Oz : Strange Bedfellows (1998)

Genres - Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Prime-Time Drama [TV], Prison Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Josh Ralske

Said (Eamonn Walker) is taking depositions in Schillinger's (J.K. Simmons) case, and a worried McManus (Terry Kinney) talks to Diane Wittlesey (Edie Falco) about his testimony. "If you ever loved me," Wittlesey tells him, "then lie." When Said asks him if Wittlesey killed Scott Ross, McManus lies under oath. Said later tells an angry Schillinger he's dropping out because he has no case. Death row inmate Shirley Bellinger (Kathryn Erbe) is exchanging mash notes with a secret admirer who works in the kitchen. It turns out to be Adebisi (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje). Adebisi demonstrates his survival skills when Schibetta (Eddie Malavarca) and a henchman come after him. Adebisi overpowers them both, and rapes the unconscious Schibetta. A mentally unhinged Schibetta later gets the news that someone else is taking over "the family's" operations in Oz. The Latinos also get new leadership, as Raoul Hernandez (aka "El Cid") (Luis Guzman) arrives in Em City, and Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) finds himself on the outs. Another new inmate, Jiggy Walker (LL Cool J), arrives and spreads the word that he was Governor Devlin's (Zeljko Ivanek) personal crack dealer on the outside. Said has him go public with the tale, and is humiliated when Devlin holds a press conference, where he gets Walker to admit that he made the story up. After the murder of her husband, Dr. Nathan (Lauren Velez) returns to work, and is shocked when she learns that Ryan O'Reily's (Dean Winters) brother, Cyril (Scott William Winters), has confessed to the crime. "I saved your life," she tells Ryan, "and in return you destroyed mine." Keller (Christopher Meloni) convinces Beecher (Lee Tergesen) to see his kids, and later Beecher tells Keller that he loves him. When Keller gets thrown in the hole, Beecher spends a long night alone, and starts drinking again.




prison, inmate, criminal, murder, life-of-crime, maximum-security, unrest, death-row