Joan cuts off Lexie's hair after an argument. Dennis is charged with murder, and Ettie tells Ann she doesn't want to go to a retirement village.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 17 July 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:07

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
Anita ~ Diane Craig
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Dr Stanton ~ Howard Priddle
Salesman ~ Paul Makin
Det. Insp. Grace ~ Terry Gill
Det Andrews ~ Peter Sinclair
Det Mullins ~ Roger Nolan

  • Written by Ted Ogden
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Marlene is too big for the wedding dresses and splits the seam of the first one she tries on. Ettie misunderstands and starts to pack for her move, assuming Meg is coming with her. Anita wants to check on Jan, but the women hear a horrible scream and find Jan climbing the walls with her hands bleeding from being scraped on the brickwork. As the women discuss who could have done such a cruel thing, Lexie shows too much anxiety and Alice's complaint that Myra wasn't doing enough to punish a lagger leads her to admit their guilt. Anita tells them she's worked with alcoholics and knows what will happen to Jan, though it must have been in the middle of the nineteenth century from the "treatment" she describes. Marlene asks Anita how to get forgiveness for the accident she caused: she suggests that Marlene writes a letter to the parents of the man who died. Myra and Geoff choose an odd location (the toilet block) to discuss their future after Geoff is released. Lou manages to provoke Anita to raise a hand to strike her by implying that as she's a nun she must be a lesbian. Dennis helps Meg with the proper packing for her move. Marlene dreams of her wedding dress falling apart and when she wakes up shrieking it makes her resolve to lose weight. Myra mends the real torn wedding dress in the laundry, but sews a denim piece into it by mistake. Meg sends for some brochures about retirement villages as a strong hint to Ettie. Joan finds Lexie counting her gambling take, and takes her to the Governor. She loses buyup for two weeks. Lexie makes a slightly unwise remark about Joan's father, which makes Joan slam her into a wall and tell her she's going to regret saying it. Lou points out a piece in the paper about Anita saying she has "divided Church opinion": Anita blames the stupidity of the men who run the Church. Meg is pestered by a vacuum cleaner salesman booked by Ettie. When she finds out Jan is in hospital, Ettie asks if she can visit. Anita sermonises further about nuclear weapons. Marlene offers to let Lexie have her buyup as she's on a diet. After snapping at her earlier for even asking, Joan gives Anita her nuclear disarmament pamphlets as an excuse to hover around until Anita senses she wants to talk about her personal problems. Ettie is upset to see Jan under restraint and sedated and offers to pay for treatment for her in a private sanatorium. The police find damning forensic evidence in Dennis' car, including some smudged fingerprints that look like the second victim's. Lexie goes to recover some scissors from her cell, but when she answers Joan back, she uses them to cut off her locks after washing off her makeup. Ettie visits Ann to ask for permission to return the rest of the money and come back to live in Wentworth. The women are suspicious of Lexie's claim that she cut her own hair as she wanted a change of image. Marlene reads Anita the letter she has written to the parents of the man whose death she caused. Ann makes Dennis take leave as his work is suffering. Inspector Grace arrives at Wentworth to see Dennis and tells him he is to be charged with murder.

    Anita appears to be reading "The Elephant Man" in the rec room.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 2nd December 1997 23:40