Lorelei makes a frantic effort to regain custody of her child.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 30 September 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:54

Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia Stout ~ Desiree Smith
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Andrea Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick

Sticky Beak ~ Rick Ireland
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Dan ~ Sean Scully
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Lisa ~ Nicki Paull
Wendy Glover ~ Julieanne Newbould
Det Sgt Watson ~ Burt Cooper
June Hosking ~ Brenda Addie
Ivan Hosking ~ Cliff Wood
Zoe Wilkinson ~ Asby Redward
Mr Brice ~ Phillip Holder
Radio Announcer ~ Gary Mac
Pamela Madigan ~ Justine Saunders
Kindergarten worker
Hotel receptionist
Neighbour of the Hoskings
Two police officers &

  • Written by Alister Webb
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Vicki and Officers Slattery and Radcliffe do not appear in this episode.

    Nor does anyone might answer to the misspelt description "Sitcky Beak": I think this refers to a character who appears at the end of episode (654).

    The request for Rita appears to be for a track by AC/DC.

    Alice is getting used to being top dog: Merle has even drawn a special picture of her in the "showa" block . Rita tells her the plan is going well and they should listen for a request from her mate Spanner on a radio request show. The top dog's new power is limited, however, and Spider refuses to hand over her key. Rita steals Lisa and Wendy's clothes as a joke while they are in the shower, but Lisa has two sets of spare undies handy. Kath frees herself and finds someone has left a bag outside the portakabin where she was held with a wad of money sitting on the top. Lorelei is brought back to Joan's by a detective and Joan tells her she has to get some rest. Lisa reveals that she can lip-read, as her parents were deaf. Rita hears a message from Kath's kidnappers disguised as a request on a radio program. Kath phones Rodney from a phone box while he's on reception with Joan standing right beside him: he tells her to give herself up, but she demands a meeting with him in "Higg's Gulley" by the only phone box in town. Alice tells Ann she's the new top dog and passes on the officers versus prisoners sports contest idea. The Hoskings seek legal advice about keeping Zoe, unaware that Gran is dead. Rita canvasses ideas for the sports day and Merle's tussle with a sheet jammed in the washer immediately suggests the idea of a tug of war. Lorelei makes enquiries in a playground and even though the worker there is hostile to her for abandoning her child, she indavertently gives the game away by mentioning the Hoskings. Rodney books a room in a hotel where Kath can hide out: the reception desk has a newspaper on it with Kath on the front page . Wendy stands up for Lisa by stopping Rita involving her in the tug of war team. Lorelei visits the Hoskings to demand Zoe back: they have never met her before, but is sent away empty handed when the Hoskings deny having the child even though Lorelei notices one of Zoe's toys on a table in the hall. Kath tells Rodney to pay off Spider to help her clear herself of responsibility for her "escape". Lorelei contacts Joan from a phone box near the Hoskings' house to get her to call the police, but sees the Hoskings driving away with Zoe: she steals a car to follow them. Wendy offers to get an unofficial message out to Lisa's boyfriend. Lorelei is stopped by the police and is about to be arrested when Sgt Watson arrives. Rita shows Merle a magic rope trick. Pamela Madigan, an old University friend of Ann's, visits her at home and tells her she's coming to Wentworth as a counsellor for Aboriginal girls in prison. Lorelei is reunited with Zoe only to have her taken away again when the Hoskings are granted temporary custody. Rodney asks Spider to tape Rita admitting to arranging Kath's "escape": she demands twenty dollars ... in advance. Lisa objects to the teasing she gets when Wendy reveals her boyfriend has a "woofter" name like Lester. Rodney hides the tape recorder in a spong bag in the shower block before the women take their morning shower, and Spider elicits the confession Rodney needs but Wendy and Lisa steal Rita and Alice's clothes to get back at them, along with the sponge bag containing the tape recorder. Pamela is shown around Wentworth by Ann and runs into Alice and Rita naked . Alice and Rita recover their clothes and find the tape recorder. Both Lisa and Wendy react nervously, but Rita realises from Spider's chumminess that she was the target. Rita plants the tape recorder back in shower block to watch who picks it up, and sees Rodney with it.


    Story Editor: Gwenda Marsh
    Script Editor: Neil Luxmoore (651)-(653); Pauline Clayton (654); Neil Luxmoore & Pauline Clayton (655).
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

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