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Tim McManus (Character)
from "Oz" (1997)

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"Oz: A Game of Checkers (#1.8)" (1997)
Officer Diane Whittlesey: What's going on?
Tim McManus: There's a rumor that you're bringing contraband into Emerald City.
Officer Diane Whittlesey: What?
Tim McManus: It's bullshit, right?
Officer Diane Whittlesey: Who'd you hear this from?
Tim McManus: Tell me it's not true.
Officer Diane Whittlesey: It's not true.
Tim McManus: You're lying to me.
Officer Diane Whittlesey: No, I'm not lying.
Tim McManus: I have an eyewitness, Diane, that saw you pass cigarettes to Scott Ross. An eye-fucking-witness.
Officer Diane Whittlesey: Who?
Tim McManus: Me.
Officer Diane Whittlesey: Oh.

Tim McManus: You say you've changed. Why should I believe you?
Vern Schillinger: Trust me, McManus, you lose an eye, you get kicked in the balls, you get a face full of shit, you become a different man.

Tim McManus: Schillinger's back in Emerald City. He says he won't harm you. Tell me you won't harm him.
Tobias Beecher: He burnt a swastika into my flesh. He made me rip up pictures of my family. He made me eat the pages of a law book. He made me wear women's makeup. And, he fucked me up the ass.
Tim McManus: I know.
Tobias Beecher: So now I just forgive him?
Tim McManus: Yes.
Tobias Beecher: Could you?
Tim McManus: Yes.
Tobias Beecher: All right. I forgive him.

Scott Ross: Any last words?
Tim McManus: Suck my dick.
Scott Ross: If only there were time...

Tim McManus: Said, I grew up in a small town, upstate New York. There was only one major industry there, the prison. Everybody's parents either worked at the prison or made a living from, you know, motels, gas stations, or, like my dad, had a diner. Right across the street. It was the fall, we'd just gone back to school, I was about to turn ten. I was very, very excited. A few days before my birthday, though, there was this riot. And it lasted four days. But then the Governor authorized 2500 troops, state troopers, to go back in, take it back. They did, firing at anything that moved. So when the tear gas cleared, 31 inmates and 9 hostages were dead.
Kareem Said: Attica.
Tim McManus: Three of my friends' fathers were shot. Instead of going to a birthday party, I went with my family to a memorial service.
Kareem Said: So that's what this is all about. Emerald City is your birthday party.

"Oz: The Routine (#1.1)" (1997)
Tim McManus: A new inmate comes in, we sit on him, send him back out, he's back with a vengeance. If we don't do something different, we don't do something radical, right now, we're never gonna break the chain.

Mike Healy: Fucking McManus is out of fucking control. He tells me yesterday he's thinking of starting a quiet time. You ready for that? An hour every day the cons gotta sit in silence. I mean, what's next? Milk and cookies? Arts and crafts?
Tim McManus: Maybe you should've listened to what I was saying, Healy. We gotta make 'em be quiet in here, because when they get out and get a job, they're gonna have to sit and do their work and be quiet.
Mike Healy: Oh, come on, man. What kind of fairy dust have you been snorting? These stupid fucks aren't gonna go work for fucking Microsoft.
Tim McManus: Bullshit. If an inmate survives Oz, he's got balls on the street. I wanna take some of the glamor away from that. I wanna take some of the glory away from that. Maybe a high school education, maybe to learn to fucking read.

Tim McManus: In Em City we treat each other the way that we would like to be treated. We treat each other with respect.
Kareem Said: And what happens when one of us does not respect the other?
Tim McManus: There's violence.
Kareem Said: Then prison life isn't all that different from the outside world.
Tim McManus: Your celebrity status doesn't buy you any extra advantages here. All my prisoners are equal.
Kareem Said: How ironic. To finally be an equal in a place where I do not have the freedom to enjoy it.

Tim McManus: Dino, do you know why in Em City I put lifers in with all the rest? So that people can learn to live together. And not just for when they get released. Even if you're in here for the rest of your life, even if you're here until you die, your life can have some purpose.
Prisoner #96C382 Dino Ortolani: [talking to a cockroach in a jar] Hey, you hear that?
[turns to McManus]
Prisoner #96C382 Dino Ortolani: Are you on drugs, McManus? If you're not, you should start.

Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: Oh, Tim, you wanna be careful.
Tim McManus: About what?
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: Of playing God once too often. If you're not careful, the real one's gonna get very pissed off.

"Oz: Ancient Tribes (#2.2)" (1998)
Tim McManus: Said, the Muslims weren't represented at the council meeting.
Kareem Said: If this council has real power, then we will participate.
Tim McManus: Well, how do you mean?
Kareem Said: Do we get to make policy or do we simply rubber stamp yours?
Tim McManus: This is a prison, not a democracy.

Augustus Hill: I tell you, I don't belong with those three clowns, man. They're crazy! Especially Beecher. I mean, forget all that shit he did to Schillinger. Beecher bit off some fucker's dick.
Tim McManus: I know. That was ten months ago.
Augustus Hill: Oh, yeah, well, then that's ok. I gotta share a pod, McManus. I gotta sleep with one eye open.
Tim McManus: Sister Peter Marie says he's responding to therapy.
Augustus Hill: Well, then let her bunk with him.

Warden Leo Glynn: [Inmate Kenny Wangler started a fight in class] I want Wangler in the Hole!
Tim McManus: It's not that he wouldn't read, he couldn't read, the kid can't read Leo.
Warden Leo Glynn: So that excuses his behavior?
Tim McManus: No, it gives us insight as to how to help him.
Warden Leo Glynn: McManus, 150 years ago, it was against the law for a slave to learn to read but some did, you know why because they had a thirst for it, Now the reverse is also true, you cannot force someone to learn how to read!
Tim McManus: I can try.
[Glynn lets McManus keep Wangler in Em City]

Tim McManus: You don't want to participate, that's fine. Just don't get in my way.
Kareem Said: McManus, you want us to be allies but that will never happen. Better for you to transfer me back to Gen Pop and be done with me.
Tim McManus: No. When I was laying in that hospital bed and I was afraid I was gonna die, I started praying. I'm not saying I had any great spiritual awakening, Said, but I did come to realize that my God and yours aren't so different. They both expect the best from us, and for us to find the best in each other.
Kareem Said: I've written another book, McManus. Coming out next month, it's about the riot. And when I was writing I looked for the best in you. Want to know what I found? A confused, frightened little man.
Tim McManus: Well, I was frightened and I was confused. But you take a bullet in the chest, you see things differently. People can change, Said. Even me. Even you.

"Oz: Wheel of Fortune (#5.5)" (2002)
Burr Redding: [Augustus Hill has just OD'd on drugs] So how's he doing?
Tim McManus: [Grabbing Redding Angrily] You son of a bitch, Augustus' blood is swimming in heroin, you want to fucking tell me about that!
Tim McManus: I don't know nothing about that! Just tell me how the fuck he is
Tim McManus: He's dying, he's lying in a fucking hospital bed, dying.
Burr Redding: So why the fuck are you sitting here trying to talk to me?
Tim McManus: I want to know who gave him the drugs Redding!
Burr Redding: McManus, I swear to you I don't know nothing about that!
Tim McManus: Why the fuck should I believe you?
Burr Redding: I'm getting old, I should've died a long time ago, but there's one thing I won't do and that's outlive that boy, now you go to him and do everything you can and I swear to you I'll find the motherfucker that gave him smack!
Tim McManus: All right and when you do you bring him straight to me!
[Redding immediately searches for Poet]

Tim McManus: Hill O.D.'d, yesterday. You want to tell me about it?
Burr Redding: I know nothing about that!
Tim McManus: Bullshit.
Burr Redding: Fuck you! I've done a lot of shit in my life. I should probably be dead by now! But there's one thing I won't do, and that's outlive that boy!

Tim McManus: I'm sorry Rebadow, it's your word against his. The word of a correctional officer against the word of an inmate... who is known to talk to god.

"Oz: Plan B (#1.7)" (1997)
Beecher: You've got to transfer me to another cell block.
Tim McManus: All the other cell blocks are full.
Beecher: Well transfer me to another prison.
Tim McManus: Do I look like a travel agent to you?

[Mershah told McManus Said had weapons, prompting a shakedown]
Tim McManus: It look like everyone *but* Said had a weapon!

[Mershah told McManus that Said had weapons, prompting a shakedown]
Tim McManus: It looks like everyone *but* Said had a weapon!

"Oz: The Truth and Nothing But... (#3.1)" (1999)
Tim McManus: I may be blind but I'm not dumb.

Tim McManus: [McManus discovers that a CO Karl Metzger is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood] So before Metzger came to town, he lived in Montana where he was part of the White Supremacy Warriors.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: You sure of this, Tim?
Tim McManus: I got a friend who works in the FBI who verified it.
Warden Leo Glynn: Even so, you can't fire a man for what he did 15 years ago. I need proof that he's in cahoots with Vern Schillinger, that he's responsible for what happened to Busmalis, Beecher, and the others.
Tim McManus: Nobody will testify against Metzger.
Warden Leo Glynn: Well, the union's not gonna let us do anything without evidence. He's also very popular with the other CO's. I don't need any more morale problems.
Tim McManus: So we let him stay on board till maybe he kills somebody?
Warden Leo Glynn: I'm afraid, we have no choice.
Tim McManus: Even though he only thinks of you as a Nigger?
Warden Leo Glynn: What did you say?
Tim McManus: A Nigger.
Warden Leo Glynn: If you're trying to piss me off, you're succeeding. I don't want Metzger in this building one minute longer than you do. But if I'm going to take him down, I'm gonna need ammunition.

Officer Karl Metzger: What's the word on Busmalis?
Tim McManus: Do you really care?
Officer Karl Metzger: I wouldn't ask if I didn't.
Tim McManus: You care, why? Because you're afraid that it'll look bad on your record? That you used excessive force?
Officer Karl Metzger: I did not use excessive force.
Tim McManus: The man almost died.
Officer Karl Metzger: But he didn't.
Tim McManus: Yeah, 'cause you knew when to let go. What's the motto? "Choke 'em 'til you smell shit"?... Nice tattoo.
Officer Karl Metzger: Souvenir of a misspent youth.
Tim McManus: Metzger, I know who you are; I know *what* you are.
Officer Karl Metzger: All I am is a highly-trained, underpaid member of the Correctional Officer's Benevolent Association. But if I am what you think I am, you should tip-toe.
Tim McManus: Is that a threat?
Officer Karl Metzger: I'm merely reminding you who your friends are. Remember who you want standing next to you when one of these fucks comes after you with a knife.

"Oz: Strange Bedfellows (#2.6)" (1998)
Warden Leo Glynn: Said is representing Vern Schillinger?
Tim McManus: Didn't Nostradamus predict this? Doesn't this mean we're two steps closer to the end of the fucking world?

Ryan O'Reily: McManus, you gotta see that I love her, man.
Tim McManus: Love? What the fuck do you know about love?
Ryan O'Reily: Well, what do you know, huh? What do any of us?
Tim McManus: I know it's not a reason to commit murder.
Ryan O'Reily: Yeah, well then, maybe you've never really been in love.

"Oz: Losing Your Appeal (#2.4)" (1998)
Judge Grace Lema: Mr. Beecher, I appreciate you taking the time to see me.
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: Well, you know, it's a nice break from getting fucked up the ass.
Tim McManus: Beecher.
Judge Grace Lema: It's all right. You can speak freely. I'm afraid, in court, you never had that chance.
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: Would it have made a difference?
Judge Grace Lema: No.
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: Lady, what do you want?
Judge Grace Lema: I've been a judge for sixteen years. I've made over twenty-five-hundred decisions. Most of them were good. But only one has haunted me. Yours. You see, I've always prided myself on being fair. That, in my court, justice was truly blind. But, in your case, that little girl, her parents crying, you being a member of the bar, your prior arrest for DUI, the senselessness of it all, it caught up with me. I was quick-tempered and spiteful to the point where I can't tell if I gave you a fair trial. Now, seeing you like this, I - I think maybe the punishment exceeded the crime. And I'm... Well...
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: You're what? Sorry? Your Honor, you used all your power to crush me. But the truth is I did kill Cathy Rockwell. And as much as I tried to manipulate the legal system to get off, to get out of it, I took her life. According to the law, each crime is worth a certain number of years. You gave me a maximum of fifteen years in this *fuckhole*! Is that too much? Too harsh? Not enough? I don't know! You say you're haunted by what you did? Well, so am I. And if you came here for me to forgive you, you've come to the wrong man. He ceased to exist the day Cathy Rockwell did, and you're not gonna get any peace out of him than I do out of her.
[gets up to leave and then sarcastically says to McManus]
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: Yeah, this was very therapeutic. Thanks.
Judge Grace Lema: [Beecher walks out of the room; Lema remains seated, frozen with guilt and says softly to the spot where Beecher was] I'm sorry.

Tim McManus: The other day before Hill's hearing I met Judge Grace Lima.
Tobias Beecher: Oh really? How is the cunt?
Tim McManus: She asked about you.
Tobias Beecher: The cunt put me in here. The cunt gave me the toughest sentence possible.
Tim McManus: She asked if she could come and see you.
Tobias Beecher: What a cunt. You know, my trial lasted 28 days. And for every single one of those days I had to stare up at that cunt's face while she banged her cunt gavel and instructed the jury to fuck me over. I didn't have a choice. I had to see the cunt. Now I don't have to.
Tim McManus: Yes you do.
Tobias Beecher: You gonna force me?
Tim McManus: Yes.
Tobias Beecher: Why?
Tim McManus: 'Cause I think it'll be therapeutic. Ultimately you'll thank me.
Tobias Beecher: You know what? You're a cunt too.

"Oz: Straight Life (#1.5)" (1997)
Leo Glynn: Hey, Tim, want to grab some dinner?
Tim McManus: Appreciate it, Leo. I can't.
Leo Glynn: Too much work to do, right? You can take a break from saving the world. Even Jesus had supper.
Tim McManus: Yeah, and right afterwards he was betrayed and crucified.
Leo Glynn: I'll try not to take that personally.

"Oz: God's Chillin' (#1.3)" (1997)
Governor James Devlin: McManus, when you look at me, what do you see?
Tim McManus: A man.
Governor James Devlin: You've heard of Olympus, right? Mount Olympus, ancient Greece, where the gods lived?
Tim McManus: Yeah.
Governor James Devlin: Well, it was a hierarchy, even among the gods. Mercury was lesser than Apollo, Apollo lesser than Zeus. Now, you run your cellblock and you think you're a god. Glynn runs the whole prison, he thinks he's a greater god. Well, guys, I am Zeus. I am omnipotent. I must be obeyed... or my thunderbolts will strike.

"Oz: Conversions (#4.10)" (2001)
[McManus has just unveiled the cage, plus some other reforms]
Chris Keller: Excuse me, Mr. McManus sir. Just how big *is* your penis?
[laughter throughout Emerald City]
Tim McManus: Very funny, Keller. Now *you* have the honor of being the first slug *in the cage*.
[Keller is locked in the cage]

"Oz: Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise (#1.2)" (1997)
Tim McManus: I'm gonna arrange for you to visit your wife in the hospital.
Nino Schibetta: That's very considerate of you. But forgive me, I'm cynical by nature. Why are you being so considerate to me?
Tim McManus: It's hard enough her being this ill without you being able to, uh...
Nino Schibetta: Say goodbye? What do you want from me?
Tim McManus: Your continued patience.
Nino Schibetta: You're gonna find out who killed Dino?
Tim McManus: Yes.
Nino Schibetta: And you're gonna bring him to justice.
Tim McManus: Now you're laughing at me.
Nino Schibetta: As I said, I'm a cynical bastard.

"Oz: Revenge Is Sweet (#4.11)" (2001)
Tim McManus: Burr, I think it's important for you to know how things work around here.
Burr Redding: I grew up in the ghetto, Pops died when I was nine. I had to quit school at the age of ten and support my family shining shoes, shooting craps, doing some of everything. They shipped me off to Vietnam, where I learned to kill small children and women. I've been in all kind of penitentiaries from Arizona to Alabama and back. I'm not saying this out of pride or out of shame, I'm just letting you know that I know exactly how things work around here.

"Oz: Exeunt Omnes (#6.8)" (2003)
[the Governor's assistant has just been arrested]
Tim McManus: [to the Governor] You're next, Devlin.

"Oz: Good Intentions (#5.7)" (2002)
Tim McManus: [to Tobias] This is a prison, not an employment agency.

"Oz: Unnatural Disasters (#3.4)" (1999)
Tim McManus: You must think I'm an idiot. You want me to move Keller out of your pod and put Andrew Schillinger in?
Tobias 'Toby' Beecher: You're wondering if I'm going to harm the son of the man who double fucked me.
Tim McManus: The thought had crossed my mind.

"Oz: Obituaries (#4.2)" (2000)
Father Ray Mukada: [At the funeral of an African American CO Joseph Howard] Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine down upon him. And now, Tim McManus would like to say a few words. Tim.
Tim McManus: Joe loved to bet on the horses, and so, in honor of him, I would like to...
Tim McManus: Camp town races sing this song, doo-dah, doo-dah, Camp town racetrack's five miles long Oh, the doo-dah day.
[Blacks in Audience including Glynn begin to look at McManus with disgust]
Tim McManus: Gonna run all night, Gonna run all day. Bet my money on a bobtail nag, Somebody bet on the bay.
Warden Leo Glynn: [a scene later in the Warden's office] Come in.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: Leo, we want to talk about Tim.
Warden Leo Glynn: I have had all the discussion about Tim McManus I'm gonna have.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: He's clearly in distress.
Warden Leo Glynn: Yes.
Dr. Gloria Nathan: He needs help.
Warden Leo Glynn: That's what I told him.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: So, you've seen him?
Warden Leo Glynn: He just left.
Dr. Gloria Nathan: We've been looking everywhere.
Warden Leo Glynn: He just left.
Dr. Gloria Nathan: Well, where'd he go?
Warden Leo Glynn: I have no idea.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: Alright, we'll try him at home tonight.
Dr. Gloria Nathan: If not, we'll just see him here tomorrow.
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo: Right.
Warden Leo Glynn: I don't think so.
Dr. Gloria Nathan: Why not?
Warden Leo Glynn: I just fired him. Good night.