Ann enforces a security clampdown, Myra and Lou clash over top-dog position, and an immediate cell-search is announced.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 15 August 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 34 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:49

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrence
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Andrew Fry ~ Howard Bell
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Kath Deakin ~ Michele Sargent
Barnhurst Officer ~ Lorraine Kindler
Nurse 1 ~ Gaytana Adorna
Nurse 2 ~ Christine Lucas

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan

    The actual credit for Dennis is Nigel "Breadshaw" (thanks, Leo).

  • Myra and Lexie are both missing their cellmates. Ann leaves a note for Joan at the hospital to let her know about her reinstatement when Joan still refuses to see her. Lou warns the women not to count on Myra to save them from Joan when she returns and admits she is angling for top dog. Eight women arrive transferred from Barnhurst. Five of them are lodged in H block:- Willie (Wilhelmina) Beecham, May Collins, Nora Flynn, Julie Egbert and Daphne Graham. Ann corrects Meg sharply when she hopes Myra can sort them out. The newcomers promptly establish their characters: May and Willie bicker like an old married couple, Julie's shyness and the laugh that suggested her nickname "Chook". The women ignore Myra in the laundry and Lou tells Myra the women want a change of top dog. Ann addresses the new arrivals and warns them not to flaunt their buyup as the others in H block have lost theirs. Willie and May are disappointed not to be sharing, and persuade Joyce to change the allocation. Julie is put to share with Lexie and finds her so overpowering she can hardly speak. Meg tells Dennis that might have to watch Nora as she had escaped recently and been on the run for 3 months. She is suspected of trying to kill a baby in the maternity wing of Barnhurst. Andrew Fry visits Joan in hospital to tell her she is to be reinstated, but she won't accept immediately and tells him she'll think about it. May tells the women in the rec room that Bea is dead. Nora is sharing a cell with Myra: she tells Myra she is in prison for killing three hitchhikers and has already served 23 years since she was 19 (though she also says 18). Ann imposes tighter security and tells the officers they are to put anyone on report if they are out of their allocated areas without an excuse. Myra stands up to Lou when she bullies Julie. May tells Ann about Daphne's "moods", and suggests she be allowed to work in the garden. May puts her weight behind Myra after seeing how she stuck up for Julie. Lou finds Daphne talking to her plants. Willie bursts into tears when Daphne talks about the plants which did not survive the fire, especially Fanny her philodendron. May announces in public that she isn't challenging Myra for top dog position. Mervin confesses he has loved Joyce "ever since that first night when you caught me practicing my souffles". Lou torments Daphne by throwing her plants on the floor. The women see a TV report on the arrest of Ruth Ballinger at the airport. Julie hastily hides a maths textbook she's reading when Lexie comes into their cell. Joyce tells Meg she's decided to move out for a while to get away from living with Norm. Ann tells off Officer Slattery for letting the women leave the dining room without a cutlery count and calls for a random cell search.

    The Barnhurst women sent to other blocks are "Jane Coulter, Nancy Groob and Fay Osicka".

    One of the paintings in the staff room has been changed.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield (538)-(540)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Neil Luxmoore, Tony McDonald, John Coulter

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 17 March 1998 23:45