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 neglecting 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.
As a young child, despite not being present much, Nicky still loved Marka and made her a mother's day card and cake, Marka ignored this and asked her maid why Nicky wasn't dressed instead. ("Mother's Day")
In a flashback, 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. ("WAC Pack")
Marka and Nicky discuss an accident she caused in the back of a car. Nicky asks for bail money so she can get her friends out, but Marka tells her no. After Nicky claims that the legal system is crooked opposing drugs, Marka tells Nicky she cannot take the moral high ground. Nicky begins talking about how it being a year after her divorce is the reason that Marka is being stingy and how Nicky is going to be a better person by bailing her friends out of jail and tries to steal money from her mother's purse. Nicky takes a large wad of cash out to which Marka doesn't seem to object to. Marka offers Nicky her credit card but Nicky declines and watches Nicky get out of the car and walk off. It is revealed that the money was used for drugs instead.
With her lawyer, Nicky and Marka find Nicky could be given 5 to 10 years in prison. After Nicky rants Marka tries to get Nicky to calm down and tell her it is the best outcome she could receive. Nicky tries to blame her behaviour on her mother. Marka rallies this and says she only tried to look out for her daughter but cannot do so anymore. ("Empathy Is a Boner Killer")
Memorable Quotes Edit
- "You have this unquenchable thirst to self destruct."
- — Marka to Nicky Nichols
- "I am no match for you. Only you can save yourself a this point, Nicky. So you can decide to take yourself on, or you can let this thing play out until it kills you."
- — Marka to Nicky Nichols