Saturday, August 22, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black: Season 7, Episode 6 “Trapped in an Elevator” (B+)

It’s interesting to see how different characters who we haven’t seen together before interact in a fascinating way on this show. Tamika and Fig, for instance, are an intriguing pair, since Fig has pivoted from being someone so detestable to one of the more endearing personalities, especially in comparison to Linda, Piscatella, or Hellman, for instance. Tamika is in way over her head but also wants to do good, and when she got that question that mentioned exactly how much money closing down psych would save the company, she pivoted in a perfect way that will certainly get her in trouble but might also trap Linda into using the funds for good rather than, well, evil. As Caputo tried to coach his class into reckoning with the people they had hurt, Cindy poured her heart out to her family, something that might be impacted by Taystee’s decision to ensure that her former best friend is miserable after release, though it’s not clear whether she ultimately chose to go through with it. Maria made her amends despite the crime that got her sent to prison being victimless, and she’s definitely turned into someone much more sympathetic. Caputo, on the other hand, found out about the apparent – and pretty much true – allegations of sexual misconduct against him right before he went in for his procedure, and it’s unlikely that Fig, though she also won’t be surprised by any of it, is going to just be completely fine with everything and stand by his side. I’m glad that Piper at least had the sense not to watch Alex’s illicit video during her first meeting, and given how forward McCullough is being with the shirt removals, it would be good for Piper to approve Alex’s suggested plan before something happens between them.

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