Wentworth Prison Series Three-Some notes and dialogue on Episodes One, Two, Three, Four & Five with a One-off Review. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on Channel five or number 105 with 150 being HD on Virgin Media TV @ 10pm on Wednesdays

Wentworth Prison 
Series Three

Episode One
“The Governor’s Pleasure”

Voice-over:
“Sentenced to life with parole, Bea smith returns to Wentworth and is hailed by the women as the new top dog.With her position as governor in jeopardy, Ferguson warns Bea to toe the line but the..”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Voice-over/announcer:
“Adult scenes Strong language and graphic violence throughout”

TV Newsreader relates the story.
Bea stares stonily throughout.

Everything is a ghastly green light for Bea’s story.

Prison Officer Vera Bennet to the Prison Governor, Joan Ferguson:
“Governor?”
“She’s back..”

Ah.  Wentworth’s’s pale blue light.  At the prison wall outside anyway.

So it’s life without parole now.

We find out what happened to Liz.

Governor to Bea:
“You are the property of Wentworth..”
“And this is my prison”!

Liz to Doreen:
“How’s Franky?”

So Franky has a new place to hide her stash.

Joan to Franky:
“She’s back..”

Franky: (As Joan Ferguson appears from round a corner)
“Bit obvious isn’t it?”
“Where’s your cape?”!
Franky:
“What about that fat-arsed elephant that just came back in the room”

I forgot that Bea and Frankie are enemies now.  Well not that they were ever:
“Besties”
as Franky tells the Governor.

So here comes Bea.  Bea meets Maxine.  Maxine has much better hair now.

Doreen to Bea:
“Oi, Bea, how’d it go this morning?”
Bea: (pauses)
“I got off!”

The Governor, who I had previously described (see last series) as Dracula, appears.

Miss Westphall the Prison Counsellor crosses swords with Joan Ferguson.
Nicely done.

Miss Westfall and Joan.
Joan:
“Careful with Miss Smith (Bea)..”
“She’s very manipulative..”
Miss Westphall:
“Don’t worry, I’m trained to deal with all types..”
“Even those who look like they have got their stuff together..”

And Mr (Will) Jackson is back.  Yey.
Bea:
“So how you been, Mister Jackson?”
“Didn’t think they’d let you escort me ever again!”

The prison Counsellor, Miss Westphall asks Bea how she’s feeling!
They sit down next to each other in lime green armchairs.

I particularly like the outdoor scenes.

Bea leads a protest.

Maxine is the name of the guy/ girl.

Bea paces in her cell.
She looks up at the CCTV.
Just as Joan is looking down at Bea right at the camera.

Noo.
(Alarm siren goes off)
So Ferguson has upped her game. She really is evil.  But we know that.

So Fletcher is not in a good way.

So Bea mounts her fightback.

Maxine makes a fearsomely polite revolutionary.

Joan Ferguson:
“Zero five, this is the Governor..”
So Bea makes her counter-play.
Then:
walkie talkie:
“Ferguson, you freak!”

So Joan Ferguson makes the expected decision when asked to make a choice.  Well expected by me anyway.

Channing to Joan Ferguson:
“I’m overturning you, make the call..”
Joan Ferguson:
“I think you’re forgetting something..”
(smirks)

Poor Prison Officer Miss Vera Bennet.
 Vera looks at her fingers.

So then, Bea declares her check-mate move.
Joan Ferguson:
“Well?”
Bea:
“You haven’t called in the squad?”
“I can put a stop to this now..”
“Or we can just hang out..”
Bea:
You don’t run this prison..”
“I do!”

The women walk away.  Joan Ferguson surveys the scene.

***

Episode Two.
“Falling Upwards”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Lots.
Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“You don’t run this prison Smith, I do!”

By the end of that episode:
Bea:
“You don’t run this prison…
“I do!”

Song:
“You don’t know me, but I don’t know you
“Calling me on..”
“Calling me in..”

(thunderclaps)

Bright and muted orange light.

(rain pelts)

Joan Ferguson Prison Governor and Miss Vera Bennet, Prison Officer.
Ferguson:
“Are you still in shock Ms. Bennet?”

The women:
“Pizza for breakfast!”

Joan to Miss Bennet:
“The art of negotiation is seeing what you agree on..”

Liz and the beautiful Prison Nurse laugh.
Liz:
“You take care of yourself, OK?”
Ah.

Fletcher is looking at the sky.
Song:
“Caught in a landslide..”
“Caught in a landslide..”

Liz an her visitor.
Liz:
“It’s better if you don’t come here..”

Vera Bennet Prison Officer to the team:
“Our information is that it’s inside the poultry”!

So there is bluff and counter bluff.  In the games being played by the  three main adversaries: in the prison.

Voice-over:
“Wentworth prison contains offensive language, graphic scenes of violence..throughout..”

Liz weeps on the phone in the hall.

Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“I believe she is in hock to Cindy Lou..”
“You’re not my only source of information you know.”

Bea is giving speeches to the women..in the laundry room.

Bea:
“Now I’ll go to the wall for everyone of you, but if you fuck me around..”
She gives the nod to Maxine..
Oh dear.
I knew they were in the laundry room for a reason.  O Mi Lord.
Bea:
“Can you get yourself to medical?”
“Good”.

Bea sure has come a long way.

And Will Jackson Prison Officer goes to meet Fletcher.

Franky to Bea:
“You know what?”
“You’re worse than Jacs because you think you’re doing it for a good cause”
Your kind are the worst”!
Ha ha.  ( i agree)

Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“This man is a Policeman..”

***

Episode Three 
“Knives Out”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Woman:
“Cindy Lou wants it now!”
“Tsanga Ora/ (you) owe her!”  (Tagalot language)

So Doreen doesn’t seem to realise that Eva is psychotically evil.  Plus (Eva is) in love with her and the baby.  (and insanely jealous of Liz)

Bea and Maxine are like the sanctimonious gangsters.

So Liz’s visitor comes back.

Liz to Will Jackson, Prison Officer:
“You’re a good man, Mister Jackson..”

Vera Bennet has really upped her game as a Prison Officer.

So Franky meets the Prison Counsellor.  The Counsellor is cool.

So it took me until this episode to get back into Wentworth Prison.

Boomer, her hands and the biscuits.
Boomer:
“I hate my life..”

Boomer to Eva in the Prison Yard:
“I used to think you were a bit creepy..”
“But you’re all right!”
No, you were right the first time Boomer.

Oh no.  Joan goes for one of her night time walks.

Maxine to Boomer:
“Imagine you’re somewhere nice..”

Franky always was my favourite character.

Nb. It’s Jess, not Eva.  I think she has some dark plans for Liz..

The Counsellor is cool.  I think I said that.

Franky to Bea:
“You’re not the protector,”
“You’re the grim fucking reaper!”

For the life of me I can’t remember how Harry (Bea’s husband) died.

Franky what are you doing girl.

Words Franky doesn’t say very often:
“Sorry Miss Bennet”
“I was out of line”
Franky smirks at the Counsellor.

***

Episode Four.
“Righteous Acts”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Song:
“Calling me in”
“Catching me out”
“You don’t know me”
“And I don’t know you”..

(tranquil music plays throughout)

They give a warning for offensive language now!

Sandy Westphall the Prison Counsellor won’t last long.  She’s much too bright and bushy tailed.

Liz and Joan Ferguson.
Ferguson:
“Birdsworth, I need you to help us calm her down..”

Liz to Sophie:
“See that panic button?”
“Don’t ever push it!”

TV Announcer:
“Highly offensive language” ( plus violence) is warned at every episode break.

Bea is all evil now.

***


Review of Wentworth Prison Series Three so far.

So here’s the thing: I really rated and liked Wentworth Prison Series One and Two.  I am just not sure if I like/  am feeling this one.

 Series One and Two were daring and different.  A Remake equally as dark as the original.  The Australian series Prisoner Cell Block H.  from back in the day.  A series that was a kind of prison soap opera.  But sent somewhere from the dark side.

Strange dramatic asynchronicities abound. Like for example, the previously described  theme tune of You don’t Bring Me Flowers.  Set along side the dystopian prison corridors.  Dystopian as in another, parallel. world.  There must be all kinds of dystopian.  Surely.  In dramas.

The song sounds romantic and sad.  Yet pretty of sound.  yet there are dark doings and deed afoot in the prison.  There are the two warring women: Bea and Franky.  I think.  Although this situation seems to be fluid and changing throughout.

Games, dreadful games and counter-games are played by the women.  The main women protagonists and enemies of each other: Joan Ferguson, Bea and Franky.

Now there is Maxine, a fearsome and large advantage with her size.  She and Bea are now best buddies, Maxine has better hair but no blusher on: perhaps she doesn’t want it.  Or need it.  Not with those divine cheekbones.

Yes, Maxine and Bea walk around like they were the double Dai Lai Lama. Of the prison.  Yep. They are supremely sanctimonious gangsters.  Quite a pair.  To be reckoned with.

I suppose you could compare them (Bea & Maxine) to a Tony Soprano-style character, the classic dramatic trope of the good hearted gangster.  Well-he was always good to his family, right?

So at the beginning of the write-up I said that I really rated Wentworth Prison series one and Two.  I have set some atmosphere and description of the first two series and the beginning of series three.  As in what has been up with Bea.  Franky.  And so on.

Then there is the inimical and incredibly evil Joan Ferguson.  I probably should say no more.  Put it this way: Joan Ferguson is good at fencing.  She knows when to:
“thrust and parry”.
As advised by her white suited fencing mentor/ Master.  As he and Joan fight or fence, in orange yellow light.

This is a description form the earlier series.  We haven’t as yet, seen Joan Ferguson fencing.  She does plenty of thrusts and parries at work.  She also keeps something creepy in her safe.

The thing is: I really liked the previous series however it took me till about episode four to get back into Wentworth Prison series three.  Perhaps Wentworth Prison is a slow builder. and I have forgotten.  Wentworth Prison just seemed a bit flat.  I dunno quite why.

Possibly my conundrum or puzzle about series three feeling a bit dull was due to all or most of the characters being irredeemably awful now.  Maybe I have to like someone.  That could be.

I suppose Bea could be said to be the heroine at first.  And now look at her.  Now who does she remind me of.. Bea that is.  As she marches head held high and severely stony faced: down that dystopian corridor.

Although Franky is an officially flawed heroine too.  Franky being her own warrior at rare times as well as ordering her troops like the Roman Generals that she reads about.

***

Episode Five.
“Mercy”

Some short notes and dialogue on first watching.
Song:
“You don’t know me”
“When I don’t know you..”
“You’re calling me in.”
“Catching me out..”
“You don’t know me..”
“But I don’t know you..”

Joan Ferguson, Prison Governor to Channing:
“You’d like that wouldn’t you?..”
“Your broken little puppet..”

Ah, Fletch.

Bea tries to parley with Frankie.

The women in the prison are calling Joan Ferguson the freak now.

Fletch to Vera Bennet:
This is better.”

Wow.  Bea can really draw.

Doreen has a terrible dream.

Boomer to the prison Counsellor, Miss Westphall:
“I hit shit”.
 Miss Westphall:
“What form does this take?..”
Boomer:
Shit..”
“I wanna hit!

Joan Ferguson Prison governor to Will Jackson Prison Officer:
“We look after our own here..”

And Bea meets Kaz Proctor.
Kaz Proctor to Bea:
“Your husband wasn’t the victim”
“He was the abuser and he doesn’t deserve to live!”
Oo err.

Bea is like a Jacs clone now.  However she actually thinks that everything she (Bea ) does is righteous.

Jess and Doreen.
Jess:
“But Madison’s still alive in me!”

I am seriously worried about Doreen and her baby around Jess.  Jess is psychopathically evil of course.  And the story she just told Doreen really hasn’t helped.

***

Footnotes.

Jacs is a character from the previous series.

***
Channing is the manager of Wentworth Prison. (or some kind of politician)  Not sure of his official title.  I previously described him in earlier series as the man in the suit.

***

The name Franky is spelt alternately as Frankie and Franky in the series.

***

Wentworth Prison Series Three-Some notes and dialogue on Episodes One, Two, Three, Four & Five with a One-off Review. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on Channel five or number 105 with 150 being HD on Virgin Media TV @ 10pm on Wednesdays

Wentworth Prison 
Series Three

Episode One
“The Governor’s Pleasure”

Voice-over:
“Sentenced to life with parole, Bea smith returns to Wentworth and is hailed by the women as the new top dog.With her position as governor in jeopardy, Ferguson warns Bea to toe the line but the..”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Voice-over/announcer:
“Adult scenes Strong language and graphic violence throughout”

TV Newsreader relates the story.
Bea stares stonily throughout.

Everything is a ghastly green light for Bea’s story.

Prison Officer Vera Bennet to the Prison Governor, Joan Ferguson:
“Governor?”
“She’s back..”

Ah.  Wentworth’s’s pale blue light.  At the prison wall outside anyway.

So it’s life without parole now.

We find out what happened to Liz.

Governor to Bea:
“You are the property of Wentworth..”
“And this is my prison”!

Liz to Doreen:
“How’s Franky?”

So Franky has a new place to hide her stash.

Joan to Franky:
“She’s back..”

Franky: (As Joan Ferguson appears from round a corner)
“Bit obvious isn’t it?”
“Where’s your cape?”!
Franky:
“What about that fat-arsed elephant that just came back in the room”

I forgot that Bea and Frankie are enemies now.  Well not that they were ever:
“Besties”
as Franky tells the Governor.

So here comes Bea.  Bea meets Maxine.  Maxine has much better hair now.

Doreen to Bea:
“Oi, Bea, how’d it go this morning?”
Bea: (pauses)
“I got off!”

The Governor, who I had previously described (see last series) as Dracula, appears.

Miss Westphall the Prison Counsellor crosses swords with Joan Ferguson.
Nicely done.

Miss Westfall and Joan.
Joan:
“Careful with Miss Smith (Bea)..”
“She’s very manipulative..”
Miss Westphall:
“Don’t worry, I’m trained to deal with all types..”
“Even those who look like they have got their stuff together..”

And Mr (Will) Jackson is back.  Yey.
Bea:
“So how you been, Mister Jackson?”
“Didn’t think they’d let you escort me ever again!”

The prison Counsellor, Miss Westphall asks Bea how she’s feeling!
They sit down next to each other in lime green armchairs.

I particularly like the outdoor scenes.

Bea leads a protest.

Maxine is the name of the guy/ girl.

Bea paces in her cell.
She looks up at the CCTV.
Just as Joan is looking down at Bea right at the camera.

Noo.
(Alarm siren goes off)
So Ferguson has upped her game. She really is evil.  But we know that.

So Fletcher is not in a good way.

So Bea mounts her fightback.

Maxine makes a fearsomely polite revolutionary.

Joan Ferguson:
“Zero five, this is the Governor..”
So Bea makes her counter-play.
Then:
walkie talkie:
“Ferguson, you freak!”

So Joan Ferguson makes the expected decision when asked to make a choice.  Well expected by me anyway.

Channing to Joan Ferguson:
“I’m overturning you, make the call..”
Joan Ferguson:
“I think you’re forgetting something..”
(smirks)

Poor Prison Officer Miss Vera Bennet.
 Vera looks at her fingers.

So then, Bea declares her check-mate move.
Joan Ferguson:
“Well?”
Bea:
“You haven’t called in the squad?”
“I can put a stop to this now..”
“Or we can just hang out..”
Bea:
You don’t run this prison..”
“I do!”

The women walk away.  Joan Ferguson surveys the scene.

***

Episode Two.
“Falling Upwards”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Lots.
Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“You don’t run this prison Smith, I do!”

By the end of that episode:
Bea:
“You don’t run this prison…
“I do!”

Song:
“You don’t know me, but I don’t know you
“Calling me on..”
“Calling me in..”

(thunderclaps)

Bright and muted orange light.

(rain pelts)

Joan Ferguson Prison Governor and Miss Vera Bennet, Prison Officer.
Ferguson:
“Are you still in shock Ms. Bennet?”

The women:
“Pizza for breakfast!”

Joan to Miss Bennet:
“The art of negotiation is seeing what you agree on..”

Liz and the beautiful Prison Nurse laugh.
Liz:
“You take care of yourself, OK?”
Ah.

Fletcher is looking at the sky.
Song:
“Caught in a landslide..”
“Caught in a landslide..”

Liz an her visitor.
Liz:
“It’s better if you don’t come here..”

Vera Bennet Prison Officer to the team:
“Our information is that it’s inside the poultry”!

So there is bluff and counter bluff.  In the games being played by the  three main adversaries: in the prison.

Voice-over:
“Wentworth prison contains offensive language, graphic scenes of violence..throughout..”

Liz weeps on the phone in the hall.

Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“I believe she is in hock to Cindy Lou..”
“You’re not my only source of information you know.”

Bea is giving speeches to the women..in the laundry room.

Bea:
“Now I’ll go to the wall for everyone of you, but if you fuck me around..”
She gives the nod to Maxine..
Oh dear.
I knew they were in the laundry room for a reason.  O Mi Lord.
Bea:
“Can you get yourself to medical?”
“Good”.

Bea sure has come a long way.

And Will Jackson Prison Officer goes to meet Fletcher.

Franky to Bea:
“You know what?”
“You’re worse than Jacs because you think you’re doing it for a good cause”
Your kind are the worst”!
Ha ha.  ( i agree)

Joan Ferguson to Bea:
“This man is a Policeman..”

***

Episode Three 
“Knives Out”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Woman:
“Cindy Lou wants it now!”
“Tsanga Ora/ (you) owe her!”  (Tagalot language)

So Doreen doesn’t seem to realise that Eva is psychotically evil.  Plus (Eva is) in love with her and the baby.  (and insanely jealous of Liz)

Bea and Maxine are like the sanctimonious gangsters.

So Liz’s visitor comes back.

Liz to Will Jackson, Prison Officer:
“You’re a good man, Mister Jackson..”

Vera Bennet has really upped her game as a Prison Officer.

So Franky meets the Prison Counsellor.  The Counsellor is cool.

So it took me until this episode to get back into Wentworth Prison.

Boomer, her hands and the biscuits.
Boomer:
“I hate my life..”

Boomer to Eva in the Prison Yard:
“I used to think you were a bit creepy..”
“But you’re all right!”
No, you were right the first time Boomer.

Oh no.  Joan goes for one of her night time walks.

Maxine to Boomer:
“Imagine you’re somewhere nice..”

Franky always was my favourite character.

Nb. It’s Jess, not Eva.  I think she has some dark plans for Liz..

The Counsellor is cool.  I think I said that.

Franky to Bea:
“You’re not the protector,”
“You’re the grim fucking reaper!”

For the life of me I can’t remember how Harry (Bea’s husband) died.

Franky what are you doing girl.

Words Franky doesn’t say very often:
“Sorry Miss Bennet”
“I was out of line”
Franky smirks at the Counsellor.

***

Episode Four.
“Righteous Acts”

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Song:
“Calling me in”
“Catching me out”
“You don’t know me”
“And I don’t know you”..

(tranquil music plays throughout)

They give a warning for offensive language now!

Sandy Westphall the Prison Counsellor won’t last long.  She’s much too bright and bushy tailed.

Liz and Joan Ferguson.
Ferguson:
“Birdsworth, I need you to help us calm her down..”

Liz to Sophie:
“See that panic button?”
“Don’t ever push it!”

TV Announcer:
“Highly offensive language” ( plus violence) is warned at every episode break.

Bea is all evil now.

***

Review of Wentworth Prison Series Three so far.

So here’s the thing: I really rated and liked Wentworth Prison Series One and Two.  I am just not sure if I like/  am feeling this one.

 Series One and Two were daring and different.  A Remake equally as dark as the original.  The Australian series Prisoner Cell Block H.  from back in the day.  A series that was a kind of prison soap opera.  But sent somewhere from the dark side.

Strange dramatic asynchronicities abound. Like for example, the previously described  theme tune of You don’t Bring Me Flowers.  Set along side the dystopian prison corridors.  Dystopian as in another, parallel. world.  There must be all kinds of dystopian.  Surely.  In dramas.

The song sounds romantic and sad.  Yet pretty of sound.  yet there are dark doings and deed afoot in the prison.  There are the two warring women: Bea and Franky.  I think.  Although this situation seems to be fluid and changing throughout.

Games, dreadful games and counter-games are played by the women.  The main women protagonists and enemies of each other: Joan Ferguson, Bea and Franky.

Now there is Maxine, a fearsome and large advantage with her size.  She and Bea are now best buddies, Maxine has better hair but no blusher on: perhaps she doesn’t want it.  Or need it.  Not with those divine cheekbones.

Yes, Maxine and Bea walk around like they were the double Dai Lai Lama. Of the prison.  Yep. They are supremely sanctimonious gangsters.  Quite a pair.  To be reckoned with.

I suppose you could compare them (Bea & Maxine) to a Tony Soprano-style character, the classic dramatic trope of the good hearted gangster.  Well-he was always good to his family, right?

So at the beginning of the write-up I said that I really rated Wentworth Prison series one and Two.  I have set some atmosphere and description of the first two series and the beginning of series three.  As in what has been up with Bea.  Franky.  And so on.

Then there is the inimical and incredibly evil Joan Ferguson.  I probably should say no more.  Put it this way: Joan Ferguson is good at fencing.  She knows when to:
“thrust and parry”.
As advised by her white suited fencing mentor/ Master.  As he and Joan fight or fence, in orange yellow light.

This is a description form the earlier series.  We haven’t as yet, seen Joan Ferguson fencing.  She does plenty of thrusts and parries at work.  She also keeps something creepy in her safe.

The thing is: I really liked the previous series however it took me till about episode four to get back into Wentworth Prison series three.  Perhaps Wentworth Prison is a slow builder. and I have forgotten.  Wentworth Prison just seemed a bit flat.  I dunno quite why.

Possibly my conundrum or puzzle about series three feeling a bit dull was due to all or most of the characters being irredeemably awful now.  Maybe I have to like someone.  That could be.

I suppose Bea could be said to be the heroine at first.  And now look at her.  Now who does she remind me of.. Bea that is.  As she marches head held high and severely stony faced: down that dystopian corridor.

Although Franky is an officially flawed heroine too.  Franky being her own warrior at rare times as well as ordering her troops like the Roman Generals that she reads about.

***

Episode Five.
“Mercy”

Some short notes and dialogue on first watching.
Song:
“You don’t know me”
“When I don’t know you..”
“You’re calling me in.”
“Catching me out..”
“You don’t know me..”
“But I don’t know you..”

Joan Ferguson, Prison Governor to Channing:
“You’d like that wouldn’t you?..”
“Your broken little puppet..”

Ah, Fletch.

Bea tries to parley with Frankie.

The women in the prison are calling Joan Ferguson the freak now.

Fletch to Vera Bennet:
This is better.”

Wow.  Bea can really draw.

Doreen has a terrible dream.

Boomer to the prison Counsellor, Miss Westphall:
“I hit shit”.
 Miss Westphall:
“What form does this take?..”
Boomer:
Shit..”
“I wanna hit!

Joan Ferguson Prison governor to Will Jackson Prison Officer:
“We look after our own here..”

And Bea meets Kaz Proctor.
Kaz Proctor to Bea:
“Your husband wasn’t the victim”
“He was the abuser and he doesn’t deserve to live!”
Oo err.

Bea is like a Jacs clone now.  However she actually thinks that everything she (Bea ) does is righteous.

Jess and Doreen.
Jess:
“But Madison’s still alive in me!”

I am seriously worried about Doreen and her baby around Jess.  Jess is psychopathically evil of course.  And the story she just told Doreen really hasn’t helped.

***

Footnotes.

Jacs is a character from the previous series.

***
Channing is the manager of Wentworth Prison. (or some kind of politician)  Not sure of his official title.  I previously described him in earlier series as the man in the suit.

***

The name Franky is spelt alternately as Frankie and Franky in the series.

***