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"The Reverse Midas Touch" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the sixty-second episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 9, 2017. It was written by Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, and directed by Laura Prepon.


Taystee tries to keep the negotiations on track. Angie comes up with an idea for fixing Leanne's finger. Piscatella's past is revealed.



CO Piscatella duct tapes Red's hands and feet, taunting her about her half-baked plan to capture him. When Red assures Piscatella he will never rescue the hostages on his own, Piscatella reveals that it was never about the hostages - he wants to disgrace and embarass Red in front of her "family ". Noticing a pair of scissors lying on the floor, Alex Vause signals to Nicky Nichols that she should try to distract Piscatella. Nicky does this by taunting him, but he slaps her and puts a knife to Red's throat. The captives' muffled screams are heard in the bunker below, scaring Gina, but Frieda Berlin and company shrug it off as noise from the riot. Piscatella proceeds to scalp strands of Red's hair using a knife, taking pieces of scalp as he goes, then wipes the makeup off her face - intent on showing Red as the "frail old jailbird" she is.

Leanne Taylor and Angie Rice are walking through the hallway when they find the piece of Leanne's finger that was shot off by CO Coates in "Sing It, White Effie". They rush to medical, but are told by nurse Adarsh that it will be impossible to reattach the fingertip as it the tissue is too damaged. From this exchange, they come up with the completely unrealistic idea of a finger transplant - and discuss possible donors, deciding that only a male donor will do. Angie steals a scalpel and forces Adarsh to accompany them to the 'Poo', abandoning Humphrey (and later Kukudio) to go release CO Stratman. Fearing that Angie and Leanne actually plan to cut off one of his fingers, Stratman stalls by convincing Leanne to take his finger for a "test run", which she does by forcing Stratman to finger her with his different fingers until she experiences her first orgasm. Angie mocks her for never having fingered herself before.

As negotiations to end the riot drag on, Natalie Figueroa ("Fig") and Joe Caputo trade blame for the poorly trained guards, lack of effective work and recreation programs, subpar food and medical care, and other problems facing the prison. As they continue the conversation, it becomes less clear whether they are still discussing the riot or their former sexual relationship. An impatient Taystee ends their back-and-forth and forces them back to the task at hand. Refocused, Fig insists on seeing CO Humphrey to verify that he is alive, and Caputo vouches for his being in stable condition, which makes Taystee mouth 'thank you' to him.

An unhinged Suzanne Warren washes the racist makeup off her face that Leanne and Angie put on her while she was tied to her bunk, jabbering nonsensically about the color and health of her skin, saying it is like wood and soil and so on, which is probably quotes from her mother . While in the bathroom, she finds Maureen Kukudio suffering from a severe infection of the wounds on her face and insists they go to medical, as she touches the wounds. Finding the medical ward unstaffed, Suzanne tucks Maureen into a bed - and notices that Humphrey has stopped breathing. In a panic, she stuffs Humphrey's body into a wheelchair and goes to find Taystee for help. Knowing that it would be disastrous if Fig saw Humphrey's body, Black Cindy and Janae Watson rush to quiet Suzanne and steer her back to medical. They act as if they are parents and try to comfort Suzanne

Still seeking an opening to steal the hostages so she can get furlough from MCC and visit her severely injured son, Gloria Mendoza attempts to talk hostage guards Pidge and Ouija into taking a break. After convincing them that their bodies will start to shut down from lack of sleep, (a lie), Gloria is left alone with the hostages. Pidge and Ouija try to nap in the rec room, but are distracted by the news coverage of the riot. Zirconia states that she loves watching the 24 Hour News and that they talk about nonsense, she states she is waiting for them to talk about the cannibal police guard. Stories of sneeky hostages escaping lead Pidge and Ouija to rush back to the hostages. Stories of casualties from past prison riots begin to be spoken of as they leave, stating that the inmates that guard the hostages never survive. Gloria is still indecisive of letting the hostages free, but finally writes a note telling them to "not try anything" and she releases them and they follow her. Ouija and Pidge arrive back and Gloria says that they were just going to get some air, which Ouija assuming that the guards are manipulative, not that Gloria had a plan, telling her to stop being weak.

After nearly having her cover blown, Linda Ferguson hides in a Porta-Potty until the coast is clear. As she waits it out, she hears Tiffany Doggett singing from inside a different Porta-Potty and the two sing together and strike up a conversation. Touched by Tiffany's bleak outlook on prison and human decency, Linda decides to help her by releasing her from the Poo. Recognizing Linda as the reason Carrie Black has pushed her aside, Tiffany punches Linda in the face.

Meanwhile, Piper Chapman manages to unstick the duct tape from her mouth and cries for help, prompting the women in the bunker to finally go investigate, as Norma convinces Frieda that they'll die without their help. However, because Piscatella and his captives are blocking the bunker's secret entrance, they are powerless to do anything but watch as Piscatella continues to torture Red. They set up traps in the meantime. Alex finally cuts her arms free and attacks Piscatella, but he subdues her and asks her to say she is a worthless inmate and breaks her arm as punishment when she refuses. Afterwards, Piscatella tells the women that men in prison understand violence and can be controlled like dogs, but women "need to be broken in other ways." Suddenly, Gina Murphy appears in the locker hiding the entrance to the bunker, and Piscatella gives up on his captives to go after her. As he enters the bunker, Freida shoots a dart into his neck, while Yoga trips him with an extension cord, leaving him unconscious, causing him to fall, as the dart renders him unconcious.


Desi Piscatella[]

Piscatella begins working as a guard in a men's maximum security prison for the first time, seemingly. While conducting one of his first nightly inspections, he meets inmate Wes Driscoll and briefly bonds with him over a crossword puzzle, he then closes the cell door as it jammed.

Some undetermined amount of time later, Piscatella is supervising work detail in the kitchen. Rumors about his sexuality have caught the attention of some of the prison's more dangerous inmates, particularly that of a man called Rosado . Piscatella orders all of the inmates out of the kitchen to unload boxes of produce - all except for Driscoll, whom he loudly harangues about the appearance of that evening's dinner until all of the other inmates are out of earshot. When the coast is clear, Driscoll admonishes Piscatella to drop the act and it is revealed that the two of them are having a relationship. Piscatella gifts Driscoll a chocolate bar and the two of them share a passionate kiss. When Piscatella expresses despair that they have to keep their relationship secret, Driscoll shows him that he has had his initials - DP - tattooed on his wrist. Rosado unexpectedly comes back into the kitchen during this moment of intimacy, and though Piscatella tries to cover up by shouting at Driscoll to clean up his workstation, it is clear that Rosado knows exactly what is going on.

As Christmas approaches, Piscatella is taking his lover a pair of cigarettes when he walks in on Driscoll's brutal assault and rape at the hands of Rosado and his gang. Rosado is seen pulling his pants up as he asks "don't you want a turn, he's all loosened up" Piscatella beats up Rosado and his gang with his baton and threatens the other two inmates to leave or he will "skin them alive" Though Driscoll is curled up and bleeding on the floor, Piscatella is unable to comfort him in the presence of other COs, but does say to Driscoll that he is going to live.

Later, Piscatella handcuffs Rosado to the inside of a shower and turns on the water. Rosado initially talks tough, but his taunts turn to shrieks as the water becomes painfully hot. As a flailing Rosado screams for his life, a concerned fellow CO suggests to Piscatella that "we take them out when they start screaming". Piscatella sarcastically states that he does not hear anything. The other CO is scared of Piscatella, and so doesn't act on Rosado's behalf as he dies.

Memorable Quotes[]

"Men understand violence. They respect it. They're dogs. If you beat them, they obey you. Not women. Women don't fear pain the way men do."
— Desi Piscatella







Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]


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  • The episode was leaked on April 28, 2017.



Piscatella's Flashbacks
The Reverse Midas Touch?
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