Oz

Season 4 Episode 4

Works of Mercy

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Aired Monday 11:00 PM Aug 02, 2000 on HBO
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Beecher receives a gruesome package in the mail. Jason Cramer's case takes an unexpected turn. Martin Querns replaces McManus, who returns to run Unit B. Dr Nathan visits Oz to confront Ryan O'Reily. Shirley Bellinger keeps her date with the executioner.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Robert John Burke

    Robert John Burke

    FBI Agent Pierce Taylor

    Guest Star

    David Johansen

    David Johansen

    Prisoner #96Z858 Eli Zabitz

    Guest Star

    Gavin MacLeod

    Gavin MacLeod

    Cardinal Frances Abgott

    Guest Star

    Zeljko Ivanek

    Zeljko Ivanek

    Governor James Devlin

    Recurring Role

    Blake Robbins

    Blake Robbins

    Dave Brass (Season 4-6)

    Recurring Role

    Sean Dugan

    Sean Dugan

    Timmy Kirk

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When Keller returned to his cell, he stands with his back to the camera and is not wearing a shirt. There are no signs of scars where he had been stabbed not even one year earlier.

      • This episode features the show's only permanent prisoner "release" of Jason Cramer (Robert Bogue). Others have been released but later returned.

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Keller: I'll see ya.
        Beecher: When?
        Keller: Back here, or in heaven.
        Beecher: Do you really think we're gonna get in to heaven?
        Keller: Awww, you and me together? God doesn't have the balls to keep us out.

      • Beecher: (to his Dad) As much as I'd like to blame you for the miserable shithole my life has become, what's wrong with me is inside me. I own it, and either I have to control it or it will control me.

      • Augustus Hill: Mercy is the compassion we feel for someone else's misfortune. Mercy compels us to alleviate that misfortune. Mercy is the child of charity, but the sister of justice because both are about the invisible link that exists between people. Mercy is spontaneous, because misery is involuntary.

      • Stanislofski: You know what I miss the most about being free? Taking a bath. I hate showers. To sit and soak...bubbles everywhere..
        Busmalis: Heh, bubbles.
        Ryan: I bet you even had a little rubber ducky, huh Nickolai?
        Stanislofski: Rubber ducky? What is rubber ducky?
        Hill: It's a product if capitalist imperialism.

      • Ginsburg: So, uh, so what'd you have for your final meal?
        Shirley: Nice Slim-Fast milkshake. Girl's got to protect her figure, even if she's a corpse.

      • (morning of Shirley's execution)
        Shirley: Good morning, sugar.
        Moses: How you doing?
        Shirley: Woke up with a crick in my neck. Must've been sleeping funny.
        Moses: Maybe it's stress.
        Shirley: In any case, the hanging'll take care of the crick.

      • Rebadow: I remember the day of my execution, I was terrified. But then when I didn't die, I felt like such a coward.

      • Busmalis: Being free, even for a few hours, was so wonderful. I mean, I had no money, no overcoat, it was cold out there. But man, oh man, I was so happy. I stopped in the middle of the street and did a little dance. (gets up and starts dancing) Of course, that's when they caught me.

      • Stanislofsky: You Americans think that just because you have democracy you're better than everybody else. Elections are not what makes a country great.
        Ryan: Yeah and what does? Vodka?

      • (Mobay is snorting drugs)
        Hill: Yo, what the fuck is you doing?
        Mobay: The breakfast of champions.

      • Keller: Hey, man, they stab me, they shoot me, I ain't going down.

    • NOTES (3)

      • When Beecher tells Keller about his children's kidnapping, he mentions that "At least the baby, Harry, is safe." Baby Harry isn't spoken of again for several seasons, not even when Holly has to be moved by her grandparents to stay safe in "Cuts Like A Knife" or when Tobias is "released" from prison and frolics with his daughter and his lawyer in "Famous Last Words".

      • This episode marks the death of Shirley Bellinger, arguably the most bewitching of any Oz character, and responsible for many of the show's classic moments. RIP.

      • Special thanks were given to Charles S. Dutton.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Zabitz: (to Beecher) So, do you like Def Leppard?

        Def Leppard is an English rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977.

      • In Hill's speech about how a sinner cannot admonish another sinner, several of the key prisoners are holding poses that emulate Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper"

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