“Orange is the New Black” opened its episode 3 with a scene of Piper returning to Litchfield, along with a new, chatty inmate named Soso. But the core of the plot for “Hugs Can Be Deceiving” focused around Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and her heartbreaking history.
For two seasons now, fans have known just how irrational and wild Suzanne can be. But it wasn’t until “OITNB” aired a flashback of Crazy Eyes's life that we learn about the source for that behavior. Unlike Taystee, Crazy Eyes grew up as the daughter of a white, suburban family. But all the benefits of an upper-class life couldn’t keep the unruly child from being harshly judged for her odd ways. So what if the girl liked dragons? – fire-breathing creatures are cool! Just ask Daenerys.
But no one seemed to understand Suzanne – not even her flaxen blond mother who pushed her daughter to prove just how “normal” she could be. Crazy Eyes’s mom even forced Suzanne to sing at her high school graduation, which would make anyone nervous. Suzanne started beating herself senselessly on stage as her family looked on horrified.
Viewers saw Crazy Eyes divulge in this behavior once again in a flashback of Litchfield’s Christmas pageant. Two inmates witnessed the disturbing behavior and mocked Suzanne, which only added fuel to her fire. Crazy Eyes then wandered outside in the snow only to come across Piper attacking Pennsatucky. That’s when Suzanne struck the woman who closely resembled her mother ultimately making the fight look fair. That actually served to help Piper avoid a harsher sentence and being locked away in solitary confinement.
After all the flashbacks, viewers made their way back to the present, where we see the relationship between Crazy Eyes and Vee unfold. The new prisoner uses her mother-like personality to win over the vulnerable inmate along with the rest of the group when she swindles Mendoza out of a cake for some stale cigarettes. Even Taystee comes around when she sees the chocolaty treat.
But Vee isn’t the only manipulative character in episode 3. Larry meets with a reporter in “Hugs Can Be Deceiving” who wants to get the scoop on the Litchfield's finances. Apparently, the journalist wants Larry to talk Piper into being used as a source for a story regarding the fraud and embezzlement going on in the prison. However, Larry has an edit for the story – and it’s the changing of a byline.
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