15 Must-Know 'Orange Is the New Black' Moments to Prep You for Season 4

Kiarra Sylvester | Jun 15, 2016 TV

Orange is the New Black, Season 3

That time is just around the corner -- the Netflix release of season four of Orange Is the New Black -- and we couldn't be any more ecstatic. We've been teased with trailers almost literally since we completed our binge of season three, and as a result, we've had to go back and re-watch just to satisfy our itch for the ladies of Litchfield. Honestly, I can't even count how many times I've re-watched the series in its entirety since last just -- but then again, who is counting?

Nevertheless, this is for those of you who haven't had time to repeat-binge the series. Here are 15 OITNB moments from season three that you need to recall before going into season four on June 17. 



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  • Alex Is Back

    1

    In episode one, Alex (Laura Prepon) is back after completely betraying Piper (Taylor Schilling) in season two. Things begin passive-aggressively tense, until Alex finds herself on the receiving end of betrayal -- gaining full knowledge of the fact that Piper called her probation officer and landed her right back in Litchfield. However, despite their toxic relationship, they can't help but fall back into the arms of one another. Eventually they find themselves going into business together, but with Alex on the verge of a mental breakdown, the partnership wasn't too promising.

  • Bennett Bails

    2

    After proposing to Dayanara (Dascha Polanco) with a makeshift ring, baby daddy Bennett (Matt McGorry) takes a trip to visit Cesar (Daya's mom's boyfriend). After seeing the bizarre parenting that goes on within the Diaz household, Bennett completely freaks -- ultimately abandoning Dayanara and the baby out of left field in the second episode. That said, the baby's future now lies in limbo for several reasons that could've easily been prevented had this guy not run scared.

    As we know, Pornstache (a former corrections officer at the prison) still believes he's the illegitimate father of D's child, and the tangled web of lies only grows thicker when his mother swoops in to save the day thinking that it's her grandchild. Of course, Dayanara's mom sees this as the prime opportunity to profit and swindles the poor woman out of money under the false pretense that she will get custody of the child.

  • In & Out

    3

    Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) had been framed for the heroin found in the desk of prison electrician Luschek (Matt Peters) and sent to maximum security in episode three. Of course, she was in cahoots with the guy, but it certainly wasn't all on her. This comes shortly after she gets back on track after nearly falling off with her sobriety. We're hoping she's back in season four.

  • Morello Gets Married

    4

    After all of Lorna Morello's insanity (ahm, stealing the van and breaking into Christopher's house), she finally gets a bae to call her own -- Vince Muccio (John Magaro). It seems nearly impossible to enjoy the dating scene while behind the bars, but leave it to Lorna (Yael Stone) to make it work in episode six. Morello begins online dating and scouting out guys, only to end up with the next best thing to Christopher. 

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  • Proud CEO

    5

    The prison is all about its money, but in season three so is Piper -- who has found that there's money in the dirty lingerie (particularly from locked-up ladies) business, and she finds a way to capitalize on this in episode seven with her brother's help. 

    Things get sticky when his greedy wife pushes to cut Piper out as much as possible and her workers begin to feel that Piper is trying to cut them out -- as they demand more penny for their panties.

  • Things Get Catty

    6

    In episode seven, Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) begins to worry about her son's behavior shortly after she convinces her ex-wife to bring Gloria's son for visitation, as Gloria (Selenis Leyva) has been concerned about her son's behavior, too. However, these two have a falling out after Sophia wrongly accuses Gloria's son of corrupting her child (which turns out to be quite opposite). 

  • Alex Thinks Lolly's Out to Get Her

    7

    Lolly (Lori Petty) is one of the newest inmates at Litchfield and she seems a little, ugh, lolly? Er, loopy in the head. Of course, that's all the more reason for Alex to carry on thinking she's totally out to get her with her former drug boss Kubra (Eyas Younis) behind it -- until an incident in episode 10 convinces Alex that she's just plain old crazy. 

  • Dogett Digs into Her Painful Past

    8

    From the beginning of this season we begin to get deeper into the life of Tiffany Doggett (Taryn Manning) -- knowing her as much more than an addict and getting to know some of the tragedies that led to the Pennsatucky we now know. There's a history of love, sexual abuse, and exploitation from a few sources in her life -- then we meet the new officer whom she falls far and by episode 10, we're crossing our fingers hoping the cycle isn't repeated (which, of course, is). And, it's her unlikely new friend Boo (Lea DeLaria) that helps her through it.

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  • Cracking the Whip

    9

    During episode 11, Caputo (Nick Sandow) comes down on the security staff, requesting that they toughen up on the inmates. This, in addition to the influx of security detail, requires everyone to retrain in order to crack down on security. This all comes partly as a result of the influx of prisoners that are about to come along with making the prison "for-profit."

  • Nana Pornstache

    10

    Once Daya's baby is born, Pornstache's mother is told that her "grandchild" died while Daya was in labor in episode 12. But, in the greedy way that only Daya's mom Aleida (Elizabeth Rodriguez) can do, she gives the baby to her (and Daya's?) sh*t face boyfriend Cesar who has proven to be unfit in all areas. News flash: We've seen him prep drugs while his kids stood next to him in the kitchen. Not to say either of the Diaz girls are fit for mothering, either: Daya's little sister did catch her screwing her mother's boyfriend and Aleida has made a habit of calling her daughters b*tches (yes, even the little girls).

    But, I digress -- the fate of the child (plus all the other children under Cesar's watchful eye) remains to be seen now that he was busted for drugs in the house and the children were taken.

  • Burset Gets Burned

    11

    After being harassed because of transphobic rumors, Burset is assaulted in her salon by a fellow inmate. In episode 12, Sophia (who was denied her hormones in the first season) is eventually sent to the SHU for what the prison says is her "protection," but it's truly in order to keep her quiet and keep Litchfield in the clear of the lawsuit she threatens. 


  • Doing Soso

    12

    Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn) is the new kid on the block who has some trouble fitting in -- mostly because of her constant talking. However, Piper (because who else) doesn't make the matter any better when she tries to pimp Soso out to Big Boo for a lost blanket. 

    By the last episode of the season, she finds friendship with Poussey, Tastee, and the other girls who roll with the black inmates after they save her from her depression and attempted suicide in episode 12 (with the antidepressants that Corrections Officer Healy, played by Michael Harney, tells her she needed). 

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  • Trust No B**ch

    13

    Love her or hate her, I have to say that Piper is far too trusting considering she's in prison and how she got there. Yet, in season three, that doesn't stop her from taking in a new friend, Stella (Ruby Rose), whom she doesn't waste any time getting cozy with despite finally making up with Alex (who has screwed her over not once but twice).

    However, while she hasn't stopped being naive, she's definitely learned a shady thing or two behind bars, as we find in the season finale. As a result, she certainly makes Stella pay for her ultimate betrayal -- after finding out that her hard-earned cash is missing. 

    Nonetheless, there are still some ladies bold enough to try Piper, and they're prepared to when it comes to getting their cut of the pie. So, as we jump into the latest season, we'll be anxious to see how intense things are going to be now that Piper's made herself some enemies, inside and out of her love triangle.

  • Like Mother, Like Daughter?

    14

    By episode 13, these two are finally getting along. Daya, by somewhat going along with all the plotting until the end and then thinking it was NBD, turns out to be more like her mother than we ever imagined -- proving the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

  • Finally Free

    15

    All season, things have been sort of on the outs, but at the end of the season the girls find peace in this moment of freedom, as they break free of the bars momentarily. Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) finally takes the last step to embracing Judaism, and ultimately, the rest of the inmates tie up the ends that had been dangling loose for some time, whether it had been relationships, accomplishments, or beginning new journeys

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