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Personality[edit | edit source]
Zirconia is showed to be quite intelligent and well-spoken, though immature at times. She has street-smarts and seems to enjoy the attention from the paparazzi during the riot. Despite her light-hearted personality, she might actually be quite sadisitc. On multiple occassions, Zirconia has expressed excitement or joy from participating in violent acts. In "Turn Table Turn" she immeaditely calls "dibs" on breaking fingers, she happily participates in tortuting the guards, and according to her, she once forced her sister to eat dog food. This happiness in violent or humilating acts has caused her to also be somewhat selfish, alerting Carol's thugs that Gloria might be up to something just because Zirconia was jealous when she saw that Luschek was attracted to Gloria.
She tends to look at the bright side, as evidenced by her chosen name. She explains to Madison Murphy that zirconias are optically flawless. She says this to reject the nickname Diamond, which many would find preferable. But since diamonds are more expensive and less visually appealing, Zirconia is not interested in that name. (“Break the String”)
There are several other examples of her tendency to look on the bright side and/or appreciate what she has. She calls Luschek “the poor man’s Chris Pratt,” (“Break the String”) and tells Alex she’s “never lived somewhere with an upstairs before,” (“I’m the Talking Ass”) as she is asigned her new cell at Max.
Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]
Zirconia has a short curly hair style and brown eyes. She wears golden grills that previously had zirconia crystals in them.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Before Litchfield[edit | edit source]
It is known Zirconia took out all of her "rocks" before she entered the prison in case people assumed they were diamonds and pulled them out. Zirconia mentions that she has a baby sister who she babysat and forced her to eat dog food. She also reveals that she may have used to be involved in a sexual kink involving drinking urine.
In "(Don't) Say Anything", Maria introduces Zirconia, Ouija, and Pidge to Piper. Zirconia explains that she took out her rocks before she came to Litchfield so nobody would think they're diamonds and try to take them out, and because she doesn't think it's allowed. Maria says that they're all willing to join Piper's panty selling business, but their offer is declined when Piper says she doesn't want them because they're thugs.
In "Doctor Psycho", Zirconia, Ouija, and Pidge approach Healy. She asks him for roll-on deodorant, and not the spray type because it harms the environment. Mr. Healy responds by telling them they can buy things at commissary. Pidge says they don't have money because they weren't assigned jobs yet, to which Healy replies they can't blame him due to the fact that there are no more work assignments, but Zirconia says there are jobs, but they're only being given away to the OG inmates. When asked if she'd rather be scrubbing toilets, she says it's better than sitting with their thumbs up their butts.
As the riot began with all the women running about to different parts of the prison, Zirconia and Pidge carry Luschek to the chapel after Blanca tips them off that he is hiding in a closet. They run across Piper, Alex, and Linda, stopping to claim Linda's heels (to convert into wearable shives) and jacket.
Later, throughout the series, she constantly questions the new inmate's appearance, saying that she knows her from somewhere. She eventually remembers who Linda is and chases after her with the sharpened heels.
Irene has a cast on for the duration of the season. She attends Luschek's exercise classes where she calls him a "Poor Man's Chris Pratt." She becomes upset when she sees Gloria and Luschek dancing together, especially after it results in Luschek getting a boner.
She lies to Madison and tells her that something is up between those two. At the next exercise class, Madison and Irene share a look. Afterward, Madison threatens Gloria to never come back to the class or else. Madison mocks her name, Irene.
She later bullies Gloria and Blanca, not allowing them to sit for lunch.
She talks to Kelly Lee Glenna about the war and is interupted by Badison. She later tells Maria that Piper got out. She then too gets involved in the game, she tells Adeola to go steal after Nicole catches the ball.
Irene joins the GED program established by Tamika Ward. She is shown to be one of the students that Taystee mentors, alongside Pennsatucky and Creech. In the series finale "Here's Where We Get Off ", it is revealed that she had passed her GED exam.
She is last seen at the financial classes taught by Taystee and Suzanne, suggesting that she is about to be released from prison. This is a part of the Poussey Washington Fund which was established by Taystee, with the help of Judy King.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Romantic[edit | edit source]
- Joel Luschek (flirtation) - After Luschek is captured during the Litchfield riot, Zirconia is frequently seen suggesting she is interested in him. After she damages her ankle trying to escape the prison, it is Luschek who gets her out safely. She is also shown getting angry at Gloria after Luschek gets an erection while dancing with her.
Friends[edit | edit source]
- Carmen Aziza
- Ramona Contreras
- Dayanara Diaz
- Michelle Carreras
- Janae Watson
- Cindy Hayes
- Alana Dwight
- Galina Reznikov
- Nicole Eckelcamp
Enemies[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- She doesn't know her left from right ("Break the String")
- She is one of the several characters who appeared in all episodes of the season they weren't credited as a regular.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
|Orange Is the New Black: Season Four|
|"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":|
|Orange Is the New Black: Season Five|
|"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":|
|Orange Is the New Black: Season Six|
|"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":|