The heist ends in tragedy for Willie and May. Ann faces the ire of the women over the death of an inmate. David is drawn into Eve's evil web of lies.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 06 February 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 36 disc 3 (AUS), volume 18 disc 9 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:53

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
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Reb ~ Janet Andrewartha
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Pippa ~ Christine Andrew
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Barbie ~ Jayne Healey
Ben ~ Kevin Summerfield
Tom Harley ~ Vince Gill
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
David Adams ~ Richard Moss
Jim Barry ~ Iain Murton
Dan Russell ~ Gary Samolin
Insp Ron Gordon ~ Neil Thompson
Ken Turner ~ Neville Stonehouse
Paul Shaw ~ David Peatefield
Nurse ~ Louise Hemingway
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Gate Guard ~ Rod Allen

  • Written by Dave Worthington
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • The gate guard is called "Bob" on the phone by Ann, though he is the one who is usually referred to as Greg.

    Nora sees how Rita handled Lou and Alice, as they are thrown out of the cell into her path as she happens to be passing. She later tells Julie that she thinks Rita could be ideal as top dog instead of Lou. Joyce is still in a coma after surgery . After making sure from Barbie herself that she hasn't been talking to anyone else, Lexie starts a book on what Barbie is in prison for. May and her fellow gang members break into the art gallery through a suspiciously industrial looking wire mesh security fence and scale the wall (stunt persons uncredited here, I suspect). Tom calls to check on Willie, who is annoyed that isn't looking out to see that no harm is coming to May. Lou demands 10 per cent of Lexie's proceeds for the book on Barbie's crime. Eve hears that Joyce might live and demands to see David: Meg reluctantly agrees to phone him even though it is just before lockup. Mervin keeps a vigil by Joyce's hospital bed and slips a (wedding?) ring onto her finger even though she is unconscious. May and the gang get into the art gallery. The security expert disables the alarm system and May and the other member of the gang lift a display case to steal what appears to be a bronze head of the Buddha. Lou increases her demand to 20% of Lexie's take, so Lexie turns and runs away from her. As Lexie runs along the corridor followed by Lou and Alice, Nora is making an appeal to Rita to take over as top dog: she tells Rita that she was equally unwilling to be drawn into dealing with the women's problems at first, but predicts that Rita will find it impossible to resist when she sees the injustice that goes on. Mervin confronts Jim over Joyce's hospital bed when Jim questions his right to be there. May returns from the robbery to find that Danny is waiting for her. Danny informs her and Willie of a change of plan: they no longer need a fence to dispose of the bronze head. He shoots May in the chest, killing her instantly. Willie throws the bronze at him to distract him and bites his hand to get him to drop the gun, but Tom arrives on the scene (a little too late) and urges Willie not to fire the gun she has trained on Danny . Willie later tells Inspector Gordon she regrets not killing Danny when she had the chance. Jim returns to Joyce's hospital room and apologises to Mervin. Inspector Gordon informs Ann of May's death: she tells him she always feels responsible in some way for the death of any prisoner, but especially so in this case. Lou tries to throw her weight around in the laundry, though Rita throws up a little token resistance to make it harder for her. Willie becomes more resentful talking to Tom, as she realises that she and May were pushed into taking part in the robbery by the police and Ann. When David comes to visit Eve the following day, she admits she attacked Joyce and asks David to get rid of the keys - and by implication of Joyce herself as well. Meg reports to Ann that Lou Kelly was operating the press in the laundry. David throws the keys Eve gave him into a river. Ann refuses Reb's request to see Dr Weissman. David turns up late for the rehearsal for Ben and Pippa's wedding. Ben is appalled that he is still representing Eve after what he knows. Willie arrives at Wentworth demanding to see the Governor, and the gate guard is so stunned to see her, he lets her in. Lou hints to Joan that she should be put on tray duty so she can have a go at Reb in solitary. Willie accuses Ann of murdering May and asks to see Nora. After speaking to Meg, Ann refuses, but Willie finds out from Officer Slattery that the women are on exercise period and dashes outside to the garden. She just has time to let Nora and the other women know that May is dead before she is hustled away. Officer Slattery is outraged that she was kept in the dark about the escape and Ann has to reassure her that nothing damaging will appear on her service record. Tom finds Willie sitting in a bus shelter: she refuses his offer of a lift and says she has to get used to being alone as the only two people who ever really cared about her are now dead, and walks off on her own. Joan lets Lou in to see Reb in solitary to exact revenge for the attack on Joyce. David takes Eve's hint and sneaks into Joyce's hospital room when Mevin goes for lunch: he grabs a pillow and advances towards Joyce's bed as if to suffocate her . The women are not impressed by Ann's explanation of May's death : Lou starts a chant of "Killer" which is taken up by all the women in the dining room.

    If you were going to throw something in a river to hide it, why choose a stream that barely comes halfway up a duck, as David does?


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn (586), Bevan Lee (587)-(590)
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield (586)-(587); Alister Webb (588); Kit Oldfield (589); Alister Webb (590)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn (586), Bevan Lee (587)-(590), Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton / LWT Thursday 21 May 1998 23:40