Season 2, Episode 3: Visiting Time
Recap by Coops
The day starts with the mail delivery to Larkhall. Nikki looks
depressed and is surprised to receive a letter. Opening it, she finds a
postcard of a Victorian oil painting. On the back is written "Recognise
this? H." There is also a 2 page letter enclosed, and she is delighted
when she realises who it's from. [Turns out that the painting is of
George Eliot - you may recall that Nikki was reading Middlemarch last
Fenner's 2 kids find him sleeping on the sofa. He tells Marilyn that he
tried and failed to resist Shell's advances. He asks for her help to get
him off the assault charge.
Stubberfield appoints Karen Betts as wing governor. She tells the prison
officers that she won't be soft on inmates but she won't tolerate
laziness or backbiting amongst the POs. Naive new officer Di Barker
transfers from H Wing and soon sees Bodybag's petty and malicious
nature. Dominic is scathing about Fenner's behaviour and starts standing
up to Bodybag.
Yvonne spots a newspaper article reporting the death of Julie J's
loathed ex-father-in-law. Julie S realises that her kids will return
from the USA for the funeral. Julie's ex-husband has a court order
preventing her from seeing them, so they ask for compassionate leave to
attend the funeral but it is refused.
Fenner is interviewed by the police and denies everything, claiming
Shell attacked him. Marilyn backs him up as he claims he's a happily
married man, although she hasn't forgiven him by any means. She agrees
to write to Dockley saying that their marriage is over; they hope that
Shell will drop the charges against him.
Shell's power is ebbing away with Fenner gone. Even Denny is losing
interest and spending more time with Atkins and the other girls.
Hollamby visits Fenner and tells him that Helen has resigned. He is
gutted that Betts has got the wing governor's job. He persuades Hollamby
to take a letter from him to Dockley.
Josh spots Crystal and is impressed, although when he later tries to
chat her up, she rebuffs him.
The Julies are cleaning the floor, and when Bodybag slips and starts
moaning, Julie J says "serves you bloody right, you dried-up old bag!"
She kicks over the bucket and throws her mop down. Bodybag bangs her up.
Yvonne takes pity on Julie and contacts her own gangster husband,
planning to get Julie's kids in to visit.
Shell believed Mrs Fenner's letter, and is thrilled to receive one from
Jim saying that he loves her and wants to be with her. She goes to
Stubberfield and tells him that she lied about the assault. She now
claims that she made a pass at him and he refused, so she was trying to
get back at him. Karen knows this isn't true and wants Fenner
transferred to another wing, but Stubberfield insists that he must
return to G Wing.
Next day Denny is expecting a visit from her mum, but she never arrives,
much to Denny's concern. Lauren Atkins brings Julie's kids in with her.
It is a difficult visit, especially when her son asks if she is a
prostitute. Just as they start really talking, Hollomby realises that
they shouldn't be there and ushers them out. Julie is hauled away
Nikki bumps into Fenner. He warns her to keep her nose clean now that
Helen is gone. The girls are downhearted that Fenner is back and Bodybag
is so spiteful. Yvonne tells them that there are ways of getting back at
Fenner goes to Dockley's cell and tricks her into returning the letters
to him. He tells her that he told Marilyn what to write, and that he
wouldn't leave his wife for a slut like her. Betts sees him coming out
of Dockley's cell. She tells him that she doesn't trust him and he
should consider applying for a transfer. Denny finds Shell sitting on
the floor of her cell, literally pulling her hair out. "He conned me
The Julies are polishing the top step of the stairs, surrounded by
Nikki, Yvonne, Zandra and Crystal. Bodybag slips at the top and they
assist her, telling her to be careful. But they close in and a firm
shove sends her flying down the stairs. She is seen lying motionless on
the floor. Betts rushes over to her, and looks up at our girls who are
looking anything but shocked or repentant.
Top Dog of the Week
Yvonne Atkins (again) who uses her not inconsiderable power for good once
more, fixing it for her daughter to bring Julie J's kids in to visit.
She fronts up to Shell who is threatening Julie S; and follows this up with
a plot to get back at Bodybag, and on slo-mo replay can be seen playing
the major part in the tumble. But when the girls close ranks, who can
prove a thing?
Dominic for standing up to old Bodybag on several occasions. So he's not
just a pretty face then.
Twatting Twat of the week
PO Di "Too Good to be True" Barker who is completely suckered by the
Julies' charade of grief. Too gullible for words, this one.
Marilyn Fenner, for standing by her man. "She is deranged", to coin a
Weedy Pigeon of the week
Julie J who has to confess to her kids that she is a prostitute; and is
then dragged away from them thanks to Hollamby.
Spin Doctor of the week
Fenner, at his manipulative best, persuades Shell to drop the allegation
and manages to retrieve the incriminating evidence. Stubberfield, who
jumps at the chance to get Fenner back in place on G Wing. He seems set
on playing Jim and Karen off against each other - either that or he's
more naive than we took him for.
Worst Girl of the week
Hollamby, who gets all cosy with the Fenners and manages to upset pretty
much everyone else; but hurrah, well and truly gets her comeuppance at
the hands of our girls. Brings a whole new dimension to the phrase "I'll
go to the foot of our stairs".
Best Line of the week
Hollamby: She'll be out of that uniform and into a suit quicker than
Nikki: How's she going to do that then, stick a couple of sacks over
their heads and sling them in the boot of her car? [Our Nikki's
always had a nice line in sarcasm]
Worst line of the week
The whole Julies & the lemon squirting bit. What pants.
Warring faction of the week
Bodybag and Julie J.
Sight of the week
Nikki's face at receiving Helen's letter *ah bless*.
Hollamby's joy at hearing that Helen has resigned, swiftly replaced by
the usual "face like a slapped arse" when Stubberfield announces that
Karen has taken over.
Larkhall Miracles & Mysteries
Jim Fenner wakes up on his sofa, so it is the day after Helen's shock
resignation. And yet Nikki receives Helen's letter (with 2nd class
stamp). Amazing postal service in that bit of London.
Julies tell Shell that they've "lost their favourite screw". But at the
end of the last episode they were merrily joining in the taunting of
Fenner. Make your mind(s) up.
Shell is told that no-one's scared of her now Fenner's gone. But in BG1
her power derived from her own psycho bitch behaviour plus Denny's
muscle. Granted, Denny is losing interest, but surely Shell can still
hold her own. And what sort of sucker is she to be taken in by the
letters from Fenner and his missus?
Shell withdraws her allegation against Fenner but isn't punished for the
"lie". Is this because Karen Betts is convinced it was all true?
Julie J who had 3 kids in Series 1 now suddenly only has 2 in this
series, was it abducted by aliens or have I been watching too much
What was the point of the underwear?
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