This show taped at 1 am but the title is The Aftermath Part II and I am not recalling seeing a part one. So I am confused but will recap this episode regardless. This show was filmed before the season aired.
Sheri and Ashley are the first two out. They talk about Sheri figuring out that Ashley was part of the program right away. Nothing got past Sheri in that pod. She’s got some serious skills. I hate how they show so much show footage. Are they ever going to let these people talk? Sheri says since the program she thinks that rather than go back to being a CO she wants to pursue other opportunities where she can work as a consultant to help make changes to the system. Ashleigh talks about how being in prison helped her to understand why her mother gave her up for adoption and strengthen her sobriety. Monalisa says the program helped her to stop judging her daughter and made their relationship a lot better. She also says that her marriage ended, saying that it was a long time coming. Having an incarcerated child was very hard on her marriage. Sheri says that all of the women had a hard time returning to their marriage and finding their place in the family again. It was not an easy reentry to their normal life for any of them. That surprises me. If they were only in for sixty days, imagine people who do much longer sentences.
Quintin comes out and says that he wishes he would have gone by another name. The two officers seemed pissy about this comment. There is some definite tension there. I wonder what that is all about. He must have said some things they didn’t like in his debriefing that we didn’t get to see. Sheriff Noel said that they used their real names so that they would not forget to respond if someone called their undercover name. Captain Maples said that Quintin signed up for a reality show and he knew what he was getting into and the risk involved. Quintin nods with the look of someone who is not at all interested in what these two are saying to him. I hope we get to the bottom of this, but I am not sure that we will.
Ryan joined the program to learn more about the jail system because he wanted to be a police detective. As a result of the program he has decided he no longer wants to be a police officer at all. Ryan would have issues enforcing some of the laws that result in lengthy sentences for minor offenses. Captain Maples says that some of the stories Ryan heard in jail such as long sentences for small amounts of pot were made up by the inmates. Sheriff Noel is pissy about Ryan’s commissary business. He they were told not to participate in trades because it could put him in danger. I’m thinking the whole shoving all the inmates into the rec room pissed off as hell and not giving them any water was a lot more dangerous. I do not understand why the Captain and the Sheriff are so disparaging about Ryan’s time in the program. They act like he gave them no insight at all into the issues at the jail.
Dion was shocked to see the footage of all the unwanted sexual advances toward Brian. Ryan, who was in the pod with Brian when all of this was going on says that the taunting of Brian was “just recreation” and “we were bored.” Sheriff Noel is steaming over this comment. He says that some of the people involved caught criminal charges from that behavior and it is unfortunate that someone undercover would assimilate and start acting like an inmate. Every time they say this it pissed me off. That was exactly what they were supposed to do. That was the whole point of being undercover is to assimilate and act like an inmate. Ryan points out the same thing, saying he was in there to do a job and he didn’t just want to pass, he wanted to ace the challenge he was given and he feels like he did that. I do too. I have not comprehension of the animosity from the officers.
Chris who tapped out before even being assigned a pod seems embarrassed by the vomiting montage. Chris says watching the footage brings his anxiety back. He feels like he let the program down. He says the program brought him much closer to his incarcerated brother.
Next we talk about Zac and Ashley’s relationship. Zac says that he did his best to support and encourage her as much as possible. Ashleigh sighs and wiggles in her seat. Ashleigh says that she didn’t feel supported and that there were many times he told her just to suck it up. Ashleigh says that when she had no one and nothing in there he was cold to her. He says that was not his intention.
They play the clip of Zac calling her a fucking cunt and of her conversations with Sheri about her concerns about her marriage. Zac has this weird smile on his face while this is going on. Zac response was that he was unaware that she was having such serious doubts about the marriage. Zac seems unaware of a lot of things. Like that this would be a good time to show some sort of remorse and embarrassment over calling his wife a fucking cunt on national TV.
He says their relationship has been rocky from the start. She says over the past seven years there has been so much stuff swept under the rug that they haven’t dealt with. She previously said she has trust issues based on some of those things. It seems that she is hinting that Zac had cheated in the past. She has underlying resentment over that. She tells the host that her inability to answer Sheri’s question, “Is he the one?” wasn’t so much about whether he is the one for her, but rather if she is the one for him. This guy has totally crushed her self-esteem and it is sad to watch.
Ashleigh says the reason Sheri seemed to be suggesting she leave Zac was because Sheri was only hearing her side of things. She says she was jealous that the was in Vegas and New York. They play a clip of Zac talking about his luxurious bed in Las Vegas. I don’t think she was jealous that he was in a nice room, I think she was hurt that he didn’t have the decency to rub it in her face while she was incarcerated and having a rough time. Zac says that he was in Vegas applying for a job with the police force and Ashley thought he was there going to the casinos and getting with strippers. That is a telling line right there. Why would he assume she was concerned about him hooking up with strippers? On what planet does it take four days to apply for a job?
Zac says that Ashleigh rides on an emotional roller coaster and has for the majority of their relationship. This guy is such an ass. The host says it sounds like he is constantly pointing the finger at Ashleigh and asks if he has “as many or more things to change to make the relationship work.” He says that most of the issues in their relationship belong to Ashleigh. The host asks Ashleigh if she agrees with what Zac is saying about her needing to work on herself, but that he is fine. Ashleigh becomes very uncomfortable and seems not to want to answer the question. She says she’s not sure how to answer that. Zac says to just be honest. She says that she doesn’t think anyone is perfect and everyone has things they could work on.
Dan Abrams asks why Ashleigh could not receive all of the support he felt he gave her in prison. They show more clips of him treating her like shit on the phone. He crafts a new version of history. He says he was trying to get her to be mad at him so she would distance herself from him and not have such a desire to come back home to him. With each explanation, this dude looks worse and worse. Ashley eyes narrow and her face looks a bit confused by this newest fabrication. Ashley points out that this makes no sense. She had to call him to find out how the kid was. So Zac again changes his story. Now he says when she needs comfort at home he holds her and tells her it is going to be okay. He didn’t know what to say on the phone and he couldn’t hug her. Nope, this excuse doesn’t fly either.
Ashleigh says it was really hard going from jail with no daily responsibilities to being thrown right back into a marriage and motherhood. It felt overwhelming. Ashleigh managed to get knocked up as soon as she got out of prison. They had another son, just a day or two ago.
Finally, they have all of the participants in the room together to talk about The Great Shit Storm of 2016. But first we finally get another moment with Quintin. I feel like Quintin and Dion have had no air time on this episode. Quintin says that he never saw the guard raising up the inmate, they were constantly pushing them down. Sheriff Noel says that during the debriefing several guards who did well were mentioned over and over so it was nice to give them recognition.
Quintin says that the show of force by the guards really made a bad situation a lot worse. Monalisa disagrees with Quintin. She says there were only four guards there for all of those inmates. Really? That right there should be illegal. There needs to be some sort of mandate on ration of guards to prisoners. And when the sewage issued happened they should have called in every guard they had! That is not safe for the inmates or the guards. They have no idea how lucky they are that things went as well as they did.
We end with the changes that have been implemented. First they bought a body scanner to be able to see if drugs are hidden in a body cavity when people enter the jail. Some guards were disciplined. They were able to upgrade their camera system. The new camerae have helped them discover who is cheeking their meds and finding hidden cell phones. They classify the inmates differently and assign pods based on the new classification to avoid pod bosses controlling the pods.
Dion looks a lot bigger than he did in prison. Quintin says they are not the same people who went in to prison coming out. No one would encourage a significant other to do the program.