“Orange Is The New Black” Episode 108 Recap: Gaybies, Gaybies Everywhere

Ugh, y’all are so needy. This is episode appropriate, but still shows Alex in a scenario you can create fantasies around, if that’s your deal.

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Welcome back to another episode of this show that you’ve probably watched four times in the span of me getting to recap number eight. This episode’s theme is human infants. For a show about prison, there sure are a lot of babies going on. Anyway, the flu is sweeping through the prison like the quinoa craze hitting the lesbian world back in the early 2000s. I hate quinoa, and when I eat it, I throw up like Daya. Unlike Daya though, my vomiting is not used as an obvious nod towards impending pregnancy. I’ve watched too many teen soap operas to know that when a character with a vagina has sex with a character with a penis and then throws up within two episodes of said sexual encounter, there is a bun in that oven. It is never not pregnancy. Did you watch Degrassi? It is never not pregnancy.

clearly daya and bennett did not learn a lesson from these other important couples

clearly daya and bennett did not learn a lesson from these other important couples

Piper is doing maxi pad crafts, unintentionally fulfilling a lot of queer stereotypes in a single action. The maxi pad crafts are actually a face mask for Miss Claudette. I’m very allergic to the materials in maxi pads (and you don’t want to know about 14 year old me figuring that out when she got her period at a Fourth of July picnic) so I wouldn’t want to put that on my face, but it seems like a really nice thought.

and wow, i just realized how much you look like macauley culkin. this is gonna be weird from now on, isn't it?

and wow, i just realized how much you look like macauley culkin. this is gonna be weird from now on, isn’t it?

Piper runs into Healy in the cafeteria, and he’s not superbly happy about a little something I liked to call Larry’s Number One Dick Move. Yes, Larry wrote himself a New York Times special all about Piper in prison, without Piper’s permission if your memory is currently serving you, and it’s now in circulation. Piper has now become okay with this in a way that is frighteningly Generation Me, and asks to see the copy. Healy pours coffee on it after he throws it in the garbage so that it is rendered unreadable. The queer in me was shocked at his not recycling and wasting perfectly good material for distributing knowledge, but then I took the queer out of me because we were switching positions and it was my turn to penetrate.

Did I mention this episode was about babies? Because the super pregnant inmate named Maria has just gone into labor. A baby is a-comin’! I have no idea how babies work, given that my dedication to queerness obviously aligns with a desire to overthrow society using witchcraft and the sacrifice of my own first born son as a method of calling on Lilith to dethrone the patriarchy, but apparently babies don’t come out of the butt. Which I believed until I was about 11. Which I think a lot of One Direction slash writers still believe, actually.

now it comes out the butt

now it comes out the butt

Since Red is the go-to mother figure at this establishment, Pornstache suggests she give Tricia a helping hand with her current withdrawal which is, you know, technically his fault for enabling and supplying an addict. Red is like, are you kidding with this bullshit, a sentiment that continues to define her on this show.

you pooped in the corner of the showers, you clean it up. i've had it with this bologna!

you pooped in the corner of the showers, you clean it up. same thing.

You know what else defines this show? FFFFLLLLAAASSSHHHBBBAAACCCCKKKKKSSSSS. Back in the version of Red’s past that closely resembles the plot of the short-lived Russian Dolls, Red’s husband and the Russian Mafia guys are talking about business prospects. Red comments that restaurants are child’s play and don’t have the consistency or big payoff that government contracts would. Red’s husband is like, whoa, free-thinking woman, are you on your period or something? Who let you out of the kitchen?

Larry is a douche canoe buying a lot of copies of the New York Times and explaining how he is in it. As someone who someday dreams of having something published in a major publication, I will do like most normal people do and just share a link to the article on all of my social media outlets instead of creating social anxiety with newsstand clerks. Gosh.

LOOK LOOK LOOK SEE GAZE LOOK AT MY MEDIOCRITY LOOK LOOK DON'T STOP LOOKING I AM SAD LOOK

LOOK LOOK LOOK SEE LOOK AT MY MEDIOCRITY LOOK LOOK DON’T STOP LOOKING I AM SAD LOOK

Maria is still in labor but not the kind that pushes the baby out? I guess that’s a thing? Look, I don’t know how these things work, okay? Sometimes I glance down in the shower and am literally shocked to see I have a vagina because I forgot for like three days.

(inmates awkward silence in reponse to recapper's admission about vagina forgetting)

(inmates having awkward silence in reponse to recapper’s admission of vagina forgetting)

Nicky and Piper are the only ones who show up to the electrical shop since they are the only ones who aren’t sick. Nicky doesn’t believe in getting sick, also doesn’t believe in the mission of the heteropatriarchy. Nicky is a solid lady. Piper and Nicky are sent to fix a dryer for some reason. I’m sure that will be a super successful mission.

So, how many non-heterosexuals does it take to fix a dryer? Three. Two to fix it and one to make a tumblr post about the oppressiveness of routine appliance maintenance.

Apparently Taystee’s hearing didn’t go too well, but Poussey wants her to know that her hair looked good. These two, seriously.

no seriously what would you pay to have poussey say this to you every day

no seriously what would you pay to have poussey say this to you every day

Piper and Nicky are about to doubleteam this dryer situation. But look who’s here! It’s Alex, straight out of your lesbian fantasies, and she and Nicky have a really weird exchange in cheesy hetero porn language that makes both me and Piper kind of wigged out. Is Norma who never speaks a Piper/Alex shipper? She removes Nicky from the situation by literally throwing nuts at her, and gives Alex time to admire Piper attempting to butch it up for the moment. As a butch, I know that nothing makes panties hit the floor harder than a toolbelt.

but you can call me daddy if you want

but you can call me daddy if you want

Red and Nicky are fighting over whether or not Tricia is worth coddling. Nicky is fighting for Tricia, Red says she’s done with how many people want her to hold their hand through their problems. Look, Kate Mulgrew. You just have very nice hands, okay? They seem so firm and wise and capable of mothering all of us lost queer kids in our times of need. And queers have hand fixations. We are essentially walking around with our sex organs out and gesturing and counting money and turning pages and flipping through smartphones at all times. It’s a hand’s world.

and hello to you, hands!

and hello to you, hands!

Piper is actually attempting to fix the dryer, despite not actually knowing how to fix the dryer. She and Alex are flirting in a fun gossipy way when Doggett walks in. Since Doggett has been established as the villain and scapegoat of this show, we are meant to interpret this as just a really shitty thing. Alex is going to help Piper fix the dryer, because reasons. Flirty sexy reasons.

Nicky has to go break the news to Tricia, and damn if it’s not a tough scene. Tricia thinks Nicky’s there for company and helping her out, but besides that orange juice, there’s no help to be had. Nicky says that Red’s given the verdict, and the verdict is that Tricia turns herself in and goes into SHU. And from here on out, she’s not under Red’s protection.

Maria is still trying to push the baby out, y’all. Daya’s mom tells Maria that her baby better not turn out like Daya. What, pregnant? Babies having babies? There’s a lot of babies in this episode.

even uploading this picture scares the shit out of me

i’m sorry

Alex and Piper are in the process of fixing the dryer when Piper realizes her vibrator needs more batteries. Not now, Piper! I, of course, mean flashlight, because everyone knows that you don’t even need a vibrator when you have a dryer to sit on, and Piper wanders off in search of some batteries to flake on. In the meantime, Alex has crawled into the dryer to fix it, which breaks Rule One of Being A Handy Queer: Do Not Crawl Into or On Top Of or In General Trust Your Physical Being With the Object you are Fixing. Doggett locks Alex into the dryer. Maybe Doggett is trying to help Alex reconnect with her womb self?

Piper finds Alex in the dryer. She wants to go get help, but Alex doesn’t want her to leave. She stays. It’s…cute.

pretend you're in my vagina. pretend the dryer is my vagina and you're just all up in there

pretend you’re in my vagina. pretend the dryer is my vagina and you’re just all up in there.

There’s a subplot involving Pornstache dealing with drug fallout that’s kind of blah at this point, but why do we need to worry about what the men are up to when there’s babies afoot? And a lot of them! I mean, really, Alex is a metaphorical fetus right now!

Alex and Piper decide this is a good time for the talk. By the talk, I mean the one they’ve been pussyfooting around for ages. Piper’s like oh, is Nicky your girlfriend or something, I mean whatever, I’m fine with it. And Alex is like, oh, was I supposed to wait for my parts to dry up while you made up your mind. And Piper’s like well, I’m engaged, to a man, with manparts. And Alex is like, that’s been going really well for you so far, please tell me about your success in that realm. And Piper’s like okay, fine, let’s agree to be friends or something since putting a name to what we are is easier than trying to figure it out with bodies. Alex is like I have seen you naked, I have touched your g spot with all ten of my fingers on separate occasions, I would know your cervix in my sleep, I can’t be your friend.

That’s essentially what happened.

Piper tries to kick the dryer to open it. It’s not a vending machine, honey, and tasty as she may appear, Alex is not a Snickers caught on the third tier.

Pornstache attempts to threaten Morello into telling him about Red’s drug trades by getting into the van with her and making her drive around. Morello literally doesn’t know anything and has nothing to share. Pornstache is not doing well with interrogation, but are we surprised?

Alex and Piper get turned in to Healy for fucking around with the dryer. Or maybe for lesbianing, because we all know Healy’s stance on these things. The latter is actually more of the facts, since Healy just wants to know if they were using the dryers for masturbation. Didn’t I tell you? I’ve never tried it myself, but I did watch that episode of Mad Men where Betty thinks about the air conditioning salesman while leaning against the dryer.

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i don't know if they were lesbians but they probably were because only a lesbian is capable of such lesbianism

i don’t know if they were lesbians but they probably were because only a lesbian is capable of such lesbianism

 

Nicky and Red fight because Red has given her silent Norma for a roommate – okay, I love Norma, whatever – and Nicky doesn’t want Red controlling her life. Kind of like…a…mom?! Mommy issues, I swear. Pornstache thinks this rift is his in. Okay, keep trying, honey.

FFFFLLLLAAASSSHHHBBBBAACCCCKKK to Red breaking bread with the big guns of the mafia while her husband is on kitchen duty. Looks like government contracts are the way to go. You see Red in her familiar element and damn it if you don’t want her to adopt you right then and there. What? I have mommy issues, too.

bang bang motherfucker

bang bang motherfucker

Ugh, we’re back in Larry narrative. I hate this fucking narrative. Larry is celebrating the article being published, blah blah, I don’t care. He is out with his friends and Polly goes into labor, another baby is coming, whatever, babies, Larry, it’s all lame, there you go.

NOW? NOW NOW? NOW I DO BE LAME NOW HOW NOW NOW? NOW. NOW? NOW NOW

NOW? NOW NOW? NOW I DO BE LAME NOW HOW NOW NOW? NOW. NOW? NOW NOW

Miss Claudette and Piper are talking about Larry, which triggers a FFFFLLLLAAASSSHHHBBBAAACCCKKKK to Piper waiting for the results of a pregnancy test. Larry is like hey, um, you’re going to prison, not a time to pop a human out of your vagina, but Piper believes that a baby might make prison meaningful. Meaningful?! The privilege white Kool Aid is on the menu here. Luckily, she is not put in a position to treat a baby like a chapter of Eat Pray Love, and then gets really sad about the negative test. Let’s all agree silently that this was not a thing she was ready for in her life.

Larry calls Piper to report on Polly’s baby, but Piper wants to also talk about the shit she’s been thinking about lately. Specifically, who is the fucking girl in the article, and what is up with their relationship. Good timing, good. Meanwhile, Maria gets back from delivering the baby. Babies can’t come home with their mothers if their mothers are convicted criminals, though, so there’s no new baby in the prison. It’s the saddest scene in this episode, bar none.

Pornstache gets Nicky when she’s alone and riles her up with news of Tricia’s extra punishments. Then he asks how the drug shipments come in to Red’s kitchen. Nicky’s in rebellious and super angry mode, so she actually tells him. Pornstache now knows what produce truck to hail down, which is poopyshit. But hey! Taystee heard from the hearing committee and she’s leaving prison. Baby girl! And another hey! Alex has the flu, and Piper visits her in her bed. They have another Moment, and they hold hands. And so it begins, friends. Just like I always said it would. Not that you didn’t see it coming, but.

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Meanwhile, Daya is pregnant because I told you, and because Degrassi never lies. Except when I found out that Drake wasn’t actually in a wheelchair. Degrassi had been lying to me the whole time!

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    “Sometimes I glance down in the shower and am literally shocked to see I have a vagina because I forgot for like three days.”

    I actually hate reading recaps of this show on other websites because the recapper isn’t you, and comments like that one are why.^

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    1. I’m on the verge of the flu so I desperately need to know Nicky’s syrup cocktail. I’m not above trying sizzurp (purple drank if you’re classy)if it will help me.

    2. I wanna cuddle Norma.

    3. I seem to be a rare one that likes Piper and Alex. They’re both little shits in their own way but I like them both.

    4. That scene with Morello scared the hell out of me. I can’t remember ever being that afraid for a character in recent memory. I already hated pornstache but now I’m ready to ride out on his sleazy ass.

    5. I absolutely hate Daya’s mother. I have no tolerance for terrible parents.Not ever. Not even a little.

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    what the heck is up with men like Healy? Its not ignorance, its more than that.

    I loved the scene with Alex in the dryer finding out that Piper was jealous. I’m hoping that larry is gone and wont be back in the next season, or ever. The angst will be with Alex and piper. I’m so torn, they are so good for each other. On the other hand I don’t want Alex anywhere near Piper, twice now, Alex is the second, third choice. I’m thinking there will be another love interest introduced in the next season, because I feel like Alex and Nicky are better of as friends

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    Okay, pausing mid-read to comment that the hetero porn conversation between Nicky and Alex is literally the funniest thing I have ever seen on TV. My gf and I had to rewatch that scene 4 times and take a 5 minute break to regain breathing in order to continue watching. I mean, COME ON. “What… … … too hetero?”

    (Also, Norma with the nuts to call Nicky away was the cake-topper on a priceless moment)

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    Whoa, speaking of Degrassi and wheelchairs, a lot of people were actually pissed to find out that the actor who played Maya in the original series did not use a wheelchair in real life. Unlike Drake she used it from the beginning so we just assumed…
    I am hoping you know of the original series, because if not, you’ve got some more TV binge-watching ahead of you. That goes for everyone.

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    That doll is evil and I grew up in the age of Teddy Ruxspin which was possessed by demons.

    The dryer scene was great, as was Alex’s response of ‘I prefer dishwashers’ to Healy’s rant about dryers and lesbians.

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    “I would know your cervix in my sleep, I can’t be your friend.”
    Omg, how very Jason Schwartzman + Natalie Portman in Darjeeling Lmtd of you. I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. Kade you make my day!!!!!!

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    “Yeah, well…Mommy needs you. But you can call me Daddy if you want.”

    I lost it right there. Thank you for the wonderful recaps. They are doing a good job of filling the vast void that exists between now and season two.

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    ok can we have an alex’s fucking eyebrows recap that just goes like this
    “why why why why why why why why why why why why whyyyyyyyyyyyy why why why i don’t want anything reminding me of sperm between my thighs why why why why WHY”

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    Okay, I am so glad I am not the only one who thought babies came out of the butt! I believed this for a very long time. I think until I was nine, and my mother told me the truth. I was practicing having babies with my best friend across the street Carla and she said they come out the front, and I said no, you are wrong, that hole is too small, it can’t expand like the butt (because I had really thought this through you know?) and she said, no, you are wrong, and I had to ask my mom, and then I got freaked out and decided I never wanted kids.

    I still don’t want kids, but hey, at least now I know that the front can expand too. :) Hello, fisting!

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    Alex when she was sick was like the cutest thing of my life, it made my cold Grinch heart (mostly caused by Pornstache/Morello scene) grow 3x bigger.

    Also, Degrassi AND One Direction references in this, yes, ok, A++ let’s be friends

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    I am dying!!!
    “The queer in me was shocked at his not recycling and wasting perfectly good material for distributing knowledge, but then I took the queer out of me because we were switching positions and it was my turn to penetrate.”

    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder in my life. Love these recaps!

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    This episode had two of my favourite funny moments in the show. The hetero porn exchange of course, which was absolutely wonderful, but also the moment when Piper breaks out into Michael Jackson dancing. That was just so out of the blue and wonderful that I was staring at the screen slackjawed for a few moments after.

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    I kind of felt like Alex was going to hold Piper’s hand right before she did, but given how often we have been given subtext and then been let down on TV, something in me didn’t believe it until it actually happened, and then it was like a chorus of angels broke into song in my gut (and maybe my pants) and I got a little light-headed with joyous elation that OMG THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

    But yes, I really enjoyed the Piper/Alex mini-arc in this episode. “Don’t you go. Don’t you fucking leave me!” is one of the best Alex moments so far on the show, IMO. Following that up with “the talk” that Kate described so well, and finally with them holding hands, it was just adorable and heart-warming. D’awwww.

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      Unlike in most other shows, though, Piper and Alex’s relationship has never been “subtext”. It’s always been full-on text, which is pretty much necessary since that “text” is the whole reason Piper goes to prison in the first place. As Kate pointed out in her very first recap, it takes them all of 19 seconds to show them making out in the shower, and the show takes pains to show that they had a real, long-term relationship.

      Refreshingly, what we would normally have to call subtext in most shows is very much main text here, and the “will they/won’t they” anticipation is about whether or not this former couple with unresolved history will get back together, rather than the standard “omg, will they show actually let them be gay??” It’s kind of awesome.

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        Yeah, sorry, I didn’t explain that very well. I didn’t mean that I thought they were afraid of showing the gay – *clearly* not – but that I was reluctant to get too excited before this because there have been many will they/won’t they situations where the “won’t they” wins, including lots of subtexty shows. As in, lesbians get their hopes let down a lot, and even though this show is clearly very progressive, it doesn’t mean they would actually let the ship sail.

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    One last comment, re. Doggett. This quote… “Since Doggett has been established as the villain and scapegoat of this show, we are meant to interpret this as just a really shitty thing.” Okay, so Kate has previously hinted that she has a lot of feelings about Doggett, and I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who is not entirely happy with how this character was done/presented. I’m really looking forward to hearing more about how she feels about this in the later recaps.

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    The nod to Degrassi…sigh that was my early teen years. Anyway. Every time a character gets pregnant on a television show I wanna scream, “HOW DID YOU GET TO BE SO OLD WITHOUT KNOWING HOW TO STOP THIS. Didn’t you ever see an after school special?”

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