The Routine Episode 1

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Darnell Martin In the “Emerald City” experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who live within a pecking order of Homeboys, Latinos, Muslims, Irish, Aryans, and Wiseguys. No clear-cut leader emerges–with the possible exception of Kareem Said, a Muslim author who preaches non-violence and abstinence. […]

A Game of Checkers Episode 8

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Jean De Segonzac Beecher is released from the hole and Schillinger is left eyeless and weak. A riot breaks out after two white punks get into a fight over checkers. Frustration, sexuality, hate, revenge, racism all rear their ugly heads, causing the violence to escalate. Finally, after several prison […]

God’s Chillin Episode 3

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Jean De Segonzac Friction grows in the wake of two deaths–first Ortoloni and now Johnny Post–so Wiseguy leader Schibetta, Muslim leader Said, and Homeboy Jefferson Keane are brought together by Warden Glynn, who tells them to keep their boys quiet or else he’ll lock the prison down. The tension increases following […]

To Your Health Episode 6

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Alan Taylor Three generations of Alvarezes–all prisoners at Oz–are united when the partiarch, Ricardo, is found face down in his cell, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Meanwhile, Tobias Beecher, who as the neo-Nazi Schillinger’s “girlfriend” has been forced to wear women’s clothes, flips out after taking PCP and sends Schillinger […]

Capital I Episode 4

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Darnell Martin Governor Devlin has reinstated capital punishment in the state; and the first Oz prisoner scheduled to die is Jefferson Keane, who killed a Latino in a skirmish set up by the Co’s. Before he’s executed, Keane donates a kidney to his ailing sister, then turns down lawyer-turned-inmate Tobias Beecher’s […]

Visits Conjugal and Otherwise Episode 2

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Nick Gomez With Schibetta and the prison brass in a race to uncover Ortolani’s killer (for very different reasons), we see how inmates react to visits from both their wives and, in one case, family members who are also in prison. Supporting Cast: Tony Musante — Nino Schibetta Eddie Malavarca — […]

Straight Life Episode 5

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Leslie Libman & Larry Williams The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached unprecedented levels; and the undercover efforts of McManus and Glynn to find out who’s smuggling it in backfires in a deadly way. Despite a lockdown in the Emerald City, drugs continue to trickle in–and the blame […]

Plan B Episode 7

Written By: Tom Fontana Directed By: Darnell Martin A recovered Said ostracizes Huseni Mershah for turning his back on him when he was dying–and orders all the Muslims to cast him out. Impressed by Said’s power, Groves decides to kill Glynn in his honor, but ends up stabbing and killing an officer by mistake. Condemned […]