Season 2, Episode 7: The Setup
Recap by Coops
Team meeting time again, and Karen explains Helen's new job, and tells
the POs that she has been promoted to Grade 4. We discover that Shell is
on the hospital wing.
Fenner tries to get more money out of Yvonne for Charlie's private
visits, but next day Yvonne produces the photos of Fenner on the golf
course. He goes to slap her but she blocks him, and tells him that she
wants out of Larkhall.
Bodybag unlocks Nikki and Bab's cell. Classic line follows. Hollamby:
Alright, let's have you! Nikki: In your dreams love! Even Babs has to
smile at that one. The pair seem to have worked out their differences.
At breakfast, Nikki is looking out for Helen, who is greeted warmly by
Zan and Crystal.
"Do you want to come back to my place?"
[smirk from Helen who follows N back to her room. Babs watches with a
"So come on, how come you're still on Basic? Have you not worked out yet
how to be a good girl?"
"Oh you know me Helen, as long as my gob's open, I'm getting into
"Nikki just keep out of his way."
"Yeah I'll try. Look Helen, don't think I don't appreciate what you're
trying to do for me. I've got more reason to get out of here than I've
ever had. But the reality is, it's going to be 9 years before they let
"Look, this job gives me access to the files on all the lifers here.
That means your files; trial details, directions by the judge, updates
on parole, everything."
"So maybe I can find something that will get you out of here."
"Like a magic key?"
"Come on Nikki I'm serious."
"Helen I know what I'm missing. And I am not prepared to spend the next
9 years living in false hope, expecting to get out early..."
"It won't be false hope if we make it happen."
"Maybe I think I'm lucky."
"I'm locked up in here and I can still touch you."
[reaches out to H]
"Look, I know that I'm not the governor anymore, but you're still a
prisoner - we still have to be careful."
"Yeah I know, I understand that."
"Look if there's anything in those files; a witness that wasn't brought
forward, evidence that was left out, I'll find it."
"I've got to go. I'll see you."
On leaving the wing, Helen runs into Fenner, who goads her about Nikki.
She tells him that Stubberfield is aware of her visit and letters.
Ex-civil servant Babs has a job as cleaner and starts in the officers'
room. Bodybag is her usual charming self, when Babs asks about joining
the church, she says "A Christian? Shame you had to murder your husband
Zan is still struggling with headaches and blurred vision, and has a go
at Di Barker - "you can pick my arse!" At evening wash she collapses and
has a fit in the toilet and Di has to climb over to rescue her. Bodybag
thinks Zan's still on drugs, and Crystal says, "It's not drugs, she's
off them." "That's right, and I'm off chocolate fingers." *lol* Di is
more sympathetic but they still spin Zan's cell, finding nothing.
Babs is still writing in her journal, and tells Nikki she intends to
write a book about her experience when released. She has no family
waiting for her, and Nikki is visibly moved when Barbara describes her
love for her husband, calling him her soulmate. She says the loneliness
is much worse punishment than prison could ever be. Nikki jokes that
there'd better be nothing about her in the diary, and warns Babs to keep
herself. Babs looks concerned.
Fenner is gutted by Yvonne's manipulation, and when she starts showing
Nikki photos of Charlie playing golf, he takes her to one side, saying
that he can't get her out. She tells him they'll think of something.
Helen is working late in the library, reading Nikki's file. Her
statement to the police shocks Helen, including "I'm glad the bastard's
dead". She also finds the judge's note stating that Nikki should serve
10 years before being considered for parole. Karen interrupts her,
offering a drink. Over a red wine in her office, she tells Helen she will
give her any help she needs, and Helen warns her to watch Fenner.
Next day Karen talks to Fenner, but when he looks like confiding in her,
Bodybag comes in. He just apologises - and actually looks sincere for
Zan is back on the wing, piss-tested clean of course. The doctor reckons
it's just withdrawal symptoms. Fenner tells Bodybag that Charlie is
dying and that Yvonne will need an escort to the hospital soon. That
evening Zan is still in pain, and shouts at the wing to shut up, before
Next day Yvonne tells Fenner that she intends to go out this afternoon
after Lauren visits. Charlie will stop the cab en route and Yvonne will
Helen comes to the library to see Nikki.
"I need to talk to you."
"Do you know how long you're gonna be in here, before anyone even thinks
about reviewing your case?"
"What you talking about?"
"Ten years - that's the judge's decision. That's 9 more years, not until
they set you free, but before anyone even considers it."
"Believe me, I've seen your files. And with your attitude in here, they
could keep you in here for another 15 to 20 years."
"That's not the worst of it. Letting you go is up to the Home Secretary.
Now you killed a police officer - it means that they might never let you
out of here."
"Jesus. I said I was a hopeless case."
"You're not a hopeless case Nikki. It's just going to be difficult
forming an appeal. Saw the statement you made to the police; you didn't
do yourself any favours. The judge said it was cold-blooded murder. Is
he right, is that what you are, a cold-blooded killer?"
"No of course I'm not."
[Di Barker comes in the room]
Nikki and Helen meet in the art room; they are straight into a kiss.
"It's alright, we're safe here, don't worry"
"It's not that."
"What is it, you gone off me then?"
"Nikki, sit down, I need to talk to you."
"Talking's what you do afterwards!"
"So what do you want to talk about?"
"Us. What we're doing."
"What we're not doing, you mean."
"Nikki, I need you to understand. You've turned my life inside out. I
thought I knew which way I was going, I was doing the job I wanted to
do, I was committed to the man I loved. There's no signposts anymore. I
don't know what to expect, except that it won't be normal."
"So what's normal?! A husband, a job, 2.4 kids?!"
"I wanted kids one day."
"You can still have them. There are ways. Oh look Helen, you're not
abnormal, you're not normal, you're just you. You do what you want to
do, what you feel."
"I wanna do what's best for both of us."
"And this is.
But Helen, relationships need both people involved in them. Sometimes I
feel like I'm on my own. I need to know that you're not just going
through the motions."
"Don't worry, I'm not. Nikki, if I didn't feel the way I feel... I
wouldn't be talking like this."
At visiting, Lauren is in tears, and tells Yvonne that it's for real.
Charlie has been arrested and this time he's in real trouble. Lauren
tells her she can't get her hands on the money and breaks down.
H&N are still holding each other in the art room.
"I've gotta go."
"What is it, what's the matter?"
"You trying to get me out of here."
"I will get you out of here."
"It's great Helen, but you can't make it your job description."
"Can't I? Watch me!"
"I don't want you ruining your career over me."
"So what you gonna do, tell the governor I'm helping you formulate an
appeal?! That's a new one."
"Don't want you getting into trouble."
"Look I'll make a deal with you - I won't get into trouble if you
"You don't give up do you?"
They kiss again.
Fenner & Hollamby leave in a taxi with Yvonne. Di tells Crystal that
Zan's been moved to hospital for tests. In the taxi, Yvonne says she
doesn't feel well, and needs the toilet urgently. They pull over and go
into a pub. While Bodybag is in the ladies with Yvonne, Fenner sees a
newspaper - Charlie's arrest is on the front page. He realises that he's
been had, and dashes into the loo to find Yvonne halfway out the window.
Back in her cell, Fenner taunts her, saying that Charlie won't want a
corruption charge on top of everything else. She puts on a tough front,
but later we see her in tears.
Karen discovers the results of Zandra's tests. She looks grim. She meets
Zan on her return to Larkhall, she's feeling better. Crystal and Nikki
welcome Zan back, but Karen's face tells us that all is not well.
After hours, Helen goes into Karen's secretary's office, takes a file
and starts photocopying papers.
Top Dog of the Week
Fenner - looked down and out to Atkins for a while, but luck's on his side
again and he returns triumphant.
Di Barker for being an all-round good egg and climbing into the toilet
to rescue Zan; despite getting abuse from her earlier.
Twatting Twat of the week
Bodybag - she just won't let it lie will she? Larkhall's very own Poison
Dwarf wins for all-round cynicism plus the really nasty comment to Babs.
Weedy Pigeon of the week
Yvonne - manipulates Fenner beautifully but to no avail, although even
when her plans come crashing round her ears, she maintains her dignity
and hard front.
Spin Doctor of the week
Babs has overcome her initial homophobia and she and Nikki share a
moment about soul mates. Jury is still out on her diary though – could
it prove H&N's undoing?
Worst Girl of the week
Bad boy Fenner yet again. His taunting of our beloved Helen was really
Best Line of the week
Hollamby: Alright, let's have you!
Nikki: In your dreams love!
Nikki: Do you want to come back to my place?
Hollamby: Do you think I was born yesterday?
Yvonne: Not by the look of you, no.
Crystal: It's not drugs, she's off them.
BB: That's right, and I'm off chocolate fingers.
Worst line of the week
Yvonne's whole "sex on the beach" phone call to Charlie. Cringetastic!
Nikki: Talking's what you do afterwards. [You may be desperate
for a shag love, but please... as a seduction line that leaves a lot to
Warring faction of the week
Atkins and Fenner; followed by Helen and Fenner. Not making many friends
Sight of the week
Di getting a bunkup from Crystal to climb into the toilet cubicle while
Bodybag flaps her hands ineffectually like a member of Steps in the
Lauren Atkins in floods of tears - we preferred you looking cool in your
leather jacket love.
H&N - bless 'em. Still no tongues, but hey this is ITV not C4.
Larkhall Miracles and Mysteries
Nikki's sentence is probably *the* great Larkhall mystery. According to
her file photo (S2Ep2), she's been inside since May 97. Possibly the
photo was taken when/if she was remanded in custody, which could be a
year or more before trial. Or it was taken when Nikki arrived at
Larkhall from another prison. However in tonight's episode, Helen
reviewed Nikki's file, which included a note from the trial judge which
was dated 1996! In addition, when Nikki's ex-girlfriend Trisha dumped
her in BG1, she mentioned that she'd been waiting for 2 years. Yet Helen
says "10 years...that's 9 more years...before anyone considers it." BG2
is set in c. Nov 99 - we know this from Ep5 - at least, that was the
date on the blackboard when Tessa Spall had her photo taken on entry to
Larkhall. The obvious explanation is that Larkhall's just in a time warp
- after all, the week drags by soooo slowly until 9pm on a Tuesday *lol*.
Yvonne's still got access to the photos of Fenner accepting the bribe.
If Charlie's really going down for a long stretch surely he'll be
willing to take Fenner down with him? And how's Fenner going to get out
of this one...unless he persuades Bodybag to say nothing, the attempted
escape will be reported, and surely it'll come back at him. He should
have checked that Charlie really was at the hospital.
What was Helen photocopying - and why? Good to see her getting chummy
with Karen though, it might need both of them to deal with Fenner.
At the start of the episode, we saw the clip of Helen visiting Nikki
last week - but Nikki speaks first, saying "Long time". This line wasn't
in ep 6!
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