Lexie's mother is poisoned when she mistakenly drinks a lethal cocktail of home brew and drain cleaner. Will a child killer become one of Wentworth's newest inmates?

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 29 April 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 37 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:56

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
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Dan ~ Sean Scully
Flora Jenkins ~ Monica Claux
Lady Giddings ~ Gabrielle Hartley
Kath Maxwell ~ Kate Hood
Sean Jenkins ~ Steve Millichamp
Alan Maxwell ~ Peter Flett
Newscaster ~ Lindsay Edwards
Pocco The Dog ~ Pocco

  • Written by Gail Meillon & Alison Nisselle
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Thanks to Kim for pointing out that there is no Newscaster in the broadcast version of this episode.

    Joyce identifies Alice's recipe of eggs "on spinach with a sauce over the top" as Eggs Benedict, but that is eggs with Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce on English muffins. The dish Alice describes is called Eggs Florentine.

    Bob is responding to a phone call from Kath, who admits to him that she killed her daughter to "stop the pain". Jessie promises Lexie that she gave Lady Giddings money to take care of Lexie because she believed she wanted to get off the game, and reminds her of the photo he saw of herself when young. Lexie rejects Jessie and her story. Kath tells Bob she killed Linda by smothering her with a pillow and asks Bob to contact her husband and explain why she is in police custody. Despite Bob's insistence that she needn't tell anyone, Kath says she must face the consequences for what she has done. Steve invites Julie to come to Mervin and Joyce's wedding if her parole comes through. Jessie tells all the women in the workshop she's Lexie's mother and decides to get Lady Giddings in to Wentworth to tell Lexie the truth. Alan returns home unexpectedly and while Bob is talking to him, Kath phones the police. Bob begs Kath to keep his friendship with her a secret in case she is sent to Wentworth. Rita asks Dan to consider taking the job as chaplain at Wentworth. Sean comes back to Lou for more: she hits him in the balls, but collapses with the exertion. Lou overhears Flora saying she'll get some penicillin to treat Lou and if that doesn't work they will dump her. Dan tries to reassure Ann that their relationship shouldn't stand in the way of him working with the women. Lou dreams of a man attacking her with a chainsaw , and on waking up decides to look for a weapon: she finds a gun and a box of cartridges and hides them under the bed. Lady Giddings bitterly tells Lexie the truth, but Lexie can't forgive Jessie and says she will go ahead with the abortion. Alice is pleased with the result as she's been running a book on whether Jessie is really Lexie's mother. Nancy tries to comfort Jessie, who blames herself for messing up as usual. Alice suggests as a dish for the wedding breakfast a recipe she's read of which is supposed to be "the Queen's favourite tucker". Rita is inspired by the radio controlled car fixed by Julie. Lexie finds Pocco waiting for her at the wire during the exercise period. Jessie's identity throws doubt on her allegations against Bassinger (as Joan delights in pointing out to Bob), and there's been another letter. The women smuggle Pocco inside wrapped in the volleyball net. Joyce shows the other staff members an unusually small and modest newspaper article about Kath headed "MOTHER GUILTY OF EUTHENASIA" [Not only is the headline misspelt, but the article is really about the prospects of "The Cosby Show" winning the 37th annual Emmy Awards. Anyway, how can Kath be "guilty" before her trial?] The women save treats from dinner in their shower bags to feed Pocco. Meg tells Joan she should take some time off: Joan is predictably unresponsive and storms out of the staff room, but pauses for a moment's though just outside the door. Jessie takes the food to Lexie and Pocco. Ann agrees to recommend Dan as chaplain. Rita gives Jessie some of the special brew, which burns her mouth .


    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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