We’ve heard a lot about SHU, but it was starting to take on a kind of mythical existence, having not been shown in any of the previous eight episodes. I imagine this is deliberate, in order to instil ‘the fear’ of SHU into the audience, just as it is instilled in the inmates. Well we finally experience the SHU in this episode, and it’s safe to say that it lives up to the hype. SHU is awful.
A bad case of the flu is doing the rounds at the Litch. Piper, ever the craftsman, has whipped up some face masks made from sanitary towels – who knew they had so many other uses? Mrs Claudette isn’t largely impressed by the prospect of wearing a sanitary towel on her face. “I look like Michael Jackson”, she says. Piper proceeds to simultaneously start moon dancing and correcting her: “no, you’ve got the wrong skin tone. I look like Michael Jackson.” Either way, it seems they are finally getting along and Mrs Claudette has gotten over the whole urine on the floor/rogue screwdriver/Piper generally annoying her situation. Continue reading
Watson arrives back from the dreaded SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) after she was sent there in relation to the screwdriver incident. She and Chapman have to fix an electrical problem in the ceiling which means crawling around in a very small space. Chapman takes this time to be overly nice to Watson, offering to make her earplugs out of pillow cases and all sorts. Watson is onto Chapman – no one is that nice for no reason. She realises that Chapman was the cause of screwdriver-gate and she’s not happy, but says she’s not a snitch.
In the last few episodes we’ve had a missing screwdriver, a potentially non-existent chicken on the loose, and now there’s apparently a mobile phone floating around in the prison. Figueroa tells Caputo to sort it out – she’s been hearing things about an inmate at the Litch appearing on prisonpoon.com (exactly what it sounds like). She tell Caputo that if he can get to the bottom of it, there might be a pay rise in it for him – ‘it is so depressing working with a man who works below 40K.’ Continue reading
As usual there’s a lot going on in this episode. Flashback territory belongs mainly to Diaz, giving us some insight into her relationship with her mother, who’s serving time in the same prison – they don’t seem to be big pals. Diaz’s flashbacks reveal that her mum isn’t going to win any awards for Mum of the Year – she leaves Diaz in charge of looking after the kids while she swans off with some suspect-looking guy who seems to be running some sort of drug outlet from their house. She tells Diaz to order a pizza – ‘I’m eating oysters bitches.’ Charming. Continue reading
Opening where we left off in the last episode (Crazy Eyes whazzing all over the floor of Chapman’s new cell), Chapman is now dealing with aftermath and trying desperately to clean up this mess with maxi pads. Claudette is not impressed with Chapman’s cleaning skills – this maxi pad technique is all well and good but how is she going to disinfect the floor? ‘I don’t know, I’ve never cleaned up another person’s pee before!’ Prompting yet another dig at Chapman’s middle class status, Claudette responds, ‘what a privileged life you’ve lead.’ Continue reading
The episode opens with a scene set in a firestation: there are no particularly familiar characters so at first it’s not openly apparent where this is going, until we realise that one of the firemen, is in fact Sophia Burset (one of the female inmates) before her transgender operation. Burset, as a man, changes in the cubicles at work to conceal the pink, lace underwear he has on.
Flashbacks of Burset’s life dominate this episode, filling in her background story as well as presenting some of the issues and difficulties of being a transgender. As a man, Burset had a wife and son, and while his wife tries to hold onto their relationship and accept him as a woman, their son, understandably, doesn’t really get it. Continue reading