Orange Is the New Black: Season 1, Episode 1

I Wasn't Ready (11 Jul. 2013)

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Piper Chapman is sent to jail as a result of her relationship with a drug smuggler.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Healy (as Michael J. Harney)
Carol Chapman
Howard Bloom
Brendan Burke ...
Wade Donaldson
Cal Chapman


Piper Chapman is sent to a federal women's prison for a 10-year-old crime she committed while in a relationship with an international drug smuggler. She leaves behind her comfortable life with her fiancé Larry for a world behind bars with drug addicts, murderers, and prostitutes. On her first day, Piper finds some unlikely allies and unintentionally makes some enemies. Written by skillwithaquill

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Comedy | Crime | Drama




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11 July 2013 (USA)  »

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When both Larry and Piper are discussing their own part history, Larry (Jason Biggs) tells Piper that he already told her about the web cam and penis shaving incidents - both of these happen to his character in the American Pie movies. See more »


In the video the new inmates watch the host says "Welcome to the Federal Department of Corrections". The correct name is the Bureau of Prisons. Additionally, the inmates shirts should also read "BOP", not DOC" See more »


[first lines]
Piper Chapman: [scenes of growing up] I've always loved getting clean. I love baths. I love showers. It's my happy place.
Piper Chapman: [suddenly in prison] *Was* my happy place.
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References Oz (1997) See more »


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I loved this series. I watched in one single day. So good. Such an amazing story with awesome flashbacks to tell you how the characters are there. So Piper Chapman, a woman in New York is engaged to a man named Larry Bloom. She is sentenced to fifteen months in prison for her past relationship with a drug smuggler. Drop-dead gorgeous Laura Prepon plays this drug dealing girlfriend, Alex Vause.

Each episode title is said by a character in the episode, which I love. So this one, "I Wasn't Ready," is said by Piper when she is taking her ID picture and Mendez takes the picture before she is ready to take it.

We meet the crew. The awesome crew of inmates. This show really made me feel like prison wouldn't be all that bad because of how much fun they have. But of course this is just a series. So Piper Chapman doesn't have a very good beginning in prison.

Piper sits with her roommates at one of their meals. She meets this woman named, "Red." She is a Russian woman who has a very long name so she is just referred to as, "Red." Piper makes a comment and says that the food is disgusting. Bad mistake because Red runs the kitchen. She makes all the food.

So now Piper is not served food. She tries to apologize to Red but Red does not accept. Piper sits down and notices she has a sandwich for her now. She is very happy so she opens the sandwich only to find a bloody tampon in the sandwich. I almost barfed. Oh. My. God.

Loved the flashbacks here of Piper and her family. So she runs outside to recover and shivering to see someone walking up to her. The camera pans up to show Alex. Alex Vause. The drug smuggling girlfriend!!! You see a lot of Alex in the flashbacks! But I didn't expect to see her in the present! Piper screams as Alex is standing there staring at her. Episode ends it is such a cliffhanger. I was forever hooked after that.

10/10- amazing series premiere

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