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    Oz - Season 1, Episode 1: The Routine

    The premiere episode of HBO's Oz, directed by Darnell Martin (I Like It Like That), gives viewers an idea of the kind of graphic violence and deviant behavior they can expect from the series. Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau), a wheelchair-bound convict, serves as the narrator, providing a dark philosophical overview to the action. He introduces many of the characters, giving their names, serial numbers, crime, and sentence while a brief flashback of the crime plays. Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) is out of his element, even in the seemingly safer experimental rehabilitation unit known as 'Emerald City,' run by well-intentioned control freak Tim McManus (Terry Kinney). Beecher is a former attorney who has been sentenced to 15 years for vehicular manslaughter. Beecher is introduced to his sponsor, Dino Ortolani (Jon Seda), a hot-tempered thug who's connected to Oz's resident Mob boss, Nino Schibetta (Tony Musante). Every new prisoner in 'Em City' gets a sponsor, who's supposed to help him adjust, but Ortolani has no use for Beecher, so when Beecher's cellmate, Simon Adebisi (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje), starts shaking him down, he's on his own. Vern Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) takes an interest, suggesting Beecher ask McManus for a transfer to another cell. Beecher gratefully takes Schillinger's advice, and ends up bunking with him. Then Beecher finds out that his new cellmate runs the Aryan Brotherhood. 'You're mine now,' Schillinger tells him. He later burns a swastika tattoo into Beecher's buttocks. Ortolani, meanwhile, has his own problems. A hood he shot, Ryan O'Reily (Dean Winters), gets sent to Oz, but Schibetta warns Ortolani against taking revenge. Ortolani also beats a gay prisoner who comes on to him. The cagey O'Reily convinces the gay man's brother, the leader of Emerald City's gangbangers, Jefferson Keane (Leon), to team up with him to arrange for Ortolani's murder.
    Duration: 55 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1997
    IMDb: 8.7
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  • Actors of "Oz - Season 1"

  • Characters of "Oz - Season 1"

    Warden Leo Glynn. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Ernie Hudson
    Tim McManus. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Terry Kinney
    Augustus Hill. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Kareem Said. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Eamonn Walker
    Miguel Alvarez. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Kirk Acevedo
    Officer Diane Whittlesey. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Edie Falco
    Jefferson Keane. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Leon
    Sister Peter Marie Reimondo. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Rita Moreno
    Nino Schibetta. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Tony Musante
    Vern Schillinger. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: J.K. Simmons
    Tobias 'Toby' Beecher. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Lee Tergesen
    Donald Groves. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Sean Whitesell
    Ryan O'Reily. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Dean Winters
    Dr. Gloria Nathan. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Bob Rebadow. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Paul Markstram. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: O.L. Duke
    Simon Adebisi. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Joey D'Angelo. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Officer Mike Healy. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Steve Ryan
    Emilio Sanchez. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Jose Soto
    Dino Ortolani. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Jon Seda
    Johnny Post. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Tim McAdams
    Poet. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Officer Joseph Mineo. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Billie Keane. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Officer D'Agnasti. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Douglas Crosby
    Mark Mack. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Leif Riddell
    Father Ray Mukada. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: BD Wong
    Governor James Devlin. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Zeljko Ivanek
    Peter Schibetta. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Ricardo Alvarez. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Tomas Milian
    Lenny Burrano. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Skipp Sudduth
    Officer Roger Brese. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Ray Iannicelli
    Eduardo Alvarez. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Kenny Wangler. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: J.D. Williams
    Martinez. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Cornelius Keane. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Frankie Faison
    Richard L'Italien. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Eric Roberts
    Scott Ross. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Whitney Munson. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Ronald Poklewaldt. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Officer Eddie Hunt. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Murphy Guyer
    Kiki Faye Downing. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Rohan Quine
    Jackson Vahue. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Rick Fox
    Huseni Mershah. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Rick Donn. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Tim Hopper
    Officer Lonnie Smith. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Zahir Arif. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Officer Jason Armstrong. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Eugene Dobbins. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Zuill Bailey
    Officer Gordon Wood. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Wood Harris
    Fred Wick. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Chazz Menendez
    Officer Anthony Nowakowski. Character of Oz - Season 1
    Played by: Matt Ross
  • Creators of "Oz - Season 1"

    Tom Fontana. Director of Oz - Season 1
    Tom Fontana
    Birthdate: 12 September 1951, Buffalo, New York, USA
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