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Episode Guides: Season 1

Episode Guides – Orange is the New Black: Season 1
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Episode 1 – I Wasn’t Ready

Episode 1 – I Wasn’t Ready

Sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed ten years earlier, Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiance Larry for her new home: a women’s prison. She grapples with the racial dynamics of prison life and learns some of the rules. Unfortunately, she offends Red, the powerful matriarch of the prison kitchen, who responds by serving Chapman a bloody tampon. Chapman is shocked to discover that Alex, her former lover (who recruited her into carrying drug money) is in the same prison. Flashbacks depict the particulars of Chapman’s crime, Chapman telling her family about her crime, and Larry’s marriage proposal. Dayanara is greeted by her mother with a slap to the face.

Episode 2 – Tit Punch

Episode 2 – Tit Punch

After insulting Red’s food, Chapman is starved out by the kitchen staff, and she struggles to offer up an acceptable apology. However, with help from “Crazy Eyes,” she manages to prepare a medicated lotion for Red’s back. Vause gives Chapman a cube of cornbread; Chapman rejects it. The kitchen freezer is irreparably damaged; Red manipulates Healy into buying a new one. “Crazy Eyes” makes a romantic move on Piper. Bennett and Dayanara check each other out. In flashbacks, Red attempts to befriend the wives of well connected Russian businessmen. Unfortunately, she tells an insulting joke that alienates them. During a confrontation, Red punctures one of the wives’ breast implants. As compensation, Red’s husband agrees to hold secret packages for the businessmen.

Episode 3 – Lesbian Request Denied

Episode 3 – Lesbian Request Denied

Chapman’s best friend Polly takes more authority over the soap-making business. Chapman deals with romantic advances from Crazy Eyes. After Crazy Eyes submits a request to bunk with Chapman, Chapman firmly rejects her advances. After Chapman moves into Miss Claudette’s cube, Crazy Eyes urinates on the floor of their space. Chapman’s relationship with Vause is very hostile. In flashbacks, Burset, her wife, and her child struggle to adjust to Burset’s gender change. Burset commits credit card fraud to finance gender reassignment surgery. In the present, the prison reduces Burset’s dose of exogenous estrogen in response to budget cuts. She asks her wife to smuggle pills into the prison; her wife flatly refuses. “How fucking selfish can you be?”

Episode 4 – Imaginary Enemies

Episode 4 – Imaginary Enemies

Chapman adjusts to living with Claudette and working in the electrical shop. She starts to make friends with Nichols. After Chapman loses a screwdriver, the prison staff searches high and low to find it before it’s used as a weapon. Mendez molests Chapman during the search. When Chapman returns to her cube with the screwdriver, it places more strain on her relationship with Claudette. However, once the search ends, Chapman and Claudette make peace. Chapman agrees to review appeal letters from different inmates. Miller schemes to prevent her girlfriend’s release until Claudette changes her mind. After Claudette receives a letter from her friend Baptiste, she agrees to have her case reopened. Flashbacks depict Claudette’s career as a housekeeper and that she murdered a child molester.

Episode 5 – The Chickening

Episode 5 – The Chickening

While relaxing in the exercise yard, Chapman sees a chicken. Red recounts her dream of cooking a proper chicken and offers a gift to the person who catches the chicken. Larry discovers that Vause gave Chapman’s name to the Feds. However, to keep Chapman focused on life beyond prison, Larry lies to her. Polly Harper arranges for Chapman to take a business call, but Chapman skips it to chase the chicken. Morello ends her relationship with Nichols. Burset asks Sister Ingalls for estrogen pills, but she refuses. The chapel ceiling collapses when Doggett tries to hang an overweight cross. The prisoners work to clean up and repair the damage. Miss Claudette starts researching her legal appeal. Bennett and Dayanara pass notes to each other. Aleida advises her daughter to date another guard who can do her favors. Flashbacks depict life in the Diaz household.

Episode 6 – WAC Pack

Episode 6 – WAC Pack

Chapman confronts her mother. Polly takes full control of the soap business. Now believing that Vause didn’t finger her, Chapman starts to view her fondly. Larry agrees to write an article about her wife’s term in prison. Healy announces elections for the women’s advisory council. Healy encourages Chapman to run for WAC. When she refuses, Healy places Chapman on the council anyway. The guards start searching for a missing mobile phone; Chapman finds it hidden in the wall of the bathroom. Dayanara attacks Aleida for having sex with Bennett. Dayanara gives Bennett oral sex and discovers that he has an artificial leg. Flashbacks depict the friction between Nichols and her biological mother and how Red helped Nichols deal with her drug problem.

Episode 7 – Blood Donut

Episode 7 – Blood Donut

Watson is released from SHU. She concludes that Chapman misplaced the screwdriver. Chapman confesses but points out that Watson was sent to SHU for arguing with the guards. Flashbacks depict how Watson went from gifted track star to armed robber. Chapman realizes “this whole WAC thing is basically bullshit.” Chapman tries to make nice with Vause. With Fischer’s help, Chapman gets the running track reopened, which pleases Watson. Chapman’s appointment to WAC infuriates Doggett, who was hoping to use her election to obtain false teeth. Vause tires of Doggett’s complaining and threatens to rape her if she doesn’t keep quiet. Mendez tries to pressure Red into smuggling drugs into the prison; Red refuses.

Episode 8 – Moscow Mule

Episode 8 – Moscow Mule

The flu bug circulates through the prison. Larry’s article is printed. Chapman is happy that it was published but is upset that most of the information is inaccurate. Chapman and Vause flirt and reminisce while they try to fix a dryer. Doggett locks Vause into the drier. Polly gives birth. Dayanara is pregnant. Jefferson is granted parole. In one flashback, Red gives the Russian bosses a good business idea; she starts climbing the organized crime ladder. Miller goes into drug withdraw. Over Nichols’s objection, Red cuts Miller off and allows her to go into SHU. Caputo orders Mendez to investigate how the drugs could have entered the prison. Mendez performs a very intimidating interview of Morello. To retaliate against Red, Nichols tells Mendez that Red uses “Neptune’s Produce” to smuggle contraband into the prison. That company is possibly affiliated with the Russian bosses in Red’s flashbacks.

Episode 9 – Fucksgiving

Episode 9 – Fucksgiving

Mendez uses Red’s smuggling connections to move drugs into the prison. Red flushes them down the toilet. Mendez issues Red a death threat and pees into the Thanksgiving gravy. Doggett and Vause clash over their views on homosexuality and religion. Nichols and Vause flirt. Flashbacks depict Vause being bullied for her low socioeconomic standing, her relationship with her mother, her first contact with her washed-up rockstar father. It also shows the beginning with the drug cartel. Burset’s wife becomes romantically interested in her pastor. With Sister Ingalls’s encouragement, Burset gives her wife her blessing. Burset’s full dose of estrogen is restored. Dayanara attempts an abortion using Mendoza’s herbal teas, but Aleida colluded with the Mendoza to keep the fetus alive. Later, Dayanara agrees to keep the baby. Jefferson is released but finds that her support network is missing. Chapman and Vause share a sexually charged dance. Doggett snitches on them for “lesbianing together,” and Healy sends Chapman to SHU. When Healy visits SHU, Chapman rages against him for punishing her for being a lesbian. However, after suffering in SHU, she resolves to obey Healy and avoid Vause. Caputo orders Healy to release Chapman from SHU when it becomes clear that her transfer to SHU is unjustified. Upon returning to camp, she has sex with Vause. Healy calls Larry, but the call’s content is not revealed.

Episode 10 – Bora Bora Bora

Episode 10 – Bora Bora Bora

Bennett learns that Dayanara is pregnant. He is concerned that the system will discover that he had sex with Dayanara. (By law, prisoners cannot consent to sex with corrections officers.) Flashbacks discuss what Chapman and Polly are looking for in a spouse and depict Chapman meeting Larry. Baptiste visits Miss Claudette. Tricked by Watson and egged on by others, Doggett starts a faith healing crusade. Scared straight arrives at the prison. The inmates attempt to intimidate the visiting juvenile delinquents but have difficulty intimidating a young woman confined to a wheelchair. Chapman succeeds by saying (paraphrasing): “Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison Deena. It’s coming face to face with who you really are.” Doggett’s faith healing crusade ends after she attacks the girl in the wheelchair; Doggett is confined to psych. Flashbacks depict Miller’s life on the streets of New York City; she often shoplifts but keeps a list of what she steals so she can pay everyone back. She struggles to “make things square with Red.” Mendez manipulates Miller into selling illegal drugs. After he locks her into a closet, she overdoses and dies. Mendez manipulates the scene to make it look like a suicide. Nichols and Red blame themselves for Miller’s death. They resolve to bring Mendez down.

Episode 11 – Tall Men With Feelings

Episode 11 – Tall Men With Feelings

Prison officials cover-up Miller’s death to avoid an investigation into their “epic fuck-up.” The inmates believe Miller killed herself and organize an informal memorial for her. Miller’s death affects Mendez, and he vents over drinks with Bennett. Aleida, Bennett, Dayanara, and Red scheme to cover-up Dayanara’s pregnancy. Dayanara will have sex with Mendez which deflect any suspicions once Dayanara’s pregnancy becomes apparent. They have sex; however, since he uses a condom, there’s no evidence to use against him. Doggett is held in the psych unit. After Chapman learns that psych is worse than SHU, she successfully petitions Caputo to have Doggett returned to the general population over Vause’s objections. However, Chapman’s bravery brings Vause closer to her. Flashbacks depict the breakup between Chapman and Vause following the death of Vause’s mother. Larry is interviewed on public radio. Larry’s comments are particularly hurtful to “Crazy Eyes” and Miss Claudette; however, he is kinder to other inmates including Red. Larry’s comments regarding fidelity convince Chapman that he knows about her relationship with Vause. Chapman calls Larry and confesses her infidelity. During Thanksgiving, Healy told Larry he had put Chapman in SHU for “lesbian activity.” Chapman admits to Larry that she loves Vause; Larry sees this as a deep betrayal. Larry then tells Chapman that Vause did name her thereby admitting that he lied earlier. “How does it feel to be in love with the woman who ruined our lives?” He says that he needs time away from Chapman.

Episode 12 – Fool Me Once

Episode 12 – Fool Me Once

Caputo catches Mendez having sex with Dayanara. To avoid a rape investigation, the warden puts Mendez on unpaid leave. Dayanara tells Bennett about her plot, but Bennett is displeased that she framed Mendez. Mendez believes that Dayanara loves him. Mendez tells Bennett about Red’s smuggling operation, and Bennett informs Cupato. Claudette’s appeal is denied. She attacks a guard and is sent to maximum security. Unable to adjust to life outside, Jefferson returns to prison. Red mediates between Healy and his mail-order bride. Yoga Jones tells Watson how she committed manslaughter against an eight year-old kid. A journalist following up on Larry’s interview asks the deputy warden about spending cuts at Litchfield despite an increase in the prison’s funding. Chapman and Vause argue. Chapman admits, “I am an emotionally manipulative narcissist who bailed on you when her mother died.” Vause admits she ratted on Chapman for dumping her, and she lied to Chapman because she wanted Chapman to like her. Vause gives Chapman a choice: nest with Larry or travel with her and be prepared for anything. Larry asks Chapman to marry him immediately. Flashbacks depict how Doggett killed an abortion provider who “disrespected her.” A conservative Christian anti-abortion group provides her with pro bono legal help. Doggett broods after being “beaten” by Chapman, but her lawyer encourages Doggett to witness to Chapman. Chapman “prays to Mr. Christ” for forgiveness, but she flatly refuses to be baptized. Since Chapman disrespected her, Doggett plans to murder Chapman.

Episode 13 – Can’t Fix Crazy

Episode 13 – Can’t Fix Crazy

Caputo chooses Mendoza to replace Red as head cook. To reclaim her position, Red sabotages the kitchen. The resulting grease fire injures Murphy and prompts Romano to end her friendship with Red. Mendoza starts starving Red. Figueroa leans on Bennett to squash the investigation into Neptune’s Produce, but Caputo fights to keep it on track. Bennett and Dayanara reach a low point in their relationship. Burset receives a card from her son. Chapman tells Vause that she is choosing Larry. Vause cuts Chapman out of her life. Larry visits Vause in prison. Larry warns Vause to stay away from Chapman, but Vause tells him that Chapman initiated their sexual relationship. She asserts Larry’s insecurity stems from Chapman’s weaknesses and not her machinations. “I’m not your problem.” After reflecting, Larry breaks up with Chapman. Chapman returns to Vause, but she sticks to keeping Chapman away. Chapman is terrified after Doggett attempts to harm her with a razor blade. Jefferson encourages Chapman to strike. Big Boo gives Chapman the screwdriver that was never returned to the electrical shop. Nichols seduces Vause. Chapman and Doggett have a final confrontation. Chapman appeals to Healy, who was witness to the fight’s beginning, for help, but he walks off. Doggett charges at Chapman with a Cross shiv, but Chapman kicks her in the groin. The episode ends with Chapman kneeling over Doggett and repetitively striking her.

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