A Game of Checkers

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 8/25/97
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  • Episode Description
  • A riot breaks out in OZ when two men argue over a game of checkers, and the violence spreads. Various CO's and staff members are taking hostage by the prisoners. Tear gas is thrown into the Emerald City and the SORT enters with guns blazing.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ernie Hudson

    Warden Leo Glynn

  • Rita Moreno

    Sister Peter Marie Reimondo

  • J.K. Simmons

    Vernon Schillinger

  • BD Wong

    Father Ray Mukada

  • Lauren Velez

    Dr. Gloria Nathan

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • What a way to end the season! "A Game Of Checkers" is truly the climax of season 1...

    By Icarus405, May 22, 2007

  • This episode concerns an allmighty cell block riot that the first season was building up to. It is exactly the kind of spectacular episode it is appropriate to end a season on.

    By DapsyD, Mar 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Hill: (narrating) Yeah, who cares who lives or dies in prison? We read the names in the morning paper and they mean nothing to us. They're faceless. Truth is, we don't wanna put a face on 'em. We don't want to know who they really are. Because then it might hit too close to home, and home is what it's all about, right? Making a home no matter where you are, no matter who you are. At the end of the day, everybody wants somewhere to rest, somewhere to lay their bones, even if it's in a land called Oz. Yeah, like Dorothy says when she wakes up in her own bed back at Aunt Em's, "There's no place like home." There's no fucking place like home.

    • Ross: Stand in a straight line. When they come in, you get hit first. Any last words? McManus: Suck my dick. Ross: If only there were time.

    • Hill: (narrating) They say, It don't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game. I call bullshit on that. It's all about winning, brother. That's the object of the game.

    • Ryan: We're out of heroin. Said: Good. Ryan: Says you. Adebisi and his pals are starting to fiend. This is gonna get real ugly, real fast. Said: When and if that happens, I will be ready.

    • Said: (to McManus) You wanna save this place, right? And I wanna destroy it. Brick by hypocritical brick

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    Notes (4)

    • Donald Groves (Sean Whitesell), Jerome Williams(Rah Rah) and Nino Schibetta (Tony Musante) have all been permanently removed from the opening credits following their deaths in the previous episode.

    • This episode features an acapella 50s-sounding version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals during Bob Rebadow's criminal flashback.

    • Leon, Jon Seda, OL Duke, Jose Soto, Sean Whitesell, Rah Rah, and Tim McAdams receive a special appearance credit when they briefly appear as a figment of McManus' imagination.

    • Crime Flashbacks: Schillinger beats the drug dealer who sold to his sons. Rebadow's client rejects his designs, he stabs him in the neck with a fork. Adebisi decapitates a drug enemy, even after he identifies himself as an undercover cop.

    Trivia (3)

    • Prisoners featured Vernon Schillinger convicted October 21st 1992 aggravated assault in the first degree. Sentence: 8 years. Up for parole in 5. (prisoner # 92S110) Robert Rebadow convicted September 9th 1965, murder in the first degree. Sentence: death, commuted to life. (prisoner # 65R814) Simon Adebisi convicted May 2nd 1993, murder in the first degree. Sentence: life in prison without the possibility of parole. (prisoner # 93A234)

    • When have you known O'Reily to tell the truth?

    • O'Reily tells Adebisi he's been off drugs since his time in the hole. The episode where he went to the hole was 1.5 (Straight Life). However, in that episode, AFTER he gets out of the hole, he is seen getting high with Beecher. Looks like the writers forgot about that little incident in this episode.

    Allusions (2)

    • 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.

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