At the very end of last week’s episode, We saw Jessica give her distress signal, hands behind the neck standing in front of a camera. This week someone goes home, but I can’t believe it is her. One of the other girls will go before she will. I think. Let’s find out.
Jessica says she just can’t do this. She says the inmates are “not her caliber of people.” And I’m sure she will get shit for that comment, but it’s true. She is in there with drug addicts who are openly using drugs on a daily basis. Women walking around nekkid and having sex right out in the open. Then there are the inadequate living conditions, mold everywhere, sewage spewing. I get her wanting to leave. It was the flood that did her in. She says she is serious. She wants to leave. They tell her they can’t get her out until tomorrow. She’s not happy about that. They tell her to please keep her cover all the way through. She says “for sure” I think the fact that production left that in implies that she in fact does not keep her cover. Hopefully she changes her mind tomorrow.
Holy crap! She is really tapping out. I didn’t think she would go through with it. I completely understand it though. FCJ is a lot. When Jessica gets to the hotel she is shocked by how “crazy” she looks. Girl please, she look like she was doing an urban model shoot the whole damn time. When she calls her boyfriend he sounds less than pleased that she dropped out early. I would have just gone home to surprise him and seen what was up. But that’s just me.
Michelle is having a rough time. She calls her boyfriend. He’s supportive but misses her being home. The cameras call her in to let her know that Jessica dropped out. This may be the final push she needs to tap out as well. Oh, Colonel Adger himself comes in to try and encourage her stay with it. He doesn’t want to lose any more female inmates. He didn’t tell her Jessica tapped out. She seemed to feel better after talking to him.
Michelle ends up talking to Sydney and giving her some counseling. Whoever it was that Sydney spoke with on the phone, apologized for getting her hooked on drugs. Sadly, not long after Sydney got out, she and her father were killed in a very serious one car accident. I do not know why I can’t get the link to come up. Maybe I just mentioned it in comments. Listening to Sydney’s plan for her future is very sad. So is Michelle’s confessional where she hopes that Sydney is the one person whose path she can change.
We find out this week that Mauri has had no contact with the outside world since she was booked in. Her mother is married to someone who used to work for the FCJ and if she called and her mama heard that the call was from the FCJ she would be looking into things. I think there is probably more to that story, but for whatever reason, Mauri has no outside support. That sucks.
Nate and Calvin and Matt
Nate, with the stitches in his face from last week, is on to Calvin being in the program. He’s trying to give him signals. Nate starts to figure it out but he is afraid to ask Calvin directly. Eventually, they both figure it out. Calvin says that Matt is in on it too. He just hasn’t told him yet. Eventually, all three acknowledge with each other that they are in the program.
Too Tall has targeted a new victim. An inmate name Quinton. Quinton has no gang affiliations and isn’t interest in having one. Too Tall wants him to be with the bloods. This will not end well. He tries to make Quinton give him his orange. He doesn’t do it. Calvin, bless his heart, tries to resolve the issue by giving Too Tall his orange. It’s not about the orange, Calvin. Quentin finally decides to let him have whatever he wants. Too tall takes his tray and dumps it on his head. Q ends up standing up to Too Tall who as usual sends someone else in to do his fighting. Q ends up in tears.
Calvin’s roommate, Dasani is celebrating his 19th birthday in Fulton County Jail. He wants to celebrate by fighting people. He essentially asks for volunteers. Too Tall wastes no time in volunteering his little foot soldiers. All six of the gangbangers wished him a happy birthday with their fists. Then everyone just went back around their business like nothing happened.
I’ve been worried about Don since he got booked in. He has a strong resistance to authority and an overall attitude issue. He became way too attached to his cellmate Delrico who was one of the bosses of the pod. Delrico was grooming him for a life of crime both in the jail and once he got out. Delrico had fashioned a weapon of some sort with a comb and covered the camera. This caused a shakedown the zone, but they came up with nothing. Don was very upset that Delrico had to go serve some time in solitary. Because of the way the jail is set up, he has been basically in solitary since Delrico left 36 hours ago. He’s starting to suffer some psychological effects of prolonged solitude. He not sure if he mentally continue without a cellmate.
So they give Don a new cellmate. He’s white and looks like the kind of kid who writes manifestos and blows thing up. He refuses to speak a single word to Don. One they are locked down, Zack tells Don his name and that he is going to prison for five years. They have both heard that the prison down the road is even worse than the jail. Federal prisons are generally a lot better than jail. But state prisons, they can be truly awful. Georgia has one of the largest prison systems in the country. Here’s a link to six of the worst prisons in GA.
Jon has taken a more compassionate approach with Dashaun. He has decided not to let him get under his skin. Instead he’s going to try some behavior modification strategies to change Dashaun’s behavior for the better.
Jessica’s Exit Interview
I have strong feeling that they do not show a lot of what they report on in the exit interviews. I know that Jessica had a whole lot more to say than just that the women are all doing drugs that they hide in their deodorant containers. Colonel Mark made it clear he was disappointed in her tapping out.
Based on Jessica’s input there is a shake down of two of the pods in the south annex. One of the guys from the sheriff’s department if FINE! I would very much enjoy a shake down from that man.
The second the officers are in eye shot, every toilet in the pod flushes.
Next week: We see the shakedown play out at south annex. Too Tall’s minions beat down Dasani again. Over in 600 pretty boy Jon is the second pretty boy to have a scar put on his face. He gets clipped somehow right on the brow bone. Don runs his damn mouth to a CO again. He tells him to catch him in the street, he’ll be soft as cotton. I don’t know why anyone thought Don had the self-control for this. He certainly does not.