“Wentworth” recap (2.2): Lost at Sea

 
 

Out in the yard, Doreen bonds with a male prisoner named Nash over a bird whose nest they knock over. They coo over it and pet it like a dog, which is the last thing that bird wants, I guarantee you.

wentworth2.8WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HAVE YOU NEVER MET A BIRD BEFORE?

Probably this Nash guy will turn out to be a psychopath and kill Doreen. Just you wait.

That night, the weirdest scenes of the episode take place on top of each other, when Joan sort of coerces Vera into having a drink with her. This is the first scene where Joan seems at all powerful or creepy to me, and it comes from her vaguely sexual overtones towards Vera.

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At first you think Joan is really just sad and desperate for some companionship, but then the camera reveals that she is deliberately getting Vera drunk on vodka while serving herself plain soda water. She then pressures Vera into confessing that she read Fletch’s journal that one time. It’s hard to tell if she’s just using Vera to get Fletch—at one point her main rival for Governor—out of the way, or if there is also some sexual energy at play. Either way it’s deeply uncomfortable, but I guess the stereotype of the predatory lesbian is old enough that I don’t need to get offended by it.

While this is going down, one of the balloon’s in Su Yung’s body bursts, and she ODs. Is it horrible I really wanted her to poop out the heroin so Franky could go back to being niceish. I could also object to Su Yung’s being treated as a disposable prop by the characters and the show, but I’m actually curious to see what being implicated in her death does to Franky and Liz.

Okay and then there is this total non sequitur of a scene where Joan is fencing, and then this guy just silently nods at her? At first I thought it was a commercial and I still have no idea how it ties in to the rest of the narrative. Or possibly if I am hallucinating it.

wentworth2.10LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU CAN SEE THIS, TOO.

In the aftermath of Su Yung’s death, Liz confronts Franky about just how far she’s fallen. I’m going to quote the dialogue verbatim, because it’s the strongest of the show.

Franky: You don’t understand
Liz: I do understand, darling. You’re a frightened little kid, paddling out of you depth. You’re shit scared you’ve swum out too far and you’re not going to make it back to shore. And do you know what? I don’t reckon you can. You’ve gone too far, Franky.

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To her credit, Nicole da Silva reacts to this speech both with a desperate bravado and a devastating fear that she is losing herself. And, lost or not, she’s the same magnetic person she’s always been. But if it’s true about Franky, that she’s gone too far towards evil and will drown somewhere in those black waters, then this show just became a lot less interesting. The inner battles for each character to maintain some sense of self were what made last season so compelling. If that battle is over, then what is left to watch?

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