Episode 206 — “You Also Have A Pizza”
It’s Valentine’s Day at Litchfield and all of the inmates are discussing what love is to them but, more importantly, it’s Poussey’s episode! She’s yet another character that I spent all of last season patiently waiting to know more about. I was rewarded with a great and a heart-wrenching hour of television. Poussey’s idea of love is “not even wanting to go to sleep ’cause then you might be without ’em for a minute. And you don’t want that.” And just like that, we all fall in love with Poussey. Her backstory is devastating (and Orange commits its most egregious crime: the use of Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” which has been stuck in my head for over a week).
In the flashback, Poussey has finally settled down in Germany after being moved around due to her father’s military work. In Germany, she’s in a sweet relationship with another woman but when her girlfriend’s father catches them having sex, he clearly disapproves and ships the Washingtons back to the states. Poussey first picks a fight with her girlfriend, denying her true feelings, but then later confronts the girlfriend’s father. She’s about to pull out a gun on him (holy shit!) but is stopped by her own father.
In prison, Poussey and Taystee continue to have a strained relationship especially now that Vee removed Taystee from the library and placed her into custodial duty. Poussey confronts Vee about making sure Taystee doesn’t get in any trouble and Vee coldly, harshly replies that Taystee will never love Poussey the way that she wants her to. Later, Poussey learns of Vee’s plan through Taystee — she has snuck in tobacco and will sell cigarettes — and is getting increasingly worried about Vee and Taystee’s relationship.
Cliff Notes for the non-Poussey happenings: