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"Imaginary Enemies" is the fourth episode of the first season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the fourth episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 11, 2013. It was written by Gary Lennon and directed by Michael Trim.


Piper gets to know her stern new roommate; the prisoners prepare a farewell party for one of their own; a misplaced screwdriver has dire consequences.



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Chapman adjusts to living with Claudette and working in the electrical shop. She starts to make friends with Nichols. After Chapman misplaces a screwdriver, the prison staff searches high and low to find it before it's used as a weapon. Mendez molests Chapman during the search. When Chapman returns to her cube with the screwdriver, it places more strain on her relationship with Claudette. After the search ends, Chapman and Claudette make peace. Chapman agrees to review appeal letters from different inmates. Miller schemes to prevent her girlfriend's release until Claudette changes her mind. After Claudette receives a letter from her friend Baptiste, she agrees to have her case reopened. 



Note: Flashbacks are arranged in chronological order, not the order in which they occur on the show.

Miss ClaudetteEdit

As a child, Claudette began working at a live-in maid service in order to pay off her parents' debts. She met Jean Baptiste, the man that walked her into the maid service.

Claudette grew up and became a manager of the same maid service company she worked for. Jean Baptiste came to visit her after not seeing each other for some time. He revealed that he has married a woman named Josephine, and he introduced Claudette to her. Claudette was seemingly disappointed when she discovered he had married. Josephine asked her if it was hard looking after other people's children when she was unable to have any of her own. Claudette replied by saying she had made her peace with it.

Claudette discovered that one of her girls was brutally attacked by a customer. She later showed up to his house, saying that the girl is sick that day and that she would clean instead. She later murdered him with a butcher knife. Due to her extreme cleanliness, it is unlikely this was the crime for which she was convicted and sent to prison.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Hope is a dangerous thing."
— Miss Claudette





Main Cast


Guest Stars


Special Guest Stars





  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Everybody Loves Dayanara (OST) (Daya and Bennett’s song)
  • Edvard Grieg - Op.46, In The Hall Of Mountain King (Mendez sings it during the bunk inspection)
  • Dennis Coffey - Live Wire (Mercy’s party)
  • Shawn Lee & Princess Superstar (Concetta Kirschner) - Love Like This (Mercy’s party music, heard in the background when Bennett gives *Ms. Claudette her mail)
  • Franz Schubert - String Quartet in A Minor IV, op 29: Allegro moderato (Ms. Claudette’s flashback)
  • Saviours - We Roam (Luscheck in his truck before returning the screwdriver)
  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Fly On Little Wing (OST) (Credits)



Episode Navigation
Season 1 I Wasn't Ready  •  Tit Punch  •  Lesbian Request Denied  •  Imaginary Enemies  •  The Chickening  •  WAC Pack  •  Blood Donut  •  Moscow Mule  •  Fucksgiving  •  Bora Bora Bora  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Fool Me Once  •  Can't Fix Crazy
Season 2 Thirsty Bird  •  Looks Blue, Tastes Red  •  Hugs Can Be Deceiving  •  A Whole Other Hole  •  Low Self Esteem City  •  You Also Have a Pizza  •  Comic Sans  •  Appropriately Sized Pots  •  40 Oz. of Furlough  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Take a Break From Your Values  •  It Was the Change  •  We Have Manners. We're Polite.
Season 3 Mother's Day  •  Bed Bugs and Beyond  •  Empathy Is a Boner Killer  •  Finger in the Dyke  •  Fake It Till You Fake It Some More  •  Ching Chong Chang  •  Tongue-Tied  •  Fear, and Other Smells  •  Where My Dreidel At  •  A Tittin' and a Hairin'  •  We Can Be Heroes  •  Don't Make Me Come Back There  •  Trust No Bitch
Season 4 Work That Body For Me  •  Power Suit  •  (Don't) Say Anything  •  Doctor Psycho  •  We'll Always Have Baltimore  •  Piece of Shit  •  It Sounded Nicer in My Head  •  Friends in Low Places  •  Turn Table Turn  •  Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull  •  People Persons  •  The Animals  •  Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again

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