I’m sort of sad this is the finale but I am pumped that they filmed a second season at the same jail before this one aired. I read that Robert was sort of made as a plant, or at least suspected to be one very early on. Speaking of Robert check the comment section here, he emailed me last week. He’s certainly a character who enjoys attention.
If I am calculating correctly, Tami, Yaz and Zac are the last three in the prison.
Tami and Yaz are both itching to out of the jail. I don’t know if it is the editing or what but the pod seems more volatile than usual. Yaz gets called first and she is shocked. Tami supposedly does not know Yaz is in the program but she is for some reason livid that Yaz is going home even though she came in after she did. This makes me think she did know Yaz was in the program and still treated her like shit.
Tami finally gets the “bed and baggage” call and several girls help her get her stuff and hug her and tell her they love her and to stay in touch. She was floored. After she leaves, Amy has a bit of a breakdown because she left.
Both Tami and Yaz had a huge reaction to being outside and seeing sunlight. That was after only 60 days or less in the jail. They all talked about how bad the air was in there and they never got to go outside.
Tami cries again when she gets to have a beer (or six) in her hotel room. I am back to kinda loving Tami again. I was surprised by her meltdown but given her history it all makes sense and I feel like this might have been a cathartic thing for her. I think she might be happier now in deep places where she hid her unhappiness before. At least I hope so.
I hate how when women cry, we often apologize for our feelings. Why do we do that? Tami has the best girlfriend ever. She doesn’t have to apologize for crying when she talks to her.
Zac is the sole survivor of D-Pod, and the men’s unit in general at this point. I have a feeling C-Pod probably already has some of the season two cast in lock down. Zac is in a bad spot as last week they sent one dude, all by himself into D-Pod in the middle of the night to catch Daffron on his smuggled cellphone. He did catch him, but he got jumped and was getting quite the beat down, at least it seemed so at the end of last week’s episode. I’m pretty sure the whole “hot coffee!” or “white towel” plan will not work at 3 a.m. Fortunately, it was likely Daffron we heard getting the beatdown and the CO retrieved the phone and carted Daffron off to the hole.
Zac knows that he is getting out and he wants to get Brian’s contact number. He wants to help out his fellow Marine on the outside.
With Daffron out of the pod, that leaves Newbolt to arise as the new pod boss, but someone steals his mutherfucking lunch tray. This is not good. How do you steal a lunch tray from an OG in the pod and no one sees it? A lot of inmates have “laced up” which means put their gym shoes on (instead of their showers shoes) in preparation for a fight. Apparently this is a signal muchlike when high school girls yank out their earrings and give them to someone to hold. It means shit is getting ready to go down! It turns out that they did know who took the tray and went to beat his ass. Problem solved. No big deal.
Zac was the absolute last one out. His cover story didn’t make sense to the guys. After he left they talked about the fact no one knew what he was in for. I think some of the inmates made him. He is urgently wanting to do his exit interview ASAP because everyone is on edge with the Newbolt situation and there are weapons in the pod and a riot is brewing.
The Last Two Women Are Released
Before we get to the interview, Yaz gets to her hotel room with all of her stuff : her prayer rug, some real food, and real coffee. She is so happy! And her cell phone!
It’s been two months since Yaz has been able to practice her religion and it is one of the first things she does. While I love seeing her religious devotion, the fact that they filmed it made it seem a bit invasive to me. Because here in America people like Leeanne Locken pray on camera during a crappy reality show before going into their “friend’s” house to verbally attack them and people like Nene Leakes run around calling themselves “highly favored” by her God, the pristine nature of Islam seems much more scared to me. That’s just me and my upbringing and is not meant to cast aspersions on any religion. I’m just saying that this seems like a sacred moment between Maryum and Allah that I feel some kinda way about the camera disturbing.
They show Tami and Yaz’s interviews at the same time switching back and forth. The first question they ask her is if she thinks anyone caught on that she was a cop. She say “no, not a once.” Tami says it was a really rough two months for her.
She said the COs didn’t do anything when people were caught smoking cigarettes. No one got written up. Absolutely no consequences were given..
Tami says the trustees (inmates with special privileges for good behavior) are the ones smuggling things in on food trays.
At Yaz’s interview she said it was better than she thought it was going to be. People were for the most part really nice to her. Yaz says in the short time she was there she was shocked how many people were addicted to drugs and a couple of inmates came in and out and back in for drugs in the short time she was there. She thinks they need some sort of drug program for those who want it before they are released.
Both women discuss how drug addiction is the cause of most of these women being in jail. It’s a sad, hard truth.
Zac’s Exit Interview
Zac tells them that there are a lot of shanks in D-Pod and there has been talk amongst the inmates that they could take out the COs at some point because there is strength in numbers. He tells exactly how they talk about doing it and the fact that they will only be shot with pepper oils and paint balls. Wait, whut? Paint balls? They plan to defend themselves with their bed mats.
Zac gives excellent feedback. Where they hide things. How the searches are for stupid stuff like extra stuffing in the mats. The shakedowns are laughable. There is gang activity. There are hits out on people in the cell. Something with the sugar cubes that I didn’t understand. Zac was definitely the hero.
Based on Zac’s feedback about the shanks the cops go in and do another shakedown. But the sheriff makes it seem like they are only looking for ONE shank. I assume this is for editing so they can say the recovered “the shank.” It also makes me wonder if they will put anyone in D-Pod after this. It seems a bit too dangerous, especially for kids like Isaiah.
I was right. They found one shank. There was a lot of back patting over that.
It ends with them filming everyone reuniting with their families. My problem is that Tami is listed as a “police officer” when she hasn’t been one for a long time. And Barbra is listed as a “stay at home mom” but word is she has had other “acting jobs.” I don’t have a problem AT ALL with putting reality whores in jail. In fact if you called the show, “We’re Going To Lock Up A Bunch of People Who Will Do Anything To Be On TV!” I think they would have a ton more viewers. It would be like the ancient times of feeding Christians to the Lions.” We would all be cheering for Robert to be savagely eaten first! It’s ridiculous to give this show the “reality” edit.
Barbara says she has a lot of compassion for people now. And I actually said out loud, “As long as they’re white.” I would kill for a reunion episode where she is asked the hard questions about he treatment of Yaz.
I’m not sure how helpful Isaiah was to the program, but I’m hoping the program was helpful to Isaiah. I hope Tyler Perry or someone tosses a few coins into that boy’s educational fund.
Zac talks about PTSD with red rimmed eyes and it makes me sad but more so ANGRY about how we take boys and send them to war and they come back traumatized and fucked up. My oldest brother is a war vet that came back in bad shape and scarred for life. He’s old enough to be my father and we didn’t really live together in my conscious memory. I’ve just seen him fighting demons and it makes me angry and sad. We know better now. We know better than to do what we are doing. Our war heroes and all who serve need all the support we can possible provide. We have let them down.
Tami, like Isaiah got way more out of it than she gave. I hope this makes her life happier.
They didn’t show reunions for those who left early.
OMG! THERE IS A REUNION!!! I cannot wait until next week! It looks like Tami and Barbara continue to harass Yaz. And Zac tells Robert and Jeff (?) what he thinks about them.