Oz: Season 5 (2002)


Season 5
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Air date: Jan 6, 2002

The fifth season of Oz opens with the crash of a school bus, then flashes back to show Father Mukada (B.D. Wong) bringing a group of visitors to the prison. Among the visitors are Hill's (Harold Perrineau Jr.) mother, Eugenia (Mary Alice), and Morales' sister, Annette (Delilah Cotto). Annette flirts with Mukada, until she's put off by his reaction to her decision to ask Morales to have her abusive husband killed. Also on the bus is Carrie Schillinger (Jenna Lamia). The DNA testing has been done on her baby, and now that they know Hank was the father, she's bringing the baby to see Schillinger (J.K. Simmons). Meanwhile, Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek) is at Oz to re-open the parts of the prison that were destroyed in the explosion. Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), White (Michael Wright), and the others get out of solitary while the air ducts are cleaned, and Glynn (Ernie Hudson) tells them they can stay in gen-pop if they behave. White tells McManus (Terry Kinney) he'll be good this time, but he still can't control his temper. Alvarez has to fend off Guerra (Otto Sanchez), who's still planning to kill him. Schillinger and Robson (R.E. Rodgers) plot revenge against the Muslims, while Said (Eamon Walker) has decided to plead guilty to attempted murder for shanking them. Sister Pete (Rita Moreno) asks Beecher (Lee Tergesen) to sit down with Said and Schillinger and broker some kind of truce. Glynn investigates Keenan's murder, and thanks to O'Reily's (Dean Winters) machinations, gets two conflicting stories about the murder. O'Reily gets Martin Montgomery (Peter Criss of KISS fame) to claim that he saw Stanton (Thomas G. Waites) commit the crime. Hill gets word that his wife is divorcing him.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2002

Guerra (Otto Sanchez) continues to threaten Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), who shows no fear. After Alvarez talks to Rebadow (George Morfogen) about his experiences in WWII, Alvarez makes a strange deal with his tormentor. Guerra can have one free shot at him with the shank if he agrees not to kill him. Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.), preparing for his mother's funeral, learns that Redding (Anthony Chisholm) had always loved the woman. Rebadow is determined to find a way to help his grandson, who is dying of leukemia. Stanton (Thomas G. Waites) continues to deny that he killed Keenan. When Montgomery (Peter Criss) demands more money from O'Reily (Dean Winters) to keep quiet, O'Reily lets Stanton know who accused him. O'Reily's mother, Suzanne (Betty Lynn Buckley) is sentenced to community service, and decides to teach music at Oz, despite O'Reily's warnings about the enemies he's made there. A hobbled Officer Brass (Blake Robbins) returns to Oz, determined to find out who crippled him. Governor Devlin (Zeljko Ivanek) appoints a new liaison to the prison, Eleanor O'Connor (Ellen McElduff), who also happens to be McManus' (Terry Kinney) ex-wife. Brass is unhappy with a desk job, so McManus suggests he complain to O'Connor. Peter Schibetta (Eddie Malavarca) returns to Em City from the psych ward. The FBI uncovers Pancamo's (Chuck Zito) connection to Hank Schillinger's death, and a fight breaks out between the Aryans and the Sicilians. With Said's (Eamon Walker) behavior growing increasingly violent and erratic, McManus assigns him to help Omar White (Michael Wright) stay straight. Said gives the unstable White a new mantra -- "I will not fight." Cloutier (Luke Perry) is still recovering from his horrific injuries, but a strange spirit keeps Kirk (Sean Dugan) and his cohorts from killing the reverend. The episode was directed by actor Rob Morrow.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2002

Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), recovering from his stab wound, learns that despite their agreement, Guerra (Otto Sanchez) nearly killed him. Brass (Blake Robbins) confronts Morales (David Zayas), demanding to know who cut him. Rebadow (George Morfogen), hoping to help his sick grandson, asks Brass to buy him a lottery ticket. Kenmin (Michael Delmare) returns to Em City. Or'Reily (Dean Winters) worries when Kenmin and Li Chen (Nelson Lee) begin taking music lessons from his mother, Suzanne (Betty Lynn Buckley). With Pancamo (Chuck Zito) in the hospital, Schibetta (Eddie Malavarca) tries to take care of Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) on his own. Redding (Anthony Chisholm) forms a truce with Morales. Keller (Christopher Meloni) returns to Oz, only to find himself in protective custody facing the death penalty for an old crime. Glynn (Ernie Hudson) refuses to grant Penders (John Lurie) any special favors, despite the fact that the convict saved his life. Said (Eamon Walker), still unable to control his temper, cracks down on White (Michael Wright), forbidding him from associating with drug dealers. When Said learns of the addict's interest in singing cowboys, he arranges for him to take music lessons with Suzanne. Hill (Harold Perrineau, Jr.) grows increasingly despondent over the death of his mother and his divorce. While Kirk (Sean Dugan) continues plotting against Cloutier (Luke Perry), Hoyt (Evan Seinfeld) has another vision of the reverend, who urges him to kill Kirk.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2002

Velez (Christopher Rivera) tries to kill Guerra (Otto Sanchez) for Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), but ends up dead himself, leaving Alvarez feeling guilty. A new guide dog training program begins at Oz, run by Alicia Hinden (Toni Lewis). Alvarez, Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Penders (John Lurie) volunteer, and each is assigned to take care of a dog. Brass (Blake Robbins) tells Rebadow (George Morfogen) he bought the lottery ticket. Brass is attacked by Martinez (Carlos Leon), who throws a cup of all his bodily excretions in the guard's face. When a bloodied Martinez is brought to the hospital unit, he gropes Dr. Nathan (Lauren Velez) and she beats on him some more. Beecher (Lee Tergesen) moderates another session between Said (Eamonn Walker) and Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), but when Said brings up Schillinger's rape of Beecher and the Aryan denies it, Beecher attacks him. Beecher has developed a romantic relationship with Catherine McClain (Sandra Purpuro) and he is worried about her meeting with Keller (Christopher Meloni) to discuss his death penalty case. Convicted rapists Adam Guenzel (Mike Doyle) and Franklin Winthrop (Andy Powers) come to Oz, and it turns out Beecher knows Guenzel from their old suburban neighborhood. The Aryans quickly turn Winthrop into their "prag," but Beecher is determined to protect Guenzel, and asks the Sicilians for help. At Dr. Nathan's suggestion, O'Reily (Dean Winters) contemplates telling his mother (Betty Lynn Buckley) about his ugly past. Jia Kenmin's (Michael Delmare) plot against O'Reily is revealed. Hill, unable to come to grips with his mother's death, starts using heroin again. With Said's help, White (Michael Wright) is focusing on music and avoiding drugs and violence. McManus (Terry Kinney) lets White practice his singing in the janitor's closet, where Redding (Anthony Chisholm) puts him to work. The Aryans attack a young Muslim prisoner.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2002

Said (Eamonn Walker) tells Glynn (Ernie Hudson) that Robson (R.E. Rodgers) murdered a young Muslim prisoner, but he has no evidence. Robson taunts White (Michael Wright), calling him Said's slave. When Said catches White passing drugs to another prisoner, he beats him badly, landing himself in the hole. Unable to get along with the other prisoners, White asks McManus (Terry Kinney, who also directed this episode) to bring Said back, but Said begs McManus to let him stay in the hole. "Either I find myself in this place, or I am lost forever," Said tells him. Pancamo (Chuck Zito) learns he has a staph infection, and his condition is worsening. Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) apologizes to Beecher (Lee Tergesen) for "abusing" him when he first came to Oz. But he also uses his new prag, Winthrop (Andy Powers), to pass along the info to Guenzel (Mike Doyle) that Beecher is gay, which the homophobic Guenzel can't handle. Schillinger has a plan to allow Beecher to see Keller (Christopher Meloni) if Beecher will turn Guenzel over to the Aryans. Rebadow (George Morfogen) learns that he picked the winning lottery numbers, but Officer Brass (Blake Robbins) vanishes with his ticket. McManus learns that Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) has a life-threatening illness caused in part by his return to heroin use. McManus accosts Redding (Anthony Chisholm) demanding to know where Hill got the drugs. Redding confronts Poet (MuMs), who denies giving the smack to Hill. Morales (David Zayas) learns about his late sister's marital woes from Father Mukada (B.D. Wong), and takes drastic action. O'Reilly (Dean Winters) calls his dysfunctional family together to try to save Cyril (Scott William Winters) from death row.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2002

White (Michael Wright) is preparing to sing in the prison talent show, and gets so frazzled that he turns to Poet (MuMs) for advice. Poet offers heroin, and White considers the offer. Said (Eamonn Walker) gets out of the hole. He tells the other Muslims he's decided that White should be allowed to be who he is. Robson (R.E. Rodgers) reluctantly visits the dentist, Faraj (Aasif Mandvi), after years of neglecting his teeth. Faraj performs periodontal surgery, transplanting gum tissue from a cadaver, and taunting Robson about the tissue's origins. Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) wants to give the guide dog he's training to Rivera (Nelson Vasquez), the guard he blinded. Sister Pete (Rita Moreno) tries to arrange it. A new prisoner, Father Meehan (Malachy McCourt), finds a hostile cellmate in O'Reily (Dean Winters). O'Reily makes a deal to kill Jia (Michael Delmare) in exchange for Morales (David Zayas) maiming Shupe (Joel West). Poet convinces Redding (Anthony Chisholm) that the Sicilians sold drugs to Hill, prompting Redding's retaliation. Father Mukada (B.D. Wong) gets Jaz Hoyt (Evan Seinfeld) to testify against Kirk (Sean Dugan), who retaliates against Mukada. Catherine McClain (Sandra Pupuro) decides not to represent Keller (Christopher Meloni), because she believes he's guilty, and breaks up with Beecher (Lee Tergesen). Guenzel (Mike Doyle) attacks Beecher, spurring him to make an ugly deal with Schillinger (J.K. Simmons). This episode revolves around the talent show theme, opening with Sister Pete singing a song. This is the only episode of the first five seasons of Oz which is not introduced by Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.). Reportedly, Perrineau needed time off to shoot The Matrix Revisited, so his usual commentary was replaced with songs from Hoyt, Redding, Mukada, and a duet between Beecher and Schillinger. The episode was directed by actor Roger Rees.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2002

Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) is still in bad shape, and he won't tell McManus (Terry Kinney) who sold him the heroin. He does say it wasn't the Sicilians, and McManus passes that info along to Redding (Anthony Chisholm). Poet (MuMs) gets Busmalis (Tom Mardirosian) to lie to Redding again, this time blaming the Latinos. Redding confronts Morales (David Zayas) about it and they fight. Cyril (Scott William Winters) is sentenced to death. O'Reily (Dean Winters) doesn't want to appeal. He's ready for Cyril to die, despite pleas from Suzanne Fitzgerald (Betty Buckley) and Father Meehan (Malachy McCourt). Cyril's legal team decides to take their case to the press. O'Reily arranges for the CO's to carry out his revenge on Jia (Michael Delmare). Penders (John Lurie) orders the guide dog he's training to attack a guard who gets rough with him. Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) does a great job training his guide dog, and is gratified when Rivera (Nelson Vasquez) agrees to take the dog. After McManus unsuccessfully tries to find a bone marrow donor for Rebadow's (George Morfogen) grandson among the prisoners, Rebadow says God tells him to try a faith healer. He's approached by another prisoner, Whitworth (Ben Vereen), with information. Glynn (Ernie Hudson) finds another witness against Kirk (Sean Dugan). Robson (R.E. Rodgers) tells Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) that his gum tissue donor might have been black. Robson attacks the prison dentist, Faraj (Aasif Mandvi), who manages to get away, leaving Oz for good, but not before letting everyone know that Robson is no longer "pure." Robson is kicked out of the Brotherhood. Said (Eamonn Walker) tells Beecher (Lee Tergesen) to atone for what he did to Guenzel (Mike Doyle) by avoiding Keller (Christopher Meloni) forever. The Aryans decide that Guenzel has become a risk to them, and take action.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2002

Robson (R.E. Rodgers) gets out of the hole, and finds that the Brotherhood no longer accepts him. Desperate to return to the fold, he uses a razor to remove the freshly transplanted gum tissue that offend them so. Thanks to support from McManus (Terry Kinney), Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) gets a parole hearing, which ends disastrously. While Pancamo (Chuck Zito) clings to life, a distraught McManus tells Dr. Nathan (Lauren Velez) he can deal with all his failures because he's reached one person -- Omar White (Michael Wright) -- but his triumph is short-lived, as White attacks an Aryan inmate who's planning to kill Said (Eamonn Walker). McManus' ex, Eleanor, tells him that all his idealism stems from pride, and that's why she left him. Rebadow's (George Morfogen) efforts to save his grandson appear to have been fruitless, and McManus lets him visit the dying boy in the hospital. Busmalis (Tom Mardirosian) gets a surprise visit from Norma (Michelle Schumacher), but walks out on her when he sees that she's pregnant. Overcome with guilt, Beecher (Lee Tergesen) tells Sister Pete (Rita Moreno) about his involvement in Adam's rape. Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) is convicted of the crime, and ends up in solitary. Keller (Christopher Meloni) ends up on death row. Beecher ignores Said's exhortations and goes to visit the condemned man. Cyril (Scott William Winters) is also moved to death row, but not before having another violent episode. Father Meehan (Malachy McCourt) learns of a traumatic incident from O'Reily's (Dean Winters) past, and finds a way to reach him. Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) returns to Em City, and assures Poet (MuMs) that he won't tell Redding (Anthony Chisholm) who sold him the drugs. But the rift Poet created between Redding and Morales (David Zayas) is about to have unforeseen and deadly consequences.

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Series 5 of the prison drama sees OZ reopen after extensive renovations following a gas explosion.

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