Series 7, Episode 12


Written by Paul Mousley
Produced by Rachel Snell
Directed by Jim Loach

Air Date: 26th July, 2005

Synopsis

As she is unable to come up with the £50,000 the magistrate has set as bail, Di is placed on remand. She is told that because of her knowledge of security procedures at Larkhall, she will be sent to another prison but Di contacts Neil and begs him to pull some strings for her – she’s convinced that she can ferret out Fenner’s real killer and get herself off the hook, something that she would be unable to do at another prison. Hollamby is unsure of how to react when Di arrives in reception, she wants to do everything she can to help her friend but is not totally convinced of her innocence. Although Neil offers to put Di on the VPU, she insists on being allocated a cell on G-Wing where several of the inmates are beside themselves at the thought of lording it over an ex-screw. Still, Di is sure that she’ll be able to handle herself – the fact that she’s accused of killing Fenner should guarantee her a somewhat easier ride than most POs behind bars could expect.

Natalie is excited as it’s her long awaited day out on release to see her brother, Clive, and her terminally ill nephew in a nearby hotel. Spiers is the PO on escort duty and he is quick to see through the happy families act that she and Clive put on, realising that the whole thing was just a ploy to get her out of Larkhall. Still, he’s still amenable to the idea of the two of them having sex and before long; he’s bending her over the bed. Afterwards, Natalie manages to persuade Spiers to uncuff her so that she can go to the toilet. Once in the bathroom, she locates a can of mace that Clive has presumably hidden for her and aims a jet of it into Spiers’s eyes before cuffing him to a piece of furniture. Luckily for Spiers, he has a spare handcuff key hidden in his sock and manages to free himself and set off in pursuit. However, by the time he manages to reach the hotel foyer the game is already up for Natalie – Pat has arranged for a group of protesters to picket the hotel, demanding to know why a convicted sex trafficker has been allowed an outside visit. Back on G-Wing Natalie is philosophical about her failed escape attempt and smugly points out to Pat that there’s a good chance she’ll be released at her upcoming appeal.

Julie S is beginning to realise that all is not well with her best mate, Julie S. She seems strangely disassociated from G-Wing and keeps forgetting that she’s in prison, talking about them going for nights out on the town and going to see her children. Meanwhile, Di is on a mission to clear her name and is thrilled when Julie J confesses to Fenner’s murder. However, Di’s bid for freedom takes a terrible turn when Julie starts to lose it whilst giving her statement. After lock-up Julie completely flips and physically attacks Joy when she tries to calm her down. Julie S is distraught when her best friend is dragged off down to the block. Although Neil is convinced that Julie J is experiencing a severe mental breakdown, Joy refuses to consider the idea, adamant that a night on the block and a cold shower first thing in the morning will sort her out.

Joy has introduced yet another new procedure on G-Wing – the cellmate system in which inmates facing a long sentence will now share cells with inmates nearing parole or awaiting release on electronic tag. By implementing this system, Joy hopes that their new cellmate’s good behaviour will rub off on the more troublesome elements on the wing, especially as bad behaviour by one inmate in a cell means punishment for everyone else who shares it. Pat is appalled when she discovers that the new system means that she’ll be sharing her cell with Sheena on the last night before her release. Pat is determined not to give into her feelings for Sheena, not wanting to fall for someone just as they are on the verge of being released. But the two women are unable to help themselves and passion quickly takes over.

Spiers is forced to answer awkward questions regarding the group of protestors who picketed the hotel but convinces Joy that he managed the situation adequately. He’s concerned that Natalie is having trouble facing up to her crime and suggests that she be allowed to meet with one of the protesters. Later, he goes to speak to Pat and asks if she can put him in contact with someone who might be able to show Natalie the error of her ways. The following day, Natalie is sitting face to face with Iga Lukasiak, a woman who left her native Poland after being promised a job in the travel industry and ended up spending 6 years working as a prostitute and living as a virtual prisoner in London. When Spiers leaves the two women to talk, Iga starts questioning Natalie about the English language school she ran, demanding to know the names of the lecturers she employed to teach the girls she shipped over from Eastern Europe. Natalie loses her temper and admits that she doesn’t care about what Iga, or any of other the girls she forced into prostitution went through. She provided them with food, work and a roof over their heads and didn’t even get thanked for it. Iga calls an unrepentant Natalie evil and then leaves the room. Natalie is impressed with her performance but then she’s totally unaware of the fact that Iga has taped their entire conversation.

With Tina and her tea-trolley acting as go-between, Iga manages to pass the tape of her conversation with Natalie to Pat. Natalie is still cocky that her conviction will be quashed at her appeal but that all changes when Pat plays the tape for the benefit of the whole wing. Natalie ends up fleeing back to her cell with the other women’s chant of ‘nonce’ ringing in her ears. Spiers follows Natalie up her cell. She tries to threaten him but he turns the tables, telling her that now that all of the other inmates are against her, she’d better work extra hard at keeping him sweet.

Although the sight of Julie J talking to her invisible children isn’t enough to convince Joy that the inmate is experiencing a full-on mental breakdown, she is unable to deny the request by Di’s solicitor than Julie J should be examined by a psychologist in order to assess her ability to stand trial. After examining Julie J, the psychologist informs Di’s solicitor that any confessions that she has made should be treated as unsafe, in her professional opinion, Julie J is mentally unfit to make a statement. Di can’t believe her ears, especially when the psychologist recommends that Julie J be transferred to a secure hospital for treatment. Julie S can’t believe it when Di tells her the news and begs to be able to say goodbye to Julie J before she is shipping out. She is distraught when Julie J flips out again and screams that she hates her before punching her in the face.

Although she’s missing Pat, Sheena is overjoyed to be reunited with her baby son Dylan and grateful to Colette for allowing her to stay in her home until she can manage to find a place of her own. Sheena is forced to get in touch with Dylan’s father, Brendan, in order to ask him to drop off some of her belongings. He makes it clear that he’s interested in a reconciliation but Sheena tells him that she’s not interested as she’s met someone else. Brendan takes this news calmly, but then he does have other things on his mind, namely the bagful of smack that he’s hoping Sheena will allow him to stash in her house. Sheena flatly refuses – she wants nothing more to do with drugs – but Brendan decides to hide his gear in a cupboard in the hallway without her knowledge. Colette notices what Brendan is up to and is forced to call the police – she’s a registered foster carer and can’t allow drugs near the children she looks after. Later, the police arrive and arrest Sheena when they find Brendan’s drugs.

After lock-up, a heartbroken Pat is listening to the other inmates threatening Natalie when the door to her cell opens and Sheena is led into the room.

As Di looks forward to the prospect of being convicted of a murder that she didn’t commit and breaks down in her cell, Julie S is weeping as she looks over at Julie J’s empty bunk. Meanwhile, shipped out and isolated, all poor Julie J can see is the haunting face of Jim Fenner preying on her mind.

Quotes

Darlene – “What do we have here? Is that a screw on the loose?”
Janine – “Come to see how the other half live Miss? Don’t worry…you will.”

Natalie – “Well, well, well, look at this. You settling in?”
Di – “You don’t scare me Buxton so don’t even bother.”
Natalie – “I’ll do more than scare you screw, so just be careful how you talk to me from now on.”
Di – “Piss off nonce!”

Natalie – “You bastard! That Kerrigan bitch is going to beg me to let her die by the time I’ve finished with her.”
Spiers – “That’s a dangerous way of thinking.”
Natalie – “You can piss off, because there is nothing you can do about it.”
Spiers – (Grabs Natalie by the throat) “You’re going to need every friend you can get in here from now…if you’re as clever as you think you are, you’ll do whatever you have to to keep me on side.”

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