Rodney has to get out of a tricky corner and resorts to bare-faced lying.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 22 July 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:43

Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Roach ~ Linda Hartley
Andrew Hinton ~ Fredric Abbott
Janet ~ Christine Earle
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia Stout ~ Desiree Smith
Harry Parker ~ Howard Priddle
Debbie ~ Ellie Nielsen
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Granny Wilkinson ~ Esme Melville
Sandra Williams ~ Andrea Butcher
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Margie Fleming ~ Helen Milte
Chikka ~ Ingle Knight
Gate Guard Roger~ Bryan Dolan
Morgan McDermott ~ Maurice Marion

  • Written by Quincey McQuade
  • Directed by Alister Smart
  • Alice gets paranoid at the women's teasing her that Marty obviously prefers Delai to her, but it turns out to be a cruel April Fool's joke. Lexie makes up to Rodney and takes the opportunity to warn him that the women are out to make him look ridiculous again. Andrew gives Joan a driving lesson (a bit of a waste of time given that she was well able to drive early on in the series?). Lexie tells Rodney that Janet's sister is bringing drugs into Wentworth, but points out that if there was a cell search he wouldn't get the credit. Instead she suggests he intervenes personally as soon as he sees Janet's sister. Delia views the video and sees Lorelei in uniform: she goes to Ann having first locked the rec room door to safeguard the evidence. Rodney tells Rita and decides to go with her to the Govenror: instead she tells him to unlock the rec room door. The tape is swapped back before Delia brings Ann to view it, and when Ann removes the tape it has "APRIL FOOL GOVERNOR" written on it. Delia tells Ann that it was a trainee's uniform she saw in the video: Rodney implies that the whole thing is Delia's idea of an April Fool's joke and pretends he is too high minded to go along with it. Delia realises that it was Rodney's uniform but she isn't able to convince Ann, especially when Pat Slattery seems to confirm Rodney's version of events. Mr Parker tells Joan to sell heroin to anyone about to be released, and to recruit Cynthia at Blackmoor to start a network of bent officers. Nancy and Rita cover for Rodney: Rita says that if she had a uniform she wouldn't be wasting it on a video. Even though that in itself ought to rule out Delia as a source for the uniform (or how would it have fitted?), Rodney's flat denial of any involvement means that Ann can't take the matter any further. Lorelei's mother visits and has an asthma attack and Marty has to help her calm down with breatuing exercises. Delia has a go at Rodney, who accuses Ann for being "sexist" for believing her rather than him. Ann tells Lorelei that her mother will have to go to hospital and Lorelei worries that Zoe will have to go into care,as she did. Chikka and Margie call on Joan to threaten that Andrew will have an accident if Joan doesn't do as Harry Parker wants. Andrew disregards Joan's advice to stay out of it and calls the police. Delia and Rodney both stick to their stories so Ann says she'll have to make a report to both their supervisors. Rita lets Janet know they've undermined her plots. Janet reports back to Kath who says that she has another plan, which will break Rita forever. Joan makes Andrew call the police off. Marty tells Delia he knows how to get proof that the other tape existed, which involves playing up to Alice's crush on him. As Joan is not present to supervise the visit, Rodney is able to catch Janet's sister with drugs. Andrea Radcliffe tells Joan what happened when she arrives at work later, including the ominous fact that Sandy made a call to her "solicitor".

    With all the April Fool references in this episode, it would have looked silly if it hadn't been shown on April 1st, at least in Melbourne. April 1st 1986 was a Tuesday, which was indeed the first of the two weekdays it was shown on the first run. However, from Steve West's researches, it seems it was actually shown in Melbourne in the middle of June 1986.


    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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-