Ettie Parslow surprises Ann, and Joan shocks Rita. Lou tries to murder Lexie, while Jessie doesn't know whether to tell Lexie the truth or keep her secret.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 27 February 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 36 disc 5 (AUS), volume 18 disc 11 [UK]
Duration: 0:44:00

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Eve ~ Lynda Stoner
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Barbie ~ Jayne Healey
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Steve Ryan ~ Peter Hayes
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Peter McCormack ~ Steve Bastoni
Det Mike Woods ~ Bob Ruggiero
Det Tony Neil ~ Stephen Hutchinson
Sam Page ~ Bruce Crowl
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Slasher ~ Slasher
Off. Hagen ~ Christine Andrew
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Officer Ward ~ Jacqui Jackson
Policewoman ~ Patricia Anthony
Ronnie ~ Lyne Ford
Tina ~ Hazel Henley

  • Written by Kelly Bermingham & Ian Smith
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Nora no longer appears in the credit mugshot sequence in this episode, replaced by Julie.

    Lou passes the word round that it was Lexie who was the Lagger and she will kill her. Eve bloodthirstily urges Lou to make sure she carries out her threat. Meg visits Ann at home and finds out she hasn't made her mind up yet what to do with her enforced leisure. When Lexie arrives for lunch, everyone ignores her. Nancy sees Peter again before she goes to court and reminds him to keep to their story. Meg refuses to accept Rita's explanation of how the window got broken and tells her the money to repair it will be taken from her wages. Mervin leaves the women unsupervised in the kitchen to meet Joyce when she arrives home from hospital. Alice gets a slight shock from the power point in the kitchen - one that has suddenly appeared at the end of one of the workbenches and seems to have no possible use at all. It does give Lou an idea of how to dispose of Lexie. Nancy's bail is refused, which baffles even her own solicitor, so she has to go to prison on remand. Lexie tells Julie she has to help her and find out what Barbie's sentence was, now she's working in reception and can get access to the files. Eve overhears this and suggests to Lou that they should write a note exposing Julie for looking in the files, as it might help to convince the women that Lexie deserves a severe punishment for lagging on her best friend. Joan finds the note and shows it to Pat: they agree that Julie needs to be watched carefully. Nancy arrives at Wentworth on remand and gets the black glove treatment from Joan. Rita has another chat to Slasher via the CB radio: he promises to bring in her jacket for her as it's been repaired. Joan shocks Nancy by giving her a body search after she's had the regulation shower . Julie is caught red-handed by Pat Slattery as she is looking through the files and is sent to solitary. Ettie calls on Ann to ask for help with her girls: Ann realises that Meg is behind it. Alice reports back to Lou and is told to spread the word that Lexie lagged on Julie. Nancy starts to complain to Meg when she is brought to the Governor's office, but realises it is pointless. Alice is sent to bring Lexie to the kitchen. Jessie is pushed into the cold store while Lou knocks Lexie out. Lou and Alice lay Lexie out on the workbench in a pool of water and Lou switches on the faulty socket to electrocute Lexie. Jessie manages to get out of the store and saves Lexie with artificial respiration. Joyce comes out of hospital and Mervin collects her by taxi. Nancy is taken to solitary for her first night. When she complains, Joan warns her not to be too forthright in expressing her views - to either the officers or to the other women. When Lexie comes round in the infirmary and remembers nothing, Jessie tells her to stay in the infirmary as long as she can as Lou is trying to kill her. Meg is interviewing for a handyman: Mervin decides to pass the information on to Steve Ryan, who wants to get inside Wentworth to do research. While they are emptying the bins from the kitchen, Jessie asks Eve point blank if she's the lagger. After putting a locked security gate safely between them, Joan shows Rita her jacket - and takes a scalpel to it to cut it to shreds.

    Mark Caffrey comments "We can see Ernie Bourne waiting outside for his cue to return as the kitchen scene with him, Siversen, Evison, Collinder and Stoner continues... "

    Ann's mantlepiece


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Alister Webb
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 16 July 1998 23:45