Trogg returns to intimidate Meg, while Aussie is the lucky winner of the cockroach race.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 02 May 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 32 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:28

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Len ~ Maurie Fields
Pixie ~ Judy McBurney
Bobbie ~ Maxine Klibingaitis
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Sam ~ Robyn Gibbes
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Chris ~ Gregory Ross
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Jane Doe ~ Maria Mercedes
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Ernie Rowland ~ John Larkin
Trog ~ Jon Williams
Boy ~ Cameron Kermaghan

  • Written by Christopher Milne & Ian Coughlan
  • Directed by Sean Nash

    Kerryn is mentioned in the context of Yemil's suicide attempt.

    The elaborate ring for the cockroach races .

    Although the writers never explictly say that Yemil is Muslim, this shot of her "prayer book" establishes it . I am assured by someone who knows that it is a Quran: the page is headed by the word "separa" which is the name of the thirty parts into which it is divided.

  • Geoff arrives on the scene to save Bobbie, but Myra also sees him standing over Bobbie and assumes it was Geoff who attacked her until Bobbie tell her what really happened. Geoff and Matt catch Frank in the shower block and beat him up, delivering a well aimed kick to Frank's crutch. Bobbie feels she can't report Frank as she will get Geoff into trouble for being out of bounds too. Frank hobbles into the dining room and Geoff tells Myra the women won't have any more trouble from him for a few days. Shane writes from the Taylors', saying he had a dream that Joan was his mother. Lou is suspected of cheating when her cockroach seems to have got a lot bigger: Aussie wins again anyway. Lou kills her cockroach when Marlene reminds her she's forgotten it. Yemil tries to hang herself: Pixie stops her in time, but Yemil tells her she's not a real friend if she won't help her die. Meg is welcomed back to work by Joan who tries to hint she shouldn't be back so soon. Meg is amazed to find out that Frank is inside for rape when Len tells her he doesn't think the Department is wise to put him in with so many women. Alice gives Frank the sugar and yeast and tries to suggests they should sneak off for a quick session, but Frank tells her he has his pride. Geoff catches Frank making the pumpkin wine and Frank goes for him with the knife. He is disarmed by Joan and Geoff, but Joan takes all the credit in the Governor's office. Geoff is told by Len that there is no chance of him resuming his correspondence course. Myra tries to make peace with Geoff and they agree to meet to talk things over. Joan asks Sam for a painting and gives her a photo of the Major and Shane to base it on. Meg puts Frank on a charge for saying she's "the only screw worth screwing". Geoff and Myra talk and after a shaky start they get so friendly that they end up kissing . Meg comes over all faint in the laundry and a casual remark from Bobbie that she must be pregnant and Joyce's reaction to it gives the women food for thought. Joyce tells Meg that she had an abortion so she couldn't have children so she and Norm had to adopt and Joyce is relieved when Meg tells her she has decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. Chris tells Bobbie about the apprenticeship Len has arranged for her. The men get a threatening note ("THE THREE OF YOU ARE DEAD!" ) thrown over the fence by a boy who immediately runs away. Meg seems to be changing her mind and wants to keep the baby after all and gets a call that Peter Wright's trial is coming up in a few days. Marlene is worried to hear that the prison is being sprayed but doesn't want to put him outside and Pixie suggests they give Aussie a farewell party. Chris has another group therapy session, which is predictably embarrassing, when Geoff turns it into a coded confession of love for Myra. Chris is annoyed with Joyce for putting pressure on Meg to keep the baby. Ernie Rowland tells Joan the dirt on Len: the suspicious "suicides" of two remand prisoners and the prisoner found at the foot of the stairs with a broken neck. He advises her to ask Geoff Macrae what he knows about Len. Peter Wright's accomplice breaks into Meg's house and threatens her to keep quiet at the trial: she unmasks him but he punches her in the face and escapes.


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