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Recap / Orange Is the New Black S01E06 "WAC Pack"

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Healy reinstates the Women's Advisory Council (WAC), which will feature a representative from each of the groups, and various inmates run for office. Meanwhile, the COs try to discover the source of a pornographic photo taken in a bathroom stall. Daya confronts her mother about trying to sleep with Bennett. Flashbacks center around Nicole "Nicky" Nichols and her tempestuous relationship with her mother. After her next-to-last overdose on drugs, her mother more-or-less abandoned her, refusing even the slightest sympathy or touch. This is contrasted with her final experience going cold turkey—here in Litchfield, where Red pulled her together and threatened bloody retribution if Nicky ever used again.

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This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Healy. He suggests Piper run for WAC, but she declines. So he ignores the vote and awards her the office anyhow.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Piper to her mother, Nicky to her mother, and Daya to Aleida.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Discussed when the Latina inmates talk about the "black male" myth.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Alex' connection is introduced, and he name-drops Kubra.
    • Likewise, Bianca, the Hispanic inmate who spends long periods in the only toilet stall with a door on it, talking to "el Diablo" (IE no one).
  • Double Entendre: Caputo says "I'll get to the bottom of this" about the cell phone picture.
  • The Reveal: Bennett didn't succumb to Aleida's advances.
  • Sex Equals Love: Once Daya finds that out, she goes to him willingly. ...And discovers that he has a prosthetic left leg.
  • Shout-Out: Morello is obsessed with West Side Story.
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  • Undying Loyalty: Nicky to Red. As the flashbacks show, it's been earned.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Tutu.
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