“Wentworth” recap (4.6): Losing Dory

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You guys, it’s no secret that Joan Ferguson didn’t really do it for me as a villain when she ruled the prison as Governor. I found her machinations comical as often as truly dastardly. But now that she’s working her way up from the bottom, forced to used smiles and hugs and compliments as weapons…now I am finally afraid of her.

Her strategy this week is to pivot the women towards Maxine as a kind, gentle leader and Bea as a brutal tyrant. Tasha’s attempted suicide speaks for itself. She also makes Doreen feel bad that Bea isn’t her personal therapist and hints to Boomer that if Maxine were Top Dog, Boomer would be her right hand.

But the most damning indictment of Bea’s leadership skills is what happens to Maxine. It turns out that the ONE DAY she was forced to act as Top Dog was the day her cancer decided to metastasize. Now it’s in both her breasts and her lymph nodes, and she’s facing a double mastectomy. Which: that is ridiculous and not how disease works, but we’re just going to have to prop up our disbelief on stilts if it won’t suspend itself. Anyway, Maxine is understandably devastated that she’s about to lose her hard-earned tits, and it pointing that rage directly at Bea.

And what about Bea, beset on all sides by foes? Well, she’s feeling like all her prison babies are being MIGHTY UNGRATEFUL for all the conjugals and yoga classes and lack of a psychopathic Governors.

wentworth6.8I GAVE HALF YOU UNGRATEFUL BITCHES HAIRCUTS.

When Tasha tries to end her life, Bea shoulders all the guilt for that, and Allie finds her, engaging in cutting. And silently, sadly, she tends to Bea’s wounds.

I know I’ve groused about this relationship being a slow burn, and it does make me nervous given the uncertain fates of everyone on this show, but I love this. Bea and Allie barely exchange a word this week, but their relationship moves forward. It moves forward in the increasing anxiety on Allie’s face every time she chooses Bea over Kaz. It moves forward in the strain on Bea’s face as she wonders if her feelings for Allie will put them both in danger. And most of all, it moves forward in this scene when Allie cares for a woman who absolutely never lets herself be taken care of.

wentworth6.9NOT THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH I HAD HOPED TO GET BETWEEN YOUR LEGS.

In guardly news, I agree with all of you that our handsome new correctional officer will turn out to be a bad apple, But I greatly enjoyed the moment this week when he leaned over and gave Vera an elevator kiss, Grey’s Anatomy style.

wentworth6.10JUST NO GODDAMN MUSICAL EPISODE.

At the end of this episode, Maxine has still not formally agreed to take up the Top Dog mantle, but the defections have begun. It starts with Doreen, who packs up her dinner tray and goes to sit beside (of all people) The Freak.

wentworth6.11HOW BOUT I CALL YOU DORANNA, AS A COMPROMISE?

And with that, all bets are officially off.

I can’t get ahold of the promos anymore (which I consider a failure on the part of Australian fans), so I honestly have no idea what will happen next week, but I dearly hope Franky comes to give Bea some good advice (both sexual and strategic).

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