Nora attempts to wreak vengeance on Lou when her baby dies, but Joyce arrives in the nick of time. Lou reaffirms her authority by beating one of the women. Jenny realises that her aunt might not be what she appears. Dennis has something to hide from Meg.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 24 October 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 35 disc 2 (AUS), volume 18 disc 2 [UK]
Duration: 0:43:48

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrence
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Mick Kirby ~ Neil Melville
Peter Moss ~ Telford Jackson
Dr Kenny ~ David Robson
Mr O'Laughlan ~ Denzil Howson
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Kath ~ Michele Sargent
Officer Hagen ~ Christine Andrew
Officer Davies ~ Cheryl Ballantine
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick

  • Written by Kit Oldfield
  • Directed by Chris Langman
  • Denzil Howson's name is misspelt "Densil" in the credits.

    The "vote" on whether Jenny should play the piano results in 9 for and 13 against, but there seem to be only 20 women in the rec room including Lou and Jenny who do not vote.

    Meg confesses to Ann that she won't be able to look after Dennis. Nora has a miscarriage and loses her baby, but she won't lag on Lou and claims she slipped. Meg tells the women about Nora's miscarriage and notices that both May and Lexie seem to have been in a fight and asks them if they know anything. Daphne nearly tells all, but manages to hold it in. Lou is confident she's on the way to becoming top dog and gets Kath and Alice to go round the women and check on her "popularity". Daphne goes to see Nora in the infirmary and prattles on while Nora looks straight ahead of her blankly (to the accompaniment of some terrible heavenly chorus type music). She eventually tells Daphne she believes her baby was taken from her as punishment for killing again. Ann asks the officers to keep an eye on Daphne for symptoms of depression and tells them that Dennis won't be returning to work. Julie amazes Jenny by her knowledge of classical music. Joan is elected unopposed as Union Rep to replace Dennis (despite Meg saying she would exercise her right to vote?) Jenny tells Julie about her Aunt, who married a man her grandmother didn't approve of and wasn't heard from again until recently. Julie suggests she should contact her aunt. Lou makes a stand over Jenny playing the piano in the rec room and clouts May when she stands up to her. Ann is asked by the Minister to take over Fry's job, and tells Meg she is being considered as a possible Governor, but says she hasn't made up her mind yet whether she can work with the "awful people" at the Department. Lou takes over the press in the laundry from May and sends her off on laundry pickup. Mick visits Nora in hospital to offer his condolences and says they could try again to have a child, but Nora tells him she was only using him and has no feelings for him. Jenny's lawyer tells her Aunt Harriet doesn't want to see her and is trying to have the will invalidated. Nora returns from hospital, and Lou taunts her that she seems to have lost weight. All the women watch to see what will happen, but Nora sits down meekly without saying a word. Ettie now wants to get out and doesn't understand why Ann can't just let her out. Ann tells the Council that classes have been approved, and the Council agree to sign the waivers after Julie says there is not much chance of them succeeding with any claims for compensation anyway. Mervin sympathises with Nora by telling her about how much he misses his Aunt Nellie who encouraged his interest in cookery. Julie is belatedly given the news by Ann that her mother has been admitted to hospital and is not expected to survive. Lou tells the women she's set up an insurance scheme and all of them are expected to pay up fifty cents a day. Ettie tells her solicitor that she wants to change her plea to innocent. Joan vows that the Union will oppose the classes, even though Joyce and Officer Davies are in favour. Mervin has an epileptic seizure in the kitchen in front of Lexie and Nora: he begs them not to tell anyone as he did not declare his epilepsy on his job application. Dennis is more optimistic when Meg visits him in hospital, and he is looking forward to coming home. As Union representative, Joan vetoes having an officer accompany Julie to visit to her mother after Joyce overhears her saying she will escape and cites the precedents of "Smith, Latham, Kean" who all escaped on hospital visits. Nora lies in wait for Lou and tries to strangle her in her cell, but is stopped in time by Joyce.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 31st July 1997 23:10; Ulster Monday 10th November 1997 23:40; Meridian Tuesday 08 September 1998 23:45