Orange Is The New Black Episode 308 Recap: Fear and Loathing in Panty Town

Big Boo and Morello are playing chess. I want them to be doing this in Union Square park so bad. Maybe if we all shut our eyes and pretend, it’ll come true! Anyway, in a scene that I wish would have lasted much longer, Boo and Morello break down the philosophy of one of the world’s oldest games.

If I wanna use shrinky dinks to make sex toys, no one's gonna talk me out of it.

If I wanna use shrinky dinks to make sex toys, no one’s gonna talk me out of it.

Big Boo: Pawns are called pawns for a reason. They’re minesweepers, uneducated militants with suicide vests. You must protect your more important people.
Morello: All of my people are important people and I mourn them all equally. Just cuz you’re a horsey or you can move diagonally does not mean you are better than little nubby guy who moves one spot at a time.

Morello drops these life lessons on all of our beating hearts, y’all. I hope we’re all listening.

Piper drops in to share her Clever Asshole Grin with the world. Big Boo sniffs her out and asks what’s going on in the land of uncooked boxes of spaghetti.

And lo, the Angel of Ramen came upon them, the glory of the flavor packets showed round about them and they were so afraid and the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For behold, I bring you tidings of great joy that involve an illegal panty ring and shrimp, pork, and chicken flavor packets, for unto you was born this day in the prison of Litchfield a White Savior who is Piper, that’s me, Piper Kerman, the new Al Capone of Panties.”

Piper: I need your vadge sweat and maybe some, uh, colorless discharge. I’m starting a business selling stinky panties to perverts.
Jones: That’s the miraculous adventure?
Piper: It’s easy. I give you flavor packets and you give me something you’re already giving away for free.
Big Boo: And you get to keep the money
Piper: And you are supporting a local business.

I don't know what intersectional feminism is but as long as we have white fragility on our side, we don't need it.

I don’t know what intersectional feminism is but as long as we have white fragility on our side, we don’t need it.

And this is absolute bullshit. Piper is really good at co-opting the language of the people and using it to provide legitimacy to her unscrupulous pursuits but also to ease her conscience should it ever bubble up and cause her to question her morality.

Jones calls her business plan “disgusting,” but I think we all know,she’s also calling Piper disgusting. Not because selling panties is inherently bad at all but the slick oil salesman way Piper goes about it is disgusting.

Um, you're embarrassing us. All of us. Our feminism is intersectional or it is bullshit. Now please sit down.

Um, you’re embarrassing us. All of us. Our feminism is intersectional or it is bullshit. Now please sit down.

But of course, Piper doesn’t listen to herself when she speaks so she goes on for a minute about how she used to be grossed out by her own cootie scent. Again, she utilizes the language of the oppressed and points to the patriarchy and because she’s in the company of white women, this tool works. White women are oppressed by white men and it’s white men that have made white women hate their cootie scents. So her panty-selling business is actually FEMINISM Y’ALL.

Her one good point is that the same men who want to shame women’s bodies/scents are the same men who will buy used prison panties in bulk. There’s no lie there, Piper. Ningun.

WAIT I THINK I GET IT NOW. INTERSECTIONAL, LIKE THE WAY A SOFA HAS MANY PARTS BUT IT'S STILL ONE SOFA? IS THAT IT? DID I GET IT??

WAIT I THINK I GET IT NOW. INTERSECTIONAL, LIKE THE WAY A SOFA HAS MANY PARTS BUT IT’S STILL ONE SOFA? IS THAT IT? DID I GET IT??

She ends her speech on a picnic table summoning the spirits of a thousand white suffragettes. In that moment the symbol of the patriarchy, C.O. Stone Cold Steve Austin, orders Piper to step down from the table and resume her position as the inferior sex.

All the prisoners are in there like swimwear and are ready for Operation Stanky Drawers.


We find Soso in Healy’s Office of Last Resorts. Papa Roach is playing and it’s all very early 2000s when emo tried to become scream rap. Soso still needs a friend. Healey still needs a hand job and I’m terrified of what’s gonna go down between them. We almost lost Red to this human sack of instant mashed potatoes. Soso goes on and on about how she can’t have friends because she talks too much. And then she says the thing that makes Healey fume, she says, “The only place I feel like I can really talk without getting jumped on is in Berdie’s drama class. Is it possible to change counselors?”

No, Heather Hogan, retweeted ME! Me. Ok, I'm her biggest fan and you can't take that away.

No, Heather Hogan, retweeted ME! Me. Ok, I’m her biggest fan and you can’t take that away.

Healey can’t handle the fact that a Black woman is making him obsolete because she’s that much better at her job. He won’t switch Soso to Berdie’s counsel. Instead he gives her the wisdom of men: Depression is all in your head. Go take a pill. No one likes a sad broad.


Daya Pregnany Update, Gestational Week 435: STILL PREGGZZ

I asked for the abortion coloring book but Mom got me stupid My Little Pony instead. That's for babies...and grown men? Stupid mom.

I asked for the Girls are Not Chicks coloring book but Mom got me stupid My Little Pony instead. That’s for babies…and grown men? Stupid mom.

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Yo, are those my chanclas? What’d I tell you about borrowing my damn chanclas without asking?

Aleida tells Daya that someone should rub her feet but ha, it ain’t gonna be her. She asks Daya if she’s thought some more about giving her baby to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Daya shrugs; she’s not sure if they can handle another baby. Aleida’s smacks Daya in the face and asks her if she’s that stupid. Of course they can. This would be their first Latino baby so you know it’d get spoiled.

Stupid Daya.

Aleida: You gotta realize this isn’t for you. It’s for her. A better life. Washers and dryers in the building. Math tutor. Shit involving horses.
Daya: If I really love her, money shouldn’t matter.
Aleida: Daya, stop being such a selfish bitch and commit to this. Now. Because if you’re still on the fence when this thing comes out of you, you’re gonna keep it. Do the right thing.

And with a few love slaps to Daya’s thigh, Aleida’s out that bitch and heading to Chang’s Commissary and Beauty Aids to pick up some new rolos for her doobie.


We find Caputo doing what he does best — actually what he does best is hate-bang Figeuroa — so it’s what he does second best and that’s try to improve the lives of the women at Litchfield. Caputo at his core actually gives so many mustached fucks.

When a woman nicknames you "Beer Can," you sex that woman up whenever she wants it, however she wants it, and you worship the ground she walks on forever.

When a woman nicknames you “Beer Can,” you sex that woman up whenever she wants it, however she wants it, and you worship the ground she walks on forever. And when she doesn’t want it, you make her a damn sandwich.

He’s trying to get their books back, like the good ones, the law books that will help them get out of jail, and he’s trying to get them college courses. He’s put in for all these programs and all he’s getting is budget cuts. And smarmy annoying Corporate Shmuck, Jr. doesn’t have much to offer Caputo besides constipated looks and weasely shrugs.


On the road again with Pensatucky and bug-eyed drifter C.O. Coates, we find ourselves in that weird place on this show where it’s hard to tell if people are flirting or abusing their power or reminding those in power that they’re dangerous criminals. So like it’s hella uncomfortable and this might be a good time to soak your feet in some Epsom salts and smoke an American Spirit.

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In a perfect world, I’d get to drive around with Leanne and Ang, drinking Miller High Life while singing along to Miranda Lambert and ripping Confederate flags off of people’s pick up trucks.


Piper and Stella are sewing partners in the workroom. But they’re also trying to lowkey smash, you know? So, Stella goes the direct route and asks if Alex is Piper’s main chick or if there’s wiggle room for a quickie in the janitor’s closet. Piper admits that Alex is her girlfriend but doesn’t make eye contact which is code for “my gf doesn’t have to know that we finger bang tho.” Wink wink.

Hell yeah, I'd go down on myself if I could.

Hell yeah, I’d go down on myself if I could. Wouldn’t you?

Whoa, hey, hold up there. I'm not always clear after I wipe, so I'd have to shower first and maybe then. Maybe.

Whoa, hey, hold up there. I’m not always clear after I wipe, so I’d have to shower first and maybe then. Maybe.

Not only is Stella gorgeous but she’s also so goddamn smart that she figures out Piper’s super secret plan to seduce Gerber Baby into smuggling out the panties. She’s got her looks, her pretty face, but she never underestimates the importance of BODY LANGUAGE. HA!

Officer Gerber Baby has the sexual charisma of Michael Cera in every movie role he’s ever played and I know there’s an appeal to that, the awkward baby-faced cutie pie who gets nervous around real life girls but is still really nice; I get that niche or whatever.

But Piper flirting with him is like watching a used up Real Housewife flirt with their teen daughter’s boyfriend. Are any of us here for that? Nope.

If she asks me one more time to teach her how to twerk, swear to God...

If she asks me one more time to teach her how to twerk, I swear to God.


Alex is pulling weeds in the garden, again looking mighty fine. Tank Girl offers her a bouquet of poison ivy as a symbol of love and friendship. Alex declines and wonders if it’s really a symbol of imminent death.

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I don’t know who’s doing it. But I’m gonna find the people trying to take away Drake’s wave and I’m going to crush them.


Flashback! Alex and Fahri are in a hotel room. He’s freaking out because the pizza and drugs are still in jail. He’s also freaking out because he left the top level drug boss exposed and he’s probably gonna die. Newsflash: He dies! Gets shot right in the head in front of Alex by his own henchbro.

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In a past life, I was a white lab rat.


Coates and Tucky talk donuts in another attempt at a cute/light-hearted scene that does nothing but build an impending sense of doom. Eat your donuts, Tucky, and get TF back to Litchfield.

Coates: A donut that’s selling donuts is basically a slave trader.

Take a shot if you literally smacked your forehead at any point during this asinine conversation. And remember that we could be watching Poussey and Taystee do something or Black Cindy reading a smuggled in copy of the Torah or Yoga Jones doing yoga, but no, we’re watching Tucky suffer this fool. They end up at a lake feeding donuts to the ducks.

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Steve Buscemi is my style icon. I’ll get there one day. One glorious day.


Over at the League of Unfairly Wealthy Sociopathic Shareholders, we meet Linda. She’s a woman with a brain who isn’t ugly. The men let her speak. She wiggles into the old boys club by offering money-saving solutions instead of radical ideas. She’s the perfect woman. Speaks when spoken to and only says things they want to here. Well done, Linda! Now, show the boys in legal how well you can make a sandwich.

Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.

Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.

Corporate Weasel Jr. uses his time at this meeting to bring up Caputo’s requests: books, college courses, job-training, etc. But not one person gives a shit about the women at Litchfield; this is what corporations do to prisons, schools, farms. They suck the humanity out of them and turn them into dividends and profit margins. Dude actually tries to push forward initiatives that would help the prisoners and elevate their quality of life but he’s shut down fast. He’s also reprimanded by Daddy Corporate Weasel.

Be a good boy. Make daddy and his friends more money and I’ll continue paying for your Prius and Brooklyn brownstone.

Be a good boy. Make Daddy and his friends more money and I’ll continue paying for your Prius and Brooklyn brownstone.


Daya and Delia Powell, Pornstache’s mom, meet up for another round of Hot Potato Baby Edition. God, Delia Powell is the foxy, rich MILF I’ve been searching for my entire life. Jeezus. Daya’s still down to give her the baby. She asks that Delia write to her and let her know the baby is doing okay. Daya’s also convinced the baby is going to be a girl.

Not exactly sure what a Trap Queen is but it sounds magnificent. Sign me up.

Not exactly sure what a Trap Queen is but it sounds magnificent. Sign me up.

I'm not even going to try and explain this one.

I’m not even going to try and explain this one.

Pornstache’s mom is relieved that Daya’s only asking for letters. She thought Daya was going to up the baby service fee that Aleida put into place. Daya is shocked. She had no idea that mom dukes was extorting Pornstache’s mom. In this moment, Daya stays true to her character and tells Pornstache’s mom that Pornstache is NOT THE FATHER.

Daya was down to lie to give her baby a better life but she’s not down to be involved in the same lie with money exchanging hands.

Delia Powell thanks Daya for her honesty and gets the eff out of Litchfield. Her good white lady armor has been shook to its core and she needs a spa treatment and a martini ASAP. God, I love her tho.


Sophia and Gloria squash their beef in line for the payphone. Sophia apologizes for thinking Benny’s a scumbag. Both of them wish they could be home parenting their kids in person, not from prison.

I waited with my table on 164th & Broadway and you never showed up. You and me, the Dominoes Brujas of Washington Heights and you didn't show up. You're dead to me.

I waited with my table on 164th & Broadway and you never showed up. You and me, the Dominoes Brujas of Washington Heights and you didn’t show up. You’re dead to me.

Suzanne hands off her latest spot of brilliance to Poussey. Gilly and Rodcocker have an orgy with the cast of Sense8. Poussey just about loses her shit. She even gives up her place in the phone line to read Suzanne’s newest chapters.


Tired of serving sewage chowder and meat slop soup to her fellow inmates, Red barges into Healey’s office and quits. She can’t quit though, not officially.

I'm made of 100% blood sausage.

I’m made of 100% blood sausage.

Healey can’t help her because despite all his rage he is still just a rat in a cage. Red leaves her chef’s coat in his office. Healey takes this as an opportunity to sniff it and inhale her essence. He’s one step away from buying all the dirty prison panties, I swear to God.


Berdie catches him at peak sketchiness.

Berdie: What are you doing?
Healey: Oh, sometimes the inmates sneak cigarettes so I gotta smell their clothes.

No one told me it was reenact Madonna's Human Nature Video Day.

No one told me it was reenact Madonna’s Human Nature Video Day.

Berdie let’s his absolute filthy bullshit slide. She turns the conversation to Soso, and Healey’s ineptitude. Berdie thinks that throwing meds at Soso isn’t going to help anything. Healey argues that he handled the problem with truth, justice, and the American way. Obvs that doesn’t fly with Berdie.

Berdie: When someone’s feeling vulnerable, they need their pain acknowledged, not be made to feel worse for having it.

Can the congregation of individuals like myself dealing with mental health and emotional well being issues say Hallelu? Gracias a Dios? Round of applause for Berdie.

Hell hath no fury like a white man scorned, tho. Let’s be real. Healey can barely contain his smug rage over Berdie calling his actions into question.

Healey: Well, look, no offense to you but she’s my counselee and I don’t need to take advice from someone like you.

Aka someone who is Black and a woman and more qualified in every way to run the world.

Berdie handles all of his patriarchal hot air with a grace and a dignity that Healey doesn’t deserve. She maintains her position as someone with a Masters in Psychology that Soso shouldn’t be on meds. Healey gives up, salutes her like an asshole, and hands over Soso’s files.

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I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.

I could watch Berdie do this all day. Can someone let her into the board room of the League of Unfairly Wealthy Sociopathic Shareholders?


Taystee catches Poussey in the stairwell reading A Series of Unfortunate Rodcocking. But alas, Poussey’s been dipping into her stash of hootch and our poor, sweet, beautiful lamb is all sorts of drunk and sad.

Met a girl, thought she was grand fell in love, found out first hand went well for a week or two then it all came unglued

Met a girl, thought she was grand
fell in love, found out first hand
went well for a week or two
then it all came unglued

In a trap, trip I can't grip never thought I'd be the one who'd slip then I started to realize I was living one big lie She fucking hates me trust she fucking hates me la la la love I tried too hard and she tore my feelings like I had none and ripped them away

In a trap, trip I can’t grip
never thought I’d be the one who’d slip
then I started to realize
I was living one big lie
She fucking hates me
trust
she fucking hates me
la la la love
I tried too hard
and she tore my feelings like I had none
and ripped them away

Can anybody find her somebody to love? Taystee tells her that she needs help. She needs to go to AA.

Poussey: I don’t need to talk about how I need a drink. I need a reason not to drink. Is AA gonna make me feel useful? Tell me I have a future? Give me somebody to spend that future with?
Taystee: You got me for whatever future we got. You got me.
Poussey: That’s not enough. I’m lonely. I’m always gonna be lonely.

Oh Poussey, you’re breaking our hearts. You deserve the love of a million fangirls. And Taystee deserves a medal for being this season’s caretaker of sad souls and misunderstood literary geniuses.


Flash to Corporate Weasel Jr dumping on Caputo for leaving work early.

Cue Caputo and the Whiskers jamming out in their garage singing songs about destroying The Man.


Taystee passes the Cult of Norma as they silently reflect on Taylor Swift and her girl posse. They send to her and her posse strength, compassion, and incredible bangs that never fray or split at the ends. In the middle of it all is Poussey who got lost on her way to AA but heard the opening snare pop of Blank Space and knew she’d found home.

The trick to a proper game of Duck, Duck, Goose is knowing who's already drunk.

The trick to a proper game of Duck, Duck, Goose is knowing who’s already drunk.

Disappointed, Taystee sends bad energy into the group. It ripples through La Santa Blanca. Everyone feels it. The door is shut on Taystee’s face.


Over a game of Old Maid, Piper tells Alex that Gerber Baby is down to be the panty mule. Alex still thinks Tank Girl is out to kill her.

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What do you mean you don’t think The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show on television?

Tank Girl admits to staring at Alex but only because Alex is staring at her. The first one to laugh loses the game of life. Piper tells Alex her paranoia is all in her head because Piper is actually Healey’s first born daughter.


Flashback! Alex has made it to the fire level and must defeat King Koopa. Instead of a battle, he offers to send her to rehab because he’s a criminal mastermind with a heart of gold and a soft spot for troubled white girls.

When little kids as me if I'm The Rock, I say yes, not cuz I'm a liar but because The Rock wouldn't ever want me to break a kid's heart. He's not that kind of guy.

When little kids aks me if I’m The Rock, I say yes, not cuz I’m a liar but because The Rock wouldn’t ever do that. The Rock’s number one rule is never break the heart of a child.


Masturbation alley is filled with moans and sighs of Christ’s love as Suzanne’s latest erotica hits the dormitories.

Yo, a little privacy? I'm getting all up in my Diagon Alley, feel me?

Yo, a little privacy? I’m getting all up in my Diagon Alley, feel me?

Tank Girl hasn’t read A Series of Unfortunate Rodcocking but it’s all good. She’s got other thing on her mind.

Tank Girl is rodclocking Alex’s every move.

Rod Clocking!

Rod Clocking!

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69 Comments

  1. This episode was my least favourite of the season, with Piper’s picnic-table sermon taking the prize as the most cringeworthy, over-the-top, cheezeball, annoying-as-fuck scene in the entire series. Like really? Ugh.

    On a completely unrelated note, “Healey can’t help her because despite all his rage he is still just a rat in a cage” is the smoothest pop reference ever inserted into a paragraph. Because it’s so true! But it’s also a lyric! But it’s true!

    • thank you!

      and i agree with you, re-watching that scene with Piper and her perve panty grandstanding made me feel so tired. like what is this? who wrote this? why is it happening?

      if this had been an episode of Wentworth, Bea would have nodded at Boo and Boo would have smacked Piper across the face with her chess board and her and Morello would have gone back to playing chess.

    • I agree the picnic table scene with Piper was awful but overall this was one of my favorite episodes of the season. Season 1 spoiled me with so much Alex and then after hardly any of her last year it was great to finally see a whole lot of her in this episode plus get individual flashbacks for the first time in two years. As you can tell I agree with Gabrielle that Alex Vause is literal perfection so I might be a bit biased haha

    • jewish black cindy has always been the best damn character on this show and i’m overjoyed to have her among my people. shit, she’s more dedicated to judaism than my shiksa sister-in-law.

      • is it? i don’t think they’re asking for kosher meals because they suddenly thought this one aspect of jewish life sounded cool. they’re asking because the food is better; i know a lot of non-jews who ask for kosher meals on planes because the quality is generally superior to regular airplane food. i have no idea; i don’t think i’ve gotten a meal on a plane since the early 90s. the show didn’t mention whether or not there were jewish inmates unable to receive kosher meals because they’d all been spoken for (that might be an actual issue), but if all this fictional prison requires to dole them out is a request on the lunch line, they have to be ready for those meals to be requested.

        i just looked this up and apparently as of 1984, if inmates want to request a special diet, they have to submit an application to the prison chaplain, but whatever, this is hardly the most unrealistic thing to happen on this show.

        i have no idea how those microwaved tv dinners they called kosher meals happened to have crunchy vegetables in them, but if they do, damn, black cindy and taystee et al can have a table at my bat mitzvah any day.

        • Yeah, I didn’t feel like it was appropriation either but especially because of the outcome for Black Cindy. Maybe it started with crunchy vegetable frozen dinners, but Cindy discovered something genuine she wanted to dedicate herself to along the way and I thought that was awesome. I mean, that was the realest explanation of Judaism I’ve ever heard on a TV show (her answer to the rabbi on why she wanted to convert). Also previously the only Jewish characters on the show were Larry and Larry’s family and I was NOT happy with that representation so… I am so here for this

  2. Can we talk about the ATROCIOUS Holocaust joke in this episode? I completely loved Black Cindy’s conversion storyline. Honestly, it’s one of the best portrayals of Judaism on TV, as far as I’m concerned. But did we have to balance that with a Holocaust joke so subtle that a lot of people probably missed it? (If you missed it and want to know: in the board meeting, Linda makes a joke about getting soap from the Jews — the Nazis made soap out of the human fat from their concentration camps.)

  3. Okay okay, bullet points:

    -“a network television beauty pageant that pits Evangelical Christian mermaids against renegade Wiccan Werewolves to decide once and for all who’s worthy of the last Strawberry-Rita.” IF ONLY. It would’ve improved the season by A LOT

    -CORN ROADS I AM DONE DONE DONE! White people trying to be black is the most hilarious/sad thing ever

    -I’ve never liked Piper, but this was the episode where i started to HATE Piper

    -Alex really did look like a drowned rat in that flashback. Like I literally cringed at the featured image.

    -Puddle of Mudd oh wow I feel 18?

    -Poussey Poussey Pousseyyyyyy I feel for her so strongly and I just want to squeeze her cute little face and say it’s gonna be okay, but like IS IT? She’s in prison. I think that’s why this show gets me so hard, because like even when the characters are “okay”, they’re still in prison. And so it’s like, no one ever gets a happy ending here.

    -I just generally love your captions Gabby, they are great, this recap was great, thanks a million

    • thanks for the high praise, alaina. thanks for all of the bullet points. makes my heart all fluttery.

      poussey, poussey what are we gonna do about poussey? they need to pick a lane for her. if she’s going to have a drinking problem, let’s go deep into that. if she’s going to have a religious awakening, let’s give her something sublime to work with. but half-assing all her pseudo-storylines isn’t doing it for me. it’s not development. it feels cheap.

  4. So even though Laura Prepon is amazingly sexy I’ve never been a huge fan of Alex as a character. Still watching her literally fear for her life while Piper tries to live out some kind of Breaking Bad fantasy is making me sympathize with Alex a tad more. They’ve both done more than their fair share of gross and self serving things but this season Piper was a lot more grating than usual.

    Also can I just say I love the music choices this show makes? “Getting to know you” will never be the same for me.

  5. The disturbing scene between Coates and Doggett made me so sad. I know a consensual relationship is impossible between them but I was happy she had someone to have a bit of fun with. Also, Poussey breaks my heart!!

  6. I hate Healey more than anything omg. He is just the worst. I hated that actor’s character on Weeds, too, and I think that makes me hate this dbag even more.

    LOVE Berdie, though. Thank goodness for her presence

  7. Oh man, the intersectional sofa was my favorite bit! Literally laughed out loud. I’m actually kinda glad Piper is going down this rabbit hole, although it’s not like we need another despicable, entitled character on this show. She surprised herself when she beat the shit outta Pensatucky and now she’s inhabiting that space more and more. She doesn’t realize how much she gets off on being cutthroat quite yet, but I feel like the illusion of piety she’s been maintaining is close to the breaking point.

    I really wish Poussey’s storyline wasn’t just about her spinning her wheels. I would have loved to see her and Suzanne really work things out because, not only do they both deserve resolution, but I think Poussey would really enjoy being one of the few people who can puzzle out how Sue’s mind works.

    I’m actually really pissed about Pensatucky this season. Not her character, but the whole thing with CO Coates. I’m really done with that kind of shit being on my TV. If the writers wanted to go to that well, I think that exploring the !entirely ignored! inherently non-consensual nature of Daya and Bennet’s relationship would have been so much more satisfying. Berdie could have been involved, we could cry buckets and Daya maybe would have had a chance at having some fucking agency.

  8. I thought and think the power dynamic played out between Pennsatucky and CO Coates has been written very honestly, and makes me incredibly uncomfortable for Pennsatucky when she is with him, as she is “serving an corrupt master honourably”, and treating him with consideration, honesty, kindness and interest, all of which are revealed to her later in twisted reciprocation as abuse, violence, contempt and desire to hurt her and punish her.
    It is excruciating watching Pennsatucky’s genuine attempts to connect and reach out, and give respect to CO Coates and see the sadism and fucked up world that this guy starts to manipulate her into. It is one of the clearest depictions of pimp and pimped, and it is all the more painful seeing the depth and simplicity with which Pennsatucky just wants to connect with another human. Real sad. When they first get to talking on the way to the doughnut shop there is a dialogue wherein Pennsatucky is framed by CO Coates as an unknown quantity, in that, she could be dangerous, and why the hell should he trust this felon? But unfortunately Pennsatucky is too generous to this Sadist and she offers him protection of sorts, which backfires on her later. I did not know what was going to happen to Pennsatucky whenever she was with this guy, but all sorts of violence started to be implicated. I am actually surprised she wasn’t killed. And, same goes for him at Pennsatucky and Boo’s hands. Mixed feelings.

  9. “She asks Daya if she’s thought some more about giving her baby to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Daya shrugs; she’s not sure if they can handle another baby. Aleida’s smacks Daya in the face and asks her if she’s that stupid. Of course they can. This would be their first Latino baby so you know it’d get spoiled.

    Stupid Daya.”

    I CAN’T EVEN. This is just too good. Also all the Scientology stuffs.

    Was this the episode where Red kept popping up into all scenes to apologise for the food? I really enjoyed that.

  10. I find myself increasingly interested in Doggett. I think it’s been really interesting to watch her development as a character and she’s certainly grown on me as a character. I therefore really wanted to punch Coates in the face because that guy is awful.

    Also, I really hope we see more of Berdie in the future because she was a great addition to the show. I loved watching her press all of Healy’s racist/misogynist/generally-being-an-arse buttons by being so much more competent (and a better person) than him.

  11. Sometimes I feel like a lot of this show is just written so to make edgy quotes or funny gifs or something, but not for character development or a real plot line. Case in point: that ridicoulous speech Piper gave about panties. It sounded like something the writer would hope gets quoted on the internet as something hilarious and empowering or something, but I just cringed.

    Also all the smart feminist statements the characters drop, while true, are incredibly hard to take seriously if it doesn’t seem to fit the character.

  12. Initially thought Corporate Weasel Jr. did a shit job arguing for books, education, etc. Educating women should help women to have some opportunities when they get out of prison and therefore reduce recidivism (which should save the government money in the long run). Then I remembered that if there were less prisoners then the prison company probably wouldn’t get as much money from the government. Kinda wish they had brought up that point a bit more explicitly.

    The solution to the ridiculous debate about donuts selling other doughnuts or being cannibals for eating other doughnuts is clearly to have one doughnut eating the other doughnut out.

  13. “…one of the best ways to weed people out of your life is to take attendance at a funeral.”

    I read this sentence, stopped and reread it out loud.

    Yes. It makes me want to cry, but yes.

    I was 14 when my mom died and my dad (ex-husband) refused to go to her funeral. How fucked up is that? By then he’d remarried and SHE was there for me during that awful time, but Dad stayed home on principle.

    Note to people: You go to funerals because you support the mourners. How you feel about the deceased should be secondary.

    I love my dad, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive him for that.

    • I really feel you here. After my dad died, I had a friend who had actually lived with us, who I thought really cared about him, who didn’t even send a note. To me, that was the last straw for our friendship.

      Death is hard as fuck. I have had fights with loved ones that lasted months because our grief didn’t match up and we just kept triggering each other no matter how hard we tried to make it work. But even that was better than no contact. We always ended up ok because we knew the other person was hurting, and we knew they had tried. It’s the complete absence that I can’t forgive. It’s better to try but make a hash of it than not even be there.

    • i had this one friend that i loved so much but when her dad died i disappeared. i thought it’d be better to leave her alone and i didn’t know what to say any way. when i finally called her months later, maybe even a year later, she didn’t have time for me. rightfully so. and she ended our convo with “you could have at least called me. i needed you. friends call each other when their parents die” and then she hung up. we never mended our friendship. and she was right to cut me off, i proved that i wasn’t reliable and that i was totally selfish. i’ve never forgotten that and now it’s something that i’ve used to protect my heart during times of grief.

      i can’t imagine having that type of barrier between myself and a parent tho. so sorry you’re going through that. much love.

  14. I think that the reason why Sophia doesn’t like Benny is because she blames him for her son acting out. Also I agree why isn’t Flaca head of the panty enterprise? It’d be interesting to see this lighthearted character become more ruthless and dark. I mean her mother is a seamstress and it makes more sense. It’s not like Piper needs the extra money anyways if worst comes to worst she could stay with her family or Cal for a while when she gets out or even Larry.

  15. you…dont know why someone wouldn’t like Benny? Is there more than one Benny?

    Because the Benny I remember cracked a doorway by slamming a door to intimidate his aunt (or whoever the lady taking care of Gloria’s kids is). He straight up refuses to look at them during one of their visits and thinks it’s hilarious that they’re intimidated by him. That Benny? Who was also being a shit when Gloria was trying to tutor him?

    Gloria’s other kid seemed cool though.

  16. Thanks Gabrielle for by far my favorite recap of season 3 on this site! Yes Alex Vause is perfection and I was so excited to finally see her flashbacks of what happened after her Mom died/Piper left. It’s no wonder she thinks Kubra sent someone after her in there and rightfully so based on her experience of seeing what he can do to people who betray him or let him down. I literally yelped when I saw that Lolly was keeping track of her every move! And on a completely shallow note…if I wasn’t already gay Laura Prepon’s dance moves while rubbing her hands all over her body definitely would have made me switch teams :D

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