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Orange Is The New Black recap: The Animals

A peaceful protest and a gut-wrenching death

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Orange Is the New Black

TV Show
Drama, Comedy
run date:
58 minutes
Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
Current Status:
In Season

“This place crushes anything good.”

That’s the warning Caputo gives Bayley about working at Litchfield. “It’s like a monster that’s grown too big for its stubby little legs and now it’s stumbling around, crushing whole cities,” he continues. Bayley asks if Caputo is the city or the monster in this scenario. “Neither. Both. I don’t know,” he responds, with this ominous addition: “One day, you’ll be the monster… Working here changes who you are.”

The tensions between the guards and inmates had become so toxic that something bad was bound to happen — and when it did, it took one of the most inherently kind and good-hearted people at Litchfield. Oh, Poussey. This did not have to happen to you. This should not have happened to you.

What happened with her and Bayley came at the end of a heartbreaking episode (directed by Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner) that pulled many of this season’s storylines together. Suzanne is traumatized by the fight she was forced to have during the lockdown, and Piscatella is nowhere near done torturing Red — not allowing her to sleep and forcing her to work. When Caputo tries to suspend Humphrey for making the inmates fight, Piscatella threatens to have them all walk. Translation: Caputo can’t control them anymore.

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All the different groups at the prison now have a common goal: to get Piscatella out. As they ponder joining forces inside Litchfield, Poussey and Soso are also fantasizing about their future outside the prison walls. Sitting in Lolly’s time machine, they talk about finding an apartment, taking a trip to Fiji, and getting jobs. Poussey even goes to Judy King to ask for help landing a position once she’s released.

NEXT: A devastating, unnecessary tragedy