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Orange is the new Black | Season 3 Episode 9 Recap

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Jessica Liese and Taylor Cotter recap Orange is the new Black, Season 3 Episode 9.

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  • Swamp Fox

    Honest question — Is there anything Piper could do, or anything that could happen on the show, to make you change your mind about the character? I actually think the panty business and Piper running it Godfather-style with other inmates has been an interesting storyline for her, but you guys hate it along with everything else Piper has done the last 2 seasons. You really find the Cult of Norma more interesting than Godfather Piper? Really? Your hatred of Stella seems a little over the top, too. I suspect you hate that character only because she’s a love-interest for Piper. If Stella were to hook up with Morello instead, I can easily imagine Taylor saying things on the podcast like “they’re so cute” or “I love them together.” But she’s with Piper, so she has to be one of the worst parts of the show. I’m not sure how the Piper character can be redeemed if fans are predisposed to hate everything Piper says, or any change she goes through, or anything new she tries to do behind bars.

    • Anna

      I agree with you. I actually really liked Piper’s panty business storyline this season. It’s interesting, and I enjoyed watching Piper “break bad” a little. This was my favorite version of her. Plus, it brought in more great scenes with her brother.

    • Pink Pearl

      I can’t wait for you to hear our extended thoughts on Piper in our Episode 12 recap.

    • taylor

      Yeah yeah you’ll love what I say about her in the Ep 12 podcast! I feel like now that I have the whole story I feel a lot better about it. I really like Piper as almost comic relief or having story lines with lower stakes. As for Stella – I don’t know. I guess it’s more of her total lack of development as anything other than Piper’s love interest that makes it hard to have an opinion of her as a character.

  • Anna

    I’ve finished the season but I’m behind on the podcasts so I apologize if you’ve already talked about this at some point.
    Do you guys think the show is introducing TOO many characters into the ensemble? I enjoy a minor character like Flaca getting a flashback every now and then but I’m starting to feel like there are so many minor characters getting storylines that we’re not seeing much progress from the major characters. Maybe this is the intent of the show, but I think it’s doing a disservice to some characters like Poussey, Gloria, and Sophia. I was invested in this core group of characters from the beginning, but now I feel like they’re being sidelined to make room for people like Leanne or Chang. While I like these characters, a part of me wishes they stayed in the background. Now, when a new person is introduced, they no longer have a sense of mystery to me, because I know we’ll see a flashback episode from them at some point. Sometimes, I don’t need to know everyone’s story.

    • Charles Bikle

      I liked the ensemble feel of season 3 and I wonder if it didn’t happen out of necessity, with all the (seemingly) abrupt cast changes; I almost feel that Ruby Rose’s scenes were originally written for Natasha Lyonne.

      In a way, Caputo has become the central character of the show – he’s involved in storylines involving the inmates, the guards, Figeroa’s political world, the world of his new corporate bosses and the outside world with his rock band.

      • Anna

        That’s really interesting, I hadn’t thought about it that way. I did enjoy the way Caputo was brought to the forefront this season, especially since he’s one of the only likeable males on the show.