"The Routine" is the pilot and first episode of the HBO prison drama television series Oz. Written by Tom Fontana and directed by Darnell Martin, it aired on July 12, 1997. Ernie Hudson as Warden Leo Glynn Terry Kinney as Tim McManus Harold Perrineau, Jr. as Augustus Hill Eamonn Walker as Kareem Said Kirk Acevedo as Miguel Alvarez Edie Falco as Correctional Officer Diane Whittlesey Leon as Jefferson Keane Rita Moreno as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo Tony Musante as Nino Schibetta J. K. Simmons as Vern Schillinger Lee Tergesen as Tobias Beecher Sean Whitesell as Donald Groves Dean Winters as Ryan O'Reily Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Simon Adebisi George Morfogen as Bob Rebadow muMs da Schemer as Arnold "Poet" Jackson Jon Seda as Dino Ortolani Jose Soto as Emilio Sánchez Desiree Marie Velez as Jeanie Ortolani Lauren Vélez as Dr. Gloria Nathan O. L. Duke as Paul Markstrom Goodfella Mike G as Joey D'Angelo Tim McAdams as Johnny Post Steve Ryan as CO Mike Healy Philip Scozzarella as CO Joseph Mineo Derrick Simmons as Billy Keane Augustus Hill, a wheelchair-bound prisoner and the series' narrator, introduces the audience to Cell Block 5 of the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary.
Nicknamed "Emerald City" or "Em City," the experimental block is designed to rehabilitate select inmates by allowing them certain privileges in exchange for greater surveillance. The violence of Oz is demonstrated right away as new inmate Miguel Alvarez is shanked before being brought inside, horrifying fellow arrival Tobias Beecher; the violence upsets Em City's unit manager, Tim McManus, who asks Warden Leo Glynn to allow the cannibalistic killer Donald Groves into Em City, believing no inmate is a lost cause. Glynn reluctantly agrees on the condition that drug dealer Paul Markstrom, his own wayward cousin, be brought there as well. Correctional officer Diane Whittlesey assigns the arrivals to their "sponsors", veteran prisoners who at least nominally look after them and ensure they integrate appropriately. Groves is assigned the kindly Bob Rebadow. Ortolani is not interested in babysitting the anxious Beecher, but gives him basic pointers for surviving Oz. Glynn informs the inmates. Beecher is alarmed to find cellmate Simon Adebisi rifling through his possessions.
Adebisi intimidates Beecher when he tries to stop it, threatens to rape him at bedtime. An unassuming-looking prisoner named Vernon Schillinger suggests that Beecher appeal to McManus to move out of Adebisi's pod, implying that Schillinger will gladly take Beecher into his own. Beecher soon realizes out Schillinger belongs to the Aryan Brotherhood and that he has just become Schillinger's "livestock." That night, Schillinger tattoos a swastika onto a petrified Beecher's buttocks. The following morning, McManus complains about the draconian laws passed by Governor James Devlin, saying that banning cigarettes will make the inmates uncooperative. Kareem Said, a radical black Muslim leader convicted of arson, arrives at Em City. Keane and Adebisi try to intimidate Said out of his anti-drug preaching, but Said purposefully injures himself to display his determination. Ortolani, plagued by insomnia and violent flashbacks, puts in a request for a conjugal visit with his wife, he is furious to find out that Irish-American hoodlum Ryan O'Reily, the victim of the assault which landed Ortolani in Oz, is coming to the same prison.
Upon arriving, O'Reily sets out to arrange a hit on Ortolani. After getting into a bloody fight with gay inmate Billy Keane in the showers, Ortolani tries to flirt with Dr. Gloria Nathan in the infirmary. McManus punishes Ortolani by assigning him to work with the gay inmates in the AIDS ward. Nathan thinks McManus can't change people like him. Nonetheless, McManus asks Nathan to dinner with him. Since Ortolani had attacked his brother, Jefferson Keane agrees to O'Reily's hit; when Ortolani reacts poorly to working in the AIDS ward, McManus vindictively cancels his conjugal visit, replacing it with a behind-the-glass visit between Ortolani and his family. Ortolani tells his wife to go on with her life. During Ortolani's next round in the AIDS ward, he is told by a patient named Emilio Sanchez that he wants to die. In the restroom, Ortolani and O'Reily get into a fight; that night, Ortolani suffocates Sanchez in a mercy killing and is beaten and left in solitary confinement by the guards. As he is sleeping, a bribed guard lets one of Keane's henchmen, Johnny Post, pour lighter fluid on Ortolani and set him on fire.
A dejected McManus examines the photos of Ortolani's corpse. Emilio Sánchez- Suffocated by Dino Ortolani when he asked him to euthanize him and end his suffering. Dino Ortolani- Burned alive in his solitary confinement cell by Johnny Post on orders from Jefferson Keane to avenge Billy Keane's severe beating. More prominent prisoners in Oz are given a stylized "crime flashback," narrated by Augustus Hill, depicting the crime for which they were incarcerated; the flashbacks of the debut episode were: Tobias Beecher - driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter of a minor. Kareem Said - arson in the second degree. Dino Ortolani - murder in the first degree and assault with a deadly weapon. Creator Tom Fontana pitched the idea of Oz to the cable channel HBO after years of dissatisfaction working within the constraints of network television and their expression-limiting censoring requirements. Executive producer Barry Levinson had visited penal institutions, such as the Baltimore City Jail and the Maryland House of Correction, before
Jonathan Seda is an American actor best known for his role as Chris Pérez in Selena. He is known for playing Paul Falsone in the show Homicide: Life on the Street. Seda was an amateur boxer, given a role in the 1992 boxing film Gladiator, he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena and appeared as U. S. Marine John Basilone in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow up to Band of Brothers, The Pacific. In 2014, Seda began starring in the NBC police procedural drama Chicago P. D. as Det. Antonio Dawson. Seda was born in Manhattan to parents of Puerto Rican descent and raised in Clifton, New Jersey, where he attended Clifton High School. After graduating from high school, Seda began to work out in a gym, after two friends convinced him that he should take up boxing, he boxed in several gyms in New Jersey and soon was a runner up in the New Jersey Golden Gloves competition. As an amateur boxer, Seda had a record of one loss. Seda's film debut was in 1992, in the boxing film Gladiator in which he played the role of "Romano," a Cuban boxer.
He has since worked in TV series. In 1995, Seda was nominated Best Male Lead at the Spirit Awards for his role the 1994 movie I Like It Like That opposite Rita Moreno and Lauren Vélez. In 1996, he was nominated for the Palme d'Or for his role as "Blue" in the film The Sunchaser, opposite actor Woody Harrelson at the Cannes Film Festival. Seda became known to the Hispanic film audience when he portrayed Chris Pérez alongside Jennifer Lopez in Selena, a 1997 film based on the true story of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, murdered on her way to mainstream stardom. Seda played Selena's husband. In 1997, Seda landed the role of Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's: Homicide: Life on the Street; the writers took advantage of his boxing background, writing a shirtless practice bout into an episode which established his character's attractiveness to fellow detective Laura Ballard. He boxed opposite Jimmy Smits in the 2000 film Price of Glory, his first leading role on the large screen was as the protagonist in 2002's King Rikki, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Richard III in East L.
A. Seda has appeared in more than two dozen movies, including Bad Boys II as "Roberto," as well as numerous television appearances. Aside from Homicide, he has had notable roles as Dino Ortolani in Oz, Matty Caffey in Third Watch, Paul Falsone, CSI: Miami, he is featured as one of the three leads in the HBO World War II mini-series The Pacific released on March 14, 2010, playing the part of Marine John Basilone. Seda appeared as a guest star in an episode of Burn Notice. In 2007, Seda made a cameo in Ludacris' song Runaway Love, as an abusive, alcoholic stepfather. Seda appeared in the second season of Treme as Nelson Hidalgo, a politically connected land developer from Dallas who helps out with the relief efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans, he appeared in the 2011 film Larry Crowne, which starred, was co-written and directed by, Tom Hanks. Hanks served as an executive producer on The Pacific. In 2013 he starred alongside Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater and Jason Momoa in the Walter Hill action thriller Bullet to the Head.
In 2012, Seda began portraying Detective Antonio Dawson in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, first starring on Chicago Fire in a recurring role and in 2014, as part of the main cast of the spin-off Chicago P. D. In 2017, he carried his role over into another spin-off, Chicago Justice, canceled after its first season, his daughter Haley made a guest appearance on Chicago P. D. as a key witness in a bombing. In July 2017, it was announced that Seda would return to Chicago P. D. following the cancellation of Chicago Justice. Seda married his long time girlfriend, Lisa Gomez, in 2000; the couple has four children: Haley Seda, Madison Seda, Jonathan Seda, Stepdaughter Jessica Seda Pinto List of Puerto Ricans Jon Seda on Twitter Jon Seda | About | Chicago P. D. | NBC Jon Seda on IMDb Website Jon Seda
Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another, which results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity. The use of the term "racism" does not fall under a single definition; the ideology underlying racism includes the idea that humans can be subdivided into distinct groups that are different due to their social behavior and their innate capacities, as well as the idea that they can be ranked as inferior or superior. Historical examples of institutional racism include the Holocaust, the apartheid regime in South Africa and segregation in the United States, slavery in Latin America. Racism was an aspect of the social organization of many colonial states and empires. While the concepts of race and ethnicity are considered to be separate in contemporary social science, the two terms have a long history of equivalence in both popular usage and older social science literature. "Ethnicity" is used in a sense close to one traditionally attributed to "race": the division of human groups based on qualities assumed to be essential or innate to the group.
Therefore and racial discrimination are used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to a United Nations convention on racial discrimination, there is no distinction between the terms "racial" and "ethnic" discrimination; the UN convention further concludes that superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable unjust and dangerous. It declared that there is no justification for racial discrimination, anywhere, in theory or in practice. Racist ideology can manifest in many aspects of social life. Racism can be present in social actions, practices, or political systems that support the expression of prejudice or aversion in discriminatory practices or laws. Associated social actions may include nativism, otherness, hierarchical ranking and related social phenomena. In the 19th century, many scientists subscribed to the belief that the human population can be divided into races.
The term racism is a noun describing the state of being racist, i.e. subscribing to the belief that the human population can or should be classified into races with differential abilities and dispositions, which in turn may motivate a political ideology in which rights and privileges are differentially distributed based on racial categories. The origin of the root word "race" is not clear. Linguists agree that it came to the English language from Middle French, but there is no such agreement on how it came into Latin-based languages. A recent proposal is that it derives from the Arabic ra's, which means "head, origin" or the Hebrew rosh, which has a similar meaning. Early race theorists held the view that some races were inferior to others and they believed that the differential treatment of races was justified; these early theories guided pseudo-scientific research assumptions. Today, most biologists and sociologists reject a taxonomy of races in favor of more specific and/or empirically verifiable criteria, such as geography, ethnicity, or a history of endogamy.
To date, there is little evidence in human genome research which indicates that race can be defined in such a way as to be useful in determining a genetic classification of humans. An entry in the Oxford English Dictionary defines racialism as "n earlier term than racism, but now superseded by it", cites it in a 1902 quote; the revised Oxford English Dictionary cites the shortened term "racism" in a quote from the following year, 1903. It was first defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "he theory that distinctive human characteristics and abilities are determined by race". By the end of World War II, racism had acquired the same supremacist connotations associated with racialism: racism now implied racial discrimination, racial supremacism, a harmful intent; as its history indicates, the popular use of the word racism is recent. The word came into widespread usage in the Western world in the 1930s, when it was used to describe the social and political ideology of Nazism, which saw "race" as a given political unit.
It is agreed that racism existed before the coinage of the word, but there is not a wide agreement on a single definition of what racism is and what it is not. Today, some scholars of racism prefer to use the concept in the plural racisms, in order to emphasize its many different forms that do not fall under a single definition, they argue that different forms of racism have characterized different historical periods and geographical areas. Garner summarizes different existing definitions of racism and identifies three common elements contained in those definitions of racism. First, a historical, hierarchical power relationship between groups. Though many countries around the globe have passed laws related to race and discrimination, the first significant international human rights instrument developed by the United Nations
Muslims are people who follow or practice Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad; the majority of Muslims follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad as recorded in traditional accounts. "Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "submitter". The largest denomination of Islam are Sunni Muslims who constitute 85-90% of the total Muslim population, followed by the Shia who make up most of the remainder of Muslims; the beliefs of Muslims include: that God is eternal and one. The religious practices of Muslims are enumerated in the Five Pillars of Islam: the declaration of faith, daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. To become a Muslim and to convert to Islam, it is essential to utter the Shahada, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a declaration of faith and trust that professes that there is only one God and that Muhammad is God's messenger.
It is a set statement recited in Arabic: lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāhu muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh "There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of God."In Sunni Islam, the shahada has two parts: la ilaha illa'llah, Muhammadun rasul Allah, which are sometimes referred to as the first shahada and the second shahada. The first statement of the shahada is known as the tahlīl. In Shia Islam, the shahada has a third part, a phrase concerning Ali, the first Shia Imam and the fourth Rashid caliph of Sunni Islam: وعليٌ وليُّ الله, which translates to "Ali is the wali of God; the word muslim is the active participle of the same verb of which islām is a verbal noun, based on the triliteral S-L-M "to be whole, intact". A female adherent is a muslima; the plural form in Arabic is muslimūn or muslimīn, its feminine equivalent is muslimāt. The ordinary word in English is "Muslim", it is sometimes transliterated as "Moslem", an older spelling. The word Mosalman is a common equivalent for Muslim used in South Asia.
Until at least the mid-1960s, many English-language writers used the term Mahometans. Although such terms were not intended to be pejorative, Muslims argue that the terms are offensive because they imply that Muslims worship Muhammad rather than God. Other obsolete terms include Muslimist. Musulmán/Mosalmán is modified from Arabic, it is the origin of the Spanish word musulmán, the German Muselmann, the French word musulman, the Polish words muzułmanin and muzułmański, the Portuguese word muçulmano, the Italian word mussulmano or musulmano, the Romanian word musulman and the Greek word μουσουλμάνος. In English it has become archaic in usage. Apart from Persian, Polish, Portuguese and Greek, the term could be found, with obvious local differences, in Armenian, Pashto, Hindi, Marathi, Turkish, Uzbek, Azeri, Hungarian, Bosnian, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Sanskrit; the Muslim philosopher Ibn Arabi said: A Muslim is a person who has dedicated his worship to God... Islam means making one's religion and faith God's alone.
The Qur'an describes many prophets and messengers within Judaism and Christianity, their respective followers, as Muslim: Adam, Abraham, Jacob and Jesus and his apostles are all considered to be Muslims in the Qur'an. The Qur'an states that these men were Muslims because they submitted to God, preached His message and upheld His values, which included praying, charity and pilgrimage. Thus, in Surah 3:52 of the Qur'an, Jesus' disciples tell him, "We believe in God. In Muslim belief, before the Qur'an, God had given the Tawrat to Moses, the Zabur to David and the Injil to Jesus, who are all considered important Muslim prophets; the most populous Muslim-majority country is Indonesia, home to 12.7% of the world's Muslims, followed by Pakistan and Egypt. About 20 % of the world's Muslims lives in the Middle North Africa. Sizable minorities are found in India, Russia, the Americas and parts of Europe; the country with the highest proportion of self-described Muslims as a proportion of its total population is Morocco.
Converts and immigrant communities are found in every part of the world. Over 75–90% of Muslims are Sunni; the second and third largest sects and Ahmadiyya, make up 10–20%, 1% respectively. With about 1.8 billion followers a quarter of earth's population, Islam is the second-largest and the fastest-growing religion in the world. Due to the young age and high fertilit
Oz (TV series)
Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by the premium cable network HBO. Oz ran for six seasons. "Oz" is the nickname for the Oswald State Correctional Facility Oswald State Penitentiary, a fictional level 4 maximum-security state prison. The nickname "Oz" is a reference to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, which popularized the phrase "There's no place like home." In contrast, a poster for the series uses the tagline: "It's no place like home". Moreover, most of the series' story arcs are set in "Emerald City", a wing named after a setting from the fictional Land of Oz in L. Frank Baum's Oz books, first described in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; the majority of Oz's story arcs are set in "Emerald City", named for a setting from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this experimental unit of the prison, unit manager Tim McManus emphasizes rehabilitation and learning responsibility during incarceration, rather than carrying out purely punitive measures.
Emerald City is an controlled environment, with a managed balance of members from each racial and social group, intended to ease tensions among these various factions. Under McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, all inmates in "Em City" struggle to fulfill their own needs; some fight for power -- either over other inmate factions and individuals. Others, corrections officers and inmates alike want to survive, some long enough to make parole and others just to see the next day; the show's narrator, inmate Augustus Hill, explains the show, provides context, thematic analysis, a sense of humor. Oz chronicles McManus' attempts to keep control over the inmates of Em City. There are many groups of inmates throughout the show, not everyone within each group survives the show's events. There are the African-American Homeboys and Muslims, the Wiseguys, the Aryan Brotherhood, the Latinos of El Norte, the Irish, the Gays, the Bikers, the Christians and many other individuals not affiliated with one particular group.
In contrast to the dangerous criminals, character Tobias Beecher gives a look at a law-abiding man who made one fatal drunk-driving mistake. Actors listed as "recurring" are credited as "also starring" in the opening title sequence, actors listed as "guests" are credited in the end credits. Oz took advantage of the freedoms of premium cable to show elements of coarse language, drug use, frontal nudity and male rape, as well as ethnic and religious conflicts that would have been unacceptable to traditional advertiser-supported American broadcast television. In Australia, Oz was screened uncensored on the free-to-air channel, SBS; this was the case in Brazil, where it was aired by the SBT Network Corporation, late at night. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was aired on the federal TV station called FTV. In Canada, Oz aired on the Showcase Channel at Friday 10 p.m. EST. In Croatia and Slovenia, the show was aired late at night on public, non-commercial, state-owned channels HRT, ETV, RTV SLO, respectively.
In Denmark, it appeared late at night on the non-commercial public service channel DR1. In Finland, it broadcast on the free-to-air channel Nelonen. In France, the show aired on commercial cable channel'Serie Club,' late at night. In Malaysia, full episodes of Oz aired late at night on ntv7, while the censored version aired during the day. In the Netherlands, Oz aired on the commercial channel RTL 5. In New Zealand Oz aired on The Box at 9.30pm on Wednesdays in the early 2000s. In Norway and Sweden, it aired on TV3 late at night. In Panama, Oz aired on RPC-TV Channel 4 in a late-night hour. In Portugal, Oz aired late at night on SIC one of the SIC channels in the cable network. In Serbia, Oz aired on RTV BK Telecom. In Spain, the show aired on premium channel Canal+. In Turkey, Oz was aired on Cine5. In Japan, it aired on SuperChannel from 29th December 2001 to 22nd July 2005. On April 21, 2009, Variety announced that starting May 31, DirecTV will broadcast all 56 episodes in their original form without commercials and in up-scaled "high definition" on The 101 Network available to all subscribers.
The episodes will be available through DirecTV's On Demand service. The series was co-produced by HBO and Rysher Entertainment, the underlying U. S. rights lie with HBO. The international rights were owned by Rysher Paramount Pictures/Domestic Television after that company acquired Rysher. CBS Studios International owns the international TV rights, Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD owns the international DVD rights. HBO Home Video has released all six seasons of Oz on DVD in Region 1 and Region 2; the Region 1 releases contain numerous special features including commentaries, deleted scenes and featurettes. The Region 2 releases do not contain
Tobias Beecher is a main character on the television show Oz, played by Lee Tergesen. He is one of only nine regular characters to survive the entire run of the show; the others are Bob Rebadow, Ryan O'Reily, Miguel Alvarez, Arnold "Poet" Jackson, Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, Tim McManus and Dr. Gloria Nathan. Beecher, a successful attorney and family man, is an alcoholic who hits and kills a nine-year-old girl while driving drunk, he is offered a plea bargain that would have allowed him to serve his sentence in a minimum security prison, but Beecher, not wanting to do any time at all, instead goes to trial seeking an acquittal. The effort fails and the judge, a family friend of the Beechers, decides to make an example of him and sentences him to 15 years in the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary with a chance for parole after four. Beecher's personal transformation forms a major part of the show's drama. Arriving in Oz without any street skills and having a timid personality, he becomes an easy target for abuse and is hardened by his experiences.
He remarks that, in Oz, he "became the man he always was and never knew". Despite having done terrible things while in Oz, Beecher tries to atone. Beecher learns that he is out of his element when he witnesses fellow arrival Miguel Alvarez getting shanked right before entering Cell Block E, or "Emerald City." He is roomed with monstrous inmate Simon Adebisi during his first week in the titular facility. Approaching him in friendship, fellow inmate Vernon Schillinger offers to be his new cellmate. Beecher unaware that Schillinger is the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, naively accepts the offer, only to be "initiated" into prison life when Schillinger rapes him and burns a swastika onto his right buttock. Beecher is abused as the Brotherhood's sex slave, or "prag". In attempting to deal with the trauma, Beecher develops an addiction; this is noticed by prison psychologist Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, who arranges for Beecher to attend group drug counseling. In preparation for a prison talent show, Schillinger has Beecher get a "makeover" from one of Em City's drag queens.
At the show, Beecher sings a rendition of "I Got It Bad" while dressed in women's clothing and makeup. Among other tortures, Schillinger makes Beecher beg to have sex with his wife before a conjugal visit, forces him to eat pages of a law book, polish Schillinger's boots with his tongue, orders him to tear up pictures of his family. In an attempt to reach him, Sister Pete arranges for Beecher to meet with the mother of his DUI victim. Beecher is too ashamed to speak and the girl's mother angrily lashes out at him. Schillinger tires of Beecher and forces him to leave the cell wearing a Confederate Flag t-shirt. Beecher, fearing he will be killed by a black inmate, goes to Irish-American inmate Ryan O'Reily, who provides him with PCP. Beecher seeks out Schillinger, smashes the acrylic glass wall of his cell, sends a broken shard flying into his eye. Beecher commits suicide afterward, but is restrained by guards and put in solitary confinement. After being released, he confronts Schillinger in the prison gym's basketball court.
He assaults Schillinger, ties him down defecates upon him in front of other inmates. This earns him respect from inmates such as O'Reily and Adebisi; when a riot erupts in Em City, Beecher sides with O'Reily in the chaos, defending him from an attack by the Muslims, as neither belongs to any strong gangs. Beecher shares a cell with an Aryan who tries to make Beecher perform oral sex on him. Beecher bites off the tip of Robson's penis. There, he is interviewed by Alvah Case, investigating the riot. Upon his release from isolation, Beecher threatens to manipulate Sister Pete's psychiatric reports to ruin Schillinger's chances at parole. Frightened, Schillinger tries to put a hit on Beecher, he resorts to blackmailing corrections officer Diane Whittlesey with knowledge that she had shot prisoner Scott Ross during the riot. Whittlesey reluctantly agrees to the hit. Beecher disappears and Schillinger subsequently meets with Whittlesey to see his dead body. Whittlesey reveals. Schillinger is arrested for conspiracy to commit murder.
Despite Beecher's celebratory mood, his new cellmate, Augustus Hill, warns him that Schillinger will be out for revenge. McManus forces Beecher to confront the judge who sentenced him. Beecher responds that she adds that he can't forgive her. After Hill is transferred to a different cell, Beecher is paired with Chris Keller, a charming sociopath. Beecher receives word that his wife has killed herself. Beecher finds he is attracted to Keller, only to learn that Keller is working with Schillinger. After driving Beecher to start drinking again, the two corner him with the help of an Aryan guard, Karl Metzger, break his arms and legs. Keller discovers that he has genuinely fallen in love with Beecher, is desperate to win back his trust. However, Beecher refuses to forgive him. Beecher kills Metzger by sharpening his fingernails and slashing his throat. Beecher stabs Keller shortly after his release from the infirmary; when Schillinger's son Andy is sent to Oz, Beecher befriends the young man and arranges to share a cell with him.
While Beecher does not mistreat Andy, he leads Schillinger to believe that he is going to sleep with him. Moved by Beecher's kindness, Andy renounces his father and his whi
Kareem Saïd is a fictional character played by British actor Eamonn Walker on the American television show Oz. Saïd is one of the most powerful prisoners in Oz with considerable influence and control of a large portion of the inmate population and outside prison with ties to community leaders and media contacts. Prisoner #97S444. Convicted June 6, 1997 – Arson in the second degree. Sentence: 18 years, eligible for parole in five. Found not guilty of one count of murder in the first degree, pled guilty to two counts of attempted murder and sentenced to an unknown period of time. Saïd is a devout Muslim and Black nationalist, imprisoned for blowing up a white owned warehouse. Saïd took charge of the Muslim prisoners, who sometimes chafed at both his extreme moral code and his apparent violations of those same standards. Saïd is one of the most powerful prisoners in Oz with considerable influence and control of a large portion of the inmate population. Saïd is a powerful figure outside of prison with a network of fellow Muslim leaders, a large political influence and numerous contacts in the media.
Saïd and the other Muslims renounce themselves from smoking, foul language, abnormal sex, drug smuggling, drug use, because these things violate their religion. Upon his arrival in Oz, Saïd takes control of the Muslim group, making himself one of the most powerful prisoners, held in high regard by the 78% majority of non-white prisoners, he is viewed as a threat by the Aryan Brotherhood, Italian Mafia, the black gangsters. The Homeboys, who sell drugs, oppose Saïd's moral prohibition against drugs. Saïd is not intimidated and one of his fellow Muslims punches him in the head to prove himself tough in front of the Homeboys' leader, Jefferson Keane; when he is diagnosed with a heart problem, fellow Muslim inmate Huseni Mershah, who opposes Saïd's philosophy of non-violence, allows him to have a heart attack so that he may take control of the Muslims. Saïd exposes Mershah, casts him out. Mershah attempts revenge by telling Warden Leo Glynn and unit manager Tim McManus that Saïd is stockpiling weapons and planning a riot.
Glynn orders a shakedown. All the inmates who are found with drugs or weapons blame Mershah, he commits suicide in protective custody. After cannibalistic inmate Donald Groves murders Officer Smith, many CO's are suspended for attacking inmates, a sympathetic new CO leaves a gun in Saïd's laundry. Saïd is shown with the gun. However, he is only shown firing it once to gain the inmates' attention, threatens notorious Homeboy inmate Simon Adebisi after he starts going through heroin withdrawal; the riot is broken up by the S. O. R. T. Team and the prisoners are transferred to General Population, it is discovered during the investigation. It is thought that he shot McManus until it is discovered that he threw the gun away when the S. O. R. T. Team arrived, it was picked up by the Biker leader Scott Ross; this season starts off with law school dean Alvah Case investigating the riot, while Saïd is put into Solitary, along with O'Reily & Adebisi, the riot leaders. When Tim McManus lets him and the rest of the inmates back into Emerald City, they both state their grievances but maintain a mutual respect for each other.
Afterwards, the Muslims serve as a watchdog group. Saïd uses his legal knowledge to help Augustus Hill and Aryan leader Vernon Schillinger fight their legal battles for hopes of reduced sentences. Saïd is offered a pardon by Governor Devlin, in an attempt to gain favor among the Muslim voters. Saïd agrees to accept, however once the offer is presented he refuses it and returns to Oz, leaving Governor Devlin humiliated. Saïd enters this season with the intent to sue the state for brutality during the Season 1 riot. Saïd grows attracted to Scott Ross' sister, Tricia Ross, witnessed by Aryan leader Schillinger. Schillinger creates tensions between Saïd and the other Muslims when he informs them of Saïd's romantic feelings for a white woman; this leads to public humiliation of the Muslims and Saïd is removed as leader and replaced by Hamid Khan. Saïd's mentoring of white inmate Tobias Beecher is opposed by his followers. Hamid Khan is permanently brain damaged in a boxing match against Irish-American inmate Cyril O'Reily.
Meanwhile, Augustus Hill testifies against inmate Malcolm Coyle for the brutal murder of an Italian-American family. Kenny Wangler and the Homeboys seek to murder Hill, but Saïd convinces the Italians and the Aryans to protect Hill, since every leader is a family man, as such will benefit from Coyle's conviction; the Italians, led by Antonio Nappa, go one step further by murdering Coyle as a way of telling the Homeboys to back off from Hill, which they do. As Saïd helps Beecher forgive various inmates to alleviate his personal guilt, a fight breaks out between Saïd, the Aryans who see an opportunity to eliminate both Saïd and Beecher. Khan and the other Muslims defend the two from the Aryans along with White inmate Chris Keller who ends up hospitalizing Schillinger while protecting Beecher; as Beecher and Schillinger go to the hospital, Saïd, Keller are sent to Ad Seg where CO Len Lopresti, an Aryan Brotherhood sympathizer, puts a rat in Saïd's cell. Afterwards, Homeboy leader Simon Adebisi starts polarizing black inmates against white inmates as Oz's racial tension is at an all-time high.
As Adebisi organizes the Black inmates, Saïd is the only one amongst them who tries to prevent a race riot. After Hamid Khan is taken