The wedding dresses arrive. Lou slaps Anita. Alice and Lexie pour alcohol into Janice.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 11 July 1999 04:45
DVD release: volume 33 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:23

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Anita ~ Diane Craig
Bob Taylor ~ Trevor Donovan
Marnie Taylor ~ Joy Dunstan
Shane Munroe ~ Robert Summers
Mrs Warren ~ Eve Godly
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Constable ~ Peter Howard
Plain Clothes Policeman ~ Bill Fozz
Kid No 1 ~ Nicholas Brennan or
Kid No 2 ~ Scott Hailes
Kid No 3 ~ Tim Nelson
Kid No 4 ~ Cameron Kermaghan
Peter ~ Colin Vancao
Cafe Owner ~ Luigi Cengarle
Taxi Driver ~ Jack Mobbs

  • Written by Gail Meillon & Alister Webb
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Anita comes back to the laundry in distress. Myra explains to Anita that they can't lag on Frank, but they will sort Frank out their own way. Dennis fails to turn up for work, and Meg has to do a double shift to cover for an absent Officer Brown. Joan goes to see the Taylors, and tells them she sent Shane away: she explains she hasn't been in touch because her father died. Meanwhile, Shane is hanging around the deserted funfair [cue clips from episode (468)]. Myra tells the women she's promised the Governor that Jan will come to no harm, so they will send her to Coventry and no more. Frank returns to the rec room and makes a comment about Anita being a nun, so Anita explains that she is in prison for refusing to pay a fine imposed after her arrest at a nuclear disarmament rally. Dennis tells Meg he is under suspicion of murder and his car has been impounded for forensic tests. The police start the search for Shane and Joan gives them the information about what he was wearing and where he might have gone. Geoff teases Frank that he couldn't go ahead with his attack on Anita because he's Irish and afraid of going to hell. Anita finds her Bible ripped to shreds by Lou. Shane goes to a snack bar and is saved from a group of kids by a kind stranger, who takes him home and shows him some "artistic" photos... Shane tries to leave and has to throw a pan of boiling milk in his face to escape. Joan and the Taylors go to search the place where Shane was taken fishing with the Major. Meg is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of Ettie putting up the Xmas decorations : she knows it isn't the right time of year but wanted one of her own. After being given an expensive watch and hearing that Ettie had given a couple ten thousand for a "heart operation", Meg decides to take charge of Ettie's finances. Shane is found. Jan gets out of the infirmary and is ignored by the women. Joan visits Shane in hospital, and says goodbye to him. Dennis intends to show Inspector Grace the work rosters as his alibi. Joan is sceptical about the wedding and reminds the staff what happened at the fete. Anita offers to talk to Joan to help her with her grief, but is rebuffed. Inspector Grace won't accept the rosters as proof, as they don't actually rule him of out committing any of the murders. Lexie and Alice are making money on their poker schools in other blocks. Alice seeks Lexie's support to put pressure on Myra to do something more practical about Jan. Despite Myra's warning, Anita goes to sit at Jan's table in the dining room and tastes her food for her as she is still scared about being poisoned by Lou. Myra refuses Alice's demand that she bashes Jan. Dennis is followed home by the police. Mrs Warren brings the dresses for the wedding, but Joan refuses to let her see Marlene trying them on. Alice is disgusted with Myra's refusal to do anything against Jan and gets Lexie to help her. Dennis asks the driver who's following him to give him a lift to work. Lou slaps Anita twice and taunts her to hit her back, and is unsettled when she refuses. Alice and Lexie force Jan to drink grain alcohol.

    Thanks to Leo and Louise, who both pointed out that the Get Well Soon card from Tracey is addressed to "Robert" not Shane. Although, in view of his limited talent, "get better" wishes for the actor might not be a mistake...

    The shot of Judy playing the pianola is used again in a later episode when Reb starts seeing people from her past.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 25th November 1997 23:40