This week on 60 days in, conditions get a lot worse in the south annex. Plus when we left off, Jessica took a huge risk and wrote the names of the two female producers of the show down and asked Michelle if that meant anything to her. A very risky move. Particularly if she is wrong. Michelle confirms she is part of the show with Jessica and then, Jessica loses her damn mind. She is saying, “I knew it!’ over and over where people can hear her. She hugs Michelle and draws all sorts of attention to them. This does not go unnoticed.
Michelle, who I had absolutely no faith in for this experiment, has done remarkably well and is almost half way through her 60 days. Her podmates are beyond horrible. They scream and yell and act a fool all day and into the night. She’s in the worst pod in the entire annex. She’s struggling with it hard. But she has not quit. The schedule for the women is crazy. They lock them down for the night at 9pm and then wake them all up at 11pm for count. Then apparently, to hear the girl tell it they have breakfast at 2am and then count again at 7am.
Finally, we see Mauri. Hey girl, hey! Mauri reads the recaps and follows me on social media. Mauri has her confidence. She is making some friends through singing and rap. You go girl! The women have to turn over their uniforms to be washed. The backup ones are invested with some sort of larva or eggs. The COs won’t listen to them and tell them to put them on. Mauri is doing exactly what she was told not to do. She is writing down every infraction she sees. It is a really bad idea. She could have at least written a “fictional story” about a girl in jail and then describe the things she wants to say. Or she could just memorize the list in her head. But nooooo. This is not going to be good.
Jessica is missing home. Her daughter gets on the phone and is begging for a blue tutu. She feels like Reuben yells at her girl too much and he is not particularly supportive with her when she calls home.
The sewer lines have burst on South Annex. The upstairs is completely flooded. Sewer water is raining down on the bottom floor. They tell the COs who do nothing. The inmates try to block the water from their pods with blankets. The trustee brings a long-handled Squeegee and the inmates have to clean it up! Some girl in another pod thought she was getting out but she didn’t so she stuck a blanket in the toilet and just kept stuffing it down trying to flush it. This is not a minor water leak. There is an inch or two of water on the upstairs floors that the inmates are pushing over the balcony to the downstairs. There is not a single staff member in the pod. Just one random trustee.
The sewer water doesn’t seem to be lessening even with more inmates trying to contain it. There are now blankets soaked in sewage everywhere. the floors are wet with sewage and the inmates only have flip flops for shoes. The food comes. Who’s hungry? Try not to slip and fall in the shit water and grab your container. So Gross. Jessica is fed up. Oh crap. I forgot she gives the distress signal this week, and there it is.
Next week, Jessica talks to production. Will she stay?
Calvin is miserable being locked up in the cell with Dasani so long each day. I am confused by the tablets in the jail. They inmates can use them to make calls and listen to music, but they seem to only have access to them randomly. Calvin got a tablet this episode and it appeared that he was the only one to get one. They cost $20 a month so not everyone has one. It’s unclear if they get to keep them 24/7 or how it works exactly. As soon as he gets it, Too Tall approaches him and wants his tablet. Too Tall is the pod boss in 500 who had his boys beat up Dashaun last week. This is not a good situation. He makes a deal with Too Tall for extra food to make a phone call.
Too Tall is not returning Calvin’s tablet. Calvin is afraid to do anything about it. He gets it back after Too Tall uses up most of his battery. Calvin has had a skewed view on how he is regarded in the pod since he got to jail. He thinks loaning his tablet to Too Tall gives him some sort of respect from Too Tall when it’s really the opposite. He is sure that Too Tall likes him, so he can let his guard down. He’s relieved. Oh, Calvin. It’s jail. You can’t trust these people!
Nate has been making lots of friends in jail. He plays basketball with a group of Bloods. He’s a good player and they call him white mike. He is picked for teams. The game is rough and during this one, Nate takes a hard elbow to the face. It looked intentional to me Nate was nowhere near the ball and the guy was facing him when he jumped up and came down with an elbow. The guy was on his own team so maybe it was an accident. Nate takes a time out. Nate got stitches on his pretty forehead right smack in the middle. Jail house stitches. He will have this memory on his pretty face forever! His cellmate was beside himself with worry and tons of guys came to check on him. He’s the king of the pod. This might hurt Too Talls feelings!
Matt’s cellie, James, plays mock trombone with his lips in the cell all the time. It’s what he does to pass the time. Matt’s laid back about it but the COs are not. One of the female COs gets pissed with James and puts both James and Matt on a two-day lockdown. It’s the whole, “the entire class misses recess” when one bad kid acts up. Piss poor behavior management skills.
Later when everyone is on lockdown someone in another cell screams out something to the irritable female CO and she thinks it’s Matt yelling stuff. Matt let’s her know that he is white and she can easily recognize his voice. Matt’s roommate is also white. They believe they are being locked up for being white. Matt points out that Too Tall tells the COs to fuck off all the time. We see a video where he says it to likely the same female CO and makes a shooting motion with his hand. Nothing. Not even a verbal reprimand.
Next week, Nate figures out that Calvin is in the program and Matt figures out the other two. That should be interesting and potentially save Calvin’s life. Too Tall threatens to kill someone.
Don’s roommate, Delrico is hard core and he is teaching Don the rules of the streets. He shows Don how to kill someone using a plastic comb. Don is very susceptible to all this hoodlum stuff if you ask me. The inmates are frustrated that the cameras are on them at all times. There is zero privacy. Delrico decides to cover the camera with a towel. This causes production to alert the Colonel because the crew has to have eyes on the participants at all time. The Colonel orders a shakedown on 600 Zone. Delrico tries to hide something. Forty or so COs come in and search everyone and send them to the rec room. Then they search the cells. After three hours, they find nothing. Del Rico gets two weeks of solitary.Don was super sad to lose his “father figure.”
Dashaun is getting on Jon’s last nerve. It seems all the inmates are constantly annoyed with Dashaun. Jon calls his wife and she is falling apart without him at home. I never understand how the spouse left behind finds it so impossible to manage for two months on their own. Some of us don’t ever have someone in the house that fixes shit that breaks or deals with the scary neighbor. Some how we still survive. Jon is ready to bail.
Jon makes a deal with Deshaun for his sandwiches. Deshaun now owes him cookies for the next two nights. When Dashuan starts trying to back out of the cookie deal, Jon threatens to beat his ass.