Marl gets permission to throw a surprise party for Myra. Joan finds Sam about to kill herself. And Jan tells the women that Ettie is illegally imprisoned and could make a lot of money.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 12 June 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:56

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
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
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Sheila ~ Colleen Hewett
Kath ~ Michele Sargent
Policewoman ~ Carolyn Kennett

  • Written by James Simmonds & Alistair (sic) Webb
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Marlene speculates that Matt is dead (presumably the women have heard the shots?) Frank is taken back inside and Joyce is worried that she will be blamed for signing the fake release papers. Judy is released from solitary and Dennis (somewhat stupidly?) explains to her what the shooting was all about. Judy duly passes it on to the women in the laundry and confirms that the men have not been transferred. Lou shows Kath the sharpened knife and says she will use it on Myra first then Frank. Sheila Maureen Brady arrives at Wentworth on drug possession charges: the policewoman comments not to stand to close to her as she's "a bit on the nose". Joyce hustles her off to the shower as soon as possible. Sam shows Judy the card from the deaf children, but refuses to talk about her personal feelings about being rejected by her mother. Marlene is relieved to see Matt is unharmed. Judy tells Myra not to worry about the women as Bea got the same treatment when she branded Nola. Ann tells the women she will be leaving Wentworth. Meg is out of hospital and tells Dennis she won't be applying for Ann's job when she leaves. Marlene tries to apologise to Sheila for the remark she made about her smell: she tells Marlene she was arrested for holding heroin for the rock groups she hung around with. Myra once again falls for Kath's decoy routine and is led to Lou's cell to be finished off: Myra lays them both out and recovers the knife, finishing off by treading on Lou's injured hand. Myra gives Sam the knife back and tells her to keep it hidden in future. Joan sweeps Sam's drawings onto the floor and Judy sees to her surprise that they are all of her. Sheila sings the blues in the dark. Ettie comforts Jan as she has a nasty turn in the middle of the night. Dennis has to show Sheila how to make a bed, as she's never done it before. Meg returns to work. Marlene plans a surprise party for Myra's 40th birthday. Judy tries to break it to Sheila gently, but Lexie is more brutal and tells her she "stinks". Sheila won't let Ettie take her clothes away to be washed. Lou and Kath steal a song that Judy is writing and Sam gets it's back for her. Sam overhears Lou and Kath plotting to kill Myra and thinks they mean Judy. Judy is annoyed when Sam has a go at Lou and tells her to leave it to people who can handle it. Lou approaches Sheila to get her to bring drugs in, but she refuses. Sam feels that everything has gone wrong for her and contemplates suicide with the palette knife but Joan stops her. After seeing the papers brought in by a visitor, Jan discovers Ettie has been in prison for 45 years without trial, and advises her to apply for compensation.

    Sheila's tatty red teeshirt reads "Mother Blood and the Haemophiliacs" - is this a real group or a made-up one?

    Lexie refers to Matt and Marlene "Torville and Dean".


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 26th August 1997 23:50