Mervin tells the women that he must do the contest. The women help Lexie repair the clothing. Lou thinks Reb is faking.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 02 January 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 36 disc 1 (AUS), volume 18 disc 7 [UK]
Duration: 0:43:56

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Eve ~ Lynda Stoner
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
David Adams ~ Richard Moss
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Robin Sanderson ~ Michael Cole
Mrs Sanderson ~ Jan Lord
Willard Bremner ~ Hugh Halliday
Mrs Graham ~ Dawn Klingberg
Mr Graham ~ Ron Pinell
Policewoman ~ Carolyn Kennett

Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder

  • Written by Ian Smith & John Coulter
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Mr Graham does not appear in this episode - or any other.

    Lexie puts her teeshirts all over the rec room to dry, much to Lou's annoyance. Nora is still considering what to do about being contacted by her mother. David discusses Eve's case with the prosecuting lawyer, who refuses to do a deal to reduce Eve's charges - mainly it appears due to the point about the missing bullet. Ann fights back the urge to vomit as Pippa and Ben play cute on the sofa right in front of her. Eve finds her cell wrecked, but tries to pretend to Meg that she made all the mess herself. Joan fakes astonishment when she is shown Reb's transfer papers , but Ann warns her to stay away from Reb. Alice is disgusted with Nora's refusal to do anything about Joan bashing Lou, but Nora points out it would be difficult to undermine Meg's evidence. Mrs Sanderson visits Eve in Wentworth. Julie reports overhearing the officers in reception talking about Reb. Alice fills the women in about Reb and gleefully tells Nora that Reb tricked Myra in to handing over the top dog's job to her. Ben visits Daphne's mother to take her to Wentworth as she has been staying away because of her husband's disapproval. Lou is not pleased by the prospect of Reb's return. Eve tells David she was surprised to hear from Mrs Sanderson that her lover Robin was about to go back to his wife, and throws in a reference to David's own marriage to disconcert him and give her the chance for a bit of flirting. Daphne's mother has to admit to her that her father doesn't know she visiting her. Eve spills a bottle of red nail varnish on her blanket , prompting her to a flashback of what really happened: she shot Robin in bed when he told her he was going back to his wife. She pulls his body onto the floor and replaces the sheets. Mervin gives his recipe for Beef Wellington to Willie by mistake at the cookery lesson, so he has to tell the women about the contest he's entered. Eve recovers the nail varnish and lipstick she gave to Lou. Pippa sends Lou out of her printing class when she keeps pestering Lexie. She tells Jenny about her engagement and Jenny announces it to all the women. Joan takes Lou back to her cell, where Daphne's side of the cell has been daubed with cosmetics - the nail varnish matching the colour she is wearing. Reb is brought in: she doesn't recognise Joyce or Meg or seem to know where she is . Lou attacks Eve, tipping her off her chair in the rec room. Eve pleads her innocence and no-oe believes Lou. Ann thinks Reb is faking with her little girl lost act and puts her to share a cell with Nora. Mervin decides to practice his recipe and amazes Alice and Daphne by saying he needs to start with a roux, as they think he means (kanga)roo. Reb calls Nora "Myra" by mistake and is amazed to find Myra was killed in the Ballinger siege. Ann tells the staff Reb's breakdown and transfer to a mental hospital followed a severe bashing. Lexie returns to her cell to find her teeshirts ruined and dumps them in front of Nora to demonstrate how little faith she has in the Council to do anything about Lou. Julie persuades Lexie to ask the women for help in fixing up her handiwork. Lou and Alice drop in on Reb. Alice is convinced Reb isn't faking, but Lou sees her looking in the mirror, turning up her collar and combing her hair, just like the old Reb. We are shown Reb's bewildered reflection in the mirror .

    When Reb gets confused over Nora's identity, a subliminal flash of Myra at the washbasin is cut into the scene.

    Mark Caffrey comments "One of the documents about Reb that Meg and Ann are looking at is in fact a treatment for Prisoner or 'Women in Prison'."


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Alister Webb (576); Marie Trevor & Alister Webb (577); Kit Oldfield (578); Alister Webb (579); Kit Oldfield (580)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton / LWT Thursday 05 March 1998 23:40; Meridian Monday 03 May 1999 23:35