Inmates and staff are on high alert when a furious Ann (Jane Hall) crosses the line; Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) coaxes Eve (Tina Bursill) into exploiting Jake (Bernard Curry). A game of cat and mouse ensues between Allie (Kate Jenkinson) and Judy (Vivienne Awosoga). Vera (Kate Atkinson) grows suspicious of Dr. Miller (David de Lautour).
Ann has never been a ray of sunshine, nor is she virtuous, but she makes an excellent point when it comes to surveillance in the prison. At last, a sound mind in the position of power who is prepared to restore authority. She’s only saying what everyone is thinking. It’s just a shame that Ann is completely insane when it comes to respecting human rights. With the enthusiasm of Linda (Jacqueline Brennan), the general manager breaches every violation in the book. One thing’s for sure, sparks would be flying if Ann was around when Ferguson was governor.
There are some new and surprising partnerships formed in the episode whilst allies turn to enemies for others. How these dynamics will play out in future hangs in the air. Will we see confrontational conflict? Or will the characters rely on scheming to ensure revenge is made sweet? Judging by the recent behaviour of the individuals involved, we can expect that someone’s world is about to come crashing down. Vera is still on the warpath as she investigates Miller and Ferguson’s sessions and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but will Jake’s latest conquest hurl her off course?
Satisfaction certainly prevails when Judy gets her comeuppance. Top Dog, Lou (Kate Box), sadistically reminds us about the repercussions of one betraying their crew. We return to the infamous laundry room in a nerve-wracking moment with Lou handling the steam-press. Even after nine seasons, this setting still manages to make you quake, watching with bated breath before Lou settles on a punishment. It’s great to return to familiar scenery though, especially with the finale closing in. Hopefully this isn’t the last time a Top Dog is shown behind the steam-press – looking at you, Rita (Leah Purcell).
Ferguson is playing the long game. Who knows what her angle is? Going by previous seasons, we’re not going to find out until she strikes. Now that Vera is putting the pressure on Miller, Ferguson may have to put whatever plan she has into motion a lot sooner than anticipated. Her bond with Eve is a mystery, but trouble is looming for Jake, that we know for certain. A fantastic aspect of the final series is that multiple storylines are materialising – Ferguson’s included – and they are developing extremely well without intertwining too much.
Performer of the week is none other than series veteran, Katrina Milosevic. Her performance is equal parts hilarious and devastating. Boomer is fiercely loyal to her friends so to say she takes it to heart when the truth about Judy is revealed would be an understatement. Milosevic concurrently lightens the tone of the episode (and the show) as Boomer gets creative with her salacious hobby. Overall, Boomer has a heart of gold. She means well. Her devotion to Allie wholesomely represents her entire character arc. We love Boomer.
‘The Unknown Terrorist’ implies an adrenaline fuelled future for the last season. Ann proceeds to prove that she is nothing but a tyrant; Judy’s plea for protection has unforeseen consequences and Rita needs to give the people what they want and make her move for Top Dog.