On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, we saw Poussey one last time on Orange Is the New Black, and I start recapping Dear White People season three.
- Orange Is the New Black – Season 7 Episode 12 “The Big House” [Streaming]
The last episode ended with an unhinged CO McCullough showing up on Piper’s doorstep to tell her about her and Alex. That let to Piper hooking up with Zelda soon after.
In this episode, McCullough tries to talk Alex out of breaking up with her.
She also tells her she went to Piper’s apartment and saw her with Zelda.
Alex is furious at McCullough for confronting Piper at her house. However, her fears over Zelda have now been confirmed.
Meanwhile back at Zelda’s sweet-ass apartment, Piper and Zelda’s snuggly morning after is interrupted by a call from Alex.
She takes her call and Alex apologies for McCullough showing up at her door. Piper is mad at Alex for lying to her face about McCullough, but Alex snaps back by asking about Zelda.
Piper travels to Litchfield to process this with Alex in person, and it’s a very sad, “where do we go from here?” conversation.
I don’t believe Alex had zero feelings for McCullough, and she’s putting all of the blame on the “fear of Piper leaving her” vs. her being drawn to women in need of rescuing. It’s totally unfair for her to say, “When things get hard, it’s easier for you to leave” because Piper was pretty faithful until she found out about the CO and ran back to Zelda.
On the other hand, Piper confesses to having feelings for Zelda and that would be terrifying if you were in jail and your wife on the outside hit it off with a fun, wealthy woman. Their conversation is cut short by the guards, and their future is left looking pretty bleak.
CO McCullough is not dealing well with being dumped and goes to the Warden to confess.
The not having acted on it part was a lie, but McCullough manages to get Alex a transfer to another prison.
McCullough delivers the news to Alex, and she doesn’t take it well.
The paperwork says she’s going to Ohio which puts yet another obstacle in way of relationship success for Alex and Piper.
In the last moments of this episode, Taystee is at a low point and considering suicide. Poussey comes back from the dead to talk her out of it in the form of a flashback.
I’ll never forgive the show for killing off Poussey, but at least we got one scene with her in this last season to remember her.
- Dear White People – Season 3 Episode 3 “Chapter III” [Live]
Dear White People season three is really queer, y’all! It’s mostly about Lionel and his journey finding a community of queer friends but meets a few new characters as well.
Lionel meets a new friend D’Unte while getting checked for STIs. D’Unte takes him under his wing and introduces him to the gay scene at Winchester U. The first place he takes him to is a ki at the queer fraternity house, “House of No Pi.”
Lionel thinks the name is funny, “Oh, like vagina-free zone.”
Gay men don’t like lesbians — haha that’s so hilarious!
Okay, that joke is tired, but in Dear White People season three, we meet a new transgender character named Genifer, and Kelsey gets some relationship screen time. Stay tuned as I recap more episodes!
We’re here, people! The new TV season starts this week! I will do my best to keep up as new shows and our old faves start to air.