Merle's magic show relieves some of the tension between Kath and Rita.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 08 October 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:44

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Wendy ~ Julieanne Newbould
Lisa ~ Nicki Paull
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Pamela Madigan ~ Justine Saunders
Ivan Hosking ~ Cliff Wood
June Hosking ~ Brenda Addie
Zoe ~ Asby Redward
Uncle Ed ~ Robin Dene
Aunty Valerie ~ Patty Perkins
Peter Johnson ~ Paul Flaherty
Harry Wright ~ Eddie Baker
Ted Jones ~ Roger Nolan
Jenny Moore ~ Kathy Juckes
Terry Jansen ~ David Legge
George Arnold ~ Bruce Knappett
Teddy Penn ~ Conor McDermottroe
Newsreader ~ Gary Mac
Len Muller ~ James Shaw

  • Written by Alison Nisselle & Neil Luxmoore
  • Directed by Steve Mann
  • I suspect Gerda Nicolson added a word not in the script when she tells the ex-prisoner she is interrupting "a private dinner party".

    Joan tells Rodney she won't report him for hitting Kath if she can make use of his friendship with her. Merle inadertently lets Rita know that Kath realises she was set up and will be out for revenge. The mass blind date goes badly, with three boring men and an assault on Ann by an ex-prisoner who recognises her (she claims she "did six months in 84"). This is a blessing in disguise, as it reveals Ann and Meg's profession and after a few polite enquiries from one of the men , they make their excuses and leave. Kath is not impressed when Alice visits her (with Rita as backup) and claims she is now top dog. Joan is doubtful when Lorelei suddenly seems to have both a job and a flat to move into. Rodney gets an apology from Kath for what she said to him when he lets her out to see the visiting justice. Spider gives Lisa a message from Peter Hargreaves apologising for not visiting after he was arrested for speeding: Wendy becomes suspicious. Lorelei gives Mrs Hoskings a present for Zoe to distract her and then dashes off with Zoe to Uncle Ed's waiting car. Joan is phoned by the police at Wentworth to see if she knows where Lorelei might have gone. Lorelei hands Zoe over to the care of Ed's wife Valerie before going ahead with the job on the bookies. Kath is given an extra 12 months as her story about being forcibly abducted was not believed by the visiting justice and Joan fills Ann in on her dealing. Wendy offers to help Spider with her contacts outside, but Spider makes it clear she doesn't trust her. Kath is forced to agree to work with Joan (or rather "for" her) to find out everything she can about Wendy. Delia impresses Ann with her ideas for running a fitness program for the women (probably followed by classes in cleaning all the black pots and kettles in the kitchen and catching the pigs flying over the grounds). Rita calls Kath's bluff over her threat to use Merle to bash the people who set her up, but Merle has made friends with Rita in the meantime. Kath asks Spider to get her something to defend herself with. Lorelei makes eyes at one of the bookies at a race meeting and gives him a flash of her garter where she apparently keeps vast quantities of banknotes. Marty takes Merle to see the Governor to put forward her suggestion of a party to help Kath and Rita make friends. Spider lends Kath a gun. Lorelei poses under a crashed car to make the bookies stop to help. Unfortunately when Uncle Ed makes the driver open the boot, he pulls out a gun and shoots Ed. Lorelei has to be taken away by Ed's accomplice, leaving Ed bleeding in the road. Kath threatens Rita in the gym: Rita chases her to her cell where Kath pulls the gun on her . Rita agrees to keep out of Kath's dealings, and let Alice continue as top dog. Lorelei phones Val to tell her Ed has been hurt and to ask her to get Zoe ready to be picked up. Kath gives the gun back to Spider, who makes her pay to keep quiet that the gun is a fake. Merle's party goes ahead: she makes Kath and Rita shake hands. Delia meets Pamela in a bar: Rodney sees them and ignores them. Merle moves back to share a cell with Kath. Joan wants to know what Kath has found out about Wendy: Kath says she will know if Wendy is an informer if certain information gets back to the Governor. Rodney makes racist comments about Pamela and refuses to drink with her. The women see Lorelei on the news. Lorelei seeks refuge with an old friend Len Muller but he turns her away.


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

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