Wentworth: S07.E02. “Payback”

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Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’



In the seventh season premiere, the sh*t hit the fan when Marie Winter (Susie Porter) had Ray Houser (Shane Connor) killed as he was entering Wentworth to attend his own wedding to Rita Connors (Leah Purcell).

If you have yet to watch the second episode in this seventh season of Wentworth, stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead. Once you have watched the episode, feel free to return to this article.

Screen Capture: Leah Purcell as Rita Connors in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Leah Purcell as Rita Connors in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

Ray’s death has taken a steep toll on Rita. She is hallucinating crows. Linda speaks to Rita about the front gate camera footage. Because of this, Rita believes the Butchers were responsible for Ray’s shooting. When Chocco (Nathaniel Dean) visits the prison, Rita tells him that it was the butchers that took Ray out.

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

Kaz Proctor (Tammy Macintosh) wants to team up with Rita to take out Marie but Rita turns her down. When Chocco returns to the prison, he has information for Rita. He informs her the Butchers did not carry out the hit on Ray. It was carried out by a guy named Lukas (Phoenix Raei). Because of this news, Rita changes her mind about assisting Kaz.

Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh and Leah Purcell as Kaz Proctor and Rita Connors, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh and Leah Purcell as Kaz Proctor and Rita Connors, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

With a well-coordinated strategy, Kaz and Rita obtain the chemicals they need to take Marie out. Allie Novak (Kate Jenkinson) saw Kaz and Rita stealing chemicals. Because her immediate thoughts were that Kaz and Rita are looking to poison Marie again, Allie goes to Ruby Mitchell (Rarriwuy Hick). Ruby promises to speak with Rita.

After helping Kaz get the chemicals, Rita realises it does not matter what she does to Marie, it will not bring Ray back. Rita changes her mind in a day more times than the wind changes direction.

Because Rita has backed out of having anything to do with an attack on Marie, Kaz might have to go it alone. Kaz knows Marie tried to kill her with a tainted eight ball of blow.

A Change in Leadership

With consideration to her pregnancy, Vera Bennett’s (Kate Atkinson) has determined the best course of action for her and her soon-to-be-born child is to take a step back from the responsibilities she has as Wentworth governor.  Consequently, Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva) will be filling the role of acting deputy governor in Vera’s absence.

Now that Will is the acting governor, he will need someone trustworthy to temporarily fill his shoes as deputy governor. Linda Miles (Jacqueline Brennan) is gunning for the acting deputy governor’s job but Jake Stewart (Bernard Curry) believes he is a better fit.

Screen Capture: Jacqueline Brennan as Linda Miles in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Jacqueline Brennan as Linda Miles in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

Will’s selection of Linda as his acting deputy governor comes as a huge surprise to everyone. Despite Jake believing himself the best candidate for the position, considering their history, there is no way Will would have given him the promotion over Linda.

The look on Vera’s face when Will announced Linda as the acting deputy governor was priceless. Linda is probably not everyone’s first choice as acting deputy governor, but she is a significantly better choice than Jake.

Will wants to work with Kaz again. The acting governor correctly observes how important it is for the governor and the top dog to cooperate with each other. In the past, many issues have seen a resolution because the governor and top dog have established a workable understanding.

Getting Drugs into the Prison

There are many ways one can try to get drugs into prison without detection by the prison officers. Using the carcass of a dead bird is imaginative. In the yard, Kaz notices some of the prisoners behaving in an odd manner.

Screen Capture: A scene from the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: A scene from the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

Marie turns to Allie for help getting drugs into the prison for her own use. After catching Allie with drugs in the kitchen, Kaz makes her mind up to carry out her plan.

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Screen Capture: Katrina Milosevic as Sue 'Boomer' Jenkins in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Katrina Milosevic as Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

From the Way Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic) is looking at Dr Greg Miller (David de Lautour), it makes me think she wants to smooth him with kisses. Greg must be blind not to notice Boomer is looking at him sexually. While Boomer’s interest in the new psychiatrist is apparent to almost everyone but the doctor himself, Greg seems to have developed an interest in Vera.

Greg’s interest in Vera has not gone completely unnoticed by Jake. Consequently, Jake’s jealousy of Vera having a meaningful bond with the doctor is growing.

Dancing the Night Away

Boomer and Liz Birdsworth (Celia Ireland) are learning to tango. It’s part of the bucket list Boomer put together for Liz. Liz thinks it’s a great idea. Learning new things helps her focus her mind. Liz’s dementia gradually increasing. Her days at Wentworth are numbered.

Screen Capture: Celia Ireland and Bernard Curry as Liz Birdsworth and Jake Stewart, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Celia Ireland and Bernard Curry as Liz Birdsworth and Jake Stewart, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

Jake knows how to tango. Because the tango is on Liz’s bucket list, the prison officer takes the time to dance with Liz. On hearing music in H-1 after lights-out, Vera quietly approaches the unit. To her surprise, she sees Jake doing the tango with Liz. Even though it is not typical for a prison officer to dance with an inmate, Jake shows there is a different side to his personality.

The Tail End

Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor in the WP episode ‘Payback.’
Screen Capture: Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor in the Wentworth episode ‘Payback.’

The episode closes with Kaz tossing a lit prison-made explosive device into Marie’s cell. Kaz keeps the door open long enough for Marie to see her face. After slamming the door closed, Kaz wedges the door shut so that Marie cannot escape the explosion. As Kaz walks away from the door, it does not look like she has any regrets for what she just did.