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S2 : Ep. 10-13

Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E10_Little_Mustachioed_Shit_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0316In episode “Little Mustachioed Shit” Vee is at the height of her authority, easily getting special treatment for herself and her girls, this includes front line access and extra waffles at breakfast. Even kicking out Rosa and ruining her breakfast just to have a table. And with this power and authority of course Vee tries to find ways to expand this even trying to take a hold of Red’s own business by threatening her family. Vee shows an obvious willingness to do what ever it takes to protect herself or get what she wants, evident in Suzanne’s beating of Poussey and even in her kicking out her daughter-like-friend Taystee. Because of her need for conflict and Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E12_It_Was_The_Change_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_2154authority she even creates a war between her and Red, with casual menacing threats out in the open that slowly drive Red crazy. After Red even tries to choke out Vee she stops and tries to call for a truce and with Vee’s manipulative nature she pleads that there is no reason to fight and they can just do what they do best. But as we all know Vee could never leave things like that, Vee cant be weak, she cant be equal with another, Vee has to be on top. And from this Vee bashes Reds face with a lock in sock. Despite her constant acting and manipulation what it comes down to is Vee’s conniving nature.

Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1695And now it finally comes to Vee’s ultimate downfall, in some senses Vee could be seen as a hero especially in the eyes of her group and Suzanne. Providing them with care and sometimes protection and even means of power in the prison she could be easily seen as a Hero to them. But like in every tragedy a “hero” will always have their downfall. After her heroin collection is stolen by Nickles Vee begins to go crazy even threatening her own girls when she cant find it. Because of her need for power when her source for this goes missing Vee begins to lose control of herself forgetting about her kind, manipulative aura and Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_3136going straight to insane dangerous Vee. And because of her out of control actions it resulted in her loss of control of all the black girls. Without her other source of power, the girls who give it to her and let her be in authority, Vee contains to spiral downward only worsening her circumstances. She ultimately creates her own downfall , especially when she
chooses to escape the prison. And after this as she wonders the woods and comes out to the road Vee is faced with the ultimate karma of her past actions, and her final result is death.

Through this season we barely saw much interaction with Piper and Alex especially after she was set free. In the final episode we see a flashback to Piper and Alex’s relationships ten years Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E10_Little_Mustachioed_Shit_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0154ago and I’m not surprised to find out that their entire relationship began in deceit. The fact that even then Alex cheated on her girlfriend with Piper resonates that even through the many years things rarely change. Yet after this Piper still chooses to continue dating Alex this possibly exemplifies that Piper has a drive for dangerous and possibly harmful relationships. Maybe she chooses to date Alex because she knows that all the problems and juvenile things they do just supplies her with an Adrenaline rush. It’s interesting however despite her constant questionable love for Alex at the end she chooses to contact her Parole Officer and tell him that Alex has violated. Fully knowing that when she does this the only outcome of it will be Alex returning to prison. It seems Piper is very codependent on Alex, and with her hatred of being alone, its obvious why Piper is willing to take low actions just to be with someone.

It’s surely comforting to see an inmate finally stand up to the unjust treatment and living conditions of the inmates, Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E11_Take_A_Break_From_Your_Values_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0641even if it is from a very new an inexperienced inmate like Soso. Though her status is new she was able to gain several other inmates in her protest even that of Sister Ingles. And with Sister Ingles help she was able to make the protest/hunger strike be noticed by not only the prison authorities but of the outside world. Yoga Jones even brings up the common problem of the SHU and how it is used unfairly for inmates and is “inhumane and torture”. hopefully within season 3 these issues will be addressed more quickly.

With Fig out of the way one wonders how the prison and its environment will change under Caputo’s control, will it seemingly get Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_2735better or will start to fall apart with a new lenient figure in authority now? Though Caputo is getting things done and treating the inmates in a better manner the prison is seen falling apart not only with the reveal of Bennet being the father but also the escape of two inmates. Now whether this was just unfortunate events or just the beginning of the new chaos of prison we wont know till season 3.


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S2 : Ep. 7-9

      Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E09_40_OZ_Of_Furlough_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1977 I’ve come to the realization that V is one “bitch” you do not want to mess with. From her previous status in prison to her current it is obvious that V knows exactly how to play the system. She’s a person who constantly feels the need to be the top dog or be head of the food chain. Which will obviously cause a lot of problems considering each racial group has the exact same need, though it may not be as strong. She is a ruthless person, even using her abilities to take out anyone in her path. This first being the Black woman that was leader before her
and then Red whom used her vendors to bring goods into the prison. It displays that V has a need to be in control of everything and basically dictate others. The fact she was able to betray a friend like Red early on by having her jumped makes one question what other sever actions is she willing to commit to get what she wants.Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E09_40_OZ_Of_Furlough_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1208

From this comes to the theme of social hierarchy. Currently this is being challenged with each racial group trying to
find a way to get on top. And it seems that the only way to do this is to have means to offer inmates, V selling Cigarettes, Red bringing in goods, or Gloria just supplying the food. Back in Red and V’s day all it took was fear and intimidation to control the prison but now overtime with more lesser crimes bringing people in these women have to find different ways. Kind of portraying the outside world hierarchy in prison in which the people who run the country are actually those who provide the goods for consumers. In which big businesses are the real controllers and these women are just mimicking it.

Now it’s time for our star of the show, Piper. Piper has been granted furlough, something that is rarely if ever seen in prison. As she’s finally gain access to the outside world she’s faced with many of the common views of her. Mainly of previously being a Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E09_40_OZ_Of_Furlough_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0752wonderful person, child, student and always doing good. And its interesting to see the also drastic
change as people immediately see her as this hard felon, even caringOrange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E09_40_OZ_Of_Furlough_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0885 more about her imprisonment than the actual funeral they decided to attend. Piper even tells her father who believes she changed that the person in prison is the same person out. Those are Pipers true colors. And it goes to show that either Prison does truly change you, make you tougher or more hostile, or it just brings out the person you always were and didn’t want to admit to being.

Though I did also find it interesting how Healy chose to go above and beyond to help Piper despite his previous dislike and resentment for her. It seems like finally Healy is choosing to put his past feelings and views aside to actually become a helpful Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E09_40_OZ_Of_Furlough_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1553counselor to these women. Through is own counseling he has realized he must slightly change his ways and fortunately he chooses to do this by being more involved and helping with the inmates. Even choosing to assist Pennsatucky with her similar anger issues, showing an obvious new appreciation and interest towards his job.

Finally I just want to add small details I found interesting in the series that didn’t particularly seem important to the average viewer. In “Appropriately Sized Pots” we see the final transformation of Suzanne and Piper’s relationship. Suzanne no longer feels the need to feel any guilt or feelings Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E08_Appropriately_Sized_Pots_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1675towards Piper and in a turn of events during Pipers rant about furlough Suzanne responds by throwing her pie at her. A comical conclusion to Suzanne’s, “I threw my pie for you” which doesn’t just so change but also the development of V’s and Suzanne’s parental relationship. Suzanne finally uses V’s words to become more connected with herself and need only herself. In addition we’ve finally seen the tip of the crap iceberg of Larry and Polly, despite being the ex fiance and best friend of Piper Chapman they choose to have sex with each other. Which in all honesty is far worse than what Piper actually did, Piper did have sex with an old lover which is bad enough but Larry decides to sleep with Pipers bestfriend whom is also already married and has a child. So whose the true bad guy? The girl in prison or the guy outside?

 


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S2 : Ep.3-6

Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E03_Hugs_Can_Be_Deceiving_REPACK_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb_0082     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 Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E03_Hugs_Can_Be_Deceiving_REPACK_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb_1327saw 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 Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E03_Hugs_Can_Be_Deceiving_REPACK_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb_1384wanted 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 Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E04_A_Whole_Other_Hole_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb5Brarbg5D_0952more. 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 Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E06_You_Also_Have_A_Pizza_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1793they 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.


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S2 : Ep.1-2

orange_is_the_new_black_s02e01_looks_blue_tastes_red_720p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_NET_1334   In the second season we once again see the harmful side effects of Alex and Pipers relationship. Piper came from a wealthy privilege background and grew up always following rules and was basically you’re classic goody-two-shoes. But after ratting out her fathers affair she was told by her grandmother that its is better to live with your secrets than to speak the truth. And from her father and grandmothers actions we can see why Piper possibly decided to live a more dangerous and adventurous life for a short time since technically it didn’t matter all that much to her family if you did the right thing. Piper finally decides to change this, to actually do some good by confessing on the witness stand of her knowledge of Kubra. For us we see this as a great improvement for Piper, she’s finally trying to do right after her crimes and her actions against Pennsatucky. But once Piper is with Alex and hears her words she suddenly decides to do as she says and forget her whole concept of right and wrong. Piper orange_is_the_new_black_s02e01_looks_blue_tastes_red_720p_KISSTHEMGOODBYE_NET_1506and Alex are both harmful for each other and bring out the worst and the ability to lose any logic or reasoning.

The moment Alex confesses to Piper that she went back on her word and told the court the truth this causes a storm of anger for Piper. Because, unfortunately, Piper stupidly decided to put her faith into Alex and in return was screwed over. Once again. Now that Alex has been given her freedom back it puts to mind how this will drastically effect Pipers actions in the future. I believe at this point Piper is just continuing to spiral out of control, but with Alex possibly out of the picture how will Prison be for her now?

Now we move on to the character I have the most distaste for, Healy. I’m not surprised that he attempted to convince Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E02_Looks_Blue_Tastes_Red_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb_0782Pennsatucky that he never actually saw anything and therefor could have never known what events would transcribe. Even threatening her stating, “No one will ever believe a meth-addled hillbilly over me.” Just goes to show that despite his convincing nature to others Healy only cares about saving himself. Though Pennsatucky is an extreme religious supporter and actions are totally insane I have to give her props for blackmailing Healy into giving her new teeth. Demonstrates she’s a very smart women and knows how to make her way around the system. And well Healy really had it coming.

I’m glad the second episode began to address Taystee’s backstory and how said it was. She was never able to have a Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E02_Looks_Blue_Tastes_Red_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_x264-NTb_1531nice childhood or have a great family to come home to. We even see that Taystee is a very intelligent women not only from her profound book smarts but her ability to do calculate numbers on the spot. Though it’s sad that Taystee was able to use her intelligence to help out a drug dealer you can see that Taystee gained a new found happiness with V. And despite running an illegal business Taystee had more of a family with V, the drug dealer, than in her group homes. Shows how some people stick with illegal activities or with the wrong crowd specifically because of the connections and relationships they formed around it. And this concept pertains to a lot of the inmates in Litchfield.