The hired assassin breaks into Wentworth. Ann, Meg and Pamela join Joyce and Mervin in celebrating Mervin's birthday.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 15 October 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:18

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Wendy ~ Julieanne Newbould
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Pamela ~ Justine Saunders
Sarah West ~ Kylie Belling
Frieda ~ Johannah Sonerberg
Detective Riley ~ Peter Sinclair
Uniformed Policewoman ~ Patricia Anthony
Gate Guard V/O ~ David Bickerstaff
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne

I have corrected the misspelling Kylie "Bellings"

  • Written by Kit Oldfield & Gail Meillon
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • The cell listing shows Rita and Alice in cell 4, Wendy and Lisa in cell 2, Kath and Merle in cell 9. Oddly for a supposedly official document, Rose Simpson is listed as "Spider Simpson" (sharing cell 6 with Vicki McPherson). Then it dissolves into madeup names for extras: "Andrea Paynes", "Jenny Smith" and so on.

    The hired assassin gets inside Wentworth, waits until Marty leaves Delia picking up a pile of papers in reception, knocks her out and and hides her in the shower room. Ann and Meg are getting ready to go out to celebrate Mervin's birthday. Lisa celebrates making her deal with the police with some drink that Merle found and tells Wendy she regards her as a real friend, someone she can trust. The assassin solves an obvious problem for the scriptwriters when she miraculously finds a listing of the occupants of the cells in "H Block" (in thick Letraset) without much effort in one of the filing cabinets: sure enough, Lisa's name immediately springs to her eyes (though in fact, she puts her finger under Wendy's name, not Lisa's). She then returns the file to a different filing cabinet than the one she found it in. After doing his rounds, Marty walks into the barrel of Frieda's gun on his rounds. Pamela arrives back at Ann's and says she cannot go to Mervin's birthday party, as she is preparing for the court appearance of one of her "girls" called Sarah who is facing charges of arson and assaulting a police officer. A phone call from Joyce embarasses her into changing her mind. Frieda takes Marty back to reception and ties him up beside Delia. The assassin gets the information she wants from Lisa at gunpoint, but Wendy overpowers her and Lisa runs for help. Lisa unlocks the cell door so Rita can get out and hold Frieda at gunpoint, but she recognises Wendy and tells the women that Wendy is a police officer. The women concentrate on Wendy which gives the opportunity for Frieda to get away. Alice follows her but she escapes through reception. Delia and Marty's moaning attracts Alice's attention to the shower block but she does not release them immediately, despite Lorelei's protests. Rita takes Wendy to Ann's office and gets her to phone the police with Lester's address to forestall Gilmour's plan to kill him. Wendy is then tied up in the gym while the women work out what to do next. Joan happens to go to the restaurant where Mervin's party is being held, which is a little embarassing as she hadn't been invited. Mervin bonds with Pamela by recalling his Aboriginal friends when he was working as a jackaroo. This gives Meg the idea to take a trip into the "centre" to "get to know the country I was born in" - to cue her absence from the series for two weeks. Kath and Spider (who have apparently been let out of their cells by Rita) come to an agreement that Spider will not try to take it out on Merle if Kath will make up for the loss of her trading. The women queue up to use the phone in Ann's office. Pamela gets a message that Sarah has been charged with assaulting a policeman. The women pin Wendy down while Rita carves COP on her forehead with a penknife. Pamela goes to see Sarah in the police station, but only gets a mouthful of abuse for her trouble. Kath tries to console Lorelei, who is missing Zoe: she tells her Zoe won't forget her. Joan wants to know why she wasn't told about Wendy's real identity, as Meg did and she isn't the Deputy Governor. Wendy takes Rita's hint and refuses to say who attacked her. Ann cancels recreation period until those responsible for the attack on Wendy own up. Sarah is brought to Wentworth on remand struggling furiously. Joan maliciously decides that Sarah should be taken straight to the rec room to meet the other women. After racist abuse from Spider and a sugary welcome from Lorelei, Sarah responds "rec room, eh? Let's wreck it!" and immediately sets about destroying everything in sight , cheered on by the women from the other side of the security gate.


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

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