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"The Chickening" is the fifth episode of the first season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the fifth episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 11, 2013. It was written by Nick Jones and directed by Andrew McCarthy.


When her sighting of a legendary feral chicken polarizes the inmates, Larry wonders if Piper is getting too absorbed in the "fishbowl" of prison life.



While relaxing in the exercise yard, Piper sees a chicken. When she mentions it in passing, Red recounts her dream of cooking a proper chicken and offers a gift to the person who catches the chicken. Larry discovers that Alex gave Piper's name to the Feds. To keep Piper focused on life beyond prison, Larry lies to her. Polly Harper arranges for Piper to take a business call for their business, PoPi, but Piper skips it to chase the chicken. Morello ends her relationship with Nicky. Sophia asks Sister Ingalls for estrogen pills, but she refuses. The overloaded chapel ceiling collapses from a heavy cross Pennsatucky tried to hang, despite being forbidden to by Chaplain Royce. The prisoners work to clean up and repair the damage. Miss Claudette starts researching her legal appeal. Bennett and Daya pass notes to each other. Aleida advises her daughter to date another guard who can do her favors. 



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

Aleida Diaz and Dayanara Diaz[]

Daya's little sister Eva, flushes a Barbie doll down the toilet and an angry Aleida talks to her about how money doesn't grow on trees. She comes out dressed fancily and tells Daya to get them a pizza if her siblings are hungry and says "I'm eating oysters bitches". As Daya watch Aleida greet Cesar with a kiss, another little sister, Lucy, says she wants oysters. But Daya tells her "No you don't!"

Daya comes home to a hungry Eva because she cannot go to the kitchen to make her own food due to drug business going on. Daya goes into the kitchen, and Aleida stops Cesar from telling Daya to make mac and cheese by shaming him for being a child and “wearing Superman undies”. He then gives Daya money to buy her little sister some real food.

Later, all of Aleida's children visit her in jail after she has taken the fall for Cesar. Aleida talks about him the whole time and is standoffish to her kids. Daya calls her out about her parenting, and Aleida accuses her of sleeping with Cesar. Out of anger towards her mother, she goes home and has a steamy make out session with Cesar.

Memorable Quotes[]

"Maybe it's not the chicken but what's within the chicken"
Maritza Ramos






Main Cast


Guest Stars


Special Guest Stars




  • Elizabeth Clark as Inmate
  • Eric J Carlson as Corrections Officer (uncredited)
  • Emily Ann Garcia as Latina Inmate (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Daniel Gonzalez as Emiliano Diaz (uncredited)
  • Shannon Hamm as Heroin Mill Worker (uncredited)

  • Cristina J. Huie as Loretta (uncredited)
  • Beth Katehis as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Josephine Pizzino as Inmate Doing Tai Chi Chuan (uncredited)
  • Amanda M. Rodriguez as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Samantha Suzanne Sweed as Inmate (uncredited)


  • Vincent Accardi - Construction Coordinator
  • Michal Bigger - Department Head Make-up
  • Mark A. Burley - Consulting Producer
  • Jeff Cahn - Assistant Editor
  • Oliver Cary - A Camera Operator
  • John Chamberlin - Re-Recording Mixer
  • Doug Coleman - Special Effects Coordinator
  • Lizzie Collector - Additional Set Costumer
  • Seth Copans - Script Supervisor
  • Gracie Cox - Additional Set Costumer
  • Jen Cox - Production Accountant
  • Vanja Černjul - Director of Photography
  • Angel De Angelis - Department Head Hairstylist
  • Scott Doherty - Music
  • Adam Donnelly - Production Coordinator
  • Jennifer Euston - Casting Director
  • Emily Evashevski - Second Assistant Director
  • Bruce Gilbert - Music Supervisor
  • Jason Graham - Second Assistant Director
  • Arturo Guzman - Post Production Supervisor
  • Barbara Hause - Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Sian Heder - 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 - Writer, Staff Writer
  • Karen M. Kane - First Assistant Director
  • Piper Kerman - Executive Consultant
  • John Kincade - Sound Supervisor
  • Jenji Kohan - Executive Producer
  • Gary Lennon - Supervising Producer
  • Matt Lilley - Music Clearance
  • Andrew McCarthy - Director
  • Lauren Morelli - Staff Writer
  • Andy Nelson - Loader
  • 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
  • Diana Salzburg - Assistant Set Director
  • Gwendolyn Sanford - Music
  • Matthew Selkirk - Digital Imaging Technician
  • Michael Shaw - Production Designer
  • Chris Skutch - Key Grip
  • Michael S. Stern - Editor
  • Jonathan Talbert - Co-Producer
  • Neri Kyle Tannenbaum - Producer
  • Michael Trim - Director, 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



  • The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning (Opening scenes)
  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - The Magical Mystery Chicken (OST) (Piper chasing the chicken)
  • Chicken (children song) (Credits)


Daya's Flashbacks
The Chickening  •  Don't Make Me Come Back There  •  Tied to the Tracks?
Aleida's Flashbacks
The Chickening  •  Mother's Day  •  Don't Make Me Come Back There  •  Tied to the Tracks  •  Minority Deport?
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