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"Riot FOMO" is the first episode of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the fifty-third episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 9, 2017. It was written by Jenji Kohan and directed by Andrew McCarthy.


As the standoff at the prison spirals into a full-blown riot, enterprising inmates take advantage of the confusion. Taystee confronts Caputo.



The episode picks up directly where Season 4 left off: During a protest sparked by Poussey Washington's death, Dayanara Diaz picks up a gun brought in by CO Humphrey and points it at him, urged by her fellow inmates to shoot him. Visibly agitated by all of the noise around her, Daya shoots first at the ceiling to quiet everyone, but then shoots Humphrey in the leg after he attempts to speak to her in Spanish. Kasey Sankey and Maritza Ramos start kicking Humphrey as he bleeds on the floor, but they are stopped when Gloria Mendoza intervenes. Thrust into the role of riot leader, Daya orders Sankey to get on CO Artesian McCullough's radio and state that Humphrey had done the shooting. Almost immediately, the alarm goes off throughout the prison, prompting inmates to scatter and either join the riot or find somewhere to wait it out.

Carrie Black and Tiffany Doggett lock themselves in the commissary, establishing control over the snacks and other goods there. Blanca Flores cleans out the commissary's supply of padlocks, using them to secure the prison's entrances. Angie Rice and Leanne Taylor attempt to break into the pharmacy cage to steal the drugs held there, but are edged out by Nicky Nichols and Lorna Morello Muccio after the latter are able to get a captured CO Dixon's keys. After Gloria brings a severely injured Humphrey to Sophia Burset for emergency medical attention, Sophia reluctantly does what she can before taking him to medical. The Latina women, led by Daya and Maria Ruiz, begin to round up the guards and take them as hostages, locking them in the "bubble" in one of the dormitories. Taystee, flanked by Black Cindy, Janae Watson, and Alison Abdullah, storm Joe Caputo's office, hoping the camera crew will still be there so they can broadcast the truth about Poussey's death. Finding the crew gone, they settle for taking Caputo and MCC's PR rep, Josh, as hostages and forcing them to issue a statement about Poussey via YouTube. Red breaks into CO Piscatella's office to look for damning information to use against him. Almost immediately, she finds an ID card belonging to a male inmate, which she saves, and a photo album depicting Piscatella's decorative "tablescapes". Sankey, Brandy Epps, and Skinhead Helen attempt to capture COs Stratman and Blake, but are subdued and end up locked in the kitchen pantry along with Frieda Berlin, who was there attempting to loot supplies. Stratman and Blake themselves lock themselves in the kitchen to avoid being captured by other inmates. Gina Murphy partners up with CO Luschek in an attempt to shut off the alarm, but she cuts the wrong wire and accidentally cuts off power to the entire prison. Luschek is later captured by Pidge and Cabrera. A frightened Judy King - who was about to be released when the riot broke out - barricades herself in the library, finding an awkward companionship with a grieving Soso, who also chose to stay hidden in the library as a way to feel close to Poussey.

Piper Chapman and Alex Vause, trying to lay low, are using the office bathroom when they find Linda Ferguson hiding in a stall. Linda, having been in the prison for the press conference, had been using the bathroom when the riot broke out and tried to stay hidden there, but was given away by the noise from her cell phone. Alex and Piper attempt to escort Linda outside but, finding the doors barricaded, are unable to get her out of the prison. Piper, feeling sorry for Linda, convinces Alex they should help her so she is not taken hostage. They find her a prison uniform to put on, and Linda takes the pseudonym Amelia Von Barlow.

Daya overhears a conversation between Maritza and Flaca Gonzales, in which the latter two are discussing what Daya's nickname might be when she is sent to max for shooting a guard. Realizing for the first time the full weight of what she has done and the consequences it will carry, Daya begins to break down. Running to Piscatella's office to use the phone to attempt to call her mother Aleida Diaz, Daya is knocked out by an unknown person and the gun is stolen from her.

Memorable Quotes[]

"Less think. More shoot!"
— Brandy to Daya)
"We've got guard hostages and everything; it's bananas out there! It's like a party, except terrifying."
— Lorna, on the prison riot
"Is this a real riot? This is a real riot. If this is a real riot, do you think this is a step forward or backwards in equality?"
— Piper Chapman to Alex Vause







Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]



  • Sylvan Esso - Hey Mami


  • The episode was leaked on April 28, 2017.
  • This episode reveals that Piper has three months remaining on her sentence. Assuming Piper wasn't sentenced with additional time for commiting perjury in Thirsty Bird, this means the previous four seasons have taken place over the course of a year.
  • First appearance of Adarsh
  • First appearance of CO Davis



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