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"Lesbian Request Denied" is the third episode of the first season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the third episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 11, 2013. It was written by Sian Heder and directed by Jodie Foster.


Targeted for romance by a fellow prisoner, Piper finds that subtlety is an ineffective approach to letting her suitor down.



The prison switches Sophia into generic drugs and halves her dosages of estrogen because of the budget cuts. After attempting to negotiate with Healy, She swallows the head of a bobblehead dog in order to see a doctor about her hormone therapy. The doctor decides to take Sophia off of her hormones completely, fearing that they're giving her a negative impact. After fending off the proposition of CO Mendez of hormones in exchange for oral sex, Sophia asks Crystal to smuggle in hormones for her. Crystal is disgusted with Sophia and tells her to 'man up'.

Crazy Eyes begins to stalk Piper, but Piper is perturbed by the attention. But she uses Suzanne to ward off her ex Alex. Piper informs Suzanne about her fiancé to let Suzanne down easily. After Piper confronts Alex for "stealing her good life" by naming Piper in trial, Alex insists she had no part in her being in prison. Piper decides to ensure this by calling her fiancé Larry.

Miss Claudette receives a new bunkmate, Watson, who disrespects her expectations for cleanliness and privacy. Miss Claudette uses her power to remove Watson from her bunk, resulting in Piper moving into her bunk. Piper wakes in the night to see Suzanne standing close by. Suzanne proceeds to urinate on the floor.


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

Sophia Burset[]

When Sophia (known as Marcus at the time) is seen going through fire damaged-houses stealing credit card information for her sexual reassignment surgery. Her wife, Crystal, wants her to keep her penis so they both can continue to have sex. Sophia's son, Michael, is upset by her transition, and reports Sophia to the police after discovering her credit card fraud.

Memorable Quotes[]

"Lesbian request denied."
— Sam Healy to Piper
"She's what we call a 'stud,' which is very confusing for a nice girl like you, because, let's be honest, she looks like a man ... My advice? Let her down easy ... Lesbians can be very dangerous. It's the testosterone."
— Sam Healy to Piper
"I'm missing half my zucchini. These girls don't realize I'm here to provide food, not dildos. I'm all out of cucumbers, carrots, beets -- God knows what they're doing with those. I can't hold on to anything cock-shaped."
— Red
"Before I met you the sun was like a yellow grape. But now, it looks like fire in the sky. Why? Because you light a fire inside me."
— Crazy Eyes

"Why would anyone want to give up being a man? It's like winning the lottery and giving the ticket back."
— Natalie Figueroa






Main Cast


Guest Stars


Special Guest Stars




  • Vincent Accardi - Construction Coordinator
  • Michal Bigger - Department Head Make-up
  • Tim Boettcher - Editor
  • Mark A. Burley - Consulting Producer
  • Will Camacho - On Set Dresser
  • Oliver Cary - A Camera Operator
  • John Chamberlin - Re-Recording Mixer
  • Doug Coleman - Special Effects Coordinator
  • Seth Copans - Script Supervisor
  • Jen Cox - Production Accountant
  • Vanja Černjul - Director of Photography
  • Angel De Angelis - Department Head Hairstylist
  • Mandy Demeskey - On Set Dresser
  • Scott Doherty - Music
  • Adam Donnelly - Production Coordinator
  • Jennifer Euston - Casting Director
  • Ray Fisher - Leadman
  • Jodie Foster - Director
  • Bruce Gilbert - Music Supervisor
  • Jason Graham - Second Assistant Director
  • Arturo Guzman - Post Production Supervisor
  • Barbara Hause - Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Sian Heder - Writer, Staff Writer
  • Tara Herrmann - Co-Producer
  • Sara Hess - Co-Executive Producer
  • Chryss Hionis - Set Decorator
  • Petr Hlinomaz - B Camera Operator
  • Maarten Hofmeijer - Music Editor
  • Jordan Jacobs - Art Director
  • Brandon Jay - Music
  • Nick Jones - Staff Writer
  • Karen M. Kane - First Assistant Director
  • Piper Kerman - Executive Consultant
  • John Kincade - Sound Supervisor
  • Jenji Kohan - Executive Producer
  • Victoria Lang - Assistant Editor
  • Penny Laughman - Set Costumer
  • Gary Lennon - Supervising Producer
  • Matt Lilley - Music Clearance
  • Bryan Mathison - Set Costumer
  • Lauren Morelli - Staff Writer
  • Emer O'Callaghan - Casting Assistant
  • John Oates - Gaffer
  • Chris Philp - Re-Recording Mixer
  • Lauri Pitkus - Location Manager
  • David Price - Unit Production Manager
  • Marco Ramirez - Executive Story Editor
  • Jennifer Rogien - Costume Designer
  • Dennis Salomone, Sr. - Transportation Captain
  • Gwendolyn Sanford - Music
  • Matthew Selkirk - Digital Imaging Technician
  • Michael Shaw - Production Designer
  • Chris Skutch - Key Grip
  • Jonathan Talbert - Co-Producer
  • Neri Kyle Tannenbaum - Producer
  • Michael Trim - Co-Executive Producer
  • Lisa I. Vinnecour - Co-Executive Producer
  • Hartley Voss - Script Coordinator
  • Rachael Weinzimer - Property Master
  • Joseph White - Sound Mixer
  • Michael Wise - Post Production Coordinator
  • Sarah Zeitlin - Assistant Editor


  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Bra and Panties (OST) (Sophia putting on makeup)
  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Don’t Make Me Cut You (OST) (Crazy Eyes throws pie)
  • Freestyle Fellowship - Ambassadors (Flashback - Sophia buying Michael shoes)
  • The Stereotypes - Women in Magazines (Flashback when Piper meets Alex)
  • tUnE-yArDs - Gangsta/My Hood (When Piper gets transferred)
  • Boss - I Don’t Give a Fuck (Credits)


Piper's Flashbacks
I Wasn't Ready  •  Tit Punch?  •  Lesbian Request Denied  •  WAC Pack  •  Moscow Mule  •  Bora Bora Bora  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Thirsty Bird  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Tattoo You  •  Who Knows Better Than I  •  Beginning of the End  •  The Thirteenth
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
Sophia's Flashbacks
Lesbian Request Denied  •  Mother's Day?
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