First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Friday 19 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:42:49 (cut version)
This episode was not included in "The Edna Pearson story" set.
However it was included in the "Great escapes" disc in the second "Best Of" set. Surprisingly, the US release includes the uncut version of this episode with a duration of 0:43:34.

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
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
Gordon Munroe ~ Jim Ewing
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Ray Proctor ~ Alex Menglet
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Ronnie ~ Lyn Ford
Sarah Higgins ~ Nell Johnson
Sister Miller ~ Joanne Rankin
Gate Guard ~ David Bickerstaff
MBW Rescuer 1 ~ Ian Shrives (?)
MBW Rescuer 2 ~ Bruce Alexander
MBW Rescuer 3 ~ Ramsey Collins
Maintenance Squad Man 1 ~ George Hein
Maintenance Squad Man 2 ~ Shane Connors
Ambulance Officer 1 ~ Ian Swan
Ambulance Officer 2 ~ Simon Davies

Marie's helicopter escape is totally implausible, of course, and deserves a page all to itself. But have a look at this newsclipping from The Sun, sent by Tim Coward.

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Mandy Smith
  • The rescue team explain the risks of stopping the flow of water by blocking the inlet with an air bag: the bag could burst and the buildup of water could be released suddenly. Marie denies Reb's charge, but is sent to solitary until the VJ's hearing. Shane is caught on a grid: the rescuer asks Joan to keep him calm while he is cut free. Bobbie and Marlene agree to share a flat when they are released. The police ask Joan for Shane's father's address: she reluctantly has to give it to them so he can be notified. Shane and the diver are swept out of the tunnel when the air bag does not hold: Shane is revived, but the diver has drowned. Dot complains about being set up for poisoning the urn: when they are reminded that it was Marie who sent Dot to the kitchen, Judy and Myra work out that Joan must have done it. Joan confronts Gordon Munro at the hospital: she threatens to go to the police if he harms Shane again. There is a new prisoner in solitary, and a new cook, Ray Procter: Marlene mocks his camp affectations and decides he is daffy enough not to notice if she steals food from the kitchen. Joan tells Marie the escape is organised, but Marie wants to settle with Reb before she goes. Lou warns Reb that Marie will be out to get her when she comes out of solitary. Joan denies any knowledge when Joyce asks after Shane having seen a piece in the newspaper. Marlene discovers the missing cheese and other goods from the kitchen in Ray's shoulder bag. Bobbie goes before the VJ and is given eight months on her sentence for the attack on Dennis. Joan gives evidence against Marie at the VJ's hearing. Reb refuses Myra's help against Marie, and points out that Myra owes her, and tells her that Marie was coming to kill Myra when she pushed Reb. Heather works out that it was Joan who doped the urn as she was the only one who had the opportunity: Dennis warns her to be careful who she repeats the allegation to. Marie gets two years, and Joan promises to set Reb up for her. Myra gets six months; Reb three months for the riot and two years for bashing Phyllis; Dot gets six months. Joan takes Reb to the shower block and keeps a watch out while she is bashed by Marie. Marlene is sent the Guinness Book of Records by her father and thinks the women should try to break a world record. Marie gets Lou to start a fight during exercise period. Heather finds Reb crawling along a corridor: Reb accuses Joan of bashing her. As soon as the diversion starts, Marie makes her move. Bobbie notices and tries to tag along, but Marie elbows her in the stomach. Marie effortlessly scales the fence, over the top and makes a spectacular getaway dangling from a helicopter.


    Thanks to the Canberra Prisoner page for pointing out that (471) also includes three small cuts which allude to the Edna Pearson plotline. For further details, see the Damage report on Episode 471

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