In episode 1 of season 5 (Riot FOMO) of Orange is the New Black, there is a scene where Sophia see Humphrey's groin and says in kind of disgust:

Looks like someone forgot to do laundry

(Link to full transcript of the episode for context here).

Now I didn't get what she meant by this. I didn't notice any dirty clothing there. So is this some kind of internal humor/pun of Orange is the New Black which I've missed?

  • Haven't seen the scene in question, but... is Humphrey wearing trousers at the time? If not, she's probably telling him that his penis needs a wash.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 22:17
  • @Tim pretty sure trousers were removed before. Maybe there was glimpse of underwear which I missed. But yeah, penis was widely exposed there and stained with blood (sorry for possible spoiler) I just don't see how "laundry" can be used in that context? Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 22:20
  • She's literally saying that he should have washed his penis. That's all. Just using laundry as a euphemism for washing something. In this case, his dick. Nothing to do with clothing.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 22:26
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    I am pretty sure it is because he was not wearing any underwear. Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 4:22
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    @ShadowWizard forgot to laundry -> no clean underpants left -> does not wear underpants Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 6:56

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When Sophia cut open his pants to get to

the gunshot wound in his leg

Humpfrey's penis is widely exposed due to him not wearing any underwear. Sophia makes a pun about him not having any clean underwear to wear => "forgot to do the laundry"

Edit: She is probably making that joke to convince herself that he is not roaming the women prison with nothing under his pant for the thrill of it (which I strongly believe he does)

  • Heh, thanks. Is this a common phrase in English? Because it's the first time I see it. Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 11:45
  • I don't think it's a common phrase in English (You don't usually rip off someone pants as they happen to not be wearing anything under) but I am pretty sure I heard it a couple times in roughly the same context in other movies/shows. Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 12:38
  • Thanks, might ask a separate question then on ELL/ELU only about the term/phrase. :-) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 12:56
  • No problem ^^ Good luck with that Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 13:04
  • Took a while, but I finally did it. :) Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 14:52

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