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"Tall Men with Feelings" is the eleventh episode of the first season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the eleventh episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 11, 2013. It was written by Lauren Morelli and directed by Constantine Makris.


The prisoners mourn one of their own and even a drunken Pornstache reveals surprising emotions; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.



While the inmates mourn over Tricia’s death, the prison staff are quick to make insensitive jokes about it. Realizing that the staff do not care about Tricia and that she will receive no funeral, Piper attempts to form a group to organize a memorial. When nobody shows up, Alex comforts Piper, although points out that Piper is angry that people are not mourning in the way she wants them to, which is selfish. She also points out that Piper didn't even know Tricia well, and asks with a slight edge to her voice if Tricia is more important than Alex's mom. 

Though the inmates did not want to plan a formal memorial, they did want to honor Tricia’s memory in their own special way. The tribes unite in spirit to bring food for a small party for Tricia's prison family; Chang brings oranges, Gloria brings nachos, Black Cindy and Poussey score a variety of snacks and, in addition, Poussey gives some of her own-brewed toilet hooch. Alex, Piper, Nicky, Norma, Sister Ingalls, Yoga Jones and Big Boo gather and talk about how Tricia kept records of everything she ever owed and was too good for prison. 

Elsewhere in the prison, Miss Claudette has been working on her appeal. She has her first ever visitor, Jean Baptiste, whom she has not seen in over ten years. She makes plans to spend time with him after her release, indicating she is optimistic that her appeal will be approved.

Meanwhile, Bennett wants to get Daya out of prison on furlough in an attempt to cover his tracks, but later realizes that it will take longer than expected. During a boys’ night out at a sketchy dive bar, Mendez reveals to Bennett that he does not want to be treated like a piece of meat and he later unwittingly shares this with Daya. Red comes up with a plan for Daya to give Mendez the attention he wants, while also solving her pregnancy dilemma. Red, Gloria and Aleida encourage Daya plan to sleep with Mendez and say that he raped her, resulting in her pregnancy. The plan goes awry when she seduces Mendez and he uses a condom, pocketing it after they finish. Red tells her that she will have to do it again.

As a result of attacking one of the teenagers from the Scared Straight program in an attempt to "faith-heal" her, Pennsatucky has been taken to Psych, and is restrained and sedated after not co-operating with the staff there. Back in the main prison, Piper slips on a patch of floor that Suzanne has varnished, and Suzanne helps her back to her bunk. During their conversation, Suzanne explains that psych is worse than the SHU, and Piper feels guilty about her role in getting Pennsatucky sent there. She confesses to Caputo, and Pennsatucky is later released back into the general prison population.

On the outside, Larry scores an NPR interview with Maury Kind to discuss his relationship with someone who is in prison. He tells many of the stories that Piper had told him when she was first incarcerated, including Crazy Eyes obsessively pursuing Piper and how she was hesitant to sleep around Miss Claudette in fear of being murdered. The inmates listen to this radio show, and these two women are visibly upset with Piper. Larry does mention some of the more positive aspects of prison life, such as how women like Red take so much pride in their daily activities and how they truly take care of one another. As he is speaking, it appears that Larry realizes that Piper has been getting close to Alex again. Piper and Alex, who are listening to the show together, look at each other and Piper says that he knows. 

After a phone call between the two, Piper tells Larry that she does love Alex. In response, Larry finally confesses that Alex was indeed the person who named her in court, and is the whole reason that Piper is in prison. Larry then says he needs some time away from Piper, leaving their relationship status uncertain at the end of the episode. 


Alex Vause and Piper Chapman[]

Through a series of flashbacks, the fight and breakup between Alex and Piper is revealed. Alex asked Piper if she wanted to go to Istanbul, but as a money laundering assignment rather than the vacation Piper was hoping for. As Piper is fed up, she decides to leave Alex and return home. While Piper is looking for her passport, Alex receives a phone call with news that her mother passed away. A devastated Alex assumes that Piper will come back with her for the funeral, even if it is just for friendly support, but Piper refuses, and leaves Alex all alone moments after she has found out the news.






Memorable Quotes[]

Black Cindy: Yo, what's your sign. Poussey: Yo. My sign is get your ass up and help me with this shit.

Piper: Why do you always feel so inevitable to me? Alex: I heart you.

"Come be my little spoon" - Alex Vause

Alex: Who's Suzanne? Piper: Crazy Eyes Alex: Are you cheating on me and Larry with Crazy Eyes? 'Cause there is not room for the four of us

Larry: Do you love her? Piper: No, that's... It's difficult Larry: Do you love her? Piper: Yes


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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
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