Three young trainees discover the highs and lows of working at Wentworth.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 09 July 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:56

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Julie ~ Jackie Woodburne
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Roach ~ Linda Hartley
Ida Brown ~ Paddy Burnet
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Delia Stout ~ Desiree Smith
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Marty Jackson ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney Adams ~ Philip Hyde
Harry Parker ~ Howard Priddle
Morgan McDermott ~ Maurice Marion
Bomb squad 1 ~ Mark Muggeridge
Bomb squad 2 ~ David Jackson [L]
Gate Guard Trevor ~ Brad Lindsay
Gate Guard Bob ~ ???

  • Written by Ian Smith & Gail Smith
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Julie is credited in error - she left two episodes ago! Gate Guard Trevor doesn't appear either.

    Lorelei admits to Lexie that Joan seems much harsher than when she knew her before, and she's coming round to the idea that Joan might deserve what's coming to her. Lexie is upset at missing Julie, but even more so when she realises that she can't expect to see her again even after her release. The women tease Joan into threatening to cancel the exercise period, but realise she has taken the bait when she lets it go ahead after all. Meg asks Marty about his strange behaviour in the restaurant: he tells her his two best friends in the Navy were killed in a fire on board ship. Meg warns him not to let the women know, as an officer with a phobia could easily be a subject of extortion attempts by the women (obviously recalling one of Jim Fletcher's earliest plotlines?) Marty starts work with the two other trainees Rodney Adams and Delia Stout . Ida plays the fragile old lady once more to distract Meg from seeing Lexie hide the bomb. Ann gives Joan a warning that she must not to try to influence the trainees with her own brand of cynicism. Rodney tries to impress Ann with a display of fawning and creeping. Lexie gets the suitcase out through the kitchen in a garbage bag. The trainees are introduced to the women and duly snigger at Delia's surname but take Marty's relationship to Meg in their stride. The women go outside for exercise period: Lexie transfers the suitcase to a handball net as the others start a diversion. Joan sees her and goes back inside to report to Ann that she's just been told there's a bomb in the grounds. The women are sent back indoors. The bomb squad men demonstrate the lethal qualities of the contents of the suitcase: a note on a spring reading "GOTCHA FREAK" . Ann sends Joan home after reading the note in the suitcase exposing Joan's source to prevent her taking reprisals against Rita and Nancy. Rodney gloats he would have been able to see through such an obvious attempt at a diversion. Nancy takes full responsibility for the whole incident and loses two week's visiting rights. Alice suspects that Delia fancies Marty - or maybe just resents any possibility of a rival. Rita assumes that the ban on visiting is a token punishment, not realising that Nancy is bothered how it will look to Peter's girlfriend who is due to visit with Peter. The Minister gives Joan a rocket and threatens to demote her. Joan phones Harry Parker and asks him to get the Conquerors off her back. The women rehearse for a video about Nancy's heroic exploits to cheer her up, and decide to try to get Rodney's uniform to use as a costume. They trick him into coming to Lexie's cell and threaten to report him for making sexual advances to her. Joan tells Andrew she wants to move out of his house, but he begs her not to go. Rodney has to hide behind a cell door when the women strip him and run off with his uniform.

    An obvious bit of script recycling occurs when Marty recites the numbers of the various forms used at Wentworth, as new recruit Heather Rogers did in (463), which was also written by Ian Smith...


    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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