Series 4, Episode 1
I’m all binged out after the latest season of Orange is the New Black, so I’m ready to pace myself by watching one episode of Wentworth Prison per week. The fourth season premiered last night and it was well worth the wait.
The prisoners have a new facility because of the fire in series three, and newly appointed governor Vera (Kate Atkinson) vows to focus on rehabilitation for the women. She assures Bea (Danielle Cormack) that she’ll be a firm but fair governor, and asks Bea to keep drugs out of the prison. However, new inmate Kaz (Tammy Macintosh) has already assembled a following to rival Bea’s leadership and is threatening to cause mayhem. Could the inmates be slipping out of Bea’s control? Is Kaz just a harmless gobshite?
With a visit from the press looming, Vera is determined to establish herself as a competent governor. Of course, this doesn’t go according to plan. The manipulative and conniving Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) is transferred to Wentworth in the dead of the night; she seems to have orchestrated her return to the prison just to taunt Vera. She definitely has an evil plan hatching, but can she worm her way out of incarceration? I wouldn’t put it past her, to be honest.
Surprisingly, Vera stands up to her bullying ex-boss, and even cracks a joke about tampons to the press. She’s evidently not the pushover she used to be. Is she strong enough to run the prison and keep Ferguson at bay?
On the outside, Franky (Nicole Da Silva) is enjoying her freedom, and thankfully she’s still with Wentworth’s counsellor Bridget (Libby Tanner). Someone appears to be following Franky and cracking their knuckles menacingly, so her paradise is unlikely to last very long. I hope Fridget lasts a little bit longer, though. And I really hope Franky doesn’t get locked up again.
The return of Wentworth is exciting to say the least and Danielle Cormack’s performance as Queen Bea is better than ever. Both Vera and Bea will have to defend their crowns this series – let the battles commence.