Fiona Spence reminisces about her friendship with Shiela Florence.
Val Lehman reminisces about Episode 342.
Val Lehman explains the problems with the food in 'Prisoner'
The cast of Prisoner filmed a concert special inside Pentridge prison, which aired on TEN in 1981. Many of the cast were stage performers, unleashing their inner musical side in this TV rarity. And yes, that’s Sheila Florence as Village People’s own leather man.
An overview of Prisoner Locations used in filming. Locations then and what they look like now.
Two new prisoners, Karen Travers and Lynn Warner, are inducted into Wentworth Detention Centre and have to adjust to the harsh regime and the tough women they meet there. Karen, convicted of stabbing her cheating husband to death in the shower, turns out to be an old flame of prison doctor Greg Miller. Lynn has been convicted of kidnapping and burying a baby alive, and though she loudly protests her innocence, she is bullied by the other women, led by their 'Top Dog', murderess Bea Smith. Meanwhile, young inmate Sally Lee hangs herself in her cell while going through serious drug withdrawal. Tough lesbian Franky Doyle goes berserk when she learns her girlfriend Doreen is being moved to another cell and destroys the Recreation Room. Bea burns Lynn's hand in the press and Lynn reports her for it, putting Bea's upcoming parole in jeopardy. Late at night, bent screw Officer Yates lets Bea out of her cell so she can go and scare Lynn into withdrawing her complaint.
Lynn withdraws her complaint, so Bea's release is approved. The prisoners hold a farwell party for Bea and Mum. Mum leaves her beloved garden in the hands of Lynn. Mum is released into the care of her daughter, Lorraine, and Bea gets a lift into town from Eddie. Meg and Bill are having problems with their teenage son Marty, who tells them he wants to move out and get a place with his girlfriend. With Bea gone, Franky siezes the opportunity to take over the press and announces she is now in charge. Greg tries to talk Karen into appealing against her sentence, realising her husband was abusing her. Lynn goes on hunger strike until her innocence is believed. Mum's daughter rejects her, saying she doesn't want her coming home with her, so Mum checks into a grotty bedsit in town. Bea spends her first night of freedom in luxury at a hotel. Next morning, she visits daughter Debbie's grave and picks up a package from her old cellmate, a ""present"" for her husband. She then makes her way back ho
With Franky's hold over the women growing, she attempts to show the screws who is in charge by getting the women to stay in the dining room until she gives the order for them to leave. Prostitute Chrissie Latham tries to seduce Bill but he turns her down. Lizzie and Marilyn mess around with the wiring so that Eddie will be called in. Marilyn and Eddie climb up into the roof for a "liaison". Bea's return sends Franky over the edge and she starts a riot in the dining room. Bea, Doreen and some of the women are trapped in the laundry; Franky, Lizzie, Chrissie and others are in the dining room. Franky wants the gates unlocked so she and Bea can fight it out. Trapped in Franky's side, pregnant prisoner Rosie Hudson goes into labour. Meg is taken hostage by Franky's mob and tied up in the dining room. Bill tries to talk Franky into letting Meg go. She agrees, but in the handover all hell breaks loose as she and her gang overpower the officers and let Bea's women out. Bea and Franky fight one
Bill dies on the way to hospital and Rosie gives birth to a boy. Meg is devastated as the police investigation into Bill's murder begins. The cops aren't getting very far; meanwhile, Eddie tells Marilyn he saw who stabbed Bill. Bea and the girls learn from him that it was Chrissie who killed him. They attack and scalp Chrissie, and she is transferred away to another prison. Meg turns up for work, yells at everyone and is sent home by Erica til the funeral is past. Mum collapses at the bedsit and her landlady goes through her belongings. After the funeral, Erica tells Meg that she doesn't have to come back to the prison, she will get compensation from the Department for Bill's death. Meg is furious and tells Erica she isn't going anywhere.
Mum recuperates from her collapse at her daughter's home but has to pretend to the children that she is an aunt as Lorraine told them their grandmother was dead. Franky and Bea fight during a dance class in the Rec Room. Yates is caught smuggling the pill in for Marilyn. Suspected of being the one who supplied Sally Lee with drugs, she is reprimanded by Erica and quits in disgust. Bea reads the girls' tea leaves and Lizzie pinches a bottle of surgical spirit from the infirmary. Mum can't deal with Lorraine any longer and walks out, after which Judith Anne learns that she is really her grandmother. Mum is rearrested for shoplifting and sent back to Wentworth. Meg is still going loopy after Bill's death and tells Lynn her hunger strike is a waste of time. Lynn digs a hole under the fence and plans to escape but is caught by Meg and Vera and collapses. Greg examines her and tells her she is pregnant.
Lynn reveals she must be pregnant after being raped by her employer, Mr Bentley, father of the baby she is supposed to have buried alive. Franky bullies Lizzie into giving her some of her buy-up and later steals her false teeth when she refuses. Marilyn learns she is to be paroled in a few days. Eddie proposes to her but she turns him down, though she agrees to move in with him. Horrified by Lynn's story, Meg's attitude softens again and she tells Erica she believes Lynn. Vera is having trouble with her ailing mother but refuses to put her in a home. Lizzie and Doreen plan to escape with a pair of rusty old wire cutters but in the end Lizzie is too drunk to go. Franky's brother Gary comes to visit and tells her he wants to build a farm and have her come to live with him there. Judith-Anne comes to visit Mum. Meg and Erica think there is enough evidence to have Lynn's case reopened.
Lizzie finds a stray cat in the garden and brings it into the prison. When it dies, she blames Franky for killing it, but it turns out she did it accidentally herself by giving it water from the garden tainted with weed killer. Lizzie then tries to fake amnesia in order to get an early release but Meg sees right through it. Gary Doyle comes to visit Franky again and gives her a copy of his plans for the farm. Later, the other women deface the plans by scribbling all over them. Mum suggests Franky work in the garden to keep her away from Bea. Erica and Meg ponder Franky's chances of a parole. Some male prisoners come to work outside the fence to work on the drainage system and Lynn befriends one of them, a guy named Doug. Vera's mother has a heart attack and dies. Marilyn is released to live with Eddie but, unable to get a job after being inside, she considers going back on the game.
Bea and the girls find out about Franky's plans to get paroled and live on the farm so they try to rile her into blowing her chances. Marilyn gets a job at a hotel but she is demoted after beauty consultant Helen Masters complains about her and then quits after being sexually harassed by her boss. She goes back on the game to buy Eddie a birthday present, prompting them to have a row and she walks out on him. Helen Masters is sent to Wentworth charged with manslaughter after her car is used in a hit-and-run. At first she is to be bailed but when she tries to skip the country the police send her to jail. She finds it hard to settle in, tormented by Vera and teased and bullied by the other prisoners. Finally, she announces she is withdrawing her bail application and intends to make as much trouble as possible while she is in Wentworth.
Following Helen's decision to withdraw her bail application, her special privileges are removed and she is put in to share a cell with Bea and Doreen. She offers to hold beauty classes for the women and is blackmailed by her assistant, who claims he knows her alibi for the night of the accident is fake. Marilyn and Eddie make up briefly, but she finally walks out on him for good to go back on the game after a boozing session with an old friend. After listening to Lynn's story about her innocence, Helen puts her lawyer on Lynn's appeal and agrees to pay for it. Meanwhile, the truth about Lynn is finally revealed: Mrs Bentley buried her own baby. Cleared by the police, Lynn says goodbye to Mum and is released.
Helen raises a protest against the food being served up to the women. Erica agrees to come and taste it, so Bea and Doreen make it really inedible. Erica is disgusted by the food and agrees to let some of the women help out in the kitchen. Lynn goes back to her home town but is having a hard time. Her father won't acknowledge that she is pregnant and her mother is busy making up stories about where the baby's father could be. Lynn writes a letter to Doug, the male prisoner she met at Wentworth; back at the prison, Mum tries to dissuade Doug from getting in touch with Lynn. However, Mr Warner finally sticks up for Lynn in the face of criticism from a local priest. Following her mother's death, Vera is lonely and depressed. She gets drunk, goes to a bar and picks up Graham Lang, an off duty cop, who she takes home with her. Marilyn is brought back to Wentworth; she and Eddie can't sort out their differences. Helen gets Doreen to forge her signature on a contract written up by James to gi
The Governor introduces a volleyball program to let the inmates work off their tension. Doug gets out of jail and turns up at the Warner farm to see Lynn. Mr Warner offers him a job on the farm, but they end up running away back to Melbourne together to get married. Graham Lang arrives at the prison to interview Marilyn and asks Vera to help him get information out of her. During a volleyball game, Marilyn accidentally hits Vera with the ball, giving her the opportunity to have her sent to the pound. Later, Bea advises Marilyn to give Lang the info he wants, to get Vera off her back. Franky gets a telegram about her brother Gary having an accident, but as she can't read, she doesn't know what it says. She gets Doreen to read it for her, but Doreen is too scared to tell her what it really says and she rebuffs Mum's efforts to help. In the end it is Karen who tells Franky the truth, that he is critically injured and in hospital. By the time Franky gets to the hospital to see Gary, he has
Karen talks Franky down from the roof and offers to teach her how to read. She makes another pass at her during a lesson, though, and gets a slap in the face. Back in the city, Lynn and Doug move in with his friends Bernie and Suz. She refuses to sleep with Doug until they are married. They get married in the back garden with a celebrant; meanwhile, Bernie talks Doug into doing a payroll job with him. Meg wises up to Vera and Lang's heavying of Marilyn and warns them off. Bea gets Eddie and Marilyn to make up at last and she agrees to tell Lang what he wants to know. This done, Lang breaks off a dinner date with Vera and drops her like a hot potato. After being rejected by Karen, Franky muscles in on an escape plan of Lizzie and Doreen's. They steal a step ladder and, with Doreen's teddy in tow, the three of them climb over the fence to freedom...
No sooner are the escapees over the fence than Lizzie suffers chest pains. Franky and Doreen take her back to the fence, where she asks the guard to let her back in. As news of the escape spreads, the women are locked in their cells and Vera attempts to tighten security. Franky and Doreen mug a young boy for his fish and chips and sleep in a barn for the night. Vera reports Eddie and Marilyn's relationship to Erica, prompting her to cancel the contract with Eddie's firm. Lynn reluctantly agrees to drive the getaway car for Doug and Bernie.
The payroll robbery goes disastrously wrong as Bernie is killed and Doug is shot. Lynn then ends up crashing the getaway car and goes into labour. She manages to get to a phone box and calls Greg for help, but both Doug and the unborn baby die anyway. Franky and Doreen continue their exploits on the outside, but Doreen is getting fed up and contemplating going back to Wentworth. Eddie gets sacked for losing the prison contract but when his boss visits the prison in his place, Bea and the girls bully him into giving Eddie his job back. Meg is dismayed to learn that Marty has left home. The new prison social worker, Jean Vernon, arrives and is given Bill's old office, annoying Meg by throwing out his things. Karen gets a visit from her unsympathetic mother. Judith Anne comes to visit Mum, but Mum realises something is wrong with the girl and gets Jean to try and help her find out what.
Doreen and Franky masquerade as nuns and con people into giving money to charity... them! They go to the home of an old spinster, Miss McBride, who invites them in for tea, planning to batter and rob the old woman. Greg hires Steve Wilson as Karen's new lawyer to represent her at her retrial. Judith Anne comes back to see Mum and tells her that she is pregnant, and that Lorraine disapproves. With Jean's help, Mum decides to apply for parole to look after Judy and the baby when it arrives. Lynn is brought back to Wentworth on remand. New prisoner Monica Ferguson turns out to be an old pal of Bea and Lizzie's, having done time with them before. Vera reports Greg and Karen to Erica when she catches them kissing in the infirmary. They have to come clean about their former engagement, and Erica agrees to let it go this time, but if there is any further trouble, Greg will be replaced.
Doreen stops Franky battering Miss McBride and the old lady is so taken with them that she invites them to stay. After a while, Doreen decides to tell her who they are, but she tells her she has known all along: she enjoys the company and says they can stay as long as they like. Mum gets out on parole and moves into a flat with Judith Anne. After a lot of persuading, Monica agrees to Bea's suggestion that she let Marilyn and Eddie run her milkbar while she is inside. Marilyn is released, never to return again. Bea, Monica and Lizzie set Vera up for "bashing" Monnie, so Erica instructs her to take a few days off until the incident can be investigated. Meg and Karen find Lynn on the floor of her cell, bleeding after slashing her wrists with a piece of broken mirror.
Lynn is rushed to hospital after her suicide attempt. Jean blames herself for the incident. Barbara Davidson, Erica's niece, arrives in Wentworth charged with drug smuggling. She ignores Auntie Erica's advice not to tell the women they are related. Barbara gets Lizzie to tell her about the frame-up on Vera, then tells Erica about it. Erica is furious, transfers Monica to another cell, and reinstates Vera. Karen tells Steve about her husband forcing her to have an abortion and beating her. Franky, Doreen and Miss McBride have a party for the old woman's birthday, but it is gatecrashed by the arrival of her nephew, Trevor. He recognizes the fugitive pair so they bundle him into a cupboard, say goodbye to Miss McBride and flee.
When a young girl, Sarah Roberts, accepts a lift home from a man who says he knows her father, she ends up getting raped. Her parents, Catherine and Ken, are concerned that she is so late coming home from school, but it is not until the next day that Sarah tells her mother about the attack. The police come to the Roberts' home to interview the girl. Catherine vows to avenge the attack on her daughter. Barbara has drugs smuggled into the prison, telling Vera that Monica has asked her to get them for her. She plants the drugs in Monica's cell, and they are found thanks to a cell search instigated by Vera. Monnie is packed off to Solitary. Since the drugs were brought in right under Bennett's nose, Barbara wants Vera to do her a few favours. Meanwhile, Erica announces a crackdown in security as Bea vows to get even with whoever framed Monnie. Jean visits Lynn in hospital. She tries to get her to write to her parents and reconsider not hiring Steve as her lawyer. As for the escapees, Doree
Bea is furious to learn from Vera that Barbara is inside for smuggling drugs. Lynn, back from hospital, helps Bea and Lizzie find Barbara's drug supply. Bea force feeds her with them, drawing the screws to the scene, and shows them the drugs that they failed to see being smuggled in. Erica sends Barbara to Solitary and tells Vera off. When Franky sees that Toddy has hit Doreen, she is furious. She knocks him out with her gun and the pair quickly move onto pastures new. Jean asks Meg if she can move in with her. Sarah Roberts tries to get her life back to normal after the rape. She spots the man who raped her at a shop and calls Catherine, who promptly runs him down and kills him in the street.
Franky talks Doreen into robbing a hardware store but the hold-up goes wrong when the police arrive on the scene. Franky tries to make a run for it, shooting a policeman, but is gunned down in the process. She dies in Doreen's arms, telling her to flee while she can, her last words a defiant "bloody bastards..." Doreen runs off. Catherine Roberts arrives at Wentworth, charged with killing Sarah's rapist. She has a hard time dealing with the startling alien world of prison life, while back at home hubby Ken drowns his sorrows and hires Steve to take on her case. She is released on bail. Jean moves into Meg's unit and flirts with Dr Greg. Karen gets a letter from Franky, sent before her death. Soon after, the women hear on the radio she has been killed. Karen realises Greg is paying Steve Wilson to defend her and is furious. Doreen turns up at the prison gates and asks to be let in. Back in the cell block, Doreen spots Karen and attacks her, blaming her for Franky's death.
Doreen is acting like a second rate Franky clone now she's back inside, rounding up a posse of women and slicking her hair back. Erica warns her not to cause any more trouble after the attack on Karen Travers. Later, in their cell, Lizzie tells her she doesn't buy her tough act for a second. Nonetheless, she causes trouble during Karen's class and bullies Lynn. After an upsetting visit from her father, though, Lynn promptly joins Dor's gang to steal buyup from the girls. Lizzie learns her brother Angus is dying and wants to see her. Lizzie refuses, until Bea talks her into it. Erica accompanies Lizzie on her day out, leaving Vera in charge. The wife of the man Catherine killed wants money from the Roberts as compensation. Steve angrily tells her to keep away or she will be charged with extortion and blackmail. Catherine refuses to plead temporary insanity. Barbara's case comes up before the VJ. On the way to the hearing, she tells Meg she intends to implicate one of the officers in a d
At the VJ's hearing, Barbara backs down and claims she was the only one involved in bringing the drugs into the prison. Vera tells the VJ that Barbara is Erica's niece and subtly suggests she has given her preferential treatment. When Erica returns, she is furious to learn that the Department are considering investigating her running of Wentworth thanks to Vera's meddling, and demands to know from Meg what went on while she was away. Lizzie arrives to see Angus and the pair waste no time in fighting with each other. He tells her she's getting nothing in his will and then snuffs it. Lizzie pinches something valuable anyway and smuggles it back into the prison. Steve and Jean get Mr Warner to come back and talk to Lynn, as her tough image will affect her trial. However, Doreen intimidates him during their visit in the garden. Catherine gets three years and Ken has to sell his share of the business to cover their legal costs. Karen learns her retrial starts in a couple of days.
Steve tries to track down Karen's mother to give evidence at the retrial, but she refuses point blank to do so. Lynn and her father make up, and Lynn gets 12 months for her part in the disastrous payroll robbery. Catherine is struggling to settle in with the women; she finds it hard to adjust to their less than refined ways and has to learn the "no lagging" code. In addition to this, Sarah turns up at the prison to moan her parents don't love her. Erica clashes with Vera over her telling the VJ that she and Barbara are related. Erica's ex, Michael, tries to talk her into giving Barbara preferential treatment. Doreen continues to bully Barbara and goads her into a fight, egged on by Vera. Unable to cope any longer, Barbara barricades herself in her cell and theatens to burn the place down.
Barbara remains barricaded in her cell overnight, until Erica manages to talk her out by promising to protect her from Doreen and Vera. Barbara is then transferred to another prison, after an apology from Doreen, who has finally dropped the tough act and returned to her old self. Steve tries to keep Karen's spirits up as her retrial begins, despite the prosecution's determination to prove that she is a liar who is simply playing for sympathy. Lynn's father arranges a work placement for her at the nursery belonging to his friend Syd Butterfield. Catherine gets a visit from Ken, who tells her he is moving to Sydney to work: the house will be let out and Sarah sent to live with relations.
Lynn starts her work release at Butterfield's nursery but runs off in tears after a misunderstanding with Syd over some money. Jean has to tell Erica that Lynn has gone missing, but Lynn turns up at the prison of her own accord soon after. A mysterious new prisoner arrives at Wentworth charged with shoplifting, but neither the police nor prison staff can get her to give any details about herself, not even her name. At Karen's trial, the prosecution accuses her of making up the stories about her husband abusing her. Things look bleak until, at the last minute, Karen's mother shows up unexpectedly to give evidence. The murder charge against Karen is reduced to manslaughter, cutting her sentence to just two years.
The news about Karen causes celebrations among the inmates and staff. The mystery new prisoner is identified as a Susan Rice, but the woman remains an enigma. Jean is puzzled as to why she was shoplifting, as it turns out she is not short of cash. However, she is estranged from her husband, who has filed for divorce. She gets out on bail but is almost immediately rearrested for the same crime. After attacking Doreen and freaking out in the Rec Room, she tells Meg that her husband is having an affair with a pop star, Jason Richards. Vera bumps into ex-Officer Yates in a bar, who invites her to a party at her place. Yates introduces Vera to a man called George Lucas, whom Vera becomes smitten with and they go out on a date. However, it turns out that George is the man Yates was working for when she was sacked from Wentworth for drug dealing.
The mystery of Susan Rice deepens, when it emerges that nobody connected with Jason Richards has ever heard of Susan's hubby. Susan herself continues to freak out at the least opportunity. She says that it was Richards' idea for her husband to divorce her. She later learns her husband has applied for custody of their kids. Another screaming fit in the Rec Room ends with her trashing her cell and she is so upset she has to be sedated. Meg is concerned about Vera's involvement with Yates and George Lucas. Vera begins to think he is only interested in her because he wants her to take over Yates' drug dealing in the prison. He comes to the prison to see her and they are seen kissing by Doreen and Lynn. Later, George tells Vera that Yates has been arrested and asks her to look after her when she arrives in Wentworth. Steve makes enquiries about Karen being able to go to Uni on the outside.
Anne Yates arrives back at Wentworth as a prisoner, and Erica tells her officers not to reveal details of her crimes. The women bully Yates, who demands that Vera protect her, threatening to turn George in to the police if she refuses. Lizzie steals Yates' file from the office, so Bea can see what Yates is inside for. Bea later gives it back to Yates and tells her to get rid of it. Lynn is allowed to go back to the nursery and has to tell a horrified co-worker that she is in prison. The woman tells Syd she won't work with a criminal, but Syd sticks up for Lynn. Doreen and Lizzie forge Erica's signature on a work release form, but Jean sees through their ill-conceived deception. Psychiatrist Dr Weissman gives Susan Rice the all-clear, when she acts very calmly and rationally. She goes to court and gets a fine and a good behaviour bond.
The prisoner step up their bullying campaign against Yates now that they know what she is inside for. Yates gives her file back to Vera and steals a knife from the dining room after Vera refuses to give her anything to protect herself with. Monica ambushes her in the corridor and takes her to Bea. Bea and Yates fight, leading to Yates pulling her knife, stabbing Bea and running off. She hides in one of the laundry driers; Vera, unaware she is inside, walks past and shuts the door. Meanwhile, neither officers nor prisoners know where Yates is and the hunt begins to find her. Susan Rice throws acid in Jason Richards' face live on TV. She is brought back to Wentworth, now completely loopy, and is attacked by Doreen. Meg and Jean discover that Richards is in fact Susan's husband, not his lover. Lynn meets Syd's son Geoff, who is instantly attracted to her.
Yates is missing and the search begins for her. Next morning, Lizzie finds her dead in the drier. Vera realises she was to blame but keeps quiet. With Bea in hospital, Monica decides to take over as Top Dog and clashes with Noeline Burke. They both blame each other for killing Yates, but Noeline is packed off to the pound for lying to Erica about it. Meg tells Mum about Bea being in hospital. Mum goes to visit her but is not allowed in, as Judith-Anne lets slip to Jean that Meg has been visiting them. Steve invites Jean to dinner to meet Clara Goddard, who is interested in funding a halfway house. Later, Clara turns up to asks Steve for legal advice, saying she is about to be arrested. With Yates dead, Vera plans to flee the country with George but he goes without her, leaving her with an envelope of money.
Bea learns she will be going back to Wentworth soon, so she drugs her police guard and escapes from the hospital. Mum is shocked when Bea turns up on her doorstep but agrees she can stay for a few days, against Judith-Anne's protestations. Panic ensues when Meg turns up to visit Mum. Noeline continues to throw her weight around with Bea absent so Monica, Lizzie and Doreen give her an extremely hot shower. Furious, Noeline pinches Lizzie's fags and rips the arms and legs off Doreen's teddy. Syd fires Lynn without warning. George Lucas turns up at Vera's place and forces her to turn him into the police. Clara Goddard tells Steve she has been charged with embezzling a lot of money. She cannot afford to pay her bail and is sent to Wentworth on remand, where she is a big hit with the other women.
Meg is suspicious when she finds a packet of Bea's cigarettes and Mum has to make excuses. Meanwhile, Bea has hidden in the next room. Later, Bea asks Mum to go see Val and get some cash so she can buy a dress and a wig. Judith-Anne goes instead, but Val has moved. She buys the dress and wig herself so that Bea will leave. Meg realises Mum must have been hiding Bea. She and Jean go back to the flat, and narrowly miss bumping into Bea. Jean has to tell Lynn she has been fired, but Jean eventually manages to talk Syd into taking her back. Noeline tries to bully Clara, and bashes Karen when she stands up for her. She then recruits thick Martha as her offsider, but Monica thumps her anyway and threatens to spin dry her. Jean moves out of Meg's unit. Vera pays George's bail but he ties her up in her flat and skips the country.
Bea returns to Mum's flat, furious over Judith-Anne lying to her. Judith-Anne finally agrees to find out where Val is, but after she contacts Val, Val calls the police. Bea spots the police in time and turns up on Val's doorstep, forcing her to let her stay. Later, a policeman arrives at Val's house looking for Bea. Erica finds Vera tied up in her flat and calls the police. Vera admits it was Lucas who tied her up. She learns she may face charges for associating with known criminals. Erica wants to demote her, but Meg gets her to reconsider. Monica tries to show her dominance over the women with a sit-in but Karen breaks it. Doreen tries to stand up to her but nobody backs her up. Clara refuses Steve's offer of bail. Noeline is moved in to share a cell with Karen.
Bea hides in the garden until the policeman has left, but the girl who lives at the house next door sees Bea hiding outside. Bea and Val see her talking to the policeman outside, but nothing comes of it. Lizzie tells Doreen she intends to try to get back in Monica's favour and if she's got any sense Doreen should join her. Lizzie tries to suck up to Monica with memories of when they were first inside and the previous governor ("Mollie Repton"), which reminds Monica of Lizzie home brewing skills and asks her if she could still cook up something for the women. Meanwhile, Bea is somewhat the worse for wear after a hard night's drinking and is looking forward to another night out with the same blokes. She and Val are interrupted by the girl next door, Yvonne, who wants to meet Bea. Bea is concerned when she hears form Val that Yvonne's parents leave her unsupervised for much of the day, and gets a bit mother-hen-ish. Lizzie can't get yeast for home brew, so Monnie tells Lyn to bring some in, claiming that it's to make some decent "bread". Marianne de Vere, a socialite friend of Steve's, visits him to find out what's happened to Clara and instantly endears herself to all of us with her opening remarks that London is full of "coloureds" and is "no place for a white woman". She expresses an interest in funding the halfway house so Steve says he will arange a visit for her. Karen gets permission for University study. Marianne visits Wentworth and talks to Erica. Monica brings Lizzie a couple of buckets to help make the grog. Erica takes Marianne around the prison and Steve feels the need to apologise to Karen for her snotty attitude. He also tells her about the halfway house project and his hope that she might be able to work there. Yvonne waits for Val to leave and tells Bea she has seen her photo in the paper and wants to find out about what Bea did and why. Noeline finds out about the grog when Doreen comes to ask Doreen advice about it. Lynn manages to hide the yeast in a wheelbarrow in the garden before Vera searches her bag. Lizzie fakes an attack to get out in the garden for some "fresh air" to collect the yeast, involving some shameless manipulation of Meg such as pointing up at the Southern Cross (in broad daylight) to get her to look up. Noeline's brother Col visits and Meg lets him see her after his hard luck story. Monica is forced to agree to give Noeline one of the two buckets of grog. Noeline hears the family are due to lose their home as they can't pay the rent and she suggests to Col that he could burgle the Woods' house where their Mum used to work. Monica sells most of the grog so Noeline and Lizzie are left to tussle over two empty buckets. Col is caught in the act during a burglary. The women suffer the after effects of the grog. Col panics and takes Mrs Woods hostage, having taken his rifle with him, which Noeline advised him not to do. Col sees a routine police patrol outside the house and fires his rifle out of the window at them.
The home brew causes friction amongst the women, as Monica sells it on but won't give Lizzie any. Clara gets permission to have a birthday party and the women are allowed into the kitchen to prepare for it. Lizzie takes yeast from the kitchen and makes more booze in a cupboard, but Noeline muscles in on the scheme. The party goes well, until Noeline sneaks away and gets roaring drunk in the Laundry, where she's found by Erica and Meg. Col Burke's siege continues, but he doesn't know what to do next. He asks to see Noeline and she arrives with Vera, somewhat the worse for wear after her booze exploits. Noeline sneers at Col, dismissing him as useless and while he is distracted, Vera rescues Mrs Woods. Col runs out of the house after them all and is shot dead by the cops. Noeline is distraught. Yvonne spitefully calls the cops on Bea after she breaks up a rowdy party the girl is throwing.
The police turn up at Val's place and arrest Bea, but she persuades them Val didn't have any choice but let her stay. She is brought back to Wentworth and welcomed back by Doreen. With little effort, Bea reclaims the press. That night after lights out, Noeline punches her, but next morning it is Noeline who wakes up worse for wear. Bea goes to the Governor and admits she walloped her. Monnie is still adamant she's in charge, leading to a brawl between them, during which Meg is knocked out. They finally declare a truce. Erica furiously cancels Lynn and Karen's day releases when no-one will say where the booze came from, so Clara takes sole blame for the alcohol and is sent to Solitary. Steve tells Karen he has feelings for her but is rebuffed. Greg looks after Meg after her accident and they end up spending the night together.
Meg and Greg are nervous around each other after spending the night together. Doreen appears to be developing a crush on Lynn and is upset to realise Lynn's parole is looming. Noeline learns that she will be released in a week's time and is warned to keep out of trouble, but both Erica and Meg know she will be back before very long. Marianne de Vere agrees to fund the halfway house and wants to throw a garden party for the women, to which the media will be invited. Despite Vera's reservations, both Erica and the Department agree to it. Marianne also donates a new colour TV for the Rec Room. Clara is given permission to do the catering for the garden party, at which Lizzie and Doreen start a food fight. Everyone later gathers in the Rec Room for the unveiling of the new TV, only to find it has been smashed by the now released Noeline.
Erica cancels all privileges, including Lynn's work release and Karen's study release, and tightens security following the disaster at the garden party. Bea is feeling increasingly left out as Clara proves a big hit with the other girls and suggests she is thinking of stepping down as Top Dog. Meg realises that Noeline must have been the one who smashed the TV. A Greek woman called Irene Zervos arrives on prostitution charges; she speaks very little English and is very distressed at being inside. Karen offers to act as communicator for her. Monica shows her racist side by bullying Irene and abusing her. It turns out that she and her family are illegal immigrants and are likely to be deported.
Erica announces that a Visiting Justice has been appointed to investigate her running of Wentworth; Vera is thrilled, planning what she will change when Erica is sacked and she is appointed Governor instead. Clara cements her popularity amongst the women by getting Monica to leave Irene alone and successfully asking Erica to resume the work release. Karen and Steve try to help Irene further. Irene's brother, Alex, and his wife, Tessa, learn that they are allowed to stay in the country and mistakenly think this means Irene can also. The VJ transfers Clara to another prison. Vera and the prisoners lay it on thick to the VJ but it backfires on Vera in spectacular fashion: rather than being promoted to Governor, she is to be demoted to make way for a new male Deputy Governor.
Vera is livid as former Vietnam vet Jim Fletcher arrives to start work as the new Deputy Governor. Fletcher wastes little time before he manages to annoy both the officers and the women. Lynn is caught supposedly trying to smuggle letters out but claims she has been framed. Her work release is cancelled. Monica throws a fit when her parole is turned down. Irene gets released, then promptly rearrested for being an illegal immigrant. New prisoner Joyce Martin arrives and Jim knows her husband from Pentridge. She tells the women that she is the only one who knows where the proceeds from their robbery is and so she has thousands of dollars waiting for her when she gets out.
Lynn frets about her parole as she protests the letters were planted on her. Fortunately, she has Meg and Erica on her side. Doreen steals some pills from the surgery and plants them under Lynn's pillow, where they are found in a cell search. Lynn is sent to Solitary, but Lizzie suddenly realises that Doreen set her up. Joyce's husband Harry comes to visit her, anxious to get his hands on the robbery money. She refuses to tell him. He returns later with some men in a truck and tries to abduct her from the prison grounds. Jim intervenes and is injured in the scuffle. Meg asks Greg to consider giving up his job at Wentworth. Monica decides to sell her milk bar to Marilyn and Eddie.
Jim recovers from his minor injuries as Joyce recovers from her narrow escape at the hands of her husband. Not wanting Harry to get to the money, she asks Monica to help her move the money somewhere safer after she is released. Erica learns that Jim and his wife, Leila, are separated. Lizzie tells Erica that she framed Lynn: Lynn is let out of the pound and Lizzie suffers loss of privileges. Meanwhile, Lizzie confronts Doreen, telling her she knows it was her who did it. Doreen spitefully tells Lynn that it was Lizzie who set her up and Lynn turns on the old woman. However, Monica soon works out the truth about the whole incident and tells Lynn the truth. Lynn is furious and calls Doreen a worm, rubbing mud in her face. Steve is invited to lunch by an old flame, Jennifer Collins, who proposes they go into partnership together.
Lynn refuses to forgive Doreen and learns she is to be released. She and Doreen sort of patch things up before Lynn leaves, but Doreen is still distraught over the whole thing, and confused over her feelings for her. Monica refuses to get involved in Joyce's troubles, especially as she has just got her parole and will be leaving along with Lynn. However, when Monnie's husband Fred turns up to tell her he has huge gambling debts, she agrees to help Joyce in order to pay them off. What Monnie doesn't know is that Fred's lying through his teeth and he wants the money to live it up with his girlfriend, Blossom Crabtree. Dimwit Martha Eaves overhears Monica and Joyce discussing their plans, and reports back to Harry Martin and his gang, telling them when Monnie will be released. When the release finally comes, though, Lynn leaves first and is accidentally abducted instead.
Monnie is eventually released, little suspecting what a narrow escape she had. Lynn tells the kidnappers she isn't called Monica: they believe her but say they will keep her as a hostage to put pressure on Joyce. Karen hears from her student friend about the lecture she missed from the sociology lecturer Peter Clements, and lends her a tape she made. Monica looks up Joyce's aunt Madge, who knows about the money but is glad to let Monnie take it. Karen meets Jennifer, Steve's legal partner and - it appears - now his lover. Madge's neighbours Edie pops over to borrow a jug of milk: Madge tells Monica that Edie and Horace are due to be evicted. Edie returns home and ignores another reminder that her house is to be demolished. Karen is introduced to Peter Clements: he says he will be taking some time off to do research. He asks to speak to Karen: he evidently knows she is in Wentworth and asks if he can give her a few pointers for his research. Joy visits Joyce and is told they have kidnapped Monica. Joyce instantly realises from the threat to ruin the hostage's "pretty face" that she cannot be talking about Monica, and laughs when she hears the description of the blonde 20 year old who is the hostage. Bea doesn't find this quite as funny when she realises Lynn is in danger. Julie returns to the gang with the news that they have the wrong woman , but she says they have to hang onto Lynn until they get the money. The man who has bought the house comes round in person to tell Edie and Horace to get out. Peter Clements gives Karen a lift back to Wentworth: he tells her that he actually wants to study the staff rather than the prisoners and asks her for background information on the officers. Joyce informs on Vince and his mates to Jim: he passes on the information to the police (apparently Julie was foolish enough to put her real address in the visitor's book) and they are arrested. Monnie arrives home as Fred is on the phone to the his girlfriend Blossom. She sends him off to the pub so she can unpack the cash and divide it up. Edith and Horace look for other accommodation with the Salvation Army but they decide to sleep rough rather than be split up because they aren't married. The next morning Edith finds Horrie has died in the night . Vera and Jim are both contemptuous about the news that a psychologist will be working at the prison. Monica won't let Fred take the money to the bookie but insists on taking it herself: unfortunately he sees where she has hidden the rest of the money. Peter Clements is introduced to the women and gets a promise of co-operation from Bea if in return he will bring some contraband into the prison. Monica goes to pay off Fred's debts, but the bookie tells her he didn't owe as much as Fred had claimed. Peter Clements persuades Erica to let him have access to the prisoners' personal files and Greg also expresses interest in his project. Edie finds a bottle of whisky in Horrie's overcoat and drinks a toast to him as she wanders through the park. Monica returns home to find that Fred has run off with her share of the money.
Monica scours Melbourne looking for Fred. Meanwhile, Blossom and her boyfriend Bruce con Fred out of the money, so he goes home again with his tail between his legs. Monnie is livid and beats him senseless, landing herself back inside. However, Blossom is also arrested for having the stolen money, and it isn't long before Monnie and Joyce realise who she is and what she has done. Edie rolls about the town drunk and throws a brick through the window of the refuge that turned her and Horrie away. After shoplifting and attacking a woman with an umbrella, she is sent to Wentworth, where Jim takes pity on her. Dr Clements continues his research at the prison and upsets Doreen by referring to her as a lesbian.
Lizzie befriends Edie, and she is moved into Lizzie & Doreen's cell. Monica and Joyce try to beat Blossom up when they realise exactly who she is. Monica tells Joyce that Blossom didn't get her share of the money. Jim starts to realise that there is some link between the three women. Blossom wants Vera to protect her, but she refuses; later, Monica bashes Blossom and is sent to Solitary. On the way, she and Jim are intercepted by Edie, who tells them Lizzie is having a heart attack. Doreen loses the plot and attacks Monnie through the bars of the solitary cell, blaming her for Lizzie's condition. She is promptly carted off to a psychiatric hospital. Jim gets slipped a note telling him where the key to Joyce's safety deposit box is. Later, when Joyce goes to check her hiding place, she finds the key is gone. She accuses Bea of stealing it, but Bea suggests that Jim has taken it.
Erica introduces new security measures to try and ferret out the key (ie metal detectors). Monica gets out of the pound. Blossom approaches Jim for help: she offers him half the money to help her smuggle the key out of the jail, and he agrees. Bea suggests to Vera, who reports to Erica, that Jim is having it off with a prisoner. When Blossom gets probation, she calls Jim to arrange getting the key out. Vera overhears the phone call, reports him to Erica, and he is swiftly suspended. Lizzie accuses Peter Clements of sending Dor round the twist. Greg and Jean are suspicious of him and his motives. Meanwhile, Peter's colleague Tom Burton is having an affair with Karen's college friend Melinda Crosse. His wife Carol drunkenly tells him she'll kill him if she ever finds out he's having an affair.
The suspended Jim has a motel liaison with Blossom, and gets her to tell her where the key is, then turns her over to the police. He gets reinstated and gets a large reward for his part in the capture; Monica and Joyce get charged for their parts in the saga, and Joyce is transferred to another block. Jim learns Leila has a new boyfriend. Tom Burton tries to break off the affair with Melinda, who blackmails him with incriminating photos: she wants $5000 or she'll send them to his wife. He tries to call her bluff, and the photos end up in his wife's clutches. Lizzie gets out of the infirmary and returns to her cell, where she is fussed over by Edie. Edie, meanwhile, is worried about returning to the outside, and is upset by Jean discussing it with her. Jim takes Jean to task over her insensitivity. Peter tries to get hold of the officers' files, and manages to get hold of Jim's army file, which reveals he has a phobia of blood.
The women plan to make a fool of Jim when they learn that he is afraid of blood. They talk Greg into holding first aid classes for them, and plan to humiliate him during it. Edie is worried about him and tells Vera the women are up to something. During the class, the girls pour red liquid over Monica; Jim gets flustered and over-reacts. They plan another surprise for him later on, but are thwarted by Edie. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Edie are becoming firm friends. Jean tries to find Edie somewhere to live when she is released, while Lizzie plots to help her friend stay inside with her. Jim offers to help Edie financially. The night before she is due to be released, she passes away in bed, leaving Lizzie distraught. Jim arranges to pay for her funeral. Carol Burton calls the cops on Melinda and has her arrested for blackmail; she arrives at Wentworth and is shocked to find Karen is already an inmate there.
Noeline Burke is returned to Wentworth after a job she does with daughter Leanne goes wrong, and gets a pasting from Bea for smashing the TV set last time she was inside. Jean Vernon, who has moved back in with Meg, tries to help the Burke family by encouraging Leanne to claim the dole, to Noeline's disgust. Leanne and her boyfriend Denny look for a way to get quick cash, and Meg returns home to find her flat has been broken into. Melinda learns she is pregnant. Greg prepares to leave Wentworth for his new practice, but agrees to help out until they get a new doctor. A media blackout surrounds the arrival of a mysterious new prisoner in Solitary, and the women speculate as to her identity.
The new inmate in Solitary starts protesting and banging on her cell door to be let out of the pound, joined by Bea and the other women in support. The woman, child killer Bella Albrecht, is let out of Solitary, but a veil of silence surrounds her presence there. As the other women try to get the gen on her, Erica tells Karen the truth about Bella but makes her promise to keep quiet. Karen refuses to tell Bea anything, but she gets the info out of Peter Clements. Later, alone in the shower block, Bella is attacked. Meanwhile, Meg realises that it was Leanne who burgled the flat, but Jean persuades her not to turn her into the police.
Bella's attacker is Martha, but she's only trying to be friendly. Erica agrees to let Martha act as Bella's bodyguard. Out in the garden, Monica attacks Bella and is sent to Solitary. Bella confides in Karen about her past and what led her to Wentworth. She also tells Karen how stupid she thinks Martha is, which Martha overhears. Martha storms off after an argument in the shower block, leaving her alone, after which Bella is knocked out and drowned in a sink. In the aftermath of the murder, Erica banishes Peter Clements from the prison when he admits he told the prisoners about Bella. Jean persuades Meg to let Leanne move in with them, and she quickly turns the place into a pigsty.
Melinda finds Bella's body in the shower block and Bea falls under suspicion of her murder. Noeline schemes and points the finger at Bea and Monica: Bea has an alibi in the form of Greg, so Monica becomes the chief suspect. They are both sent to Solitary anyway. Lizzie tries to confess to clear her mates, but nobody believes a word of it. Melinda cons Greg into helping her in court, by using her pregnancy to get off on a good behaviour bond. As soon as she is free, she goes to see him and demands an abortion. He realises she never had any intention of having the baby and only used it to get released. Disgusted by the whole matter, Greg resigns from Wentworth. Meg very quickly grows tired of Leanne's antics and complains when she arrives at the prison to see Noeline. Noeline passes something to her during the visit, which turns out to be a ring stolen from Bella's body after her murder.
The officers search the prison for Bella's missing ring, unaware that Noeline smuggled it out to Leanne. However, Meg later catches Leanne with it. Noeline is questioned by the police and reveals she found the ring in Martha's locker. Martha accidentally confesses to Erica that she murdered Bella, so Bea and Monica get out of Solitary. Martha simmers in Solitary following her confession. When her meal is delivered, she jumps Vera and puts a fork to her throat, dragging her up onto the roof and threatening to chuck her over, but Jim manages to diffuse the situation and save the day. Greg quietly leaves Wentworth, saying goodbye to Karen. Peter Clements' thesis is published and ridicules both Vera and Jim. Karen nervously awaits her parole hearing but it appears to go badly and she is convinced she has blown her chance at release.
The women decide to hold a farewell party for Karen to cheer her up, but Monica throws cold water on their optimism, saying she once had to wait months for a decision on her parole. Jean arranges an interview for Leanne as a cashier in the supermarket down the road. Lizzie reminds Karen about the halfway house project as a way of getting her to look to the future. As Vera wakes up Monica, the camera dwells for a second on her bedside reading matter . Jean lends Leanne a neckscarf for her interview to disguise the fact that she isn't wearing a bra under her teeshirt. Vera snaps at Jim for not supporting her when Bea comments they should have just dropped Vera off the roof. Meg discusses Peter Clements' thesis with Jean, who think he was accurate about Vera ("a sociosexual neurotic fulfilling frustrated needs") but Meg defends her. Noeline suggests Greg only left because Meg was trying to seduce him. Vera lets Karen know she's got her parole by brusquely ordering her to go and pack her things. Noeline grudgingly says goodbye to Karen and advises her not to get in any more trouble. Vera sneers at Karen that she expects to see her back inside. Karen leaves Wentworth with the thirty dollars she brought in plus $172.50 wages. Jim and Vera refuse to let her say goodbye to her friends or Erica. Jean collects her on the other side of the gate to drive her to the place where she is staying. Leanne gets the supermarket job and attributes her success to the fact that the manager "kept perving on me tits". Karen goes to stay with Marjorie Whitton, a friend of her mother's who lays down the house rules to her in no uncertain terms (and an uncertain Welsh accent). Doreen returns to Wentworth: she does not seem to be cured, and doesn't respond when Meg uses her name, or recognize Lizzie or Bea. Bea realises that Doreen has been drugged. Jean makes up a phony shopping list for Meg so she will look in on Leanne at the supermarket. Lizzie refuses to work in the laundry with less than seven people, but when Doreen is brought in she isn't able to work, so Bea insists the officer takes her to work in the garden. Leanne gets the sack for using bad language to the customers and the manager, and Meg is keen to throw her out of the flat until Jean intervenes to insist she is given another chance. Denny arranges a job for Leanne in a service station. Doreen stabs herself in the foot with a garden fork and has to be taken to hospital. Leanne goes along with Denny for the "job", but he only wants her there to distract the attendant while he holds up the service station. A mechanic sees them threatening his boss and phones the police.
Jean asks Erica to keep Leanne's arrest from Noeline, so she has the papers censored. However, Lizzie finds a clipping in the bin and gives it to Bea. Greg refuses to come and examine Doreen's foot, so Bea declares a hunger strike until he comes. When Bea tells Noeline about Leanne's arrest, she starts throwing things, so the screws lock them all in the dining room. Bea tells Erica she will stop the stand-off if she sees Greg. As soon as she is out of the dining room, though, Monny and Noeline call off the hunger strike and Jim marches Bea straight to Solitary. Erica is furious with Jim for countermanding her orders while Noeline is released as planned. Karen meets Melinda at Uni, who invites her to come and stay with her, as Karen has had enough of Mrs Whitton. Greg tells Melinda that if she has an abortion, she will be charged with perjury and sent back to Wentworth.
Karen moves in with Melinda. She goes for a job interview but the woman realises who she is and sends her packing. Melinda books an abortion under Karen's name and goes away to have it done, telling Karen and her father that she is just going away for a few days. With Bea in the pound, Monica takes over the press. On the outside, Toni McNally, wife of a drugs kingpin, shoots a woman dead in a pub toilet and is brought to Wentworth on remand. She ingratiates herself with the others by passing on goods smuggled in by her lawyer, effortlessly taking over as Top Dog. Meanwhile, the witness who saw Toni kill Jackie Coulson is moved to a safe house for protection, but runs away from her police guards. Jim asks for leave to try and sort out his family problems.
Toni gets her drug delivery, in amongst tins of fruit. Monica refuses Toni's effort to recruit her as muscle, so she hires Martha. Vera complains to Erica about the special treatment Toni is getting. The fruit is found in Toni's locker and she is sent to Solitary until the VJ sees her. Back among the women, she shares the dope with them that she hid from the screws. The request for a replacement for Jim is refused, but Toni uses her contacts to arrange his leave and get him out of her way. Jim and Vera bond over a few drinks and end up kissing. Vera is lovestruck, and then crushed to learn Jim and Leila are trying to mend their differences. Greg and Karen find out that Melinda had her abortion after all using Karen's name. Karen is disgusted and moves out of Melinda's flat.
Toni smuggles more contraband in, and passes the dope around. Monny tries to get to the pound to tell Bea that Toni is dealing. Vera reports the drug taking to Erica, but Toni points out nobody can prove she is involved. Later, Erica confesses that the Department have ordered her to go easy on McNally, and she is close to quitting. Monica tells Vera where the contraband is hidden; Toni tells Monny she knows it was her who lagged. Karen checks into a hotel and gets a job at a smelly cafe, but gets the sack after an old woman runs out without paying her bill. A friend from uni takes her to a meeting of the PRG, where she meets Angela Jeffries, who runs it. Angela offers her a place to stay and a job as her secretary.
Monica is in trouble from Toni and Martha, out to get her for lagging and blow her parole. However, Meg realises that a fight between them was a set up and Monica is released after all, vowing never to be back. Sean McNally cuts Toni off, refusing to supply her with any more contraband. Now that the supply has run dry, the women tire of her and reject her, leaving only Martha on her side. Meanwhile Glenys, the witness to Toni's crime, is followed around by McNally's hitmen. Karen takes up her post with Angela Jeffries, who tells her they finally have the funding for the Halfway House. She wants Karen to try and persuade Greg to go back to the prison, but he still refuses. Later, Greg is alarmed to learn that Angela is gay.
Bea gets out of Solitary, and Vera delights in warning her about Toni. However, Bea shocks the girls by making no effort to take over again. They later agree to work together to get on Vera's nerves, annoying big Martha. Toni tells her husband's cronies that she wants Glenys killed: later, Glenys is captured by the hitmen following her, who drive her into a forest at night, where a grave has been dug for her. Ted Douglas talks Erica out of resigning. Instead, she is going on leave for a while to think things through. Greg finally agrees to come back to the prison and goes out for dinner with Karen. Angela tells Karen that she is a lesbian. Meg goes to see Mum and a now very pregnant Judith-Anne, and finds Mum's health is rapidly worsening.
Bea realises Toni is dealing drugs and hits Doreen for going along with her. Doreen tries not to tell Erica it was Bea who hit her, but accidentally lets it slip. She begs Erica to recommend her parole, despite Greg's reservations about her mental state. After examining Mum, Greg says she has a chest infection and needs rest. He suggests Karen move in with them to look after them; later, Mum collapses while home alone. Angela holds a meeting about the Halfway House, with Erica and Greg in attendance. However, Karen acts very childishly resulting in a telling off from a furious Angela. Glenys escapes the hitmen and flags down a passing driver, angering Toni. Meanwhile, Glenys is under police guard again, but still gets a threatening letter in her dinner.
Meg finds Mum unconscious and calls Greg, who says she has pleuresy. She is admitted to hospital. Meanwhile, Erica finds out about Meg visiting Mum against regulations, and she is furious. Doreen makes up with Lizzie, but rebuffs Bea's attempt to mend fences. Toni gets a visit from Ros Coulson, daughter of the woman she killed. Next day in court, Glenys withdraws her testimony and Toni is cleared. On the steps of the court, Ros guns her down. Erica goes on leave, and Jim returns to take over as Acting Governor. He immediately tries to show his authority by announcing cell changes, earning the women's anger. Bea threatens to set fire to some mattresses unless Jim returns them to their old cells. He agrees, but takes away all their privileges instead.
Ros arrives in Wentworth as the women learn of Toni's shooting. Dr Weissman interviews Ros and certifies her as sane. Martha tries to heavy Ros, but Bea takes her under her wing. Later, though, Bea is sent to Solitary for knocking Martha out. Ros learns from Jim that Toni has died in hospital. The women grow restless against Fletch's regime when he orders an exercise period at 6.30 in the morning. Karen agrees to move in and look after Mum and Judith-Anne. Ron, Mum's son-in-law, visits and tells them he will do what he can to help even though Lorraine wants nothing to do with them. Meanwhile, Karen thinks she is falling in love with Angela, but Angela puts her straight, telling her she simply feels gratitude and not love.
The officers are up in arms about Jim ordering compulsory overtime but he backs down in the face of union action. Two prisoners are transferred from Barnhurst: one is a mother called Pat O' Connell, in for aiding and abetting her crim husband and son - the other is none other than Chrissie Latham. Unfortunately, it is Meg who has to induct them. She demands Chrissie be sent back to Barnhurst and the officers go on strike to support her. Bea gets out of Solitary as Vera plots to get rid of Jim. Karen visits Lorraine and persuades her to visit Mum. She wants Mum to come back to live with her, but Mum insists she take Judy back too. Karen and Angela learn that Doreen's mum is looking for her so Angela asks Erica to visit the woman and see what her intentions are.
Jim arranges to have Chrissie kept out of Meg's way. Erica tells Jim she has decided to resign, though she hasn't done so officially yet. Jim tells Ted Douglas he has had enough of being Governor, but won't work under Vera Bennett. Douglas talks Erica into coming back after all, leaving Vera fuming. Erica visits Doreen's mother, Alice Hemmings, who tells her she doesn't want to see Doreen. She is horrified when Erica tells her Doreen is in jail. Alice visits Angela to offer financial aid for the halfway house, and Angela tries to talk her into visiting Dor. Later that day Doreen gets a visit from a woman she does not know - Alice Hemmings. Mum gets out of hospital, just as Judith-Anne goes into labour and gives birth to a baby boy, Daniel.
Alice Hemmings pretends to Doreen that she is there on behalf of the Halfway House and doesn't tell her who she is. Vera sneers Alice is wasting her time with Doreen; later, Alice tells Karen she realises she has left it too late to come back into Doreen's life. Erica returns to work. Chrissie taunts Meg into almost hitting her. Ros suggests to Bea they send her to coventry rather than beating her up. Erica warns Bea she will be held responsible if anything happens to Chrissie. Mum finally reconciles Judith-Anne with her mother and they all go back to live with Lorraine and Ron. Someone breaks into the infirmary and smashes into the medicine cabinet to steal drugs.
Greg notices drugs have been stolen from the infirmary and a search is carried out. Meanwhile, Chrissie is being violently ill in the toilet and accuses Bea of poisoning her. Bea is sent to the pound but when Chrissie throws up hours later, Erica realises Bea is not responsible as the medicine in question causes vomiting immediately, and she is released again. Ros suggests that Chrissie is making herself ill, which Chrissie eventually admits. However, she says she has been doing it to cover up the fact she thinks she is pregnant. Karen moves into the halfway house. Pat is visited by Angela, who tells her she has filed the divorce papers, and her mum and kids. Her mother tells her she is struggling with the kids and that if Pat isn't out by Christmas, they will have to go into care.
Chrissie's pregnancy is confirmed by Greg and she tells him she wants an abortion. Bea and the girls continue to bully and threaten Chrissie, until Pat finds out she is pregnant and asks Bea to lay off. Greg arranges for Chrissie to be transferred to Maternity to think about her options. A work party from the men's prison is coming to repair the fence, and Karen visits Doreen to tell her that Pat's son David will be among them. Chrissie lets Pat into Maternity, where there is a window looking out into the garden. David spots her at the window and they talk; she tells him she is divorcing his dad so she can be paroled to be with the kids for Christmas. However, they are caught together by Vera, who acidly tells Pat that she has just blown her parole.
After Vera reports Pat over the incident with David, Erica agrees to Jim's suggestion to go easy on her and not take the matter any further. Bea thinks that Chrissie must have lagged and wants to thump her, but Pat stops it. Karen gets Doreen's room ready at the Halfway House and tells Alice she should stay away from Dor unless she is prepared to tell her who she really is. Doreen is released, but finds it hard adjusting to life on the outside. Alice and Doreen bond while on a drive together; later Alice tells Karen the reason she doesn't want Dor to know who she is - she's dying of cancer. Chrissie decides to have her baby after all. Rosie prepares for baby Sam's first birthday, oblivious to the fact that he will be taken from her when he reaches a year old.
Pat's efforts to persuade Rosie that Sam will be taken away from her fall on deaf ears. She says she will kill herself if they take her baby away. Dr Weissman is called in to see her, but Vera has nastily hinted that if the authorities think she is unstable they will take Sam away. As a result, she acts very calm when she sees the doc, meaning he cannot recommend reversing the Department's ruling, so Sam is handed over to foster parents in front of her. Ros refuses to see Dr Weissman and plead temporary insanity in court, thinking she will get off. She is brought back from her trial in a terrible state, having been sentenced to life. Alice tells Karen she won't be coming back to see Doreen as it is getting too hard and gives her a goodbye present of perfume. Dor realises it is the same perfume her mother used to wear and works out who Alice is at last.
A furious and upset Doreen demands to know why neither Alice or Karen told her the truth. Finally, Karen tells her that her mother is dying and takes her to see her. When Doreen returns to see Alice again, she does not answer the door and appears to be unconscious. Vera starts typing classes for the women and plans a small birthday party in the staff room but nobody shows up for it. Meg tries to counsel Rosie, but Chrissie sticks her nose in and makes her worse. Ros goads her into attacking Chrissie during a typing classes. While everyone is preoccupied, Ros sets off the fire alarm and escapes in a repair man's van. A now completely loopy Rosie thinks Chrissie has stolen Sam and punches her in the stomach. Meanwhile, Karen and Doreen arrive home at the Halfway House to find Ros waiting for them in the kitchen.
Doreen begs Karen to let Ros stay the night and she reluctantly agrees. Next morning, cops arrive at the Halfway House to tell Doreen that Alice is in hospital. Doreen and Karen wait at the hospital for news, only to be told that Alice has passed away. Ros goes to the brothel where her mother worked, but the man who runs it wants her to sell herself as payment for hiding her. She steals money and goes back to the halfway house. Karen tells her she needs to leave, but Doreen plans to let her hide out in her mother's house. Ros is worried that she will get Dor into trouble, so she runs off. On the way to catch a bus to Sydney, she stops to help an old drunk who collapses in the street, and is recognized by a passer-by who calls the police. Ros is promptly arrested again. Bea learns that Rosie has been transferred to a mental institution.
Ros is brought back to Wentworth. The police think she hid at the halfway house and a reporter, Alex Fraser, starts sniffing around the house to find out more. Ros refuses to tell the police where she was hiding. Karen eventually admits to Greg that she did let Ros stay. Greg is furious at having to lie to the police to save Karen and Doreen. With Christmas approaching, Lizzie suggests the women write their annual Christmas play, so Bea and Ros use the chance to ridicule the officers. Vera runs herself ragged trying to have the play cancelled and sabotaged, but the women submit a fake script for Erica's approval. Pat hears Andrew tried to run away from home again. Mrs Devlin comes to visit and says that the kids will have to go into care if she hasn't got her parole by Christmas. Karen supplies Alex with info to write an article on Pat's plight, in a bid to persuade the parole board to release Pat.
Christmas Eve and the women are making the final preparations for their play, which turns out to be a complete character assassination on all the officers and staff. They all walk out of the play in turn after being insulted and so the dejected women give up and pack everything away halfway through. Erica is furious following the publishing of the article on Pat and tells Greg to choose between the prison and the halfway house. Doreen makes a cake for Lizzie's Christmas gift, soaked in alcohol, which Vera confiscates. Pat is released, and sees how hard a time David is having when she visits him in Pentridge. Later, the police turn up on Pat's doorstep to tell her that David has escaped.
Following David's escape, Pat is bothered by a horde of reporters. She gets a message to go and meet David at his hideout and tries to get him to give himself up. He and his friend Shayne steal a car to flee the state and the police set up a trap to catch him at Pat's house, assuming he will go there to say goodbye to her. At Karen's urging, Greg goes to try and warn Pat what is going on. A gunfight follows; Karen hears on the radio that a cop and another man have been killed. She assumes it is Greg. Ros is depressed that nothing came as a result of the play and gets rather too chummy with Chrissie. Doreen goes on her first date since her release, but panics and runs off when the guy tries to kiss her. Lizzie picks the lock of Erica's office and steals some of her sherry.
Karen arrives at Mrs Devlin's house but Greg is okay: it turns out it was Shayne who was killed in the shootout. Pat is arrested and sent back to Wentworth, but she tells the cops she doesn't know where David is now. She gets an extra year in court. Mrs Devlin tells her she needs to go into hospital for an operation, so the children will have to go into care after all. David, meanwhile, vows revenge on Greg, blaming him for Pat being recaptured. With help from Chrissie, Ros manages to get into the surgery and steals drugs from the cabinet but she drops one by accident. Later, Greg finds the dropped capsule and realises other pills are missing. The screws don't find the drugs in the cell search. Bea and Lizzie realise that Ros and Chrissie were involved; Vera catches them with the pills so Chrissie lags on Ros. Chrissie is confined to Maternity and Ros is sent back to Solitary.
Karen and Greg's engagement doesn't go down well with Doreen, who is displeased at the changes at the Halfway House. Bea confronts Ros when she gets out of Solitary, intent on bashing her. She wallops her, but the screws arrive and blame Ros, sending her straight back to the pound. Erica cracks down on security and Vera, predictably, goes well overboard with her tough measures. The inmates have a whipround to buy an engagement pressie for Karen and Greg. Jim is reunited with an old army buddy, Geoff Butler, who promptly hits on Meg and is rebuffed. David O'Connell plans to kill Greg, despite Herbie's pleas that he not do it, and stakes the surgery out. He gets Herbie to call the surgery, and opens fire on the person who comes to answer the phone...
Karen is rushed to hospital, her life hanging in the balance following the shooting. Greg, Doreen and Karen's mother keep a vigil at the hospital. The police suspect Greg was the target and not Karen as the doctors tell him that there are fragments of the bullets dangerously close to her heart. They need Karen's mother's permission to operate and try to remove them. Meanwhile, David O'Connell refuses to turn himself in. When he tells Herbie that he will try to kill Greg again, Herbie shops him to the cops. The VJ gives Ros another three days in the pound. Political activist Janet Dominguez arrives in Wentworth and proves to be an intelligent, eloquent woman, despite the screws' assumptions about her. Ros befriends her through the wall in Solitary. Meg dines with the Fletchers and Geoff. Leila is horrified when Jim invites his old pal to move in with them.
Ros approaches Janet to suggest they try and escape together. Janet arranges for a woman to visit Ros and slip some drugs to her. Kathleen twigs something is going on and suggests that the drugs, which Ros plans to drug the screws with, could be poison. To prove her wrong, Ros takes some of it - and promptly drops to the floor. Meg agrees to go out with Geoff, prompting Leila to phone her behind Jim's back to warn her about him. Pat learns David has been captured and charged with shooting Karen. As Karen regains consciousness in hospital, her mother suggests to Greg that he and Karen move to Queensland with her after the wedding.
Greg suspects that Ros has been drugged when nobody can wake her after her collapse. Janet's appeal is turned down, so the escape will go ahead. Bea wants to know what Ros and Kath are up to, so Lizzie offers to try and get moved into their cell to snoop. Kath worries the terrorists will kill anyone who gets in the way of the escape. Meg tells Jim that Leila tried to warn her off Geoff, and later tells Geoff she doesn't want a relationship with him. Geoff wants Jim to go overseas with him to become a mercenary. Later, while at the pub with Jim, a man hits on Geoff so he beats him senseless in the toilets.
Lizzie's attempt to get moved in with Ros and Kathleen is thwarted by Vera. Leila grows more concerned that Geoff Butler is dangerous when she reads in the paper about the man being beaten up in the pub toilet. She warns Meg about him and then finds a gun and a machete in Geoff's bag. After Ros drugs the officers, Janet's terrorist cronies storm the prison to free them. In the midst of the drama, Erica shows up, concerned that she couldn't contact anyone at the jail on the phone. Ros, Janet and the terrorists abseil down the building: Janet orders one of the men to shoot Erica and she falls to the ground in slow motion...
Erica lies wounded in the arm, but Ros is forced to go with Janet. A police officer is shot by one of the terrorists and Janet is shot in retaliation - she tells Ros to make a run for it. The women watch through their windows and the alarm wakes Chrissie in maternity and she goes to the window and sees Ros run in the opposite direction from the surviving terrorist when he opens fire on her. Jim is called to the prison and takes over temporarily from Erica as she is in the infirmary . Bea and Pat hear the news on the radio in their cell saying that two people were killed. The Commonwealth police ask to interview Kath but Vera can't wake her up. Erica is reluctantly taken to hospital. Janet refuses to give the police any information. Leila phones Meg to tell her about Geoff's attack on the man in the pub and for once it seems to sink in with Meg that Geoff might not be all he appears to be to her. Ros gets away from Wentworth on the back of a truck and steals a change of clothes from a clothesline. Jim speaks to the women at breakfast and tells them any help they can give the police will be rewarded. Ros follows Chrissie's earlier advice and makes her way to the docks. Chrissie volunteers to speak to the police. Detective Marshall gives Kath a hard time with a ruthless display of shouting and sheer bad acting but she can't tell him anything useful. Chrissie demands remission in return for her information about Ros making off on her own, and talking to Kath later, she realises where Ros has probably gone. Jim tells Meg she doesn't have to worry about Geoff any more, as he's reported Geoff to the police. He advises Meg to avoid him for a while. Geoff returns to the Fletchers' from the golf club where he had been arrested and later released: he packs a bag and leaves. The police have a final word with Janet, but she refuses to help the police trace Ros, calling her a "squeamish little bitch" for saving Erica's life. Meanwhile, Ros is picked up by a sailor just boarding a boat for Brisbane: she asks him for a dollar and says she'll meet him later. Chrissie repeats her advice to Ros to the police, but still can't get a promise that she'll get her remission. Geoff calls on Meg just as she arrives home from work. When she tries to put him off, he pushes her inside her flat. Ros is arrested as she is about to board the boat. Meg tells Geoff she wants to break it off with him: he asks if she's been speaking to Leila, loses him temper and turns violent. Janet Dominguez is taken out of Wentworth on a stretcher. Jim arrives home to find that Goeff had been released so he phones Jim. Geoff stops Meg answering and rips the phone cord out of the wall. Ros is brought back to Wentworth and sees Chrissie, who avoids meeting her glance. Jim arrives at Meg's but Geoff merely brags about what he's really been doing - illegally recruiting for mercenaries. When Jim and Meg try to leave, Geoff pulls a broken bottle on them....
Jim overpowers Geoff and roughs him up, and Meg is horrified how violent he becomes. The police arrest Geoff. Chrissie wants to go back to the Laundry, and Vera agrees if she will lag. The women get Chrissie to help smuggle from the kitchen, but she betrays them and they get caught. Bea suspects Chrissie of lagging. Bea helps Pat write to Herbie about the trial, which Kathleen will smuggle out to a visitor. Chrissie tips Vera off, but it's a set-up: she just walked into a trap which proves she is the lagger. After an attempt to throw the letter over the fence also backfires on Chrissie, Bea tells her not to let on to Vera that they're on to her: it could be useful. The letter to Herbie was intended to go out through Angela Jeffries, but that fails too. Jim catches Ros and Lizzie stealing more kitchen stuff, but when Erica and Vera arrive on the scene, Ros accuses him of striking her.
Everyone is questioned over the striking incident, but eventually Ros confesses she made it up and Jim is cleared. She is sent back to Solitary (yes, again!) David O'Connell's court case is looming, but when Greg recognizes Herbie at the court, Herbie's lies about being David's hostage are revealed. Found out, he changes his statement, implicating Pat and thwarting her chance of appeal. Later, Pat receives word that David has committed suicide. New social worker Paul Reid starts work at the prison, but he's rather eccentric and not all that easy to get along with. Chrissie wrongly sizes him up as a soft mark. Erica gets wind that Vera is using Chrissie as an informant and orders her to drop it. Lizzie gets news that an old acquaintance of hers is dying and wants to see her, but she angrily refuses. Greg gets Dr Herbert to agree to take over his practice, including the prison.
Pat is distraught after David's suicide, attacking first an insensitive Chrissie and then Greg (whom she blames for his death). Beause of this, she is refused permission to attend the funeral, but Paul manages to talk Erica round and she is allowed to attend. Lizzie tells Greg not to blame himself for what happened with Pat, and after a small leaving do he departs for his new life with Karen. Paul recommends Ros spend the maximum time in Solitary. Lizzie is questioned by the police in relation to the aforementioned dying Ralph Campbell, and she thinks they're trying to blame her for the theft of money on the night twenty odd years ago when the shearers died at her hands. However, Erica confides in the staff that the police think Lizzie may be innocent of her original crime after all.
After Lizzie's intensive grilling by the cops, Bea and the girls suspect there's a cover-up going on regarding the old woman, and decide to get to the bottom of it. Chrissie uses her key to get into Erica's office and pinch Lizzie's file, which she passes on to Bea. Paul arranges for journalist Mal James to visit the women, to try and get them interested in making their own newspaper, and they slip the goss on Lizzie to him. James calls Erica for a comment, but she denies there is a cover-up and wants to know where he got his facts. Finally, Lizzie is told the truth: Ralph Campbell confessed on his death bed that he murdered the shearers, not Lizzie. She is shattered. On Paul's recommendation, Ros gets another week in the pound when the VJ comes to the prison. Paul's car is stolen, but when it is recovered the culprit turns out to be his son, Tony.
Lizzie tries to cope with the news she spent the past twenty years in jail for a crime she did not commit and panics at the thought of being released. Bea suggests to her she might get compensation from the Department. Erica hunts for the culprit who leaked the news, and Vera accuses Paul of being to blame. Paul eventually gets a confession from Bea and forces Chrissie to hand her key over. He also arranges for Lizzie to go and stay at the Halfway House when she gets out. Lizzie steals a radio from Vera's locker and smuggles it into Ros in Solitary. The women hold a farewell barbeque for Lizzie in the garden, and have a tearful goodbye. When she gets out of the gate, though, Doreen hasn't turned up to get her and she's left sitting on her suitcase alone. Meanwhile, Paul tries to get through to Tony, who says he's chucking college, to no real avail.
Erica takes an upset Lizzie to the Halfway House in a taxi, but it turns out Doreen didn't know she was coming: Paul forgot to let them know and gets carpeted by Erica. Lizzie has a hard time dealing with the no-booze rule. Doreen stands up her boyfriend Kevin when Lizzie cooks a surprise dinner. Caroline Simpson and her mother Vivienne Williams turn up at the Halfway House seeking refuge, after Vivienne is beaten by her husband. Rhonda says they can't stay and sends them to a refuge, but instead they go home. When Mr Williams pulls a rifle on them, Caroline stabs him in the back with a bread knife. Vera hunts for her missing radio. Ros gets out of Solitary, and asks Paul to return the radio to its owner. He leaves it on the staff room table. Paul and Tony clash again when he says he wants him to finish college, and Tony threatens to move out.
Caroline and Vivienne try to cover-up Brian's murder, thinking the police will never believe it was self defence, and make it look like a burglary. Vivienne is guilt-ridden, especially when she learns Brian had a large life insurance policy. When the cops question them again, Vivienne confesses. Caroline admits to the murder in self-defence, but the police say she will find it hard to prove. The screws wonder how a prisoner got into the staff room to return Vera's radio, and decide there must be a key on the loose. Erica, though, correctly suspects Lizzie of being responsible and drops the matter, even after Paul owns up to returning it. Tony Reid is in trouble when the police raid a friend's house while they are getting a delivery from drug dealer Sharon Gilmour. Doreen has trouble juggling her past and her present, unwilling to tell Kevin where she lives.
Paul bails Tony out, who lies he knew nothing about the drugs. Sharon is unable to raise bail money and is sent to Wentworth. Vera incites trouble between Bea and Sharon; after Sharon tells Bea she is inside on drug charges, they brawl, and Bea gets soup thrown in her face. Sharon is visited by her sister, Judy Bryant, who tells her Tony's charges were dropped. When Sharon realises Paul and Tony are related, she threatens to incriminate Tony unless Paul gets her charges dropped. Caroline and Vivienne arrive in Wentworth, and Vivienne appears to have lost the plot. Caroline is angry that her mother hasn't had proper medical treatment, and refuses to call ex-husband Michael for help. Lizzie suggests Doreen tell Kevin about her past; later, after he drops her some distance from the Halfway House, he follows her home where a passing cop tells him it's a house for ex-crims.
Paul reels from Sharon's demands, and though Tony insists Sharon was lying, Paul soon realises Tony is the liar. Sharon tells Vera the connection between her and Paul, and Vera reports him to Erica. Sharon learns Tony has confessed to the police and she has nothing on them any more. Bea sends Margo, Lil and Bev to duff Sharon up: they attack her in her cell and try to scalp her, but Chrissie gets in the way and is knocked to the floor. She goes into very premature labour and is rushed to hospital. Doreen is talked into phoning in sick so she can go to the country with Kevin, and leaves Lizzie to phone work, posing as her aunt. Unfortunately she can't work the phone and gets roaring drunk. Ros is transferred to J Block so she can continue her studies. Vivienne stops eating and communicating, and later Jim and Caroline find her catatonic.
Margo, Lil and Bev are sent to the pound after the attack on Chrissie and Sharon. Chrissie confirms Bea was behind it, and a disgusted Erica sends Bea to Isolation until further notice. Chrissie wakes from sedation to learn she has a new baby girl, which she names Elizabeth. She learns the baby will need long-term treatment and must remain in hospital after Chrissie goes back to the prison. Doreen gets the sack from work because Lizzie cocked up phoning in sick for her. Lizzie turns up at the prison to see Bea, and though Vera refuses, Jim allows it. Lizzie tells Bea about Caroline & Vivienne being at the Halfway House, who passes it on to Jim, and Caroline admits it. Sharon gets another visit from Judy, and in a bid to shock, reveals to Meg that Judy is not her sister but her girlfriend.
Paul agrees to try and get Bea out of Isolation if she encourages the craft project. She agrees, then sends the word to down tools. Vera is delighted that things have fallen through; Paul is furious, but Bea feigns innocence. Lizzie and Doreen aren't on good terms after Lizzie got Dor sacked. Jim tries to get Lizzie, Doreen and Rhonda to testify on Caroline and Vivienne's behalf. Lizzie and Dor are in the pub with Kevin, and when Jim turns up in uniform to talk to them, Kev realises they've been inside. Dor is upset when he says he doesn't want to see her for a bit. Sharon, Tony and the others arrested in the raid go to court, where Sharon tells a load of lies to get herself off the hook. However, the Judge sees through her and gives her two years, letting everyone else off on a bond.
Sharon is furious to be brought back to Wentworth, and is put in to share with Chrissie Latham. They form something of a partnership, and Sharon gets Judy to smuggle drugs in for them. Before long, she has both Pat and Caroline for customers, and has Bea set up to keep her in Isolation. Sharon gets the women to resume the craft project. Chrissie goes to Isolation and tells Bea that Sharon's in charge of the women now; Bea attacks her through the bars but Sharon comes to the rescue. Later, after lights out, Sharon and Chrissie's relationship turns sexual. Lizzie gives Kevin a drunken piece of her mind for dumping Doreen. Later, he turns up out of the blue to ask Doreen to go for dinner, where he proposes to her. Vera tells Erica she thinks Jim and Caroline are getting too close for comfort. Caroline agrees to let Paul contact Michael, but when he comes to visit they only argue, and Jim escorts him out again.
Doreen announces her engagement, but Lizzie goes to grill Kevin before deciding if she is pleased. Doreen tells Lizzie that when they get married, she is going to come and live with them. Several of the women are high as kites thanks to Sharon's drug dealing, including Pat who ends up collapsing. When the cause of the collapse is known, Erica orders a cell search, but Sharon outfoxes them and avoids being caught. She arranges another drug drop from Judy, this time at the hospital when Chrissie goes to visit the baby. Chrissie isn't keen, but agrees. When she gets into the hospital toilets, though, she is attacked from behindâ€¦ Caroline gets another visit from Michael, he agrees to testify on her behalf but isn't pleased by her growing relationship with Jim. Paul has more problems with Tony, and falls out with Meg over it. He buys her flowers to apologise, leading Tony to think maybe he fancies her.
Chrissie's "assailant" at the hospital is Judy. Chrissie details the drug drop for her. Sharon seeks muscle from Margo's gang, who want drugs in exchange. Thinking the dope is on Chrissie, they attack and search her, but find nothing. Judy leaves the drugs in a can by the fence, and Sharon wants Pat to go and collect it. Pat tells Bea, who asks her to play along; she then tells the screws someone is using drugs to try and take over. Erica refuses to let Bea out of Isolation. Pat collects some of the drugs and leaves the rest, but tells Sharon there was nothing there. Prompted by Bea, the screws find the can. Bea gives the rest to Erica, who finally relents, and Bea strolls back into the Laundry as Sharon is about to get a bashing from Margo, Lil and Bev. Doreen learns that Kevin's mother is coming to meet her. Caroline is advised to plead guilty to manslaughter by her lawyer.
Bea regains control of the women, with Sharon and Chrissie helpless to resist. Judy comes to visit Sharon, and when Meg searches her she finds drugs on her: she is admitted as a prisoner, exactly as she planned. Sharon is not pleased; Judy warns Chrissie off. Bea asks Pat to plant drugs in Sharon's cell, which are hidden in one of the stuffed toys. The toy ends up in Paul's office, and Chrissie is manipulated into retrieving it. Pat plants the drugs in Sharon's soap dish - and is caught in the act by Judy. Doreen and Lizzie testify at Caroline and Vivienne's committal hearing, which goes poorly, and the women learn they will have to stand trial. They cannot afford to pay their bail, though Michael wants to pay it. Meanwhile, Doreen meets Kevin's disapproving mother when she arrives for a visit.
Judy does nothing to stop Pat, and Sharon is sent to Solitary when the screws find the drugs in the cell. The women are frosty with Bea, thinking she lagged. Chrissie crumbles and tells Erica where the drugs came from. Judy admits she did nothing to stop Sharon being caught, as she felt she needed to be taught a lesson, and that she knew it would keep her away from Chrissie. Caroline refuses to let Michael pay their bail. Jim wants to secretly pay the bail money, and so Paul eventually agrees to be a front for him. Vivienne is signed over to Paul's care and is released. Doreen and Mrs Burns aren't getting along, and then Kevin tells his mother she is an ex-jailbirdâ€¦ Meg goes for dinner with Paul: their night is interrupted when Tony arrives with Sally, who he tells them is pregnant.
Mrs Burns tells Doreen that if she and Kevin marry, she will disown him. Lizzie chases her down the street with a frying pan, but eventually talks Mrs Burns round. Lizzie and Doreen go to celebrate, get wrecked and try to shoplift booze under cover of one of Lizzie's fake turns. However, when Dor walks out of the shop with the booze, the cops show up. The VJ gives Sharon another week in the pound; relations improve between Judy, Chrissie and Bea. Chrissie agrees to stay away from Sharon. When Judy finds out Sharon will be gone another week, she smacks Bea in the face so she can get sent to Solitary to be nearer her. Paul goes to check on Vivienne, but there's no answer, and nobody has seen her for days. Caroline tells him where to find a spare key: he lets himself in and finds her unconscious, having taken an overdose. Paul agrees to let Sally stay a while.
Thanks to Lizzie, Doreen is sent back to Wentworth and faces losing her parole. Lizzie comes to visit, and asks Erica if she can come back too. Kevin finds out that she is back inside and arrives to tell her he'll stick by her, but she refuses and calls off the engagement. Sharon won't talk to Judy in Solitary after Judy tells her she let Bea and Pat frame her. Judy is sentenced to a year, and tells Chrissie she can have Sharon. Bea attacks her and dunks her head in a filled sink. Sharon lies to the police that Judy was behind the whole drugs op on the outside. Tony wants Paul to let Sally stay a while longer. Sally has an abortion; later, her ex, Bill, causes trouble for Tony when she won't go back to him, and provokes him into thumping him. Caroline is distressed to learn of her mother's suicide attempt and wants to go and visit her.
Doreen and Lizzie go to court. Lizzie gets a fine, but Doreen gets more time, even after Kevin speaks in her defence. She thanks him, but she still can't marry him. Back at the Halfway House, Lizzie hits the bottle. Chrissie learns she will be allowed Elizabeth if she stays on her best behaviour. Bea tells her to stay away from Sharon, or she'll never get her baby. When Sharon gets out of the pound, Chrissie shuns her. A jealous, rejected Sharon causes trouble when she sees how close Judy and Doreen are. Judy tries to bash her, but is stopped when Chrissie smashes her over the head with a chair. Erica tells Chrissie she may have to recommend against her getting Elizabeth. Tony gets three months on a prison farm for hitting Bill. Bea wants the women to be payed for the craft things they make. Caroline finally agrees to let Jim pay her bail money.
Sharon refuses to tell the truth about what happened to Judy, despite Chrissie facing the prospect of losing Elizabeth. Chrissie is furious and rejects Sharon. Judy recovers from her injuries and, after Sharon has a fight with Pat, tells Erica the truth about what happened. Erica finally relents and lets Chrissie have her baby. She says goodbye as she moves to Maternity with Elizabeth, leaving Sharon behind. Lizzie goes on another shoplifting spree, including trying to walk out of a shop wearing a fur coat, but nothing is working. Back at the Halfway House, Rhonda finds her stolen goods and calls the cops, delighting Lizzie. Caroline is released on bail to live at the Halfway House, and Jim comes to visit. Paul suggests the women form a drama group. Pat refuses to appeal her sentence.
Aiming to get back to Wentworth, Lizzie refuses to co-operate with the cops, but her elation at getting back inside is crushed when Vera puts her in another block and won't let her see her mates. At the court, she is furious to get off with a small fine, and Erica has to stop her doing anything silly. Lizzie later comes to visit Bea, who tries to talk her out of committing a crime to get put back inside. Jim and Caroline grow closer and closer on the outside, until she discovers he is married. Lizzie tries to warn her off, telling her ex-prisoners and officers aren't allowed to associate. But the next day, Jim is summoned to see Erica, who tells him she had an anonymous call accusing he and Caroline of having an affair. Judy's health begins to cause concern, and she collapses in the garden, but she won't see a doctor. Later, she has pains in her arm. A drama group come to the prison to do a performance, led by ex-convict Ken Pearce, who quickly catches Bea's eye.
Jim admits to visiting Caroline, but dismisses any suggestion they have been having an affair. At home, Leila wants to send Matthew to a private school, but he doesn't have any money to do so after bailing out Caroline and Vivienne. Leila gets a phone call telling her this, and that her husband is seeing Caroline, and she throws Jim out. Lizzie is arrested for shoplifting again. After sneaking into the Magistrate's office at her trial and flushing his memoirs down the loo, she is thrilled to be returned to Wentworth for six months. Judy's health worries continue, but the sister can't do anything to help unless she has the tests she's refusing. Bea is smitten with Ken, as the women get the drama bug. Pat continues to refuse an appeal, and learns that Andrew has run away from the home again.
There's trouble for the Fletchers and Meg when Geoff Butler returns, his trial looming. He tries to force Meg into changing her testimony, and lets himself into the Fletcher house to terrify Leila. Jim and Caroline's relationship hots up, to Michael's disgust, and he tries to pay Jim to stop seeing her. At the trial, Geoff gets off on a bond and is later approached by Michael, who suggests they team up to get back at Jim. Pat finally agrees to appeal her sentence after seeing the recaptured Andrew. Judy confides in Doreen about her past, and as her pains worsen she tells Sharon she's scared because her mother died young of a heart attack. Bea grows closer to Ken, while the drama class ends with Doreen and Sharon brawling. A stray dog is found in the garden, so Doreen and Lizzie try to hide it in the prison. Vera keeps finding it and taking it away. She tells them she's taking it to the RSPCA, but changes her mind and, to Meg's surprise, decides to keep it herself.
Geoff and Michael embark on their plan to split up Caroline and Jim. This involves terrifying the living daylights out of Leila, by plaguing her with threatening phone calls and lurking outside her house. She tries to tell Jim how scared she is, but Caroline turns up and interrupts them. Late at night, Leila has a brick thrown through her window. Greg Miller returns to town for Pat's appeal, and Erica asks him to have a word with Judy Bryant. She wants him to talk her into having tests done after she collapses again. Judy tells him of her fears that she'll die in surgery, and Greg tells Sharon she needs to talk her into it or she'll die. Lizzie is not impressed to learn that Vera has given the stray dog a home, but gives her a coat for the dog anyway. To Vera's dismay, the dog's real owner claims it while they're out for a walk in the park. There's strong opposition towards the drama group being reinstated, but Erica wants it to go ahead, and needs Bea to make it work.
A terrified Leila is convinced Geoff has been terrorizing, but he has an alibi for the brick through her window: Meg and Greg saw him in a bar at the time. In fact, it was Michael who did it. The harrassment continues when Leila has graffiti sprayed across her lounge room doors. Meanwhile, Geoff is also lurking around outside the halfway house and un-nerving Caroline. Jim threatens Michael to leave them all alone. Meanwhile, Geoff suggests they plant drugs on Jim and call the cops, and wants Michael to deliver them to Jim's hotel. Michael is blissfully unaware that the parcel is, in fact, a home made bomb. Attempting to scare Judy into having her tests done, Lizzie fakes a turn during the drama class. Greg realises she is faking, but finally Judy agrees to go for tests at the hospital. Ken tries to whip up the women's enthusiasm in Shakespeare (but he could be wasting his time, let's face it.) Pat is negative about the chances of her appeal being successful. Bea falls further for Ken,
Bea is furious, thinking Ken has made a fool of her, and calls a halt to the drama class. Paul desperately tries to salvage the situation, and engineers a meeting between them. Ken tells her the blonde girl was his daughter, Debbie, and things get back on track. Pat has one last visit from her kids before her appeal, and tries to think positive. Leila's living on her nerves, and has a blazing row with Jim in front of the kids. Jim doesn't think either Geoff or Michael is responsible; Caroline also gets a threatening letter. With the police circling, Geoff instructs Michael to deliver the parcel to Jim's hotel room. He doesn't get that far, and has to leave it at the reception. Later, as Jim rests in his room, Leila and the boys turn up at the hotel to visit, and collect the parcel from reception for him. As Nicholas and Matthew wrestle with the parcel outside Jim's room, the bomb explodes.
A stunned Jim reels after the explosion: the boys are dead, and Leila is critically injured. Michael remains unaware that the parcel was a bomb, and Geoff demands payment from him for setting Jim up. As he waits for Michael outside the bank, Geoff hears the news of the explosion on the radio, and is furious to discover Jim is not dead. He pulls a gun on Michael and takes him to a house. Jim lashes out at Caroline, blaming her for the explosion; soon after, they learn Leila has also died. A grieving Jim takes some sleeping pills and booze and passes out, as Geoff lets himself into his house. At Pat's appeal, Greg testifies in her defence, and her sentence is reduced. As a result, her parole is rushed through, and she is released, with her kids waiting at the gates for an emotional reunion. Judy learns that she will need a pacemaker. Ken tells Bea that he's worried about Debbie going off the rails, and getting in with a bad lot. Bea comes up with a scheme to have Debbie spend a day in We
Geoff is interrupted in the process of preparing to shoot Jim by reporters at the door, and flees. He returns to Michael, who he has tied up in the empty house, and rants a lot. He plans to frame Michael for killing Jim, and then fake Michael's suicide. After he leaves, Michael manages to free himself from his bonds and turns up at the halfway house, where he spills the beans to Caroline. Meanwhile, Geoff turns up at Leila's funeral. Debbie's visit to the prison is approved, despite Vera's strenuous objections. Debbie is not impressed, being inducted and treated like a regular criminal. After a string of group sessions with the women though, and hearing some of their sad tales, she seems to be coming round. Meanwhile, Lizzie turns religious when she is befriended by Salvation Army Captain Barton, and gets a day out with the Salvos. She spends time collecting for them, but predictably steals as much as she puts in the tin.
As the cops hunt for Geoff, Michael is arrested and carted off to a psychiatric hospital. Geoff outsmarts the police and escapes from his hideout, and Jim arrives home to find him waiting for him. As a confrontation develops, Geoff is finally shot dead by a police marksman. Kerry Vincent arrives in Wentworth, transferred from Barnhurst. She is an artist, and gets a cell of her own so she can paint, and the women are sceptical of her. The money Lizzie stole from the Salvation Army is found on her when she returns; she loses her buyup and is wracked with guilt. However, Captain Barton is amused and forgives her. She embarks on a path of morality, announcing she is giving up smoking, and lecturing the other women. Bea's plan to put Debbie on the straight and narrow appears to have worked - she goes back to live with her mother. Judy meets with Captain Barton, and angrily tells him she doesn't believe in God.
Kerry settles into Wentworth, but no-one is sure what to make of her. Vera is especially harsh on her, harbouring resentment that she was never allowed to follow her dream of becoming a painter. David Austin, Kerry's agent, requests Kerry be allowed out for her exhibition. She gives Vera a painting of hers she likes, and suggests she get David to frame it. Meanwhile Sharon, angry that Kerry rejected her advances, stirs the women up that Kerry is a lagger. Doreen and Lizzie fiddle the buyup to help Lizzie out since hers has been cancelled. When they are caught, this seems proof of Sharon's accusations. Judy goes through her operation, and Captain Barton is by her bedside when she wakes. Sharon is refused permission to visit Jude in hospital. With Geoff's reign of terror finally over, the press interest in Caroline and Jim intensifies. He wants to return to work, but Erica orders him to take some time off. She calls the Department for a replacement.
Jim's replacement, Jock Stewart, starts work. The lagging rumours about Kerry persist, and worsen when the D Block women are caught making home brew. The assumption is Kerry blew the whistle, but actually Jock overheard them discussing it. A painting she had been working on is destroyed, but she takes the blame for it; she thinks Bea was behind it, but in actual fact it was Sharon. On the day of the exhibition, David fails to bring an outfit for Kerry to wear. Vera foolishly lets her go in her uniform, but David has set it up to play for press sympathy on Kerry's plight. Erica is not pleased to see Kerry in her prison garb. Vera is horrified to overhear David tell the press an officer forced Kerry to give her a painting. Caroline and Vivienne go to trial and are released on bonds. Caroline and Jim agree to say goodbye and go their separate ways. Doreen's mother's will is finally sorted out, and she is now the owner of Alice's house.
Kerry and the other women come to an understanding, and Bea hints to her that Sharon ruined her painting. Vera is furious with Kerry after David's comments at the exhibition that she bullied her into giving her the painting. She is called to Erica's office to explain herself, and Erica gives her the benefit of the doubt. However, an angry Kerry wrongly assumes Vera stole her lightbulb and tells the Governor that she did indeed bully her. Erica tells Vera she has no choice but to suspend her until the matter is investigated. Doreen is hassled by some men who want to offer her a substantial sum of money for her mother's house. She's not keen to sell, and wants Kevin's advice. Kevin proposes to her again, and she accepts. Judy has had enough of Sharon and, after one argument too many, tells her that their relationship is over. Captain Barton convinces Lizzie to try and look for her daughter, Marcia. Jim returns to work.
Vera is gutted following her suspension. Jock tells her the truth will come out eventually; next day, he threatens Kerry into withdrawing her allegations. Doreen and Kevin quickly marry in the prison garden, with Bea, Lizzie, Meg and Erica present. Meanwhile, Jock offers to pressure Doreen into selling her mother's house, and slaps her, but is overheard by Sharon, who suggests he buy her silence. Captain Barton informs Lizzie he has found Marcia. A scheme is cooked up to give Bea and Ken some private time together, under cover of an art class run by Kerry. Bea is to model for the artists, but switches with Judy, whose face is covered by a veil. Unfortunately Sharon blows the gaff, and Vera catches Bea and Ken in the storeroom together. Erica angrily takes away Kerry's painting priveleges, and bans Ken from Wentworth entirely. The women know Sharon was to blame - though Erica says that if anything happens to her, Bea will be blamed. Later, while taking away Kerry's art materials, Vera
There's a lockdown in Wentworth following Sharon's death, and a griefstricken Judy blames Bea for killing her, but she is as much a suspect as Bea is. She threatens to have her revenge, and is moved to Isolation out of the way. Sharon's death is eventually ruled as an accident, but nobody believes that. Meanwhile, the Department are fed up with Kerry's constant press coverage, and insist on her early parole. One of the conditions placed, though, is that she has nothing more to do with David Austin. Lizzie doesn't know whether to meet the woman claiming to be Marcia. Doreen is terrified as Jock puts on the pressure to sell the house. Kevin visits and tells her he doesn't want her to, but Jock is present, and prevents her whispering to Kev. He plants contraband in her cell, and reports to Jim that he thinks Kevin passed her something. After a cell search, Dor ends up in the pound. Later, Jock pays her a visit to say that if she doesn't do what he says and sell her house, he might have to
Prostitute Helen Smart is admitted to Wentworth and turns out to be an old friend of Kerry's. She recognizes Jock and says he's got a bad reputation. Kerry is released but she struggles to cope without David around. Judy is refused permission to go to Sharon's funeral. Jock is still bullying Doreen; Kevin discovers the men intent on buying Alice's house intend to knock it down. Doreen finally agrees to the sale. Kevin turns up at the prison, but isn't allowed to see Doreen as she's still in Solitary, so he sees Bea. Helen, on tray duty, offers to be a go-between and pass messages to her. Helen is released and passes on Doreen's message to Kevin that she had to sell or ""he would have killed me"". Doreen tells Judy that Bea didn't kill Sharon, but refuses to say who did. However, Jude pieces it together and confronts Jock. Vera is also beginning to have her suspicions. Lizzie meets Marcia and her daughter, Josie - but are they everything they appear to be?
Vera keeps quiet over Jock when he reminds her how he helped her with Kerry, but later overhears Judy accusing Jock of killing Sharon, and finally reports him. Paul tells the solicitor after Doreen's house that she isn't selling, and threatens to report him to the police. The police question Jock about the murder, and he is suspended. Before he leaves, Jock gleefully admits to Judy that he killed Sharon, and she slaps him. Erica tells Judy they have no real proof that Jock is the killer, apart from Judy's sayso. An angry Judy wants Bea's help to ensure Jock doesn't get away with murder. Lizzie is just getting to know Marcia and Josie when Marcia announces they are leaving as they can't afford to stay in the city any longer. Lizzie wants to loan them money, but doesn't have any until her compo comes through, so Doreen agrees to let them stay in her house. Kerry and David defy the court order that they are not to see each other, and end up having sex. Paul laters drops by to check on Ker
Judy mulls her options to protest against Sharon's death, and they decide to stage a strike in their cells. As some of the women hoard food, the verdict from Sharon's inquest comes back - accidental death. The women announce they're staging a sit-in in the Rec Room until the Department agree to a fair inquiry into the murder. Leanne Burke arrives in Wentworth and most of the women are disapproving of her thanks to Noeline's reputation. Leanne kicks up a stink about being in a single cell, and sets fire to it in the middle of the night. She is put in to share with Judy, but Jim makes snide remarks about Judy's interest in her. Leanne tells Judy she doesn't care, and asks to work with Jude in the garden. Paul wrestles over whether to report Kerry for violating her parole, but decides against it. Kerry sees David having dinner with another woman and throws a drink over her in a jealous rage. Back home, Kerry invites Helen Smart over and they hit the bottle. Kevin helps Marcia and Josie mo
Erica tries to talk the prisoners out of the Rec Room, and tells them Jock is finished in the prison service. Vera cuts the power, and they spend an uncomfortable night in the dark. Next morning, they give up the protest. Noeline comes to visit Leanne and she asks her to pass on a message to the press that they're staging a demo in the garden. Predictably, Noeline can't be trusted and tells Vera. The women are confined to the building as a result. Another scheme has to be thought up, and this time it's violent. Judy, Margo and Lizzie take Erica and Meg hostage in the Governor's office with a garden fork. The other women ambush Vera in the Laundry, strip her and tie her up. When Jim finds her, the women are gone, and heading for the roof with her keys. Margo and Lizzie are left in charge of Meg and Erica, but Lizzie gets drunk on Erica's booze. Paul gets word to a drunken Lizzie that Marcia is there to see her, and she opens the door: she and Margo are overpowered by the officers outsid
Everyone at the prison is stunned by Leanne's death, bringing a sudden halt to the demo. The police go to Noeline's work to tell her the news, only to find she's been pinching money from the workers since she started there. She gets six months and arrives back in Wentworth - neither prisoners nor officers are pleased to see her. Noeline warns that she blames Bea for her daughter's death, but Judy tries to take the blame. She assumes the role of Noeline's protector, perhaps as a way to allieviate her guilt over Leanne's death. Lizzie is offered forty grand in compensation. Soon after, Marcia tells Lizzie that Josie needs an operation on her leg, but it will cost too much money. Paul, Bea and Doreen's fears grow that Marcia is a fraud, out to get Lizzie's compo. Kerry's behaviour grows more erratic, and Paul warns that if she and David continue seeing each other, she will end up back in jail. She later has a blazing row with David at the gallery, and smashes him over the head with an ash
Thinking she has killed David, Kerry flees from the gallery and disappears. David is very much alive, but Paul has no luck tracking her down, and has to report her. Meanwhile, Kerry seeks out Helen's help, gets hold of some pills, swigs them down with booze, and passes out. David finds her, but instead of getting help, he steals some of her paintings. Paul does some detective work to find out if Marcia is a fraud. Lizzie tells Marcia she's going to use her compo to pay for Josie's operation, but Bea gets a message out threatening her. Marcia realises the gig is up, and they take off. Now with proof, Paul has to tell Lizzie that Marcia is not her daughter; later she confides in Bea that she knew all along. Noeline flaunts Judy's backing in Bea's face, and gets up everyone's noses. Erica tries to warn Judy to keep away from Noeline, to no avail. Noeline feeds Jude a sob story about needing money for her family, and Judy hints at where she'll find Margo's stash from her book. Noeline glee
Helen finds Kerry out cold but alive, and calls Paul to get help. Paul recommends Kerry go to a sanitorium for treatment, rather than back to jail. Meanwhile David, thinking she is dead, tries to buy a painting Kerry gave to Doreen. Paul and Erica con David into handing over a large sum of money for it, then announce Kerry is still alive. Marcia turns up at Wentworth to tell Lizzie the truth, that her real name is Ellen and she knew the real Marcia, who died some years ago. Lizzie tells them that as far as she is concerned, they are her family now, and she's giving them the cash for the op anyway. Meg moves into a new flat, and meets her neighbour, young mother Gail Summers, who is struggling to cope with her screaming children. Noeline, the only one with buyup after the riot, sells fags to the other women at extortionate prices. She manages to break into the storeroom to steal supplies, and gets Judy to keep watch. However, the screws usher Judy away, and Noeline ends up trapped insid
The women embark on a ridiculous attempt to cover up Noeline's absence until they can unlock her from the store room in the morning. This also includes a fake food poisoning bout as a diversion while Judy retrieves her. Bea wants to know why Judy is helping Noeline, and she says she was going to take the money herself as she is planning to escape. Noeline lags on the women's fake poisoning to Erica and the screws carry out a search. Meanwhile, Judy uses Noeline to lead her to Margo's money, but Margo catches Judy out. Meg gets involved with Gail's problems, to Vera's disgust. She suspects that Gail's husband Tim is beating the children. Later one of the kids, Jason, ends up in hospital, and Meg tells the doctor she thinks Tim is abusive. Factory owner Andrew Reynolds approaches Erica about a work release programme at his factory. Predictably, Vera argues against the scheme, but Erica is keen and tours the factory.
The work release is to go ahead, to the women's delight. The party of women who are to go initially includes Bea, Doreen and Judy but not, to her annoyance, Lizzie. Judy suspects Margo's money may be in the kitchen, but when Noeline goes there to hunt for it, she ends up getting thrown in the skip by Margo and her heavies. Vera and Jim find her, and think she was trying to escape. She loses her buyup. Noeline's horse wins and Margo has to pay her out a lot of cash. Vera is suspicious that Lizzie still has cigarettes, and Noeline suggests she and Doreen have been pinching from the store room. She has planted items in their cell, and they are found by the screws in a cell search. Bea is furious at Noeline and thumps her, before grassing her into Erica. Bea and Noeline are both sent to the pound, and Bea taken off the work release. Meg seeks Paul's advice about Gail Summers. However, after a particularly nasty screaming match, Gail tells the police that Tim hasn't been abusing Jason - she
The work release programme gets underway, with Erica warning dire consequences for anyone who screws it up. The women meet sleazy foreman Vince Talbot, and cool-as-a-cucumber accountant Kay White. Doreen suspects Judy is going to take the chance to escape from the factory. Meanwhile, Kay seems to have the gambling bug and gets involved with Margo's book, while Andrew Reynolds shows a more than professional interest in Erica. Gail arrives in Wentworth on remand, and is advised not to tell the women why she's really inside. She gets a visit from Tim, who informs her he is divorcing her and has been granted custody of the kids. She ends up telling Lizzie and Doreen the truth about her crime, who are horrified. Noeline gets word that her younger kids are to be put into a home, and she decides to smuggle her race winnings out to delay this. She asks Judy to pass it to them at the factory, and though Jude initially considers keeping the cash for her escape, she eventually gets the money to t
There's trouble at the factory involving the delivery drivers, and Doreen is keen to get Kevin the delivery contract when she hears it's up for tender. She needs to find out the lowest bid so Kev can beat it. However, Noeline overhears all this. The other women torment Gail for abusing her children, until Judy intervenes and sticks up for her. Noeline manipulates her into trusting her, despite Judy's warnings that Noeline is trouble. Noeline suggests that the screws will protect Gail if she lags on Doreen about the contract. When her cell is trashed, that's exactly what she does. The women wonder who the lagger is - Noeline or Gail? Meanwhile, Doreen's troubles get even worse when Vince Talbot traps her in the store cupboard and rapes her. Erica seems to be softening towards Andrew Reynolds. Noeline is given a chance to go to work at the factory. Tony Reid is released from the prison farm, but finds it hard to readjust to his old life.
Doreen struggles to cope after being raped by Vince, and desperately tries to get taken off the work release scheme, but Erica twigs something's going on and refuses to let her, even after she trashes a cell and attacks Noeline. She confides in Judy about what happened, and she promises to look out for her. Erica's relationship with Andrew Reynolds develops until he admits to her he is married. Noeline is allowed to go on work release; Bea gets out of the pound and is told that if she stays away from Gail she may get to go too. Margo is having trouble covering her bets thanks to Kay's gambling bug. Tony struggles to find a job, and Meg suggests he use a false name to get employment.
At the factory, Noeline complains that her machine doesn't work, but Vince is more interested in Doreen. Meg is suprised to see letters in the mail for both Judy and Bea. Judy volunteers to go to the store room when Vince has his eye on Doreen and she uses the opportunity to issue a warning that she knows what he's up to and she isn't afraid of anything he can do to her. Bea and the other women torment Gail in the laundry, but Lizzie is beginning to have sympathy for her. Kay tries to put off paying her debts to Margo, and shrugs off Margo's threats, asking her which of the two of them is more likely to believed. Gail asks Paul to find out who is looking after her children. Vince wants to know what Doreen has told Judy and warns her to keep quiet in future. Meg tells Paul there is a letter for Judy from her sister saying their father is ill and he wants her to go and see him. Bea also gets a letter - from Ken. Paul advises Judy that there is no chance of getting compassionate leave for her to visit her father, but that if he'd been in the same country it might have been possible: Judy replies with disgust that she wasn't even allowed to attend Sharon's funeral, so why should she want to visit an old man she hadn't even seen for twenty years? She goes on to say that as far as she's concerned he died a long time ago. Meg saves Gail's daughter Katrina from being run over outside the flats and finds that Tim's new girlfriend Pam has been left in charge of the kids and has just popped out for a packet of fags. Doreen and Lizzie try to persuade Bea to reply to Ken's letter. The women on the work release discuss previous escape attempts and Judy learns about Bea's escape from hospital. Judy notices that two bolts of cloth are missing from the stores and worries they will be blamed for it, but Kay tells her that Vince has probably taken them. Doreen tries to get the information on the tender from Kay but is told that it is Vince's responsibility. Next time Vince asks for volunteers to go the store room, Doreen offers and has to have sex with Vince in return for the value of the lowest tender. Gail's solicitor is very harsh with her, but Paul assures Gail he knows what he's doing and warns her she will have to face worse under cross examination. Kay eventually pays her debts, so Margo lets her place another bet. A casual remark from Noeline about cloth being stolen makes Kay lose her temper. Erica overrules Vera's wish to prevent Doreen phoning Kevin as long as the call is made in Paul Reid's office. In front of Vera and Paul, Doreen passes on the information about the tender, and Vera puts her in solitary until she can see Erica next morning. Bea stays up late writing a reply to Ken's letter. Judy hangs around the drier in the laundry until she passes out when her pacemaker malfunctions . Erica releases Doreen from solitary when she arrives next morning. The doctor tells Judy she will be kept in overnight but will probably be fit enough to be released next day. Meg calls in on Pam and has to put out a (small) pan fire and change the baby's nappy, as Pam has popped out and left the kids alone. Pam returns drunk and throws Meg out for being a nosy interfering bitch. The doctor leaves the room for a moment while Judy is having tests and returns to find she has gone leaving a uniform-less policewomen behind.
Erica tells Meg and Vera that the doctors think Judy's heart condition was brought on by electrical interference from the driers. Meg passes on the information in Judy's letter about her father and Erica is displeased not to have been told before. Bea warns all the women, including Doreen, not to mess up the work release program. Gail is reduced to tears by the women's taunts. Erica finds out that Meg hasn't told her that she's Gail's next door neighbour and says she wants all information on prisoners to be passed to her directly in future. Still in her policewoman's uniform, Judy phones an ex-lover, and she is invited to stay there while her husband is away on business for a few days. Vera goes straight to Gail and tells her that the children have been put in a home. Meg is appalled by the spitefulness of it and tells Vera so. Erica finally takes Doreen off the work release program, but tells her Andrew Reynolds will be warned not to accept any tenders from Kevin, no matter how low they are. Meg explains to Gail the home circumstances that led to her children being taken into care and tells her it may improve her own chances of getting custody. Gail isn't so sure and wonders if she could be trusted alone with the kids ever again. Doreen is forced to tell Bea what Vince has been doing to her. Captain Barton takes over Gail's case in Paul's absence and suggests she contacts Parents Anonymous. Pauline offers to lend Judy money to help her get the forged papers from a contact she got inside. Tony comes to the prison, having found a job in Adelaide with the chance of a partnership if he can get the money from his father. Meg stops Vera from holding forth on the subject of child abuse by saying that from what she's heard of her childhood her mother's treatment of her would count as mental cruelty. Vera counters with a question: if Meg's own childhood was so wonderful, why does she never speak about it? Flowers arrive for Erica from Andrew. Lizzie finds out from a file on Erica's desk that Phyllis has been selected to take Doreen's place. To get Bea selected instead, Phyllis pulls Gail's hair when Erica enters the rec room to make the announcement. Bea acts "responsibly" by restraining Phyllis and Erica makes a snap decision to give the vacant place on the scheme to Bea. Noeline suggests to Margo that they'd better band together to get Bea off the scheme, because she's sure to put a stop to Margo running her book as well as the fiddle Noeline has planned with Kay. Margo tells her to "rack off, hairy legs". Doreen fills in Bea about the factory and as Noeline predicted, she tells Margo she won't be running a book. Margo changes her mind and plots with Noeline. Vera enlists Jim's support in complaining about Bea being allowed on the scheme. Judy adopts a tortured half-Oirish accent and goes to see the Weasel: he tells her a passport will cost her five hundred dollars. Erica tries to tell Andrew she can't see him any more, but he tells her he wants to get to know her better. Margo delays Jim so Noeline can get into position so when he turns the corner Noeline is apparently writhing in agony after a bashing from Bea. Meg tells Vera what she thinks of her and that if she despises prisoners so much that ought to apply to her too, as she was born in prison. Andrew asks Kay to organise a stock check. Mouse goes on the factory scheme instead of Bea. Judy cons money out of a prostitute by pretending to be a policewoman on the take. Kay cuts Noeline in on her scheme, and Noeline pretends to need first aid so she can take a look at the tea room. Judy gets a letter forwarded to Pauline's from her sister to say that her father has died, before they could have made peace with each other. Kay reports to Andrew that there is $500 of material missing and blames the women, and tells him when she thinks the next "drop" is due.
Kay promises to keep Vera occupied to give Noeline time to get the bolt of cloth out of the tea room window . Andrew follows Kay's tip-off and is waiting outside to catch Noeline's brother collecting the cloth. When Vera hears of the incident, she immediately cancels the scheme and takes the women back to Wentworth. Pauline gives Judy the last $100 she needs for the passport but the Weasel has heard about Judy's escape on the radio and works out he can ask double his price for a "urgent" job. Erica reprimands Vera for exceeding her authority by cancelling the work release without asking Erica's permission first. Bea sees Margo and Mouse waiting to see the Governor and finds out that it was Noeline's fault the scheme was cancelled. Noeline tries to put the blame on Kay, saying she was already stealing material from the factory and involved her in the scheme. Erica doesn't believe her and sends Noeline to solitary. Judy plans to get the rest of the money she needs for her passport by conning money out of an illicit gambling club. After failing to trick Meg into giving the information, Lizzie finds out next day when delivering the meals that Noeline isn't in solitary and Bea suspects she's been moved to another wing to keep her out of their way. Erica tells Andrew that Noeline has been transferred to a country prison (Barnhurst) and informs the staff that the project is back on. Vera shows Jim the report she's made on the incident at the factory and plans to send it to the Department, but Erica points out that an honest report would reflect badly on Vera herself as it happened while Vera was supervising. Vera tears up her report in disgust. Paul has asked for extended leave to go to Adelaide with his son, and Erica asks Meg if there are any more secrets the two of them share that she hasjn't bothered to pass on. She tells Meg to pass on the message to Paul that if he isn't back within the week, she'll have to ask the Department for a replacement, possibly on a permanent basis. Meg worries that Paul's absence may affect Gail and result in her trial going badly. Pauline's husband arrives home early, so Judy leaves to case out the illegal gambling club. After a chat with Captain Barton, Gail stands up for herself and tells the other women women what her life was like and why she started bashing the kids. Pauline tells Judy she still cares for her and begs her to give herself up. As Meg predicted, Gail is worried when she finds that Paul has left. Bea is told she can go on the scheme in Noeline's place. Meg finds Tony at home packing and he tells her that Paul has already left to take over the garage in Adelaide. Lizzie and Doreen are amazed to find out that Bea has been allowed out on the factory project. After looking at a photo of the two of them together in happier times , Pauline decides that Judy's cravat is altogether too butch to be allowed outside captivity, so she phones the police and tells them where Judy is. Judy gets the money from the gambling club, but runs into an ambush from two police cars outside the club and is arrested.
Judy is brought back to Wentworth (and claims sarcastically to Jim that she's Doris Day) charged with escaping, assault on a policewoman, stealing police property (the uniform, which she is still wearing) and impersonating a police officer. Jim and Vera notice she is also carrying a large amount of money that the police have not noticed, so Jim logs it in as Judy's own property even though Judy admits she got it through extortion. Judy at first refuses to go into the solitary cell, but Jim manages to persuade her. As she sits in the cell her profile undergoes some unusual video effect . Next morning, Erica sees Judy and offers to help, but Judy tells her it's too late as she should have done something earlier to fix Jock Stewart. Bea makes herself known to Andrew Reynolds and Vince on her first day at the factory. Andrew offers Bea a private deal to put to the other women: they will be paid an extra 10 dollars a week each for making non-Government clothing on the side. Doreen has taken over the press in the laundry and helps Gail out with a broken sewing machine. After consulting with the women to get their agreement, Bea makes an excuse ("oh, women's troubles, you know") to get to see Mr Reynolds to say the deal he proposed is fine by her. Doreen warns Gail not to raise her hopes about her court appearance. Lizzie tells the women that Judy is back and in isolation. Bea frays the cable on her sewing machine and asks Vince to fix it: Margo switches the power back on as soon as he touches it, giving him an electric shock . Doreen realises that the following Tuesday she and Kevin will have been married six weeks: Lizzie is reminded that the same date (the 29th - month unspecified!) will be her 72nd birthday, and goes to Captain Barton to ask for a half day's leave to see Ellen and Josie. Vera overhears Margo talking about the extra wages and volunteers to go to the factory next day when meg mentions she can't go because of Gail's trial. Erica is suspicious about the accident and phones up Andrew to ask him if Bea could have caused it, but he takes the opportunity to ask her out on another date. Bea wishes Gail good luck, but shrugs her shoulders as she says it to show she's doing her a big favour. Meg gives evidence against Gail at her trial. Kay warns Andrew that Hazel Crowe the Union rep is getting suspicious about the work the Wentworth women are doing. Erica tells Lizzie she may not get permission for her visit in time and suggests a birthday party instead so that Ellen (or, as she says, "Marcia") would be able to visit. When pressed Erica is forced to admit that Josie would not be able to come as she's in hospital for her operation. Lizzie is disgusted and refuses the offer of a party. Hazel Crowe approaches Vera with evidence that the women are doing non-Government work and warns that the factory could be called out on strike. This suits Vera fine and she suggests a strike might be the only way for the matter to be taken seriously. Gail gets a suspended sentence and leaves her flat and husband for somewhere where she will be able to visit the kids in the home. Andrew comes round for dinner at Erica's and, after a brandy or two, gives her a timid little kiss (though it is implied he will be staying the night...). Next morning, Vera gives Erica a written report on recent events at the factory, which she summarises for Erica's benefit: she accuses Andrew of being a crook who's exploiting the prisoners for his own financial gain.
Erica phones Andrew to let him know she won't let him take advantage of her or the women, though she does not cancel the project entirely. Doreen wonders why Lizzie has sweets instead of fags in her buyup. Captain Barton asks Bea what she thinks of the idea of a birthday party for Lizzie: Bea suggests that they keep it quiet and make it a surprise party. Jim clashes with Erica when he assumes the factory project has been cancelled. Hazel Crowe takes Andrew out onto the fire escape to discuss the issue of the prison workers: she lays down a list of conditions and threatens a strike knowing he can't afford to risk it. Meg takes Lizzie out of the laundry at Bea's request so she doesn't find out about the arrangements for the party. Jim finds Lizzie moping in her cell alone: their conversation prompts Lizzie to a flashback to Edie's death, but she looks up to find she's addressing her sob story to empty air as Jim has walked away. Ellen arrives to visit Lizzie and finds her in a very black mood. Ted phones Erica to tell her Paul has resigned, and she asks if a replacement can be found. Bea and Doreen give Lizzie the cold shoulder in the rec room to get rid of her so they can put up the decorations. Andrew visits Erica at home to plead his case. He admits to using her and the women, and Erica immediately forgives him. Lizzie's birthday breakfast is a miserable affair, and Meg asks her to take a tray to isolation to get her out of the way. Judy isn't in any better spirits, but when she hears it's Lizzie's birthday, she gives her Sharon's cigarette lighter as a present. Vera disapproves when Jim and Meg both seem to be giving presents to Lizzie and wants to know what is in the bottles Ellen has brought in for the party. Meg fetches Lizzie from her cell where she is celebrating on her own with a party hat made out of newspaper . When Meg switches on the rec room lights, Lizzie realises she hasn't been forgotten after all. Ted Douglas tells Erica that Paul's replacement will be Agnes Forster. Lizzie even gets a present from Erica . When Lizzie seems to be well oiled, Vera checks the bottles and points out she's been drinking non-alcoholic wine. Andrew Reynolds tells Vince and Kay that the firm's accounts are already being audited. Vera stops Lizzie taking Judy a piece of birthday cake to Judy in isolation. Kay tells Vince the bank hasn't supplied enough money for the payroll, and she leaves claiming to be going to the bank to sort it out. Andrew and Vince find later that Kay has taken all the cash with her and the pay packets are stuffed with paper. Andrew phones to tell Erica he's had to call in the police and she should put in a written report immediately to withdraw her support from the scheme so she isn't compromised. At that moment, Kay returns to the office.
Andrew accuses Kay of stealing and fiddling the books. When she offers to pay him back with her gambling winnings, he declines and asks her what would have happened if she had lost. Vince stops Kay leaving the office and Andrew phones the police. Erica tells Vera and Jim that the scheme is over, but the newspaper article reporting Kay White's arrest next morning gives Vera further excuse to spread insinuations about Erica. After the women have also seen the paper, Bea assumes that Kay should be blamed for the end of the work release, and Doreen wonders if Noeline might have been right after all to claim that she was framed by Kay. The new social worker, Agnes Forster, arrives for her first day at work in a battered old car, which she parks in Erica's space and then leaves Erica with a heavy kit bag to carry inside for her. Ted Douglas is already waiting for Erica to discuss Vera's report. Erica cannot deny any of the "accusations" and even admits that she'd seen Andrew outside work hours. Nevertheless, Ted tells Erica there will still have to be an enquiry. Jim shows Agnes to her new office. Vera offers Ted a written report but he tells her to post it to him, as the Department is unlikely to take any action for some months. Kay White is brought to Wentworth on remand on charges of embezzlement and theft. Erica tells Kay she's putting her in isolation for her own protection. Judy is allowed to rejoin the other women and tells them she's seen Kay being taken to isolation. Lizzie is on tray delivery duty and Margo tells her to pass a message on to Kay to pay up or else. To reinforce the message, Margo mixes some disgusting yellow detergent into Kay's dinner. Agnes is too busy making her office into a home away from home to be interested in reading the prisoners' files Meg brings for her. Kay is unable to eat her meal and protests to Vera, demanding to see the Governor. Erica slips away from work to see Andrew and tell him she won't be able to see him again. Andrew's wife arrives on cue to surprise them , having seen Erica tenderly placing her hand on Andrew's shoulder. After Erica leaves, Andrew's wife tells him he should have taken Kay's money then sacked her, adding that if the business is finished, then so is their marriage, as she wants a divorce. Erica inspects the kitchen just as Margo is about to add tabasco sauce to Kay's meal. Meg is embarrassed when she goes for a drink at Erica's and Andrew turns up to see Erica late in the evening, just after Erica has told Meg that her relationship with Andrew is strictly business. He has come to tell her about Julie's request for a divorce, but Erica tells him it makes no difference: her work is all-important. Kay is surprised to find that Agnes has done nothing about finding her a solicitor. Agnes brings her cat Butchie in to work with her, and Jim has to dial Legal Aid's number for her to get her to do anything. When a solicitor does arrive for Kay, she argues that her defence should be based on her need for psychiatric help for compulsive gambling. Kay's next meal is delivered by Margo who repeats her demand for repayment of her debts. Kay agrees Margo should get what's owing to her ... and punches her in the stomach.
Jim and Vera catch Kay trying to force Margo to taste her food. Margo vows she'll get back at Kay. Erica admits to Meg that she had been lying about her relationship with Andrew, but declares she knew nothing at all about the fraud. Jim reports the incident with Margo and warns Erica that the women will go to any lengths to pay Kay back for losing the factory work project. Doreen is off her food. Judy defends Kay, pointing out that she helped her escape by getting a dress from the factory. Vera wants to know how Kay can possibly owe Margo money when she's been in isolation the whole time. Judy overhears Vera pressuring Kay and tells Kay that for her own sake she should stay in solitary as long as she can. When Meg announces that the women have been given permission to have a barbecue, Bea seems keen for Kay to attend and tells Judy she should make it up to Kay on behalf of all the women. Vera takes Kay to see Agnes, but she's already gone home. Judy asks Erica to let Kay go the barbecue to let the women show her there's no hard feelings. Margo drops a glass on the floor while working on kitchen duty and puts a few nice long slivers in her pocket for later use. Doreen tells Bea and Lizzie she's pregnant and it can't be Kevin's baby. Dr Weissman sees Kay and explores the roots of her gambling addiction. Meg has a go at Vera for her constant attempts to undermine Erica. The barbecue is held in the rec room and Kay attends, but when she bites into her hamburger, blood spurts from her mouth . Margo gets the blame for putting glass in Kay's food and is confined to her cell. Kay gets a letter from Vince and Vera uses it to try to get Kay to give her more evidence against Erica. Kay refuses to give Vera any information, telling her she's the vilest thing she ever met. Erica works late in the office and suffers an involuntary flashback sequence of the high points of her relationship with Andrew which reduces her to tears . Judy overhears Kay say that she wants to phone Vince and from her reaction Kay realises she has a potential bargaining counter: she demands to be let out of isolation and Erica allows her to move into Judy's cell. Kay offers Bea a deal: she will get Vince into the prison if the women lay off her, and Kay phones Vince pretending to be able to pay back the money she owes him. He arrives as the women are on exercise period. Agnes is present for Vince's meeting with Kay, and is alert enough for once to warn him that she could give evidence of his willingness to change his testimony for payment. As he is leaving, one group of women divert the officers, while Bea, Doreen and a few others knock Vince to the ground and give him a good kicking and clawing . Kay demands to be paid in cash for helping to get Vince inside, but Bea reminds her of the original terms of the deal. Agnes promises to arrange for Lizzie to visit Josie before her operation, but she immediately spills Butchie's milk on the paper with the phone number on and throws it away without looking at it. Kay goes straight to Erica and lags on the women for their attack on Vince.
Erica tells the women they will all lose seven day's remission as punishment for the attack on Vince. Bea agrees with Margo that it must have been Kay who lagged on them. Judy suggests that the best way to get back at Kay might be to undermine her claim to be cured of her gambling addiction. Bea tells Margo she is going to give Kay credit and takes a collection to give her the funds to do so. Lizzie calls Agnes a lazy bitch when she finds she hasn't done anything about her application to visit Josie in hospital. Margo and Judy try to tempt Kay into laying a bet by discussing forthcoming races in front of her, but she claims not be interested. Erica promises Lizzie she will arrange for her to visit Josie. Vera finds Agnes slumped across her desk in her office and raises the alarm, but when Jim goes to check on her he find she has only fallen asleep. His soft spot for old ladies means he doesn't report the incident, but he doesn't take Agnes up on on her offer to share her lunch of raw vegetables. Bea drops in on Kay to give her a gentle warning and after Meg has sent Kay to lunch, Bea pours a kettle full of water over her bed. When Jim mentions to Agnes that he feels he needs a new start, she points out an advertisement for the Governorship of Barnhurst, and their conversation shows that she has not always been as hopeless at her job as she now is. Bea advises Doreen to go straight to Erica to get permission for an overnight visit with Kevin, but Vera intervenes and redirects her to Agnes, who gets her name wrong and pays very little attention to Doreen's request. Kay is tempted into a game of poker and the others players let her win to trap her into playing for money. Jim tells Meg and Vera about the job at Barnhurst, and they both encourage him to apply, though Vera hardly manages to conceal her delight at the prospect of getting Jim out of her way. Margo gives Kay her poker winnings and takes it back again as a bet on a forthcoming race. Bea goes to Agnes and tells her what she thinks of her for not arranging Doreen's visit, but Erica walks in just as she is in full flood. Erica takes away Bea's buyup for a week as punishment for her insolence towards Agnes, but she ends up agreeing to arrange the visit herself. When she phones Agnes to chase it up, she has to explain to Agnes who she is. Kevin visits Doreen and dismays her by his unwillingness to start a family immediately. Kay loses heavily at cards to Bea and hasn't enough cash to pay up, so Bea demands Kay's buyup instead. Doreen lies awake unsure what to do about her pregnancy but eventually decides she must have an abortion, and goes to see Agnes next day to ask for her to arrange it. Agnes is horrified and tries to talk her out of it. Erica agrees to give Jim a reference for his job application. Meg hands out the buyup forms and Bea snatches Kay's to fill in what she wants herself. Agnes calls Kevin in to Wentworth to discuss with him Doreen's request for an abortion, which is the first he's even heard about her being pregnant.
Kevin thinks he is the father of Doreen's baby and is delighted with the news. Meanwhile Bea is advising Doreen to go to Erica if Agnes won't help her arrange the abortion. Erica asks Agnes why she's allowed Doreen a second visit from Kevin and tries to push her into coming up with some ideas to justify her salary. Kevin meets Doreen in the garden: though she hedges at first, she eventually admits that Kevin is not the father of her baby and tells Kevin and Meg that Vince raped her. Kevin insists that she must report it to the police. Kay places a bet with Margo using some money she'd hidden away for emergencies. Doreen tells Bea that Agnes had passed on information about her pregnancy, and Bea approves of Kevin's decision to go the police. Erica has to calm Kevin down, and later at dinner with Meg she admits that she feels personally responsible for Doreen's plight. Kay's solicitor advises her to co-operate with Dr Weissman and make an attempt to give up gambling: Kay pretends she already has. Bea tells the women to boycott Agnes and go direct to Erica will all their problems. Margo gives Kay her winnings but deducts what Kay still owes her from the factory. Doreen is interviewed by a policewoman, who decides that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Vince. Agnes refuses to let Dr Weissman use her room to interview Kay, as she thinks psychiatrists are a waste of time, so he is forced to see her in the interview room. Agnes fails to turn up for a classification meeting, even though Erica had reminded her of it earlier: both Meg and Vera say they think Agnes should be retired. Judy tells Doreen she thinks Kevin is going to the police only because he wants revenge, not out of concern for her. Vera finds Kay giving Margo a shaking after she loses her last cent. Erica goes to see Ted Douglas to ask for a replacement for Agnes: he asks her opinion of Jim as a potential Governor, and she lets him know she has some reservations. Both Lizzie and Judy ask to see Erica rather than Agnes. Jim goes to warn Agnes of the bad feeling against her from both staff and inmates, and finds her spreading her clutter into the corridor outside her office. Lizzie is told there have been complications with Josie's operation and she will have to stay in hospital a while longer. Judy gets a letter about her father's will: he has left her everything but her sisters are contesting it. Margo provokes Kay into attacking her by calling her a loser: Vera bundles Kay off to see the Governor, but Erica is willing to give her another chance when Kay says she has been set up. Kevin visits Doreen and tells her that he'll go to the factory and tell everyone about Vince. Doreen explains that she had sex with Vince twice and the second time she wasn't really raped.
Kevin realises that Doreen intended to let him think the baby was his, and he is equally appalled at the thought that she let someone else have sex with her to try to get him a job. Kay tries to make peace with Margo as she hopes not to be returning after her trial. Doreen plans to escape in order to be able to talk to Kevin again, and Judy offers to go with her to look after her. Bea asks Meg to put in a word in support of Doreen getting day release, but Erica tells Meg she won't be able to get approval in time. Kay realises that Judy is not intending to return after her escape, as she has told Bea she would. Lizzie's singing makes the officers leave the shower block to give the women time to finalise the escape plan. Kay offers to give her clothes to be adapted as a disguise, and Bea insists that both Doreen and Judy have to be back by 4 o'clock. Erica tries to persuade Kevin not to give up on Doreen and invites him to talk to Doreen in her office at half past twelve. Lizzie overhears Kay telling Vera about the escape, and manages to get outside to warn Doreen and Judy in time. The escape attempt Vera is expecting fails to take place. Doreen is called to Erica's office: Kevin tells her he's leaving her and wants a divorce. Doreen makes a good show of being noble about it, but afterwards goes to her cell and drafts a note to Bea, Lizzie and Judy. She pretends to be sick when Vera finds her in the cell, and in the shower block, she is about to cut her wrists with a piece of mirror when Meg interrupts and takes her to talk to Agnes. Agnes gets it all wrong and apologises for not arranging the day release yet, and Doreen has to tell her she's too late once again. Agnes accuses Meg of keeping her in the dark deliberately, but Meg tells her she would have been up to date if she'd read the reports on her desk. Doreen pretends she's back with Kevin to stop the other women bothering her with questions. Bea takes a vote on whether to fix it so Kay is imprisoned, and the vote is carried. Lizzie pretends to steal from Vera's handbag in the staff room so she can get caught and give false information about needing something to pay back her debts to Kay for the poker school Kay is supposed to be running. Bea invites Kay to a poker game in the rec room, and even offers her half her buyup back to give her something to bet with. As soon as the poker game starts, Doreen leaves the rec room and goes to the shower block to look for the pieces of broken mirror, but the bin has been emptied. The women set Kay's mind at ease by demonstrating how quickly the poker game can be swept away and hidden if the officers arrive, but when the time comes the winnings are swept up and dumped in Kay's lap, accompanied by a staged argument so that even the stupidest officer could figure out who to blame. Meg notices Doreen is missing and tells Bea about Kevin wanting a divorce. Officers and inmates join forces to search for Doreen, who is ripping up sheets in the laundry to make a rope to hang herself . Vera and Meg arrive just after she has jumped off the folding table and they cut her down and revive her. Erica tells Kay that she will tell Dr Weissman that in her opinion Kay has no intention to reform herself. Kevin tells Doreen he is willing to give their relationship another chance: she insists that he must not do it out of duty or pity, and she feels it is probably already too late.
Bea blames herself for not noticing anything wrong with Doreen. Meg tells Lizzie that her visit to see Josie has been arranged, but Bea is suspicious that something must be wrong as permission was granted unusually quickly. Judy tells Margo to get lost when she comes to Kay wanting her to place a bet. Ted comes to see Erica, and she repeats her demand that Agnes must go, and threatens to withdraw her from working contact with the prisoners. Ellen comes to collect Lizzie and tells her that the doctors are giving Josie tests for bone marrow disease. A conversation with Jim convinces Agnes she must resign and she phones Erica to tell her so. Jim goes straight to Erica's office accusing her of victimising Agnes, not realising that Ted Douglas is in the office too. Jim is later summoned to see Ted in Erica's office and told he can no longer be considered for the Governorship of Barnhurst after his outburst against Erica. Kay asks Erica if she can be sent back to isolation until her trial as she fears she may be set up again. Margo gets her runner Linda to put pressure on Kay to place a bet when she delivers Kay's meal to isolation, but Kay sends her packing. Erica offers to arrange a transfer for Agnes, but she stands on her dignity and refuses, asking to be left alone, as she still has "a lot of packing to do". Lizzie tries to cheer Josie up, as she is worried by all the tests she's been given. Vera wants the social worker's office to be given over to the senior staff, saying she's sick of writing up reports in reception: Meg wryly comments that maybe she shouldn't write so many. Bea is allowed to visit Doreen in sickbay but she is still in very low spirits and Jim sends her away before she can get much of a reaction from Doreen. Ellen comes to see Lizzie next day to tell her that Josie's tests were positive and she needs urgent treatment in Chicago. At Kay's trial, Dr Weissman says Kay showed no intention to reform herself and used her meetings with him only as a means of establishing the grounds for her defence. Meg tells Doreen she should look on the baby as her own and try to forget who the father is if she intends to keep it. Kay's solicitor points out to her that she only has herself to blame for Dr Weissman's damning evidence. Lizzie says goodbye to Josie and Ellen before they leave for America, and tells Ellen she is happy to pay for Josie's treatment. Agnes tells Jim not to worry about her and thanks him for being the only person who supported her. Bea warns Lizzie to cheer up as they will only depress Doreen more when she gets out of the infirmary. As a result of seeing Agnes trying to be brave about being sacked, Jim reacts strangely when Meg asks him if he's heard anything about the Barnhurst job and tells her bluntly to stop interfering in his life. Kay is brought back to Wentworth on a five year sentence for theft and embezzlement - and hasn't even had her shower before she's offering Vera a deal to join forces to fix Bea.
Vera takes Kay to her cell and gives her five minutes to make her bed. Doreen and Lizzie compare the size of their bank balances. Margo holds onto Linda's "commission", as she's obviously not tough enough to be an effective bookie's runner and hasn't made very much. Vera comes back to check on Kay's hospital corners and makes her start all over again, but she is distracted by the sound of Bea threatening one of the background prisoners in the corridor outside for trying to bring drugs in. Vera drops a hint to Kay that she should spy on Bea and find out what's going on. Bea objects when Vera brings Kay to the laundry to work, but Vera assigns Doreen to look after her. Linda wants her money from Margo immediately as she's got a visitor and Bea makes Margo pay up. Linda's visitors are her son Danny and his aunt Sheila, who seems to be giving the kid a hard time: Linda passes Danny the money. Kay reports to Vera that she'd tried to provoke a fight with Bea and she'd backed off. Danny's aunt takes the money from him as soon as they are through the gates: he runs away from her. Doreen tells Bea she suspects that Kay is working as an informer for Vera. Margo refuses to take Kay's buyup in payment for a bet and demands cash instead. Danny's aunt finds him in her garage, where he has hidden something in a pile of boxes. Kay tries to provoke Bea by mentioning Debbie and drugs: on cue the TV news has a report of a woman arrested for smuggling heroin. Kay seems to have become suddenly very accident prone in the dining room and ends up with porridge all over her . Erica orders Kay to forget about the incident and tells her she will have to change her attitude or the same thing will happen again. When Kay returns to the laundry, no-one is speaking to her, so she approaches Phyllis later in the corridor and offers to get drugs for her. Bea overhears some of the conversation and reminds Phyllis that Kay has been sent to Coventry. Tracey Morris arrives at Wentworth on remand: she is the drug smuggler the women heard about on TV. When Erica warns her about Bea's attitude to drugs, she panics and tries to run out of Erica's office. Judy explains the reasons for Bea's anti-drugs stance to Tracey, who claims she thought she was bringing in gold and hasn't told the police about her boyfriend's involvement. Kay fakes stomach pains and is taken to the sister, where she helps herself to a few pills while the sister's back is turned. Erica advises Lizzie and Doreen against investing their money in buying a block of flats and suggests they see a stockbroker about buying shares. Kay offers the pills to Mouse. Tracey announces her innocence in the rec room to general disbelief, though Judy stands up for her. Danny finds his aunt has taken his tin and all the money he's saved. Bea helps Mouse out when she is found drugged to the eyeballs and discovers that it was Kay who sold her the drugs. Bea takes Mouse back to the rec room and tells Tracey to watch carefully as she's about to see how drug dealers are dealt with. Bea goes to Kay's cell and turns it over. Kay plays the innocent and offers to help her look for whatever she's trying to find, so Bea turns to face her preparing to give her a bashing.
Bea barricades Kay's cell door to ensure that they can have a "private chat". When Kay denies having any drugs, Bea punches her on the nose, followed by an extended grapple on the floor. The fight is broken up by Vera and Meg. Kay's cell is searched but nothing is found. Meg is surprised when Kay asks to go straight back to the women. Bea won't give Erica the full details of Kay's drug dealing, so Erica sends her to solitary to await the VJ. After getting patched up by the sister , Kay walks back into the rec room, bruised but unbowed. Lizzie finds out from Kay what has happened to Bea, but after that no-one speaks to her. Hazel follows her out of the rec room wanting to buy drugs, but Kay says she needs cash to set up a deal and asks Hazel to place a bet for her with Margo, who earlier refused to deal with Margo directly. Lizzie doubts that Kay had any drugs anyway and suggests it must have been a set-up to get rid of Bea, but Doreen points out that Mouse must have got stoned on something. Doreen asks Meg to get her some Vitamin C tablets with the money left over after buying her the wool to knit baby clothes. Linda makes a phone call to her sister and is told that Danny has run away. Jim reluctantly agrees to find out what has happened. Hazel's horse loses and Margo calls in her credit, but Hazel has to put her off. Sister Franklin reports some methedrine tablets missing from the surgery. Kay tells Hazel she can't give her any money, so Hazel reports sick to avoid having to confront Margo in the laundry, but the sister gives her a few aspirin and sends her back to work. Margo heavies Hazel to pay up, and Vera overhears enough to work out what's going on. Vera turns Danny away when he comes to visit his mother. The newly promoted Inspector Grace comes to interview Tracey, and seems to be working on the assumption that Tracey's father, who's on a business trip in Hong Kong, is involved in the drugs smuggling. As he is leaving, Inspector Grace remembers where he has seen Vera's name before - in the file on George Lucas. He hints that it would be to Vera's benefit to put pressure on Tracey to pump her for information. Danny climbs over the fence into the grounds and runs into Jim, who is about to phone the police when Wendy recognises Danny from earlier on. Jim allows Danny to see his mother, which doesn't please Vera at all when she finds out. Jim overhears Danny tell his mother that his aunt has hit him, and tells Linda she ought to contact child welfare, but she refuses, saying she doesn't want Danny to be put in a home. Jim tells Danny he can visit again the following day. Doreen is taken ill in the night and loses her baby: the doctor suggests her abortion at 18 may have contributed to this. Erica is annoyed that Jim has involved himself with Linda's family against her wishes. Doreen tells Erica about the child she gave up for adoption. Linda is furious when a woman from child welfare arrives to see Danny, though she is reassured that he will only be put in a home as a last resort. Erica gets a phone call later from the child welfare worker that Danny has jumped out of her car and run away again.
Vera tells Tracey that covering up for her friend isn't going to do her any good, and drops dark hints about what Bea might do to her, but Tracey continues to protest her innocence. Jim remembers Danny mentioning that he sometimes stayed with a friend and is determined to find the boy, but Meg warns him to be careful. Kay tries to tempt Phyllis to place a bet with her rather than with Margo by offering double the usual pay out to her first five punters. Vera puts Kay to work in the rec room where Tracey is writing a letter to her father, hoping that Kay will be able to get Tracey to reveal her contacts. Kay has her own agenda: she starts off frightening Tracey with what could happen to her and hints that if Tracey can get money in, she will be able to buy protection for both of them. Tracey's father Bob Morris arrives to visit her, but Vera wants to keep him in reception until she has phoned Inspector Grace to get his permission. Bob doesn't have any more success getting Tracey to say who gave her the parcel. Tracey stupidly asks him for money in front of Meg, who has to point out that it is against regulations. Bob Morris goes to Erica and complains that Tracey is obviously terrified of something, but she silences his bluster by pointing out that Tracey might be making up the story about the "friend" and be entirely responsible for the smuggling attempt herself. Doreen is taken out of the rec room on Vera's suggestion, which makes Judy suspicious about what Vera really wants from Tracey. Meg overhears Vera talking tactics on the phone with Inspector Grace, and accuses her of putting pressure on Tracey, and implies that Tracey asked for money to pay off Vera. Lizzie manipulates Meg into putting Doreen back in the rec room, which effectively puts an end to Kay's cosy chats with Tracey. Judy, Lizzie and Phyllis turn over Kay's room and take her remaining cash: Phyllis later provokes Kay by waving the note in the air and claiming to have found it. Jim overhears Linda's phone conversation with her sister and finds out the name of Danny's friend. Kath Leach is brought back to Wentworth on a charge of being drunk and disorderly and immediately asks after Tracey, who she claims to know from school. Jim finds Mark Noonan, but he claims he hasn't seen Danny, though Jim sees him sneak off on his bike when he thinks the coast is clear. While Kath is taking her regulation shower, she takes out a wad of money she has hidden at the back of her hair. Jim follows Mark in his car, and finds where Danny is hiding, though Danny kicks him in the shins and gets away. Judy introduces Kath to the other women, but pointedly ignores Kay. When she finally meets Tracey, Kath drops the pretence of being an old school friend and tells Tracey she has been put inside by Tracey's boyfriend Joe and his boss to look after her, giving her the money she smuggled in. Kay forces Tracey to hand over some of the money to her, and enlists Linda as her bookie's runner. Vera gets a tip from Kay to search Tracey's cell, and the rest of the cash is found. Jim catches up with Danny and takes him home to clean him up before taking him to visit his mother. Erica agrees to let Bob make extra visits to his daughter to try to persuade her to grass to the police. Jim makes an offer to Linda to let Danny stay with him until she is released. Bob accuses Vera of terrorizing Tracey. Kath warns Tracey to keep her mouth shut, or Joe and his boss won't hesitate to silence her permanently.
Judy finds Tracey crying in her cell and tries to comfort her. Tracey asks her to talk to Bea and explain that she was set up. She also tells Judy about the threats sent in via Kath. Lizzie and Judy plot to stop Kay taking over as top dog and decide to undermine her gambling racket. Linda tells them she's only working for Kay because she needs the money, but also partly because she's scared of her. Vera gets a threatening phone call while she is on night duty telling her to lay off Tracey. Jim gives Danny a key to get back into his flat after school. Vera tries to prove she isn't scared by the threats by continuing to persecute Tracey. Doreen throws a jealous tantrum when she overhears Judy and Lizzie expressing concern about Tracey. Vera brushes off Meg's opinion that she should tell the police about the threat, and says she suspects that Tracey's father was behind it. Doreen attacks Officer Maguire for following her around . Meg reports to Erica that she thinks Doreen is on the verge of a breakdown and the surveillance on her should be relaxed. Danny goes through Jim's cupboards and helps himself to some cigarettes. Judy suggests to Lizzie that they get Margo to choose them a winning horse and place a large bet with Kay to clean her out. Danny finds Jim's gun and aims it at him as he comes home , but Jim gets him to put it down. Judy pushes Kay to accept a bet of $20 at 10/1. When it comes in first, Kay delays paying up. She finds Hazel in the corridor and forces her to "place a bet", which means she takes money from her and chooses the horse herself. Judy is surprised when Kay pays her full winnings next day, and Kay issues a general warning to all the women not to destroy her operation. Hazel admits some of the money came from her and Judy realises that Kay has backed herself into a corner: there is very little cash left in circulation and one more big payout will be the end of her, as she won't be able to pull the same stunt again. Jim tells Danny about his family and his experiences in Vietnam. Kay is forced to accept a bet of $50 from Judy for the favourite in the next race at 3/1. Jim takes his gun to work and hands it over to Inspector Grace. Kath tells Tracey she'll get word out to have Vera's persecution stopped. Kay is delighted when Judy's horse loses and declares she'll be in business for a long time. Vera maliciously tells Bob that Tracey has become friends with "the most notorious lesbian in Wentworth" and has seen them in each other's arms. An argument over which TV program to watch leads Lizzie to mention "The Sting", and this seems to give Judy an idea. Vera is followed home and the same man who called the prison knocks her out and leaves her unconscious on her front doorstep.
Judy explains to the women that they might be able to pull off a similar trick to the one in "The Sting" by fixing the newspapers and betting on a race which has already been run, so Kay can't possibly win and will have to pay out. Doreen snubs Lizzie when she comes to try to cheer her up. Linda has been successful for once and brings Kay back large payment from bets. Inspector Grace visits Vera in hospital: she tells him she's had enough and won't help the police any more. Judy tells the women she can get advance news of a country greyhound race and will ask Tracey to tape it and play it back as if it were a live broadcast. Vera returns to work, telling Meg she refuses to be intimidated. Tracey hints to Judy that she was responsible for Vera getting attacked. Erica is outraged that Inspector Grace asked Vera to spy on Tracey. Lizzie gets the evening papers from Meg, asking if she can deliver them herself, which she does, after removing all the racing pages. Several minor scuffles are staged in the rec room: Vera takes the bait and cancels all TV and radio privileges. Kay refuses to take this setback seriously and starts a book on the games of dominoes in the rec room. Judy tells Tracey she reminds her of Sharon, and takes her hand, but Tracey tells her there's been a misunderstanding and she's not interested. Doreen sees them together and spitefully accuses Tracey of being Judy's new girlfriend, saying that Bea will sort her out when she returns from solitary. Later on, Doreen throws another tantrum when the women ignore her in the laundry. Bob tells Meg that he blames himself for Tracey: Meg sympathises and agrees it is hard being the parent of a teenager. Jim takes Danny for new clothes and a haircut before he goes to see his mother. Tracey is indignant when Bob brings up Vera's accusation of lesbianism. Lizzie has a harder time getting the papers away from Meg for a second day running, but she only needs to fix one copy, as Kay comes looking for the papers and takes the top one. Kay gives Judy 12/1 odds on an $80 bet on the greyhound race, and seems to accept that if Judy loses she will be top dog, but if Judy wins she is finished. Jim tells Danny he won't be able to see him again after his mother is released. Lizzie's letter from Ellen says that Josie's treatment may take another two years. Judy plays back the tape of the race commentary to Kay and demands her winnings. Kay tells Linda next day that the book is still open and she's relying on her to drum up business in the other blocks. Inspector Grace withdraws his opposition to Tracey's bail, but tells her that when she gets out her friends will assume she's informed to get released. Kay borrows Tracey's radio cassette player and finds the recording. She rushes to Lizzie's cell and in a fury begins to strangle Lizzie. Linda tries to get her off by smashing a jug kettle over her head, which knocks Kay out . Hearing Jim approach, Lizzie makes Linda hide behind the door so she isn't blamed for the attack.
Lizzie tells Meg she thinks Kay must be dead, and gives a very unconvincing version of her "self-defence" alibi. Meg is not convinced and tells Jim she thinks it is completely out of character for Lizzie to be violent. Lizzie explains the whole "sting" operation to Erica, and Erica suprisingly says she believes the self-defence story and confines Lizzie to her cell rather than sending her to solitary. Judy blames herself for yet another death when Linda comes to tell the women the news about Kay. Doreen thinks Linda should go to Erica and take the blame. Tracey tells Kath she's being released and is very confident in Joe, saying that he would never believe she had informed on him. The women keep quiet at first when Erica appeals for any information which could help Lizzie, but later Judy changes her mind when told that Kay actually isn't dead, only unconscious. Bob is worried that Tracey will be in grave danger on the outside, and he refuses to pay the bail to get her out. Lizzie tells Linda that she feels she owes her life to her, so she must let her take the blame so Linda can get out and look after Danny. Doreen overhears Judy trying to cheer Tracey up and goes into the cell after Judy and Tracey have gone to the dining room and takes Tracey's mother's wedding ring from its hiding place (in plain sight on top of the bed!). Inspector Grace tells Bob that the police believe there is a gang member inside Wentworth already, which makes Bob reverse his decision and pay the bail. Tracey stops Doreen in the corridor and asks if she knows anything about her ring. Doreen tells Tracey she despises her for playing "poor little rich girl", admits she took the ring and gives it back. Bob invites Meg to dinner when he comes to collect Tracey, though she excuses herself on the grounds that it is against regulations. Doreen tells Judy she's better off without Tracey. Lizzie refuses to change her mind about taking the blame, but next day Erica has to tell her that she may have to face more serious charges as Kay died in the night. Tracey phones her friend Jan and asks her to come round wearing something "distinctive". Linda passes on the news of Kay's death to the other women, and Doreen reveals her reason for wanting to get Linda to take the blame: she is worried that Lizzie won't be released for years after her and they won't be able to live together as they planned. The VJ tells Lizzie he doesn't believe she is strong enough to have killed Kay, but commits her to face a charge of manslaughter. The detective watching Tracey's house is alerted when a person wearing Jan's clothes leaves the house, but it is Jan after all: Tracey drives away in Jan's sports car and goes to see Joe. He tells he he didn't know anything about the drugs either. Linda's parole is granted and she is released. Tracey and Joe are in bed when there is a knock at the door. It's another member of the McNally gang, and Tracey gets a rude awakening when she overhears their conversation and finds out what Joe really thinks of her. The other man has come round to silence Tracey with a little "accident", but when he goes to the bedroom she has escaped through a window. Tracey sees another two men waiting in a car outside, and she just about to use a phone box to call for help when one of them stops her.
Tracey delivers a well-aimed knee to the groin area of one of the men, and gets away from them, though she runs straight into a gun battle between two thugs and the men who are chasing her, who turn out to be police officers. Doreen is completely despondent and tells Lizzie she's doesn't think she'll ever amount to anything. Inspector Grace tells Bob that Tracey is going back to Wentworth, as he's taking her into "protective custody" (?) after she has given him the names of Joe's friends. Meg is in reception when Tracey is brought back, and learns that Tracey is worried above all by Bea's imminent release from solitary, but Bea has already been released and is in the laundry catching up with the news. Erica is a little sniffy when Tracey alludes to other suspicious deaths in Wentworth before Kay, and tells her that is precisely why she should tell an officer if she is threatened. Bea and Doreen move in on Tracey (with Kath in tow), but Judy warns them that three officers are coming down the corridor. This is obviously a lie, as the scenes on either side of this go to great pains to establish that most of the officers are off sick. Judy is astonished at Tracey's gullibility with regard to Joe. Bea incites Margo to attack Tracey by telling her that it was Tracey who brought in the drugs that Kay used to set them both up. Erica tells Jim he must take a rest, and advises him to expand his social life beyond the prison. Judy tries to argue Tracey's case with Bea, but Bea tells that Margo gets first bash anyway. Kath overhears this and scuttles off to warn Tracey. Meg also advises Jim to go out and enjoy himself for a change. Margo, Lil and Cavelli rough up Tracey but Kath arrives in time to stop them. Tracey points out to Kath that she might be out of a job with Joe's boss after what she's told the police. The heavy who was going to arrange Tracey's "accident" visits Kath pretending to be her boyfriend and passes her a cigarette which has a message for her written inside the paper. Kath reads it and immediately goes to find Bea, telling her that she was put inside to protect Tracey and now has a message to stop her testifying. Vera invites Meg for a meal, but Jim decides to "cut loose" for the evening. Judy gets Bea to agree to at least consider laying off Tracey. Vera gets drunk and confesses to Meg she's afraid she'll never get a man. Jim goes to a disco and finds himself out of his depth until he meets a woman at the bar who's nearer his own age. At work next day Vera has a hangover and is worried she made a fool of herself in front of Meg. Tracey tells Bea she didn't give Kay any drugs, only money, so Bea orders Margo to lay off Tracey. The garbage van driver throws a parcel to Kath, which contains a flick-knife and the message "USE IT!" . She goes to Bea for advice, and Bea tells her she can either use it on Tracey or on herself to put herself out of action. Kath tries to stab Tracey while she is asleep but can't carry it through and goes back to Bea. Bea tells her she's thought of another way she can help her ... and brings the steam press down on Kath's hands
Vera takes Bea to see the Governor. Judy and Lizzie realise that Kath was set up to put her hands in the press, but can't work out what Bea has got against her. Bea claims the incident was accidental, but Erica bans her from using the press to prevent any more "accidents". Doreen torments Tracey by switching her radio from classical to rock and telling her what Bea did to Kath. Meg is annoyed that Jim has changed the rotas to give himself more time to pursue his disco-going. Bea tells Judy about Kath getting orders to kill Tracey, and warns her that Tracey is still in danger, and so are they if they stand in the way of whoever's out to get her. Erica says that all of Tracey's future visitors must have her personal approval. Vera accuses Jim of not caring about the prison any more, so almost as a dare he invites her to come out with him to see how it's better than sitting at home. Tracey finds out from Judy why Bea injured Kath. After a visit to Tracey, Bob has another heart to heart with Meg and invites her to dinner again. This time her excuse is that she's on late shift. Doreen jealously watches Tracey playing Scrabble with her friends and sweeps the board onto the floor. Vera feels unhappy and out of place at the disco, especially when Jim gets the come-on and leaves her by herself. Bea wants to know what Doreen is going to do when her parole comes up in a few weeks' time. Jim spins a line to his latest conquest while Vera looks on in disbelief, though she soon gets the old "do you come here often?" from a man called Damien. They end up going back to Vera's flat and early next morning Vera finds he has gone, leaving her a note. Doreen is rude to Erica when she asks what she's planning to do after she is released and Erica puts her on trolley duty for the rest of the week to give her time out of the laundry to think. Vera is horrified when Jim tells her has no intention of seeing the girl from the disco again, and even more so when Jim doubts if Damien will keep his promise to phone her. Doreen goes on sick call and meets a soon-to-be-released mother and her baby in sick bay, which cheers her up greatly. Vera protests about the double standard, and when Jim calls her naive she takes a huff and leaves work so that Jim has to do her double shift. Doreen tells Erica she's decided that she'd like to work with young children and Erica offers to see if there a possibility of work release in that area. Inspector Grace informs Erica that Joe has promised there will be an attempt on Tracey's life while she is inside Wentworth. At that very moment, a sniper is outside the fence at Wentworth assembling his rifle. Doreen apologises to Tracey for giving her a hard time. Bea refuses to fix the press after Erica had ordered her not to touch it, so Jim has to do it himself and in pique he cancels the outside recreation period. Bob arrives for a visit and Jim irritably approves it after Meg says she will supervise, even though she's off duty. They go out into the garden and the sniper opens fire , hitting first Bob and then Meg.
After hearing the gunfire, the prisoner discuss who may have been shot. Jim tries to call Vera back to work, but she claims the doctor has given her something to relax her, though it sounds more like she's taken a half bottle of whisky already. After being locked in their cells, Bea and the others decide it must have been Tracey who was shot, but Tracey shouts out to them that it was Meg. Jim reports to Erica that Meg is not as seriously hurt as she might have been, as the bullet passed straight through her. Erica increases security and bans outdoor exercise periods. When interviewed by Erica, Tracey tells her that Bea deliberately injured Kath with the steam press to put her out of action. This turns Bea against Tracey again, but Judy suggests they need do something to make Tracey trust them all again. Vera goes to visit Meg in hospital, but is more concerned to tell Meg of her own worries that she's made a fool of herself in front of Jim by picking up a complete stranger. Vera leaves when Bob visits, bringing a huge basket of flowers. At home, Vera imagines her mother telling her "you're getting old and hard before your years", and hits the bottle in despair. Judy suggests they all play a truth game: she admits she wanted to kill Jock Stewart and wonders who else had ever contemplated murder. Bea agrees that a discussion might help and asks Phyllis to fix the press to give them a morning off work. Erica approves the "group therapy" session and even agrees that Tracey could be moved in to share with Judy. Bob visits Meg in hospital again and urges her to take up a safer profession. Judy leads the others in role-playing, asking Doreen to be Bea while she plays Tracey: Doreen (as Bea) says she'd accept an offer of $10,000 to kill her, but Kath takes Bea's part and says she wouldn't do it. The discussion (or argument) swiftly turns on Doreen and her need to be liked: Bea admits she's sick of having to look after them all as if they were a bunch of kids. Lizzie suggests she only does it because she's got nothing else to do. Bea storms out until Judy fetches her back. The long uncomfortable silence is broken when Tracey asks Lizzie why she's taking the blame for Linda, causing Doreen and Lizzie to argue. Vera tells the women the press has been fixed and they should get back to work. Lizzie wants a lawyer and Erica suggests they contact someone from Charles Baldwin's firm. There is more uncomfortable silence when the women are back at work. Jim meets one of his disco conquests again and she invites him to a party at her flat. Vera is touched when Jim calls round to apologise for saying her man friend would not contact her. Doreen and Lizzie are still arguing in their cell after lights out, and when Bea tries to call a halt, Doreen accuses her of needing them all to boss them around. At the party, Jim meets a woman called Sarah Forrest : he tells her he's in the building trade and she tells him she and her partner are interior decorators. Vera dabbles at painting again. Both Lizzie and Doreen ask Vera if they can be moved to another cell. Bea tells Judy the women can't cope with that much honesty when there's no escape from it, but the arguments continue until Bea warns them they have to make it up, and offers the olive branch to Judy to set an example. Doreen is still cross with Lizzie and goes to Erica to tell her it was Linda who killed Kay White, and Lizzie is only taking the blame so she can stay in prison longer.
Erica warns Doreen that if her story is true, she could be charged herself along with Lizzie, Bea and others with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Doreen is taken to an interview room to prevent her taking to Lizzie until Erica has got her reaction to Doreen's allegations. Jim is annoyed to be called back after signing out to take Lizzie to Erica's office. Bea and Lizzie wonder why Doreen's away so long, and Lizzie wonders if it's to do with their investments, though she soon finds out it isn't. She sticks to her story and gets Jim to back her up by asking if he saw Linda anywhere near the cell. When told to wait outside, Lizzie puts her ear to the door and hears Jim say that he'll go to see Linda on his way to work next day. When Lizzie and Bea criticise Doreen's actions, she admits it's only because she was scared to live on her own. Lizzie says she hopes Linda sticks to the story or they'll all be in a lot of trouble. Vera suffers at work, but it's not clear if it's flu or a hangover. When Jim calls on her, Linda denies Doreen's allegations. Vera tells Bea to keep away from the press, and since it can't be fixed all the pressing will have to be done by hand. Mouse explains to Tracey why they have to go along with Lizzie taking the blame, and Jim overhears part of the conversation. Vera hangs up on the service company when they won't come to fix the press the same day. Jim relays the conversation to Erica, though he admits he didn't hear any direct threats against Doreen. Nevertheless, Erica decides to transfer Doreen to maternity to make her less dependent on her existing friends. Charles Baldwin interviews Lizzie and is suprised she isn't interested in using self-defence as mitigation. Bea tells the service engineer what is wrong with the press but he insists it needs a new part. Doreen goes to maternity, leaving her teddy behind, saying it's time for her to grow up. Linda comes to visit Lizzie but Jim turns her away as she's to be a witness at Lizzie's hearing. When Judy tries to use the press it won't work, so Bea gets it going with a well-aimed clout. Vera tells Jim she's convinced Bea is playing games with them by getting the press to stop and start as it suits her, so Jim suggests she transfers Bea out of the laundry for a while. Jim goes for lunch with Sarah and she has business proposition to put to him. Vera sends Bea to work in the kitchen. Sarah's partner Julian expresses surprise that she hasn't come across Jim before through his contacts in the building trade. Jim offers Sarah a cash investment of $10,000, but Julian asks her to put him off for a while until he can investigate him further. The woman in the next bed in hospital tells Meg she thinks Bob in in love with her and gives him three weeks to propose. Vera's attempt at a still life goes a bit wrong . Bob comes to give Meg a lift back from hospital. Despite Charles Baldwin's plea in mitigation , Lizzie gets a heavy sentence - five years.
Lizzie is welcomed back to Wentworth by Vera with her usual compassion: Vera tells her she'll die a criminal, and Lizzie retorts that she won't have long to wait to see that for herself. Jim thinks Lizzie's sentence was very harsh, and the other women are also appalled, Judy in particular urging Lizzie to appeal. Doreen reads baby books to Chrissie and Jane in maternity, though they are already beginning to resent her interference. Lizzie warns Doreen to keep her mouth shut about the verdict, or risk getting the others who testified charged with perjury. Vera visits Meg at home and volunteers to cook a meal for them both, after helping herself to a (very) large whisky. Jim has to wait for Vera to arrive before going home and warns her not to turn up late for work again. Vera helps herself to a powder she's hidden at the back of a filing cabinet drawer. Judy tells Lizzie that she can appeal against her sentence rather than the conviction without getting Linda into trouble as her guilt has already been decided. Julian warns Jim that the interior design business isn't stable to frighten him off investing money in the business. Erica also advises Lizzie she should appeal against her sentence. Chrissie complains to Erica that Doreen is driving the women in maternity crazy with her helpful childcare hints: Erica tells her to be patient for another week and promises to talk to Doreen. Officer Bailey offers to do Vera's shift when she asks if she will swap with her. Jim tells Meg he's had enough of Vera when he finds out she's coming round to cook Meg dinner again. Doreen suggests to Erica that she could try to get work as a nurse's aid when she's released. Sarah is a little surprised to find Jim can't go to dinner as he's working and wonders why a building contractor would be working in the dark. Doreen is horrified to find that Jane and Chrissie have brought a stray cat into maternity. Jim tears a strip off Vera for leaving work early, even though she's arranged for Officer Bailey to do her shift. Erica asks her friend who is director of Wentworth General to consider Doreen for a work placement at the hospital. Meg looks a little apprehensive as Vera gets increasingly drunk after cooking her another meal, but is saved when Bob visits unexpectedly with flowers (and a tin of biscuits?) . Bob tells Tracey on his next visit that he's arranged his business so he won't need to travel abroad so much: Vera looks on sceptically as if she suspects Bob has other motives. Doreen finds the cat sitting on top of Elizabeth in her cot and gives her mouth to mouth resuscitation. Chrissie thanks her and apologises. Vera gets very sniffy when Meg tries to stop her coming round to cook for her again. Erica tells the hospital director about Doreen's prompt action in reviving Elizabeth, and he agrees to see Doreen to discuss a possible job at the hospital. Vera's spite gets the better of her when she talks to Tracey: she tells her she'd better get used to prison officers as she might find she has one at home soon as her new step-mother.
Tracey asks Judy for advice about Vera's spiteful comments. Vera blames Jim's rosters for her being a physical wreck, but Jim hints that there could be other reasons for that. Bob admits he is seeing Meg when Tracey challenges him to deny it, though when we see Meg at home she is waiting for Bob, who seems to have stood her up. Doreen visits the hospital with Erica and is interviewed by Dr Henderson and seems to make a good impression on him. Judy reminds Tracey she has Meg to thank for saving her life and so perhaps she could let her father express his gratitude to Meg however he wants. Vera snidely remarks to Jim that he seems very interested in interior design all of a sudden. Doreen gets along well with the kids in the children's ward and impresses Dr Henderson with how well she has been coping. He doesn't even seem to mind Doreen throwing the kids roughly onto their beds and then admitting in the next breath that some of them can't smile because they've just had their appendix out. Bob turns up late at Meg's with a takeaway Chinese meal : later he tells Meg about Tracey's concern about their relationship and Meg realises that Tracey must have got the information from Vera. Vera phones Meg and offers to come round on her afternoon off and look after her, but Meg tells her politely not to interfere in her life. Vera snaps back that Bob is only cultivating her to get better treatment for Tracey. Bob tells Meg that Tracey has phoned him to tell him that it's all right between them. He also uses the visit to urge Meg to find another job, but she says she loves what she does and doesn't want to leave Wentworth. Lizzie's appeal against her sentence begins : when she hears the case announced as "The Queen versus Birdsworth" she cackles "What a match, eh?" . Jim approaches Erica about the staffing situation and points out the effect the long hours seem to be having on Vera. When Jim eventually manages to speak to Sarah on the phone, she won't agree to any of his suggestions for another date. Lizzie interrupts her solicitor's boring legal arguments and tells the judge she'd like to be able to tell her own story. She talks about Josie and her 20 years inside for a crime she didn't commit and pretends to faint away with emotion. The judge invites Lizzie and the opposing solicitors to a conference in his his chambers. Doreen is told she can work in the hospital on a trial basis and can start the day after she is released. Lizzie's eyes light up when she spots the judge's decanters but is disappointed when she is only offered tea after dropping hints about needing "refreshments". However, even without alcohol everyone gets very merry and they come to an agreement that Lizzie's sentence should be reduced to Lizzie's own suggestion of 18 months. Jim goes round to see Sarah in person at her shop and invites her out for dinner. The judge follows Lizzie's own suggestion and reduces her sentence to 18 months. Jim calls in to see Sarah at the shop and they agree to go out to talk matters over. Lizzie returns to Wentworth delighted with the result of her appeal and surprises Erica with her new found ambition to study law and be a barrister. Chrissie gets a mystery visit from an "old friend" and when she returns she starts to ask questions about Tracey. Jim and Sarah go out to an Indian restaurant. Tracey finds a threatening note under her pillow ("Testify and you're dead"). Jim takes Sarah home and they sleep together, but next morning she looks in his wardrobe for a dressing gown and freezes in horror at the sight of Jim's prison uniform.
Sarah leaves Jim's flat in a hurry. Jim finds his wardrobe open and realises why Sarah has fled. Judy tells Tracey to go to Erica about the threatening note, but Bea is also told, and she says she'll make her own enquiries. Bob arrives at Meg's flat to drive her to work on her first day back. Chrissie worries that her baby will soon be one year old and will be taken away from her. Jim sees Meg arriving at work with Bob and makes a snide comment which angers Meg. Erica promises to take action over the threat to Tracey. Chrissie admits to Doreen that she put the note on Tracey's bed, though she didn't know what was in it. Inspector Grace arrives and Meg finds out from him about the threat to Tracey. Chrissie owns up to Bea about the letter. Tracey sees her solicitor who tries to calm her fears. Jim puts on his uniform for his next visit to see Sarah, but Julian tells him she doesn't want to see him again. Tracey goes to court with an armed police escort. Doreen offers to look after Elizabeth until Chrissie is released. Judy suggests that Chrissie should contact the PRG about Elizabeth. On her return to Wentworth, Tracey asks Meg to see her father, as she wasn't allowed to talk to him at the court. Doreen goes to Erica to tell her that the note was passed on by someone who didn't know what was in it, and Erica concludes that any threat to Tracey comes from outside Wentworth. Vera disagrees, as she's seen the women apparently conspiring in a huddle in the laundry, though they were really making preparations for Doreen's farewell party. Jim catches Judy giving Tracey a comforting hug and tells them they are disgusting. Vera catches Bea with goods from the kitchen and searches her cell. Meg tells Jim he's talking nonsense when he implies that Tracey and Judy are having an affair. Bea agrees to inform Erica as soon as she's aware that Tracey is in danger: in return Erica allows the farewell party for Doreen to go ahead, and as a further "punishment" she sends Bea back to work in the laundry. Even so, Vera takes it literally and still won't let Bea operate the press. McNally issues an order over the phone that Tracey must be silenced before she gives evidence. Doreen makes a little speech at her farewell party thanking all her mates . Seeing Vera standing guard over the party, Judy says that if she had a dog with a face like Vera's, she'd "shave its bum and train it to walk backwards". Vera predicts that Doreen will be back inside within three months: Meg sees Doreen off by walking to the gate with her. The car taking Tracey back to Wentworth from court is diverted from the rest of a convoy and the policeman in the front seat turns out to be one of McNally's gang, who pulls a gun on Tracey and the policewoman in the back seat.
The police car is driven through the back streets, but eventually runs into a police ambush: the driver from McNally's gang and the policewoman in the back of the car are both shot, but Tracey is pushed clear out of the car and sustains only a bad graze to the face . Lizzie comments that it doesn't seem like only six months since Doreen was picked up by the police: Bea tells her not to blame herself for getting Doreen into trouble. Tracey is brought back to Wentworth. Doreen gets a visitor at home: her neighbour Cheryl is investigating why there is a light on in a previously empty house and when she finds out it is Doreen she invites her to dinner. Doreen refuses and hurriedly shuts the door. Bob arrives to see Tracey, and as Meg is preparing to go home she takes a call at reception to say that the policewoman has died in hospital. Judy admits to Tracey that she had a relationship with a man once in America but implies that she didn't have sex with him. Meg tells Tracey about the death of the policewoman. Erica tells Meg she's considering having her flat redecorated and Meg suggests (in all innocence) that she asks Jim for Sarah's address. Doreen reports for her first day's work at the hospital. Jim offers to contact Sarah on Erica's behalf, but can't get an answer. Tracey is given a two year sentence. Doreen stays after her official leaving time to finish telling the kids a story. Bea gets a birthday card from Ken, though no-one else has remembered. Bob wonders if Tracey might be turning lesbian: Meg tells him that women in prison need friendship and that her attachment to Judy is probably innocent. Lizzie brings Bea an improvised birthday cake with a single candle. Tracey hears on the TV news that Joe has been found hanged in his cell. Sarah refuses to do the job for Erica and tells Jim bluntly that she never wants to see him again. Chrissie asks Erica about the PRG's campaign to allow mothers to keep their children until their third birthday. Erica agrees to contact the PRG but warns that there is no realistic prospect of the regulations being changed in the five weeks left to Elizabeth's birthday. Doreen tries to put off her neighbour by telling her she's just been released from prison. Simon, one of the children at the hospital, refuses to go home until he's spoken to Doreen. Erica asks Meg if she knows anything about Jim's relationship with Sarah, as she thinks she may have been tactless. Myra Desmond from the PRG arrives to see Chrissie about Elizabeth: her most optimistic comment is that Elizabeth will be fostered. Doreen comes to visit her mates, but Meg refuses to let her see anyone. Doreen meets Myra as they leave the prison together, and Myra tells Doreen she's unlikely to be allowed to foster Elizabeth. Doreen watches TV at home alone and suffers a flashback sequence to her life with Kevin. Her reverie is broken by Cheryl who tells her that she doesn't care that Doreen has been in prison: she would still like to be Doreen's friend. Elizabeth is taken ill with breathing problems. Erica calls in to "Classic Interiors" and Sarah tries to palm her off with Julian instead. Erica thinks she recognises Sarah and asks if they have met before. Sister Franklin thinks Elizabeth should be tested for asthma or a lung infection. Erica asks Meg to fetch the files from the storeroom, as she wants to look for Sarah's photo - she is convinced she has seen her before and associates her with prison...
Chrissie is put into street clothes for her visit to Elizabeth, and Vera tells Jim they are supposed to ignore Doreen if they see her at the hospital. Erica wants to know why Jim tried to put her off using Sarah's firm: he notices she is going through prison files and accuses her of jumping to conclusions. Doreen recognises Elizabeth, but a nurse suggests she keeps out of sight or she will give the game away. When Doreen sees Vera she pretends not to know her but advises her cattily to keep away from the children to avoid spreading germs. Vera retaliates by letting everyone know that Doreen has been in prison. Bob arrives for a visit and sees Judy comforting Tracey, but when he asks Tracey about it she is indignant that he should suspect her of having a relationship with Judy. Chrissie asks to work outside the maternity unit to keep her mind occupied, and her mention of Barnhurst reminds Erica of a woman who escaped from that prison several years ago. Erica hears about Vera's remarks at the hospital and warns Vera that she will report it to the Department if Doreen loses her job as a result. Chrissie is listening at the door outside Erica's office and hears her warn Vera that if she's ever heard expressing similar attitudes, she could lose her job. Bob asks to see Judy and begs her not to "ruin" Tracey's life: Judy refuses to let it get to her and tells Bob that being lesbian means learning not to be upset by petty prejudices like his. Erica shows Jim the file on Jacki Nolan (alias Sarah Forrest prisoner number 304114 ), and gives Jim the opportunity to talk to Sarah and persuade her to give herself up to the police. Sister Brookes tells Doreen she's asked for her to be transferred to another part of the hospital. Doreen goes round to Vera's flat and tells her what she thinks of her, adding that all the women in Wentworth hate her. Despite her claim that nothing Doreen can say could upset her, Vera is obviously shaken and takes a large gulp of whisky as soon as Doreen has left. Some time later, Officer Powell phones her to ask if she can work a late shift and Vera is so drunk she agrees to come in. Jim visits Sarah and shows her the Barnhurst file: she admits she is Jacki Nolan. Vera turns up for work still drunk, totters into the rec room and starts taunting Judy. The women are amazed when she lights up a cigarette . Bea hints to Lizzie that as she's the expert in inebriation, she should try to get a sniff of Vera's breath to confirm their suspicions. Doreen goes back to the hospital and overhears a doctor and nurse talking about Elizabeth being put into care. Vera puts the women to work cleaning the rec room floor and Lizzie gets close enough to get a good whiff around Vera. Mouse and Lizzie spill a bucket of water on Vera's foot and while mopping it up, they lift her keys. Vera doesn't realise her keys are gone until she is back in the staff room. Sarah/Jacki tells Jim she escaped from Barnhurst to get away from the unwelcome attentions of a lesbian officer. Vera phones Meg at home in a panic, and Meg reminds her that she should report her keys lost immediately. As she puts the phone down, Bea Judy and Mouse grab Vera and force her to drink the contents of one of Erica's decanters , which Lizzie has brought using Vera's keys. Chrissie locks the other women in their cells and throws the keys on a corridor floor before going back to maternity. Meg discovers Vera unconscious in the staff room. Next morning, Erica wants to know why Vera left an hour and a half before telling anyone her keys were missing. Vera offers to resign and Erica tells her she expects to see it in writing. Doreen returns to the hospital and walks out with Elizabeth in her arms.
Vera comes back from work in tears. Doreen's absence from the hospital is noticed, but the nurses assume that Elizabeth has been moved to another ward. Jim lies to Erica and pretends he hasn't had chance to talk to Sarah, so Erica says she will have to tell the police. Sarah is packed ready to leave for London, but changes her mind and tells Julian she's tired of running. Sister Brookes finds out Elizabeth hasn't been transferred to another ward and finally makes the connection with Doreen's failure to turn up for work. Doreen visits her neighbour Cheryl and passes Elizabeth off as her sister's baby (and then has to lie about having a sister). Jacki is brought to Wentworth and pretends not to know Jim. Meg and Erica discuss Vera's drink problem and wonder why they hadn't noticed it before. Lizzie and Bea can't understand why Judy is making such a fuss about the rumours of her relationship with Tracey. Meg tells the women that Elizabeth has been kidnapped. Cheryl thinks Doreen should take Elizabeth to a doctor as she's running a temperature. Doreen notices a police car pulling up outside her house and leaves Elizabeth with Cheryl to go and talk to them, even inviting them into her own house to check that she doesn't have the baby. Erica goes to see Vera at home and tells her she hasn't passed on her resignation to the Department. Vera is horrified that Meg has told Erica details of her private life and tries to deny that he has a drink problem. Jacki tells Jim she doesn't bear a grudge against him for being back inside. Erica asks Dr Marshall to visit Vera, but Vera isn't pleased when he calls round to see her. Doreen goes back to the hospital and brazens it out, claiming not to know anything about Elizabeth. Dr Marshall tells Vera she's run down, and gives her a medical certificate, but she throws it away and resorts to a large medicinal whisky. Julian visits Wentworth to see Jacki and accuses Jim of being responsible for her plight. Jacki tells the women about her relationship with Jim and even defends him against the women's criticisms. Bob proposes to Meg and she asks for a little more time before giving her decision. Bea warns Jacki to keep her anti-lesbian attitudes to herself. A psychological profile of Elizabeth's kidnapper in a TV interview seems to Bea to fit Doreen perfectly. Tracey tells Jacki she'd like them to be friends, but Jacki pushes her away roughly and Bea and Judy are involved in the scuffle. Jacki tells Bea she hates all lesbians because she had to give in to the advances of the warder at Barnhurst. Bob tells Tracey he's intending to marry Meg. Far from being happy with the news, she is found later by Meg with a piece of broken mirror apparently about to slash her wrists . Doreen consults a doctor about Elizabeth, but he only makes an appointment for her to see a specialist at the hospital. Meg is angry that Bob told Tracey about their engagement before she had agreed and when Tracey was obviously upset about something else. Judy admits to Tracey that she loves her, but asks Jim if she can be transferred to another cell to stop the rumours about them, When Erica visits Doreen, she meets Cheryl outside who tells her Doreen has taken the child away to the country, and Erica realises what has happened when Cheryl refers to "Elizabeth". Doreen brings Elizabeth back to the hospital suffering from breathing difficulties just as a detective arrives to question the staff.
Officer Barry takes Chrissie to the hospital to see her baby, who is ill in intensive care. Chrissie is assured by hospital staff the baby is going to be alright even though she is on the critical list. Judy moves out of Tracey Morris's cell in a bid to stop the lesbian rumours. Doreen is put back inside, for kidnapping Chrissie's baby. Erica tells her she is disappointed with her, but promises to help her during the trial. Meanwhile, when Chrissie is brought back to Wentworth, she tells Joyce Barry she knows Doreen kidnapped the baby and she is going to kill her. Erica warns Latham about getting revenge on Doreen, then when Doreen is brought into the Governor's office, she confronts her but in the end, Chrissie understands Doreen's good intentions when Doreen tells her she "kidnapped" the baby because they are putting her in a home. Jim brings Tracey back to the laundry to work, but Mouse assumes it is to be near Judy and makes slighting remarks. Judy asks Jim to be moved out of the laundry so he reluctantly agrees to put her in the workshop. Meg takes Doreen to isolation until she can see Dr Weissman. Erica tells Meg that Elizabeth will be back with Chrissie in a few days and asks her advice about Vera. Meg says that Vera's problem is basically loneliness and agrees to visit Vera at home to see how she is coping. Lizzie is amazed to see Doreen back in solitary and even more so when Doreen admits that she took Chrissie's baby. Tracey sulks when Meg tries to talk to her and accuses her of only being interested in her father' money. Meg is upset and confides in Jim: he tells her to think of herself for a change. Judy asks Tracey to consider her father's feelings and try to accept Meg as a step-mother. Erica sees that Meg is upset and sends her home. Jacki is returned to Wentworth to serve the remaining two years of her original sentence plus fifteen months for escaping. Jim and Erica are both surprised by the severity of the sentence and Erica tells her she should appeal, but Jacki refuses to even consider it. Julian talks to a journalist who is trying to get a piece about Jacki in his paper, and reveals that he knows an MP who is both a client and a member of his club. Dr Weissman talks to Doreen about her life and mistakes, and tells her that he considers her a survivor and she will get over her present troubles. Bob is angry with Tracey for upsetting Meg and she agrees to apologise. Vera's drinking session is interrupted by Meg's visit, but when Meg offers to make them both a coffee and finds the whisky bottles hidden in the kitchen cupboards, Vera accuses Meg of spying on her and Meg leaves in a huff. Julian suggests to his MP friend that his political career might be advanced by campaigning for Jacki's release. Erica advises Jim against getting too involved in Jacki's case. After a visit to the local wine shop to stock up on booze, Vera is accosted by a woman lying drunk in a shop doorway who tells her she reminds her of her daughter Alice, and Vera invites her home to have a drink. After Dr Weissman recommends it, Doreen is returned to her old cell with Bea and Lizzie. Vera's new friend Nelly makes her a couple of slices of burnt toast, but Vera has already passed out. Meg tells Bob she accepts his proposal of marriage. Vera wakes up to find her new friend has turned over her flat and robbed her.
The police question Vera about the robbery but say they're unlikely to be able to help her. Tracey apologises to Meg and congratulates her on the wedding. Vera returns to work but Erica tells her she doesn't look well enough so Vera has to admit to the drink problem and beg to be allowed to stay at work. When Erica asks what has happened to upset her, she tells Erica about being robbed. Jacki isn't pleased with the newspaper article about her case. Vera catches Tracey in the laundry with an uncensored newspaper, but amazes the women by only telling Lizzie to return it to the staff room. Jim tells Erica about his unsuccessful visit to Julian and recommends they try the PRG and attend the meeting conveniently planned for that very evening. Meg asks for leave in four weeks, and Erica is a little dubious until she finds out about the wedding. Julian calls a friend who's a judge for help with Jacki's appeal. Jacki tells the women again that she's not interested in anyone helping her, and just wants to be left in peace to serve her sentence. Vera turns down Wendy's invitation to come out with a group of colleagues after work when she finds they're going to a pub: instead she goes home and pours her booze down the kitchen sink . Jim addresses the PRG meeting to get their support for Jacki: Myra Desmond proposes a poster campaign. Bea asks Meg why Tracey has been given extra cleaning duties by Vera and tries to help her by asking other women to volunteer to help. Next morning, Vera can't believe that Tracey has finished all the work single handed, but when Doreen admits that some of the other women helped, Vera goes straight to Erica and reports that Meg is giving Tracey special favours. Julian tells Jim not to waste his time with the PRG as his influential friends will do much more good. Jacki requests a phone call to ask Julian to give up trying to help her and finds out from him that Jim has been sticking his nose in too. Tracey is told she will probably be transferred to Barnhurst and she becomes annoyed that Meg is trying to part her from her father. Vera sees Tracey push Meg roughly against a security gate and tries to put Tracey in solitary but Meg overrules her and tells Vera to drop the matter or she will report Vera for being drunk on duty. Meg cannot persuade Erica to reverse her decision to transfer Tracey, who is taken to Barnhurst next morning. Julian gets a complaint from the secretary of the MP whose name is linked to Jacki in a newspaper article , so he goes to Wentworth and warns Jim to stop interfering.
Bea tells the women to keep quiet about Jacki's relationship with Jim or risk having her transferred to Barnhurst. Erica promises Julian to speak to Myra and the PRG, but gives no guarantees that she can influence them. Vera is behind a store room door and overhears a conversation between Jim and Jacki: she goes to Erica and asks why Jacki is still in Wentworth. Erica tells her it wouldn't look good to have another prisoner transferred so soon after Tracey and for very similar reasons. Vera nevertheless tells Jim she's putting in a report to get Jacki moved "on security grounds" and makes a few snide remarks, but she tears the report up when Jim tells her why Jacki escaped. Lizzie and Doreen are inspired by Jacki's ability to run her own business and put in a request to Erica to let them start studying to improve themselves. Bea is a bit depressed by Lizzie and Doreen's hero worship of Jacki and points out to them that her own future involves another ten years in Wentworth. Doreen and Lizzie ask Jacki if she'll speak up for Bea if she gets a chance, but she won't even consider it. A reporter from "The Verity" arrives at Wentworth looking for an angle on Jacki's story just as Myra arrives to see Erica. Bea tells Jacki that she doesn't want her help, but asks her to pass on a message to Ken Pearce when she gets out. Myra agrees to Erica's suggestion to lay off the campaign for Jacki for a while. She also tells Erica she has four crates of books to donate to the prison library. Lizzie and Doreen notice the reporter lurking outside the perimeter fence and talk to him about Bea, but their remarks are totally distorted and appear under the headline "Jacki Nolan should not be released". Doreen suggests the pantomime they do for maternity every year could be performed to children from outside. Bea is hauled over the coals by Erica for the newspaper report but she denies any involvement. Erica gets a call from Ted Douglas who is obviously not pleased, but she refuses to name Jim as the officer who's having a relationship with a prisoner. Vera tells Jacki all about the newspaper article in great detail. Julian visits Jacki and asks her and Jim for information on Bea that he can use to discredit her in the media. Doreen and Lizzie are about to go into the staff room to confess to talking to the newspapers but pause long enough to hear that Jacki is to be transferred to Barnhurst the same day. Bea suggests that the women hide Jacki from the officers to stop her transfer. Judy goes to the Governor to request permission to perform the pantomime for kids, but it is really a pretext to get access to the crates of books delivered for the library. Phyllis distracts Meg with a wedding present while the women empty one of the crates into a laundry skip and Jacki hides inside. Julian is interviewed on the radio and describes Bea as a "psychopathic killer", but even after hearing this, Bea doesn't give Jacki away when Vera is looking for her. Vera sees Judy pushing a crate outside, but the one containing Jacki is in the library (somehow?). Erica announces that Jacki has been pardoned, but Bea still refuses to tell her where Jacki is. At breakfast next day, Bea tells the story of Jacki tapping Vera on the shoulder and asking who was looking for her. Jacki is brought to the dining room to say goodbye and is released. Jim walks her to the gate, but Julian is waiting for her on the other side. Ted Douglas is cross that the officers were made to look stupid by "losing" Jacki and warns Erica that an inspector will be arriving soon to investigate the running of the prison, and if he isn't satisfied, Erica's job could be at risk.
Erica tells Jim to organise a special work programme to give the inspector less opportunity to find fault, but Vera thinks putting up a good front amounts to defrauding the Department. Lizzie and Doreen are set to work sorting out the books in the library and Lizzie finds a history of the Wentworth area, which mentions extensive wine cellars which form the prison's storm water drainage system. Meg asks Erica to be her matron of honour. A new prisoner, Anne Griffin , is brought to Wentworth charged with armed robbery after holding up a shopkeeper with a knife. She seems very distressed and says that the money the police found on her was a loan from her friend Megan. The women on the work detail clear the earth from around a concrete slab in the garden and manage to lift it. Anne tells a policewoman that her friend Megan is on holiday which is why they can't trace her. Doreen suggest Mouse is sent down the drains to investigate as she's less likely to be missed. Bea and Judy create a diversion in the garden by pretending to chase a snake and Mouse manages to get down the drain unseen by the officers. Anne tells Lizzie and Doreen that her husband took their daughter away from her when she was only a baby. The inspector arrives at Wentworth and pretends to be Phyllis' uncle to test if regulations on visitors are being followed. The women have to go inside for lunch leaving Mouse still underground. Vera doesn't realise who Stuart Gillespie is and is rude to him. The receptionist Julie phones Erica to warn her that the inspector has arrived a day early and is on his way to her office. Bea shouts down the drain to get Mouse to come back up. Gillespie goes into the grounds and questions the safety of having unarmed officers supervising a bunch of prisoners carrying garden tools, though he misses seeing Mouse popping her head out of the hole to see what's going on. Towards the end of the day Gillespie asks Erica why no-one has asked to see his identification and points out she could have been giving a criminal a guided tour of the prison. Mouse reports that the drainage system extends for miles and she got lost wandering around the tunnels. Gillespie suggests to Erica that disturbing the status quo by dethroning Bea as top dog might help to get the prisoners back under control. Anne questions why everyone does what Bea says. Later, Bea is walking down a corridor when someone hiding in a cell hits her over the head with a length of wood and knocks her out.
Judy finds Bea lying unconscious and calls for help. When Vera goes to report the incident to Erica, she tries to pretend in front of Gillespie that it is only a routine matter, but he insists on hearing her report. Judy tells the women in the rec room about the attack on Bea: Lizzie reckons there must be a basher in operation and any of them could be the next victim. Bea can tell Erica nothing useful about the attack, so Erica asks for surveillance to be stepped up on Bea and all her group. Vera suggests (prophetically, as it turns out) that this will only "drive them underground". Bea tells the women she needs to know anything which could identify her attacker. Gillespie "recommends" that the security gates be locked at all times and that armed guards should be posted round the perimeter fence. The script arrives for the pantomime and Vera wants to set to work censoring it, but Erica tells her there are more important things to do. Anne's Legal Aid solicitor tells her that the police need to trace her friend Megan to check her alibi, but Anne insists she saw Megan off from the airport. Casting is settled for the pantomime: Doreen as Cinderella; Lizzie as the Fairy Godmother; and Bea and Judy as the Ugly Sisters. Gillespie talks to Bea in person, and warns that he is ready to "knock her off her perch". Vera is told off by Gillespie for letting Lizzie talk back to her. Erica phones Ted Douglas to ask how long they must all put up with Gillespie's interference. Margo comes to the rec room to report to Bea that no-one in the other blocks has any information on who bashed her, but Bea ropes her in to act a part in the pantomime, along with Mouse. Doreen finds all her money has been stolen and Lizzie is upset when suspicion falls on her first. Helen Smart returns to Wentworth for not paying a fine for soliciting (and with a fine collection of accents, predominantly French, but wandering all over Europe). Margo finds that some of her money is missing too: Bea announces that whoever is stealing the money will be in deep trouble when she is caught. Judy takes Bea aside and asks her if she's lost any money herself. When Bea says that she hasn't, Judy suggests that someone might be trying to set her up. The officers go for rifle practice: Meg aims for the target's legs, but Vera aims for the heart . Anne asks Judy how she got inside and about her escape attempts. When Sharon is mentioned, Anne asks if Judy has a girlfriend at the moment, and admits that she once had a relationship herself with a girl called Eloise. Judy takes this a proposition, and turns Anne down. Anne goes back to the rec room and drops a hint to Bea that Judy is considering another escape. Doreen overhears a staff room conversation between Vera and Jim where Vera is praising Gillespie as just the sort of person Wentworth needs as Governor. Bea goes to Judy's cell and finds her with a huge wad of notes in her hand.
Judy claims the money was planted in her cell. Bea is prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt, but doesn't rate her chances of getting the other women to believe her, even when she gives them the money back. Bea suspects that it is Gillespie who is stirring up trouble, possibly as a way of getting her transferred. Doreen tells Lizzie she thinks Erica is getting the sack, and when Bea hears this, she reckons it gives Gillespie an even better motive. Erica rejects Gillespie's demand that the pantomime is cancelled and tells him she'll put her job on the line to ensure "That show will go on". As Bea predicted, the women are not impressed with Judy's story about the money. Bea is outraged that the women seem to have lost interest in the pantomime. Erica passes on Gillespie's latest instructions to the staff: all officers are to take a refresher course in unarmed combat, the armoury is to be restocked and the pantomime cancelled. Vera passes on what she overheard in the rec room, suggesting that the pantomime won't go ahead anyway. Margo complains that Judy hasn't repaid her in full and Bea has to break up a fight between them. Later Bea works out that the thief must be one of the women who claimed to have been robbed, and was given back money that was never stolen. Helen passes on rumours from C and D blocks that Erica has resigned, so Bea tells her they aren't true. Erica gets permission from the Department to stage the pantomime as long as Gillespie's security instructions are followed to the letter. Bea uses the exercise period to appeal to the women to unite against Gillespie: Vera stops their discussion and remarks that the pantomime is cancelled. Bea demands to see the Governor and passes on information about the thefts, blaming Gillespie. Erica doesn't take the accusation seriously and is able to tell Bea that the pantomime is going ahead after all. Judy gives Margo the missing three dollars out of her own money. Margo sees the arms delivery van when she is outside emptying the bins . Meg admits to Jim that she is seriously considering handing in her resignation. A policewoman arrives to interview Anne: she is told that there is no trace of Megan and that the police are going to recommend that the prosecution goes ahead. Helen volunteers to make arrangements on the outside for the escape when she hears that Doreen is willing to pay. Bea changes her mind about the escape when she sees Vera patrolling the perimeter with a rifle slung over her shoulder . Anne seems upset by a letter she receives from Western Australia. Doreen shows Helen how to forge her signature so she can take money out her bank account. Anne asks to see the police again, and claims she has new evidence: she shows the policewoman a letter from Megan. Meg tells Vera about the letter, but Vera remembers censoring it and says it wasn't from Megan, but from Anne's brother telling her the family had disinherited her.
Vera catches up with the policewoman just as she is leaving to tell her the truth about Anne's letter. Bea finds Anne packing her bags, confident that Megan will clear her. Anne is asked for a sample of her handwriting to prove she didn't write the letter she handed over to the police. Judy tells Bea that Mouse and Irene want to come along on the escape. Margo says Doreen must be mad to trust Helen with her money, and Bea warns Helen not to take a penny more than she needs. Meg asks Vera if she's sure there was no letter from Megan: if the letter was forged by Anne, then perhaps Megan is just a figment of her imagination. Lizzie rehearses her part in the pantomime with L plates on, as she's a "learner" Fairy Godmother . Bea tells Helen to get a plan of the storm water drains so they know where to park the getaway vehicle. Lizzie talks to Anne about her daughter, and by an odd co-incidence, the daughter also seems to be called Megan. Helen is released. Anne is told that a graphologist confirmed the letter was written by Anne herself. Helen plays the dumb blonde to get a copy of the plans of the drainage system from a man at City Hall. Anne admits to Bea that she forged the letter: Meg sees part of the conversation and accuses Bea of threatening Anne. Helen comes back to Wentworth on the pretext that the officers didn't hand over all her property on release: in the garden on the way out she picks up the tennis ball the women are playing with and substitutes another which contains the plans. Bea is now convinced it was Anne who bashed her and suggests they set her up to do something illicit and see if she lags to the officers. Gillespie outlines his requirements for security at the pantomime: all officers will have to work at the time of the pantomime. Meg is annoyed when Gillespie demands the pantomime costume materials are searched merely because Bob had handled them. Jim tells the women the pantomime will be held in a marquee in the grounds as Gillespie doesn't want a large number of visitors wandering around inside the building. Bea (finally!) realises that the pantomime will make a perfect diversion for the escape. Lizzie points out to Anne the drier where Anne Yates suffocated: Anne hallucinates a baby spinning around inside the drier . Gillespie takes up Vera's suggestion to put armed officers on the roof. Bea suggests making two costumes for Judy and Doreen to allow a substitute to appear on stage in their places. Anne is put forward to help with the costumes as a test of her loyalty and Judy makes her hide the extra material rolled round her body under her blouse. Bob tries to use Meg's dissatisfaction with Wentworth to make her agree to give up her job. Anne seems distracted and keeps wanting to open the drier, but she doesn't lag to Jim when he notices she is sweating. The solicitor appointed by Anne's family tells her to expect a jail sentence. Vera overhears him tell Anne that the only Megan her family know is Anne's daughter, and she has been dead for years. Meg objects strongly to having armed officers on the roof when there are children around, and she goes to Erica to hand in her resignation. Anne is distraught after her solicitor's visit and Vera and Jim hear her muttering about someone being shut in the drier. When the officers go to the laundry to investigate, Judy assumes this is proof that Anne has lagged after all. Bea points out that the real situation is even worse than that: Anne is clearly mad and she knows all about the escape plans.
The story Anne tells Jim and Vera is very confused, and she eventually agrees she made the whole thing up. She is returned to the laundry where she starts to talk again about her friend Megan. When she tells the women about finding Megan dead and the doctors describing it as a cot death, it becomes obvious she's talking (at least in part) about a baby. Anne says that she named her baby after her best friend, but now no-one can help her as they are both dead. Vera can't persuade Meg to change her mind and take back her resignation. The women try to pretend that the escape plan was just a joke, but Anne isn't convinced and flies into a rage. Bea realises it was Anne who attacked her. Later on, Anne has returned to "normal" and helps Lizzie with her lines. Meg talks to Bob about being born in prison: she says her mother was given a 5 year sentence during the war for black market activities and her father was a US soldier. Judy gets Anne to stand in as Prince Charming to show Margo how it should be done, but Vera cuts Anne down to size by reminding her that her family had disinherited her. Anne now admits she stole the money to all the women in the rec room. Judy passes the information on to Bea, and they work out how to manipulate Anne's behaviour, as she seems to lose control either when ordered about or left out and ignored. Helen demands free driving licences from Weasel, as he was already paid for Judy's passport. Anne overhears the women discussing what they would have to do to provoke her and get her transferred: she cannily manages to recover her self-possession and not react to their taunts. Vera calls on Meg at home and tells her again she shouldn't have resigned. Helen dons a blond wig and does a passable imitation of Doreen to get the bank to cash her a cheque for $3,000. The women try to get Anne to talk about Megan in front of Vera, but Anne cheerfully admits she made the whole thing up. Vera tells the women that Meg has resigned. Meg gets a note from Marty to say he can't come to her wedding and is on a ship with the Navy. Bea alerts Meg to Anne's condition and asks her to talk to Anne, and asks permission from Erica to perform a rehearsal of the pantomime for Meg, outside if possible... The women's outside clothes are wrapped in newspaper with Meg's wedding present. Bea stirs up Anne and gets her to attack Vera: this acts as a diversion while Judy hides the clothes down the drain. Dr Weissman interviews Anne: she tells him she was kept away from school until the age of 14 and given a dictatorial private tutor. Doreen and Lizzie plead with Meg not to leave. Gillespie overrules Erica and Meg's wishes to have Anne transferred to a psychiatric hospital, though he agrees to have her let out of solitary, despite her attack on Vera. Lizzie gives Meg the book she found in the library as a farewell present. Meg tells Erica she's changed her mind and doesn't want to resign after all. Bea is annoyed with Lizzie for giving Meg the book, as their escape plans would be given away by the notes she had made on some of the pages.
On the day of the panto and escape attempt, Gillespie is suspicious and snooping around backstage. The panto is a roaring success with the kids present, and under cover of costume, Judy, Doreen, Mouse and Irene make their escape down the tunnel. Back above ground, Lizzie has been pondering going with Dor, and when she finds Teddy left behind, her mind is made up and she ventures down after them, pursued by Bea, determined to bring her back. After watching what has been going on, loopy Anne tips a wheelbarrow of dirt on top of the entrance to the tunnel, burying it from sight and effectively trapping them all down there. And then disaster strikes when the tunnel collapses on top of the escapees, crushing Irene and trapping everyone else... Meanwhile, Meg prepares to start a new life with Bob, as they tie the knot.
On the day of the panto and escape attempt, Gillespie is suspicious and snooping around backstage. The panto is a roaring success with the kids present, and under cover of costume, Judy, Doreen, Mouse and Irene make their escape down the tunnel. Back above ground, Lizzie has been pondering going with Dor, and when she finds Teddy left behind, her mind is made up and she ventures down after them, pursued by Bea, determined to bring her back. After watching what has been going on, loopy Anne tips a wheelbarrow of dirt on top of the entrance to the tunnel, burying it from sight and effectively trapping them all down there. And then disaster strikes when the tunnel collapses on top of the escapees, crushing Irene and trapping everyone else... Meanwhile, Meg prepares to start a new life with Bob, as they tie the knot.
Judy and Mouse dig in the rubble with their bare hands, but they only turn up Irene's dead body . They shout for help and hear Bea's voice on the other side of the cave-in: Bea tells them that Doreen and Lizzie are still alive. Meanwhile, Anne is making a rockery on top of the tunnel, but Gillespie sees her and sends her back inside the marquee. Bea has to help Doreen free her leg , but she still isn't able to walk, so Bea goes back alone to try to get help. Margo and Hazel are worried that Bea and Lizzie haven't come back , especially when Vera notices that Bea isn't around, but Margo manages to cover for her. Bea reaches the entrance to the tunnel but can't get the lid up. Gillespie notices the ladder and raises the alarm: all the kids are sent home. Bea finds her way back to Doreen and Lizzie and suggests they all sit down and wait for help to arrive: Lizzie points out that they've made sure that no-one knows they are down the tunnel and if they are relying on Anne for help, they may be in for a long wait. Judy and Mouse find the other end of the tunnel and try to clean themselves up before coming out into the daylight. The women are sent back to their cells and it's only when the costumes come off that the officers realise there are six prisoners missing. Gillespie blames the officers' incompetence for the escape, especially Vera when she admits she suspected Bea was missing but didn't report it straight away. Judy's letter to Erica is found in a cell search and handed over to Gillespie, but he shrugs off its claim that his repressive security measures caused the escape. Judy and Mouse find the van, but a youth has just broken into it and is going through the glovebox. Judy ties him up and shoves him in the back of the van. Mouse and Judy check the driving licences for their new identities. The inspector investigating the escape points out there are no tracks around the base of the ladder and asks iof there is any other way they could ahve escaped. Gillespie wants to take away all the women's remission and offer to give it back in return for information. Erica is unhappy with this, but goes along with it and makes an announcement to the women, who are still in their cells. Judy sets the thief free and drives off, leaving him in the middle of nowhere. Judy reluctantly agrees to stay with Mouse rather than splitting up immediately. Bea is beginning to lose her cool and turns on Lizzie, blaming her for getting them all in this mess by following Doreen. Judy stops at a filling station and makes the excuse of going to the toilet to leave Mouse on her own with the van. Mouse only realises when she finds a farewell note wrapped around the money and searches the toilet block without success. Ted Douglas arrives to investigate and Erica immediately hands him Judy's note as soon as Gillespie starts to try to put the blame on the officers. When Erica thanks him privately for his support, he points out he can only support her so far. Jim has to recall the officers to serve meals when he has already told them they can go home. Colleen has had enough and threatens to bring in the Union. Mouse is asleep in the van when a lorry driver stops to offer her a mug of tea: something he says makes her rush back to the van and drive off at top speed. Gillespie is angry when four officers fail to turn up for the early shift next day, but he still refuses to let the trustees serve breakfast and Jim and Vera are told to do it on their own. Mouse is stopped by a police car after going through a speed trap, and is recognised by the traffic cop. Erica decides to overrule Gillespie and allow the prisoners to help serve meals. Mouse is returned to Wentworth and taken to solitary. Erica stands up to Gillespie's bluster when he complains to her about his orders being ignored. Doreen muses on the irony of her making an unsuccessful suicide attempt when she is now quite happy to lie down and let death come. This talk of death makes Bea completely crack up and she cries out that she won't let any of them die.
Jim overhears Mouse and Margo discussing the escape and what might have happened to Doreen and Bea, and Irene's death in the cave-in. Anne is also listening as they pass her cell and she assumes that it's Bea who is dead. Mouse agrees to show the officers where the tunnel is, but Gillespie nevertheless orders that she loses remission. Lizzie uses a piece of her costume tied round a stick as a torch, but Bea grabs hold of it and rushes off down the tunnel. Chrissie asks Gillespie for permission to hold a first birthday party for Elizabeth: he refuses and says he will make sure that child welfare are informed and come to collect Elizabeth promptly when she is one year old. Mouse leads the officers to where Lizzie and Doreen are. Anne is told that Dr Weissman may want to see her again after he's interviewed her family. Bea is eventually found banging her hands on a security grille trying to get through. Erica tells Gillespie he had no business interfering over Chrissie, and as a gesture she countermands his order and says the women may be let out of their cells, though the garden must remain out of bounds until the tunnel is sealed off. Bea is worried that her loss of control will diminish her in the eyes of the other women. Erica tries to get the women to tell her about Judy's plans, but no-one will lag. Mouse passes Chrissie a note to deliver with the meals to sickbay: when Bea reads it she knows for sure that it was Anne who buried them alive. Meg returns to work. Judy hitches a lift with an old hippy type. Bea's angry glare in the laundry is enough to unsettle Anne and ask to go back to her cell. Margo tries to persuade Bea not to go ahead with her threat to kill Anne. Judy's saviour introduces himself as Wally and invites her to come back to his cabin for something to eat. Anne asks to nurse Elizabeth, and Chrissie hardly has time to blow out the candle on the birthday cake and for Meg to take a couple of pictures with a Polaroid camera when the woman from child welfare takes Elizabeth away. Dr Weissman tells Erica that Anne's family hired a tutor to keep her away from other children and to try to hide her mental instability from an early age. Anne won't hand over the photos of Elizabeth to Chrissie claiming that they are of Megan. Bea arrives to carry out her threat just as Chrissie attacks Anne herself . Gillespie has Chrissie moved to A block, remarking that the incident will not look good to the parole board. Dr Weissman's further interview with Anne reveals that her tutor would lock her in a cupboard, which is when she came up with her "friend" and alternative personality who she named Megan, the name she later gave to her dead child. Judy tries to make a run for it in Wally's truck but she finds he has taken his keys out of the ignition. He lets Judy know he's not fooled by her and knows her real identity.
Wally tells Judy he saw her photo in the newspaper, but tells her he has no intention of telling the police where she is, inviting her to stay as long as he likes. He is surprised when she turns down the offer of "a smoke", so Judy offers to explain why she is so opposed to drugs by telling him her story. Lizzie and Doreen are allowed out of sickbay. The women are delighted by the TV news that Judy is still on the run: Gillespie is annoyed and wants to have TV and radio privileges taken away. Erica tells him she will only agree to have the newspapers censored. Bea regrets that Anne has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital before she had the chance to fix her. Gillespie tells Vera to censor the papers but cuts her down to size when she suggests his own idea about TV and radio. Judy is disappointed that the letter she left in her cell hasn't been mentioned in the newspapers and is inspired by Wally's' suggestion that she writes to the Ombudsman. Doreen is told she'll be facing an additional charge for the escape at her trial for kidnapping. When Erica suggests that she hires some legal representation, Doreen is forced to admit that she has no money left in her account. Wally tries to persuade Judy not to send her letters, but ends up agreeing to post them for her. Lizzie takes an old packet of yeast from the kitchen to make grog and sets to work in the rec room store cupboard using two cleaning buckets. The TV and radio in the rec room mysteriously stop working. Next day a diversion is arranged as Vera is carrying the papers inside, so that Lizzie can get hold of an uncensored paper. Bea is pleased that Judy's letter has made the press after all. Gillespie tells the officers that they must work in pairs from now on: Erica is forced to agree with him. Lizzie hands Vera a letter she's written to the Ombudsman, but is told it has to be posted in a special envelope. Erica goes to see Ted Douglas to ask him again to do something about Gillespie, and he agrees to put her case to the Minister. Colleen sarcastically offers to act as escort for Gillespie when she finds him walking the corridors alone: she tells him the security arrangements have been raised with the Union. Gillespie and Colleen overhear Bea dictating a letter to the Ombudsman full of untrue accusations: he tells Bea not to waste her time sending it. Jim phones Meg to ask her to cover for an officer on sick leave, but she refuses. Bea's cunning plan is to provoke Gillespie to substitute another letter for the one he overheard her dictating, as even opening a letter to the Ombudsman is a criminal offence and would get him sacked: she knows that Colleen overheard and would be a witness to what was in the original letter. A detective interviews Doreen about her bank account, but she refuses to say who drew the money out. Vera is appalled to see Gillespie opening Lizzie's letter to the Ombudsman (with Wentworth crest visible ), and Ted Douglas turns up right on cue to witness it. Gillespie is told he will be reported to the Minister and to take leave of absence immediately: his parting shot is to threaten to make Erica look bad if there is ever a Royal Commission. Vera investigates an unpleasant smell in the rec room. Lizzie arrives at top speed, but too late to stop Vera finding the home brew. When Lizzie collapses , Vera is convinced she's faking but Bea tells her it's a real heart attack and Lizzie needs medical help.
Vera gives Lizzie mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while the women wait for the ambulance to arrive. Meanwhile, Hazel removes the bucket of booze from the store room behind Vera's back. Ted Douglas tells Erica a teacher will be appointed to a new education facility in the prison. Vera feels guilty that she didn't believe Lizzie at first, but she recovers her usual character in time and remembers about the grog manufacture, which she rushes off to investigate. When she gets to the rec room, the buckets have vanished but Vera tells Bea she must have known what was going on and must see the Governor. In hospital, Lizzie describes her near-death experience to a doctor in the usual cliched terms involving bright lights at the end of a tunnel. Vera takes Bea to the Governor to explain what she knows about the home brew, and Bea is honest for once: she tells Erica the home brew has been flushed down the toilet. Erica decides not to punish anyone for the incident, and tells Bea officially that Gillespie has gone. Erica asks Colleen if her husband could fix the rec room TV: she says her husband is hopeless as a handyman but says a retired neighbour, Sid Humphrey would be perfect for the job. Lizzie's doctor alerts a friend in the media to her story as a way of putting pressure on the authorities to have her freed. Sid visits the prison and agrees to fix the TV for the cost of parts only. Vera is puzzled and disconcerted when the women are friendly to her, as Bea agreed to Erica that they would be. Erica reverses all of Gillespie's extra security measures. Sid fixes the TV and tells Bea that one of the valves had been deliberately removed, and as he leaves he offers his services to Erica as a general handyman in future. Judy hides when a visitor for Wally drives up on a motorbike, but it is only his daughter Micki. Bea plots to get Sid back to do some more repair jobs to help him out. Micki offers to deliver a letter from Judy to the PRG. Doreen sees her solicitor, who tells her she has a good chance of getting off lightly on the kidnapping charge, but that she will be treated more harshly for the escape. Wally shows Judy the paper where she has been described as a violent criminal, on account of her previous escape where she knocked out a policewoman. Meg defends the education programme against Vera's criticisms. One of the nurses gives Lizzie the remote control to her TV and she only has to change channels once to come across a program where someone is arguing for her release. The women in Wentworth are also watching, and Doreen hopes Lizzie hasn't seen it, as she may not be able to cope with the idea of being freed. Judy finds out about Lizzie's heart attack from Micki's description of the same programme, and realises that Micki is right when she says it would be a perfect opportunity to get more publicity for Judy's campaign to raise awareness about prison conditions. Erica tells Doreen to be positive about her forthcoming trial, despite what her solicitor told her. Micki tells Judy that she can borrow a video camera so Judy can make a statement that can be shown on TV without her having to contact a TV station in person. Meg visits Lizzie and gives her a letter from Ellen and Josie. It says that Ellen is getting married and that she and her husband want Lizzie to come over to America to live with them.
Wally tells Judy he's concerned that Micki is getting too involved in Judy's campaign to improve conditions, and Judy agrees to talk to Micki. Erica tells Meg that Lizzie won't be able to get a visa to enter the United States with a criminal record. Meg tells the women to humour Lizzie's plans to emigrate until she is fully recovered. Wally tries to warn Micki of the risks she's running, and when Judy sees she is not convinced, she tells Micki that she won't do the interview. Doreen gets two years for escaping and three months for the kidnapping. News of Lizzie being returned to Wentworth persuades Judy to do the interview after all, and Judy suggests that the tape could be posted to the TV station, but Micki wants to hand it to Graeme Hopkins in person. Erica visits Lizzie in hospital and asks the doctor the effect of telling her truth about America: he advises against it, and Erica thinks it best he just tells Lizzie she isn't strong enough to travel. Micki phones Graeme Hopkins and fixes a meeting in a car park near the TV station. Lizzie is returned to Wentworth in a wheelchair, though she insists on getting out as soon as she's inside reception. Micki delivers the tape by throwing it to Graeme Hopkins and driving off fast, but not before he's had time to write down part of the licence plate number. Judy, Micki and Wally wait impatiently for Judy's tape to be broadcast , but at the end of the program there is only a brief report about Lizzie being returned to Wentworth. Micki thinks the tape wasn't shown because the reporter didn't get a personal interview with Judy. Bea dons a pair of Marigolds and fiddles with the light in the store room to fuse the lights in the whole prison as a way of giving Sid more work to do: the lights go out in the staff room just as Vera is telling Jim that Lizzie must be told the truth about the America trip. The women are locked in their cells and they realise the trick has backfired on them when Jim tells them that Sid has been appointed as Wentworth's regular handyman anyway. Lizzie meets Sid when he is fixing the lights next day: he recognises her from the news report, and inadvertently lets slip that she won't be able to go to the US as she plans. Graeme Hopkins' boss tells him to forget about Judy's story as he's already passed the tape on to the police, but this makes him even more determined and having got the number plate traced, he knows where to go to find Judy. The police are waiting outside and they follow him. Lizzie asks Erica to tell her the truth, and Erica has to apologise for keeping the information from her. Judy and Micki go for a walk away from the cottage and Judy tells her about the four deaths she feels responsible for: Barbara (her lover), Sharon, Leanne and Irene. Bea and Doreen try to comfort Lizzie. Judy and Micki arrive back to see Graeme Hopkins arrive followed by the police. They have to watch as Wally is arrested when he tries to make a run for it to distract their attention from Judy hiding (not very well) behind a bush. Lizzie rejects Vera's attempt to console her. Judy decides to leave Wally's place and go back on the run.
Graeme Hopkins arrives at Wentworth threatening to expose the contents of Judy's tape if Erica won't agree to grant him an interview. Helen Smart comes home to find Judy waiting for her: after a bit of persuasion (and a wad of banknotes to cover her lost "business") she agrees to let Judy stay for a while, but she is slightly worried when Judy vows that she intends to avenge herself on Gillespie and Jock Stewart. Erica warns Graeme Hopkins that his campaign to free Lizzie could kill her, but she agrees to let him talk to her so she can hear it in Lizzie's own words. At first, Lizzie says she does want to get out of prison, but when Hopkins tells her he can't help her get a visa, she turns on him and says she doesn't want his help. Helen is sceptical about Judy's enthusiasm when she finds out her tape is to be shown on TV after all, saying the police won't act on the word of a criminal alone. Bea overhears Meg and Vera discussing the TV broadcast and Erica's interview, and cooks up a little diversion so she can talk to Sid. She tells him she can make it up to Lizzie by fixing it so the TV doesn't get taken away. Sid pretends he can't fix the TV, so it is left where it is, but Doreen has the valve which will make it work again. Only extracts from Judy's tape are shown on Graeme Hopkins' programme and the names of Gillespie and Jock Stewart are bleeped out: Erica is able to answer Judy's accusations by pointing out that Gillespie has left, the security has been tightened and that Sharon's inquest returned a verdict of accidental death. Judy is angry at the betrayal and demands that Helen traces Jock Stewart for her and finds out which massage parlours he uses. Sid brings flowers for Lizzie and Vera lets him give them to her himself. His little speech of apology touches Lizzie and she admits she hasn't had a gentleman bring her flowers for over 30 years. Helen tells Judy that Jock Stewart has been seen as a customer at Doris' massage parlour, and has to give Judy a quick lesson in deportment and a few tips on how to satisfy a man. Lizzie apologises to Vera, but Vera warns her she will have to tell her family the reason she can't visit them. The new teacher, David Andrews arrives for his first day at work, and of course Vera offers her customary words of encouragement to any newcomer. Judy tells Helen she's a virgin, but even so she manages to put up a good enough front for Doris to agree to give her a trial in the massage parlour. David Andrews finds the women's attention drifting when he describes the aims of the education project. Lizzie writes a letter to Ellen and Josie to tell them she's unlikely to see them again. Judy just misses Jock Stewart at the massage parlour, and the girl he's been with looks as if he's beaten her up. Bea gives David Andrews a rough ride for his condescending attitude to the women, though it hasn't escaped Lizzie's attention that Doreen at least seems very taken with the new teacher, and Doreen and Lizzie tease each other about their new "boyfriends". Doris sends in Judy for her next customer: she sees he is Jock Stewart and pulls a knife ready to stab him in the back. He easily overpowers her and holds her the knife to her throat.
Jock tells Judy she's now going to work for him: he wants $300 every time he visits - if not, he'll bash her and turn both Judy and Helen over to the police. Doreen is noticeably more enthusiastic about the classes than the other women. After leaving the massage parlour after a hard night's work, Judy has to fend off a kerb crawler and ends up being chased by two patrolcar policemen. Helen suggests that Judy should go away somewhere quiet, but Judy says she wants to get Jock in her own way, no matter how many men she has to go with. Only Doreen turns up for David's classes. Jim tells Sid he ought to make a list of his tools so he knows if any of them go missing. Judy goes back to work at the massage parlour , and when Jock comes to collect his money he hits her across the face when she says she hasn't got it yet. He suggests that if business is slow she ought to offer something more than "a gentle rub-down". Judy gives Helen back $800 for her to start an account in Doreen's name: she says she won't be needing it as she intends to turn herself in. Helen is dismayed to see her pick up the phone, but Judy tells the police to follow Jock Stewart if they want to find her. Sid asks Meg if Lizzie can help him in the garden by telling him what had been planted there before. Jock tries to demand sex from Judy, and she attacks him just as the police burst in to arrest them both . Meg warns Sid that his gifts to Lizzie could get her into trouble. Doreen has her nose put out of joint by Phyllis' visit to the library to suggest some ideas for classes to David. Erica calls Doreen to her office to show her the papers for Kevin's application for divorce. Doreen refuses his solicitor's offer of maintenance. Judy is brought back to Wentworth, still in blue frock and full wig , giving Vera difficulty identifying her . David offers to help Doreen fill in the forms Erica has given her. Judy is so pleased with herself for fixing Jock Stewart that she brags about it to Erica, and tells her that her interview on TV was "whitewash". By the time she is back in the rec room, doubts have set in and she tells Bea that she regretted escaping, even though it meant she could fix Jock. Erica tells the officers to keep an eye on Judy. David decides to interview the women individually to find out what they want to study, and annoys Lizzie when he tells her she's being unrealistic to want to train as a lawyer. Judy suggests that the women would benefit from information about their rights on the outside after release. The women hear from a report on TV that Jock Stewart has been charged with living off immoral earnings and assaulting a police officer and his bail has been refused. Doreen volunteers to help David brighten up the library. While they are alone, she interrupts his reading from Shakespeare by throwing her arms around him and giving him a kiss . Unfortunately, Jim chooses exactly that moment to enter the library.
Doreen tries to take the blame as Jim returns her to her cell, but he obviously doesn't believe her. Bea and Lizzie are both in favour of letting David take the blame. Next morning, Jim reports what he saw to Erica, and says he doesn't think Doreen should be held entirely responsible. Erica orders David that he can no longer speak to Doreen if she's on her own, and suggests that he tries to interest more women in his classes. Bea tells Doreen not to waste time mooning over David, as she'll never get anywhere. Sid asks to drive Meg and Lizzie to hospital, but Meg agrees only if he will keep it quiet. Vera accuses David of seducing Doreen, and her tone carries more than a hint of the spite she feels because it wasn't her. Bea snaps and tells Doreen she's had enough of her always going on about David. David starts to approach the women individually about his classes, but Hazel tells him she isn't much interested after her bad experiences at school. David and Doreen sort out their differences but when David comes to the laundry to announce his new course in "modern living", Bea has a hard time convincing Doreen that he didn't come to laundry just as an excuse to see her. Lizzie tells Sid about her husband "Blossom" (a nickname obviously, though not much preferable to his real name, Tennyson). Sid offers to let Lizzie live in his house when she's released in about a year. Vera brings a new prisoner into the rec room: Sandra Hamilton, who is on a three week sentence for driving without a licence. Sandra recognises Judy from her TV appearance. In the shower block next morning, Sandra starts asking Doreen and Judy a lot of questions and Bea has to warn her about respecting other people's privacy. Doreen tells Sandra about David's classes so she will have someone else to go with, and when she mentions wanting to give David a present, Sandra offers to get her boyfriend to smuggle something in. David tries to soft soap Vera to get another staff member on his side. Sandra and her "boyfriend" have a conversation in code: he slips a ring off his finger and gives it to her in response to a particularly pointed hint. Bea tries to get Judy not to blame herself, but Bea eventually realises that Judy's experiences in the massage parlour have affected her more deeply than she's willing to admit. Judy says that Jock will probably be in isolation at Pentridge, so he won't even be having a particularly hard time. Doreen gives David the ring passed on to her by Sandra, but he refuses to accept it. Bea is suspicious that Sandra knows far too much for a first time prisoner. Lizzie suggests that Doreen gives David a more personal gift, like a pair of socks she's knitted herself. Sandra tries to probe Judy further and when Judy walks away she latches onto Doreen asking more questions and wanting to know more about the escape. Bea suspicions harden, and she declares that Sandra must be a police informer.
Bea orders the women to send Sandra to Coventry so she can't get any more information. Judy overhears Sandra ask Jim to be allowed to make a phone call and using considerable knowledge of regulations to get her own way. Doreen borrows Bea's torch so she can finish knitting the socks after light out. Doreen breaks the no talking to Sandra ban to ask her if she'll agree to go top classes with her, and she manages to give David his present. However, Erica comes in to the library to see how classes are going and David hides the socks on the bookshelves. Bea and Doreen try to cheer Judy up by saying she did the right thing for all of them while she was on the outside. David shows Vera the socks and she comments acidly that he ought to start knitting classes. When she next sees Doreen she can't resist making a snide comment which makes Doreen run back to her cell. Bea and Lizzie find her in tears and decide to attend the classes to settle the score. They turn up next day with a few extra bodies in tow, and Bea lets David know that any personal information he learns about the women must remain private, but she accepts his explanation that he didn't mean to hurt Doreen's feelings. Sandra is cleaning the showers when someone creeps up behind her and knocks her out by pushing her head against the tiled shower wall. Vera discovers her when she's coming round , but she claims to have slipped on a wet patch. Bea says they will change tactics and turn the tables on Sandra to try to find out more about her. Vera sends Sandra for another examination after she comes over dizzy. When Sandra returns to the rec room, the women start to interrogate her. She starts to flirt with Judy dropping a heavy hint that she thinks they'd get on just fine if they could share a cell. Judy objects when Sandra is moved to share her cell, after Sandra has gone to Erica to ask for a transfer. Meg and Colleen speculate on the connection between Sandra's "accident" and her request for a cell change. Bea tells Doreen she'll have to lay off David as she's changed her mind and now gives the classes her approval. Sandra tries to seduce Judy by taking off her clothes in front of her, but Judy tells her to piss off. Lizzie is worried that Sid hasn't come into work and asks Colleen to check on him. Doreen sees Miss Vaughan in Erica's office who tries to reconcile with Kevin. David goes shopping for new clothes with Vera and she invites him for dinner, only to find out he already has a girlfriend. Vera changes the rosters to put herself in maternity: Erica is surprised and reminds Vera that she's always called it "the Siberia of Wentworth". Sandra finally offers Judy cash in return for information, and finds herself being frog marched to Bea's cell, where she is roughed up until she admits who she really is: she's a journalist and she had herself deliberately imprisoned to follow up Judy's story. Colleen calls in to see Sid and finds him unconscious on the kitchen floor.
Bea tells the women they can use Sandra to feed her information which supports their cause. Meg gives Lizzie the news that Sid has had a stroke, and promises to ask permission for her to visit him in hospital. Sandra says she's willing to pay the women for information, but only if it's what she thinks her editor will want. Three new prisoners are brought to Wentworth: when the van door is opened, one of them, Jenny Armstrong, has been given a bloody nose by one of the others, Georgie Baxter. Jenny is in prison for not paying a parking fine. Georgie is manhandled shrieking into reception and after wiping the fingerprint ink all over Jim's face , she is sent straight to solitary . When she is left alone there, she tears up the uniform she is supposed to put on. Meg introduces the third new inmate, Evelyn Randall, to the women in the rec room. Sandra complains the stuff the women are telling her is too boring to print. Evelyn announces that she's a herbalist and antagonizes Bea by calling her ignorant after Bea scoffs at her "profession". Sandra agrees to listen to Evelyn's story if she'll snoop around for gossip about Judy and Doreen. Lizzie talks to Jenny in sickbay and finds she was arrested when she got back from Asia for not paying a fine before she left. Bea says she is going to frame Sandra to have her put in solitary out of everyone's way. Lizzie visits Sid in hospital. Evelyn warns Sandra that she's liable to end up in solitary, but Sandra isn't too bothered and thinks she might get a story on Georgie that way. Bea realises why Evelyn is sticking up for Sandra and warns her not to interfere. Sandra gives Doreen tips on how to attract a man. Erica wants Georgie kept in solitary until she learns how to behave. Doreen is seen by Erica after Miss Vaughan's report, but Doreen rejects the offer of counselling. She tells Erica she won't make the same mistakes in any future relationship. Evelyn is affronted by David's suggestion that she attends his classes and tells him that not only is she highly qualified already but she'll be out after her appeal is heard. Doreen tries to make herself look pretty and goes to David's class. Sandra tells her to ask for a hard assignment to impress David and promises to help her with it. Bea watches as Sandra passes the sheet to Doreen and it turns out to be full of mistakes. Doreen asks Evelyn for a remedy for an upset stomach and Evelyn says she could make one just using the plants in the prison garden, but only if Doreen keeps it secret from Bea. Meg tells Doreen it's time she grew up and forgot David. Evelyn gives Doreen a beaker of green liquid to drink. The physiotherapist tells Lizzie that Sid needs to take a more positive attitude if he's going to recover, so she gives him a stiff talking to. Bea takes a file from David's desk in order to plant it in Sandra's cell. It turns out to be Evelyn's file, so of course she and Judy read it first. An official from the Health Department arrives at Wentworth trying to trace Jenny Armstrong because a woman on the same flight has come down with a dangerous infectious disease, possibly typhoid. When the search for the missing file locates in under Sandra's bed, Bea tells Erica that Sandra is a reporter. Erica adopts Meg's suggestion that Sandra is confined to isolation for the rest of her stay in Wentworth. Doreen is running a temperature and confesses to Bea and Judy that she's taken some of Evelyn's medicine. Bea tells her that Evelyn is in prison for manslaughter after poisoning one of her patients.
Bea dashes off to make Evelyn reveal what was in the the mixture she gave Doreen. When Evelyn finds out that Doreen heated up the mixture, making it toxic, she says she can take no responsibility if people ignore her instructions - just as her unfortunate patient who died had done, by eating the preparation for skin cancer that was supposed to be an ointment. David offers to talk to Georgie when she is released from solitary later that day. Doreen is soon back to normal and both she and Lizzie apologise to Evelyn, much to Bea's disgust. Evelyn is worried when she finds out that Sandra is in isolation, and won't be able to write the article to help her case, but Judy suggests it would be just as good if she could cure some illness while inside prison, such as the rare tropical illness they've just heard about: Evelyn points out that none of them seem to be suffering from it. Judy and Lizzie both offer to help Evelyn get the herbs and plants she needs to carry on her work, despite Bea's protests. Georgie's boyfriend Mike ("The Bike") comes to visit her, but Jim sends him away, saying she's in solitary and to come back next week. David follows Mike and tells him to come back again that afternoon. Georgie agrees to David's suggestion that she could wear uniform overalls rather than a skirt, but still won't promise to come to his classes. Erica refuses to let Evelyn have any books on herbalism, but reluctantly allows her to have "decorative" plants in her cell when Evelyn points out that the other women have them. Lizzie reads out the shopping list for Evelyn, which includes belladonna... Judy pinches some mouldy bread out of the skip for Evelyn to use to grow "cultures". Georgie turns up at David's classes, but as soon as she sees the women laughing amongst themselves, she assumes it about her and attacks Bea. Bea notices how David tries to stand up for Georgie. Mike returns for his visit and has it approved by Erica in person. Lizzie offers to hide Evelyn's "cultures" in the laundry where the warmth would help them grow faster. Bea has a nasty cough next morning, but refuses any help. Lizzie meets Evelyn outside sickbay as she is delivering tea and biscuits to Sister Franklin: Evelyn is left alone with the tea trolley for a moment after Lizzie has helpfully explained the staff's different tastes in biscuits... Georgie's excuse for not being interested in school is that everyone called her stupid: she refuses to go the classes and is taken to the laundry to work, where Bea gives her a quick rundown on who's boss. Georgie retorts that she doesn't take orders from anyone. Their antagonism boils over at lunch when Bea calls Georgie stupid after she burns her hand on a plate when she's been warned it's hot. Georgie attacks Bea and is taken off to see the Governor and put back in solitary. Sister Franklin tells Meg she feels ill as she leaves work: Meg suggest it may have been something she ate. David finds that Georgie is in solitary and goes to Erica to plead her case. Lizzie tells Evelyn about the time Ros Coulson drugged the staff room tea urn. After eating one of Evelyn's biscuits washed down with comfrey tea, Lizzie has a bad stomach ache next morning. Sister Franklin phones in sick. David tries to give Georgie an intelligence test, promising to have her taken from solitary if she finishes it. Meg finds out that Lizzie has the same symptoms as Sister Franklin. When Bea is told that Evelyn had access to herbs, she tells Jim she has to see Erica urgently. Georgie rips up the test paper and trashes her cell. Bea tells Erica that it was Evelyn who's responsible for poisoning Lizzie. When Jim is sent to look for Evelyn to bring her to Erica's office, he and Bea find her collapsed in a heap in the corridor outside the staff room.
A doctor arrives to carry out tests for tropical diseases: Evelyn scoffs at him from her bed in the infirmary. Dr Granger warns Erica that if Sally was the contact there could be an epidemic. No-one can explain how Lizzie became infected until Jim remembers that she'd brought Sally a meal when she was in sickbay. Georgie is forcibly removed from solitary for an examination and an injection of antibiotics. Dr Granger suspects typhoid and orders all food in the kitchen to be destroyed and that block H should be isolated from the rest of the prison. He also tells the officers they won't be allowed to go home. Judy reports back to Bea that she wasn't allowed to get out of the block to go to the library. Evelyn challenges the nurse, claiming that she could cure herself and refusing the injection. Sandra is moved out of isolation to make room for the female officers: when she finds out about the quarantine she begs Vera not to put her back with the other women. Georgie is put in Judy's cell. Sandra tells Bea she nursed her mother when she was dying of cancer, which is the reason she is so scared of illness. Judy enjoys the show as Georgie strips off for bed : Vera happens to spy through the peephole and tells Meg about it when she goes back to the cell they are sharing. Vera is also put out that there's no-one to bring clothes in for her so she has to wear a prison issue nightie. Meg's temperature shoots up even though she's been immunized. Erica sleeps at her desk overnight. There is only porridge for breakfast, so most of the women stick to tea. Jim sets them to work disinfecting the building and burning the food. David asks Georgie why she did her sums but not the written questions: Georgie privately admits to Judy that she can hardly read or write. Dr Granger gets a phone message that the original contact has died, but typhoid is not suspected. Food is to be brought in from the outside. Evelyn tries to leave sickbay to get her herbs, but Dr Granger stops her, so when Doreen comes to deliver meals to sickbay, Evelyn takes the opportunity to get her to bring the stuff she needs. Meg slips into a coma. Doreen asks Bea whether she should help Evelyn and Bea tells her to keep out of it. Erica has to slap Sandra when she becomes hysterical after being refused permission to make a phone call. Hazel comes out of the infirmary just afterwards and realises what has happened. Doreen decides to help Evelyn after both Judy and Bea fall ill. Some of the women are sent outside to collect a food delivery under armed guard: Sandra considers whether she can risk making a break for it. Doreen gives a jar to Evelyn, but Evelyn makes her give the medicine to Meg herself so she doesn't have to get out of bed. Sandra elbows Joyce aside and makes a run for it. Jim fires over her head to scare her, but when she falls over, he aims the gun directly at her , telling her to stop where she is or he will shoot.
Sandra is persuaded to come back inside. Evelyn seems worried that her medicine isn't working on Meg. Sandra is told she could be charged with attempting to escape: Erica tells her she will he sent to solitary (with an aside to Jim that the male officers will now have to bed down in the interview room) and warns her against an escalating cycle of ever more serious charges that could make her stay in Wentworth permanent. Doreen overhears that Meg is getting worse and recovers what's left of the medicine from Evelyn's cell and flushes it away in the shower block. Georgie checks up on Judy, but is told to look after Bea, who seems to be in a much worse condition. Erica suggests to Dr Granger that the epidemic may be non-bacterial as the antibiotics seem to be having little effect. Evelyn points out to Lizzie that Meg seems much better, and indeed she comes out of her coma. When Vera accompanies the delivery of meals to Sandra in solitary, she loses no time in reminding her that she's a prisoner just like any other, and by refusing to say where the meal was prepared she manages to trick Sandra into refusing to eat it. Meg doesn't remember being given Evelyn's medicine, but Evelyn points out to Dr Herbert that she refused to take the antibiotics herself and she is better. He nevertheless refuses to let her treat the other women unless her remedy is analysed. Doreen is relieved to see that Meg is better when she delivers the meals to the infirmary, but when Meg asks if the remedy has been tried on anyone else, Doreen is forced to confess that she has got rid of the rest of it. Evelyn promises to make more from ingredients in the prison garden. Vera wonders why she isn't infected as she'd shared a cell with Meg, but Jim assures her they must both be immune. When Vera visits Meg in sickbay, Meg tells her she thinks it was Evelyn's remedy that cured her. Doreen tells Georgie about Evelyn's remedy, and Georgie rushes off to put pressure on Evelyn to make some more of it for Judy. Evelyn gets permission from Erica to gather ingredients from the garden, after Dr Herbert has privately convinced her this would be a perfect opportunity to confiscate the brew to test it. Georgie and Doreen help Evelyn gather the ingredients from the garden, but Dr Herbert intervenes in the kitchen and takes the medicine away, though enough has been hidden away to treat Judy. Next morning, the women catch Vera in the shower block: Doreen remarks that she hasn't got anything they haven't already seen. This is echoed (to Vera's obvious discomfort) as Jim offers the same judgement in the staff room on the claims of alternative medicine. Lizzie and Doreen try to put pressure on Meg to persuade Erica to use Evelyn's remedies - using as evidence that Bea is still sick on just Dr Herbert's antibiotics. Dr Granger gets back the lab results, which show that the main effective ingredient in the herbal remedies is a purgative, so he gives something similar to Bea. He also asks Erica to have Evelyn's cell searched, as he suspects she may have something else hidden there. Judy thanks Georgie for helping her and gives her a kiss, which makes Georgie lash out at Judy, and unfortunately for her Jim witnesses this. Dr Granger tells Erica he's sent off Evelyn's mixtures for tests because he suspects she only knew the correct remedy because she was responsible for poisoning the sufferers in the first place.
Dr Granger says he wants to carry out further tests on the women to confirm his suspicions. Jim reports Georgie's attack on Judy, but Erica tells him to put Georgie in solitary for now and bring Evelyn to her office immediately. Erica tries to get an admission of guilt from Evelyn but she brazens it out, knowing that Erica has no proof. Sensing that she isn't going to get anywhere, Erica visits Georgie in solitary to ask her about the incident with Judy, and seems very unsympathetic to Georgie's side of the story. When Judy is questioned, she tries to put Georgie's case, but admits she told Georgie she was lesbian and thought she felt the same way. Dr Granger gets the test results: the women were poisoned by pollen from the pandanus candelabrum plant, but he tells Erica he can't see any way Evelyn could have got hold of it, as there was none in her cell or in the prison garden. Jim is relieved that the quarantine can be lifted. Bea seems to be on the mend and learns from Dr Granger what caused the "epidemic". Putting two and two together, she works out that it must have been deliberate and also who must have been responsible. Evelyn admits to Erica that she knew of the effects of the pollen as it is a traditional poison of some Aboriginal tribes. Margo says she's going straight when she is released in a few days: her boyfriend Wayne has been released from Pentridge and has a job and a house for them both to live in. Bea asks Lizzie what she brought back from her last trip to visit Sid. Wayne arrives to see Margo out of visiting hours: Jim recognises him from Pentridge. Judy, Doreen and Lizzie still aren't convinced that Evelyn poisoned anyone, so Bea tries to get Evelyn to admit it in front of everyone. Evelyn is taken aback when Bea reveals that she knows about the pollen and she eventually admits sprinkling it on some people's food. In a panic, Evelyn runs out of the rec room and bumps into Jim. When she accuses the women of threatening her, he takes her back to the rec room, where the women follow Bea's lead and pretend not to know what he's talking about. Bea then tells the others they must be especially "nice" to Evelyn. Meg finds that Georgie has wrecked the solitary cell. Bea warns Margo to keep clear of Evelyn if she wants her release to go ahead, as things will very soon start to happen. Evelyn overhears this and scuttles back to her cell, finding it in darkness. When she ventures inside she is grabbed by the throat, but when she brings Jim back with her to investigate, the lights are on and there is no-one around. Evelyn asks Erica for a transfer to another prison, but is turned down flat. The VJ arrives to hear the charge against Sandra, but he dismisses it after Erica explains the stress Sandra was under. Sandra manages to work out from the VJ's remarks that the "epidemic" was a result of deliberate poisoning, and Vera confirms her suspicions, even hinting who may have been responsible. After visiting Georgie in solitary and noticing her failing to respond to a bell, David asks Dr Granger to examine her and confirm that she may be deaf. Sandra ignores Bea's instructions and accuses Evelyn of poisoning the women, but Evelyn responds by throwing her dinner at Sandra. Evelyn is unsettled to be left alone with Bea when Jim rushes to break up a brawl in the garden. We find out later the true reason for this diversion when Jim reports to Erica that a rope and some turpentine are missing from the garden shed. Vera finds a noose hanging in Evelyn's cell and Erica is at last forced to agree to have Evelyn transferred to Barnhurst. Bea and Lizzie act friendly towards Evelyn, but meanwhile someone (Lil?) is rigging up a booby trap under her bed using a candle, the turps and the cardigan Sandra discarded when it got stained from having Evelyn's dinner all over it. Evelyn smells burning when she returns to her cell, and pulls the tray out from under her bed, knocking the candle over and causing a flash fire that burns her face so badly she has to be taken to hospital. Vera recognises who the pink sweater belongs to, and Sandra is hauled out of her cell and taken to solitary. Jim tells her she can forget about her release which is due the next day.
Sandra protests to Meg when her breakfast is brought to solitary that she didn't cause the fire. In the dining room, the other women are speculating about where Evelyn is, and what is likely to happen to Sandra. Margo phones Wayne but finds that the line has been cut off: Meg offers to pass a message to him that Margo wants to be collected on her release next day. Jim deals with Sandra in Erica's absence, and agrees to allow her out of solitary for half a day if she will use her journalistic skills to try to find out who really caused the fire. Lizzie passes on to the others that Evelyn is in hospital. Vera drops a heavy hint when she brings Sandra back to the laundry and Bea has no trouble picking it up, realising that Jim has put her back among them deliberately to act as a stool pigeon. Meg visits Wayne and is appalled by the squalid living conditions. Bea decides to get Sandra to write some good PR for them by convincing her that Evelyn started the fire herself to make it look as though the women were persecuting her to get a transfer. David tells Georgie the tests show she has "glue ear" and a simple operation can correct it. He offers to tell someone in her family that she's going into hospital, and she warns him not to contact her mother, who only cares about "those girls". Bea goes to Jim and tells him that Evelyn paid some of the women to steal the rope and turpentine for her from the garden shed. He seems unconvinced until Bea asks him if Evelyn had been angling for a transfer. Jim goes to search Evelyn's cell and finds the stuff hidden in the bottom of the locker. Sandra thanks Bea and agrees to write whatever story the women want. Judy apologises to Georgie for coming on strong to her and Georgie's response is "Rack off, you old dyke". Margo and Sandra are both to be released: Margo asks Bea to look after her profits from running the book until she can collect it, as she fears that both she and Sandra will be searched. Wayne and Gary are waiting for the two women: Vera sourly predicts that they'll both be back. Margo finds Wayne's house isn't quite what she expected but manages to hide her disappointment and refuses a cup of tea in favour of something else she hasn't had for 18 months. David suggests a pottery course, and Erica offers to provide the materials, and asks if she can attend the class as a pupil. Dr Randall explains the operation to Georgie but she still sounds scared. Vera wants to censor Sandra's article when it appears in the paper, but Meg persuades her to let it go through. Bea isn't at all satisfied by Sandra's sensationalist piece which is entitled "How I Took On Wentworth and Lost". Margo tells Wayne she's had to pay a month's rent to get the rent collector off their backs. Vera isn't impressed when David tells her about Erica's egalitarian gesture and comments that next she'll be wanting to help out in the laundry. Wayne takes Margo out to an expensive bar and gives her a flashy wristwatch: she seems unsure whether to believe his assurances that it isn't stolen. The women are amazed to see Erica at the pottery class , and even more so when David introduces her by her first name (though Erica visibly stiffens when Bea dares to use it). Margo goes to the CES but is told her chances of finding a job are next to nil when she admits she's just come out of prison. Erica monopolises the only potter's wheel at the pottery class. Georgie's operation is a success and she is visited by her boyfriend Mike, though she's less pleased to see her mother Jeannie. Wayne admits to Margo that he doesn't have a job, though it seems doubtful that he had actually walked out that afternoon after an argument with the foreman, as he claims. Margo goes back to Wentworth hoping to get her money back from Bea, but as she can't tell Meg the real reason for her visit, she has to go away empty handed.
Vera wants to censor a letter from Ken Pearce to Bea when she sees it contains praise for Bea for setting his daughter straight, but Meg persuades Vera to let Bea have the letter uncut. Meg also passes on to Bea the message from Margo, so Bea realises that Margo had come to get her money. After hearing about the latest scene with Georgie, Bea advises Judy to stick to her own age group in future. Judy asks Bea what she would do if her own daughter had been lesbian, and Bea answers honestly that she'd prefer any of her kids not to be gay, if only because of the unhappiness it seems to have brought Judy. Erica agrees to David's suggestion to encourage Bea to look after Georgie by putting Georgie in to share a cell. To make room, Doreen has to be moved out to share with Judy. Vera can't help herself and makes the obvious remark: that Judy might have more luck with Doreen in view of her past experience of "warped" relationships. Georgie taunts Judy by pulling down the shoulder strap of her overalls as if she's going to do a strip for her: Judy slaps her face, and unfortunately Vera happens to walk in at that moment and come to the wrong conclusion. Meg is overheard by Vera trying to arrange a job for Margo using the staff room phone. Doreen uses David's class to make a protest about the way he's having her moved around like a piece of furniture, and goads Georgie into a fight. David asks Bea to come outside to discuss Georgie, thinking they are too far away for her to hear, but forgetting Georgie's lip-reading skills. He tells Bea she can help Georgie just as she helped Debbie Pearce. Margo hangs around by the perimeter fence until she can talk to Bea, who tells her to be in the same place later that afternoon if she wants her money. Lizzie overhears Vera reduce Judy to tears with a series of insults, culminating with "lumbering 40 year old degenerate". Bea asks Judy to arrange for Margo to have her money using the same tennis-ball trick as was used for Helen to get the plans inside. Georgie pretends to be dizzy so Meg lets her go and lie down, but instead she follows Judy to see what she's up to. Georgie is just examining the hollow tennis ball stuffed with Margo's money when she's caught red-handed by Vera, who demands to know who's really behind the set-up. Having found out who's responsible, Vera lets the fake tennis game ahead and matches to catch Doreen and Margo as well as Judy. Margo's money is confiscated and Judy loses two days privileges. Meg pleads with Erica to let Margo have the money, but Erica won't give in. However, she offers Meg the job of careers officer, and says she can help recently released women too. Bea takes up David's challenge to do something to help Georgie, but then finds out from Doreen that it was Georgie who lagged. She goes to their cell and lays down the law to Georgie and seems about to back it up with a bashing till Georgie quotes back her own words that Georgie was a "bad seed". Georgie's mother is meanwhile being processed in reception on a seven day sentence for living off immoral earnings. Georgie has just finished her apologies to Judy and Doreen when Jeannie comes into the rec room and tells everyone that Georgie is her daughter. Next day, Judy refuses to let Jeannie sit down at the table with her. Wayne's mate Charlie offers Margo a job as a stripper, so when Margo calls round to offer her a job as cleaner, she's able to tell Meg to stick it. Jeannie attacks Georgie for humiliating her, but Bea intervenes and sends Jeannie packing. Meg calls on Margo on her way to work to find out more about her job as a "night club dancer". Jeannie defends the way she brought Georgie up in face of Bea's criticisms, but Doreen is showing clear signs of jealousy over the interest Bea seem to be taking in Georgie. Margo is practising her strip routine when Wayne comes home to tell her he's got a job washing dishes. Doreen once again taunts Georgie into attacking her but this time Bea tells Jim and Vera that the fight was Doreen's fault. On her way to solitary, Doreen tells Judy that Bea lagged on her. Judy warns Bea that if she ever treats Doreen like that again, she will have to answer to her for it.
Hazel comes to Judy's cell to see if she's all right, and has to listen to a tirade against Georgie for her trouble. Bea cuts Georgie short for crowing over Judy's humiliation, but when Hazel stops by Bea's cell in an attempt to act as peacemaker, Bea is equally unrepentant and unwilling to apologise or stand down. The atmosphere in the laundry is fraught with tension and Judy asks to work in the garden to get away from the conflict. Mouse is given permission to go with her. Erica calls Doreen childish for bearing a grudge and takes away her privileges for a week. Mouse tells Judy that most of the women are on her side, but Judy doesn't want to be pushed forward to take over Bea's place as top dog. Doreen is refused permission to join Judy in the garden and has to work in the laundry: several times violence seems about to break out. Hazel warns Doreen that stirring up trouble will only backfire on her. Judy fills Doreen in about what happened while she's been away in solitary. Hazel tries to stay neutral as Mouse urges her to join Judy's side. Georgie tries to intimidate Hazel into saying that she's on Bea's side, which has exactly the opposite effect. Lizzie tries to share her worries about the situation with David: she tells him about Franky Doyle and the riot as a way of indicating what will happen if there's a challenge to Bea's authority. Hazel tells Judy she's on her side, and Georgie tries to stir things up by switching off the TV: Judy challenges her to a fight any time she likes. Doreen falls out with Lizzie because she's sharing a cell with Georgie, but they make up their differences. David tries to find out from Judy what's going on: she tells him to get Bea to stop protecting Georgie and adds that she thinks David has been duped by Georgie. David's suggestion that the two rival groups of women are separated during recreation time is rejected by Erica who is keen to pretend that the rivalry does not exist. She says that she will attend the pottery class as usual. Bea warns Georgie to stop throwing her weight around. During the pottery class, Georgie throws a lump of clay at Doreen, but it misses and lands near Erica, splashing her all over with dirty water . Erica says she won't punish the offenders but now agrees to open the library in the evening so that the two groups can be separated. Georgie fools Jim into thinking that a group of women headed by Judy are chasing her to bash her, so he takes away the privileges of Judy and her supporters. After coming off stage from her fan dance strip routine , Margo is confronted by Maxie who demands that Wayne pays up his gambling debts and is is horrified to find they come to $6,000. Judy tries to calm down the women who are with her in the library: she tells them to wait for her there as she's going to go for a talk with Bea alone. After hearing Georgie's version of the incident with Jim, Bea is convinced it was a misunderstanding, and tells her supporters they will have to share their buyup with Judy's group. However, when Judy tells her what really happened, Bea takes this as an accusation that Georgie is lying and tells the women not to share their buyup after all. Margo goes to find Wayne at the restaurant where he works, but is told he only turned up on the first two days and hasn't been seen since. She waits up all night to confront him when he eventually gets home. Margo phones Meg to ask if the cleaning job is still available, but Meg tells her she'll have to check and ring her back. Bea sends Mouse and Hazel out with the laundry truck, and they decide to compensate themselves for their lost buyup by stealing from the cells of Bea's supporters: they hide the goods in the library. Margo tries to persuade Wayne to take a loan to pay off his debts then take on extra work to pay the loan off. Lizzie finds her cigarettes and biscuits have been stolen. Wayne's mate Bazza warns Margo not to get involved with loan sharks: he says he's set up a payroll job to get the money to pay off Wayne's debts. Margo agrees only after Bazza promises that they will not be carrying guns. At breakfast, Mouse stubs out a cigarette on Georgie's plate which is the cue for a full scale brawl. Judy stops the women when she notices that Bea is lying unconscious on the floor.
Meg is also injured and the women are locked in the dining room: Judy asks for the gate to be opened so that Bea can get medical attention. Erica wants Bea taken to hospital for X-rays. The women are locked in their cells, and Judy says she won't take any blame for the incident. Bea now has a nasty abrasion on her left temple and Sister Johnston wants her transferred to hospital, but the Department won't give permission for Bea to be moved in view of her past record of escapes. Bea comes round and refuses to go to hospital anyway, so Erica insists that she signs a statement that she has refused medical treatment. Meg finds out that the cleaner's job is still available. Jim suggests that Bea doesn't want to leave Wentworth in case anyone takes over while she's away. Wayne tells Margo the details of the payroll job. Erica addresses the women in the rec room and tells them they have all lost buyup for two weeks and a fine will be deducted from all their wages. Judy apologises to Erica and Meg for the trouble the violence caused: Georgie is contemptuous and says she wouldn't have apologised, as she isn't sorry for what happened. Margo suggests that to divert suspicion they should carry on working after the payroll job, but Wayne doesn't look convinced. Bea is returned to her cell, still looking groggy, and realises that she was wrong about Judy and that they will share their buyup after all. Meg calls on Margo but no-one is home: a neighbour tells her they've gone out in the car. Jeannie tells Doreen she now regrets the childhood Georgie had to put up with. Bea has breathing difficulties from a nightmare about being back in the tunnel. Doreen tries to make up with Georgie and asks her to forgive her mother but Georgie refuses. Jeannie thanks Doreen for trying to help them get back together. Bea is about to make peace with Judy, but collapses in a faint and is taken to hospital. Margo and Wayne observe the woman delivering cash to the bank: Margo notices that the case is handcuffed to her wrist and says they will need bolt cutters. David starts to give classes for Georgie on her own. When Jeannie is released, Georgie asks David to get permission for them to say goodbye to each other. The payroll job goes ahead, but the woman accompanying the paymaster seems to have studied martial arts and fights back. Margo has to step in and knock out the paymaster and bundle him into the car. The bolt cutters have been left behind at the scene, so they have to force him to tell them where his keys are. After they leave him behind at the roadside they are involved in a car chase with the police and are forced to take shelter in the nearest shop - a haberdashery run by two old women. Bazza fires at the police to make them keep their heads down. The briefcase is booby trapped and sprays green dye all over Wayne and the money. There is mu