Nora encounters her `dead' mother, and Ann learns that Reb's personality change was not caused by ECT. Lou sabotages Lexie's make-up and causes Jennifer to withdraw from the contest.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 16 January 2000 04:10
DVD release: volume 36 disc 2 (AUS), volume 18 disc 8 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:01

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
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
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Insp Ron Gordon ~ Neil Thompson
Mrs Davis ~ Rosie Sturgess
Dr Green ~ Robin Cuming
Mrs Graham ~ Dawn Klingberg

  • Written by Kit Oldfield & Marie Trevor (also producer)
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Julie and Willie agree that Lady Brooke-Giddings does look a bit like Lexie (the optician will be around shortly). Lou points out she'll feel right at home considering how many "rich bitches" Wentworth can currently boast, but Lexie backs down and seems to regret mentioning it. Pippa refuses to go out for dinner with Ben until she can show Ann the article on Reb. May finds Nora alone in her cell thinking about the news Meg gave her about her mother and wondering why she feels she misses someone she never knew. Ann is reluctant to get involved in Reb's case and warns Pippa not to leak the news to the press as she so disastrously did in Daphne's case. Alice tries to score some beauty products from Willie (as well as some plastic fruit, for reasons that will become apparent later). Their conversation fills in some of Alice's own background for the first time. Some of the other women have their minds on the forthcoming contest: Daphne is planning to play the "Moonlight" sonata and Willie practises an aria from "Madam Butterfly" in the shower. Pippa gets a call from her silent friend Roddy Jones in London about a job offer for three months. May tries to hint Willie shouldn't try to expose her singing "talent" to the wider public, but her thoughts have now moved to another Puccini opera altogether. Lou and Alice review the field for the talent contest: no-one has so far bet on Julie, Jacko or Ronnie. Joan catches Daphne handing the paper to her mother after making a mess of explaining to her what she should do with it. Lexie makes up Julie as Boy George . Ann decides not to punish Daphne and tells Reb she will investigate her treatment at Ingleside to try to clear the matter up. Alice and Lou make Diana drop out of the contest by threatening to beat her up. Ben is annoyed that Pippa has accepted a job in London as he will be unable to give up his practice for three months: he tells her she has to decide between the wedding and the job. Lexie surprises Alice by betting five dollars at 20/1 on Julie to win the contest and tells Alice she is only doing it to boost Julie's confidence. Mrs Davis visits Nora and tells her about her mother. Nora notices she has a scar on her hand: when she says she got it from an accident when carving a turkey, Nora realises that it is actually Mrs Davis who is her mother. Ann visits Ingleside and talks to Dr Green. He admits he adminstered ECT without Reb's consent for two rather dubious reasons: her relatives were abroad and she was so traumatised she could not give consent herself. Lou reminds Meg that Jenny is still banned from playing the piano, as it started on a Thursday four weeks ago so Jenny still has two days to go. Dr Green tells Ann that ECT cannot change personality and points out that she has seen Pixie who has also been given ECT and who is still recognisably the same person. He suggests Reb's symptoms must have some other cause and they sound to him more typical of the trauma caused by shell shock or brain washing. Jenny finds Lou and Alice counting the betting money when she comes to tell them she's withdrawing from the contest and asks Alice to give the money back to the people who bet on her: A quick twist of the wrist is enough to persuade Jenny to stay in the contest and keep quiet. Inspector Gordon from the Major Crimes Squad arrives at Wentworth with a proposal for Willie and May: they will be pardoned in return for infiltrating a gang planning a major art theft. Willie is almost immediately convinced by the offer of a pardon, but May agonises over whether this counts as lagging. After making up Julie, Lexie does herself and uses the powder that Julie refused. It has been tampered with by Lou and burns her skin. Ann convinces May and Willie to accept Inspector Gordon's proposal, but they are surprised to be told they have to start the next day.

    When Ann presents the copy of the "Wentworth Free Press" to the camera, the article boldly headed "REB KEAN - VICTIM!" doesn't mention Reb but repeats the article that Lexie wrote on Terri and Joan in (566), but this time in a different layout.

    It is odd that the members of her family that Lurch mentions are her father and sister, but when Lou breaks out and drops in on them at the family farm, there is only Lurch's brother and mother there. Mark Caffrey adds "Lurch's sister is married to a plumber - they have five kids. Apparently, his rejection of Lurch indirectly fed into her conviction for armed robbery."

    Lou fluffs a line and accuses Lexie of acting "Lady Beautiful" (rather than Bountiful)

    Mark Caffrey notes another fluff: "When Nora is chatting to May in the rec room following the meeting with her mother, Kirsty Child fluffs some rec-room ambience in the background and winds up in fits of laughter; to the amusement of Jackie Woodburne and Lynda Stoner"


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Alister Webb & Ian Smith (581); Kit Oldfield (582); Alister Webb (583); Kit Oldfield (584); Alister Webb (585)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 09 April 1998 23:40; Meridian Monday 07 June 1999 23:20