Joan attempts to transfer Meg, Joyce and Marty away from Wentworth, but a strike is threatened. Kath is set up and she loses her trusteeship.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 16 December 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 40 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:06

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
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 Straton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Doctor Luther ~ Douglas Bennett
Doctor Klein ~ Roger Boyce
Officer Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Cabbie ~ John Geros
Gate guard

  • Written by Gwenda Marsh & Gail Meillon
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Marty's absurd "gate duty" is a strange allocation of resources: surely there are more useful jobs for officers than standing by a locked security gate?

    The women look for a replacement for Merle's mouse, armed with brooms and pillowcases. Spider and Vicki confront Kath for lagging on her for bringing goods in, but she brazens it out and denies it was anything to do with her. Alice tells Rita and Brumby that if they are escaping, she's going with them. Joan tells Meg and Joyce they will be transferred to Barnhurst, and Marty will go to Smithton: they will be replaced by Blackmoor officers. Spider plots to get undermine Kath by having Merle transferred: she plans to convince Merle that Craven's ghost has come back to get her. Joyce goes to the kitchen in tears to tell Mervin they won't be working together any more, allowing Spike and Lisa to overhear and report back to the women. Rita and Brumby frame Kath by stealing goods from the staff room and planting it in her cell, using Spike to get the goods past Marty. Vicki gets Mervin to leave the kitchen while Spider frightens Merle by showing her a kitchen tray with CRAVEN written on it in flour and tells her he's come back from the dead to avenge his own death. Rodney overhears Meg and the others discussing a stop work meeting. Lisa suggests the women tape a message for Lorelei from all the women, who has been transferred to a high security ward (populated by rejects from an amateur production of "Marat-Sade"). Merle is locked in the cold store by Vicki and Spider, and Spider uses a homemade bull roarer to spook Merle out. Pat finds the missing goods in Kath's cell during an unexplained sudden cell search. Meg asks the meeting to agree with strike action until the transfers are rescinded and Joan is replaced as Governor. Rodney goes to alert Joan and she turns up just before the vote to sway the other officers so that no-one votes for strike action. The women find out that Lorelei will be given ECT. Rita asks Spike and Brumby to get a book of passes to plant on Kath, so they lift one from Rodney's pocket. Joan warns Kath to be more careful, or she won't be able to support her. Kath retorts that the women are too upset about Lorelei's transfer, and catches a fleeting expression on Joan's face that shows that she does too. Spike puts the passes in Kath's pocket and gives Merle her mouse back. Joan finds Rodney searching her office, and when she finds out that passes are missing, she orders all the women to be body searched immediately. Meg agrees to take out the tape for Lorelei. Spike tells Marty she will agree to let him help to arrange her appeal. Rodney finds the passes in Kath's pocket. Spike warns Brumby not to con the other women with her stories about escape attempts, pointing out she only has four failed escapes to her credit. Spider and Vicki get rid of Mervin again and have another go at Merle by speaking to her as Craven through the extractor fan while she is outside by the rubbish skips. Joan takes the shop trusteeship away from Kath and confiscates the tape for Lorelei from Meg. Meg and Joyce leave Wentworth. Joan listens to the tape, and delivers it herself to Lorelei .


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Thursday 28th August 1997 23:45