JOAN & BEA’S BATTLE
Joan prepares to bring Bea down for good in a vicious power struggle set to change all the rules, on Wentworth.
Joan Ferguson has been dangerously spreading her poison, undermining Bea at every turn.
There is something sinister brewing at Wentworth Correctional Centre, and it all revolves around an intense struggle for power. In upcoming episodes of Wentworth, the women are being torn in every direction as the fight for ultimate control moves into top gear. At the vortex of all the chaos is just one person — Joan Ferguson.
Exactly as Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) warned the women when the former governor was first released into the main prison, Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) is not to be trusted and will stop at nothing to ensure the balance of power within the prison always remains in her favour.
Joan Ferguson has been dangerously spreading her poison, undermining Bea at every turn and dragging both Kaz (Tammy MacIntosh) and Doreen (Shareena Clanton) closer into her sphere. What has been unthinkable is that a significant proportion of the women, who once lived in fear when Ferguson was in charge, are now her keenest supporters.
Which is why the controlling, psychopathic Ferguson knows now is the time to make her ultimate move to get rid of Bea. She decides that with Bea out of the way, she can finally have the prison running the way she deems fit.
But this is far more than just about the running of the prison. Ferguson is actually terrified of the power that Bea has over her with some secret information she knows and is prepared to use in Ferguson’s upcoming trial.
The crimes Bea knows about Ferguson could well put the governor away forever. When Bea is asked to testify against Ferguson, she has no hesitation in agreeing. She wants
Ferguson to finally pay for all the evil she has caused. Bea knows she has to stay ahead of Ferguson at every stage, but even she knows she is fighting a losing battle. The fact is, Ferguson has become so deeply entrenched with Kaz and her gang that the once “most hated women” in the prison is now a protected species. No matter what lies Ferguson spills, she knows what buttons to push to get the gullible Kaz on side. Even the slightest mention of a woman being terrified or assaulted is enough to rile the damaged Kaz and get her on side. For Ferguson, it is becoming a little easier every day to sway things her way. Ferguson wants to cause an upheaval and now wants to get Kaz to take over as Top Dog. There is a vacuum brewing as Bea has been increasingly distracted and has begun to lose the faith of many of the women — Ferguson knows now is the time to strike.
She also knows her archnemesis, current governor Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson), has relied on Bea to keep the prisoners in line. That is a power block Ferguson would like to destroy to make sure that Wentworth descends into chaos and Vera is thrown out of her office.
But that is a long-term goal, and it can wait. Getting rid of Bea is far more immediate, and more within her grasp as Kaz’s mental state begins to deteriorate in the wake of bad news about her future.
Once a fan of Bea, Kaz has been fed such a constant stream of Joan’s poison and lies about the Top Dog that she now believes every word. Kaz has begun to come around to her way of thinking and agrees that Bea has to go.
So Joan strikes a deal with Kaz — and it is almost too good to be true. Scores will be settled as Kaz agrees to take care of getting rid of the key evidence to be presented at Joan’s trial, and in return, Joan will make Bea Smith history.
Joan (Pamela Rabe) has been dragging both Kaz and Doreen closer into her sphere. Women who once hated her are now her keenest supporters. Kaz (Tammy MacIntosh) comes around to Ferguson’s way of thinking and agrees that Bea has to go as Top Dog.