Judy receives some bad news, Rachel takes over in the kitchen and Shane's life is in danger when he becomes stuck in a storm drain

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Wednesday 17 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 2 (AUS) duration: 0:44:35 (cut version)
The version originally released on "The Edna Pearson story" was the same cut version with a duration of 0:44:36

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
Tammy ~ Gloria Ajenstat
Ruth ~ Mary Murphy
Mark Rodgers ~ Alan Chaplin
Mrs Rodgers ~ May Howlett
Dr Jeremy Smith ~ Paul Wentford
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Nicky (Dog) ~ Himself
MBW Rescuer No 1 ~ Ian Shrives
MBW Rescuer No 2 ~ Bruce Alexander
MBW Rescuer No 3 ~ Ramsey Collins
Policeman ~ Wayne Hurst
Mrs Lois Barker ~ Ngaire McCutchean
Perving Driver ~ Howard Stanley
Passing Car Driver ~ Margaret Edwards
Cyclist ~ Mark Finn

  • Written by Betty Quin(n) & John Powers
  • Directed by Colin Budds
  • Heather wearing an "adorable" pink top showing a koala playing tennis .

    Joan accuses Meg of conspiring to undermine her: Meg tells her the Department have at last realised she isn't suited to the post of Governor. Dinner is late because of Mrs O'Reagan's accident: Joyce says that Dot will be all right after treatment. Ann thanks Leigh for putting pressure on people to arrange her reinstatement and wishes her well with her trial. Myra reiterates to Marie that she can't count on Joan's support so there are to be no more drugs. Heather will be listed for a citation for her heroism during the riot. Shane is still ill when Joan gets home. Marie taunts Bobbie into hitting her at buyup. Leigh tells Judy that Roland has been arrested for blackmail and she may start her own modelling school when she gets out. Joan is mistaken for Shane's mother by the doctor she calls out to examine him. Heather is annoyed that Dennis took over to control the fight between Marie and Bobbie and made her look incompetent. She is also worried that his show of "gallantry" will have given away their relationship to the women. Marlene gives Leigh her lucky rabbit's foot for her court appearance: Bobbie sourly comments that it hasn't done Marlene much good. Rachel decides to use the mince to cook meatballs for the women's lunch. As she has been re-instated as Deputy Governor, Meg stands down as Union representative and Joyce and Dennis agree to stand. Reb tells Marie she's changed her mind and doesn't want to be involved in her drug dealing. Ann tells Reb her father has died a few hours earlier: Reb refuses to see her mother, who has asked to visit. Outside the Governor's office, Joan taunts Reb by reminding her that Joan's own father is at least still alive. The food runs out when Rachel is put in charge of the cooking and the women start to protest. Joyce is elected Union Representative. She shows Meg the rabbit's foot returned by Leigh after she only gets a two year bond. Joan warns Marie not to make trouble: Marie threatens to hurt Shane, and gives Joan a list of people to contact to arrange her escape. Dennis phones Heather to apologise and is invited for a meal with her family. Joan gets no reply when she phones home: Shane has gone out with Nicky. Nicky gets stuck in a drain, and Shane can't get help from anyone passing on the road - though one motorist is willing to "help" him in another way. Judy gets a letter from Lori telling her that her grandson will be deaf for life after the operation were unsuccessful [*]. The heavy rain makes Shane worried for Nicky's safety, and he goes into the drain to rescue him. Meg lets Marlene know that Reb's father died and asks her to pass it on to the other women to be easy on her. A neighbour of Joan's passes on a message from the police that there's been an accident and she should contact the local station. Marie taunts Reb into punching her: Meg sees the aftermath of the fight, but Reb coolly owns up to punching Marie and announces she is willing to go to the Governor and reveal who pushed her. Joan is called to the scene of the accident to talk to Shane and keep him from panicking: she begs the rescuers not to let Shane die.


    Thanks to the Canberra Prisoner page for pointing out further cuts connected with the Edna Pearson plotline. At the point indicated above by [*] the scene in the rec room scene ends in the cut version with Judy's line "I can't be with Lori now, I feel so helpless" then goes straight to the next scene as Shane goes into the storm drain. The original version [total duration 45:04] continues as Bobbie interrupts to draw their attention to the TV news:-

  • Bobbie: Hey, shut up and listen to this.
  • TV Announcer: ... Pearson case. Mr Harry Pearson today confirmed that he and his wife Edna will seperate. Mr Pearson, whose campaign for his wife's release led to a quashing of her conviction for attempted poisoning announced that irreconcilable differences caused the separation.
  • Myra: Thank God for that!
  • TV Announcer: The Citizen's Law Reform Group protested outside the Supreme Court today, demanding a retrial for Pearson. They claim that the separation is proof that Mr Pearson's evidence could stand a closer investigation but they were told the case was definitely closed.
  • Myra (to Rachel): Good on you, love: you convinced them. (him?)
  • Rachel: Terrific!
  • Bobbie: Beauty, eh Rache?
  • Myra: (to Judy) You see? We're not so helpless just because we're in here.
  • The dialogue above is absent from the DVD release, the Granada broadcast in 199?, the Channel 5 broadcast in 1999 and even the Meridian broadcast. The only versions I know of where the dialogue survived were the two broadcasts on TV4 in Sweden's in 1998 and 2003.

    Ironically, Myra's congratulations are spoken over the passage in italics. I think this implies that Edna will not get a retrial after all, so although Rachel has managed to warn off Harry, Edna appears to get away with murder.

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