Screen Capture: Susie Porter as Marie Winter in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Susie Porter as Marie Winter in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’



Did you see the latest episode of the Australian prison drama Wentworth? We are three episodes into Wentworth’s seventh season and the drama is escalating significantly. The previous episode, ‘Payback,’ ended with Kaz Proctor (Tammy Macintosh) tossing a self-made incendiary device into Marie Winter’s (Susie Porter) cell before wedging the door shut.

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SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the latest episode of Wentworth, do not read beyond this point. There are spoilers in this article.

In the opening scene to ‘Atonement,’ we find Kaz has been sent to isolation. Kat wants to see Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva). Because he is now the acting governor, Will neither has the time nor does he have any interest in seeing her. According to Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson), “Mr Jackson doesn’t want to see [Kaz].” When he does eventually see Kaz, the inmate is told she will remain in isolation for everyone’s safety.

Even though Kaz correctly tells Will Marie is the one responsible for bringing drugs into the prison, because she destroyed them, the acting governor does not believe her. There is no evidence supporting a word she is saying. Even though at no time has Kaz ever lied to Will, the acting governor does not believe what she is telling him. If she had held onto the drugs, there may have been a possibility Will would have believed her. Will is seriously considering putting her in the psych unit.

In the Infirmary

Screen Capture: Susie Porter as Marie Winter in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Susie Porter as Marie Winter in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

Marie is in the correctional facility’s infirmary. Both of her arms are covered in bandages. Will informs Marie “Proctor has been charged with attempted murder and damage to department property.” Marie is not happy Will is suggesting she go into protection when it is Kaz that bombed her cell. According to Marie, it’s Kaz that belongs in isolation. Unfortunately for Marie, Will cannot justify keeping Kaz in isolation for much longer. He must let her out at some point.

A New Prisoner

Screen Capture: Morgana O'Reilly as Narelle Stang in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Morgana O’Reilly as Narelle Stang in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

Narelle Stang (Morgana O’Reilly) is brought on to H-Block by Jake Stewart (Bernard Curry). The only other prisoner in the vicinity is Rita Connors (Leah Purcell). In Jake’s presence, Narelle makes no mention of knowing Rita. As soon as the prison officer is out of earshot, the new inmate questions Rita’s identity. “Rita Connors? Doesn’t he mean Rita Harris?” Narelle said. “Does anyone else in here know you’re a copper?”

Rita tries to impress on the Narelle she “has her facts mixed up.” Rita is awaiting trial for murdering a prisoner. It is therefore in Narelle’s best interests to not “talk s***.” What is the likelihood of Narelle taking Rita’s advice? Could this be a problem for Rita? The presence of a prisoner knowing her true identity could create significant issues for Rita and her sister, Ruby Mitchell (Rarriwuy Hick).

At Breakfast…

Screen Capture: Leah Purcell and Morgana O'Reilly as Rita Connors and Narelle Stang, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Leah Purcell and Morgana O’Reilly as Rita Connors and Narelle Stang, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

After making the sound of a pig, Narelle tells Rita that she “loves the smell of bacon in the morning.” It is clear Narelle has no intention of heeding Rita’s warning about talking “s***.” “Do you want some bacon, Rita?” Narelle asks. Narelle is going to see how far she can push Rita before she does something drastic.

Liz Birdsworth (Celia Ireland) notices Kaz is not at breakfast.  Liz is usually the last person to discover anything. Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic) tells Liz “Kaz is in the slot because she tried to blow up Marie.” Changing the subject, Boomer tells everyone Dr Greg Miller (David de Lautour) was in her dreams. In this dream, except for his tie, Greg took off all his clothes. While there is no evidence to suggest she is correct, Boomer describes the doctor’s body as being smooth. Typically, Boomer likes her men to have more than a modicum of hair. This is a significant departure from what she usually likes in a man’s physiology.

Screen Capture: Artemis Ioannides as Vicky Kosta in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Artemis Ioannides as Vicky Kosta in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

As Narelle makes her way back to her seat, Vicky Kosta (Artemis Ioannides) purposefully trips the new inmate. “Fancy seeing you again,” Vicky said to Narelle. “You dopey b****.” Evidently, Rita is not the only prisoner in Wentworth that knew Narelle on the outside.

Allowing Kaz Out of the Slot

Screen Capture: Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

From her office, Vera is watching live video footage of the women having breakfast. There is no way she did not see Vicky trip the new inmate. She immediate goes to Will with concerns about Kaz still being in isolation. For Will to allow Kaz out of the slot, with his position clear, Dr Greg Miller (David de Lautour) “will have to stake his b***s” on her sanity.

A Visit to the Doctor’s Office

The scene in Will’s office transitions to one of someone taking his wristwatch off. It is Greg taking his wristwatch off. He is in his office with Kaz. “What happened with Marie Winter, Karen?” Asks Greg. Immediately correcting the psychiatrist, she responds “It’s Kaz.” We can all be touchy about our names.

Kaz considers Marie poison. She correctly informs the doctor Marie got her friend Allie Novak (Kate Jenkinson) to score drugs for her. Kaz believes it is Marie’s intent to get Allie hooked on drugs again so that she becomes more pliable. If that happens, Marie will find ways to make Allie useful. When asked what Marie would use Allie for, Kaz says, “power.” If Marie gains power over the other women, the influx of drugs to the correctional facility will increase significantly.

Is Rita’s Offer of Protection Real?

Rita offers Narelle protection. She tells Narelle to “consider it a peace offering” but there must be something more to it than what she is letting on to the new inmate. No one, even Rita, does anything for nothing. People will always want something in return for their protection.

Wentworth has a new Prison Officer

Screen Capture: Robbie Magasiva and Rick Donald as Will Jackson and Sean Brody, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Robbie Magasiva and Rick Donald as Will Jackson and Sean Brody, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

Just transferred from Walford Correctional is Sean Brody (Rick Donald). Sean was a prison officer at Walford at the same time as Jake. Not long after his arrival at Wentworth, Sean quickly makes friends with Linda Miles (Jacqueline Brennan). In the previous episode, Will made Linda his acting deputy governor. As a sign of friendship, Sean gives Linda various horseracing tips that might help her win more than she has been. After a run-in with Jake, considering the two officers know each other from their Walford days, the senior officer tells the new transferee to not get any “s*** started” in at Wentworth.

A Second Visit with the Doctor

In the second visit with Greg in his office, Kaz is surprised to find Allie has been invited to the session. Greg apparently wanted to give “[Allie] and Kaz the opportunity to talk about what happened last week.” Allie does not seem impressed by Greg’s approach.

For a while, Kaz wanted a family. Kaz sees Allie as a daughter. At any cost, Kaz will do anything to protect Allie from Marie. If last week’s episode is anything to go by, do anything includes attempting to blow up Marie. The following day, Greg meets with Kaz a third time. He is hoping to build a full picture of the person that is Kaz Proctor.

Kaz was a victim of parental abuse. “Victims of abuse can respond in various ways,” Greg tells Kaz. “Denial, self-blame and trying to regain a sense of power in some way.” In Kaz’s case, she seems to have been trying to empower women. Inclusive of Allie, Kaz is only trying to protect women from those that would do them harm.

Is Allie’s Past Returning?

Screen Capture: Morgana O'Reilly as Narelle Stang in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: Morgana O’Reilly as Narelle Stang in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

Narelle talks about how her brother became disabled. “He got bashed by a bunch of feral b****es that thought he was beating up some girl,” Narelle said. “He got jumped in a car park after work. They must have been waiting for him. The worst part is, Jimmy never even touched that girl.” It sounds like the Red Right Hand were involved in the attack on Narelle’s brother. Does Narelle know the people responsible for her brother’s condition are in Wentworth?

Screen Capture: A flashback scene in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’
Screen Capture: A flashback scene in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’

From the way the flashbacks seem to involve Allie, there is a good chance she is the girl Narelle is referencing. It’s odd no one at the table seems to have noticed Allie’s facial expression when Narelle was telling the story of how her brother became disabled. If someone did notice, it was off camera.

Narelle Almost Outs Rita as a Cop

Ruby knows there is something is going on between Rita and Narelle, but she does not know what it is. Considering Rita’s contact with Narelle increases daily, Ruby knows whatever it is she has on Rita must be significant.

Closure

After trying to speak with Will, Kaz is taken to speak with Vera. The inmate tells Vera she wants closure with Marie. Vera is rightfully concerned Kaz will attack Marie. Kaz has promised that she will not do anything of the kind. Making peace with Marie is something Kaz needs to do so that she can move on with her life.

Screen Capture: Susie Porter and Robbie Magasiva as Marie Winter and Will Jackson, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’ Reflected in the window is Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor.
Screen Capture: Susie Porter and Robbie Magasiva as Marie Winter and Will Jackson, respectively, in the Wentworth episode ‘Atonement.’ Reflected in the window is Tammy Macintosh as Kaz Proctor.

Kaz sees Will kiss Marie. There is no way Marie could have known Kaz was watching. In something completely unrelated to her issues with Marie, Kaz tells Narelle she is the person responsible for her brother being disabled. Kaz is the Red Right Hand.

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

In the closing minutes of the episode, Narelle tells Rita she wants her to kill Kaz Proctor. Do you think she will take Kaz out? Is Wentwoth safe for anyone? It looks like the Wentworth staff will continue to have their hands full for the rest of the season. What did you think of this Wentworth episode? Please comment.