In every television show there is always a character who winds you up so much that even their presence makes you loathe them entirely. For Hannibal, it’s Mason Verger. For Sherlock, it’s Magnussen. For Orange Is The New Black, it’s George “Pornstache” Mendez. Slimy since day one, his off-cuff attitude, manipulation and sexual predator behaviour to the ladies of Litchfield made him one of the most despicable characters to ever grace television. In series one, he got his comeuppance when he was thrown out of the prison for having sex with Daya. And then he, for some unknown reason, came back to the prison much to the dismay of everyone.
One of the best things about this series is its delicate balance of different storylines and weaving them together yet making them enriched and full. It’s so risqué to have multiple characters on different tangents that are all gradually being heightened to boiling point and have it work. Not to mention that it each episode has a different writer and director. With all those storylines in the air, having a lot of them crammed into one episode at near breaking point shouldn’t work.
Let’s swing a final bits of praise to make this review really feel like gushing. Morello’s brilliant and dark past comes back to scream in her face and it is so heart-breaking but poignantly done. Healy and Pensatucky form an unlikely bond with the villainess of season one becoming quite likeable with new teeth. And everything, everything about this episode is so so great.
Oh no, I gushed.