Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Said (Eamonn Walker) recovers surprisingly quickly from his heart attack, and punishes the power-hungry Huseni Mershaw (Roger Guenveur Smith) for not helping him. "This man is cast out!" Said tells his fellow Muslims, and Mershaw, despite an entreaty to Adebisi (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje), finds himself isolated. In desperation, he goes to McManus (Terry Kinney) and Glynn (Ernie Hudson), telling them that Said is planning a riot. This sets off a shakedown in Em City, and Mershaw is branded a snitch. Before his transfer out of Em City, he tearfully tells Said, "All you taught me was that your God is full of hate and vengeance." Mershaw is later found dead, an apparent suicide. Said talks to the press about the string of recent deaths in Oz, causing Glynn to cut off his access to the media, and crack down on the Muslim population in retribution. Said's power impresses Groves (Sean Whitesell), who tells him, "The whole Allah thing -- it's awesome," and is inspired to kill Warden Glynn. His murder attempt fails, and he ends up inadvertently killing a guard who intercedes. Sentenced to death for this murder, he asks to be executed by firing squad. Hill (Harold Perrineau) is still struggling with his drug problem, thanks to the influence of Mayhew (Rick Fox), but he finds solace in helping a fellow inmate, Dobbins (Zuill Bailey), who is an accomplished young cellist. Beecher (Lee Tergesen) returns to Em City after doing time in the hole for his PCP-induced attack on Schillinger (J.K. Simmons). Harassed by Schillinger's Nazi cohorts, he requests a transfer, but is denied. Pushed to the breaking point, he takes his ugly revenge on Schillinger.
prison, inmate, criminal, murder, life-of-crime, maximum-security, unrest, death-row