Orange is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria and Yael Stone. (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

‘Orange is the New Black:’ Season 3 makeover

Netflix recently released a trailer for Season 3 of its award-winning “Orange is the New Black” that teased a lot of what’s to come June 12, but Big Boo’s makeover moment has stuck with me.

Big Boo will be sporting a new look for at least part of the season, and Lea DeLaria’s reaction when Sophia (Laverne Cox) does the big reveal is priceless. DeLaria presents a woman overcome with emotion because, in my opinion, she never thought she could look so good. It’s touching and crushing at the same time, and another reason why this show has touched so many fans so deeply.

Then again, Big Boo could just sad and eventually be pissed off—like when your hair burner ignores everything you wanted and does something completely horrible. But I think I’m interpreting this scene correctly. So big ups to you, Lea DeLaria.

With so many quiet, beautiful snapshots of life like this in “Orange is the New Black,” it’s little wonder that creator Jenji Kohan’s comedy, er, drama, um—amazing show—already has been renewed for a fourth season.

What else is in store for Piper, Red, Taystee, Daya, Gloria, Pennsatucky and all the other ladies of Litchfield? Below is a quick list—probably not even complete—of what is teased in the trailer and another clip Netflix released featuring Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Poussey (Samira Wiley).

  • Alex (Laura Prepon) returns to Litchfield and isn’t too happy about it. Does she learn Piper (Taylor Schilling) made that happen?
  • A new inmate, Stella (Ruby Rose), seems to have eyes for both Alex and Piper.
  • Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) dreams of being a rapper.
  • Lori Petty returns as new inmate Lolly, whom Piper met briefly on a plane in Season 2.
  • Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) is not wearing prison orange. Has she left prison or is this a flashback?
  • Gloria (Selenis Leyva) threatens Sophia. (Did she not like Boo’s new ‘do?)
  • Red (Kate Mulgrew) has still got it. Love the scene where she dispenses advice to Piper.
  • Bennett (Matt McGorry) and Daya (Dascha Polanco) are still hooking up.
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake joins the cast as a new corrections officer seen talking with Crazy Eyes about her erotic writing. The scene gives us this priceless quote: “It’s not just sex; it’s love. It’s about two people connecting—with four other people, and aliens.”
  • In the clip below, Crazy Eyes and crew debate whether Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) indeed died when she was hit by the van at the end of Season 2.

Mary Steenburgen, fresh off her amazing work on FX’s “Justified,” will join the cast as the mother of prison guard-turned-inmate Mendez, aka Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber). Schreiber, however, will not be a series regular. Jason Biggs will not appear this season as Larry, Piper’s former love.

I’m sure I missed something. Let me know what else you see in the clips.