Police fear bikie unrest, and Lou becomes the new top dog at Wentworth. A woman's body is found in a plastic bag - could it be Nora?

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 12 March 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 36 disc 6 (AUS), volume 18 disc 12 [UK]
Duration: 0:44:22

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Eve ~ Lynda Stoner
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Dan Moulton ~ Sean Scully
Sam Page ~ Bruce Crowl
News Reporter ~ Petar Tollich
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Roach ~ Linda Hartley
Bongo ~ Shane Connors
Mandy ~ Lucinda Cowden
Newsreader (V/O) ~ Jennifer Keyte
Slasher ~ Slasher
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Off. Ward ~ Jacqui Jackson
Liz Spencer ~ Kerry Clapton
Two bikers - probably the "Snake O'Neill" and "Mongoose Reilly" credited for (596).

  • Written by Ian Coughlan
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • The Conquerors declare war on the Eagles, thinking them responsible for the fire. Julie suggests to Jessie that that Lexie should get herself put in solitary to get away from Lou, or if that doesn't work, she has another cunning plan. Alice comes in to take Lexie's place sharing with Julie, throws herself on the bed which immediately collapses under her weight (or possibly it has been fixed to collapse by Lexie). Meg goes round to Ettie's where she hears the news about the gang warfare. The news also worries Ann. Julie can't get to sleep for Alice's snoring but Lexie has to try to stay awake to fend off Lou. Meg goes round to see Joan and accuses her of starting the fire, pointing out she has a motive after the attack on her house. Lou waits for Lexie to finally drop off to sleep, then attacks her just to give her a bit of a fright. Eve suggests Julie and Jessie should also be sent to Coventry instead of bashing them. Bob tells Joan to apply for compensation after the attack on her. Joan is taken in by this apparent show of sympathy and starts to tell Bob she's all in favour of the tightening up of security. For good measure, she warns him about Meg's soft attitude and goes a bit too far by indicating that she would be keen to become Deputy in Meg's place. Bob sternly reminds Joan of the more lurid aspects of her service record and lets her know he'll be watching for her to make a mistake, so she had better not be thinking of paying a visit on Rita in solitary. Eve then casts doubt to other prisoners on Lou's order to send Julie and Jessie to solitary, even though she had herself suggested it to Lou. Julie suggests Lexie escape the same way Nora did. In her letter to Julie she had described how she planned to get out through the air conditioning, after using bolt cutters to snip through the security grilles installed in them. She would then slip out through the kitchen as Mervin always leaves the kitchen unattended for a moment to go and get an officer to lock the back door. Bob gets an anonymous note, promising to give Nora back - for keeps. Jessie promises to help Lexie if she escapes by providing her with an address where she can hide. A body wrapped in plastic is found just inside the boundary fence. Lou threatens Bob with a hunger strike but he tells her he will just let the prisoners starve if she tries that trick again. Lexie decides she will escape. Andrea Radcliffe reports to Meg that the body has been identified as Nora's (though how anyone knows that just by looking at its hand isn't clear). Bob remarks that with "the things that were done to Flynn", they obviously have a "total psycho" on their hands. Ann goes to see Dan: contrary to expectations he has a nice house, likes classical music and is reading T.S. Eliot. Eve pushes Lou into declaring the hunger strike by pointing out that a new Governor would not want to have a strike on his hands. Nancy sees her solicitor: he tells her that Peter's attempted confession made it look worse for her. Dan tells Ann that in his opinion she shouldn't try to keep Roach and Bongo apart, as she is a good influence on him. Bob fights back and isolates the women from Lou's influence by serving meals in the women's cells. Lou and Alice bash Nancy for talking to Jessie and for answering Lou back when she asks her who she thinks she is to tell who she can and can't talk to. Eve overhears Jessie give Lexie the address where she is to go after escaping, but rather than lagging on the escape, she urges them to go ahead with it as a way to discredit Bob.

    The killer's note reads "We CAtch The biTches you GIVE them early PaROLE or leT TheM EScaPe SO We'll Do your Job for you. I'm MOVing in on norA FLYnn. you'll be getting ..." and even though this appears to be the bottom of the page, Bob continues reading without turning over "... her back and this time she won't escape signed Justice".


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Ian Smith & Alister Webb (596); Kit Oldfield (597); Alister Webb (598); Kit Oldfield & Ian Smith (599); Kit Oldfield (600)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Carlton/LWT Thursday 13 August 1998 23:40