Foxtel drama Wentworth has aired the most graphic scene on Australian television
A sneak peek of what is coming up on Wentworth season 5.
SPOILER ALERT — contains storylines from May 9’s Wentworth episode.
IT might well be the most gruesome moment in the history of the multi award-winning drama Wentworth. And that s saying something.
The drama, which is shown on Foxtel s showcase channel, saw Joan The Freak Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) add involuntary tongue removal to her already alarming CV of dirty deeds.
To recap, The Freak blackmailed the prison nurse to get access to Juicy Lucy Gambaro (Sally-Anne Upton) who was scheduled to have an dodgy tooth extracted by an external dentist.
Gambaro, Wentworth fans will remember, sexually assaulted Ferguson in a shower last season.
The patient Ferguson finally got her revenge this week. Dozing off on happy gas in the dental chair, Juicy Lucy wound up being straddled by Ferguson, who was wielding a surgical blade ready to make an unkind cut.
Her final words to Lucy: You ve licked your last [email protected]#y.
Fans watched as Ferguson severed Lucy s tongue the victim then staggered out into the exercise area of the jail and coughed up blood and gore onto poor prison boss and birthday girl Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson).
Bennett then got the worst birthday present ever on her desk the tongue wrapped up in a box, Seven style.
Just in case going to the dentist wasn’t scary enough, Wentworth just made it more horrifying. Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied
Here s the gruesome story behind Tongue-gate a scene that is instantly iconic in Wentworth history.
Sally-Anne Upton was given the heads up about the pivotal scene at the start of this fifth series of Wentworth from the Foxtel show s writers and producers.
My first thought was Oh no, I can t do my one-liners and ad libs anymore with no tongue , Upton says. But also I realised it d be a real moment.
The scenes in the dental chair took an extraordinary seven and a half hours to film.
Sally-Anne Upton as ‘Juicy’ Lucy Gambaro was the victim of the most gruesome moment in the history of Wentworth. Source:Supplied
I d done a bit of research on tongues. I m a nurse too, nine times out of 10 someone will die from an incident like that because the tongue is so vascular. I knew we only had a short amount of time for me to get out into the courtyard. I was reading an article about a guy who had his tongue cut out because he knew too much.
He said it was the most painful thing but he couldn t scream. He couldn t vocalise it. That s why she screams and it s that last cut and there s no scream.
Joan cutting Juice’s tongue off and giving it to Vera in a box as a birthday present, this is the savage show I love. #Wentworth
It was not only revenge from Ferguson, but a form of torture, Upton adds. They placed it in a dentist chair. People are already frightened of dentists so it added to the suspense.
Upton s character joined Wentworth in season three and fast became a sexual predator whose sexually-suggestive tongue work has become her calling card as well as welcome comedic value.
She s an underdog. As much as she completely frightens the bejesus out of people she makes them laugh, most people take to the fact she s a larrikin.
Upton had friends over at her house to watch the tongue episode.
Poor Vera — Juicy Lucy collapses on Wentworth’s beleaguered prison boss. Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied
My friend Doris said even in the moment of Joan straddling me she was expecting her to just pull out my tooth. No one expected it to go that far. There was an interesting reaction online last night too. People who hated her were still in shock. Fans thought there was a possibility of Juicy being top dog, so no one saw it coming.
The official line is that Lucy is fighting for her life.
She s having a blood transfusion and she can t speak, Ferguson s got her tongue! I hope she comes back in the future. If I got to go find the voice within without having a voice that would be a major challenge. I think that would be groundbreaking. I ve met a lot of deaf people who love the show.
I would totally sacrifice my tongue to have Joan Ferguson straddle me like that ARE YOU SERIOUS #Wentworth
If you’ve got a weak stomach, you maybe did not want to know what happened. Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied
Wentworth Executive Producer Jo Porter said while the tongue scene was graphic, it did not cross boundaries.
It s wonderful to have the freedom of creative expression on Foxtel. But it should never be done for shock value alone, Porter says. It shouldn t just be because you can, it should be informed by character and the demands of the story. As soon as it becomes a cheap trick audiences can smell that a mile away. It feels gratuitous. Even in the heightened world of a prison it has to feel it s happening for a reason.
Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson is now officially Top Dog at Wentworth. Watch your tongues. Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied
Porter said the scene was a long revenge from Ferguson towards Lucy.
This was Ferguson s laying down of the gauntlet, throwing out the trash is her line. Being Ferguson it had to be something outlandish, a massive statement. And it is. Juicy Lucy has a character trait that her rather fruity use of the tongue to tease likely ladies. Inspired by that, where could they take it? And yes, they went there.
Wentworth is about to start filming series six in Melbourne. There s no official line on whether characters Doreen, Maxine or indeed Lucy will come back.
That s the thing about prisons, you just never know, Porter says
However there will be the now trademark season cliffhanger.
Major stuff is going down. There are some surprising twists at the end.
Wentworth airs on showcase, Foxtel, Tuesdays, 8.30pm
This was never going to end well with The Freak on the loose. Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied
It takes 90 minutes to apply Juicy Lucy s lesbian-inspired tattoos, including one on her knuckles with a word that starts with C and rhymes with Brit and the word lick on the other.
The make up department love me and Nicole da Silva because we look after our tattoos. Upton says. I can get the flaming vagina and the dyke on bike tattoo to last two weeks if I look after them. The knuckle one has to come off every day. I wore it home one day and went to pay for my petrol and the woman was horrified. Plus I m a marriage celebrant and it doesn t look good to have those words on your knuckles.
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Sally-Anne Upton and Rebel Wilson in Bogan Pride. Source:Supplied
Sally-Anne Upton in real life, with Ian White this month. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis Source:News Corp Australia
KILLING OFF BEA SMITH
Jo Porter says the show has deliberately paid tribute to Bea Smith, who died in last year s season final at the bloody hands of Joan Ferguson. Some fans were in denial she had died until the first episode this year made it clear.
Grief is not the sort of thing that is over immediately, Porter says. It is very much a subtext that runs through this whole season, right down to the fact that memorial wall for Bea is there, her presence lives on. Killing Bea off was a bold move. Not without a bit of nervousness from all of us. It was a decision that was hugely discussed and debated. It felt the right thing for that character. We spoke to Danielle Cormack about it. She went through the same steps we did, of how to say goodbye to this character.
Spent far too much of that Wentworth episode hiding behind the covers. I’m very aware of my tongue rn
What future, if any, lies ahead for Sally-Anne Upton’s ‘Juicy’ Lucy without a tongue on Wentworth? Picture: Foxtel Source:Supplied