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Baxter "Gerber" Bayley is a Corrections Officer at Litchfield Penitentiary, one among the many correctional officers hired by Caputo due to a staff shortage in Season Three. He is portrayed by Alan Aisenberg.
He is nicknamed "Gerber" by Alex upon first seeing him due to his young age.
Bayley is a young, nice yet naive man. He only just turned 21, so he's still quite immature and inexperienced, which allows the inmates to take advantage of him. Unlike most other guards, Bayley is of good intentions and doesn't find pleasure in torturing the inmates as do others of his occupation.
Bayley is a young CO with short brown hair. He has clear skin and small, dark eyes. He has a high forehead and wears either his CO uniform or sweats. It was discussed/joked by Alex Vause that Bayley's penis looked like a chicken neck.
For a list of episodes featuring Bayley's flashbacks, see here.
Before Litchfield Edit
Before Litchfield, Bayley is shown as a rebelling teenager doing numerous things revolving around the prison. He is shown being arrested with friends for being on the prison's water tower drinking, but later being let go. He is also shown throwing eggs at inmates picking up garbage, including Frieda Berlin.
He had a job at an ice cream stand, but was fired after giving all the girls he found cute free ice cream and costing the owner a lot of money in the process. He didn't seem to understand why he was being fired, showing an immature attitude.
On one of his first days on the job, he overreacted when two inmates started arguing over an Uno game and pepper-sprayed them before accidentally spraying himself and Donaldson when Donaldson attempted to stop him.
Piper enlists him into her used panty business, using him to sneak underwear out of the prison so that her brother Cal can sell them on the outside. Later on, he decides that he cannot smuggle underwear out of the prison anymore, which causes Piper to assume that he wants more when it was actually due to stress. Intending to offer Bayley a handjob in exchange for his continued cooperation, Piper is interrupted by Stella , who convinces him to continue smuggling panties out of the prison for the bragging rights on the outside.
At the end of the third season, he is shown running for help when all of the inmates are leaving the prison to swim in the lake and most of the other guards have left for the strike.
Bayley becomes increasingly uncomfortable with what he knows are heinous human rights violations in the prison. Caputo tells Bayley to leave Litchfield Prison because Caputo doesn't want Bayley's innocence and good heart to be corrupted. After the inmates stage a protest against mistreatment by guards by standing on tables, Bayley is ordered to get the inmates down by Piscatella. Bayley pulls Poussey down, intending only to follow orders, but then Susanne Warren begins a fight that ends up involving several people including Bayley. Bayley, while defending himself, unknowingly suffocates Poussey, killing her. Bayley is distraught after the accidental homicide, and is put on leave by Caputo. He resumes working at his father's dog-dying business, but clearly feels guilty for killing an inmate.
- Lee Dixon (friend) - Dixon attempts to comfort Bayley after he has been discharged for the accidental murder of Poussey Washington by saying that he himself has killed many people in cold blood. This did not help Bayley, but it showed Dixon's heart was in the right place.
- Charlie Coates (best friend) - Bayley and Coates were shown to be the "original" guards after the veterans were transferred, despite having only recently been hired themselves. After Aydin Bayat's body was found, Coates was given night duty around the greenhouse, Bayley stays with him briefly.
- Piper Chapman (friend) - After killing Poussey, Bayley attempts to go to B-Dorm to apologise to the black inmates, but is stopped by Piper and tells them not to as they are grieving.
- Wanda Bell (friend)
- Scott O'Neill (friend)
- Joe Caputo (friend)
- Piper Chapman (flirt) - In order to find an outlet from the prison for her panty business, Piper chooses CO Bayley to distribute them. While working in the factory, she flirts with him directly. One night, Piper sneaks into the guard's office in A-Dorm and nearly offers Bayley a handjob, before being stopped. Alex deters Piper from doing this and the flirtation stops.
- Bayley used to go and stay in cabins in the lake, but it stopped when his father got into dog-dyeing.