at her trial. She tells Meg to collect her so she can be told she is free to go. The women congratulate Edna on being released. Marie reminds Joan of the terms of their deal. The women clear up after the barbecue and Marlene starts to feel ill and collapses with stomach pains.


    Channel 5 again showed the original uncut version. The version shown on Granada lasted only 39 minutes, with cuts indicated by the passages in italics. A sentence in dialogue referring to Edna's appeal during the scene marked [*] was also cut out.

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