Season 2

Season 2 treatments are broken down by episode and focus on one or two major themes or social criticisms.

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Sweet, Sweet Revenge in 213: “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Season two ends the way it began: with Piper in the SHU (for sneaking into Figueroa’s office). The SIS launches an investigation after Red gets slocked in the greenhouse; Joe Caputo cracks down, with Piper’s help, on Natalie Figueroa’s embezzlement scheme; despite the fact that Sister Ingalls has been excommunicated from the church, her nuns … Continue reading Sweet, Sweet Revenge in 213: “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Manipulation in 211: “Take a Break from Your Values”

The combination of Brook Soso’s hunger strike gaining traction and Piper Chapman’s Big House Bugle airing out the prison’s laundry list of complaints drives Natalie Figueroa to stomp on the cockroaches — rather, the inmates. Vee becomes even more domineering and takes even more power in the prison hierarchy of women and attempts to negotiate with Red … Continue reading Manipulation in 211: “Take a Break from Your Values”

Human Rights and Prison Politics in 210: “Little Mustachioed Shit”

Several relationships are on the line — Piper and Larry’s, Piper and Polly’s, Alex and Sylvie’s (in the flashback), Piper and Alex’s, Poussey and Taystee’s, Daya and Pornstache’s (perceived), Red and her sons’, and Daya and Bennett’s. Figueroa and Joe Caputo launch an investigation and begin the paperwork that will eventually get Mendez fired and … Continue reading Human Rights and Prison Politics in 210: “Little Mustachioed Shit”

The Reality of Furlough in 209: “40 oz. of Furlough”

Piper is granted a 48-hour furlough, which is just enough time to attend her grandmother’s wake and funeral, which Cal Chapman turns into his and Neri’s wedding. Meanwhile in Litchfield, Natalie Figueroa makes the executive decision to bring George “Pornstache” Mendez back after his suspension, and he is determined to show the warden just how dedicated and … Continue reading The Reality of Furlough in 209: “40 oz. of Furlough”

Families of the Incarcerated and Racism in 205: “Low Self Esteem City”

Vaughn “Vee” Parker and Gloria Mendoza rise to duel: among feces-ridden bathroom floors and highly-salted cafeteria trays, the two fight for racial dominance in Litchfield’s fishbowl. Aside from the politics within prison, the politics outside of prison prevent the women from seeing their children and developing and/or maintaining healthy parental relationships and attachments to their … Continue reading Families of the Incarcerated and Racism in 205: “Low Self Esteem City”

The Politics of Age, Race, Education, and Gender in 204: “A Whole Other Hole”

Episode 4 elaborates more on the back story of Lorna Morello, and begins the season-long feud between Poussey and Vee over Taystee. Red finally accepts the Golden Girls’ invitation into their crocheting circle; rather than making herself a “nice hammock,” as Caputo suggests, she discovers that the greenhouse on the grounds has access to a … Continue reading The Politics of Age, Race, Education, and Gender in 204: “A Whole Other Hole”

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