Oz

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 8

    Exeunt Omnes

    Aired 2/23/03

  • S 6 : Ep 7

    Junkyard Dawgs

    Aired 2/16/03

  • S 6 : Ep 6

    A Day in the Death...

    Aired 2/9/03

  • S 6 : Ep 5

    4 Giveness

    Aired 2/2/03

  • S 6 : Ep 4

    A Failure to Communicate

    Aired 1/26/03

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ernie Hudson

    Warden Leo Glynn

  • Rita Moreno

    Sister Peter Marie Reimondo

  • Luis Guzman

    Raoul Hernandez

  • J.K. Simmons

    Vernon Schillinger

  • Robert Clohessy

    Officer Sean Murphy

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  • Oz is the name on the street for the Oswald State Penitentiary. Our wheelchair-bound narrator Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) takes us through the wacky world of Emerald City, the experimental unit started by Tim McManus (Terry Kinney). There's shankin' and lovin' and cussin' and fightin' but in the end, HBO makes a damn fine prison drama. It's gritty. And there you have it.

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  • Quotes (1009)

    • Healy: Well, you're brother's a fag, Keane. They say it runs in families. Are you a fag, too? Keane: Why don't you suck my dick and find out?

    • Ortolani: How come you're not volunteering over at the women's prison? How come you're in here shaking your tits in front of 1400 guys? Dr. Nathan: Trying to meet men, I'm tired of the bar scene.

    • Schillinger: You hearing this shit? Ortolani: Yeah. Schillinger: Yabba dabba doo. This fuck Said is a threat. You tell Schibetta we gotta stick together on this one. Ortolani: See me riding a bicycle? Schillinger: What? Ortolani: I ain't a messenger boy. You got something to tell Nino, tell him yourself.

    • Sister Pete: McManus, we gotta talk. McManus: About what? Sister Pete: About sex. McManus: Sister, you're insatiable. Sister Pete: And you are not that funny.

    • Healy: (to McManus) Oh, come on, man. What kind of fairy dust have you been snorting? These stupid fucks aren't gonna go work for fucking Microsoft.

    • Adebisi: (to Beecher) I won't be fucking you, prag. At least, not tonight.

    • Rebadow: You're right. Beecher: About what? Rebadow: Genevieve. She's thinking about divorcing you. In fact, she's having lunch with your old law partner to talk her through. Beecher: How do you know my wife's name? Rebadow: God told me.

    • Beecher: Hey, Dino. How ya doing? Ortolani: Hey, look pal, I know I'm supposed to be some kinda bro, but the headline reads: I don't give a shit about you. Beecher: That's fine, Dino. Okay. Ortolani: Hey, let me give you a slice of advice. Get yourself a weapon. Anyone tries to fuck with you, take 'em down. Beecher: Anything else? Ortolani: Yeah, don't smile. Ever.

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    Notes (142)

    • The first scene shot for the series was Ortolani in McManus' office. During the scene Jon Seda hit the glass window and busted it, cutting his hand. The scene had to be reshot and Seda's bandaged hand incorporated into the show.

    • The character of Adebisi was originally a more generic thug-type character. When Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje got the part, it was changed to reflect his Nigerian heritage.

    • Some cast members that played prisoners have noted that, throughout the series, if you showed up late to the set, your punishment would be that your character would either die or be raped the next week.

    • A small clock is featured at key moments. To date, this technique has never been used since.

    • Lauren Velez and Jon Seda worked together previously, as husband and wife in Darnell Martin's 1994 film, "I Like It Like That", which also featured Rita Moreno and Jose Soto.

    • Harold Perrineau Jr. (Augustus Hill) is the first main cast member to do a nude frontal shot in the series with this episode.

    • Jefferson Keane (Leon) has been permanently removed from the opening credits following the character's death in the previous episode.

    • This is the first episode where prisoners stay in the Hole naked, a part of the show which would eventually become infamous.

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    Trivia (175)

    • When Dino Ortolani is in Tim McManus' office after he beats up Billy Keane in the shower, if you look behind Dino you can see in the reflection a crew member holding up the boom mic.

    • When Dr. Nathan leaves the employee break room, you can see the Em City laundry room behind her.

    • After Ortolani gets his hand bandaged and visits McManus, the bandage and the wound disappear in the next scene and aren't seen again for the rest of the episode.

    • During Poet's recitation, he noticeably looks into the camera twice.

    • Even though the Emerald City shower room is visible, the one Ortolani goes to is completely different and never seen again. The reason why is that shower scene is from the original presentation to the studio and was never re-shot.

    • In the scene where Schillinger talks to Ortolani watching TV, Ortolani is watching "Felix The Cat".

    • Crime Flashbacks Tobias Beecher slams into Kathy Rockwell while driving drunk. (the first crime flashback) Kareem Said blows up a white-owned warehouse in a black neighborhood. Dino shoots Ryan after he and a friend emerge from a bar.

    • Prisoners featured Prisoner # 97B412 Tobias Beecher convicted July 5th 1997, driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 4. Prisoner # 97S444 Kareem Said aka Goodson Truman convicted June 6th 1997, arson in the 2nd degree. Sentence: 18 years, up for parole in 5. Prisoner # 96C382 Dino Ortolani convicted December 12th 1996, murder in the 1st degree, assult with a deadly weapon. Sentence: life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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    Allusions (29)

    • Hill: Here's a pop quiz, name the seven deadly sins. Come on, you saw that Brad Pitt movie. This is in reference to the 1995 movie thriller Se7en starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, where a serial killer was killing his victims according to the seven deadly sins.

    • Officer Wittlesey: No. Can't stand watching flowers die, let alone another human being. Closest I ever came was Bambi. McManus: Bambi? Wittlesey: Yeah. My ex was a big hunter This is in reference to the young roe deer in the 1942 film by Walt Disney.

    • Augustus Hill: "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go astray". That was written by Mr. Robert Burns way the fuck back in 1785 and it still is news. This is in reference to the poet and songwriter. He was widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and the most popular in his time. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became an important source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism.

    • Hill: Who the fuck's that? Officer Wittlesey: Some hotshot highbrow cellist. I guess he's a hotshot 'cause McManus gave him permission to practice for an hour everyday, so I gotta stay in here and listen to him. Hill: What's he playing? Wittlesey: I don't know. I'm a Beck fan myself. This is in reference to the pop/rock musician/songwriter.

    • Said: Attica. This is in reference to The Attica Correctional Facility. It is one of the most well known prisons in the United States, second possibly to Alcatraz. It is located in Attica, New York, a small town located midway between Buffalo and Rochester. It held many of the worst criminals of the time when it was constructed in the 1920s. A tear gas system is installed in the mess hall and industry areas and has been used to cease conflicts in these areas

    • Glynn: They want to speak directly to the media, uncensored. Devlin: We'll put 'em on right after Seinfeld. This is in reference to the popular tv sitcom of a neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.

    • Ryan O'Reily: I'm like the lord of the fucking dance. I got moves. This is in reference to the Irish/European dance phenomenon.

    • McManus:In the immortal words of Chuck D 'don't believe the hype'. Carlton "Chuck D" Ridenhour is an American rapper and author best known as a member of the group Public Enemy. The second single off of their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" was titled 'don't believe the hype'.

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  • Fan Reviews (65)
  • I dont want to go to prison

    By Hardasstv, May 01, 2014

  • More than a decade later - still outstanding

    By aminarundol, Feb 28, 2014

  • An Unrelentingly Bleak Meditation on the Violence and Dysphoria Permeating the American Prison System

    By Maxwell_Hammel, Sep 04, 2013

  • One of the best and most entertaining, ever!

    By nahga1, Jun 15, 2013

  • great tv

    By gregpearson18, Jan 19, 2013

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