Merle enjoys freedom and her new playmate Tommy. Rita lures Craven to a fight to the death.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 03 December 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 6 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:13

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
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
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Ernest Craven ~ Ray Meagher
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Tommy Kipman ~ Bradley Kilpatrick
Ross Kipman ~ Kim Stephens
Edith Kipman ~ Bethany Lee
Plumber ~ Brad Bennett
Blackmoor Off. no 1 ~ Rowan Brindamour
Blackmoor Off. no 2 ~ Les Sumner

  • Written by Ian Smith & Gail Smith
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • According to Spike's sketch plan , solitary is on the same floor as the cells, just round two corners.

    Rodney mentions an officer called Fay Gorman.

    Craven tells the women to face the Governor, and they are appalled to realise that he means Joan. Joan arranges for a uniform for Craven and tells Kath the shop must sell only legitimate goods from now on. All Joan is prepared to offer Kath in return is the restoration of the after dinner rec period. Joan sets Rodney to spy on dissenters in the staff room. Spike offers to teach the women how to communicate by tapping on the pipes. Kath gets majority support in going along with Joan's demands and is confirmed as top dog. Joan visits Rita in solitary, but she vows to kill Craven and Joan too if she suspects she knew about Lorelei's rape. Meg and Joyce visits Ann at at home, but they are persuaded not to resign. She tells them she is preparing to fight back against Craven. Joan refuses to implement Craven's suggestions for harsher security. Craven sets two of his officers to bash Rita in solitary. The plumber arrives and Spike copies his plans. Marty finds Rita bashed and takes her to the infirmary. Spider goes one better than Spike by getting hold of the original plans. Alice and the others demand to know what Kath is going to do about the attack on Rita, but Kath practically tells them Rita deserved what she got for attacking Craven. In the infirmary, Rita finds out that Lorelei has withdrawn the rape charge. Joan shows her report of the attack on Rita to Craven: he just tears the page out of the book. Lorelei tells Rita that she lied about the rape because Craven threatened to harm Zoe. Rita replies that she got herself into the infirmary as it's the best place to get Craven. Tommy tells his parents about Merle, even pointing out her photo on the front of the newspaper , but they think he's making it up. Joan advises Marty not to put in a report and gives Craven and one of his officers an alibi. After Marty leaves, Joan warns she will not do it again. Rodney answers the phone in reception and talks to Tommy ringing on Merle's behalf. He hangs up, thinking it's a crank call but Marty points out that a crank wouldn't have asked for Kath by name. Joan phones the police and gives Rodney a dressing down. Spike proposes to Alice that the women form a guerilla group to carry out acts of sabotage. Rodney smarms up to Marty to influence him to keep quiet about him hanging up on Tommy. Rita holds Sister Hall hostage and makes her phone reception to bring Craven to the infirmary, just as he is leaving. Spike fixes the press. Rita pulls a knife on Craven and he arms himself with a letter opener . Lorelei goes for Craven and he grabs her to use as a shield. Rita is taken to solitary, but Craven asks for her to be put in an ordinary cell to give him the opportunity to fix her. As she is taken out of solitary, Rita shouts to the women that she is being taken to a punishment cell. Craven visits Rita without anyone hearing him to promise that he will kill her.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Neil Luxmoore
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Thursday 14th August 1997 23:45