Matt and Marl sort out a misunderstanding. And Ettie is disappointed with life on the outside.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 04 July 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:11

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Sheila ~ Colleen Hewett
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Michele Sargent
Frances ~ Wanda Davidson
Off. Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Mr Warren ~ John Proper
Driver ~ Hardy Stow
Reporter ~ Gary Kliger
Reporter 1 ~ Jansis O'Hanlon [R]
Reporter 2 ~ Terry Brittingham [L]
Shop Assistant ~ Val Mills
Bank Manager ~ Bruce Carter
Bank Teller ~ Steve Kidd
Photographer ~ Rob O'Hara [C]

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • Myra manages to drag Lou back inside the cell, but as Lou sends Kath outside to keep nit, Geoff arrives in time to help Myra, who aims a punch squarely at Lou's crotch. Ettie announces she's getting her "pension" and they are letting her out, but seems to think the amount she is getting will be 250 million. Ann and Meg go shopping for an outfit for Ettie's release. Marlene asks an expert - Judy - whether a marriage between a straight person and a gay person would work. Judy works out why she is asking and tells her that if she's worried Matt is gay, she should just ask him directly. Meg spots someone following her and Ann in a department store: it turns out to be a reporter wanting Ettie's story. Lou hobbles into the rec room and Myra glares at her to unsettle her further. Marlene asks Matt about his attack on his employer and takes his replies as an admission that he is gay. Judy tries to convince her she's misunderstood but Marlene won't be shaken. With Judy acting as lookout, Myra tries to isolate Lou by bashing her heavies, Kath and Fran. Lou is warned by Myra not to count on Alice's support when she comes out of solitary, as she's got Lou to thank for being on a murder charge. Joan returns to work and admits she is only at work because she had nothing else in her life. Ettie distributes "cheques" before she leaves: Lexie shrewdly asks for hers to be changed to dollars rather than pounds. Ann faces Joan with Ray's accusations: she denies them, saying it is only the word of a drunk supported by the word of a criminal. Ann gently warns her that both of them are prepared to give evidence in court, so she'd better be on her best behaviour until the Department has concluded its investigation. Joan phones Cynthia at Blackmoor to get her to put pressure on Reb to withdraw her evidence. Meg is horrified by Ettie's announcement that she's going to live with her, not in the hotel room booked for her. Joan stops off in Sheila's cell to sneer at her chances of getting out of prison. Meg has to agree to take Ettie in with her when she admits she's frightened and alone without familiar faces. Ann gives Jan one of Etttie's "cheques" for a million dollars. Jan says she will keep it as a memento of her most interesting case, but Ann tries to reassure her that her career is not over (so can solicitors with a criminal record continue to practice in Australia?) Sheila asks Judy if she can move in with her when she returns after her trial. Judy tells Geoff why Marlene is shunning Matt, and Geoff passes on the rumour on to Matt, who rushes off to set matters "straight" with Marlene. Ettie confuses her currencies when she tries to withdraw money at the bank and insists on being given "real money" until the manager sweet talks her and invites her for a cup of tea in his office. After being caught with Matt in the rec room by Joan during work hours, Marlene assumes the worst when she is called to the Governor's office but it is her father who's come to tell her he and her mother now agree to the wedding. Marlene decides to get married in Wentworth and asks Judy and Myra to be matrons of honour. Ettie runs into another posse of reporters outside Meg's house. Alice tells Lou she has to get her off the hook and doesn't care how she does it. Ann is disappointed to be told that Reb has changed her story and now denies any knowledge of the letter. Lou delivers Jan's dinner to the infirmary, having added a certain extra ingredient to the already yellow soup. Jan spits it out in disgust, but when Lou returns to collect the tray Joan is with her and orders Jan to eat up her dinner...

    As the women wait by the gate for their shower, watch out for Marlene's marvellous display of gurning through the bars.

    Ettie rips the pink "cheques" in half in the laundry but later in the Governor's office she is holding them in her hands again.

    As Joan would clearly have committed a criminal offence if Ray's statement is true, why doesn't Ann report the matter straight to the police?


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