Orange Is the New Black: Don’t Make Me Come Back There

Orange Is the New Black

This week’s Orange is the New Black episode is “Don’t Make Me Come Back There.” Things are getting very sad. Daya is close to going into labor and Aleida is having doubts about encouraging her to give the baby to Delia. Meanwhile, Sophia deals with increasing transphobia from the other inmates and Big Boo helps Pennsatucky get revenge on Coates.

The episode opens with Daya experiencing pain and Mendoza helping her. Aleida brings her pineapple and says it will help things go fast. Daya says, “I don’t want her in here.” She’s still mad at Aleida.

In a flashback, Aleida talks to her mother about sending Daya to a summer camp. Her mother warns her that camps and other programs like this think that they know how to raise your kids better than you do.

Back in the present, the women of the prison clammer to get an invite to one of Red’s dinners featuring fresh vegetables from her garden. Even though she says it’s a simple lottery system, people still try to lobby her favor to get an invite. Maureen tells her, “For the record, I’m an excellent conversationalist on at least … four topics.”

A group of women surround Sophia and demand to see her genitals. They pin her to the ground. When a guard walks in, Sophia cries out, “Help me!” The guard can’t handle it herself and runs to get Caputo.

Aleida complains to Maria that all kids do is break your balls. Maria points out that she still had “like eleven” of them. Aleida says that when they’re little, they love you so much. “It’s like having fans.” Maria talks about how she keeps saying that her daughter needs her mom, but the truth is she’s fine. She says, “I’m not freaking out because she needs me. I’m freaking out because I need her.”

In another flashback, Aleida checks Daya in on the first day of camp. Daya whines that she wants to go home. Aleida tells her, “Dayanara, you little brat. You think I got nothing better to do than take care of you? This is my one month vacation.” Daya cries as the counselor takes her away from Aleida. Once she’s back in her car, Aleida starts crying.

Back in the present, Piper worries that the guard she asked to help her smuggle out panties wants a hand job. She’s considering doing it, but tells everyone that Alex can’t know. Because the guard is so young, she tells Stella, “I feel like a molester. Which is weird because I am also clearly the one being exploited here.”

Aleida talks to Daya. Aleida tries to convince her that giving the baby to Delia wasn’t about the money. She says she was trying to help. Daya says that she needed support, she needed to be asked how she felt and what she wanted. Aleida says, “I’m a terrible mother and I never want you to feel how I feel.” Daya says, “I don’t believe you. This kid was never nothing but a paycheck to you.” Aleida notices blood on the bed. Daya asks if it’s normal. Maritza says it doesn’t seem normal and Aleida calls for help. They get a guard to call an ambulance.

In a flashback, Aleida visits camp. Daya says she’s busy and Aleida calls back, “I said mommy’s here. Ain’t you glad to see me?” Daya starts telling her how much fun she’s had and says one of her new friends says she can sleep over at her house whenever she wants. The counselor Stacy tells Aleida that Daya has blossomed. Daya asks, “Can I come back next year?” Daya tells Aleida she wants to be an artist. Aleida is discouraging, but when she sees the way Stacy is looking at her, she tells her, “That’s great.” Daya tells Stacy that she’ll miss her, which clearly makes Aleida jealous.

Back in the present, Aleida watches with worry as Daya is led into an ambulance. Later, she calls Delia. She tells her, “The baby came this morning. He had the chord wrapped around his neck … He died. I wanted to tell you from one grandma to another.” Delia asks who the doctor was and Aleida says, “It wasn’t anyone’s fault. Just one of those things.” Delia asks to see Daya and Aleida says that it’s going to take her a while.

In a flashback, Aleida brings Daya home from camp. She starts throwing away the art Daya made. She tells Daya, “We have enough clutter around here.” She tells Daya, “I missed you so much. Did you miss me.” Daya says yes and Aleida asks, “Maybe that camp was a mistake, huh? Maybe it was too hard for you to be without your mom for so long.” After a pause, Daya says, “It was kind of boring, anyway.” Aleida asks her, “So, you really wanna be an artist?” Daya says, “Nah. I wanna be a mom.”

At the hospital, we see that Aleida lied about the baby. A nurse hands Daya a baby girl. She cries as she holds her. She softly tells her, “I love you.”

One of the other inmates complains to Taystee about Janae always washing her socks in the sink. Taystee says she doesn’t see how this is her problem, then realizes that she’s become the mom of the black women.

Aleida tells Mendoza about how the baby will go live with her boyfriend and other kids. Mendoza says Daya will be mad and Aleida reminds her she talked her into the thing with Delia in the first place. Aleida says, “I’m an abuela now. At least now I got a chance to do something right.” Mendoza says, “Or maybe do it a little less shitty.”

In the final scene, a group of guards find Sophia and ask her to come with them. They say she must’ve really pissed off someone high up when she threatened to expose how under-trained the guards are. They walk her down to solitary. Along the way, she makes eye contact with Mendoza, who knows their feud started this. The episode ends on Sophia, locked helplessly in the solitary confinement cell.

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