Frank coerces Lou into helping with his revenge upon Geoff and Myra. Marl is told she is due for release. Joan has a blackout in front of the women.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 25 July 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 34 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:28

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
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Sheila ~ Colleen Hewett
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Andrew Fry ~ Howard Bell
Sister Hall ~ Gail Andrews
Father James ~ James Wright
Dr Leary ~ Paul Wentford
Bluey ~ Bob Jewell [R]
Curly ~ James Shaw [L]
Neighbour ~ Ron Little
Removalist ~ Peter Rose

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Marlene fills her pockets full of fruit cake from the kitchen, but Myra arrives in time to catch her red-handed. Ann sympathises with Judy but tells her she won't have much chance of winning her case against the financial resources of a record company. Judy asks her to find out if the Department would still be interested in buying Driscoll House from her to raise the money to fight her case. Frank returns to the workshop: Geoff has noticed he has been gone a long time. After failing to invite Meg out on a dinner date, Andrew Fry asks Ann to gather new evidence to help him get rid of Joan as a way of following up on Reb's allegations. Meg and Dennis find Joan still lying unconscious under the bookcase in the library. Sister Hall examines Joan, but she can't remember what happened to her and has to agree to go to hospital for an examination after her shift finishes. Frank wants to collect his side of the bargain: he tells Lexie he's already fixed Joan. Just then, Lou arrives in the rec room and announces that she's heard Joan is dead. Lexie attacks Frank for going too far. Anita asks permission to see Father James. Joan returns to work immediately, which disposes of the rumour about her death: she catches hold of Lou and accuses her of the attack, as she's (somehow) already heard that Lou has been telling people she's dead [*]. Mervin makes Marlene eat sausages and custard as aversion therapy to put her off food. Lou raises the possibility that Lexie had the best motive for attacking Joan, which makes Myra more suspicious about why Lexie attacked Frank. Father James hears Anita's confession of "impure thoughts" about Joe, and gives her absolution, but says she must not see him again. Joan picks on Dennis next as a possible attacker, pointing out he has plenty of motive to get back at her. Myra is suspected of the attack on Joan, as she was out of the laundry on a pickup at the time. After interviewing her, Ann believes her protestation of innocence, but tries to get her co-operation in ensuring there are no further attacks on Joan by telling her it's possible that Joan might be leaving soon anyway. Judy is dismayed to see "Shelly" on TV (in full Ziggy Stardust getup) , but admits she sings the song well. Joan feels a sudden pain in her head while making tea in the staff room. Frank tells Lou he was the one who attacked Joan, and shows her his hit list written on a scrap of paper in green ink "FERGUSON, DESMOND, MCCRAE, DELANEY" (the last two are probably spelt wrongly) and reveals what will happen if she doesn't help him by unfolding the paper: KELLY is at the top of the list. Joan sees a doctor. Lexie is guilty about her part in the attack on Joan, and seeks advice from Anita. Joan goes walkabout round the docks and is found in a trance by the waterfront. Marlene is told she is to be released before the wedding: Ann agrees to "lose" the paperwork for a few days so it can go ahead inside Wentworth as planned. Dennis has trouble with a neighbour while moving into his new home. Joan has another blackout in the laundry in front of the women: they are amazed when she fails to respond to a sarcastic remark from Lou, and leaves without saying a word.

    Lou refers to a "Miss Gorman", who is presumably supposed to be an officer.

    No-one seems to realise that the title of "Pixie's song" is in itself the strongest evidence of Judy's authorship. Why would Sheila, who'd never met Pixie, write a song to her?

    At the end of the scene marked [*] in the Channel 5 broadcast, there was a stray sound that could have been "Bitch!". Although a clumsy edit like this would usually indicate a cut, it doesn't seem to be so in this case, although it was where the commercial break came in the previous Granada broadcast.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 06 January 1998 23:55