Here's a lesson Piper learned, her 1st days in prison.
Moscow Mule's Epilogue concludes.
Our last Mother daughter dynamic is actually a threesome
and I mean that only in the most respectful way you could possible imagine.
That's right, I mean the M/D relationship between Red and Nicky.
But first, Mendez AKA Pornstache comes to deliver some "sad" news, and a warning.
It seems one of Red's prison daughters is going through with-drawl because Caputo's efforts are preventing Mendez from bringing in his drugs/"product".
This is news to Red. Not the fact that Mendez is a prison drug pusher, but the fact that one of her supposedly "clean" kids has been using.
Mendez wants Red to handle the with-drawl quietly, so Caputo won't put even more restrictions in place. (Recall in the previous ep Red refused to let Mendez send his "product" through her kitchen with her usual smuggler.)
Red needs to do something to protect her girls and protect her smuggling operation... and she needs Nicky to put it into motion. She pulls Nicky off her assignment fixing the dryer in the laundry room for Luschek and sends her on something more important.
She has to convince Tricia, who's sweating herself towards dehydration, to surrender herself to the authorities. It seems one only gets 2 strikes in the Russian's playbook before Mama Red cuts you loose to flounder alone.
Nicky is appalled.
(To Red) You're taking this personally... its not personal, its chemical!
But Red has a way to get people to do things they don't want to do, and we see Nicky go to visit a sweaty, shaking Tricia in her bunk where they reminisce about Nicky's own with drawl experiences. Tricia is sure she'll get through this phase and back "on the wagon" before the guards suspect a thing with help from her friends/family.
I'm lucky you're here with me.
Nicky doesn't look like she agrees with that statement. Then Red's right hand, her VP, her "Spock" delivers the bad news. Tricia is going to go to the Correction Officer to confess her drug use and current situation. Tricia balks, promising to stay clean, begging Nicky to intercede with Red, but Spock hardens her heart and tells Tricia that Red is fighting a bigger problem than just one junkie's addiction. That's when Tricia raises up and mentions the unspoken promise... "Mama Red "is supposed to take care of her daughters, Nicky is supposed to take care of her...
You're supposed to be my family!
Then as a very unhappy, tearful Nicky walks away, we hear Tricia screaming for her, pleading for her "not" to go.
I never realized Tricia was Nicky's room-mate in "the suburbs". It became obvious, however, when later that day Red moved silent Norma into Tricia's old bunk. Nicky protested, to no avail, and Nicky uttered a silly comment, "I have friends on my own, there's other people in this prison not just the ones who drink your god-damned kool-aid." Mama shuts her down with a warning. As Nicky turns and runs from "Mama", she nearly takes another inmate's head off in the process... an act that Mendez (who recently struck out with Morello re: finding Red's secret supplier) found very interesting watching from his guard office window.
Red was another one with flashbacks this week. We see it was her that gave the Russian crime boss the idea to supply schools/hospitals with vegetables from Neptune
's to help launder their illicit cash.
It wasn't until we flashbacked to Red's first day in the prison with C.O. Sam Healy giving her a tour that we realized the Crime boss wasn't just supplying schools and hospitals... he was supplying PRISONS too.
Mendez, however, couldn't figure that out on his own. There was only 5 vendors allowed on the property... but he didn't want to shake down each one, he needed help and he found it in the prison chapel.
even have to threaten her to get the information. Hell, he didn't even have to ask the whole question.
Neptune's produce. That's
how she gets the contraband in. Now leave me the fuck alone.
Nicky, Nicky, Nicky.
[I love this show!]