Ettie enlists the help of Fellowes, Myra covers for Joan and Jenny offends Mrs Goddard. [Not in this episode, she doesn't!]

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 04 September 1999 04:50
DVD release: volume 34 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:16

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Ruth ~ Lindy Davies
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Mrs Hartley ~ Aileen Britton
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margot Knight
Sadie Grimshaw ~ Helene Jacoby
Norm Barry ~ Bill Johnston
Lionel Fellowes ~ Will Deumer
Frank Richards ~ Marcus Eyre
Young Jennifer ~ Melinda Watts

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • The credits on both Granada and Channel 5 started at Joyce, missing out the first four names as listed above. Daphne is not in this episode.

    Ettie mentions Brenda and Lexie mentions Marelen and Matt.

    When Dennis arrives on the scene first, Joan has to back down. Myra supports Joan's version of events at which Dennis looks dubious. Myra lets Joan know she's going to be on the look-out for her next attempt to set her up. Ruth hints that May should consider making a play for top dog, while making it clear that she's not interested in the position herself. She manages to get May's approval for handing out grass. Joan snaps at Terri for letting her down, but immediately softens and and admits she has another plan to fix Myra - this time for good. Julie tries to make friends with Lexie. Joyce admits to Meg and Dennis that she's trying to avoid speaking to Norm. Joan takes up Ruth's offer to have Myra fixed in return for bringing in a parcel of grass for her. Dennis offers to move in with Meg, purely to force Joyce to make a decision about her future (of course). Terri makes out a false report that Myra has been causing trouble. Ruth offers to get Lexie a job in a casino when she's released. Ettie contacts Lionel Fellowes to get her money back, and tells him he can keep it if he gets her back in Wentworth. He is suspicious it's a setup and asks his associate to check it out. The money is duly returned to Ettie by Frank Richards (minus a few hundred dollars the punks spent on drugs) and she's told to meet Fellowes at his night club to make arrangements. Joan adds Lou to the list of people she wants disposed of as Ruth's part of their deal, but Ruth treats her demands with airy condescension, and gives Joan a letter to post as if she were her housemaid. Ruth gives Myra the phone number she has traced so she can speak to her daughter Kay, but Myra still refuses to give Ruth permission to bring in drugs. Willie is startled by Ettie's statue in the rec room, especially as it is wrapped in a pink housecoat, and suggests it ought to be moved out into the garden. Mrs Hartley tells Jenny that she is leaving her everything in her will. Julie phones her mother and finds out she is dying of cancer: she tells Lexie she is glad that she stole the money from work to give her mother a world trip while she was still well enough to take it. Nora asks Meg if her name could be put forward for consideration at the next parole board. Pippa and Ann have tea with the Hartleys and Pippa does her best to shock Mrs Hartley with frank admissions of her loose behaviour with a married man. Norm talks it over with Joyce: she tells him she can't live with him any more and wants a divorce. May gives Willie a cardigan she knitted for her six years ago, but has it thrown back at her when May admits she didn't give it to her in the first place as they'd just had an argument. After her grandmother tells her she can't go for dinner with Pippa after all and calls her a "whore", Jenny remembers being locked in a room as a child by her grandmother. Meg arrives home to find that Joyce has taken an overdose.


    Not all of Australia saw the whole series. Apparently episode (542) was the last one to be shown in Perth (Western Australia)

    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Ian Smith & Gail Meillon (541)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Neil Luxmoore, Tony McDonald, John Coulter

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Ulster Tuesday 29 July 1997 00:10; Meridian Tuesday 21 April 1998 23:40