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"Tattoo You" is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the sixty-fourth episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 9, 2017. It was written by Tara Herrmann and Carolina Paiz, and directed by Mark A. Burley.

Synopsis Edit

Boo dabbles in blackmail, Nicky promises to help Lorna, Doggett makes a discovery, and Piper comes to a realization about her girlfriend Alex.

Plot Edit

Present Edit

After discovering Linda Ferguson’s real identity, Boo blackmails her. She asks for $5000, but is still annoyed at the fact Linda was ‘sleeping with the enemy’. Linda feels sorry for treating inmates as variables on the profit after living in the prison.

Nicky returns to find Lorna with lots of pregnancies tests. Lorna thinks she is ‘seeing things’ but in every test, it is shown that she is indeed pregnant.

Nicky checks out the inmate emergency phone book, and finds Vince Muccio’s number and calls him. She makes a very moving speech on how Lorna is crazy but only because she loves him. Vincent remarked how she “thinks he slept with her sister”, but later realises he loves Lorna after Nicky announces she is indeed pregnant.

Doggett escapes the prison through a hole in a fence. She escapes to the guard’s house and finds a gun, stashing it in her pants. She later lays down in bed.

Alison is upset when she finds out Taystee rejected the offer after ‘Justice for Poussey’ was not reached (Bayley prosecuted). However, Janae is seen to be happy that she was strong and hopeful Fig will return with all demands reached, as is Taystee. Taystee also finds out that Cindy gave Suzanne lithium.

Caputo and Fig talk before one suggests a ‘quickie’, Natalie states “don’t ruin the hair” and Joe responds that it is built like a brick. When bending over, The governor's assistant comes in and interrupts an almost intimate Joe and Natalie, stating that Taystee didn’t send the inmates, Maria did, and Taystee ‘clearly’ doesn’t have any intention of ending the riot.

Piper checks out the support from the civilians. She sees Carol Chapman, her mother, in the crowd whilst being told by the door-guarders that it is because of ‘some video’, Piper is impressed the video reached so much. Piper later goes into an office and makes a phone call to her mother, where they have a very important conversation, and Carol places her blessing on Piper and Vause but is suprised to learn Piper is the one protecting Alex, stating “I always thought you’d be the girly one” and that she “needs someone like that” (someone that loves her a lot). They are interrupted when the SWAT tells the civilians to back away 40ft. Carol says goodbye as Piper knocks on the window trying to get her mother’s attention, but fails.

Taystee finds Cindy with Suzanne in a cell, Taystee scolds Cindy for using lithium but cindy states “at least I tried”. Carmen Aziza and Pidge enter the cell, but not unnoticed as Black Cindy towers over them, making them feel threatened. They state the hostages are all gone because Gloria and Maria set them free to see their families. Taystee and Cindy are angered, Taystee shouts “shit” when Black Cindy says “shit is not the right word” and says right now it is kind of a “holy fucksville” situation. Taystee runs out the ghetto to try get Natalie and stop the SWAT

Piper returns to Frieda’s bunker and gives Alex her glasses, stating she thought Alex wanted her “sexy librarian” look back. Alex jokes that of course that’s what she uses them for, not sight. After some continued small talk, Piper bends down on her knee and makes a speech to “Alex Pearl Vause”, filled with metaphors and ultimately proposing to her, which Alex accepts.

Taystee runs towards the prison entrance and screams to the door guards, “Tell them to wait!” But it’s too late, the guards move along and the doors are blown open, the scene disappears into orange.

Memorable Quotes Edit

"All I'm saying... is you can't tell people to go, and then blame them for leaving"
Erica Jones to Alex Vause.
"You really think "shit" is the best word for this situation? 'Cause me, personally, I'd upgrade to "holy fucking Fucksville""
Cindy Hayes to Tasha Jefferson.
"You have taught me that love hurts. You've taught me that life... It hurts. And I want to be there for you. I want us to be there for each other. So that maybe it hurts a little less"
Piper Chapman to Alex Vause.

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Music Edit

End credits: Miss Li - My Heart Goes Boom

Trivia Edit

Navigation Edit

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
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
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 Episode #7.1   •  Episode #7.2  •  Episode #7.3   •  Episode #7.4   •  Episode #7.5   •  Episode #7.6   •  Episode #7.7   •  Episode #7.8   •  Episode #7.9   •  Episode #7.10   •  Episode #7.11   •  Episode #7.12   •  Here's Where We Get Off