Orange Is the New Black (season 4)

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Orange Is the New Black (season 4)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
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The fourth season of the American comedy-drama television series Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on June 17, 2016, at 12:00 am PST in multiple countries. It consists of thirteen episodes, each between 54–60 minutes, with a 77-minute finale. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The series is created and adapted for television by Jenji Kohan.

The season received critical acclaim, again winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Uzo Aduba, and numerous other awards.

Episodes[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byFeatured character(s)Original release date
401"Work That Body for Me"Andrew McCarthyJenji KohannoneJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Caputo is promoted to Director of Human Activity. He gets new CO's to round up the prisoners who are at the lake. Piscatella, one of the new CO's, is strict on security and obedience, and is feared by both guards and inmates. He is made captain of the guards. Maureen wants to escape the prison with Suzanne, but Suzanne doesn’t want to run away and goes back to the prison. Maureen is eventually captured by Caputo. The new inmates are integrated with the old inmates. Everyone gets a bunkmate. Red's bunkmate snores to her annoyance. Judy King becomes a prisoner at Litchfield and forms a bond with Luschek. She is given special treatment as she gets her own private room. Alex is saved from Aydin Bayat, Kubra's enforcer, by Lolly who kicks him repeatedly until he is unconscious. They both presume he is dead. Alex sneaks into the greenhouse to attempt to bury Aydin and realizes he is still breathing which causes her to smother him. In the morning as they enter the greenhouse, they see that Frieda has discovered Aydin’s body. With Frieda’s help, they cut the body into smaller parts and bury it under plants in the garden.
412"Power Suit"Constantine MakrisSara HessMariaJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

The inmates struggle with the overcrowding of the prison. Healy gets Judy King a new roommate, Yoga Jones. Black Cindy battles with her new roommate, Alison Abdullah over shared space. Red attempts to stop her bunkmate's snoring but to no avail. Piper befriends her bunkmate and she becomes her bodyguard. Doggett is worried that Maritza is being raped by Officer Coates, although he is shown to only have feelings for Doggett. Sophia's wife tries to talk to Caputo about letting Sophia out of SHU but he does not listen. Caputo meets with MCC and they decide to hire veterans as CO's who will be housed at cabins on campus in order to qualify for government cutbacks. Caputo befriends Linda at the meeting. Daya is worried about her baby being placed in foster care since Cesar is going to jail for a long time for conspiracy to commit murder and assaulting a police officer. Racial tension arises as the Dominicans realize that they are the majority. Maria tries to stop it, but ends up leading an attack on a white inmate in defense of Blanca.


Flashback: Maria's father was head of a drug ring. He was also very big on Dominican pride and raised Maria to be proud of her heritage. When she was still in school, she and her friend saw Yadriel running from the police outside her house. Her friend described Yadriel as "that Mexican papi chulo that hangs next to school". She went outside and found the drugs he threw in the brushes and threw them into her window to save him.
423"(Don't) Say Anything"Andrew McCarthyJim Danger GraySosoJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Taystee gets switched from janitorial duties to being Caputo's assistant. Red is both angry and jealous that Judy gets special treatment and that she is always in her garden. Piper loses employees in her illegal panty business as they think that it is becoming too dangerous. Maria tries to help her fellow Dominicans by asking Piper if they could join her business but Piper declines, stating that she doesn't want thugs. So instead, the Dominicans decide to start their own panty business. Caputo goes on a date with Linda and in the restaurant he sees one of the CO's that walked out working as a busboy. Soso and Poussey grow closer together. Poussey is a big fan of Judy but gets nervous every time she sees Judy and is unable to speak to her. Soso tries to talk to Judy and explain why Poussey acts weird in front of her but lies about Poussey's past in order to get Judy’s acceptance. She falsely claims that Poussey is poor and her mother is a crack addict and acts strange because Judy is rich and white. Judy invites Poussey to have lunch with her, but when Poussey hears Soso lied to Judy, she abruptly leaves lunch, insulted that Soso knows nothing about her. Soso apologizes to Poussey and promises to make an effort to know her. Lolly begins to crack and attempts to dig up Aydin's body in the garden but Alex stops her. Frieda sees Lolly’s instability and states that they are going to have to kill Lolly.


Flashback: It is shown that in Soso's past, she exaggerated the truth to be accepted.
434"Doctor Psycho"Erin FeeleyCarly MenschHealyJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Sophia gets Caputo's attention by flooding her cell but he refuses to help her. Healy forces Judy to lead a cooking class. It is a hit, but Judy asks Caputo to change Healy as her counselor, stating that he has power issues. Alex confides Frieda's plan to kill Lolly to Red. Red tries to mediate the situation but realizes that they have to kill Lolly. Lolly behaves erratically and Healy counsels her, convincing her that she imagined the killing.


Flashback: Healy's mother suffered from mental illness and is seen being discharged from a hospital. She wanted to stop her treatment because it makes her forget. Healy doesn't want her to stop and upon hearing this, she runs away. After some years, Healy sees a homeless lady resembling his mother. He invites her for coffee and apologizes for not being there when she tried to reach out to him. He soon realizes that she isn't his mother.
445"We'll Always Have Baltimore"Tricia BrockJordan HarrisonMaritzaJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Due to the recent economies, the prison starts to run thin on supplies including tampons, causing a black market to form around the prison. The guards meanwhile start targeting the ethnic prisoners and subjecting them to random searches. While Caputo attends a convention for prison employees with Linda, Taystee manages to guess the password to the computer in his office and gets access to the internet. At the convention, Caputo gets into an altercation with Danny Pearson, who attempts to use the event to speak out against the system, and is arrested. However, Linda finds this hot, and the two have sex in a closet. In an effort to stop Maria from cutting into her panty business, Piper requests and is given permission by Piscatella to form a security group. However, during their first meeting, the volunteers (all white) begin to openly voice racist sentiments. Piper is horrified to realize she has accidentally created a white power group.


Flashback: Maritza's life of crime expands from defrauding customers as a cocktail waitress to grand theft auto.
456"Piece of Shit"Uta BriesewitzLauren MorellinoneJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
During her janitorial stint in maximum security, Nicky encounters Sophia in isolation and later gives her a magazine to read. Later she is asked to clean a cell, which is Sophia's; she finds it covered in blood. Luschek feels guilty about his role in landing Nicky in maximum security, and Judy decides to have her powerful lawyers arrange to have Nicky sent back to Litchfield. However Nicky's anger has caused her to relapse into her heroin addiction. Taystee decides to try to get a picture of Judy to sell to a magazine (using the internet connection in Caputo's office) while Black Cindy and Allison bond over their disdain of Scientology. Poussey and Soso declare their love for each other. Piper plants a set of panties in Maria's bunk and arranges for them to be discovered, which results in Maria getting three to five years added to her sentence.
467"It Sounded Nicer in My Head"Mark A. BurleyNick JonesLollyJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Piper starts to realize her power has corrupted her, and though she takes steps to make amends, a plan of revenge is already in motion. Her new 'bodyguard' turns against her, handing her to Maria and her gang, who brand the Nazi swastika into her arm. Lolly finds a friend in a kindly Healy. Nicky continues on her self-destructive drug binge. Caputo submits a plan to offer educational courses to the inmates in order to give them something useful to do during their incarceration.


Flashback: Lolly works as a journalist until mental illness takes over, leaving her homeless.
478"Friends in Low Places"Phil AbrahamAlex Regnery & Hartley VossnoneJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Piper has hit rock bottom after being attacked by Maria and her crew. When she finds Alex and Nicky in the garden, she gets high with them, and reveals her scar to them. Alex also confesses her murderous secret. Their 'family' reunites as Red further brands Piper's swastika to alter it into a window. Maria is selling drugs out of Aleida's salon, worrying Aleida as her release date approaches. Charlie makes a heartfelt apology to Pennsatucky, who appears moved. Caputo and Linda continue their relationship, though he is disappointed that his education program had all of its humanities courses replaced with more cost-effective vocational training. Crystal shows up at Caputo's house in the search for answers about Sophia, but Linda turns a gun on her to get her off the property. Judy kisses Cindy in an attempt to prove to the world she's not racist, while Poussey takes a picture with Luschek's cell phone.
489"Turn Table Turn"Constantine MakrisSara HessBlancaJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

The CO's power trip gets worse than ever when one guard forces Maritza to eat a baby mouse. Meanwhile, Blanca rebels against them by applying foul-smelling substances in order to stop them from frisking her. Boo turns her back on Pennsatucky when she decides to forgive Charlie for raping her. Morello becomes paranoid her sister is having an affair with her husband. Red breaks down, forcing Nicky to decide to get clean again. News of Judy and Cindy's fake relationship spreads after Luschek sells the picture to the tabloids. Piscatella orders Luschek and the other guards to search the prison and although they find a box full of contraband phones, Luschek is able to keep secret the one used for Judy.


Flashback: Blanca works as a housekeeper and nurse for a demanding elderly woman. When Blanca is seen flirting with the gardener, the old woman has him fired. Blanca gets her revenge by having sex with him in the old woman's bedroom while she is there.
4910"Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull"Phil AbrahamCarly MenschnoneJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Blanca continues to take her stand, quite literally, in the cafeteria, and Piper is forced to join her when she tries to help her by smuggling her food. Sister Ingalls manages to sneak a message to Sophia in Max, but her plan to expose Sophia's treatment backfires when Caputo finds her secret phone. However, Caputo sends the picture to the press himself, rebelling against MCC. Aleida leaves the prison, and has to adapt to the outside world, her only friend is the woman Cesar was dating before he was arrested and who gave birth to his baby. Later, the ground's men discover Aydin's body in the garden.
5011"People Persons"Lev L. SpiroNick JonesSuzanneJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Following the discovery of the body in the garden, the prison goes into lockdown. While Caputo tries to get past the red tape at MCC, Piscatella defies orders to begin interrogating inmates, starting with Red. Suzanne faces the wrath of Maureen while holed up the guards. Humphrey takes enjoyment in their clash and forces Suzanne to fight her, causing her to explode and nearly beat Maureen to death. The COs are spiraling out of control. Judy, Yoga Jones, and Luschek have a drug fueled threesome. Healy wrestles with the idea of handing Lolly in, and nearly commits suicide, before deciding to face his problems. He hands Lolly in to Piscatella, and she is sent to Psych A.


Flashback: Suzanne's mental illness leads to the tragic accidental death of a young boy, after she brings him home to her apartment and he falls out the window.
5112"The Animals"Matthew WeinerLauren MorelliBayleyJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Caputo attempts to suspend Humphrey for his part in what happened to Suzanne. However Piscatella threatens to have all the COs walk out if he does so and informs Caputo he no longer has any real authority. The different prison families come together to discuss a plan to force Piscatella out and restore order to the prison. Though they initially fail to come to an agreement, Piscatella's unfair treatment of Red unites the inmates. They stand on the tables in a peaceful protest, refusing to move until Piscatella resigns. However, he orders his men to remove them by force. Meanwhile, Suzanne breaks down over her fight with Maureen and Poussey rushes to her aid, but the young CO Bayley quickly reacts and improperly restrains her. While everyone's attention is on calming Suzanne down, no one notices that Poussey is unable to breathe, and she eventually dies. Healy wrestles with his decision to send Lolly to Psych A, and decides to return to a mental health facility himself. News of Piper and Alex's reunion spreads around the prison. Pennsatucky unites with Boo. Sophia returns to the prison.


Flashback: In the past, Bayley's decision to become a prison guard is explored.
5213"Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again"Adam BernsteinTara Herrmann & Jenji KohanPousseyJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)

Following Poussey's death, MCC tells Caputo to hold off on calling the police until they can develop an angle, while Taystee urges Caputo to at least call Poussey's dad, and break the news to him. Soso wanders into the library to find Suzanne trapped under a fallen shelf. She rescues Suzanne, but in medical, Suzanne gets put next to Maureen who is still recovering from the beating Suzanne gave her. Piper finds out that Alex has been leaving notes around the prison, revealing Aydin's real name, and then the two of them track down the notes, and prepare to burn them. MCC grants release to Judy King wanting to get her away from the crisis. Caputo ignores the MCC prep, and on camera refuses to fire Bayley. Taystee overhears, and snaps—she incites the other inmates, who all march through the hallways of the prison, and eventually converge on where Judy King is being escorted out of prison. Humphrey instinctively goes for the gun in his sock, but Maritza pushes him over, and it slides across to the Hispanics, and Daya picks it up. She initially takes aim at the white supremacists, but instead takes Humphrey and Artesian McCullough hostage, cocks the gun and takes aim at Humphrey's head, while all the inmates present collectively urge her to pull the trigger.


Flashback: Poussey has a fun night with strangers she meets in New York City.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Inmates[edit]

Staff

  • Catherine Curtin as Wanda Bell
  • Joel Marsh Garland as Scott O'Neill
  • Matt Peters as Joel Luschek
  • Alysia Reiner as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa
  • Brendan Burke as Wade Donaldson
  • Alan Aisenberg as Baxter "Gerber" Bayley
  • Beth Dover as Linda Ferguson / "Amelia Von Barlow"
  • Jimmy Gary Jr. as Felix Rikerson
  • James McMenamin as Charlie "Donuts" Coates
  • Mike Birbiglia as Danny Pearson
  • Nick Dillenburg as Ryder Blake
  • Evan Arthur Hall as Stratman
  • Mike Houston as Lee Dixon
  • Brad William Henke as Desi Piscatella
  • John Palladino as Josh
  • Emily Tarver as Artesian McCullough
  • Michael Torpey as Thomas "Humps" Humphrey

Others

Production[edit]

The series was renewed for a fourth season on April 15, 2015, prior to its third-season premiere.[1][2] For the fourth season, Jackie Cruz and Lea DeLaria were promoted to series regulars; with Elizabeth Rodriguez also being promoted by the season's sixth episode.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The fourth season received critical acclaim. On Metacritic, it has a score of 86 out of 100 based on 19 reviews.[4] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 95% rating with an average score of 8.6 out of 10 based on 39 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Orange is the New Black is back and better than ever, with a powerful fourth season full of compelling performances by the ensemble cast."[5] James Poniewozik of The New York Times reviewed the fourth season as "Do you measure the quality of a TV season as a beginning-to-end average or by how well it ends? By the first yardstick, Season 4 is ambitious but uneven; by the latter, it's the series' best."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2015). "'Orange Is The New Black' Renewed for Season 4 by Netflix". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Abrams, Natalie (January 17, 2016). "Netflix sets premiere dates for OITNB, Kimmy Schmidt, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (April 28, 2014). "Lea DeLaria Upped To Regular On 'Orange Is The New Black'". Deadline. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Orange Is the New Black: Season 4". Metacritic. 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Orange Is the New Black: Season 4". Rotten Tomatoes. 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Poniewozik, James (June 22, 2016). "Orange Is The New Black: It's About Time". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2016.

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