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Season 4

Episode 1 – First Blood
The women of H Block return to Wentworth after the rebuild to find a new dynamic in play. Vera is Governor, Will is her deputy and Kaz Proctor has established a power base. Ferguson prepares to make her next move, while Bea struggles to find a reason to live. When Bea realises that, in her absence, drugs are once again rife, her response is a clinical and brutal bashing of Tina. When sexy, lesbian inmate Allie challenges her sexually, Bea is left to question whether she has the stamina or desire to be Top Dog for the next forty years of her sentence.

Episode 2 – Poking Spiders
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. When this fails, Vera demands an undertaking from Bea there will be no trouble, but Bea’s deal forces Vera to agree to a conjugal visits program for the women, upstaging Kaz’s failed attempt. When a hanging effigy frightens Channing into refusing Ferguson’s request, she is able to bluff him into reversing his decision and despite everyone’s best efforts to prevent it, Ferguson is finally released into general.
Kaz stages a naked protest with the women in the yard in an attempt to force Vera’s hand on the conjugal visits program but this soon erupts into chaos when Kaz and Will have a charged altercation. Meanwhile, Bea suspects Kaz’s lieutenant, Allie may be sexually infatuated with her and decides to test the waters to see if she can develop an influence over the girl.

Episode 3 – Prisoner
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?

Episode 4 – Screw Lover
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 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.

Episode 5 – Love and Hate
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. But Kaz and Ferguson are stymied when Maxine shows mercy and spares Tasha from punishment. Bea and Ally’s bond is cemented when they are slotted in adjoining cells and spend hours talking.

Episode 6 – Divide and Conquer
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. Knowing that Lucy’s punishment will be far more severe, Bea opts for a punishment of her choice – shaving the girl’s head. When Doreen sees the poor girl in the yard being taunted as a lagger by other prisoners, she is distressed on the girl’s behalf but forced to accept Bea’s decision. Emotions are heightened for Doreen when she catches Nash in a lie, having moved in with his former partner. Tasha later attempts suicide, egged on by Ferguson, and an emotional Doreen blames Bea for the girl’s fragile state of mind. Matters are brought to a head when Doreen discovers Bea knew about Maxine’s cancer diagnosis and nevertheless asked her to delay treatment, resulting in a devastating prognosis for Maxine. In disgust, Doreen crosses the floor to join Kaz’s crew – an open act of defiance against Bea. Liz is assigned to look after a new inmate.

Episode 7 – Panic Button
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. Vera is privately determined that Bea maintains control and interferes with the votes, cementing Bea’s power. When Kaz gets sentenced for 12-years, Ferguson unveils her plan and urges Kaz to help her. In return, she’ll take out Bea Smith.

Episode 8 – Plan Bea
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, plotting to drug Bea, then trap and kill her. Meanwhile, Maxine leaves the prison to undergo a double mastectomy, and Boomer is distraught when her application to be support person is denied.

Episode 9 – Afterlife
Bea is struggling to recover in the wake of Ferguson’s attack. Devastated, she believes that Allie was a part of the plan, and was only ever playing her. When Allie learns this, she confesses her love of Bea to Kaz, and pleads with Kaz to set Bea straight. But instead, Kaz cunningly confirms Bea’s worst fears – persuading her that Allie was sent in to manipulate and deceive her.. Ferguson returns from the burns unit, and is placed in a medical hold under the supervision of Jake. Undaunted, she turns to her last option, Jianna’s vulnerable son, Shayne. Maxine is back after surgery and finds herself in the crossfire of huge tension between Boomer, Liz and Sonia.

Episode 10 – Smitten
When Bea discovers Allie has fallen back into drug addiction, Bea decides to remove Allie from Kaz’s control once and for all. In the process she exposes herself to Tina and Vera, showing her willingness to put her personal desire before here responsibilities as Top Dog. Kaz desperate to reassert her own standing with the women, tries to resolve Doreen’s custody issue by sending a message from the Red Right Hand. While Jake managers to ingratiate himself with Vera and Will as a result of Kaz’s actions, Ferguson discovers Jake is a drug dealer and begins spinning her web around him. Vera, caught between her own desire and need to control Ferguson, engages in a risky game of sex and power with Jake. Meanwhile, Franky pursues Shayne in the hope of exposing Ferguson’s plan to undermine her trial and secure her release from Wentworth.

Episode 11 – Eleventh Hour
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. Realising her support is weakening, Bea has no choice but to lag to Vera about the drugs. A toss of Tina’s cell finds the stash and Tina is slotted. For his part, Jake is now under pressure from his dealer to pay, but Tina refuses given that the drugs were confiscated. As the pressure on Jake mounts, he finally breaks down in front of Ferguson, who offers to cover the debt for him exchange for certain favours. When Kaz openly challenges Bea in front of the women, Bea admits to lagging in order to rid the prison of drugs. Bea uses this as an opportunity to abdicate her position. Finally able to commit herself wholly to Allie, they make out for the first time. But Ferguson hot-shotting Allie in the shower puts a sudden end to Bea’s chance for happiness.

Episode 12 – Seeing Red
Bea is devastated when she finds Allie, and is convinced that Kaz is responsible. But once she learns who really tried to kill her, Bea’s attentions turn back to Ferguson’s trial. Convinced that Ferguson is planning something, she enlists Franky to put a stop to it. Franky races against the clock to locate Shayne who through Ferguson’s coaxing is set on killing Jesper before he can give evidence. Jasper doesn’t make it to the courthouse. Ferguson is acquitted; returns to Wentworth and upon release, Bea is intent on delivering her own justice in the name of Allie and others who have suffered at the hands of Ferguson. Someone will not be returning to Wentworth again.