Season 2 Episode 8

Escape from Oz

Aired Monday 11:00 PM Aug 31, 1998 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • When Dr. Nathan is searching for a blood match for Officer Rivera, they state he is type AB- and the only match is another AB-. This is incorrect. While AB- is the rarest type, it is "The universal recipient" and can accept any blood type that is Rh- ; meaning A-,B-,O- or AB-, so about half the population could successfully donate.

    • Crime Flashbacks:

      Mark Mack defaces a grave and kills the black caretaker.

      Kip-Kemy Jarra refuses to let paramedics help a girl he's attempting to treat spiritually.

      Ryan and Cyril show up at a mob funeral, Ryan gets intimate in the bathroom with a former girlfriend. Trying to fight their way out of the room, Cyril gets hit over the head with a table, giving him permanent brain damage.

    • Prisoners featured:

      Mark Mack, convicted June 1st 1996, murder in the second degree, vandalism, hate crimes. Sentence: 70 years, up for parole in 40. (prisoner # 96M542)

      Kipekemie Jara, convicted August 1st 1998, criminally negligent homicide. Sentence: 20 years, up for parole in 8. (prisoner # 98J604)

    • The four Muslim prisoners in Oz are listed as: 97F444, Kareem Said. 97A822, Zahir Arif. 89B267, Nasim Bismilla. 85A245, Sanjay Afsana. This number differs from the original prisoner number given for Kareem Said, which was stated in the episode The Routine to be 97S444.

    • Jonathan Coushaine, a great supporting character, completely vanished without explanation after this episode.

  • Quotes

    • (The prisoners of Em City talk about Beecher. Various discussions)
      Coushaine: Broke both his arms and his legs!
      Hoyt: Hey, what's he do if he gets an itch?
      Pancamo: He looked like a fucking pretzel.
      Rebadow: That's because he was in love with Keller.
      Busmalis: Love hurts.
      Said: Schillinger did this.
      Ryan: Fucking Schillinger did this, man.

    • (Last lines for Season 2)
      Hill: (narrating) Yeah. Everybody wants to escape from Oz. 'Course truth is, there is no escape. I mean, let's say you manage to sneak out. Then you gotta run and keep running. The life of running away ain't no life at all. Better to stay put, face reality, deal with what you got and make the best of it. Yeah, the measure of a man is not where he lives, but how. How he makes the best of it. Make the best of it. Later.

    • Mukada: Sometimes 'shit' is the only word that fits.

    • Devlin: The celebration of Ramadan is at the center of Islamic worship. Therefore, I am pleased, in the grand tradition of this holy time, to bestow clemency on a prisoner. Kareem Said has been an outspoken critic of our administration but political differences aside, he has been an outstanding member of the prison population. Even after suffering a heart attack last year, he's continued to work with prisoners of every race and color, especially the young, to instruct them, to guide them to better lives. So, I hereby grant Kareem Said a full pardon and I wish him well in his new life.
      Said: Finally we meet, face to face.
      Reporter: Mr. Said, how do you feel?
      Said: How do I feel? I feel joyless. My brothers remain behind, imprisoned, suppressed. I don't just mean my Muslim brothers. I mean every single man that will sleep here tonight, that was cut off from everything that he loves, cut off from his own self. You know, as the word went around that the Governor was gonna give somebody clemency, I saw a rift develop as each inmate wished himself to be the chosen one. The longing to be free became as palpable as the food that we eat. But it is a meal that I am being served right now and I am Muslim and Allah does not allow me to swallow certain things. Allah does not allow me to take scraps from the hand of a man such as this, a man who is corrupt and immoral, a man who denigrates the gift of clemency just as he violates the principles of justice, a man that gave the order that caused the deaths of eight people. And so, Governor Devlin, because even the cost of freedom can be too high, I REFUSE YOUR PARDON!

    • Keller: I been out of the hole two days, I haven't spoken more than ten words to Beecher.
      Schillinger: Yeah, I've seen him. He's a fucking mess. He is on the ledge.
      Keller: I say it's about time we pushed him off.

    • Coushaine: I say we institute a no swearing rule.
      Hernandez: Fuck you.
      Hill: Suck my dick.
      Wangler: Asswipe.
      Ryan: Cocksucker.
      Pancamo: You stupid c**t.
      Hoyt: Putz.

    • (Dr Nathan has just finished examining Bellinger)
      Shirley: Am I well enough to die? Healthy enough to execute?

    • Alvarez: If they fucking catch me, they're gonna beat the fucking shit out of me.
      Mukada: Miguel, I promise you, I won't let them.
      Alvarez: That's fucking bullshit, man! What the fuck are you gonna do? You gonna hold up a fucking crucifix?

    • Schillinger: How do you live with yourself?
      Sippel: How do you?
      Schillinger: Whatever I've done, I've done for righteous reasons. Any laws I've broken don't deserve to be laws. But you, you fucking baby raper! You should be dead.
      Wittlesey: Back in your cage, Schillinger. Don't make me use this, you wouldn't want me to enjoy myself, now would you?
      Sippel: Thank you, Officer.
      Wittlesey: Just doing my job pal. For once I agree with that Nazi fuck.

    • (Hanssel is in OZ to see Sippel, who molested him 10 years previously)
      Hanssel: I've never been in prison before.
      Mukada: Don't worry. There'll be a correctional officer with you the whole time.
      Hanssel: Here to protect me or him?

    • Hill: How hard is it to hide a couple of bodies up in Oz, son? Temporarily, at least.

    • Sister Pete: You look exhausted.
      Sippel: Well, the last few days have been very difficult. Registering as a convicted pervert was more difficult than I thought. I had to go down to the courthouse and stand in line with ordinary people, wanting fishing licenses and learner's permits. I stepped up to the counter and softly explained to the clerk why I was there. She boomed "Perverts fill out these!"

    • Hill: When you're dead, you don't have much of a choice. Death is a lot like life in Oz, man.

  • Notes

    • Jarra says that he's been sent to warn Adebisi that if he (Adebisi) does not give up the lifestyle of drugs and violence, he will die. This could be seen as foreshadowing for the end of "You Bet Your Life".

    • Instead of the usual 55 to 60 minutes, this episode ran 68. The final scene confused many fans when season 3 rolled around, since Hill had obviously not left. Most agreed the scene was to be taken as a metaphor for the season ending, and not literally.

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