“Bad Girls” Recaps: Episode 3.12 “Tough Love”


The library — I guess it’s nighttime now (there was another exterior shot to help us pass the time). Nikki is finding a book for Caroline. It’s Blake — Nikki knows that poetry is the way to get the girls — but Caroline is distracted.

Nikki: You all right?

Caroline: It’s that Maxi.

Nikki: Don’t let her get to you. It’s exactly what she wants.

Caroline: I know.

Nikki: She’s a creep. They all are. Don’t let them wind you up.

Caroline: I feel safe when I’m with you.

Nikki: You’re the one that got that knife off them.

Caroline: I only did it to get your attention.

That’s all the encouragement Nikki needs: She puts down the book and leans in for a kiss.

What is about the library? So much lesbionic energy there. But it gets interrupted as usual: The door opens. Guess who it is?

It’s just like Thomas bursting in on Helen and Nikki, only there was no actual kissing that time. (But there was way more chemistry.) Nikki and Caroline pull away from each other and try to look nonchalant. Actually, Nikki looks half embarrassed, half amused.

Helen: Nikki, can I have a word, please.

Oh, like she can say no to the Governor! I doubt she wants to get Rule 43 thrown at her again.

The two Julies’ cell — Yvonne wants to know where the party is. The Julies say there isn’t one, but Yvonne opens the door again to reveal that she has brought the party along with her: friends, a cake and Fenner’s secret bottle of whisky (that was Babs’ contribution). Awww.

The library of angst — Caroline has left the library so that Nikki and Helen can have a chat among the romantic poets.

Helen: What is going on?

Nikki: I’d have thought that was blindingly obvious.

Helen: Nikki, you should be concentrating on your appeal, not fooling around like this. It could get you into seerrrious trouble.

Nikki: And fooling around with you wouldn’t?

Woo, nice one!

Helen: I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that.

Snicker. It’s like she’s the high school principal — a petty tyrant.

Nikki: Sorry if I’m being a bit thick here, Miss, but I thought you said you didn’t want any more to do with me?

Helen: I’m still in charge of your welfare, whether I like it or not.

Nikki: We wouldn’t be just a teeny bit jealous, would we, by any chance?

Helen: Is that why you’re doing this?

Nikki: Oh, yeah. Quick snog in an empty library. Just the way to flaunt it. If anything’s going on, it’s you stalking me.

Helen: Don’t be ridiculous.

I know you are, but what is she?

Nikki: Look, you’ve made it clear you don’t give a s— about me. Fine. So how I feel has nothing to do with you anymore.

Helen looks genuinely sad. I think she probably still gives more than a s—.

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