May saves Myra's life. The women give Jenny a hard time. Armed men penetrate Wentworth.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 26 September 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 34 disc 6 (AUS)
Duration: 0:42:50

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 Davis
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margo Knight
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Ram ~ Robert Hughes
Al ~ Gerard Kennay
Max ~ Murray Fahey
Jay ~ Conor McDermottroe
George Costello ~ Peter Stratford
Lionel Fellowes ~ Will Deumer
Doctor ~ Rod Densley
Lorna ~ Barbara Jungwirth
Henchman 1 ~ David Berish
Henchman 2 ~ James Shaw
Gate Guard 1 ~ David Blackman [?]
Gate Guard 2 ~ Alan Barrett [?]

  • Written by John Orcsik
  • Directed by Steve Mann & Tony Osicka
  • The voice of Arnie Ballinger on the speaker phone sounds familiar...

    Daphne tells May what happened to Nora, and May asks Jotce's permission to go back inside. As soon as Joan hears someone approaching the shower block, she lays into Ruth, which releases Myra, who attacks Lou. May has brought along Meg, who wants to know what's going on. Joan accuses Lou and Ruth of attempting to kill Mya: Myra backs up her story, saying that Joan saved her life. Fellowes' people outside give up waiting for Ruth, when they see that the women are being taken back inside. Myra declines to tell Ann the full story of what happened, even when Ann tells her that Lou and Ruth are in solitary and that they are to be charged with attempted murder and posession of drugs. She also apologises to Myra for what she's been through. Joan goes to solitary to gloat but Ruth warns her that there will be a contract out on her for her double-cross. Willie starts to make a speech to encourage the women to vote her onto the Council. Jenny's case makes the television news, and is watched by the women in the rec room. Arnie Ballinger talks on the phone to Costello and Fellowes: he says he will be arranging for "professionals" to get Ruth out, then they can decide what to do about Joan. Ettie promises Lexie that if she needs money when she is released, she has onlt to ask. Jenny refuses to eat the meal brought to her in solitary, and starts to whine that she didn't do it. Meg takes Jenny to her cell but has to wake Ettie who is taking a nap on her bed: Ettie immediately realises she's "the one who bashes old ladies for their money" and can't get out of the cell fast enough. The doctor warns Nora he needs to know the father's blood type as she is rhesus negative: she sighs and looks anguished. The women give Jenny a hard time when she comes to the rec room for the first time, so she runs away and returns to her cell, where Alice is helping herself to Jenny's things. She doesn't make matters any better by lagging to Dennis at the first opportunity. Joan tells Lou that Ruth double-crossed her and she was never going to get out anyway. Ann speaks to Jenny and fills her in about the no-lagging rule. Jenny is given permission to go to her grandmother's funeral, if she is accompanied by an officer. Nora admits she doesn't want her baby's father to know about her pregnancy, but is persuaded she has to for her baby's sake. Jenny runs out of the dining room when the women pick on her again. Terri is a little short with Joan and tells her she's confused about her role in Joan's life: they agree to go to dinner when they are both free. Alice finds out her trial date is set for tomorrow. Alice finds Jenny playing the pianola in the rec room and slams the piano lid on her fingers. Nora follows Jenny back to her cell and bandages her hands. Pippa starts to feel guilty about the way she treated SImon. May tells the women she had gatecrashed a party at Mrs Hartley's house to case it, and she thought Mrs Hartley was a "tight-fisted bitch". Lou returns from solitary. Men in camouflage gear outside the perimeter fence after dark. Julie, Willie, Alice, Ettie and Myra are elected to the Council. The siege begins when the men scale the outer fence, garrott one of the gate guards, and shoot the other. The terrorists enter reception as Joyce is on the phone : she turns round to find a gun practically up her nose.

    Mark Caffrey comments: Just a the woman who passes by Costello's office in 549 actually the fantastic Marilyn Rodgers? She looks familiar!


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Ulster Monday 15th September 1997 23:10; Meridian Tuesday 23 June 1998