Someone tries to run Pippa Reynolds over. Ann announces four new arrivals and is informed that a blockade means that there will be no food delivered to Wentworth.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 28 November 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 4 (AUS), volume 18 disc 4 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:05

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
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margot Knight
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Harry Wheeler ~ Buzz Allshorn
Head Waiter ~ Jack Brown
Timothy Wimpole ~ David Coombs
Frank Bolton ~ Terry Emery
Female Neighbour ~ Peggy Haines
Truck Driver ~ Ron Bingham
Taxi Driver ~ Nick Bourne
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne

  • Written by Merle Thornton & John Smallbone
  • Directed by Charles (Bud) Tingwell
  • From a comment by Alice, it seems she was originally inside for robbing a service station.

    Ben calls round to see Ann, but Pippa won't let him inside and tells him to wait in the car. Lexie hands out the paper, but when Nora reads them she collects them up again, but not before Meg has read it. Joan phones Terri's father to ask him if it's true that he has forbidden Terri to see her mother: he hangs up on her. Ben tells Ann that he's considering dropping Daphne's case after the Supreme Court offer and asks if he can be allowed to tell Daphne in person. Nora tells Lexie that if anyone gets into trouble over the paper it will be Daphne, not her. Pippa now starts to take Daphne's side as a way of getting back at Ben for his lack of principle. She slaps Ben's face and gets one in return (in the name of "equality"). Meg takes the paper to Joan's house so she can see it before she takes it the Governor. Joyce tells Mervin about a cookery competition she's read about in a magazine and encourages him to enter his "Espagnol Special" Beef Wellington. The improbable prize is $3,000 and ... a microwave? The women at Wentworth have to put up with less adventurous fare as Mervin doesn't have butter, cheese or milk . Joyce reports the supplies shortage to Ann and says that everyone she has phoned wants cash or the guarantee of a long term contract (though this seems an unlikely reaction from anyone who tries to make their living by selling stuff). Ann sees Joan and Terri and tells them she will have to report the incident: Terri tells her she has decided to resign. Daphne denies any knowledge of the front page story and Nora backs her up. Ann gives Nora 24 hours to get the person responsible to own up. Ann tells the staff that Wentworth is to receive four juvenile offenders on a youth rehabilitation scheme: Joan objects to the way staff are being treated and promises to report it to the Union. Terri tells the women she has resigned and Joan follows up by warning the women the gloves are off (..or on?). The Council decide Lexie must own up or lose approval for the numbers racket. Daphne is already blaming herself for Lexie's prank and then has to face the additional blow of Ben telling her he can't represent her. Pippa's art class turns into a paint fight started by Lou, but she covers for the women when Joan walks in by claiming she was demonstrating the "Jackson Pollock" method of design. Ben has been waiting outside the gate for Pippa to come out, but she drives straight past him giving an ironical "Queen Mother" wave. The Council agree to participate in the rehabilitation scheme, but Nora says it has to be put to all the women. Lou tells Lexie she wants to sell more fake tickets in the numbers racket. As revenge for her treatment of him, Ben ruins Pippa's dinner date by walking into the restaurant and pretending to be her husband and getting the waiter to join in by calling her "Mrs Fulbright". Nora wins over Lexie and Lou and other objectors to the rehabilitation scheme. Jenny is told her trial has been set for the following day. Frank Bolton brushes aside Joan's objections and tells her to co-operate with the rehabilitation scheme. Pippa nearly falls victim to a hit-and-run outside Ann's house (or rather, she unconvincingly throws herself backwards onto the grass verge as a car drives past her). The emergency food deliveries are blockaded at the front gate by a van driver's union.


    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 20th October 1997 23:40; Meridian Monday 15 February 1999 23:40