Maxwell tries to make new friends inside Wentworth; there's wedding fever in the air; and Kath is worried that she won't be able to cope.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 13 May 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 37 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:06

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Bob ~ Peter Adams
Dan ~ Sean Scully
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Aunty Ida ~ Paddy Burnet
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Kath Maxwell ~ Kate Hood
Janet Williams ~ Christine Earle
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Fight Co-Ordinator ~ Glenn Ruehland

  • Written by Alister Webb
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Rita claims that her sentence is "2 years 329 days" (2 years 47 weeks). If this is supposed to be the time she has left to serve, it is approximately right for a 3 year sentence handed down in episode (598), which would be 8 weeks ago in PCBH time. In practice the time served since Rita first came to Wentworth 6 weeks earlier than that in (585) would count as time already served.

    Or maybe she's just not good at maths, as Lou didn't kill "half" of Alice's family as Rita claims, but more like a quarter given all the siblings the writers have been so keen to remind us of recently...?

    Rita revives Steve by throwing a jug of water in his face: he wakes up and starts moralising almost with his first breath, telling Julie that her getting drunk was about as bad as taking cocaine. Lexie is equally annoyed at Steve's interference. Andrew invites Joan for a game of golf at some unspecified time in the future. Julie tries to defend Steve's action to Lexie, but Lexie deflects her by inviting her to be the godmother to her unborn child. Rita gets a lecture from Nancy about her responsibilities to the other women. Bob visits Kath in solitary, but she rejects his advice about how to handle the other women, saying she can't pretend to be sorry when she isn't. Lou refuses a meal served by Lexie and instead sweeps the tray onto the floor. Joan is cheerful and amenable at work. Kath and Jane are to come out of solitary. Ann brings Janet down to earth by reminding her that Rita and Alice will be out for revenge over her setting them up for attacking Lou. Rita wheels Alice in the laundry skip to make a surprise attack on Lou in sickbay, but she's not there. Their punishment of 24 hours in solitary is deferred, as Lou herself has been sent to solitary already for her own protection. Ann decides to ask the Minister for permission to have Lou transferred to Blackmoor. Bob takes Kath to the kitchen to introduce her to the women, but she makes a very bad impression on them by honestly replying "no" to Julie's remark that it must have been a hard decision to kill her own child. When Rita confronts Janet, she tries to blame Lou for forcing her to do it. Kath is put in Jessie's cell, but when she goes in search of the toilet block she meets Alice who shows her where it is and forces her head down the pan and flushes her. Joan's sunny disposition fades to black when she takes Lou to solitary and taunts her with the prospect of meeting her friend Cynthia Leach in Blackmoor. Meg catches Joan giving Lou a Chinese burn, and is forced to report her for misconduct. Ann therefore has to ask Joan to take a few days leave. Janet pals up to Kath when she finds her in the shower block still dripping but she changes her tune as soon as Rita and the others arrive, and she claims that it was her who flushed Kath. Rita confronts Kath but she refuses to justify herself. Lexie finds a broken jar in the skip when she puts out the garbage and uses it to prepare a handful of ground glass to add to Lou's meal, but Mervin catches her in the act. Rita demands that Steve pays for the coke, and he agrees if she will read some anti-drugs leaflets he's brought into the prison. Kath tries to talk to the women preparing the rec room for the wedding celebration but she is rebuffed. Joan catches Kath trying the storeroom door and sarcastically regrets she hasn't got the time to give her a guided tour of the prison. Steve gives the women a lecture on drugs and Rita bans cocaine (to the women's surprise). Janet overhears Bob talking to Kath and promising to help look after her. Julie is dismayed when Rita tells her how rich Steve and his family really are. Rita refuses to do any deals with Janet for the important information she claims to have. Ida asks Dan to dump Ann, as the Conquerors don't like her. Rita salts Kath's food and Kath lags on her. Janet sweeps her own plate onto the floor to get into solitary to tell Lou that Bob has a secret they can use against him to force him to help them escape.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Alister Webb (611); Fay Rousseaux (612); Alister Webb (613); Fay Rousseaux (614); Alister Webb (615)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee, Tony McDonald, John Coulter

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