Ann reveals that Willie's second bout of amnesia is put on. Terri announces her departure from the prison. Lexie runs a story about Joan and Terri. Ben is offered a bribe to drop Daphne's case.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 27 November 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 4 (AUS), volume 18 disc 4 [UK]
Duration: 0:43:28

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margot Knight
Ben Fulbright ~ Kevin Summers
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Det Insp Grace ~ Terry Gill
Howard Simmons ~ Reg Evans
Adrian Bullock ~ Bill Rowe
Barbara ~ Rosie Tonkin
Alan Tyler ~ Victor Kaye
Reporter ~ Terry Brittingham

  • Written by Kit Oldfield
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Willie overdoes it a little by pretending she thinks she's "died and gone to heaven". Nora tells the women to go along with Willie's trick as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. Inspector Grace doesn't believe that Howie's beating up is connected to him investigating Jenny's case. Ann returns from the Deaprtment with a slightly different story than that implied by the last episode's cliffhanger: apparently having wrung out a concession that the Department will back Daphne's case if they Ann allows them to get rid of Chaucer in their own time. Willie now pretends she is a princess and Joyce and May are her ladies in waiting . Ann refuses to let Pippa back out of running the art classes. Jenny asks Nora to persuade the women to give Pippa another chance. Ann tricks Willie into revealing the truth by telling her she'll have to serve the remaining 20 years of her sentence and Willie objects that she only has four years left. Willie is given a week's cleaning duties as a punishment for wasting everyone's time. Willie and Nora try to concoct some horoscopes for the paper. Meg shows the women how the printing press works, but the result "looks like Russian" as Julie points out. Howie gets Jenny to agree that he should carry on with her case. Daphne sees Ben about her case: she is hesitant to give him her parents' address. Unfortunately, she seems to be starting to fall in love with him. Ben is introduced to Pippa in reception and they don't exactly see eye to eye: she implies he is ambitious and is only taken Daphne's case for what he can get out of it. Joan refuses to go along with Lou's blackmail and sends her packing. Daphne won't put Lexie's story about Joan and Terri on the front page of the paper. Terri tells Joan she doesn't care about the women knowing of their relationship, but Joan doesn't agree and says she doesn't want anyone to know. Ben brings some flowers to try to make up with Pippa. Julie is surprised by Lexie's apparent jealousy when she spends time with Daphne. Terri suggests she could try to find a job outside the prison service if the situation gets difficult. Ben is harrassed by a reporter at his office, and is given back his flowers, which Pippa has delivered by hand. There are troubles with the food supplies as the contract was cancelled but another supplier wasn't appointed. Terri overhears the women making anti-lesbian as soon as she leaves the room. The previous supplier Mr Bullock visits Ann to threaten her over his loss of business, but she refuses to be intimidated. Ben goes golfing with Alan Tyler from the Attorney General's Office and is offered a Supreme Court post if he will drop Daphne's case. Joan finds out from Pat Slattery that Terri has left work after receiving a phone call. Lexue deliberately gets the other women to leave her alone in the printshop. Terri is distraught because her mother is in hospital after a suicide attempt. Ann finds her car windscreen smashed . Lexie prints her own front page announcing Joan and Terri's "marriage".

    Star sign corner: Daphne is a Virgo and Willie is a Cancer ("the old crab").

    It is just about possible to make out the text of Lexie's article on the front page of the "Wentworth Free Press" (see below). The advice column by "Wilhelmina Beecham" includes the sentence "Jennifer get your gun" (?)

    Thanks to Martin for his observation in Digest 1056 that the bunch of flowers Terri brings for Joan is exactly the same as the one Ben gives to Pippa .


    Lexie's article reads as follows:

    THE FREAK ANNOUNCES HER MARRIAGE TO MALONE. by Lexie Patterson. Freak Joan Ferguson has announced her engagement to Miss Terri Malone. It is hoped that the couple will honeymoon in the Bahamas and will drown in the deep blue sea. Miss Malone is a nice lady but the Freak is a bitch. Keep the good work up. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    The last sentence is repeated over and over to fill up the space: I think someone must have seen "The Shining"...

    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Ian Smith (566); Alister Webb (567); Kit Oldfield (568)-(570)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Monday 6th October 1998 23:40; Meridian Monday 08 February 1999 23:40