Lexie's labour starts and panic follows. Meg waits for news of Marty.

First broadcast Thursday 7 Aug 1986 (Melbourne) as the first half of a double episode TV listing in The Age
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 10 September 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 38 disc 6 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:58

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Nancy ~ Julia Blake
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Baby ~ Scott Wealands
Dan Moulton ~ Sean Scully
Officer Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Dani McCormack ~ Sarah Machin
Tailshaft ~ Ian Shrives
Ambulance Man ~ Steven Smith
Ambulance Man ~ Alex Sascha
Mervin Pringle ~ Ernie Bourne
Male Newscaster

  • Written by Alison Niselle (sic)
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • Merle is wearing a badge that says "CAPTAIN MARVELOUS CLUB" .

    Rodney disparages Marty to Officer Radcliffe saying that "if you can't keep a cool head under pressure, you don't belong here." Lorelei calls for Rita at Lexie's request, but the officers ignore the calls assuming the women are only complaining about the heat. When Rodney comes along to tell the women to shut up, Rita grabs Rodney by the throat to force him to open her cell door . Nancy comes up behind Rodney and bashes him over the head with a book and takes his keys. Rodney takes one look at Lexie and passes out. Alice uses her animal husbandry skills to deliver Lexie's baby. Rita claims the fan back from Kath, telling her to keep quiet and not alert the officers. Lorelei tells Rodney not to spill the beans or they will tell everyone about him fainting. Ann asks Dan to sleep in the spare room until he makes up his mind between her and his new girlfriend. Rodney is sent back with Lorelei to make sure the duty officer doesn't miss him. Alice tells Nancy she's worried when Lexie's contractions stop, but they start again. Kath and Merle talk in their cell as they listen for what is happening down the corridor. Merle notices Kath is in tears and realises the reason, saying that is must be bad for there to be anything wrong with your baby. Kath hopes if Merle has a baby it will be alright, but Merle tells her that she has been sterilised. The baby arrives, with Rita pacing up and down nervously outside as if she were the father. Alice tells Rita the baby has to go to hospital, so Rodney goes to call an ambulance. Ann is called at home with the news of Lexie's baby, so she decides to go straight there. Rodney's story is somewhat unconvincing, but Ann does not challenge the details. Lexie is refused permission to go to hospital with the baby immediately but she is told she will be allowed to go to the hospital every day. Meg calls round to see Joan to ask if she take some time off to see Nancy's daugther in law. She admits to Joyce that she is worried that Marty hasn't rung her. The Conquerors collect Dan from Ann's to go and fight the fires. Kath gives Rodney the bets for the TAB. Meg visits Danielle while Peter is at work and notices Danielle has a black eye. Lexie visits her baby in hospital accompanied by Joan (who was earlier making a fuss about being the only one on duty at the prison). Meg tells Nancy her suspicions are justified. Ann tells Lexie she will be recommended for early release as she can't be found a bed in hospital. Lexie hands round the cigars given her by Jessie and gives one to Merle. Lexie thanks Alice and tells her that Jessie is arranging something that will be arriving for her in the afternoon. Joyce and Mervin tell Ann about their accommodation problems and ask for financial help to put down a bigger deposit. Merle picks up the present thrown over the fence for Alice. Nancy phones Peter and tells him to visit her urgently. Ann tells Meg that Marty is missing, and that a body has been found.


    Story Editor: Gwenda Marsh
    Script Editor: Pauline Clayton
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

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