Dennis goes to the rescue of a man trapped in his car, and Marie blackmails Joan while a surprise announcement is made about Wentworth's new governor.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 16 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 2 (AUS) duration: 0:33:32 (cut version)
Uncut version released on "The Edna Pearson story" duration 0:45:10

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
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Mrs O'Reagan ~ Christine Calcutt
Richard Adams ~ Mike Rohan
Harold Watkins ~ Raymond Rich
Unconscious Driver ~ Mike Acland
Ghoulish Youth ~ Steve Kidd
Ghoul Observer ~ James McCrae

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux & David Phillips
  • Directed by Colin Budds
  • Ann talks to Sister Hall about Marlene, and talks to Marlene herself, but she won't say who poisoned her, as she doesn't expect to be believed. Judy and Bobbie are taken to see the Governor: Marie comments that she has found a way of taking out the rubbish. Judy tells Ann about Marlene's suspicion that she was being poisoned, but is incredulous that Bobbie is suspected of it. The women watch news of Edna's release on TV, but Judy returns to the rec room to report that it is suspected that Marelen was deliberately poisoned. Bobbie accuses Judy of lagging, and says she is to face three charges of attempted murder (which would be Reb, Marlene and ... Dennis?). Joan catches Shane putting the money back in her purse: he explains he was going to buy himself a birthday present to impress his friends. At breakfast, the women discuss what to do about Edna. Rachel thinks they should at least phone Harry to warn him . Shane is feeling sick, and Joan realises he isn't faking to get off school. Rachel and Judy go to see Ann, but she wants proof of their allegations against Edna and says it looks to easy to blame her of any poisoning. Reb tells Bobbie she can't get her off the hook, because she can't lag, and won't even tell Bobbie who pushed her. Joan amazes Heather by thanking her for her help during the riot, and confides to her that Marie is going to Blackmoor. Heather challenges her to explain why she didn't sound the alarm, but is not convinced by what Joan says. Myra and Judy discuss Rachel's phone call to Harry. Bobbie is not impressed by her friends attempt to get her off the poisoning charge and says that Reb knows who pushed her, and since she isn't saying it must have been Marie. Marlene asks Frances and Alice to tell what they know about the barley water. Marie tells Lou, Alice and Frances that she has Joan under her thumb and tells them to fix Myra and her mates. Lou leads Myra and Judy into a trap, but they turn the tables. Heather refuses to bring more drugs in for Marie and tells her that Joan is planning to have her sent to Blackmoor. Rachel marvels at Marlene's cast iron stomach. Marlene finds a suicide note on Bobbie's bed . Rachel says she doesn't think Harry believed her. Marlene shows Judy and Myra the "suicide" note and they go in search of Bobbie. Rachel's solicitor tells her she has a good chance at her trial. Meg tells Marlene that Bobbie has gone to the infirmary with a headache. Dennis rescues a man from a crashed car just before it catches fire . Mrs O'Reagan rejects Rachel's menu ideas. Marie checks up on Joan's idea of her side of the deal , loses her temper and slaps Joan: she threatens to expose Joan's involvement in the riot and demands that Joan helps her to escape. Meg tells Joan there is new evidence against Edna, as an oleander twig was found near the barbecue, and has to admit to Joan she misjudged Edna. Ann is furious that Joan has already started to order things for when she is Governor and tells her to cancel it all. To prove that Bobbie isn't forgotten, Judy reads Pixie's letter to the women, asking after her and saying she's visited Cass. Joan tries to reprimand Heather and Dennis for turning up late to work. Meg reports back to Myra that she's had a call from Kay. Dot scalds Mrs O'Reagan and herself with hot fat. Marlene writes to her parents. Bobbie tells Marlene she was going to kill herself, but she stole the wrong pills. The Minister's secretary visits Wentworth to tell Joan that Ann is to be reinstated.


    This episode suffered the most substantial cuts arising from the Edna Pearson storyline, losing almost a third of its length and lasting only 33 minutes in the version shown on Channel 5 and previously in all ITV regions apart from Meridian.

    Although she does not actually appear in it, it brings Edna's story to a conclusion (apart from references in episodes 470 and 471) and the many cuts are scenes where her case is discussed.

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