Great Men
Oz episode
Episode No. Season 2, Episode 3 # 11
Directed by Bob Balaban
Written by Tom Fontana
Original Air Date July 27, 1998
Episode Guide
Ancient Tribes
Losing Your Appeal
Great Men is the third episode of the second season, and the eleventh overall episode of the HBO television series Oz. Written by Tom Fontana with the teleplay by Tom Fontana & Sean Jablonski and directed by Bob Balaban, it originally aired on July 27, 1998.

Theme Edit

History - Who will be remembered 1000 years from now?

Summary Edit

Plot Edit

Alvarez gets a phone call from the man who raped Glynn's daugher. Richie overhears him brag to Bob Rebadow that he knows the rapist's identity, and Richie tells Mukada who tells Glynn what Alvarez knows. Alvarez won't tell Glynn because of the abuse suffered in the previous episode. Glynn prepares to beat the information out of Alvarez, but Mukada intervenes. The phone logs are monitored randomly and this call wasn't documented. Peter offers to help pursuade Alvarez, but Glynn refuses the help, both because he knows how Peter would get the information and because he doesn't want to owe Peter another? favor.

Augustus Hill discusses the theme of History: Evil Men, Great Men, end of millinium lists.

Montage of the prisoners in their cells at night. Introduction of "The Mole", digging his way through the floor of his cell. Bob warns him that the CO is coming and he returns to his bunk. Beecher disturbs Hill with his stinky farts.

Later, Wittlesey asks McManus out to dinner to celebrate her first day back in Em City - he declines, saying he has a date. She endures the leers of the inmates as she patrols the main floor.

Adebesi is causing more trouble, from threatening Wangler about going to school to spreading rumors that Italians are running the kitchen because Glynn wants a war.

William Giles, an inmate with dementia, keeps repeating "Peter Marie". He's in solitary for killing another inmate. Sister Peter Marie asks Glynn to remove him from solitary, but he refuses.

Said, who has been reading up on judicial litigation, decides to help Hill when it is confirmed that the judge presiding over Hill's trial may have taken a bribe, as he did for other trials he presided over. Said cannot fully help Hill because he is an inmate and not a real lawyer.

Ryan O'Reily is diagnosed with breast cancer. Prison staff (except for prison doctor) agree to save money by giving him a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy. Ryan is visited by his mentally-challenged brother, Cyril (played by Dean Winters' real brother Scott), before undergoing the surgery at the prison's expense.

Meanwhile, Schillinger is caught bribing a CO to kill Beecher, and is told he will be transferred out of Em City and charged with conspiracy. He tries to trade what he knows about Wittlesey killing Ross for a deal, but it doesn't work. He sends his lawyer to find his meth-using sons. Before the transfer, Beecher taunts Shillinger in the mail room. Schillinger gets beaten by the home-boys, then proposes to murder someone (Vogel) just to strengthen the reputation of the Aryans. After receiving credit from all the inmates for the Vogel murder, Shillinger names Beecher as his next target.

The episode ends with the arrival of Shirley Bellinger, who has drowned her daughter, is the first woman sent to Death Row.

Deceased Edit

Crime Flashbacks Edit

Agamemnon Busmalis (The Mole) - Grand Theft Larceny, Breaking and Entering - 10 years

William Giles - Second Degree Murder

Alexander Vogel - 2 counts murder, theft