A violent incident occurs when the women push Cindy to extremes. Daphne's depression deepens. Joan finds out something that she didn't want to know.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 18 December 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 5 (AUS), volume 18 disc 5 [UK]
Duration: 0:46:00

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
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Queenie ~ Marilyn Rodgers
Nikki ~ Vicki Mathios
Cindy ~ Robyn Frank
Barry Lockwood ~ Bruce Kilpatrick
Tiny Clayton ~ Simon Clews
Nigel Mann ~ Paul Glen
Fred Camilleri ~ George Vidalis
Charlie Jackson ~ Bruce Knappett
Uniformed Policeman No 1 ~ John Ramsay
Uniformed Policeman No 2 ~ Peter Patay
Roxy Black ~ Micki Camelleri
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Barbara ~ Rosie Tonkin
Derro Customer ~ Cliff Ellen
Punk No 1 ~ Carol Hitchcock
Punk No 2 ~ Arthur Le Fleur

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • .
    Pippa goes round to Ben's flat to have it out with him. Cindy reckons the women are putting it on to scare them, but Nikki tells her she's wrong. Just as Pippa attempted to play the geisha for Ben, Joan tries to surprise Terri with a intimate Japanese dinner, but instead of a kimono Joan wears a pair of (men's?) silk pyjamas . Terri arrives back late after a long lunch with clients. The women try to support Daphne when she gets upset, but she accuses them of laughing at her behind her back. Ben and Pippa are just coming to an agreement (and having a quick snog) when their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Ben's secretary. Queenie rehearses her minions in the details of the plot to fool Nikki. Joan gets jealous when Terri talks a little too keenly about her new boss. Nikki comes to Queenie's to get instructions: she is told she's to work at an all-night cafe to make a pick-up. Willie worries they are pushing Nikki too far. Queenie enlists the cafe owner to play his part by working Nikki hard and not giving her any sympathy. Terri apologises to Joan for going off to bed alone in a huff, but Joan isn't in a mood to compromise. Nikki has to deal with a variety of undesirable customers, but when the dealer arrives he won't hand the guns over without money and gives her an address to go to later to collect. A customer accuses her of cheating him just as two policemen walk in, so she runs away. Queenie has to sweet talk the policemen to prevent them following her, but it means they lose track of Nikki. Terri offers to cook a meal for Joan to make up for disagreeing with her. Nikki doesn't turn up at Wentworth next day: Cindy tells the women she was scared what they would do to her, and Willie chips in that it was just what she's been trying to tell them. Ben visits Daphne and says he and Pippa have been discussing her. Daphne admits to Ben that she does have a crush on him because he's a "bit of a spunk", but seems happy enough to accept that he is having a relationship with Pippa. Lou roughs up Cindy for information on Nikki's failure to turn up. When Lou teases her, Daphne excuses herself from lunch before she is served claiming she has to water her plants: she is already upset when she meets Joan is the corridor, who makes more snide comments. Mervin asks Joyce if she'd like to change her name to Pringle: she assumes he is asking her to marry him, but he means it literally. May phones Queenie to find out what's happened to Nikki, but Meg overhears and reports it to Ann. Cindy takes a skewer from the kitchen when Mervin leaves the kitchen unsupervised and Lou takes the opportunity to torment Cindy a little more. Joyce has to tell Mervin she doesn't want to marry him after her awful experiences with Norm. Joan leaves work early and comes home to hear Terri in bed with her boss Barry . The women put Cindy through another nagging session so to shut them up (and we all know how she feels) she stabs May in the arm with the skewer. Daphne says goodbye to her plants and gets ready to hang herself.

    Willie again refers to her favourite TV soap "Yesterday, today and tomorrow".

    Joan seems to have borrowed the record of Japanese music from Pippa.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield (571); Alister Webb (572)-(573); Ian Smith & Kit Oldfield (574); Kit Oldfield (575)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Monday 24th November 1997 23:40; Meridian Monday 22 March 1999 23:35