Rita takes firm action against the Warrior who is using drugs, and the prisoners plot to pay Joan Ferguson back for setting up their friend Julie

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 02 July 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:34

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Lorelei Wilkinson ~ Paula Duncan
Amy Ryan ~ Penny Ramsay
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Roach Waters ~ Linda Hartley
Ida Brown ~ Paddy Burnet
Steve ~ Peter Hayes
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Heather Ryan ~ Julia MacDougal
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Peter Waterson ~ Mark Mitchell
Rev Parkes ~ Alan Andrews
Karen Stringer ~ Ilonya Komesaroff
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff
Uniformed Policeman ~ Justin Gaffney
Safety Officer ~ Glenn Ruehland

Gate Guard Roger? (though it is Greg who gets a mention in dialogue).

  • Written by Quincy McQuade & Neil Luxmoore
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Nancy, Officer Slattery, and Gate Guard Bob are credited but do not appear.

    Ann is surprised when a reporter contacts her for permission to cover the wedding, but he's been tipped off by Jessie, whose name we can see on the reporter's notepad (with the surname clearly spelt "Windom" ). Meg reports to Ann that Rita and Alice have attacked Kath and Janet and all four of them are sent to solitary. Lexie comes out of maternity and meets the four as they are being led away. Joyce tells Lexie she should get changed into her bridesmaid's gear. Merle releases Julie after reaching the agreed count of fifty (with quite a bit of help from Julie). Lorelei notices the state of Julie's dress and insists on mending it. Joan decides that in the current state of chaos of Wentworth, it would be a good time to phone the Minister and suggest he should make a visit. Lexie tries to repair Julie's makeup as in the rec room Mrs Ryan theatrically stubs out her eighth cigarette (on the floor, too, so common! Even if she'd been chain smoking, that's over an hour's worth?). Joan tells Ann that it was Kath who started the "fight" and that she has called in the Minister. Kath and Rita trade shouted insults from their respective solitary cells. Goaded by Joan's smugness and self-confidence, Ann insists that the wedding must go ahead without delay. The minister arrives just ahead of the Minister, who is just too late to stop the wedding . He tells Ann she must resign for disobeying orders and makes Joan Acting Governor in her place. Julie is a little downcast after the wedding and worries what will happen when she and Steve are alone together. Vicki sells Roach some coke and accepts a bank withdrawal slip in payment (though Roach is hardly likely to have a bank account, surely?). Joan uses her new powers as Acting Governor to decide that Steve and Julie cannot use the conjugal suite after all and also decides she will countermand Julie's transfer to Barnhurst. Ann persuades the Minister to appear on television and use the wedding for positive publicity when he is faced with a camera crew outside the gates as he leaves. He decides that Joan wouldn't quite have the media appeal of Ann and reinstates Ann on the spot. During his TV interview, he congratulates Steve on his marriage to "Judy". Merle sees Roach hiding her cocaine in the battery compartment of a toy robot which she has taken a fancy to, and as soon as Roach leaves, she goes into the cell, recovers the robot and runs off with it. Joan gloats as she clears out Ann's dangerously liberal sociology textbooks from the Governor's office, but Ann tells her the Minister has changed his mind. The Minister's interview appears on TV: as Andrew watches it, Joan storms out in disgust as his craven capitulation. Steve and Julie are allowed to spend some time together in the conjugal suite, and Julie tells Steve about Nancy's diary, explaining that Joan was using information from it try to keep in her in prison longer. Andrew proves himself a true soulmate for Joan by agreeing with her right-wing views on crime and punishment. Lorelei and Lexie catch Merle with the robot and the cocaine (which Merle thinks is "plutonium") and find out from her where she got it. The following morning, the women and Steve see Julie off to Barnhurst.

    The reporter's desk also has a brochure for "Scottish Televison Programmes" prominently displayed .

    The harp music at the wedding seems to come from the same record as for Mervin and Joyce's (this time, Boccherini's Minuet?)

    Steve "Marcus" Ryan?


    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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