The penultimate episode of Orange Is The New Black finally gave us Vee’s (Lorraine Toussaint) flashback. She has been the storm brewing slowly this whole season. We got tidbits about Vee’s life prior to being in prison in Taystee’s episodes.
In “It Was the Change,” the flashbacks take us to Vee dealing with menopause and sleeping with her protégé who could easily be her grandson. However, Vee takes advantage of young kids and uses them to do her dirty drug business. She is the patriarch, the lioness.
She learns from a dirty cop that her young lover, RJ, is dealing on the side in a different part of town. Like a lioness who is going to lose her spot at the top, she has RJ killed. Vee isn’t one to be messed with and Taystee learns it the hard way. Back in prison, Poussey is drunk and decides to piss off Vee by destroying her drug supply. Because Taystee couldn’t control Poussey, Vee kicks her out of the gang.
In other Litchfield news, there is a storm approaching the prison and emotions are brewing up all over the place. Piper (Taylor Schilling) tells Morello that she was the first person to be nice to her when Piper arrived. She also confides in her that her family seems relieved she is being transferred father away since they won’t have to visit her on the weekends.
Red (Kate Mulgrew) sends Vee a strong message after the mishap from the previous week. With the women having to spend the night in the cafeteria because the prison has flooded, Red fears not only for her life but also for her AARP gang. Red tries to choke Vee with plastic wrap but fails and makes a truce. Vee, however, does a much better job of taking down Red again knocking her out with a sock full of rocks in Red’s greenhouse.
The prison’s accountant begins to question Figueroa (Alysia Reiner), the warden, about where some of the prison funds are going and she invites him to her husband’s fundraiser. She discovers that her husband has his own secrets when she sees him secretly kissing the campaign assistant guy.
Dayanara tells Bennett he either comes clean about her pregnancy or walk away. One highlight of this episode was watching Poussey and Taystee reunite their friendship after Vee had separated them.
Highlights and quotes from “Change”:
“It’s like step one, pick a person to kill. Step two, kill that person,” Red.
“Frank? Like a hotdog?” Dayanara to Bennett about their baby’s name.
“Oh man, we have a serious problem in terms of weight, class. You know what I’m saying,” Morello to Red about Vee’s gangs.
“Great, we’ll challenge them to a Sudoku contest,” Gina.
“We’re supposed to be fighting them? ‘Cause that’s the lollipop guild over there,” Hayes about Red’s gang.
“That’s how they get you. Being cool,” Healey about lesbians.
“How does the agenda work? They gay agenda … to take over the world.” Pennsatucky to Big Boo.
“It’s mostly farts,” Aleida to Dayanara about the lack of fresh air.
“You used to be something. You know that Red. You lost your damn mind. And you’re sad. She don’t need to fight you, she already won,” Gloria to Red.
“I feel trapped inside my face,” Angie after eating nutmeg.
“You just tried to strangle me with plastic wrap to sell mascara in jail,” Vee to Red.
Soso has the girls singing Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” as they wait out the storm.