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Suzanne Warren, also known as "Crazy Eyes", is an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary, portrayed by Uzo Aduba. She was a recurring star for Season One and a series regular in Season Two and Season Three.

She was introduced in Season One where she wanted Piper to be her "prison wife", but Piper was not interested.


Suzanne, better known by her prison nickname "Crazy Eyes," can become very emotionally attached to people and this often deters the other inmates from interacting with her. She is easily upset and is quickly frustrated, usually resulting in her hitting herself on the head and calling herself "stupid". She sometimes demonstrates a serious lack of empathy, e.g. when beating up Poussey or when Soso is found unconscious in the library after a failed suicide attempt. She also has an odd affection for obscure things and death. 

Suzanne is under medication which calms her down. She curbs her own sorrow and anxiety by cleaning the bathrooms at night. Despite what seems like a tendency to devote herself blindly to others, Suzanne does not respond well to perceived unkindness, and states at the end of Season One that Piper is a mean person. Her blind devotion to other people like Vee shows that she desires more than anything to be accepted and loved. 

When getting to know her better, her compassion and thoughtfulness become apparent, like when she provides peppers for Piper to make amends with Red. She enjoys poetry, reciting literature and poetry, and often writes her own compositions, e.g. poems for Piper in Season One. She is also often seen using poetical phrases and underlining her words with fitting gestures. She has a vast imagination, and her creative writing is enjoyed by many other inmates. 

There is strong evidence suggesting that Suzanne has a mental illness (delusions, hallucinations, etc.). Aside from the medication she has been prescribed, a specific diagnosis has not been revealed on the show. Counselor and psychologist Berdie Rogers mentioned in reaction to her erotic fiction that Suzanne "is in the mental state of a 6 year old" (referring to her emotional maturity, not her mental age). Although lacking in judgement (and personal restraint), she has consistently demonstrated above average intelligence. For example, she understood the concept of a mutation when other inmates seated at a table with her did not.

Physical DescriptionEdit

Suzanne has big, bulgy eyes, which many inmates believe to be very scary and crazy, earning Suzanne the nickname "Crazy Eyes". She also has short black curly hair that she keeps rolled up into bantu knots on her head. In "Hugs Can Be Deceiving", it is shown that Suzanne took on this hairstyle as a result of the nurse who was in the hospital when Suzanne's mother was giving birth to her sister Grace. Her hairstyle changes after Vee alters it in Season Two, and she keeps it this way long after Vee is gone.


For a list of episodes featuring Suzanne's flashbacks, see here.

Before Litchfield Edit

Suzanne grace young

5-year-old Suzanne holding her new-born adoptive sister Grace

Suzanne was adopted by the childless couple Pat and Dennis Warren sometime before her sixth birthday, possibly due to them not being able to have children themselves up to this point, but the real circumstances which led to her being adopted are unknown. When she was five years old, her adoptive parents had a biological daughter named Grace who they referred to as their "miracle" and to whom Suzanne quickly developed a close link right from the moment she first saw her, wanting to be her "best friend".

During her childhood, Suzanne didn't have the same social development as other children. When she was 10 years old, she hadn't any friends of her own age, which resulted in her having to play with Grace and her friends that didn't accept her due to her odd behaviour. Her adoptive mother insisted that Suzanne was allowed to attend a slumber party at one of Grace's friends house, despite them being younger than her and the friend's mother not really wanting her there. Grace tried to be nice to her sister, but begged her not to act "weird". When the host began a game of creating a story together, Suzanne took the typical storyline of a pretty girl living in a big house and changed it to include a dragon that burnt the pretty girl alive, disgusting the others ("Hugs Can Be Deceiving").

Her adoptive mother was very protective of her, always wanting her to succeed in life regardless of her being different, and pushed Suzanne to do things she didn't want to do, which left emotional and mental scars on her later in life. For example, she encouraged Suzanne to perform a solo at her high school graduation in 2000. Suzanne froze up and ran off stage amid the laughter of the other students, hysterically blaming her mother for always pushing her into doing more things.

Season One Edit

Suzanne is introduced as a slightly unhinged inmate who develops an obsession with Piper. Suzanne is a lesbian prisoner who, according to Healy, has been a problem prisoner with a violent history and several prison wives before Piper's arrival, which caused many problems. She follows Piper around the prison and refers to her as "Dandelion" and the relationship she imagines with her as "chocolate and vanilla swirl". After Warren puts a request in with Healy to bunk together, Piper confronts her and rebuffs her advances. This causes Warren to retaliate by urinating on the floor of Piper's cubicle while she is sleeping. As the season progresses, she starts to leave Piper alone and a more vulnerable side of Warren is revealed. It is shown that she is hurt that everyone calls her "Crazy Eyes". She also confesses to Piper that she came back from the psych ward, something few inmates do, as her adoptive parents have an arrangement with the prison management. She is shown to have a flair for reciting literature and poetry, often writing her own compositions.

In "Fucksgiving" she is seen getting visited by her adoptive parents Pat and Dennis.

Season Two Edit

In "Hugs Can Be Deceiving", it is revealed that Suzanne got stage fright at the Christmas play at the end of Season One and was subsequently ridiculed by Flaca and Maritza. During Piper's altercation with Pennsatucky, Suzanne came outside in the midst of a panic attack and, mistaking Piper for her adoptive mother, attacked Piper violently. This inadvertently made it look like a more even fistfight, saving Piper from severe punishment. Suzanne approached Piper upon Piper's return from MDC and apologised for attacking her. 

Suzanne falls under the new inmate Vee's superficial maternal influence and charms, eventually becoming Vee's "muscle", violently beating or threatening any inmates who cross her (e.g. Poussey). Later, Vee attempts to convince Suzanne that she is to blame for Vee's attack on Red, to cover herself, and Suzanne is blamed by the prison administration. Suzanne is seen to be very confused and believes that she is possibly responsible. Suzanne is left distraught when Vee comes up missing from prison, as she believed that Vee could do no wrong, and that Vee genuinely loved her, as opposed to the truth which is that Vee manipulated Suzanne for her own ends.

Season Three Edit

Suzanne has a difficult time accepting the loss of Vee, often saying that she is "coming back" to Litchfield. Taystee, who had a mother figure in Vee starting before their incarceration, eventually helps Suzanne come to terms with Vee's death. They share a touching scene where they both mourn her together.

Suzanne begins attending Berdie Rogers' drama class. She writes a science fiction erotica series named "Time Hump Chronicles" that, in her mind, is actually homework for Berdie's class. This series gets passed around Litchfield and attracts many fans, including Poussey, Frieda, DeMarco, Babs, Valdez and Maureen Kukudio. While discussing her series, Suzanne apologizes to Poussey for assaulting her in the previous season whereon the two make up. Maureen tries to encourage Suzanne to continue her story with a self-written poem and advises her to include more "girl-on-girl stuff", even implying to be helpful with making homosexual experiences with her for that purpose. Maureen states that she would wait for her in the broom closet at night and gives her a kiss on her cheek. But even though Suzanne writes erotic stories, she has no experiences with sex at all and does not know how it works. When she later approaches the broom closet door after having a talk about sex with Lorna, she does not have enough courage to enter and eventually just passes by ("A Tittin' and a Hairin'").

Later, Suzanne reveals that one of the series characters, "Admiral Rodcocker", is based on a correctional officer at Litchfield, Wade Donaldson. The prison staff eventually gets their hands on Suzanne's erotica series. Sam Healy, who has a personal vendetta against newcomer Berdie Rogers, blames the erotica on Berdie's drama class. This puts Berdie on temporary leave while the prison investigates the situation.

At the beach of the lake behind Litchfield, Suzanne and Maureen are seen flirting and holding hands, implying a future relationship ("Trust No Bitch").




Fans Edit

Memorable QuotesEdit

"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.
— Suzanne Warren to Piper
"I threw my pie for you."
— Suzanne Warren to Piper
"Chocolate and vanilla swirl-irl swirl-irl."
— Suzanne Warren
"If you were my Prison Wife I'd tell you how much I like your titties, because girls love that shit!"
— Suzanne Warren to Piper
"How come everyone calls me 'Crazy Eyes'?"
— Suzanne Warren to Piper
"I used to think you was a yellow dandelion but... you all dried up with the puff blown off."
— Suzanne to Piper, "Fool Me Once"
"What is love?--It's like you become more you. Which normally is like... *funny faces*... But now it's okay... because the person, like, whoever, they chose to take all that on. All that weird stuff. Whatever's wrong or bad or hiding in you. Suddenly it's alright. You don't feel like such a freak anymore."
— Suzanne Warren, "You Also Have a Pizza"
"Agree to disagree, sounds like Vee."
— Suzanne Warren
"No, it's not just sex, it's love. It's two people connecting. With four other people--and aliens."
— Suzanne Warren


  • Her character is based on a real life inmate the author of the memoir, Piper Kerman, met in prison, but her race, backstory and her interest in Piper aren't accurate.[1]
  • She once had a Mexican prison girlfriend that left behind the chili peppers Suzanne gives Piper in "Tit Punch".


Season 1Edit

Promotional Pictures Edit

"I Wasn't Ready" Edit

Season 2Edit

Promotional PicturesEdit

"Hugs Can Be Deceiving" Edit




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