Episode 4.5 - Only The Lonely
Written by Martin Allen
Produced by Claire Phillips
Directed by David Holroyd
Neil continues to make himself unpopular by banning POs from smoking and from using the prison gym. Does he have the inmates’ interests at heart as he claims, or is this just a personal vendetta against Karen? Neil clearly seems to have taken Fenner’s side and, after hearing that he is living in a grotty B&B, offers him the use of his spare bedroom. Fenner jumps at the chance and moves in immediately, delighted when he discovers that home-cooked meals also seem to be included in the rent. However, when Neil begins to spy on Fenner in the shower, it becomes clear than he has much more than just friendship in mind.
Cassie meets with her solicitor and tells him that she blackmailed Roisin to cover up for her. A blackmail conviction could add an extra 3 years to her sentence, but it is a fair price to pay to ease her guilt and so she orders her solicitor to put the wheels in motion. Knowing that Roisin will kick up a fuss if she knows that she will be doubling her sentence, Cassie decides to keep quiet. However, Roisin finds out the truth from Yvonne. She is now in an awful dilemma. Does she go along with the plan and consign Cassie to years in prison, or does she come clean and forgo the chance of being reunited with her children?
Denny and Shaz are still making good progress with their tunnel, but are finding it increasingly difficult to move the excavated earth without drawing unnecessary attention. They decide to rope in the Julies who come up with the idea of making Great Escape style pockets for Shaz and Denny to wear inside their trousers. Although they now have a way of shifting earth from the tunnel into the garden, there is nothing they can do about Hollamby’s growing suspicions about what they are up to.
Neil is so impressed by Hollamby’s work on the canteen computer that he arranges for her to pass her IT skills on to the inmates. Hollamby has other ideas and orders Barbara to take the class for her. Left to their own devices, the inmates find various ways of entertaining themselves including playing computer games and printing off pornographic images. The lesson ends in disaster when Buki spills Hollamby’s tea and shorts out all of the computers. Later, Hollamby is horrified when she finds the pornographic image pinned up on the wall, only with her and husband Bobby’s heads superimposed on the fornicating couple!
After working out what Shaz and Denny are up to, Buki blackmails them into letting her in on their plan. She is digging in the tunnel when Hollamby collars her look-outs, Shaz and Denny, and orders them back inside for lock-up. Buki is left on her own in the tunnel with only a flickering torch for company. Inside, Hollamby has realised that she’s an inmate down. She puts to two and two together after finding a pair of Shaz’s muddy shoes and races out into the potting-shed. It may all be too late for Buki who is buried under the now collapsed tunnel.
A new inmate arrives on G-Wing and Julie J receives a horrible shock when she sees that it is her daughter, Rhiannon.
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