Orange is the New Black Episode 501 Recap: How Is “Riot FOMO” The Actual Title Of This Episode

In the library, among the towers of books, we find the chronically depressed, wildly grieving, still-mostly-friendless widow, Brook Soso. Well, we find her and also so does Judy King, still in her best winter jacket.

Errberydboy told me to read The Well of Loneliness but nrrrbody told me it was soooo saddd and I was alrady sad butt now!

Soso doesn’t think she can go on, and neither do I, I’m already crying.

King: In this lifetime you will be amazed by what you can get over, darling. Babies get thrown in dumpsters and survive, teenagers crash their cars and break their hearts and OD on coke and they live. Adults get worn down and compromise and fail and they’re still keeping track of their steps on their cell phones. We are so fucking resilient even when we really don’t want to be.
Soso: Uh, I already tried to kill myself once.
King: And you are still here right? It’s not so easy to shake this mortal coil.
Soso: Until someone sits on you ’til you die.
King: Yes, well… yes, there is that.

This moment delivers another flash of clarity (the first being Taystee saying what she said and then punching Caputo in the face)  — that yes, babies and teenagers and adults can do things and survive, but Black women with criminal convictions can do nothing, and still die.


Blake and Stratman, thrilled by successfully seizing Frieda mid-peanut-butter grab and locking a few white supremacists in a cage, decide to lock themselves in the kitchen to avoid the uprising.

The poster for a Buddy Comedy I definitely won’t watch


Nicky and Morello, looking to steal CO Dixon’s key right off his ring to get into the drug box, smash into the TV room where he’s got six white women on the floor fearing another San Bernardino.

HERE MY BOOBS ARE TO SAVE THE DAY!!!!!

As soon as the Ladies of the Floor learn from their comrades that the prisoners have seized the prison and obtained several hostages, the misandrist rage that lives deep inside all women (except for maybe the ones searching for fairy garden ideas on Pinterest) for all of time forevermore is unleashed upon his poor dumb body. Bye!

AND THIS IS FOR BURWELL V HOBBY LOBBY!!!!

And this is for Wal-Mart v. Dukes.


Daya, though — Daya’s all over the place. She needs a nap, she wants to keep the gun, she doesn’t know what’s going on or how to deal, and Maria’s getting increasingly concerned about how this is gonna play out.

Dude, if you’ve never made a custom confetti cake topper with a real hot glue gun, you’ve gotta try it

I TOLD YOU I HATE CONFETTI CAKE TOPPERS

Shit gets real way too fast when Flaca and Maritza start debating what Daya’s nickname will be in Max after she gets sent away for felony murder.

C’mon, just one little kiss on the nose!

Daya’s possession of the gun gives her a small bit of power she doesn’t seem comfortable wielding, but isn’t ready to give up, especially when everything else feels so out of her control, and has for so long.


Gina, with Luscheck’s not-help, accidentally cuts off the power before finally cutting off the alarm, which means it’ll get dark soon and then what.

Back at HQ, it’s time for Caputo to go live on the iPad. He’s got a brand-new script, way better than the one he improvised in the Season Four finale. Like this one was written by four women of color and will be shot and directed by women of color!

Okay, now scrunch up your face like you’re trying to swallow your whole head in through your mouth, okay?

This is Caputo’s chance to do right by their girl, and also Cindy’s gonna have some of that sweet coffee beverage over there, and also Josh is tied up in the corner, which is the perfect location for straight cis white men in a writer’s room.

You know, honestly, I didn’t even ask for an iced latte, so it’s totally fine with me that Cindy’s having it. I just want to get that on the record.

As Caputo begins reading the script — about how Poussey was kind and a good librarian and didn’t deserve to die — the fury Taystee’s got riding at the edge of her heart loosens a little, her grief pushing its way to the surface of her skin, her face crumpling, almost to tears. But when Caputo won’t read the last sentence — about Bayley murdering Poussey — anger elbows itself back up again and Taystee turns the camera on herself, “She was murdered. By C.O. Bayley.”

This isn’t how tablets work but okay


Meanwhile, Piper and Alex have found the nice bathroom, where the soap smells like almonds and the lighting is romantic and Piper kinda wants to make out, but Alex wants to dwell further on her #1 Favorite Conversation Topic: that guard she killed!

Oh my G-d are you packing???

Piper pleads, “Come on my fingers? They’re so clean!” Alex reluctantly consents to Piper’s wish for them to find a place to be horizontal but before they can give the ladies a sex scene that maybe 30% of OITNB’s viewership is still invested in, a buzzing starts a-buzzin from the room’s occupied stall….

Marco

Polo?


Sophia and Gloria have reached the limit of their medical abilities in the beauty salon and have to load this sack of shit back into the cart and over to medical, where one heroic doctor has been waiting there all episode long to do his scene.

After last season’s unbearable and never-ending torture of Sophia, it’s nice to see her given a job to do that is a job she feels good about doing. It seems to wake her up, just a little.

Yeah there’s just a block of coal where his heart should be but everything else should be normie

She may not give a shit about Tommy the Toad-Boy’s life, but she’s gonna save him for Gloria, and it’s a relief that when she tells the doctor he’s gonna need help, and that as a former fire-fighter and EMT, she’s gonna give it, the doctor gladly accepts it. This makes him the first authority figure to apply reason and logic to a situation since the drama teacher who got fired in Season Three.


Well, Alex and Piper are now tasked with the keeping of Linda, who works for MCC, and is determined to make it out of this kerfuffle alive, with her shoes on, ’cause the floor is dirty.

I’m bitchin’, great hair, the boys all love to stare! I’m wanted, I’m hot, I’m everything you’re not! I’m pretty, I’m cool, I dominate this school!

Two threesomes meet at a fork in the woods: Alex/Piper/Linda and Zirconia/Pidge/Luschek. Zirconia and Pidge want her jacket. “It’s an outfit,” Linda explains, to everybody who cares which is nobody. Alex tells her it makes her look boxy. Zirconia also suggests taking the shoes to use as a weapon, not to wear, because “they represent the patriarchy and the oppression of women, and they hurt like fuck.” Ha.

Hey, this guy says he met you on Tinder and y’all are supposed to have a date that started 15 minutes ago?

Wow, he looked way better in his picture


Morello and Nicky have their keys and are back to get some chill pills, after arguing over who’s gonna hold the keys. Morello’s taking her caretaking of Nicky really seriously, now — she’s not gonna let her girl get away. Or let her girl forget that she’s married and therefore cannot make out.


Back in HQ, Watson’s stolen an outfit that gives her a slight Boyz II Men circa 1993 vibe, by which I mean my everlasting crush on her continues to burn like all of the candles leading to the bed in the music video for “I’ll Make Love To You.”

Motown Philly’s back again, Josh.

Unfortunately our crew faces some tech issues, like Taystee can’t get the iPad unlocked. Josh finally gives up his password: “number 6, lower case p, capital K, lower case a, b, s.” Aw, what a tender man with body parts. But all those days / weeks / months / years away from technology have left the group stumped for their next move:

Taystee: How do I post it. [pause] Man, WHERE do I post it?
Watson: I got an old MySpace account. Still might work.
Allison: Snapchat. I hear it’s all about Snapchat now.
Josh:[snort]

Is thinking about Caputo in the perky-eared dog filter

Taystee: What? Why’d you make that snort noise?
Josh: Snapchat is a closed system and it only lasts a limited time. But if you tweet with a hashtag and a link, Facebook, Instagram, et cetera, really increases your chances of going viral. You’re gonna want a quick, catchy clickbait. Something to really grab the liberal market — that’s who you wanna appeal to.
Caputo: Why are you helping them?
Josh: Because their message still exonerates MCC, so what the hell do I care? Bad apple guard, sympathetic victim, justice will be served. That’s what I’ve been trying to convey since the beginning.

Ready for round three on this bottomless mimosa, sir!

Caputo cuts Josh off to once again relay his unwelcome message that Bayley was just a stupid kid in over his head. For sure, yes, this is the system’s fault, for having untrained unqualified numbskulls and sociopaths running a women’s prison, and for not paying a wage high enough to attract qualified professionals. But Caputo was gonna lose his job anyhow — so he should’ve said that. He should’ve indicted MCC, or Piscatella, or Humphrey. But to make it sound like a simple accident? Nope.

Taystee: He was a kid who killed my friend. My friend who was a person and you didn’t say her name or ntohing about her.
Caputo: I know, and that was wrong, but I was trying to prevent one tragedy from becoming two.

Caputo wants to know their endgame. After all, he thinks, they’ll notice these girls are missing during count — yup, Caputo’s still totally in the dark (GET IT?) regarding the current state of affairs in the prison he may or may not still be in charge of. Black Cindy relishes her chance to deliver the bad news: there’s been an uprising. There will be no count.

Damn this mimosa has way more champagne in it than the last one

“How long can this go on?” he wants to know. “As long as it takes,” Alison assures him. For what to happen?

Taystee: “For Bailey to get arrested. For the guards to get fired. For the food to get better. For classes and better jobs and maybe like basic dignity.”

Caputo says he hopes that aside from that arrest, they get what they want, ’cause he wanted all those things but never could make it happen. Or, he wants all those things but will always prioritize access to sex with hot women over any all of them, at any moment, always and forever, the end.


Daya’s losing it, rocking back and forth, crying in the dark. Maria says she’s gotta pull her shit together or give Maria the gun, but she won’t. Daya doesn’t know what she wants, so she jumps up, yells at everybody, waves her gun around, and runs off.

If you don’t help me make some melted crayon art with my new glue gun then we are NOT going to be friends anymore


Dixon and McCullough, hostages in the guard cage, try to reassure each other that help is on the way.

A straight man and a straight woman during the first 15 minutes of Wonder Woman


Nicky, having successfully drugged Ange and Leanne (thank you Nicky) has returned her attentions to Morello, who she’s craving with increasing intensity that verges on predatory but hey, this is Litchfield, so, look at these lovebirds!

You’re serious? We can try the Njoy pure plug tonight?


Sophia and the doctor wheel a patched-up Tommy the Toad Boy into the infirmary. Sophia promptly handcuffs him to the bed, and the doctor questions the necessity of this move. “He brought a gun into the prison,” she says. “We could have been looking at a Fort Hood situation if he had not been disarmed and shot.” He says he thinks they did good work. Sophia agrees.

Another example of good work: Tommy the Toad Boy’s placement in the Litchfield Infirmary Sleeping Chart.

Yes I’m

stuck in the middle

with you

And I’m wondering what it is

I should do


We then return to the world wide web, a magical land of racism and kittens, where the video has been posted to appropriate social media accounts and is ready for prime time. The MCC Board Director sees it:

Honestly would’ve gotten “Women’s Prison” into the title of that video too for max eyeballs

Piscatella, perched at a gay bar in the Village — he sees it.

Davey Wavey’s gotta add some new tricks to this bag if he expects my continued attention


Linda’s petrified about her future as somebody’s bitch but Alex would prefer if Linda could take her problems elsewhere.

I TOLD you every time we try a triad thing it NEVER ends well, Piper!

Piper suggests maybe helping her instead, and Alex suggests maybe not if she wants to get out in three months and also Alex doesn’t wanna be on TV ’cause by the way if you forgot, she murdered a guard? They buried him in the garden which got dug up at some point? Yeah, a guard. Alex murdered a guard. Murdered him. Killed him. But Lolly went away for it, so. But he’s dead now, murdered.

Piper: “She’s so pathetic. She reminds me of me. How I was, but more annoying. And I never wore suits or worked for a big corporation.”

Please finish telling me what scissoring is

So they toss her some scrubs and welcome her to the club.


The ladies of Litchfield now have Davis, Luschek, Dixon and McCullough all packed into the same guard hut, hands tied. Flores has got the entire place secured — nobody is getting in or out.

Ok who ordered Panera?

Nobody told me they were making a run to Panera


Blake and Stratman remain in the kitchen, eating peanut butter out of the jar, as does in the case of a power outage.

What do you mean this isn’t Whole 30 compliant


Oh right so, all this time, Red and Shelley have been holed up in Piscatella’s office — initially, they were looking for items of theirs he’d confiscated, but they found so much more than they expected. A whole new world, if you will.

Wow, who knew that motherfucker was in favor of keeping dolphins in captivity, huh?

So, when Daya shows up to the office, that’s who’s there, and she uses her gun to boot them out of the fine time they’ve been having, just Two women in a tiny room with a binder of unambitious and slightly racist table decoration schemes.

Hey Panera, uh, my friends ordered from y’all earlier and I think we wanna order some more Broccoli Cheddar soup?

Daya calls her Mom. And it rings three times before voice mail picks up — Daya goes “Mom?” just as she hears Aleida’s voice, but before Daya can start leaving a message, she’s clocked over the head with a statue from Piscatello’s weirdo desk. A black boot steps on the gun.

And that’s that.


In conclusion, Orange is the New Black should add some writers of color to their writing team so they can write episodes of its television program! Heather’s review of Episode Two will be up tomorrow.

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42 Comments

  1. This episode was hard to watch. I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Side note, since you mentioned his mustache and firing him, am I the only one that likes Caputo? Before you throw rocks, I get it. He is a bumbling idiot, he makes incorrect choices, etc etc etc, but I always feel like he tries. He seems to try harder than any other person and seems to try to advocate for them. Even if he doesn’t do it correctly.

    • you might be the only one that likes Caputo, yeah? especially after what he did for poussey — or, rather, didn’t do. i think that was the last straw for me and maybe many others.

      yes, it’s true that he tries harder than anybody else, and there have been times when i have really sided with him and rooted for him, but i’m also persistently disappointed by how quickly he’ll throw everybody under the bus when a woman he wants to have sex with suggests that he do so. also he really fetishises his inmates to an insufferable degree.

      and he prioritized bayley over poussey and for that i can never forgive him. if he thought bayley was in over his head — which is true — he should’ve indicted the system. He was going to lose his job anyhow. he should’ve said, she was killed by a guard who was in over his head because MCC wouldn’t pay for proper training or pay a wage high enough to get qualified professionals into this institution. or he could’ve indicted Piscatella or Humphrey for their roles, they are equally responsible.

      the fault isn’t entirely on bayley, but none of it is on poussey or suzanne or any of the inmates.

      • I agree completely with all of those comments.The only reason I don’t want him to go is because there is no one else who is even remotely on their side. They don’t care and the whole lot is totally corrupt. He is the only one also not in it for the money…he seems to try to do the right thing regardless of whether he fails each time. If he leaves, the next person in his seat could be better….but they could also be worse….

        • Yeah, that’s true — besides the drama teacher from Season Three, though, who I think would be the best person to be in charge of Litchfield!

          I honestly really find his mustache visually offensive… like it was a joke but it truly pains me to look at it.

    • No, I’m kind of with you. It’s not that I like Caputo, it’s that I also see him as one of the few people in charge that actually cares for the women in some small way and sees them as human beings. I do agree with a lot of the stuff Reise says downthread about what he should have done and said.

      But, I also work in a public system that our government is trying to move toward privatization (ie:I’m a teacher. And I’m a teacher in a poor urban district, so we’re also trying to disrupt the school to prison pipeline.) And the messed up thing about working in these messed up systems is that you are there to help in a system that isn’t really interested in giving you what you need to actually help people. And of COURSE people like

      • Hit submit too soon :| :

        …and of course people like Caputo would be crucified before the people making the real decisions at MCC are. Even though MCC chose to withhold the resources that could have helped. It’s the same way it’s easier to hold teachers responsible for failing schools while delivering 3x the resources to schools that aren’t dealing with chronic poverty.

        Idk, I agree with you both, but the system sucks. No one really wins (except shareholders I guess.)

    • I don’t like Caputo as a person, but I like him as a character. I like how they’ve put someone who is not black and white in the role of the warden. I think he’s interesting. Prison shows tend to either put a helpless “good” character or a conniving “evil” character in the role of warden. Because Caputo isn’t good or evil, we get an interesting character who is capable of change and growth. Whether he actually does change and grow is all part of why he’s an interesting character.

    • I wanted to like Caputo, but can’t get over him a)coercing Fig into blowing him and b)that time when he thought his crazy girlfriend pulling a gun on a reasonably concerned Crystal and her boyfriend (while basically reminding them she could murder them on the spot, claim self defense, and walk away unscathed) was hot.

  2. OITNB took a turn at the end of last season, and not for the better. This show was at its best when it was representative of real, and it no longer represents real. This is a fed prison camp. They’ve already taken license with what that means – for the record, I spent 21 months in one – but this season has gone way off the rails into a Tim Burton-esque view of what a prison camp is like and what might happen in one.

    I could list a lot of things worthy of discussion, including race, including the joke that is the BOP and how it handles, educates, and rehabilitates inmates. The show is trying to tackle that, but setting it in something as unlikely as a riot leaves so much potential message power on the table.

  3. I broke up with OITNB after episode 12 last season. Didn’t even watch the finale. I was thinking about giving it another shot, but after hearing about what’s going on this season from my girlfriend and from reading this, I stand by my decision. I hate when shows think they have to get grittier and darker to keep being good. I loved the balance between dark and light elements in the first few seasons. I have no desire to see these beloved characters torture and be tortured without reprieve for thirteen episodes. Very disappointed.

    • I stopped after season 4 ep 12 as well. It’s so disappointing that a show with such rich and endearing characters can’t think of anything better to do than make them suffer needlessly.

  4. I know you haven’t recapped the whole season yet so I’ll keep this spoiler-free, but as a whole I feel like OITNB is going downhill because there’s so much…tonal dissonance. The juxtaposition of everything is ridiculous.

    In Seasons 1-4 I could let it slide (because sometimes it was nice to have a “comic relief” storyline in the midst of the drama), but now that they SENSELESSLY KILLED A BLACK LESBIAN CHARACTER it seems kind of tone deaf to keep having all the other characters fucking around. THAT should be the storyline they’re focused on (Taystee + Brook + everyone else trying to get some form of justice for Poussey’s death).

    I don’t care about Piper (and I haven’t cared about Piper since mayyyybbeee Season 2). I don’t care about the White Empowerment/Nazi Bitches being wacky (because it’s totally cool to make literal racists comedic characters, right?).

    I understand the show has been a “dramedy” for its entire run, but the writers just aren’t doing a good job of prioritizing the stories that actually matter right now. There’s too many characters and not enough pay off — I stick around because there are still characters I’m legitimately invested in, but sometimes even that’s not enough.

    Side note: I feel like the only reason this season is taking place within a 3-day span is so they can justify another two seasons. Like, Piper’s getting out in 3 months (I think Alex mentions it in either this episode or the second episode of S5), so they have to have a legitimate reason to still have her in there for two more seasons.

    Other side note: Wasn’t Piper’s sentence only supposed to be 13 months to begin with? So she’s only been in there for 10 months? Which doesn’t make sense because Daya had time to get pregnant and have a baby (at least 9 months)…does Litchfield exist in a timeless vacuum? Did Piper’s sentence get extended? Do the writers even care?

    • I’d argue they didn’t senselessly kill a black character, but rather there was no one else in the prison as universally loved (or not minded) as Poussey. She was the only one that could trigger the riot, and this season made her death far from senseless. In fact, I can’t think of any show that’s made a death this important (outside some nonsense motivation for a white boy to go on a killing spree).

      Piper’s original sentence was 15 months. Her having been there only 12 months is possible. This whole season happens over the course of 3 days.

      • Black people are getting awfully tired of having to die and having to have our few morsels of good representation ripped away to teach white people lessons.

        Also, the writing team made a lot of tactical steps throughout season 4 to put Poussey higher and higher up on a pedestal (even though she was already widely beloved) because I think they knew their white viewers wouldn’t have sympathized as much with any of their other black characters, and they didn’t think they could engage the BLM/police brutality/state-sponsored violence conversation unless they presented a black martyr.

        • Exactly. The myth of the “presentable black” has been around for ages. They knew their white audience wasn’t going to cry as hard if it had been Watson or Black Cindy. They needed to kill the one black character that was universally loved for maximum impact. That, in and of itself, is some gross shit. If they were so deadset on killing a black character then they should have made it Suzanne. That’s who it would have realistically been more likely to have been anyway. That way they could kill two birds with one stone and make it about how the police have a habit of not only killing POC but the mentally ill as well.

          • They made such a mess, but I agree that Suzanne would’ve been a much likelier casualty of improper deescalation tactics, especially since she’s somewhat prone to have volatile moments/accidentally hurt herself or others. I didn’t want anyone to die for their narrative, but at least it would’ve made sense that way.

  5. I’m glad you’re still covering it cause I wasn’t going into this summer dumpster blind.

  6. 8 comments so far? yikes. Ever since reading riese’s comment on how boycotting shows affects autostraddle badly, I would like to encourage those who’ve stopped watching oitnb to come here and read the recaps and participate.

    I’d always hoped that the writers would give Nicky another love interest.

    “We are so fucking resilient even when we really don’t want to be.” so true

    • I am also surprised at the lack of interest. I’m not ashamed- I still love this show. Yes, it’s problematic, but like Sense8, (also problematic, I get it, I get it…) it’s just so much more diverse than anything else I’ve got to watch.

      Yes, there are massively unlikely storylines, and some ridiculous caricatures, but that’s television- if you want the truth, read the book (which is also good, and much more shocking and political because it’s real).

      I miss Poussey. (As a side note, did everyone forget her dad’s like a general?! And therefore unlikely just to shrug and let this go as an accident?! Although- I am only halfway through).

  7. The amount of time this season spends trying to get us to sympathise with nazis and rapists is appalling.

    • I’m on episode 7 and I agree. It’s really offensive and I hope they realized that, cause in real life they need to be stomped and made afraid.

    • I don’t disagree that winds me up, but ultimately, isn’t it better to try and understand people? Especially if you find them absolutely abhorrent?

      This show is set in a prison. There need to be some pretty unpleasant people in there.

      • This has nothing to do with the show having Nazis and rapists in the prison, as of course a prison is full of unsavory people(I’ve watched Oz, Wentworth and The Wire which are far more brutal so it’s not about that), and everything to do with how the writers have chosen to utilize them for the past two seasons. The Nazi’s and Meth heads as comic relief that we are supposed to laugh at and aw shucks over. And there aren’t enough expletives in the English language to express my rage at how they’ve handled Donuts and Pennsatucky.

        As for “understanding people”. I understand Nazis and rapists just fine. There aren’t enough Kumbaya’s in the fucking world.

        • AMEN to this –> “As for “understanding people”. I understand Nazis and rapists just fine.”

          I’m grateful, at least, that the white supremacists and nazis have not been given flashbacks, which I think was a conscious choice. I feel like last year their existence served a function — to show how quickly Piper’s bad judgment and lust for power could get her in with the wrong crowd — but I’m not sure why they’re still around. It’s unfortunate, too, because Asia Kate Dillion is great and I want to see them in as many things as possible but I would like to see her character dialed way back! Also they were seemingly there in seasons 1-3, just not addressed, sooo let’s go back to that perhaps.

  8. I feel like this show has taken this formula of like Everyone Is Human And Complicated And Does Bad Things And Loves Someone and just kept getting more and more annoying and simplistic about it. Or maybe I have just gotten more critical idk. But I just feel like that theme is taken to this bizarre extreme where like, a character can do some truly terrible thing and then two episodes later it is not really reflected at all in their story or development and/or is explained away by some corny backstory. And it doesn’t really prove a point so much as just cause cognitive dissonance when watching. And there is a variation on this when they basically make a character sort of funny and likable for the sake of them being a delivery system for jokes but then want us at other times to know they are an asshole. In the beginning of the show I at least sort of felt like the point was more like “all the assholes who run this prison have done worse things than most of the women locked up in it / people shouldn’t be defined by their worst moment” but it has really strayed far if it was ever that.

    I don’t know why I am still watching! I wanted to see what happens to Taystee and Watson, who are basically the only ones I can still consistently care about?

    Also, as someone mentioned above, the Nazi skinheads turning into quirky comic relief is truly bad.

    • IKR. I couldn’t stand the running joke of “I’m not a Nazi. I’m a white Nationalist.” Cute, writers. Real cute.

  9. My early review of Season 5 is that I didn’t think it was possible for the writers to do worse things than they did last season but they exceeded all expectations and managed to out-scumbag themselves.

    And that finale? JESUS CHRIST.

  10. I was disappointed with this season and what I saw so far. I feel like the writers were going for shock value rather than what drew of the viewers to this show in the first place. I am not sure if I will finish this season.

  11. I think Red is in there with Shelly Ginsberg (who helped Cindy convert to Judaism) and not Kacey Sankey the white nationalist who I think is with the skinheads. Hence the joke about how neither of them like Poles I think is more of a Holocaust reference for Ginsberg.

    They look so alike though.

    • this is one of many signs that there are too many white girls without relevant personalities on this show

  12. Thank you for still recapping this show. I always look to Autostraddle for your take on things, and there’s so much that other critics/recappers just miss or don’t get. I 100% understand why so many have boycotted the show or simply given up on it, but I’m glad you’re still writing about it and thinking critically, and especially that qpoc will be recapping the later episodes!

  13. God, like why is some white boy being put on trial for murder and then possibly serving prison time a tragedy and not exactly what should happen?

    Of course circumstances were not ideal but this whole show had been telling us about these women who have been victims of circumstance or worse, and they don’t get off.

    Also I haven’t finished the season yet but I’ve been spending way too much time thinking about the rioters’ media strategy.

  14. I’m really torn between watching this season and not. I feel like the cast deserves to have the opportunity to act out the scenes they’ve been given. I also really want to see how Sophia’s story turns out, though I’m worried given the past season. But like, I haven’t seen anything in this recap that makes me feel better about the show. Comical lightness isn’t going to change the fact that they murdered Poussey on national television for no fucking reason.

  15. Thanks for recapping this!!! I’m looking forward to Autostraddle writers’ takes on this season, and reading all the comments. Not sure if I’m going be motivated to watch the full season, but I’m happy to know I’ll be able to stay in touch with what’s happening on it regardless. Thanks for taking one for the team, Autostraddle writers!

  16. My poor, patient friends have listened to me airing my grievances about this show for a calendar year now, so I’m trying to set them free by reading recaps and engaging in the AS discourse instead of watching. Thanks for writing this, Riese!

  17. I no longer watch OITNB but wanted to say thanks for providing recaps/reviews so I know what’s happening! (like hate-watching but without the watching)

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