Forget about New Year's Eve—the best reason to stay up until midnight (PST) this year, anxiously watching the clock until it turns over, is to be one of the first people to burn through a whole new season of Orange Is the New Black when it lands at midnight PST on Friday, June 12. (So 3 a.m. on the east coast, but worth it?) But before you dive back in, here are 10 of season two's key moments. Refresh your memory, stock up on energy drinks, and go into the summer's best binge-watch prepared.
1. Larry and Piper are over.
Larry's relationship with Piper has been tested since the moment Piper's sentence began, but in season two, after Larry started a relationship with Piper's close friend Polly, their marriage ended. Don't hold out hope for a reconciliation — Jason Biggs isn't returning for season three.
2. Red is recovering.
The intense rivalry between Red and Vee was a key storyline in season two. That rivalry came to a head when Vee snuck up behind Red and savagely beat her, sending her to the hospital. But by the end of last season's finale, Red was healing in the hospital and will hopefully be back to doling out tough life lessons soon enough. Maybe she'll even return to the kitchen.
3. Vee is probably dead.
After the fight with Red—and after Vee's band of loyal disciples turned on her—Vee used Red's greenhouse escape hatch to flee the prison. She made it as far as the highway, but was run over by Rosa, who'd stolen the prison van (more on that in a second). The van hit her pretty hard, but OITNB has pulled plenty of sneaky plot twists before, so there's at least a tiny chance that Vee might pull through.
4. Rosa is also probably dead.
Toward the end of season two, Rosa received news that her cancer was so advanced that she only had three to six weeks to live. Morello "accidentally" left the keys in the prison van, allowing Rosa to escape. Presumably, by the time season three picks up, Rosa will have succumbed to the cancer—or, as some have theorized, ended her life on her own terms.
5. Pornstache is out of the picture.
After two full seasons of creepy, predatory behavior, Pornstache was accused of being the father of Daya's baby and was first suspended from his guard position and then ultimately arrested. He left Litchfield swearing that he'd love Daya forever, but since he's not returning for season three, Daya might just finally be free of pretending to have feelings for a gross, unmitigated perv.
6. Alex is headed back to prison.
At the beginning of season two, Alex was released after giving (false) testimony in the case against her and Piper's former crime boss. But when she visited Piper in prison to tell her she planned to skip town, Piper called in a favor from Polly (who felt guilty about her affair with Larry) and tipped off Alex's parole officer about her probation violations.
7. Poussey is flawless.
It bears repeating that Poussey was the MVP of season two—she was a steadfast friend who was unafraid to be who she was and unwilling to get sucked up into Vee's bizarre cult of personality. Vee kept Taystee and Poussey apart for far too much of season two, but now that she's dead (probably), hopefully one of TV's best female friendships will be back with a vengeance in season three.
8. Natalie Figueroa has resigned.
Throughout both OITNB seasons, Fig consistently cut prison programs and services, positioning herself as a tough assistant warden. But instead, she and her husband were embezzling money from the prison. Piper passed evidence of the embezzlement to Caputo to get Fig fired, and even though she gave him a blow job in return for his silence, she lost her job anyway.
9. Piper's not going to Virginia.
A huge plot point at the end of season two was Piper's potential transfer to a prison in Virginia, which Fig set in motion after Piper made a general nuisance of herself sharing prison secrets with Larry and poking around for information. But just as quickly as this obstacle popped up in Piper's way, it disappeared—after she helped expose Fig's embezzlement, Caputo called off the transfer.
10. Nicky's headed for trouble.
Nicky's storylines for most of season two were sexual and/or lighthearted, but that changed at the end of the season when Nicky stole a stash of heroin from Vee in order to get revenge for Vee's attack on Red. But since Nicky chose to store the heroin in a vent rather than getting rid of it, she might start season three in the throes of addiction again.