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Marka Nichols is the mother of Nicky Nichols. She is portrayed by Patricia Kalember.
Marka seems to love Nicky, but a long history of her negecting her daughter socially has left Nicky jaded and likely contributed, in part, to her heroin addiction. Marka largely ignored Nicky when she was a child and left her with maid Paloma instead. In a flashback in "WAC Pack", Nicky confronts her mother about how she left Nicky to live with a nanny whilst she moved in with her boyfriend, Paolo. According to Nicky in season 5, she also drank while she was pregnant.
Later, she tries to help Nicky out by sending her to rehab and bailing her out of jail, but Nicky sees this as Marka just throwing money at the problem and leaving Nicky to deal with the emotional toll on her own ("Empathy Is a Boner Killer").
Physical Appearance Edit
Marka dresses affluently. She has blonde hair which is shoulder length and she has her ears pierced.
In a flashback in "WAC Pack", Marka is seen inside a hospital where Nicky has had open heart surgery due to bacterial endocarditis; a condition mostly seen in intravenous drug users. Nicky denies that she has been using, saying she had pneumonia which must have spread, which Marka disbelieves, saying they found traces of cocaine in her system. Nicky poignantly says she always misses her mother until her mother is there, and realises the mother she misses is likely someone she invented as a kid. She explains that what she wants from her mother is motherly behavior, like holding her or giving her sips of water, or "...anything". Marka leaves the room soon after.