Awesome: Oz

  • Several apply, but most fans point to Beecher's revenge against Schillinger in episode seven, or Said rejecting Smug Snake Governor Devlin's politically-motivated pardon on television ("According to my religion there are some things I am not allowed to swallow!") as the most notable bits.
    • Crazy Beecher during season 2 was made of awesome.
      • To add to insult to injury, when Schillinger orders the Aryan Brotherhood to kill Beecher, the Brotherhood is too scared of Beecher to even approach him. Everyone Schillinger approaches refuses to make the attempt.
    • Father Mukada (a liberal, Asian, Catholic, "hack in black") convincing white supremacist Vern Schillinger to release Beecher's kidnapped son.
    • Beecher killing the white supremacist guard with his sharpened fingernails, then casually clipping off the evidence.
    • Wilson Loewen delivering an absolutely devastating "Reason You Suck" Speech to a thoroughly deserving Schillinger.
    • Keller snapping the neck of the Aryan who killed Beecher's father.
    • O'Reilly smashing the head of Dr. Nathan's rapist in with a dumbbell.
    • Keller tricking Beecher into killing long time enemy Schillinger.
    • O'Reilly manipulating events to get Smug Snake Jia Kenmin, who got his brother Cyril sent to Death Row, beaten to death by guards.
    • Said's Speech in Episode Eight: "We don't need more prisons, bigger prisons, better prisons. We need better justice."
    • Moses Deyell punching through a stone wall he'd been chipping away at and choking racist killer Mark Miles to death.
    • Schillinger finally getting his karma when Beecher shanks him during the play. Particularly great when he realizes he's been duped and when an extra shouts "THAT MOTHAFUCKA'S DEAD!" to thunderous applause.
    • Beecher, high on PCP and having had enough of Schillinger's torture, smashing the window and sending a shard of Glass into Schillinger's eye. Both the prisoners and audience at home really couldn't help but cheer.
  • Although it has a terrifying subtext, Said protecting Beecher from the Aryans after his parole hearing is great. He literally appears from NOWHERE and shanks Schillinger and proceeds to do the same to Robson, and caps it off with one of the most chilling lines of the series.
    Said: "Adebisi lives!"
  • Cyril punching out his dirtbag brother in season 3's "Out of Time" episode. Ryan's the only character who doesn't really get much comeuppance on the show, so the scene was double awesome.
  • As Cyril was being escorted to the electric chair, all the inmates of Em City casually stop what they're doing and enter their pods. While the guards expect the worse, they all begin to bang their hands on their pod glass showing their support for Cyril and Ryan. Think about it, the homeboys, Aryans, Latinos, bikers, Sicilians, Christians, Muslims, and non specifics coming together after trying to off each other for so long for the sake of two inmates.
    • What really makes it awesome is the individual shots of certain inmates:
      • Burr Redding still grieving for Augustus, Alverez and Guerra who hated each other for so long standing together, one of the homeboys loyal to Poet with no reason to care for the brothers, Busmalis and Rebadow showing that they still are as big hearted as they ever were, even Beecher who should've given up all hope and compassion by this point. For me it was the pinnacle of series, and a hope spot for all the failures of OZ and Em City.
    • And as an added bonus, this is shown to happen twice. After Cyril gets a stay of execution, but then loses his appeal and is executed again, none of the prisoners say "Ugh we already went through this." They just go back in their pods and bang on the doors again; this second scene also includes a prominent shot of Torquemada, who probably has never seen Cyril, joining in, although he is barely flicking the glass with his fingers.
  • Martin Querns, just being himself. He's an amoral asshole, but one who can knock Adebisi's hat off his head, then stare him down afterwards without flinching.
  • Perhaps Bob Rebadow telling off Dave Brass should be something worthy of being mentioned: after Sean Murphy confesses his role in Enrique Morales' tendons getting cut, Brass tries to earn Rebadow's sympathy; the old man refuses and states that he has enough hatred in his heart for Brass and Morales already.
  • Beecher selling off rapist Adam Guenzel to the Aryans, for a well-deserved taste of his own medicine.
  • Said, Nappa, Schillinger and Guerra all pull an awesome Everybody Has Standards moment by quickly and unanimously agreeing their groups will protect Augustus Hill from retaliation after Hill rats out Coyle for the murder of an innocent family.
  • Dr. Faraj serving up a one-man Humiliation Conga to neo-Nazi Robson. Then when Robson tries to kick his ass for it, Faraj manages to get the upper hand and whack him in the freshly-operated-on teeth with a heavy object, and walks off.