OZ is set deep inside the Oswald Maximum Security Prison, in an experimental unit known as Emerald City. Em City focuses on prisoner rehabilitation over public retribution. There’s one set of rules from the outside looking in, and another once you’re inside. Every group – Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans – stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.
Season 4 – Episode 16
Hill gets caught in a deliberate attempt to frame him for drug possession. To fight back, he gets some medical info that leads to Supreme’s demise. Redding thanks Hill and offers to bring him back to the crew in return. Hill thanks Redding but refuses. The Colonel’s attempt to kill Morales backfires. The tides turn on Cloutier who is first stripped of his position in his church and then endures his followers turning against him. After Hughes takes over the solitary ward, Glynn goes in to try and calm him down. Hughes tries to kill Glynn but gets killed himself. Frustrated, hurt and helpless, Glynn transcribes his letter of resignation to his secretary. Murphy offers to be McManus’ teammate in the final basketball game. McManus appears on the tv game show and loses in the first round. White gets returned to solitary for starting a fight with other inmates. When McManus confronts him about it, White goes into a rage and stomps McManus. The news of Beecher’s parole enrages Schillinger who immediately order’s Beecher’s murder. Later, Schillinger and Robson try to ambush Beecher in the library only they are shanked by an enraged Said. After talking with his mother, O’Reily decides to change up. He goes to Glynn to warn him of the bomb Connolly plans to detonate. The common room is cleared only for Connolly who holds the bomb as it’s timer counts down. The bomb doesn’t go off and Connolly’s taken by the SORT team. Meanwhile, a guard lights a cigarette in the kitchen causing a major explosion.
The episode was rated from 196 votes.
#2 – You Bet Your Life
Season 4 – Episode 8
After the press conference shooting incident, Glynn pulls out of the race. When a corpse is found in the laundry room, Querns demands Adebisi find out who did the deed. Soon Browne’s corpse is also discovered and Querns gets worried. Querns’s investigative efforts point to Supreme Allah as the culprit only Supreme’s really being framed for the two killings by O’Reily and Keller. Hill pays big when he tells Mobay he knows he’s undercover and Mobay comes clean about his involvement in Oz’s recent crimes. Considering the words of Cyril, Sister Pete decides to remain in the Order. On death row, Deyell delivers some payback after Miles goes on another racist tirade. Vern finds out he’s going to be a grandfather. Said moves in with Adebisi in order to get some proof of Adebisi’s rowdy behavior. Simon finds out and delivers a tape of one of Adebisi’s “parties” to Said hoping to “gain his trust” as a “brother” Said turns the evidence over to McManus. The result? Querns gets fired, McManus is reinstated and Adebisi and his cronies get moved to Unit B. Enraged about these new developments, Adebisi and Said struggle in the pod and one of them becomes Oz’s latest murder victim.
The episode was rated from 226 votes.
#3 – A Game of Checkers
Season 1 – Episode 8
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 officers are taken hostage, tear gas is thrown into the Emerald City and the SORT team arrives, guns blazing.
The episode was rated from 284 votes.
#4 – Cuts Like a Knife
Season 4 – Episode 12
Despised by both the Latinos and the gangsters, Alvarez snaps and kills another Latino inmate. He’s then returned to solitary. McManus continues to argue the problems of the drug experiment. Cyril sudden physical aging scares Ryan. Inmate Wick, one of the bikers who’s taken the drug dies suddenly while talking to Hoyt. After officially joining the Muslims, Tidd attempts to kill Said, but decides not to after his conscious gets to him. Still out of control and unpredictable, White stabs McManus in an effort to gain the respect of the other inmates. Johhny Basil gets visited by his former partner who’s still angry at him. Supreme Allah returns to Oz and immediately draws Redding’s ire. Redding then tells Hill that Allah tipped the cops off, causing Hill’s arrest. Hill then confronts Allah about this and Allah beats Hill. Father Ray and Rev. Cloutier finally meet. Schillinger finds out about Hank’s death and immediately swears revenge. Keller tells Schillinger that he had Hank killed so Vern won’t go after Beecher’s family. Keller then gets transferred out of Oz to stand trial in Massachusetts.
The episode was rated from 208 votes.
#5 – Escape from Oz
Season 2 – Episode 8
Wittlesey is transferred to Gen Pop and replaced by Karl Metzger, a Nazi. Mack and another Aryan try to escape through Busmalis and Rebadow’s tunnel but the tunnel collapses and kills the two Aryans. Hill gets the idea of escaping Oz by hiding in a coffin. Sippel re-enters Oz because he can’t deal with life on the outside, but Schillinger crucifies him — literally. Alvarez gouges out Rivera’s eyes and is put in solitary for life. Needing a blood transfusion for Rivera, Dr. Nathan finds that only O’Reily has the same blood type; he agrees to donate in exchange for getting his brother Cyril near him. Keller and Schillinger reveal their sordid plan of deceit to Beecher while breakingv both his arms and legs. Fortune teller Kipkemei Jara gives Adebisi hope of a new life; but he is murdered by Wangler on orders from Antonio Nappa. The grief this causes Adebisi lands him in the psych ward. Said is pardoned by Governor Devlin, but refuses choosing to return to Em City instead.
The episode was rated from 243 votes.
#6 – Impotence
Season 5 – Episode 8
Robson returns from solitary to discover he’s been kicked out of the “Brotherhood” and moved to another cell. McManus tells Glynn he’ll write a letter supporting Alvarez’s bid for parole. Problem is, Alvarez attacks one of the parole board members and gets thrown back into solitary. Dr. Nathan’s guilt worsens as Chucky slips into a coma from the septic infection. Schillinger tells new inmate Cutler he has to kill a black inmate to join the “Brotherhood” and Cutler selects Said as his victim. White’s gets this information and goes to protect Said only they get into a tussle and Cutler almost dies. Rebadow gets to go see his dying grandson only to have to return later for the boy’s funeral. Busmalis gets a letter from Norma who wants to visit. She does and brings surprising news. Beecher moves to make a confession during the interaction session. The result? Schillinger gets convicted of rape and is transferred to solitary indefinitely. Father Meehan touches a nerve with Ryan and forces him to acknowledge a childhood incident that scarred Ryan for life. A stabbing intended for Redding, claims an innocent inmate instead.
The episode was rated from 178 votes.
#7 – A Cock and Balls Story
Season 4 – Episode 1
The lockdown ends. After Hamid Khan’s body is taken off life support, the Muslim’s choose Arif to lead them. Meanwhile, Cyril’s having nightmares about delivering the fatal blow to Khan in the boxing match. Ryan asks Sister Pete to intervene. Murphy makes a suggestion to help ease some of the strain in solitary after another inmate commits suicide. Father Mukada plants an inventive idea in Beecher’s head on how to deal with Schillinger. Shirley Bellinger returns awaiting her date with the noose. New inmate Mobay, arrives to Oz and his cellmate Hill is immediately suspicious. Gov. Devlin invites Glynn to be his running mate in the Gov’s re-election bid. McManus gets an update on Wittlesey, who hasn’t returned from vacation and a shootout in Oz results in four deaths.
The episode was rated from 229 votes.
#8 – Medium Rare
Season 4 – Episode 9
Adebisi’s death still looms large over Oz. Against Glynn’s better judgement and with special permission from the Gov., a TV news crew comes to Oz to film. Ryan O’ Reily recognizes the star reporter as a past enemy and he immediately embarks on revenge. After interviewing inmates — including Poet who strongly suggests the cover up can be exposed through Adebisi’s video tapes– the show’s producer gets busy digging for answers. McManus discovers this and immediately tells Glynn to destroy Adebisi’s tapes or face Oz possilby being shut down. The star reporter moves into a pod with Cyril for the evening to catch a “verite” view of Oz. The stunt backfires as Cyril (with prompting from O’Reilly) brutally beats the reporter.
The episode was rated from 207 votes.
#9 – Exeunt Omnes
Season 6 – Episode 8
Oz is in upheaval following the return of Martin Querns; Howell and Robson receive troubling medical news; Brass makes his last shot Hoyt is reunited with his birth mother; Fr. Mukada answers an unsolved mystery; Arif disappoints his brothers; Alvarez succumbs to an enticing offer; the O’Reily family struggles to make amends; and the prison production of “Macbeth” ends with a staggering final act.
The episode was rated from 185 votes.
#10 – Sonata de Oz
Season 6 – Episode 3
Schillinger has a disappointing visit with his “hero”, Mayor Loewen. Glynn has to face up to the truth when Oz loses its first prisoner to toxic poisoning. Down in solitary, Officer Brass gets some quality one-on-one time with Morales. Cyril undergoes a round of unusual therapy, and Said gets more than he bargained for in leading the Muslims into a new business venture.
The episode was rated from 179 votes.