Ann Reynolds' return and Joan's fall from grace lead to celebrations. Brumby begins another escape attempt.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 30 December 2000 04:20
DVD release: volume 40 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:37

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
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
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Gate Guard Bob ~ David Bickerstaff
Trucker Driver ~ Bob Mitchelson

Joyce does not appear in this episode

  • Written by Terry Finch & Robert Greenberg
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Note this view from the Governor's window . Gerda Nicolson bravely continues to act in this scene despite having a plant stuck to her hair which moves as she moves her head.

    Rodney smarms up to Meg and Marty, and Joan walks into the staff room just in time to hear him declare he's no friend of hers. Rodney sticks to his guns and tells Joan he won't help her get back on top. Lisa expects to be freed after her trial and says she might look up Rodney and see if she can dig up any dirt on him. Ann sees Joan in her office, and Joan lets Ann know what she thinks of her ("you shouldn't be in that chair - you're a welfare worker") and informs her she's taking leave of absence to look for another job. Joan decides to do muster all all: Rita stirs it by asking to see the Governor to congratulate her on getting her job back and the women start up a chant of "We want Renno". Marty tells Spike he will look into her case. Rita sees Ann as the new top dog and tells Ann she set Kath up, so Kath is reinstated as trusty as the shop is to be reopened. Spider tries to do a deal with Joan, asking to play the same role as Kath did, but she is turned down. Brumby decides on another escape attempt while security is lax and with help from Spike she takes the laundry skip from Alice. Alice swallows Spike's suggestion that it was Spider who took the skip and is just confronting her when Rodney catches her without the skip and takes her back to the laundry. Rita goes looking for the skip. Brumby takes some clothes from one of the lockers in the staff room and when Marty catches her coming out of the staff room, she takes the opportunity to tell him to leave Spike alone. Rita flushes Spider's head down the loo despite her protestations of innocence. Brumby gives the clothes to Spike and asks her Joan decides to go home without finishing her shift . Kath tries to persuade the women that they need the teacher as much as Merle. Lisa says goodbye to the women before going to trial. Brumby takes the garbage out and gets changed in the grounds. Marty comes to see Spike and the kicthen and notices that Brumby is missing: he stops her just outside the gate, unconvincingly "disguised" as Joyce (sack that gate guard!) . Ann tells Rita that the women can decide on their own (non-violent) punishment for Brumby. Rodney refuses to help Kath to get any contraband and tells her Joan has left so she can't look for any help there either. The women hold a trial: Brumby and Spike are sent to Coventry for two weeks. Rita sticks her own head down the toilet for falsely accusing Spider. Vicki and Spider knock Brumby out and drop a comic on the floor to implicate Merle. Ann accepts Kath's suggestion that Merle was set up and tells the women she expects the culprits to own up. Kath overhears Vicki and Spider plotting to set up Merle as culprit in another bashing.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Thursday 11th September 1997 23:40