The police find Ann suffering from shock at the site of the explosion, but Meg lies unconscious under the rubble. Meanwhile, Joyce weakens under the strain of being Governor.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 10 April 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 32 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:39

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
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Det. Insp Rouse ~ Paul Karo
Det Masters ~ Peter Sinclair
Doctor Barton ~ Merfyn Owen
Mrs Baxter ~ Effie James
Officer Hagen ~ Christine Andrew
Officer Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Tammy ~ Gloria Ajenstat
Lorna ~ Barbara Jungwirth
Nurse ~ Christine Anderson
Policeman No. 1 ~ John Ramsay
Policeman No. 2 ~ Dirk Nicholl
Ambulanceman ~ Nick Antipas
Ambulanceman No. 2 ~ Actual
Patrolman No. 1 ~ John Penman

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Inspector Rouse gets the surviving police officer to confirm that they found Brian Lowe, but they did not reach Ann and Meg before the building blew up. Fran comes to the dining room rather the worse for wear, and Myra is forced to admit she bashed her. Reb look suitably smug at the women's horrified reaction: yet another sign that Myra is losing her following. Ambulances and fire engines arrive at the warehouse. Ann is found, having escaped through a window leaving Meg behind. Joyce is told that Bobbie will survive after having her stomach pumped and refuses to act on Joan's suggestion that Bobbie should be sent to solitary. After the other women shun Fran as a killer, Lou offers to sells drugs to her. Meg is found alive among the rubble of the warehouse . A doctor tells Ann that Meg has only suffered broken ribs and a ruptured spleen and is now in surgery. Inspector Rouse inadvertently lets Ann know that Phillip is dead - saying enigmatically that he assumed Lowe would have told her (by shouting upstairs while impaled on a spike, presumably?). Joan refuses to work an extra shift the following day and tells Joyce that's what she can expect if she's "playing Governor". Lou tells Reb that Camilla Wells is on holiday and suggests she will have to use the reporter who covered the Marathon to leak the news about the men in isolation. Meg has nightmares about squeaky electronic rats. Judy finds Fran stoned in the shower block. The women hear news about the explosion on a radio which is hastily confiscated by Officer Slattery. Myra puts futher nails in her coffin as top dog by snapping at the women when they suggest she should try to do something to help Bobbie. Joan visits Shane in the home and finds out he is to fostered by a family called the Taylors. Judy tells Reb (and not Myra) about Fran and asks her to investigate Lou's drug dealing. Lou tries to make a phone call to the press but fails to trick Offcer Slattery (who for once seems to be conscious during work hours). To her great surprise, the doctor tells Meg they were able to save her baby. Joyce agrees to put the men to work in the garden after Geoff points out they haven't had an exercise period. Ann tells the doctor that Meg is 3 months pregnant, and Ann asks to see her. Frank Burke points out to Geoff that he can afford to be relaxed about things as he doesn't have seven years left to serve, like him. Ann doesn't tell Meg that Phil is dead, especially when Meg asks Ann to tell him to come and see her. Joan asks Shane if he plans to see more of the Taylors. Bobbie returns to the women and offers to help Marlene look for cockroaches, as Tammy has found a prize specimen in the workshop. Reb plans to call the press about the male prisoners from the phone in the visitors' room with Lou's help. Shane goes skating (to a Duran Duran medley?) but Joan is rather more shaky on their feet. Len tells Joyce she is misguided to put the men to work in the garden, but she says she is waiting for Departmental approval. Joyce asks Ann's advice about how to handle Len's opposition to her leadership. Joan tells Shane she might not be seeing him again if the Taylors decide to foster him. Marlene announces that the cockroach races are on. Reb manages to pick the lock on the security gate, but Lou is caught by Officer Slattery and sent back to her cell. After making the phone call to the reporter, Reb finds she has been locked in the visitors' room and can't get back to her cell.

    As two people (Chris Carter and Gary Scally) have noticed independantly (and Martin commented ages ago in Digest 833), the background music when the women watch the TV in the rec room in an early scene seems to be a rather pathetic solo guitar version of "Tubular Bells". Just before Frances turns the TV off, we can see a tunnel... Rather like the opening of "The Exorcist" in fact, which famously used the same Mike Oldfield theme. Perhaps the text below which seems to read "1.6 metres high. 1.1 metres wide" indicates some advert alluding to "The Exorcist"?


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