Sam defiles the drawing of her mother. Lou steals a palette knife. The escape attempt misfires.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 06 June 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:27

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Sam ~ Robyn Gibbes
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Sally Phillips ~ Jenny Young
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
William Coleby ~ Hu Pryce
Bob Taylor ~ Terence Donovan
Marnie Taylor ~ Joy Dunstan
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Tracey Taylor ~ Rachael Brunsden
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Andrea Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Gate Guard ~ Rod Allen
Billy Vinton ~ Conor McDermottoe
Joe Nash ~ Glen Rueland
Waiter ~ Fred Herz

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Myra and Geoff go down the stairs from isolation after dealing with Frank. Frank seems to be in pain and inspects his face in the mirror: he has a tiny "R" (for "Rapist") burnt into his forehead . Joan goes to visit Shane at the Taylors. Jan hallucinates a barking Alsatian in her cell and Myra and Ettie have to help her down off the sink unit where she has climbed to get away from it. The women are keen to know what Frank's punishment was, but not so keen when they hear the gory details, particularly Marlene who goes off to her cell to be sick. Matt follows her to see how she is and they end up kissing again. In a fit of anger Shane hits Tracey in the face with a pingpong bat, but Joan refuses to stand up for Shane when Mr Taylor puts him over his knee and spanks him. Ettie puts on a dizzy act and asks Dennis for a password to prevent him seeing Jan at lockup. Joan decides she should stop seeing Shane to give him a chance to get used to the idea of living with the Taylors. Frank disguises his "R" by burning his forehead with a lighted cigarette. Sam wishes Judy was back from solitary, as she wants to speak to her about her problems. Dennis is reading Ettie's file and notes that most of it is duplicates dating from the Sixties. Geoff denies any knowledge of Sam's escape plan. Officer Slattery tells Ann that Frank's story of burning himself while smoking in bed is substantiated by burn marks in his pillow and mattress, but neither she nor Ann believe that is what really happened. Frank gets a letter with a note hidden under the stamp which says just "TODAY" . Jan's curiosity is provoked when Ettie claims she's still on remand .. after 43 years. Lou returns from hospital: Joan's sarcastic concern that she'd lost a few fingers gets the quip in reply that she needs them all to talk to her. Sam scrawls all over the drawing of her mother. Ann reminds Lou she has twice attempted to kill an officer and she is lucky she isn't being transferred to Blackmoor. Joyce takes a phone call saying the men are to be transferred. Mr Coleby takes Ann to his gentlemen's club and insists she calls him Bill. Ettie vaguely remembers a trial but thinks her lawyer was Perry Mason. Joyce isn't able to check with either Ann or Mr Coleby about the transfer of the male prisoners. Sally visits Sam, but Sam rejects her and her offer to talk her mother. Ettie passes on what she overheard outside the staff room: Ann is leaving and the men are going. Marlene runs to the workshop to find out if it is true. Lou hides Sam's palette knife in her sling. Myra slaps Marlene when she accuses her of not caring that the men are leaving. Ann and Coleby arrive back from lunch as the men are being taken away in the fake police van. Joan shoots one of the "policemen". Frank tries to get away in the car, but the gate guard stops the car by shooting out one of the tyres. Frank fights the guard and gets his gun but Dennis stops him as he is climbing the gate.

    The gate guard is called John when Joyce speaks to him on the phone.

    Another Greenway masterpiece


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 12th August 1997 23:30