Nora loses her parole by refusing to dob on Lou. Things don't look good for Lexie's early release either. Meanwhile, Julie works out a way to get permission from the union to visit her mother.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 30 October 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 35 disc 2 (AUS), volume 18 disc 2 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:23

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerbeg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrence
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Queenie ~ Marilyn Rodgers
Geoffrey Chaucer ~ Roy Baldwin
Mary Burns ~ Trish Mulholland
Douglas Hopwood ~ Kristopher Steele
Thelma Hawkins ~ Paula Langlands
Albert James ~ Alan Rowe
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Harriet Formby ~ Maggie Steven
Steve Formby ~ Mark Mitchell
Nurse ~ Betina Eijsma
Neighbour Number 1 ~ Rusty Chilcott
Neighbour Number 2 ~ Peter Cameron
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Chris Langman
  • The "law" book Julie is reading seems from the page that appears on screen to be about the forensic pathology service.

    Nora won't lag on Lou for causing her miscarriage even though it will affect the parole hearing the following day. Lexie nearly gives the game away about Mervin's epilepsy in front of Joyce. Julie begs Ann to accompany her visit, but Ann says she has been forbidden by the Department to get involved in a Union dispute. Daphne challenges Lou to do something to help Julie get her visit to her mother if she wants to be top dog, but Lou says she will have to pay her insurance first. Mervin tells Joyce about his epilepsy, but she seems embarrassed to discuss the matter. Lexie looks forward to getting out when she gets her parole. Lou tries to heavy Queenie to pay her insurance, but Queenie points out she's getting out tomorrow, so why should she pay? Dennis comes out of hospital in a wheelchair. Joyce fails to control the women or involve them in a serious discussion during the session set aside for classes. Ann challenges Joan for her attitude and says her father would have been very disappointed in her attitude. Queenie gives Julie an idea by mentioning the PGA (Professional Girls Association) who petitioned the Commissioner for Human Rights. Dennis has to be carried up the steps to his flat. Julie goes to Ann, who agrees to phone the Commissioner's office. Dennis has a bit of difficulty with his wheelchair and a sheepskin rug. Mr Fry's replacement Geoffrey Chaucer arrives to conduct the parole board and reacts to Pat's name with a bon mot ("Slattery will get you nowhere"). Aunt Harriet and her husband Steven visit Jenny to make it clear she is not to try to contact them ever again. Lexie blows her parole hearing by replying to the board's stupid questions and failing to be contrite enough. Ann coldly informs Harriet Formby she cannot stop Jenny contacting her, but after meeting her she will certainly be advising her not to do so. Lou makes a statement to the Parole Board in Nora's support and admits it was her who caused Nora's miscarriage (though only after Queenie had reminded her it is in her interests that Nora gets released). May points out to Jenny that Aunt Harriet has a possible motive, since if Jenny was serving a life sentence, she would inherit in her place. Nora is not granted parole. Joan approaches Geoffrey Chaucer to undermine Ann's position over Julie's visit, but Ann overhears and buts in to put her own point of view. Queenie is released early with a five thousand dollar payoff from Mr Fry. Willie gives her money to get some goods in from the outside. May appeals to Myra's memory to persuade Nora to step in as top dog. Julie gets her visit and Ann says she will accompany her. Lou heavies Lexie to pay up her insurance: Nora stops her and tells Lou she is taking over the press.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 7th August 1997 23:10; Ulster Monday 17th November 1997 23:40; Meridian Tuesday 22 September 1998 23:40