The women place a ban on the shop. Joan schemes to have the ban lifted. Rita is sent to Blackmoor.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 11 November 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:42

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
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Sarah ~ Kylie Belling
Pamela ~ Justine Saunders
Bruce West ~ Peter Drake
Joanne West ~ Vicki Mitchell
James Dwyer ~ James Condon

  • Written by Ian Smith & Gail Smith
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • Vera must still be Governor of Barnhurst, though why "neither Craven nor Bennett" will deliver the Minister's speech is a mystery: you'd have thought they'd be queuing up.

    Sarah tells her foster parents she still regards them as her parents and wants to live with them when she gets out. Rodney makes a fool of himself by trying to separate Sarah from the Wests because she "touched" them. Rita (speaking for Alice) gets the women to vote in favour of a complete ban on buying anything from the shop. Joan blames Kath and Rodney for the ban and orders Rodney to go and make sure Rita is put in soltary. Rodney incites Rita by using racist abuse about Sarah in front of her. When Rita prods him gently in the lapels he tells her she will have to go to solitary for assaulting an officer. On the principle that she may as well do what she is charged with, Rita elbows Rodney in the nose. The Wests decide to pay the legal bills for Sarah's appeal and tell Ann they want to say thanks to Rita, but Joan spoils the moment by bursting in and announcing that Rita is in solitary. Sarah makes a bull roarer for Merle: Ann hears the noise and sends Delia to investigate. Ann talks to the women and threatens to disband the shop. Faced with the prospect of losing the shop altogether, Alice persuades the women to drop the boycott, but only for legitimate goods, and they will continue the ban for any contraband which will hit Kath where it hurts and let them still keep the shop. Sarah gets a message to Rita with Merle's help, but so does Vicki, who delivers the meal it is hidden in, who tells her that the women have voted to go back to the shop. Joan instructs Kath how to fix the purchase book so that they can cream off a percentage of the legitimate sales from the shop. Rita looks outside on a prearranged signal to see Sarah using the hosepipe on the officers to get sent to solitary . When the women return to the shop to buy goods, Alice makes Lisa give back a free miniature of booze which Kath has slipped to her. Joan tries to defend Rodney when he has to face Ann, but she is sent outside and Ann confronts him directly about his racist remarks. As a result, Ann tells Rita she is to be let out of solitary next day, as Rodney has dropped the assault charges. When Rita asks what would have happened if he hadn't, Ann replies that she would have been sent to Blackmoor. Joan slaps Rodney for repeating his racist remarks. Kath confirms that the women are not buying contraband, and cons Alice into going to Lorelei's cell to be beaten by Rodney and forced to drink alcohol . Lorelei finds her drunk and the women decide to ignore her decision and buy contraband. Merle likes the pizza so much that she turns up to both lunch sittings and eats far too much, with plenty of added chilli sauce. Kath tells the women that Alice did buy the alcohol from her, and starts taking their orders: only Lorelei and Rita believe Alice's protestations that she was set up. Merle is out of action with bad indigestion and Spider comes to gloat over Kath's defencelessness now that Rita is out of solitary. Rita chases after Kath, but finds she is helping Merle to the infirmary and has to join in. Ann is appalled that the Minister expects her to read his prepared speech at a conference. Rita confronts Kath in the shop , as Rodney and Joan wait outside. Joan sends Rodney to get witnesses then wrecks the shop and announces that in Ann's absence she is Acting Governor and Rita is to be transferred to Blackmoor.


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

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