Last week we left our hero betrayed, bereft and bedraggled. Ultimately though I still think it ended up sort’ve ok for her, as Piper is free from worrying about getting offed for squealing on a drug lord. She’s on her way back to the relatively cozy min-sec world of Litchfield too, so things are looking up. As up as they get in prison that is. But don’t expect to see her this week – ep 2 is all about catching up with everyone in Litchfield and Piper doesn’t appear in this ep at all, apart from a few mentions.
We start in flashback mode, and it’s Taystee’s backstory. She, as a child, tries too hard and can’t get adopted.
The bench of broken dreams
She’s befriended by a woman, who rapidly transpires to be a dealer. The young Taystee rejects having anything to do with her, and the woman ‘Vee’ isn’t being friendly at all, she’s recruiting.
I’m just like Fagin, ‘cept I’ll cut you.
In the present, the girls are getting dressed for a job interview competition. One of the Latino girls objects that they just need to try out MacDonalds and maind’s uniforms. Which is likely true, once they’ve got time on their resume. Sophia, who is smarter than the average inmate, has decided to damn the torpedoes and go for looking fabulous instead – once she’s been poured into the dress she’s chosen. It takes three of them but they get there in the end. She’s not taking it too seriously, but then again most of them are probably just doing it as it’s more interesting than the alternative of doing nothing.
In the kitchens Luscheck is showing off his talents.
Form an orderly queue ladies
Gloria is still Queen of the kitchen and Daya is still pregnant. On top of that she’s constipated. All that and having Aleida as a mother, her luck is the worst. In fact Aleida is getting jealous of how Gloria is being motherly towards Daya. Quite how she’s going to combat that, as she hasn’t got the first clue about being a mother I don’t know. The idea of her singing Daya to sleep or knitting booties for the baby seems a bit far-fetched.
At the mock-job fair the ladies are showing off their get-ups. Sofia’s hot cocktail dress gets kicked off first, and Morello’s sailor girl costume too. Her face when the woman says she looks childish is a picture.
Childish? I was going for slutty!
Taystee is going for broke and has picked out the dress that won last year. The Judge thinks she should have dressed to suit her body type more – its nice to see stereotyping alive and well in the 21st century. Flaca wins it though, despite still being in her Goth make up.
We get more of Taystee’s backstory, of her working a job and trying to steer clear of Vee’s drug ring.
Boo has lost her dog, citing that it got ‘weird’. Mainly as she used peanut butter to encourage it to do something no dog should ever do. Damn right it got weird.
Red has run out of money in the commissary, a further sign of her fall from power and she has to eat in the kitchen. It seems she and Gloria have a truce, as Red is now alone and powerless. Maria isn’t so sure Red is as toothless as she seems though, saying a bear is still a bear. Red isn’t feeling it though, she looks like she’s been declawed for good.
She starts to befriends the oldsters. Is this the end for Red?
‘Tuckey returns, and looks a bit mashed up still with even less teeth than before. It’s not like she had a perfect set but it seems Piper smashed a lot out. Nasty Piper.
I gots 1 tooth for biting, 1 for chewing.
She’s in to talk to Healy. Last season he saw her go for Piper and he wants to make sure she doesn’t rat him out. He tries to tell her to stick to the line that it was a fight, and keep him out of it. It’s not too clear if he truly regrets not intervening – but it’s his job if anyone believes ‘tuckey that he did. She negotiates a deal with him – but we don’t see what her price is yet.
Fig is talking to a journalist about prison funds, and it could be that her embezzling is going to come to light which would be just desserts. The journalist is brushed aside pretty fast, but has Fig really done enough to keep her money nicking ways secret?
In the laundry ‘tuckey’s old friends are realizing that without her, things were better. Calmer, less psychotic. It looks like Red isn’t the only player losing her gang this season.