Episode 208 — “Appropriately Sized Pots”
Rosa! There’s a flashback that I didn’t know I wanted until it happened. It was definitely more compelling than Cindy’s. First, we learn that Rosa’s going to die very soon — there is no way the state will pay for the procedure she needs — and in the hospital, she bonds with a younger kid, planning “one last heist.” Stealing a wallet from someone in the hospital isn’t as exciting as her past — as a bank robber! — but it’s the small things that inmates cling to.
Anyway, her backstory is interesting and sad. In the ’70s, Rosa was in her prime and robbing banks but she believes that she’s cursed, or maybe it’s shitty karma, because bad things keep happening to the men around her. Her husband dies after catching a bullet in one heist, then her second husband has a heart attack right after that heist. During one impulsive heist (immediately after another heist), Rosa ditches her boyfriend to go alone and is caught.
In the hospital, Rosa and her new young friend complete their “heist” and snag the wallet. The teen’s cancer is in remission and Rosa’s happy for him, but it’s just another reminder that hers isn’t. It’s also a reminder that she’s going to die, very soon, and she’s going to die in jail. “I’ve always pictured myself going out in a blaze of glory,” she laments. She continues on saying that the death path she’s on now — “disappearing into nothing” — is terrifying. Before she drifts off to sleep, she pulls out the money from her shirt that she stole and inhales deeply, having missed the smell of money. It’s strange and beautiful and sad at the same time, and an example of what Orange Is the New Black does best.
Cliff notes on the non-Rosa happenings: