Kath uses her brains and plenty of brawn to establish herself as the new top dog.

First broadcast Thursday 31 Jul 1986 (Melbourne) as first half of double episode TV listing in The Age
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 02 September 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 38 disc 6 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:09

Meg Morris ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Marty Jackson ~ Michael Winchester
Delia Stout ~ Desiree Smith
Rodney Adams ~ Philip Hyde
Dani McCormack ~ Sarah Machin
Peter McCormack ~ Steve Bastoni
Mr Watkins ~ Bruce Crowl

Joan Ferguson ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Rita Connors ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Nancy McCormack ~ Julia Blake
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lorelei Wilkinson ~ Paula Duncan
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle Jones ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Harry McCormack ~ Peter Tabor
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
(misspelt as Gail)
Margie Anson ~ Samantha Carter

Mr Watkins, Harry McCormack, Sister Hall and Peter McCormack appear in (646) not in this episode.

The credit sequence is given above exactly as it appears on screen, with the names seemingly taken at random, some with surnames, some without. I suspect this is because this episode and the next started a sequence of two episodes shown together on Thursday nights in the original run: possibly for this first one the credits had to be redone at short notice to combine the credits for the two episodes.

  • Written by David Stevens
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Rita, Nancy and Alice are taken from solitary. Lorelei asks Joyce if it was Joan who just arrived by helicopter but gets no answer. Lorelei nevertheless tells Kath she'd better watch out as Joan's return will inevitably mean Rita's release from solitary. Delia and Marty are worried about what Joan will say about them. Kath tells Lexie that Joan will probably press for Rita to be transferred to Blackmoor without anyone seeing her: Lorelei holds Lexie back from attacking Kath. Joan tells Ann she was lucky to find a team of surveyors on the island who radioed for help. When she wants to know what punishment she will be giving Rita and the others, she finds that Ann is unwilling to act without more evidence after the women tell a different story. Kath decides to take over when Vicki tells her that Rita has been sent back to solitary: she sets Vicki on to find out more information about Rita and Alice. Ann asks Joyce to put as many officers on overtime as possible in case there is trouble. Vicki fakes a migraine and is taken to the staff room by Delia as Sister Hall is too busy with the Golden Staph outbreak. Rita finds out about the protection racket from Nancy and declares war on Kath. Vicki passes on the gossip she overhears from the staff room, and says that Rita will be in solitary for a long time. Joyce is invited to feel Lexie's (suddenly much larger) bump to feel for the baby. Kath and Vicki beat up the women, starting with Margie , to make them support Kath's bid for top dog. After getting a note in her meal, Rita gets the others to make a racket in solitary to let Marty get the credit for quelling it. Rita demands in return that Marty arranges for her to see Joan alone. She tells Joan that if she doesn't get her out of solitary she will tell the VJ that Joan was running away rather than going for help. Joan punches Rita in the stomach and leaves. Lorelei decides to face up to Kath. Joan suggests to Ann that Rita is let out of solitary to defuse the tension building up, but Ann refuses as the matter is now out of her hands especially after her own report. When Lorelei confronts Kath in the gym, Kath takes Merle away from the gym and allows the others to beat up Lorelei after they have left. Rita is upset to hear about Lorelei being beaten up and vows to do something about it when she gets out of solitary. Danielle turns up at Wentworth asking to see Nancy: although she is stopped at the gate, Delia and Marty agree to ask the Governor for permission. Kath rallies her troops and Vicki privately admits to Kath she thinks it's all been a bit fast. Joan is not pleased to be told there will not be an enquiry, and that Rita and the others will be released from solitary without any charges. Ann warns her not to do anything foolish, like going to the Minister. Kath pleads for Lorelei's support, but she refuses and so does Lexie. Kath tells Lorelei that she cannot guarantee to protect either her or Lexie. Danielle asks Nancy's advice about the rows she is having with Peter and Nancy tries to reassure her. Lexie tries to get out of her exercises when Lorelei comes to the gym to tell her that Rita and the others are out of solitary. Ann tells Marty and Delia that they are to be posted permanently to Wentworth, but she will not tell them what's been decided for Rodney. Kath is ambushed by Rita, and is lifted up with her plait wound around her neck .


    Story Editor: Gwenda Marsh
    Script Editor: Pauline Clayton (641); Neil Luxmoore (642); Ian Smith (643); Pauline Clayton (644); Pauline Clayton and Neil Luxmoore (645)
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

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