Marty's attempts to help Spike spell danger for Lisa. Kath finds Spider's contraband, but Rita could die as a consequence.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 06 January 2001 04:40
DVD release: volume 40 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:10

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Harry Grosvenor ~ Mike Bishop
Judd ~ Stuart Conran
Ron Willis ~ David Ravenswood
Rev Zach Ward ~ Laurie Dobson
Telecom Man ~ Malcolm Sim
Bernie ~ Michelle O'Grady
Ron Willis' other goon (the one with Judd)

  • Written by Neil Luxmoore
  • Directed by Chris Sheil
  • Fashion note: was there some sort of gangster chic trend to wear shirts with the collar splayed wide open and flat across the lapels? Both Judd and Marty (in civilian disguise) favour this style.

    Lisa helps Marty back inside the bar, and Meg arrives and finds them together. Merle is enjoying having a bodyguard: Kath sets her on to watch a group of women she believes Spider may have sold contraband to. Kath follows Spider around, but gets no clues, apart from noticing mud on Spider's shoe. Spike tells Brumby she's had a phone call from Lisa pretending to be her mother to check out if Marty is genuine. Lisa and Marty investigate together and meet an University friend of Spike's called Bernie, who suggests they try to contact Ronnie Willis. Rita is moved back to share a cell with Alice. Two men arrive to take them to a meeting with Willis, who agrees to make enquiries about Christine Dutton. As soon as they leave, he asks his associate Judd to find out why Lisa and Marty are asking questions. Inspired by Lisa's phone call, Spike writes to her mother. Rita hints to Kath she doesn't have much time left to come up with some contraband. Alice goes with Brumby to the Sunday service to meet Harry: Spider follows and sits behind her, to Alice's disappointment. Meanwhile, Kath and Merle are in the grounds looking for Spider's stash, when Merle's mouse goes missing. When she and Kath look for him, Merle finds a plastic bag under a hut, which contains Spider's contraband. Spider glues Alice to her seat and Alice rips the seat out of her jeans getting up. Meg asks Spike to try to persuade Marty to give up his investigation, but Spider says she can't pass up her chance of freedom. Rita cheers Alice up by passing on a note from Harry that she got from a woman in A block. Spider gets suspicious when Kath starts taking orders and Vicki comments that she's had no parcels or visits. After confirming that her stash is missing, Spider tells Vicki that some of the liqueur chocolates have been adulterated with rat poison as a precaution against theft (and because she can't stand creme de menthe). Vicki and Spider see Alice buy some of the liqueurs from Kath. Spike and Merle talk to the priest about their respective problems. Judd gives Ronnie Willis the background on Marty and Lisa and their connection to Wentworth: Judd suggests they give them "the same we gave Christine Dutton", but Ronnie Willis says they should keep that as a last resort. Ann announces a pay phone will be available for the women on a trial basis. Rita grabs Alice's chocolates and pretends to juggle with them but eats them instead. Vicki thinks they should tell someone but Spider points out they could get rid of Rita and Kath in one go. The women phone Lisa and she passes on the gossip that Rodney has a girlfriend. Merle gets Brumby to help her use the phone to talk to Tommy. As the women start to squabble about the new phone, Rita starts to feel ill and collapses in the rec room .


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Morgan Smith (680)
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Thursday 18th September 1997 23:45