Steve (Amy?!?) Ryan is plotting to ensure Julie's wedding does not take place, and Joan Ferguson strikes a bargain with a drug dealer.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 01 July 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:51

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Amy Ryan ~ Penny Ramsay
Roach Waters ~ Linda Hartley
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Heather Ryan ~ Julia MacDougal
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Harry Parker ~ Howard Priddle
Morgan McDermott ~ Maurice Marion
Patti Higgins ~ Lyn-Marie Smith
Sandra Williams ~ Andrea Butcher
Toni Ann Higgins (baby) ~ Jade Warner

  • Written by Alister Webb & Andrew Kennedy
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Rita takes Julie's place in the opening mugshot credits.

    The women wait anxiously for news of Lexie. Rita threatens Janet that Lexie had better be OK for her sake, or she'll end up with tyre tracks on her face. Lorelei comes to the rec room and tells them that Lexie is in maternity: neither she nor the baby is in any danger but she has to stay in overnight for observation. In fact, Lexie is being driven crazy by three babies shrieking simultaneously. Joan notices a strange car parked outside Andrew's house and establishes that it doesn't belong to any of his neighbours. Kath has to reassure Merle that what happened to Lexie was an accident and none of the women will blame her. Merle also reveals that she is terrified at the prospect of being transferred back to the "asylum". Lexie is kept away by babies crying. Rita urges the other women to enter into a truce with Kath until after Julie's wedding, and Kath agrees to go along with it. Joan confronts the man following her when he is still parked outside as she is setting off to work the following morning: he is Sandra William's drug dealer and tells her he wants a way into Wentworth or he will report her previous drug smuggling to the police. Ann tells Julie she will be transferred to Barnhurst after the wedding, which seems to please her (oddly, I think, as surely it is much further away from where Steve lives than Wentworth is?). Lexie learns about babies from the other women in maternity. Lorelei comes to maternity to slobber over the babies and go all mumsy. Julie returns Nancy's diary to its hiding place, complete with the phoney entry she has written about some unspecified plan the women have to cause trouble. Ann asks Meg not to be too hasty about her decision to leave. Mrs Ryan visits Ann to ask her to stop the wedding, but Ann points out that the couple are adults who are able to make their own minds up. Joan is asked to take Mrs Ryan back to reception and takes the opportunity to demand more money from Mrs Ryan in return for stopping the wedding. Putting the plan into action even before she is paid, Joan tells Kath to frame Rita and Alice for disrupting Julie's wedding, but has to include Janet as well when she catches her eavesdropping outside the shower block. Julie asks Lexie to be her bridesmaid. Kath is so stressed out by Janet's constant harping on about getting Merle to bash Rita that she has another look at the cocaine packet hidden in her locker, and this time she doesn't seem to put it back. Steve and his sister Heather bring home a wedding dress they have bought for Julie to wear, only to have Mrs Ryan fling her drink at it in pique. Steve's threat to leave home if his mother can't accept the wedding has her reaching for the phone to contact Joan as soon as he leaves the room. Lorelei's home made wedding dress for Julie is a little plain - it might just about do if she was being burnt at the stake, rather than married. Harry Parker summons Joan to his office suite, and forces her to run drugs into Wentworth by threatening to expose her to the police, despite her insistence "I won't do anything that will land me behind bars". The women pinch Julie's clothes as a practical joke and leave her naked in the shower. Joyce casually drops phrases in French and Italian into the conversation so that Meg is forced to enquire why: Joyce tells her that she and Mervin are spending his cookery contest prize money and going on a foreign holiday. While they are distracted, Joan checks in Janet's sister Sandra on her visit with a consignment of drugs after pretending to search her bag. Julie is kidnapped by Kath and her cronies and taken to the boiler room in her wedding dress . Kath sets it up so that Alice and Rita appear to have attacked her and Janet, and shouts out to attract the officers' attention.

    The picture balanced precariously (not even hung) on Amy Ryan's mantlepiece looks familiar: something very like it was last seen gracing Ruth Ballinger's cell.


    The copyright date in the final credits changes to 1986 for this episode, after only 27 episodes with the 1985 date - since (599).

    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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