There is a fight among the prisoners and when Kath is beaten up, Merle goes on the warpath. Will Lexie lose her baby?

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 25 June 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:39

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Lorelei Wilkinson ~ Paula Duncan
Amy Ryan ~ Penny Ramsay
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Alan Maxwell ~ Peter Flett
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Debbie ~ Ellie Nielsen
Morgan McDermott ~ Maurice Marion
Bank Manager ~ Raymond Rich
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Gate Guard Roger~ Bryan Dolan

  • Written by Sean Nash & Gail Meillon
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • I have corrected the credit "Revecca" Dines.

    Merle finds her comic torn: Kath tells her Rita did it, but then has to calm her down to prevent her taking revenge on Rita immediately. Together they set to work sticking the comic back together again. Meg reminds Joan that she has always suspected her of setting the Conquerors' hut on fire. Lorelei and Lexie have a shouting match about whether Julie's wedding should be held indoors or outdoors. Merle attacks Janet for calling her "Loony". Having seen this display of mindless aggression, Kath suggests to Janet that Merle should be put forward to fight Rita. Alan brings more money for Kath, and tells he he's going away to Perth, even though Kath begs him to stay. Janet works out that it couldn't have been Kath's husband who brought the last consignment of drugs into Wentworth. Kath is forced to tell her that she has involved Joan. Joan finds out that the money isn't in her account when she tries to apply for a mortgage on a new flat. Nancy comforts Julie, who is distraught at the thought that she might have lost Steve forever. Joan goes to Mrs Ryan to threaten her, but Mrs. Ryan is too drunk to take very much notice, until Joan threatens (idly, one assumes) to send some convicts around to re-arrange her face. Kath names a time for the fight and tells Rita her opponent will be Merle. Rita is confident she can do enough damage straight away to see Merle off, but the other women (notably Alice) are not so sure. Kath tries to psych Merle up for the forthcoming battle with Rita, but Meg comes to collect Merle to see the Governor just before the start of the exercise period. When Nancy tells Julie some of the things she has written about in her diary, Julie realises that it is Nancy's diary that is Joan's mystery "informant". Merle is held up seeing Ann: Kath is challenged to take her place and is duly beaten. Nancy writes a deliberately misleading entry in her diary to test if Joan is reading it. A man in a car watches Joan and Andrew on the golf course. As she goes inside from the exercise period, Rita hints to Meg that Kath and Janet have had a fight as a way of explaining Kath's slightly battered condition. Ann tells Kath about Merle's history (in and out a series of institutions from very early childhood) and asks her to look after her to keep her out of Ingleside. The mystery man tailing Joan and Andrew phones up his boss with information. Janet sarcastically suggests to Kath that she should take some of her own coke, as she clearly needs to calm down. After Janet leaves, Kath is clearly tempted and gets the plastic packet out from its (very obvious) hiding place, but she puts it back again. Meg pre-empts Marty just as he's about to tell her his "secret" by telling him that she has been thinking seriously about resigning from the prison service. Lexie teases Merle in the gym and is given a bear hug. Janet tells Merle it was Rita who beat up Kath, so Merle returns to the gym and takes on Rita, Alice and Lexie. Lexie is pushed to one side, falls heavily against a piece of gym equipment and is hit in the stomach.

    Bob Moran is mentioned as having punched Alan Maxwell when he said he was leaving Kath.

    The cover of Merle's comic "Futureman" appears to have been drawn by a seven year old - or by an adult in the props department with seven minutes to spare.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Quincy McQuade (626); Quincy McQuade & Neil Luxmoore (627); Alister Webb (628), (629); Neil Luxmoore (630)
    Storyliners: Bevan Lee (626), (627), Tony McDonald (626)-(630), John Coulter (626)-(630), Bob Greenberg (628)-(630)

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