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