“Wentworth” recap (3.5): “I Know You’re A Dyke.”

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Okay, I have almost nothing but praise for this episode, but I have a femur to pick with the Red Right Hand storyline. Kaz/Karen Proctor, the woman behind the campaign of violence/poorly constructed ski masks is an offensive caricature. While I give credit to the actor playing her—there is a wildfire of crazy raging behind that woman’s eyes—the concept of “feminism out of control” is Not A Thing. Feminists aren’t terrorizing innocent straight men merely for the crime of having a penis. Kind of the opposite it happening, actually, to which any woman who publicly identifies as a feminist can attest. To portray women advocating for victims’ rights as crazed vigilantes is both ludicrous and irresponsible. (Sidebar: all would be forgiven if Kaz were the leader of an all-female gang of bikies, because that would transcend ridiculous and become divine.)

Anyway, Kaz/Karen visits Bea in prison.

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Bea: Hey it’s cool that you’re a fan, but if you could please stop murdering people and saying it’s for me, that would be just so nice.

Kaz: Hehe. Wink wink. Whatever you say, boss.

Bea: No. No wink wink. I’m being serious.

Kaz: THEY’RE MAKING YOU SAY THAT. WHAT HAVE THE MANBEASTS DONE TO YOU?

Bea: Okay, I am a scary person. Right this minute I am starving and sleep-depriving a girl nearly to death. But you are fucking terrifying.

When Kaz departs, Bea passes on the news that she is most likely Harry’s murderer, and Will shows up to her house, LIKE AN IDIOT.  She immediately threatens him with a baseball bat, because like all man-hating feminists, she keeps one on her person in case any man should have the temerity to approach her.

wentworth5.6WHAT DO I ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO TO GET SENT TO PRISON WITH ALL THE HOT GIRLS.

Back in the yard, Maxine is starting to get a little squeamish about their treatment of Jodie, given it was them who got her sent to the slot in the first place. I really like the slow rift that’s building between between her and Bea.

BUT FUCK ALL THAT SHIT BECAUSE NOW IT’S TIME FOR SOME GAYNESS.

So Franky goes into Bridget’s office and demands that the counselor share some personal information to rebuild the trust between them. It’s their first really thrilling interaction so I’m gonna just transcribe it word for word.

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Bridget: There’s a whole host of reasons for the therapist not to bring their personal lives into the room.

Franky: So you’re just a wall I talk at and get nothing back?

Bridget: If you were the prison psych you’d be damn careful what you told anyone. Was Liz Birdsworth someone you trusted?

Franky: Did it bother you, the way I pulled her to bits like that?

Bridget: She provoked you. Your only form of defense seems to be attack, so you did pretty much what I’d expect of you.

Franky: When was your first time with a woman?

Bridget: Okay. Why did you change the subject?

Franky: When?

Bridget: Was it because I said you acted predictably.

Franky: I know you’re a dyke.

Bridget: The way you eviscerated Liz, was that supposed to impress me?

Franky: Why would I want to impress you?

Bridget: Has my sexuality got anything to do with hit? You can’t blame me for thinking there’s a connection. It’s simpler when we stick to you, yeah?

And then Bridget says the five words you almost never hear on television: “Yes, I am a lesbian.”

wentworth5.8MY HEART IS DOING THE SNOOPY DANCE.

Honestly, I thought we would dance around this subject all season without it going anywhere, and I just wasn’t down.  But if we’re actually going to be talking the talk and walking the walk and hammering the tongs, sign me the fuck up. (And if you are mad at me for being disloyal to Erica, I’M SORRY, I AM BUT WEAK FLESH.)

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