Study Guide

Orange Is the New Black Chapter 5

By Piper Kerman

Chapter 5

Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Before Piper and her roomies can sort out cleaning duties, Piper gets moved to B Dorm with Miss Natalie Malcolm, who is like the best bunkmate ever, quiet and clean.
  • Not everyone is that great, though, and one woman pees into a neighbor's cubicle in the middle of the night.
  • On Valentine's Day, Piper gets a lot of cards, including some from women who want to make her "gay for the stay" (5.31).
  • On February 17, Piper finally gets to buy commissary, including squeezy cheese and hot sauce. 
  • Unfortunately, they're out of radios, meaning that Piper still can't hear the weekly movie.
  • One night, Piper lends Their Eyes Were Watching God to a woman in her dorm. The woman doesn't like it, preferring the literary genius of Sister Souljah to Zora Neale Hurston
  • B Dorm has its perks, like a choice of bathroom and a microwave for homemade, er, prisonmade treats. 
  • Piper still spends most of her days reading, until she's finally eligible to apply for a job. Job of choice? Teaching the GED program.