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"Ching Chong Chang" is the sixth episode of the third season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the thirty-second episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 11, 2015. It was written by Sara Hess and directed by Anthony Hemingway.
COs Bell and O'Neill are at a doughnut shop. The server is Coates, whom is later hired as a new guard. O'Neill becomes very upset when Coates tries to sell him a red velvet doughnut, as he claims it's a bullshit flavor, and has an irrational hatred of Coates from then on. Whilst there, O'Neill and Bell find out through a newspaper that Litchfield Penitentiary is hiring new COs.
Pennsatucky introduces the new inmates to Litchfield and takes them on a tour.
In the TV room, the trial surrounding Judy King is on TV. Red expresses her dislike for her cooking style. Gloria comes in asking Red whether her son Benito can get a ride with Red's husband when he comes for visitation, as Red's family lives in Queens. Red states that Dmitri won't be visiting anymore, revealing that Red decided to proceed with the divorce.
Suzanne arrives at the dorms to share the news that Judy King is going to prison with Taystee and Poussey. When Poussey's coat starts to move, she tells them that she caught the 'squirrel-raccoon' which had been stealing her hooch. Taystee sits down with Poussey, about to confess that it was her.
At Whispers, Piper and Flaca make fun of the model's lives inside the Whispers' Magazine, while also agreeing they would quickly trade lives with them. Piper notices another inmate, whom she hasn't seen before, smiling at her.
Morello, who has been juggling many pen pals, is meeting a guy in the visitation room for the first time, creating a story about about her offence as a bank robber to get his attention. The guy reveals with his remark that he didn't imagine Morello when writing to someone in prison.
Caputo holds a meeting with his staff, who are protesting that their hours have been cut whilst MCC is hiring new guards. They accuse Caputo of only saving his own job and coerce Caputo into saying that he loves them and will change things.
New inmate Lolly orders a kosher meal which causes Red, whom is in line next to Lolly, to comment that no-one asked for Kosher when she was cooking. Chang selects only milk and peas and in her bunk prepares her own lunch, making burgers from the peas, crunched up tortilla chips and hot water.
Flaca discusses with Black Cindy and Janae the different standards of beauty for women of different races. Black Cindy comments that white women have to be skinny whilst looking at Piper. Piper also shares with Frieda her opinion of how women should feel beautiful and powerful. The new inmate, Stella Carlin, is sarcastic towards Piper's complaining of herself, telling Piper she is blessed with good genetics. Stella scoffs "women" and when Piper asks if Stella considers herself a part of that category, Stella agrees she does, but only because her options are limited.
Morello meets another man at the visitation office, this time telling a different offence story. She attempts to connect to him by pretending to share his love of anime, telling him her favorite anime is very obscure and by someone named Dayanara Diaz.
Red sees Healy and asks that he gives her the rights to cook in the kitchen. Healy comments that Red should have just asked, as they are both just "people". This causes Red to point out that their relationship isn't "just people" and when Healy leaves, he is leaving her locked behind bars. She compares her 'power' that has been taken away to Healy's wife Katya's, before telling Healy that his feelings matter too.
Caputo meets with Danny to discuss the employees' cut hours. Danny tries to defend the idea, but Caputo states that now his staff have a lack of motivation. Danny agrees that Captuo should be hiring as he knows Litchfield better than anyone and offers Caputo the job of selecting the applications of the potential guards.
In the cafeteria, Black Cindy and Watson notice that Lolly's meal looks different before finding out it is Kosher. Piper comments to Alex that work at Whispers is basically slave labor due to the amount they are earning compared to the amount Whispers is selling the products for. Janae and Black Cindy tell Piper only they can claim what slave labor is and not Piper, based on the fact that Piper is white. Chang goes to a shed where she reveals a hidden cellphone and watches a Chinese sitcom.
Healy finds Caputo, asking him to sign paperwork that will allow Red back in the kitchen. Caputo reluctantly agrees.
Gloria finds Sophia in the salon and notes Sophia's well up keep even though she is in prison. Sophia beings to tell a story to Gloria and reveals that the two families live near each other. Gloria asks Sophia if Benito could come up with Sophia's wife Crystal for visitation and Sophia agrees to ask Crystal.
Morello meets a third man, Vince Muccio, whom is notably more quiet and less interactive with Morello than the other men Morello has met. He is perplexed when he finds out Morello has written herself as a completely different person to whom she actually is. He asks Morello if this exchange is about money and Morello confesses that her only friend has been taken away to Max and she hopes to find someone as not to be so lonely. Vince says that he is glad Morello wrote to him and that he got to meet her.
In Rogers' drama class members are reenacting stories which represent stories of inmates lives. When Chang's story is acted out, Rogers tells her that she may have taken it too far. Chang sees that no-one else (except Suzanne) likes the skit and comments on "All fake. Show biz".
At the cafeteria, Maria is still offended that Flaca left the kitchen to work at Whispers. Black Cindy asks for a kosher meal. Taystee sees that Poussey is going through a difficult time and offers Poussey the opportunity to come with her to AA. Poussey states that prison is beating her down and she doesn't need an audience but a partner, a girlfriend.
O'Neill sees Coates, the same man serving him and Bell doughnuts earlier. He marches into Caputo's office, realizing that new guards have been hired.
Red walks back into the kitchen and nods at Norma whom throws Red her apron. Red announces that "(she's) back".
Note: Flashbacks are arranged in chronological order, not the order in which they occur on the show.
Mei leaves her farm job in China for an arranged marriage proposal, but her suitor Sun Zhang refuses her at first sight, immediately backing out of the deal. Now stranded in NY, she helps her brother Lin Chang out at his store, which is failing and only able to make ends meet with an illegal smuggling operation.
When two men, Deng Shi and Ling Fu, enter the store to make a delivery, they inform Lin that his illegal shipment of bear bile is delayed, as an associate got busted and now the authorities are on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Ling suggests that Mei can retrieve the shipment, as her bland looks are an asset - she becomes "invisible" to the eyes of men (and women) and therefore able to move around without suspicion. Mei freely volunteers to help.
Months later, Mei and Fu are inside a van in a remote location waiting for a dealer. Conversation flows freely between the two, even around delicate topics such as erections. However, when Fu mentions he has a girlfriend, Mei looks saddened. The dealer arrives and hands them two boxes of "Venezuelan turtle eggs". Fu is handing him some money when Mei realizes one shipment of rare eggs is actually ping pong balls, and a fight ensues between Fu and the dealer, whilst Mei rushes to the van. The dealer manages to get the upper hand and is just about to shoot Fu in the face when Mei bashes him over the head. A bleeding Fu declares that Mei might have saved his life and he owes her. Mei smiles and says that she knows what she wants.
The final flashback scene shows Mei sitting coolly on a couch whilst two men wrestle a third into the room from a van, dumping him on the floor in front of her. Fu, sitting on a chair nearby, looks to Mei, who nods her head. Fu rises and kicks the guy in the stomach, then the face. It is revealed that it is Sun Zhang, the man who rejected an arranged marriage to Mei. Fu asks Mei what she wants him to do with Sun. Sun spits blood at her, saying she will always be an ugly girl who no-one wants, whether he lives or dies. Mei gets upset, and admits that he's right, looking at Fu and saying that nothing will change. Her look betrays a slight longing. She starts to storm out, but Fu shouts after her, asking whether they should let Sun go. Mei says no, and tell them to cut out his gall bladder. She smiles as Sun begins to scream.
Main Cast Edit
Special Guest StarsEdit
- Katie Herzig - My Own Kind Of Life (bakery scene)
- Gwendolyn Sanford, Brandon Jay, & Scott Doherty - No No Yes No No (Chang's lunch scene)
- White Heat - Cross Country Feelin' (Caputo talking to Danny about new jobs)
- Bikini Kill- Rebel Girl (Chang's last flashback)