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"Lesbian Request Denied" is the third episode of the first season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the third episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 11, 2013. It was written by Sian Heder and directed by Jodie Foster.


Targeted for romance by a fellow prisoner, Piper finds that subtlety is an ineffective approach to letting her suitor down.


Needs to be restructured.

Present Edit

Pornstache is walking by openly watching Piper Chapman trying to change her clothing. As he walks away, Piper asks Nicky Nichols if he is allowed to watch them like that. Nicky replies, "He does whatever he wants. One of these days, you're going to have to change your panties, Chapman. That shit's got to be getting ripe". On the announcements, they announce that Dayanara Diaz has been assigned a room which causes confusion to Piper on why she has not been assigned. Miss Rosa, Anita DeMarco, and Nicky explain to Daya that she will most likely be assigned to Spanish Harlem, and that Piper will be assigned to the Suburbs, with the other white people.

Piper then walks to the bathroom and notices a long line but walks past it. Leanne Taylor proclaims that Piper better not be cutting, and Red tells her to go ahead and pee. Piper notices Sophia Burset peeing in a stall without a door, and apologizes. She then waits for the bathroom with a door but Sophia tells her that "You're going to be waiting a long time now" and that the inmate in there, Blanca Flores, talks to the devil.


Flashbacks Edit

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

Sophia BursetEdit

A fireman is seen searching a destroyed building while taking pictures of the building's owner's personal information (unassumingly credit card information and social security information). Another fireman comes in and says "Yo Burset, we're clearing out man." Later back in the firefighter's locker room, we see fireman Burset changing in a bathroom stall away from the other men. She takes off her clothes revealing her pink women's underwear.


Memorable QuotesEdit

"Lesbian request denied."
— Sam Healy to Piper
"She's what we call a 'stud,' which is very confusing for a nice girl like you, because, let's be honest, she looks like a man ... My advice? Let her down easy ... Lesbians can be very dangerous. It's the testosterone."
— Sam Healy to Piper
"I'm missing half my zucchini. These girls don't realize I'm here to provide food, not dildos. I'm all out of cucumbers, carrots, beets -- God knows what they're doing with those. I can't hold on to anything cock-shaped."
— Red
"Before I met you the sun was like a yellow grape. But now, it looks like fire in the sky. Why? Because you light a fire inside me."
— Crazy Eyes 
"Why would anyone want to give up being a man? It's like winning the lottery and giving the ticket back."
— Natalie Figueroa





  • This is the first episode Jodie Foster directs. Foster also directs "Looks Blue, Tastes Red".
  • Laverne Cox has a twin brother, musician M. Lamar, who appears in a flashback as the pre-gender-transition version of her character, Sophia.


Main Cast


Guest Stars


Special Guest Stars




  • Vincent Accardi - Construction Coordinator
  • Michal Bigger - Department Head Make-up
  • Tim Boettcher - Editor
  • Mark A. Burley - Consulting Producer
  • Will Camacho - On Set Dresser
  • Oliver Cary - A Camera Operator
  • John Chamberlin - Re-Recording Mixer
  • Doug Coleman - Special Effects Coordinator
  • Seth Copans - Script Supervisor
  • Jen Cox - Production Accountant
  • Vanja Černjul - Director of Photography
  • Angel De Angelis - Department Head Hairstylist
  • Mandy Demeskey - On Set Dresser
  • Scott Doherty - Music
  • Adam Donnelly - Production Coordinator
  • Jennifer Euston - Casting Director
  • Ray Fisher - Leadman
  • Jodie Foster - Director
  • Bruce Gilbert - Music Supervisor
  • Jason Graham - Second Assistant Director
  • Arturo Guzman - Post Production Supervisor
  • Barbara Hause - Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Sian Heder - Writer, Staff Writer
  • Tara Herrmann - Co-Producer
  • Sara Hess - Co-Executive Producer
  • Chryss Hionis - Set Decorator
  • Petr Hlinomaz - B Camera Operator
  • Maarten Hofmeijer - Music Editor
  • Jordan Jacobs - Art Director
  • Brandon Jay - Music
  • Nick Jones - Staff Writer
  • Karen M. Kane - First Assistant Director
  • Piper Kerman - Executive Consultant
  • John Kincade - Sound Supervisor
  • Jenji Kohan - Executive Producer
  • Victoria Lang - Assistant Editor
  • Penny Laughman - Set Costumer
  • Gary Lennon - Supervising Producer
  • Matt Lilley - Music Clearance
  • Bryan Mathison - Set Costumer
  • Lauren Morelli - Staff Writer
  • Emer O'Callaghan - Casting Assistant
  • John Oates - Gaffer
  • Chris Philp - Re-Recording Mixer
  • Lauri Pitkus - Location Manager
  • David Price - Unit Production Manager
  • Marco Ramirez - Executive Story Editor
  • Jennifer Rogien - Costume Designer
  • Dennis Salomone, Sr. - Transportation Captain
  • Gwendolyn Sanford - Music
  • Matthew Selkirk - Digital Imaging Technician
  • Michael Shaw - Production Designer
  • Chris Skutch - Key Grip
  • Jonathan Talbert - Co-Producer
  • Neri Kyle Tannenbaum - Producer
  • Michael Trim - Co-Executive Producer
  • Lisa I. Vinnecour - Co-Executive Producer
  • Hartley Voss - Script Coordinator
  • Rachael Weinzimer - Property Master
  • Joseph White - Sound Mixer
  • Michael Wise - Post Production Coordinator
  • Sarah Zeitlin - Assistant Editor


  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Bra and Panties (OST) (Sophia putting on makeup)
  • Sanford/Jay/Doherty - Don’t Make Me Cut You (OST) (Crazy Eyes throws pie)
  • Freestyle Fellowship - Ambassadors (Flashback - Sophia buying Michael shoes)
  • The Stereotypes - Women in Magazines (Flashback when Piper meets Alex)
  • tUnE-yArDs - Gangsta/My Hood (When Piper gets transferred)
  • Boss - I Don’t Give a Fuck (Credits)


Piper's Flashbacks
I Wasn't Ready  •  Tit Punch  •  Lesbian Request Denied  •  WAC Pack  •  Moscow Mule  •  Bora Bora Bora  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Thirsty Bird  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Tattoo You
Alex's Flashbacks
Lesbian Request Denied  •  WAC Pack  •  Fucksgiving  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Fear, and Other Smells  •  Tattoo You
Sophia's Flashbacks
Lesbian Request Denied  •  Mother's Day
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
Season 5 Riot FOMO  •  Fuck, Marry, Frieda  •  Pissters!  •  Litchfield's Got Talent  •  Sing It, White Effie  •  Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally  •  Full Bush, Half Snickers  •  Tied to the Tracks  •  The Tightening  •  The Reverse Midas Touch  •  Breaking the Fiberboard Ceiling  •  Tattoo You  •  Storm-y Weather
Season 6 Episode #6.1   •  Episode #6.2  •  Episode #6.3   •  Episode #6.4   •  Episode #6.5   •  Episode #6.6   •  Episode #6.7   •  Episode #6.8   •  Episode #6.9   •  Episode #6.10   •  Episode #6.11   •  Episode #6.12   •  Episode #6.13
Season 7 Episode #7.1   •  Episode #7.2  •  Episode #7.3   •  Episode #7.4   •  Episode #7.5   •  Episode #7.6   •  Episode #7.7   •  Episode #7.8   •  Episode #7.9   •  Episode #7.10   •  Episode #7.11   •  Episode #7.12   •  Episode #7.13

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