The recent tumult in my personal life has subsided to usual levels, so now I’ll try and get back on track with OITNB and pimp out at least 2 a week.
So pressing on, Vee is well on the way to establishing her new gang, whilst Red has found a possible new angle for her smuggling antics.
Gloria, who is the top latino inmate these days as she runs the kitchen, finds that there showers are going badly wrong.
Sub-Optimal Cleaning conditions
Understandably she’s angry, but when they try and use the Black girls showers Vee stops them.
Essentially, ‘you get clean when I say you get clean’
With her gang backing her up, Vee gets her way. Sort of. The fight gets broken up by a CO and the Latin girls don’t get their showers.
Gloria is this eps ‘Flashback of the Week’. She’s working in a corner shop and hocking her Brujah skills too, by the looks of it. One guy complains the spell he bought didn’t get him a job, but she points out he failed to actually hand in his job application.
Get out or I’ll hit you with my Magic stick. Or ‘club’ as its also known.
I have no time for occult stuff, or frauds like Homeopathy, so this man gets no sympathy. But Gloria’s relative Lourdes seems to be the main Brujah, but Gloria has a side line in foodstamp fraud, and an abusive boyfriend. So the complete set.
Nicky and Boo have decided to have a ‘Bang off’. A competition where the one who gets the most points wins and they get points by sleeping with women, overseen by Chang. The number of points each women gives depends on how ‘easy’ they are seen to be – its 10 for CO Fisher, and 3 for Piper. And I thought only men did things like this, my old college dorm should have made a reciprocal deal with the ladies next door. Except we played Dungeons and Dragons so that wasn’t going to work.
3? Are you calling me slutty? Yep.
Pensatuckey appears still grinning like the cute little goblin she is, but is still an outsider. Bit like Poussey is becoming with the Black girls. Vee plots to teach the latin girls a lesson, which sounds ominous.
Meantime, Red is starting up her ‘gardening club’ using the old girls as her old gang still won’t talk to her.
Not Quite the ‘A Team’
Healey tries to get some advice on how to date his Ukrainian wife from Red. Not such a natural thing to do anymore, but I suppose she’s culturally Russian as that’s what she spoke to Red in the past. But this was before half the new NATO-used-to-be-Warsaw Pact countries in Europe starting worrying they’d see Russian Tanks appearing back in their capital cities because of the Ukraine crisis. Times move on I suppose.
Piper gets a visit from her Mom and brother. They’re surprised that she’s looking unscathed, and they drop the unwelcome news that her Grandmother is dying. Piper realizes that she may never see her again, as she has months left on her sentence. Piper is being very serious this ep, but doesn’t get to do much except set up and continue some main plot threads.
Gloria talks to Caputo about the showers, and gets the cold slap (metaphorically this time, Caputo isn’t that much of a dick) that she just isn’t as big a deal as Red used to be.
It cuts to her past again, and she’s talking to Lourde’s about how to get rid of her abusive boyfriend. He has reappeared claiming he’s changed and he’s working on his problems, and Gloria seems to be in that awful position of wanting to believe him, and giving in to that want, rather than accepting the more difficult truth that he’s violent and not to be trusted so easily – no matter that he’s good with the kids and loves her. Still, however hard she finds it, she ought to get out of this relationship. Lourdes, who has a clearer perspective not being involved with the guy, prays for Gloria.
Knows better but can’t bring herself to do it
Nicky and Boo are comparing notes on their bang off. Nicky is pursuing CO Fisher, and Boo thinks she’s dreaming, and Boo is trying to hoover up as many low point scores as she can. Classy.
Healey and his wife have yet another clash, time over scheduling a date.
Healey creates another tender and loving atmosphere.
He complains that she ought to speak English as they live in America, but I don’t think he can get on a high horse here having imported a mail order bride. After yelling he tries to make up, but he might have been better off starting out nice. I suppose though if he had any sort of social skills he’d wouldn’t have needed a mail order bride.