Joan hides her part in Lorelei's recovery. The planned escape looks in jeopardy.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 17 December 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 40 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:05

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
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
David Carter ~ Peter Tabor
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Ida Brown ~ Paddy Burnet
Guard No 1 ~ Mal Billings
Guard No 2 ~ Matthew Carr
Det Braggs ~ Paul Buckley
Gate guard

  • Written by Quincey McQuade & Sean Nash
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Joan tells Rodney to get backup from A block in the shape of "Bradley and Swann", presumably these two guys . Are they also the credited Guards 1 & 2?

    Joan goes to tell the Minister that Lorelei is recovering, but tries to pretend that she was only following his instructions to make sure she doesn't talk.Meg, Joyce and Marty are just discussing their next move when Meg receives a call from Dr Carter that Lorelei has come round and is asking for her. Rodney calls Joan to deal with the situation of the women are playing up over the transfer of Meg and the other officers. Lorelei tells Meg what really happened, but Meg is shocked to find that Joan was responsible for delivering the tape. Joan announces that buyup has been reinstated to replace the shop, and they can blame Kath for that. Spider frightens Merle more at dinner by telling her the increased security is because the officers know about Craven's ghost. Ann is prevented from meeting Meg and the others by a car crash: Meg reports back that the Minister wants to use Lorelei changing her story as further evidence of her instability. Kath demands a concession from Joan to boost her popularity: Joan tells her she can take credit for persuading her to take the tape to Lorelei if she can find out who planted the goods on her. Spider and Vicki hold an exorcism to frighten Merle: a message comes through on the Ouija board that Merle must kill Joan. Kath announces Lorelei's recovery to the women: when Rita is sceptical, Kath says she can check with Joan herself. Spider "finds" a knife inside one of Merle's Doctor Doom comics which she tells Merle is for her to use to kill Joan. The escape attempt begins with Brumby faking sickness then putting a dummy in her bed and using Spider's key to get into the grounds. Rita and Spike convince Rodney and Joan that the dummy is Brumby. Merle makes a frightened attempt to stab Joan, but ducks back into her cell when Joan turns round to look at her. Lorelei talks to Dr Carter, but makes him promise not to talk to Joan or the police, but instead to pass the information to Meg. Joan works the overnight shift to check that the women are silent after lights out. Merle is agitated and Kath has to calm her down. Brumby comes back inside, knocks out Rodney, takes his keys and puts him in Rita's bed. Rodney starts groaning and Rita has to hide under the sheets with him with her hand over his mouth as Officer Slattery looks through the spyhole of their cell. Dr Carter visits Meg and tells her he intends to contact an old friend on the TV programme "City Probe". Rita, Brumby and Alice make their way outside. Kath finds that Merle has a knife and when Kath yells for "Simpson" the noise alerts Joan and Pat: Joan sees the knife and orders a cell search. Spike is caught deflating the dummy. Rita gets away, but Brumby and Alice are trapped on the wire. Rita seeks out Ida, who gives her a change of clothes and lends her a motorbike to ride to the cemetery to talk to Bongo's grave. Joan sends Rodney home after his knock on the head and won't let him finish his shift. As he leaves the office, he rounds on her and tells her she has no friends in Wentworth so she can't afford to be so rude to everyone. Merle tells Kath how much she hates being "dumb" and asks if she knows how to fix it for her. Rita is recaptured by the police outside the graveyard, but Ida avoids getting caught as she's gone for a leak in the bushes.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Monday 1st September 1997 23:45