Girl Love Behind Bars


Begorrah! It’s all prison girl-on-girl action in the latest episode of Wentworth, says our telly trawler Ciara McGrattan.

Hello, fellow prisoners. Writing this is only slightly easier than writing my final Bomb Girls recap, because I know that Wentworth will be back on the air next season. But it will be without Lara Radulovich and with Leeanna Walsman in a seriously truncated role, so I’m unsure how much of a resemblance it will bear to this, one of my favorite seasons of television of all time.
So, once more with Feelings: Previously on Wentworth, Bea Smith got arrested for trying to murder her abusive husband, and was carted off to the big house, yelling the whole way “Wait, guys. It’s okay! I heard about this in a Dixie Chicks song!” Once she got to prison, everyone was like “YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE. YOU WILL DELIVER US FROM THE ENDLESS WAR BETWEEN JACS AND FRANKY.” But Bea didn’t want to play their reindeer games; she just wanted to mind her own business, get out of prison, and take care of her daughter. However, the thing about being the Chosen One is: no one gives a shit what you want. So Jacs murdered Bea’s daughter via heroin overdose, and hoped that her grief would destroy her.
The other main thing that happened was the forbidden lust between Franky Doyle and Erica Davidson, the prisoner’s Top Dog and governor, respectively. Franky spent the whole season looking Erica dead in the eye and saying “Look, I have Feelings for you. And some of them are in my heart, and some of them are in my turquoise pants, and all of them are against the rules. But they’re there and maybe we oughta do some kissing about them.” And Erica spent the whole season being like “WHAT IS THAT SOUND IS IT THE WIND?” But she couldn’t keep the desire out of her eyes and her body language and her fantasy life. Lately, though, there’s been trouble in this otherwise idyllic relationship. Erica has been using her engagement ring like it has a deflector shield and Franky has felt hurt and disappointed on account of that engagement ring Erica’s mistreatment of the prisoners and Franky’s long commitment to social justice.
This week opens in our beloved prison laundry (how I will miss you and the prisoners’ access to your deadly weapons over the break). Bea is still trying to understand how her sweet, innocent daughter got into heroin. Thinking out loud, she says “Maybe it was her new boyfriend, that Brayden kid.” Instantly, the room gets quiet as this name sinks in.

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