Orange Is the New Black: Season 1, Episode 8

Moscow Mule (11 Jul. 2013)

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Officer Mendez begins harassing Red when she refuses to help him continue smuggling drugs into the prison. Larry publishes his article about Piper in the New York Times, which turns her ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Healy (as Michael J. Harney)
Joel Luschek


Officer Mendez begins harassing Red when she refuses to help him continue smuggling drugs into the prison. Larry publishes his article about Piper in the New York Times, which turns her into a person of interest for inmates and corrections officers alike. Piper's best friend Polly has her baby at the same time that a baby is born to an inmate in Piper's cell block. Written by skillwithaquill

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On betrayal and families
17 May 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The universe of "Orange is the new black" it's interesting because it's a forced female universe, and there is every kind of relationship women can build in a place like that: love, affection, friendship, hate, competition and familiar feelings. In this episode I caught an interesting parallel between Daya / Aleida (portraited by Dascha Polanco and Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Nicky / Red (Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew): the showdown of the screwed up Hispanic family and the fragile balance between a mother figure and the beloved daughter.

In the meantime Alex (Laura Prepon) get stuck in a drier and has what it seems a final clarification with Piper (Taylor Schilling).

The two plots are absolutely brilliant for two different reasons: the first one is something you do not see on TV that often, the second, besides the too obvious lines (I loved you, don't live me again bla bla), well... now I wish I said my romantic stuff through a drier too.

This series can be criticized in many ways, but it is telling us a bunch of stories that needed to be told. This episode more than the others deals with the most joyful and hurtful thing on Earth, our family. Which is not always nice, not always supportive and it is almost never what we expect, but it's the only thing that we have to face every single moment of our life and we can't just run away from it.

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