Edit Poussey has been in prison for two years at the start of the series with four years to go. Her mother died during her second year in prison, as revealed in " Fool Me Once ". Poussey is a good-natured jokester and is often seen with her best friend, Taystee , working together in the library or joking around in the rec room or mess hall.
Poussey gives her friends a bottle of her toilet hooch to help them mourn the death of Tricia Miller , revealing her kind nature " Edit It is implied that Poussey is in love with Taystee, but the feelings are not mutual. Vee approaches Poussey about selling her toilet hooch, but Poussey rejects this idea because she prefers to share it with her friends. She punishes Poussey over this perceived lack of loyalty and loss of potential business by exploiting her unreciprocated romantic feelings for Taystee to isolate her from the tribe, causing a rift in Poussey and Taystee's relationship " A Whole Other Hole ".
Poussey is one of the few black inmates immune to Vee's manipulation tactics and she begins a campaign to fight Vee's influence and actions throughout the season.
At one point, Suzanne threatens and physically assaults her on Vee's non-verbal command, which causes deep emotional trauma. Eventually, a drunk Poussey causes irreparable damage to Vee's tobacco business by stomping on several tins of tobacco and pouring bleach on them.
Realizing that Poussey cannot be intimidated, Vee decides to mollify her by ejecting Taystee from the gang. Poussey and Taystee later make up after a final confrontation in the library. Edit On Mother's Day , Poussey is overcome by the memories of her deceased mother, after which she begins to develop an interest in Gloria and Norma 's spiritualism. Poussey becomes depressed and turns to alcohol. She also immerses herself in Suzanne's new sci-fi erotica Time Hump Chronicles.
She realizes that she feels so sad because she is lonely without a girlfriend. Taystee reassures her that she will always be there for Poussey, but Poussey states that would not be enough. Poussey discovers Soso in the library after the latter overdoses on antihistamines. She nurses Soso back to health with Taystee and Suzanne's help. After this incident, Soso is accepted by the Black Girls as one of their own.
Later, Poussey and Soso are seen holding hands and joking around on the beach behind Litchfield, implying a budding relationship " Trust No Bitch ". Edit Poussey is overjoyed when her favorite celebrity chef Judy King is sent to Litchfield. Poussey is frequently tongue-tied around the friendly Judy, leaving her bemused.
At the same time, a romantic relationship between Poussey and Soso develops throughout Season Four, though it was temporarily jeopardized when Soso told Judy King an offensive and stereotypical narrative of Poussey's background to explain Poussey's seemingly odd behavior around Judy. Later, Poussey and Soso realize that this situation happened because the two do not know each other very well.
They resolve to get to know each other's backgrounds. Poussey is accidentally suffocated by CO Bayley at the end of Season Four during an initially peaceful demonstration in the cafeteria. To protest Captain Piscatella 's treatment of the inmates, inmates stood on tables and demanded his resignation. Suzanne becomes upset after additional guards are called as back up, and Poussey attempts to de-escalate the situation. Piscatella orders Bayley to restrain Suzanne and escort her to psych, and in the scuffle he improperly restrains Poussey face down while kneeling on her back.
Suzanne continues to struggle with Bayley while putting all of his weight on Poussey, who is unable to breathe. Poussey is accidentally suffocated due to compression asphyxia from Bayley kneeing on her back " The Animals ". After Bayley is pulled off Poussey, the inmates and staff realize that Poussey is not moving.
Piscatella calls for a medic, and Taystee pushes through the crowd to Poussey's body on the floor. Taystee begins to sob as she curls up next to Poussey on the floor while others look on in shock. Piscatella orders lock down in which all inmates are confined to their bunks, TV and phone calls are blacked out, and guards corroborate their version of events.
Angered by the morally questionable response to events, Caputo sends Piscatella home, debriefs Bayley, and contacts MCC. It becomes apparent to Caputo, staff, and inmates, that no response plan exists to address a death in general population; Poussey's body is left on the cafeteria floor for a day until the coroner arrives. Poussey's death is even more heart-rending when it is revealed that she was in prison only as a non-violent offender; she had been convicted of trespassing and possession with intent to sell less than a half ounce of unspecified drugs, probably marijuana, according to her backstory in this same episode.
Inmates and staff alike appear shaken by Poussey's death. Norma comforts Soso by rocking and singing to her, and Soso later gets drunk off the remainder of the contraband hooch. Inmates stop by a makeshift memorial, donating food and giving their condolences. Caputo contacts Poussey's father, and is visibly upset at having to do so. Edit Poussey's death continues to be a central issue in this season. Justice for her is one of the main demands of the prison riot. She is seen in a flashback episode, which shows Taystee's first day at Litchfield and how they became friends.