Under threat of Joan becoming governor, Ann finds she must agree to the men and women mixing. And Myra realises that Reb has duped them all.

First broadcast ... 1984 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 18 April 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 32 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:24

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
Matt Delany ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff Macrae ~ Les Dayman
Frank Burke ~ Trevor Kent
Chris Sutton ~ Gregory Ross
Jane Doe ~ Maria Mercedes
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Alison Webb ~ Pat Forbes
Douglas Hopwood ~ Kris Steel
Policewoman ~ Sue Formby

  • Written by Christine Gordon & Noelle Cahill
  • Directed by Catherine Millar
  • Bobbie shouts for help for Marlene and wakes Reb and Myra, who join in the shouting too. Len is shown buttoning up after having sex with Lou: by the expression on her face after he leaves , we assume it was not willingly. Len and Pat Slattery get medical help for Marlene: Len suspects she has been poisoned. Reb has to quash the women's speculation about what happened to Marlene. Lou tells Reb she won't put up with being "mauled" by Len again. Marlene protests she didn't take anything when Ann tells her she had an allergic reaction to a drug. Joan is suspicious when Pat tells her Len took a long time to respond to the noise the night before. Joan deliberately humiliates Reb in front of the women for being made a fool of over the plot to get Len. When Joan pulls her to one side, Reb says that Len will visiting Lou regularly and to watch for him taking extra night shifts. Joan says next time she'll lock Len in the cell with Lou to make certain, and Reb adds she'll have to stop Lou who is going to ask for a transfer. Ann tells Joyce the Sarah Higgins murder enquiry will be dropped without anyone being charged. The Minister's secretary arrives to announce that the Department has given the go-ahead to fraternisation, despite Ann's objections. He openly threatens to appoint Joan if Ann resigns. Chris visits Meg and agrees to his suggestion to see a counsellor. All the officers are opposed to the idea of fraternisation, especially as there will be no extra staff to cope with it. Marlene tells Myra what the doctor thought was the cause of her illness. "Jane Doe" arrives at Wentworth, a woman who refuses to speak or give her name, with only a "prayer book" which she refuses to give up. The accompanying policewoman says they have tried every Middle Eastern "dialect" to try to communicate with her. Ann decides to move the new prisoner in with Pixie and ask Myra to have look after her. Meg seen by a social worker, who tries to help her decide what to do about her pregnancy and tells her she did have an abortion herself when she was made pregnant by a rape. Frank attacks Matt with a hoe while the men are working in the garden and Len sends them back indoors. Myra insists that Reb does something about Marlene and Reb allows her to think it was Lou who gave her the drugs. Joan surprises Len by speaking up against Lou's request for a cell change. Geoff challenges Frank about attacking Matt and punches him in the gut to ram the message home. Pixie asks to feed Matt in the infirmary as his injured hands mean he won't be able to eat his food. The new prisoner is brought to the dining room, and is too terrified to eat. Lou's racist taunts make her run from the rec room. Even though the women are initially quite keen to attend, Chris' group therapy session founders when he is unable to get them to talk openly, apart from to insult him. Myra starts to heavy Lou to tell her how she doped Marlene, but Lou sneers she should ask Reb how the drugs got in the first place. The men are brought to the rec room for the first joint recreation period: Myra cuts Geoff dead. Myra searches Reb's cell and finds for the drugs: Reb tells her she's no longer top dog and no-one will take any notice of her any more.


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