After returning from SHU/different prison Piper is profoundly different. We see a dramatic change from the first time she came to Litchfield and the time she returned. The first occurrence she obviously displayed weakness and fear but after returning she shows an undeniable amount hostility but also the ability to provoke fear. A kind of 180 with her character. With the short amount of time she has been sentenced Piper has already let prison life change her profoundly, now she is no longer the scared, timid, white lady. As seen with her short-tolerance with Soso, Piper states, “I am a lone-wolf Brook, and a vicious one, don’t make me rip your throat out with my teeth”. Piper is no longer scared of her actions and doesn’t care so much about the fate of others. This is most likely from the fact of Alex being set free than it is about her time in prison. The fact that she was purely fine with making Soso Boo’s prison wife and practically selling her off demonstrates this.
Many things happened within the span of the last four episodes. We saw more and more of V’s true character and her ulterior motives. Though she is fairly new to the prison she immediately was able to establish a dominance there, even use her cunning abilities to put all the black women under her wing. The way she first used Suzanne to infiltrate the group was to act as a mother figure, I think this was huge because Suzanne constantly presents a kind of innocence and childish nature and V knew how to use that to her advantage. She was able to easily impression Suzanne by telling her what she always wanted that she “sees” her and that she doesn’t underestimate her. Even using her gift of cake to Suzanne as a way to lure the black girls to her. V is a very smart and cunning woman, even pretending to be weak in front of Gloria so she can get her girls in custodial jobs, from this it is obvious that V had a much bigger plan. She is using these new positions as a way to smuggle in contraband and in turn help herself, and the black girls, to climb the social hierarchy. It’s obvious that V has a need to in charge, to have control, so slowly but surely she’s going to make sure she’s the top dog in prison. But it makes you wonder what else will V do to make sure this happens.
We also begin to see a new, or already present, strong relationship between Poussey and Taystee. Poussey obviously has deep feelings for Taystee, whom she can only return with small gestures or cuddling though Poussey wants much more. It’s interesting though that despite this constant want from Poussey, Taystee doesn’t feel the need to end their friendship or distance herself. Yet when V makes a comment about them, and its lesbian relationship likeness, is the moment that Taystee begins to feel uncomfortable and further herself from Poussey. This not only shows V’s strong influence but the constant issue brought up about the prejudice and distaste for gay, or bisexual, women. V doesn’t like this type of relationship so she does in her power to make Taystee feel bad about herself or weak so she can turn her anger towards Poussey.
Now I’ll address Larry and his new-found idiocy. In the past four episodes Larry and Polly’s relationship has progressed they are much closer friends before and seem to be much more comfortable around one another. And in “You Also Have Pizza” when Larry kisses Polly this relationship will soon drastically change. Though I find it very humorous, in a dark sense kind of way, that Larry chooses to kiss Polly. Basically compromise her relationship with her husband right on the spot. And it’s interesting how his actions are no different from Pipers. Larry had so much anger pent up towards Piper after her affair and ultimately broke of their engagement. He’s so angry with Pipers actions yet why does he decide to do the same thing with Polly? Larry’s priorities and morals are completely out of wack and Pipers sentence possibly doesn’t just affect her but the actions of those around her.