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The Chickening 

While on the lawn one morning, Piper sees a chicken roosting nearby on the grass. When she tells other inmates about the odd sighting, Piper discovers that the chicken is actually a prison ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Schilling ... Piper Chapman
Laura Prepon ... Alex Vause
Michael Harney ... Sam Healy (as Michael J. Harney)
Michelle Hurst ... Miss Claudette Pelage
Kate Mulgrew ... Galina 'Red' Reznikov
Jason Biggs ... Larry Bloom
Danielle Brooks ... Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson
Laverne Cox ... Sophia Burset
Catherine Curtin ... Wanda Bell
Lea DeLaria ... Big Boo
Beth Fowler ... Sister Jane Ingalls
Joel Marsh Garland ... Scott O'Neill
Annie Golden ... Norma Romano
Natasha Lyonne ... Nicky Nichols
Taryn Manning ... Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett


While on the lawn one morning, Piper sees a chicken roosting nearby on the grass. When she tells other inmates about the odd sighting, Piper discovers that the chicken is actually a prison legend that several inmates have tried to catch for years. The complicated history between Aleida Diaz and her daughter Dayanara Diaz comes to light. Written by skillwithaquill

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

11 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The joke ending in the punchline "he's not an eggplant, he's retarded" is delivered by three different characters in three different episodes. This is the second time the punchline was used. The first was by Red (Kate Mulgrew) in episode 1.2, Orange Is the New Black: Tit Punch (2013). The next was by Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) in 1.13, Orange Is the New Black: Can't Fix Crazy (2013). See more »


George 'Pornstache' Mendez says that the fallen debris in the church contains asbestos, as he is kicking it. If he truly knew what asbestos was, he would know the dust he just kicked up is the deadly part. See more »


Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson: So there I am, topless, sittin' on this bulldozer, like, in a construction site. So I'm sittin' there, barbeque sauce on my titties, and I'm like, "What the fuck? Again?"
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References The Incredible Hulk (1978) See more »


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What's with the chicken?!
23 October 2015 | by wembleyfmSee all my reviews

This series has really impressed me with its originality, superb acting and LOL moments. But really...what is with the chicken in this storyline?! The flashback scenes remind me of LOST, providing more insight into the characters back stories and giving their personalities more depth. What I really like about this series is that it is so unpredictable. The characters are totally multi-dimensional and you want to learn more about how all of them got there. There's a character who claims to be a religious "Sister"...but then what has she done to be interned? This has so far been a very colourful and absorbing series and so refreshing. I am binge watching my way through the season as each episode is so effortless to view and time just flies by for all the good reasons!

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