Okay, we’ve talked about the easy stuff enough. It’s time we circle back around to the true source of our anguish: Kate Jenkinson’s face.
I’ve had four years to fall in love with Nicole da Silva and Danielle Cormack, which is great because they have used every minute of that time to take us deeper and deeper into their characters’ psyches. But I’ve only ever given my heart so utterly and abruptly to a TV actress two other times: to Lindsey Shaw and Ali Liebert. The common thread between the three of them, I think, is the open, unchecked bravery with which they let us see both their joy and their sadness. Whatever it is: I will watch whatever Kate Jenkinson is in for the rest of her career. Even if, like this, watching it can be terribly hard.
Naturally, Allie throws caution to the wind and races to tell Bea that she had no part in the attack, that she would never hurt her. She’s fighting against not only the present situation, but Bea’s entire past, which has taught her that the people who claim to love you can usually be counted upon to stab you in the back.
Convinced that she has lost both her mentor and the woman she loves, Allie sinks deep into the Hoodie of Despair.
Meanwhile, Bea is more broken than she’s been since Debbie died and she tried to hang herself, so it’s a very good thing that she gets a visit from the world’s most welcome ex-con.
In no time, Franky has sussed out that Bea is not just reeling from her near death experience (which Franky encourages her not to idealize too much) but honest-to-goodness heartbroken for the first time in her life. Naturally, Franky is THRILLED to welcome Bea to the Tegan and Sara Fan Club, and is nearly tempted to get thrown back in prison just to get in on the fun. But she also reminds Bea that heartbreak is like the chicken pox: the later in life you get it, the more convinced you are you are going to die. Still, there are plenty of other fish in this vast teal sea, and Bea can’t allow herself to give up. It’s good advice, and I know we’re all thrilled to see Franky again, but she can’t tell Bea what she really needs to hear, which is that IT’S NOT TRUE. ALLIE WOULD NEVER DO THAT TO YOU; SHE LOVES YOU.
No, the only person who can set Bea straight is the person who watched Bea and Allie fall in love in the first place: Maxine. (I sure hope this cancer scare is over, because cell block H would be lost without her.) Maxine tells Bea what is abundantly obvious to us, which is that you can’t fake the way Allie looks at Bea. There’s no way Allie’s love for Bea was a ploy. And when Maxine says it, Bea can believe it. (It helps that she wants to believe it with all her heart.) She races to Allie’s unit to find her and make amends, but it’s too late.