Oz: Season 2, Episode 8

Escape from Oz (31 Aug. 1998)

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In the Season Two finale, Wittlesey is transferred to general population and replaced by Karl Metzger, a Nazi. Mack and another Aryan try to escape through Busmalis and Rebadow's hole. Hill... See full summary »



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In the Season Two finale, Wittlesey is transferred to general population and replaced by Karl Metzger, a Nazi. Mack and another Aryan try to escape through Busmalis and Rebadow's hole. Hill gets the idea of escaping Oz by hiding in a coffin. Written by Anonymous

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[after Sippel, a child molester, is moved to Unit B]
Vernon Schillinger: How do you live with yourself?
#88S510 Robert Sippel: How do you?
Vernon Schillinger: Whatever I've done. I've done for righteous reasons. Any laws I've broken don't deserve to *be* laws. But you... you...
[grabs Sippel and throws him against the cell bars]
Vernon Schillinger: [shouts] Fucking *baby raper*! You should be *dead*!
Officer Diane Whittlesey: Back in your cage, Schillinger. Don't make me use this.
[shows her baton]
Officer Diane Whittlesey: You wouldn't want me to enjoy myself, would you?
[Schillinger leaves]
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A Disappointment
12 September 2009 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

From the outset of the first episode of series two of OZ there is a great feeling of profound disappointment . Episode one starts with an investigation in to the riot that tore apart Emareld City . The problem is that after this episode has finished you realise that the plot hasn't progressed , in other words it's a completely disposable episode . There's also something else noticeable . Due to a lack of violence ( Apart from a scene of someone getting the tip of their penis bitten off ) the dialogue contains an even larger amount of swearing than usual . It's almost like Tom Fantana and co. have got together and said " Okay no one gets raped or murdered in this episode . Let's prove it's an adult series by using the "F" word and every opportunity

The disappointment continues and you find yourself asking if maybe Fontana had envisaged OZ as a show that was to last for one series only , got recommissioned and found himself puzzled how he was going to continue it . That's the impression I'm left with since much of it never rings true . For example Peter Scibetta blackmails Warden Glynn since Glynn has a relative working for the mafia . Hmmm . Unlikely and as the season continues you wonder if Peter would be capable of running for a bus never mind a mafia racket, but I guess that's why he's in prison ? Perhaps the most obvious change is that Beecher is no longer a victim of sexual abuse but has become psychotic . This means there's a lack of focus for season two since Beecher's plight was very much something theaudience could latch on to

Some people might say this is where the " real " OZ started since it introduces characters like Keller , Robson and Cyril O'Reily . Maybe but it also introduces characters like Giles who speaks in literal riddles which becomes very tiring , and Busmalis who never does anything evil . Busmalis and Bob Reabadow take part in the most ridiculous subplot the show had seen in that point and that is they manage to dig a tunnel in their cell . It's not just any tunnel , it's one that must run for a couple of hundred yards and is propped up with planks of wood . Apparently they managed to do this without anyone noticing . Even the most outrageous episodes from season one never suffered from any gaps in logic . Indeed what made season one so compelling is that everything thing seemed so real despite the usual prison clichés

Season two sees the show changing from violent and compelling drama to become a violent soap opera almost like an American male version of Aussie schlock classic PRISONER CELL BLOCK H and one can't help thinking both the show and its audience deserved much more in its second season

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