“Wentworth” recap (2.2): Lost at Sea

Previously on Wentworth, the prisoners struggled to adjust to life under a new showrunner warden. Joan Ferguson lost no time in bringing the ladies to heel, and especially in shutting down Franky’s drug-smuggling operation. She also had some weird tension with Vera that made everybody uncomfortable. Franky, meanwhile, went all Machiavelli and strictly forbade anyone from finding her remotely cute or cuddly anymore.

This episode opens with some of Wentworth’s strongest imagery to date: blood red droplets falling from Bea into a sink. At first we can’t tell if it’s coming from her hands (is she the perpetrator?) or her head (is she the victim?) and then we finally realize that it’s red hair dye. It’s war paint, really, and it signals the beginning of her transition into a warrior.

wentworth2,1I’VE JUST HAD AN EPIPHANY.

Right on cue, Boomer enters (apparently her being in the Slot interfered with this week’s plot) and delivers all her newspaper clippings about Brayden Holt. The fact that Boomber has developed such a specific obsession that dovetails perfectly with Bea’s need for vengeance is a mite ridiculous, but whatever.

Bea barely has time to read all about the horror show that is Jacs’ family before Will interrupts her and drags her to an appointment with Harry, who you will remember as season one’s last place finisher in Competitive Male Decency. He’s here to ask Bea for a divorce, presumably so he can go on to ruin some other woman’s life. Will hands her a pen (really we are still trusting Bea with a pen? She’s not signing shit in crayon now?) but she refuses to sign the papers until Harry murders Brayden Holt. This is obviously, right from the get-go, a terrible plan. Harry was an incompetent husband and father; he didn’t even die properly when Bea tried to murder him. He whines that he probably couldn’t even find Brayden Holt, and Bea is like, “HIS FACE IS ON ALL OF THE NEWSPAPERS. THEY ARE COLLECTORS’ ITEMS. THERE IS PROBABLY A COMMEMORATIVE PLATE SOMEWHERE WITH DIRECTIONS TO HIS HOUSE.”

Back in H Block, tensions are running high (so to speak) since the supply of heroin has been cut off. Skye (the girl who was caught with the laundry cart last week) is particularly ansty and even threatens to go to another dealer to get her fix. But Liz puts the kibosh on that plan when she reveals that said other dealer (Big Tania) got beaten up by her own customers when she couldn’t deliver. Franky overhears this and starts to feel seriously uncomfortable about her future as Top Dog. Because if there’s any group that doesn’t give a fuck about supply and demand, it’s junkies.

Out in the yard (the blue filter is getting a bit out of control this year) Doreen starts work on her field of dreams, only to discover that the soil is full of rocks and shivs and Liz’s old booze bottles. So she goes to Joan with a request to convert an old guard’s shed into a greenhouse. Joan readily agrees, but of course, like everything in prison, her consent comes with a price. She asks Doreen to “keep an eye” on Bea. And I get that the show is trying to do a slow reveal with The Freak’s freakiness, but honestly I could stand for it to pick up the pace. Right now she just seems like a slightly sinister Madam Hooch.

wentworth2.2WHY DON’T YOU GO BACK TO GETTING IT ON WITH PROFESSOR SPROUT?

Inside, Vera asks Liz to look after a new prisoner, Su Yung (please correct me if I’ve misspelled that) a Korean girl who doesn’t speak a word of English and whose facial expression is rivaled in patheticness only by her outfit.

Desperate to score some more drugs to keep her customers happy, Frankie tries to cozy up to the sultry prison doctor. I don’t know her name or why she has only been in two scenes so far, but I know that if she was my prison doctor I would get shived every day. Also, when Frankie talks to her, we see her turn on the old Erica Davidson charm, which is such a crucial leavening to keep this dark show from being dreary.

wentworth2.3THERE’S THAT TONGUE FLICK WE’VE MISSED SO MUCH.

While Franky scrambles to stay in the game, Bea transforms into a criminal mastermind. She calls Harry’s place of work pretending to be one of Brayden’s associates, and schedules a meeting between the two of them. It’s a bit convenient that Brayden owns a chop shop and Harry works selling car parts, but no more convenient than the newspaper business.

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