Did you see what went down on Wentworth this week? Immediately picking up the drama from events depicted in last week’s episode, “Ascension,” we find the series picking up a story arc many of us thought concluded with Zara ‘Drago’ Dragovic’s (Natalia Novikova) death in the sixth season finale “Showdown.”
The note Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic) in Liz Birdsworth’s (Celia Ireland) cell, not recognised by the cell occupant, was written by Drago when she discovered the identity of the killer. Anyone that’s been paying attention to the series will know it was Ruby Mitchell (Rarriwuy Hick) that killed Marie Winter’s (Susie Porter) son, Danny (Charles Terrier).
SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch “Mother,” stop reading beyond this point. There are spoilers ahead.
It’s Not a Match…
Immediately after the opening credits, not that we did not already know it was inky, we discover the blood on the hoodie found in the library ceiling did not match Kaz Proctor’s (Tammy Macintosh) blood. Wentworth Acting Governor Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva) tells Governor Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson) “the blood on Kosta’s hoodie is not a match for Kaz. It has to be Kaz’s to hold her.”
If you recall from the previous episode, Prison Officer Jake Stewart (Bernard Curry) not only told Allie Novak (Kate Jenkinson) about the hoodie, he also visually showed the prisoner where the blood could be found. Unbeknownst to either Jake or Allie, Marie witnessed their brief conversation. Marie saw Jake pointing to his uniform jacket sleeve.
Prior to her conversation with Jake, Allie had told Marie where Vicky Kosta (Artemis Ioannides) kept her drugs. Consequently, because there was an absolute certainty the women were ready to align with Vicky for Top Dog, Marie saw little choice but to set her up for Kaz’s murder. With Jake finding a bloodstained hoodie in the library ceiling, fingers immediately pointed to Vicky as being Kaz’s killer. With Vicky slotted, Marie had no challengers for the Top Dog position. As a result, Marie ascended to Top Dog.
It looks like the medication Dr Greg Miller (David de Lautour) proscribed for Liz to take is working. She is getting her memories back. She is beginning to remember various events from her recent personal history. The past seven years are becoming less of a blur to the prisoner.
Later, Greg tells Vera someone from the prison has reported him for medical misconduct. Who would report Greg to the medical board? With only Jake having any real motivation for reporting Greg, because he is jealous of the friendship Greg has with Vera, it could not be anyone else. Consequently, the doctor might have to take Liz off the medication he had prescribed.
Greg tells Vera that he failed to document Liz’s psychotic episodes after she started taking the drug. Because the research is experimental, such episodes could be used to shut the research down. As a result of Greg’s apparent medical fraud, as Vera correctly observes, Liz is the real victim.
Boomer’s Meeting with the Doctor…
Greg has good news for Boomer. Her day release has been approved. Boomer, rightfully so, is apprehensive about having a day release because she will be under her mother’s supervision.
Police Dogs in the Prison Again…
With police dogs in the prison again, prisoners can be seen dumping their personal drug stashes down toilets. Vera is concerned about the prison budget. Can the prison afford the cost of a second police dog search of H-Block? Because Will had a personal connection to Kaz, the acting governor does not see the financial ramifications of his actions. Despite Vera warning him about the cost, Will seems to not hear her.
Marie Recognises the Handwriting…
Vera realises the bloodstained hoodie being found in the library ceiling, Vicky being slotted and Marie becoming Top Dog are not coincidences. When reviewing prisoner files, Vera finds the blood found on the hoodie is a match to Marie. Consequently, Vera has Acting Deputy Governor Linda Miles (Jacqueline Brennan) bring Marie to her office. Vera correctly tells Marie that Vicky’s slotting bought her the time she needed to secure the Top Dog position for herself. When the prisoner suggests Vera has “a devious mind,” the senior prison officer indicates the note she has in her hand is significantly more devious.
When Vera shows Marie the note, while it is evident the prison officer believes this an attempt to draw attention away from Marie for Kaz’s murder, there is more than a slight hint of recognition on her face. Marie knows who wrote the note. Drago wrote it before her death. Consequently, because this is Drago’s handwriting, we know the murder the now late prisoner is referencing is that of Marie’s son. Drago was investigating the death of Marie’s son when Rita Connors (Leah Purcell) killed her in a bare fist boxing match.
On Marie’s return to her cell, the prisoner looks at a photograph featuring her son, Olivia Brookes and Ruby. The writing on the reverse side of the photograph matches that of that seen in the note.
When Allie asks Marie if she is interested in watching some telly, Marie invites her into the cell for a moment. Marie knows Ruby killed her son.
The Following Morning…
Allie tries to talk Marie out of doing anything rash. Marie is adamant it must have been Ruby that killed her son. Ruby is a boxer. From the wounds Danny suffered before his death, Ruby’s experience as a boxer makes her Marie’s prime suspect. Even though Allie suggests Drago could have been trying to setup Ruby for the murder, Marie believes her late bodyguard had the right person. With experience and opportunity against Ruby, Allie cannot sway Marie’s opinion. Before Allie can pursue the conversation any further, the acting deputy governor takes Marie away for a second interview with the police.
Later, Allie confronts Ruby about killing Danny. When Ruby asks why she would ask such a thing, Allie tells the boxer that Drago wrote a note saying that she killed Danny. While the note did not specify Danny specifically, it could not have been a reference to anyone else.
Allie has the photograph of the killer. While the image does not show the killer’s face, it does show a tattoo on the back of the killer’s neck. It’s Ruby’s tattoo. When Allie wants to see the back of Ruby’s neck, Ruby refuses. Allie takes this refusal as confirmation Ruby killed Danny.
What will Ruby do now?
Further, Rita and Ruby visit Allie in her cell. Allie, not surprisingly, wants nothing to do with either Rita or Ruby. Ruby killed Danny and Rita killed Drago to prevent her from telling Marie that her sister murdered her son. Rita tells Allie to take a breath and listen to the truth about the night Danny died.
Allie is waiting for Marie in her cell when she arrives. When Marie asks if she spoke to Ruby about Danny’s death, Allie lied. Allie tells Marie there is no tattoo on the back of Ruby’s neck. With the lack of tattoo, Drago must have been wrong. Marie’s facial expression suggests she does not believe Allie.
After the acting deputy governor tells Marie where the note was discovered, Marie speaks with Liz. Liz confirms it was Drago that gave her the note. Drago wanted Liz to pass the note onto Marie, but she forgot all about it. Because of Liz’s medical condition, Marie understands why it is the note slipped Liz’s mind. Immediately after speaking with Marie, Liz realises what she’s done and subsequently seeks out Ruby and Rita in the exercise yard.
“You lied to me,” Marie said to Allie. As Allie walks into Marie’s cell, Ruby and Rita follow her in. Ruby tells Marie the truth of what transpired the night of Danny’s death. Danny was a rapist. Before leaving the cell, Ruby tells Marie she will do whatever she has to do to protect her sister.
Boomer’s Day Release…
Waiting outside the building, Boomer looks nervous. From the way Boomer’s mother is driving as she drives up to the prison, it looks like she has had one too many to drink. May Jenkins (Anni Finsterer) does not seem happy that she has charge of her daughter until 5 pm. According to May, Boomer’s sister “is having a rooting on the beach.”
When Boomer arrives homes, the nervousness on her face is increasingly apparent. Surprisingly, May tells Boomer she has been sober for six months. There is no alcohol in the house. For the past six months, she has only been drinking orange juice.
After attending AA meetings, from what Boomer’s mother is saying, she started attending church services on a regular basis. She found Jesus. Because May is a “born again Christian,” it looks like she wants Boomer to find Jesus too. Considering Boomer’s reaction, it does not look like she has any interest in religion or finding Jesus.
May has been making a living by selling junk online. Her biggest seller is baby formula. She purchases it from the local supermarket and sells it online to the Chinese at a 300 per cent mark-up.
Later, Boomer looks through a shoebox of mementoes she kept from years back. The shoebox contains a concert ticket and several photographs. There are photographs of Boomer’s stepdads (Michael Franks, Adam Keenan, Peter Gagliardi and Jan Downey).
Not on the Level…
Boomer wants to enjoy her day away from prison, but her mother has packages to parcel up and mail out. May doesn’t have the time to spend with her daughter. In an effort to cheer her daughter up, May gives Boomer a silver bracelet. Mother and daughter go out for ice cream.
When May takes Boomer to help her replenish supplies for her online business, we discover Boomer’s mother is not as must buying the baby formula from the local supermarket as she is stealing it. Store security apprehend both Boomer and May. Consequently, Boomer is spending the evening at the Franklin Lockup with her mother.
Brody Accuses Jake of Sexual Harassment…
Jake is called into the governor’s office to face an accusation of sexual harassment. Sean Brody (Rick Donald), even though it was him that has been making sexual advances toward Jake, has alleged Jake has been coming on to him. Will tells Jake that there will be an investigation into the matter. While the investigation is on-going, Jake will be suspended on full pay. When Jake asks Will and Vera if they believe the complaint, neither of the senior officers express an opinion supporting or refuting the claim. Despite this, their silence could be taken as an indication they believe Sean over Jake.
Distracted in the Dining Room…
When Boomer walks into the dining room with her mother, no one’s eyes are on Marie. With everyone’s attention focused on Boomer, no one notices Marie add white powder to a meal. Which prisoner will be eating it? Rita or Ruby? Since Ruby is the person that killed Danny, she is the likely candidate but that does not mean Marie placed the drug on the wrong plate.
The episode ends with Ruby collapsed on the floor of H-1. Does this mean we will not be seeing Ruby again? The description of the next episode does not look good for Ruby.