Julie is badly beaten in the kitchen and Eve's murder is to be made to look like suicide.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 25 March 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 36 disc 6 (AUS), volume 18 disc 12 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:05

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
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Wendy Stone ~ Vivean Davies
Fay Donnelly ~ Maud Clark
Mabel ~ Val Jellay
Delores ~ Samantha Bews
Mitzy ~ Jane Menz
Off. Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Driver No 1 ~ Charles McCracken
Driver No 2 ~ Steve Gunn
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff

  • Written by Ian Smith
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • After Alice passes on the information to her about the true identity of the Phantom Lagger, Lou checks the details of Lexie's escape with Julie then decides to punish Eve and those breaking the hunger strike. Meg phones in sick and Bob tells her not to come in for the evening shift. Joyce shows Bob the newspaper headline about Lexie's escape expecting him to be concerned, but he says he hopes that Lexie reads it and gives herself up. Joan suggests to Bob that Lexie may have escaped through the air conditioning ducts even with the security grilles fitted after Julie got into the Governor's office during the Ruth ballinger siege - after all, two hacksaw blades have been reporte dmissing from the workshop. Lexie hides out at Mabel's "house" wearing an outfit that seems to be inspired by Adam Ant or Spandau Ballet . Mabel persuades her to change into a (slightly) less conspicuous outfit and takes her to the "parlour". Lou decides she has the advantage and tells Alice they will take over in the dining room at lunch. Ettie worries that even a "man of God" will take advantage of "a pretty young thing" like Ann on the weekend away and is all set to come with them, until Ann asks who will look after Meg if her illness gets worse. Eve meets Steve as she takes the laundry truck around and notices that he is asking a lot of questions and warns him he could be exposed as a "spy" if he's not careful. Lexie meets the other girls at Mabel's place, and turns down the offer to "turn a few tricks" while she is there. We see the mysterious killer turning over the pages of his scrapbook and pasting the lastest news about Lexie's escape into it . Joan's guess is proved to be right, but the grilles were cut through with bolt cutters not sawn through. Lou orders her followers to bring all the women still observing the hunger strike to the rec room. Julie is served a birthday cake made by Mervin in the dining room. Lou rouses her followers in the rec room and leads them in a chant of "kill the bitch". Alice knocks out Officer Radcliffe, and Lou and her gang take over the kitchen and the dining room. Joan, Steve and Mervin are tied up in the dining room, but Joyce is sent as a messenger to the Governor. Lou has Eve brought to the dining room, strings her up from the ceiling and kicks the chair away, then sends Alice and Wendy to hang Eve up in her own cell to make it look like suicide. Mervin, Joan and Steve have been moved to an empty cell and they attempt to untie each other . As Bob arrives to negotiate with Lou, Lou is just about to attack Julie, so Lou hands her over to Wendy who takes her to the kitchen and batters her. Lou demands TV reporters, Bob's and Joan's resignation and the Department to recognise her officially as top dog. If she doesn't get it in one hour, Joan will be killed. Ettie arrives at the front gate to try to deliver Julie's birthday present . Steve is called to patch Julie up when Wendy goes too far. Lou tells Joan that her friend Wilder "jumped to a conclusion". Ettie sees a vanload of Woodridge officers arrive as backup. Bob refuses the Department's offer of special officers and goes through the air conditioning from his officers to get behind enemy lines. Lou takes Rita and Joan to the laundry and orders them to fight to the death , or she will kill them both.

    The scene of Eve's hanging was cut on its first showing in some ITV regions. Channel 5 showed a longer version of this crucial scene.


    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:-