Lou's actions force Ann to leave the prison and face a bleak and unknown future. Lexie comes face to face with the mother she never knew.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 19 February 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 36 disc 4 (AUS), volume 18 disc 10 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:49

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Eve ~ Lynda Stoner
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Barbie ~ Jayne Healey
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Dan Moulton ~ Sean Scully
Joe McCormack ~ John Larking
Mabel ~ Val Jellay
Anna ~ Adair Stagg
Judge O'Grady ~ George Dixon
Interviewer ~ Roy Hampson
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Molly Gibson ~ Patsy Martin
Off. Ward ~ Jacqui Jackson
Policewoman ~ Tanya Simonow
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff

Joyce ~ Joy Westmore

  • Written by Kit Oldfield
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Rita warns all the women not to touch her stuff in future or they'll have to answer to her. She also supports Lou in her plan to stage a plate-throwing protest and start a hunger strike, which duly takes place at the next meal time. Jessie asks Judge O'Grady (who is one of her regular customers) for advice in getting into Wentworth: he suggests some possible crimes and offers to use his influence to get her a custodial sentence rather than a fine. The women shout to each other after lockup and discuss the hunger strike. Joan throws Eve's food on the floor after telling her that Joyce may not survive the attack on her. Jessie tells Mabel that she has decided the best thing to do is to attempt to steal a police car. Joan congratulates Lou for at last getting something right, then returns to solitary to make Eve eat her meal off the floor. Ann worries that she has lost the women's support and wonders whether she should look for another job. Lou tells Mervin they refuse to cook breakfast as no-one will be eating it, but Barbie catches Lou stuffiing her face privately in the food store. Rita is the only one to come for breakfast, but only just in time before Joan orders it should be taken away. Pat Slattery reports that Eve appears to have had a mental breakdown, though she suspects she could be faking it. Lou plots to set Joan and Rita against each other. Eve's performance fails to impress Ann, and she tells Eve she will stay in solitary for a while, but she later takes Sister Hall's advice not to put her in isolation. Ann resigns, but is requested to take a month's leave of absence instead. Lou overhears Ann telling Mervin she's resigned (as she was probably intended to). Dan Moulton comes to see Rita: he apologises to Ann for the Conqueror's behaviour at Pippa's wedding. Ann stops his sociolgy lecture short and explains that he's wasting his breath as it's her last day in the job. Daphne is interviewed on TV about her PMS defence: Nancy is watching until her boorish husband switches the TV off. Alice notices Dan and gives him the once over while she's on skip duty. Lou demands cash from Eve to keep the other women away from her. Jessie succeeds in getting inside: at her induction she's brought a carrier bag of sweets with her and offers Joan either "sour cherries" or "jellied snakes". Rita sees Dan and asks him to take her jacket back to the Conquerors and get it cleaned up. Lexie bumps into Jessie with the laundry skip and finds out who she is from Joan. Nancy tells her neighbour Molly that she sometimes feels she could kill Joe. Ann stops when she sees Dan's bike broken down, but does not give him a lift. Daphne visits Joyce and tells her about May's funeral. Ann visits May's grave which is a plain white wooden cross and lays flowers on it from the women , beside the ones already there from Willie . Lou waits for Joan to pass by her cell and knocks her unconscious with a chair: when Alice objects that this is very risky, she replies that they are going to frame Rita for the attack.

    Meg mentions Dennis, adding that he "doesn't write so much any more" (and can you blame him?)

    Barbie has quite a lot of lines in this episode that aren't either of her two usuals: later scripts usually reduce her to desperate shy miming instead.

    Mark Cafrrey comments "...on the fate of Paul Reynolds; Ann tells Meg 'Pippa and Ben are gone, and Paul can look after himself'"


    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 25 June 1998 23:40