Prisoner: Cell Block H

Season 8 Episode 104

Episode 692

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Aired Unknown Dec 11, 1986 on Network Ten
9.4
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Episode 692
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Rita carries out the robbery but is recaptured and brought back to Wentworth in a bad way. Joan goes to pick up the cash but chickens out. Alice gets Tom to bring in his motorbike for Rita to ride in the grounds as a birthday treat. Ann is told her reforms have been accepted and Dwyer sacked. Rita announces she's standing down as Top Dog and wants Kath to take over. Harry is transferred to Barnhurst. Joan arrives at work next day to hear Rita died during the night. She finally picks up the stolen loot, but the cops are waiting for her and she arrives in Wentworth on remand overnight and is put in Solitary. Joan starts cracking up and is horrified when her meal is brought in by a very much alive Rita. She is taken away to another prison next morning as the women whoop and holler. Rita tells Alice she's "going to be the oldest biker in the world".moreless

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  • Disappointing

    6.0
    Meg was in the show from episode one to the very end (though she did miss some episodes), however she had little to do in with the finale episode. Very disappointing. Dennis should have returned and him and Meg should have got married or at the very least got back together.



    Chrissie Latham should have returned to Wentworth as a prisoner. Marty Jackson's dad was murdered by her so wuld have been great for him to have got closure by forgiving her when he realised she was a changed person.



    Bea Smith's return would have been easy, subect to the actress who played her agreeing to return (unless another actresss had played her). She could have helped the police expose a drug ring in return for a pardon. During the prison fire in which she supposingly died, Witness Protection Officers saw this as an opportunity to fake her death.moreless
  • help

    10
    new to how do i watch cell block h i picked an episode and clicked watch this . then what
  • Cell Block H Finale

    7.5
    I was actually disappointed, the storyline was good but Bea needed to come back and take over, they could have mentioned her death was a cover up, Sons and Daughters is the best finale ever, it ended where it started,
  • The \\\"Freak\\\" get\\\'s what\\\'s coming to her.

    9.5
    I loved this episode. After what seemed like an ongiong decline in quality, the creators pulled this gem out of the bag. As a series finale it worked perfectly. The passing of the Baton to a new \\\"top dog\\\" The capture and punishment of the series most evil character, all of the plot points were covered, and covered well. As resolutions go, it did seem a little contrived, but hey, it was soap. The best of the Australian wave of soaps (IMHO) and it ended as it began, with a bang.

    It would have been nice to see Bea in the finale somewhere, (Yeah, I know the character died but it\\\'s never stopped them before LOL)

    But all in all, a great finale.moreless
  • The End... Sick be buggered, I'm gonna be the oldest Biker in The world Lurch, the oldest Biker in the world.... "It heals to give me roses.... I wish he could again"moreless

    10
    This is the episode that we were waiting for. The Freak gets her comeuppance and it's all an ellaborate set up. Previously, Joan had helped Rita to escape so that she could steal the money from the finance company. After hiding the money in the toilet, Rita gets arrested and returns to Wentworth, where she collapses, and Joan chickens out of collecting the money. It is also Rita's birthday where she celebrates with her friends, only when Joan returns, Anne informs the police that Rita had died. She siezes this as the opportunity to get the money, and lies about a dental appointment, to get out of work. She gets the money and leaves, but is arrested in the process. She panics, as she is questioned, and is eventually taken to Wentworth on remand where she panics more as she realises that the officers knew that she was going to arrive. The prisoners are in mourning Rita's passing, but then they that Joan is now in solitary. Their sadness turns into happiness as they start chanting out FERGUSON, which Joan relishes as she boasts that she was always powerful, but then................



    she turns her back to the door, praising herself for being the hard officer................



    Rita serves her her meal. WOW. and Joan mutters her final words in the show.... "I trusted you"



    The next morning, Joan is transferred, and the prisoners are outside watching the transfer, Rita ends the show by saying, "Sick be buggered, I'm gonna be the oldest biker in the world Lurch, the oldest Biker in the world...."



    Cue Lynne Hamiltons Song, On The Inside. And the end of an era.moreless
Glenda Linscott

Glenda Linscott

Rita "The Beater" Connors (Eps 585-692)

Elspeth Ballantyne

Elspeth Ballantyne

Officer Meg Jackson / Morris

Maggie Kirkpatrick

Maggie Kirkpatrick

Officer Joan "The Freak" Ferguson (Eps 287-692)

Sheryl Munks

Sheryl Munks

Michelle "Brumby" Tucker (Eps 665-692)

Joy Westmore

Joy Westmore

Officer Joyce Barry / Pringle (Eps 457-692, recurring previously)

Jackie Woodburne

Jackie Woodburne

Julie Egbert (Eps 537-628)

Peter Curtin

Peter Curtin

Detective Thorn

Guest Star

Alan Knoepfler

Alan Knoepfler

Detective Jones

Guest Star

John McTernan

John McTernan

Tom Lucas

Recurring Role

Denzil Howson

Denzil Howson

Dr Lunn

Recurring Role

Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop

Harry Grosvenor

Recurring Role

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    • When Joan washes her hands at the finance company, a cameraman is visible in the mirror.i often spotted the tip of a huge mic showing

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    • First shown in the UK by Central Television on Monday 16 December 1991 at 22:40. This concluded the only full run of the series on ITV Central.

    • Shown on Thursday 9 February 1995 at 23:10 in the Granada Television and Border Television regions in the UK. ITV Granada conducted a live phone call to Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan) before airing the episode. Border however had to miss 72 episodes (episodes 447-548) in November 1993 to catch up to Granada.

    • Grampian Television in the UK reached this episode on Monday 11 March 1996 at 23:35, leaving ITV's most northerly region without Prisoner until its rerun on Five.

    • Welsh and Western England ITV contractor HTV screened the final episode on Thursday 25 April 1996 at 23:40.

    • Eastern England ITV contractor Anglia Television screened the final episode on Tuesday 21 May 1996 at 23:40.

    • Tuesday 19 November 1996 at 23:40 was the date and time for the final episode screening by ITV's Scottish Television.

    • The final episode is screened by joint ITV contractors Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television on Monday 7 April 1997 at 23:10, within days of the start of the rerun on Five. In January 1993 Tyne Tees had to miss episodes 293 and 294 however to catch up to Yorkshire.

    • Westcountry Television screened the final episode on Thursday 30 October 1997 at 23:45. Westcountry superseded TSW as the ITV contractor for south-west England on 1 January 1993 and continued the run from where TSW had reached.

    • ITV regions Ulster Television, London region Carlton Television (formerly Thames), southern region Meridian Broadcasting (formerly TVS) and Channel Television (who followed Meridian) never completed the series.
      Ulster stopped at episode 562 on Monday 15 December 1997.
      Carlton stopped at episode 598 on Thursday 20 August 1998.
      Meridian and Channel stopped at episode 586 on Monday 12 July 1999.

    • Shown for the second time at the end of the repeat run in Sweden on TV4 on 27th October 2004.

    • Originally aired Thursday 11 December 1986 at 20:30 on ATV Channel 10 Melbourne in Australia. Aired on Channel 5 (UK) in a double-bill with episode 691 in the early hours of Sunday 11 February 2001 at 04:40. Joan finally gets her comeuppance in the final episode of Prisoner. After so long we were expecting something outstanding from the final episode. What we get is merely another great episode rather than an exceptional one. Most of the regulars get very little to do in this last installment, aside from Joan, Rita and Ann. But maybe that's the point - Joan became the central figure round which the show pivoted for so long it would have been unthinkable not to have her at the centre of the show's final episode. Just wanted to say, that scene in the Laundry where the women are all crying about Rita being dead and Merle tells Lurch "she's with Gentle Jesus now" makes me blub like a big girl. That's Ian Smith, aka Ted Douglas and the writer of this episode, doing a Hitchcock in a non-speaking cameo as the cop who hustles Joan into the police car.

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