Ann promises to try and get supplies in and is pleased to get some evidence incriminating Bullock. Meanwhile, Nikki makes a stand against Joan

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 05 December 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 5 (AUS), volume 18 disc 5 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:08

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
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Nikki ~ Vicki Mathios
Cindy ~ Robyn Frank
Lisa ~ Liza Bermingham
Joanna ~ Nicole Dixon
Harry Wheeler ~ Buzz Allshorn
Frank Bolton ~ Terry Emery
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Officer Ward ~ Jacqui Jackson
Mrs Lennox ~ Berrie Cameron-Allen
Policeman ~ Tony Cornwell
Policewoman ~ Lana Williams
Waitress ~ Suzanne Brenchley

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • The number of women has now gone down to 47, according to Ann's count of the number to be fed, but goes back up to 50 later in the episode with three (unseen) new arrivals.

    Under Pippa's influence, Ann is turning a little Japanese .

    Classy invite from the print shop : note the scare quotes round "all welcome", impying that maybe they aren't.

    Nora talks her way out of the situation, by telling Nikki to play "Growing Up" with someone else, then simply walking away from her. Lisa gets heavied by Lou again who threatens to print the front page on her face, but she gets no support from Joanna. The women find Lisa in tears in a corridor and she asks Meg to take her to the Goverment to get permission to leave the programme. Ann agrees to let her leave and says she will intervene on her behalf so she doesn't have to go to a juvenile institution. Joanna offers to bring goods in for Lou instead of Lisa, but demands payment from Lou. Lexie distributes the latest version of the "Free Press" and reads Willie's reply to a prolem from "Rita" who is worried her husband is cheating on her while she's inside. Jenny returns to Wentworth: a retrial has been ordered after the jury failed to reach a verdict. Joanna shows Nikki the money she's got from Lou, but has to hand it over when Nikki sticks the knife under her nose. Joyce is given the responsibility of distributing the supplies of vitamin supplements to the women: one tablet each at breakfast... May and Nora hint to Cindy about Joan's black gloves and Willie adds an anecdote about a girl (completely made up) called "Bubbles" who was driven mad by it and poured acid over her own face. Despite the story's lack of plausibility, Cindy runs out of the dining room. Meg organises staff to bring food in: Officer ("Wendy") Ward declines to bring potatoes in her car boot as her husband left fishing bait in it and it still stinks. As they are collected by police car to go home, Nikki tells Joanna she has to meet her on the outside later that night. Nora insists that they must try to get the knife away from Nikki, even though she suspects Nikki is not as tough as she pretends. Pippa goes out for a meal with Ben and she tries to persuade him to take up Daphne's case again. Nikki and Joanne rob a chemist's shop. Joanna trips and twists her ankle, and Nikki leaves her behind to be caught by the police. Lou lies to Lexie and says he hasn't been able to get the girls to get stuff in for her. Nikki puts on a tearful act to manipulate her mother into giving her an alibi. Daphne worries that she is suffering from malnutrition. Cindy and Nikki are the only ones to turn up for the second day of the rehabilitation programme. After a discussion with the picketers, Frank Bolton makes the officers stop bringing food into the prison. Lou tries to get money from Lexie so she can buy the pills from Nikki. Meg and Ann are the only ones not bound by the Union's decision, so they have to bring the food in. Lexie bashes Cindy when she catches her in her cell helping herself to some of Willie's biscuits. Lou tries to get the pills from Nikki without paying for them, but gets her hand slashed . Nora leads a protest in the dining room against the poor standard of the food. Bolton uses the blockade to put pressure on the Department to agree to a pay rise for the officers. Ann is delighted when Julie tells her she has found some more duplicate invoices. Joan tries to discipline Nikki when she finds her alone in the rec room, but Nikki reveals that she knows all about Joan and Terri.


    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 3rd November 1997 23:40; Meridian Monday 01 March 1999 23:40