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Old August 10 2013, 04:17 AM   #215
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Re: Kate Mulgrew - Orange is the New black




Bora, Bora, Bora

Yeah, problems are problems. We all make bad choices. Its just some of us got different bad choices to make.
Ain't that the truth.

There's a heck of a lot of bad choosing going down in this ep not to mention this entire series; from the crimes that led these women to jail, to the mistakes they continue to make while in jail, to the missteps they still take with those people they've left outside the jail.

The first "bad" choice of the ep was committed by, appropriately enough, Piper herself when she forgot something Alex told her while stuck in the dryer. They were never "friends". Piper was someone Alex loved, someone Alex loved to have sex with. Alex is decidedly NOT Piper's best friend "Polly" to whom Piper can confide her deep seated fears regarding.... LARRY.

Watch Alex's face during that flirtatious game in the common room. She's having the time of her life... laughing, teasing, grabbing Piper's hands, falling into Piper's eyes... then lapsing seriously into a discussion of their past and present feelings for one another.

Alex: Well, I think that when you have a connection with never really goes away, you know. You snap back to being important to each other because you still are.

Then watch Alex as she stops, rolls her eyes and looks away when Piper wonders if she should be worried that she hasn't seen/heard from her fiancée since their missed holiday visit over a week ago.

Alex: (looks pointedly at her cards before looking at Piper) I'm not sure that you're in a position to feel indignant right now, Piper. (So says the woman with whom Larry's fiancée is carrying on a torrid affair.)

Piper may have been the first, but she wasn't the last as we see a parade of bad choices wander through the ep, led by that teenaged, drug addicted, horribly tattooed anti-Piper herself... "Tricia".

"Hey Red."

The cold shoulder the Russian turned towards the newly detoxed blonde would have made the Borg Queen proud.

"I have 1 rule... no drugs. You lied to my face. You're on your own now."

That speech would have been more powerful if at that very moment Pornstache wasn't 5 feet away, in Red's walk-in refrigerator looking for the drugs she had set aside from the contraband he had smuggled in with Red's vegetables.

But this moment doesn't belong to Pornstache or Red, it belongs to Tricia and her backstory. We see her missteps on the outside as a street urchin stealing food to eat as she passes on her urban survival techniques to a friend, and her own personal theory of morality. Its okay to steal the hamburger today, if you plan to pay for it next Tuesday. Tricia is so serious about "what goes around, comes around" she keeps a log of her thefts and pays them back as the months/years go on.

If you haven't figured out yet that this story is going to end badly... you just aren't paying attention.
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