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"Friends in Low Places" is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the forty-seventh episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 17, 2016. It was written by Alex Regnery and Hartley Voss, and directed by Phil Abraham.


A new work detail doesn't go over well with the inmates. Judy seeks help from Poussey. Maria finds a place she can conduct business.

Plot []


Galina 'Red' Reznikov is angered when she finds her mirror and makeup are missing. She asks Piper Chapman, who is too traumatized to sleep after her branding. She doesn't tell Red about the incident. Stephanie asks Piper if she's OK, she responds "Not even a little bit" whilst crying.

Judy King needs a guard to escort her to the shower and the other inmates are uncomfortable as he openly ogles them. Judy talks to Yoga Jones about her special treatment, which Jones is beginning to enjoy. She says they should have a TV put in. King retorts that she wouldn't want to spoil Jones' ambient atmosphere, especially as Jones called her "the idiot on the idiot-box".

Piper calls her brother, Cal Chapman, and finds out he is expecting his first child with Neri. She tries to be happy for him as he blabbers about all the things he's been doing to prepare, but she is too upset. She wishes him well and he's glad she called.

Nicky Nichols attempts to rekindle her relationship with Lorna "Morello" Muccio but Lorna isn't interested now that she's married. Lorna later visits with her sister, Franny, and becomes paranoid that Vince is cheating on her because he hasn't visited. She asks her sister to check in on him.

The Whispers employees are reassigned to work in the unpaid construction "training" program. Their new instructor is an incredibly attractive man named Leon McDonald. The women happily catcall him despite his best efforts to remain professional.

Nicky and Alex Vause are depressed about their current situations so they decide to get high on crack whilst hiding in the corn crops. Piper later joins them and Alex is disturbed when Piper also smokes some crack. Piper reveals her Nazi-symbol brand that Maria's gang gave her. Alex confesses to them about killing Aydin Bayat.

Maritza Ramos doesn't want to smuggle drugs in her van as she is scared of getting caught, but Maria Ruiz insists she keep going.

Poussey Washington tells Judy that helping the black inmates get their paparazzi picture would be a good way to get over the racist puppet show incident. So King kisses Cindy Hayes on the lips for a photo.  

Charlie Coates apologizes to Tiffany Doggett for raping her and she accepts.

Nicky enters the salon to trade Red's stolen make-up and mirror for drugs. Norma later spies Blanca Flores using the mirror and asks where she got it. Blanca nonchalantly says she got it on trade at the salon, and business is business. Norma looks at Red and it is clear that they have both figured out how and why it got there.

Red notices Piper resting in the bottom bunk and tries to cheer her up, but Piper is completely downtrodden. Red threatens Piper, warning her not to say anything about Aydin's body now that she knows. Piper says she would never and feels guilty for not listening to Alex when Alex was telling her that someone would come after her. Red offers comfort and notices Piper's bleeding arm. She is disturbed when Piper shows her the swastika brand and offers to help her.

Later that night, Joe Caputo is cooking dinner with Linda Ferguson when the doorbell rings. Caputo ignores it until Linda goes to open it herself. It's Sophia Burset's wife, Crystal, demanding action be taken to get Sophia out of the SHU. Caputo is having difficulty getting her to leave so Linda pulls a gun on Crystal, who is stunned and scared. She and her partner, the pastor, drive off. Caputo is initially angry at Linda but then tells her he found that hot and they have sex.

The episode ends with Red, Alex and Norma helping Piper "re-brand" her swastika into a window.


Memorable Quotes[]

"When God gives you a swastika, he opens a window. And then you remember, there is no God."
Galina "Red" Reznikov to Piper Chapman

"Nicky: It's a weekly metting, okay, for the morally morose and successfully challenged. So we're just going back and forth and, uh, talking about all the truly dreaful, horrible shit that we have to slog through on a daily basis...

Alex: And we're smoking crack. Nicky: Oh, yeah! That, too.When God gives you a swastika, he opens a window. And then you remember, there is no God."

Piscatella: Lesson one, don't do crime because prison is unpleasant.




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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