Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Six prisoners and two guards were killed and 34 others were injured after Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek) sent a SORT team into Em City to put an end to the riot at the conclusion of the first season of Oz. As the second season begins, McManus (Terry Kinney) is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. All the prisoners from Em City are moved into the general population, or "gen pop," except for the riot leaders, who are put into solitary confinement. Devlin appoints an investigation committee, headed up by judge and law professor Oliver Case (Charles Dutton), to look into the riot. Devlin immediately pressures Case to clear him of any wrongdoing, mentioning that he's looking for a new state attorney general. Case interviews nearly everyone involved in the riot, and discovers that Scott Ross (Stephen Gevedon) was killed under suspicious circumstances. Forced into an overcrowded cell, Beecher (Lee Tergesen) finds himself the object of unwanted attention from Robson (R.E. Rodgers), who tries to bully him into giving him oral sex. But this is not the old, malleable Beecher, and he has an unpleasant surprise for Robson that he won't soon forget. Hill (Harold Perrineau) finds out that, despite his efforts, Dobbins (Zuill Bailey) died after being stabbed during the riot. Case interviews Rebadow (George Morfogen), who tells him that Officer Wittlesey (Edie Falco) was smuggling cigarettes for Ross, and that she had an affair with McManus. Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), who witnessed Ross's murder, threatens Wittlesey with exposure while Case pieces the chaotic events together.
prison, inmate, criminal, murder, life-of-crime, maximum-security, unrest, death-row