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Recap / Orange Is the New Black S02E03 "Hugs Can Be Deceiving"

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"Hugs Can Be Deceiving" is the third episode of Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black.

Piper returns to Litchfield in the company of a new batch of inmates, including Brook Soso. Larry meets with journalist Andrew Nance for a story about Litchfield: Nance has been chatting with Figueroa about the prison's finances, and wants Larry to use Piper to get a better look at the books. Morello finds out that Christopher is getting married to another woman. Vee starts setting up her network within the prison, starting by recruiting Crazy Eyes. Flashbacks show Suzanne's childhood, an adopted child who feels out of place not because she's black, not because she's weird, but because she can't live up to the hopes and dreams of her parents. Despite the love between her and her parents, it's Vee's encouragement that ultimately moves her. Chapman is called into Caputo's office to kiss and make up with Pennsatucky. Caputo imposes no penalties and calls it a fair fight... because, as flashbacks reveal, the last time Suzanne tried to sing, at high school graduation, she also clammed up. During the Christmas pageant, she charged out and punched Chapman across the face, declaring her independence from her (blonde, white) mother. Chapman thanks Suzanne for saving her bacon, and offers her friendship... but Suzanne, taking Vee's words to heart, moves on with her life.

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