There's mystery over Nora's mother and a surprise for Lexie. David is falling further into Eve's trap.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 15 January 2000 04:10
DVD release: volume 36 disc 1 (AUS), volume 18 disc 7 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:24

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
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
David Adams ~ Richard Moss
Adrian Foster ~ Peter Dunn
Berryl Simmonds ~ Jennifer Jarmen-Walker
Mrs Davis ~ Rosie Sturgess
Jim Barry ~ Iain Murton
Nurse ~ Michelle Rowan
Doctor ~ Mark Gogall

  • Written by Fay Rousseaux
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Joan follows Reb to her cell and to push Reb to suicide by taunting her about her brother's death and her attack on Phyllis. Nora interrupts having followed Joan, and tells Reb to forget Joan's suggestion that Reb should take her own life to pay back for the lives she ruined. Pippa shows off her engagement ring to the women. Eve asks Pippa about David, as she is worried that he hasn't been in contact. Nora tells Meg she has been contacted by her mother and asks if she will go and see her, as the letter says her mother will be leaving the country in a few days. Joyce gets a phone call to tell her that her husband Norm has had a heart attack, and leaves for the hospital. She and Mervin meet Norm's girlfriend Beryl who is also waiting at the hospital. Norm asks to see Joyce, but only one visitor at a time is permitted meaning that Mervin and Beryl are left together outside the hospital room. Beryl is upset that Norm was still in love with Joyce and talked about her all the time. David has dinner with Pippa and Ben: he admits to Ben that he has been avoiding the prison as he is falling in love with Eve. Lexie reads out Julie's article about Reb, but Nora tells them they can't use it as it won't help Reb to be reminded of her past. Norm has another heart attack and Joyce and Beryl comfort each other after they are informed of his death. Lexie tells Julie she's entered her for the beauty contest, and refuses to take it back, saying that Julie will have to do it herself. Norm's son Jim arrives and makes clear that he disapproves of Mervin, calling him a "spineless prat". Ann gives approval for the prize money for the beauty contest and agrees to let the women to wear their own clothes. Jim seems to blame Joyce for his father's unhappiness, but Joyce cuts him short when he starts to criticise Mervin. David tells Eve he has found another solicitor to take her case, but Eve persuades him he must carry on with it and tells him she loves him. Jenny is slightly shocked by Eve's cynical attitude to manipulating men through sex, and shyly confesses she is a virgin. David finds out more about Eve from her original solicitor after a squash match: Adrian Foster tells David he thinks Eve was bad for Robin Sanderson and thinks it's possible that Eve killed him. Daphne's appeal is to begin next day, but Ben tells her she won't have to appear in court straight away. Lou suggests to Alice that they start a book on the contest but increase their odds by disposing of the likely winners. Alice is slightly worried that she means permanently, and points out with remarkable equanimity that she is already serving a sentence for Sam Greenway's death thanks to Lou. The newspaper comes out as Pippa arrives for another class: she is outraged by the article on Reb and asks to take a copy home. Meg visits the address given her by Nora, but is told by Mrs Davis that Nora's mother Mrs Gibson died two weeks ago. Mrs Davis agrees to visit Nora, but when she goes back in the house another woman's voice can be heard calling for her: Mrs Gibson is still alive. May tells the women about the time she saw the Mona Lisa in Paris. Daphne offers to get the article on Reb by passing it to her mother. David falls asleep at his desk and dreams about Eve, but wakes with a guilty start when it starts to get a bit steamy. Pippa shows Ben the article on Reb, but he isn't interested in taking on another case. Meg tells Nora about her mother's death. With all the long lost mothers around, Lexie can't be left out and makes the apparently preposterous claim that she recognizes her mother from a newspaper photograph of her and her husband : but, as Willie points out, they are Lord and Lady Brooke-Giddings...

    By not showing the actual deathbed scene, the writers manage to avoid using Norm in this episode...

    Lexie objects to "Hagen and the Freak" judging the beauty contest and "perving on them" - is this an implication that Di is a dyke too?


    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 02 April 1998 23:40; Meridian Monday 24 May 1999 23:25