5 Things You Forgot (but Must Remember) Before Watching Season 5 of ‘OITNB’
Netflix's Orange Is the New Black returns for its fifth season this Friday, June 9. Before you dive into season five's greatness, grab a glass of hooch and refresh your memory with these five key plot points from season four.
An Unexpected Death
C.O. Bayley (Alan Aisenberg) accidentally suffocates Poussey (Samira Wiley), and Management & Correction Corporation (MCC) is called in to figure out how to spin the senseless act to the public. Poor Poussey had no pre-existing health conditions and no history of violence, but MCC is relentless. Caputo (Nick Sandow) isn't even allowed to call the police or notify Poussey’s father until MCC finds its scapegoat.
The women of Litchfield deal with Poussey's death in different ways. Soso (Kimiko Glenn) drowns her sorrow-filled broken heart with hooch, Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) buries herself in books (literally) and Red (Kate Mulgrew), with her soothing Russian accent and natural motherly tendencies, reads aloud to the women to calm their nerves.
Sweeping It Under the Rug
Caputo releases a statement saying C.O. Bayley will temporarily be suspended for his role in Poussey's death, but he will ultimately return to work. Unnervingly, Caputo doesn’t even mention Poussey's real name in the statement. Meanwhile, the inmates are put on a prison-wide lockdown and unable to hear or see Caputo deliver his statement on television. But Taystee (Danielle Brooks), with her resourceful ways, is able to eavesdrop during the telecast and hears the whole shebang. Infuriated, Taystee gathers the women and the Litchfield revolt is born.
Vive la révolution
A massive riot ensues, and despite their best efforts to lie low Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon) and Judy King (Blair Brown) unintentionally get swept up in the mayhem. Oh, and Martha Stewart Judy King receives special treatment to wipe her hands clean of the “incident,” getting her release paperwork backdated so as not to link her to Poussey’s death.
The Smoking Gun
In a misguided attempt to intimidate the indignant prisoners, C.O. Humphrey (Michael Torpey) pulls out the contraband gun he snuck into the prison. Overcome with emotion, Maritza (Diane Guerrero) forcefully shoves Humphrey, the gun drops from his grasp and glides across the floor landing directly in Daya's (Dascha Polanco) reach. She picks it up, aims and...fade to black.
Will Daya let her rage and the mob mentality force her to do the unthinkable or will she come to her senses and realize she’s about to blow any chance at freedom?
Your move, Jenji Kohan.