Oz

Season 4 Episode 9

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Jan 07, 2001 on HBO
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A television crew decides to do a piece on Oz. Staff and prisoners are interviewed by producer Lisa Logan and reporter Jack Eldridge. At first they focus on Beecher's troubled time in Oz until Poet tells them about the tapes Adebisi made before he died. Querns tells Glynn to destroy the tapes. Eldridge decides not to pursue the story and instead spend the night in a cell with Cyril. Cyril hadn't taken his medication that day and remembers that Eldridge interviewed he and Ryan shortly before their mother died, he beats Eldridge to a pulp.moreless

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  • Pretty nice episode

    8.6
    Well... I have to say, at the beginning of the episode, I was thinking that the next fifty minute will be boring as hell. But it didn't turned like that. The action was pretty exciting! I loved the conversations from the interviews, especially the one with Keller. That was pretty funny. And that reporteeeer was so annoying (aren't they all?). Anyways. I thought this story line with all the media stuff will last at least 2 episodes, but it didn't.. I think it would have been more interesting and curios for the viewers if it did thought. General speaking, it was a quite original episode .. nothing big happed but it was fine. The finish did all. As in most OZ dramas.moreless
  • A "Season Opener" show for a season that doesn't technically exist. Call it Season "4b" if you want, but this show runs along the same lines as "The Tip". No major plot turns, mostly individual character interviews. The quality of writing is rewarding.moreless

    9.5
    What a classic episode. The dialogue was excellent and the acting was even more so (just watch Keller's interview to see what I mean). This episode features Jaz Hoyt (Evan Seinfeld) pulling his penis out and waving it at Ally Sheedy! The premiere of Omar White's long-returning character shows the Oz's transition from powerful (Adebisi) to powerless (Omar) figures. A sense of control is restored to Emerald City now that Tim McManus is back in charge. The only major storyline is the filming of the "60 Minutes" style television program hosted by Jack Eldridge (Roger Rees--'The Sheriff of Rottingham' in Robin Hood Men in Tights), a Brokaw-esque ball-busting reporter. Because Oz is a show that anyone is able to get into at any time, this episode recaps much of the earlier seasons' ongoings and the open issues still pending at this point in the show (which explains why it acts like a season opener when technically it is not--it was the first episode of 2001, however). Augustus Hill's monologues are interesting and focus around the mainstream media. Ryan O'Reilly seems to be the major player in this episode as he sets up his revenge against Jack Eldridge (it shows yet again how O'Reilly can always turn things his way even if things don't go exactly as originally planned). You can feel the tension build up as Cyril reveals to Eldridge (while locked up together for the night) that he forgot to take his medicine today (which is responsible for keeping Cyril sane). Like a roller coaster, you then quickly see things deteriorate to blows as Cyril blames Eldridge for giving his mother cancer and then proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp. The irony at the end of the episode results when the segment is pulled by the network after all the trouble gone through to make it. A much better episode than many perceive, it can stand on its own and doesn't cling to a preceding or following episode for closure.moreless
Scott William Winters

Scott William Winters

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

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Warden Leo Glynn (episodes 1-55)

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (1997-2003)

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Prisoner #92S110 Vernon Schillinger (1997-2003)

BD Wong

BD Wong

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

Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez

Dr. Gloria Nathan (1997-2003)

Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy

Lisa Logan

Guest Star

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

Herself

Guest Star

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

Jack Eldridge

Guest Star

Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins

Dave Brass (Season 4-6)

Recurring Role

Evan Seinfeld

Evan Seinfeld

Hoyt

Recurring Role

Peter Benson (III)

Peter Benson (III)

Reporter

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Prisoner featured

      Omar White, convicted January 4, 2001, murder in the first degree. Sentence: 75 years, up for parole in 20. (prisoner # 01W771)

    • When Ryan hands White drugs, he is holding them with his thumb and index finger. But in the next shot, the drugs are held between his index and middle fingers.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • McManus: Let's just try to make it through the night and pray for the best.
      O'Riley: You know what? You pray. Say a whole f***ing rosary.

    • Logan: You're making a mistake, Jack. Letting this story go is a f***ing mistake!
      Eldridge: Yeah, probably, but you know, every once in a while, even a newsman has to have a heart.

    • Glynn: It's a terrible thing to reach this point and realize your whole life has been a sham.
      Eldridge: So for a man whose job is meant to punish others, you ultimately punish yourself more than anyone.
      Glynn: Off the record?
      Eldridge: Yes.
      Glynn: No comment.

    • Omar: Hey, are you cripple or something?
      Hill: No, I'm physically challenged.

    • O'Riley: Are you sure he's gonna shut up?
      Keller: It's just his way of showing me how much he loves me.
      O'Riley: You know what.. You two are just too fucked up for me.
      Keller grabs O'Riley
      Keller: Don't hurt Beecher. What hurts Beecher may hurt you.
      O'Riley: Don't make hand treats K-boy. Might put me in a bad f*****g mood.

    • Cyril:(As he beats Jack Eldridge) You gave my Momma cancer!!

    • Eldridge: What do you do before lights out?
      Cyril: Wait.
      Eldridge: For what?
      Cyril: The lights to go out.

    • Eldridge: A pleasure meeting you, finally. I've admired you for years.
      Said: Thank you. The feeling is mutual.
      Eldridge: I've read both your books.
      Said: Well, actually, there are three.

    • Glynn: You know, I don't care if the prisoners look bad, I just don't want us to.

    • Schillinger: You people, from the media, you love to label us. I know, no matter what I say here, you're gonna trim it, and make me look like a monster. But, I'm no monster. I'm a widower, whose first son died tragically. I'm gonna be a grandpa. I believe in family, in America, in God. Does that sound evil to you?
      Logan: Now, your other son, Hank, has been accused of kidnapping Tobias Beecher's children and of murdering his son Gary. The FBI believes you orchestrated the crime. That sounds pretty evil to me.
      Schillinger: (puts hand over camera lens) Lady, you don't want to be having opinions about things that you could not possibly understand.

    • Busmalis: Do I look okay?
      Rebadow: You look like you.
      Busmalis: Oh shit.

    • Logan: Tobias Beecher and Christopher Keller.
      Sister Pete: What about them?
      Logan: There's a lot of bad blood.
      Sister Pete: There's a lot of spilled blood.

    • Logan: Tobias Beecher.
      Keller: What about him?
      Logan: I don't know, you tell me.
      Keller: We sing in the choir together.

    • Logan: Okay. How about sex?
      Keller: Is that an invitation?
      Logan: Right. Is there a lot of homosexual activity?
      Keller: Well, by homosexual do you mean deep-rooted love of one man for another, or guys fucking guys in the ass?
      Logan: Ass fucking.
      Keller: Shit happens!

    • Logan: Are there a lot of drugs in Oswald?
      Keller: Define 'a lot'.
      Logan: Well, how many people in this unit use heroin on a regular basis?
      Keller: I don't know.
      Logan: One in two? One in three? One in twenty?
      Keller: (mimes doing the maths in his head for a while) I don't know.

    • (watching a fight break out)
      Logan: What's going on?
      Beecher: Either he stole drugs or he owes for drugs.

    • Logan: You once tied a fellow inmate down and defecated on his face.
      Beecher: Yeah.
      Logan: Is that what it takes to survive?
      Beecher: I'm not the man I was. Or maybe now, I'm the man I always was and never knew.
      Logan: All of these incidents involved two other prisoners, Christopher Keller and Vernon Schillinger. Tell me about your relationship with them.
      Beecher: We sing in the choir together.

    • TV Guy: So, uh, five hundred prisoners arrive each week.
      Murphy: Uh-huh.
      TV Guy: And how many are released?
      Murphy: Not enough.

    • Morales: I've gotta think of some good shit to tell this jamoke (?). He's only gonna use the best stuff.
      Guerra: You're gonna make shit up?
      Morales: Well, I can't tell him the truth, can I? But I want to be on camera. Can't let these matinee-idol looks go to waste.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Special thanks to Gordon Elliot, Eartha Kitt, John Carpenter (the winner on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", not the horror director).

    • While most Oz seasons run 8 episodes, this ran 16, because "The Sopranos" was premiering later in the year than normal, and HBO wanted a show to fill up the time until then.

    • Crime Flashbacks

      Omar White kills a future witness at his cousin's murder trial, but can't bring himself to shoot her young daughter.

      Mrs. O'Reily watches the feature on her teenage boys. Horrified, she hits Ryan and runs out in tears. Cyril kicks in the television.

    • Gordon Elliot appears over the entire last half of the season as the host of "Up Your Ante", the game show that seemed to supplant "Miss Sally's Schoolyard" in popularity (although the prisoners had nothing but bad things to say about it). Rumors speculated that Tom Fontana hired Gordon in exchange for Gordon giving him background information on what it was like to be a tabloid reporter (similiar to the Roger Rees character in this episode). Fontana denied those rumors.

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