Lou and Lexie put their heads together. Pippa hits the headlines. As the fog clears in Willie's memory, the news about Joan and Terri comes flooding back. Chaucer threatens Ann's career.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 20 November 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 3 (AUS), volume 18 disc 3 [UK]
Duration: 0:44:37

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicholson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margot Knight
Dr. Malone ~ Tim Robertson
Mrs. Malone ~ Jackie Kelleher
Ben Fulbright ~ Kevin Summers
Geoffrey Chaucer ~ Roy Bauldwin
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Barbara ~ Rosie Tonkin
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Gate Guard ~ David Bickerstaff

  • Written by Patrea Smallacombe & James Simmonds
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Thanks to Tim Coward for transcribing the credits from the Carlton broadcast.

    As Willie sits in a corner of the cell we see a very unconvincing "join" in the brickwork behind her head.

    The laundry muster is becoming a regular feature: this time it's "Hartley, Patterson, Flynn, Collins, Corbett, Brent and Groom". We later do see Ronnie, Jacko and Diana Groom in the laundry.

    Wouldn't an officer usually be suspended on full pay until any inquiry was concluded?

    As Ann is leaving, the gate guard tells her about Willie, so Ann goes back inside to try to talk her out. Terri's parents come across as a very stuffy couple and let her know they disapprove of her job and wish Terri had chosen another career, like medicine. Joan hears Terri arriving and goes outside to warn her not to tell her parents of their relationship, but unfortunately her mother has come out onto the verandah and overhears. Mrs Malone reacts very badly and demands to be taken home, refusing to speak to Terri at all. May shows the depth of her feelings for Willie when she hears she has been taken to the infirmary. Julie finds a (very implausible) reference in a law book that might help Willie: "if we can prove that Willie can't remember the crime she committed, then they can't keep her locked up". Terri is distraught at her parents rejecting her, while Joan doesn't manage to bite back the temptation to say "I told you so". Ann visits Pat at home to tell her she is to be suspended pending an investigation: Pat has her bank statements ready to show there are no large payments. May sneaks off to Willie's cell after hearing she's sedated: while she is out cold, May talks to her to plead with her to get better. Pat goes to see Joan to ask for monetary support from the Union, but isn't pleased when Joan says she will have to put it to the membership. Lexie and Lou decide to ask for Council approval for a numbers racket (which they intend to fix). The press get hold of Daphne's story : the Minister is outraged and demands to see Ann immediately. Jenny is alarmed to find that her trial has been set for this week and her solicitor hasn't contacted her. During her interview with the Minister, Ann finds out Chaucer is an accountant, which (possibly) contradicts his claim that he had no head for figures. Joan gets a Union meeting in the staff room to agree to pay Pat Slattery, and gets the credit for thinking of the idea. Ann asks Julie to check further back for duplicate invoices. Ben Fulbright and his secretary have a coy little conversation that suggests they were responsible for the leak to the press. Julie finds other invoices with different signatures (including Janet Conway and Colleen Powell ). Joyce tries to reassure Willie, but is surprised to find that the only prisoner she trusts is "Louise" (i.e. Lou). Willie arrives late for dinner and Joan refuses to let her be served, until Joyce overrules her. May finds Willie's stuff hidden under Daphne's mattress, but alarms Willie when she tries to give it back to her. Willie runs into the rec room, climbs on the pool table, slips on a ball and gets her memory back. Ben tells Daphne not to talk to the press, and points out that she could have her criminal record wiped out if the appeal is successful Willie now remembers she pulled the locker onto herself, and also the conversation between Joan and Terri that she heard just before the accident. Pippa gives an interview attacking the PMS defence which makes front page news . Nora asks Daphne why she stole the stuff, but she can't even remember doing it. Ann calls Chaucer to Wentworth to accuse him of running the racket: he tries to bluff by saying he'll report it to the Minister. When she says she is happy for him to do so, she tells her says she must join in or he'll make sure she is framed herself.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield (561); Ian Smith (562); Alister Webb (563); Kit Oldfield (564): Alister Webb (565)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Monday 22nd September 1997 23:40; Meridian Monday 25 January 1999 23:40