Queenie and her cronies dream up a few ways to scare Nikki, while Nikki herself is pleading with Willie to let her off the hook. Daphne is convinced that Ben is in love with her.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 12 December 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 5 (AUS), volume 18 disc 5 [UK]
Duration: 0:43:51

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
Queenie ~ Marilyn Rodgers
Nikki ~ Vicki Mathios
Cindy ~ Robyn Frank
Tiny Clayton ~ Simon Clews
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Police Constable ~ Justin Gaffney
Truck Driver ~ Ric Hurst
Cheeky Kid ~ Andrew Zenz

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Nikki is a bit disturbed to hear that she will have to shoot a few guards, especially after May refers to (fictitious) "Sally" who was selected before her and came to a nasty end. Ben tells Daphne he's continuing with her case and fails to notice that his flattery is having a strange effect on her. Meg interrupts as Lou threatens Nikki in the shower block. Pat reports to Ann that the emergency food truck has been involved in an accident: Ann decides to go to see for herself and possibly salvage some of it. Nora and the conspirators tell Nikki she has to meet Queenie and stress how "big" she is. The van driver refuses to let Ann remove any of the undamaged goods, but later is seen bringing back some of it to Wentworth with Pat Slattery. Lexie overhears the "escape" plot and passes it on to Lou. Daphne asks May's advice about what it's like being in love and May tells her about her long affair with a man called Clifford, who gambled away the proceeds of her cat burgling. Ann phones the Minister to make him expose Chaucer and Bullock. Nikki waits all night for Queenie to turn up, but it is next morning until Queenie and two of her "thugs" roll up in a car to give her another appointment to meet later for further instructions. Pat Slattery shows Ann the morning papers with the headline "MINISTER EXPOSES PRISON RIP-OFF", but she is disappointed that Chaucer is not named. Joan tries to claim credit for the exposure of Chaucer for the Union, but Ann reminds her the crucial factor was Julie discovering more invoices. Nikki is found asleep in a cell when she's supposed to be on skip duty. Jenny realises Daphne is in love with Ben and tells the other women that she knows that Ben is seeing Pippa. Joan clashes with Pippa over her use of the staff room to prepare for her classes. Lou and Lexie bash Nikki to try to find out about the escape. Ann warns Pippa not to antagonise Joan, and mentions that she's had a letter from Paul saying he's taking a photographic course in Paris. Daphne asks Pippa to design her a wedding dress as she's marrying Ben. Pippa takes this badly so Jenny has to explain to Daphne that she must have misunderstood what Ben said and he isn't in love with her. Nikki pleads with Willie to help her: she wants to back out of the escape plot.

    Ann refers to "big brother" Paul, implying he is older than Pippa. No mention of him being in a wheelchair any more, so possibly he isn't.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Monday 17th November 1997 23:40; Meridian Monday 15 March 1999 23:30