The women are shocked by the attempted suicide of one of the most popular inmates.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 21 October 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:44

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Wendy ~ Julieanne Newbould
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Pamela ~ Justine Saunders
Sarah West ~ Kylie Belling
Sister Fawcett ~ Mary Rose Casey

  • Written by Quincey McQuade
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • New background officer "Russell"

    Joyce's embarassed greeting to Wendy on her return reveals that her real name is Tricia Haynes.

    Joan has to get Rodney and Joyce to help her subdue Sarah. Ann meets Pamela as she is coming away from Wentworth to report to the Minister on the evenets of the previous night: Pamela tells her that Sarah is now her "problem" as she's been sent to Wentworth. Merle sees Sarah being manhandled to solitary and worries that she might be a "witch doctor". The other women tut-tut as Spider voices racist sentiments about Sarah and "blacks" in general. Sarah is locked in solitary shouting and kicking the furniture: Ann and Pamela come to see her later, but Sarah is still defiant and they decide to leave her to it. Kath tries to give money for bets to Rodney, but he refuses to take it, saying he won't sacrifice his career, even for her. Pamela accuses Ann of "inverted racism" for being too lenient with Sarah: Joan turns up on cue for Pamela to appeal to for a contrary opinion, but Joan backs Ann's decision. Wendy returns unexpectedly to Wentworth in civilian clothes asking to see Lisa: Rodney sneers that she's lucky to be alive, but she counters that he's lucky to have a job. Spider delivers the meal to Sarah in solitary and "accidentally" drops it on the floor: Joan puts her on a charge for disobeying an officer and when Spider has gone passes Sarah a photo of her adoptive parents. Wendy's return makes Rodney even more nervous in case she is telling the Governor about his relationship with Kath. Wendy asks to tell Lisa in person that her boyfriend is dead: the hitwoman got to him before the police. Lorelei reports that she has seen Wemdy and Rita whispers to Alice that she had better declare a strike in protest. Kath appeals to Joan directly over Rodney's refusal to take bets for her, but she denies any involvement in the scheme. Wendy tells Lisa about Lester. Ann fails to convince the women to drop their strike: Alice tells her they believe Wendy has only returmed to lag on them all. Lisa spurns Wendy's offer of friendship. When Wendy hears about the strike, she offers to talk to the women and she tells them Lisa has nothing more to worry about after Gilmour has been captured. After Rodney's half hearted attempt to commiserate with her, Lisa slashes her wrists with a broken bottle. Delia's apologetic attitude convinces Sarah she will be able to manipulate her through guilt. Joan orders Rodney to place the bets for Kath and gives him ten minutes to do it. Merle and Delia find Lisa bleeding in her cell. The women get round Delia's ineffectual attempts to keep them from seeing Lisa in her cell. Joan tries to blame Wendy's suicide on Ann for allowing Wendy into Wentworth, but Ann tells her to see the Minister as he approved the scheme. Lorelei tries to talk to Lisa in the infirmary, but finds she has lost her voice. Rodney threatens to put Sarah on a charge for having a photo of her parents in solitary, but Joan tells him she gave permission for her to have it. Delia tells Ann she wants to leave the prison service, but Ann tells her to come back to her when she's has time to think about it. Sarah is taken from solitary and insults the women in the dining room. Spider is infuriated when Sarah is put in the same cell : Sarah punches her in the face and Spider vows she will pay for it.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-