Marlene devises a unique plan to raise money for charity, Joan faces a serious accusation, and Bobbie's looking for a way to escape.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 20 February 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 30 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:50

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
Bev Baker ~ Maggie Dence
Ray Proctor ~ Alex Menglet
Det. Insp. Barrett ~ Jeff Hodgson
Mr Daniels (Prosecutor) ~ Victor Kazan
Mr Fuller (Defence) ~ Brian Granrott
Judge ~ Noel Mitchell
Sister Phillips ~ Sarah Ryan
Dr Peter Howard ~ Tom Travers
Truck Driver ~ Justin Gaffney

  • Written by Ian Smith & Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Mandy Smith
  • At least this is a novel approach to disguising an understaffed jury - five in front overlapping with four at one end.

    Ann sends Heather to count the women outside, and tells Joan of Reb's accusation against her: Joan cannot produce any other witness than Marie, so Ann tells her there must be a hearing, as she must know being such an expert on procedure. Myra tells the women their first suspicion was wrong, and that it was Joan not Marie who has been accused of bashing Reb. The doctor tells Ann that Reb must go to hospital as she is suffering from internal bleeding. Before she goes, Reb indicates she is willing to repeat the charges against Joan. Judy is upset to read that an audiological institute is unable to afford machines to help deaf children. Myra suggests that Judy should do something about it, rather than giving up and getting upset. Joan goes to visit Shane, and the sister ignores Mr Munroe's instruction that Joan should not see him. The women have a little party with goods stolen from the kitchen, including a bottle of brandy found by Ray in the kitchen (which he thinks belonged to Mrs O'Reagan). Ann finds Joan at the hospital and tells her there is no point trying to see her: Reb is in the operating theatre and may die. If she does, Joan will be charged with murder. The women find out that the new prisoner is Bev Baker: Marlene recognises the name. She says Bev has been charged with murdering and dismembering several people. Heather has also heard some of the gory details from her brother on the police force. Meg is rather less than sympathetic to Joan's difficulty proving her innocence. Bobbie has asked to be put on kitchen duty and weighs up the possibility of escaping in a garbage skip. At Rachel's trial, she loses composure during her evidence and launches into a tirade against Trevor Priest. Bev is brought to the laundry and is quite happy to tell the women about her crimes. Myra rushes outside to stop the garbage truck, and finds Bobbie hiding under it rather than in the skip as she feared. Marlene has the idea of raising money to buy a reading machine for deaf children by trying to break a world record. Bev finds out that Heather's brother is a policeman and Heather turns round to see Bev looking at her coldly. Myra warns Ray to keep quiet about the escape attempt or she'll inform on him helping himself from the kitchen. Bev admits she killed several more people than the one she was charged for. Rachel is found guilty and sentenced to five years, to be served on a prison farm. Marlene is alarmed when Bev strokes her arm and says she thinks they will be good mates. Bobbie makes an impression of Ray's key in a bar of soap. Myra finds she's sharing with Bev. Heather discusses her suspicions of Joan's involvement in the riot with Meg, who suggests she tells Ann. Bobbie calls Myra a hypocrite for trying to stop her escaping. The police arrive to see Joan: she assumes they want to question her about the attack on Reb but instead they arrest Joan for the abduction of a minor.


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