Episode Review: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 “Thirsty Bird”

SPOILER ALERT: PLEASE WATCH THE EPISODE ON NETFLIX BEFORE READING.

Don’t be alarmed if your friends aren’t answering any of your texts, Facebook messages or emails this weekend. They’re probably just glued to their Netflix in celebration of the release of Orange is the New Black season 2.

If you’ve had the great pleasure of seeing the season 2 trailer, you’ll notice that Piper’s gone a bit wacko.

Like, big time.

However, that’s not the Piper you’ll see in the first episode of season 2, “Thirsty Bird.”

In fact, Piper is stressed beyond the brink in this episodepanic, tears, and all.

The episode is named after a big, bright-yellow food blob/stain on the wall in Piper’s cell, where it is assumed she was sent directly after the Pennsatucky incident.

“This is art,” Piper says about the blob/stain after the officer suggests she lick it off the wall for breakfast.

"Thirsty Bird"

‘Thirsty Bird’

“This is a yellow warbler drinking out of a daffodil,” she continues. “She just cannot get enough. I’m calling it ‘Thirsty Bird’.”

For viewers, the lingering question during this episode is probably, “Is Pennsatucky dead?”

For Piper, it’s “Do you know where we’re going?”

Literally, by the end of “Thirsty Bird,” Piper is more than ten hours away from Litchfield.

Prison torture at its finest.

The episode also includes cockroaches, an introduction to young Piper, and, wait for it…

MALE INMATES.

young piper

I think the scene on the plane will go down in history as the one of the show’s roughest emotional roller coasters.

oitnb male inmates

Your hatred for Alex Vause will reach an all-time high in the final scene. Just a warning.

Watch the entirety of Orange is the New Black season 2 on Netflix!

 

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