Speaking of Kaz, this is really her episode, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to expand my understanding of her. Not that it changes my diagnosis of narcissism/borderline personality disorder, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have room for other personality traits. This week, she gets a visit from her mother, who comes bearing the news that her father has lost the fight with Joe Camel. Kaz’s reaction is to wonder if her dad finally admitted to molesting her as a child. Her mother (like so many mothers) would rather believe that her child is a liar than that her husband was capable of such a monstrous act, so their visit ends in a standoff.
But for the rest of the episode, Kaz’s memory keeps going back to her father. And as opposed to Franky’s grey-stained flashbacks or Joan’s imaginary fencing lessons, Kaz’s memories of her father are golden-hued. He was a handsome, loving man who bought her a pony. And in remembering him, Kaz is experiencing something we’ve never seen from this extremist: nuance. (It bears re-mentioning that Tammy MacIntosh’s performance is as mesmerizing and terrifying as a wildfire, and she never lets up for a single second.
SERIOUSLY THOUGH, WHY DO ALL THE GREAT ACTORS COME FROM AUSTRALIA?
Meanwhile, this episode introduces two new characters into the mix. The first is officer Jake, here to fill the “significant male character” hole left by Fletch.
OH, I’LL FILL ANY HOLE YOU LIKE.
Astute viewers will remember this actor, Bernard Curry, from his stint on Faking It, where he played a humorless principal and father to Felix. But he’s all charm now that he’s looking after prisoners rather than high school students. Jake clearly has some sort of agenda (not to mention a preoccupation with The Freak), but everyone is too distracted by his good looks to suss out exactly what his game might be. Vera for one is utterly smitten, although as always she keeps her heart locked up tighter than the prison itself. Ms. Myles is convinced that Officer Jake is just dying to unlock her cell, and Will assumes that Jake’s offer to be “workout buddies” is a come-on.
I SEE YOU’RE INTO DECENTING. YOU KNOW, I DO A LITTLE OF IT MYSELF.
BRO, I CAN OUTDECENT ANY MAN IN THIS PRISON.
So we’ll see where that goes. Personally, I always want Vera to find a little piece of happiness, but I wish that it would occur to her to look for it outside of a prison.