The prisoner in charge of laundry, Mustard refuses to return Mrs. Arlington’s apparel until she gets the items promised to her—regrettably, bleaching cream and hair straightener. But the scene’s fascination owes to Mustard’s awareness that, incarcerated for life, no further penalties can be incurred (“I’m not afraid of nobody in this jail! I’m doin’ life and that’s all I got!”). As such, there’s no need for her to act subservient, and so she treats fellow cons and matrons as equals.
January 23, 2017