A Game of Checkers


Episode Info

Tensions at the Oswald State Penitentiary come to a head in the finale of Oz's first season. After being attacked by Beecher (Lee Tergesen), Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) returns to Em City, telling a skeptical McManus (Terry Kinney) that he's a changed man, and will not seek revenge. Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) is concerned about the well-being of his two teenage sons, and plans to behave himself so he'll have a shot at parole. Beecher provokes him, and lets him know he'll try to foul up his plans. McManus confronts Diane Wittlesey (Edie Falco) when he catches her smuggling cigarettes to Schillinger's pal, Scott Ross (Stephen Gevedon). She tells Ross that it's over, but he threatens to go to the warden if she stops supplying him. In the wake of Groves' (Sean Whitesell) murder of a guard, prisoners have been beaten without cause, and many guards have been suspended. Understaffed, the guards in Em City find themselves overpowered when a riot breaks out. Guards are beaten and taken hostage, as is Father Mukada (B.D. Wong). Dobbins (Zuill Bailey), the cellist, is brutally stabbed during the riot, and Hill (Harold Perrineau) persuades a remorseful Mayhew (Rick Fox) to bring the wounded man out of Em City. Said (Eamonn Walker), Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), Ross, and Adebisi (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje) form a fragile alliance to control their respective groups, and come up with a list of demands. McManus tries to assuage his feelings of guilt by offering himself as a hostage in exchange for two wounded guards. Meanwhile, Glynn (Ernie Hudson) finds the prisoners' demands for the restoration of conjugal visits and smoking privileges quite reasonable, but Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek) refuses to negotiate, and calls in the National Guard.


Betty Buckley
as Suzanne Fitzgerald
Reg E. Cathey
as Martin Querns
Anthony Chisholm
as Burr Reading
Robert Clohessy
as Off. Sean Murphy
Carl DiMaggio
as Off. Len Lopresti
John Doman
as Col. Edward Galson
Sean Dugan
as Timmy Kirk
Christopher Meloni
as Christopher Keller
Rick Fox
as Jackson Vayhue
Joel Grey
as Lemuel Idzick
Ray Iannicelli
as Off. Roger Breese
Zeljko Ivanek
as Gov. James Devlin
Brendan Kelly
as Wolfgang Cutler
Tom Ligon
as Alvin Yood
Patti LuPone
as Stella Coffa
John Lurie
as Greg Pender
Tom Mardirosian
as Agamemnon Busmalis
Ellen McElduff
as Elenor O'Connor
Milo O'Shea
as Dr. Frederick Garvey
Blayne Perry
as Samuel Gougeon
Larry Pine
as Arnold Zelman
Sandra Purpuro
as Catherine McClain
Blake Robbins
as Off. David Brass
R.E. Rodgers
as James Robson
Kristin Rohde
as Off. Claire Howell
Otto Sanchez
as Carmen `Chico' Guerra
Paul Schulze
as Off. Rick Heim
Philip Scozzarella
as Off. Joseph Mineo
Jon Seda
as Dino Ortolani
Lou Sones
as Steve Dawkins
Thomas G. Waites
as Henry Stanton
Joel West
as Glen Shupe
Steven Wishnoff
as Tony Masters
Michael Wright
as Omar White
Emanuel Yarbrough
as Clarence Seroy
David Zayas
as Enrique Morales
Chuck Zito
as Charles Pancamo
Granville Adams
as Zahir Arif
Dena Atlantic
as Floria Mills
Tim Brown
as Off. Jason Armstrong
Bobby Cannavale
as Alonzo Torquemada
Antoni Corone
as Frances Urbano
Ernie Hudson
as Leo Glynn
Terry Kinney
as Tim McManus
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