“Why even bother playin’ a game that’s rigged?”

TV Show: Orange Is The New Black
Episode Title: Sing It, White Effie
Original Air Date: June 9, 2017
Episode Number: 5×05

Episode Description

When the inmates’ antics make the morning news, Flaca and Maritza soak up the spotlight. Brandy and her crew auction off Judy to the highest bidder.

My Review

Damn, Danielle Brooks absolutely killed that last scene. What a powerfully moving performance. The writing was also spot-on because that was definitely a commentary on the current political and cultural climate here in the United States. If you’re not white, you’re already at a huge disadvantage. This country is so steeped in racism, it’s beyond ridiculous because you see all kinds of people from all over the world and while we should all be embracing these different cultures and different races, we’re all too busy being judgmental racists. Now don’t say you have never not once uttered or thought of something racist about another person because the truth is, we’ve all had our weak moments and have been guilty of being racists at varying degrees. Hell, I’m guilty of it too and I hate myself every time something like that even creeps up in my brain because the last thing I want is to be a fucking hypocrite.

Anyway, this is getting way too political for my liking. Back to the episode.

Taystee listening to Janae and speaking for all the Litchfield inmates was a great moment and I just hope that the fucking media make her speech the focus instead of making this all about Judy King. Oh, who am I kidding? For sure they’re going to make this all about the poor white woman who was unfairly treated in prison and who was held against their will. Yes, the media is also part of the problem that is contributing to the devolution of truth and honesty that newspapers and journalists should always aspire to. Okay, I’m getting sidetracked again.

Poor Janae getting disillusioned at such a young age and seeing the disparity between the privileged youths and the ones who were not so lucky to be born into said privilege. I hate that she gave up at such a young age and didn’t feel like being smart is enough to get through the education system and that she didn’t believe in herself enough that she could be one of those privileged students one day. So sad. How many kids like her go through that right now? I’m honestly afraid of the answer. The answer should be zero. All students should be given the same academic opportunities afforded to private schools, well, not really, but at least close to it. These kids should not worry about the inequality of the education system, they should worry about their grades and doing well in school. Oh dear, here I am again, going off and making another social commentary.

As for the other shenanigans happening, I really liked the phone call between Gloria and Aleida. It breaks my heart that Gloria wasn’t being honest with Aleida because when Aleida finds out that Daya is possibly going to max for shooting that guard, it will be twice as painful. I know Gloria was torn being a mother herself, probably imagining herself in Aleida’s shoes and not wanting to hear her daughter going to max so she just wanted to protect Aleida from that.

I got a kick out of seeing Aleida again and I loved her talking to that TV producer and correcting her “No, Judy King was in prison with ME!” Should be interesting to see if she will get that interview and if she’ll even show up in front of Litchfield.

Not sure why Piper is butthurt about Alex blabbing to her resistance followers about killing a guy. Sometimes I wish Piper was no longer on this show because I just don’t understand her and can’t relate to whatever the hell the writers write for her.

Flacca making a Day In the Life of Litchfield video was great, but it sucks that she focused on Maritza getting all the attention from the Internet trolls. It’s okay, Flacca. Those comments were not good anyway. Maritza using kitchen products and giving a tutorial on how to apply makeup with them was great. I wonder if it really works?

Ruiz finding out that Piscatella hasn’t put in the paper work to extend her sentence for an extra five years might be a good thing. Maybe her and Gloria can find a way to organize this riot and make it a bit less riot-y?

Fuck Doggett and fuck Coates and fuck ths fucking storyline. I hate it so much and it’s possibly the worst storyline this show has ever done. Why the hell does she have such a hard-on for her rapist? I don’t believe the bullshit she said to Boo about chemicals and whatever else nonsense she was saying. She is stupid for giving Coates that gun, but maybe it’s the best thing that could have happened for the inmates, that way they’re all on an even playing field. I hope that last scene meant that Coates collapsed and had a heart attack and is now dead.

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