The Best Episodes of Wentworth

Fans of the iconic Prisoner series which pushed boundaries over three decades ago and still today boasts a loyal following worldwide, will remember Bea Smith as gutsy and fearless, ruling Wentworth Correctional Center with an iron fist. But who was Bea Smith before prison? How did a wife and mother from the suburbs become a top dog without rival? Wentworth is a dynamic, often confronting, drama series that begins with Bea’s early days in prison. Set in the present day, it is a modern adaptation of Prisoner contemporising legendary characters and their stories for today’s audience. This ten-part series takes the viewer inside to an uncompromising environment exploring the politics of women in a world without men, and how such a threatening experience both challenges and often changes those confined and working behind the razor wire.

Seeing Red

#1 - Seeing Red

Season 4 - Episode 12

Bea awakes blissfully happy after a night with Allie but it is the eve of Ferguson's trial and the Freak has been relentless in putting the final touches to her scheme for freedom and exoneration. Liz becomes convinced of Sonia's innocence and then Don puts an offer to Liz which could change her life. Maxine is committed to the chemotherapy and her prison family rallies around her.

star 8.66
881 votes
Blood and Fire

#2 - Blood and Fire

Season 3 - Episode 12

Ferguson is losing control, and the walls are closing in. Fletch and Vera band together in an attempt to overthrow the Governor, while Bea discovers the final piece of the puzzle to help solve Harry's murder. Meanwhile, Franky is preparing for her release. But when Jess makes a sudden, drastic move, all plans are thrown out the window and the stage is set for a dramatic showdown.

star 8.47
420 votes
Directors: Steve Jodrell
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Plan Bea

#3 - Plan Bea

Season 4 - Episode 8

As Bea and Allie take their illicit affair further, Bea finds herself uncharacteristically tentative and vulnerable. Neither is aware that Ferguson is tracking them carefully. Meanwhile, Maxine leaves the prison to undergo a double mastectomy leaving Boomer distraught.

star 8.44
847 votes
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Checkmate

#4 - Checkmate

Season 1 - Episode 10

Vera and Matt sleep together but when Vera finds out the shocking truth - Matt and Meg were having an affair, she fell pregnant and had an abortion - Matt tells her to get out of his life. Determined to find out who killed Meg, Will makes a deal with Jacs, however he later discovers Meg's bracelet in Jacs' cell. After threatening to kill her, Will has Jacs charged with Meg's murder. Liz and Franky talk about what really happened the day of Meg's murder: Franky went to find Jacs, and grabbed a knife. When Meg grabbed her arm, Franky thought it was Jacs and stabbed her. Liz took her bracelet and put it in Jacs' cell. Bea discovers the truth behind Debbie's murder and confronts Jacs. After Jacs tries to condone it, Bea takes a pen and shoves it into Jacs' neck and pulls it out, killing her almost instantaneously. She then presses the duress button after Liz had told her to never touch it.

star 8.24
369 votes
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Into The Night

#5 - Into The Night

Season 2 - Episode 11

As Bea and Franky go to war for control of the prison, Bea puts her daring plan in motion. Meanwhile, Fletch is on a downward spiral of self-destructive behaviour as his final day at Wentworth looms.

star 8.23
375 votes
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Fear Her

#6 - Fear Her

Season 2 - Episode 12

The extent of Bea’s plan is revealed as she makes the final moves to avenge Debbie’s death. Meanwhile Franky realises she is losing the support of the women and is forced to consider a deal.

star 8.21
354 votes
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Scars

#7 - Scars

Season 5 - Episode 1

Vera and Ferguson must deal with the fallout from the attack on Bea and Franky's past comes back to haunt her.

star 8.21
1,087 votes
Directors: Mat King
The Governor's Pleasure

#8 - The Governor's Pleasure

Season 3 - Episode 1

When Bea is sentenced to life without parole for the killing of Brayden Holt, Ferguson makes it very clear - she owns Bea now. So when Bea uses her standing as Top Dog to hit back, Ferguson takes revenge - she slots Bea and releases Liz from Protection, exposing Liz to a brutal bashing from Boomer. But Ferguson has underestimated Bea, who starts a riot amongst the prisoners. With the prison in lock-down Ferguson has to turn to Bea to quell the riot. Wentworth isn't Ferguson's prison - it's Bea's. Battle lines are drawn.

star 8.19
413 votes
Directors: Kevin Carlin
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Eleventh Hour

#9 - Eleventh Hour

Season 4 - Episode 11

With Bea and Allie finally out as a couple, Kaz forms an alliance with Tina's Asian crew to help take Bea down. But when Jake smuggles a new batch of drugs into the prison for Tina, Bea gets wind of the stash and orders Tina to flush the gear. Tina refuses, citing Bea's weakening power-base, and her alliance with the RRH.

star 8.17
853 votes
The Bitch Is Back

#10 - The Bitch Is Back

Season 5 - Episode 2

Liz starts to regret her decision to testify against Sonia; Vera takes desperate measures to foil Ferguson's self-defence plea; Franky's trapped by her past.

star 8.15
1,004 votes
Directors: Mat King
A Higher Court

#11 - A Higher Court

Season 3 - Episode 10

Franky's parole hearing is brought forward. Under the pump and certain that Ferguson is planning to ambush her chances, Franky offends former lover Kim, who retaliates by planting drugs, in the form of heroin-filled balloons, in Franky's cell. Faced with an imminent cell toss, Franky has no option but to swallow the evidence. So Franky fronts the parole board, under-prepared, and with a gutful of heroin that may just kill her. But Ferguson has a surprise planned, and just when it seems parole might be possible. Meanwhile, Doreen faces an agonising choice. Does she keep her baby in prison with her? Or does she ask her sister to take care of Joshua, and get him out of Ferguson's reach for good?

star 8.14
397 votes
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Afterlife

#12 - Afterlife

Season 4 - Episode 9

Bea struggles to recover in the wake of her attack. Ferguson returns from the burns unit and is placed in a medical hold under the supervision of Jake. Maxine is back after surgery and finds herself in the crossfire of huge tension between Boomer, Liz and Sonia.

star 8.14
855 votes
First Blood

#13 - First Blood

Season 4 - Episode 1

The women of H Block return to Wentworth after the rebuild to find a new dynamic in play - Vera is Governor, Will is deputy and Kaz Proctor has established a power base. Bea questions whether she has the stamina or desire to be Top Dog for the next forty years of her sentence.

star 8.11
875 votes
Directors: Kevin Carlin
Screw Lover

#14 - Screw Lover

Season 4 - Episode 4

Ferguson, having found protection in Kaz s crew, cunningly blames Will for her brutal ganging, a move which only strengthens Kaz's support for her. When Bea defends Will, it backfires dramatically. She is painted as a screw-lover , and rapidly begins to lose the support of the women. The first ever conjugal visit takes place at the prison, and Boomer shamelessly attempts to impregnate herself to her deadbeat ex-boyfriend, Daz. Meanwhile, Maxine is diagnosed with breast cancer and can t bring herself to tell the other women.

star 8.09
861 votes
Directors: Steve Jodrell
Love and Hate

#15 - Love and Hate

Season 4 - Episode 5

With Bea in the slot, Ferguson intensifies her manipulation of Kaz. Seizing on the recent death of her father that sends Kaz into an inexplicable spiral Ferguson realises that Kaz was a victim of abuse at his hands. Ferguson uses her own troubled relationship with her father as a means of form a closer bond with Kaz. When new Indigenous inmate, Tasha, is put under Doreen s care, Ferguson sees an opportunity to force Kaz into action against Bea. With Maxine as acting Top Dog, Ferguson places Tasha in Lucy's orbit and when Tasha breaks the rules by protecting herself from Lucy's molestation, Maxine appears to have no choice but to punish Tasha. Ferguson urges Kaz to stand up to Maxine and save the innocent girl from abuse at the hands of a man , thereby tapping into Kaz's past trauma. Bea and Ally's bond is cemented when they are slotted in adjoining cells and spend hours talking.

star 8.08
829 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Poking Spiders

#16 - Poking Spiders

Season 4 - Episode 2

Feeling betrayed, Vera takes steps to have Bridget dismissed and expose her relationship with Franky, but is forced to backtrack and enlist Bridget s help instead, when Ferguson makes a bid to be released into the general prison population. The three unlikely allies devise a plan in which Bridget attempts to entrap Ferguson into exposing her psychopathy. Kaz stages a protest with the women in the yard in an attempt to force Vera s hand on the conjugal visits program.

star 8.04
827 votes
Directors: Kevin Carlin
Smitten

#17 - Smitten

Season 4 - Episode 10

When Bea discovers Allie has fallen back into drug addiction, Bea decides to remove Allie from Kaz's control once and for all. Meanwhile, Franky pursues Shayne in the hope of exposing Ferguson's plan to undermine her trial and secure her release from Wentworth.

star 8.02
807 votes
Panic Button

#18 - Panic Button

Season 4 - Episode 7

Ferguson is rattled when she discovers that Bea will be supporting Jesper s evidence in court. Meanwhile, Bea seems to be losing control of the women so she forces a prison-wide vote to end the debate.

star 8.01
884 votes
Divide and Conquer

#19 - Divide and Conquer

Season 4 - Episode 6

Bea is released from the slot and is immediately confronted by Lucy if Bea doesn't punish Tasha for her break in prison rules, Lucy and her crew will be forced to. Doreen shocks everyone by turning her back on Bea and Liz is assigned to look after a new inmate.

star 7.99
838 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Goldfish

#20 - Goldfish

Season 3 - Episode 8

When Ferguson's pet goldfish dies, she identifies her lack of emotion at the death as a potential weakness, rather than strength. But in seeking a renewed connection with Doreen, Ferguson unwittingly makes herself vulnerable when she calls Doreen - Jianna. Bea sees this as a possible chink in her armour and tasks Doreen with uncovering the truth behind the name.

star 7.99
375 votes
Directors: Kevin Carlin
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Prisoner

#21 - Prisoner

Season 4 - Episode 3

Against Vera's wishes, Ferguson is released into general. The women are out for blood but Vera confines Ferguson to her cell for safety reasons. When Ferguson challenges Vera's decision, she's left bewildered and wondering whether Ferguson has a death-wish. As always, Ferguson has an endgame but will she live to accomplish it?

star 7.98
824 votes
Directors: Steve Jodrell
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The Long Game

#22 - The Long Game

Season 3 - Episode 7

Bea struggles to accept that she had a psychotic episode, despite the CCTV evidence. When her blood is found to have traces of LSD, she realises that her attacker caused the meltdown. She smuggles evidence out of the psych unit, understanding she'll need to play the long game if she's going to defeat Ferguson. Meanwhile Bridget struggles to force Franky to accept that she has an emotional block. But when she challenges Franky to talk about her mother, she elicits a confession she wasn't expecting.

star 7.98
355 votes
Directors: Kevin Carlin
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Knives Out

#23 - Knives Out

Season 3 - Episode 3

Franky's under fire. With her supply cut and her powerbase decimated, she's on her own when prisoners come after her to claim what they're owed. Bridget identifies Franky as someone she could really help, but Franky refuses to engage, venting her frustration by trashing the Education Unit. Meanwhile Bea is concerned at the police interest in Will, and shocked when he makes a startling confession.

star 7.96
362 votes
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The Fixer

#24 - The Fixer

Season 2 - Episode 9

When the lab results point to Doreen being pregnant, Ferguson threatens to have Doreen’s lover, Nash’s, parole revoked unless she lies about the father. After being publicly accused by Harry Smith of an inappropriate relationship with Bea, Will comes to believe that Harry is behind his campaign of harassment.

star 7.94
361 votes
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The Pink Dragon

#25 - The Pink Dragon

Season 2 - Episode 6

Simmo’s attempt to kill Bea ends in tragedy, while Liz faces her greatest dilemma – to snitch or not to snitch.

star 7.93
353 votes
Directors: Dee McLachlan
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