“Orange Is the New Black” is so close to releasing Season 3 we can almost smell Mendoza’s (Selenis Leyva) cooking! But before we dig into the spicy storylines of the new season (which will hit Netflix in its entirety on Friday), check out how Season 2 of the Jenji Kohan-created series concluded.
“We Have Manners. We’re Polite,” the final episode of the second season, kicked off with officials paying Litchfield Penitentiary a visit, attempting to get to the bottom of what happened to Red (Kate Mulgrew). The russet-haired prisoner was clocked in the head by Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) with a lock. But the shifty villain managed to convince her family to blame the gruesome incident on Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba).
“You are going to say, ‘You know that Warren girl is unstable. She has a history of violence,' ” Vee says to her minions. “’But please go easy on her!’”
Vee then warns her fellow inmates that if they don’t go along with her script, they’ll end up like Red. “There’ll always be more locks, baby girl,” she threatens them.
But eventually, Vee’s family crumbles when Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) steals Vee’s stash of heroin, causing the antagonist to freak out and nearly kill her staff of worker bees. This eventually leads to Watson (Vicky Jeudy) and Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) turning their backs on their fierce -- and insane -- leader.
“That b----, went crazy on my a--,” Cindy says to her friends.
While Vee’s former girls devise a plan to take her down (i.e., recant their false statements regarding the slocking), Healy (Michael Harney) helps prove Crazy Eyes’ innocence after he encourages Luschek (Matt Peters) to whip up a false alibi for the inmate.
“You might have seen her in electrical around the time that Red got slocked. Cleaning up, sweeping the floor -- something like that,” he says.
“I might have,” Luschek agrees -- for a price. “You would owe me big one for lying for ya, right?,” he asks, to which Healy agrees. This forces officials to look at Vee as their prime suspect.
That wasn’t the only deal made in the finale. Piper (Taylor Schilling) works out an arrangement with Caputo (Nick Sandow) after he catches her sifting through Figueroa’s (Alysia Reiner) desk. She'll offer insight on Figueroa’s embezzlement if he promises to forgo the transfer of some of Litchfield’s inmates.
But Caputo’s second day doesn’t go quite as planned when Bennett (Matt McGorry) pays the new executive assistant to the warden a visit in the office that's still filled with Figueroa’s junk.
“Mr. Captuo, I can’t be a p---- anymore. I have to stand up and be a man. Daya’s baby’s mine. The baby’s mine. I got her pregnant,” he admits, revealing that they pinned the pregnancy on Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) out of fear. Caputo won’t accept his admission. Instead, he pretends that Bennett never said a word -- advising his employee to keep his mouth shut so that Daya doesn’t end up delivering her baby in another prison with her arms and legs handcuffed to a bed.
While Bennett keeps his lips sealed, Piper offers Larry (Jason Biggs) and Polly (Maria Dizzia) an opportunity to speak up and earn her forgiveness. This would involve calling Alex’s (Laura Prepon) parole officer and informing him that she’s about to flee, resulting in Alex getting thrown back into the system. Although Larry is hesitant to agree to Piper’s plan, Polly quickly offers her assistance, hoping to win her best friend back.
The action-packed episode ends with Vee escaping the prison through Red’s contraband hole. But she doesn’t get far. Instead of tasting freedom, Vee gets a mouthful of blood when Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat), who was recently deemed terminal, hits her with the vehicle she stole.
“Always so rude that one,” Miss Rosa says.
Season 3 of “Orange Is the New Black” will arrive on Netflix Friday, June 12, at midnight PST.