After securing permission to start his publishing house, Said gathers the Muslims to deliver a lengthy sermon about the power of books. Unlike Patti, however, his is actually worth listening to. Also unlike Patti, he's also about to leave the show before wearing out his welcome. The speech is a good one, and it even nicely shows off Eamonn Walker's glaring ability as he demands their "absolute commitment" and then leads the troops in a rousing chant of "Allahu Ahkbar." Knowing what comes next has led me to look at this scene in a whole new light, and I now realize that the only thing missing is some blue face paint and a couple of kilts.
Said then leads Arif down to the visitor's center, where he explains that he's solved all the legal obstacles, and has even scheduled a meeting with a reporter to publicize the upcoming release of Hill's cynically synergistic marketing ploy. He walks over to greet the reporter (who's played by Joel Grey of Cabaret and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins fame), but before he can even introduce himself, the guy pulls out a pistol and fires a half-dozen shots right into Said's chest. Wow. I did NOT see that one coming. I probably should have, what with the glamour shot in the previous scene and the episode's obvious proximity to Martin Luther King Day, but nonetheless, I was genuinely surprised. Arif rushes over to Said, whose dying words will be forever remembered as "Don't harm him. And don't let them bury me with a smile on my face." ["So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth." -- Sir Walter Raleigh (beheaded, October 29, 1618)] With one final, life-ending glare unto the heavens, Kareem Said dies, bringing to a close one of the most interesting chapters in the history of Oz. Fade to black.
Augustus Hill: "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." -- William Congreve, The Morning Bride Act I, scene i
Aaron: "Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life." -- George Engel. Hanged unjustly for the Chicago Haymarket bombing, November 11, 1887.