Joan faces a tough time as Len tells her that her reign at Wentworth is over, and Reb and Ray blackmail her into a stalemate situation.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 23 March 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 31 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:29

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Stanley ~ Brian James
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Kerryn ~ Jill Forster
Phillip ~ Steve Kuhn
Len ~ Maurie Fields
Ray Proctor ~ Alex Menglet
Chris Sutton ~ Gregory Ross
Sarah Higgins ~ Nell Johnson
Norm ~ Bill Johnston
Lyle ~ Barry Hill
Mrs Potter ~ Maggie Steven
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Gina ~ Kereen Ely-Harper
Veronica ~ Lindy McConchie

  • Written by Christopher Milne & Alister Webb
  • Directed by Colin Budds
  • Norm doesn't appear in this episode.

    Pixie is distracted in the kitchen after receiving a letter from her mother. Ann admits she hasn't told Stan that he's under investigation for recommending Neville Sloan. Kerryn seems better after a course of anti-depressants, but Ann doesn't tell her why she can't contact Lyle. Joan tells Marlene that Lou is coming back and suggests she runs a book on it, but only so she can demands half of Marlene's take. Bobbie tells Myra about what Stan said about Len. Joan and Len distribute the first buyup for weeks, and Len's cynical view about its usefulness in controlling the women chimes in with Joan's own. Alice beats Pixie in a bet on her Bible knowledge by quoting Dickens instead. Phil takes Meg to a party and introduces her to Chris. Pixie tells Judy she's upset that her parents have found out she's in prison. Bobbie hears Joan collecting her payoff from Marlene, but Marlene can't tell her what the hold is that Joan has over her. Gina is jealous of the attention Chris is paying to Meg and bitchily tells her that Chris is a psychologist. Ray realises why Joan has sent Reb to work in the kitchen and starts to set up an "accident" for Reb. Kerryn decides to tell her husband the truth. Joyce returns to work and admits she isn't looking forward to facing Lou Kelly. Ray's courage fails him and he stops Reb picking up the pot of boiling oil from the cooker. Joyce tells Marlene where the quotation comes from. Reb gets Ray to sign a statement and smuggle it out of the prison to hold over Joan's head. Pixie's mother tells her she is in no position to stand in judgement over her, as she and her father are to be divorced. Her father has left her for a woman younger than Pixie. Kerryn asks to phone her husband and Ann reluctantly agrees. Len provokes Judy so he can put her on a charge for insubordination. Joan tells him he's not likely to get the Governor to make it stick, but is taken aback slightly by his attidue to Judy's lesbianism. Sarah Higgins explains to Ann how her attitude to criminals stems from her stepmother who destroyed her father's life. Len catches Marlene hiding biscuits under her mattress, throws them on the floor and steps on Marlene's hand when she picks them up. Ann takes away Judy's priveleges for a week despite alleging victimisation against Len. Outside the Governor's office, Len tells Judy he's disgusted by "queers" like her. Reb shows Joan the statement. Len finds out from Joyce that Joan is a lesbian. Sarah Higgins requests to be allowed to join the other women. Len catches Joan heavying Marlene. After sending Marlene out, he warns Joan she'll be lucky to hold onto her position: he "wouldn't put a dyke in charge of an outhouse, let alone a prison".


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