Margo is sentenced to ten years and Judy is confined to solitary.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 31 January 1998 4:40
DVD release: volume 13 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:18

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
Officer Powell ~ Judith McGrath
Hazel ~ Belinda Davey
Phyllis ~ Reylene Pearce
Tracey Morris ~ Sue Devine
Janie Chapman ~ Alix Longman
Marie Winter ~ Maggie Millar
Mrs Roberts ~ Gerda Nicolson
Personnel consultant ~ Charles Gilroy

  • Written by Ray Kolle
  • Directed by Juliana Focht
  • At breakfast Judy, Hazel and Phyllis all "vie" for top dog, but it is only a ploy to make the staff feel that there will be too much unrest if Bea is not returned. Margo, who is going in for sentencing that day, doesn't want to be a part of it. She expects to get 4 to 5 years. Another "brawl" is staged in the laundry. Colleen reports it to Erica, but Erica merely says that fighting for Bea's place is to be expected. Margo gets 10 years and tells Judy she'll take part in anything. Jim broods to Meg about how badly he was treated as acting Governor. Meg tells him to do something about it. At a staff meeting, Erica says she wishes to form a Prisoner's Needs Committee. Vera, Jim, and Colleen exchange irritated glances. Back in the laundry the women continue to call each other fat and stupid until Margo snaps and genuinely bashes Judy. Judy is blamed and sent to solitary. Jim tells Vera he is looking for another job. Vera is delighted and wishes him luck. Margo announces to the other women that she is Top Dog. Down at Barnhurst, Bea is enjoying the quiet and tells Tracey she's content to stay there. Janie thinks it would be fun to drug Bea with mushrooms. Marie agrees and they force Tracey to do it. Erica discusses the Prisoner's Needs Committee with Margo. It is a short discussion. At lunch, Tracey drops mushrooms into Bea's soup. A doped-up Bea sees everyone laughing at her . Jim is off to visit an employment agency. Vera is delighted and wishes him luck. Bea, still heavily drugged, tells Officer Roberts. Officer Roberts calls Bea a lagger and says the mushrooms keep the women happy. Jim is told at his interview that prison officers are unemployable and that he should stick to his job. Marie visits Bea in her cell. Marie thinks Bea has had a change of heart until she finds herself being choked to death. Officer Roberts pulls Bea off Marie and throws her in solitary (...which is a really nice cell). Erica decides Wentworth needs Bea back and she arranges it. Bea is escorted out of Barnhurst as the other women and Officer Roberts laugh and smirk at her. The prison van carrying Bea is driven off the road by drunken drivers - and crashes, throwing Bea onto the floor .

    This episode summary was written by Matthew Bubb.


    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Alastair Sharp, Peter Brennan
    Script Editors: Ian Smith (196)-(197); Patrick Amer (198)-(199); Ian Smith (200)