In the former, the two argue over their parenting methods, the blame being cast on each of their sons, some of it founded and much of it the result of neither being open and talking with one another. Gloria makes a dig about about Sophia not being a real mother because of her transition, and Sophia shoves Gloria into a wall in response. Gloria ends up on the floor, attended to by Aleida.
Alex and Lolly’s fight also ends up on the floor, after Lolly pulls the stolen piece of shard from the greenhouse on Alex and attempts to cut Alex. Vause is too quick for her, however, punching Lolly in the face and beginning to choke her out until the new Litchfield inmate tells her the truth—she thinks the prison is bugged by the NSA and is trying to frame her as a terrorist. Alex may have been paranoid, but Lolly was equally paranoid the entire time. It’s a bit of relief for Alex, but it certainly doesn’t preclude Kubra from sending someone else into Litchfield for her.
Alex has been dealing with her paranoia alone as Piper becomes preoccupied with her panty business and her new love interest, Stella. She attempts to make Stella boring so she’s less attracted to her, but the two continue to bond, even after Alex discovers the two talking in Piper’s bed (fully clothed, of course), Piper kissing her in a defiant statement that she’s not going to stop Alex from letting her do something she wants to.
Piper isn’t the only one with relationship woes, as Suzanne finds that one of her fans doesn’t just like the material, she likes Suzanne, and wants to help clear her writer’s block with a bit of practical experience. The only problem is Suzanne has never been with another person, at all. And despite some advice from Morello, she ends up deciding not to go through with anything, leaving her fan alone in the broom closet.
More surprising than Suzanne developing a romantic subplot is the return of Pornstache (sans ‘stache, of course). His mother goes to visit him in prison to break the bad news to him that Daya’s baby is not his. But he refuses to believe. He adamantly shuts out the truth, telling his mother that the baby will make him the man she always believed he could be. So she makes one more plea to Daya. She wants Daya to know that she will still be the mother, but that she would love to adopt the baby and give it a good home (she leaves out the part about how it would emotionally devastate her son if she didn’t).
Daya after waffling previously, says yes after only a few moments of consideration. She wants the baby to have the best life it can have, even if that life isn’t with her.
- The kitchen may still be serving terrible food, but after Gloria’s pep talk in the last episode, Red has decided to find some solace in cooking—even if it’s just for the women in the kitchen. With some fresh vegetables from the garden, she makes actually edible and tasty food that makes them feel like people again. There may just be hope for that kitchen yet.
- Sorry Poussey, but Judy King unfortunately will not be joining you at Litchfield. After watching the saga play out on TV, King will be shipped off to another correctional facility. At least Poussey has Norma’s group to feel some belonging to. Even if she and Leanne have different philosophies about the group.
- Speaking of Leanne, she may very well be part of another showdown, as the rift between her and Soso increases. Soso tells Rogers she thinks she laughed at Leanne’s Amish past because of “genetic nervous laughter,” but when she and Leanne talk in the hall (Norma’s group is on work duty while Soso roams free), the two come to blows again.
- Morello enlists the one man she’s grown closest to of her visitors to help her by, of course, lying. Remember the man she loved, Christopher? Well she sicks her returning visitor on him, and the guy’s brought along a group of friends to beat Christopher up.
- Luschek’s heroin scheme has bought him a flashy new motorcycle and the ability to not worry about the workers’ health care being cut. But trouble may be brewing—he’s learned that CO Ford is aware of his extracurricular activities.
- And some of the inmates are also growing wise to Piper’s scheme. As more of the women are enlisted to wear her underwear, as well as some intel from the outside for just how much these things are going for, they’ve started to turn unhappy. Perhaps a coup is on the horizon?