Season 3 episode treatments will explore the show’s themes by episode. All 13 episodes of season 3 are now streaming live on Netflix.
What is the meaning of life? For different inmates in Litchfield penitentiary, life’s purpose holds many meanings. Depending on one’s relationship with themselves and others, life may or may not hold a higher purpose. Some live their lives dedicated to a religion or spirituality; others seek to enrich their lives and relationships with others. While … Continue reading Spiritual Meditations in 313: “Trust No Bitch”
How would you describe your own childhood? Happy? Lonely? Not as good as it could have been? Season three begins to wind down the way it started, in addressing motherhood and the difficulties of raising a child to live a better life than their parents’. This episode provides a close look into the effects of … Continue reading Prisoner Parenthood in 312: “Don’t Make Me Come Back There”
After Pennsatucky’s horrific rape by a correctional officer, whose job it is to protect inmates rather than inflict harm, we are compelled to question how jobs with so much responsibility entailed end up in the hands of ruthless individuals — and, more shockingly, how individuals such as Charlie Coates largely go unpunished. The answer is the … Continue reading The Politics of Privatization in 311: “We Can Be Heroes”
Young Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett walks into the living room, clutching her blood-stained underwear confused by her body. She’s met with annoyance. She’s too young to be bleeding and growing and becoming a woman. After imparting some ambiguous wisdom as to what this “a tittin’ and a hairin’” means, the only thing that Tiffany takes away from this conversation is that … Continue reading “Like a Case of Pop”: The Commodification of Women’s Bodies in 310: “A Tittin’ and a Hairin’”
God. The Higher Power. Krishna. What do you believe in? Litchfield’s dietary dilemma as well as Norma’s acceptance group open a series of questions about the fundamental elements of religion and spirituality which earn them legitimization. Norma’s spiritual group ultimately suggests to viewers that one’s beliefs do not to be concrete; one may be spiritual without … Continue reading Religion and Spirituality in 309: “Where My Dreidel At”
Red may have regained the kitchen, but she has lost her right to carefully prepare what her fellow inmates eat. Danny Pearson and the new overlords of Litchfield have implemented the meal program that exists in most other prisons all around the country. While Red may have more time on her hands, the food creates … Continue reading Bagged Food Is a Bag of Crap – The Prison Industrial Complex in 308: “Fear, and Other Smells”
Episode 7 is, frankly, all over the place with all of the themes that are touched upon, from prison safety to American media’s obsession with sexual objectification. This treatment will provide a brief overview of each.
We finally learn the back story of one of Litchfield’s funniest, yet least known inmates, Mei Chang. Prison transporter Pennsatucky greets the new inmates, signifying a change in Litchfield’s management. Meanwhile, we get a closer look at corporate America’s use of prison labor in the Whispers panty factory.
Things are looking up for the women in Litchfield, who are being offered the opportunity to sew intimates for the Whispers lingerie company for nearly ten times the current pay rate of the other jobs available. Several of the women begin searching for purpose in their daily lives, whether it be through work or genuine relationships; however, … Continue reading Prison Labor in 305: “Fake It till You Fake It Some More”
Joe Caputo successfully sets up a walk-through with the MCC in attempts to save Litchfield from closing. We finally learn about Carrie “Big Boo” Black’s upbringing, as well as her inability to bow to others’ gender expectations, even for the sake of some extra cash in her commissary account. Meanwhile, Red and Morello struggle with … Continue reading The Privatization of Litchfield and LGBTQ+ Activisim in 304: “Finger in the Dyke”
Berdie Rogers observes: “When a country has more inmates than teachers or engineers, we are living in a fucked up society. Prison is bullshit.” This episode illuminates the ways in which the prison industrial complex is powerful and its inmates, despite the “good guys” like Berdie who try to “fight [the system] from the inside,” … Continue reading More Prison System Injustices in 303: “Empathy Is a Boner Killer”
Flaca’s supposed case of arm crabs turns out to be bed bugs. The ladies are forced to strip down their beds and bodies and waltz around in linen suits or their intimates because of the prison’s sanitation crisis. The “parade of tits and ass” serves as a reminder of women’s mistreatment both as inmates and as … Continue reading Sanitary Issues and Sexism in 302: “Bed Bugs and Beyond”
It’s Mother’s Day in Litchfield and the inmates are being treated to a fun-filled day of children, games, and prizes. But everyone’s got mommy issues, which are all laid out on the table for us to dissect and analyze. It may be “a kinder, gentler Litchfield,” but these ladies’ problems are no less crushing.