FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: “Orange Is the New Black” is Back, Drop Everything

This is a very special FOT because it’s going up at midnight. We didn’t think anyone, including us, would be able to contain their Orange is the New Black feelings for that long. I mean, did you see Tumblr when the East Coast realized the episodes don’t drop until 3am their time?

Now I know not everyone can pause everything else in their life to consume this second season as soon as it is available and if that’s the case, let us know when you will have the time. My binge watching won’t start until Friday around 9pm. I have plans to get take out with a friend and hole ourselves up in my apartment. We haven’t decided how many we’ll knock out but the next day we’ll be in a park full of queer women who will probably have done the same thing the night before. Thus we’ll definitely need to have watched enough to keep up with the conversation. Don’t go out on Saturday and embarrass yourself.

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If you also have to wait a little bit to really sink your teeth in, then catch up on the many times we’ve thought critically about the show, that interview we did with Lea Delaria, that time we got a collective crush on one of the writers, that day Samira Wiley set the biggest thirst trap I’ve ever seen, or any of the moments Laverne Cox has been perfect.

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The other day Carly said, “The most important lesbian show right now is Orange is the New Black on Netflix from the creator of Weeds — ten years ago that sentence made no sense.” Well now it does, and I think the first season we were all caught off guard and discovered OITNB in our own time but this season we’re prepared to process together. I don’t really know what to say about spoilers other than don’t be an asshole but if you’re hanging around on this thread, you gotta know something is bound to pop up. We won’t be deleting stuff all willy nilly so enter at your own risk and seriously, don’t be mean.

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    I already informed my friends I will not be attending happy hour tonight. No, sirs. I will be ordering Thai food and sitting on my couch until I’m finished or I fall asleep.

    … I wonder how early I can leave work tomorrow. My boss is at a conference…

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    I have plans to bingewatch Sunday with friends because we all have awful work schedules … but I don’t want to wait! Should I secret watch just a few before then? Could I contain myself if I did?!

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    Welll it is summer, I don’t work on Fridays, and I don’t have plans until 2pm tomorrow. That is why I am currently on the most uncomfortable couch in the house trying to stay awake.

    I have stomach cramps from all the chocolate covered espresso beans. Now I’m eating salami, the only suitable replacement I could get my hands on.

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    I’m so glad we’re in this together.

    I promised my friend no spoilers but I’m planning on sending her vague freakouts and emojis after every episode and she wakes up really early to go to work and she’s already so mad at meeeee

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    I considered staying up to watch it, but ultimately decided that I should rest up so that I can focus for as long as possible tomorrow. So I’m gonna wake up while it’s still morning time, drop off a few job applications, and then glue myself and my laptop to my bed for the next 13 hours. I’ve got some carnation instant breakfast drinks to sustain me during my marathon.

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    Milwaukee Pridefest is this weekend so I’ll have to try and get as many episodes in tomorrow when I get up. One of the benefits of being a freelancer at least I don’t have to go into an office tomorrow so I can OITNB binge for a few hours

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    My life decided that I should be social this weekend, so I got myself one of those “note a date” date things Saturday afternoon and then will hit up Weho Saturday night for Pride weekend, so I won’t get to watch til Sunday. But I’m fucking glad and cannot wait that I’ll have Season 2 waiting for me to watch in it’s glorious entirety.

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    Ahhhhh! I’m in a South Asian country without Netflix! Does anyone know of an alternative place to watch this online? I could try my local bootleg video store but they don’t have much beyond action movies … PLZ HALP

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    ….as someone who doesn’t watch the show, i’ll just be over here in my own corner? with too-strong instant coffee that i dumped too much sugar into in an attempt to make it palatable (whine whine), while wondering where a really pretty moth went to in my room & hoping it’s not eating my clothes right now.

    :B

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    Missus and I were about to finish season 1 last night when our Internet went down, with 20 minutes to go on the last episode…here’s hoping it’s functioning tonight when she gets in so we can get back to it and then run straight on into 2.

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    I won’t be able to watch season 2 until at least Sunday, maybe even Monday night and it makes me feel sad. I got up at 3.30am to meet up friends in Paris and attend a music festival which is great! But at the same time I really want to just sit on a sofa and watch oitnb for 13 hours. All the excitement on twitter and basically everywhere else is not helping me.

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    I can’t wait, I just want to do a happy dance.

    I spent the past hour and half reading material on gender, which lead to transphobic material and the like. I already was misgendered pretty heavily last weekend after telling the people I was hanging with my preferred pronoun is they/ze, but they kept forgetting. All of this has me scared to transition, and all I want to do is cry(which I have a few times this week).

    On another note, I was having a positive convo with a nice lady on Wing Ma’am to only be one of like 50 people who are having messaging issues(it was also happening on her end also). They said they had get on to my account and fix it, which will take like only 5 minutes, but that was like 10 hours ago, and no fix still. :-\

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    Update…internet and tv are down, repeat down… technician is en route…estimated to be fixed by 4pm….its currently 8:20am GMT. Think my lady might ream the cable company if it’s not done by then. Pray to lesbian jesus for us.

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    Up to ep 3, so stoked about where all these arcs could go

    Taystee’s backstory is breakin my heart
    And her friendship with Poussey is all <3__<3 for me

    I love the way a smile grows on Samira Wiley's face

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    being from europe with no access to netflix i do feel really sorry for myself right now.

    even though in theory this gives me the chance to go outside and be productive and stuff, but let’s face it: i’m probably just going to spend the day on the internet looking for possibilities of seeing them episodes anyway.

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    I’m supposed to start OITNB tonight but it’s with a ~girl who I just started ~dating and between all the eye-gazing and deep confessional conversations about our emotional processes I am not going to be able to focus on a television narrative, not one little bit.

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    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS THAT I CAN’T NOT POST IN BOLD CAPS. SERIOUSLY I JUST TRIED AND IT’S DEFFO NOT WORKING! AFTER WORK, I’M LOCKING MYSELF IN MY BEAUTIFUL QUEER ROOM AND HOPING THAT I DON’T GET ANY CALLS FOR STUPID COMPUTER ISSUES BECAUSE I’M ON CALL 24/7 LIKE A DOCTOR. BUT I’M NOT AT ALL LIKE A DOCTOR BUT I MIGHT NEED A DOCTOR BECAUSE I’M ABOUT TO EXPLODE!

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    I’m in Atlantic City on vacation. The wifi wasn’t working in my room last night so I called the front desk AND the IT technician to get that fixed. I wanted to watch it as SOON as it was released.
    But then, I fell asleep. Too much day drinking. I’m going to watch it later tonight. :(

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    Myself and 9 of my lesbian friends have been planning our OITNB viewing party since we first found out when it was being released. Tonight at 7 babiiiiies. Girls lesbianin’ together, pjs and snacks… My kinda party ;)

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    OITNB brings friends back together! A buddy from way back when I lived in Scotland is live tweeting as she watches the series for DIVA magazine and I would never have found her and got back in touch without them tweeting that she was doing that.

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    Whoa. I just finished episode 5 and I’m glad I did because it’s 6am. I’ve been up all night. I had plans of only watching 2 or 3 episodes. You know, pace myself but this show is like, NOPE YOU MUST WATCH ALL YOU CAN’T BEFORE YOUR BRAIN SHUTS OFF.

    I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW. THERE’S NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP. THIS SHIT IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST SEASON. THEY WORKED SOME OF GLORIA’S VOODOO MAGIC AND GOT THE WHOLE AWESOME PACKAGE. GREAT SCRIPTS, GREAT PERFORMANCES, AMAZING STORYTELLING.
    I MEAN A WHOLE EPISODE DEDICATED TO WHICH HOLE VAGINA HAVERS PEE OUT OF WAS A FUCKING BLESSING.

    *Clears throat* Uh, sorry for yelling. It’s just that this show gets me really excited. I’m gonna go back to watching it before I pass out from exhaustion.

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    I know this is an OITNB thread but I have an issue that maybe someone here could help me with. I’m a lesbian but still living with my Jehovah’s Witness mom until I can afford to move out. Of course, I would like to meet more queer people, so I have looked into LGBT community centers in my area. It turns out there is one a 5 minute walk from where I work. I went there a couple of days ago and had an awkward 15-minute conversation with the man and woman who work there. They take drop-ins all day for their free library and computers.

    However, the center is affiliated with a church that they both hold leadership roles in. I’m an atheist but didn’t tell them that, just I was raised in a homophobic JW household and that I was struggling with coming out in that environment, etc. They were understanding of my fears of being outed and having to listen to anti-gay comments from family, which was definitely cool. Also I’m black and so are they so it was exciting to find people like me. But it still felt really awkward because I was being social with non-Jehovah’s Witness people for the first time since high school and I’ve never really talked to other gay people IRL before. The religion I was raised in pretty much bans you from being social with those who are not JWs, so just being social with the people at the center was a big step for me.

    The conversation ended with them saying I was free to come back and check out some books or use the computer if I wanted and that it the center is meant to be a safe space. They gave me some Pride flyers, the woman gave me her business card and said I could email her, and the man gave me a hug and praised me for taking the step of coming in and engaging. They also told me about Sunday Bible study at their church. I have zero interest in religion.

    I planned on returning today to thank them for talking to me earlier this week, but I saw a small crowd of sketchy looking guys loitering on the corner by the center. The center is located in an inner-city neighborhood. I decided not to go in out of fear of being accosted by them. They have rainbow flags and whatnot out front so everyone knows what the building is.

    So instead I emailed the woman thanking her for talking to me and I said I was going to come by but got too nervous. She responded with some words about being patient with myself and coming out in small ways over time. She also said she understood my nervousness.
    So does it seem like it is worth going back? She didn’t say anything about me coming back in her email, and the center is affiliated with a church. I would like to meet some people IRL prior to moving out if possible to have some rudimentary social support and to practice my social skills. Being raised in a high-control religion pretty much destroys your ability to make friends with people.

    At the same time, I don’t really know what I would say to them if I went back due to my atheism, extreme shyness (no really, I’ve had several people tell me I seem autistic), and residual JW conditioning to not socialize with “worldly” ones. I don’t want them to think I’m a weird needy loser if I went back next week and had another awkward conversation and didn’t know what to say.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on what I should do?

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      Hey there! I just wanted to say that you sound awesome and brave and I wish you the best. I also grew up in a very religious household and pretty socially isolated (not JW though), so I can sympathize with that experience of trying to figure out how to interact with people in the wider world.

      From the way that you described it, the center sounds pretty cool except for 1) the possibility that the people there might get pushy with religious stuff and 2) the concern about the safety of the neighborhood. Those are both legit concerns, for sure. But as for 1), it doesn’t seem like they’ve been too pushy yet, so maybe it would be worthwhile to go visit a couple more times as a “trial period.” As for 2), I wonder if it would be possible for you to arrange to go there with somebody else, just so you don’t have to walk up to the place by yourself. Would it be possible to ask the people you know there if there’s somebody who might be interested in some kind of buddy system? Or maybe if you can get there one or two more times, you could find a buddy without asking them (so you can make sure it’s somebody you feel comfortable with).

      I don’t know if these thoughts will be helpful, but again, I just want you to know that I’m wishing you all the best!

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        Thanks so much! The woman I talked to grew up Pentecostal according to her TED talk so let’s hope she has since learned about being liberal and pluralistic from her upbringing.

        Also I’m not out at work and I mostly work with older straight guys so the buddy system is out of the question. I’ll probably go back at a different time when hopefully less people are out.

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      Hi Katie! I was also raised JW, so I feel your feels here. I don’t know how much I can really help you because I still struggle with these same problems – the awkwardness/extreme shyness/difficulty with making new friends. So I don’t necessarily have answers, but sending you hugs :).

      I can understand why you feel hesitant about going to the center since it is religiously affiliated. I’m agnostic and after my experiences so far I am extremely hesitant to have anything to do with any kind of religious organization. But it sounds like these people are maybe not the pushy/judgy type of religious people. If you talk to them again (you could even e-mail again if you don’t feel comfortable going to the center), let them know that you are not looking for a church, just to meet other LGBT people. They might have programs/events that aren’t religious, and they might at least be able to direct you to other resources/groups in your community.

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          I’m glad you were able to find the space. I don’t think you should be too concerned about the runners being religious, especially if they back off once you make it clear you are not interested in attending any church activities. And just hanging out in the library could be a relaxing introverted experience and allow you to see enough people regularly enough that you feel more comfortable talking to them. Also, they may offer non-talk focused activities such as movie nights. The LGBTQ center here is ran by someone who is a pastor. Perhaps part of it is that some churches have more funds to support/subsidize a center? And I think some religious people may be initially over-eager in inviting church attendance because they worry that LGBTQ people may still be theists but in need of an affirming space, which is certainly a concern for some.

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      Hey there! It sounds like it’s not only worth going back but imperative that you do. You absolutely need a support network and it seems like this is your best option. You are incredibly brave. Good luck.

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      the fact that you’re making the effort to go and be in a safe space is probably good enough, to be honest. I’m pretty sure they’re understanding of your shyness. I say just keep going and/or emailing them whenever you need…

      as for the church invites… I’d say “just go to humor them”, but there’s no sense in doing that if you’re an atheist. definitely seek out another safe place that isn’t religiously tied too, but stick with this one until you find that, because I think you definitely need that more than anything else. hang in there. <3

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      You sound really amazingly brave! I’m also terribly awkward, and bad at small talk, and am very impressed by your courage and determination. If you decide you do want to go back and be friendly with them, I’ve found that a useful line is ‘Do you have any plans for the weekend?’ or ‘What did you do last weekend?’ Obvs not that applicable to people who work weekends, but it’s a good phrase because it doesn’t need any introduction, and can go right after ‘Hello, how are you?’ or later in a conversation without being weird. It will often give you information that can be brought up the next time you see someone–you can ask them how the concert was, or how their presentation went, and then that starts another conversation, and also makes you seem like a nice person who pays attention to what people say. And it may give you a point of connection with someone if you discover you have similar interests.

      Could you bring something to do with you, some work, or a craft project, or sit and write some lists or plans for moving out, something that wouldn’t be totally absorbing like reading, but that wouldn’t require you to talk constantly for a long time? Sounds like they let people use their computers, maybe they’d be okay with you using a table and being in the same room with them without having a full-on conversation the whole time.

      Good luck, with moving out, and with the project of learning how to socialize (I sympathize)–its hard but definitely can be done.

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    Woke up at 4:30am and squeezed in some episodes before work. When I realized it was time to go and I’d JUST started Sue’s backstory episode I seriously considered calling in sick. I didn’t. WHERE IS MY MEDAL, I ASK YOU?

    Now I just KNOW I’m not the only one wondering how the hell Samira Wiley got even cuter over the season break, right?? How is that even a thing?

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    I’ve already informed my best friend that if she still plans on coming around tonight, she’s gonna have to sit through it with me. Maybe I should show her the first season?? I’ve been a bit troubled lately, though. Someone in our lovely community has told me that as a newly-out trans man, I should promptly get the heck off of autostraddle. This day is a bittersweet one.

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    My roommate came home from a movie late last night and brought me a movie poster. I was already asleep, but he just briefly woke me up and told me he’d gotten me a little present that I could look at tomorrow. My sleepy guesses about the poster’s contents went as follows:
    “KITTY?”
    “No…”
    “Ghost Cat?”
    “No…”
    “Ellen Page?”
    “No.”

    *disappointed snores*

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    I haven’t started yet, but my friends are coming over in an hour and we’re gonna binge-watch I’m so excited! I’m trying to be a good friend and not watch any of it without them but the sTRUGGLE IS REAL

    (hope everyone’s having a great friday!)

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    I may, I repeat, MAY have signed up for Netflix purely to watch OITNB. Which makes me feel like a lesbian salmon, because it’s just my INSTINCT. It’s in my BLOOD. Whether my fiancee will agree with this sentiment when the first payment goes out….well, I’ll keep you posted.

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    SAM FUCKING WILEY IN A SLEEVELESS DENIM VEST
    A SLEEVELESS DENIM VEST
    A SLEEVELESS DENIM VEST
    SAM FUCKING WILEY IN A SLEEVELESS DENIM VEST
    MAKING
    OUT
    WITH
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    GIRL

    My Outsider heart is so happy. Like SO happy right now. YOU DONT EVEN KNOW

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    my wife and i do festival journalism for gratefulweb.com but this weekend, i couldn’t go to wakarusa because of my summer classes. in exchange for her seeing some of my favorite bands without me, i am going to watch basically all of orange is the new black before she gets home. i’m actually not sure who’s missing out more.

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    Ive only made it halfway through episode 5 and I have a theory. Hear me out.

    REASONS POUSSEY IS AN OUTSIDER:

    1) She’s super hott #hottcabin
    2) She’s with a super attractive woman in a really gay way
    3) She gets sexbocked by the authority
    4) Sleeveless denim vest, HELLO
    5) Super sweet but also weird and nerdy
    6) Likes to read
    7) Is probably a really good planker and could plank any of our laps any day #outsidersplanking

    There are more but I have no evidence to back them up. BUT THAT VEST YO.

    POUSSEY IS A FUKKIN OUTSIDER

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    How the fuck did this show get queerer from last season. Trying to be spoilery because I accidentally spoiled some things for myself on tumblr, but damn.

    also Poussey was kind of just there for me last season but I just plastered my tumblr with pictures of Samira Wiley. AND HER CHARACTER SPEAKING GERMAN? MY HEART.

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    I haven’t gotten to watch OITNB yet because I don’t want to start paying for Netflix again, but I will soon!

    BUT! I did spend my Friday night watching a ton of queers marry each other in Wisconsin!!!! It was amazing to stand near the capital building on a beautiful evening after work and watch everything happen around me. Woo equality!

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    MY FAVORITE THINGS SO FAR(I’m on epi 5):

    -Poussé broke my heart when Taystee didn’t save a seat for her. And when she was being little spoon. HER FACE. MY HEART.
    -When Niki and Boo are starting their “bang off,” and Piper asks if they have to come.
    Boo: With me, they ALWAYS come.
    Niki: Only once? So sad.

    GIRL U NO. You been tearin’ it up, you little cheerleader you.

    Also young Suzanne breaks my heart and Taystee is smart as hell. And I want Poussé to be my wife.

    There were other things too but I’m too excited to keep watching MORE LATER

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    I made fried rice with sliced almonds in a coconut sauce and blanched asparagus with Old Bay, plus brussel sprouts. We had sweet tea, grapefruit and pineapple juice, and plenty of Angry Orchard and Bud Light Lime. I know, Bud Light Lime? It was not my executive decision to make, I promise!

    I had like 15 people in my living room straight up FREAKING over Poussey and Tastee’s uhhhhhhhh
    situation……….
    and now I have a cleanup like no other. It’s okay though, because my friends are golden and this show just keeps getting better!!!!

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    I get up at 5 (2 am pacific, haha) on fridays to figure skate and I can inform you all the nannies at the ice rink, and a lot of the moms, were just sitting there watching orange with their laptops and headphones. It was pretty priceless.

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    Having two small children is really hindering my ability to marathon this show. I got 3 episodes in last night and hopefully will get 3 more in tonight. Then tomorrow is the Tony Awards, which also screws with my marathoning. At this rate I will hopefully have it done by Tues or Wed.

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    I’m nowhere near starting. I’ve been working every night, which is okay because the lead in the show is a super queer super hottie, plus writing and producing and all the things. Plus, TONY AWARDS tomorrow. And I started going to the gym in my attempt to do 100healthydays (although I’m not Facebooking every day). One day, I will binge watch the whole season. Until then, productivity wins. Womp womp.

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    Friday morning I begged all of my friend’s with Netflix accounts to give me their passwords and once someone gave me it I did not get out of bed. My roommate found me 6 hours later in the same position on my bed and asked if I was okay. I hadn’t eaten, I hadn’t moved. I took a short walk outside, got some popcorn and went right back to watching until I had finished the season at 3 am. It is the pride festival in my small town today and I am very tired, but very happy.

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    I took a break from binging the show to do First Friday gallery stuff and I feel compelled to share this story:
    Last night, standing in front of a bar, a large man insisted on buying me a drink. I refused several times. At this, he picked me up and carried me into the bar while I loudly said “No” 10-20 times. He said that I am single so I should have a drink with him. I said that I am not (I am pansexual and I am currently dating a cis guy). He then proceeds to go back outside to apologize to the person in question for violating a “man code” and being disrespectful to him. Not to me. So, there’s that.

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    I already watched it all! OMG! Is it just me or did the writing and acting get even better this season?! I was a bit surprised by the sort of lack of hanger at the end but still it was amazing!!! I’m going back to watch episode four again as soon as I recover from the first watch. Poussey!!! Be still my heart!

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    I am holding true to my commitment to a healthier lifestyle by not binging on netflix. I am I am I am. Hence I’ve only watched season 2 episode 1 and hence I haven’t read any of the rest of the comments here just in case and hence I’m almost exploding wanting to watch the others. I love this show.

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    Why did I blow through all 13 episodes in less than 24 hours knowing full well that another season won’t be out for a whole year? Why couldn’t Netflix release an episode per day to save me from my lack of self-control? And, most importantly, why aren’t I living happily ever after with Samira Wiley?

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      I had gone to a Rod Stewart & Santana concert Friday night with a bunch of folks because we got free tickets, and there was some bar socializing afterwards. I’m so glad my friends driving me home were ready leave after one drink because I just wanted to watch OITB instead of being at the bar.

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    I finished the season last night and wow! That last scene was perfection!!! This season blew the other one out of the water, the script was so much funnier and the new character developments were great. I did get a bit bored/frustrated with the whole Vee storyline in the middle, though.

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      I giggled helplessly every time Vee/Lorraine Toussaint came on screen. The character is beautifully schemey and manipulatively slimy. I loved it.

      HOWEVER, can we talk about how she manipulated Suzanne? OMG, my heart broke a few times. She figured out exactly how to make Suzanne her attack dog. :-(

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        Absolutely. Vee is a smooth operator. She knows how to “ding” her target slightly (remember how she told young Taystee why she wouldn’t get adopted?), then offers some kind of advice or hope that makes them feel better disposed towards her. She compliments, praises, plays on each person’s deepest hopes and needs. I am in awe of her smoothness and her leonine presence. She can nurture and discard without any real sense of guilt or mercy. Too bad she is soulless and a more successful sociopath than that vile Fig. I loved what she got in the end, even if it seemed a tad melodramatic.

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          It was definitely meant to be melodramatic though, and a parallel to what happened to Gloria’s abusive boyfriend. I love how they tied that in – it’s like the ending brought together four story arcs all at once to make one giant BANG.

          And you’re spot on about how Vee weasels her way in. Lorraine Toussaint got her down perfectly.

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    There’s a lot more- a lot more- sex in season 2, for those few members who haven’t started season two yet. A lot more nude shots, especially topless, pretty much in every episode, not a lot of actual pussy (I wonder if this is an FCC thing or just Netflix’s attempt to stay tasteful?) but tons of t & a shots.

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      I do! I really like how this season brought older women inmates into the mix. Sure everyone wants hot young lesbian sexy times–Poussey’s back story and love for Taystee moved me, and the butch-off made me laugh. But I loved how the show took the older women and made them more than background extras. I loved how we saw Rosa’s backstory and her current situation. But what I really dug was when we discovered that the older gardening crew were in Litchfield because of good behavior during Max. Those old ladies had done more serious shit than getting tangled in a boyfriend’s drug business or fraud. All the young hotties thought they were nobodies, but they showed them.

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    I finished it last night. I have too many mixed feelings about this. Almost the whole 1st season was nonstop amazing, but this one was exciting in like only 4 episodes :( (loved the last episode!)

    Am I the only one to want June 2015 to be here already?

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    I just finished episode 8 and I’m scared to continue because of the feels and because I don’t know what I’ll do with my life after I finish the whole season!

    Can we have a Poussey spin-off in the meantime, please?

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    WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER DISCUSSION…
    Just finished episode 11. Most hearbreaking were the Morello and Poussey plotlines. Creepiest character: Vee (am I hallucinating or is Lorraine Toussaint channeling Laura Prepon’s lizard eyes?) . Most unnecessary addition: the hunger striker hippy chick. Vanishing characters: Pennsatucky has faded into the background (and why did they ever take her out of psych?) and Sophia seems to have been marginalized into nothingness. I predicted this last year… once they have their “trans plotline” the trans character isn’t really given anything to do. At least they didn’t kill her off (yet).

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    It was my brothers’ birthday this weekend, and while I’m super busy with stuff and won’t be able to watch until probly Sunday pm, I am looking forward to bundling down on my bed with cake.

    I’ve only seen two episodes. Awww, Taystee. Aww, Piper. And seriously, this isn’t the first time I’d heard about something similar to Big Boo. Had a classmate once who also became too close to her dog. Waddup.

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    I’m desperately trying to stop myself from binge watching by reminding myself that there won’t be another season till 2015 and I’ll have another OITNB shaped void to fill in my heart, but I accidentally watched 10 episodes and resistance is futile.

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    Oh man. I’m done. What do I do noooooow?
    I’m queer, so the obvious answer is process my TV relationships.

    Current primary feelings:

    9. The only thing more boring than Larry on my screen is Larry and Polly on my screen.
    8. I’m an atheist, but damn do I love some politically active, rebellious nuns.
    7. When the hell did Healy turn into an actual person? I feel like he was doing therapy between seasons.
    6. Has it occurred to NO ONE that there will likely be a paternity test?
    5. I love Red.
    4. I want some hardcore old lady back stories.
    3. Rosa was amazing. That totally turned what I was afraid would be a cliched emotionally manipulative illness story into something rad.
    2. Where the hell was Sophia this season? In season three they damn well better give her an actual story arc that isn’t about her being trans.
    1. POUSSEY. ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

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      Leigh, one of the rules about trans characters in media is… they’re only of any value so long as they are tools in a plotline to discuss trans issues. They aren’t given much complexity, certainly not any sexuality and are often so innocuous they’re easily disposed of when the trans plotline is finished. As wonderful as Laverne Cox is, this character fit that mold. :(

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    I just finished Episode 4. Quick thoughts: Man, Vee is sowing the seeds of future terror. Poussey is breaking my heart. I’m curious what Red is up to. I’m afraid that Jenji is going to throw in a weeds reference or something. Hahaha.

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    On episode 4. Loving Sophia’s sex ed lecture! Do disappointed when Taystee didn’t actually get the job when she won the career contest. Taystee and Poussey are in a relationship? Vee is really seductive but so manipulative! The kid with the iPhone at chemo is an asshole

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    I think I’m in love with Poussey.

    I wish I had something more constructive to say, like how I thought the ending was freaking awesome and I ugly cried at multiple points throughout the season, and how I really enjoyed the season as a whole but now even the names Larry and Polly put me to sleep, and how I loved there were whole episodes that Piper wasn’t in (not that she isn’t all well and good, just that there are so many amazing stories that I want to hear that don’t involve her) and how Uzo Aduba is absolutely amazing and Natasha Lyonne still kicks ass and Laura Prepon is hot as hell and that is just an fantastically talented cast.

    But my thoughts and my heart are still with german-speaking-flannel-wearing-joke-making Poussey. I am definitely in love.

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