Series 7, Episode 8
Written by Jane Marlow
Produced by Rachel Snell
Directed by SJ Clarkson
Air Date: 28th June, 2005
Fenner can’t believe that Di has ‘borrowed’ baby Dylan from one of the inmates; in fact, he’s absolutely furious and makes it clear that if Di brings the baby home, it will be over his dead body. What Fenner doesn’t realise is that Di has plenty of leverage to use against him, namely, the blonde wig that he wore during the hit-and-run and a pile of the photographs from his shrine to Karen. Before long, baby Dylan is in situ and Di is struggling to look after him. Fenner meanwhile is preoccupied with finding out what she has done with all of the damning evidence from the lock-up. He can’t afford for any of it to fall into the wrong hands and he doesn’t trust Di not to drop him in it.
In her first job as G-Wing’s new top-dog, Pat forces Natalie, Janine, Darlene and all of the other inmates who kept diaries to write sorry letters to Neil asking for Arun to stay. But, as Arun quickly realises, this new turn of events hasn’t altered anyone’s perception of her and, sensibly, she asks to be moved out of the dorm and into a cell of her own. Unfortunately, there are no cells free and no-one volunteering to bunk-up, something that Natalie tries to use in another attempt to force Neil into shipping Arun out. Enter Pat to the rescue once again, despite Natalie’s jibes, she offers to share her own cell with Arun. It does seem however that Arun has taken quite a shine to her champion and saviour, something that Pat is finding more than a little unsettling.
The Julies are upset when Neil decides to close their salon and give them their old jobs back in the servery while Phyl and Bev are down the block. Fenner is furious that Neil has made a decision that he feels should be left to the Wing Governor, but that’s nothing when he discovers that Neil has gone behind his back in order to make Spiers acting Senior Officer during Hollamby’s absence. Later, Fenner clips Spiers’s wings by making him Pat’s personal officer. He also gives Pat a job in the garden, warning Spiers that it’s his responsibility to make sure that the inmate doesn’t use it as an opportunity to plot an escape.
Natalie has had enough of G-Wing now that Pat is ruling the roost and returns to her plans for escape during her upcoming outside visit. Following in Snowball Merriman’s footsteps, she has done her homework and discovered that the Inter Library Loan Scheme is ripe for exploitation. In this case, she has arranged for someone on the inside to insert a map into a book that she has requested through the scheme. Natalie’s plot is foiled when Spiers enters the library just as Natalie is showing Janine the map. Although Janine tries to hide the map up the back of her jumper, Spiers is too quick not to miss it and orders that she hand whatever it is over. Janine tries to claim that she needs the map for research into a novel she’s writing but Spiers isn’t stupid enough to fall for it and takes the map straight to Neil.
Although Janine came up with the idea off the top of her head, it now seems that Janine is now going to be stuck with writing a novel for real. Natalie doesn’t want anything to stop her outside visit going ahead and if that means that Janine has to spend the rest of her sentence with a notepad and pen in her hand then so be it. What Natalie doesn’t know is that Neil is on the verge of cancelling her temporary license when Fenner claims that he gave the map to Natalie himself in order to show her brother where to meet them on the outside. Accusing Spiers of overreacting and being a little too ambitious, Fenner offers to clear up the misunderstanding. After putting Spiers straight, he summons Natalie to his office and demands that she hand over the knickers in exchange for him smoothing things over with Neil. Natalie refuses – he’ll get the knickers when she gets her temporary license. Fenner has no choice but to agree, but insists that Spiers is put on escort duty instead of him – if Natalie is planning to escape he wants no part of it.
With Phyl and Bev still down the block, Tina sees her opportunity to take over their scam with Frank. With a great deal of persuasion, she manages to get her hands on a box of cakes and then hands them over to Denise. She’s stunned when Denise hands her a full bottle of vodka rather than the miniature she’d been expecting and realises that she’s been on the receiving end of a Costa Con! Meanwhile, Janine is still struggling with her novel and accepts some creative input from Darlene who has very firm ideas on where the story should be set and who it should be about. Desperately short of ideas herself, Janine agrees to Darlene’s suggestion that they should co-author the novel.
Sheena is devastated without Dylan and prays that she has done the right thing in giving him to Di. It doesn’t help that the Julies are quick to fill her in on exactly what sort of man is now the foster father of her son, nor the fact that Di seems extremely reluctant to follow through on her promise and allow her to see Dylan every day. But things look up when Fenner suggests her for electronic tagging and early release. Of course, Fenner’s true motive is to reunite Sheena and Dylan so that Di will give up her sick dream of being a mum. But Di has other plans and throws a spanner into the works by spiking Sheena with a dose of methadone and planting the remains of the bottle in her pocket. Later, Sheena is discovered drugged up and in possession and loses all chance of an early release and being reunited with her son.
With Di tied up at the prison, Fenner finishes early and goes home to search the house for the evidence from the lock-up. After practically tearing the house apart, he finally finds what he is looking for in a suitcase which is hidden under the floorboards inside the cupboard under the stairs. When Di returns home triumphantly with Dylan, she finds Fenner waiting for her holding the wig and the photos in his hands.
Spiers – “Grayling loves the sound of his own voice doesn’t he?”
Fenner – “He’d shag himself if he could.”