Rita is back, and Joan is out to break her hold over the women. A television crew arrives to expose the cover-ups at Wentworth.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 23 December 2000 04:45
DVD release: volume 40 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:54

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Delia ~ Desiree Smith
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Philip Clayton ~ Doug Bowles
Cameraman ~ Craig Delahoy

  • Written by Marie Trevor & John Coulter
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Joan calls Rodney to her office first thing the following morning and asks him to bring the three escapees from solitary, but to make sure they arrive for muster late. Kath tells Spider and Vicki to leave Merle alone. Joan puts Rita's friends on a charge for being late to muster, but does not punish Rita herself, arguing that she is not required for work and therefore not needed at muster. Phil Clayton, the reporter from "City Probe", comes to see Meg. Rita fails to provoke Joan into giving her a charge and realises that her friends are getting her charges. Brumby is not discouraged by the failure of the escap attempt and is already planning another. Alice sneaks off to speak to Rita to make it clear to her that she won't be influenced by Joan's tactics. Rodney catches her and reports it to Joan, asking permission to put her back in solitary, which Joan denies. The food at dinner is disgusting: Rita leaves the dining room having set Spider up to complain about it after she has gone. Kath is put under pressure and asks to see Joan to pass on the women's complaints. When Phil Clayton says he can't proceed without hard evidence, Meg agrees to go on TV to repeat her allegations. Spider gets some eggs from the kitchen and Alice cooks them in the press. Joan orders Kath to speed up her attempt to get the women against Rita, but she demands educational help for Merle in return. Phil Clayton cons the Minister into letting him film inside the prison. The Minister phones Joan to tell her that a TV crew are coming to film inside Wentworth and says she has to reopen the shop so it can be filmed. Merle catches six mice. Joan tells Kath to select a few prisoners to be interviewed and keep it quiet from the others. Lisa overhears Rodney and Joan talking but doesn't get the details so Spider and Spike are assigned to find out what's happening. Spike rigs up a device to listen to the staff room through the air conditioning, and finds out why they have all been set on to clean the prison. Rodney locks potential trouble-makers in the laundry: Brumby and Spider compete to pick the locks. Kath and Merle are interviewed and give a sanitised view of the situation. Phil asks to speak to Rita and Joan refuses, but the women have escaped from the laundry and are filmed at the security gate . Joan confiscates the video tape, but the camera-man has already removed the real tape and hidden it on the bookshelves. All the women except Rita are locked in their cells. Phil phones Lisa posing as her solicitor (as she's the one who's shortly to go to trial) to ask her to find the tape and smuggle it out. Joan tells Rodeny that while the women are locked up, the TV, pool table and all the books are to be taken from the rec room as a punsihment.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Quincey McQuade
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Thursday 4th September 1997 23:45