Piper is listening to the dulcet tones of the firing range nearby—"There was something unsettling about toiling away for a prison while listening to your jailers practice shooting you" (11.2)—when cranky Mr. Thomas shows up to take her for a ride.
He takes her and some other prison employees to paint a house for the new warden.
The perk: There's a lake nearby, and Piper gets to go look at it. She can't thank Mr. Thomas enough.
One of the other prisoners suggests that Piper come work in construction with Mr. Thomas, and Piper fills out the form… but she has to get DeSimon to sign it.
He calls her "Kermit" (11.36) and refuses. It's not easy being green.
One day, they're pulling cables from the basement. It's a tight fit, so the cables need to be lubricated. DeSimon tells Piper, "You like that horse cock, don't you, Kermit" (11.55).
She files a complaint with DeSimon's boss, and gets the job switch she was hoping for.
Well, not quite. It's prison, so she has to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. Like she's in Casablanca or something.
While she waits, she gets a new neighbor named Pom-Pom whose mom used to serve in Danbury, too; it's like the family business.
At the end of July, as the prisoners are trying to decide on the song of summer (Akon's "Locked Up" is a shoo-in), Piper gets the transfer to construction.