The Bottom Line: "That's how we laugh the day away, In the Merry Old Land of Oz" ~Arlen, Harold; Harburg, E Y
We end Season 2 with collapasing tunnels and the O'Reily brothers up to no good, as usual. We can only imagine what will come with this new season.
Season 3 episodes include: The Truth and Nothing But... directed by Nick Gomez Napoleon's Boney Parts directed by Matt Dillon Legs directed by Keith Samples Unnatural Disasters directed by Chazz Palminteri U.S. Male directed by Steve Buscemi Cruel and Unusual Punishments directed by Terry Kinney Secret Identities directed by Adam Bernstein Out o' Time directed by Barbara Kopple
Guest appearances, Season 3: Anne Meara as Aunt brenda O'Reily Milo O'Shea as Dr. Frederick Garvey
Joining the crew are: Seth Gilliam as Officer Clayton Hughes Robert Clohessy as Officer Sean Murphy Fred Koehler as Andrew Schillinger
Season 3 highlights include: Managed health care isn't just hitting we people out in the free world, it has reared its ugly head inside OZ and takes away the drugs that is keeping Alvarez 'somewhat' sane.
A new guard appears on the scene, Clayton Hughes, who is the son of a guard that came up through the system with Warden Glynn and was murdered some time ago while on duty. Against his better judgement, Glynn hires him and promises his mother he will keep a watchful eye on him.
Meanwhile Claire Howell, a guard with hot pants and a ticked off attitude, gets friendly with McManus. McManus has other problems when Said goes on a hunger strike in protest to being denied food in his cell during holy season.
Keller admits his part in Beecher's 'accident' and is put in protective custody and Beecher gets how own revenge.
Another new guard takes over in OZ, Sean Murphy, a friend of McManus. He suggests a boxing competition as a way to let some of the prisoners get rid of some of their pent up frustrations.
Schillinger's son, Andrew, has been arrested again and arrives at OZ. Beecher asks that Andrew be moved to his pod, causing a big stir from officials as well as Schillinger. Ryan O'Reily, in an attempt to get his brother Cyril moved to EM City, confesses to the death of Dr. Nathan's husband.
Sister Peter Marie starts a new program where the victim and offender interact. Said has become interested in Tricia Ross, much to the chagrin of his fellow Muslims.
Officer Hughes continues to question Warden Glynn about his father's death. Andrew Schillinger is put in the hole and overdoses.
Sister Pete begins to question her religious convictions after repeated sessions with Keller. She finally refuses to meet with Keller again, realizing he has been manipulating her. Giles tells Father Ray that Warden Glynn is the one that killed Officer Hughes father many years ago.
Shirley Bellinger's death sentence is commuted and goes to life without parole when it is discovered she is pregnant. Glynn and Hughes have a heated argument and Hughes is fired but leaves Adebisi a special present before he departs.
Overall impression: What started with a few subjects to track and watch their stories progress has now blossomed into the entire prison. New prisoners arrive daily with their own stories to follow, old prisoners continue to develop theirs. New guards and shady deals and, always, the threat that today may be your last day ... either prisoner or guard.
Certainly not a boring series, it continues to follow current issues and also offers some comedy thrown in, just for fun.
This release contains every episode from the third season of HBO's hard-hitting prison drama. The third season finds Warden Glynn (Ernie Hudson) adjusting to new staff members while struggling to maintain control over his unruly and violent inmate population. Directed by some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors--and actors--OZ proves once again that HBO is television's most controversial and invigorating network.