Judy asks Bea what she intends to do with the cassette, but Bea is not yet sure. Meg gets to Nick as he is being escorted to prison. She says how sorry she is for the misunderstanding. A very bitter Nick tells her he could care less. Erica visits her mother in the country. Jim, as Acting Governor, has all of the women's' recorders and tapes confiscated and says that since they have proven to be a security risk they will no longer be allowed. He also orders a cell search for the incriminating tape. They do not find it - Bea has it taped behind the glass of her over-sink cabinet. Erica and her mother argue. Florence has a bad spell. As Erica runs out of the room to get help, Florence peeks after her. Erica is outraged when Gwen, her mother's companion, tells her the "fainting spell" was just Florence's way of ending an unpleasant conversation. Bea decides it is as good a time as any to organize the Prisoners Needs Committee and takes a group of women to meet with Jim about the return of the tapes and recorders. Jim is very abrupt with them and says no. Meanwhile in the staff room, Terry, Vera and Jim are busy listening to hard rock tapes in an effort to find Margo's. Erica has dinner with Meg and Bob and complains about her mother. While Terry is conducting late night rounds he finds Bea waiting for him in her cell. She hands him over the tape. He is wary of taking it. Bea says that he's a decent screw and as long as he's prepared to do a favour in return, she's happy to return it. As soon as he departs, Bea pulls a copy from her pyjama pocket. Terry informs Vera that Bea has handed over the tape, but Vera is certain there's a copy. Erica visits her mother again, this time with her brother, James. She is determined to have a decent conversation with her mother and feels that James' presence will help since she prefers him. The conversation goes typically, ending with Erica snapping and Florence moaning that she'll die soon. Doreen bounces into the laundry waving her now empty bottle of scotch. Bea snatches it away and tells Judy to dispose of it in the wastebasket. Vera catches Judy doing this. The laundry gets pretty quiet for a moment. Vera tells Stokes to empty the garbage outside and tells the women to "get back to work". Erica returns to work and, upon finding out about the confiscated tapes, orders everything returned to the women. Bea thinks Terry is responsible for this until she finds out that it was Erica. She then tells Erica about Jim's attitude to her Prisoners Needs Committee. Erica reprimands Jim severely and then scolds Terry as well for compromising himself. Bea then reminds Terry that he owes her a favour and also lets on that she does, indeed, have a copy (or even copies). Erica tries phoning her mother. Florence attempts to answer, but collapses in the process. Terry meets Vera in the staff room and says he's resigning. He also tells her that he has to move out, before the scandal increases and gets her in trouble as well. He walks away, leaving Vera to cry by herself.

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  • Episode Number 43
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  • Originally Aired Wednesday, July 1, 1981
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  • Directors Leigh Spence
  • Writers Alistair Sharp
  • Guest Stars Anthony Hawkins (Bob Morris), Ned Manning (Nick Clarke), Belinda Davey (Hazel Kent), Aileen Britton (Florence Marne), John Frawley (James Marne), Jackie Kelleher (Gwen Hill), Graham Dow (Dr Vaughn)
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