Craven continues his reign of terror. Merle turns a game she is playing with Tommy into a police siege.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 09 December 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 6 (AUS)
Duration: 0:46:16

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
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Ernest Craven ~ Ray Meagher
Tommy Kipman ~ Bradley Kilpatrick
Kate Carter ~ Adair Stagg
Policeman Hogan ~ Peter Stewart
Uniformed Policeman ~ Adrian Jenkins
Policeman Briggs ~ Justin Gaffney
Newsreader ~ Jennifer Hansen
Harold Carter ~ Robert Kemp
Sharpshooter ~ Ed Ryan

  • Written by Alison Nisselle & Neil Luxmoore
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • I can't be sure about the identification of the police officers credited in this episode. Presumably the two named ones are these two : the one on the left is "Policeman Hogan" as he is given that name when he is on the phone to Merle. Possibly the unnamed "Uniformed Policeman" is the one who tries to stop Ann when she arrives on the scene?

    Spike tells Rita of her plan to rig up an alarm in her cell so she can attract attention if anyone tries to harm her. Tommy takes Merle some food and hears about her on the radio. Lorelei has a quick word with Rita and apologises for messing up her attempt to get Craven. Tommy plays truant from school to spend the day with Merle. Spider fails to persuade Kath to sell booze and drugs and tells her if she won't agree she'll do it on her own. Alice asks Spider to try out the press, but it has been fixed and she can't get the lid up again. Spike fixes the alarm so that Rita can set it off from her cell. Craven produces a crossbow confiscated at Blackmoor: Joan lets him know she is unhappy with his plan to kill Rita with it even when he says he intends to frame someone (anyone) else for it. Marty catches Spike in the boiler room, so she has to explain the purpose of the alarm. Alice tells Rita she can set the alarm by putting something metallic across the taps in her cell. Meg disturbs Craven outside Rita's cell as he is about to use the crossbow. Joan questions Kath about the sabotage campaign and won't settle for her insistence that it is nothing to do with her. Lorelei is ordered by Craven to find out who's behind the sabotage, and Alice tells her about the alarm and other sabotage plans. When forced by Craven she tells him about the stink bombs planned for the workshop but keeps the information about the alarm to herself. Spider brags to Kath that she's getting some booze and pills in through the delivery truck. Tommy brings Merle into the house while his parents are away at work. Craven tells Joan she has decided to use the stink bombs as cover for his attack on Rita. Spike tells Marty her story: she was framed for the murder of her partner in manufacturing amphetamines. The neighbours recognize Merle from a photo in the paper and call the police. Merle complains of feeling funny as she isn't taking her pills, so Tommy gets his mother's contraceptives, as his father says they keep his mother "out of trouble". When the police arrive, Tommy persuades Merle to play hostage and kidnapper, and she brandishes his toy gun through the window: the police call in special operations. Merle makes a demand for a million dollars, prompted by Tommy. Meg phones Ann to tell her that Joan has refused to go and help: Ann goes to the house, claims she is the Governor of Wentworth and talks Merle into giving herself up. Craven sees the women going to the workshop and puts his plan to kill Rita into action : he fires the crossbow through the security grille and Rita throws a knife at him, but they both miss. Rita sets the alarm off: Lorelei arrives on the scene first and Rita gives her the knife to hide. Rita hands the crossbow bolt to Meg as evidence, and Meg reports her allegation to Joan in Craven's presence, flourishing the evidence. Joan goes to talk to the women standing guard outside Rita's cell to defuse the protest. Meg is forced to admit she didn't see Craven outside Rita's cell, only Lorelei, and sends Rita to solitary. Craven comes to plant the crossbow on Lorelei and make her confess to attempting to kill Rita, but she stabs him in the stomach with the knife . Joyce finds Lisa trying to take the knife from Lorelei, who is in a state of severe shock and is unable to move or speak coherently. Craven staggers through the corridors and falls dead at Rita's feet .


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Monday 18th August 1997 23:45 p.m