Study Guide

Orange Is the New Black Chapter 11

By Piper Kerman

Chapter 11

Ralph Kramden and the Marlboro Man

  • 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.