Kath contemplates Ron Willis' deal to get Marty and Spike. Rita arranges a meeting for Alice and Harry to discuss his past.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 13 January 2001 04:45
DVD release: volume 40 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 0:43:47

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Vicki ~ Rebecca Dines
Harry Grosvenor ~ Mike Bishop
Judd ~ Stuart Conran
Ron Willis ~ David Ravenswood
Willie Beecham ~ Kirsty Child
Susan Lewis ~ Rosie Tonkin
Mrs Simpson ~ Judith Roberts
Office Manager ~ Steve Payne

  • Written by Gail Meillon & Gwenda Marsh
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • When Joan storms out of the "Family Court" building, the logo on the door reveals it to be a Grundy production office. The Grundy logo from the final credits has been inset in this image to aid comparison.

    Both Rodney and Merle have new haircuts, perhaps indicating a break in filming?

    Brumby is amazed that Spike is so indifferent about Marty giving up on helping her and works out that it's because she has started to feel something for him. Harry pays up to Spider and asks her to arrange a meeting with Alice alone. Rita comes out of hospital and immediately goes over to Kath's table to warn her she has broken the rules by stealing and lying to her mates, pointing out that it is Merle who has suffered the most. Joan fails at another job interview (at the Family Court? ) and blames prejudice against ex-prison officers. Rodney again refuses to help Kath bring goods into the prison. Spider tells Alice that Harry wants to talk to her and demands payment to arrange a meeting with him. Rita deliberately drops some sheets in the laundry then stamps on Kath's hand when she picks them up. Spider uses her key to let Alice and Harry into the library. Spike asks Meg to try to persuade Marty to drop her case, as she can't seem to get through to him on her own. Vicki is disgusted with Spider for taking money to set Alice up with a convicted rapist. Harry tries to confess to Alice, but she is so besotted she won't let him finish what he wants to say. Kath phones Mr Willis and they agree a deal on $35,000, but the tickets will have to be bought out of it. Vicki is conscience stricken and bursts into the library to tell Alice the truth about Harry. Brumby was hovering by the phone during Kath's call and works out what part of the conversation was about: she goes to Kath's cell to demand to be let in on the escape. Joan applies for a job with Centaur Security : the boss tells her secretary she wants to know more about her, such as the reason for her leaving her old job. Marty agrees to Meg's plea to stop investigating, but only until things cool down. Rita agrees to go with Alice to find out Harry's side of the story. The unseen boss of Centaur Security tells her secretary to offer Joan the job, even after she hears that Joan is still officially working for the Department. Joan phones Ann in the staff room to offer her resignation: Spider overhears and passes the news around. The women celebrate noisily. Marty finds Spike in the library sneaking a look at an old Penguin edition of D. H. Lawrence . Joan starts work at Centaur Security and is surprised to be told to make morning tea. Judd brings Kath some stationery and a pen, which conceals a hypodermic to plant on Spike. Spider sees her mother and tells her not visit again. Joan is told to type and retype the same work. Eventually aggravated beyond endurance by all the phones ringing at once, she confronts her new boss , who is revealed as Willie Beecham . Willie tells Joan she shouldn't waste time trying to expose her as everyone knows she has been in prison. In fact, it is part of her sales pitch: "It takes a thief to catch a thief". Willie also warns Joan that she can prevent her getting another job with another firm. Joan replies that "no-one takes the word of a crim", but Willie bids her goodbye with "Have fun finding out!" and a sarcastic offer to give her a reference.


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 13 January 2001 04:45