Kath and Merle are forced to swallow their pride as punishment for poisoning Rita. Spider finds the evidence she needs to halt Alice's budding romance with Harry.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 07 January 2001 04:40
DVD release: volume 40 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:44:26

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Harold Roper ~ Lindsay Edwards
Debbie Barrett ~ Janice Cleland
Phillip Braknell ~ Nicholas Trinder
Esther Wilson ~ Lorraine Kindler
Shamus Tyson ~ George Vidalis
Slick Simpson ~ Rick Ireland
Ron Willis ~ David Ravenswood
Judd ~ Stuart Conran
Harry Grosvenor ~ Mike Bishop

  • Written by Andrew Kennedy & Ian Coughlan
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Spider says "Don't give me any of that Dorothy Dicks crap", seemingly referring to some Australian agony aunt or problem page person. It's also a name that has considerable camp value, and neither of the writers of this episode are shy about employing that.

    Ann tells Alice that Rita has been poisoned but no-one knows what with, so asks for help in finding out what it is so they can give her the correct treatement. Spider tells Alice about the poisoned chocolates and Kath's theft is found out. Kath is forced to hand her takings back to Spider. Joan goes for an interview as a restaurant functions manager. Lisa finds her assets have been frozen and is tempted to go back on the game: Marty slips some money in her handbag. Joan is a little cagey when the restaurant owner asks for references and offers instead to work a shift as a trial to show what she can do. Spider demands the shop is taken from Kath and given back to her. Debbie persuades Lisa to take one of her customers ("Whiskers") when she's double booked herself. Kath and Merle are forced to eat raw potatoes as a punishment. Joan seems to be doing well at her job until she has to deal with an obnoxious woman customer and gets so annoyed with her she throws her out of the restaurant. While expecting her customer, Lisa has another caller who demands that she and Marty stop looking for Christine Dutton or her face will be sliced. Spider tells Vicki she is working for her not with her and if she wants to continue, she will have to think up her own scheme on her own. Lisa warns Marty he has to stop investigating Spike's case, or they both could end up dead. Spider's brother visits to ask her to see their mother, who is dying of lung cancer, but she's only interested in using him to bring in goods, even looking forward to the funeral as a way of passing goods. Kath is so downcast, she suggests that Merle should think of getting herself a new friend. Meg hands out the telephone money. Spike phones Lisa, who tries to persuade her to get Marty to stop if she doesn't want to be responsible for his death. Mr Willis asks Judd to arrange Marty's death inside Wentworth and to find out likely candidates among the prisoners. Harry and Alice have a chat in the library: she tells him her mother was murdered but she still has a sister (only one?). Judd gets the names of likely candidates including Rita, Spider and Kath (who his source says would do anything for money). Vicki tells Spider she's worked out a deal to buy booze from the men and while she was setting it up she found out from the other men that Harry is in prison for rape and murder. Spider attempts to blackmail Harry by telling Alice what he's inside for. Mr Willis visits Kath in Wentworth pretending to be a divorce lawyer but offers $20,000 if she will kill Marty and frame Spike for it. Harry agrees to pay up whatever Spider's demands. Kath refuses to kill anyone but proposes instead that she frame Marty for supplying heroin to Spike and demands $50,000 with passports and overseas tickets for two people.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Monday 22nd September 1997 23:40