Ooh, Matt Dillon directed this episode. You know, I had a crush on him when I was a teenager and he was Dallas in The Outsiders. I think I owned a VHS copy of The Flamingo Kid. I saw him on Inside the Actor's Studio and it was just sad. He's about the least eloquent person I've ever seen interviewed. Anyway.
Augustus Hill starts off the show, as usual, by introducing tonight's theme: Napoleon. It seems that you don't have to be a big man to make a big difference.
Beecher sits staring in the middle of Em City. He puts his cane over his shoulders and stretches, as if lost deep in thought or memory. And lo and behold! It's a memory flashback! Remember when Beecher used his fingernails to kill Dauber from Coach who had become an Aryan hack named Metzger? Beecher remembers. All of the varying Em City factions are talking about whether or not Metzger is dead, and if so, how it happened. We see the Hispanic gang, Said and the Muslims, and Rebadow and Busmalis all discussing the case. This is all intercut with lovely infrared-looking flashbacks of Beecher slashing Metzger's throat. Yummy! Thanks, Matt Dillon!
In Leo's office, McManus tells Leo that he doesn't want to promote a new hack from within, because that person will have too much baggage. McManus wants to bring in a childhood friend named Sean Murphy who has been working at Attica for the past eight years. Hey, I used to live near Attica! I used to work at the first convenience store off the Thruway, so we used to get people coming through all the time on their way to visit their incarcerated loved ones. It was kind of creepy. But enough about me. Leo gives his permission to hire Murphy, and McManus says it's a good thing, because Sean is already on his way. Well, someone is very confident about his position in the grand scheme of things.
In the cafeteria, Schillinger laments to his Aryan brothers that the hacks don't seem to care that one of their own is gone. One of the Aryans suggests that the hacks knew that Metzger was one of them, and Schillinger decides to launch his own investigation to find out who's behind Metzger's death. As Schillinger stands to leave, he bumps into Busmalis, who was carrying his meal to his table. Schillinger gets all bent out of shape and spits in Busmalis's food. Rebadow says, "You spit in my food," and Schillinger's response is, "Yeah, no shit," and then he orders Busmalis to sit down and eat it. Rebadow turns to walk away, but one of the Aryans blocks his way, so at Busmalis's urging, he sits. Vern crouches down and picks up a spoonful of Busmalis's food and holds it up, making like the choo-choo going through the tunnel. Rebadow takes a bite, looking like he's choking back vomit. Can't say as I blame him.