The Routine

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 7/12/97
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  • Episode Description
  • We're introduced to the newest crop of inmates to enter Oz. Miguel Alvarez is promptly stabbed in the chest while waiting to enter Oz, a harginger of things to come. Tobias Beecher is a naive, pale and hopelessly out of place lawyer accused of killing a little girl while driving intoxicated. Donald Groves is a cannibal who ate his mother (he was saving his father for thanksgiving) and Kareem Said an outspoken and much-respected Muslim leader who tells the warden and McManus upon his arrival that "as of today, I run Oz."moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ernie Hudson

    Warden Leo Glynn

  • Rita Moreno

    Sister Peter Marie Reimondo

  • J.K. Simmons

    Vernon Schillinger

  • Lauren Velez

    Dr. Gloria Nathan

  • Dean Winters

    Ryan O'Reily

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Amazing!

    By JordSable, Jun 17, 2012

  • The pilot episode of OZ.

    By marvelfan89, Jul 04, 2009

  • Extraordinary

    By matzaa, Sep 15, 2007

  • great start to the series. a series that u can really get hooked up in

    By uratitmouse, Apr 01, 2007

  • A great start

    By Andypandyfish, Feb 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • 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.

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    Notes (5)

    • 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.

    Trivia (9)

    • 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.

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