Morgue. Mack and Daddy are laid out on gurneys, naked except for towels covering their nether regions, and each wearing more powder on his face than was used in all of Farewell My Concubine. Hill's in there, so apparently he changed work details since the pilot, and then Poet enters. He tells Hill that the morgue is his new work assignment. "McManus's revenge on me for screwing up outside." As I said in my last recap, if McManus wanted to punish him, I don't know why the hell he allowed him to return to Em City at all. Hill asks what happened on the outside. Poet says that he spent all the money he got for the book on crack, and when it ran out, the dealers came after him. Okay, I know the timeline in Oz is screwier than Paul Lynde on Quaaludes, but Poet left Oz in the middle of the fifth episode and was back by the seventh, and we know that only a week passed between episodes six and seven, so it doesn't seem like he could have been outside for more than a few weeks. My point? The math adds up to either a very stingy publisher, an awful lot of crack in a very short time, or me having yet another pull from the whiskey bottle. Or, most likely of all, all three. Poet says it was self-defense as we see the flashback we saw last week, only this time, Poet fires his gun more than once. In fact, according to Hill, he shot the guy six times. Poet: "I had to make sure the nigger was dead." And you also had to make sure you got sent back to Oz. Guess which crime is more serious in my eyes? Poet asks what they're supposed to do, and Hill tells him that when the mortician gets back from lunch, they'll basically just hand him things, like embalming fluid and cosmetics. Poet's surprised that they would use cosmetics, and I know this was before the days of Six Feet Under, but I think, given his history, he would have been to his share of funerals, if you take my meaning. Poet starts poking at Mack's corpse for no clear reason as he says he won't wear makeup. Hill counters that when you're dead, you don't have much choice, as he examines a coffin. The sweet release of death isn't sounding too terrible at the moment, to be honest.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: B- | 422 USERS: C+
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