A Failure to Communicate

Season 6, Ep 4, Aired 1/26/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Ryan despairs about Cyril unsuccessful appeal as a friend from Suzanne's radical days arrives in Oz. Beecher returns to Oz as a visitor and get's Keller off Death Row. Arif reluctantly takes control of the Muslims and the bookbinding business as Burr has troubles of his own keeping the homeboys in telemarketing. Martinez didn't die of poisoning, he was murdered; Penders threatens to sue about the conditions in solitary and Omar agrees not to, in exchange for a ticket back to Em City. Robson thinks up a way to get out of being Cutler's prag.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scott William Winters

    Prisoner #98P204 Cyril O'Reily (episodes 11, 13-56)

  • Ernie Hudson

    Warden Leo Glynn (episodes 1-55)

  • Rita Moreno

    Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (1997-2003)

  • J.K. Simmons

    Prisoner #92S110 Vernon Schillinger (1997-2003)

  • BD Wong

    Father Ray Mukada (episodes 2-46, 49-56)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Bad. Very bad.

    By matzaa, Nov 08, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Lopresti: Okay, Cyril, time for another fabulous ECT treatment. Cyril: What's ECT? Lopresti: Jesus, why is it every time, I got to tell you what ECT means? Mukada: That's because electroshock causes memory loss. Lopresti: Oh.

    • (Officer Johnson, a black CO, has just been called to the cell of Cutler and Robson) Officer Johnson: (into radio) Base one, we got an 823 in B. (to Robson) Well, ain't that a kick? One of you actually went and lynched yourselves.

    • (Wolfgang and Stein are reading lines for the play) Fitzgerald: Hmm, well, see, Macbeth is conflicted about the implications of his act. Cutler: And I'm supposed to let this bitch take care of things for me? Stein: You can't seem to do it yourself. Cutler: Watch it, buttercup.

    • Urbano: Hey, Robson. How's that bitch thing coming?

    • (Pender is trying to convince Omar to join him in his class action against OZ) Glynn: I understand you want to speak with me. Penders: Omar, who's out there? What's going on? White: Okay, you let me out of solitary, right, back to Em City? And I, I won't sue with Penders. Glynn: That's all I get in the deal? White: Well, what more do you want, man? Look around, I ain't got ... I ain't got much to offer. Glynn: Here's an idea. I put you back in Em city and you don't mention a word of this conversation to anyone, not a fucking syllable. White: Oh, no, fuck the syllable, I mean, not even a fucking letter, okay?

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    Notes (2)

    • Clips shown as background during Nappa's monologue includes various prisoners using and abusing the computer (Rebadow, Keller, porn, etc.) and a shot of Ryan chatting during the infamous cell-phone-in-Oz storyline of early season 4.

    • The unflappable mob boss Antonio Nappa returns to narrate in his own unique style. Also dropping in are McGorry, last seen investigating a dirty cop's elevator shaft death in season 4, and Officer Brese, a seasons 1-3 recurring guard who has apparently gone from cynical and blase to alcholic and unemployed.

    Trivia (5)

    • Crime Flashback Jahfree Neema kidnaps his young daughter from a day care center.

    • Prisoner featured Jahfree Neema, convicted January 10, 2003. Kidnapping, assault. Sentence: 7 years, up for parole in 3. (prisoner # 03N679)

    • I think it's interesting to note that in the previous episodes involving the production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," Father Meehan played the lead role of MacBeth. However, in this episode, Ryan's mother implores Ryan to help her find a lead to replace "Shibetta," who never played the lead in this play. Although it's not made very clear, Peter Schibetta did have the lead role of Macbeth. In one episode we see him come in for an audition. In a deleted scene we see Ryan yell at his mother for giving Schibetta the role of Macbeth.

    • How nice for Clarence that, after being framed for Harrison Beecher's murder and led away by guards, he was apparently given no harsh sentence and only 3 episodes later can stand around gen pop to shoot the breeze with Keller.

    • After committing murder to get out of Vern's grip, why would Franklin Winthrop so happily go along with Keller's seduction? And doesn't anyone know better than to go in a storage room with Keller, as he has not only been stabbed in one but has also broken a lover's neck?

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