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Orange is the New Black: Lesbian Request Denied

Piper struggles to find a way to let a fellow inmate down easy after she learns she is the object of some unwanted romantic affections.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Thursday July 11th, 2013

Director: Jodie Foster
Writer: Sian Heder

Alternate Airdates:

AU (FOX8) Oct 23, 2013

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8/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alysia Reiner
As Natalie Figueroa
Annie Golden
As Norma
Barbara Rosenblatt
As Miss Rosa
Cathy Curtin
As Wanda Bell
Danielle Brooks
As Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson
Dascha Polanco
As Dayanara Diaz
Deborah Rush
As Carol Chapman
Emma Myles
As Leanne Taylor
Harold Surratt
As J. Thompson
Jessica Pimentel
As Maria Ruiz
Joel Marsh Garland
As S. O'Neill
Kaipo Schwab
As Igme Dimaguiba
Laura Gomez
As Blanca Flores
Laverne Cox
As Sophia Burset
Lea DeLaria
As Big Boo
Lin Tucci
As Anita DeMarco
Maria Dizzia
As Polly Harper
Matt McGorry
As John Bennett
Michael Chernus
As Cal Chapman
Natasha Lyonne
As Nicky Nichols
Pablo Schreiber
As George 'Pornstache' Mendez
Samira Wiley
As Poussey Washington
Tamara Torres
As Weeping Woman
Tanya Wright
As Crystal
Uzo Aduba
As Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren
Vicky Jeudy
As Janae Watson
Yael Stone
As Lorna Morello
Arden Myrin
As Dr. Brooks
Cassidy Durrell
As Bartender
James B. Carrington
As CO Officer
M. Lamar
As Sophia PD
Morgan Spector
As Patrick
Robbie Carmichael
As Sales Clerk

Anna Morris
As Inmate
Crystal T. Williams
As Prison Inmate
Yael Gonen
As Inmate - core
Joseph Dimartino
As Firefighter
Leigh Fitzjames
As Lesbian Hipster
Samantha Suzanne Sweed
As Prison Inmate
Main Cast
Taylor Schilling
As Piper Chapman
Laura Prepon
As Alex Vause
Michael J. Harney
As Sam Healy
Michelle Hurst
As Miss Claudette Pelage
Kate Mulgrew
As Galina 'Red' Reznikov
Jason Biggs
As Larry Bloom


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Episode Notes
Casting: Laverne Cox’s twin brother played 'Sophia' before her transition in the flashback scenes of this episode.

Flashbacks: The flashbacks featured in this episode of 'Orange is the New Black' focus on Sophia's life before she was in prison.

Trivia: Guest cast member Deborah Rush, who plays Piper's mother, once played the mother-in-law of Jason Biggs (Larry Bloom) in "American Wedding."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BossI Don't Give a FuckPlays during the end credits.
Tune-yardsGangstaPiper moves her things into her new bunk.

Episode Quotes
Crazy Eyes: I wrote a poem, do you want to hear it?
Piper: That's fine, I--
Crazy Eyes: Before I met you the sun was like a yellow grape, but now, it look like fire in the sky. Why? Because you light a fire inside me.
Piper: Wow...
Crazy Eyes: I wrote it for you.
Piper: You know, My fiancée is a writer...
Crazy Eyes: Imma call you dandelion, because they are pretty and yellow, just like you.

Piper: Is he allowed to watch us like that?
Nicky: Pornstache? Ugh, he does whatever he wants. One of these days you're going to have to change your panties, Chapman. That shit's got to be getting ripe.

Sophia: She's talking to the devil.
Piper: Yeah, I got that part.
Sophia: That's Satan's stall.
Piper: At least Satan get's a door.
Sophia: Give it a week, you'll be pissing and farting with the rest of us.

Piper: I'm not your wife.
Crazy Eyes: I threw my pie for you.

Cultural References
Star Wars: When other inmates get assigned bunks before Nicky, she wonders how much longer she will have to share a room with "Darth Vader and Mr. Clean."

Darth Vader is the main antagonist in the 'Star Wars' franchise, directed by George Lucas.

Kung Fu: When Pornstache is talking to Bennett about sleeping with the inmates, he calls his "Grasshopper."

This is a reference to the 1972 film 'Kung Fu,' starring David Carradine.

Freaks: When Chapman is in line to get her new prison uniform, Nicky and Lorna start chanting "Gooble gobble, one of us!"

This is a reference to a line from the 1932 film 'Freaks, starring Wallace Ford.

The Golden Girls: When Healy is complaining about how the pills have been changed, he says that he has a line of 'Golden Girls' outside his office.

'The Golden Girls' was a television show that ran from

Beetlejuice: Taystee tells everyone that the person that Miss Claudette attacked before jail looked like 'Beetlejuice' when she was done with them.

'Beetlejuice' is the title of a film from 1988 starring Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.

Hannah Montana: When Sophia tries cross dressing for the first time in a flashback, her wife tells her that she looks like 'Hannah Montana.'

'Hannah Montana' was the title of a television show starring Miley Cyrus.

Kanye West: When Bennett let's Daya keep her pictures up, her room-mate says she is going to put up her pictures of Kanye.

Kanye West is an American music artist.

Édith Piaf: Polly says that Piper's mom hummed Édith Piaf songs for the entire ride to the prison.

Édith Piaf was a French singer and media personality.

Little House on the Prairie: When Piper meets Alex for the first time, Alex calls her Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder is the name of a character from 'Little House on the Prairie.'

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 2: Piper shared headphones with another inmate during a movie at the end of 1x02 "Tit Punch," and received some sexual advances in return.

Season 1, Episode 1: Piper found out that her ex-girlfriend, the person who turned her in, is in the same jail as her at the end of 1x01 "I Wasn't Ready."

Other Episode Crew

CastingJennifer Euston
Unit Production ManagerDavid Price (2)
First Assistant DirectorKaren M. Kane
Second Assistant DirectorJason Graham (2)
Staff WriterLauren Morelli  |  Nick Jones (1)  |  Sian Heder
Music EditorMaarten Hofmeijer
Music SupervisorBruce Gilbert (1)
Key GripChris Skutch
Set DecoratorChryss Hionis
Location ManagerLauri Pitkus
Property MasterRachael Weinzimer
Construction CoordinatorVincent Accardi
Script SupervisorSeth Copans
Production CoordinatorAdam Donnelly
Script CoordinatorHartley Voss
Assistant EditorSarah Zeitlin
Post Production SupervisorArturo Guzman
Re-Recording MixerJohn Chamberlin  |  Chris Philp
LeadmanRay Fisher
GafferJohn Oates (2)
Art DirectorJordan Jacobs
Post Production CoordinatorMichael Wise
Executive ConsultantPiper Kerman
Sound MixerJoseph White
Executive Story EditorMarco Ramirez
Production AccountantJen Cox
Casting AssistantEmer O'Callaghan
Transportation CaptainDennis Salomone
"A" Camera OperatorOliver Cary
Sound SupervisorJohn Kincade
Department Head Make-upMichal Bigger
Special Effects CoordinatorDoug Coleman
Digital Imaging TechnicianMatthew Selkirk
"B" Camera OperatorPeter Hlinomaz
Wardrobe SupervisorBarbara Hause
Set CostumerBryan Mathison
Costume DesignJennifer Rogien
Music ClearanceMatthew Lilley
Department Head HairstylistAngela De Angelis
Music ByGwendolyn Sanford  |  Scott Doherty  |  Brandon Jay
Warning: Orange is the New Black season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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