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* BaitAndSwitch: In the show's penultimate episode it appears that Taystee, who has been spending the whole season circling the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler:will finally be DrivenToSuicide after nearly doing so earlier in the season but not being able to go through with it]]. And then, just as she's actually about to do so, [[spoiler:she comes across the body of Pennsatucky, who has just died from a drug overdose]].

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* BaitAndSwitch: In the show's penultimate episode it appears that Taystee, who has been spending the whole season circling the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler:will finally be DrivenToSuicide Driven To Suicide after nearly doing so earlier in the season but not being able to go through with it]]. And then, just as she's actually about to do so, [[spoiler:she comes across the body of Pennsatucky, who has just died from a drug overdose]].overdose]].
* BeardOfSorrow: Vinnie shows up to a visitation with Lorna sporting an unkempt beard, which she immediately comments on. He's in mourning for [[spoiler:their child, who has recently died]].



* BedlamHouse: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by Psych, despite it being universally regard as a FateWorseThanDeath. The staff are actually ReasonableAuthorityFigures and and treat the inmates well. The issue seems to be one of perception.
** It should be noted that of the four inmates to be committed [[spoiler: Flores, Pennsatucky, Lolly, and Maria ]], [[spoiler: Flores]] lost it after having rambling conversations with "[[{{Satan}} Diablo"]] (actually her [[EmbarrassingNickname boyfriend]]) in a bathroom stall, [[spoiler: Pennsatucky]] got tricked into assaulting a visitor to "[[FakeFaithHealer heal her"]], [[spoiler: Lolly]] is actually mentally ill, and [[spoiler: Maria]] apparently attempted suicide. Of those four, [[spoiler: Flores]] is out the next season, [[spoiler: Pennsatucky and Maria]] are both out in an episode or two, and only [[spoiler: Lolly]], who has genuine mental issues, stays there.



* BittersweetEnding:
** Season 6 ends this way. [[spoiler: Piper is released early, but this is itself bittersweet for her because she's got less time with Alex. The massacre planned by Barbara and Carol is averted, and all signs point to the war between C and D blocks coming to an end without their influence. However, Flores is facing deportation by ICE and has failed to get pregnant, Taystee faces life imprisonment for a crime she didn't commit while the real perpetrator gets off scot-free, and Red has 10 years added to her sentence for a crime she didn't commit while also becoming further alienated from her family]].
** Season 7 as well. [[spoiler: Alex is transferred to Ohio, but meets up with the other former Litchfield inmates who appear to be doing well. Taystee is still in prison for life, but decides not to commit suicide and starts a fund providing microloans to former inmates. Gloria is released, Cindy reconciles with her family, and Blanca is freed and reunites with Diablo. Piper finds peace and visits Alex in Ohio. However, Pennsatucky is dead, Red has developed dementia, and Morello has lost her grip on reality following her infant son's death. Maritza, Shani and Karla are all deported, and Karla is injured and left behind in the desert trying to make it back to the US. Aleida tries to strangle Daya after learning she recruited her younger sister into her drug ring. And of course, there are no big changes made to the prison industrial complex or to ICE. On the contrary, Ward is fired and Hellman replaces her as warden.]]

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* BittersweetEnding:
** Season 6 ends this way. [[spoiler: Piper is released early, but this is itself bittersweet
BittersweetEnding: Good and bad endings abound for her because she's got less time with Alex. The massacre planned by Barbara and Carol is averted, and all signs point to the war between C and D blocks coming to an end without their influence. However, Flores is facing deportation by ICE and has failed to get pregnant, Taystee faces life imprisonment for a crime she didn't commit while cast in the real perpetrator gets off scot-free, and Red has 10 years added to her sentence for a crime she didn't commit while also becoming further alienated from her family]].
** Season 7 as well.
end: [[spoiler: Alex is transferred to Ohio, but meets up with the other former Litchfield inmates who appear to be doing well. Taystee is still in prison for life, but decides not to commit suicide and starts a fund providing microloans to former inmates. Gloria is released, Cindy reconciles with her family, and Blanca is freed and reunites with Diablo. Piper finds peace and visits Alex in Ohio. However, Pennsatucky is dead, Red has developed dementia, and Morello has lost her grip on reality following her infant son's death. Maritza, Shani and Karla are all deported, and Karla is injured and left behind in the desert trying to make it back to the US. Aleida tries to strangle Daya after learning she recruited her younger sister into her drug ring. And of course, there are no big changes made to the prison industrial complex or to ICE. On the contrary, Ward is fired and Hellman replaces her as warden.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: Used regularly, not as a character development (though that happens as well) but as we get to know characters from different perspectives. Red is introduced as a vindictive petty tyrant who starves Piper for an unintentional insult. Later episodes flesh her out as a stern but caring matriarch who is adamant that "her girls" stay away from drugs. Big Boo first appears to be a terrifying PsychoLesbian intent on shanking someone, but much of that is just an image she's trying to project.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Used regularly, not as a character development (though that happens as well) but as we get to know characters from different perspectives.
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Red is introduced as a vindictive petty tyrant who starves Piper for an unintentional insult. Later episodes flesh her out as a stern but caring matriarch who is adamant that "her girls" stay away from drugs.
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Big Boo first appears to be a terrifying PsychoLesbian intent on shanking someone, but much of that is just an image she's trying to project.


* PragmaticAdaptation: Understandably, the show diverts from the memoir in order to add conflict and tension. Jury's still out, for instance, on [[spoiler:whether or not Larry and Piper will ever end up together as they did in real life.]]

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Understandably, the show diverts from the memoir in order to add conflict and tension. Jury's still out, for instance, on [[spoiler:whether or not Larry and Piper will ever end up together as they did in real life.]]


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* TokenMinority: Chang is the only Asian inmate in Season 1, though Soso shows up on Season 2. Being Asian, Soso doesn't fit into any of the established "tribes" and is thus fairly isolated. She bemoans this in "Ching Chong Chang".
-->'''Soso''': You know what sucks? Belonging to a race that doesn't commit enough low-value crimes to be relevant in a place like this. Where's my big Asian prison family?


** The real Piper Kerman and her husband are seen in the final episode as an inmate and visitor when Show!Piper visits Alex at [=FCI=] Ohio. Kerman is also one of the faces in the opening credits, the one who blinks towards the end.

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** The real Piper Kerman and her husband are seen in the final episode as an inmate and visitor when Show!Piper visits Alex at [=FCI=] Ohio.Ohio, she's the blonde inmate. Kerman is also one of the faces in the opening credits, the one who blinks towards the end.


** Trica is honored with a wake in the white dorm, and the other dorms provide food. Gloria and the Hispanics drop by with food. Poussey contributes her hooch on behalf of the Blacks, and Chang drops by with contraband oranges, Boo [[LibationForTheDead pouring one out for her]].

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** Trica is honored with a wake in the white dorm, and the other dorms provide food. Gloria and the Hispanics drop by with food. microwave nachos, Poussey contributes her hooch on behalf of the Blacks, and Chang drops by with contraband oranges, Boo [[LibationForTheDead pouring one out for her]].


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* LibationForTheDead: Boo pours one out for Trica at her wake.


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** In Season 2, Nicky notes that the fuel tanks for the emergency generator would be ''perfect'' for this and notes that they even have taps, though nothing comes of it.


** Played for laughs in Season 5 as the Hispanics and Nazis team up to make [[MustHaveCaffine lattes]] after the guard's coffee stash is found.

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** Played for laughs in Season 5 as the Hispanics and Nazis team up to make [[MustHaveCaffine [[MustHaveCaffeine lattes]] after the guard's coffee stash is found.


* EnemyMine: In season 4 [[spoiler:the different racial factions eventually team up to try to get Piscatella fired. It doesn't end well.]]

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* EnemyMine: EnemyMine:
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In season 4 [[spoiler:the different racial factions eventually team up to try to get Piscatella fired. It doesn't end well.]] ]]
** Played for laughs in Season 5 as the Hispanics and Nazis team up to make [[MustHaveCaffine lattes]] after the guard's coffee stash is found.


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* MustHaveCaffeine: I, Season 5 running out of coffee sparks a ''second riot'' by disappointed caffeine junkies. Indeed, the coffee was so important that the Hispanics and white-supremacists [[EnemyMine joined forces]] to produce lattes.
** Later a pair of Hispanics find more coffee...and start doing lines.

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* {{Fetish}}: Black Cindy comments on how TheInternetIsForPorn results in Rule 36 being normalized in 'Tongue-Tied":
-->'''Black Cindy''': See, that's the thing with the internet. Nobody's a freak no more. See, it used to be all these weirdos sitting all alone in their houses, jerking it to buggs or falling in love with their toasters, feeling all creepy and sad. Now, all they got to do is log on and find the same-minded toaster-loving peeps and bam, suddenly shit be perfectly normal!


** The real Piper Kerman and her husband are seen in the final episode as an inmate and visitor when Show!Piper visits Alex at [=FCI=] Ohio

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** The real Piper Kerman and her husband are seen in the final episode as an inmate and visitor when Show!Piper visits Alex at [=FCI=] OhioOhio. Kerman is also one of the faces in the opening credits, the one who blinks towards the end.

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** The real Piper Kerman and her husband are seen in the final episode as an inmate and visitor when Show!Piper visits Alex at [=FCI=] Ohio


** Season 7 as well. [[spoiler: Alex is transferred to Ohio, but meets up with the other former Litchfield inmates who appear to be doing well. Taystee is still in prison for life, but decides not to commit suicide and starts a fund providing microloans to former inmates. Gloria is released, Cindy reconciles with her family, and Blanca is freed and reunites with Diablo. Piper finds peace and visits Alex in Ohio, though it's unclear if they are still a couple. However, Pennsatucky is dead, Red has developed dementia, and Morello has lost her grip on reality following her infant son's death. Maritza, Shani and Karla are all deported, and Karla is injured and left behind in the desert trying to make it back to the US. Aleida tries to strangle Daya after learning she recruited her younger sister into her drug ring. And of course, there are no big changes made to the prison industrial complex or to ICE. On the contrary, Ward is fired and Hellman replaces her as warden.]]

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** Season 7 as well. [[spoiler: Alex is transferred to Ohio, but meets up with the other former Litchfield inmates who appear to be doing well. Taystee is still in prison for life, but decides not to commit suicide and starts a fund providing microloans to former inmates. Gloria is released, Cindy reconciles with her family, and Blanca is freed and reunites with Diablo. Piper finds peace and visits Alex in Ohio, though it's unclear if they are still a couple.Ohio. However, Pennsatucky is dead, Red has developed dementia, and Morello has lost her grip on reality following her infant son's death. Maritza, Shani and Karla are all deported, and Karla is injured and left behind in the desert trying to make it back to the US. Aleida tries to strangle Daya after learning she recruited her younger sister into her drug ring. And of course, there are no big changes made to the prison industrial complex or to ICE. On the contrary, Ward is fired and Hellman replaces her as warden.]]

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* BaitAndSwitch: In the show's penultimate episode it appears that Taystee, who has been spending the whole season circling the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler:will finally be DrivenToSuicide after nearly doing so earlier in the season but not being able to go through with it]]. And then, just as she's actually about to do so, [[spoiler:she comes across the body of Pennsatucky, who has just died from a drug overdose]].

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** Piper's voiceover in the Pilot starts with "I've always loved getting clean," and her last voiceover starts the same way.


** The ICE storyline is obviously inspired by real events, including children being put on trial without a lawyer, and rape victims being denied abortions. In general, the living conditions depicted in the detention center may actually be better than in reality.

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** The ICE storyline in season 7 is obviously inspired by real events, including children being put on trial without a lawyer, and rape victims being denied abortions. In general, the living conditions depicted in the detention center may actually be better than in reality.

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** The ICE storyline is obviously inspired by real events, including children being put on trial without a lawyer, and rape victims being denied abortions. In general, the living conditions depicted in the detention center may actually be better than in reality.

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