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June 12, 2015 at 01:50 PM EDT

Frustration is pervasive among those back at Litchfield, who are now without comfortable clothes (burned), mattresses (also burned), and books (almost saved but most definitely burned). And there’s little chance of those supplies being replenished because… oh, didn’t Caputo hear? Well… Litchfield is closing.

Yes, the inmates are set to be shipped out by the 20th (presumably of May but no month is given) and the prison closed by the 30th. Caputo may still be transferred since he’s looked at favorably, but the remaining staff are likely to lose their jobs.The revelation shatters Caputo’s state of mind, leaving him hollow as the book burning he was so ardently against commences.

He tells no one, instead letting the inmates and employees go on with their lives. So Luschek decides to help Nicky sell the heroin, and Piper confronts her habit of lying and reveals to Alex that she was the one who ratted her out to her parole officer. The former situation falls apart when Nicky goes to recover the heroin, and finds it gone.

The latter sees a much more explosive resolution. Piper lays the truth out on the table, just as Alex suggested she should have done with Red, but her plan backfires. Alex calls her a manipulative c–t, wanting to maintain the power in her relationships at any cost.

And it’s true. Piper’s fear of losing control, losing the safety net of her life, has been a defining characteristic since her first day in Litchfield. At times, it has worked, but more often than not her scheming, intentional or subconscious, comes back to bite her, as it does with Alex.

Until the two start having angry sex in the library, of course. She acted as she did to have Alex back in her life, and she has her back, physically if not emotionally.

Piper and Alex hooking up at the end of the episode is just another shift in their power dynamic. Alex is taking control after Piper took it away from her. She’s still in jail, she’s still lost her life on the outside, and she may be in more danger now than ever, but at least she can control something. And being able to control their decisions about anything is what just about everyone, from Caputo to Red to Nicky to Bennett, so desperately wants.

Extras

  • Vee may be a distant memory for most, but Suzanne continues to be upset by her disappearance. She hasn’t accepted the truth of what happened and when she does, well, I wouldn’t expect it to be an easy pill to swallow.
  • Nicky has rarely looked as amusingly scared in her life as she did when she thought Luschek was dragging her to Caputo’s office. Good thing the guy’s just as much of a schemer as she is.
  • Red learning the truth about her shop has thrown a huge wrench in her life plan. She has almost nothing to call her own but a lying, deadbeat husband. So she does just about the only thing she can to make a change herself: She asks Healy to take her husband off the visitation list and put her lawyer on.
  • The spread of spirituality continues, with Poussey becoming more involved, but to what end we really don’t know yet.

Correction: An earlier version of this recap indicated Bennett lost his leg in the war, which was in fact not the case as it had previously been revealed he had lost it due to a hot tub. 

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Jenji Kohan’s absorbing ensemble dramedy, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, takes viewers inside the walls of Litchfield, a minimum security women’s prison where nothing’s as simple as it seems—especially the inmates.
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