Orange is the New Black 3×01-3×03: ‘Mother’s Day’, ‘Bed, Bugs and Beyond’, ‘Empathy is a Boner Killer’

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Hello everyone and welcome to the season 3 recap for Orange is The New Black! I’ll be covering three episodes at a time each post. As we all know, OITNB is one of America’s favorite binge-watching pastimes and is definitely one of the best decisions that Netflix ever made. All of your favorite characters are back: Mendoza, Taystee, Poussey (my personal fave), Nicky Nichols, Pennsatucky, Daya Diaz, Bennet, I mean the list goes on. So what are the ladies of Litchfield getting up to these days?

In episode one, we open with Doggett driving the van and she’s apparently still very racist. Seems like she’ll have this job from now on since they took it away from Morello after she “lost” the van last season and it became a murder weapon. We’re also treated to a small flashback (which I feel like this season they’re sort of being rushed through?) where Dogget’s mother gives her alcohol to help her pretend her daughter has  a disability so she can get money from the state. Yeesh. Meanwhile, the entire prison is setting up for Mother’s Day festivities and everything seems to be running much smoother, albeit maybe not as secure, under Caputo’s new lighter regime. He also hires a new counselor and C.O. named Berdie Rogers who seems to be pretty invested in her new career and wants to change the system from the inside out. This of course upsets Healy greatly because he’s literally the worst. I don’t know guys, sometimes I can feel sorry for him and his whole wounded act but other times? He is just a terrible human being.

During the party, Sofia gets a visit from her son and flashes back to when her ex-wife was pregnant with him. I’m glad to see that her son is finally coming around to accepting her. Daya and her mother get visited by her family and Bennett can’t help but try to force his way into the celebration, which Caputo gets very angry about considering he’s keeping a pretty big secret for him. Poussey and the girls get into some magic with Mendoza and Norma but Poussey seems by far to be the biggest convert, especially after she finds a comic strip that she and her mother

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used to read together when her mother was alive. Piper founds out from Luschek that Alex has returned to the prison, seemingly the work of her anonymous tip to Alex’ parole officer. When they meet back up Alex is very distressed about being back in prison and is having a hard time adjusting but Piper’s manipulative butt has that under control and hides the truth from Alex to make herself feel better. Ugh you guys…Piper gets on my last nerve, and her whole love story with Alex gets kind of abusive and gross this season so I’m not super invested in it.

Anyway, Red finally finds out from her family that the store that she built her life and business in is in fact, closed for good despite what Piper lied to her about. She’s quite angry but it also seems that she’s turning over a new leaf and concretes the secret tunnel in the greenhouse so that no more crap can come in or out of it. Doggett mourns the loss of her aborted children and Big Boo tells her that Roe v. Wade is more than likely the reason why we had such a low point of crime in the United States during the 1990’s: because all of those unwanted children were never born so therefore never had the opportunity to become criminals. This comforts Doggett greatly and it’s nice to see her getting along with other inmates finally instead of just being the white-trash stereotype she always was before.

In episode two, a huge breakout of bed bugs causes serious problems for the prison. Everything has to be burned or cleaned: mattresses, uniforms, books, etc. This all sends Caputo into a mad rush to get things replaced but he finds out that the prison is slated to be shut down even after all of the major budget cuts and early releases he’s made. Meanwhile, Daya’s mother contacts Mendez’s mother Mrs. Powell and asks her to come to meet with her in the prison after reading a card sent to Daya asking to meet her and discuss the future of her (fake) grandchild. Mrs. Powell is quite wealthy and offers to adopt the baby and give him everything he could ever want or need, in addition to providing money for Daya and her family. When Bennett finds out about the visit he and Daya confront her mother but she tries to talk reason into them: how else will they care for this baby? They don’t have many other options since Bennett can’t come forward and Daya won’t be out for another three years. Daya starts to come around but Bennett still thinks they could make it work by their love alone. Sorry to tell you guy but that’s just a very romantic notion. He proposes to Daya nonetheless, and she accepts his handmade ring.

Nicky and Big Boo are still hiding that big heroin stash by the way, and are now looking for a way to smuggle it out so they can cash in on it. Nicky suggests they ask Luschek in electric and he not surprisingly really, agrees. He’s also been such a sleazeball. Almost immediately he finds a buyer and Nicky pretends to lose the heroin even though she just hides it in the laundry room. Come on Nichols, I thought you were clean girlfriend.

Red confronts Piper about lying all the time and being a manipulative crazy person which Piper gets pretty upset about. What? Are you really just now realizing how insane you are? Ok then. Piper also decides it’s time to stop lying and tells Alex the truth about informing on her and Alex does not take it well at all. During this, Red goes to see Healy and asks him to take her husband’s name off of her approved visitors list and have her lawyer added. It seems their divorce is imminent, especially when she compares him to a pillow in one of the best lines of the

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season so far: “soft, lumpy, and always lying behind her back.” This causes Healy to go off on one of his signature rampages and he chides her for giving up too easily on him. He also reveals that things are not going well between him and his “mail-order” bride at home. What a shocker!

In episode three, Nicky tells Luschek the heroin was stolen and enlists him to help her find it. Little does she know that the meth heads in the laundry have actually stolen it and are getting very high on the supply. When she does find out, she tells Luschek and he shakes them down and sells the stash as promised and makes a boatload of cash. However, the meth heads inform on him to the other guards, which then causes a drugs bust on electrical and ends up with Luschek placing all the blame on Nicky who then gets escorted to max. We also see a long flashback involving Nicky’s days on the streets of NYC being high as hell and her mother trying to help her out. She steals a cab and some rare books to feed her addiction which lands her in jail for a 5-10 year sentence. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Nicky’s mother this episode because she really did try to help her very self-destructive daughter out time and time again. Maybe not always in the best way, but she did at the very least, try.

Piper and Alex continue to make up by having hate sex after Alex “forgives” Piper for lying to her. The way she speaks to her is very abusive and I understand this is just the dynamic of their highly messed up relationship but ugh, it’s hard to watch at times. C.O. Rogers starts a drama class and it becomes quite popular, much to Healy’s chagrin. It does then degrade into Alex and Piper airing their dirty laundry and working through their issues however, which causes Alex to be a little bit nicer to Piper but eh, Piper still wants their messy love anyway.

Red and company starts using the greenhouse as an actual garden like it was intended for. During one of their gardening sessions, Healy comes up to Red and apologizes to her for snapping on her the other day and basically forces her into becoming his translator for his estranged wife. God, he’s just the worst. Red does come and translates for him and ends up finding out way more about Healy then she could ever possibly want to know. Red also chides his wife and tells her that she needs to try harder to make this marriage work and not expect things to be so perfect all the time. She even defends him at one point which ugh…come on Red.

So what do I think of the season so far? It’s certainly taking on some interesting points. I’m disappointed with the lack of Poussey this season but she did get a pretty big arc last season and we’ve got to make time for all of the other characters too. It’s not off to a bad start and is certainly interesting to say the least. Stay tuned for my next article and tell me what you though in the comments below!

Sarah S. is an aspiring couch potato and currently haunts the Midwestern United States. She spends way too much time watching TV and being a pop culture junkie. When she’s not ranting about movies and TV on social media, you can probably find her with an iced latte in hand or fixing everyone’s problems. Sometimes she writes really silly stuff on Twitter and Tumblr.

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