In I Wasn’t Ready Piper Chapman begins her prison sentence whilst flashbacks reveal how she ended up there in the first place.
Piper’s crime is actually ten years old and involved acting as a mule for her drug smuggling girlfriend Alex. Despite having left that world behind her and thinking of marriage to boyfriend Larry Piper is still sentence to 15 months in prison.
The opening episode sets out the raison d’être of the series immediately, nudity within the first ten seconds, sex scenes and bad language and multiple flashbacks allowing plenty of back story, at the same time allowing us to meet all the main characters via piper’s own introduction to the prison system. As an extra surprise we (and Piper) discover that Alex is also in the same prison.
Incidentally when Piper’s fiance Larry says “I tell you everything; The web-cam horror, the penis shaving incident…” it’s a nice injoke to the plotlines of his American Pie movie appearances.
“Well I did it. That one time. 10 years ago.”
USA / Netflix – Liongate – Tilted / 1×52 minute episode / Release date 11 July 2013
Writers: Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan / Director: Michael Trim
Orange Is The New Black Season 1 Episode 1
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
Laura Prepon as Alex Vause
Michael J. Harney as Sam Healy
Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage
Kate Mulgrew as Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov
Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols
Deborah Rush as Carol Chapman
Nick Sandow as Joe Caputo
Todd Susman as Howard Bloom
Pablo Schreiber as George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez
Danielle Brooks as Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson
Brendan Burke as Wade Donaldson
Michael Chernus as Cal Chapman
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset