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Orange Is the New Black recap: Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull

Tensions rise at movie night, and something is found in the garden

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JoJo Whilden/Netflix

Orange Is the New Black

type:
TV Show
genre:
Drama, Comedy
run date:
07/11/13
runtime:
58 minutes
performer:
Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
broadcaster:
Netflix
seasons:
5
episodes:
65
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-MA

When places get crowded, tensions can run high — just look at a highway during rush hour, or a crowded subway train. And the influx of inmates at Litchfield is continuing to cause problems for everybody there. Including the body in the garden.

Everything comes to a head at the latest movie night, where the film was chosen by none other than Taystee. Her pick? “The Wiz,” of which she finds a copy in the prison’s “ethnic” section and tells Caputo would be a departure from the 11 previous films they watched, which came from Fig’s personal VHS collection (all rom-coms, all starring white people). At first, she’s the only one of her friends excited about it, but they all defend it once the neo-Nazis begin complaining as everyone’s watching the movie. Afraid things will escalate even further, Coates pulls the plug on the film before it’s finished and sends everyone back to their bunks. Watching this from the back of the room, where Coates and the other COs are, is Doggett, seemingly an island unto herself as the rest of the inmates get increasingly antagonistic to one another. “Do you ever feel like a person without a country?” she asks Coates.

In SHU, Sister Ingalls manages to successfully get a note to Sophia, and we see the relieved look on her face as she reads it. Ingalls also accidentally drops her smuggled cell phone in sight of a guard because a rogue sneeze dislodges it from, um, where she’d been keeping it, but it allows her to tell Caputo what she’s trying to do, and he ends up helping her — first by using the phone to snap a photo of Sophia, and then by giving it to Danny Pearson to get to Crystal.

On the outside, Aleida finds out quickly that life post-prison presents its own challenges. She gets picked up from the prison by Caesar’s new baby mama and discovers her cousin spent all the money she had saved for when she got out — and that her children are scattered around the city in foster care.

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Inside, Daya feels like she’s starting prison anew again. Now that her mother isn’t there, she feels alone. Because of that, she takes Maria up on her offer to hang with the Dominicans in the salon, where she wants to use her creative skills to do nail art (the alternating bunnies and skulls of the episode’s title were one request) and decides to stay even after seeing that they’re selling drugs. Gloria, looking out for her on a promise to her mother, warns her against it — even if she’s not dealing with the others, that won’t matter if they get caught.

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