Dwyer advises Joan to return to Wentworth. Merle is sent to a mental institution. The women arrange a cruel humiliation for Rodney.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 21 January 2001 04:40
DVD release: volume 40 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:43

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
Spider ~ Taya Straton
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Pat Slattery ~ Dorothy Cutts
Sister Hall ~ Gael Andrews
Matt Denson ~ Ross Thompson
Harry Grosvenor ~ Mike Bishop
Terry ~ Robert Ratti
James Dwyer ~ James Condon
Norm Worthington ~ Robert Morgan
Margie ~ Samantha Carter
Ambulance worker

  • Written by Terry Finch
  • Directed by Tony Osicka
  • Merle is taken to the infirmary. Brumby pretends to know nothing about the escape, but worries when she hears that Merle didn't get away. Ann questions Merle but cannot get any sense out of her. Lisa comes to visit Rita in "disguise" and hands over the tape and photos. Kath is transferred to a car and taken to a hiding place in the country. Lisa is recognized when signing out, and is suspected of involvement in Kath's escape. Rita claims that Lisa only came in to tell her that she'd run into Lexie Patterson. Brumby fakes an injury to get to the infirmary to talk to Merle. Kath's guard is a blind man, Matt Denson . Spider tells Alice that the men, including Harry, are to be sent back to the partially rebuilt Blackmoor, and it's all Rita's fault. Spike refuses Spider's offer to get her some more heroin. Marty's solicitor warns him to stay off the case and leave it to the police. Matt tells Kath how he lost his sight when he was injured on a robbery as a way of getting her to stop worrying about leaving Merle behind. Marty shows Lisa the newspaper report of Kath's escape: she agrees it is likely it was her reward for framing him and Spike, but says her parole officer has given her a warning so she can't get involved. Alice collects Spider's key to go and see Harry before he goes. Brumby takes the restraints off Merle and she attacks Sister Hall when she tries to stop her going to find Kath. Merle is transferred to Ingleside. Ann questions Brumby about her reasons for getting into the infirmary, and she becomes the first to spend time in the new punishment cell. The Minister tells Joan to go back to Wentworth, as she won't get a job anywhere else after crossing Willie and her very rich and powerful boyfriend. Ann is very unwilling to take Joan back and warns the Minister she will report all of Joan's infractions of the rules. Rita brings Harry to talk to Alice: he explains that he was charged for a gang rape in which he didn't take part. Alice asks Harry to write to her from Blackmoor. The punishment cell is directly opposite a flat which the women are allowed to use as a reward. Ann is given a list of prisoners to be transferred, dictated by Joan to the Minister as her final favour from him, with Rita's name at the head of the list. Alice is to get first use of the reward flat with a woman from C block. Spike fixes the PA system to broadcast the tape of Rodney, just as he is about to slap a charge on Spider. Ann walks in on Rodney as he is about to strike Rita. Joan returns to work .


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

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Monday 6th October 1997 23:45