Another new Orange is The New Black season, another binge-watching season without Poussey Washington. While we’re incredibly excited to welcome new characters and find out what the Litchfield ladies are up to, we can’t help but still feel distraught over the fact that we’ll never get to see Poussey ever again (unless there’s a flashback, of course). So in honor of OITNB Season 6, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to commemorate our favorite Poussey Washington moments:
1When she perfectly defined what love is
Who says you have to say something deeply profound when you’re trying to define love? Poussey perfectly encapsulated the feeling. When you find someone that you vibe with, someone you never want to spend a second apart from, don’t let them go. For her, it’s Soso, but we’ll get to that later.
2When she schooled Taystee on the origins of her name
Poussey has always been the subject of mockery because of her name’s alternative pronunciation. But one day, she got so sick of the jokes and decided to put an end to all the slander. “My name is POUSSEY!” she yells. “Accent à droite, b*tch! It’s French! Poussey is a place in France where my daddy served and kings was born and shit!” RIGHT ON, GIRL! YOU TELL ‘EM!
3When she described her dream job
Now, THIS. This is probably one of the most relatable things Poussey ever said on the show. When asked what her dream career is like, she said what everyone is tempted to say in every job interview ever: “I want the kind of job where I could just chill, you know,” she quipped nonchalantly. “Chill out, collect a check.” And, same. Be honest, who wouldn’t want a decent paying job where you can chill the whole 9 to 5?
4When she sang “Amazing Grace” like an angel
Back in Season 1, Poussey surprised everyone with her powerful yet moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” for their Christmas event. She had such an angelic voice that her performance gave us goosebumps and made us cry our eyes out all at the SAME TIME.
5When she fangirled over Judy King
Poussey was generally confident and unabashed when it comes to socializing, but she transformed into a total fangirl in front of her idol. When celebrity chef Judy King ended up serving time in Litchfield, Poussey couldn’t help but freak out and giggle like a fan. Thanks to Soso’s involvement, she got the chance to have a “blind friend date” with Judy, which soon blossomed into a full-blown friendship.
6Her relationship with Soso
No one saw their relationship coming, but we’re glad that we got the privilege to witness a love SO pure. Poussey and Soso were the ultimate #relationshipgoals because they deeply cared for each other, and pushed one another to be the best version of themselves. They never bickered through misunderstandings, and had a healthy communication throughout their short-lived relationship. Poussey never even pressured Brook to identify as gay or put an unnecessary label on their connection. Instead, they just cherished their love for what it is, focused on making each other happy, and honestly, that’s the only thing that matters.
7Her entire friendship with Taystee
If you ask us to pick ONE reasons why we love the Poussey-Taystee BFF-ship it would take us all day. But we’re going to say this: we admire that they were honest to each other (sometimes brutally so), we love that they had each other’s backs no matter what happened, and we’re never going to forget the fact that they were each other’s family. Sisters for life!
8When she engaged in a “White People Be Like” game with Taystee
If there’s one thing you should know about Poussey and Taystee, it’s that they have “rich white girl” alter egos: Mackenzie and Amanda. They occasionally mimicked the plight of white people, and this scene is one of the best. “Amanda, let me ask you, what do you think about my bangs these days?” Poussey asked Taystee. “I mean, do you like them straight down or should I be doing more of a sweep to the side?”
9When she invented an ingenious peeing device
Litchfield isn’t a place with what you would consider decent living conditions. It’s downright filthy, there are barely any working appliances, and the communal bathroom isn’t a place you’d want to spend more than a minute in. And so to make things better for her, Poussey invented a device that allowed her to pee standing up, which led to a colorful and witty debate about the parts of the female anatomy.
10When she poured her heart out at the Safe Place support group with Mr. Healy
While Mr. Healy had earnest intentions when he started the Safe Place project, Poussey admitted that it was not what’s best for her. “Did ever occur to you that we don’t wanna get in touch with our feelings?” she asked. “That actually feeling our feelings might make it impossible to survive in here?” And right then and there, we broke down in tears. We H-A-T-E-D seeing Poussey upset.
11When she got her (sort of) happy ending
While this was not the ending we hoped for Poussey, allow us to imagine that she’s in some place where she’s eternally smiling. RIP Poussey. You’ll always be in our hearts.