Andrew tells Joan that they cannot continue their relationship but he wants to remain friends. Janet swaps videotapes, an action that could incriminate them all.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 16 July 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:47

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Roach Waters ~ Linda Hartley
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull Brown
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Barman ~ Bill Manderson
Ida ~ Paddy Burnet

  • Written by Kit Oldfield & Marie Trevor
  • Directed by Alister Smart
  • Thanks to Nico for sending the credits from the TV4 broadcast.

    Ann gives Rodney and Marty a warning not to pursue personal disagreements at work and brushes aside Rodney's implication that it was Marty's fault for taking too seriously what was only meant to be a joke. Ann keeps Rodney back to question him about the incident with Merle: he flatly denies that Merle attacked him. Delia defends Marty when Rodney starts to criticise him in his absence: he gets back at her by accusing her of having a crush on him and cruelly pointing out she hasn't much hope of anything developing. Lexie devises a plan to embarrass Rodney and stop Joan's drug dealing in one go. Alice is cautious about letting Roach know about the threat to Bongo in case she tells Kath. Lexie chums up to Rodney and lets him borrow her cassette player for the aerobics class. After a crafty sniff of coke, Kath has her "evil" head firmly on and she starts to psych Merle up to attack Rita. Janet warns Kath that Rita and her gang are plotting against her. Ann sees Rodney in his shorts ready for the aerobics session and tells him to change as they are too tight and risk inflaming the women's lusts (not that you can see anything, nor does there appear to be much there to see). Outside during the exercise period, Roach accuses Rita of putting revenge against Joan before Bongo's safety. Rodney borrows Mervin's shorts to avoid exposing himself to comment. Kath and Janet dress Merle up in ridiculous clothes and send her out to be mocked by Rita. Meg calls a halt to the aerobics class when the women start to make fun of Rodney. The two groups meet in the corridor and Merle lays Rita out with one punch. Joan makes a point of brusquely demanding Merle's transfer to an asylum, safe in the knowledge that this will make Ann even more certain to do the opposite. Merle is sedated and sent to solitary. Rita is devastated that she had been so easily beaten, and Nancy's suggestion that it was a lucky punch doesn't do much to help. After Ann has talked to Merle and is satisfied that she has calmed down, she is allowed to go back with the women. Kath is now feeling guilty about using Merle (perhaps the cocaine has worn off). Janet suggests voting for another top dog. Nancy prepares to show the video in the rec room: Janet goes to fetch Joan, but Meg tells her that Joan is off duty until the following day. Suspicious about Janet's request, Meg reports to Ann that she suspects Janet is Joan's new informant. Kath sniffs coke and exercises vigourously in the gym with manic intensity, sending Janet away when she comes to find her with a new plan. Meg walks into the rec room during a showing of the video : Nancy fast forwards to the aerobics class. Lorelei is delighted that Ann has given permission for her to send a video message to Zoe as long as it has been viewed by the officers first. Andrew gets sentimental about how much Joan reminds him of his first wife. Joan cuts him off brusquely and tells him she will look for another flat. Janet sees Nancy hiding the video for Rita to watch later after she has tried unsuccessfully that it will cheer her up to watch it. Lorelei pulls Rita out of her depression with a heavily allegorical bedtime story and then by demonstrating a judo throw to show how anyone can win if they are determined enough. After they have left the cell, Janet comes back and takes Nancy's video. Rita has pulled herself together sufficiently to brave the rec room. Vicki reports this back to Janet, but Janet says she has plans to use the videotape to set Rita up. Joan agrees not to leave Andrew's place immediately. Janet swaps the video with Lorelei's tape, knowing that the officers will have watch it later.

    There is no bar, let alone a barman, in this episode. Thanks to Mark Caffrey ("chicken") for the suggestion that the credit actually belongs to (639). I think he is probably right. Another possibility is that the barman in a scene in the previous episode may have had lines which were cut before transmission.

    Despite the apparent reason for cuts in (601), Channel 5 allowed Rita to say "moron" in this episode.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee (631)-(634); Gwenda Marsh (635)
    Script Editor: Neil Luxmoore (631); Alister Webb (632)-(633); Neil Luxmoore (634); Ian Smith (635)
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

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