The building explodes - have Ann and Meg managed to escape in time?

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 04 April 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 32 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:42

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Len ~ Maurie Fields
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Sam ~ Robyn Gibbes
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Brian Lowe ~ Mathew King
Chris Sutton ~ Gregory Ross
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Geoff Macrae ~ Les Dayman
Frank Burke ~ Trevor Kent
Matt Delany ~ Peter Bensley
Ray Proctor ~ Alex Menglet
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Officer Bailey ~ Maureen Edwards
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Det. Insp Rouse ~ Paul Karo
Det. Murray Crabb ~ James Patrick
Eddie ~ Tamlyn Lord
Keith ~ Tibor Kaman
Desk Sergeant ~ Ian Sprake
Drunk ~ Keith Kay
Car Thief ~ Murray Fahey
Constable No. 1 ~ Stephen Hutchinson
Constable No. 2 ~ Simon West
Detective No. 2 ~ Gus Cornlesson
Patrolman No. 1 ~ John Penman [L]
Patrolman No. 2 ~ Glen Ruehland [R]
Stunt Double (Ann) ~ Anthea Rudrink
Stunt Double (Meg) ~ Sui Mae Chong

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Brian Lowe makes a posthumous appearance in the credits. Eddie is spelt "Edie".

    Nancy Banks-Smith's Guardian review of this episode suggests a broadcast date on Carlton of Tuesday 20th Feb 1996 and mentions that there had been an eight week break since the previous episode was shown.

    The last shot of Ann and Meg is followed by this shot , which I think is intended to show us the way they might have got out alive.

    Ann and Meg notice the silence, but Ann thinks Lowe probably didn't have time to disable the trip wires. They decide to sit tight for a while and wait. Joan reports that Marlene has seen one of the male prisoners, and Joyce decides to tell the women, despite Joan's scorn. Marlene races back to the laundry and reports seeing a man in Woodridge uniform, but no-one really believes it until Joyce makes the official announcement about the male prisoners from Woodridge. Len returns Matt to isolation and comments about his "poofter" whinging: the other two male prisoners are Geoff Macrae and Frank Burke. Ann attempts to leave the upstairs room, but is stopped by a trip wire just outside the door: she falls forward over it, but without setting it off. Reb hints that she thinks Lou killed Sarah Higgins, but Lou assumed it was Reb. Bobbie puts a note in the men's food. Ray is in a bad mood and eventually tells Bobbie and Pixie that Phil is dead. Myra plays detective: Marlene gives Bobbie an alibi. Bobbie smashes dishes and threatens suicide with a kitchen knife in the dining room, but is disarmed by Len after being talked down by Officer Slattery. The men from Woodridge seem to have been transferred to Wentworth to protect them from the other men after preventing a mass breakout. Joyce decides to call in Phil's friend Chris to talk to Bobbie. The women find out everything Len has refused to tell them from Pixie: Myra demands to see the Governor immediately to get a full explanation. Frank finds Bobbie's note in his meal. Ann makes another attempt to get out and go for help, but nearly falls through the rotten stairs and dangles in mid-air screaming for help. Inspector Rouse is puzzled by Lowe's failure to pick up the money. Meg somehow manages to pull Ann to safety. Pixie tries to talk to Bobbie in the infirmary. Myra tells Joyce she is angry not to be trusted with the information about Ann, Meg and Phil. The two boys on bikes return to the warehouse and find Lowe. Chris talks to Bobbie, but she is angry when she finds he is a "shrink", and yells at him to go away. Marlene attacks Lou for suggesting she should run a book on who killed Phil Cleary. Myra sounds out Reb about Higgins' murder and tells her she has found the murder weapon. Reb decides she will tip off the press (specifically Camilla Wells) about the male prisoners and shows Lou that she has already got drugs inside. Bobbie breaks into the medicine cabinet (using a handy Sellotape dispenser on the desk) and takes an overdose: Sister Hall comes in just as she is swallowing a handful. The police follow up a call from the boys and decide to investigate the body in the warehouse. Myra tricks Frances into revealing she was Sarah Higgins' murderer. Policemen find the warehouse and Lowe's body. One of them goes up the stairs, stumbles over a trip wire and the dynamite goes up, taking the building with it in a spectacular explosion ...


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