“Wentworth” recap (3.7): Lovefool

on

There were three comments about last week that I wanted to address, but couldn’t do so in the comment section because I remember my AfterEllen password roughly as often as I remember to floss. The first objected to my description of Erica as a “predator,” which I feel requires some clarification. I didn’t mean predator as in “to catch a,” I meant it glowingly; Erica was a sexy carnivore. In the Jurassic Park of this show, Erica was a raptor and Bridget is a long-neck. Every ecosystem needs both. The second comment was, and I quote: “I honestly don’t get this show, who is the heroine? Who’s supposed to win, is it supposed to be the Freak or everyone else? Because I really don’t want to see Joan keep getting off on the vile things she does.”

wentworth gif1

Come here, you precious little one and let me stroke your hair. I am not sure this is the best show for you. You want something where wrong is punished and right is rewarded, and I sympathize with that desire. But Wentworth is less good-versus-evil and more gladiators-versus-tigers. No one is really right or wrong, and in the end no matter who loses, the powers that be will butcher their bodies to feed the others. Go watch The Fosters, maybe.

Which brings me to my third and favorite comment, by the (wonderful) screenname Kraken’sDaughter. This one was basically a mass of neuroses and terrors that Bridget is actually being used by Joan and that Fridget has gone far too smoothly thus far which means that disaster is right around the corner. And while I’m not sure Bridget is The Freak’s pawn, overall I agree. I think this is an important moment to establish something:

This Will All End In Tears. Wentworth, again and again, has shown its commitment to being a prequel, rather than a reboot of the original Prisoner series. It operates from the foregone conclusion that Franky is an embittered lifer here. And even were the writers to change course, can you recall a single episode of this show that ended in an unambiguous triumph?  A single storyline with an overall message of hope? (Doreen’s is right now, but I am just hoping that it will sneak under the barbed wire fence that surrounds this show and prevents any optimism from escaping.)  WE ARE NOT HERE FOR HAPPINESS. WE ARE HERE TO IMMOLATE OURSELVES ON THE PIRE OF DRAMA AND OCCASIONAL LESBIAN HAND-HOLDING. The glory of Wentworth is that we bring our hearts back to it again and again to be broken.

wentworth gif2

With that said, let’s begin.

This episode picks up right where the last left off, with Bea writhing on a bed in a psych unit. While she yanks at her restraints, she flashes back to the incident that got her into this mess, when she was drugged from behind. Now, I got it wrong last week, and thought that Joan chloroformed Bea and then stuffed her in a straightjacket.  In actuality, the substance didn’t knock her out, it just gave her a really bad trip.

wentworth7.1I JUST NEED TO MAKE MYSELF VERY SMALL AND SQUEEZE THROUGH THESE LITTLE SQUARES.

The hallucinogen element makes a lot more sense than the chloroform idea, since Bea would need to behave pretty erratically to be admitted to psych, and that same erratic behavior would then serve to cast doubt on her story that she was drugged by a man in the boiler room. The man, of course, is Joan’s murder van-driving henchman. When Joan hears her tale she laughs it off, but something in it has the ring of truth for Vera, who sets off to investigate.

Unfortunately, Vera’s sleuthing skills are somewhat impaired by her compromised health. So she eventually chooses to prioritize seeking revenge on the prisoners who held her hostage and gave her Hep-C over verifying (VERAfying) the legitimacy of Bea’s claims.

Remember last week when Bridget was furious at Franky for putting Liz in a chokehold?  Well, she was able to maintain that anger for 2.6 seconds, which was a whole 2.5 seconds longer than I gave her credit for. As long as she’s walking away from Franky, she can maintain her composure. But the second she turns around, she is confronted with this face, which melts her faster than butter on the surface of the sun.

wentworth7.2I WILL BE VERY GOOD FROM NOW ON I PROMISE.

In no time, Franky schedules an appointment to fill Bridget’s empty slot, and Bridget is just so happy to be done with their first fight that she doesn’t even pretend not to get the vagina joke there. But just as Bridget is chastising her, Franky says “I’m serious.” Serious about you, she means, and she says it with a sincerity I’d forgotten she possessed through the long slog of Season 2. But before they can get together, Bridget has to see a new patient, who turns out to be the last person you ever thought would be the last person you’d want to see.

wentworth7.3 WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE LOCKED IN A CAGE WITH THEIR EX AND THEIR NEW GIRLFRIEND?

Yep, it’s Kim. Check this out: Kim literally got herself sent back to prison because she missed Franky. If this storyline were playing out with any other character, it would be the most ridiculous thing ever, but then you add Nicole da Silva’s face into the equation, and you realize that a person would gladly get herself sent to prison, or hell, or the coldest moon of Jupiter if it meant spending a few more moments in her presence.

The two people who are not happy to see Kim are Franky, who tries to shoot Bridget a “she means nothing to me look,” and Bridget, whose talent for looking stricken and betrayed ranks up there with Shay Mitchell’s.

wentworth7.4 OH OK I’M SURE THERE’S A SMALL HOLE AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE FOR ME TO CRAWL INTO AND DIE.

Once she’s back in her prison teals, Kim stops by Franky’s cell to get some of the sugar for which she gave up her freedom.

wentworth7.5

But this time, Franky pushes her off and says she’s not interested. It’s not that it doesn’t feel good: we know from Franky’s “Oh god yes right there” face that it does. It’s that she knows that there’s someone out there who expects better of her, and she doesn’t want to let her down. And if that sacrifice doesn’t sell you on Fridget, I don’t know what will. Because even if it’s all a setup, even if her devotion Bridget is merely the platter on which her doom will be served, it’s still the thing that has Franky trying to find the good in herself, that has her looking higher than the prison walls  But you know who really doesn’t give a shit about Franky’s emotional arc? Kim. Kim got herself thrown back in prison to touch some boobs, and she isn’t about to let anyone’s journey of love and redemption keep her from touching them.

More you may like