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* Although Piper and Larry's relationship ended long ago, it's clearly hard for Piper to see him happy and moved on with Polly. When she calls him on the phone, he no longer recognises her voice.

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*** The above is so bad that ''Fig'' is nearly in tears watching them. '''Fig'''.

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* Several in episode 11, God Bless America:
** Small children, unaccompanied and unrepresented in immigration court, with no understanding of what is happening and no possibility of defending themselves.
** Karla's heartbreaking phone call with her two small sons, where she desperately tries to explain to them that how much she loves them and that she will always fight to get back to them. Everyone is in floods of tears. Made even worse by the kids being in foster care and incomprehendingly asking their mother what is going on, why their cat and their toys were taken away, and how long it will be before they see her again. She can't even tell them that.
** Chaj Santos is pregnant as a result of rape, and for weeks or months has been held in a facility where nobody speaks a word of her native language and she can't even explain her situation to a doctor. She ends up experimenting with home-made abortifacients until Fig comes through for her.


* Shani telling the story of her genital mutilation at age 11. Even in-universe, Nicky can barely hold back her tears.



** There doesn't seem to be much hope for Red or Lorna, who seem very much isolated in Florida. The fact that Litchfield no longer has a psych facility probably means they won't be getting the support they need, either.

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** There doesn't seem to be much hope for Red or Lorna, who seem very much isolated in Florida. The fact that Litchfield no longer has a psych facility probably means they won't be getting the support they need, either.either.
** Cindy is still living on the streets, and it will be a long road to earning the trust of her mother or daughter again.

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** Worse still, Pennsatucky was driven to her relapse and possibly-intentional overdose by despair, believing she had failed her GED exam because she had not been granted the special provisions she needed for dyslexia. We later discover that she had passed regardless. It turns out Suzanne, "the world expert" on Doggett, was right after all about her being smart despite her learning difficulties.
** Suzanne, the morning after Pennsatucky's death, placing an egg on her pillow and tearfully offering her "breakfast for dinner, for breakfast". (Pennsatucky's mother used to give her breakfast for dinner as a special treat when she had been well behaved.)

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* Throughout the season, Red keeps forgetting the most basic steps while cooking. Her fellow inmates assume this to be the result of lingering SanitySlippage from her time in solitary, and believe that she's tough enough to eventually get over it, but her condition only deteriorates as the season goes on. Then, in the third-last episode of the season, she's diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and while the doctor tells Nicky that they can treat Red and slow down its progression, the damage that's already been caused is irreversible, causing Nicky to utterly break down.
** A scene in the following episode gives the impression that despite the grim prognosis, Red might actually be rebounding after all, as she gives Nicky some sage advice over Morello's current situation -- and then asks her to get Norma, Gina (both of whom have been in Ohio since the riot), and Tricia (who died all the way back in the first season) to help get dinner ready, causing Nicky to break down again.

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* Pennsatucky dies of a drug overdose. Taystee finds her and holds her body as she cries for help. She even tells Tamika in the final episode how she has seen too many dead bodies (after Poussey).

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* Lorna's utter denial over her son's death. She not only tells the others he's still around but has set up a fake account to download pictures of someone else's child to pass off as hers.
** Realizing in a talk how she can't accept this reality, Vinnie has to ask for a divorce. Lorna can only stare at him with her mind clearly showing she's finally lost what grip on reality she had.


* Maritza, stuck in [=ICE=] detention, learns that she isn't actually an American citizen. Then when she tries to help other detainees, [=ICE=] summarily deports her to a country she's never been to. In the end, she is last seen on a plane before literally fading away.



* Maritza, stuck in [=ICE=] detention, learns that she isn't actually an American citizen. Then when she tries to help other detainees, [=ICE=] summarily deports her to a country she's never been to. In the end, she is last seen on a plane before literally fading away.

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* Maritza, stuck in [=ICE=] detention, learns that she isn't actually an American citizen. Then when she tries to help other detainees, [=ICE=] summarily deports her to a country she's never been to. In the end, she is last seen on a plane before literally fading away.


** Taystee attempts suicide by hanging but stops herself before the episode ends.

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** Taystee attempts suicide by hanging but stops herself before the episode ends.ends.
* While the finale has plenty of heartwarming moments, there's plenty of sad ones too.
** Karla is left behind in the desert on the way to the border after she injures her ankle. There's every possibility that she could die out there.
** Even though she seems to be doing much better, Taystee is still serving a life sentence for a crime she did not commit.
** Aleida may or may not have killed Daya. Either way, their family is more fractured than ever: Aleida is back in prison even though she just managed to get custody of her kids; Hopper got fired, so chances are he'll struggle to support them (if he even still wants to support them); and Eva is already involved in drug smuggling at age 13.
** There doesn't seem to be much hope for Red or Lorna, who seem very much isolated in Florida. The fact that Litchfield no longer has a psych facility probably means they won't be getting the support they need, either.


* Blanca is implied to be getting deported upon her release. What makes this worse is just how happy she was to be getting out, and Diablo was waiting for her outside with a bouquet of flowers.

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* Blanca is implied to be getting deported upon her release. What makes this worse is just how happy she was to be getting out, and Diablo was waiting for her outside with a bouquet of flowers.flowers.

!!Season Seven
* "How to Do Life":
** Vinnie comes to visit Lorna, and reveals that their infant son contracted pneumonia and died from it.
** Taystee attempts suicide by hanging but stops herself before the episode ends.


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* [[spoiler: Tricia's death]], and the subsequent ways that the inmates deal with their grief.
* Taystee's confession to Poussey about why she [[spoiler: couldn't handle it on the outside.]]
* The reason Janae is in prison. [[spoiler: She was a promising athlete who fell in with a bad crowd. She ended up robbing a store with her boyfriend, who managed to escape in the chaos, leaving her behind.]]

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* [[spoiler: Tricia's death]], death, and the subsequent ways that the inmates deal with their grief.
* Taystee's confession to Poussey about why she [[spoiler: couldn't handle it on the outside.]]
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* The reason Janae is in prison. [[spoiler: She was a promising athlete who fell in with a bad crowd. She ended up robbing a store with her boyfriend, who managed to escape in the chaos, leaving her behind.]]



* Pornstache inadvertently confessing [[spoiler:his loneliness and self-loathing to Bennett.]]
* [[spoiler: Chapman's breakdown in solitary during the 'Fucksgiving' episode. She may or may not have been hearing voices.]]
* [[spoiler: Miss Claudette losing her appeal after excitedly dreaming of the things she'd do after gaining freedom. She flies into such a rage that she starts choking the guard Susan. The inmates comment that as soon as you lay your hands on a guard, you're moved to maximum security, and you never get out.]]

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* Pornstache inadvertently confessing [[spoiler:his his loneliness and self-loathing to Bennett.]]
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* [[spoiler: Chapman's breakdown in solitary during the 'Fucksgiving' episode. She may or may not have been hearing voices.]]
voices.
* [[spoiler: Miss Claudette losing her appeal after excitedly dreaming of the things she'd do after gaining freedom. She flies into such a rage that she starts choking the guard Susan. The inmates comment that as soon as you lay your hands on a guard, you're moved to maximum security, and you never get out.]]



* [[spoiler: "Why do people call me Crazy Eyes?"]]
* Maria is so excited to meet her baby that [[spoiler:she doesn't realize it'll be taken from her shortly after its birth.]]
* Yoga Jones' crime: [[spoiler: She was drunk, standing in her marijuana field at night with a shotgun hoping to kill any deer that might try to eat her crop. She shot at something moving in the dark... only to learn that it was a ''[[AccidentalMurder child]]''. The boy had tried to run away from home because his father took away his video games. And he lived nearby, so its possible that she knew him.]] No wonder Yoga Jones is so haunted by it.
* Larry's reaction when he discovers that [[spoiler: it was Piper who came on to Alex, not the other way around.]] The look on his face is ''heartbreaking''.
** [[spoiler:The way his voice breaks when he asks, "Do you love her?"]]
* "Bitches gots to learn." [[spoiler: Piper's speech to Dina about how prison will ruin you simply by forcing you to confront yourself affects not only Dina, but all of the inmates, kids and guards who were listening outside.]]
* Even though Pennsatucky is the BigBad, the sight of her panicking and crying out when [[spoiler:she ends up strapped to her bed in Psych]] is devastating. [[spoiler:And even though she didn't become religious until after she got a Christian lawyer, her anger towards God for believing that He abandoned her during a time when she ''genuinely believed'' she was helping people was pretty harsh, too, considering religion was clearly just as much of a comfort for her as it was a tool.]]
* Everyone believed that Flores is insane, talking to herself in the one stall with a door on it. [[spoiler:It turns out she was just talking to her boyfriend via a hidden cell phone. She's overjoyed when she gets a visit from him and it's a cute moment... until Piper has to turn in the cell phone to Healy in order to try and get the track open. Flores is so upset when she realizes that her connection to her boyfriend is gone that she breaks the bathroom door and is taken away, crying. And then we see her later in Psych...]]

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* [[spoiler: "Why do people call me Crazy Eyes?"]]
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* Maria is so excited to meet her baby that [[spoiler:she she doesn't realize it'll be taken from her shortly after its birth.]]
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* Yoga Jones' crime: [[spoiler: She was drunk, standing in her marijuana field at night with a shotgun hoping to kill any deer that might try to eat her crop. She shot at something moving in the dark... only to learn that it was a ''[[AccidentalMurder child]]''. The boy had tried to run away from home because his father took away his video games. And he lived nearby, so its possible that she knew him.]] No wonder Yoga Jones is so haunted by it.
* Larry's reaction when he discovers that [[spoiler: it was Piper who came on to Alex, not the other way around.]] around. The look on his face is ''heartbreaking''.
** [[spoiler:The The way his voice breaks when he asks, "Do you love her?"]]
her?"
* "Bitches gots to learn." [[spoiler: Piper's speech to Dina about how prison will ruin you simply by forcing you to confront yourself affects not only Dina, but all of the inmates, kids and guards who were listening outside.]]
outside.
* Even though Pennsatucky is the BigBad, the sight of her panicking and crying out when [[spoiler:she she ends up strapped to her bed in Psych]] Psych is devastating. [[spoiler:And And even though she didn't become religious until after she got a Christian lawyer, her anger towards God for believing that He abandoned her during a time when she ''genuinely believed'' she was helping people was pretty harsh, too, considering religion was clearly just as much of a comfort for her as it was a tool.]]
tool.
* Everyone believed that Flores is insane, talking to herself in the one stall with a door on it. [[spoiler:It It turns out she was just talking to her boyfriend via a hidden cell phone. She's overjoyed when she gets a visit from him and it's a cute moment... until Piper has to turn in the cell phone to Healy in order to try and get the track open. Flores is so upset when she realizes that her connection to her boyfriend is gone that she breaks the bathroom door and is taken away, crying. And then we see her later in Psych...]]
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* The truth about Morello's backstory - [[spoiler:she and Christopher were never actually engaged, and he never loved her. They only went on one date and she basically stalked him prior to her incarceration. Yet she still deludes herself into thinking the opposite.]]
** This becomes more tragic when [[spoiler:he comes to visit her in prison, loudly announcing to everyone there exactly what she did.]]
* [[spoiler:When Jimmy (the elderly senile woman) is taken away after breaking her arm for a "compassionate release" and she cries for help from "Roberta" (what she calls Piper). Compassionate release meaning being thrown out onto the streets and left homeless to avoid having to pay the costs of caring for a senile woman]]
** Piper's entire relationship with Jimmy is both tearjerking ''and'' heartwarming; she starts looking after her, cutting up her food for her, and listening to her stories about Jack. [[spoiler: It's most likely because Piper has learned that her grandmother is dying. Jimmy's senility is very sad in itself, especially since she isn't getting help for it; the other inmates are the ones taking care of her.]]
* [[spoiler:When Piper looks the other way when Lolly is beaten by the other women.]]
* Rosa's backstory when [[spoiler: both men that she falls in love with end up dying. She thinks that she's actually cursed, and panics when the boy she's formed a friendship with through their chemotherapy sessions appears to get bad news about his cancer. She even states that all of the men in her life end up dying, and seems genuinely upset until she learns it's ''good'' news; the boy has gone into remission. The scene becomes a tearjerker for an entirely different reason then.]]
* [[spoiler: When Taystee confronts Poussey and pushes her down after Vee throws her out of the group. The expression on Poussey's face and Taystee's subsequent reaction is both tearjerking and heartwarming.]]

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* The truth about Morello's backstory - [[spoiler:she she and Christopher were never actually engaged, and he never loved her. They only went on one date and she basically stalked him prior to her incarceration. Yet she still deludes herself into thinking the opposite.]]
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** This becomes more tragic when [[spoiler:he he comes to visit her in prison, loudly announcing to everyone there exactly what she did.]]
did.
* [[spoiler:When When Jimmy (the elderly senile woman) is taken away after breaking her arm for a "compassionate release" and she cries for help from "Roberta" (what she calls Piper). Compassionate release meaning being thrown out onto the streets and left homeless to avoid having to pay the costs of caring for a senile woman]]
woman.
** Piper's entire relationship with Jimmy is both tearjerking ''and'' heartwarming; she starts looking after her, cutting up her food for her, and listening to her stories about Jack. [[spoiler: It's most likely because Piper has learned that her grandmother is dying. Jimmy's senility is very sad in itself, especially since she isn't getting help for it; the other inmates are the ones taking care of her.]]
her.
* [[spoiler:When When Piper looks the other way when Lolly is beaten by the other women.]]
women.
* Rosa's backstory when [[spoiler: both men that she falls in love with end up dying. She thinks that she's actually cursed, and panics when the boy she's formed a friendship with through their chemotherapy sessions appears to get bad news about his cancer. She even states that all of the men in her life end up dying, and seems genuinely upset until she learns it's ''good'' news; the boy has gone into remission. The scene becomes a tearjerker for an entirely different reason then.]]
then.
* [[spoiler: When Taystee confronts Poussey and pushes her down after Vee throws her out of the group. The expression on Poussey's face and Taystee's subsequent reaction is both tearjerking and heartwarming.]]



* One for Fig of all people, [[spoiler: when she walks in on her husband and his staffer kissing.]] Even though she's a total jerkass, it was sad to see her like that.

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* One for Fig of all people, [[spoiler: when she walks in on her husband and his staffer kissing.]] kissing. Even though she's a total jerkass, it was sad to see her like that.



* It is sad to see as the season goes along that [[spoiler: Vee really doesn't genuinely care for Suzanne]] and that she's only using her for for own advantage.
** The scene of Suzanne sitting on her bed clutching the pack of Uno cards, crying her eyes out with no one comforting her. Its obvious she's just come to the realization that [[spoiler: Vee, her only 'friend', was using her.]]

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* It is sad to see as the season goes along that [[spoiler: Vee really doesn't genuinely care for Suzanne]] Suzanne and that she's only using her for for own advantage.
** The scene of Suzanne sitting on her bed clutching the pack of Uno cards, crying her eyes out with no one comforting her. Its obvious she's just come to the realization that [[spoiler: Vee, her only 'friend', was using her.]]



* After [[spoiler:Red is brutally beaten by Vee and her girls while Norma is forced to watch, and she is lying on the ground, bloody, whimpering, and sobbing.]] By extension, seeing [[spoiler:Poussey in a similar position when Vee lets Suzanne beat her up and leave her crying in the bathroom.]]
* Piper finding out that [[spoiler:her grandmother passed away just a short time before she managed to get off on furlough, which had been almost impossible to achieve.]]

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* After [[spoiler:Red Red is brutally beaten by Vee and her girls while Norma is forced to watch, and she is lying on the ground, bloody, whimpering, and sobbing.]] sobbing. By extension, seeing [[spoiler:Poussey Poussey in a similar position when Vee lets Suzanne beat her up and leave her crying in the bathroom.]]
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* Piper finding out that [[spoiler:her her grandmother passed away just a short time before she managed to get off on furlough, which had been almost impossible to achieve.]]



* Black Cindy of all people has one when her flashbacks show that she rarely visits her sister and when she does, she gives her a stolen iPad. And when she gets called out, [[spoiler: it's revealed that her sister is actually her daughter and she wants to take her back, but it's clear she wouldn't be able to handle it.]] It makes you look at the usually upbeat woman in a different light.
* Taystee's relationship with RJ, someone who she likely harbored romantic feelings for. She believed that he died as a result of carrying a weapon, even after Vee tells him not to. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Vee found out he was planning to start his own dealing operation and had him killed by her corrupt cop buddy. She was supposed to be like his mother!]]

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* Black Cindy of all people has one when her flashbacks show that she rarely visits her sister and when she does, she gives her a stolen iPad. And when she gets called out, [[spoiler: it's revealed that her sister is actually her daughter and she wants to take her back, but it's clear she wouldn't be able to handle it.]] it. It makes you look at the usually upbeat woman in a different light.
* Taystee's relationship with RJ, someone who she likely harbored romantic feelings for. She believed that he died as a result of carrying a weapon, even after Vee tells him not to. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Vee Vee found out he was planning to start his own dealing operation and had him killed by her corrupt cop buddy. She was supposed to be like his mother!]]mother!



* Piper's pained screaming at the end of "Thirsty Bird", when she realizes that [[spoiler: by taking Alex's advice, she just missed out on her chance to get out of prison early, and may face additional prison time for perjury while Alex walks free.]]

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* Piper's pained screaming at the end of "Thirsty Bird", when she realizes that [[spoiler: by taking Alex's advice, she just missed out on her chance to get out of prison early, and may face additional prison time for perjury while Alex walks free.]]
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* Pennsatucky, after [[spoiler: the guard rapes her in the van]]. "I wanted him to stop, so bad."
* In Episode 12, when Boo [[spoiler:attempts to help Pennsatucky take revenge on Coates for raping her. This seems like it would be played for laughs at first, but Pennsatucky is clearly reluctant to go along with it. When Boo asserts it would help her work out her anger, Pennsatucky simply looks up in utter defeat and says "I don't have rage. I'm just sad." The fact that this is coming from ''Pennsatucky'', of all people, makes it doubly heartbreaking.]]
* Dear lord, Caputo's backstory. [[spoiler:First, he was an aspiring wrestler as a teenager before he suffered a career-ending injury. He was once a member of a rock band, and was especially passionate about his music career, but he discovered his on and off again girlfriend was pregnant with a baby that belonged to one of his bandmates. Due to his personal morals, he decides to quit the band before their big tour and stay to take care of the baby. [[JadedWashout Ultimately, his girlfriend leaves to be with the baby's father (who's now an extremely successful musician after the tour), and he's stuck, alone, working at the prison.]]]] It's hard not to feel sympathy for the guy, especially after a season where he's been put to the test over and over.
* In "Trust No Bitch", Aleida calling [[spoiler:Mrs. Mendez to inform her that Daya's baby (boy) was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and that the baby died. Despite the fact that she was lying, the audience doesn't know that at this point and, even on rewatch, Mrs. Mendez's face is enough on its own to make tears roll.]]
* [[spoiler:Soso's attempted suicide. You slowly see her become more and more depressed as the season goes on, and it's so sad to see the once bright and chatty girl become so desperate for an end to the loneliness.]]

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* Pennsatucky, after [[spoiler: the guard rapes her in the van]].van. "I wanted him to stop, so bad."
* In Episode 12, when Boo [[spoiler:attempts attempts to help Pennsatucky take revenge on Coates for raping her. This seems like it would be played for laughs at first, but Pennsatucky is clearly reluctant to go along with it. When Boo asserts it would help her work out her anger, Pennsatucky simply looks up in utter defeat and says "I don't have rage. I'm just sad." The fact that this is coming from ''Pennsatucky'', of all people, makes it doubly heartbreaking.]]
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* Dear lord, Caputo's backstory. [[spoiler:First, First, he was an aspiring wrestler as a teenager before he suffered a career-ending injury. He was once a member of a rock band, and was especially passionate about his music career, but he discovered his on and off again girlfriend was pregnant with a baby that belonged to one of his bandmates. Due to his personal morals, he decides to quit the band before their big tour and stay to take care of the baby. [[JadedWashout Ultimately, his girlfriend leaves to be with the baby's father (who's now an extremely successful musician after the tour), and he's stuck, alone, working at the prison.]]]] ]] It's hard not to feel sympathy for the guy, especially after a season where he's been put to the test over and over.
* In "Trust No Bitch", Aleida calling [[spoiler:Mrs.Mrs. Mendez to inform her that Daya's baby (boy) was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and that the baby died. Despite the fact that she was lying, the audience doesn't know that at this point and, even on rewatch, Mrs. Mendez's face is enough on its own to make tears roll.]]
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* [[spoiler:Soso's Soso's attempted suicide. You slowly see her become more and more depressed as the season goes on, and it's so sad to see the once bright and chatty girl become so desperate for an end to the loneliness.]]



* Luschek visits [[spoiler:Nicky in prison, largely to absolve his own guilt over send her there. Nicky completely chews him out, and explains the hell he sent her to where she is constantly surrounded by her addiction and she is completely alone. It's horrible to see her losing control like that, as all her pain is dragged to the surface]].

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* Luschek visits [[spoiler:Nicky Nicky in prison, largely to absolve his own guilt over send her there. Nicky completely chews him out, and explains the hell he sent her to where she is constantly surrounded by her addiction and she is completely alone. It's horrible to see her losing control like that, as all her pain is dragged to the surface]].surface.



* Healy calling Katya and leaving a heartfelt message because he just wants someone to talk to. [[spoiler:Then he proceeds to walk deeper into the ocean as if he's ready to kill himself, only to be stopped when he hears his phone ring. He goes back, probably thinking Katya is answering him, but it's just work.]] He may have done some shitty things before, but after witnessing how crappy his life was growing up and how lonely he is, you really can't help but feel bad for him.

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* Healy calling Katya and leaving a heartfelt message because he just wants someone to talk to. [[spoiler:Then Then he proceeds to walk deeper into the ocean as if he's ready to kill himself, only to be stopped when he hears his phone ring. He goes back, probably thinking Katya is answering him, but it's just work.]] He may have done some shitty things before, but after witnessing how crappy his life was growing up and how lonely he is, you really can't help but feel bad for him.



* Suzanne's back story, which we get more of in Season 4. First, her desperate attempts to make friends, then her innocent [[spoiler: kidnapping of a child, who falls out her apartment window.]] It's a gut-wrenching scene, because it's all gone so terribly wrong. Poor Suzanne!
* Red finding [[spoiler:Nicky]] high and out of her mind in the shower stalls. [[spoiler:Nicky]] clearly wants a reaction out of Red, wants her to get angry, but instead Red breaks down crying because she feels she failed [[spoiler:Nicky by letting her fall back into addiction. She says that Nicky looks like she's already dead, and she’s going to fail her just like she failed Tricia.]]
* The abuse that [[spoiler:Maritza suffers through under one of the sadistic new guards. Specifically when he forces her to eat a live baby mouse after hearing her having a 'would you rather' conversation with Flaca. When Flaca finds her afterwards she’s in terrified tears, and her horrified explanation that she could feel its toes as she swallowed it is both chilling and heartbreaking.]]
* [[spoiler:Fan-favorite Poussey's sudden, tragic, completely avoidable death in the penultimate episode, asphyxiating after being kneeled on by Bayley as he tries to fight off Suzanne. It brings out a slew of other tearjerking moments:]]
** [[spoiler:Taystee's howl of agony when she sees Poussey's body.]]
** [[spoiler:Bayley's near-suicidal depression when he realizes what he's done (as the death was an accident).]]
** [[spoiler:Poussey's body being left in the cafeteria for a ''day'' before they can move it.]]
** [[spoiler:Suzanne piling books on her chest to know what it's like to not breathe.]]
** [[spoiler:Suzanne not being able to decide if she should say Poussey keeps books under her bed, or kept.]]
** Mixed with heartwarming: [[spoiler:Various prisoners from different cliques offering their condolences to Poussey's friends.]]
** [[spoiler:The MoodWhiplash moment of Cindy and Watson remembering Poussey's amazing singing voice, laughing over her exploits with a shewee, and then bursting into tears.]]
** [[spoiler:After one of the white supremacists makes a joke about Poussey being wheeled off in an ambulance despite being dead, Watson snaps and punches her, and then breaks down into floods of tears.]]
** [[spoiler:Norma rocking a hysterical Soso back and forth while singing quietly. So heartbreaking seeing as it's silent Norma.]]
** [[spoiler:Soso later mourning alone with some of Poussey's homemade alcohol. Given how her relationship with Poussey showed her as the happiest she had ever been in the show, it's especially sad to see her regress to the sad loner she was in season three.]]
** [[spoiler:Taystee exploding at Caputo in his office.]]
** [[spoiler:The Hispanic inmates discussing when they can get back in the kitchen and what they should make, because they feel the need to provide food for the grieving.]]
** [[spoiler:The MCC won't even let Caputo call the police before they come up with a spin story to either make Poussey look like a violent thug, or Bayley look like a murderous and racist loose cannon.]]
** [[spoiler:When Caputo finally defies his MCC overlords and calls Poussey's father to tell him about his daughter's death - all the more heartbreaking because we know from flashbacks that Poussey actually ''did'' have loving and supportive parents. You can tell he's never dreaded anything so much in his life as he says "No, she's not okay."]]
** [[spoiler:It's quite a high adrenaline moment, but the prisoners going into full riot mode after they find out of that the guard is not going to be fired, and Poussey didn't even get mentioned by name in the official statement. It really puts into perspective the amount of rage and pain they’re all feeling.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally, the season closing with one last shot of Poussey in a flashback of her outside, in a happier time, a sad and jarring cut from the rage and violence that's overtaken the prison in its final scene.]]
** [[spoiler:It's almost cruel to see the intercut flashback scenes of Poussey's life before prison, where she really lived life to its fullest, and was such a bright happy person, and then to snap back to the present where she's still lying dead on the cafeteria floor.]]
** [[spoiler:Made even worse with a throwaway line from one of the MCC handlers. He lists off Poussey's crimes, trespassing and possession. The flashback has her, having hopped a fence with the "monks" and smoking some weed with them. The little "it's gonna be okay" smile she gives at the end? Likely just before police showed up. Her dream of a better life in Amsterdam never happened, and never will, now.]]
* Seeing just how far the sociopathic new guards have pushed the inmates, to the point where in the finale, they're all screaming for [[spoiler:Daya]] to shoot the CO. They're so angry, and have been pushed so far to the edge, that they are all screaming for blood. It's terrible to see the characters that viewers know as kind, funny, caring people, who have been dealt a hard life, pushed down and broken to that level.
** Hell, the fact that it's ''[[spoiler: Daya]]'', [[spoiler: who spent the last 3 seasons drawing cute pictures and being so in love with John and so ready to have her baby, and is now]] ''[[spoiler: holding a man at gunpoint]]'' really shows how the situation has passed the point of no return.
* Aleida's look of horror [[spoiler: watching Caputo's press conference, where he only says "a young woman" was killed.]] AdultFear in its purest form.
* [[spoiler: Maria, Flores and the Hispanic inmates crudely branding a Swastika onto Piper's forearm while she screams in agony. Despite her jerkass tendencies, that scene complete with her being ignored by the prison population while everyone is socializing together and dancing is quite sad. And then Hapakuka turns on her for treating her horribly and sells her out to the Hispanic inmates]].

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* Suzanne's back story, which we get more of in Season 4. First, her desperate attempts to make friends, then her innocent [[spoiler: kidnapping of a child, who falls out her apartment window.]] window. It's a gut-wrenching scene, because it's all gone so terribly wrong. Poor Suzanne!
* Red finding [[spoiler:Nicky]] Nicky high and out of her mind in the shower stalls. [[spoiler:Nicky]] Nicky clearly wants a reaction out of Red, wants her to get angry, but instead Red breaks down crying because she feels she failed [[spoiler:Nicky Nicky by letting her fall back into addiction. She says that Nicky looks like she's already dead, and she’s going to fail her just like she failed Tricia.]]
Tricia.
* The abuse that [[spoiler:Maritza Maritza suffers through under one of the sadistic new guards. Specifically when he forces her to eat a live baby mouse after hearing her having a 'would you rather' conversation with Flaca. When Flaca finds her afterwards she’s in terrified tears, and her horrified explanation that she could feel its toes as she swallowed it is both chilling and heartbreaking.]]
heartbreaking.
* [[spoiler:Fan-favorite Fan-favorite Poussey's sudden, tragic, completely avoidable death in the penultimate episode, asphyxiating after being kneeled on by Bayley as he tries to fight off Suzanne. It brings out a slew of other tearjerking moments:]]
moments:
** [[spoiler:Taystee's Taystee's howl of agony when she sees Poussey's body.]]
body.
** [[spoiler:Bayley's Bayley's near-suicidal depression when he realizes what he's done (as the death was an accident).]]
accident).
** [[spoiler:Poussey's Poussey's body being left in the cafeteria for a ''day'' before they can move it.]]
it.
** [[spoiler:Suzanne Suzanne piling books on her chest to know what it's like to not breathe.]]
breathe.
** [[spoiler:Suzanne Suzanne not being able to decide if she should say Poussey keeps books under her bed, or kept.]]
kept.
** Mixed with heartwarming: [[spoiler:Various Various prisoners from different cliques offering their condolences to Poussey's friends.]]
friends.
** [[spoiler:The The MoodWhiplash moment of Cindy and Watson remembering Poussey's amazing singing voice, laughing over her exploits with a shewee, and then bursting into tears.]]
tears.
** [[spoiler:After After one of the white supremacists makes a joke about Poussey being wheeled off in an ambulance despite being dead, Watson snaps and punches her, and then breaks down into floods of tears.]]
tears.
** [[spoiler:Norma Norma rocking a hysterical Soso back and forth while singing quietly. So heartbreaking seeing as it's silent Norma.]]
Norma.
** [[spoiler:Soso Soso later mourning alone with some of Poussey's homemade alcohol. Given how her relationship with Poussey showed her as the happiest she had ever been in the show, it's especially sad to see her regress to the sad loner she was in season three.]]
three.
** [[spoiler:Taystee Taystee exploding at Caputo in his office.]]
office.
** [[spoiler:The The Hispanic inmates discussing when they can get back in the kitchen and what they should make, because they feel the need to provide food for the grieving.]]
grieving.
** [[spoiler:The The MCC won't even let Caputo call the police before they come up with a spin story to either make Poussey look like a violent thug, or Bayley look like a murderous and racist loose cannon.]]
cannon.
** [[spoiler:When When Caputo finally defies his MCC overlords and calls Poussey's father to tell him about his daughter's death - all the more heartbreaking because we know from flashbacks that Poussey actually ''did'' have loving and supportive parents. You can tell he's never dreaded anything so much in his life as he says "No, she's not okay."]]
"
** [[spoiler:It's It's quite a high adrenaline moment, but the prisoners going into full riot mode after they find out of that the guard is not going to be fired, and Poussey didn't even get mentioned by name in the official statement. It really puts into perspective the amount of rage and pain they’re all feeling.]]
feeling.
** [[spoiler:Finally, Finally, the season closing with one last shot of Poussey in a flashback of her outside, in a happier time, a sad and jarring cut from the rage and violence that's overtaken the prison in its final scene.]]
scene.
** [[spoiler:It's It's almost cruel to see the intercut flashback scenes of Poussey's life before prison, where she really lived life to its fullest, and was such a bright happy person, and then to snap back to the present where she's still lying dead on the cafeteria floor.]]
floor.
** [[spoiler:Made Made even worse with a throwaway line from one of the MCC handlers. He lists off Poussey's crimes, trespassing and possession. The flashback has her, having hopped a fence with the "monks" and smoking some weed with them. The little "it's gonna be okay" smile she gives at the end? Likely just before police showed up. Her dream of a better life in Amsterdam never happened, and never will, now.]]
now.
* Seeing just how far the sociopathic new guards have pushed the inmates, to the point where in the finale, they're all screaming for [[spoiler:Daya]] Daya to shoot the CO. They're so angry, and have been pushed so far to the edge, that they are all screaming for blood. It's terrible to see the characters that viewers know as kind, funny, caring people, who have been dealt a hard life, pushed down and broken to that level.
** Hell, the fact that it's ''[[spoiler: Daya]]'', [[spoiler: ''Daya'', who spent the last 3 seasons drawing cute pictures and being so in love with John and so ready to have her baby, and is now]] ''[[spoiler: holding now ''holding a man at gunpoint]]'' gunpoint'' really shows how the situation has passed the point of no return.
* Aleida's look of horror [[spoiler: watching Caputo's press conference, where he only says "a young woman" was killed.]] killed. AdultFear in its purest form.
* [[spoiler: Maria, Flores and the Hispanic inmates crudely branding a Swastika onto Piper's forearm while she screams in agony. Despite her jerkass tendencies, that scene complete with her being ignored by the prison population while everyone is socializing together and dancing is quite sad. And then Hapakuka turns on her for treating her horribly and sells her out to the Hispanic inmates]].inmates.



* Daya [[spoiler:calling Mrs. Mendez]] in "Tied to the Tracks" with the aim of [[spoiler:telling Ms. Mendez that her baby is still alive and she wants her to take custody. It's obvious that she's about to turn herself in for shooting Humps and will likely end up with an Manslaughter/Attempted Murder charge on her record and may never get out of prison. She's trying to see to it that her daughter is at least taken care of definitively since she can't do it]].

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* Daya [[spoiler:calling calling Mrs. Mendez]] Mendez in "Tied to the Tracks" with the aim of [[spoiler:telling telling Ms. Mendez that her baby is still alive and she wants her to take custody. It's obvious that she's about to turn herself in for shooting Humps and will likely end up with an Manslaughter/Attempted Murder charge on her record and may never get out of prison. She's trying to see to it that her daughter is at least taken care of definitively since she can't do it]].it.



* Soso's [[spoiler: capture by the SWAT team. When they arrive, she's sitting in the Library Memorial to Poussey. SWAT tells her to get up, and she just looks ruefully at them. They pull her to her feet, but she won't walk, so they carry her out of the building. All the while she's looking back at the memorial, heartbroken.]]

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* Soso's [[spoiler: capture by the SWAT team. When they arrive, she's sitting in the Library Memorial to Poussey. SWAT tells her to get up, and she just looks ruefully at them. They pull her to her feet, but she won't walk, so they carry her out of the building. All the while she's looking back at the memorial, heartbroken.]]



* Abdullah's backstory - before her incarceration, she was HappilyMarried with a daughter and had a nice, if stressful, life. This stress leads her to [[spoiler:convince her husband to [[{{Polyamory}} take on a second wife]] to help ease the burden, but as time went on, Alison grew resentful of the situation, feeling like her "sister wife" was stealing her family from her]]. Compounding the sadness is that this is juxtaposed with [[NotSoDifferent Sankey's own worries and anxieties]] that [[spoiler:the woman she's letting her partner be with due to their open relationship arrangement is stealing him and their daughter away from her as well]]. The two then cross paths, both in tears over their situations, and angrily insult one another.
* Gloria's [[AdultFear worrying for Benny]] (her son) after learning he was assaulted and left in a coma. [[spoiler:Thankfully by the end of the season, Gloria learns he's gonna be okay.]]

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* Abdullah's backstory - before her incarceration, she was HappilyMarried with a daughter and had a nice, if stressful, life. This stress leads her to [[spoiler:convince convince her husband to [[{{Polyamory}} take on a second wife]] to help ease the burden, but as time went on, Alison grew resentful of the situation, feeling like her "sister wife" was stealing her family from her]]. her. Compounding the sadness is that this is juxtaposed with [[NotSoDifferent Sankey's own worries and anxieties]] that [[spoiler:the the woman she's letting her partner be with due to their open relationship arrangement is stealing him and their daughter away from her as well]].well. The two then cross paths, both in tears over their situations, and angrily insult one another.
* Gloria's [[AdultFear worrying for Benny]] (her son) after learning he was assaulted and left in a coma. [[spoiler:Thankfully Thankfully by the end of the season, Gloria learns he's gonna be okay.]]



** Taystee finally coming face to face with [[spoiler: Piscatella, holding him at gun point for what happened, and then just collapsing in sobbing tears]].

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** Taystee finally coming face to face with [[spoiler: Piscatella, holding him at gun point for what happened, and then just collapsing in sobbing tears]].tears.



* Towards the end when [[spoiler:the inmates are being sent to separate prisons, Flaca and Maritza are being taken away from each other. Flaca starts crying as Maritza tells her she loves her.]]

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* Towards the end when [[spoiler:the the inmates are being sent to separate prisons, Flaca and Maritza are being taken away from each other. Flaca starts crying as Maritza tells her she loves her.]]



* [[spoiler: The ending. The hostages are freed early, leaving Riot Police free to storm Litchfield. Prisoners are rounded up and forced outside, only to be forced onto separate buses to possibly never see each other again. By the end of it, only Piper, Alex, Red, Nicky, Frieda, Taystee, Suzanne, Black Cindy, Gloria and Flores are left, hiding in Frieda's makeshift bunker in the prison pool, shortly after freeing Piscatella. Despite letting him go, he's immediately shot by one of the riot police, who panicked upon seeing him. After a short period of wondering what to do, everyone except Suzanne clearly panicking and scared, Gloria asked Frieda what to do. They decide to keep their dignity, and face the oncoming riot police hand in hand. Cue BolivianArmyCliffhanger as the entrance is blown open.]]

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* [[spoiler: The ending. The hostages are freed early, leaving Riot Police free to storm Litchfield. Prisoners are rounded up and forced outside, only to be forced onto separate buses to possibly never see each other again. By the end of it, only Piper, Alex, Red, Nicky, Frieda, Taystee, Suzanne, Black Cindy, Gloria and Flores are left, hiding in Frieda's makeshift bunker in the prison pool, shortly after freeing Piscatella. Despite letting him go, he's immediately shot by one of the riot police, who panicked upon seeing him. After a short period of wondering what to do, everyone except Suzanne clearly panicking and scared, Gloria asked Frieda what to do. They decide to keep their dignity, and face the oncoming riot police hand in hand. Cue BolivianArmyCliffhanger as the entrance is blown open.]]
open.



* Frieda [[spoiler:attempts suicide in the first episode of the season because she knows Carol and Barb would be after her if they knew she was back in Max.]]
* [[spoiler:Kukudio died off-screen between seasons. This is even more upsetting when you consider that Suzanne is at least somewhat responsible.]]
* Taystee [[spoiler:being found guilty of Piscatella's death. We don't even have to hear the word "guilty." It's said in the devastated reaction by Taystee and the angered reactions of everyone rooting for her, including Ward and Caputo.]]

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* Frieda [[spoiler:attempts attempts suicide in the first episode of the season because she knows Carol and Barb would be after her if they knew she was back in Max.]]
Max.
* [[spoiler:Kukudio Kukudio died off-screen between seasons. This is even more upsetting when you consider that Suzanne is at least somewhat responsible.]]
responsible.
* Taystee [[spoiler:being being found guilty of Piscatella's death. We don't even have to hear the word "guilty." It's said in the devastated reaction by Taystee and the angered reactions of everyone rooting for her, including Ward and Caputo.]]



-->'''Piper''': There is sun, and air, and a glimpse of trees.

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-->'''Piper''': -->'''Piper:''' There is sun, and air, and a glimpse of trees.



* Red having her faith in her closest friends broken because [[spoiler:people like Nicky and Frieda testified against her for her involvement in the riots. By extension, this is the same situation between Cindy and Taystee.]]

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* Red having her faith in her closest friends broken because [[spoiler:people people like Nicky and Frieda testified against her for her involvement in the riots. By extension, this is the same situation between Cindy and Taystee.]]



* Frieda having to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim tell Suzanne they aren't friends]] so that she won't be there [[spoiler:when Carol and Barb come for Frieda.]] Even Penn has to step in and tell Frieda to take her words back.
* Blanca [[spoiler:is implied to be getting deported upon her release. What makes this worse is just how happy she was to be getting out, and Diablo was waiting for her outside with a bouquet of flowers.]]

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* Frieda having to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim tell Suzanne they aren't friends]] so that she won't be there [[spoiler:when when Carol and Barb come for Frieda.]] Frieda. Even Penn has to step in and tell Frieda to take her words back.
* Blanca [[spoiler:is is implied to be getting deported upon her release. What makes this worse is just how happy she was to be getting out, and Diablo was waiting for her outside with a bouquet of flowers.]]

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* Piper, climbing a ladder to recover a ball, sees the kickball field. She gets ''way'' too excited about some half-dead grass field, because she's been inside grey concrete for weeks.
-->'''Piper''': There is sun, and air, and a glimpse of trees.

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* [[spoiler:Kukudio died off-screen between seasons. This is even more upsetting when you consider that Suzanne is at least somewhat responsible.]]

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