Lou's plan against Jan fails. Dennis discovers he is suspected of murder.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 10 July 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:40

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Sheila ~ Colleen Hewett
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Anita ~ Diane Craig
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Andrew Fry ~ Howard Bell
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Det Andrews ~ Peter Sinclair [L]
Det Smythe ~ Mal Billings [R]
Cinema Manager ~ David Bergin
Cashier ~ Lisa Green
Young girl ~ Nadine Garner
Yobbo ~ Tibor Gyapjas
Drunken Hero ~ Keith Kay [R]
Drunken Mate ~ Ric Hurst [L]

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Chris Adshead
  • ... but when she can't, Joan realises something is wrong, and makes Lou eat the soup herself to prove it hasn't been tampered with. Dennis suggests that Joan must have got someone at Blackmoor to heavy Reb. Joyce wistfully makes an allusion to "Norm" to let us know they are no longer together. Myra tells Alice she'll give her another chance so long as she stays away from Lou. Joan stands over Lou gloating as she pukes up her guts. Dennis stops his car in the pouring rain to give a young girl hitchhiker a lift. Lexie enlists Alice to take part in a poker school with the other blocks during exercise period. Joyce gives tap dancing classes for the women ("shuffle, hop, spring, brush, step, step"). Ettie goes to the cinema and is confused by the choice in a two screen complex. Sheila sings "Pixie's song", once more, with feeling. Frank is rebuffed when he asks Myra to take part in his deals. While helping to decorate her new flat, Dennis asks Meg to hold his ladder then gives her a kiss. Meg suggests they should go on being friends and see what happens. Joan finds Joyce practising her tap routine, but keeps quiet about her own dancing prowess [to be revealed in episode (604)]. Sheila gives Judy her guitar to look after until she gets back. Meg is called to the cinema after Ettie leaves noisily complaining about sex and nudity in the films. Joyce finds Mervin putting in extra practice in the kitchen, but Joyce delicately implies there is not much need to know how to do a souffle in a prison. Meg arrives home to find that Ettie has invited two drunks back to her house on the grounds that they are war heroes. Ettie proudly shows Meg the newspaper headline about her: "PRISONER PAID $250million TO KEEP QUIET" . Ann refuses to take the blame for the Department's mistakes, but talking tough to the creepy Mr Fry only seems to activate his gonads. Joan calls Dennis and Meg a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites for trying to get rid of her. Mervin offers to do the cake for Marlene's wedding. Lexie persuades Marlene to play a joke on Mervin by putting liver salts in the sugar bowl. Anita Selby arrives as a new prisoner on a six week sentence. She asks to share with Lou when she hears that she's a hard case, saying her job is to help people like that. Mervin tells the women he's put the kitchen sugar bowl on Mrs Reynolds tray and dashes off, but is too late to prevent a fizzy accident . Lou meets her new cell mate and sneers at her when she finds her Bible. Mervin proves he's an OK bloke by taking the blame for the liver salts incident. Joan tells the women that Sheila got probation and isn't coming back. Myra remembers who Anita is, but agrees to keep her identity secret. Dennis is taken in for questioning after the hitchhiker he gave a lift to is found murdered. Frank molests Anita and rips open her blouse, revealing a crucifix : when he sneers at her for being a "religious crank", she replies that she's a nun. Shane runs away from the Taylors again and seeks refuge with Joan: she turns him away. Inspector Grace tells Dennis he looks a strong suspect on the (highly circumstantial?) evidence that the series of six (!) murders started one week after Dennis arrived back in Melbourne on March 12th coupled with his own admission that he had given the last victim a lift in his car.

    I vote this episode among the Top Ten Worst Ever - apart from the classic "I'm a nun" scene.

    The manager claims that his cinema only shows "first run" films - and indeed both "Top Secret!" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" date from 1984. Perhaps this was a real cinema?

    Ettie tries to butter up Meg by cooking breakfast


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 18th November 1997 23:40; Channel 5 Saturday 10 July 1999 04:40.