The Best Episodes of Wentworth
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2019
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.
#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.
#2 - Hell Bent
Season 5 - Episode 12
Franky and Allie put their escape plan into action. Liz takes desperate measures to protect herself. Ferguson suspects she's living on borrowed time.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - Showdown
Season 6 - Episode 12
A shocked Vera finally discovers the identity of her stalker, who has one last ultimatum. Liz has a daunting favour to ask of Kaz.
#8 - Coup De Grace
Season 5 - Episode 11
Ferguson delivers Vera her coup de grace, unleashing unforeseen consequences. Franky's escape plans are waylaid when Kaz persuades her to join forces to bring down the freak
#9 - 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.
#10 - The Edge
Season 6 - Episode 7
When Sonia is refused a move into protection, she sets up a plan to discredit Kaz and invalidate her position as top dog. With Marie onside, the plan is underway - but may have terrible repercussions for Allie.
#11 - 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.
#12 - Indelible Ink
Season 6 - Episode 11
Allie learns that Marie is getting surveillance photographs smuggled in that show the attack on her son, and Ruby panics.
#13 - Bleed Out
Season 6 - Episode 3
After being shot Franky seeks Bridget’s help, but the police net is tightening. Meanwhile Kaz faces her toughest challenge when she warns Hutch to stop fight club.
#14 - Shallow Grave
Season 6 - Episode 9
Rita is caught in a trap set by Marie and Drago, and must compromise Ray in order to maintain her cover, while Ruby questions Allie’s loyalty when she believes her to be spying for Marie.
#15 - Lovers And Fighters
Season 6 - Episode 8
Kaz is released from the slot and the women realise she has profoundly changed, becoming Liz’s protector, Kaz also demonstrates a harder, tougher top doggedness.
#16 - The Living and the Dead
Season 3 - Episode 11
When Fletch follows Bea's instructions to use Jianna as a means to unsettle Ferguson, he unwittingly sets Vera up to take the fall. Vera, for her part, is consumed with a desire for revenge against Lucy for infecting her with Hep C. Meanwhile, Bea's manipulations of Fletch result in him finally recovering his memory and alerting Will, who is on the verge of being arrested for Harry's murder, to the truth behind Ferguson's manipulations. As the forces align against Ferguson, she begins to unravel, realising she is in a fight of her life, professionally and personally.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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?
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - Happy Birthday, Vera
Season 5 - Episode 6
The women become frustrated with the Top Dog's lack of action against Lucy, and Vera receives a birthday present she will never forget.
#25 - 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.