The deputy governor is demoted to officer and the escapee finds refuge in a barn. Bassinger enlists his son's help.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 22 April 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 37 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:32

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Jessie ~ Pat Evison
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Dan ~ Sean Scully
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Harry Bassinger ~ John Frawley
Amelia Bassinger ~ Barbara Burder
Gary Bassinger ~ Chris Stevenson
Flora Jenkins ~ Moira Claux
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Newsreader ~ John Print

  • Written by Kit Oldfield
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • The credit for Barbara Burder may be a mistake, both here and in (620) where the same character appears again. It looks more ike Judith Roberts in both cases, as Guest commenting on (620) has noticed.

    Bob tells the police that the last time Lou escaped she headed for Adelaide (to call on Reb's mother, presumably?) so he would bet she's going in the opposite direction. Joan confidently predicts that Bob's mistake in not transferring Lou will lose him the Deputy Governorship. Lexie drums up some business for the forthcoming drugs delivery with Vicki (a prisoner we've never seen before ). Harry Bassinger hears of Lou's escape on the television news, and his wife is worried it will revive the allegations made against him last time. He rings his son Gary to invite him for dinner. Mervin lets it slip to Bob that Janet told him about the knife. With the help of a few hints from his father, Gary thinks up a plot to keep the press away from the family by pretending to be the maniac while Harry is away from town for a few days. Ann sends Janet to solitary and asks Mervin to be more careful in future. Mervin apologises to Rita and Alice. Janet offers to swap information in return for not being sent to Blackmoor, but Bob doesn't take the bait. Janet gloats to herself that the other women will end up getting poisoned by the grog that Lou spiked. Gary phones up Wentworth pretending to be the maniac and gets Officer Radcliffe who thinks it is genuine and contacts the police. Lou finds the farm where Alice's family lives by introducing herself as a friend. Alice's mother hides her in the barn until her sister has left. While the officers have a stop-work meeting, the women are taken outside, which gives Julie the opportunity to meet Steve behind the shed. Joan informs Ann that the officers voted to go on strike until Meg is reinstated. Meg herself decides to defy the strike and to help Ann and Bob run the prison. The women are locked in their cells so the officers can go home. Rita is prevented from checking the booze, but Lexie fakes a stomach ache. Bob is pleased to hear that Mr Dwyer is coming to Wentworth in person and looks forward to seeing him put Joan in her place. Lexie tastes the poisoned brew and is taken ill after being locked in. Joan warns Steve not to do the officers' work or he'll be in trouble. The women yell for help for Lexie but they get no response, so Rita makes them make even more of noise. Dwyer refuses to let Bob go and see what the problem is, and for the sake of a quick solution demotes him to senior officer rank and reinstates Meg as Deputy Governor. Joyce in reception decides to defy the strike and go and see what the problem is, but meets Meg and Joan coming from the meeting and finds the strike is over. Bob tells Dwyer what he thinks of him and the prison service. Dwyer leaves the prison just as "The Despatch" is delivered in reception with the headline "THIRD ESCAPE IN AS MANY MONTHS" . Bob makes Rita clean up Lexie's puke when she backchats him. Another call comes through to Wentworth from someone claiming to be Nora Flynn's killer. Lexie reveals to Julie her suspicion that she is pregnant.

    In the sequence showing different parts of the prison empty of people, maybe it wasn't a good idea to follow a shot of the the rec room with one of the dining room as it neatly demonstrates that the rec room and dining room are in fact the same set dressed in slightly different ways.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Alister Webb (606); Fay Rousseaux (607); Alister Webb (608)-(609); Fay Rousseaux (610)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter - all (606)-(610), Kelly Bermingham (606)-(608) only

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