Ferguson’s (Pamela Rabe) cover is blown when a figure from her past arrives at the prison. Ann (Jane Hall) implements an unorthodox method of punishment that leaves Judy (Vivienne Awosoga) in desperate need of medical attention. A tense confrontation leads to a startling discovery for Allie (Kate Jenkinson).
The pacing of the series steadies itself with episode four and turns the action down a couple of notches; this gives us a chance to breathe and digest everything that has occurred over the last few weeks. It is a necessary break, taking the opportunity to tease budding storylines and destructive partnerships within the prison walls. Most of the plot revolves around the several characters plotting against their rivals because who doesn’t have beef at Wentworth?
Ann continues to butt heads with Will (Robbie Magasiva) but ultimately goes too far in her quarrel with Judy. In order to protect her job, the general manager stoops to a distasteful low – was her vulnerability genuine or a ploy for sympathy? Hall steals the spotlight this week, she has proven time and time again to be a wonderful asset to the show; the blatant disregard for human rights, a personal vendetta, her position of power, and a master of manipulation, Ann is despicable; the type of character that we love to hate and Hall is certainly succeeding in preserving this aura.
For fans of the source material, Prisoner, the addition of Tina Bursill will be a trip down memory lane. Bursill previously portrayed Sonia Stevens – played by Sigrid Thornton in Wentworth – and has been reintroduced as Eve Wilder, a former inmate from Blackmoor. There’s an interesting dynamic between Ferguson and Wilder, who is all too familiar with The Freak’s abusive tendencies. It looks like Eve is set to become the gateway Ferguson needs to bring down Jake (Bernard Curry). Does this mean Wilder will team up with The Freak? Or will she be the one expose the truth about her identity?
A trip to the dentist triggers traumatic memories for Allie and the audience – remember the last time an inmate landed in that chair? She is slowly but surely putting the pieces together over her near-fatal attack and resorts to innovative measures to solve the mystery. At this point, every single staff member should be fired – how hard can it be to keep track of their equipment? No wonder Ann is hellbent on cracking the whip.
The final moments of the episode are it’s saving grace. Lou (Kate Box) and Allie share the screen as Jenkinson delivers a monologue that would make even Ferguson proud. It’s enough to leave you uneasy and agitated, and leads to a surprising confession. The angst is rooted in place. There’s no telling who will meet their demise next, but we do know that Allie is smart enough to bide her time and strike at just the right moment.
‘Judas Kiss’ halts the drama and focuses on establishing conflict. Having Kate Jenkinson back front and centre is a pleasure and hopefully something we will see more frequently coming up. A war is brewing; Ann is hot on Judy’s heels, Ferguson has her sights locked on Jake, and Lou is public enemy number one, but who will be the next to fall?