Before Litchfield Edit
Piper and Alex met in a bar, around 10 years before the present day in prison. Piper claims she is straight but Alex manages to convince her to stay the night at her place, Alex and Piper have sex but are interrupted by Alex's girlfriend who hits Piper. Piper spends some time being mad at Alex but the pair eventually end up back together. Piper and Alex are happy together for while but Piper eventually gets caught up in the drug ring that Alex works for, Alex asks her to carry a suitcase of drug money once and Piper agrees but years later Alex names her at the trial because she is resentful of how their relationship ended. This is what landed Piper in prison.
- "But think of the story's that you'll have." - "That is my line." - "Sure it is. You always trot it out in times of suckiness. Like that stomach virus I had in Java." - "Oh, it was a great fucking story. The whole village came out to watch you poop." ("Fucksgiving")
In "I Wasn't Ready" both Piper and Alex are introduced through flashbacks, we then find out at the end of the episode that Alex is at Litchfield.
In "Tit Punch" Larry is visiting Piper and Alex is also in the visiting room, Alex is constantly looking over at Piper. Later in the episode Piper is being starved out by Red and Alex proceeds to give Piper a piece of corn bread. Piper throws the food in the rubbish bin as she doesn't want to give Alex the satisfaction of knowing she helped her.
In "Lesbian Request Denied" Alex comes over to talk to Piper in the cafeteria, asking how long she's going to keep ignoring her for. Piper says that her plan it to avoid her until she gets out. Suzanne comes and joins Alex and Piper at the table and asks Piper if Alex is bothering her, to which Piper replies that she is. Suzanne goes crazy at Alex and throws a piece of pie at her while yelling "I will cut you, I will cut you bitch!". Later in the episode Piper and Alex have an encounter in the bathroom where they argue about whether Alex named Piper at the trial.