Len is appointed acting Governor and takes his revenge on Lou. Yemil hears that her charge has been changed to manslaughter and decides to take her own life.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 01 May 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 32 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:57

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Len ~ Maurie Fields
Sam ~ Robyn Gibbes
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Chris Sutton ~ Gregory Ross
Jane Doe ~ Maria Mercedes
William Coleby ~ Hu Pryce
Norm Barry ~ Bill Johnston
Nurse Jones ~ Glenda Walsh
Driver ~ Adrian Benson

  • Written by Ian Coughlan & David Phillips
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • The credits include the acknowledgement that "The producers would like to thank the City of Nunawading", probably for the use of the "Fertility Control Clinic".

    Reb is replaced by Bobbie in the opening mugshot credits: only her box is left .

    Joan is doing a crossword in the staff room during night shift when Len comes in: she tells him that Ann has collapsed. He is amused that she seems to be assuming that Joyce will turn the Acting Governorship down and she will be next in line. She gets stuck with a clue and asks for Len's help "Seven letter word for highly scented fruit?" Len answers "Proctor?". Chris offers to go the clinic with Meg when she goes for her abortion. Norm annoys Joyce with his insensitivity to her feelings about Meg's abortion, so when he tells her about the call from Wentworth that she will have to take over as Acting Governor, she indignantly refuses. Lou offers to take over Reb's place in the rackets, but Joan just laughs at her. Yemil tells Myra she thinks she deserves punishment and refuses to arrange for legal representation at her trial. Marlene is relieved that Aussie appears to survived the insecticide spray. After locking up the other cells, Len visits Lou for sex. As Lou gets away from under Len and tries to leave the cell, she runs into Joan listening outside. Len accuses Joan of trying to set him up and they fight . The women hear the noise and realise what is going on: Myra tells them at breakfast next day that they could use the fact that Len and Joan aren't the best of friends. Joyce tells Len and Joyce that Mr Coleby is coming to talk to the staff later about the Acting Governorship. Meg goes for an abortion but is horrified when the clerk refers to a "termination" and decides not to go through with it. Mr Coleby announces that Len is to be made Acting Governor with Joyce as deputy. Frank takes a knife from the shed and tapes it to his arm. Pixie worries Marlene by piling sheets high in the skip where she's hidden Aussie's matchbox. Frank uses the knife to cut the tops off the pumpkins in the garden. Pixie sees the missing cockroach - it has somehow got onto Joyce's shoulder (didn't she feel it crawling up her leg?) Len tests out his power by making Joan work an extra shift. When the women try to teach Yemil to disco, Marlene asks Matt to dance, which leads to an argument with Bobbie. Joan lets the women know that Len is Governor and intends to crack down on their "unnatural" practices, with a pointed (and somewhat hypocrital) glance at Judy. Len gives Lou a month's extra cleaning duties for the attack on Pixie. She tries to make eyes at him, but he turns nasty and accuses her of working with Joan to set him up. Myra finds Lou searching Reb's cell, but Lou won't tell her what she's looking for. The men in the garden watch the police van driving Reb away: Geoff says this must mean that Myra will become top dog again. With Judy's help, Myra searches Reb's cell and Judy finds Reb's master key . Len tells Yemil that her charge has been changed to manslaughter, as the other driver died in hospital. Frank gets Lou to tell Alice to smuggle sugar and yeast out in the kitchen garbage. Yemil fells guilty about killing a man and says that only a life can pay for a life. Frank goes to Bobbie's cell and tries to force himself on her.


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