Awesome: Orange Is the New Black

Season One:

  • "Can't Fix Crazy" - Flaca saving Gina's life and extinguishing her arm from the oven grease fire Red had caused the night before, and Norma later giving Red a silent What the Hell, Hero? by ripping her secret santa slip and throwing it at her. To top it off, Gloria's Genre Savvy enough to put the pieces together and starve Red out, just how the latter starved out Piper in the beginning.
    • Fig of all people gets one when she puts an end to Healy's infatuation over Piper.
      " Healy, if you ever contact an inmate's family again out of your lesbian witchhunt shit, I will destroy you. Your mail-order bride will leave you, and you'll never work again. Get some fucking therapy, man."
    • Later on, when Suzanne freezes up during the play on her part, Norma earns herself another CMOA by breaking her silence to save Suzanne and the show.
  • In "Blood Donut", When Watson antagonizes Yoga Jones about her accidentally murdering a kid], Yoga [[spoiler: ''slaps the everloving shit out of her!
  • When you find out why Claudette is in prison. She killed the man who was abusing the girl who worked as his maid.
  • Following her unfair stint in solitary confinement (during Fucksgiving, season 1, episode 9) thanks to jealous prison guard Healy and manipulative hick Pennsatucky, a determined Piper heads straight for her ex-girlfriend Alex and leads her away into the chapel. Once there, the two finally relieve some of their obvious Unresolved Sexual Tension since reuniting at the end of the pilot episode. Also may count as a Big Damn Kiss moment.
  • In the same episode, Piper's epic speech to Healy from her cell.
  • When the prisoners meet the juvenile girls, Suzanne quotes Shakespeare at them. It's amazing and terrifying.
  • Piper scaring a girl straight without acting, exaggerating, or threatening her. All she does is give an honest, disturbingly calm assessment of what prison can do to your emotional well-being and sense of self-worth, and it's enough to render not just the girl she's talking to but all the other students, inmates, and staff members in the vicinity completely speechless.
    Chapman: I'm like you Deana. I'm weak too. I can't get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain, or because I'm an evil fuckmonster, I don't know. But what I do know, I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself. And now? Now it's just about getting through the day without crying. And I'm scared. I'm still scared. I'm scared that I'm not myself in here, and I'm scared that I am. Other people aren't the scariest part of prison, Deana. It's coming face to face with who you really are. Because once you're behind these walls, there's nowhere to run, even if you could. The truth catches up with you in here, Deana, and it's the truth that's gonna make you her bitch. (walks out)
    Washington: Damn, you cold.
    Chapman: Bitches got to learn.
  • Sophia not bowing to Pornstache's attempts to extort her into sex for her hormones, despite the personal hell waiting for her when she goes through withdrawal and then a complete lack of hormones.
  • In the season 1 finale when finally getting dumped by both Larry and Alex (her fiance and girlfriend, respectively), ostracized by almost every other prisoner, then backed into a corner by an armed Pennsatucky before eventually getting ignored and left to die by a vindictive Healy, a desperate Piper snaps on her Knight Templar nemesis, who'd been planning to kill her for the last several episodes. The resulting No-Holds-Barred Beatdown is truly an epic sight to behold.
  • Piper ends up sharing a cubicle with Claudette, one of the oldest convicts there who is extremely strict about the conduct of her roommates. After having a bad day, Piper finally tells her to lay off. She launches into a tirade about all of the things she's had to deal with since coming to prison, and asks her to cut her some slack. As she walks off, Claudette slowly smiles to herself.
  • In 'Tit Punch', even though it landed her in jail, Red punching the woman who made fun of her in her breast implant.

Season Two:

  • The finale has a few:
    • Caputo finally getting one over Fig with a Bait the Dog moment, consoling her over her cheating husband, then allowing her to attempt to buy his silence about her embezzlement in exchange for oral sex, and then admitting that he had already noticed the warden.
    • Norma goes Beware the Quiet Ones in her attempt to avenge Red's beating by Vee, by formulating an arsenic made out of apple seeds. When Gloria points out the flaws and lack of necessities to succeed with this plan, she offers her help. Still gotta give Norma props for trying.
  • Sister Ingralls' "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Caputo and how their "compassionate release", referring to the system sending a still-senile Jimmy off into the world alone to fend for herself and without nearby or known relatives.
    "What are you going to do about the quality of senior care in this prison? The elderly are the fastest growing population in this prison, and they have special needs. So-called "compassionate release" in lieu of care is completely unacceptable. You can't dump sick, old ladies on the streets. It's unconsciounable, inhumane...and illegal. You must meet your obligations."
  • In Episode 8, when the black inmates (and everyone) verbally hound Piper about her receiving furlough to see her dying grandmotherand also special privileges for her ethnicity, Piper snaps once again and voices that she's aware of her white privilege, but also lets the girls have it.
    Piper: Yes, I am white! We have established that, and I got furlough, too. I guess white privilege wins again, and as a speaker for the entire white race, I would like to say I'msorry you guys got the raw deal, but I love my fucking grandmother. And yeah, she may be a whitey too, but she's also a fucking person, and she needs me. So you all can shut the fuck up.
  • In Episode 4, When Piper is reassigned to room with Red, who denies Piper permission to move Red's belonging to her side of the room, the two have a standoff. Just as you think a fight is about to break out, Piper shatters Red with a witty low blow referring to back when Red starved her out and eventually lost her position as head chef.
    Piper: What are you going to do? Not feed me?
  • Suzanne's adoptive mother giving an epic speech about Suzanne (age 10) being rejected from the birthday party for being four years older, and how other children are rejected for simply being different.
    "You know which children suffer in this world, Melanie? The one that are told they are different, the one that never give the chance to succeed alongside any other kid their age, and I'll be damned if I label my child less than so the rest of the world can put her in a box and dismiss her before she's had a chance to succeed in life."
  • After several occasions when a (sometimes well-meaning) Alex screwed Piper over, Piper finally gets a pretty twisted revenge: she gets a freed Alex thrown back into prison with her. On the one hand, this is very decent revenge for Alex coercing Piper into perjuring herself while Alex made a deal and was set free, and on the other hand, Piper can justify it by claiming that she was saving Alex's life by getting her out of reach from a man who wanted her dead, which is in fact true. It's deliciously messed up and should quite an interesting dynamic going forward.
    • Adding to the CMOA is that Piper enlists Polly and Larry into getting Alex thrown back into prison. Larry rightly guesses that part of Piper's motivation is to get Alex back in with her, and it's not quite a reconciliation between them, but Piper points out that it gives them a chance to screw over someone they don't like.
  • Cal and Neri's surprise wedding. The sincerity in their relationship is a clear contrast to the lack of it in any of Piper's.
  • Piper's verbal beatdown of Polly and Larry pretty much said what some of the audience was thinking at that moment.
    • On the other hand, Polly's deflection reflects an already-twisted message of the show: that we can't choose who we love and it just sort of happens (which, as we've already been shown, is true for Piper and Alex). And her vagina ''did'' bounce back.
  • Healy's forged paperwork that "proves" what he knows to be true: Suzanne was not responsible for Red's beating.
  • Morello cursing Vee to her face;
    Morello: "May you never have a minute a' peace."
  • Taystee, Poussey, Janae and Cindy all turning on Vee, berating her and letting her know that she's now in a prison full of people out to get her, with no one to back her up.
    Black Cindy: We about to recant our shit.
  • The Karmic Death of Arturo, Gloria's abusive boyfriend, who's trapped in a room after he knocks over a candle and is burned to death.
  • Rosa's final escape, especially when she makes roadkill out of Vee.
  • Pornstache manages to score one, when he is escorted out of the prison for getting an inmate pregnant (well, not really, but everyone thinks so): he is completely unmoved by the fact he's getting arrested, leaves the prison with his head held high and only cares about the woman he loves and "his" unborn baby, yelling in front of the staff and inmates that he is not ashamed of Daya, he loves her and will take care of her and the baby when he returns. Even better — that was exactly what Daya wanted from Bennett, the actual father of her baby.
    • Mendez's reintroduction to the show starts with him pulling up in his car, squealing the tyres, dramatically slamming open the doors and power-walking through the corridor while giving out no less than three shots. An asshole through and through, but damn if he doesn't have style.

Season Three:

  • Finger in the Dyke, when Carrie gives her father an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech for not accepting her as she is.
    • From the same episode: "Suck my big, fat, DYKE, DICK, YOU FUCKING, HATEFUL, PIECE, OF, SHIT!!!!"
      • Boo is pretty much made of Awesome in Season 3, especially the way she stands up for Doggett after a guard rapes Pennsatucky.
    • Gloria’s son has come to visit with her mother. He’s a typical teenage bad boy, and Gloria’s mother is sick of his attitude. Gloria then turns threatening towards him and states the following:
    “Oh you think that’s funny? You listen to me. You think you hot sh*t? You think cuz I messed up that you’re going to follow in your mother’s footsteps? Well, let me tell you something; you’re dead wrong. From now on you’re gonna come here every week. You’re gonna bring your homework. And if you don’t, I will make your life a living hell, even from in here. Try me. I’ll call my brothers from Washington Heights, and they’ll hang your a** over that bridge until you piss on yourself and it comes running down your body into your mouth.”
  • Norma finally asserting a degree of independence after a lifetime as a perpetual Shrinking Violet by quitting her long-held position as Red's underling.
  • Chang's character development. Until this season, we know her as the Lady Looks Like a Dude introverted Chinese woman who occasionally opened her mouth to make crass remarks. Well: she was a Chinese immigrant who spoke no English, was pushed around by her family too much- even to the point where her own family attempted to coerce her into an arranged marraige just for their own personal gain. She took to illegal sales with a friend of hers, and after one night of being ripped off, grew a fucking spine and made it her initiative to take no prisoners and fuck up whoever got in her way. Beware the Quiet Ones, indeed.
  • Red is asked by Healy to be a translator between him and his wife and ends up giving the latter a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when she hears how conceited and deliberately difficult she's being.
  • A rather dark example, but Piper taking revenge on Stella for stealing her money by filling her bunk with contraband. And then placing a tip in with the guards, ensuring that she gets sent to Max. It's a vicious and cold-hearted move and Piper's unemotional stare while showing her new "Trust No Bitch" tattoo really sells it.
    Piper: I don't fuck around. Let the people know.
  • The ending of "We Can Be Heroes." The veteran guards are discussing creating a union and Caputo comes to confront them at the bar. After he goes on about all the union-busting tactics that corporate is going to use, they ask him to be their union rep, to which he agrees. It ends with O'Neil starting to sing "Do you hear the people sing?," which then goes into a full-blown cast recording over the credits.
  • During the Season Three finale, when DEA agents arrive to bust Cesar. Not only do they take him down swiftly and smoothly, but he shows a skewed Papa Wolf sensibility in trying to protect his children..

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