Orange is the New Black 3×10-3×13: ‘A Tittin’ and a Hairin’’, ‘We can be Heroes’, ‘Don’t Make Me Come Back There’, ‘Trust No B****’.

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Here’s my wrap up of season three of Orange is the New Black!

In episode ten, we flashback to Doggett getting her first period at age 10 which I’m honestly not surprised about since it seems like she was abused and forced to grow up quickly. Her mother tells her it’s no big deal and now men will start paying attention to her since she’s “a tittin’ and a hairin” and she should just let men do whatever they want to her and get it over with. Pretty horrible advice from a mother in general but unfortunately Doggett takes it to heart and is sexually assaulted multiple times and treated horribly by men. Big time trigger warning for this episode guys as there are three different occasions of Doggett being assaulted. Not easy to watch at all, but, I do feel that the show handled it better than they could have and they definitely focus more on what Doggett is feeling.

Meanwhile, Alex confronts Lolly about her creepy stalker notebook and at first Lolly is very coy about it, but later, after Alex strangles her in the bathroom, she tells her the NSA is after her and then it’s clear that Lolly is quite deranged. Alex feels bad and the two form a strange bond of friendship. Also, Poussey’s favorite cooking show star Judy King is found guilty of tax evasion and is getting sentenced. Looks like she’ll be getting shipped off to Litchfield soon enough.

Piper recruits even more people for her panty party and things start to heat up between her and Stella. In fact, Alex catches them flirting pretty obviously and looks pretty upset about it. Also Suzanne gets propositioned by one of her fangirls and is told to meet her in the broom closet so they can experiment together. Suzanne tells Morello that she’s a virgin in almost every sense of the word and is very nervous about it. When the time comes to meet up with her new paramour she chickens out and runs away. Poor Suzanne. Oh and did anybody else find Norma’s cult story really boring and that it took way too long to wrap up?

Soso starts counselling with Berdie and it’s going very well for her. Red also gets ahold of some fresh veggies from the garden she’s been tending and decides to do some gourmet nights in the kitchen since she’s been dealing with that nasty bag food for so long. Obviously this goes over very well with the rest of the inmates and people line up hoping to get into the exclusive “restaurant.” Other notable things that happen this episode: Cindy decides to for real convert to Judaism. Mendoza and Sofia are still feuding.

But the biggest reveal of the episode is when Mrs. Powell goes to see Mendez in prison to tell him that Daya’s baby is not actually his. When she tells him that it’s not his, Mendez is in deep denial and tells her that he just wants to do right by her and be the man she always wanted him to

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be. Mrs. Powell then decides to reach out to and asks her if she is still willing to give up the baby for adoption and Daya accepts. Probably a good move on her part with so many things going wrong for her.

In episode eleven, we get treated to quite a few Caputo flashbacks and finally learn about his backstory. He used to be a champion wrestler until he suffered a bad injury during a match. Later we see that the band he was in during what I’m assuming was college or right after that is taking off and the girl he’s in love with is pregnant with someone else’s baby. He decides to quit the band to help her take care of the kid, which is how he ends up at the prison, and then she decides to leave him because she never really wanted his help anyway. Yikes. Oh and apparently he’s sleeping with Figueroa now? It’s more of a love-hate situation obviously but still pretty gross.

After multiple attempts to resolve issues with their new corporate overlords, the officers are still at odds with Caputo and upper management. Between having their benefits cut and their hours slashed, they’ve had enough and decide it’s time to form a union. Of course corporate catches wind of their plan and tells Caputo to shut it down immediately. Caputo decides to covertly help his officers organize and gives them some tips on how to stand up to corporate. Meanwhile, the panty girls also organize when Flaca tells them they should be making way more than just ramen flavor packets for their hard work. Piper confronts the problem head on and offers the girls $8 per pair and also fires Flaca from the group. Piper also finds a cell phone for conducting business on so she can send the girls money on prepaid cards.

The staff finally gets a hold of Suzanne’s naughty story and Healy gets very upset. When he asks Suzanne about it she tells him that Berdie encouraged the girls to write stories for her class. Healy then decides to launch an attack on Berdie to get her removed and it works. She’s suspended and Healy is back to being the only counsellor. Berdie warns Healy that she’ll be back for sure. Soso is sad to hear that Berdie is gone and Healy just refers her to medical again for medication. Probably not going to help her at all but Healy is an idiot.

During a routine bed check, one of the new officers confuses Ang for another inmate that’s going to be released that day. Ang bluffs her way through it and is given a bus voucher and leaves the prison behind. Caputo and Danny realize what happened when another officer finds out that the other inmate is still there. Caputo and Danny hatch a plan to track her down at the bus stop and she agrees to come back. It’s not like she was going to get very far with just $40 anyway.

In episode twelve, Red starts to auction of spots for her gourmet night where the specialty is corn. Unfortunately, one of the girls finds her corn at the greenhouse and steals some and grills it up. Turns out that girl is Cindy and when Red’s gourmet night is ruined Taystee is the one who had to smooth things over by promising that Poussey will help red out at the next gourmet night and give her all of her hooch. Taystee is basically the prison mom of the clique now. Healy finds out that Red’s corn was stolen and brings her a crate so she can still have her gourmet night. For this kind gesture, Red leaves a lovely looking piece of corn bread on Healy’s desk for him. There might just be a romance here yet, folks. Speaking of Healy, his intervention with Soso doesn’t work and she attempts suicide, luckily Poussey finds her in time and the girls save her life.

Doggett tells Big Boo that Coates assaulted her in the van and is continuing to do so and Big Boo hatches a plan for revenge. She wants them to go full “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on him and shove a mop handle up his butt or something like that. Typical Big Boo reaction. Boo tells Doggett that she hid a couple of the puppy pills for knocking out animals on her and she can use those to knock out Coates during movie night. When the time comes they do manage to knock out Coates, but Doggett can’t quite bring herself to violate Coates the way he violated her. I’m really impressed with how far Doggett has come this season and I feel like out of everyone she had the best character development.

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The feud between Sofia and Mendoza finally comes to a head when Sofia is attacked by the other girls for being transgender. She’s beaten very badly and corporate is terrified that she’ll sue them for discrimination so they throw her in solitary for her own protection. Meanwhile, Stella invites Piper to movie night and the two are caught by Red. Piper’s brother and his fiancée add more panties that aren’t felons to the business by creating their own disgusting mixture to it which Piper gets very upset about it. Alex also gives Piper hell over her mafia-esque ways of running the panty business and calls it quits between them. Thank god, I think they’re the worst couple ever and they’re much better apart. However, Stella drops the bomb that she’s leaving in a week and Piper feels like an idiot for putting this new relationship ahead of her and Alex.

Daya goes into labor and ends up having complications so she gets taken away to a hospital in an ambulance. The baby survives but when Caesar shows up to claim the baby, Daya realizes her mother has hatched a scheme to keep it. Diaz calls Mrs. Powell and tells her that the baby died because she wants her grandbaby and to be given a second chance at motherhood, much like Mrs. Powell. Diaz flashes back to when she was Daya’s mother and honestly? She was kind of the worst. I was kind of confused by this scene because it felt like she was being framed in a positive light by the show but uh, yeah she wasn’t exactly mother of the year.

In episode thirteen or the finale, Taystee and Poussey sneak Soso out of the library and into the bathroom where they force her to throw up the overdose of pills she took that Healy had prescribed to her. We also see some minor flashbacks to Soso’s childhood where her mother expected her to be the best at everything she did which obviously was not something Soso responded positively to. Poussey confronts Norma to tell her that Soso tried to commit suicide and she shouldn’t have been shunned from the group. After hearing this information, Norma shuns Leanne, ironically what Leanne fears the worst since she’s reliving a part of her history.

After corporate attempts to quash the union stuff again, Danny and Caputo decide to go see his father and try to get Sofia out of solitary confinement. They meet up with him at some fancy golf club and basically just tell him what’s up. He doesn’t flinch though and decides to promote Caputo if he wants it. Following some bad advice, Caputo takes the promotion for a much bigger paycheck and loses the trust of his officers. This leads the guards to stage a walk-out which turns into major chaos whenever the inmates escape through a huge hole in the fence. The all go and play in the lake behind the prison. It’s actually a very beautiful scene and shot wonderfully.

Other major things that happen this episode:

-Piper’s money gets stolen from her from Stella who she then turns in for planted contraband. Guess you won’t be getting out as soon as she thought she would be.

-Healy tells his wife to leave him since he’s tired of her feeling like a prisoner.

-Morello’s squeeze breaks up with her but then she proposes and he says yes which leads them to have a quick marriage and consummate it right there in the lobby.

-Piper also lets Flaca back into the panty club.

 

So what did you guys think of this season of OITNB? I liked it well enough but honestly? Season two is by far the best of the show even though Larry shows up in it. This one just focused a little too hard on certain storylines that weren’t as interesting like Norma’s cult, and not focusing as much on character development. Let me know what you thought 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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