Ann agrees to help Ettie with her charges. Jessie warns Lexie to act sick and save her life. Nancy is going through agony, and Joan gets a terrible shock from Slasher.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 04 March 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 36 disc 5 (AUS), volume 18 disc 11 [UK]
Duration: 0:44:58

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
Steve Ryan ~ Peter Hayes
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Faye ~ Maud Clark
Slasher ~ Slasher
Off. Hagen ~ Christine Andrew
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder

  • Written by Alister Webb
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • When Pat Slattery arrives on the scene, Joan hurriedly pockets the scalpel and accuses Rita of slashing her own jacket to attempt to frame Joan. Joan goes back to reception and sends Officer Hagen off to help Officer Slattery deal with Rita. When she is left alone, she hides the scalpel between the pages of a report in a pile of papers on the desk. Eve tells Lou that Jessie won't join them and has even threatened to spread a story that Eve herself is the Lagger. Meg thinks it very odd that Rita would try to destroy something that meant so much to her. Joan pledges support for Meg, but Meg has her searched just the same "for her own protection". Meg goes to Rita cell to question her and another scalpel is found there where Joan hid it. Joan is smugly confident and asks that Rita be searched again in case she's had anything else smuggled inside. Rita gives the CB radio to Barbie to hide . Joan amazes Meg by not demanding a heavy punishment for Rita, but Joan soon reveals the reason she is sucking up to Meg when she asks if Meg will recommend her as Deputy Governor. Meg pointedly does not respond to this request. Joan recovers the other scalpel from reception. Jessie finds Barbie looking for a hiding place for the CB radio and realises she hasn't got a clue where top put it, so she takes charge of it and promises to hide it somewhere safe. Lou scalds herself while on kitchen duty to get sent to sick bay, and steals some capsules while Sister Hall is out of the room attending to Lexie. Lou is put in a bed in the infirmary and passes the time emptying the powder out of the capsules and wraps it in a sheet of paper. Jessie is alarmed to hear that Lou is in the infirmary with Lexie so she asks to visit her but permission is refused. However, she is allowed to take Lexie her meal tray, and goes to sickbay with Alice who is taking Lou's tray. Rita protects Barbie from another prisoner called Faye and puts her to keep lookout while she uses the radio to talk to Slasher again. Ann agrees to help Ettie after initially refusing. Lou creates a disturbance in the infirmary to give Alice the chance to drug Lexie's food. Rita asks Slasher to fix Joan on the outside. Lexie doesn't eat the drugged food, as Alice mixed the powder into her mashed potatoes, which she doesn't like. Ettie is worried about one of the girls in her house who is called Roach: when Ettie mentions her Roach's boyfriend Ann notices he has the same surname as Rita and wonders if they are related. Eve has a go at Alice for messing up the plan to kill Lexie. Rita pointedly wishes Joan a "good night" when she is about to leave work. Joan assumes that Rita must be up to something and goes to Lou's cell to demand that she finds out what it is. Lou goes to try and talk to Rita but gets nowhere. Mervin tries to keep it from Joyce that he has put Steve forward for the handyman's job, but when she finds out she is more worried about what will happen if the women find out. Eve tries to get Lou to drop Alice from the team. A gang of bikies follows Joan's taxi home. Jessie gets a note to Julie in solitary to tell her that Lexie is in danger. Joyce and Mervin agree to help Steve Ryan. Slasher and the gang make a call on Joan and force their way into her house when she answers the door.


    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 23 July 1998 23:40