"Average Austrian expat would climb 3 mountains to escape Nazis" factoid actually just statistical error. Spiders Georg von Trapp, who would climb every mountain, is a statistical outlier adn should not have been counted.
I think what you’re missing here is that she, in fact, is lying to Piper right here. Right here, when she’s telling Piper that she broke her heart, right here when her face seems so believable. We want to believe Alex. We want to, because she seems so sincere. But she HAS lied to Piper, she IS lying to Piper, and she continues to lie to Piper until she is caught out. I don’t know if Alex loves Piper - I don’t know what love is, but I know she lies to her. I know she manipulates her. I know she gropes her nonconsensually to make a point. And maybe she loves her, but what exactly does that mean if respect is not entailed?
Now, Piper is far from blame-free. She’s done her own shitty things, including shitty things related to Alex… but usually, her shitty things are related to other people within the prison. This is a complete misreading of the characters, Alex isn’t some tragic person who treated Piper well and just loved her and was treated badly in return. She convinced her girlfriend into carrying drugs for her, turned her in, and then lied about it. And then continued a relationship with her while still lying about it. She tried to convince her girlfriend to carry drugs again despite her girlfriend’s insistence that she didn’t want to carry drugs, and then when her girlfriend got upset and left, she tried to use the death of her mother to convince her to stay. She uses comments like “You knew what you were getting into” to guilt her girlfriend into carrying drugs for her drug operation, despite the fact that being in a relationship with a drug dealer does not mean getting into carrying drugs for said drug dealer. She uses her girlfriend leaving as a constant guilt trip.She even lies about not lying.
"It’s been four years in the White House. Another being the daughter of a candidate. Eight years as governor. My grades get printed in the paper, my boyfriends are in the paper. I live and die with my parents’ successes and failures."