Sarah's guardian angels are a problem. Spider tries to burn the shop and is bashed for her efforts.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 29 October 2000 02:55
DVD release: volume 39 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:42:30 (As originally released with ending cut)

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Sarah ~ Kylie Belling
Pamela ~ Justine Saunders
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell

  • Written by Peter Copeman & Sean Nash
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
    Gate guard (voice over on the phone to reception)

    Officers Green and Gorman appear, but have no dialogue.

    Joan's remark about "seventy customers" for the shop gives another contradictory indication of the population of Wentworth.

    As the women work on the garden shed, Kath cuts Spider down to size by telling her she's been selected to run the shop, not Spider. Alice wants something to be done about Sarah: Rita argues she's scared and will calm down eventually. Rodney argues in favour of Kath to run the shop, and when Ann asks him why he comes up with the strange argument that as she's not in favour with the women there won't be any scams going on (or much in the way of sales either, presumably?). Kath is told officially that she will run the shop. Spider tells Vicki she is planning to give up trading: Joan overhears and warns Spider to keep out of trouble, or she'll tell Lisa about the mix-up with her message to Lester. Pamela suggests a tough prisoner is needed to put Sarah in her place: Joan agrees that Rita could do it and Pamela is taken to talk to her. Rita is not enthusiastic about the plan and scoffs that the "bleeding heart" approach has failed. Sarah scares Merle when she has to take her meal to solitary by growling at her and Rodney calls her a "stupid savage". Spider asks Rita and Alice for protection and tells them what happened: they drag her off to confess to Lisa. Kath makes a false compartment at the base of the shelves in the shop to hide booze and pills. Joan agrees to let Kath sell "grass" and pills but rules out selling hard drugs. Kath protests that this will leave the market open for Spider, but Joan informs her she's gone out of business. Spider tells Lisa the truth (or a version of it), and this causes her recovers her voice sufficiently to abuse her as a "bitch" and a "slag" . Ann has Lisa and Spider called to her office and warns Lisa not to take revenge, pointing out that she must share the blame for Lester's death. As she leaves the Governor's office, Spider tells Joan she can't threaten her any more now that Lisa knows the truth and she's going back into business. Pamela (clumsily) tries to get closer to Rita by drawing an analogy between the bikie gang and the Black Power movement she used to belong to. Lisa shows the women how to say "I hope all your chucks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down" in sign language. Rita assigns a rota of minders to Sarah as much to keep her off her potential attackers as the other way round. Spider lights a fire under the shop , but Merle notices it when she puts a warning poster (of Alvin Stardust? ) on the door of the shop and extinguishes it before it catches hold. Sarah is put to work in the kitchen and sends up Mervin for his racist assumption that all Aborigines are workshy drunkards. Just as Spider tries to hold a closing down sale, Merle arrives to tell Spider off for starting the fire. Lisa and Lorelei get Mervin's permission to take Sarah out of the kitchen for a make-up session. Kath informs on Spider for attempting to burn down the shop: Joan tells Rodney to sort Spider out after lights out. Kath tells Rodney he has to bash Spider as Joan wants, for her sake. Joan takes advantage of Sarah pouring sugar over Spider to transfer Sarah to Rita's cell to leave Spider alone. Joan tells Spider she can expect a visitor after lights out. Spider begs for help from Rita and asks Mervin to tell Joyce she will be bashed, but neither of them will help her. Spider asks Rodney for help and he promises he will be there to keep an eye on her. The women argue whether to raise the alarm to help Spider. Joan ridicules Mervin's concern for Spider as he is going home by reminding him he's only the cook, and tells Rodney he must go ahead with the bashing. The women start beating out a rhythm when they realise that someone is approaching Spider's cell and she just has time to identify Rodney by shouting out his name before he fells her with a (very convincing) punch and leaves her bleeding on the floor .


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

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