It's been almost a year since we first binge-watched Orange Is the New Black, and on Friday, the Netflix series finally returns for its highly anticipated second season. In preparation, we're taking a look back at where we left off—and teasing what's ahead in Season 2!
The following story contains spoilers for Season 1, and an overview of Season 2's plot points in the "What's next" sections. If you don't want to know ANYTHING about the second season, look away!
Where we left off: Dumped by both Larry and Alex, Piper brutally beat the crap out of Pennsatucky.
What's next: After a few weeks in solitary, Piper finds herself whisked off to Chicago as a witness in Alex's former drug boss's trial. But don't worry: While the Season 2 premiere focuses entirely on Piper's trip, by the second episode she's back in Litchfield along with a few new faces, including her frustratingly chatty new lackey, Brook.
Piper's reintegration into Litchfield is the polar opposite to her arrival there, with the former WASP fully transformed into a "lone wolf"—especially now that she doesn't have Larry and Alex to lean on. But this lack of romantic distractions opens Piper up to exploring new projects.
Where we left off: Alex was fed up with Piper's games—enough to break up with Piper and get with Nicky.
What's next: After the will-she-or-won't-she return debate last year, we know Laura Prepon will appear in four episodes this season. But she doesn't show up much in the first six—and her actions will have some fans hoping she never returns. However, a special delivery for Piper in Episode 4 lets us know that Alex hasn't completely forgotten about her former flame.
Where we left off: Red was left powerless and alone after her attempt to win back the kitchen literally backfired, burning Gina and isolating Red from her girls.
What's next: Red learns that with the loss of the kitchen comes the loss of many perks, including not having a roommate. But with a little help from her family, Red figures out a new way to smuggle goods into Litchfield—and hopefully buy her friends back in the process.
Taystee and Poussey
Where we left off: Taystee returned to Litchfield after purposefully violating her parole, much to Poussey's bittersweet joy.
What's next: The admittance of new inmate Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) has ripple effects throughout the prison, but holds particularly strong ramifications for Taystee. "[Vee's] definitely had a big part in Taystee's past life and is really having a huge impact in her life in prison now," says Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee. Vee's ambitious politics soon rub off on Taystee and all her friends except Poussey, whose refusal to play by Vee's rules slowly isolates her from the rest of the group. So, watch out, Taystee and Poussey fans! Things don't look good for the BFFs.
Where we left off: Despite still being pretty crazy, Cray Eyes—errr, Suzanne—was once again on good terms with Piper.
What's next: No matter what she does, Crazy Eyes can't get no respect in prison — even from the rest of her "tribe." And as Episode 3 reveals, this is a problem she's had all her life. The aforementioned Vee takes the troubled inmate under her wing, but doesn't let Suzie have her pie and eat it too, instructing her to cut certain (white, dandelion-type) people out of her life.
Where we left off: She took over as the new head of the kitchen and starved out Red.
What's next: Expect Gloria's back story (revealed in Episode 5) to feel like a swift kick in the gut. Gloria's maternal instincts go way back, and now that her prison chicas are all she has, she'll do whatever it takes to help them. Her resolve is put to the test when the bathroom in the ghetto breaks down and Gloria and Vee are forced to negotiate a way for both groups to live (and shower) in peace. But it turns out the bathroom battle is only one piece in a much larger game.
Daya and Bennett
Where we left off: Daya slept with Pornstache in an attempt to "frame" him for her pregnancy with Bennett. But instead of getting fired, Pornstache was merely suspended.
What's next: Complicated doesn't even begin to describe Daya and Bennett's relationship in Season 2. "Hormones, pregnancy—come on. And in jail," says Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya. "Something's going to happen. Something's gonna blow." Things only get worse when Daya's crew realizes there are certain perks to having a guard on their side, though Bennett isn't the only one who's willing to risk everything for Daya. It turns out distance does make the heart grow fonder, and Pornstache's feelings for Daya haven't wavered. Grossest. Love triangle. Ever.
Nicky and Morello
Where we left off: Morello decided to be faithful to her fiancé Christopher (even though he never visits), and Nicky began hooking up with Alex.
What's next: We all knew Morello's devotion to Christopher was a little misguided, but we learn just how delusional she is in Episode 4. And while their relationship has changed, Nicky proves just how much she still cares for Morello when things get rough for the wannabe blushing bride. "I think what happens in Season 2 is a beautiful exploration of two women who care about each other," says Yael Stone, who plays Morello. That being said, Nicky still needs to get her kicks somewhere. She even turns her sexual escapades into a competition with Big Boo, though the game doesn't turn out to be as fun as they had imagined.
Where we left off: She was getting her ass kicked by Piper.
What's next: Pennsatucky's new teeth aren't the only change we'll see when she returns to Litchfield following her recovery. The former Queen Jesus Freak finds that she might have more foes than friends. Plus, 'Tucky hasn't forgotten that Healy is the one who let the fight happen in the first place.
The Litchfield Staff
Where we left off: Assistant Warden Fig's corruption was at risk of being exposed when a reporter took interest in the prison. Caputo continued to develop feelings for Fischer, only to learn she has a boyfriend. Healy saw that a fight was about to go down between Piper and 'Tucky... and coldly ignored it.
What's next: Following his "see something, say nothing" attitude toward Pennsatucky and Piper, Healy decides to turn over a new leaf and join Caputo in actually trying to help the girls. Meanwhile, Caputo continues to pursue Fischer and even gets the nerve to ask her on a date to see his band, Sideboob (though it doesn't exactly go as planned). And with her husband running for senate, Fig is more determined than ever to keep her embezzlement and cover-ups underground.
Orange Is the New Black Season 2 will be available in its entirety this Friday, June 6, on Netflix.
AIRED ON 6/17/2016
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