A trap to identify the Lagger ends in a shock revelation. Rita finds an unusual way to communicate with Slasher.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 26 February 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 36 disc 4 (AUS), volume 18 disc 10 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:23

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Eve ~ Lynda Stoner
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Barbie ~ Jayne Healey
Steve Ryan ~ Peter Hayes
Peter McCormack ~ Steve Bastoni
Mabel ~ Val Jellay
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Ida Brown ~ Paddy Burnett
Det Mike Woods ~ Bob Ruggiero
Det Tony Neil ~ Stephen Hutchinson
Slasher ~ Slasher
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick

  • Written by Marie Trevor & Gail Meillon
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Lou accuses Lexie of writing the note: Julie points out to Lexie later that it would be reasonable to suspect Jessie as she's been snooping around and the notes only started to appear after Jessie came to Wentworth. Julie also remembers that Jessie was the last into the garden on the morning when Joan was put into the drier. Nancy phones Joe's boss and says he's gone away on family business which make a time to sort out, so he shouldn't keep the job open for his return. Despite Julie's stern warning to keep her mouth shut until they have more evidence, Lexie tells Lou that Jessie is the Phantom Lagger. Meg visits Joyce in hospital to fill her in on the news, and when telling her about Barbie Cox, she does a grotesquely poor imitation of her. Joyce introduces Meg to her doctor, Steve Ryan, who asks Joyce if he can speak to her on another matter next day. Jessie phones Mabel to ask her to bring in some glossy magazines for Lexie. Lou bashes Jessie in the shower next morning, but relents and gives her time to prove her innocence. Eve starts saving her tablets. Peter seems to believe Nancy's story about Joe going to Queensland. Joan returns to work and finds another note poking out of the lock of a corridor security gate. The note reveals that Eve has not been taking her pills, which is proved to be true after a cell search turns up a small stash of them hidden in a matchbox. Rita's dotty Auntie Ida brings some magazines for her. Dr Ryan asks Joyce for her impressions of how women in prison cope, as it's a topic he's interested in for a project for his psychiatry exam. Mabel brings in the magazines, but it was just a pretext: Jessie really wants her to visit to get her to ask Lily Spencer (apparently a much feared character) in C block to vouch for her. Eve tells Meg she was not taking her pills because she needed to stay alert in case the women took action against her for her attack on Joyce. She begs Meg not to tell the women about it, but Joan points out that at least one of them must already know if she was set up. Auntie Ida is not what she seems: as soon as she gets through the gates she becomes a Hell's Granny , donning a crash helmet and leaping on the back of Slasher's bike. Rita finds the pile of magazines conceals a CB radio . The police receive a complaint from Joe's mistress that he has gone missing. Jessie is cleared after it is reported that Lily Spencer has spoken up for her, which puts Lexie back under suspicion. The police visit Nancy: she tells them Joe has left her, as he has done several times before. After the police leave, Nancy tells Peter that Joe is dead, not missing. Eve begs Lou to let her help catch the Lagger, and stresses that she will do anything at all to expose the person concerned. Nancy convinces Peter to let her confess to causing Joe's death, as it will only be manslaughter. She mentions Daphne's case to argue that she will receive lenient treatment, though in this case on grounds of her menopause rather than PMS. Joyce tells Steve he would understand better if he could talk to the women in person, though he could ask Mervin for his views. The police are sceptical of Nancy's story: they don't believe she could have buried Joe all on her own or that she was acting in self-defence when Joe fell. Eve's plan to catch the Lagger is to give everyone a slightly different story and see which one the Lagger uses. Lou starts off by priming Lexie with one version of a possible escape plan. Rita talks to Slasher on the radio after smashing her cell window. She tells him to "have one" for her (a drink, we hope, though from the smutty tone of the conversation she may mean something else). Nancy is charged with murder after information given by Joe's mistress and the next door neighbour. Alice finds the next note from the Lagger: the information in it points to Lexie. When Alice asks what they are going to do, Lou vows she will kill Lexie.

    Gina (Balzano) is mentioned as losing her privileges after the Lagger exposes her for stealing meths.

    The young blonde prisoner in the infirmary referred to as "Spencer" is probably not supposed to be the same as the Lily Spencer mentioned by Jessie.

    Is it really necessary for Rita to break the glass in her window to use the radio? And as Martin and Ouija both pointed out in Digest 2000, this causes a major wall wobbling moment.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Kit Oldfield (591); Alister Webb (592)-(593); Kit Oldfield (594); Alister Webb (595)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 09 July 1998 23:40