“Wentworth” recap (4.3): Survivors

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Meanwhile, Bea is tired and grouchy and pretty over having to protect her hated enemy just so the other prisoners can get their precious conjugal visits. The one bright spot in her life is her continued flirtation with Allie, which gets a lot more intense this week.

wentworth3.3SO, UH, IF I WERE INTERESTED IN A LITTLE “RESEARCH,” WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

wentworth3.4GEORGIE’S BUSH.

I have to admit I haven’t known what to do with this storyline so far, and I still feel like I can’t trust it with all my emotional weight. I mean, we know that Bea only initiated the flirtation to get at Kaz, and as far as we know, she has never entertained any same-sex inclinations up to this point. We know also that Allie is a vigilante who is at worst a violent transphobe and at best a follower with a busted moral compass.

That sounds like the setup for a relationship that is broken from start to finish, but it doesn’t feel like that, right? I mean, how can it be, when a smile springs to my face every time they’re in the same room? It feels like Bea has never let herself be wanted in a way that didn’t threaten her autonomy, her safety. And it feels like Allie is ready to want her at her own pace; slowly, teasingly.

Ok, we’ll circle back to that, but let’s pause for a moment on Maxine, who spends the whole entire episode quietly panicking about the lump on her breast. Everyone else is battling for position and exploring new sexualities and staging elaborate anarcho-feminist protests, and Maxine is just going through the silent human horror of waiting for test results. It’s no secret that I don’t think this show started off very well with its trans storyline, and I still think Maxie’s character is a bit underdeveloped, but if handled right, this illness could provide a good counterpoint to the high drama taking place everywhere else.

wentworth3.5I WAS ACTUALLY FEELING LIKE A WOMAN JUST FINE BEFORE THIS, BUT THANKS FOR THE PAT ON THE BACK, JESUS.

So conjugal visits don’t end up going down this week, which is highly upsetting for Boomer, who is as determined as ever to have a baby. But it’s even worse for Doreen, who is told that she will be denied the privilege of the visits at all, given that she has already given birth to one inconvenient prison baby. To make matters worse, Vera informs Doreen that as part of her duty as peer worker, she has to visit Joan. I guess Vera still doesn’t know that Joan projects her feelings for Jianna on to Doreen (which is, among other things: RACIST). But Bea knows, and still sends Doreen to confront her antagonist, if only for a clue as to what her long game might be.

wentworth3.6WELL, I WAS THINKING OF SWITCHING TO A SIDE PONY.

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