Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
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Thirsty Bird 

Piper is awakened in solitary and, without being given any information, is forced to board a bus and a plane to whereabouts unknown.


Jodie Foster


Jenji Kohan (creator), Tara Herrmann | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Schilling ... Piper Chapman
Uzo Aduba ... Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren (credit only)
Danielle Brooks ... Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson (credit only)
Michael Harney ... Sam Healy (as Michael J. Harney) (credit only)
Natasha Lyonne ... Nicky Nichols (credit only)
Taryn Manning ... Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett (credit only)
Kate Mulgrew ... Galina 'Red' Reznikov (credit only)
Jason Biggs ... Larry Bloom (credit only)
Rebecca Drysdale ... Mazall
Brian Haley ... US Marshal Anderson
Lori Petty ... Lolly Whitehill
Deborah Rush ... Carol Chapman
Todd Susman ... Howard Bloom
Laura Prepon ... Alex Vause
Lolita Foster ... Eliqua Maxwell


The second season starts off with Piper in solitary confinement (the SHU). She has obviously been there for some time because her sanity seems to be failing. Instead of eating her breakfast she, uses it to make art all over the wall of her cell. Piper must make an extremely difficult decision which could affect the outcome of her stay in prison. Written by Lorne Kirstein

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Release Date:

6 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Lolly Whitehill (Lori Petty). See more »


When the men enter the plane, clapping can be heard despite all the prisoners hands being handcuffed. See more »


US Marshal Anderson: [Piper is on the airplane toilet urinating] Could you lie, hurry it up a bit?
Piper Chapman: I'm going as fast as I can.
US Marshal Anderson: Really? 'Cause it sounds a little light.
[Piper grimaces, urinates forcefully]
US Marshal Anderson: Better.
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References Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985) See more »


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The perfect episode.
11 March 2019 | by smithgw-90183See all my reviews

Ok, this review is 4 years behind but I could not let pass my urge to put into words how wonderful 'Thirsty Bird' is. It is by far my favourite episode that I can watch time after time. I have just started watching Season 4, but there will be no spoilers here. First off, I'm a huge Taylor Schilling fan, especially her talent for comedy. Schillings way with her super expressive face and body language coupled with perfect timing and voice acting, pitched perfect for each scene and encounter makes a wonderful Piper Chapmen, my favourite character in OITNB. Chapmans self-delusional nature makes her think she's a murderer about to be put on trial. How stressful is that for anyone plus the nature of the American justice system in treating inmates like cattle. No wonder she broke down on the plane. This episode is directed by Jodie Foster and you can tell with great camera angles allowing Schillings facial expressions, especially the crying scene, to give massive empathy with her character. Foster may also have overseen the writing and helped to determine the direction of the script. I was as relieved as Chapman when she finally found out from Alex she had not murdered Pennsatucky . That's the thing about OITNB, it really throws your emotions around. Other highlights include Chapmans bus journey from the airport to Chicago Max with a soundtrack of 'Pulaski at Night' by Andrew Bird. So emotional, spot on for the moment. Thinking the male prisoner on board the plane who turned around and called her 'First Class' (look at Chapmans expression, brilliant) was a rapist when negotiating with him in Max to get a message to Alex. "What do you want, a kiss", I couldn't stop laughing long after leaving my house. Oh there's just too many highlights and I remember thinking at the time there's no way that the team at OITNB can keep up this level of perfection for every episode in the future. Graham. UK.

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