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"Fear, and Other Smells" is the eighth episode of the third season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the thirty-fourth episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 11, 2015. It was written by Nick Jones and directed by Mark A. Burley.


Piper gets creative in order to grow her business. Crazy Eyes’s sci-fi sex story for drama class is a hit. Alex doesn’t trust new inmate Lolly.



The episode opens onto Galina 'Red' Reznikov watching overMaritza Ramos as she cuts open a bag of supposed beef wellington, which pours out mushy brown fluid. Cut to the cafeteria, where the daily announcement of "Don't forget, ladies, your usual meal is 1,500 calories. Beware of over-eating" broadcasts over the PA system. Red overlooks the cafeteria with sad eyes as she watches people spitting out their meal and throwing uneaten food in the trash. An increasing amount of inmates are choosing kosher meals.

Alex Vause finds Lolly Whitehill in her bunk and is unraveled by her and that she has been sent by Kubra. Sophia Burset is on the phone to Crystal Burset and is worried about Michael's recent attitude and behavior, especially towards girls. Sophia tries to blame Benito Mendoza however Crystal brings up Sophia's advice towards Michael about girls.

Poussey Washington and other inmates question Suzanne Warren about the status of her story. Suzanne becomes annoyed and asks everyone to leave in order for her to continue writing. The recent bad food causes Piper Chapman to come up with an idea for her business; trading flavor packs to inmates in exchange for them to wear Whisper products. She makes a speech to Big Boo, Yoga Jones, Lorna Morello and Gina Murphy and convinces them to participate in her plan.

Aleida Diaz visits Dayanara Diaz and asks her if she has decided to keep her baby or give it to Delia Powell. Danny Pearson visits Caputo out of interest in the recent spike of Kosher meals requested as the purchasing order is higher. Caputo retaliates with the number of cuts that have been made, and demands the prison's need for allotments for inmates for higher education, new job training and books, especially ones that help inmates with their case work.

Pennsatucky and a new guard Coates take the van out, on the way Coates picks up his pay check at the doughnut shop he works at. The two eat before Pennsatucky tells Coates "they aren't meant to really stop". They feed the leftovers to ducks in the park and start to develop a bond.

Daya meets up with Delia and finds out that she has been paying Aleida in order to help them, in return for adopting the baby. Daya is hurt and angered that her mother has been pushing to give the baby up as she only cares about getting paid. Daya calls off the adoption process by telling Delia that the baby isn't George Mendez's child.

Gloria Mendoza and Sophia meet in line at the commissary. Sophia apologizes for blaming Gloria's son Benito for her son Michael's attitude. Sophia reveals that she only wanted to be there to help shape Michael, Gloria shares similar feelings and that she is afraid of her son becoming a thug as she isn't there to stop him.

Red visits Healy in distress of the terrible food that she has to serve and announces that she quits as head chef. Healy tells Red she cannot keep changing jobs and he cannot allow Red to quit.

Taystee finds Poussey in the stairwell, Poussey in her drunken state believes that she will never find love while reading Suzanne's story. Taystee tells her that she can't expect herself to cope alone and comforts her. Later on, Taystee finds Poussey surrounded by Norma Romano's followers, Gina closes the doors to prevent her from looking in.

In the dorms, Lolly is seen taking notes of 'A.V' with a schedule of their daily things while watching Alex Vause.


Note: Flashbacks are arranged in chronological order, not the order in which they occur on the show.

Alex Vause[]

Alex Vause is alone at her mother's funeral (Pelham Cemetery, King Ave. and Tier St., The Bronx, NYC) that only has a small amount of people and a priest. Alex regrets not coming back to visit her mom sooner. Fahri shows up outside the cemetery and convinces Alex to go back to Paris with him.

Alex, Fahri and Aydin visit a dance club in Paris, commemorating Diane's love for dance. All of them get wasted as Fahri notices multiple missed calls and finds out that one of their drug dealers has been arrested as a result of them not picking her up.

Alex, Fahri and Aydin camp out in a hotel; Fahri is worried that Kubra will kill him. Alex dismisses the idea and the two make a bet on whether Kubra will kill him or not. Immediately Aydin, who is behind Alex and Fahri, shoots Fahri dead.

Alex is taken to Kubra who says that Fahri's actions were "too human" for him to tolerate. Kubra tells Alex that she has not been very focused, scarring her by shouting it multiple times. He then tells Alex he will arrange for her to go to a rehab centre, which Alex is grateful for due to worrying she too would be killed. Kubra reminds Alex that he has "lots of friends" in a threatening sense.




Memorable Quotes[]

"I knew there would be compromises, and I love being forced to improvise but I can't play a piano if you cut off my hands at the wrists!"
Galina "Red" Reznikov
"I too was once embarrassed and squeamish about my personal...eau de parfume. But then I thought, 'Why should I be ashamed? Isn't that a part of the self-hatred that has been bred into me by the patriarchy? And aren't those same men that would shame me not the same men that would wear my panties on their faces, inhaling deeply?' Ladies, now is the time to be bold. For when these men smell your panties, they are smelling your character. Let them smell daring and courage. Let them smell women who are unabashed and un-self conscious. And let them say that Litchfield, Litchfield is a place where women love their bodies, and have love to spare. Sisters, we may be incarcerated, but our panties will travel the world. And in that way, long after we are gone, our smell, our smell will linger. In some gas station in Toronto, in some office cubicle in Tokyo. And in that way, we are known. And in that way, we are remembered. Do you want to be remembered? Then sweat profusely, and fart with abandon, and make a reek. Make a reek, my sisters. Make a reek to last a thousand years!"
Piper Chapman


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Special Guest Stars[]


  • Juri Henley-Cohn as Aydin
  • Ira Elliot as Gabe Ronley
  • Michael Bryan French as Jack Pearson
  • Tim Foljahn as Albert Roth
  • Danielle Herbert as Jeanie "Babs" Babson
  • Daniel Jenkins as Huey Strath
  • Bryan Scott Johnson as Priest
  • Sebastian LaCause as Fahri
  • Emily Maya Mills as Cheryl
  • Andy Schneeflock as Tim Walters
  • Eyas Younis as Kubra Balik
  • Tanairi Vazquez as Annie Valdez







  • Gertrude Lawrence - Getting To Know You (ending scene)


Alex's Flashbacks
Lesbian Request Denied  •  WAC Pack?  •  Fucksgiving  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Fear, and Other Smells  •  Tattoo You  •  Who Knows Better Than I  •  Beginning of the End  •  The Thirteenth
Episode Navigation
Season 1 I Wasn't Ready  •  Tit Punch  •  Lesbian Request Denied  •  Imaginary Enemies  •  The Chickening  •  WAC Pack  •  Blood Donut  •  Moscow Mule  •  Fucksgiving  •  Bora Bora Bora  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Fool Me Once  •  Can't Fix Crazy
Season 2 Thirsty Bird  •  Looks Blue, Tastes Red  •  Hugs Can Be Deceiving  •  A Whole Other Hole  •  Low Self Esteem City  •  You Also Have a Pizza  •  Comic Sans  •  Appropriately Sized Pots  •  40 Oz. of Furlough  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Take a Break From Your Values  •  It Was the Change  •  We Have Manners. We're Polite.
Season 3 Mother's Day  •  Bed Bugs and Beyond  •  Empathy Is a Boner Killer  •  Finger in the Dyke  •  Fake It Till You Fake It Some More  •  Ching Chong Chang  •  Tongue-Tied  •  Fear, and Other Smells  •  Where My Dreidel At  •  A Tittin' and a Hairin'  •  We Can Be Heroes  •  Don't Make Me Come Back There  •  Trust No Bitch
Season 4 Work That Body For Me  •  Power Suit  •  (Don't) Say Anything  •  Doctor Psycho  •  We'll Always Have Baltimore  •  Piece of Shit  •  It Sounded Nicer in My Head  •  Friends in Low Places  •  Turn Table Turn  •  Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull  •  People Persons  •  The Animals  •  Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again
Season 5 Riot FOMO  •  Fuck, Marry, Frieda  •  Pissters!  •  Litchfield's Got Talent  •  Sing It, White Effie  •  Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally  •  Full Bush, Half Snickers  •  Tied to the Tracks  •  The Tightening  •  The Reverse Midas Touch  •  Breaking the Fiberboard Ceiling  •  Tattoo You  •  Storm-y Weather
Season 6 Who Knows Better Than I   •  Shitstorm Coming   •  Look Out for Number One   •  I'm the Talking Ass   •  Mischief Mischief   •  State of the Uterus   •  Changing Winds   •  Gordons   •  Break the String   •  Chocolate Chip Nookie   •  Well This Took a Dark Turn   •  Double Trouble   •  Be Free
Season 7 Beginning of the End   •  Just Desserts   •  And Brown Is the New Orange   •  How to Do Life   •  Minority Deport   •  Trapped in an Elevator   •  Me as Well   •  Baker's Dozen   •  The Hidey Hole   •  The Thirteenth   •  God Bless America   •  The Big House   •  Here's Where We Get Off